"Aaahhh..." hear that? It's the collective sigh from knitters everywhere, the gift knitting frenzy has ended and precious "Knit for Me" time has commenced! Experience it for yourself with one of these special new yarns & projects. This week I'll introduce new Sweater, Lace and Sock projects that I'll elaborate on in the weeks to follow.
In This Issue: Luxurious New Yarns / Pullovers & Cardigans / Lacey Little Things / And of course Socks /
Luxurious New Yarns
Four new yarns grace the shelves at Sandrasingh.com, a long time favorite Kauni Effektgarn has returned, Karabella and Madelinetosh bring you two new DK weights ideal for your seasonless outerwear while Malabrigo introduces a quick to knit bulky soft enough to wear next to your skin.
Karabella Yarns' Aurora 6 is their new, hand painted, DK weight. Crafted in an Italian mill of a smooth yet lofty 100% Italian merino that is incredibly soft, with a buoyancy and elasticity that make it a pleasure to work with and hand dyed in stunning variegated colors in the United States. Aurora 6 is preshrunk in a special process so you can machine wash it! Each skein is put up in a very generous 1,272 yards, making it perfect for large projects such as pullovers, cardigans, jackets, coats and throws for adults, teens and children.
Malabrigo Yarn's Rasta is a single ply, super bulky yarn spun from the same buttery soft merino as Merino Worsted. Hand dyed in complex watercolor inspired hues its generously put up in 150 gram hanks. You'll be knitting and crocheting cowls, scarves, mittens & hats and even vests in a jiffy!
The upside to the ice and snow that's recently been blanketing most of the country, and world, is that you now get to enjoy creating and wearing hand knit sweaters. Inspired by the aurora borealis, Ilga Leja's jacket/cardi Northern Lights features a sideways construction with a stitch pattern that will show off either a variegated or solid color yarn with equal flair.
Combing style with warmth a pullover is right for any occasion. Onyx by one of the latest designers to join Sandrasingh.com an Army of Knitters, is a playful mix of weight and texture. A completely seamless sweater, worked top-down with set-in, slightly puffed sleeves. The lower body and sleeves are worked on smaller needles in rib with simple cables and the corset inspired shaping accentuates an hourglass figure.
A little lace goes a long way...the Fickleknitter's new Limestone One Skein Triangle Shawl knits up fast in 400 yards of a fingering yarn. The pattern is lovely knit up in a solid, variegated, or semi-solid yarn.
Circulate is a garter stitch lace moebius wrap in two sizes and knit in one skein of Schaefer's Heather. You'll use and conquer many knitting skills while working this pattern, including chart reading, provisional cast-on, knitting with beads, grafting and a beaded attached i-cord.
The Listado Cowl is also knit in Heather and sized two ways, as a little neck warmer or an elegant whole head covering; either way this is a fast and simple ribbed lace cowl worked entirely in the round.
While crocherters will love Josefina Knits' new Hydrangea shawl, named after the designer's tiny garden
Choose from sexy thigh-highs or traditional anklets both of these patterns use classic cables to their advantage.
Lisa Ellis Designs' Cable Cuff Sock is knit from the cuff down. The stunning cuff is all you need to show off all your handiwork. The pattern gives you two heel flap options and is written and charted.
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