YarnSub Newsletter

February 2024

Knitting calculators

We've built two knitting calculators: a decrease calculator and an increase calculator.

These tools help with pattern instructions like "decrease 8 stitches evenly across the row." They automatically calculate where to place the increases or decreases so that they're evenly distributed across the row, while avoiding row ends so as not to mess up the edges.

The results are given as both written instructions and as a chart, so you can use whichever you prefer. The increase calculator also takes into account the type of increase you're doing.

If you have any issues or feedback about the tools, please let us know.

Newly-published books

For the first time since I started including books in the newsletter, I couldn't find any new knitting or crochet books published last month. So I've decided to stretch my normal rules about what counts as new, and what counts as a knitting book.

[Book: 'Crochet Granny Squares and More' by Laura Strutt]

Crochet Granny Squares and More by Laura Strutt was first published in 2015, under the title Modern Granny Square Crochet and More. The publishers re-released it last month, with a new name and a new cover. If you're a fan of the classic granny crochet look, then I think there are some nice patterns in the book.

3 pictures: a crochet blanket on a white cot, with colored circles within white squares; a crochet bag of granny stripes; a blanket of blue, pink and yellow granny-style hexagons
Designs from Crochet Granny Squares and More, by Laura Strutt


[Book: 'Catside Up, Catside Down' by Anna Hrachovec]

The second book is not really a knitting book at all, but it does include funny knitted cats, which I hope makes it acceptable. Catside Up, Catside Down is a children's book that shows knitted cats in unlikely positions, the aim being to entertain children while they learn various preposition words like up, down, on and under.

While there are no knitting patterns in the book, author Anna Hrachovec does have cat knitting patterns available on Ravelry. I think a handmade cat along with the book would make a cute gift for a small person.

Text reads
A page from Catside Up, Catside Down, by Anna Hrachovec

And just in case you were worried, there are plenty of new knitting and crochet books coming out in February!

See all newly published books >

New and discontinued yarns

New yarn: Tosh Pebble
Two Shibui Knits' discontinued yarns are available again from Madelinetosh: Tosh Pebble and Tosh Silk Cloud – Image © Jimmy Beans Wool

New

Amano Yarns
Sami XL – Heavy Worsted – 100% Organic Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors
Turay – Aran – 50% Cotton, 50% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Berroco
Bozzolo – Aran – 100% Cotton – Fleecy chain – Solid colors, Self-striping
Seaspun – Worsted – 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester – Chained – Solid colors
Tillie – Sport – 62% Cotton, 38% Cupro – Chained – Tonal colors

By Laxtons
Sheepsoft 4-ply – Fingering – 50% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 50% Masham Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers, Undyed
Sheepsoft Aran – Aran – 50% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 50% Masham Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers, Undyed
Sheepsoft DK – DK – 50% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 50% Masham Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers, Undyed

Cygnet
Tickly Tots – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping (spray effect)

Elements
Colourwave Chunky – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping (gradient transition)

Estelle
Colour Flair – Super Bulky – 95% Wool, 5% Acrylic – Thick and thin – Self-striping
Linocott – Worsted – 50% Cotton, 50% Linen – Crepe – Solid colors

Gepard Garn
Cashmere Klassik – Fingering – 100% Cashmere – Crepe – Solid colors

Hobbii
Mocktail – Heavy Worsted – 50% Acrylic, 47% Wool, 3% Polyester – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient transition)
Upcycled Alpaca Blend – Worsted – 34% Acrylic, 33% Alpaca, 33% Wool – Plied – Heathered colors

Holst Garn
Lucia – Lace – 42% Baby Alpaca, 35% Mulberry Silk, 13% Merino Wool, 10% Yak – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors

Ice Yarns
Charm – Heavy Worsted – 30% Acrylic, 25% Metallic, 20% Nylon, 15% Mohair, 10% Superwash Wool – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors with metallic

James C. Brett
Noggin – Super Bulky – 75% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool – 2 ply – Self-striping (gradient marl)

Lana Grossa
The Look – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors

Life In The Long Grass
Sport – Sport – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Tonal colors, Multicolored, Speckled colors

Loops & Threads
Ombre Hues – Sport – 75% Polyester, 25% Acrylic – Fuzzy chain – Self-striping (gradient transition)

Madelinetosh
Tosh Pebble – Fingering – 48% Silk, 36% Merino Wool, 16% Cashmere – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Tosh Silk Cloud – Lace – 60% Mohair, 40% Silk – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors

