Neapolitan Tikal Infinity Scarf

Beautiful Italian yarn company Grignasco is no more. We will miss this yarn very much and while we still have some in stock we thought we would whip up an irresistible infinity scarf for you to knit.

The weather has already started changing and going by the amount of scarves that have been photographed in store this week we think it is time to start preparing for autumn and winter evenings.

For this week end, an ode to Grignasco Tikal. A 14ply yarn, 68% baby alpaca, 10% merino wool and 22% polyamide.

Have a lovely week end and we hope that our free pattern gets your knitting mojo going!

Neapolitan Tikal Infinity Scarf

Materials: Grignasco Tikal 3×702 (col A), 2×1152 (col B), 1×705 (col C)

Needles: 7.00mm

Measurements: the scarf should measure 150cm at completion.

Grignasco Tikal Infinity Scarf

Grignasco Tikal Infinity Scarf

Method

With col A and 7.00mm needles cast on 51sts.

Row 1: (RS) knit

Row 2: knit

Row 3: k1, *sl1 purlwise, k1: rep from * to the end of the row.

Row 4: k1, *yf, sl1 purlwise, yb, k1;, rep from * to the end of the row

Knit 2 rows.

Row 7: k2, *sl1 purlwise, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 8: k2, *yf, sl1 purlwise, yb, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep these 8 rows throughout

Work 50cm using col A only.

Keeping the pattern correct, Introduce col B and work as follows:

1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th pattern rows worked in col A; 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th rows worked in

col B.

Work 50cm using col A and col B.

Keeping the pattern correct, Introduce col C and work as follows: (working with cols A, B and C)

Beginning with the 1st row 2 rows worked in col A, 2 rows in col B and 2 rows in

col C through out. Work 50 cm using col A, B and C.

Sew away ends. Sew the cast on edge to the cast off edge. If you like, you can leave it as a scarf.

Manos del Uruguay – Dragón Cooperative

Last month our managers Adelaide and Albert went to visit Manos del Uruguays’s Dragón Cooperative in Placido Rosas, Uruguay. They were enthralled with the beautiful yarns Manos had to offer and are looking forward to bringing it directly to you!

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Manos del Uruguay is an not-for-profit organization which provides craftswomen with paid work in rural areas of Uruguay and some other parts of South America. It is a member of the World Trade Organization and is 100% committed to Fair Trade. The organization allows sustainable economic growth communities and promotes handicrafts of the region, which are culturally significant to the Uruguayan people.

The exquisite Manos yarns are handspun, kettle dyed, and come in a range of plies, colours and textures.

Morris and Sons look forward to these unique yarns arriving in to stores at the beginning of the new year and supporting such a great organization. Watch out for these beautiful creations.

If you’d like more information on Manos del Uruguay you can check out their website here or their blog: http://manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com/.

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(All images are from: http://www.manos.com.uy/dragon_cooperative/)

Knitspiration! Beautiful lace shawl in Morris Empire 2ply

Christmas is coming up and in Morris and Sons we are all preparing our knitted gifts!imogen'sshawl

The very talented Imogen is knitting something very special for her mother in law. The EZ 100th anniversary shawl: Gull Wings! It’s a one ball pattern worked up in 2 ply lace yarn. Imogen chose Morris Empire 2ply, which is a beautiful merino wool. Perfect for seeing all the detail in the lace. The picture above shows her work after only one week! It’s starting to take shape and all the hard work will soon be worth it.

The pattern can be downloaded for free on Ravelry, and the yarn can be bought online.

Get inspired, get creative, and more than anything else, get knitting!

Amazing advanced sock workshop!

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Have you ever wanted to knit socks but just didn’t know how? Socks can be a little bit tricky when starting your first pair. There are a few ins an outs that would be easiest to do if you had a little help, or a lot of help if need be. Emily has an amazing sock workshop running for the next three Sundays in our Sydney store. She will teach you the beginning, middle and the finishing of socks in these three workshops. Morris and Sons also have an amazing range of sock yarns to choose from.

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The yarns pictured above are all Schoppel Wolle, made in Germany. These yarns are of the highest quality and are beautiful to knit with. Take a look at all our sock yarns on our website.

Book in to the class online by clicking here, or over the phone by calling 02 9299 8588.

Continental knitting. Tried it yet?

