Knit the Knitterati Squares with Marsha & Trish – Block #10

On Wednesday the tenth block in the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along was released and we are really feeling like we’re on the home stretch. There is a great sense of accomplishment that comes with passing the halfway mark and knowing that the end is in sight. Not that we aren’t enjoying the journey, trust us, we’re loving every stitch, but knowing that we’re that much closer to enjoying the fruits of our labour makes it that much more exciting.

Block #9 was a refreshing break from cables and lace and knit up super quickly due to the easy to memorize pattern. Slipped stitches on a background of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch made the pattern easy to see after just a few rows.Our volunteer knitter Trish, who is giving Marsha a chance to catch up on some of her other projects, was thrilled to step in with such an intuitive block. And since the release of Block #9 just happened to coincide with the release of the second season of Ozark on Netflix, Trish was even happier to have a block that didn’t require quite as much concentration as some of the others. There was one small errata in the cast off instructions for Block #9 that was caught early on and has since been updated. We knitters can certainly appreciate that mistakes do happen, and thankfully this minor detail was at the very end of the block.

Block #10 was designed by one of the most prolific and renowned designers, Sandi Prosser. You have probably seen some of Sandi’s patterns in just about every knitting magazine on the market including Vogue, Knit Simple and Creative Knitting. With over four hundred designs on Ravelry, you may have even used one of Sandi’s patterns in the past.

Marsha has stepped back in to knit Block #10 and tells us that it is starting off well with a fun mix of stitches – seed stitch, stocking stitch and cables. The wrong-side rows are simply knit the knits and purl the purls which gives a nice breather from the right-side rows.

With nine blocks completed we can still say with absolute certainty that every stitch with Cascade 220 Superwash Merino is a joy. It’s easy on the hands, glides effortlessly across the needles and shows off all the different stitches to perfection.

If you’re not yet participating in the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along, it’s not too late to sign up. Simply click here to register to receive the pattern installments every three weeks. There is no deadline to finish which means you can take your time and work away at your own pace.

Keep sending us the photos of your progress to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca, we love seeing your work!

 

Cascade Anthem and New Anthem Chunky

With Fall in full swing, it’s not just kids that are heading back to school, it’s knitters and crocheters as well! This is the time of year when many of you are busy signing up for classes in your LYS which often means you’re looking for an economical, easy care yarn that is available in a wide range of colours. Cascade Yarns has just the thing! Read on for all the details of a long standing favourite and a newcomer from Cascade that you won’t want to miss out on!

Anthem Worsted

Anthem is a soft, affordable 100% acrylic yarn that is machine washable and dryable. This worsted weight yarn is perfect for everything from afghans to kids’ clothes to sweaters, accessories and home decor!

Anthem is available in a palette of forty-two mouth-watering solid shades so there is certain to be something to please everyone!

Cascade Yarns has a terrific selection of free patterns available on their website for Anthem like this adorable Penguin Sweater or the super stylish Rushmore Jacket.

Anthem is available in 100-gram balls with 170 meters per ball. If that doesn’t get you whistling a tune the incredible selection of colours to choose from certainly will!

NEW Anthem Chunky

Anthem Chunky is a chunky version of our popular Anthem yarn. Anthem Chunky is just as soft, equally as affordable and is absolutely perfect for all your chunky needs. Great for quick knit gifts, warm blanket and charity knitting this acrylic yarn feels great and is a joy to work with on the needles.

Anthem Chunky is available in 200-gram balls and each ball packs an impressive 200 meters! A fast search on Ravelry yielded over sixty pattern options for baby items with just one ball! You know those precious sleep sacks everyone is making? That’s right, one ball of Anthem Chunky and presto, instant baby gift!

Anthem Chunky comes in twenty-four solid shades. Mix and match them for a fun striped blanket or keep it classic with one solid colour for a gorgeous cabled hat and mitten set. Whatever you decide to make, you simply can’t go wrong with Anthem or Anthem Chunky.

