Friday Favourites

One of the joys of my job is expanding the world of knitting for newcomers
or even those returning to knitting after a long break.

So much has changed over the years, from the new luscious yarns to the high quality tools available.

We encourage our new students to embrace circular needles and they flexibility that they give. Over the past few years we have converted many long-time knitters to circular needles, they always come back exclaiming ‘where have these needles been all my life!’.

With this in mind we are condensing out straight needle range. If you are an avid fan of straight needles this weekend is a great time to add to your collection while our KnitPro Straight Needles are our Friday Favourite.

Stitches on needles and yarn on hooks
Bright woollen colours and new pattern books
Tangled Yarns bundles tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things!

* To ensure that your needles arrive to you in one piece we ship all straight needles in post tubes.
Due to this we cannot ship straight needles at our small item rate.

Friday Favourite Conditions – Applies to in stock items only. No custom orders or lay-by. 10% Off does not apply to kits as they are already reduced. Special prices apply from launch of newsletter until 9am Monday.
Interweave Knitscene Fall 2011
The much-anticipated Fall issue of knitscene magazine has arrived this week and is bursting with 22 designs including shawls, hats and cardis. They explore rustic outerwear, knitted lace edgings, seamless yoke constructions, and laceweight yarns.


In addition to the wonderful patterns there is a great article by Amy Herzog –
Making Mods to your Knits, how and why

We have all had the unfortunate experience of knitting a gorgeous pattern exactly as writing, only to wind up with a sweater that falls short of making us look like the sample picture.

Amy covers how to work out what shape you are and how to modify your knitwear to suit.

A preview of the designs inside…

Colfax Shawl by Angela Tong


Counterfort by Melissa J. Goodale


East Hale Cardigan by Alexis Winslow


Hawkmoth Pullover by Debbie O’Neill


Lepidopteral Cardigan by Anne Kuo Lukito


Montview Cardigan by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud


Morrison Cardigan by Cassie Miller


Southmoor Hat by Erica Jackofsky


Speer Cap by Rose Beck


Intweave Knits Weekend 2011

Another magazine hot off the presses – Interweave Knits Weekend 2011.


This is the largest issue of Knits Weekend with 33 cozy, casual knits including cute kids knits and sweaters for the man in your life. Simple stitches for spring, colourful yarns and easy lace for summer, tweedy cables and bright colorwork for fall, and pretty little embellishments for winter keep you knitting all year long.

A sneak peak inside…

Diana’s Cardigan by Amy Miller


Elm Street Socks by Elinor Brown


Mixt Cowl by Cirilia Rose


Monkey Business Marionette by Stacey Gerbman


Knitted Needle Holder by Kristen Omdahl


Parker River Vest by Ellinor Brown


Pea Shoot Pullover by Cathy Carron


Spoked Cardigan by Carol Feller


Surface Breeze Cowl by Courtney Kelley


Wheat Field Scarflette by Cecily Glowik MacDonald


Knit A Long Update

We are enjoying watching the bottom up projects progress with our July & August Knit-A-Long!

Last Saturday was the first of our KAL Technical Support Classes.

Our next in store Knit-A-Long Technical Support Class will be next Saturday, 30th July from 1pm – 3pm.

The KAL Technical Support classes are $25 per two hour lesson and bookings are essential.

Please call us in-store on 3666 0276 or email tangled@tangledyarns.com.au to book your place.

Some more bottom up designs that may tempt –

Hey Teach by Helene Rush

Plain and Simple Pullover by Veera Valimaki

Petrea by Amy Herzog

Sexy Vesty by CanarySanctuary

To enter our KAL draw all you need to do is finish and photograph a finished ‘bottom up’ garment that has been knitted from yarn purchased from our store during the months of July & August.

Email your photo to tangled@tangledyarns.com.au by 9am Thursday 1st September and you will go into the draw to win your purchase amount back as a gift voucher. (up to $50.00)


I am very selective when adding new books to our range. I love the instant accessibility of patterns available online, not to mention the sheer number of patterns out there.

That said, there are certain books that always make it into my personal library.


If you love to let your creativity run wild and add your own twist to your knitting & crochet a good range of what I like to call ‘reference’ books are a must!

Two great resource books that are back in stock this week are 100 flowers to knit & crochet by Lesley Stanfield and 200 Stitch Patterns for baby Blankets by Jan Eaton.

