May 15, 2022

Dancing with Galaxies shawl

  • A light-skinned woman dancing with a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl, showing the border detail.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a white and blue shawl.

My latest release, Dancing with Galaxies, is a top-down half circle shawl with an intricate and fun mosaic border.

The body of the shawl has an half-pi construction, one of the easiest I know and probably one of the funniest to knit. When the inner semicircle is done, the big mosaic border is attached perpendicularly to the shawl body while knitting, without seaming.

The border of this shawl features bold spiral shapes over a dark background, reminiscent of faraway galaxies dancing in a remote space-time.
While the border design is quite complex and has very long repeats, the technique is very easy: mosaic knitting let you create motifs using only one color at a time!

The shawl is not complicated and very fun to make, and the final result is stunning while remaining easy to wear and to style.

May 13, 2022

May Sock Box Subscription Box

  • White yarn being dyed black.
  • A pile of pink and white yarn.
  • Loose skeins of black, white and orange yarn.

Hey ya’ll! Hope you had a great week! This week we want to give you a preview of our May Sock Box. This month’s sock box is perfect for any Tula Pink lovers out there. It features two beautiful colors of hand-dyed yarn in addition to some other little tropical treats. We think that it’s super fitting for the start of summer!

I don’t know about ya’ll, but during the summer months where I live, it gets hot! Traveling to the store to get yarn in this heat is not something I enjoy doing. This Sock Box subscription is great because you don’t need to leave the house to get this yarn. We make things easy by including free shipping straight to your doorstep when you subscribe to the Sock Box.

A one-time purchase of May’s Sock Box is available, but becoming a subscriber definitely has its perks! When you subscribe to the Sock Box Yarn Subscription Box you save up to 10%.

May 12, 2022

New BFL laceweight yarn – Bowland Lace

  • Two cakes of light brown yarn being knit into a tubular cowl.
  • Five skeins of purple laceweight yarn.
  • Yarns in shades of brown and grey.
  • Yarn in shades of grey and pink.
  • Close up of a pink knit cowl.
  • A light-skinned woman wears a mottled gray cowl.

I thought you would like to know that our debut update of Bowland Lace is now LIVE on the website! Bowland Lace is our new Bluefaced Leicester wool 2ply laceweight yarn and it is so beautiful. It is quite different to Titus Lace and Askham Lace as it is woollier and has a higher WPI or wraps per inch which is a really helpful indicator of how thick the yarn is. This can also be used when determining yarn substitutions. It works up beautifully on 3.25mm and 3mm needles (that’s what I’ve tried so far!) and it works up beautifully held double with fluffy Eldwick Lace — scroll down for more on that! I’m finding that when held double it substitutes in well for a 4ply and it makes an incredibly light yet warm and cosy fabric which looks far more delicate than it actually is. We’ve really fallen in love with this yarn at ECY Shedquarters and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. 🥰

You can see how Bowland Lace looks wound into a cake and knitted up held double with fluffy Eldwick Lace in the image with one of my recent projects, a Nimbus Cowl. The pattern is a free Purl Soho one (it’s on their blog) and it calls for 4ply + fluffy laceweight, but I’ve used Bowland Lace (so a 2ply) instead of 4ply for the same gauge BUT a lighter fabric. It turns out this is beyond perfect for this time of year for me — I’ve already worn it loads! Honestly the fabric created by these two yarns held together is to die for. It’s hard to capture on camera but the softness is how I imagine it’d be if you held a little fluffy duckling. 😆
Anyway, highly recommended – pattern and yarn!

We’ve been really busy over the past few weeks — there has even been great photography weather and so there has been a lot added to the website and flickr. Amongst those are new Laverton Shawl kits! This scarfy shawl is a lovely way to play with colours and yarns together as it uses Carlisle Fingering held double with fluffy Eldwick Lace, and then for the contrasts it uses a mini skein. You can find the Laverton pattern, yarns, and the new kits on our website. We have also added kits for the Ode to Autumn wrap by Jaya of Apoorva Designs. PLUS I have also added a new batch of Nateby 4ply Rainbow mini skein sets!