Check out Anthem and all the other great yarns from Cascade Yarns at your LYS today.

King Cole Flowers In Window Crochet-Along

In this industry it sometimes feels like crochet gets the short end of the stick, no pun intended. It seems like there are all kinds of Knit-Alongs going on, but we don’t see nearly as many Crochet-Alongs. Our good friends at King Cole are here to change that!! On September 24th, King Cole is launching the Flowers In The Window CAL and we don’t think there could be a better way to kick off Fall than with this fun and informative Crochet Along. Geared towards new crocheters or those with little experience, this sensational afghan CAL is sure to inspire you to try your hand at something new.

Every two weeks, King Cole will release a free pattern on their blog. This CAL is aimed at those who haven’t had much practice with crochet, as King Cole will demonstrate step-by-step how to complete each section using written instructions, as well as pictures and charts. If you ever wanted to hone your crochet skills, this sounds like the project for you!

King Cole has chosen the ever popular, Big Value DK 50g for this dramatic afghan. Washer and dryer friendly, Big Value DK 50g is the perfect choice in case of a spill while curled up under this cuddly throw. 

Many of you may already be familiar with Big Value DK as the 100 gram balls have been a long standing staple in fine yarn shops. This 100% premium acrylic is buttery soft to the touch and is perfect for anything from baby blankets to stuffies, socks and sweaters. But King Cole know that you don’t always need a big ball of yarn for every project and they are now offering Big Value DK in 50 gram balls and the response has been astounding. With over thirty shades to choose from you’re sure to find every colour you wanted and even some you didn’t know you wanted!

Because we know just how popular the Flowers In The Window CAL is going to be, we’ve put together kits with the required number of balls in each of the eight impressive shades. Each kit contains thirty-four balls of Big Value DK 50g, enough to complete this impressive throw. Ask the helpful staff at your LYS if they have the kits for the Flowers In The Window CAL and be sure to visit the King Cole blog on September 24th for the first pattern installment. We’re fairly sure that once you try crochet you’ll be hooked!

 

 

New from Cascade – Melilla Fingering

Cascade Melilla is a favourite here at Estelle. There’s just something about its warm, soft coziness and its incredible colour transitions, there really is nothing like it. Well, there wasn’t – until Cascade introduced Melilla Fingering.

Like its big sister, Melilla Fingering is comprised of 45% silk, 35% wool and 20% nylon, an ideal blend for drape, durability and breathability. The rich silk content is lusciously apparent in Melilla making it the perfect choice for fibre enthusiasts who love the nubby, thick and thin qualities of raw silk. Knitters and crocheters alike will relish each and every stitch.

Many of you have already worked with Melilla and have developed the same fondness for it that we have and we know you will be delighted to see it in a finer weight. Let’s face it, fingering weight yarns with a long colour transition are coveted in the fibre world, and the rustic nature of Melilla Fingering just adds to the charm.

And speaking of charming, Team Estelle member Trish, sent us this picture of a lovely shawl she knit using only one ball of Melilla Fingering which not only highlights the distinct colourways but the amazing yardage as well!

Both Melilla and Melilla Fingering are a single ply yarn that transition through eight colours per colourway. One thing is for sure, the knitting never gets dull with this yarn! The vibrant shades and rapid colour progression make for a very addictive knitting experience.

Melilla Fingering is available in seven kaleidoscopic shades that will catch your eyes the minute you walk in to your LYS. With these tempting colourways we think you’ll be hard pressed to leave with just one!

Melilla is available in twenty-one colours, and seven of those are the new colourways featured above. The long colour transition is appealing to new knitters who want wide stripes but are often intimidated by joining new yarns, as well as seasoned knitters who simply don’t want to have to think about changing colours. We think Melilla would be a great way to get your knitting group back on track this Fall with a fast and fun Knit Along, and Cascade has a ton of free patterns on their website for inspiration such as the Plum Crazy Wrap and Rusadir Scarf.

