String Yarns loves intricate stitchwork—especially cables. Looking at our exclusive line of cashmere yarns, it’s not hard to see why. String Classica, String Classica DK, and String Classica Bulky are particularly well suited to textural knitwear. They create decadently soft but strong fabrics that support bold patterning, bloom beautifully when washed, and last a lifetime. Imagine our excitement, then, for the onset of cold weather, when perennially fashionable cable knitwear comes back into play and the opportunity arises once again to use the most cherished tools in the String Yarns’ toolbox.
Cables, Cables Everywhere
Invariably, cold weather brings a renewed appreciation for cabled knitwear. Fall 2015’s high fashion runways were resplendent with cable sweaters, from Alexander McQueen to Nina Ricci to Pringle of Scotland and more. Women’s Wear Daily propped up the cable trend’s versatility for fall with a gorgeous, designer-inspired slideshow.
(L-R) Altuzarra, Isabel Marant, Max Mara, Michael Kors
We glimpsed knitted sweaters in several fashion editorials as well, where cables enjoyed a looser drape in addition to the archetypal figure-hugging fit.
(L-R) Alberta Ferretti, Banana Republic, Sea Fall, Alexander Wang and Vera Wang (Vogue Magazine)
An oversized cable sweater from HANIA by Anya Cole
Once fall and winter—our prime knitting seasons—set in, the knitwear community, of course, also begins churning out its fair share of cabled jumpers.
(L-R) Vogue Knitting Fall 2015, Knitty Fall 2015, Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2015, Interweave Knits Fall 2015
The common themes that constitute cabled sweaters quickly become apparent. Many successful cable sweaters employ a textural layout inherited from the traditional Fisherman’s sweater: a bold, central panel defines the center of the garment (and accentuates the figure), and is often flanked by columns of thinner cables if not an entire background of patterned stitchwork. In the folklore of the Aran Islands, each pattern signified something; today, we source from aesthetics alone, although the two concepts are certainly not mutually exclusive.
Inspired by the runways and the cable zeitgeist, String Yarns’ very own in-house designer, Lidia Karabinech, conceived theCable Chic Pullover, which is 20% off for the entire month of October! Her gorgeous interpretation of this classic sweater style pulls from the traditional with a healthy, heaping dose of the au courant.
Far from being derivative, the center cable of the Cable Chic Pullover is enticingly unique—you won’t find this particular motif duplicated in another sweater. A 44-stitch cable panel forms an inverted V flowing upward toward the wearer’s face and is bordered by staghorn cables that flow in the opposite direction. Because the spread of the center panel is so wide, it adds little bulk to the wearer’s form. The absence of cables at the sides of the body and in the sleeves also creates a leaner silhouette to flatter the figure.
String Yarns’ String Classica DK Cashmere, a round, buttery-soft cashmere with crisp stitch definition, renders a lush fabric that supports robust stitchwork. This is the perfect cable sweater for both the beginner and the practiced knitter—simple enough to pick up quickly, but intriguing enough to maintain interest. Novice cable knitters need not be frightened—despite their tortuously tricky appearances, cables are dead simple to make.
String Yarns loves the Cable Chic Pulloverfor its versatility—it can be styled and accessorized several different ways throughout the season (stay tuned to this space in the coming days for some helpful tips on styling)—and for its classic quality. No matter how long you have the Cable Chic Pullover in your closet, it will never go out of style—an important factor to consider if you’re interested in maintaining a timeless, eco-friendly, and sustainable wardrobe. And as this is the first year celebrating “Slow Fashion October,” what better entrée into the movement than a sweater you’ll love forever?
String Yarns is buzzing with excitement about our fall lineup of in-store events. Fall is a fantastic season to be in the Big Apple (Cool breezes! Hot cappuccinos and fingerless mittens! Walking through a jewel-toned Central Park! Skirts with tights and light pullovers!)
If you don’t believe us, trust in the great Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (just click play and keep reading—we promise it will put you in the mood!).
