Japanese Inspired Stitches
We’re feeling inspired by all the Japanese and Japanese themed treats at Loop!
As we mentioned in our last post, we have the new Isager Japanese Cotton. Made from pure cotton, this is a flat tape yarn that has a slightly stringy and stiff feel when knitted, much like some linen yarns.
As with so many yarns, after blocking a little bit of magic happens. The Isager Cotton softens slightly, but can withstand extreme blocking and really holds its shape. One to experiment with for textures and lace!
We also have a beautiful collection of Japanese knitting books. From garments for adults and kids, to special socks and delicate lace- plus amazing stitch dictionaries to keep you busy with new inspiring swatches!
These are all written in Japanese, so if you need a bit of guidance, we have just the book for interpreting those charts and symbols!
More Japanese publications come in the form of Amirisu, Written in English and Japanese each magazine contains articles and new patterns – Loop was one of the first places in Europe to stock this magazine! A code inside each one allows you to download a PDF version, ensuring you can have a spare copy of your favourite pattern wherever you are.
These delicate threads come from Japanese company Temaricious who have dyed this custom colour set especially for Loop in honour of our upcoming 10th anniversary. All of the twists of thread are dyed using plant based and natural dyes in Tokyo.
Traditionally these threads are used for the traditional craft of Temari – decorative balls that are created by wrapping the threads in geometric patters. Use them for embroidery, fine crochet or experiment with the colours as the inspiration for your next project.
Loop is in the press and this time (sticking with the theme!) we’re in Japanese magazine Mr. Partner as part of their feature on London independent shops. Loop has also been featured in a stunning knitting book exploring the knitting traditons of the UK.
As always, we can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you- Happy Knitting and Crocheting!