New Yarns: Springtime Edition

With the weather warming up, we’re getting fabulous new spring fabrics and starting our spring sewing classes, but you can still knit when the weather gets warm. And to help you do it, we’ve got some exciting new cotton and cotton blend yarns to inspire you.

HiKoo Tee Cakes: This super-bulky yarn is made from cotton jersey strips, the same fabric as t-shirts, so it’s soft and wonderfully weighty. If you like the giant stitches of Malabrigo Rasta, this yarn is a great spring and summer option for dramatic accessories. It also makes for great baskets and bags. Depending on the fabric used, the thickness, weight, and even color of this yarn can change, so be sure to get enough for your project.

Espresso: Why should wool have all the fun? This chainette-plied, cotton-acrylic blend, bulky yarn comes in vibrant variegated colors. Check out the  pattern book for Espresso on Ravelry or in the shop for tons of inspiration; the simple but stunning Cimone uses just two skeins!

Modern Cotton: We’ve carried Modern Cotton in the past, but are so excited to offer some more complex colors to compliment the kid-friendly hues. This worsted weight cotton and rayon blend has awesome shine and drape. We love it for baby blankets and sweaters for all ages.

Indigo: If there’s one yarn that makes us think of the beach, it’s Indigo. Made from recycled jeans (the yarn is 95% cotton, 5% non-animal fibers like pocket linings and zipper tape) and in the shades of denim you’d expect, along with a few perfectly complementary brights, this yarn is soft (and will only get softer as the fibers get broken in). The Indigo pattern book (available in the shop) had the same beachy thought that we did, and the sweaters and accessories are perfect for the shore. The textured, matte-finish yarn is also great for washcloths and market bags.

Weekend DK: Spring is a great time to work with thinner yarns; the resulting fabric is cooler and lighter, and a thin yarn can give you a great drape. We love Classic Elite’s Firefly and Bella Lino (linen and rayon blends), but wanted to introduce a light, washable, kid-friendly yarn. Weekend DK blends acrylic and cotton for a soft, machine washable yarn that’s great for sweaters, bags, and even wraps. We chose a combination of bright and subtle colors (we love that green!) perfect for the many uses of this versatile yarn.

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