blog tour: Modern Top-Down Knitting

by kath_red on 21/11/2010

in knitting+crochet+yarn

Oops seems I missed my scheduled spot in the blog tour – so terribly sorry for all of you expecting to see some knitting love here a few days ago. But better late than never!

Modern Top-Down Knitting: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accessories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker by Kristina McGowan. STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (October 1, 2010).

Inside this beautifully presented book you will find some beautiful patterns – here is a sneak preview:

Yarn talk– please leave a comment here telling us your favourite yarns. According to ravelry – amongst the most used and popular yarns are:

Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks: 100% Peruvian highland wool (Corriedale/Merino cross)

Malabrigo Yarn: Hand Dyed incredible soft Merino wool. With the subtle variations in color and texture only hand dyed yarns have. Beautiful, soft kettle-dyed pure Merino from a small family-run company in Uruguay :: Cascade Yarns – 220 wool: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool :: Kureyon – Noro – Kureyon has two plies with a “rustic” loosely spun effect. くれよん (pronounced coo-ray-oh-n) is the Japanese pronunciation of the English “crayon;” thus, the literal name of the yarn is “crayon.” Noro Silk garden is 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambswool.

Socks that Rock from Blue Moon Fiber Arts: 100% superwash merino wool

Classy by Dream in Color: 100% Merino Superwash

Cascade yarns – eco wool : Lion brand – fishermans wool : RYC Cashsoft DK from Rowan : Ultra Alpaca from Berroco: 50% Super Fine Alpaca 50% Peruvian Highland Wool : Organic Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas – Organic Cotton is grown and harvested without the use of agri-chemicals. The colors are naturally occurring shades free from bleach or dyes. Made in Peru. :: Sock Yarn from Sundara Yarn

100% Merino Superwash from Wollmeise

More from the blog tour here. And find out more about Kristy on her website.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Byneedleandthread November 21, 2010 at 11:36 pm

A lot of times my favorite yarn is the one I’m using on the current project. A yarn that I haven’t used yet but really want to, is Madelinetosh DK.


2 kath_red November 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Oh I have heard of that yarn too – lovely xxx


3 Kate November 22, 2010 at 1:40 am

I just finished knitting a dress with woolganics.
It was divine!


4 Anna November 22, 2010 at 2:07 am

So far my favourite has been Jade Sapphire. So soft and gorgeous! Though I’m knitting with Fanny’s Fingering weight sock yarn at the moment, and the semi solid colour (Chili Pepper) is magnificent, and varied enough to keep me thoroughly entertained!


5 Jacqui November 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

I came across this book on the publisher’s website a few days ago, great to see a few more images of the patterns, they look great. I’m very partial to merino, coming from New Zealand! It has some fabulous qualities, although the other yarns you have up there look pretty amazing too!


6 Joanna November 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

There is a new, small company in Georgia (and online) called The Flying Kettle, offering the most gorgeous hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns. Check it out at


7 heleen November 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

I just love that dress on the cover of the book!
I don’t have yet a favorite yarn, I like to knit with blue faced leichester, merino and (mixtures) with alpaca. I recently finished a FLS made of Nepal from Drops (a alpaca/wool mixture); lovely to knit with and it stays very good with wearing.


8 Laura November 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

I love cascade 220, and all the Rowan yarns, and I also lust after Posh Yarns on a regular basis.

Laura x


9 Heather S November 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

So so lovely! And the photography is brilliant!


10 Seanna Lea November 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I love the hat. I think it is the first time I’ve seen that picture as one of the previewed items. I love knitting with a variety of yarns, especially wool, which makes the malabrigo tops for softness and richness of colors and the cascade (especially the 220) tops for affordability.


11 Amy P November 23, 2010 at 2:14 am

I wouldn’t want to be without most of the yarns you listed, and many others! That said, Cascade 220 *never* fails me. It’s so reasonably priced, soft enough, but still sturdy, and has fantastic stitch definition.


12 Tania November 26, 2010 at 12:34 am

Mine are Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden(Both weights).


13 Jolene November 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I love knitting with Alpaca/merino/silk blends. They feel so wonderful on my fingers!


14 Janet K December 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I love Cashmerino (chunky!), and Noro Silk Garden (among several others).


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