Get inspired with the Artyarns Inspirations Club!  A unique way to receive a surprise limited edition color of Merino Cloud every other month, with optional Beaded Silk & Sequins to match. Each club installment also comes with an exclusive pattern. These colors will not look like anything else we have. They are exclusive to the club and once they’re gone, they can no longer be ordered.

There are a limited number of memberships available. Reserve your spot and join the club at any participating retailer (listed below). If your favorite yarn shop isn’t on the list and you want them to carry the Artyarns Inspirations Club colors, have them contact us.

Grandma’s Spinning Wheel (Tucson, Arizona)
Isabelle’s Parlour (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Red Scottie Fibers (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)
The Twisted Skein (Bakersfield, California)
Knitique (Elk Grove, California)
Jennifer Knits (Los Angeles, California)
L’Atelier (Redondo Beach, California)
Yarning for You (San Marcos, California)
Everything Alpaca Castle Rock, Colorado)
Longmont Yarn Shoppe (Longmont, Colorado)
Knit & Pearl (Avon, Connecticut)
Knitty Gritty Yarn Girl (Niantic, Connecticut)
Westport Yarns (Westport, Connecticut)
Knit 2 Together (Vernon, Connecticut)
Sheep Thrills (Leesburg, Florida)
Twisted Ewe (Garden City, Idaho)
The Loopy Ewe (Goshen, Indiana)
A Great Yarn (Chatham, Massachusetts)
The Wool and the Floss (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
Nautical Yarns (Ludington, Michigan)
Silver Creek Cabin (Buffalo, Minnesota)
Earth Faire (Newfoundland, New Jersey)
Yarn Refuge (Reno, Nevada)
Pick Up Every Stitch (Mt Kisco, New York)
Knitting Cove (Port Jefferson, New York) (Tivoli, New York)
North Tahoe Knits (Incline Village, Nevada)
Fine Points (Cleveland, Ohio)
Knit Wit Knits (Salem, Ohio)
Main Street Yarn (Rebersburg, Pennsylvania)
Punto Reves (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Yarn Cloud (Occoquan, Virginia)
Great Yarns (Everett, Washington)
Sheep’s Clothing (Kennewick, Washington)
Cabled Fiber Studio (Port Angeles, Washington)
D Marie Knit and Fiber (Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin)



Mont Tricot (Canada)
Tricolette (Canada)
Jubie’s (Canada)
La Vie Laine (Canada)
Sew Much More Yarn (Canada)
Dibadu (Germany)

My name is Iris Schreier and I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  I get distracted, multitask and therefore have at least 10 knitting projects going on at once.  If you are at all like me, chances are you’ll enjoy my modular knitting designs. Here’s why:

1.  Easy to memorize–there is order and consistency in my modular designs, which make them perfect for knitting while watching tv, or multitasking (as an ADD person I do that most of the time). I like to throw away markers and instructions once I establish the “system” and keep going by reading my work.


2. Capture the knitter’s interest–if I get bored knitting garter stitch (knit every row) then i turn my work, and voila, multidirectional knitting saves the day.


3. Startle others (in a good way, one hopes)–love to hear people ask me “how did you do that???”


4. Endless possibilities–I love the unpredictability of it all, the way adding a simple lace or cable pattern creates dramatic results, and seeing how different stitch patterns intersect.


5. No pooling–all yarns and colors look great in this.  That said, you want to knit with the finest quality yarn you can afford, and the Artyarns brand is very reliable for its purity–no synthetic or poor imitation.  Count on our yarn for zero Nylon filler.



How to begin?

Abbreviations used in this tutorial:
Kfb: Knit into the front and the back of the same stitch (making 2
stitches out of 1 stitch)
S1: Slip one stitch knit-wise
SKP: Slip one stitch knit-wise, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitch over
knit stitch (making 1 stitch out of 2 stitches)
TURN: Turn piece over to start knitting on other side
Live Stitches: Stitches that are being worked on and are part of short row
Unworked Stitches: Stitches that are not being worked on and not part of
short row



Here’s a brief lesson.

Right Triangle (90 degree angle)
Cast on 10 stitches
Lesson 1–Exercise 1
Row 1: Kfb, k1; turn
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: S1, k to end; turn
Row 3: Kfb, k3; turn
Row 5: Kfb, k5; turn
Row 7: Kfb, k7; turn
Row 9: Kfb, k9; turn
Row 11: Kfb, k11; turn
Row 13: Kfb, k13; turn
Row 15: Kfb, k15; turn
Row 17: Kfb, k17–at this point there should be no more Unworked Stitches on needle. You will have a perfect Right Triangle with 19 stitches.

Equilateral Triangle (3 equal sides)
Continue to knit using the 19 Live Stitches on the needle created in the
above Exercise.
Row 1: Kfb into the first stitch, SKP, TURN
Row 2: S1, K to end
Row 3: Kfb, K1, SKP, TURN
Row 4: S1, K to end
Row 5: Kfb, K to last Live Stitch, SKP, TURN
Repeat rows 4-5 until there are no more Unworked Stitches on needle. You
should have a perfect Equilateral Triangle with 19 Live Stitches.
Want more?

Sign up for our newsletter and I’ll be sending out some free lessons on Multidirectional knitting in each newsletter issue:

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Or check out some of my multidirectional patterns on Ravelry:


This is still on the needles but I can tell that it will be a really pretty shawl, and I’m so excited to have you join me on this adventure.  The best thing about this pattern is the unpredictable nature of how different colors will show off the design.  I am using Ensemble Light, which is 400 yards per skein of the softest yarn you will likely encounter, and it is perfect because of the great amount of texture in this pattern stitch.  I recommend it highly.

Because some of you have the yarn already, I have decided to post a small part of the beginning of  the pattern here for you.

Start with an I-Cord Tab.


Step 1:  Provisionally Cast on 3 sts using a crochet hook and waste yarn.  Lucy Neatby has a great Youtube Video for this.

Step 2:  Attach your Ensemble Light color A (darker color), and knit across the 3 provisionally cast on sts.  *Slip the 3 sts to the left needle with the yarn in back, and knit them again; Repeat from *  4 times. This forms the I-cord tube, and the best way to visualize it is to actually do it and see for yourself.

Step 3:   Slip the 3 sts to the left needle and knit them with the right needle.  This time go on and pick up and knit 4 sts along the I-cord tube you just created.  There are now 7 sts on the right needle. (The illustration above shows how the stitches are picked up along to upper side of the I-cord after you have slipped the 3 sts from on end.)

Step 4: Remove the waste yarn from the 3 provisionally cast on stitches, and with the yarn in front, slip them all to the right needle–there are now 10 sts on the right needle.

Abbreviations:  kfb:  knit into the front and back of the stitch, an increase of 1 stitch; pm: place marker, rm: remove marker; sl3wyif: slip 3 sts with yarn in front  from left to right needle–you can slip these knitwise or purlwise, just be consistent.


Using Color A (darker color), and the 10 sts of the i-cord tab you created, work as follows:

Row 1:  K3, slip 3 from right  to left needle with yarn in back, k3 again (same sts), kfb, kfb, pm, k1, kfb, sl3wyif–3 sts increased, 13 sts

Row 2: K3, slip 3 sts from right to left needle with yarn in back, k3 again (same sts), kfb, k to marker, rm, kfb, pm, k to last 4 sts, kfb, sl3wyif–3 sts increased, 16 sts

Repeat Row 2 six more times until there are 34 sts.

Post a photo of your yarn (which must be Artyarns yarn) on the Ravelry Pattern Page.  If you need assistance as to how to create a project page, you can follow the guidelines here.

On or about October 15, I will send instructions for Part 1.


If you need to get yarn, you can ask for it at your local yarn shop, or visit these online re-sellers who have created special project pages for the knitalong:


Join our discussion group here:



Here’s a fun top-down lace cardigan that is really easy to work once you have the hang of it.  I used 1 skein of Merino Cloud and 1 skein of Beaded Silk and Sequins Light to knit the small version.



There is something really fun and satisfying about knitting lace diamonds in garter stitch, and using the natural eyelets in the diamonds to form the increases needed in a top-down raglan design makes it seamlessly lovely.  The pattern is difficult to size conventionally because the diamonds are a finite size, but I have included 2 different diamond sizes, one set for the XS/S/M sizes and another set for the L/XL/XXL sizes.  In addition if you are knitting the XS or L sizes, I have made recommendations to use a smaller needle at a tighter gauge.

Join us for the knitalong and experience one of the most fabulous yarns in the world, Merino Cloud, a combination of 80 Merino and 20 Cashmere that is soft as butter yet wearable for every day, since it is very durable and hardy.  Make it with a skein of Beaded Silk & Sequins Light to alternate a little bling at the yoke, or skip the glitter and use 2 skeins of Merino Cloud for the small size.  Other sizes are specified, and details on joining the knitalong are available here:

The first thing you will receive when you post a photo of your yarn is instructions on how to create a gauge swatch.

This will explain to you how to ensure that you are using the correct needles for the size you need.  Once you have determined the right needle size, post a photo of your completed swatch, and I’ll send you Part 1 of the pattern.  There is a discussion group as well where you can discuss the pattern and yarn with fellow knitters:



11/28/14:  And the randomly selected winner is Cathy:

Submitted on 2014/11/27 at 6:01 pm

I would make lots of jewelry for my knitting peeps!




Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I just finished preparing the Cranberry Relish for this evening’s feast, and I wanted to share my recipe and yarn inspiration with you all:

1 bag cranberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange peel


place all 4 ingredients in saucepan.  Turn on low, and stir until sugar dissolves.  Let cook approximately 10-12 minutes–cranberries should be soft.

Remove from flame, and add:

1/2 cup toasted walnuts, cut into small pieces

1 orange peeled and chopped (no seeds please)

Stir and transfer to serving dish.  Let stand until lukewarm.  Refrigerate or freeze, depending on how much time you have.

Enjoy enjoy enjoy.


