Linen and cotton are sought after summer yarns! If you haven't ever tried one of these yarns, My Sister Knits has several to choose from that create accessories and garments with breath-ability and lovely drape and this is the time to try one!Today we'll showcase several choices of our best yarns for warm weather for you to consider!Shibui Knits Twig is 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool and is a sport weight. The recycled silk is what gives this yarn its almost tweedy look! Three patterns written by Shibui's Shellie Anderson specifically for Twig are Bevel, a loose fitting short sleeved summer cardigan; Slope, a sleeveless top with a high/low hem; and Tier, a rectangular scarf.Shibui Knits Reed is 100% linen and is a fingering weight yarn with a chainette construction. We have samples of a short sleeved pullover, Lucia, and a sleeveless A-line tank, Athens, both designed for Reed by Shellie Anderson. Octave, designed by Erin Duffy, is a fun rectangular scarf with colorful sets of stripes of differing widths.Shibui Knits Rain is a DK weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn with a chainette construction. It has a lustrous sheen and the chainette retains shape. Our current samples of Rain are Shellie Anderson's short sleeved cardigan Eames and Stephen West's Boneyard shawl. Another Shellie Anderson design written specifically for Rain is Meridian, a loose short sleeved cardigan with wide lapels.Quince & Co. Sparrow is a 100% linen fingering weight yarn. Often it is also knit at a sport weight gauge which creates a loose fabric. We have three shop samples in Sparrow: Christy Becker's Cool Breezes cowl; Meghan Telling's Miranda shawl written specifically for Sparrow; and Veronika Jobe's Let's Get Lost shawl. If you're looking for a simple summer tee, Edie by Isabelle Kraemer is worth a look! Isabelle designed this pattern using Sparrow.Quince & Co. Kestrel is an aran weight, 100% linen yarn with a ribbon construction. We have two summer yarns samples in the shop at the moment. Elizabeth Smith designed Mira, an oversized openwork tee for Quince & Co, using Kestrel. We also have Jane Richmond's cowl Arika. Another pattern suggestion designed for Kestrel is Heidi Kirrmaier's seamless top down minimalist cardigan Quick Sand.Quince & Co. Willet is a 100% cotton yarn that works as both a sport and a DK weight. Our sample is a summer tee, Atlee, designed for Quince & Co. by Leah B Thibault. Other pattern ideas we like for Willet are Pam Allen's Auger, a garter stitch top with a high/low split hem and her baby hat Baby Kelpie. Pam Allen founded Quince & Co in 2010.Now that you've had a chance to thoroughly look into these summer yarns for knitting, we invite you to come to the shop, examine our samples, and choose your next summer project!
Norwegian Fir is the dear little cardigan you'll find upstairs on display. You'll probably notice it as soon as you turn left at the top of the stairs! Be sure to check out the button!This pattern is sized for 0-3 months through 8-9 years. It's a top-down pattern with explicit row-by-row directions until the divide for the sleeves, fronts, and back. The garter stitch body and sleeves create a wonderfully squishy fabric and the simple lace detail at the raglan increases make this an irresistible knit! Some of us are so in love with this enchanting sweater that we want to make it even though we have no one to give it to!Our sample is knit with Rosy Green Wool's Cheeky Merino Joy in undyed Edelweiss which makes it easy to visualize in other colorways. The choices are endless!The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but our sample is knit with a Sport weight which leads to the question of whether or not DK and Sport are interchangeable. There is a common misconception among knitters that they are almost identical and can be easily substituted for each other.This, however, is not the case. Care should be taken when deciding between these two yarns as Sport weight is lighter than DK, resulting in a difference in the size of your finished project. As always, we encourage you to make a gauge swatch to inform your decisions!Ravelry has a helpful table that explains the difference between yarn weights. Also, the Craft Yarn Council created a Standard Yarn Weight System of weight guidelines. When looking at these two tables, it becomes evident that there are no hard and fast rules to yarn weights! There are instead, guidelines. Still, putting the information from each site together gives a good sense of the differences between Sport and DK.Sport weight has 24 - 26 stitches to 4 inches, 12 wpi, and suggests a 3 to 5 US needle. DK weight has 22 stitches to 4 inches, 11 wpi, and suggests a 5 to 7 US needle. The differences are not great but they are significant. Wpi means 'wraps per inch' and is a well known term among spinners. It's also helpful to knitters, especially when we find a yarn in our stash that has lost its tag! Just take your yarn, wrap it around an object such as a pencil or ruler with the yarn touching but not overlapping. Measure out an inch and count the number of wraps, easy peasy!We invite you to come in and play with yarn choices for this little cardi. We're confident you will fall in love with it as we have!
We are in the throes of hot summer weather here at My Sister Knits which has us making projects with cotton and linen yarns. Not only do these yarns breathe and draw moisture away from the body, they also flow through our hands easier than animal fibers in the heat.It's lovely to sit outside and knit during the cooler hours and knitting with a plant-based yarn is just the thing to make our enjoyment complete!Knitting with linen was the topic of a recent blog post; today our focus is on cotton.My Sister Knits carries two luxurious cotton yarns that are completely different in feel and appearance. This allows you to choose the perfect one for your intended project!Quince & Co. Willet, which can be worked at a DK or a Sport weight, has a tiny hint of luster; soft, muted colors; and a 3-ply construction. Willet can be machine washed and laid flat to dry.In accordance with Quince & Co.'s environmentally responsible belief system, Willet is produced by family farmers in California participating in the Cleaner Cotton™ program, eliminating the 13 most toxic chemicals used in conventional cotton production.Shibui Rain, a DK weight, has bright colors with a high sheen, chainette construction, and comes to us from Japan. Rain should be hand washed and laid flat to dry.Rain is mercerized, a process developed in 1844 that causes the yarn to have a high sheen and to accept dye readily, resulting in Rain's bright, bold colors. The chainette construction, besides adding visual interest, gives cotton fabric some memory so it's more likely to stretch, give, and recover its shape. In addition, the fabric will be lighter in weight and will drape more than plied cotton.Both Quince & Co. and Shibui have patterns designed especially for these yarns. Come into My Sister Knits and we'll be happy to show you! 1408 W. Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado.Comment below on your experience with linen or cotton knitting! Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? It will be fun to see what readers think!