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In focus: Felted Tweed

With the beginning of this new and very exciting year at Sunspun (with a new baby, a refit of the shop and website and lots of new yarns on the way!), we’re introducing a couple of regular blog features to highlight things that we love, both in-store and out in the world. The first of these is In focus, which will feature our most favourite yarn or tool and show some of the magic you can work with it. The second is Things We Love…, a round-up of people, projects and other great things that we are inspired by and want to share with you. So we hope you enjoy these regulars!

We’re starting with one of our greatest yarn loves in the shop, Rowan Felted Tweed, a perennial favourite that has withstood Rowan’s seasonal culling process and is still stands tall after 10 years. There are so many reasons for its longevity; a wonderful and wide range of 28 colours, that tweedy fleck and alpaca halo that add so much life to knitted fabric, a huge 175m per 50gm ball (almost double the average number of metres for 8-ply yarn!) and a drapey lightness that makes garments knitted from it a joy to wear…

Felted Tweed

Felted Tweed

We have a trio of recently finished garments in Felted Tweed to inspire you…

Maple, Pomme de Pin and Striven

Maple, Pomme de Pin and Striven

Jackie used Striven from Rowan 42 as inspiration for her incredibly beautiful jumper, using the slip-stitch pattern and colour sequence as a starting point and then developing her own pattern for a custom-fit seamless jumper.

Jackie's Striven

Jackie’s Striven

I especially love the single row of accent colour she used at the beginning of each arm!

Jackie's Striven

Jackie’s Striven

Next up is Jules’ Pomme de Pin, a pattern from American independent designer Amy Christoffers. A big, comfy, “boyfriend cardigan”, it features one of Amy’s favourite design elements, a high collar that wraps around the back of the neck, adding to it’s coziness.

Jules' Pomme de Pin

Jules’ Pomme de Pin

Jules' Pomme de Pin

Pine cone lace

And lastly, the beautiful Maple cardigan, which has inspired a lot of our customers to try colourwork knitting! The design really makes use of the beautiful colour range that works so well together and everyone loves the combination of patterned body (worked with a combination of stranded colourwork and intarsia) and stripey sleeves.

Sue's Maple

Sue’s Maple

A combination of stranded colourwork and intarsia

Sue’s Marple

And, just as we were writing this feature, one of our regulars, Fay, walked in with this! It’s the Orkney cardigan by Marie Wallin from Rowan 52, all in Felted Tweed and, incredibly, Fay’s first attempt at colourwork… isn’t she amazing?!

Fay's Orkney

Fay’s Orkney

And, just so you have all the details:

Vital stats for Felted Tweed

Yarn weight:  DK or 8-ply

Tension:  22-24 st and 30-32 rows per 10cm

Needle size:  3.75-4mm

Metrage:  175m per 50gm

Fibre composition: 50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose