July 23, 2020

Notting Hill Pattern and Kits

  • A woman models a white sweater with pale orange colorwork.
  • A woman models a white sweater with pale orange colorwork.

I love simple sweaters, where less is more. Notting Hill was inspired by the famous London neighborhood, with its rows of cream and at times colorful buildings. The minimalist slip stitch pattern of the yoke echoes the geometry, and the colors of a sunny day in Notting Hill.

For Notting Hill, I chose a natural, undyed yarn for the body of the sweater, and I dyed a blush color using magical natural dyes for the yoke detail. The cream colored yarn is a DK blend of alpaca, merino and silk, while the blush is made of a strand of fingering non-superwash merino held with a strand of silk mohair.

Notting Hill’s construction matches the simplicity of its design. It is knitted top-down, in the round, mostly in stockinette stitch. The short sleeves are knitted in the round from held stitches. Notting Hill is seamless. The yoke design highlights the beauty of the neckline, sitting gently on the shoulders. Tubular cast on and bind offs contribute to the fluidity of the sweater.

Customizing Notting Hill is easy because of its top down construction. You can shorten or lengthen the body as there is no shaping, and sleeves can easily be adjusted as well. Notting Hill is a size inclusive pattern with finished bust circumference from 34” to 70”.

The Notting Hill kits are hand dyed using natural dyes only on non-Superwash, nylon-free yarns.

Visit our website to get the pattern, which will be free for the first 24 hours after its release, and to purchase a kit.

June 11, 2020

Aquarelle, a shaw pattern and kit

  • A shawl with geometric patterns in shades of cerulean, coral and cream.

I love designing shawls. They are the perfect canvas for painterly color touches. Aquarelle was inspired by my favorite French painter, Marie Laurencin. In her watercolors, women in flowy scarves, with flowers surrounding them, take the center stage. Her colors lean towards peaches and celadons with a unique translucent quality.

Aquarelle echoes Marie Laurencin’s colors, with celadons and peaches in two different saturations. The creamy background against which the colors play illuminates them.

The naturally dyed colors, which I created for Aquarelle, marry beautifully, in perfect, peaceful harmony. Colors and geometric shapes appear in a random fashion, like the flowers in a wild garden. The shawl grows organically.

Aquarelle is knitted almost entirely in garter stitch with a fingering weight yarn on US5 needles. Chevrons and bobbles, as well as a very simple, very open edging bring dimension to the shawl. The changes in color and pattern keep you entertained, guiding you to the next section.

I chose to make Aquarelle a large shawl, so you can easily wrap yourself in it. The arched crescent shape makes it easy to wear.

The Aquarelle kits are hand dyed using natural dyes only. I am offering two kits, one dyed on our Pure base, a 100% non Superwash Merino, and the other on our Amelie base, a Superwash Merino.

Visit our website to get the pattern, which will be free for the first 24 hours after its release, and to purchase your kit.

May 7, 2020

Bayou

  • Trios of peachy orange and gray yarn.

I am a lover of simplicity. I find myself drawn to sweaters that gracefully balance minimalism with visual interest, and embrace simple lines… sweaters you can live in. As a designer, and a hand dyer, I find inspiration in my surroundings. Bayou found its inspiration in the stillness of the bayous, in their mossy tones, and their striking pops of natural color.

For Bayou, I chose a natural, undyed yarn for the body of the sweater, and I dyed three glorious coordinating colors using magical natural dyes. The natural, undyed colors, are the perfect still water canvas to showcase the beauty of the yoke. The fingering weight yarns make this sweater as light as air with a touch of warmth.

Bayou’s construction matches the simplicity of its design. It is knitted top-down, in the round, mostly in stockinette stitch. The sleeves are knitted in the round from held stitches. Bayou is seamless. The yoke design is a beautiful old shale pattern in three colors, framed by two rows of bobbles. The yoke design sits at mid chest, highlighting the beauty of the neckline, sitting gently on the shoulders. The body and the sleeves have minimal shaping, just a few short rows at the top of the back. Tubular cast on and bind offs contribute to the fluidity of the sweater.

Bayou includes cropped and full length options, as well as three sleeve options: cap, three-quarter and wrist length. Bayou includes sizes ranging from 35” to 69” bust circumference. An arm circumference worksheet is included so you can fit the sleeves perfectly!

The Bayou kits are hand dyed using natural dyes only. The body is knitted in a natural, machine washable yak/Merino/nylon blend, and for the yoke, we chose a machine washable Merino/nylon blend, which we dyed in a range of natural colors.

Visit our website to get the pattern, which will be free for the first 24 hours after its release, and to purchase your kit.

Happy knitting to all!

February 21, 2020

Inspired by Nature, Dyed by Nature

  • Pale blue and green yarn.

Hello all, this is Caroline at The Noble Thread!

I am so happy to share with you my first collection of entirely naturally-dyed yarns. Natural dyeing has been a passion for me for many years. There is something magical with every batch of yarn, and the colors are always amazing! This first collection is inspired by the colors of the coastal Southeast: azaleas in a myriad of pinks, peaches and reds, and the ever present ocean… Between nature’s chemistry and its beauty, the possibilities are endless for me! My yarns are inspired by nature, and dyed by nature!

For this first collection and shop update I chose a wonderful 2-ply, super soft Merino/nylon blend, in a fingering weight. Each colorway is offered in 50g skeins, making them perfect for fade projects! Combining the colors is easy as naturally dyed colors always marry so well!

We also recently released a cowl pattern and a naturally-dyed cowl kit. This cowl is double thick, and sits soft and cushy next to your neck! A new sweater pattern is on my needles right now!

Happy knitting!