On a cold and dark week like this, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the bright, colourful yarns that will be inspiring our summer.
There are plenty of new yarns appearing at the moment so we’ve picked out a few that caught our eyes.
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Stylecraft Malabar – we’ve previously mentioned this cotton/silk yarn which came out last year in a range of vibrant colours as an aran weight (pictured). Now for those of you who would prefer a lighter summer yarn, there is great news. Malabar will also be available in DK from February – perfect of a draping summer cardigan.
King Cole Vogue – this is one of a number of interesting cotton yarns out this year. The DK yarn is available in a range of rich featuring this semi-solid dye effect to add interest to your summer knits.
Sirdar Amalfi – this cotton/viscose blend yarn is inspired by the Amalfi coast in Italy. In a range of brights and neutrals, it too has an unusual feature for cotton yarns – a colourful nep running through each shade.
Rico Fashion Summer – ribbon and other chainette construction yarns are set to be a trend this summer with a number of new launches. This summery cotton ribbon yarn comes in colourful prints and in subtle denim shades.
Patons Summer Cotton – this is another yarn with an interesting construction . Fine threads run inside the tape yarn to add volume but keep it light for summer garments and accessories. Great for a quick lacy knit.
James C Brett Noodles – if you like the idea of chunky summer knits. This chainette tape yarn, again in a bright, colourful range of shades, could be just the thing. Also a good choice for accessories such as big cushions and blankets.
Conway + Bliss Cleo – continuing the trends for bright colours and chainette construction is this soft blend of cotton and polyamide, in a worsted weight. A good choice for those who want a summerly look in those difficult months when it isn’t quite as hot as we’d want.
We know that while some people are planning what knitting or crochet they will take to the beach this summer, others regularly put all their yarnie projects away until the autumn.
So here are our top tips for knitting through the summer months:
- Think about the fibres in the yarn. One of the biggest worries about knitting in summer is getting sticky hands, so think about how particular yarns make your hands feel and how they behave when they get damp. So you probably don’t want to use a wool or especially a mohair that might felt on the needles. But in summer we wear other natural fibres such as cotton, linen and even bamboo so these are also good choices for knitting with as well.
1.Sublime Cotton Silk DK (75% Cotton 25% Silk), 2. Stylecraft Malabar Cotton with Silk Aran (78% Cotton, 22% Silk) 3. Rico Essentials Linen Blend Aran (45% Viscose, 40% Cotton, 15% Linen) 4. Debbie Bliss Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK (100% silk) 5. Rowan Summerlite 4ply (100% cotton) 6. Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton 4 Ply (100% cotton) 7. King Cole bamboo cotton (48% bamboo, 52% cotton)
- Yarn weight makes a difference. Cotton and silk yarns are available in heavier weights. Howver, you may find finer yarns such as 4-ply and laceweight more comfortable to work with in warm weather because there is less yarn in your hands. But we wouldn’t recommend taking that shawl using hand painted cashmere to the beach or up a mountain.
- Your needles make a difference. Metal needles will warm up In the sunshine and some people find plastic needles make their hands warm anyway, so they would be a good choice for a heatwave. Wood or carbon fibre tends to be less affected by external temperature. Pick needles that generally feel cool or comfortable in your hands.
- Choose smaller or lightweight projects. A summer’s afternoon is not the best time to work on a man’s chunky jumper that will cover your lap with an insulating layer you really don’t need. But the good light might be just for thing for working on that lacy scarf you’ve been planning. Or work on squares/motifs for a blanket which you can join up in the autumn.