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Grazioso Mini-Collection + Make-Along

par Debbie Sullivan June 27, 2019

Grazioso Mini-Collection + Make-Along

Would you like to knit one of these awesome patterns? Enter our contest on Instagram for a chance to win one of the patterns in this collection! Contest closes Sunday June 30th.

We're thrilled to announce that all three patterns in the Grazioso mini-collection have now been released! Since last fall we've been working with independent designers to provide yarn support for some amazing new patterns, starting with a small collection of designs for Presto last fall, and then Crescendo earlier this year.

For this mini-collection we sent our Grazioso linen/silk blend lace-weight yarn to three designers from around the world, and they each did a beautiful job transforming their skeins into perfect projects to inspire your summer knitting. And in order to celebrate summertime crafting we're hosting a Grazioso Make-along starting July 1. Keep reading for more details!

Living Coral Shawl

Lace detail of Living Coral shawl

First up in this mini-collection is the lovely Living Coral Shawl pattern by Jayalakshmi, from Mumbai, India. This top-down, lightweight, crescent shawl is knit in our Coral colourway and Jaya says that it's "an exploration of the coral color in terms of both yarn and lace pattern - the plain stockinette section showcases the warm, vibrant yet tranquil color, and the layers of repeating lace motifs are reminiscent of overlapping petals, giving the shawl an ethereal look." 

This pattern uses just one skein of Grazioso, and I think it would be a perfect knitting project for a beach vacation.  

Starry Skies Wrap

Starry Skies wrap collage showing shawl both worn and close up of lace pattern

Next is the Starry Skies Wrap by Fiona from MunroSisters3. These three Scottish sisters were taught to knit by their grandmother when they were young, and now they collaborate and work together to produce their own designs. Their story is very similar to our own, and we were super pleased to be introduced to their work through this project. 

The Starry Skies Wrap is worked flat as two pieces, which grafted together at the centre of the wrap with Kitchener Stitch. The lace motif is inspired by a skyline of flowers against a starry sky, and although the sample is worked in our Dandelion colourway I think it would also look stunning in a darker colour, such as Wild Blueberry. 

Orange Song Top

Collage of Orange Song Top showing front detail and back view

Last, but most definitely not least, we have the Orange Song Top by Nadya Stallings. The pattern for this lightweight summer top is sized for bust circumferences from 32-60" and uses just 1-2 skeins of Grazioso, even for the larger sizes. Nadya used a unique construction method for this top, starting with the lace portion for the upper body worked sideways, picking up stitches for the back and front to work downwards, and incorporating short rows to shape the shoulder line.

I still haven't decided what my Grazioso project will be this summer, and this pattern is high on my list of possibilities. The sample is worked in our vibrant Apricot colourway, which I really love, but if I make one for myself it will probably be in something a bit more muted - Copper Penny maybe?

Wooden bowl full of Grazioso yarn

Speaking of summer projects, we're hosting a Make-Along in our Ravelry group this summer specifically for projects using Grazioso. Any and all projects using this yarn are welcome: knitting, crochet, weaving, tatting, and anything else you can think of!

To kick off the MAL we're offering a discount of 25% off all Grazioso on our website from now until July 3rd, no coupon code required. 

You can find more details about the MAL and how to join in our Ravelry group. Hope to see you there!





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