If you’re looking for a long transition yarn that is affordable and delectable, stop in to your LYS and ask to see Melilla and Melilla Fingering. With Cascade Yarns we always know we are getting the best!

 

Knit the Knitterati Squares with Marsha – Block #9

Block #9 in the Cascade Knitterati KAL was released on Wednesday and if you’ve been keeping up with the knitting this means you are now halfway done! What a great feeling, knowing that you are halfway to completing your masterpiece, knowing that your hands have created this amazing stack of blocks that will soon become something you will treasure forever. Congratulations knitters! Give yourselves a pat on the back, you deserve it!

Block #8, what can we say? We love you, but we’re happy to be done with you. This one required a lot of concentration, not for Netflix and knitting that’s for sure! Fortunately, our star knitter Marsha loves a challenge, and lace and cables, so the combination of all three was irresistible.

Marsha said that once she got a rhythm going with Block #8 it was smooth sailing. Isn’t that just the best part about knitting? That initial apprehension, the “can I do this”? And then that amazing realization that yes, I can do this! Knitting is so much more than just making something, it promotes confidence and motivates us to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. It really is no wonder that we see so many articles today on the benefits of knitting.

Block #9 features slip stitch ribs that span the horizontal knit and purl ridges in an alternating basketweave pattern. The slipped stitches and horizontal welts create a pillowy texture that will pleasantly compliment the more intricate blocks.

Marsha wanted to get caught up on her shawl knitting so Team Estelle member, Trish, stepped in for Block #9. Mari Lynn Patrick cleverly designed this intuitive pattern with a simple repeat that is easy to see and a breeze to knit. Upon reading the pattern in full, the best part was that little line at the end under finishing that read “Do not block”! You won’t have to tell us that twice! While we all understand the importance of blocking, we sure love not having to do it from time to time!

We are into our ninth ball of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino and we simply can’t say enough about it. The stitch definition is second to none and the colour selection is out of this world. Not just for afghans, Cascade 220 Superwash Merino is a fantastic choice for sweaters, hats and mittens too. Let’s not forget baby knits either, this buttery soft machine washable merino is number one for all things baby.

It’s never too late to join in on the Cascade Knitterati KAL. There is no pressure to keep up or to knit each and every block. It’s all about having fun and learning new techniques along the way. Sign up here to receive the patterns via email every three weeks.

We love seeing all the pictures you’ve shared with us so please keep sending them to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca.

Manos del Uruguay Free Patterns & KAL

Our good friends at Fairmount Fibers have just released a series of new free patterns for some of our favourite yarns from Manos del Uruguay, and the timing simply couldn’t be better! As the temperatures begin to drop in the evenings, now is the time we knitters start to get that itch – that need to have something on the needles to work away on as the cool weather sets in.

Fino Shadow Cowl is a lightweight, stylish cowl that will be perfect for crisp Fall mornings! Knit with just one Fino Mini Skein Set, this four round shadow pattern is easy to memorize and fun to knit.

Fino Mini Skein Kits were a huge hit last winter and this is a trend that we don’t see ending any time soon! Fino Mini Skein Kits come with five complimentary shades that take the guesswork out of figuring out what colours go together. And what a great and affordable way to get a nice selection of colours without breaking the bank! Four new colourways have been added that are sure to both delight and inspire you.

Fino Shadow Cowl is featured in the Henrietta colourway and we can only imagine what a show stopper it would be in any of these mouth-watering shades. Why not get a head start on some Holiday knitting? This would be an amazing gift that anyone would love to receive!

Hilltop Poncho is a fast, gratifying project. Knit on 9mm needles, this top down poncho can easily be finished in a weekend. The rolled neck and seed stitch raglans are all that is needed to highlight the rustic nature of Serpentina.

