Tuesday, 16 August 2016

New Season's Yarns

You may not feel much like autumn or winter knitting at the height of summer but now is the time when yarn companies traditionally launch their new yarns for the coming season. We thought we would share a few of our favourites with you.

Every season knitters eagerly anticipate the new Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine, packed full of inspiring designs.  Now launching its 60th magazine, rowan promises 43 designs which ‘represent everything true to Rowan over the past 38 years’. 
They have created this special video to give you a taster

With Noro you can always expect a feast of colour in every ball and hank, beautifully balanced and such fun to knit.  This season the brand is launching Hakone, which they tell us ‘perfectly balances the ideas of complement and contrast’. The main tones of this chunky yarn variegate through the spectrum with heathering to make each colour pop!  Designs can be found in The Art of Colour pattern booklet featuring homewares, ponchos and sweaters.

Bergere de France is known for it’s fun and stylish yarns that have a real sense of French style.  It was quite hard for us to choose our favourite yarn from their new collection but we thought you might like to try Filomeche which is a lovely fluffy roving yarn in a chunky weight.  The colour palette is wonderfully balanced with 11 shades that work well on their own or in patterns.  A lovely snuggly yarn.

With chenille well and truly back in fashion Sirdar has launched new yarn Smudge which has the most incredible stitch definition. Smudge comes in a palette of 10 shades that includes the soft, pale pastels as well as the stronger, richer shades of Heirloom and Flock. The Sirdar design studio will also be launching lots of patterns to go with this new yarn.

Stylecraft’s new collection includes an addition to their Life family of yarns that caught our eye.  Called Life Vintage it is a subtle mélange of heathered colours to give a nostalgic feel.  It looks great when combined with solid colours from the Life collection as you can see.

Finally, we have a touch of elegant luxury from the Pure Bliss collection from Debbie Bliss.  Lhasa is a delicious blend of Cashmere and Yak in a chainette construction.  Debbie has created really elegant designs to bring out the real beauty of the yarn.

Keep your eyes peeled for all the other new yarns that will appear over the coming weeks.  IT looks like it’s going to be a fantastic season for knitting and crochet.

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