In our last post we talked about Christmas knitting and although some of you aren’t planning to make gifts, we’re sure you will be knitting this autumn. So we thought we’d take a look at what yarns are available this autumn and picked out a few of our favourites.
Tweed is certainly featuring in the fashion forecasts for this winter so what could be better than creating a tweedy knit perhaps a classic fitted cardigan or a jacket. Two new yarns caught our eyes.
Sirdar’s Harrap Tweed DK (picture 7) comes in eight vibrant tweedy shades inspired by country sporting activities and local villages in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The 40% Nylon, 30% Wool, 24% Acrylic, 6% Viscose blend is machine washable and a classic double knitting yarn suitable for a wide range of projects.
Rowan Hemp Tweed (4) (75% wool and 25% hemp). The addition of hemp to wool creates a ‘breathable’ fabric which is cool in warm weather and warm in colder temperature. Plus the hemp softens with wear but doesn’t stretch so your garments keep their shape.
You can really brighten up a miserable autumn or winter day with a colourful accessory or two. This year there are lots of interesting shading and colour options available in yarns, including:
Stylecraft Ombre (1). Ombre shading is very popular at present and this yarn offers a number of options of shaded yarns from subtle to dramatic colour options. Each shade of this 80% acrylic, 20% wool aran yarns combine two different colours in varying proportions. It starts with one solid colour and passes through five different combinations of the two colours before arriving at the solid version of the other colour.
Wendy Evolve Chunky (6), comes in rich colours that subtly change which, like the Ombre yarn, adds interest to simple hats and scarves. The 10% alpaca, 50% wool, 40% acrylic mix will be cosy on a wintery day. And as a chunky yarn it lends itself to quick knits.
Elektra by Conway & Bliss (3), Debbie Bliss is a yarn that really makes a statement and will certainly brighten up any day. This vibrant and contemporary yarn is a wool blend (44% wool, 44% acrylic, 12% polyamide) with a range of striking colourways. We’re really looking forward to having a go with this.
Autumn and winter knitting doesn’t all need to be chunky or bulky. Light but warm garments are a useful layering option.
Rico Fashion Light Luxury (5) is a soft yarn made of 74% alpaca, 22% wool, 4% nylon, intended to be knitted on 6mm needles, making it a good choice for light draping tops and cardigans.
Brightening up your home for winter
It isn’t just you that a spot of bright knitting can cheer up. Knitted homewares can add stylish elements.
King Cole Raffia (2) is an unusual yarn that is perfect for the job. The 100% cellulose rayon yarn has a tape like structure that works well for storage bowls and other homewares. Not only is this a more unusual yarn project but they offer a new range of gift options.
Have you spotted any new yarns this season that you have fallen in love with?