Fur is a hot fashion trend this season. Magazines and runways are showing it being used for everything from full garments to trim and accessories.
As knitters and crocheters it is more affordable for us to include these trends in our wardrobe with a quick visit to our local yarn store. Not to mention the entertainment we also enjoy by making these items ourselves.
Louisa Harding’s new yarn “Luzia” is a great way to embrace the faux fur trend with 10 colors ranging from natural to fashion.
Fear not! No animals were harmed in the making of this 80% Viscose, 20% Nylon yarn.
Luzia is soft and not itchy. A strong base means it is easy to knit with since you aren’t using your needle tip to fish around for a thin strand. However, I would suggest you make use of a lifeline, since it’s easy to loose dropped stitches in the plush fabric. (Ask me how I know.)
The Louisa Harding book #129-Luzia, provides 16 glamorous projects for this beautiful yarn.
Remember that $580 coat I mentioned a the beginning of the post? Well, meet Margi from the Luzia book. Knit up this coat for a similar look, but in a color you prefer instead of being limited to what is on the clothing store racks. The Luzia book includes a sleeveless version, too.
If a full coat would be too warm, go with the Vera collar instead. It’s just enough to add warmth to your shoulders, but still make a statement.
The Yarn Attic knit this great version using Luzia in color #2-Ruby, then added a pretty pendant for extra flair.
For a more traditional look, you can make the Zelda scarf. This has been a popular pattern since it uses just two balls of Luzia and is a quick knit.
You can go for a subtle look by knitting it in one color, or be bold and use two.
Cynthia’s Too! Yarn and Gifts made their Zelda in color #9-Silver.
Magpies’ Cottage, a local yarn store in Wisconsin, went with the two color version for their Zelda.
Another popular pattern has been the Lucille hat. It uses one ball of Luzia for the crown and one ball of Grace Wool & Silk (held double) for the ribbing.
In the book the Lucille hat is shown in coordinating colors, but I decided to got with a bold contrast when I knit it. Worked on size US11 needles, it took me about two days from start to finish! Talk about a quick project.
Don at Putting on the Knitz, a local yarn store in Massachusetts, combined Luzia with Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed to get the color combination he wanted. It’s a good reminder not to limit yourself to the colors of the sample shown in the pattern book!
People have been getting creative with Luzia, too.
Pat at Kirtland’s Yarn Barn, a local yarn store in Virginia, whipped up with headband using less than one ball. Doesn’t it make you think of ice skating and walks in the snow?
You can buy the pattern from their website, or get it free when you buy the yarn.
Finally, if all these options are still too much fur, but you still want to incorporate the trend in your wardrobe, consider using Luzia as trim.
I hope I’ve given you an idea of how Luzia can help you bring the faux fur fashion trend into your own wardrobe. Find even more project ideas on our main website or at your local yarn store.
Do you see faux fur projects in your knitting future? Share your thoughts in the comments!