Recently, I’ve had a bit of fun observing knitters. When it comes to buying yarn, it seems that the world is divided into two camps: the Stashers and the Project Knitters.
A lot of New Zealanders seem to be Project Knitters. In other words, they need to have a project in mind, and a pattern, before they purchase yarn. In fact, observing them at my LYS, a lot of people seem to spend more time looking for a pattern than thinking about the yarn. That’s not my idea of Fun. But then, it takes all sorts to make the world go round!
I thought about this the other day as I fondled enjoyed looking at some extremely enticing Zealana yarn. There’s this lovely Zealana, but guess what? No pattern books. A couple of leaflet patterns, but that’s about it. Not very helpful to a Project Knitter who starts first at the pattern book section. I saw a couple of ladies look quite excited to find the yarn, but once they’d seen the few patterns available, walked away looking disappointed. Oh dear.
These yarns are all standard weight – it’s quite easy to find a pattern from somewhere else to suit the yarn gauge, but I know this doesn’t help some. Especially if one is already stressing about how to find the pattern for that project you have in mind. Let alone then worrying whether an alternate yarn you like will indeed work out at the tension you’re supposed to get.
I’ve noticed that there are actually a few pattterns for Zealana floating around, especially in the Vogue Knitting/Designer Knitting magazines. So I thought I’d talk about them. Here are some I’ve seen in recent publications:
1. Designer Knitting (also VK), Winter 2009/10. Pattern no. 25. Edna Hart’s long-sleeved buttoned cardigan. In Zealana’s Aspire Tui.
2. Man’s cabled vest in Tui by Lisa Ellis in Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2010. I’ve seen it modeled by a woman on Ravelry, and it looks rather nice! http://www.knitsimplemag.com/node/183 (It’s under The Outdoor Life – the grey v-neck).
3. Feather and fan scarf by Jill Gutman Schoenfuss. Pattern no. 31 in Vogue Knitting and Designer Knitting’s Spring/Summer 2010 issue. Using Kiwi in Fingering weight. Here’s a link to the picture on Ravelry.
Here are some others:
Designer Knitting (also VK), Fall 2009. Pattern no. 9, Cathy Carron’s eyelet cap. In Zealana’s Rimu yarn. It’s a popular pattern. According to Ravelry stats, over 280 people have knitted it already. If you don’t have the Fall edition of either Vogue Knitting or Designer Knitting, I’m not sure how you can get this pattern aside from buying a back issue, or borrowing a copy from a friend. I couldn’t find it for sale in the pattern section of Vogue Knitting’s website. Sadly. I have knitted this cap, and it is very lovely too!
Vogue Knitting website – cables and lace handbag. You will be able to see it by clicking on the link, but you need to register (free) to download the free pattern.
Zealana has also now got one free pattern on its site – the feather and fan shawl as shown in Vogue Knitting’s Spring/Summer 2010 issue.
Cute baby jacket turtles by Claudia Pacheco on Ravelry. This is a pay-for pattern, but very reasonable, and very cute!
There are a few more patterns available on Ravelry – simply search “Zealana” under Patterns, and you’ll find them. There is one free pattern. I think the rest are pay-for.
There have been other very lovely patterns made up in Zealana yarn. You can have a drool over them on The Yarn Sisters’ website (www.theyarnsisters.com). However, as the distributor of the yarn, I suppose you might have to find one of their stockists who has the pattern – Knitting Today stocks quite a few. Search “Zealana” and you’ll find them.
One hopes that more of these patterns will be available as online downloads at some point. But for the time being, there is a fair amount of choice around. 🙂