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CLOUD ~ COVER

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

When a mass of clouds roll in to blanket the sky, you can choose to run for cover or embrace one of the moodiest of weather patterns.  On an average day, at any given time, more than half of our planet is wrapped in a layer of clouds, formed by tiny droplets of moisture collecting in the air.  The warmer the air is, the more water vapor it can gather. Inspired by the mystic beauty of a cloudy day, this lightweight shawl is designed in gradient shading and adds just a whisper of warmth.

C L O U D  ~  C O V E R

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Three shades of our all-new Pure Superkid Mohair in watery hues

softly transition from top to bottom.

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This shawl weighs slightly less than a 100g chocolate bar and can be worn

front and centre as a stylish neckerchief or across the back as a light blanket for the shoulders.

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“I wandered lonely as a cloud…..”

William Wordsworth

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Gradient colouring makes this shawl all the more alluring.

Our top picks (shown above) include majestic blues, elegant purples and watery hues

or design your own one-of-a-kind palette from more than twenty shades

of heavenly Pure Superkid Mohair exclusive to the Diamond Luxury Collection.

C L O U D ~ C O V E R

Finished Size (after blocking): 127 cm /50 in wide x 61 cm /24 in deep

Yarn: MC- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1504), A- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1503), C- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1505)

Needles: 5 mm/ US 8 – 80 cm/32 in circular

Tension: 14 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm/4 in over st st (after blocking)

pm: place marker

sm: slip marker

skp: slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slip stitch over

yo: yarn over

NOTE: (This shawl is worked from the top down and due to the nature of the yarn will crinkle up until fully blocked).

Cast on 9 sts with A.

Row 1 (RS): K2, pm, yo, k2, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k2, yo, pm, k2 = 13 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3: K2, sm, yo, k to first centre marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 4: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep last 2 rows 5 times more = 37 sts.

Row 15: as Row 3.

Row 16: Knit.

Row 17: as Row 3.

Row 18: Knit.

Rep Row 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 73 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 81 sts.

Cut A.

Continue in MC.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 109 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 117 sts.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 145 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 153 sts.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 181 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 17.

Rep Row 18, inc 2 sts evenly spaced = 191 sts.

Cut MC.

Continue in B.

Border:

Row 1: K2, sm, yo, [k2, k2tog, yo] rep until 1 st before first centre marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, [yo, skp, k2] rep to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 2: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3: K2, sm, yo, [k2, k2tog, yo] rep until 3 sts before first centre marker, k3, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k3, [yo, skp, k2] rep to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 4: as Row 2.

Rep these 4 rows 3 more times = 223 sts.

Picot Cast Off Row: Cast off 1 st, [slip st from right to left needle, cast on 3 sts using knitted cast on method, cast off 8 sts] rep to end.  Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Surprise Cowl

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Its not everyday that we can have our cake and knit it too.  What that means to a knitter, is very seldom do we find a truly innovative array of textures and colours in one single ball (or cake) of yarn.  South African designer, Adele, is a visionary who has been handcrafting her very unique line of luxury yarns for the past thirty two years as a cottage industry following strict fair trade and eco standards.  Spun from locally sourced mohair and merino wool, these art yarns are currently being introduced in Canada.

Let’s chat with Adele and discover more about her enchanting yarn creations-

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MM: Hi Adele!  Your yarns are exquisite and we are super excited to welcome this Thick ‘n Thin collection to Canada.  What got you started on this creative path?

AC: It was an expansion of my hobby.  Both of my grandmothers taught me to knit and in my early childhood I developed a love for it.

MM: Can you remember your very first project?

AC: Oh yes!  A scarf for my grandfather knitted in leftover yarns, of varying thicknesses, and bless him he wore it til he died.

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Thick ‘n Thin by Adele

‘What you see on the outside of each yarn cake is a mere fraction

of the delightful surprise that you will find

as you knit your way through to the centre core.’

MM: Did you know at a young age that you would  find your passion in the yarn business?

AC: Well…. After doing a BSc degree I traveled and worked in the UK, visited woolen mills, and on the Isle of Harris I met the lady who wove tweed for the queen, a Mrs McDonald.  She collected the wool off the fences and went on to spin, dye and then weave. This blew me away and I decided that this is what I wanted to do.

MM: So you literally fell into producing designer knitting yarns, accessories and home textiles headfirst!

AC: Just about.  The craft developed through my passion and where I needed a skill I turned to books or guilds, friends and experimentation. I have no formal training at all.

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MM: Your workshop is located in a rural area of South Africa, between East London and Port Elizabeth.  Do you draw inspiration from the landscape for your brilliant colour palette?

AC: I live on a farm where abundant wildflowers grow, and I love the outdoors, so yes, that’s where it comes from.  Also, from travel and the world around me….. alas nothing fancy.

