Diamond in the UK

We are so excited!
Diamond Yarns is going to be featured on Hochanda Television. It’s a craft shopping network show in the UK.

Mary Beth Temple, knitter, crocheter & spokeswoman, is there introducing the UK to some of our excellent yarns and designs. Here’s a preview you can watch if you are on Facebook.

For all your knitting and crochet needs! Mary Beth is new to Hochanda and you can watch her first show tomorrow at 8am!

Posted by HOCHANDA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Introducing Tradition Sock

Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

We welcome Tradition Sock to our Diamond Luxury line of yarns.

This sturdy new sock yarn comes in 16 lovely heather colours.
This blend of wool acrylic and nylon is spun with a soft by sturdy twist that allows it to be washed in warm water and to be tumble dried on low.
Although it’s called “Sock”, it is a sport weight yarn that can be used to knit or crochet any project that requires sport weight.

I am starting to design and knit a pair of toe-up socks with it and I will share the progress as I go. Here’s the start.

Beginnings of a toe-up sock with Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

Beginnings of a toe-up sock with Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

This pattern is going to have a different left and right foot toe, so I’m sloping the one side more gradually than the other so that the point is off-center, just like out longest toe is on each foot.

I’m knitting with a 2mm ChiaoGoo circular needle because I like a dense, warm fabric for my socks.


Time to try a new staple in superwash yarn!

Diamond Luxury has carried Pure Wool Superwash yarn for quite a while, and we’ve added a “sister” line to our collection: Pure Wool Superwash Heather.

I know that most knitters develop a fondness for a staple yarn. The one they can count on, that is a general work-horse yarn, that never fails them, so why try something else, right? Well, we’d like to invite you to try Pure Wool and Pure Wool Heather and see if it stands up to your good taste and beautiful knitting. We are confident it will.

This yarn has a decent twist without making it too firm, so it’s still squishy soft. It knits at a worsted or aran weight and has excellent stitch definition. We have 52 solid colors and 16 heathers for you to try. This extensive palette has colors to suit each wardrobe and taste, or to accessorize your fall, winter and early spring coats and jackets.

This men’s vest is a updated classic! The tailored shoulders and precise V-neck details will make the wearer look great. Notice how crisp the pattern stitch and the ribbing look thanks to Diamond Luxury Pure Wool Superwash.

Great yarns to knit for fall projects.

Do you like to knit up quick projects? Fall will be here sooner than you think!

Rosarios Gaia is a great super-bulky yarn that will knit up into a quick project like a cowl or a scarf in one or two days. With 9mm needles, you’ll knit a cozy and tweedy item out of one of ten colours.

Rosarios Gaia extra bulky yarn.

Luxury Tweek DK by Sublime is a fabulous yarn for knitting fall garments. Because it is a blend of wool and cotton it shares the characteristics of both types of fibre. The wool provides warm and elasticity, and the cotton provides drape and aeration.

Luxurious Tweek DK by Sublime




Diamond distributes 10 great tweedy colors. Some of them are traditional muted tweeds, reminiscent of Edwardian tweed frock coats. I also really like the pastel family that we have. Look at these three (from left to right: Buff Blue, Dawn, and Stone).


Sale of the Week – July 26

Splash eyelash yarn

Add a fringe to your knits

Smash is a fun yarn that you can use to add some fun fringe to your knits.

It comes in solids, and in 2 different kinds of multicolored dye processes. There is also a 2-color duotone and Smash Crazy, which has little pieces of fabric spun into the yarn, too.




See the previous post for more details on some Debbie Bliss yarns that are featured this week. One of my favourites is Delphi, a cotton tape. You can see me knitting with it in this video.



Debbie Bliss Delphi

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals

Another yarn that’s on clearance is Darling 4 by Katia. Here’s a review of a very similar yarn.




Don’t stop at one skein!

2 or 3-skein projects make great gifts, too!

I’m excited by Debbie Bliss yarns, but I am more excited to knit gifts with them because the recipients undoubtedly ooh and ahhh about them, their softness and their colours. This week we’ll look at 4 great yarns for gifts. Yes, it’s summer, but there are only 160 or so days until the 2017 winter holidays. I’m already starting to think about who to knit for, and what to knit. Using 1 skein may get you somewhere, but for the yarns I’m writing about today, 2 or 3 skeins will result in a decent knit item.

