Shibui’s SS18 Collection
Shibui’s new yarn called Fern arrived to Wool & Grace last week. Within the first 24 hours we sold out of at least one of the colors. One of my classes in its entirety purchased yarn to make one of the pieces from the new collection based on the look book. We all gravitated toward this yarn (not a surprise with Shibui) as Fern is a new sport-weight cotton. This matte cotton has been brushed to impeccable softness. If you’re familiar with Juniper Moon’s Cumulus, imagine a yarn as soft as this, but more refined. Shibui’s new collection, which was released today, reliably backs up this beautiful new yarn with sophisticated and chic designs.
Mirage is the garment that my class narrowed in on for their KAL. It’s a simple shell with two sleeve options (to be knit as a sleeveless shell or with a short sleeve), and is knit up on a US6 needle using one strand of Fern. This simple shell has a simple flourish – a diaphanous panel of silk cloud lining the hem of the piece. It’s an easy, subtle and luxurious detail and it makes the piece. It’s simple and chic enough that you’ll want to wear it with anything and everything throughout the warm months.
Haven is an oversized tee, similar to Lucia from last year. With a little more ease, this piece has a dolman sleeve and is knit in a combination of Cima and Reed. This yarn combo makes this piece a perfect transitional sweater, that can be worn layered throughout the late-winter and early spring, or worn on its own throughout the spring, summer and fall. I’m a little partial to this tee. Cima gives a soft, refined touch to anything it’s knit with.
Oasis is a simple with thin stripes running across it on the bias. Free with purchase, this is another gorgeous example of the wrap pattern that Shibui publishes with every collection. Oasis is chic and wearable, and also the type of project perfect for a beginner knitter who is eager to dabble in these beautiful yarns.
Niya is a cropped, open cardigan with an asymmetrical hem, with its front coming to two points. It’s knit using two strands of Lunar held together, making it luxurious and refined with is blend of silk and wool. It’ll also be light to wear, with a hint of drape. The idea of Lunar held double sounds totally dreamy, but given the timeless shape of this sweater, I’m already imagining it knit using a combination of Lunar with Cima or Silk Cloud.
One last piece, which is impactful and dramatic and totally has me smitten, is Zephyr. This voluminous cardigan is constructed like a piece of origami, but it’s knitting is actually quite simple. I desperately want to wear this with a simple white tank and a pair of skinny jeans or leggings… ALL THROUGHOUT SPRING. There’s something about it that screams “I’m comfortable being so fabulous.” Zephyr is knit up using Fern and Twig – with the sleeves being knit in Fern and the body being knit in Twig. This conscious choice clearly gives an incredible drape to the body, which is appropriate for all of that volume. The stitch gauge for the two yarns is very similar – the only difference being the row gauge. This just makes me think that it would be relatively easy to knit the whole darn think in Fern, and that knitters would just need to be conscious of the number of rows they are working for the body of the piece.
There are a handful of other beautiful pieces in this collection – and all are worth a good look. Shibui is always popular at Wool & Grace, no doubt because they design pieces that we can easily see ourselves wearing. A new collection of simple but distinctive pieces will no doubt add at least one new piece to so many of our hand knit wardrobes!