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Unraveled Rodarte

As knitters and fashion fans, it is always a thrill to see knitwear on the runway, and few have engaged the craft the way the Rodarte sisters have. This season marked Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s 10th year and they sent their trademark deconstructed knits out once more, thrilling and perhaps terrifying home-knitters everywhere.

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Dropped stitches usually strike dread in the heart of most knitters, but they can also be used intentionally for ultracool dramatic effect. The unraveled look broadcasts a post-apocalyptic cool that is an idée fixe for the sisters, a means of finding and celebrating beauty in decay. The sisters have long dabbled in tattered, amorphous knits, sending sheer, mixed-gauge pieces down the runway as far back as 2008.

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It’s a punk counterpart to the usual Fair Isle and cabled references we’re all used to seeing trotted out for the fall and winter collections. DIY tutorials share the intricacies of the technique, which requires a willingness to let go of neatly defined patterns and rules.

If you’d like to experiment with a dropped stitch look but aren’t quite ready to rock the disheveled glamour of a Rodarte girl, check out our Teela Stole and Teela Top, both knit in Zealana Heron and available FREE in our Passport magazine. Both use a simple and deliciously fun dropped stitch technique that adds an instantly airy feel to your garment (and bonus, instant extra width).

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Whatever you knit, have fun!

XO CR

Hoodie Love

We couldn’t be more hyped on the spring hoodie trend. This laid-back piece can bridge the transition to lighter layers without the prim-and-proper feel of a cardigan. A zip-up hoodie gives you the  versatility to weather fluctuating temps while a pullover version instantly lends a streetwise vibe to whatever you throw it over.

Reach back into our Adventurous Zealana archives to find Claudia Findlay’s Cable Hooded Jacket made in our warm and fuzzy merino wool and brushtail possum blend Heron.

If you want to get a jump on the trend, check out our Air Chunky Hooded Pocket scarf, a unique hybrid of accessory and garment made from our most luxurious cashmere, silk and brushtail possum down blend. Find kits online at String Yarns NYC.

Happy (hoodie) knitting!

XO Zealana

Fringe Association L’Arbre KAL

Greetings! If you are a fan of Karen Templer’s wonderful Fringe Association blog you may have seen today’s Hat KAL announcement. I’m pleased to say that Karen has chosen the L’Arbre Hat which first appeared in my debut book Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads: A Modern Knitter’s Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style [STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books]. 

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The good news is, my publishers have graciously provided the hat pattern as a PDF download. The bad news is, the original yarn used is being discontinued! No matter, I always welcome the chance to do a little stash diving…

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Karen asked what I thought might be a good alternative and my first instinct was Zealana Artisan Heron, a wooly single-ply with a rustic charm. I think I might have been thinking of the Heron Hats blog post when I said that because I completely forgot about Zealana Performa Kauri! It has a touch of silk, which the original yarn had as well, and that lends a jewel-like glow to the finished fabric. The round plied yarn works up very quickly and is adaptable to many gauges. I worked it quite tightly to make a firm, felt-like fabric for another hat in the book, the Karin Fascinator.

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© Jared Flood from Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads by Cirilia Rose (STC Craft, 2014)

I love the Kauri color selections, too. They’re bright but still grounded in nature, which fits right in with the scheme I came up with for the Magpies chapter that contains both of these hats.

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I remember being worried about selecting trendy colors that may be out of fashion by the time the book was printed, but I ended up just following my gut, choosing shades that would work in the rainforest setting I selected for the shoot (Discovery Park in Seattle, WA). Deep watery blues and teals, chartreuse leaf greens and vibrant magentas looked right at home among all that greenery.

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One note before casting on–I’m not sure why I didn’t go down a needle size or two before I knit the brim. Why, Past Me, why?! Good thing I can fix that now as I cast on a second L’Arbre. Oh, and if my needles look a bit long, well, well spotted! I can never find my 16″ circulars, so I’ll make do with Magic Loop.

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Knitting, always a process, eh? Will you be joining the KAL?

CR

Heron Hats

Those of us living in the States were sad to see Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow on February 2nd, or Groundhog Day. According to tradition, if a shadow is spotted, we’ll live through 6 more weeks of winter weather. No shadow, and we can start packing up the knits.

Whatever the outcome, knit hats are a fantastic transitional piece when entering that impossible to dress for bit of the year. You can add it to an already cozy ensemble and be even more bundled against the elements, or you can wear it with no coat and short sleeves, soaking up the first rays of the season. Our Heron yarn is uniquely suited to the task, as evidenced by 5 lovely knitters I found on Revelry:

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Jen from Wellington knit a fetching version of Alicia Plummer’s free Plimoth modeled by her friend in green.  Claudia from Germany is an avid knitter, and the European distributor for Zealana! She shows off two shades of Heron in her own Cap Chapka design. Amy from New Zealand is keeping her offspring toasty with the free Kid’s Stripey Beanie pattern.  Jen from Wellington stuck with Heron for Swoon, an easy ribbed toque. Dan from Albuquerque made the supercool Halfdome a sharp looking contrast brim.

As a part of our Artisan line, Heron is on the affordable end of things, but it boasts the same softness and fuzzy bloom of all our possum blends.  All of these hats take less than two balls are a suitable for adventurous beginners.

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