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Yarn of the Month – Canopy Fingering

Inspired by the canopy layer of tropical rainforests, Canopy Fingering blends fine Merino wool, baby alpaca and bamboo together to create fingering-weight yarn with a fantastic drape that is both soft and strong. A palette of bright, rich duotones makes for beautiful colourwork projects and shows off textured stitches well.

The Fibre

As we embrace the blossoms and fresh shoots of spring, we are pleased to celebrate our new Yarn of the Month Canopy Fingering, which is a wonderful option for projects as the weather becomes warmer and we look forward to summer.

Canopy Fingering’s combination of fine Merino wool with baby alpaca is a pairing we know and love here at The Fibre Co. Yarns such Acadia, Cirro, and Amble all incorporate these 2 fibres into blends with very different effects. The fibre that makes Canopy Fingering stand out is the inclusion of bamboo fibre into its mix. Bamboo is an exceptionally fast-growing plant that requires much less water than other plant fibres such as cotton. This makes it a very sustainable resource. The bamboo is treated to create a smooth viscose fibre that is blended into the baby alpaca and fine Merino to create a silky yarn with lots of drape.

Canopy Fingering in the shade Quetzal

This month we are pleased to shine a spotlight on the knitwear that was designed to show off this gorgeous yarn.

Droplet Capelet

Droplet Capelet is an elegant drapey shawl designed by Denise Bayron, that is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down. The beginner-friendly lace stitch is a simple two-row repeat that can be easily memorized and has been designed to be both functional and beautiful. Knit in our wonderful Canopy Fingering yarn this is the perfect fingering weight project achieving beautifully crisp stitch definition, and needs only 2 or 3 hanks of yarn.

You and Me Child

The You & Me Child is a super sweet pullover designed by Sophie McKane for children aged between 2 and 12 years of age. The sweater is worked seamlessly in the round from the top down, with a stranded colour-work pattern in the yoke. It is knit in fingering weight, so that little bodies aren’t swamped by thicker yarns.  Make it with the adult version of the pattern knit in Cumbria Worsted for matchy-matchy goodness!

Newlands

Designed by Megan Nodecker, Newlands is a cropped t-shirt with a pretty band of lace across the neck and shoulders. It is knitted seamlessly from the bottom-up with neat i-cord edgings at the hem, sleeves and neck. This kit uses luxurious Canopy Fingering for drape and softness that feels light as a feather. Newlands was part of the Best of The Fibre Co. Collection in which we revisited favourite designs from the back catalogue, knitting them in new yarns and adding sizes. Newlands was originally knit in Road to China Light, but looks fantastic in Canopy Fingering.

Intrepid

Intrepid by Norah Gaughan is a cowl worked in one piece from the point up. The cowl features a bold lace pattern worked from a single chart and uses only 2 hanks of Canopy Fingering. The project starts off with flat knitting back and forth and then is joined in the round as it gets closer to the neck. Another clever knit from Norah and one of the twelve pieces from the collection Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.  This collection has interesting modern pieces that are easy and relaxing to knit with minimal seaming, easy to remember shaping and uninterrupted patterns. A broad range of sizes coupled with novel shapes combine to make a collection meant to appeal to eclectic knitters of all ages.

Mullein

Last but certainly not least, our design from The Almanac Series for this month will launch in just a few days, but we thrilled to show you a sneak peek of this stunning shawl designed by Amanda Jones. Mullein is a rectangular shawl knit in 3 shades of Canopy Fingering with tons of knitterly interest in the textured stitches, short rows and colour changes.

Mullein is launching on 7th April.

The Almanac Series

Based on the original farmer’s Almanac guide to the seasons, The Almanac Series acts as a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. and celebrates each month of the year with an ascribed Yarn of the Month, paired with a new design launch in that yarn.

This year’s Almanac Series has a theme of herbalism to recognise the importance and heightened appreciation of maintaining health in these times.

In the second half of our first series, we cover the Spring Summer season, where each month’s yarn has been specifically chosen for its qualities to compliment colder conditions. February is the month of Cirro, March is Acadia, April is Canopy Fingering, May is Luma, June is Amble and July is Meadow.

The lengthening of days and brighter weather that comes with April calls for Canopy Fingering to be spotlighted this month because of its bright palette and elegant drape. Inspired by the canopy layer of tropical rainforests, this fresh, light, fingering-weight yarn blends fine Merino wool, baby alpaca and bamboo to make soft drapey garments that have grace and warmth.

If you have enjoyed knitting with Canopy Fingering, please don’t forget to share it with us! Please use the #TheFibreCoCanopyFingering when you post about it on social media and tag us with @thefibrecompany on Instagram and @TheFibreCo on Facebook when you post so we can admire your beautiful projects!

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