The pièce de résistance of the Hilltop Poncho is the full, flowing fringe in Manos Maxima that beautifully frames the Serpentina and finishes this garment with finesse. There are seventeen gorgeous shades available in Serpentina, a hand dyed and hand spun merino that will have you swooning in the aisles of your LYS (don’t worry, this won’t be the first time the staff have seen that!). In Maxima, there are forty semi-solid shades and thirty-six space dyed, that’s a whole lot of options!

Chimel also spotlights Serpentina and knits up in just one evening! The ultimate project for a beginner knitter or a seasoned knitter who wants instant results, Chimel features top down construction, simple increases and basic stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch.

Knit on a smaller needle, this hat is dense and super warm, perfect for cool Canadian winters! One skein will complete this hat; however, the fluffy, full pompom will require a second skein.

You will notice that all the Serpentina colourways are named after an accomplished woman in history. The sample was knit in the Rigoberta Menchú colorway. Rigoberta Menchú was the Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 1992 and is a political and human rights activist in Guatemala. We love that Manos blends a little history lesson in every single skein! Four new colourways were recently added to this breath-taking merino, pick one for the colour or for the hero it represents.

Sock Of Roses Knit Along

If you are looking for a great way to kick off the season, allow us to suggest the latest sock Knit Along from Swedish distributor Järbo Garn.

The Sock of Roses KAL uses two contrasting shades of Manos Alegria to highlight the beauty of the pattern. Designed by renowned designer and blogger, Maja Karlsson, this exercise in two colour stranded colourwork is the perfect way to get your knitting mojo back after the summer holiday.

The themes for Maja’s colour suggestions were inspired by “Fika” moments in the garden, lovely days by the sea and penning romantic love letters.

In Sweden, Fika, which loosely translates as a coffee break, is a social institution. They consider it an essential part of the day – making time with friends, family and/or colleagues to have a coffee and a little bite to eat. Maja has chosen a subtle combination that looks good enough to eat for her Fika inspired socks.

Alegria colours A2800-Natural, and A2417-Wedgewood are a sublime pairing for this delicate sock. The slight variation in the Wedgewood blue marries exquisitely with the natural and recalls summer picnics and sailboats.

The second colour suggestion will transport you back in time to sandy beaches and sunshine – exactly what we will want to be thinking of as we pull our socks on this winter.

A2800-Natural is coupled with A2237-Reindeer to make a sock that will remind you of seashells and salty ocean spray.

The last colour suggestion is reminiscent of romantic love letters and takes one back to a simpler time when words meant so much.

This time Maja proposes a delicate shade of pink, A2149-Petal, along with A2800-Natural and the result is a dreamy combination that is out of this world.

The material list for the Socks of Roses KAL was released last week and the first of four pattern installments was launched on August 28th. It’s not too late to join in! Follow the Järbo Garn blog for all the patterns and everything you need to know to get started. And don’t forget to check out Maja Karlsson on Ravelry and Instagram, she really is the queen of colourwork!

Let us know if you are participating in the Sock of Roses KAL, and what colourways you chose. We always love seeing all the different combinations!

 

Norah Gaughan 40 Timeless Knits

As knitters, there are two things we can never get enough of…good yarn and good pattern books. And by good books, we mean those timeless books that you find yourself going back to repeatedly, books that have classic patterns that never get old and never go out of style. Today we have one such book to tell you about that we know you are going to want to add to your library.

Over the past 30 years, Norah Gaughan, one of today’s most popular and prolific knitwear designers, has contributed an astounding 120+ patterns to the iconic Vogue Knitting magazine. From inspired textures to spellbinding cables to innovative constructions, she has created a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. To honour her achievements and contributions in knitwear, forty of her patterns from Vogue Knitting magazine have been collected into a single volume. Introducing 40 Timeless Knits by Norah Gaughan!