Due to its popularity I have added new batches of our new colourway Passion Flower to the website on a number of bases. I have added a large restock on Carlisle Fingering (100% Merino singles) and smaller batches on Titus 4ply (75% Merino/25% silk), Titus Fingering (75% Merino/25% silk singles), Oakworth 4ply (100% NZ Polwarth). I have also added a batch of Fuchsia on Pendle 4ply (100% Merino).

This week we have released our latest pattern, Swainby Cowl. This cowl idea stemmed from me wanting to make something squishy for around my neck using three strands of yarn together, but also not wanting to leave much (if anything) left over. I pored over stitch textures and options for ages as I knew I wanted something fairly simple which would allow the marled colours to shine, but also which wouldn’t be too boring to knit. There are already loads of (lovely) patterns in traditional fisherman’s rib so this is a different take on that. The full-sized cowl is designed to loop three times snug around the neck if you’ve got really cold weather, but it’s also really nice to wear in two loose loops. The pattern is very easily adjustable to make a two-loop or one-loop version – you would just need to make it either two thirds of the given length, or one third of the given length. The initial sample was made used Coniston Fingering in Red Grape, Red Goosefoot and Bark.

This is a great pattern for TV knitting and gives you plenty of scope for playing with different colours and yarns. I have four (!!) samples, all made in different yarns but using the same size needles and I have also made a few swatches to see how a few other yarns work together. This will all be in a blog post very soon along with some of our wonderful pattern testers projects. The samples are a blue one which was made using Askham 4ply in Driftwood and Whirlpool with Lowther Lace in Larkspur; a yellow one which was made using Brimham DK in Marigold and Eldwick Lace in Marigold; and a Snowy one which was made with Pendle Aran in Snowy Owl and Eldwick Lace in Snow Leopard.

The pattern is available on our website and on Payhip. On our website you will also find a Swainby add-on kit. Simply select the add-on kit and then add the yarn for your cowl to your basket and we will create a kit for you. You will need 300g of 4ply/fingering weight yarn OR you could use one skein each of a DK yarn and a fluffy laceweight yarn OR one skein each of aran weight yarn (for a single loop cowl) with a fluffy laceweight yarn. The possibilities are endless!

We have received our latest restock of Milburn DK in Althaea so this is available on the website as are yarn packs with this colour in it. Our next restock of Milburn yarns will not be for quite some time as we are awaiting a new batch of undyed yarn being spun for us. So any Milburn 4ply and Milburn DK colours that run out of stock from now onwards are unlikely to be restocked again before September.

We will be closed on Friday and Monday as Laura and I are both off. Orders won’t be shipped until after we get back on Tuesday.

May 5, 2022

Hand-dyed-to-order colors

Coiled skeins of brown yarn on Polaroids and the text Crème Brûlée, Salted Caramel, Pecan and New dyed to order colors.

Have you ever been unable to find the perfect yarn color for your project? It can be so frustrating when you are envisioning a certain color and then just can’t seem to find the right one. We’ve been there!

That’s why Southern Skeins is now offering new dyed-to-order colors. Picture this: yarn, hand dyed, in the colors, base and quantity you want. This yarn was dyed (and created) especially for you!

If you are unsure of what color yarn you’re envisioning, don’t worry! Our website features unique colors that we guarantee you’ll love.

Shop Update!

  • Fall colors of brown and apple green skeins of yarn.
  • Blue and white skeins of yarn with grey and brown speckles.
  • Blue and golden skeins of yarn.
  • Deep purple skeins of yarn with aqua highlights.
  • Three skeins of yarn in various shades of purple.
  • A set of five mini skeins in bright orange, pink, purple, blue and aqua.

Our most recent shop update features several of our new Outlander-themed colorways, with Cape Town, Drums of Autumn and Dragonfly in Amber all released in the past week. We have also released several other colorways for those who are looking for a little more brightness in their projects. Our new mini skein set features deep jewel toned colors of orange, pink, purple, blue and aqua, and our new shawl set is sure to make any purple lover’s dreams come true!

Our Summer Knitting Boxes are shipping out in the next week or so, but if you missed out on those, have no fear! Our Advent Sets have been released, and this year our theme is none other than the soon-to-be-released Downton Abbey: A New Era! Come join us as we explore a new era with the Crawleys!

We will soon be releasing our very first sock pattern, as well as our Fall Knitting Boxes, so stay tuned and remember to follow us on Instagram at @cashmereandcoconutsstore.

