Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Ready for the summer: Sirdar Beachcomber

Sirdar has brought out a new summer cotton for this season - Beachcomber.  This 100% cotton yarn is un-mercerised and has a very soft feel to it. The yarn has been spun with a purposeful irregularity reminiscent of the thick'n'thin wools, this slub texture allows for even simple stocking stitch garments to have a unique texture with no extra effort.

To try out the yarn I decided to go for the lacy cardigan (7283) in the accompanying Sirdar Booklet 482 for Beachcomber. Not a very experienced lace knitter, I found it a good starting project with a straightforward lace panel that was repeated over 18 rows. I used locking stitch markers to keep track of the lace panels on the pins and found them very useful in making sure I was not missing any stitches of the pattern. The yarn is quite forgiving though as the texture helps easily mask small mistakes :) To really bring out the lace pattern, I am using the KnitPro Lace Blocking Mats to block the pieces before sewing up.

For knitting I used the Pony bamboo needles in 4mm.  I found they worked well with the cotton, having enough grip to keep my stitches from falling off the needle by accident (important with lace and all those yarn overs!) but still very light and warm to the hand.

The pattern is very straightforward and easy to follow and the smallest size (to fit 32/34) takes just three balls to knit! I am using shade 257 Breeze, a very nice lilac.

Post by Linda K in our Edinburgh branch.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Spring Competition Gallery

Our Spring Competition has now closed and we've chosen our winner: Lydia K with her lovely crochet daffodil.  Congratulations!

We thought you might like to see a gallery of all the other entries as they're lovely, bright and cheerful!