This recipe inspired the following yarn, Beaded Silk Light in the exclusive Cranberry Relish colorway:

This gorgeous yarn is 100% Silk, with metal beads and you can see a variety of patterns for it here: beaded silk light


Want to purchase it?  It is only available through Jimmy Beans Wool:

Enjoy your holiday and treat yourself to a yarn fit for a feast!

Want to win this ball of yarn?  Post a comment about what you would make with it, and one winner will be selected randomly on Friday, November 28, 2014.


I just added the Lace Muse Wrap to Ravelry here.  It is a delicate angelic-like piece, that uses such a simple lace pattern.   You can see the graceful drape in the lovely cashmere, accented by the 100% silk and glass beads and sequins.  It is shown in Cashmere 1 color 107 blue, and Beaded Silk & Sequins Light color H34 Silver.

I chose my colors here below:

Beaded Silk & Sequins Light color 1024 Gold and Cashmere 1 color 2289, Eggplant.  I just love the contrast in these 2 colors, and I know I would wear this all the time.  What do you think?


This book is coming out in just a few days, and I am super-excited about it.  The best thing about having a new book out is seeing all the projects that you the readers end up creating using these designs. And I hope you will post them to Ravelry here.    I will add sneak peeks from the book to my blog on a regular basis.

Today’s sneak peeks are two completely new designs:

Wrapped Scarf

Designed to wrap around and around, the Wrapped Scarf  on page 107 has an interesting construction. You build the width with short rows at the edges, right at the beginning, to make it wider and shallower than a standard top-down scarf. Then a lovely lace pattern enhances the shape.

This top-down design uses 2 skeins of Ensemble 4, starting with color H13 and ending with color H23 at the bottom.

Thinking of making another one in these two colors of Ensemble 4: H24 and H31.


Beaded Eyelet Hug

This easy yet versatile Beaded Eyelet Hug designed by the talented Nell Ziroli on page 75 is knit in the round from the top down with a luscious yarn and is highlighted by beads and sequins The increased shaping is hidden in the eyelet design.

Shown in Rhapsody Light color H2 and Beaded Pearl and Sequins color H2 Gold, 1 skein each.

Thinking of making the hug in these 2 skeins:

Rhapsody Glitter Light and Beaded Pearl & Sequins in H18 Silver.  Yummy.




Rayhmah recently designed the Hydrangea Shrug using Rhapsody Light and Beaded Mohair & Sequins. She spoke with us about her design process and her background. 

1.      What was your inspiration for the Hydrangea Shrug?

It was the colour. Since I was introduced to Artyarns, H16 has been my favourite colour beside H26 and 904. This beautiful mix of lavender and light blue reminds me of Hydrangeas, sunsets in northern areas with the ice reflecting the soft shades of the painted sky or also some kinds of mother of pearl. When I had the chance to put my hands on the skein Rhapsody Light and two Mohair Splash in H16, I just couldn’t resist. Even winding the balls was a pleasure. So these three skeins were sitting there waiting for the right pattern to happen so to say. I found that I liked the Mohair Splash most in stockinette and a shrug or bolero was what I had enough yardage for.

2.      Do you follow a specific philosophy as a designer? If so, what is it?

Creating beauty in simplicity is an art and my goal at the same time. I have a soft spot for elegant, feminine and discreet fashion with extraordinary shapes that becomes unique because of it’s details. It’s not easy to make something simple look special but once achieved, it makes the design fabulous.

3.      What is your design process, in general and specifically for this piece?

Usually it starts with the yarn and what it reminds me of. Nature, scents, colours, fine and sophisticated traditional handwork …  These are the things that move me emotionally. Just like a beautiful fabric brings the image of the finished garment to my mind, a beautiful yarn in combination with what moves me initiates the same for knitted designs. What I design is never static. It develops and changes during the process. The finished design must not necessarily look like what I thought of at first. Sometimes a knitted stitch pattern or shape comes out differently or looks better or worse in a specific yarn. If it feels right, I keep going, if not, I unravel and start over. My feeling tips the scales. If it doesn’t feel right, I will never be happy with what I have on my needles.


When I knitted the Hydrangea Shrug, I wanted the eyes focused on the beautiful yarn, so the design itself had to be rather simple. The Lace gives it a final touch, femininity and elegance yet does not distract too much from the beaded yarn.

4.      What are you most proud of about your piece?

Actually I’m not proud. I’m very self-critical and rather surprised by the positive response it gets. When I look at my designs, I always see something that I could have done better. Being praised this much just makes me humble because I don’t see myself like that.

5.      What were your favorite qualities about the yarns you used?
My professional background (master bespoke tailor) made me become very picky when it comes to fibres and threads, may it be a woven piece of fabric or a skein of yarn. I love to buy hand-dyed yarns of high quality natural fibres like smerino, silk, cashmere or mohair. Amongst others, ending up with Artyarns is a natural consequence. What I love about Artyarts is that there are only the finest fibres used: Japanese Silk, Itailan Cashmere… paired with hand-dyeing it’s the crest of what is possible.

 Find all of Rahymah’s beatuiful designs on Ravelry here!