Poncho fit for a princess!

I haven’t been able to knit much over the last couple of weeks as I have been away at my daughter’s. Before I went, though, I managed to finish a poncho for my two granddaughters, or ‘Princess Cape’ as the four year-old calls it.

I loved making the poncho. It was custom designed for both girls, and they had their own input. It shouldn’t be too close fitting around the neck, as neither girl likes that; it must have stripes; it shouldn’t use ‘scratchy’ yarn; and it should be quite long. Robyn, the younger girl, wanted it to reach the floor, but I managed to talk her out of that.  Armed with these instructions, and considerations, I did my best. I used an Aran or worsted weight yarn for the main color, and Noro Silk Garden self-striping yarn for the contrast garter stitch stripes, collar, and border. Suitable yarns for the main would be Debbie Bliss BFL Aran; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran; Rowan Wool Worsted: Sublime Aran; Juniper Moon Aran.

I decided to work the poncho from the top down. I enjoy working in this manner, and it’s easy to try the garment on while in progress ( or it would be, if the intended recipients didn’t live 250 miles away. ) I started with the collar, in Noro Silk Garden, and in garter stitch, and then joined the work into the round when the collar was long enough. The body of the poncho was then worked as if I was knitting a raglan sweater, working eight increases on every alternate round. When the ‘sleeve’ section was long enough, I ceased increasing in these sections, and just continued with four increases in the Body sections every alternate round. I then continued in this manner until the poncho was the desired length, minus the border. I decided to work some short rows on the Back and Front borders to give some extra detail, but it could equally well be worked as simple garter stitch. I used a stretchy cast-off, in this case, the Russian Cast-Off, to create a nice edge.

Yarn requirements
Child (10year old) size:
4 x 50g balls Noro Hanabatake
250g Aran weight yarn, so effectively 3 x 100g balls/skeins
Adult size:
5 x 50g Noro Hanabatake
300g Aran yarn
Tension: 18sts and 25 rows to 10cm/4ins. 

Pattern will be available soon.


As ever, knit on!


New in: Noro Kureopatora

January is always an exciting time of year at Stash Fine Yarns as we get to beat the January blues with exciting deliveries of lovely new yarns!

One of our first new arrivals of the year is the gorgeous Noro Kureopatora:

Noro Kureopatora #1009

An 100% wool yarn with a generous 270 metres per 100g ball, Kureopatora can be knitted on a 4 – 4.5mm needle to a light aran weight tension and has all beautiful colour variations that you expect from Noro Yarns.

Noro Romance

There is also a lovely book with designs for both men and women, Noro Romance by Jenny Watson to accompany the yarn.

Kiss by Jenny Watson

We love this cabled jumper in Kureopatora in cheerful and zingy shade #1019.  The cowl is knitted separately and there are a number of options in the pattern that allow you to knit either a larger cowl to cover your shoulders or just the jumper (which has a round neck), so you can make a sweater to suit you!

Dream by Jenny Watson

Or how about this classic raglan sweater for the man in your life? The pattern also includes a matching hat, if you’d prefer a smaller project.

We hope you like this stunning new yarn as much as we do!  Why not treat yourself with a splash of colour to beat the January blues?

Happy Knitting!

New Issue of Noro Magazine now in stock!

The new issue of Noro Magazine has arrived this week and Noro fans are certainly in for a treat!

Noro Magazine Issue 4

This issue is full of inspiring projects for Noro yarns and here are some of our favourites:

Noro Lace Shrug

This stunning lace shrug is worked in a combination of Noro Silk Garden and Debbie Bliss Angel.  What a great use of two different yarns!

Crochet scarfIf crochet is more your style, why not try this pretty scarf made of floral motifs in Noro Taiyo 4ply.  The self striping yarn allows you to make this scarf using just two balls of the same shade, a really clever use of the yarn.

Noro SocksFinally if you love sock knitting, why not try knitting socks in Noro yarn?  These colourful socks feature mock cables to give textural interest without any excess bulk and can be made with 2 – 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden 4ply.

