January 21, 2021
Cobblestone is a fingering weight base which channels a 70's retro vibe which we are excited to introduce to the Louie & Lola Yarns line up.
It reminds us of my childhood ponchos, early hand spun yarns and 70's disco music with it's fun crinkly texture and fun pops of slub.
Everything old is new again, right?
This yarn has been quite popular with hand dyers overseas in recent years, particularly when paired with mohair silk laceweight yarns, thanks to a number of free hat and shawl patterns featuring both yarns held double.
Our favourite free Cobblestone patterns include the Chelsea In Paris and College Bound hats, the Midtown Cowl & Hat Set and the Tassels in the Sky shawl (click on title links for Ravelry pattern pages).
Cobblestone has also been successfully used in a number of garment projects which have benefited from the textural interest created by the slubs in the yarn.
Pic above: Chelsea in Paris
Pic above: Midtown Cowl
Pic above: College Bound
Pic above: Tassels in the Sky
Based on our swatching of Cobblestone, when using a 3.5mm needle we achieved a gauge of 24 stitches / 34 rows per 10cm, resulting in a lovely drapey fabric. We can see the yarn being suited to a wide range of needle sizes (eg. 2.75mm and 4mm), depending on the desired gauge and fabric for your project. The yarn has a meterage of 400m per 100 gram skein.
When swatching 'double' with both Louie & Lola Cobblestone and Mohair Silk Lace on a 4mm needle, we achieved a gauge of 22 stitches / 30 rows per 10cm. Again, we think this would be considered a 'middle of the road' gauge for this fabric and subject to your pattern's recommend gauge and your desired fabric, we think you could easily go down or up in needle size to create either a denser or looser knit fabric with success.
We swatched Cobblestone and Mohair Silk Lace in our new 'Cherry Pie' colourway, as below. The mohair yarn lent it's usual blending effect and added the lovely 'halo' for which it is so adored.
To celebrate it's launch at Louie & Lola, we will initially be making it available as a 'Duo', which pairs a full skein of Cobblestone with a full skein of Mohair Silk Lace in the same colourway.
The two colourways we have created especially for our Cobblestone launch are 'Cherry Pie' and 'Sugar & Spice'.
We hope you will enjoy this fun, new yarn as much as we do and look forward to seeing your Cobblestone projects come to fruition.
January 25, 2021
Joji Locatelli's Winter Trails Cowl pattern has released today. We have put together some yarn combo ideas using our Merino Singles and Merino Nylon Sock base for this gorgeous cowl pattern and will be casting on ourselves.
December 19, 2020
Our newest yarn base Merino Nylon DK launches in this week's Shop Update!
Living at the bottom of a mountain in Tassie pretty much calls for hand knit socks all year round - and as much as we love our fingering weight socks, sometimes we just need something a little warmer to keep our toes warm.
December 12, 2020
Today's Shop Update includes 24 colourways on our popular Merino Silk Yak Fingering base.
This yarn is a stunning summer weight yarn, which is slightly cool to the touch due to the silk content. It is perfect for light weight summer garments, shawls and other special accessories.