Introducing Bellatrista Yarns

by Stitchcraft Marketing September 19, 2018

Introducing Bellatrista Yarns

When we first conceived Izzy Knits, we wanted to source yarns and supplies that were as environmentally-friendly as they were unique. BELLATRISTA creates luxurious, exotic yarns that are spun from interesting fibers you don’t see every day, such as a 100% milk fiber, a 50/50 blend of milk and bamboo, and a 100% soy fiber yarn. These fibers aren’t just earth-friendly, they’re also silky soft and a treat to work with. Each unique base is available in a variety of weights, from fingering to bulky, and we’re proud to be the only online retailer to carry the entire line from top to bottom. Bellatrista’s mission (and ours!)  is to enable hand knitters and crocheters to create garments and accessories that are truly remarkable. Get ready to fall in love!

Milk (Fingering, DK and Bulky weights available)

Yarn made from milk? Yes, it’s true. Bellatrista’s Milk Yarn is spun from 100% milk protein fiber and offers a luxuriously soft and silky alternative to wool. Bellatrista's Milk Yarn comes in fingering, DK, and bulky weights. This unique, renewable fiber combines properties of natural and synthetic yarns, including strength and durability. It’s naturally wrinkle-free, antibacterial and antifungal like bamboo, and exhibits a luxuriousness similar to silk. All of that, and it’s machine washable!


Menta (DK weight)

Bellatrista’s Menta is made from a sustainable, renewable fiber. It’s 100% viscose, which is made from regenerated cellulose fiber…in this case, peppermint.

Menta is a machine-washable, 6-ply, DK-weight yarn with a luxuriously soft hand and an elegant shimmer. As with other cellulose-based fibers, it drapes well, is moisture-wicking, breathable, and smooth and comfortable against the skin.


Soy + Aloe (DK weight)

Bellatrista’s Soy+Aloe is a vegan, sustainable, renewable fiber that offers a great alternative to wool.

Soy+Aloe DK is a sustainable, eco-friendly yarn that blends upcycled soy fiber (a byproduct of soybean processing) with 20% aloe for a smooth, soft hand. It knits into a breathable fabric that’s perfect for lightweight sweaters, garments, and accessories.


Weaving Yarns

Bellatrista makes several of its yarns available in cones just for weavers! We have the following yarns available for purchase in cones:

  • Milk (16Nm/4) - This slightly heavier Milk cone yarn is the perfect choice for baby slings! Made with 100% milk protein, Bellatrista's Milk (16Nm/4) yarn is one of their most popular and produces strong, silky fabrics with glossy sheen and beautiful drape. Use it on its own or in a mixed warp or weft for a truly unique weave.
  • Milk (24Nm/4) - Featured in Interweave's Handwoven Magazine, this finer weight yarn is designed specifically with weavers in mind.
  • Milk/Wool Blend (16Nm/4) - By blending its popular Milk Fiber with 50% Merino Wool and spinning it to a heavier ply, Bellatrista has created a Milk Wool Blend (16Nm/4) that gives its classic milk yarn a more substantial feel. It dyes darker, with less sheen, while maintaining the soft drape for which its milk yarns are known.
  • Banana (16Nm/4) - Bellatrista's Banana (16Nm/4) fiber is a unique option designed specifically for weavers. Bast fiber from banana has a slightly stiff hand that produces structured fabrics much like linen. It's great for housewares or decorative weaves. To create a more wearable fabric, combine a banana warp with a soy or milk weft.
  • Soy (24Nm/4) - Both sustainable and renewable, Bellatrista's 100% Soy (20Nm/4) yarn produces incredibly soft fabrics. Use it on its own or in a mixed warp or weft for a truly unique weave. Takes acid or fiber-reactive dyes, but Bellatrista recommends cold water dyes due to the fiber's heat-sensitive nature.

Projects Ideas for Bellatrista Yarns

Now that we’ve shared this amazing line of yarns with you, we’re sure you have projects in mind. But we’d like to share a few patterns with you that were designed for Bellatrista yarns!

Gemtastic by Ariane Gallizzi is a gorgeous new shawl pattern designed to be knit in Bellatrista Menta DK. The two color shawl, with alternating sections of garter and lace, is knit on the bias starting with 3 stitches. Beads add a touch of glamour and weight, and Menta makes the shawl lustrous with plenty of drape.


The Morning Glory Cami & Cardigan by Therese Chenowyth is an elegant sweater set designed in Bellatrista Milk DK. The pattern combines stockinette with lace detailing, in a yarn that is easy-care, super soft and slightly shimmery.


We’ve also had some knitters use Bellatrista yarns in their own projects that they’ve shared with us.

Hilary purchased the Bellatrista Milk Fingering and used it to weave a beautiful weaving blanket. She told us, “It wove beautifully, and washed up soft and smooth. Love this yarn!"


More recently, one of our sample knitters started knitting the DK Brioche Bandana Cowl by Lavanya Patricella. She is using Bellatrista Soy + Aloe DK (in colors Hyssop and Mustard) and the resulting fabric is beautifully soft and squishy!


Susan also made a delightful baby sweater recently, holding Lana Grossa Bottone and Bellatrista Milk Fingering together. The Bellatrista added a silky sheen to the fabric and made a lovely, squishy and cozy baby sweater.  The pattern is the Five Hour Baby Jacket by Franklin Habit.

 

Samples

If you’re interested in checking out any of the Bellatrista yarns we do offer sample cards!  Sometimes there’s just no substitute for feeling the yarns and seeing the colors in person. Our sample cards are available for order on the website!

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about the Bellatrista line of yarns and we can’t wait to see what you create!  Please share your photos with us on Instagram with the hashtag #izzyknitslys or on the Izzy Knits Facebook page.



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