Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 256 – Introducing Fall 2012

Knitters, crocheters, and fiber enthusiasts: this is our season. Just as the spring collection rejoices the color and vitality of the season, the fall collection embraces the cooler temperatures and our yearnings for more substantial knits. We love to settle into our projects--watch cables grow and develop into chunky sweaters, manipulate colors for bright Fair Isle patterns, and revel in the instant gratification of a bulky yarn transformed into a cozy cowl. With over 140 patterns to choose from this fall, my only complaint about our Fall collection is there's not enough time to knit everything I want!


  • Dust of Snow has been hugely popular, with its intricate cables and textures. This is definitely number 1 on my queue for Fall.
  • My secret shame is that I've never knit anything with stranded colorwork, but Annika Sue from Color by Kristin Book One just might give me an excuse to try it.
  • I need to find a kid to knit Fiona for...It's SO cute, and with an astounding 31 solids and 27 prints available, I never get bored of knitting with Liberty Wool.
  • Oversized Elena in Inca Alpaca looks dynamite styled with skinny jeans and a chunky necklace, and Inca Alpaca is so soft, so cozy, and so drapey that I can see this sweater getting a ton of wear this winter.

I want to know what's planned for your needles this Fall. Visit us on Facebook or Ravelry and let us know! If you see something you like, please share this email with your knitter and crocheter friends by using the social media sharing buttons above.

Chelsea Gable

Blackthorn - 50% superfine alpaca, 50% wool

Gauge: 3-3½ sts/inch on US 11-10½ (8-6.5 mm)
Yardage: approx 120 yards/100 gram hank
Care: hand wash cold, dry flat

Undyed alpaca and wool merge in a plump, squishy 100 gram hank of woolly goodness! Part of the MountainTop Collection of yarns spun from natural, undyed fibers, Blackthorn is the soft, chunky counterpart to worsted-weight Vista.


Chalet - 70% baby alpaca, 30% bamboo

Gauge: 3-3¾ sts/inch on US 11-10 (8-6 mm)
Yardage: approx 98 yards /50 gram hank
Care: hand wash cold, dry flat

Chainette yarns are well-deserving of their popularity...the construction simultaneously provides strength and lightness. Add a luxury fiber blend of baby alpaca and bamboo to that inherent lightness and you have Chalet, a decadently soft yarn with a lovely drape in a chunky weight from our MountainTop Collection of yarns spun from natural, undyed fibers. Chalet looks great knit at a wide variety of gauges and textures.


Liberty Wool Light - 100% washable wool

Gauge: 6 sts/inch on US 4 (3.55 mm)
Yardage: approx 200 yards /50 gram ball
Care: machine wash cold, tumble dry cool or dry flat

Best-selling Liberty Wool was begging for a finer weight counterpart--its machine-washability and vibrant color changes lend themselves beautifully to shawls, scarves, socks and fine-gauge garments. Liberty Wool Light is an outstanding sport-weight version of the perennial favorite with the same washability and colorful stripes!


Majestic Tweed - 40% wool, 20% angora, 20% silk, 20% nylon

Gauge: 4 sts/inch on US 9 (5.5 mm)
Yardage: approx 110 yards/50 gram hank
Care: hand wash cold, dry flat

How did Majestic Tweed get its name? Deep colors accented with tweedy flecks, a gorgeous fiber blend of wool, angora, silk and nylon, and a relaxed ply come together to create soft, rich fabrics with a subtle angora halo. The chunky gauge and unique texture give this yarn a unique position among our all yarns.

Color by Kristin - 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% mohair

Gauge: 5 sts/inch on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles
Yardage: approx 93 yards/50 gram ball
Care: Hand wash cold, dry flat

From the studio of Kristin Nicholas comes Color by Kristin, a soft and smooth three-ply blend of wool, alpaca, and mohair in wide palette of colors inspired by nature and the world around us. This yarn is perfect for cables, colorwork or simple stockinette stitch. It felts beautifully too!


Fall 2012 Pattern Booklets

In addition to the six new booklets for each of our new yarns, we're thrilled to present 22 additional pattern booklets, a record number for us! We are bringing you over 130 designs to entice all levels of creativity this fall. Love Alpaca Sox? We’ve published our first booklet of dedicated patterns with 45 solid, kettle-dyed and handpainted colors to choose from. Liberty Wool gets four booklets this fall, one in children sizes 2- 10 yrs. Vail also has its very own pattern booklet, Ebony & Ivory. Click the image below to visit our website, where you'll find photos and yarn requirements for each of our new designs.

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