Last year I introduced you to Australian yarn brand Ella Rae and their great fun Cozy Soft Prints yarn. We have recently taken delivery of an extended range of Ella Rae yarns including:
- Solid colours in Cozy Soft Prints
- Superwash Merino DK
- Cozy Alpaca
- and Seasons which I’m going to introduce you to today
Seaons is a chunky weight yarn composed of 76% acrylic, 14% wool and 10% nylon priced at a bargain £5 per 100g ball. It has an unusual chainette construction which stops it feeling too warm and gives an incredbly generous yardage of 219 yards / 200m. It is self striping with the colours blending gently into one another and comes in both bright and neutral varieties.
There is great pattern support in the form of 2 books and 2 individual patterns. The individual patterns are a beginner friendly hat and scarf combo plus a sleevless ribbed vest. The vest uses between 4 and 6 balls meaning it costs just £20-£30 to knit. It is worked on 6mm needles so should knit up quickly too. The individual patterns cost £3 each.
Booklet 118 contains 6 designs for adults and children. There are 2 scarves, a ladies top plus a waistcoat, short sleeved cardigan and hooded jacket for children. I love Bree, the cabled jacket shown centre which is available in ages 5-12 years and uses just 3-4 balls. I also quite fancy knitting a less cropped version of Astrid, shown top left, for myself. The combination of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch gives great texture and I’ve never been able to resist a rainbow!
Booklet 128 also contains 6 designs, 5 children’s garments and a basket stitch cowl with an adult and child size. The patterns cover ages 1-10 which means the book can be used again and again as the child grows. The garments use between 2 and 5 balls of yarn which means even the most expensive can be knitted in the largest size for £25. The pattern booklets cost £6 each which is just £1/pattern!
I couldn’t resist casting on the Girls’ Poncho from Booklet 128. I adored the pinks and turquoises used on the sample for the book (shown above) but I chose a more muted palette of blues, teals and greys. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I think the Mondrian inspired buttons finish it perfectly. I knitted the 4-6 years size and it used 2 balls of one colour and one ball of another. I’ve got enough left over to knit a coordinating hat too. The central panel is worked using the intarsia technique. If you’ve never tried it before, don’t be afraid; it’s a great style of colour work because you only work with 1 colour at a time.