Monday, February 23, 2009

Varese Hoodie by Connie Chang-Chinchio

We have an adorable new Knit Kit called the Varese Hoodie which was designed by Connie Chang-Chinchio. These Varese kits have been doing really well and people are knitting the Varese in various colors of Woolie Silk. Fleece Artist's beautiful wool and silk blend, Woolie Silk, adds visual depth and interest to a classic hoodie with set in sleeves. Lace trims the front pockets, hood and sleeve cuffs, adding a bit of feminine flair to a sporty shape. Gentle princess seam shaping and a hemmed edge gives it the final polish.

The sweater pattern is written for 7 different sizes from XS - 2X, consistent with One Planet's mission of having extended sizes including XS and plus sizes for as many of our knit kits as we can.

Connie Chang-Chinchio is an accomplished designer and you may have seen her patterns in Interweave Knits, Knitscene and other places! She has created several of our most popular designs including the Garland Shell in Black Pearl Yarns Cashmere and the Lacy Rib Turtle and Hexagon Bag in Lanas Puras Melosa. All of her patterns are available as Knit Kits at One Planet Yarn and Fiber.

Caricia by Anne Hanson

Anne Hanson of has done it again. Anne designed the incredibly gorgeous Caricia shawl with HandMaiden's Swiss Cashmere and Silk. Knitting with this yarn is heavenly! It is so soft and the silk gives it a lovely sheen. The colorway used for the pattern is bronze but people have also bought the knit kit in other colors....

The Caricia (it's Spanish for caress) shawl is simply luxurious, knit in HandMaiden's exquisite swiss mountain cashmere and silk yarn. The kit comes in 3 sizes and includes the pattern download.

Sweater Knit Kits designed by Debbie O'Neill

We have two new sweater knit kits from Debbie O'Neill to blog about...

The Piuma Griga Cashmere Tee and the Myrtille Cardigan are designs by Debbie O'Neill of Nutty Creations. Debbie is a very talented designer. Her patterns are very well-written and easy to follow. She has created other patterns for One Planet Yarn and Fiber including the very popular Dayflower Cardigan, the Arrowhead Lace Cardigan and the Gulf Cardigan. We have had great feedback from our customers regarding all of Debbie's designs, and all of them are available as knit kits at One Planet Yarn and Fiber. Debbie is planning a few more designs for spring including a lace shawl in HandMaiden sea silk and other surprises for you in other various Fleece Artist/HandMaiden yarns.

All of Debbie's patterns and the knit kits come in extended sizes including XS and plus sizes in keeping with One Planet's goal of having as many kits and patterns as possible in this wide range of sizes to fit all women.

Piuma Griga Cashmere Tee

Here are some photos of the Piuma Griga cashmere tee and the Myrtille Cardigan. You can read more about them on their product listings on our site-just click on the pattern name.. The yarn used for both of these is very special. The Piuma Grigia pattern is knit in Black Pearl Yarns pure DK cashmere, one of our best selling yarns. The Myrtille Cardigan is knit with the very special Fleece Artist Lanica - an unusual single ply 100% organic yarn, dyed with plant based dyes. Plant dyed yarns are very special in that the colors are unusual. The color used for Myrtille is Blueberry and some have asked us why it is not blue! The actual blueberry plant, the leaves were used to dye this color and they are a beautiful shade of soft olive green.

Myrtille Cardigan

We have two other new knit kits which we will blog about separately! These deserved their own blog post.