Colour Play – The Magic of Amitola
Looking for some inspiration? Here is a selection of jaw dropping designs and projects created by knitters from around the world.
The fibre content and colours available make this yarn perfect for accessories. Smaller items are also great for using brighter colours that we might not usually opt for when knitting larger garments. Here is a selection of my favourite projects and designs (it is a long list, there were so many amazing designs and projects to choose from).
Fancy something bold? This cowl, Inspira by Graphica is a free pattern on Ravelry and can be made using two different colourways of Amitola. The results are simply stunning.
This is the original design version by Graphica
I also love these two created by knitters Debob and Missynel.
Looking for a simple shawl to showcase the colour shifts. Dorothy by Zsuzsa Kiss is worked sideways and maximises the long colour repeats of this beautiful yarn.
Short rows and clever shaping arrange the colours in a completely different way without loosing the beautiful long colour repeats in this example of the popular Aranami Shawl, by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, knitted by Sandeelee.
The bright yarns really combine well with the dark contrast and the unusual construction of this shawl creates a particularly interesting effect. Mawie created this stunning shawl using the Universal Kite Shawl design by Tanja Fleischer.
Another perfect shawl for this yarn is Dreambird by Nadita Swings. The ‘feathers’ look incredible in Amitola as demonstrated by these wonderful projects by Ravelries Catnach, Wollrest, Hotshoes, Knitz and Okiesarah.
Sometimes a knitter takes a design and with a simple twist creates something magical. This version of Spectra, a Stephen West pattern, created by Georgk2872 is a striking take on the original. By reversing the main colour and the contrast colour he has created a different look, and I love it. It really works with the long colour repeats of Amitola.
Looking for some added warmth? This double layer cowl makes excellent use of the long colour repeats and its flower motifs really compliment many of the pretty colourways available in this yarn.
I love this version of the Britta Cowl, a pattern by JohanneLandin, knitted by AMVS.
This fabulous little number is one of my favourites in the neckwear department. Foolproof is a clever garter cowl designed by Louise Zass-Bangham and knitted by Knittywench in two balls of Amitola. I love how the shades work so beautifully together.
This example of Brain Freize by Fruitbat is particularly lovely too.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this yarn is only suitable for accessories given the long list of gorgeous projects I have just given you to choose from. I do think that sometimes a yarn like this lends itself more to smaller items as the colour is easier to manage but it really works beautifully for garments too. Although it is listed as a DK, the light and airy fabric created means it can be substituted for some lighter weight patterns too. Always remember to swatch! If you want some hints and tips on substituting yarn check out this blog post I wrote for Rachel last week.
This example of the Arc en Ciel sweater, knitted by Adoralenore, shows how wonderful the long colour repeats of this yarn are when worked in a garment.
Stripes Gone Crazy by Atelier Alfa
Funky Grandpa by La MaisonRililie
Feeling very adventurous, you could modify a pattern like NatalieSt did to really showcase Amitola. I just could not resist sharing this one.
Last but certainly not least is a Tunisian Crochet design that I had to include because it is both a stunning use of this magical yarn and something a little different. Color Therapy by Elena Fedotovais a splendid design and the pattern is suitable for beginners too, with lots of extra instructions.I’m very tempted to give it a try – and luckily Rachel even stocks Tunisian Crochet Hooks in the shop. Go on, give it a whirl, you know you want to!
A huge thank you to all the knitters and designers whom have kindly given us permission to use their images.
About the Author
Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.
She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.