Designer Crush, Project Ideas

Two New Things to Make with Katia’s Cotton Merino

It’s no secret that all of us at Wool & Grace love love LOVE Katia’s Cotton Merino yarn.  It’s a heavenly soft blend of cotton (giving it a sturdy core) and merino wool (which is ultra soft and wraps around the yarns cotton core like a halo of wooly loveliness).  We’ve made a Better Than Basic Pullover and a Turtle Dove as shop samples with this lovely yarn, not to mention the countless cowls, hats and mitts that have been made with this good stuff.

azel pullover heidi may
Azel Pullover by Heidi May

When Heidi May published two new patterns featuring this lovely yarn, I felt like I just had to share them with you.  Whether you realize it or not, you’re familiar with Heidi May’s designs.  She doesn’t have the same celebrity status as Stephen West or Andrea Mowry, but almost everyone has at least thought about making her Azel Pullover.  Not only is it incredibly wearable, but it’s written for all sizes between a 2 Toddler to a XL adult.  Our knitters make it in anything from Merino No. 5 to Rasta to Cascade’s Spuntaneous.  It’s a piece that is as easy to knit as it is to wear… and it’s warm!

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Frye Fawn by Heidi May

Earlier this winter one of my knitters made Frye Fawn, an adorable hood and mitt combo that is adorned with little antlers.  Jessy made this duo as a a gift and made it out of Loopy Mango’s Merino No. 5.  Not only was it endlessly cute, but it was a great learning project!

Believe it or not, May’s patterns are the most frequently downloaded on Ravelry – a testament to their broad appeal.  One other awesome thing about her designs, a majority of them have been written for knitting AND crochet.  I feel like giving this prolific designer a big hug for making her designs so accessible.

Back on topic to some new patterns:

tempest hat
Tempest Hat by Heidi May

The Tempest Hat is an easy hat with a hint of slouch knit up using 2 skeins of Katia’s Cotton Merino.  It’s simple and engaging texture is an easy-to-memorize combination of knits and purls.  Topped with a fur pompom (real or faux), May’s aesthetic clearly speaks to that of the Wool & Grace customer!

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the Shadow Shawl by Heidi May

Shortly after the Tempest was released, May released the Shadow Shawl, a generously sized triangular shawl (also using Cotton Merino, of course).  It involves the simplest texture and color work, making great project for  new knitters who are ready to add a bit of technique to their work!  The Shadow Shawl will use 5 skeins of your main color and one (or two) skeins of your contrast color.

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one more pic of this lovely piece – the Shadow Shawl

I love that this duo isn’t matchy-matchy, but that it is coordinated.  It’s timed perfectly that it can be knit up relatively fast to add warmth to some very cold days.  Check out these wonderful patterns and all of May’s designs on Ravelry.  It’s highly likely you’ll find something to add to your queue!


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