Yarn babies delivered!

It makes me so happy when my yarn babies arrive in their new homes. Apart from one that is taking its own sweet time, all orders from the past couple of weeks have been delivered and are now in their new homes.

I hope you all enjoy transforming your new Dubai Knits yarns. If you are on Instagram, I would love it if you used #dubaiknits on your post so that I can see what becomes of my yarn babies. Feel free to tag me as well @dubaiknits.

There are still a few skeins in the store if you haven’t picked up your yarn for the Whakairo Cowl. Frenchie is also hosting the Spring Fibre Muse KAL! You can join in the Fibre Muse Circle Facebook group or on Instagram, using the hashtag #springfibremusekal. Follow Frenchie on Instagram @arohaknits for updates.

I started my own Whaikairo cowl yesterday on cast on day. I decided to use a skein of Luna dyed in cochineal which is then dipped in indigo. I was having a tough time choosing from all the Yara bases (which is what Frenchie used for the design) but decided to leave those for you all! Here is a look at my WIP after finishing the setup rows.

Saving the best for last: I will have Whakairo Cowl kits coming! The kit will include a choice of yarn base in pre-selected colourways plus a purchase code for the pattern on Ravelry. I’m working out the listing and will put them up shortly. There should be plenty of time for you to grab a kit and join the KAL.

I’ll be back with the kit update soon!

Pattern release: Vanilla Hat

It all started with this “zombie” skein of Anya which we used as a tester for dyes at a workshop held in November 2017.

It’s not the prettiest skein but it had potential so I decided to play around with it and thought I could split them into two or three equal balls and knit them at the same time. I had to do some knitting math, nothing too difficult but still not something I do on a regular basis so it took a bit longer than I would have liked. I started knitting and with 3 strands held together, the hat worked up so quickly.

Pleased with my progress, I decided to pull out another skein of sock yarn, this time Luna to see if I could repeat the results. And I did! Spurred by this success, I decided to write out the pattern. And then the holidays happened. And there was a move from one town to another. You know how it is. I managed to send the pattern out to testers who all came back to me rather quickly so I am grateful to all of them.

The pattern is now available on Ravelry. You can get it here: Vanilla Hat. I hope you will enjoy making many colourful hats with this pattern.

If you have any questions, please email dubaiknits@gmail.com. Thank you for your continued support.

Gwendoline

Meet Gwendoline, one of the most feminine shawls you’d ever meet.
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From the pattern page:

Gwendoline a collaboration between Dubai Knits and PaulinaP Designs. It is shaped into a crescent and has a lovely cable and lace border running along the bottom. The shawl despite its looks is very easy to knit. The border is knitted sideways first and stitches are later picked up for the garter stitch body and worked bottom-up with short row technique used to shape it.

The serrated edge lends itself to beading if one requires more dressy shawl. Triangle beads size 5 are best to use with this yarn.

Gwendoline is perfect for intermediate and advanced knitters, however, advanced beginners can try it as well. The instructions are written and charted. I have also included a photo tutorial to help with the bobble making technique.

Gwendoline’s relaxed beauty is sure to add style to many casual or special outfits!

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You can make a larger shawl by knitting more repeats of the lace edging. A smooth, slightly drapey yarn is your best option for this shawl. Anything too woolly might obscure the lovely lace edging. And anything too drapey, or knitting at a larger gauge will lose all the elements of the cable and lace.

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You can buy the pattern directly from Paulina’s Ravelry store. Thank you, Paulina for this wonderful experience!

Matched dyelots of FHL is available right here.

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