1 skein of Debbie Bliss Lara, use 2 or 3 in gifts.Debbie Bliss Lara is a quick knit. The alpaca wool blend is soft and warm, and enticing. It’s a great yarn for a beginner knitter to make a gift scarf as it’s a quick knit, and its texture really needs simple stitches to look its best.

Cast on 15 stitches on size 10mm or 12mm needles.

Row 1: [K2, p1, k2] across.
Row 2: [K1, p3, k1] across.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you’ve used up 2 skeins.

A few skeins of this make glamourous giftsBoheme by Debbie Bliss is another bulky weight  that some knitters call “instant gratification” yarn. Can you imagine how much the recipient of your knitted gift will be gratified, if you’ve found it a pleasure to have the yarn going through your hands and fingers onto your needles?Debbie Bliss Delphi




We carry 16 colors of Delphi that are sedate and gorgeous. This tube yarn is 100% cotton. It has a soft hand and a lovely drape because of its construction. Debbie Bliss has designed 16 patterns to be knit with Delphi. I really like the very subtle gradients in the dye job.

The 12 muted and sophisticated colors of Debbie Bliss Aran Cashmerino Tonals are modern and will go with a contemporary wardrobe. We all know knitters who have bought skeins and skeins of the bright, intensely-colored skeins who then have no idea who to knit gifts for because they are too intense. This yarn will not give you this dilemma. You may want to use 3 or 4 balls to make this free cowl pattern.Cashmerino Tonal 12 colors that breathe subtle glamour










Happy Canada Day

Look up this weekend, way up!  Expect to see one of the most spectacular firework displays, bigger and brighter than ever before, as communities gather in a sea of red and white.  If there was ever a year to celebrate, this is it, as Canada turns the big 1-5-0 on July 1st!  Whether you are hosting a backyard bbq for family and friends or heading out to join in the festivities at one of the nationwide events, it’s the perfect time to flash your colours and show off your Canadian pride.

Happy Canada Day from all of us at Diamond Yarn!



 Celebrate in style with our cool classic Peaked Leaf Cap ready to knit in comfortable worsted weight cotton with a crocheted sun visor.

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Yarn: MC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 3635, and CC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 8001

Needles: 4.00 mm/US 6

Hook: 4.50 mm/ US 7

Tension: 20 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 90 sts with MC.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 3 rows, inc 1 st on last row = 91 sts.

Work 2 rows in st st.

Continue in st st working Intarsia CHART, using CC as leaf motif over centre 17 sts.  When CHART has been completed, cut CC and continue in MC only until work measures 11 cm/ 4 1/2 in ending with a purl row.



Shape Top:

Row 1- K1, [k9, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 and alt rows- Purl.

Row 3- K1, [k8, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 5- K1, [k7, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 7- K1, [k6, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 9- K1, [k5, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 11- K1, [k4, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 13- K1, [k3, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 15- K1, [k2, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 17- K1, [k1, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 19- K1, [k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2 = 11 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and secure.

Sew side seam.


With 4.50 mm hook and double strand of MC, attach yarn to 32nd st along cast on edge.

Row 1- Ch2, 1 dc in each of next 25 sts, turn.

Row 2- Ch2, dc2tog, [FPdc (work 1 dc around front of next dc), BPdc (work 1 dc around back of next dc)] rep to last 2 dc, work dc2tog, turn.

Row 3- Rep Row 2.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Summer Blues

With the lazy hazy days stretched out before us, there is one colour that embodies the feeling of summertime more than any other.  Blue is the most popular colour worldwide, and has long since been associated with the sultry season for its relaxed, soothing appeal and cooling effects.  Add in a wash of denim and it becomes even more the signature colour of casual summertime living.

This season Debbie Bliss highlights her favorite shades of blue in four new designs styled for dress and play –


Latticework panels stand out front and centre in crisp white which creates an interesting partnership of colour and texture between nautical cables.  Four shades of Cotton Denim DK are required for this crew neck pullover (Leaflet DB101).


Child’s play is never complete without a bit of denim thrown into the mix.  This striped pullover is a simple design for first time knitters and ideal for breezy days at the beach with the matching sunhat.  Milk, Pale Blue, True Blue, and New Denim in Cotton Denim DK shown above.  (Leaflet DB099).


