I recently had the pleasure of knitting some swatches with two new (to me) cotton yarns from the Jo Sharp line. What a pleasure! This is not your grandma’s craft store cotton. Not only are the colors fresh and modern, but the yarn itself is lightweight and wonderfully squishy. When knitted up, the stitches are beautifully defined and the fabric is cool enough to wear on the hottest (at least here in Maine) summer days.
A lot of you friendly readers might already be familiar with Jo Sharp yarn. Australian designer Jo Sharp drew from her background as a painter and her love of knitting to create a wearable, high quality line of yarns. Her yarn and patterns have always been a favorite here in the United States, but for the last few years it was only really available to purchase in Australia and in a limited selection online. Well, now it’s back! A lot of the yarns have stayed the same (the DK Wool is the same stash staple you remember) but a few tweaks have been made here and there to keep things current.
First, I’ll tell you about the Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn. This is 100% cotton and comes in 23 colors. A quick search on Ravelry shows over 1400 projects using this yarn, so I’m apparently not the first person to fall in love with it. Jo has a bunch of beautiful patterns knit out of this yarn, some of my favorites being her Jo Sharp A-Line Cotton Tunic and Fitted Singlet Pattern and Jo Sharp Sideways Ribbed Top Pattern.
Then there’s the Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn. This yarn has found a very special place in my heart (and my stash). Despite being a bulkier weight than the DK, it is just as light and airy as your fanciest merino. This yarn is a really great example of how thoughtfully this line has been designed. Instead of being a pure cotton, it’s a blend of 65% cotton and 35% microfiber. This enables you to have the thickness of an aran weight yarn without the heaviness of pure cotton. This one comes in 10 colors, my favorite being our color number 0665, or Pear. I’m seeing this color a lot this season, and Jo really delivers! There’s also a ton of pattern support for the Aran Cotton – I am quite fond of Jo’s Cotton T-Shirt Pattern, and I’m tempted to try her Bathrobe Pattern some day when I’m feeling ambitious.
Are you feeling ambitious? If so, these two yarns will be on sale for 10% off through next Thursday, July 21st (midnight EST). Come on in and see some swatches, or check out our listing online!
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