De rerum natura antigone

We’re excited to introduce a new yarn on the blog: De Rerum Natura Antigone! De Rerum Natura is a favourite brand in Yak among customers and staff alike. The yarn they produce is thoughtful, high quality and comes in a range of fantastic bright and bold shades as well as every-day neutrals. Antigone is no exception to this.

About De Rerum Natura Antigone

Antigone is a sport weight yarn made from 100% linen. De Rerum Natura partnered with Terre de Lin, a cooperative specialised in the production of high quality linen. Terre de Lin regroups 600 farmers who aim to return to ancient cultivation practices in order to preserve the soil health and microbiome. 

The flax is wet-spun in Lithuania creating a soft and shiny yarn. Finally it is twisted and dyed in the Creuse region, France. 

Antigone is a wonderful yarn to use for summer accessories and garments, due to the fact it is breathable and doesn’t retain heat. We have a whole blog post about the wonderful properties of linen if you’d like to read more about it here.

Linen is a magical fibre that, though at first can feel a little stiff, softens with each wear and wash. You really can’t over wash linen which is another reason it’s great for summer knits.

Pattern Suggestions

Party Line Scarf by Kaci Apple

If you’ve never knit with linen before and you’re not sure if you’ll get on with it – the Party Line Scarf is the perfect project for you! It’s small, so you’re not committing to a large project, and you’d only need one ball of Antigone for it.

If like us you’re also not ready to say goodbye to the neckerchief trend (anyone else’s Sophie Scarf become an emotional support scarf through the long winter?!), this is a great summer alternative to that.

We love the burnt orange of the one in the photos, it’s a fun, summery pop of colour to add to a monochrome outfit.

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© kaci apple

Tide Loop Tee by Other Loops

An oversized tee is a wardrobe staple for every season. We absolutely love the Tide Loop Tee – at first glance the texture almost looks like towelling material making it nice and summery.

The boxy, loose shape combined with being knit in linen would be perfect for keeping cool on a hot day. Plant based yarns tend to have very clear and crisp stitch definition meaning the texture in this design would really pop with the Antigone.

Made in a neutral colour like the one in the photos makes this design super wearable and easy to throw on with any outfit. Or made in a bright colour (which we have a few of in Antigone) would make this a fun statement piece to build an outfit around.

When the cooler months roll around the Tide Loop Tee would be an excellent layering piece, making it a really versatile piece to have in your wardrobe.

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© other loops_

Summer Fling by Espace Tricot

A knitted bag is a fun accessory to add to any outfit. Linen and other plant based fibres are ideal to use for accessories such as bags and hats, as the material they make doesn’t have as much stretch as their woollen counterparts.

We love the two-tone of the sample Summer Fling in the photos, but you could have a lot of fun playing around with stripes or other shapes. It’s the perfect summer beach bag.

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© espace tricot

Kylie Pullover by Irene Lin

We love Irene Lin’s designs. She designs simple shaped garments that always have beautiful texture to them, this one is no different! Kate made the Rota Jumper by her last summer, which always gets a lot of compliments when it’s displayed on the mannequin in the shop.

The Kylie Pullover, although designed for a DK, has the perfect gauge for Antigone. It might create a very slightly thinner material than intended if made in Antigone, but the resulting fabric would have gorgeous drape.

© irene lin

Pure Mesh Tank by James N Watts

We love James N Watts’ fun, expressive designs and the Pure Mesh Tank is a perfect top for summer. Great for layering or as a beach cover up. The open mesh stitch means this design would fly off your needles, while also not using much yarn.

Antigone‘s crisp stitch definition would be perfect for this lace stitch. This one is definitely on my want-to-make-list!

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© james n watts

Hemmed In Hollow by Samantha Stadter

The Hemmed In Hollow is the knitwear version of ‘business in the front, party in the back’.

We love the simplicity of the shape, but the lace detailing on the back adds a wow factor. I imagine the top could also be worn back to front, making it a versatile design.

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© samantha stadter

We hope you found something in this list that inspired you to try out De Rerum Natura Antigone! If you do make something with it – make sure to tag us on Instagram @___yak and use the hashtag #YakMakes so we can give it some love!

Until next time.. happy knitting!

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