From her first Vogue Knitting piece, a timeless cabled vest published in 1987, to her latest, a striking Fair Isle pullover published in 2018, knitters will be stunned by the beauty of Gaughan’s pullovers, cardigans, vests, and accessories. More than beautiful garments, these pieces offer fun and engaging patterns and constructions that will broaden a knitter’s understanding of what knitwear can be.

The four designs above are just a hint of what’s inside 40 Timeless Knits. This is destined to be one of those books you will want to knit every pattern out of, the question is, which one do you start with?

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

King Cole Fashion Aran and New Drifter Aran

As fibre artists, when we think of quality, affordability and reliability it’s hard not to think of King Cole. One of the most recognized brand names on the market, King Cole Yarns are a sign of excellence in any fine yarn shop, and a symbol of high repute among knitters and crocheters.

We have great new additions to the King Cole line up for Fall/Winter that we can’t wait to tell you about, so keep reading to make sure you are on top of all the new trends for the season ahead.

Fashion Aran 

We all know it and we all love it! This tried and true 75% acrylic, 25% wool blend is one of our best-selling yarns for its versatility and washability.

Available in twenty-three earthy, warm shades with fun names like Orkney, Islay and Skye that will have you dreaming of Northern Scottish islands. Perfect for all the Outlander and Shetland fans out there.

As the name implies, Fashion Aran is simply perfect for traditional Aran and cable knits. Whether it be in a solid colour or a subtle tweed, you can never go wrong with a classic, timeless pattern. Best of all, Fashion Aran is available in either 400 gram/800 meter balls, or 100 gram/200 meter balls! Got a big project? No problem, we’ve got a big ball of yarn for that! Less ends to weave in always makes for happy knitters.

In keeping with tradition, King Cole has a fabulous selection of patterns for Fashion Aran, and they are always adding new, contemporary designs like these comfy sweaters and poncho. They not only look like they would be super cozy to wear, they look like they would be fun to knit too!

In an effort to make it easy for you to find which patterns correspond with our yarns, we have grouped the patterns beside the yarn on our website, so when you scroll down to Fashion Aran for example, you will find all the coordinating patterns right there. Easy peasy! See a pattern or a yarn you like? Ask the helpful staff at your LYS if they have it in stock, or if they would order it in for you.

New Drifter Aran

Last year knitters and crocheters asked the burning question at their LYS and King Cole listened! After the huge success with both Drifter Chunky and Drifter DK, many of you wondered about an Aran weight and we are happy to announce that Drifter Aran is now available!

Drifter Aran is a soft and colourful yarn, perfect for blankets, housewares, slipper socks, and warm weather sweaters.

A welcome addition to the Drifter family, this self-striping yarn with a subtle jacquard pattern is machine washable and absolutely addictive to knit with!

Drifter Aran is comprised of 79% premium acrylic, 17% cotton and 4% wool, an excellent blend that creates a durable and breathable fabric with great elasticity. Each 100-gram ball packs an amazing 220 meters, meaning one ball is all you will need for a stylish hat or mittens. There are seven stunning shades to choose from and six coordinating patterns that are sure to feed your creative energy. Sweaters, ponchos, hats and cowls – how will you decide which one to knit first?! With 5mm needles, these patterns can be knit in no time meaning it’s not too late to get started on your Fall wardrobe. You’ll be the most stylish person on your block!

If you’ve ever knit with Drifter DK or Drifter Chunky then you know as well as we do that Drifter Aran is going to be a hugely popular yarn this Winter. Self patterning, washable and downy soft – what’s not to love?

Hurry on in to your LYS for Drifter Aran, we are pretty confident this one will sell out fast!

To view the extensive range of yarns and patterns available from King Cole, visit our website. Let us know in the comment section below which is your favourite yarn or pattern from King Cole.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

Knit the Knitterati Squares with Marsha – Block #8

Block #8 in the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along was released this past Wednesday and in keeping with the tradition of this knit along, it is another beauty. Cascade, you certainly have some talented designers on your team!