Lastly, as a thank you for the incredible show of support we have seen and our incredible customer base, we are offering a 10% discount in our shop until Mother’s Day (some exclusions apply).

As always, receive free shipping on all orders over $35!

Have a fantastic week!

Summer Knitting: Chevron, Garter, and Suri!

  • Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.
  • Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin wearing a black moto leather jacket showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.
  • Close-up to show off texture of fingering and suri yarn in bright lemon yellow knit in garter and chevron stitches.
  • Chiffon shawl ends showing chevron peaks and valleys giving the bottom of your shawl a beautiful scallop finish along with the I-cord edges. Knit in bright lemon yellow of fingering and suri yarn.

We are nearing those days (or we hope we are) of warm sunshine days and cool nights — but also a time when we may be lucky enough to be chilled out thanks to the A/C in buildings. And so as summer nears, Chiffon will be my go-to for everything! The light airiness of the yarn, stitches, and the bright pop of color to “go with” anything!

Chiffon is an asymmetrical shawl that begins with an i-cord cast-on and alternates two different yarn bases in a growing chevron pattern while maintaining finished i-cord edges. The garter knitting is easy to get lost in while traveling, listening to a book or sharing time with friends.

The yarns used for this shawl design were just the right mix of textures but also happy colors!

This design was inspired by an upcoming venture to Spain for a yoga retreat. I wanted something light and airy for the summer, but a bright accent to pop with any attire or location… a fancy dinner, touring a museum, or hanging on the water.

Designed for fingering weight yarn. For the sample, I purchased yarns from House of A La Mode. Heather is always creating something spectacular in all the bright colors!

About the yarns:
House of A La Mode House Party (84% Superwash Merino & 16% Cotton Acrylic Donegal Nep, 464 yd/424 m, 100 g) in Chiffon (C1). Pattern uses 788 yd/721 m.
House of A La Mode House Suri (74% Baby Suri Alpaca & 26% Silk, 328 yd/300 m, 50 g) in Chiffon (C2). Pattern uses 289 yd/264 m.

Now through Saturday, May 7th, enjoy 20% off. No code needed, just add to your cart! Purchases may be made through my website or Ravelry. If you purchase on my website, just drop your Ravelry ID (if you wish) in the comments and I will gladly add the pattern to your library there too.

With your purchase, you will receive three versions – Print, Mobile, and Low-Vision PDFs. The Low-Vision Accessible PDF includes the following features:
– The main text is black 24 pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background.
– No italics are used
– The directions are in written form in LV pdf
– Images have alt text

Happy Making! I cannot wait to see your versions of Chiffon!

April 26, 2022

For the love of stripes & cables!

  • A knit shawl in gold, magenta and brown draped over a dress form showcasing a cable down the spine and along the border.
  • A collage of photos showing knit accessories in various colors.
  • Close-up of a cable border and stripes of a triangular shawl in magenta, brown, and gold.

Sharing a latest release… the Marmalade Shawl! Marmalade is a basic triangular-shaped shawl that is perfect for a beginner knitter with a little cable experience or for those wanting to try a simple cable. The shawl may be striped as per the pattern, use fewer colors, or more, or even just one. The pattern is perfect for using up scraps, too!

Marmalade uses fingering held double as well as single fingering held with a double strand of mohair to create a luxurious cloud of stitches to wrap yourself in coziness. The sample was knit in Dapper Dye Works’ Lustre and Foxy bases.

A little about the sample yarn:
Dapper Dye Works Lustre (100% Superwash Merino, 437 yd/400 m, 100 g) in (held double):

C1 Fields of Gold 215 yds / 197 m
C2 About Last Night 187 yds / 171 m
C3 Bronzed Barrel 68 yds / 62 m
C4 Marmalade Sun 107 yds / 98 m

And held with Dapper Dye Works Foxy (72% Mohair, 28% Silk, 455 yds / 416 m, 50 g) in Marmalade Sun. Pattern uses 373 yds/341 m.

With your pattern purchase, you’ll received three versions – Print, Mobile, and Low-Vision PDFs.

Speaking of Low-Vision Accessible and Mobile Accessible… a number of my patterns have been converted the three different versions (Standard Print, Mobile Accessible AND Low-Vision Accessible)!