A cool contemporary design with an offset cable and contrasting colour block is knit with minimal seams in shades of Mid Blue and True Blue.  Cotton Denim DK shown above.  (Leaflet DB100).


Taking in a baseball game in the city or spending an afternoon on the farm, this cute raglan-sleeved jacket is ready to for the wear and tear of summertime play in Debbie Bliss’s sturdy yet comfortable pure cotton.  New Denim and Pale Blue shown above in Cotton Denim DK.  (Leaflet DB098).

World Wide Knit In Public Day

It might not surprise you to know that there is a designated date for pretty much everything under the sun, from National Doughnut Day which actually took place on June 2nd to International Frog Day happening every year on March 20th.   So of course there would be an official day marked on the calendar for knitting in public!  WWKIP Day takes place on the second Saturday in June and has gained widespread recognition.  What first began as a grassroots movement in 2005, with a mere twenty-five groups spread around the globe, has now grown into a force of nature with more than eight hundred events listed in forty-six countries.  Entirely organized by knitters, this not-for-profit event brings creative people together, out in public to share their passion for the craft, and encourage others to learn.



It could be in a public park, a farmer’s market, a streetcar, riverboat, cafe, library or schoolyard, wherever there is a comfortable place to gather, once the word gets out…… knitters will show up armed with their latest WIP, a bag full of snacks, light refreshments, sunscreen and a folding chair.  To find a group in your area check the official KIP list here. To host a group, start here.



The Beauty Of Linen

With temperatures soaring higher and higher each summer, it only makes sense that the effects of climate change have increased the popularity of linen as a suitable yarn choice for warm weather projects.  Linen has been around for almost seven thousand years, spun from fibres collected from the stalk of the flax plant.  It has incredible durability and drape, with a lovely patina that just gets better and better over time.  Depending on the season, linen can fend off up to twenty percent of its weight in moisture, keeping the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.

Unlike wool, linen has no natural elasticity, so here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing this lovely fibre to work with-

1. Linen has a mind of its own.  Choose a style with a very relaxed look, requiring minimal shaping or structure.  Open stitches work well, rule out cables and intricate texture detail.

2. Stick with wooden needles, they have a better grip than steel or metal and will make the first-time experience of working with linen all the easier.

3. Take the time to wash and block your tension swatch.   This is a yarn that appears springy on the needles yet grows and settles into its finished size only after washing.

4. Be sure to keep point protectors on your needles when leaving your work unattended.  Stitches worked in natural linen will quite literally jump off the needles!

5. Most of all, enjoy the process.  A linen garment will last a lifetime, the beauty of this yarn is in its suppleness and drape.



NEW from Katia’s Concept Collection, Lincys is a natural linen yarn with a range of nine exquisite shades, each one softened by subtle undertones.  Take a peek at these five featured designs in the latest Concept 3 Spring/Summer magazine.  Available now at your lys.

lincys katia

The cooling effects of this deep watery turquoise shade are instantaneous.  Mesh panels add an airy look and define the front borders while also creating flouncy sleeves on this kimono cardigan.  Requires 8-10 balls of Lincys.  Col. 309 (shown above).


Cinnamon and spice and everything nice.  Keep cool this summer in Katia’s well-vented sleeveless top which is knit sideways and seamed at the centre.  Rows of elongated stitchwork make the knitting grow very quickly and let the air in.  Requires 4 balls of Lincys.  Concept 3 Collection.  Col. 300 (shown above).


More than meets the eye at first glance, this summer top is designed with a myriad of intriguing stitch combinations and a halter style neckline that reveals an open back.  Requires 6-8 balls.  Col. 301 (shown above).


A multi-hued delight, with flecks of rose, blue, green and gold flickering in the sunlight.  Designed for beginners, this linen tunic plays up the contrast between basic garter and stockinette stitch to create texture.  Requires 5-6 balls of Lincys. Col. 303 (shown above).


True blue, an all-time favorite that captures the essence of summertime.  An ideal choice for this lacy jacket, which is simply knit in two mirrored pieces with a seam at the centre back.  Requires 8-11 balls of Lincys. Col. 307 (shown above).