Since Sirdar and DMC have joined up, we now have access to the DMC range of yarns. We took the opportunity to try something that neither Sharon nor I have seen before - a super chunky cotton yarn! We only have 1 of the colours out of 30 bright and wonderful shades available - this lovely teal If it proves popular then we will expand the range to include more colours. We selected the planter pattern for its unusualness, as it reminds me of macrame! I've almost finished the teal version of the pattern and its been such a quick but really enjoyable crochet! It takes 1 ball and a 5.5mm hook, plus a couple of hours (depending on how many questions you're fielding from hungry kids!). Technical details - 100% cotton, 100g and 75m/82yds on a ball, 8-9mm needles or 6-7mm hook (planter is done to a tighter gauge to make it stronger!) with a gauge of 12 sts and 17rows. It's machine washable at 30 degrees. I think it is best suited to home accessories like baskets, bags etc.
Please let us know your thoughts on this yarn, is it something that you would like to see in your local yarn shop? what would you use it for?
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!