Judging by the pictures on Ravelry, many of you, like Marsha, had block #7 done and dusted a few short days after its release. Word on the street is that it was an addictive design with the pattern slowly emerging in every row, prompting knitters to do “just one more row” and thereby finishing in record time. Way to go knitters!

Block #7 incorporated a little bit of everything – faux cables, lace and nupps. Marsha was a bit tentative with the nupps initially but found her technique improved greatly with the help of the instructional video provided. The finished results were well worth the extra effort and care in fastidiously following the pattern.

Block #8 is sure to be another exercise in technique, something we absolutely love about this knit along. We can’t say it enough, learning new techniques with a small project is truly the way to go. Block #8 features outlined cables filled with smaller cables and intricate lace on a reverse stocking stitch background.

Right and left crossed stitches create a textured surface of delicate windows with an exquisitely dainty pattern inside. An excellent project for someone new to cables, just make sure you keep track of what row you’re on! For the seasoned cable knitter, this is a fun and intuitive pattern to follow.

We don’t think there could be a better yarn for cables and texture than Cascade 220 Superwash Merino. The tight twist equals stitch definition at its best. And blocking, did we mention just how easy Cascade 220 Superwash Merino is to block? Don’t bother soaking it first, simply pin it to size, thoroughly spritz it and then let it dry. No muss no fuss!

It’s still not too late to join in on the Cascade Knitterati Knit Along. Sign up here to receive the patterns via email every three weeks. All that’s left for you to do now is take a trip to your LYS and pick up some 220 Superwash Merino, or better yet, they may even have a kit ready to go for you. Many shops are even hosting a knit along for the Knitterati KAL, check with your LYS.

Keep sending us pictures of your WIP’s and finished blocks to cascadegradientlapghan@estelledesigns.ca, we love seeing your progress!

Lang Merino + Color

It’s that time of the year again! The time that yarn shops across the country get stocked and ready for the busy Fall season ahead. Here at Estelle, the warehouse has been buzzing with activity as we get Fall orders packed and shipped. There are bags of yarn everywhere and the colours and patterns put everyone in a good mood. We just love this time of year!

As your LYS busily fills their shelves with sumptuous yarns, you may notice a pattern emerging (and we don’t mean patterning yarn, or just yet anyway!) –  a great selection of Lang Yarns! We have over ninety different yarns from Lang to choose from, so it won’t be any surprise to see these delicious yarns spilling off the shelves in yarn shops everywhere.

If there is one yarn we feel no fine yarn shop should be without it would have to be Lang Merino + Color. This 100% superwash merino is produced from luxurious Australian merino, ideal for babies or anyone with skin sensitivities.

Merino + Color is a fun printed yarn that stripes randomly and beautifully into striking patterns. Every ball is like a surprise bag of colour! Soft to the touch, and even softer after washing, it’s really no wonder Merino + Color continues to be a top selling yarn in Canada. Four vibrant new colours have recently been added to the palette, meaning we now have nineteen delectable shades to tempt you with!

Merino + Color has an evenly balanced twist which makes for unbeatable stitch definition. Two tasteful patterns for Merino + Color are available on our website that highlight the rich and bold colour combinations. Lang Yarns are synonymous with style and European flair, and their striking shades and contemporary patterns bring to mind fashion shows and haute couture. If you are looking to add a little panache to your wardrobe look no further than Merino + Color.

We know it’s hard to think about Fall and Winter accessories with temperatures soaring all over, but the fact of the matter is, the cool weather will be upon us before we know it. Don’t wait until your fingers are stiff from the cold to get started on your Winter projects! Stop by your LYS and grab a few balls of Merino + Color while there’s still some in stock! And while you’re at it, make sure to check out all the other great products from Lang Yarns.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we introduce some of the awesome new yarns that will be hitting the shelves in your LYS this Fall and Winter. We have tons of new product and patterns to inspire and tempt you with!