Want to see all the projects featured in the magazine?  Check them out on our website here.

Happy knitting!

Amazing new bargains in Debbie Bliss and Noro!

This week we have some amazing new sale stock to tempt you with.

Gorgeous yarns at great prices, what could be better?

So, what are these lovely bargains?  Well we’ve got something for everyone:

Noro Mossa

First we’ve got Noro Mossa, a stunning yarn in Noro’s trademark shaded colour effects, made with wool and silk.  Was £9.95, now £6.95 per 50g skein, and we’ve got nine glorious colours for you to choose from!

Debbie Bliss Angel Prints

Next, is Debbie Bliss Angel Printsa lovely yarn perfect for luxurious projects (a couple of balls would make a lovely cowl or scarf).  A self striping version of Debbie’s popular Angel yarn, this is made from the softest kid mohair and silk.  

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Debbie Bliss Angel Prints Debbie Bliss Angel Prints Debbie Bliss Angel Prints

With twelve different shades to choose from, from bright and bold to subtle and sophisticated there is bound to be the perfect colour for your next project.  Was £8.95, now £6.25 per 25g ball.

Noro Kirara

Noro Kirara is a DK weight yarn made with wool, silk, cotton and angora, once again with the long colour repeats you would expect from Noro yarns. Was £8.95, now £6.25 per 50g skein and we’ve got seven colours for you to choose from.

Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran

There’s also a brilliant deal to be had on Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran (100% Super wash Merino Wool) a lovely bouncy yarn with wonderful stitch definition.  Was £5.50, now £3.85 per 50g ball, and there are over 20 colours to choose from!

Happy Knitting!

Amazing 2 day sale offers end soon!

Don’t miss out on these great offers, valid until Friday (17th January) only!

First we have an amazing Noro offer for you:

25% off Noro Yarns!

Whether you want to treat yourself to Kureyon or Silk Garden, Cyochin or Obi, Kirara or Shiro, you can get a fabulous 25% off all full price Noro yarns until Friday 17th January!  Just enter the code NORO25 at the checkout to receive your discount.

We also have a brilliant offer on beautiful Sublime Yarns, perfect for knits for you or your little ones!

20% off Sublime Yarns!

You can get 20% off all full price Sublime Yarns until Friday 17th January, from soft Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (perfect for special baby knits) to the rich colours of Luxurious Aran Tweed or the subtle sheen of Lustrous Extra Fine Merino DK!  Just enter the code SUBLIME20 at the checkout.

Happy Knitting!

Santa’s Special 20% off sale!

We wanted to give our lovely customers an early Christmas present, so here it is!

Spend £20 (excluding VAT) and get 20% off your entire order!

20% off!

We’ve also got some exciting new stock in our sale section:

Araucania Budi is a snuggly chunky weight yarn perfect for keeping you cosy in the winter months:

Araucania Budi

… but be quick, our stocks of this yarn are very limited and once it’s gone, it’s gone!

We’ve also got a great offer on Noro Kama:

Noro Kama

This is a really gorgeously soft chunky weight yarn, with slightly more subtle colour changes than some of the other yarns in the Noro range, and would make really lovely accessories (just imagine a couple of balls of this knitted up into a cowl… mmm…..) and there’s 30% off while stocks last, but again, don’t wait too long, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Happy Knitting!

Noro Magazine A/W 2013 now in stock!

A very exciting new magazine has arrived with us this week, the latest issue of Noro Magazine (Issue 3, Autumn/Winter 2013).

Noro Magazine Issue 3

As usual it’s full to bursting with amazing designs for knitting and crochet, from accessories such as these mittens in Noro Kirara (the pattern takes just 2 skeins):

Mittens in Noro Kirara

To stunning garments like this coat in Noro Kama and Louisa Harding Luzia:

Coat in Noro Kama and Louisa Harding Luzia

…. and even homewares like this gorgeous blanket in Noro Kureyon and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran:

Blanket in Noro Kureyon and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

If you’ve got a thirst for colour, this magazine will definitely satisfy it!

Happy Knitting!