YarnSub Newsletter

October 2022

Newly-published books

[Book: 'Aquatic Amigurumi' by Natasha Tishchenko]

The attention to detail in Natasha Tishchenko's designs makes her Aquatic Amigurumi creations a little bit special, I think. There's no crochet left plain if adding a ruffle or some embroidery would make it look more polished.

colorful angel fish, pirate with wooden leg, lion fish and angler fish

Designs from Aquatic Amigurumi, by Natasha Tishchenko

Of course, adding these extra details take time, and that might be off-putting for some people. So I respect that she's not worrying about that, but has produced the designs that she likes.

If you do think these designs are worth the effort involved, Natasha Tishchenko has taken care to make them reproducible. As well as tutorials and links to videos for all the basic crochet stitches, she has included many photos showing exactly where to insert your hook or embroidery needle in order to achieve the look of the toys in the book.

So don't think that just because they look so professional, that makes them beyond you. In fact, there's so much help included, they might even make a brilliant first amigurumi project!


[Book: 'Wild Mittens Unruly Socks 3' by Lumi Karmitsa]

Stranded knitting is most often used to produce repeating patterns around an entire garment, as in traditional Fair-isle or Nordic-style knitting. In Wild Mittens Unruly Socks 3, Lumi Karmitsa uses stranded knitting to make pictures instead—something you're more likely to expect from an intarsia design. The result can be more subtle than intarsia though, since you can easily inter-mix the colors when you're stranding, as seen in the mittens below, in the girl's hair and dress and the pathway.

The patterns in the book depict a range of subjects, from cute kittens and baby deer to a slightly freaky frog and a very creepy clown—not one for anyone with a clown phobia! (I'm not a sufferer, but I can totally understand why it's a thing.) Below are some of the friendlier-looking designs.

brown and white mittens with deer on, blue and white mittens of a house, brown and white rabbit socks, green and blue flower socks

Designs from Wild Mittens Unruly Socks 3 by Lumi Karmitsa

I wouldn't say that this is a book aimed at complete beginners. There are only basic tutorials included for stranded knitting, though there are tips for making it look good, such as how to steam block your finished work.

Creepy clowns aside, I would love to make many of the designs in the book. There's not much in knitting that I find more motivating than watching a picture grow beneath my needles.


[Book: '10,000 Knitted Hats' by Jo Allport]

How do you squeeze patterns for 10,000 Knitted Hats into a book that's only 80 pages long? Jo Allport's trick was to write patterns for 23 hats, and then allow you to mix and match any brim, body and crown for a total of 23 x 23 x 23 = more than 12,000 different hat combinations! The pages of the book are literally cut into 3, and the book is spiral bound, so you just flip the different page-parts around until you get a hat that you like the look of. I think that might be quite fun in itself, even if I never knit a stitch of an actual hat!

When I say 12,000 "different" combinations, some of these hats are going to have the same brim and body with just a slightly amended crown, so I'm glad that Jo Allport has knocked a couple of thousand off her claim for the book title! Still, even one thousand different hats would be more than enough for the average knitter.

All the hats are knitted in a DK-weight yarn, so the book would be great for anyone who has DK yarn to use up in their stash. Or perhaps for someone who wants plenty of options for gift knitting. You could even use this book to get a head start on your Christmas knitting!

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New and discontinued yarns

New yarn: Knit Picks Array

New yarn: Knit Picks Array – Image © Knit Picks

New

Araucania
Huasco Chunky Kettle Dyes – Bulky – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Tonal colors

Berroco
Vintage Sock – Fingering – 52% Acrylic, 40% Superwash Wool, 8% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors

Blue Sky Fibers
Woolstok Tweed – Bulky – 85% Highland Wool, 15% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Camp Color
CC Bulky – Bulky – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Caron
Colorama Halo O'Go – Bulky – 71% Acrylic, 18% Nylon, 11% Polyester – Plied with a soft haze – Gradient

Cascade Yarns
220 Superwash Grande – Bulky – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathered colors
Cascade 220 Grande – Bulky – 100% Highland Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathered colors
Elysian 6 – Heavy Worsted – 60% Merino Superwash Wool, 40% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors
Heritage 6 – Sport – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors

Darn Good Yarn
Journey Recycled Silk – Sport – 100% Silk – Plied – Multicolored

Debbie Bliss
British Wool Aran – Aran – 50% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 50% Masham Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Ella Rae
Alpaca Mohair Degradé – Lace – 34% Kid Mohair, 34% Superfine Alpaca, 32% Nylon – Brushed bouclé – Gradient

Emu
Funfair Swirl Dk – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping

Fiddlesticks
Superb 10 – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors

GGH
Ortensia – Aran – 52% Cotton, 41% Viscose, 7% Nylon – Bouclé – Multicolored

Gepard Garn
Puno Upcycling – Super Bulky – 68% Baby Alpaca, 22% Nylon, 10% Merino Wool – Fiber-filled net – Tweed colors
Woolia – Aran – 100% Merino Wool – 2 ply – Solid colors

