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Malabrigo Caracol

August 11, 2016

Malabrigo has done it again with its introduction of Caracol, a truly unique yarn! It starts with a bulky thick-and-thin single ply made of delightfully soft superwash merino wool, which is then criss-crossed with a binder thread that contains the "poof" of single ply and adds a fabulous texture.  The yarn is dyed in Malabrigo’s signature kettle-dyed colorways to make a spectular yarn, reminiscent of a hand spun. Caracol knits up into a cozy, fluffy fabric with a ton of texture and visual interest, letting simple stitch patterns really sing! 

We knit Marian by Jane Richmond for the store sample.  The drape and texture of this popular cowl is absolutely beautiful and will quickly become a go-to choice for quick holiday gifts!
                           Malabrigo Caracol Aniverario Nitro Knitters     Malabrigo Caracol Archangel

Project Inspiration: Sallah Cowl

March 28, 2015

Sallah Cowl by Bristol Ivy is a project fit for hand painted sock yarn.  This cowl is knit with two sizes of needles -  the right side is knit with a size 5 and the wrong side is knit with a size 10.   The resulting fabric is very textural and squishy.  Knit on a bias with an applied i-cord, Sallah is fun to knit and easy to wear, adding color and texture interest to any outfit.  There are so many yarns that would knit up beautifully in this pattern.  To name just a few would be Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye, Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock, Araucania Huasco.
             
                             

It’s all about the Square…Needle That Is!

March 26, 2015

At first glance many people wonder how round knitting stitches can come off square needles.  Knitting needles are supposed to be round, right?  There’s a couple companies that are now making square needles.  Why the change?  Knitters who use the square needles say they can knit longer with less hand fatique.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Many people who may have arthritis, nerve damage, or their hands cramp while knitting find their hands are more comfortable while using square needles.  The thought behind it is that the flat parts of the needles allow the fingers to have more of a grip without gripping hard.  Others find that their gauge becomes more even.  

 

If your curiosity is piqued and you would like to try square needles for yourself, come by Nitro.  We carry Knitter’s Pride Platina Cubics, which are hollow brass tubes plated with chrome for a smooth finish and have a very sharp point.  They are available in fixed circulars and interchangeable.  We even have a demo pair for you to hold before buying.  Maybe you will find your new favorite knitting tool!