A Yarn For All Seasons

For Spring Summer 2013 Rowan have released a brand new chunky yarn and a collection of patterns to go with it. The yarn is All Seasons Chunky, which is a sister yarn to the existing All Seasons Cotton that you might already know – the fibre blend is the same (cotton and acrylic) making it a good choice for summer due to its cool and light wear. The knitting weight is heavier in the new Chunky version, and the thicker yarn will give great stitch definition for textured or cabled patterns.

The colour selection for All Seasons Chunky is brand new and perfectly balanced for spring and summer, with cool pastels and vibrant tones of orange, red, purple and blue.

Foam 600Pebble 601Powder 602Drift 603
Shore 604Reach 605Dune 606Cove 607
Heatwave 608Jetsam 609Stoney 610Samphire 611
Flotsam 612 Whirlpool 615

There is a wonderfully summery feel to Marie Wallin’s designs in the All Seasons Chunky Collection which accompanies the new yarn, every item seems to be designed with summer evenings in mind. Imagine the sun goes down and the temperature drops a little, but it never really gets cold so you only want a cool outer layer that will keep the edge off but still let you feel the gentle summer breeze. To this end, there is a strong theme of capped or 3/4 length sleeves, lace panels and wide or low necklines.

AphroditeAthenaCalypso
EosGaiaHarmonia
HebeHeraIsis
PersephoneRheaSelene

I fell instantly in love with Aphrodite. From the front it looks like a fairly standard jumper with a bit of lace decoration on the shoulders, but then you see it from behind where it surprises you with a lovely low v-back, lace over the whole back panel and a scooped curve to the hem. It’s just the sort of thing I’d love to wear on a summer’s evening after lounging in the sunshine all day.
Aphrodite_3Aphrodite_4

I can be rather clumsy (especially with chocolate!) so a white jumper would never be a good idea, but I was spoilt for choice on what I’d use instead. After much debate I finally decided to keep Pebble for the back and use Stoney for the front:
Pebble 601Stoney  610

At the moment all I’ve done is make a gauge swatch as I’m still finishing off another couple of projects, but I’m hoping to get this cast on in the next couple of weeks so watch this space for a full project post once I’ve finished.

4 Comments

  • Amanda

    10 June 2013 at 13:39 Reply

    Ooh, pretty! I’ve been thinking about crocheting a cardigan for myself and was wondering what yarn to use, this might fit the bill perfectly!

    • Sarah

      11 June 2013 at 16:28 Reply

      The benefit of such a thick yarn is that it will knit or crochet up in no time! I’m expecting this jumper to be pretty quick once I get started, after which I’ll be working on your commission.

      Chunky in the UK is what you’d call Bulky in the US, so it is really thick. If you’d prefer a slightly finer stitch definition then the All Seasons Cotton is Aran weight (Worsted in the US) but exactly the same fibre blend and would still crochet up pretty quick.

      • Amanda

        12 June 2013 at 14:09 Reply

        Aha, so that’s what Aran weight is! I knew chunky/bulky (that one’s pretty obvious) but always wondered about Aran. I don’t think any of the yarn stores here in suburbia carry Rowan but I can probably find an online source. Now I just need to search Ravelry for a good pattern!

  • […] week I’ve cast on the sleeves for my current project, Aphrodite. The front and back of the jumper are knit separately, which means the sleeves are knit flat and […]

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