Phildar
Phil Amboise Imprimé – Super Bulky – 35% Wool, 34% Nylon, 31% Acrylic – Eyelash – Self-striping (gradient transition)
Phil Baby Socks – Fingering – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors
Phil Chic Lurex – Aran – 48% Mohair, 30% Wool, 18% Nylon, 3% Metallic, 1% Elastic – Fuzzy – Solid colors with metallic
Phil Colorful – Bulky – 53% Superwash Wool, 47% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient transition)
Phil Cosy – Worsted – 52% Synthetic, 30% Alpaca, 11% Wool, 6% Cotton, 1% Elastic – Fuzzy – Tweed colors
Phil Divin – Aran – 54% Viscose, 46% Polyester – Tape – Solid colors
Phil Gloria – Bulky – 42% Nylon, 21% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca, 10% Polyester, 7% Wool – Fuzzy with sequins – Semi-solid colors with sequins
Phil Harmonie – Bulky – 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool – Thick and thin – Multicolored marl
Phil Inuit – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Faux fur – Solid colors
Phil Irise – Fingering – 68% Viscose, 18% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon, 4% Mohair – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors
Phil Melodie – Bulky – 50% Wool, 40% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca – Single ply – Multicolored
Phil Origin – Sport – 100% Cotton – Chained – Solid colors
Phil Reve – Bulky – 53% Alpaca, 47% Nylon – Fiber-filled net – Tonal colors, Multicolored
Phil Starlight – Fingering – 80% Cotton, 20% Polyester – Metallic chainette – Solid colors with metallic
Phil Swan – Bulky – 40% Acrylic, 40% Cotton, 20% Nylon – Eyelash flags – Solid colors

Quince and Co
Puffin Speckled – Super Bulky – 95% Wool, 3% Acrylic, 2% Viscose – Single ply – Tweed colors

Rowan
Cotton Revive – DK – 80% Cotton, 20% Other (Unknown) Recycled Fibers – I-cord – Solid colors

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

Sysleriget
Brushed Deluxe – Fingering – 53% Alpaca, 34% Silk, 13% Cashmere – Fuzzy – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Trendsetter Yarns
Facade – Worsted – 75% Cotton, 25% Acrylic – Chained – Self-striping

Urth Yarns
Lanalpaca – Super Bulky – 50% Merino Wool, 50% Superfine Alpaca – Bouclé – Solid colors

Viking of Norway
Lovikka – Super Bulky – 100% Highland Superwash Wool – Single ply – Undyed

Wibra
Julie – Bulky – 58% Cotton, 42% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors

Yarn Citizen
Trinity Cashmere – Lace – 49% Baby Alpaca, 39% Mulberry Silk, 12% Cashmere – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors

Yarnsmiths
Pebble Haze DK – DK – 67% Cotton, 33% Acrylic – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors, Multicolored, Self-striping (gradient transition)

Discontinued

Big Twist Yarns
Lil' Twist Baby – Aran – 91% Acrylic, 9% Viscose – Plied – Solid colors

DROPS Design
DROPS Delight – Sport – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient color change)

Hobbii
Woody Tweed – DK – 70% Superwash Wool, 30% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Ice Yarns
Peruvian – Heavy Worsted – 50% Acrylic, 25% Alpaca, 25% Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Jody Long
Alpamayo – Worsted – 50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Organic Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors

Madelinetosh
TML + Copper – Fingering – 90% Merino Superwash Wool, 8% Acrylic, 2% Metallic – Single ply – Tonal colors with metallic, Multicolored with metallic, Speckled with metallic

Mary Maxim
Silk Merino Sock – Fingering – 65% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Silk – Plied – Tonal colors, Multicolored

Moda Vera
Splendid 8-ply – DK – 70% Acrylic, 30% Modal Rayon – S on S plied – Solid colors

String Yarns
Scozia – Super Bulky – 100% Cashmere – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors

The Plucky Knitter
Phoebe – Fingering – 100% Cashmere – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored, Gradient sets

Trendsetter Yarns
Celebrate – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied – Self-striping
Indulge – Heavy Worsted – 60% Kid Mohair, 27% Alpaca, 13% Nylon – Fuzzy – Self-striping
Pavlova – DK – 72% Cotton, 28% Viscose – Plied – Self-striping (gradient transition)

Wendy
With Wool Super Chunky – Super Bulky – 75% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors


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See you in March!

Wendy


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