Pattern Spotlight: Disrupt Scarf

I knew Anzula had gorgeous colors and scrumptious bases before I sent my submission for the summer 2017 issue of Cast On magazine; as I had met Anzula fibers at the very first STITCHES South market in Atlanta in 2009. My magazine submission was fairly straightforward. I've spent the last year and a half exploring a technique for working stockinette-based laces reversibly from extant patterns and stitch dictionaries. I was eager to share this technique with a larger audience. Since The Knitting Guild Association focuses on teaching good technique, I thought Cast On would be the perfect venue. It was editor Arenda Holladay who decided the project should be in a large-gauge yarn.

I was skeptical, although I had successfully experimented with a variety of yarn types and gauges in reversible lace. Arenda pointed out that super bulky yarns are very much on trend. And working in a larger yarn would make it easier to learn a new technique, as it would be very easy to see the stitches. Of course, Arenda chose Burly for the scarf. I picked the Petunia color, as hot pink is becoming one of the colors of 2017. The color, scale, technique, and pattern all seemed to be disruptive.

Reversible lace involves working lace patterning across a ground of 1×1 ribbing, rather than garter or stockinette. As with all magic, it comes with a price — twice as many stitches, so twice as much yarn. In Burly this produces a thick, incredibly squishy fabric. The Disrupt scarf is substantial, weighing over 400 grams. It is long enough to wrap around your head to keep your ears warm on a cold day. As typical of Anzula's bases, the hand of this yarn is next-to-skin soft. When you wear this scarf, it feels like a big comforting hug. It is the sort of big, warm, cushy scarf that boldly vows, "As your bodyguard, I will protect you from whatever foul weather comes your way."


The Disrupt scarf pattern is available in Cast-On Magazine, the online knitting magazine of The Knitting Guild Associate, and is available to all members. 

You can find more from Jolie on her blog and Ravelry.com.

Artem Shawl by Steve Rousseau, Knit by Isabella Zorman in Anzula Breeze

Wow, I feel honored to contribute to the Anzula Blog! What a pleasure to work with Anzula Breeze in Emerald and the Artem Shawl by Steve Rousseau. Yarn and pattern work very well together, a beautiful combination. I'm very happy with the result.

Some time ago, I came across Steve Rousseau Designs. Lots of beautiful, rectangular shawl patterns to choose from. It is because I used to work as a mechanical engineer drawer and my love and attraction for geometry, sure enough I had to bookmark it under "what's knitting" and keep an eye on the "Artem" pattern.

While I was finishing up a cardigan, already pondering on a possible next knitting project, I got this idea to spoil my mother-in-law with a knitted gift. Knowing her, I knew it had to be a turquoise/emerald color. With this clear idea, I went to my local yarn store, here in Ithaca NY, but I couldn't find the right color, nor the suggested yarn.

Lots of SRDesigns use Shibui Knits pebble, a silk, merino, cashmere yarn. And I wasn't sure about the merino. Although soft, my mother in law thinks it's itchy. Many thoughts about this gift and online yarn research continued over the next few days.

She is an elderly woman who loves "elegant" but doesn't want it to be ruined. I'm afraid it would lie dormant, nicely wrapped in silk paper, ever hopeful that it will one day fulfill its destiny.

I've read somewhere that making a hand-knit gift is an emotional experience. So is online yarn shopping! I can't touch the yarn, and the colors are more often miles away from reality and I miss talking to the yarn experts! But I did find Fancy Tiger Craft in Denver, sells online with a nicely organized website. This is where I discovered Anzula Breeze the first time.

It was love at first sight! Honestly, the more I knit, I could swear some yarns scream "pick me, pick me!" I had some very fantastic results in the past. Being silk and linen, Breeze is heavenly soft, drapes beautifully, is elegant with a slightly rustic touch, very nice stitch definition and the subtle variation in tone adds unexpected depth.

I used About 1 1/2 balls of Breeze, US needle size 3 to match the gauge. The shawl finished measurements after wet blocking, 24 inches by 74 inches.

The Artem pattern is easy to follow, once established, it becomes quite intuitive. But still, don't binge watch your favorite show, I had to unravel a couple of rows!

Wet blocking such a large piece was a bit intimidating at first. a) where do I block it? and b) I don't even have that many pins. At the end I did not have to use any pins! Other than stretching a bit and even the lines, Anzula Breeze holds the stitches very well.

I'm very, very happy! In fact so happy, that I ordered some more Anzula Breeze to combine with a Isabell Kraemer sweater pattern. I'll keep you posted!

Isabella Zorman

Pattern Spotlight: Emerald City Socks by Lisa Ross

This week I’m excited to introduce the third pattern in my Socks of Oz collection: Emerald City.

I was so excited to collaborate with Anzula on this design and the pattern is perfectly paired with their Squishy base. If you’ve never used Squishy, you’re in for a treat for both your knitting hands and your sock-wearing feet. It combines incredible softness with a silky smooth twist. It glides between your fingers as each stitch is made and the footwear created is *almost* too soft and pretty for shoes. The subtle variegation in the semi-solid Anzula colorways pair perfectly with the lace design that extends up the instep of this design.

Although the lace along the front of the sock is the main feature, there are little details along the way that both the knitter and the wearer will appreciate. The one that makes me ridiculously happy are the lines of twisted rib that extend from the base of the heel all the way up to the cuff. These simple stitches create clean lines up the back of the leg reminiscent of the seamed stockings that were popular at the time the Wizard of Oz was released in theaters. It’s a modern twist on classic style.

The pattern includes lace that is both charted and written, as well as a photo tutorial for working a sewn bind-off for a flexible cuff. Though seemingly complex, this sock is easier than it looks with no wrapped or picked-up stitches. Best of all, there is a knitalong happening in the Paper Daisy Creations group. If you complete ONE sock by the end of May, you could be eligible to win one of the amazing prizes, including your own skein of Anzula Squishy! For more details, click here.

Just for being awesome, Anzula fans can purchase Emerald City for just $2 with the code ANZULA. The entire collection of four patterns is being released on Ravelry throughout the month of April, and for a limited time, is only $5 with code SOCKSOFOZ.

Happy Knitting!