SMC Pertinio is a beautiful cotton and viscose blend with a subtle golden shimmer and it is on sale at. The wrapped construction gives the yarn a shiny, stripy surface and makes it cool to the touch. Pertinio is a trendy yarn which reflects the current interest in metallic detailed surfaces. This velvety yarn makes cool garments and accessories with a lovely drape. This yarn is very much like Berroco Captiva only with more yardage. Here are some pretty free patterns for Pertinio for your knitting pleasure (just click on the pictures to download a PDF of the patterns shown):
The next SMC yarn is Trachtenwolle Fine, this is an all-purpose rough and tough yarn that is robust and natural yet easy to care for; Trachtenwolle Fine is machine washable. You can create anything from traditional folk-styles to trendy or classic garments. Trachtenwolle Fine is on a 70% off super sale at Little Knits and here is a couple of free patterns for this yarn line:
And finally, SMC Baldini Colori is a soft and squishy bulky weight yarn with a thick and thin boucle construction. Made of 45% new wool and 55% acrylic it comes in a beautiful blend of colors and works up quickly to make jackets, wraps and scarves just to name a few. Baldini Colori is on a 83-87% off super sale at Little Knits and here is a fun wrap/scarf for pattern for this yarn line:
Hope you can enjoy at least one of these patterns and get to try some of the yarn lines listed above.
We found SMC Dolce Vita while we played ‘what is in the box’ last week, which is on a 83% off super sale at our website.
Dolce Vita is a single-ply wool blend that is constructed in loops and can be used to make scarves while using only your hands, which makes it a great gift for kids. Or, can be worked with knitting needles and/or a crochet hook. It can also be used as an embellishment for garments and felting projects.
One skein is sufficient for a scarf but we are making a store sample with two skeins, which I think is nicer – we like long scarves. This fun and kooky yarn is unusual for Little Knits so we thought we would let you know about it.
The newest sale in the 12 days of Little Sales is Malabrigo Rasta! This yarn is fabulous. Rasta is a super bulky 100% merino single ply, with a slight twist. It’s a little like Malabrigo Worsted’s (very) big sister. Recommended gauge is 2-2.5 Stitches to an inch on U.S. size 13-17 needles, and it has approximately 90 yards in each 150 gram hank.
Rasta comes in some amazing colors and it is soft soft soft. My favorite of the moment is probably Baya Electrica.
I think this color would look amazing as a Marian. This cowl is a free pattern available on Ravelry by Jane Richmond.
The Ovate shawl was designed originally with Rasta in mind. The designer’s photos show it in Pearl Ten (one of my all time favorite greys!).
Every time I go to Little Knits I’m so tempted by the Rasta. I’ve wanted to buy some forever, and with a sale like this I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist! That Baya Electrica (and Pearl Ten, and Glazed Carrot, and Grassland, and Plomo…) call to me!
New at Little Knits is Zealana Air, a luxurious lace weight yarn hailing from New Zealand. Air is composed of 40% Cashmere, 40% Brushtail Possum Down and 20% Mulberry Silk, and comes in balls of approximately 191 yards (25 grams).
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a skein of this gorgeous yarn. It’s description is intriguing, and with the cold weather we’ve been having, I want to drop all my current projects to knit some up right away! “AIR features the actual down from the brushtail possum… and when combined with 40% cashmere and 20% mulberry silk, you get something extraordinary-an ultra soft, durable, pill-resistant yarn that is lighter and warmer than 100% cashmere.” (Quote from the Zealana website).
One pattern specifically designed for Air is the Light as Air Mitts, by Nathalie O’Shea.
This free pattern takes only one skein, and it would look beautiful in Pewter.
Air would also be perfect knit up into Wisp. Another free pattern, Wisp could be knit with two to three skeins of Air, and would be fluffy and delicate
Air is currently part of the 12 days of Little Sales, so you Little Knits aficionados know it won’t last long!
Ahh, Malabrigo, my favorite of all yarn lines. Today’s offering from Little Knits 12 days of Little Sales is Malabrigo Rios. My favorite yarn from my favorite manufacturer!
It’s going to be really hard for me to pass up an opportunity to get the lovely Rios at 20% off, but I might be helped by the fact that I snuck up to Little Knits sans toddler a weekend or two ago and snagged three skeins of Aguas.
Rios is a fantastic yarn. It’s a worsted weight (4.5-5.5 stitches to an inch on U.S. size 6-8 needles), superwash, 100% merino wool. It is uber soft, squishy and cosy, and comes in many of Malabrigo’s always beautiful colors.
I’ve used Rios for a variety of projects, and it has held up well in all of them.
This hat (yes, another Thorpe, I know, I’m obsessed!) was knit over a year ago, and has held up amazingly well. Being worn all winter (which can drag on until June here in Seattle), and stuffed into a diaper bag along with toys and snacks and all associated detritus when not being worn, hardly affected it. When it got cold again this fall, I chose Rios again to knit up a new one, since he had grown out of this one.
Rios is fantastic for items worn against the skin. These Dashing mitts get a lot of wear and still look lovely!
If you’re looking for an uber soft worsted weight wool, Rios is unbeatable, and the fact that it’s superwash is icing on the (yarn) cake!