Continental knitting, sometimes referred to as German knitting or European knitting, knits with the yarn in the left hand. It’s a very interesting technique which can make knitting up to 25% faster. It is also a popular and more natural style for left handed people. There is less movement in the wrists and less muscle strain, so this can be a great option for people who have arthritis, or carpel tunnel syndrome. The Continental style also allows for a looser tension, so keep that in mind when trying this technique with your garments.

Interestingly it was less popular in England after the Second World War. So the English turned to the English style knitting, with the yarn in the right hand. In this style the right needle is held like a pen. This technique was initially adopted by upper-class ladies in the Victorian era in order to look more ladylike. However, it is now one of the most common techniques used in Australia.

Drivers of the French Ambulance Corps near the fighting zone, waiting to be called (Italy, 1944). ~Robert Capa photo
Drivers of the French Ambulance Corps near the fighting zone, waiting to be called (Italy, 1944). ~Robert Capa photo

The above depicts some French Ambulance drivers, knitting some socks for the front using the Continental technique.

For those who Fair Isle: Continental knitting can make working with colours a whole lot easier. The Continental style allows you to work with at least three colours at once, and colour changes become quicker and less effort.fairisle continental

Above image is of Fair Isle colour work using both the left and right hand techniques. (Image from: http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/shetland/).

Morris and Sons is holding a continental knitting class on the 17th of November. In this class you will learn the difference between the “English” or “Throw” style of knitting, and the Continental style. You will learn how to knit and purl comfortably in the Continental style, the easy transitions between the two for ribbing, and how to do the main decreases and increases. So if you’re interested in taking part in the class, hop on to our website, or call us in store to make a reservation on (02) 9299 8588.

The Morris and Sons Team

 

Fair Isle knit: Ainsley Beret

This week Emily, our very talented staff member, brought in her newest knit; the Ainsley Beret.

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The Ainsley Beret pattern has been in store for a while, and as soon as Emily started working she was interested in giving it a go. Within a couple of weeks, Emily had knitted up the Morris and Sons Ainsley Beret in the new Morris Estate 4ply yarn.
The Morris Estate is great for fair isle. As it is a merino wool it is great for regulating body temperature. So good for chilly outdoor days. Fair Isle originated in the Shetland Islands on the island of Fair Isle and became very popular during the 1920’s. Traditionally the Fair Isle technique uses Shetland wool which is very sticky. This means that the colours stick together like glue. After blocking the yarn becomes very soft, lovely for garments worn close to bare skin such as berets. The stickiness of the Morris Estate 4ply Merino creates the Fair Isle effect perfectly.

A great achievement for a first fair isle knit. The pattern and yarn can be bought online and also in store.

Skills and techniques used for the Ainsley Beret:

  • stranded colour work
  • knitting in the round
  • knit and purl stitches
  • blocking

The Ainsley Beret is a great short project for someone interested in learning the Fair Isle technique.

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Knitspiration: Gingko Shoulderette Shawl!

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This week one of our team members, Imogen, impressed us all with her beautiful Gingko Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali. It took Imogen about a week to finish the shawl. The pattern is a free download from Ravelry.

The Gingko Shoulderette Shawl uses a mixture of lace techniques and stocking stitch in a top down pattern. Interestingly the lace portion is worked on both knit and purl sides.

It took her just under two balls of the Morris and Sons 4 Ply Avalon Pima Cotton in colour Turquoise #4418.

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Why did Imogen choose the Morris and Sons Avalon Pima Cotton?

While Pima Cotton was cultivated in Peru, and is primarily grown there, it has also been introduced to farming in Australia and the United States. Pima Cotton is known for its durability and absorbency. This makes it excellent for knitting quality garments that don’t fray or wear over time. The Morris and Sons Avalon is made in 4, 8 and 10 ply and it comes in a huge range of colours. These are available for you to purchase online here.

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The Morris and Sons Team

The Noro Magazine and Melbourne!

From the last few posts on this blog it is clear that it’s no secret that we love Noro! Recently, our Melbourne store has been knitting up some beautiful creations from the newest Noro Magazine, Colour Blooms. We think that these are so gorgeous that had to share a couple with you!

If you haven’t checked out this Noro Magazine Colour Blooms below you need to now! It’s just got too many incredible patterns in it to miss out on for both knitters and crocheters. We’ve placed a handful below to give you a taste. But if you haven’t definietly pop into one of our stores and have a flick through this magazine!

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Front Cover Shawl!

