Bio Balance is a wonderful soft carded yarn from pure mulesing-free wool and organic cotton. The GOTS certified Bio Balance comes in great melange colors which gives each skein an even more interesting look.
Every summer I find myself suddenly without anything hand-knit to wear – even the biggest wool-lovers among us will have to admit that Merino tends to lose its appeal once it’s 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) or more. So this summer I thought I would be clever and knit myself a shawlette out of a nice cotton yarn with long color changes. It has a cute little bud-stitch pattern that has a subtle lace-like appearance, biased construction and wavy or pointy edges. You can knit it until your yarn is used up, just to the size you love to wear. Knit it now using a cotton or cotton blend so you will have it ready for next summer (unlike me, who finished it just now in the fall), or use a cozy woolen yarn with pretty color changes like Schoppel Zauberball Cotton to be stylish and warm this season.
Measurements of shawlette in the pictures: 167 cm (67 in) x 48 cm (19 in)
We carry the pretty and amazing yarn Schoppel Zauberball Cotton here in Strickmich! Shop in a number of fun colorways.The pattern "Buds & Bumbles" is part of Martina Behm´s book "The Hitchhiker Collection".
Long, triangular scarves are just the perfect thing to keep one‘s neck warm – and men want them, too! So here is „Ecken + Kanten“ which is German for „Corners and Edges“. When we say that someone possesses „Ecken und Kanten“, we mean he is a strong, sometimes challenging character, which makes him even more lovable. This garter stitch scarf is an easy knit, while the modular construction keeps things interesting. A good beginners‘ project or a relaxing one for advanced knitters. The result is perfect for men (and women) big and small. The pattern can be adapted to any amount of yarn: 100g of fingering weight will result in a shorter scarf that is still big enough to wrap around and wear like a cowl, while 150g will result in a longer scarf.
You start knitting at one corner until 25% of your yarn is used up. Then you change the direction of knitting 3 times, modularly forming 4 triangles and bind off.The pattern "Ecken + Kanten" is part of Martina Behm´s book "Strickmich! Knitting Inventions".
Summers of my childhood were spent camping on the island Fehmarn (Baltic Sea), where my father had grown up and my mom had strong family ties. During the six weeks of summer vacation, we had a few lazy sunny days at the beach, where we snacked on rolls with cheese and wurst prepared in the morning that had that certain beachy taste and crunched from the grains of sand they had gathered. Most of the time it rained hard, and we would sit in our caravan playing cards, snuggled up in the few summer clothes we had packed while being too optimistic about the weather. On those days, this shawlette would have been perfect: The colors of the Baltic Sea and the rain, and a pattern of small summery waves, adding just a little warmth on not-so-hot summer days.The shawlette is knit on the bias, giving the classic chevron pattern an unusual twist. Each side of the triangle shows a differently shaped wave – just like the Baltic Sea in wild weather.
In this video I talk about the yarn and the pattern.
Measurements Length 140 cm (56 in), Depth 32 cm (13 in) Shawlette size is adaptable to the amount of yarn you have.The pattern "Baltic Summer" is part of Martina Behms book "The Hitchhiker Collection".
These stitch markers can do more! They will not only remind you that you have reached a specific point in your row, but will also tell you what to do: knit 2 together, ssk, yarn over or m1. Also, they can be removed easily or placed in other places in your knitting as you please.
Addi Circulars with 80 cm (32 in) length and extra sharp tips are ideally suited for most of Martina Behm's designs. These needles are great quality "Made in Germany", and they make even the most complicated lace pattern a pleasure to knit. The needle sizes are printed on the cable (metric and US). Addi lace needle tips are made from shiny brass and nickel-free.
Softer than cotton, cooler than linen and wrinkle-free – "Morning Salutation" by Kremke Soul Wool is a summer knitter's dream come true! 51% Lyocell made out of unwanted wood cuts and 49% cotton will make it flow smoothly through your hands and be a pleasant yarn even in high temperatures. No yoga necessary!
This yarn has a beautiful weight to it (110 m / 50 g) that will give your shawls amazing drape. It's perfect for shawls with lace or structural patterns or cables, also for sweaters and cardigans. The perfect choice for everyone who would like to go without animal fiber!
Note: All designs made for "Cheeky Merino Joy" by Rosy Green Wool can also be worked with this yarn, as they are similar in diameter. Due to the different yardages, you will need 150 g (3 skeins) of "Morning Salutation" to substitute 100 g (1 skein) of Cheeky Merino Joy.The sample "Treehiker" from our book "Hitchhiker Collection" was made out of 200 g (four balls) of this yarn, colorway "11 Gold".
The gorgeous Zauberball yarn by Schoppel is now available in organic cotton, too! Great for light summer shawls e. g. Buds & Bumbles.The sample "Buds & Bumbles" from our book "Hitchhiker Collection" was made out of 100 g (one ball) of this yarn, colorway "Echte Abwechslung".
A beautiful, slightly shiny and very durable combination of fibers makes "Pinta" by Pascuali so special: Mulesing-free merino wool warms and absorbs moisture, silk adds durability and shine and ramie (viscose made out of a nettle plant) adds smoothness and weight. A good choice for hats, mittens and gloves as well as for shawls you expect to wear a lot. The yardage is perfect for most shawls in Martina's portfolio.