Japanese Inspired Stitches

We’re feeling inspired by all the Japanese and Japanese themed treats at Loop!

Japanese Inspired Stitches at Loop. www.loopknitting.comAs 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.

Isager Japnsk Cotton, Colour 39.
Isager Japnsk Cotton, Colour 39. Pre blocking

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!Isager Japnsk Cotton, Colour 39, After blocking.  Loop, London. www.loopknitlounge.com

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!

 Cable Fashion Drama, Fun to Knit Want to Wear Everyday, Baby Knits at all Time of the Year

Cable Fashion Drama, Fun to Knit Want to Wear Everyday, Baby Knits at all Time of the Year
Japanese Knitting Books. Knitting Lace and Socks in Handknitting.
Japanese Knitting Books. Knitting Lace and Socks in Handknitting.
Japanese Stitch Dictionaries. Loop, London. www.loopknitlounge.com
Japanese Stitch Dictionaries- 300 Lace and 500 Patterns

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!

Clear and Simple Knitting Symbols.  Loop, London. www.loopknitlounge.com
Clear and Simple Knitting 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.

Amirisu Issue 6 and Issue 7.
Amirisu Issue 6 and Issue 7.

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.Temaricious Hand Dyed Cotto Threads. Loop, London. www.loopknitlounge.com

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.

Temari Thread Book
Temari Thread Book

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.

Loop Feature in Japanese publications. www.loopknitlounge.com

As always, we can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you- Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

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4 Comments on “Japanese Inspired Stitches

    • Hi Andre,

      I’m afraid not, but we’ll keep our eye out for such a book! In the meantime there are several websites and also groups on Ravelry that might help.

      Loop x

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