Shibui Knits Pebble

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The last yarn pick for the Month of Lace is Pebble by Shibui Knits. Pebble is a mix of a few of my favorite fibers: cashmere, silk, and merino. The yarn is soft and airy, with tweed flecks that add another layer of complexity to Shibui Knits’ bold colorways. Pebble is easily held double or triple on its own or with another yarn, making it very versatile.


I used Pebble for the first time when I decided to knit a pint size Veronika pullover. There was a sample in the store that I couldn’t take my eyes off of, and I had to make one for myself. I had just returned from the Painted Hills and I was really inspired by the rust and cobalt color palette out in the desert. The yarn color choices I was trying to pick between reflected the desert essence I was still coming down from. After about an hour of trying to decide between Poppy and Blueprint, I gave up and Keli picked for me. Five months later I had my Blueprint Veronika completed, and I haven’t taken it off since. The yarn allows for the garment to be a great layering piece. I’ve worn my Veronika over dresses, tanks, and as a beach cover-up. Besides Pebble being a complete pleasure to work with, I love the added dimension the tweed flecks give the fabric without muting the vibrant Shibui Knit colorways.


Here are a few fun patterns for first-time Pebble users and those that can’t get enough Pebble in their yarn life:

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Sugar Cane: Free Pattern. A sophisticated slouchy hat with a rolled brim. Sugar Cane is knit in contrasting yarns to create a frosted-effect fabric. Combine two Pebble colors for unique marled fabric or combine Pebble with Silk Cloud for a softer look.

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Hart: A light, summer cardigan that will transition nicely into early fall. Hart is a simple cardigan with a subtle lace panel on the back.

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Veronika: This was the first project I used Pebble on, and I happen to wear it all the time. Veronika is a cross between a pullover and a poncho. The fabric possibilities are also endless. I only used Pebble for my project, but it can also be combined with Silk Cloud for one super soft pullover.

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Lorelei Rectangular Shawl: Kit. A classic rectangular wrap with expanding geometric shapes.This will be a fun project to watch grow on your needles.

July 22, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Risoni by The Loom

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Next up on our Month of Lace yarn pick is Risoni by The Loom. The Loom has over 40 years in the silk yarn and fabric industry. They wanted to share their knowledge and passion by creating unique yarns for all to use. Risoni is one of the special yarns they came up with for weavers, knitters, and crocheters. Risoni is a thick-and-thin silk yarn, with slubs that add instant texture to the simplest of projects.


One of my pastimes is admiring projects on Ravelry to see the creative ideas other users concoct. During one of my daily doses, I found a woven scarf that incorporated Risoni in the design. The placement of the yarn allows the slubs to give the scarf a muted amount of texture that draws your eyes in. Another intriguing project I found used Risoni in the pattern Color Affection, by Veera Välimäki. This project gave me the idea of using Risoni in a pattern with stripes, but to only use it as one of the contrasting colors, to give the project a little extra flair.


Sometimes I forget that experimenting with yarn is an enjoyable part of the creative process. I tend to stick in my comfort zone and work on projects that I can foretell the results. Risoni reminded me to step out of my comfort zone and start to play around with yarn more, to relish the process and worry less about the product. I'm going to knit a few swatches holding Risoni double with different weights and fibers of yarn to see what kind of results it produces.


Here are a few free patterns that showcase Risoni:

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Risoni Bias Scarf: A Knit Purl design. This chic, open knit scarf shows off Risoni in all its slubby glory. Using three balls of Risoni silk yarn, just knit until you run out!


Risoni Triangle Scarf: A simple asymmetrical wrap that is the perfect backdrop for Risoni. The pattern is written using two skeins, but you can effortlessly use more to make a larger wrap.

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Shifting Silk Scarf: This scarf includes two other Loom yarns. Each yarn is used in a section giving it the look of shifting from one yarn to another.

If you have any fun and creative ideas for Risoni, please do share. I love reading about what everyone else is working on.

July 15, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Silk Cloud

I’m relieved to say that most of my experiences with yarn have been great ones. That being said, I did have one experience early on as a newbie knitter that left me jaded to a certain fiber. I had this grandiose idea to knit what I had hoped to be the softest pullover ever. I’m not sure what went wrong. The sweater was a mix of mohair and angora. As I was knitting my sweater, the yarn was starting to feel a little scratchy, but I thought it must be normal. After a month of being blinded by the fluff that was escaping from my yarn and having pokey things stab me in the fingers, I finally had a completed sweater. To this day, I’m not quite sure why I thought blocking the sweater would turn it from a prickly thistle to a chinchilla, but it didn’t. I was so upset with myself for knitting a sweater I couldn’t get close to without it causing me harm. From that day on I swore off mohair and would side-eye any yarn that even looked like it had mohair in it.

