Pure Bliss

Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran. Part of the new Pure Bliss yarn range 2016
Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran. Part of the new Pure Bliss yarn range 2016

Pure Bliss Collection

I am very excited at the prospect of my new Autumn/Winter knitting yarns going into the shops this week. The two yarns, Lhasa and Falkland Aran, launch a new concept for the brand, Pure Bliss, the ultimate word in luxurious yarns.

Lhasa, a cashmere/yak blend, has been developed by an Italian manufacturer who specialises in luxury fibres and as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. Super soft, the chainette construction makes it durable without affecting the sensational handle.

I wanted the collection to reflect the simple beauty of the yarn, so deliberately designed classic investment pieces such as the tank tops featured here and small accessories such as the hand warmers and leaf edged cowl.

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Lhasa – Cable and Moss Stitch Slipover

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Lhasa – Turtleneck Tank

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Lhasa – Cabled Hat with Pompom

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Lhasa – Leaf Cowl

Falkland Aran

By contrast, Falkland Aran, although equally spectacular, lent itself to stitch detail and more sporty, family orientated designs. Developed by well known Yorkshire spinner Laxtons, the Falkland yarn is pure and organically farmed in the Falklands with no use of pesticides or dips. The sheep are allowed to roam freely in their natural habitat for most of the year, only coming in for shearing and, because of the climate, there is no fly strike so the practice of muesling is not carried out.

The yarn lead me to create contemporary designs, but by using classic stitchwork I was able to return to the cables and fisherman styles that I love in knits for men, women and children.

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Falkland Aran – Cable Jacket

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Falkland Aran – Man’s Cabled Sweater

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Falkland Aran – Bobble Hat and Mitts + Cowl

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Falkland Aran – Cropped Cable Sweater

Also out now, new designs in the single pattern format in my existing yarns, such as Paloma and Roma, and four fantastic knits using a new addition to the Cashmerino family, Cashmerino Aran Tonals.

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Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Tonals Knitting Patterns – Cassie

  • Nicola Crowie

    Hello! So nice to see a top designer doing something with our (Falkland Islands) wonderful wool. I hope you will have more designs in it, with lots of cables. :-)

  • Debby

    I’ve started the Cabled Mitts in the Falkland Aran book and am having MAJOR problems. Some of the issues I’m having with the pattern I chalk up to British author vs American knitter, but I don’t think that’s the situation here!
    How am I supposed to follow instructions for a 6-row cable pattern written for 52 stitches when at the end of each cable section I decrease 4 stitches? I’m trying to work the first repeat of the cable section and I have 48 stitches, not 52.
    HELP?!?!?

    I thought this project was going to be perfect for a shop sample, but it certainly has gotten the best of me so far.

    • Debbie Bliss

      Hi Debby, The actual cable pattern is only 12 sts wide, ie on right side rows, it’s p2, k8, p2, or on cable crossing rows it’s p2, C4B, C4F, p2, all other sts are worked in stockinette stitch which is where the decreases are made, the cable panel always stays in the same place and is unaffected by the decreases.

      So the row after the first decrease row is worked:
      P7, k2, p8, k2, p29.
      After the 2nd decrease row it will be:
      P6, k2, p8, k2, p26.
      After the 3rd decrease row it will be:
      P5, k2, p8, k2, p23.

      Hopefully, this will help!

      • Debby

        Thank you Debbie!!! I understood the actual cable is the 8 + 4, but I was clueless on where to omit the 4 stitches. Left on my own, I would have spaced them evenly across the row.
        I’ve assumed that the ‘work 7 rows” is one row of do what you see (to get me to the right side of the work) and then the 6 rows identified as forming the cable panel?

  • Tom Lawson

    Hi,
    We stock the Falkland Aran collection and are putting together the info on our website. Are the dyes used to colour the yarn also eco-friendly?

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