Bleideag: an easy yoke sweater that beginners can tackle

Bleideag: an easy yoke sweater that beginners can tackle

by Laura Chau November 08, 2019

Bleideag is easy and relaxing to knit, available in a wide size range, and would be perfect for your first colourwork sweater project! The larger needles and quick chunky gauge make short work of this classic wardrobe staple. Here are links to tutorials that will help you tackle Bleideag, every step of the way. 
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Alternating cable cast on tutorial

Alternating cable cast on tutorial

by Ysolda support@ysolda.com November 01, 2019

An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.

This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.

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Ysolda Club - 2020 plans

Ysolda Club - 2020 plans

by Ysolda support@ysolda.com October 30, 2019

This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds. 

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image of a white woman's arm in a black sweater with white accents. She is touching the ear of a dog.

Bleideag – coming November 1st

by Ysolda support@ysolda.com October 24, 2019

This is the pullover Bex has been dreaming of since we first decided to order Einrúm, after we visited Iceland together for 24 hours on our way home from the 2017 Women’s march in Washington DC. We found Einrúm in lots of little boutiques in Reykjavik and fell in love with its subtle shimmer.
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Designing with Nightshades, a guest post by Whitney Hayward

by Ysolda Ltd Collaborator October 18, 2019

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Gansey Bundle and Channel Island Cast On Tutorial

Gansey Bundle and Channel Island Cast On Tutorial

by Ysolda support@ysolda.com October 17, 2019

We love Gansey patterning and decided to go into our archive and reknit two old favourites. These were originally made in Blend no.1 and have now been reknit in Neighborhood Fiber Company Capital Luxury Sport. The cowl is made in Hollins Market and the hat in Reservoir Hill.
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Pre-Brexit update

Pre-Brexit update

by Ysolda support@ysolda.com October 16, 2019

With less than two weeks to go, we still don’t know what Brexit will look like, or whether it’s happening at all on October 31st. Like every other small business in the UK we’ve been trying to plan, without having much idea of what we’re planning for. 
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How to join the shoulders on Wardie

How to join the shoulders on Wardie

by Ysolda support@ysolda.com October 11, 2019

The Wardie cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up.  When the front and back are complete they're joined at the shoulders and then the sleeves are worked from stitches picked up around the armhole.

If you're interested in knitting Wardie but aren't sure about the finishing here's how the shoulders and sleeve go together.

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A Petter Palette

A Petter Palette

by Sarah Stanfield October 08, 2019

Sarah has a plan for her autumn's knitting, which involves combining these 5 colours of Petter in different ways to make 4 children's sweaters to meet differing tastes and needs.
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Bruntsfield in Finull and some suggested colour combinations

by Nuala Fahey October 04, 2019

Autumn is vest time and we decided to go into Ysolda’s back catalogue and pull out a great autumn classic. We don't stock the original yarn any more but we have some suggestions for alternative colours in Finul PT2.
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New in the Store - Finull PT2 Heathers

New in the Store - Finull PT2 Heathers

by Nuala Fahey September 30, 2019

We are very excited by the new colours of Finull PT2 that just arrived - they are a beautiful set of heathered shades and we are looking forward to using them. We think these really round out the Finull PT2 palette and you should expect lots of colour work suggestions from us inspired by these new colours. We've had fun taking pictures of the colours together and will be sharing some ideas of how they can be combined soon.
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Yarn ideas for some Bristol Ivy patterns

by Nuala Fahey September 26, 2019

A look at designs from Bristol Ivy's first books and some suggested yarn/project combinations. Then I realised we had 2 other books and some magazines with patterns/articles by Bristol too, so you have multiple options to knit one of the beautiful designs she has produced over the last few years. 
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