Category Archives: Knitting ideas

NEW for 2016

Kick start the new year with some top quality products from Kaleidoscope!

At last we have the lace blocking kits from Knitpro price 25€ Each kit comprises of:

6 wires 95cm/6 wires 50cm/ 3 flexible wires 95cm / 20 t-pins / 1 tape measure

Now your shawls/scarves will always look beautiful!

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The blocking mats = 9 x 30 X 30cm mats  cost 29,95 €

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My Favourite washing product for all your garments! The excellent no rinse ‘ Eucalan’ is so easy to use, very economical, and it smells of Eucalyptas, 100ml = 4,80€

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In my opinion  Knitpro’s Karbonz needles are sleek, lightweight and good looking – a designer product at a very affordable price. Made from carbon fibre, they are incredibly resistant, with a nice smooth feel. This starter kit of 4 x circular interchangeables costs 104,80€

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Also available are the Double pointed Karbonz needles from 9,40€ a set …..

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Or the normal 35cm long straight needles from 9,60€ a pair.

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Tendo shawl

 

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The Tendo shawl is a great project for knitters wanting to practice  the ‘short-rows’  technique. Even for the more experienced knitter looking for a nice relaxing project to do on holiday or during a long journey, then this is ideal. This big triangular shawl ( 220cm) knitted in garter stitch has 3  equal stripes for added interest which can be subtle or more pronounced depending on your colour choice. The long rows get shorter with each stripe so it knits up quicker towards the end!

Pattern priced at : 3 euros, available  in EN / FR  is sold both in the shop and the E-shop via download.

Knitted on 3,25mm  circular  needles  120 / 150 cm long.

Color Options 

To work the shawl in a single color only, you need 2x ITO Kinu and 4x ITO Sensai altogether.

To work the scarf with a base color in ITO Kinu and changing colors in ITO Sensai you will need: 2x ITO Kinu of one color and 6x ITO Sensai – two per color.

To work the scarf with a base color in ITO Sensai and changing colors in ITO Kinu you will need: 3x ITO Kinu – one per color and 4x ITO Sensai of one color.

 

 

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Knit a ‘Rasta snood’

 

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Here’s an idea for a xmas gift…

At Kaleidoscope we’ve all gone Rasta crazy! Everyone is knitting this easy tube collar – I made mine in 2 hours while Mr. Kaleidoscope was watching football! I chose rice stitch but you can do whatever stitch you like – this wool looks great whatever stitch you choose!

If you prefer a slightly stiffer  version use 10mm needles instead.

You will need: 1 x 150g malabrigo Rasta

Either 12mm circular or straight needles ( as preferred )

Circular Version:

Cast on loosely 41 sts, join in the round, place marker and  knit in Rice stitch: K 1, P 1 every row

*until you have about 3/4 metres of yarn left. Cast off and weave in end – or if you prefer take a crochet hook size 7/ 8mm and slip stitch down the tube to make a swirly decoration!*

Straight needle version:

Cast on loosely 42 sts and work in Rice stitch: 1st row – K1, P1, to end

2nd row-  P1, K1 to end , finish as for circular version and sew up side seam.

 

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Mechita legwarmers

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Mechita leg warmers make 2:

You will need:   100g/ 400m Mechita by malabrigo (col. Mandragora)

Needles Double pointed needles  x 2,5mm, and 3,25mm

stitches used : Rib : k2, p2  in the round

Stocking stitch : Knit every row ( in the round )

Divide the wool into 2 x ball of 50g

Using the smaller size needles, cast on 80 sts, and join in the round placing a marker between 1st and last st.

Work 4 cm in 2 x 2 rib.  (22 rows)

Change to larger needles and work in St. st. until leg measures 35cm from beginning.

Work another 9cm in 2 x 2 rib or until yarn runs low, then cast off in rib.

Weave in ends.

 

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The Natural Collection #2

Here are some ideas of what to make with our fabulous yarns from the ‘Natural collection’!

A cardigan…

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Afternoon in Montreux by Nadia (NCL) in Lady Nuala DK (The Natural Collection) and  Lush sport from The Uncommon Thread (col. Dark toast)

A poncho…

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Ica II by Rosalind in Snow white mohair (The Natural Collection),  and Arroyo DK de Malabrigo (col. Sandbank) mixed with  plumette by La Droguerie (choco glacé)

A shawl…

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Stella de Janina Kallio, in Basile and Yak Yak (The Natural Collection)

Let poncho

LET-Poncho-Anleitung-als-PDF The simplicity of this poncho only enhances it’s charm.

Made in the japanese yarn Washi ( 54% paper 46% viscose) and the stunning variegated yarn Niji ( 100% wool)

When knitted together you get the soft fine drape of bambou and the changing colour and texture of the Niji thread.

This pattern is available to buy in it’s original EN/DE version

in our E-shop for 3 euros.

 

 

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Hida mittens

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The ‘Hida’ mittens from ITO yarns are my favourite winter accessory – They’re  pretty , practical and soft. I often wear them all day long.

You’ll  need 1/2  a 50g cone of KINU silk and 1 x 20g ball of Sensai ( if you buy 2 X 20g Sensai and 1 X 50g kinu you can make 2 pairs) This downloadable pattern is available in our E-shop in both EN/FR  versions price 3 euros.

 

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Anjo

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This little triangular shaped scarf, knitted in a 3 yarn or 2 yarn combination of Gima paper coton, Sensai silk mohair and optional Niji for an extra dimension , is a simple chevron pattern. These lovely japanese yarns never disappoint! Downloadable pattern available in the E-shop EN/FR price 3 euros.

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Sendai

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A clever asymmetric design, this folded rectangle with sleeves ,collar and welt is knitted in a combination of 4 X 50g Kinu pure silk and 8 X 20g Sensai silk mohair on 3,5mm needles. This pattern is  available to buy  in the E-shop EN/FR and at Kaleidoscope price 5 euros.

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Odonata

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odonataInspired by the wings of a dragonfly this scarf was designed to be light and airy with a central mesh pattern to imitate the veins on the wings.

You will need : 600m / 60g of Kid Mohair (3 x Sensai by ITO) held double and 50g / 400m of Malabrigo lace – held double

Pattern sold in the E-shop in EN/FR ( prix 3.50 euros )