Sport weight

A Sporting Chance

 

At this time of year it seems like every sporting event is on telly.  The woman’s World Cup has just finished which I didn’t watch much of and I haven’t seen any of the Tour de France, but I have been watching Wimbledon. Wimbledon means British summertime to me, late sunsets and drinking pimms. It makes me say out loud, “maybe we should go play tennis”, which is the closest I get to doing actual sport most of the year. Which ties nicely into something else I would like to take up, and have been particularly inspired to try recently, sport weight yarn.

Sport weight yarn is lighter than DK but heavier than 4ply. Originally found in American knitting patterns it is becoming more and more common in the UK. Popularity and ease of access to American patterns is one of the main factors but also more UK based designers are using sport weight yarns in their designs. Because of this demand we decided we should get in some seriously tempting sport weight yarn which I can’t wait to try!

The Uncommon Thread

Whenever I dream of getting in a new yarn my mind automatically goes to The Uncommon Thread. They’re our local hand dyers here in Brighton and when they discontinued the beautiful Sumptuous DK last autumn I knew I was going to have to get a stellar replacement. The Everyday Sport is 100% merino and is a bouncy round yarn with beautiful stitch definition. Here is what I wish I was knitting in this.

Isabell Kraemer

Dexter by Isabell Kraemer

This simple cardigan Dexter would be a great wardrobe addition. Isabell Kraemer is know for her stylishly simple designs. The style might be simple but the texture detail is a really nice touch and the perfect pattern to show of a hand dyed yarn. Go for one of The Uncommon Thread’s famous greys…

Everyday Sport

Cobble

Everyday Sport

Baby Elephant Walk

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Peat

Or splash out with some colour.

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Les Fleurs

Everyday Sport

Meadow Grass

Everyday Sport

Lust

Whichever palette you choose this cardigan would most definitely become a staple, not so heavy that you get hot wearing a coat over the top, but not so light that it doesn’t feel substantial.

Another sport we just got in is the Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino.

Milla Mia

A yarn company with Swedish roots Milla Mia’s Naturally Soft Merino has one of the best palettes of a commercially dyed yarn I have come across in a good long while. It is 100% merino wool, really soft and light. Kids clothes do come to mind when I think of Sport weight. Knitting with 4ply can be fiddly and a bit time consuming even when it’s something small but DK can be  bit thick and over powering on a wee one so sport is the perfect compromise. As well as colour, another thing Milla Mia do really well is designing super cute kids knitting patterns.

Milla Mia

Baby nautical chic if ever I saw it. Of course the colour combinations would be endless or you could invert the colours so that there’d be less white for them to get grubby.

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Can you see why I want to get stuck into some sport this summer?!