HiKoo
Alpico – DK – 58% Baby Alpaca, 42% Cotton – Slubby single wrapped with thread – Multicolored

Hjertegarn
Armonia Brushed – Sport – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors
Natura Merino Wool – Worsted – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Undyed colors
Roselinde Kid Mohair – Bulky – 78% Kid Mohair, 13% Merino Wool, 9% Nylon – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors

Hobbii
Flash it! – Aran – 80% Viscose, 20% Metallic – Chained – Solid colors with metallic
Friends Cotton 8/4 – Sport – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors
Honey Bunny – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors
Miss Sparkle – Super Bulky – 39% Acrylic, 27% Metallic, 24% Nylon, 5% Viscose, 5% Wool – Fuzzy tinsel – Solid colors with metallic

Järbo Garn
Select No. 1 Mohair Tweed – Worsted – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Mohair – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Select No. 2 Recycled Cashmere Blend – Sport – 50% Cashmere, 50% Merino Wool – S on S plied – Solid colors
Select No. 3 Yak Blend with Silk and Alpaca – Fingering – 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Mulberry Silk, 10% Yak – Plied – Solid colors
Select No. 4 Botanically Dyed Wool Cotton – Sport – 50% Cotton, 50% Wool – 2 ply – Semi-solid colors
Select No. 5 Botanically Dyed Alpaca Blend – Heavy Worsted – 42% Baby Alpaca, 30% Cotton, 28% Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Semi-solid colors

King Cole
Nordic Chunky – Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping (fair-isle effect)

Knit Picks
Alla Prima – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Multicolored, Tonal colors
Elixir – Fingering – 45% Superfine Alpaca, 35% Merino Wool, 20% Linen – Plied with a soft haze – Heathered colors

Lana Grossa
About Berlin Tweed – Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 15% Nylon, 10% Linen – Tweedy – Tweedy colors
Cashmere Love – Sport – 50% Cashmere, 50% Cotton – Plied – Semi-solid colors
Cashmere Verde – DK – 100% Cashmere – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors
Colortwist – Heavy Worsted – 74% Merino Superwash Wool, 20% Cotton, 6% Nylon – Single wrapped with thread – Multicolored
Cool Merino Big – Bulky – 90% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors
Duetto Classico – Worsted – 70% Merino Wool, 28% Alpaca, 2% Elastic – Plied – Self-striping (gradient marl)
Lala Berlin Cloudy – Super Bulky – 93% Merino Wool, 7% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Solid colors

Lion Brand
North Pole Yarn Co Candy Cake – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping (long)
North Pole Yarn Co Candy Cake Metallic – Aran – 96% Acrylic, 4% Metallic – Plied – Solid colors with metallic
North Pole Yarn Co Sparkle – Heavy Worsted – 56% Acrylic, 44% Polyester – Fuzzy with sequins – Solid colors with sequins
North Pole Yarn Co Tinsel – Worsted – 100% Polyester – Tinsel – Metallic colors

Loops & Threads
Cozy Heathered – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Semi-solid colors
Eco Naturals – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Multicolored

Malabrigo Yarn
Metamorphosis Sock – Fingering – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping (long)

Mary Maxim
Glimmer – Aran – 97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic – Plied – Solid colors with metallic

Mondial
Autunno – Aran – 65% Alpaca, 25% Acrylic, 10% Nylon – Bouclé – Tonal colors, Multicolored
Best – Super Bulky – 35% Acrylic, 25% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Polyester, 15% Nylon – Chained – Semi-solid colors
Velour – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors

Novita
7 Veljestä / 7 Brothers Nummi – Aran – 76% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon, 4% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Tuuli – Lace – 60% Mohair, 40% Viscose – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors
Wonder Wool – DK – 100% Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Paintbox Yarns
Chenille – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors
Wool Blend DK – DK – 75% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Wool Blend Worsted – Worsted – 75% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Pascuali
Maximo – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Eco-Wash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Premier Yarns
Ciao Baby – DK – 70% Acrylic, 30% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors, Self-striping
Sweet Roll Vivid – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping

Rico Design
Creative Melange Alpaca Aran – Aran – 63% Alpaca, 27% Nylon, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient marl)
Essentials Alpaca Loves Silk – Worsted – 75% Alpaca, 25% Silk – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Ricorumi Twinkly Twinkly – DK – 99% Cotton, 1% Metallic – Plied – Solid colors with metallic
Superba Footballs – Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping

Rowan
BIG Big Wool – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Rowan Sock – Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Single ply – Gradient marl

Scheepjes
Scrumptious – DK – 50% Acrylic, 50% Polyester – Plied – Solid colors, Heathered colors
Truly Scrumptious – Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Polyester – Plied – Solid colors