100 flowers to knit & crochet by Lesley Stanfield

Everything is coming up roses with this delightful collection of flowers to knit and crochet. Use them to embellish clothing and accessories or to make a beautiful bouquet as an usual display piece.

Arranged in a beautifully presented directory, choose from simple roses, pretty poppies and elaborate layered blooms, all cross-referenced to a technical section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements.

200 Stitch Patterns for baby Blankets by Jan Eaton

Wrap up your baby in the ultimate comfort blanket, stitched with love. This is the biggest ever collection of knitting and crochet stitch patterns especially designed for making cosy cot covers, beautiful heirloom shawls and super soft blankets.

A delight to stitch for your own little one, they also make an extra special christening or baby shower gift.

Three other books that are bound to make it into my library are Vintage Modern Knits, New England Knits and Sock Innovation.

Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelley & Kate Gagnon Osborn

Vintage Modern Knits is your ticket to a dream knit-wear wardrobe. Inspired by traditional knits, designers Courtney Kelley & Kate Gagnon Osborn bring you classic pieces with their own contemporary twist.

From stylish and cosy tops to pretty hats and versatile wraps, the 22 irresistible pattern range from quick accessories to elaborate garments and are perfect for knitters of all skill levels.

New England Knits by Cecily Clowik MacDonald & Melissa LaBarre

Lushly photographed, New England Knits is divided into three classic themes: Around the Town, Fall on the Farm and Along the Coast. Within each second you will find beautiful multi-seasonal clothes and accessories, such as cardigans for layering or scarves to warm your neck when the temperatures dip.

Sock Innovation by Cookie A

Cookie A’s innovative patterns push the boundaries of sock design. In Sock Innovation she explores the dramatic asymmetry, cables that travel off the grid and addictive stitch patterns that have made her designs must-knits.

Brown Sheep
More cheery colour arrived this week with a shipment of Cotton Fleece. Fat, colourful shelves make me smile….


Kim has been working on what we have nick-named her ‘vintage crochet missoni inspired blanket‘. All of the details of this stunning blanket are in On the Needles at Tangled Yarns a little further down in the newsletter.

Looking for some other ideas for our Cotton Fleece….

Saffron by Elena Nodel

Provence Baby Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

Coral Cardigan by Nancy Eiseman (Interweave Knits, Summer 2011)

Little Sister by Linda Permann



So many of our customers have fallen in love with the sublime softness of our Cascade Eco Alpaca! We have topped up with more stock again this week and have all colours back in stock.

I am so tempted to start a new blanket in the Cascade Eco Alpaca. I just adore Sunshine Day Baby Afghan by Alicia Paulson and may have already played with a few colours.


Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in 001 (soft yellow), 006 (mid pink), 031 (aqua green), 010 (lilac), 204 (soft blue), 600 (soft pink) & 025 (leaf green).

I can see these sweet vintage colours surrounded by the soft greys in the Cascade Eco Alpaca.

Some other Cascade Eco Alpaca ideas…

Golden Autumn by Lucy Sweetland

Lily Cardigan by Marie Grace Smith

Cherry Red Handwarmers by Creativeyarn

Cinnamon Graceby Katie Harris

We have also replenished our fast moving Cascade 220 and added a few new colours.


To Eyre by Carol Sunday

Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down

Texured Circle Shrug by Stefanie Japel

Still keeping us warm is our Cascade Eco Wool, ideal for blankets and garments alike.


Saddle Shoulder Aran Cardigan by Meg Swansen

Oatmeal Pullover by Jane Richmond

Violet, the Slouchy Head Friend by Kristen TenDyke

Iceland by Stephanie White

Jo Sharp

Our monthly shipment of Jo Sharp yarns arrived from Italy this morning with beautiful colours of Silkroad Tweed (DK & Aran weight) and Alpaca Silk Georgette flowing out of the boxes.

We still have a few months of cool left in the season,
plenty of time to make yourself something in the lovely Jo Sharp Yarns.

Silkroad Aran


Hawthorne by Susanna IC

Harvest Moon by Heidi Kirrmaier

Fortnight by Jared Flood

Silkroad DK


Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West

Peasy by Heidi Kirrmaier

Porom by Jared Flood

Alpaca Silk Georgette


Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier

Pecan Crush by Carol Feller

Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris

On the Needles at Tangled Yarns

Kim enjoyed making her original
Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket so much that she wanted another but this time in our Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece and an a softer more vintage look.

