Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Yarndale 2014

Going to Yarndale this weekend? So are we! You can find all the recent Cumulus patterns with yarn support, the LAST of the hand dyes (discounted!) and a few other treats to stock up with so be sure to come say hi!

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Etherow by Anniken Allis for Fyberspates

Fyberspates will be sharing a stand with Chester Wool Company at Yarndale and if you've been thinking about stocking Fyberspates yarns or patterns, come say hi at the booth this weekend. We're taking patterns, yarns and shadecards for retailers to get to know our stock a little better and Jeni will be on hand with any questions you might have.

Grab the LAST of the handdyes at discounted prices!

Fyberspates will be hosting plenty at our stand at Yarndale but we wanted to let you know that if you drop by the booth at Laughing Hens, you will find even more of our yarns! Laughing Hens will be hosting Scrumtpious in 4ply and Lace, Vivacious in 4ply and DK AND Gleem Lace. Go grab some!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Twiss Crescent Shawl

Continuing our Cumulus Pattern releases, here is a delicate shawl that would be perfect for wrapping around shoulders on cooler days or dressing up an outfit for a special occasion.

Cumulus Sideways Crescent Shawl
(c) Fyberspates)

The Twiss Crescent Shawl is an elegant accessory designed by Anniken Allis that starts out as a rectangle knitted sideways before stitches are picked up along the straight edge and a combination of short rows and decreases are worked to shape the shawl. Using 3 balls of Cumulus by Fyberspates, this shawl is worked on size 3.25mm needles to really accentuate the delicate loft of Cumulus that is the result of 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Silk.

(c) Fyberspates

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace sections which repeat enough that a novice lace knitter would enjoy this as well as something quick and interesting for the more experienced knitter.

Twiss is available now for direct download from Ravelry or check your nearest Fyberspates retailer. 

Etherow Shawl

We’ve just released the Etherow Shawl, another feminine lace pattern by Anniken Allis. We love Anniken’s designs, whether it’s Effra from The Scrumptious Collection Volume 2 or her exclusive to Fyberspates design The Winding Path, Anniken always showcases Fyberspates yarn perfectly. What’s more, she has several great video tutorials to help you learn new to you techniques so you really are in safe hands with her designs.

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(c) Fyberspates

Etherow is a feminine triangular shaped shawl that is large enough to wrap around your shoulders and keep out the cold while not adding bulk. Worked up using 7 x 25g balls of Cumulus by Fyberspates, the all over lace showcases yarn with a great halo.

(c) Fyberspates

This shawl is worked from the top down. The triangular shape is created by working increases along either side of the central 'spine' and at the beginning and end of every other row. The edging is finished off with a crochet chain cast off. If you prefer not to work the crochet cast off, please use an alternative stretchy method such as the Russian Cast Off. You can find a video tutorials on the crochet chain cast off and tutorials on triangular shawl shapes on Anniken’s tutorial pages.


The sample is worked up in one of the more jewel like tones of Cumulus. Cumulus, our 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Silk blend was launched with two distinct colour palettes: our well-loved jewel tones and softer more ethereal colours that reflect the cloudlike softness of Cumulus. Whether it’s a soft camel or a strong red, we think X is the perfect shawl for adding a little elegance to your everyday outfits. Enjoy!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tarpoley Scarf

Another release in our Cumulus pattern range from designer Sara Anthony-Boon and this one has some really interesting construction.

(c) Fyberspates)

The Tarpooley Scarf is a snuggly scarf edged with a contrasting panel of pretty ruffles, knitted in soft Cumulus yarn. Slipped stitches along the side of the scarf stop any curling and the ruffle borders add feminine texture as well as weight to this lofty scarf.

Ruffle borders, knit with contrasting yarn, are worked first before stitches are grafted together and the scarf is continued in the main colour. Clear instructions are given for all techniques throughout for this deceptively simple scarf.

(c) Fyberspates

The sample here is shown in 3 balls of Sea Green for the main colour and 1 for the Silver for the contrast. As well as this soft colours that reflect the ethereal quality of Cumulus, you will also find more jewel like tones that are typical of the Fyberspates range. We like to mix things up a bit!

(c) Fyberspates

The Tarpooley Scarf is ready for download on Ravelry and don't forget Sara is hosting a giveaway on her blog post that tells you all about her inspiration here

Ellora Scarf

Oops. Sometimes the best intentions are thrown off by tech issues. We are now fixed and back up and running- brace yourself for lots of Cumulus patterns and chat!

