Stylecraft ReCreate is a brand new yarn and is a part of Stylecraft's efforts to produce yarns with less impact on the environment. It is a blended yarn made entirely from recycled fibres. 40% wool from recycled garments, 30% acrylic also from recycled garments and 30% polyester that comes from shredded plastic bottles and is then spun. It comes in 8 shades (above), and there are 6 patterns to go with them.
I was very excited to cast on the cabled cardigan for myself in the navy yarn shown in the pattern.. It's a really lovely shade of navy with a mostly cream fleck which I really like. I'm hoping the largest size will work for me, and I was pleasantly surprised that it only requires 7 balls!
You can find the yarn here and the patterns here.
This lovely yarn isn't technically "new in" as its been here for a few weeks, but it's so nice I felt it deserved its own post to sing its praises! Stonewashed DK is a lovely colourful yarn which knits up as mottled colours rather than stripes, with all the colours blending well together. Its a 100% premium acrylic yarn which feels very nice to the touch.
We are pleased to announce that we are now stocking the iconic Peter Pan yarns by Wendy! We have in stock the full colour range in the 4ply (12 pastel colours) and DK (24 colours, both pastels and brighter colours) as well as white 3ply, and the full range of baby and children's Peter Pan patterns.
I didn't realise just how long a history Wendy and Peter Pan both have - Wendy started up in 1898, changing the name to Wendy in 1928, as the owner Arthur Carter was an acquaintance of J M Barrie and was granted permission to use the name. They launched Peter Pan in 1965 to become one of the best known names for knitters looking for high quality yarns.
Sharon has already tried out the yarn by knitting the very cute and very tiny cardigan in my first picture, using one of the Peter Pan patterns. She was very impressed by it, it knitted up beautifully and was a very enjoyable knit, the yarn didn't split and feels very soft. The pattern was very clear - Peter Pan patterns have the brilliant feature where each size is printed in a different colour to make it much easier to follow along and not make mistakes.
All of the options are now live on the website so you can browse online as well as in store. You can find them here. I'm loving the pale grey shade, Whisper as it looks modern whilst still maintaining a "baby" palette. It would also pair beautifully with many of the other colours to make a stunning stripey crochet baby blanket!
Here is my usual "technical specs" table featuring the DK, 4ply and 3ply:
We love the Stylecraft Special range and have in stock at the shop over 80 shades of Special DK.
We've recently added the complete range of Special 4ply, Special Superchunky and Special Super Chunky Tweeds and increased our range of Chunky and Aran.
Once we have sold some of our clearance yarns we will have the space to carry the whole range of Stylecraft Special.
Now on Ebay
Linen drape is the new summer yarn from Stylecraft which blends cool linen with viscose to make a yarn that drapes beautifully and makes the perfect summer evening layer. Pattern support is good in the shape of 8 ladies' patterns, both for outer layers and summer tops.
I've started knitting myself a 3/4 sleeve cardigan for the summer evenings when it's a bit cooler (and let's face it, many of the days too!) and I am loving this yarn! I've chosen the Cranberry colourway which is a deep red, but still has a brightness to it (if a deep dark red is more your thing, check out the Sangria colour, which is very much like a good wine!). It's great to work with, has a lovely weight to it (coming from the linen is my guess) but still feels light and cool in the knitted fabric (due to the viscose). I can already see I'm going to love this cardigan when it's made!
This is Rico's yarn cake reimagined for the summer in a nice cotton mix version. Like the wool dégradé, it is made of 4 separate strands which swap out one at a time to give a graduated effect. It also has a triangular shawl pattern written on the back of the ball band so you don't need to look far for something to use it for when you've fallen in love with it! It does feel beautifully soft as well, so would make a good shawl or scarf for someone who is sensitive to wool and other furry fibres!
Creative Melange Lace is a cotton laceweight yarn perfect for use in a summer shawl or scarf. With the right pattern you could even make a very thin and light cardigan to use when it gets a bit colder in the evenings. It comes out as very gentle speckled stripy effect which is really pretty.
Bambino is Stylecraft's new Baby yarn, which comes in 6 beautiful muted vintage shades, plus white and cream. There is very good pattern support for this yarn with lots of patterns with a vintage vibe, including the cutest boy's dungarees! Sharon is currently knitting up the pixie hood garter stitch cardigan in the sage colourway and is very much enjoying it. Its a very easy knit which doesn't snag or split and is very soft to handle!
Head over Heels is Stylecraft's sock yarn, made with 75% superwash wool so the socks are warm but 25% Nylon so they are machine washable. Knitted up, it has a stripy appearance punctuated by blocks of black and white faux fairisle, as seen in the above picture. We have the 3 colourways shown above, blue, pink, and purple in store.