Surprise Cowl

Surprise Cowl

SURPRISE COWL

Finished Size: 81 cm/ 32 ins x 20 cm/ 8 ins

Yarn: 50g ball Thick ‘n Thin by Adele col. #9 (shown above)

Needles: 6.50 mm – 80 cm circular

Tension: 11 sts and 16 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st

Cast on 88 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Round 1 to 4: Purl.

Round 5 to 6: Knit.

Round 7: [Yo, k2tog], rep [to] across row.

Round 8 to 9: Knit.

Round 10 to 12: Purl.

Rep Rounds 5 to 12 twice.

Knit 2 rounds.

Cast off loosely.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

The New Kid

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

This is the stuff that clouds are made of, at least in a knitter’s imagination, fuzzy wisps of luxuriously-soft mohair fleece spun from baby goats.  To be classified as superfine, mohair fibre must be no thicker than twenty-five microns and clipped from kid goats between the age of six and twelve months.  Mohair has a natural lustre and accepts dye incredibly well, creating a vibrant spectrum of colour that surpasses even that of alpaca and merino wool.  Exceptionally good as an insulator from the cold, mohair is very lightweight and does not have to be knit tightly in order to keep the wearer feeling warm.  It is a non-pilling, non-matting type of fibre and as anyone who has knit with it can attest to, mohair will last for decades.

The NEW kid is here!

Precious cargo from our Diamond Luxury Collection
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Look for a candy-coloured assortment of semi-solid shades in Pure Superkid Mohair by Diamond Luxury at your lys in time for early fall knitting.  In the meantime, check out this tempting preview of the latest pattern collection by our Canadian design team-

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As sweet as cotton candy, this cap sleeve top is both practical and elegant as a sheer cover up on a cooler day.  Knit from the bottom up in two separate pieces and accented with an adjustable I-cord drawstring for trendy styling.  Col 1510 (shown above).

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If you look closely, the inspiration for this Cirrus Tee Top is evident in the muted shading.  Cirrus clouds are thin wispy streamers that generally move in a west to east pattern across the sky signifying fair weather.  This design is simply knit in two pieces with a bateau neckline and a matching cowl.  Col 1506 (shown above).

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Create your own wearable artwork with a bold stripe of colour.  This lightweight tunic is knit in one piece with elbow length sleeves and is a blank canvas for choosing your own palette from our fifteen tempting shades of Pure Superkid MohairCol 1510 and 1514 (shown above).

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This stunning raspberry delight is knit from the bottom up in a pretty lace pattern that adds interesting texture and a touch of sophistication to the overall look.  Col 1511 (shown above).  Note: Follow Diamond Yarn on twitter or instagram and enter to win this fabulous sweater kit.

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Breeze through your day in this light and airy Stratus Poncho, named after the low-lying cloud formations that blanket the sky.  This one-piece openwork design is knit vertically in gradient shading with a shark bite hemline in the front.  Knit the accompanying cowl with one extra skein.  Col 1503, 1504, and 1505 (shown above).

Summertime Shawl

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

As the calendar flips over to June this week, the anticipation of summer activities is at an all-time high.  There may be a long weekend camping trip to plan, an end-of-school trek to the amusement park, or the annual family picnic to organize followed up by a road trip to a friend’s cottage and let’s not forget all those magical days of just hanging out in between.  For knitters, there isn’t much that stops our needles from clicking, and part of the ritual of summer is finding a tag along project, not too big, and not too challenging, something that fills the time and gradually becomes a stitch by stitch compilation of our favorite memories.

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This shawl is knit in our newest worsted weight cotton blend, Summertime, in a trio of colours that represents the season perfectly from the lushness of cool green grass to the sparkling blue of a favorite lake, and the stunning sunset that tops off an ideal day.

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An easy style to knit and wear as a lightweight shawl or a fashionable neck scarf.

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SUMMERTIME SHAWL

Finished Size: 211 cm/83 ins x 43 cm/17 ins

Yarn: Summertime by Diamond Luxury Collection 100g skein each in col. #162 (MC), #160 (A), #161 (B)

Needles: 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 32 ins/80 cm circular

Tension: 15 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm/4 ins in garter stitch

Abbreviations:

Kfb: Knit into front and back.

Tbl: Through back loop.

Yo: Yarn over needle.

 

Cast on 3 sts with (MC).

Row 1: K to last st, kfb.

Row 2: K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2togtbl.

Rep these 2 rows throughout in Stripe Sequence I as follows-

30 rows in (MC), 2 rows in (A), 2 rows in (MC).  Cut (MC).

30 rows in (A), 2 rows in (B), 2 rows in (A).  Cut (A).

30 rows in (B), 2 rows in (MC), 2 rows in (B).  Cut (B).

Rep 102 rows of Stripe Sequence I once, then rep first 34 rows only.

Continue in Stripe Sequence II as follows for 30 rows-

2 rows in (A).

2 rows in (B).

Cast off loosely in (A).

Fringes (optional):

Cut strands of each colour in 35.5 cm/14 ins lengths.

Attach one fringe consisting of all three cols. in first and every following third cast off st.

Design by: Michele Meadows