(c) Fyberspates

Another Cumulus pattern just went live that makes great use of the delicate loft that Baby Suri Alpaca and Silk provides. The Ellora Scarf pattern is designed by Sara Anthony- Boon aka Textureknit and it is just in time for those looking for simple Christmas knits for loved ones.

A curvaceous cable panel runs between textured moss stitch in this pretty scarf, using soft and warm Cumulus yarn. This scarf is perfect for novice knitters taking first steps into cables as the pattern provides clear written and charted instructions.

(c) Fyberspates

This scarf uses 3 balls of Cumulus (shown here in Silver) and is worked on larger needles to make best use of this lofty yarn with a great halo. The cables form soft ripples down the scarf as a result of combining larger needles and thanks to the airy fabric Cumulus can provide, this scarf will work through most seasons as it is warm but not dense. 

We’ve started creating a useful Pinboard over on Pinterest to help knitters fine tune techniques from this week’s patterns. You can find blocking and beginner cable tutorials that are great for helping novice knitters get to grips with techniques the Ellora Scarf uses.

Be sure to check out Sara’s blog too where she’s not only talking about this latest release but hosting a giveaway too!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Here Comes the Cumulus Patterns!

We’ve been alluding to lots of activity behind the scenes at Fyberspates for some months and the patterns are finally all nicely queued up and ready for release. This week, it's all about the Cumulus patterns, showcasing our light fingering weight 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Silk yarn blend that comes in 25g balls of 150 metres [164 yards]. You will find plenty of inspiration both in terms of patterns but also guest posts, bloggers elsewhere on the internet joining in the chat as well as tutorials, focuses on technique and giveaways. 

Kicking us off first is Aolani.

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(c) Jo Weston

Aolani, meaning ‘heavenly cloud’, are the perfect mittens to transition into colder weather. Super-soft and cosy, these fingerless mitts are knitted flat to allow a smooth transition of stripes using Cumulus baby alpaca and silk yarn.

(c) Fyberspates

The perfect knit for a novice knitter, the stripes add interest for those more experienced knitters and allows for some colour play in the darker days that winter can bring. Working with 3 colour choices, these mitts require less than 1 ball of each colour and are shown here in ‘Sea Green’, ‘Water’ and ‘Teal’.

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Wrap your hands in the cloudlike softness of Cumulus this Autumn. We will be featuring retailers of Cumulus on Facebook all this week as we release our Cumulus patterns so be sure to check if your local yarn store has Cumulus in stock. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014


Things have been a little on the quiet side over here as we've all been busy squirreling away at Fyberspates HQ. The retail site is now closed (thank you to all who sent us off with a bang) and we're all systems go for wholesale and.... new collections and patterns. Over the coming weeks there's going to be LOTS to tell you about and today is the first release of some of our new collaborations and patterns. 

Pellucid by Dieuwke Van Mulligen

Meet Pellucid by Dieuwke Van Mulligen. Dieuwke has an eye for colour and clever construction and when we saw this tee worked up in Gleem Lace, we knew it was sure to be a hit with knitters. Pellucid is a simple top with sheer striping, created by alternating between one and two strands of lace weight yarn. It is designed to fit loosely, with around 10 cm / 4 inches of positive ease.

Pellucid by Dieuwke Van Mulligen

Worked top down, stitches are cast on for the neckline and shoulders. Front and back are worked flat, then joined in the round for the remainder of the body when sleeves are created by grafting a number of stitches from the back and front together.

Pellucid by Dieuwke Van Mulligan

As the gauge in this yarn and stitch pattern is quite different before and after blocking, instructions are added for how to calculate the final length of your garment.

Pellucid by Dieuwke Van Mulligen

We love this new design from Dieuwke and think it's perfect for the changeable weather here in the UK- a fascinating knit that is simple and stylish when finished. Sized from XS­ all the way up to ­2XL, the garment will fit bust sizes 74­cm (29­inches) through to ­124 cm (49 inches) with 10 cm / 4 inches of positive ease. The Smallest size only requires 2 skeins and the largest only 3 so it's not an expensive garment to knit. 


We're highlighting some of our retailers who currently stock Gleem over on Facebook today so grab yourself some and get knitting.