Sesia
Bon Bon – DK – 44% Cotton, 36% Baby Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool – Fuzzy chain – Semi-solid colors
Dolce Tweed – Aran – 43% Nylon, 35% Silk, 13% Acrylic, 9% Mohair – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Rebelle – Aran – 55% Merino Wool, 32% Mohair, 13% Silk – Plied with a soft haze – Marled colors, Undyed

Shibui Knits
Murmur – Super Bulky – 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool – Chained – Solid colors

Stacy Charles Fine Yarns
Gwen – Heavy Worsted – 95% Wool, 5% Nylon – Single wrapped with thread – Solid colors
Jewel – Sport – 89% Merino Wool, 6% Nylon, 5% Metallic – Chained – Solid colors with metallic

Stylecraft
Merry Go Round XL – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping

Svarta Fåret
Strong – Worsted – 40% Alpaca, 40% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors
Ulrika Natur – Worsted – 100% Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Tahki Yarns
Superwash Merino Worsted Twist – Heavy Worsted – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

The Fibre Co.
&Make Aran – Aran – 50% Alpaca, 50% Highland Wool – 2 ply – Solid colors
&Make DK – DK – 55% Highland Wool, 35% Alpaca, 10% Linen – Plied – Semi-solid colors
&Make Super Bulky – Super Bulky – 100% Highland Wool – Single ply – Solid colors

Zitron
inEinklang – Sport – 50% Merino Superwash Wool, 50% Nettle Fiber – Plied – Semi-solid colors

Discontinued

Anzula
Milky Way – Light Fingering – 80% Milk Protein, 20% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored, Speckled

Araucania
Huasco Color – Sport – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Tonal colors
Ollagua – DK – 100% Linen – Z-plied – Multicolored

Bernat
Alize Blanket EZ Graph-it – Jumbo – 100% Polyester – Double fixed loops – Multicolored

Big Twist Yarns
Arcade – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping
Sherpa – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Faux fur – Solid colors

Cascade Yarns
Paradigm Shift Lite – Sport – 100% Cotton – Plied – Gradient
ReBound – Aran – 70% Polyester, 30% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers
ReVerb – Sport – 70% Polyester, 30% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze – Heathered colors
Spuntaneous Worsted – Heavy Worsted – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Semi-solid colors

Ella Rae
Seasons – Bulky – 76% Acrylic, 14% Wool, 10% Nylon – Chained – Self-striping (gradient transition)

Erika Knight
Vintage Wool – Aran – 100% Masham Wool – 2 ply – Solid colors

Hobbii
Ribbon Jumbo – Super Bulky – 100% Cotton – Tape – Solid colors

Knit Picks
Preciosa Worsted – Worsted – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Semi-solid colors, Undyed

Knitting Fever
KFI Collection Painted Lace – Fingering – 100% Cotton – Plied – Gradient marl
KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Sock 4-ply – Fingering – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Multicolored

Lana Grossa
Gomitolo Mezzo – Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Multicolored

Lion Brand
Cotton-Fetti Blend – DK – 50% Acrylic, 50% Cotton – S on S plied – Marled colors
LB Collection Merino Camel – Sport – 80% Merino Wool, 20% Camel – S on S plied – Solid colors
Touch of Silk – Aran – 60% Polyester, 20% Cotton, 20% Silk – Tweedy – Semi-solid colors

Marriner Yarns
4-ply Cotton – Fingering – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Multicolored

Mary Maxim
Winnie Pooh – Heavy Worsted – 100% Polyester – Fleece style – Solid colors

Mirasol Yarn
Pima Kuri – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Crepe – Solid colors

Novita
Suomivilla DK – DK – 100% Wool – Plied – Heathered colors

Patons (North America)
Alpaca Blend – Bulky – 60% Acrylic, 22% Superwash Wool, 10% Nylon, 8% Alpaca – Single ply – Solid colors, Heathers

Red Heart
Reflective – Bulky – 85% Acrylic, 15% Reflective Polyester – Plied – Solid colors with reflective thread

Sesia
Bio Bimbo – Fingering – 100% Organic Cotton – Plied – Self-striping (gradient transition)

Sirdar
No. 1 Aran Stonewash – Aran – 50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon – Crepe – Semi-solid colors

Sugarplum Circus
Merino DK – DK – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Tonal colors, Multicolors

Swans Island
Natural Colors Merino Worsted – Heavy Worsted – 100% Merino Wool – Plied
Organic Washable DK – DK – 100% Merino Wool – Plied

The Plucky Knitter
Sweater Aran – DK – 90% Merino Superwash Wool, 10% Nylon – Plied

Trendsetter Yarns
Dune – Heavy Worsted – 41% Mohair, 30% Acrylic, 29% Nylon – Brushed bouclé
Eyelash – Carry along – 100% Polyester – Eyelash

Universal Yarn
Bella Chenille Big Glimmer – Jumbo – 94% Polyester, 6% Metallic – Chenille – Solid colors with metallic


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Wendy


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