Introducing the Laura Chau Collection

Our second pattern release of the season is here, the Laura Chau Collection!

Laura is known for her wearable garments, functional accessories, and clear patterns, and her four designs for us featuring The Fibre Co. Road to China Light are no exception! 

L / Cathedral Grove R / Rainy Lake
L / Hopewell Rocks R / Mackenzie River

Each design in the collection utilizes lovely, simple lace patterns perfect for new or experienced lace knitters alike. These transitional pieces will be sure to carry you through all manner of weather. 

CATHEDRAL GROVE

A unique 3 row lace pattern forms the openwork design of this gradient wrap. A small 4 row border forms a firm edge while allowing the all over pattern to stand out.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Emerald (A), Peridot (B), Topaz (C), 3 skeins each.
GAUGE 18 sts + 29 rows = 4” (10 cm) in cane stitch, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 40” (100 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular.
SIZE 80” (203 cm) length, 24.5” (62.25 cm) width.
SKILLS Working a two sided open lace pattern.

RAINY LAKE

An elegant cardigan featuring a flattering deep V-neck, long stockinette sleeves, and a lace body. Rainy Lake is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up and seamed, then the button band and collar is picked up and worked in one piece.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Sapphire, 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12) skeins.
GAUGE 22 sts + 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needles, after blocking. 21 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Lace Chain on larger needles, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 32” (80 cm) US 3 (3.25 mm) circular. 1 - US 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular.
SIZE Closed, with 1” [2.5 cm] overlap: 33 (35.75, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51.25, 54.25, 57.25)” [ 83.75 (91, 99, 106.75, 114.25, 122, 130.25, 137.75, 145.5) cm] finished bust. Rainy Lake is designed with 2” (5 cm) positive ease. 
SKILLS Lace patterning, decreasing in pattern, picking up stitches.

MACKENZIE RIVER

A soft and light cowl with a travelling lace and garter ridge pattern.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Carnelian, 3 skeins.
GAUGE 18 sts + 28 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in St st, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 32” (80 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular.
SIZE 48” (122 cm) circumference, 14” (35.5 cm) deep.
SKILLS Lace in the round from written pattern or chart.

HOPEWELL ROCKS

This easy tee is worked in an intuitive all-over mesh pattern, with tidy seed stitch borders and slipped stitch edgings. The front and back are worked flat from the hem upwards with cast-on short sleeves. Once complete, the pieces are seamed and stitches are picked up to work the neck. 

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Tanzanite, 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins.
GAUGE 21 sts + 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Star Rib Mesh patt, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 16” (40 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular. 1 - 32” (80 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular.
SIZE 37 (40, 43, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” [94 (101.5, 109.25, 116.75, 127, 137.25, 147.25, 157.5) cm] finished bust. Sweater is designed to be worn with 4” (10 cm) positive ease.
SKILLS All over mesh patterning, decreasing in pattern, picking up stitches.

You can view the full collection via our website here, or on Ravelry here. Stay tuned later in the week for an interview with Laura as well as the new tutorial we created for the collection!


Knitter Projects: LYS Edition (P.1)

Although only officially released about two weeks ago, The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light has thus far proven to be a big hit! When a new yarn is released, we encourage shops to make samples to highlight the yarns and give customers an idea of what the yarn feels like knit up or how a particular design will look. A bunch of have been gracious enough to send us images of their finished samples, and we wanted to share a few with you. 

Wildfibers knit up not one, but three samples in Arranmore Light: Bibbe, Candy Darling, and Baby Jane. They mixed and matched Glenveagh Castle, St. Claire, and Corcoran.

Wildfibers Arranmore Light Samples

Bibbe was a big hit at TNNA, and many other shops were also excited to work up samples for display. Loop knit one up in Glenveagh Castle (left), and Yarn Cupboard made theirs in Brannagh.

Esther from Yarn it and Haberdashery showed me the Ninilchik Swoncho pattern by Caitlin Hunter at TNNA and I was immediately in love. We planned colors in the booth, and she quickly worked up a sample in St. Claire, Slieve Sunset, Finian and Odhran.

If you have a finished sample and would like to be featured on the blog, shoot us an email! We can't wait to see them!

Designer Feature: Angelina Pullover by Mary Anne Benedetto

I feel as if every time I sit down to write something about the latest Interweave issue, I sound like a broken record, so I'm just going to cut to the chase: Fall 2017 is fantastic and I cannot wait for sweater weather. 

Mary Anne Benedetto designed a pullover for the magazine in The Fibre Co. Cumbria that effortlessly combines classic details with simple construction. 

From the issue:

This top-down pullover is worked in the round; the circular yoke features wishbone-shaped cables that increase in size to accommodate the yoke shaping. The sweater also features a curved hem and bell-like three-quarter sleeves.

SPECIFICATIONS
Yarn The Fibre Co. Cumbria: Dodd Wood, 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.
Gauge 18 sts and 27 rnds = 4” in St st.
Needle Size 8 (5 mm): 16” and 32” circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Size s47 (49.75, 53, 55.5, 58.75, 61.25)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 47”; modeled with 14” of positive ease.

I love it in the rich chocolate brown of Dodd Wood, but could also see it work really well in one of the more unique bright colors such as Buttermere or Cowberry, or White Heather, the creamy natural released this fall!

All sweater images © Interweave / Harper Point Photography