May is always a good month for pattern releases I think. Spring is in full swing and dreams of sunshine, sandals and Pimms are fresh in our minds. I thought the shop might become a bit quiet in the run up to summer, everyone preferring to head to the beach or a beer garden than scout out the local yarn shop. Turns out I was wrong. I don’t stop knitting in the summer so maybe I shouldn’t have doubted anyone else would. With the introduction of some gorgeous linen and new ranges of 4ply yarns the shop feels as light as it is outside. If you are someone who hangs up your needles in the warmer months (I mean British warm of course. 20 degrees? Pass me the sun cream!) maybe this round up of pattern releases will make you think twice.
First up, Manzanilla by Clare Lakewood.
I am always excited when Pom Pom Quarterly hits the doormat. I know there is going to be a recipe I have to try and at least three patterns I will instantly want to cast on. This summer issue is of course no exception and this delicate cowl is so sweet. The little lace flowers really stand out with the use of linen and it would be the perfect light protection from the sea breeze. I have paired it with Kalinka, a Swedish linen by Karen Oberg. Because it’s an accessory and so light I think a pop of colour like this Cyan colourway would look great.
Next up is, Starstruck by Dieuwke van Mulligen.
I seem to have lace on the brain. This top makes me want to find a deck chair and a cocktail! This easy, breezy summer t-shirt would be the perfect summer staple. Paired with shorts in the daytime it would easily dress up for and evening drink and dinner. I feel like I’m writing an article for Glamour magazine! Dieuwke used the Walk Collection Delicate Silk for her sample but I think it would work just as well with their Delicate Merino. The light fingering weight yarn will make this really light and airy to wear and at 600m a skein it would take just 2-4 skeins to make depending on the size. And if you haven’t checked out the Walk Collection’s hand dyed colours yet you’re in for a treat!
Something a bit warmer, Dubonnet by Thea Colman.
Did you know Thea Colman is coming to YAK?! This news will be getting it’s very own blog post in the coming days but I thought I’d give you a little heads up. Cocktail hour with Thea is happening on 11th July at YAK, get it in your diary! To celebrate her trip to the UK Thea has just released 3 new patterns. I chose this one because I just love, you guessed it, the lace detailing. You can’t really see from this picture but it also has pockets which are knitted with a contrast colour inside. Thea used Eden Cottage Yarns Oakworth DK, a lovely bouncy 100% Polwarth wool. You might notice that there isn’t much left in the online shop and thinking, Kate, stop tempting me with things I can’t have! But don’t worry, Oakworth DK will be back in the shop right along with Thea in July so if you can make it down to YAK you can get the yarn, the pattern and clink glasses with Thea all at the same time!
Last but not least, Outline by Beata Jezek.
A compendium of colour this wrap could be made as bright or as subtle as you like. The simple construction lets the yarn do the talking, perfect for the dappled delights of Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock. Pair them with their semi solid counterparts and there would really be no end to the combinations options. And it’s free!
Thank you May.