The crochet pattern that Kim has used is Chevron Granny Blanket by Michelle Kludas.


I just adore how the colours are working up.

Anita has been working away on her Baktus Scarf by Strikkelise in my hand dyed Tight Twist 4ply merino. The yarn was purchased on a whim…purely for the pretty colours and Anita was looking for a pattern to showcase the subtle colours.


She has also been busy whipping up a few hats to keep her little ones warm – the pattern is Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur.


They both selected their own yarn and colours – what great taste! Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Sapphire Green and Molly Pink.

They are obviously much loved as we could only steal one of them away long enough for a quick photo!

Another hat for Anita, this time in our Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The pattern is Godric’s Hollow Hat by Rebecca Beam. Anita will be wearing it when she heads off to see Deathly Hallows Part 2!


Looking cute and very colour co-ordinated with one of our fantastic Stitch Pixie Bags.

Another pair of gloves off the needles for Alice! Keeping her hands warm this week are a pair of Knit Night Gloves by Judy Marples in Malabrigo Worsted Merino and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.


After lots of smaller projects over the past few weeks it was time to bite off something a little more substantial.

I have been looking for just the right project for our new Malabrigo Rios since the shipment arrived. I feel that it is a very light worsted, more like a DK so I was stuck on patterns.

Whilst helping a customer find a pattern on Saturday last week I was browsing one of my favourite designers (Veera Valimaki) patterns and Hooray Cardigan jumped out at me as the perfect match.

Of course it had to be in the Ravelry Red Malbrigo Rios!

I swatched on Saturday night and cast on Sunday night – fingers crossed I will have it finished next week.


The Rios is knitting up beautifully and the cables in the luscious red are exactly what I was looking for.

Now my dilemma is choosing buttons…so many to choose from!


Classes & Social Groups

It seems that the creative bug has well & truly hit and the demand for our lessons has reach such a peak that many of our class sessions are booked out through July, August and September!

To ease this demand and hopefully fit everyone that is on our cancellation / waiting list in sooner rather than later we have added several new class sessions to our week.

We now have a new Saturday morning class (so two classes a day on Saturdays!) and a Sunday Class for those that just can’t make it in during the week and have missed out on our other existing classes.

A snap shot of the new classes on our calendar for July, August and September –

Technical Support – Saturday 23rd July 10am – 12 noon
Technical Support – Saturday 30
th July 10am – 12 noon

Technical Support – Saturday 27th August 10am – 12 noon
Technical Support – Saturday 3rd September 10am – 12 noon
Technical Support – Saturday 10th September 10am – 12 noon
Technical Support
– Saturday 17
th September 10am – 12 noon
Technical Support – Saturday 24th September 10am – 12 noon

Technical Support – Sunday 21st August 11am – 1pm
Technical Support – Sunday 18
th August 11am – 1pm

Learn to Knit – Sunday 28th August, 4th September & 11th September 11am – 1pm

Learn to Crochet – Sunday 7th August, 14th August & 21st August 11am – 1pm

Learn to Crochet – Saturday 10th September, 17th September & 24th September 1pm – 3pm

Continental Knitting – Saturday 6
th August, 13th August & 20th August 10am – 12 noon

Our new Continental Knitting classes are aimed at students who already know how to knit “English” i.e., with yarn held in the right hand and want to learn how to knit Continental Style (with yarn in left hand). Some people find that with practice, this speeds up their knitting time greatly, especially during long stretches of stockinette stitch or ribbing.

During the class, you will learn one method of knit stitch, two different methods of purl stitch and how to switch between the two during ribbing.

We hope that these additional classes help to ease the waiting time for our classes. Descriptions of all of our standard classes and our full class calendar can be found on the Classes page of our website.

If there is a class in particular that you would like to see added to our calendar please contact us and we will see what we can do.

Bookings are essential for all of our classes as we like to keep our numbers small to provided you with a personal service.

Please phone the store on (07) 3666 0276 or email tangled@tangledyarns.com.au to make your booking.

Made by Megan

Stay warm this weekend and enjoy some down time with our Social Group held all day Saturday.

Our sweet treats these weekend include a decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


and Raspberry Macaroon Slice.


Inspiring your passion!


  1. I own a copy of 100 flowers to knit & crochet by Lesley Stanfield and would like to knit the baby cardigen which features in it. Can you please advise how I can get this pattern

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