Trendwatch: Superbright knits

This is the summer of colour. Alongside colour block and stripe patterns, the trend of this summer is strong colours.

We have mentioned the Fuschia trend already but zingy oranges and yellows, pillar box red, lapis blue, emerald greens and electric purples are all also great choices.

To be on trend all you need to do is pick a pattern you like and choose a bold, vibrant shade to make it in. Don’t be afraid of bright colours – they look great in the sunshine and show of your great makes.

Here we have selected some yarns that could help you achieve that bold look in your summer knits.



Spring summer yarns 2017

We’ve seen glimmers of sunshine this week but inside the yarn shops spring and summer is definitely on the way with lots of yarns for warmer weather appearing.

With so many spring and summer yarns hitting the shops we thought we’d pick out a few to inspire you with thoughts of summery colours, lightweight fibres and draping fabrics .

spring summer yarn 2017

Clockwise from left: Sirdar Toscana DK; Rico Creative Melange Lace; James C Brett Cotton On Denim; Debbie Bliss Sita; King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet; Stylecraft Mystique; Wendy Fleur DK

Sirdar Toscana DK

This 100% cotton yarn has a subtle, phased colour effect yarn comes in six shades inspired by Tuscany in Italy – what could be more summery?

James C Brett Cotton On Denim DK 

Another interesting colour option for cotton tops this summer comes with Cotton On Denim DK. This is a 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend that’s light, soft, and washable which comes in semi solid shades based on fading denim from traditional blue to a pink/red tone.

Wendy Fleur DK 

Fleur (44% cotton, 28% tencel, 28% acrylic) brings a different texture to your summer knitters. It is a lightly brushed yarn which knits into a light, airy fabric especially with lace stitches. It is available in both bright and pale shades.

King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet 4Ply

If you prefer a lighter weight 100% cotton yarn, King Cole’s Giza Cotton 4ply comes in a range of multi-pastel shades inspired by summer drinks.

Stylecraft Mystique

For those looking for something different this summer, take a look at Mystique, a non-woven tape yarn made from a polyester and viscose blend which is as light as a feather.

Debbie Bliss Sita

Sita is part of the Pure Bliss collection of yarns using luxury fibres. This one combines Mulberry Silk and Mako cotton in a selection of jewel colours which will create eye-catching summer knits

Rico Creative Melange Lace

For draping summer cardigans and shawls, there is Creative Melange lace, a 95% cotton print yarn in soft tones.

Do share pictures of your summer knits with us on our social media.

New yarns for 2016

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.

new yarns for 2016

Clockwise from top left

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.

Tips for knitting in summer

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:

  1. 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.

    summer yarns

    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)

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.