Although I am looking out at a snowy landscape while surrounded by partially knitted chunky wool garments I am checking out the new yarns and designs from Rowan for the 2015 Spring/Summer season. Yes…….I am already planning what I would like to knit in the next few months, scrutinizing the photos and poring over the Rowan Spring Summer 2015 Shade card to find that special little top or cardigan in the right colour. If you would like a chance to win a shade card, which consists of actual yarn snippets so you can see the real shade of every yarn, read on.
I’ll start with my favourite collection: Cotton Lustre.
I love this collection because there are so many designs that I would love to knit. Not a surprise to me when I see who designed them, Sarah Hatton….. I just love her creations! The garments are quick to knit on 6mm (US 10) needles, which is unusual for summer knitting, and feature 13 simple seamless sleeve sweaters, vests and textured cardigans. I like all of them but my top 7 are these………
I am definitely going to knit one of these and it is probably going to be Riko; I love that I can wear it V-front or V-back!
Cotton Lustre yarn itself is a tape-style yarn, which is very popular again this season.
It is a blend of 55% cotton (55%), modal (35%) and linen (10%) which gives it an amazingly soft feel and beautiful drape when knitted and comes in 10 shades with the lighter ones having more of an obvious sheen.
Below is a photo of one of my balls of Cotton Lustre; you can really see that wonderful sheen.
The second new yarn and new collection of designs is another tape yarn with a knitted construction called Tetra Cotton.
Each shade is made up of four colours, some harmonizing and some contrasting, to create an interesting palette of eight.
This 100% cotton yarn has fantastic pattern support as it is also interchangeable with Truesilk and Cotton Glace!
My favourite design from the Tetra Cotton collection is Nilgiri, pictured below. It is worked in one piece, beginning at the left cuff, using 4mm (US 6) knitting needles. I also love the blue shade it is shown in, Como 007, being a collection of a dark blue, a mid blue, a pink and a pale grey blue.
These 12 designs for men and women are generally relaxed with open work stitch details making them great for summer layering……….
Lastly, we have Summerlite 4ply made from 100% of the finest cotton creating an extremely soft matt yarn.
It comes in a summer tonal palette of 12 shades.
To accompany this new yarn, Martin Storey has designed a collection of 12 delicate and feminine sweaters, wrap around tops and cardigans. Using 3mm (US 2-3) knitting needles, these cable and lace designs will not be as quick a knit as the previous two but they are quite beautiful. Here’s some of my choices………..
This is so cute…………..
I am definitely going to use Summerlite 4ply in the next few months so watch out for news about the upcoming project!
If you would like to see all the designs from the brochures mentioned in this post please click on these links……..
If you would like a chance to be entered into the draw to win a Rowan Spring Summer 2015 Shade Card which consists of snippets of all Rowans yarns so you can see all the shades and feel the yarn, this is what you need to do.
1. Subscribe to this blog. Please click here to subscribe. This allows me to email you if you are a winner. And………………
2. Let me know why you would like to win a Rowan Shade Card by leaving a comment below or by going to my Facebook page “What Colours Make” and leaving a comment underneath the post “Rowan Shade Card Giveaway”. If you “like” my Facebook page that would be nice too……but only if you do like it!
The above competition was closed on Sunday 15th February 2015 at 4pm US Mountain Time (11pm GMT).
Watch out for more giveaways in the coming months!