Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New from Rowan!

We were excited to receive a big box from Rowan today with all eight colors of one of their newest yarns - Savannah!


Savannah is a wonderful aran-weight 94% cotton, 6% silk yarn perfect for summer knits and is available in lovely desert shades. Rowan's Savannah Collection pattern booklet is also available at YBD and features 12 designs for women using this beautiful yarn.

Also just arrived is Rowan Magazine Number 49, featuring 46 knit and crochet designs from Marie Wallin, Kaffe Fassett, Martin Storey, Erika Knight, Sarah Dallas, Brandon Mably, Grace Melville, Lisa Richardson, Amanda Crawford, Jennie Atkinson and Sarah Hatton. Stop by the boutique to pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This just in: new yarns from Gedifra!

Like a breath of spring air, two new cotton-blend yarns from Gedifra arrived today!


Gedifra Pertinio (sample above shown in color 1917) is a blend of cotton and viscose with a touch of lurex. This yarn is a flat cotton ribbon with a strand of lurex that is wrapped with shiny viscose. Gedifra Pertinio is a great yarn for warm weather that adds a little fun with the touch of sparkle. 82% Cotton/14% Viscose, 50g/110yd, 5 sts = 1" on US 6.


Small, brightly colored tufts of polyamide poke out from the cotton yarn and resembel roses in this great yarn. Gedifra Rosas (sample above shown in color 1716) is perfect for accessories, but also interesting for garments. 55% Polyamid/45% Cotton, 50g/88yd, 4.5 sts = 1" on US 5.

Pattern books using these yarns - Gedifra Moments 0224 and Gedifra Highlights 111 - are also in stock. Both patterns shown above can be found in Gedifra Highlights 111.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This just in: new shawl patterns!


Yarns By Design was delighted to receive three new shawl patterns this week!

First up is the Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston. Aestlight (which translates to "east light" in the Shetland dialect) is knit using a traditional Shetland construction. It begins with a garter stitch triangle increasing from the point outwards. Stitches are then easily picked up from the very visible yarn over loops along the edges and the border is worked outwards from the triangle. The shawl is finished with an edging that is knitted sideways and attached to the live stitches of the border as it is being worked.

The first pattern of two from designer Stephen West, Flamboyan is an elegant triangular shawl composed of garter and stockinette stitch along with a ribbed edge. Basic intarsia techniques are utilized to achieve a block of color in the center of the shawl. Also from Stephen West is Clockwork, an enjoyable striped garter stitch shawl/scarf, perfect for featuring two beautiful colors of yarn. Bold slipped stitch columns add structural interest while increases give this gear-inspired design a unique arched shape.

All three patterns suggest the use of fingering-weight yarn, and some of our favorites are Spud & Chloƫ Fine, Malabrigo Sock, Plymouth Happy Feet, Ella Rae Lace Merino and Noro Kureyon Sock. But, since these are shawls, any yarn weight can be substituted (keeping in mind that a finer weight yarn will result in a smaller finished object and a heavier weight yarn a larger one). YBD carries several lovely laceweights from Alpaca With a Twist's Fino and Fantastic Knitting's Zephyr Laceweight, to the ultra-luxurious Louet Mooi and Plymouth Earth Ecco Cashmere. Stop in today to check out these great new patterns!