Woodland is a wonderful yarn from our Verde Collection that has been getting some attention lately. So I thought I would share a little bit about it.
Woodland is made from wool and nettles. We all know that wool comes from sheep. But what are nettles you ask? That is a really good question. Nettles are a perennial plant that is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America. Nettles plants require low water and little or no pesticides– which makes them a very environmentally friendly plant. When used as a fiber, nettles have the characteristics of linen or hemp. They show color well and have little to no shrinkage and are very breathable. When it is mixed with wool, the dyes take slightly differently which gives the yarn a slightly heathered look.
But enough about the botany lesson, you want to see the pretty knitwear designs, don’t you?
|Photo courtesy of Interweave Press, Joe Hancock Photography|
The lace on the side pieces is reminiscent of chain mail, while the cable detail on the front and sleeves give it a classic feel. It remains very feminine with its raglan sleeves and wide boat neck. Knit in pieces and then joined, it’s an interesting piece to work, one that will keep your attention, but isn’t too difficult.
The Lace and Fisherman’s Rib Pullover by Annike Allis in the Fall 2013 Vogue Knitting is a classic sweater that will be in your wardrobe for years to come.
|Photo courtesy of Vogue Knitting, Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com|
Knit in the round from the bottom up, this is a quick knit. The lace pattern is only an 11 stitch repeat, so it will be easy to memorize and fly off your needles. Woodland is the perfect choice for this pattern as it shows lace and rib very nicely.
The third sweater is one that we have already highlighted in a past blog post, but since it is made of Woodland, I thought I would remind you of it.
It is the Ginny’s Cardigan by Mari Chiba from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine by Interweave Press.
|Photos courtesy of Interweave Press, Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography|
I just cast on for this sweater last weekend and although I am only a few inches into the rib, I am really loving the way the yarn is knitting up. It makes a nice rib without that pesky pull in between stitches you sometimes get.
Of course we also offer pattern support for Woodland from our collections as well. Here are a few highlights:
|Clockwise from top left - Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, Pitch, Kerf and Heartwood.|
Check out your LYS to see if they carry Woodland and pick up a few balls to make one of these sweaters…or something else!