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Spotlight: Louisa Harding Luzia

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.

You can see some examples on our Facebook page. One designer is charging $580 for a faux fur coat!

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.

Luzia comes in both natural and fashion colors.

Luzia comes in both natural and fashion colors.

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.

The Margie coat is spot on for current fashion trends. Photo by Stephen Jessup

The Margie coat is spot on for current fashion trends.
Photo by Stephen Jessup

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.

The Yarn Attic added a great pendant to their Vera collar.

The Yarn Attic added a great pendant to their Vera collar.

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.

You can use one or two colors for the Zelda scarf. Photo by Stephen Jessup

You can use one or two colors for the Zelda scarf.
Photo by Stephen Jessup

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 the Zelda Scarf in one color.

Cynthia’s Too! Yarn and Gifts made the Zelda Scarf in one color.

Cynthia’s Too! Yarn and Gifts made their Zelda in color #9-Silver.

Magpies' Cottage made a two color Zelda.

Magpies’ Cottage made a two color Zelda.

Magpies’ Cottage, a local yarn store in Wisconsin, went with the two color version for their Zelda.

The Lucille hat uses Luzia for the crown and Grace Wool & Silk for the ribbing. Photo by Stephen Jessup

The Lucille hat uses Luzia for the crown and Grace Wool & Silk for the ribbing.
Photo by Stephen Jessup

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.

I went for a strong contrast when knitting my Lucille hat.

I went for a strong contrast when knitting my Lucille hat.

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.

Putting on the Knitz used Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed to get the colors they wanted.

Putting on the Knitz used Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed to get the colors they wanted.

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.

Kirtland's Yarn Barn designed this head band using less than one ball!

Kirtland’s Yarn Barn designed this headband using less than one ball!

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.

Fur trim make the Mabel mitts stand out. Photo by Stephen Jessup

Fur trim make the Mabel mitts stand out.
Photo by Stephen Jessup

The romantic Mabel Mitts are in the new hardcover book “Knits from an English Rose“. They use Luzia for the trim and the new Grace Harmonies yarn for the main body.

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!



One thought on “Spotlight: Louisa Harding Luzia

  1. Diane Hicks says:

    I want to try this yarn out. Love it.

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