After time went by I realized that it wasn’t the fibers' fault for my ineptitude for picking out a nice yarn, and I decided to give mohair another shot. I have the Kristina Wrap to thank for this. When I saw this pattern I decided that it was time to rethink swearing off mohair. Another huge factor was I really wanted to touch Shibui Knits Silk Cloud. I had gone years without going near yarn that looked like it could contain mohair and Silk Cloud was luring me with its bright colors and enticing soft look.

It was earlier this year that I finally gave into the temptation and ran to our stock of Silk Cloud. I can now say I know what mohair should feel like, and it's something truly delightful. If you are looking for a soft and versatile yarn look no further - Silk Cloud is great when worked alone, held double, or mixed with another Shibui Knits yarn. Here are some of my favorite kits and patterns that really showcase Silk Cloud:

 

Kits:

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Non Troppo: Currently one of my favorite samples in the store. Non Troppo is a wrap with asymmetrical stripes mixed with playful texture. The pairing of Silk Cloud and Cima make this the perfect wrap for cool summer evenings.

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Spectrum Shawl: The mixture of Rain and Silk Cloud gives this large wrap the illusion of shifting rays. One of our customers knit Spectrum in Blueprint and it’s breathtaking.

 

Patterns:

 

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Keshi: A tank knit with Shibui Linen and Silk Cloud. The back panel is knit in Linen and the front panel is knit with Linen and Silk Cloud held together, giving Keshi an interesting texture and drape.

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100 Diamonds: A triangular shawl in simple stockinette stitch with a section of lace pattern diamonds. The original design is jeweled with Swarovski beads, making this mohair beauty truly divine. I’ve been following Sachiko on Ravelry since I joined the site and I’m always impressed by her beautiful lace projects and designs she comes up with.

July 08, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Glow Lace

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It’s July, which means it’s the Month of Lace here at Knit Purl. All month the blog will be dedicated to all things lace, starting off with Glow Lace, a limited edition Knit Purl yarn. Glow Lace is an opulent merino and mulberry silk lace weight yarn that comes in 12 radiant colors. The combination of silk and merino makes this yarn irresistible to knit with. The merino is soft to the touch, while the silk gives Glow Lace a beautiful shimmer that will tempt knitters away from all their other knitting projects.

The colorways are everything you want in a summer yarn, vibrant and neutral. Two of my favorite colorways are Dawn and Firefly. I can’t help but to gravitate towards bright colors, and these two colorways are reminiscent of summery fruit like honeydew and papaya. Now to figure out how to combine them together in a knitting project. Before I start mentioning a few pretty patterns that will pair nicely with Glow Lace, we have a little gift for all our fans of lace. During the Month of Lace (July), all lace weight yarn and kits will be 10% off by entering the code LACE2016.

Patterns:

Image of Sea Salt Cowl Knitting Pattern by Keli Hansen© Knit Purl

Sea Salt Cowl: This cowl might ring a few bells for some since it was featured during our Month of Lace in 2014. The Sea Salt Cowl is a lightweight cowl that is perfect for the warmer months. It features a geometric motif of diamonds that grow and shrink like salt crystals, and it was designed by one of our very own Knit Purl staff members, Keli Hansen. The Sea Salt Cowl was my first excursion into the realm of lace knitting and I’m so glad I gave lace knitting a shot, because the results were amazing.

Image of Twinleaf Shawl Pattern © Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke

Twinleaf: With summer comes traveling, and the Twinleaf wrap is a great pattern to take on a trip or to the park. The use of garter stitch and short rows make this an easy knitting project, and the use of stripes gives it a clean chic look.

Image of Dawn Shawl by Grace Anna Farrow© Grace Anna Farrow

Volt: Chevrons, colorwork, and a jagged edge, oh my! I love knitting kits and this is going to be a fun one. Volt is a super intriguing wrap that will captivate lookers and I can’t wait to start knitting this project. I thought about gifting the Volt kit to my mom, but I really want to knit this so I’m going to gift my mom the completed wrap. Win, win.  

July 01, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin