Wednesday 2 August 2017

The Fibre Co Launches Fell Garth II + 20% Discount Code

Image courtesy of The Fibre Co.
One of the wonderful things about the onset of Autumn is the release of new knitting patterns for wrap-up-warm jumpers and cardigans. Hot off the press on 1st August was The Fibre Co's offering for the forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2017 season - Fell Garth II.

The Fibre Co is based in Cumbria, in the north of England, and the rugged local scenery has inspired both the designs and the company's latest yarn Arranmore Light DK, a tweedy blend of 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% silk that's spun in Ireland. There are 18 colour shades in the range with the texture in the yarn comes from the nepps:  "small bits of tangled fibres in multiple shares that are dyed first prior to blending" explains The Fibre Co's founder Daphne Marinopoulos.

Arranmore Light is one of the five yarns featured in Fell Garth II. The collection contains 19 designs by ten talented designers. Patterns can be bought individually from The Fibre Co, which will redirect you to Ravelry.

NB - Until 8th August receive 20% off all patterns by using the discount code FellGarth2 at checkout!

All the sumptuous images of the 19 designs were photographed in Cumbria, a landscape that in July 2017 was awarded World Heritage Status.

Fell Garth II features two cowls, a hat and some mitts but I feel its strength is in its sweater patterns. Cowls, hats and mitts are great for beginners but, let's face it, most knitters who have been crafting for a few years probably already have more than they need. The sweater patterns really strike me as different from many on the market and the sumptuous photography of the garments sells the vision of a stylish outdoor lifestyle. I might not be about to hill walk in Cumbria, but the following are my favourite jumper designs to wear down the park this Winter:


Image courtesy of The Fibre Co.
Look at the lovely texture of the design created using stitch patterns juxtaposed with the tweedy nepps of Arranmore aran weight yarn. Designed by Fiona Alice, this sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up. For me I'd shorten the body but I do think the styling of this jumper looks good with the belt.

Howclose Gill

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The 1930s-style of this design immediately caught my eye. It's knitted in The Fibre Co's Knightsbridge yarn, a Cornish blend of merino, silk and baby llama, and was designed by Francesca Hughes. Intermediate knitters will relish the challenge to knit with the two colours.

North Row

Image courtesy of The Fibre Co.
This jumper screams 'cosy' straight out of the photograph. Knitted in Arranmore Light, it's a stylish, slouchy cover up that will go with jeans or skirts alike. The soft shade of 'River Esque' will take you through to next Spring too and go with almost everything in your wardrobe. Holli Yeoh is North Row's designer.


Image courtesy of The Fibre Co.
Ceciknits designed this boxy, on-trend sweater with twisted rib lines and an oversized silhouette. It's worked in pieces from the top down and seamed. I like the way it's a cross between a jumper and a cape - on cold Winter days I imagine wearing it over another jumper for another warm layer. Armathwaite is knitted in The Fibre Co's Cumbria yarn.


Image courtesy of The Fibre Co.
Another oversized fit is Rathbone with its sloppy-Joe a-line shape and texture details on the sleeves. Holli Yeoh designed this throw-on sweater in Arranmore Light. It's a go-to garment that would be great to wear over a t-shirt and jeans - a forgiving, day-to-day wear that's cosy and stylish.

To see all 19 patterns in collection go to the Fell Garth II section of The Fibre Co's website. Don't forget that the 20% discount code FellGarth2 expires on 8th August.

Which design would you cast on first? Let us know in the comments box below.

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