My friend Reney is into Rowan Original Denim yarn (ON SALE NOW), and the other day she asked me a common question; What would look good in it? This is a question I both dread and adore. The dread comes on first because I usually need time to think about things and give a thoughtful answer. Then, once I’ve had some time to process, comes the love; I get to trot out all the different ideas and examples, it’s a big creative game of research and “compare and contrast”.
Other patterns that I think would look amazing made with denim are Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood and Void by Melanie Berg (the denim Guernsey Wrap on the left is made by janetwynne).
Guernesy looks especially good on men (maybe because they were created for them): above are Bowline by Tin Can Knits (you should knit with 4mm/US6 needles and make one size larger) and Beagle by Norah Gaughan.
Photos: Tin Can Knits, jennyinmaine.
Flax is a simple top-down, seam-free FREEBIE from Tin Can Knits that would look awesome made with Rowan Original Denim for anybody at any age to be worn in any season!
Buying yarn is a bit like grocery shopping for a large family – you look for products that suit the whole family. When I came across DMC Natura XL I was super excited because it ticked A LOT of boxes ….
First, it’s a super bulky weight cotton. Yup, really thick cottons are really hard to come by, especially yarns that look and act like regular, real yarn. Seriously, it calls for 8mm/US11 to 9mm/US13 needles! Second, it’s 100% cotton, all natural, so perfect for vegans, sensitives, and babies. Third, it’s soft and machine washable – which is essential around here, so many baby & kid knits start with us (see the baby blanket pattern below). Fourth, it has good yardage. So many times you find a yarn but one ball isn’t long enough to do much of anything. Fifth, it comes in lots of NICE colours …. it drives me batty when the yarn base is lovely but the colours are acrid. Sixth, it isn’t made in China, nobody was exploited in the manufacture of this yarn. Seventh and actually much higher on my list of priorities is the price, which is very reasonable – only $8.97 for a 100g ball.
DMC Natura XL is especially great for baby & kid projects, blankets pillows and afghans, as well as crocheted baskets and other home decor projects.
I think I need to get myself a stool so I can crochet it a sweater …. These two crochet patterns both use DMC Natura XL and work up in a jiff! The patterns are published in Women’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet June 2015, which is available for free through our public library as a digital download (if you live outside of Toronto you should check your local library to see if they offer this service). Alternately, you can also pay to download the patterns from the magazine’s parent company:
FINALLY, someone has stepped up to the plate and made a 100% wool-free cotton sock yarn that feels lovely and looks beautiful! Over the years we’ve tried some of the other options on the market, but they were Meh. I prefer things that are a pleasure, and I’m really happy that we’ve found one. YAY!
Schoppel Zauberball Cottonis self-striping and knits up in a long, ombre colourway. It’s currently available in 6 colours. And it can be used for any kind of project, including but not exclusive to socks, shawls, wraps, tops, hats, gloves, baby clothes – whatever you want to make with a fingering weight yarn. Plus it’s made from 100% Organic cotton. People have already started making projects with it, you can see how it knits up HERE.
How pretty is this light, summer cover-up!? Not only is the pattern a freebie, but you can make it with any DK weight yarn – the very ultra soft, silky, and affordable Cascade Ultra Pima would be perfect! The pattern uses a series of needle sizes to create shape, so you’ll be very pleased if you already own a set of interchangeable needles, and if not it might be a great excuse to indulge!
Upper Row, left to right: 3716, 3809, 3766, 3762, 37613746, 3734, 3774
Lower Row, left to right: 3733, 3732, 3725, 3726, 3772, 3777, 3708, 3709
I should warn you, the colours aren’t exact pairings with the original pattern, I’m not canonical about these things (and I like the blues more than the greens, they’re better at binding together the palette). That said, you could use this palette to make any of Attic24’s Blanket patterns, they’d all look great, I think the Hydrangea Stripe would look amazing. 16 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima is enough to make a large throw blanket (I’d normally use about 10 to make a lap blanket).
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. These special handmade prostheses are knit with love by wonderful volunteers and are available to women who find traditional breast prosthetics too expensive, heavy, sweaty, and uncomfortable. They are made of Cascade Ultra Pima cotton yarn to be non-irritating. They are mailed to those who need them free of charge.
How Can You Help? Buy a skein of Cascade Ultra Pima, get the pattern from the Knitted Knockers of Canada website, and knit 2 or 3 knockers. Once made, bring them back to us. Or, if you don’t want to knit, buy a skein of yarn and donate that – volunteers will do the knitting for you! Easy Peasy!
The Chevron Baby Blanket is a great basic pattern with an elegant, modern aesthetic. It makes a great baby gift, or you can make it adult sized and snuggle under it during Netflix binges. It works up wonderfully in affordable, machine washableCascade Avalon (ON SALE!) with 5mm/US8 needles – see some colour ideas below.
You can make this blanket larger by adding stitches in multiples of 24:
27.5″ wide = cast on 121 sts
33″ wide = cast on 145 sts
38.5″wide = cast on 169 sts
43.25″ wide = cast on 193 sts
49.5″ wide = cast on 217 sts
54.75″ wide = cast on 241 sts
Use stitch markers between pattern repeats to keep track of your knitting.
27.5″ x 36″ (but easily modified)
Cascade AvalonON SALE! Baby Blanket (27.5″ x 36″) 1 skein in each of 5 colours, Lap Blanket (54″ x 61″) 3 skeins in each of 4 colours (B, C, D, E), 2 skein in 5th colour (A)