Simplinatural for spring

We introduced Simpliworsted two and a half years ago, and our customers have embraced it as a soft, squishy and versatile workhorse. Now, we're taking that yarn to the next level with Simplinatural. It's a plied alpaca, wool and silk blend that is best described by the word "yummy." Really. And what a gorgeous color palette!


The Shoreline Moebius Cowl is a free pattern written specifically for this yarn, and it's a perfect cozy accessory for this winter that won't end! Of course, you can use any color combination you like.


Designer and shop owner StevenBe also designed a cowl, and it's double stranded with Schulana Kid-Paillettes, which takes the luxe look to another level!

If you are a garment knitter, check out this great design by the inimitable Sally Melville. L'Enveloppe is a great easy-wear option that has a simple style that will really show off the beauty of the yarn! Of course, the Hunger Games vibe is an added bonus! The pattern is available to purchase in store, which is a great option, especially if you want to talk to your favorite Skacel shop owner about sizing, etc.



More and more of our retailers are receiving Simplinatural every day. Stop by your LYS and ask for it. It's sumptuous!



Love CoBaSi? Meet CoBaSi Plus!

One of our Facebook fans commented that CoBaSi was the "Best sock yarn ever plus the color ways r absolutely beautiful!" Of course, we couldn't agree more :). In fact, the response to the fingering weight has been so tremedous, we have released CoBaSi Plus, a true worsted weight. It has the same fiber content as its lighter cousin - 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon, and knits up at 5 stitches to the inch on a US size 7 needle. If you haven't tried CoBaSi, you'll find that the cotton and silk provide softness, while the bamboo and elastic nylon provide strength and foregiveness. Perfect for so many uses, and obviously an ideal option for those with wool sensitivities.

Another plus (pardon the pun!) is that has the same color range as original CoBaSi, so you can use the CoBaSi for socks to match a cardigan in CoBaSi Plus, for example. With so many colors, the options are nearly endless!

We have a free pattern available on our site that is the perfect opportunity to try out this yarn. It's a simple, unisex pullover that has a broad range of sizes (up to 38" chest!). A great sweater for older/younger siblings!

Check with your local or online Hikoo stockist to see if they have CoBaSi in stock. They can always order the colors you need.


New yarns for Spring 2014!

It's hard to believe that spring will actually come one day, but we'll be thinking about lighter weight garments pretty soon! Hikoo has recently introduced three new yarns, Rylie (a beautiful alpaca/silk/linen blend), Simplinatural (a luxurious alpaca/silk/wool blend) and CoBaSi Plus (a worsted weight version of our popular fingering weight CoBaSi).

Let's take a closer look at Rylie, shall we?

This lightweight luxury sportweight yarn is a transeasonal wonder. Lusciously soft baby alpaca is enriched with the elegant drape and gleam of mulberry silk and the rustic tactile appeal of linen. Each fiber takes the dye slightly differently, which results in a lovely heathered colorways. Dyed in soft pastels, beachy brights and glowing neutrals, Rylie has excellent stitch definition, too!  Each 100-gram hank is 274 yards and knits up to 6 stitches to the inch on a US 3 or 4 needle.

The shade card show the fabulous colorway range. There's a color for every type of garment or accessory!

The Scalloptini Pullover (available through your local yarn store) is the perfect warm-weather layering piece. The femininity of the lace is accentuated by the beautiful drape of the fabric. 

The talented designer and shop owner StevenBe takes the yarn in a completely different direction with his Really Rylie cowl (available as a Ravelry download), where he double strands Rylie with Schulana Kid-Paillettes.

Stop by your local Skacel shop and experience this and our other beautiful yarns in person!


introducing kenzie

I am so very excited to introduce Kenzie, the newest addition to the HiKoo family. This yarn hails from New Zealand and it's a truly special blend that comes in a versatile, cheerful range of colors. Kenzie is comprised of wool, angora, alpaca, nylon silk noils in five neutrals and five saturated brights cover nearly any knitting situation. The yarn hovers right between a DK and a light worsted, with a malleable gauge range. It looks as lovely knit at a dense gauge as it does at a looser one. 

It washes beautifully and develops a gentle halo over time. Itch-free and afforable, it's an incredible basic that will be an instant favorite. We're celebrating the arrival of this cool new yarn with three free patterns, available right here (click over to the Patterns tab to download) and on Ravelry. Enjoy! 




pom pom quarterly

Have you heard of Pom Pom Quarterly? It's brand new on the knitting scene, a sassy import from the UK. Printed at a smaller than usual scale on gorgeous matte paper, it is filled with charming hand drawn illustrations and tasteful touches like a list of what current contributors are listening to while they create. The patterns are fresh and adorable, and they have just enough knitterly detail to broadcast your skills to the world without slipping into fiber fashion victim territory. 

I was very happy to contribute an article to their most recent issue, available here. You'll have to get your hands on the issue to see what I have to say about shopping for leather and closures in unusual locales, but I thought I'd share some of the photos I submitted here. I'm particularly enamoured with a swing clasp that I found at my local leather good supply, MacPherson's here in Seattle. I used it to close the Sweet & Tough Ducan Scarf shown above (download the free pattern here). The heavy antiqued brass was the perfect way to offset the frothy Schulana Ducan


From the top: 1. Bolts of leather on display at MacPhearson's 2. Picking up cabling ideas from leather braiding manuals 3. Dyed fish skins 4. Strips of supple leather lacing 5. Leather lacing used to embellish a men's hat 6. Gilded skin from an ostrich shin 7. Ragga Eirkisdottir using an Icelandic sheepskin to stay warm [photo by Jared Flood] 8. Scrap bin at MacPhearson's, the perfect place to find elbow patches and trims.