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Summer yarns

May 12, 2011

Hello WitKnits,

I've done some knitting since last we spoke. I thought I would continue my yarn stories with a closer look at the yarns from the Interweave Knits Summer 2011 issue's Yarn Spotlight on page 12. These are the yarns and tools that I collected to feature in Interweave Knits Summer 2011.

 

These are the yarns we showcased.

And here are a few more colors of those yarns.

 

Since I did recommend sampling and playing with yarns that are new to you, I thought I should take my own advice and knit some of these up. I made a couple brioche stitch scarves. I love brioche stitch for a scarf, it makes a balanced, reversible fabric and it resembles ribbing but you don't have to purl.

 

 

This is the Knit Collage Gypsy Garden, knit in brioche stitch on very large, Susan Bates Luxite size 35 (19 mm) needles. This is a fun, festive yarn, with little surprises that knit in as you go along. Also, the JUL Silver shawl pin is a lovely addition.
This is the Universal Yarn Papier, knit in brioche stitch on the Kollage Wooden Square size 13 (9 mm) needles.This yarn has a nice drape and hand. I love the idea of knitting with paper, but also that no one would know unless I told them.

 

 

 

And, a few more photos of my projects.

I love the ribbing like ridges of brioche stitch but also as you stretch brioche fabric horizontally, you'll see a beautiful latticework that is more evident in the blue scarf. For those who want a refresher on brioche stitch:

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Row 1 (setup): * yo, sl 1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 2: " yo, sl 1, k2tog, rep from * to end.

Repeat row 2 to desired length.

 

I didn't get to do more than swatch with the Lion Brand LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel. It is a very interesting yarn and I want to think of something clever to do with it. I'm thinking fingerless gloves, perhaps with chain maille at the cuffs. If anyone has worked a project in that yarn that they are willing to share with us, let me know. Or if someone wants to take my idea and run with it, I'd love to see how it turns out.

Cheers,
Larissa


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