Marcin Lorkowska is the creative mastermind behind the dye pots at Martin's Lab. This week we are adding new yarn from them, Aubrey Sport. Instead of the speckles and variegated colours, Marcin is perhaps best known for he has created a colour palette of 15 semi-solids inspired by nature.
To mark to the arrival of Aubrey Sport, we also have Martin's Lab new pattern book Homecoming. A curated collection of knitting patterns Homecoming marks a change in Marcin Lorkowska's life; a dream fulfilled for him and his family moving from the city to the country where life is experienced at a different pace. To celebrate this move, he has curated a collection of knitting patterns for Aubrey Sport.
Aubrey Sport is a relatively new yarn to Martin's Lab. As the name suggests, it's a sport weight with a gauge of around 24 to 34 stitches. It offers great diversity as a knitting yarn — two of my favourite fibres, Bluefaced Leicester and silk make this knitting yarn rather special.
Let's take a closer look at the patterns...
Ammon - Three skeins of Aubrey Sport are needed to knit Ammon by Julie Knits of Paris. A crescent-shaped shawl Ammon combines brioche and striped garter stitch, shown in Anthracite, Lappato and Honeycomb.
Bezel by Justyna Lorkowska
Bezel - Knit on the bias Bezel is an easy to wear cowl by Justyna Lorkowska. Justyna has used two colour of Aubrey Sport in Rippling Effect and Sherwood; just one skein of each colour is needed.
Bloom Time - Bloom Time is a large triangular shawl by Christelle Nihoul. It features a lace edge of Lily of Valleys. Three skeins are needed for this project; we feel it's best knit in a light colour to show the pattern at it's best. It is shown knitted in Aubrey Sport in Pearl.
Mirallat - Worked sideways Mirallat by Woolly Wormhead is an exciting knitting project with short-rows and colourwork. Shown in Kimono and Picnic; one skein of each colour is needed.
Nisaba -This stunning cowl by Asja Janeczek has an engaging textured stitch pattern; the colour Banyan softens the piece which is bound to be a conversation starter. If you fancy casting on Nisaba you'll need just three skeins of Aubrey Sport.
Rooted - Carol Feller's Rooted is a simple but effective design with a twisted taffy cable is staggered across the hat to form a casual. Carol's pattern uses just one skein of Aubrey Sport, shown in Foxtail.
Sine - A simple but appealing shawl by Jonna Hietala, Sine is knit in garter stitch in the colour Cape Starling with a contrast edge knit in the colour Pearl. Three skeins are needed for the main colour and one skein of the contrast colour.
Tennant - Tennant would make the most wonderful gift. A pretty design by Bristol Ivy these fingerless mitts are worked in the round in two colours of Aubrey Sport; Sable and Youthful Coral.
Woodrow - Woodrow is a top-down yoked sweater by designer Isabell Kraemer. A good range of sizes are given from 36" through to 52.25", depending on your size you will need between 3-5 skeins of the main colour (Lappato) and one skein of the contrast colour (Anthracite).
Xander by Dieuwke Schack-Mulligen
Xander - The final shawl featured in the collection Xander looks more complicated than it actually is. The colourwork is created using slip-stitches giving the illusion of a complicated weave in a versatile and easy-to-wear piece. Designer Dieuwke Schack-Mulligen has chosen to knit her design in the colours Marilyn and Lappato, just one skein of each is required.
Ziggy - There are some great details in this open-fronted cardigan, a wide lacy collar and unusual ribbing making it an interesting knit. A good range of sizes are given XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL); back width at bust: 37 (42, 48, 52, 56.5, 61.5) cm. It should be worn with little or no ease across the back. Choose the size which measures approximately half your actual bust measurement or a little more. Justyna has knit her sample in the colour Poseidon, depending on your chose size you'll need 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of Aubrey Sport.