Be Inspired: Prism Delicato Yarn in Shale Paired with Cotton/Rayon Plaid

Be inspired with yarn and fabric pairings from Signature Yarns. Pictured is a beautiful cotton/rayon plaid fabric from my personal stash that I paired with the very wearable shade of "Shale" in Prism Delicato, a lace weight Tencel fibre. Don't let the words "lace weight" scare you off. Options abound in how to use this yarn;  it can be hand knit or crochet on size 3mm needles, knit on your Japanese standard gauge or Passap/Superba home knitting machine on Stitch Size 6 or for hand knitters, you can double or triple the strands you knit with to create a Sport or Light Worsted gauge of fabric using larger needles. The cotton/rayon plaid fabric and the Shale Prism Delicato will wear great from mid-summer through to the fall transition in October. 

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Prism Delicato is available to purchase on my website in Shale plus other variegated and tonal hand dyed shades. 

Happy knitting and creating.

Patrick of Signature Yarns.

Men's Knitwear Inspiration: Hermès & Malabrigo Worsted

I love taking inspiration from menswear collections such as Hermès, which is produced in France. You may not have the open-to-buy budget to afford their ready to wear clothing but you may possess the skill set to take inspiration from a timeless classic pullover and create one to fit your frame and build using a beautiful kettle dyed merino wool such as our Malabrigo Rios.

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No one knows more than me how seductive are the myriad hand dyed colours available to us in our yarn lines but some times its best to invest in a colour which will give you the best bang for your buck and years of wear, and for men that often comes down to grey and black. Just does. Hand knit sweaters made with luxury fibres selected from the best of the shearing season, carefully processed and dyed and shipped to the opposite side of the world, such as Malabrigo yarns, are indeed investment pieces, but always balance that out with the reminder that they provide you hours of pleasure in crafting a garment to fit your body, pride in your skill for having made and finished the sweater to your exacting standards, and the long-lasting reward of the years of wear you will get from knitting with a quality merino wool such as Malabrigo Rios.

Malabrigo Rios is available from Signature Yarns in 20 tonal and variegated shades. C$18.50/skein.

• 100% Superwash Merino Wool. 100g skein/ 192m. Gauge: 18 stitches x 24 rows. 4.5mm - 5mm.

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Order online or if you  prefere to order by phone, contact me at 416-795-5500 or via email to order. We'll get your sweater lot on its way to you. Free shipping on orders over C$150.00 to anywhere in Canada and the continental United States. 

Happy knitting and creating.