All Low-Vision Accessible patterns include the following details:

The main text is black 24pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background
No italics are used
The directions are in written form in LV pdf
Images have alt text

Patterns featuring these accessible options are:

Marmalade Shawl
Landmark Cowl
Twinkle Cowl
The Grange Cowl
The Grange Hat
Shandy Cowl
Purple Rain Cowl

Please enjoy 25% off any of these patterns using code SPRINGKNITS25 on my website or Ravelry through May 1.

April 23, 2022

Look out! Yarned and Dangerous!

  • A hot pink and variegated pink knit shawl draped over a dress form.
  • A skein of variegated pink yarn and a skein of black yarn.
  • A skein of blue variegated yarn and a skein of purple yarn.
  • A skein of variegated green yarn and a skein of dark green yarn.
  • A skein of gold variegated yarn and a skein of dark brown yarn.

Another exciting collaboration between Chic and Regal Knits and Garage Dyeworks, the Yarned and Dangerous shawl combines a skein of variegated DK yarn with a solid color for maximum impact! We chose Silky DK (100 grams/231 yards; 70% Superwash Merino/30% silk) for the soft hand and fabulous drape.

Kits include yarn, pattern hardcopy, and Ravelry download code.

April 21, 2022

The return of Carlisle Fingering

  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of grey and purple.
  • Four shades of yarn in shades of brown, beige and grey.
  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of green and blue.
  • A light-skinned woman with purple and pink hair wearing a pink lace edged shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman shown from the back wearing a pink triangular lace-edged shawl.
  • Five skeins of reddish-brown yarn.

Hello from ECY Shedquarters! Our Carlisle Fingering (100% Superwash Extrafine Merino) update went live on the website on Thursday. This yarn is brilliant for a great range of knitting and crochet projects – it makes beautiful shawls and accessories of course, but it also makes good garments. It’s far more hardwearing than it looks thanks to the good quality fibre and the high quality of the spinning.

Pair it with fluffy Eldwick Lace (superkid mohair/silk) for a lovely light but cosy and soft fabric; use it on its own; or how about using it in a multi-yarn project alongside other bases? It seems like it shouldn’t work but I have found that mixing singles yarns with plied yarns actually works perfectly well (Claire did it in her Shawlography shawl and it worked beautifully). Anyway, I hope you love this update, we’ve been very excited about it so it’s a real delight to finally unveil it!

My Buttermere shawl pattern has been revamped and tested with a new yarn suggestion. Yep you guessed it, it is Carlisle Fingering in Rose Bed, which is included in today’s update! The new version of the pattern is now available on our website and on Payhip. Thank you so much to our wonderful testers who provided feedback on the updates! You will need 400m of a 4ply/fingering weight yarn for this shawl. The Buttermere kit has been updated to reflect the new version of the pattern, this uses two balls of Milburn 4ply and you have the choice of all 20 shades!  We have also added an add-on kit for the Butteremere shawl. Select your skein of yarn and add the add-on kit to your basket, you will then receive the pattern as a download to your inbox and the yarn and project bag will be sent as a kit.

Earlier in the week I put a batch of Oakworth DK up on the website for you. Oakworth DK is pure Polwarth wool from New Zealand and is a really hard wearing yarn with great stitch definition. This update includes a number of batches that can be used for the Greencress shawl in the new book, Contrast – Textured Knitting by Meiju K-P. The shawl uses four skeins of Oakworth DK. The book sample uses colourway Hazel which was included in the update but sold out. Another batch is in production and will be on the website in the next week or two. We are not stocking the book but I know lots of shops are.

Happy Shopping – don’t forget we ship worldwide!

April 18, 2022

Squaring of the Circle shawl

  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple. She is holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple.

Squaring of the Circle is the latest pattern in my brioche illusion series.

This shawl shows an illusion that I find especially intriguing: circles that morph into squares, i.e. the squaring of the circle, a thing that sounds almost magical.

This big stole is worked on the bias with stripes of illusion pattern alternated with relaxing areas of simple garter stitch that are worked in a laceweight yarn. The contrast between the cozy and colorful brioche and the translucent and super lightweight garter stitch makes this shawl unique and also very fun to knit!