Our favourite is this beautiful shawl! The same one that’s on the front cover. Being not too warm but not too cool, this is the perfect project to prepare for Spring with! It’s been knitted in Noro Silk Garden Lite Colour 44. And the pictures below just say it all…doesn’t this colour just make it?

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Baby Garments and Toy Sheep!

If you’re looking for some wonderful cute baby garments and toys to knit then you cannot go past this combination. Amazingly, this whole outfit – the beanie, jacket and toy sheep – was all done with only one ball of Schoppel Starke 6, Colour 2170!

There was even some left over for another gorgeous baby sheep.

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We hope you enjoy looking at these creations as much as we do!

Happy knitting!

Mad about Noro and Winners of the Class Giveaway!

So this week we are mad about Noro! Take a look at the beautiful new Noro Garments we are knitting at Morris and Sons! We are also proud to announce the winners of the class give away – the lucky winners are listed at the end of this post.

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First up we have ‘Vina’ from the Noro Passion book knitted in our lovely new yarn Noro Kirara. If you are looking for that Spring Cardigan to start then this is definitely a pattern that you should check out. Kirara’s content is 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, and 10% Angora. The cotton gives it a delicate softness and as a fibre it is perfect for that in-between season! These rich hues are Colour 15 and the chevron pattern makes it comes alive!

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Vina from Noro Passion

Design 7

And if you’re still knitting for winter then check out Design 7 from Noro NOW!. This has been knitted in Noro Odori a chunky 16ply, knits up super quick and uses 7.00mm needles. Odori is made up of 45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lambswool and it is super warm. Although Design 7 is simple the cables give it attitude and balance the bright colours. This is Colour 9 and they’ll definitely see you coming in this jacket!

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Design 7 from Noro Now

Hiba

For the crocheters out there check out this sweet bolero. ‘Hiba’ design from Noro Passion has been crocheted in Silk Garden Lite #2094 using a 4.00mm hook. The pattern is cute, easy and quick – could you want more? The one size fits most but it is also easy to adapt. If you would like to make it longer simply add another row of squares to the bottom. And with the crocheted border you can have as many or few buttons as you like. We have used Mother of Pearl buttons which compliment the silk thoughout.

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Hiba from Noro Passion

Karma

This cardigan ‘Karma,’ has been knitted in Noro Mossa another one of our new yarns. With it’s lovely texture and simple style, this is going to be one of those cardigans that is worn everyday. The warm reds, oranges, yellows, purples and greens are colour 12. This design is also from the Noro Passion pattern book and is finished by our own beautiful button!

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Karma from Noro Passion

Mabel

And finally, our favourite. This is ‘Mabel’ from the Noro Vintage book. Created in Noro Kureyon Colour 308, this rainbow vest is ever so versatile. Firstly, with so many colours it is bound to match many outfit – as a vest, over a t-shirt or peeking out from under a jacket. This Chevron stitch is relaxing to knit and looks better with every row. If you have been looking for a first garment to knit in Noro then I recommend this one. The Noro Kureyon is 100% wool, very warm and worth every stitch.

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Mabel from Noro Vintage

Class Give-away Winners!

And now for the winners of our class give-away. A huge congratulations to….

For Sydney:

hmil on June 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm who said:

Thanks to Joey and her brilliant beginners class the other month, I have now knitted a scarf & hand warmers. I would love to learn how to knit cables.

AND

For Melbourne:

Paula on June 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm who said:

I would love to learn Knit Stage 1 in Melbourne. I’ve done lots of crochet but I always want to learn to knit.. It would be a great experience and the best wedding anniversary present for myself if I win.

Congratulations Hmil and Paula. You have each won a free class! Please call (02) 9299 8588 and ask for Adelaide or Lexie to arrange your prize classes. I hope you enjoy your Cable and Knit Stage 1 classes.

A big thank you to everyone for posting your comments. We loved your participation and excitment for our classes!

Happy knitting and crocheting!

Classes in July with Give-Away!

With July just around the corner, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Semester 2 class schedule! Whether you want to advance in your craft or learn something new we are sure to have something to interest you in Knitting, Crochet or Stitching.

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To celebrate the launch of our classes we will be having a give-away! If you leave a comment telling us which class you would like to attend, at which store and why. You will be put into the draw to win a free class of your choice! We will be giving away two places; one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. Leave a comment below before 9:00pm Wednesday, the 3rd of July to enter!

And here’s a snapshot of our classes in July!