This fall is especially exciting for String. Not only is it our first fall in our new location, but we’re also welcoming a local hand made knitwear icon we have admired for years.
The incomparable Anya Cole of the famous NY-based knitwear brand HANIA by Anya Colewill be visiting String Yarns on October 15th from 5-8pm!
Anya Cole hails from communist Poland where, at the budding age of nine years old, her mother told her “if you need it, make it.” It was a statement that informed the trajectory of her life. A professional ballet dancer, Anya put her knitting skills to practical purposes, making herself leg warmers, sweaters, and hats, among other things. Later, living in West Germany, she did what many crafty mothers have done throughout time—she knit to support herself and her young daughter. After a move to NY she realized her aesthetic was unique and, more importantly, unexpressed in the world of knitwear fashion. Thus, HANIA by Anya Cole was born.
HANIA by Anya Cole prides itself on utilizing only the best luxury materials in its knitwear, and it has carried the tradition of female makers into the 21st century, employing 120 women in its textile production. Every piece of HANIA by Anya Cole knitwear is lovingly hand made by the women of New York City, all of whom are fairly and equitably compensated. HANIA by Anya Cole knitwear is beautiful, elegant, and timeless.
On October 15th from 5-8pm Anya will be at String Yarns with pieces from the Fall 2015 HANIA by Anya Collection. She will also be divulging some of her knitting techniques, and showing us some of the garments she has designed with String Yarns (including a new, upcoming yarn—this event will be a great opportunity to catch a sneak peek!).
If you love fashion, knitting, and design as much as we do, don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!
A TASTE OF OCTOBER
String Yarns has a full roster of other exciting events and classes scheduled for October—there is a little something for everyone, so be prepared to get the whole family knitting! BONUS: All String Yarns classes offer a 10% discount on materials!
Quick Start Beginning Knitting – 2-3pm
Socks on Double Points with Lisa Hoffman – 3-5pm
Cables, Cables, Cables with Lisa Hoffman – 1-4pm
Zhivago Shawl Workshop with Iris Schreier – 1-3pm
As always, you can check out our Classes and Events page for more details and exciting developments—we’re constantly updating and adding more fun things for our local knitters, so check back often!
Which events are you most excited to attend? Is there a knitting technique you desperately want to learn? What class interests you most? Sound off in the comments!
String Yarns has been at its new location for about 7 months now, but if you've ever had to move you know what it's like for the first year—the space feels foreign until you properly fill it, and even then you find yourself rearranging the furniture and tweaking the new arrangements until everything feels just so. It's a slow and surprising shift, but one day you wake up and voilà! Things have found their right place and you finally, thankfully, feel at home.
String Yarns is thrilled and excited to announce we feel at home!
Credit our comfort with the fact that every knitter's favorite season has begun to cast its long shadows over Manhattan, but we feel settled and ready to celebrate—and just in time, too. The month of September opens a packed season of exciting in-store events and projects, and this—our brand new blog!
Watch this space for our expert eye on the world of fashion and knitting—we'll be breaking down the latest trends and how best to incorporate them into your knitting queue and your wardrobe, with photos pulled straight from the catwalk, high fashion magazines, the famous department store windows of Manhattan, and outfits curated by Mixology, a fabulous, fashion-forward shop just around the corner from us.
Stop in the store now to see it in person—it has to be 'smooshed' to be believed! And stay tuned to the blog because String will be hosting Loopy Mango-themed classes using this delicious yarn in October...
Speaking of which, don't forget we have a full line-up of classes for those wishing to learn how to knit or expand on their crafting skills, and events tailored around crafting celebrities and your favorite trunk shows.
Next Up in Classes
Beginning Knitting Workshop - September 17 & 24, 11-1:30pm
Next Up in Events
The NYC Yarn Crawl - September 25-27
An Evening with Anya Cole for Hania - October 15, 5-8pm
For more please visit our classes and events page. We'll continue to update you in future blogs so you don't miss a thing!
Have you been to the new String Yarns? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!