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Logo: Elsebeth Lavold Designer's Choice

Elsebeth Lavold is the only Swedish knitwear designer with her own yarn label. She personally decides which yarns to include, their properties and colors.
   Spinning companies in Europe, South America, Japan and China take her visions from requirements to delightful yarns; produced for and marked by Knitting Fever Inc., the leading US yarn company.
   This joint venture has resulted in a wide variety of yarns with Elsebeth Lavold's name on them, displayed below, and more will follow.
   The yarns are distributed in the US, in Canada (by Nova Yarn), and in parts of Scandinavia.


Image link to the Angora page

Logo: Angora
An Angora yarn, combining the best properties of Wool and Angora; with a lovely softness, and still easy to knit. 60% Angora, 20% Wool, 20% Polyamide. Discontinued, but may still be available in stores.
 
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Designs in the yarn:
The Embraceable You Collection (entire book)
The Sophisticated Lady Collection (1 design)
The Take Five Collection (6 designs)
The Kashmiri Love Collection (2 designs)
The Sunny Side Collection (1 design)
The Walk in the Park Collection (1 design)


Image link to the Baby Llama page Logo: Baby Llama
A 100% Baby Llama yarn, incredibly soft. No use trying to describe it in more detail - you'll have to try it for yourself.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Out of the Woods Collection (7 designs)
The Out of the Blue Collection (6 designs)
The Third Viking Knits Collection (4 designs)
The City(e)scapes Collection (2 designs)


Image link to the Bambool page Logo: Bambool
80% Bamboo Viscose and 20% Merino Wool is the composition of this very soft and attractive yarn, allowing for very subtle surface structures.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Touch of Romance Collection (7 designs)
The Third Viking Knits Collection (1 design)
The Just Kidding Collection (2 designs)
The Lazy Days Collection (4 designs)


Image link to the Bambouclé page Logo:Bambouclé
45% Cotton, 30% Bamboo, 17% Linen and 8% Nylon, and a slight bouclé effect, is the recipe for this a very attractive yarn, very elastic and nice to knit with. Garments in Bambouclé have a lovely drape.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Dreamweaver Collection (8 designs)
The Just Kidding Collection (1 design)


Image link to the Cable Cotton page Logo: Cable Cotton
A lovely cable-spun 100% cotton yarn, a bit sturdier than Cotton Patiné (below), allowing for a nice drape even to heavier garments.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Summer Breeze Collection (6 designs)
The Enchanted Garden Collection (2 designs)
The Sunny Side Collection (2 designs)
The Dreamweaver Collection (2 designs)


Image link to the Calm Wool page Logo: Calm Wool
A yarn that is elegant and rustic at the same time. Cable patterns come out nice and chunky, and the composition is unusual and attractive: 40% Wool, 30% Camel, and 30% Alpaca.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Touch of Romance Collection (6 designs)
The Third Viking Knits Collection (5 designs)


Image link to the ChunkyAl page Logo: ChunkyAl
An unplied, loosely spun yarn with a somewhat fuzzy character that can still produce very distinct patterns. The fact that it can be knitted at a loose gauge allows for e.g. big jackets, without the garment resting heavily on your shoulders. 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Mellow Tone Collection (7 designs)
The Kashmiri Love Collection (3 designs)
The Walk in the Park Collection (3 designs)


Image link to the ClassicAl page Logo: ClassicAl
A four-ply, round-spun yarn with an unbelievably soft wool content that balances the heaviness of the alpaca while retaining the lovely shine. It may very well be used as a substitute for an all-wool yarn. 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Mellow Tone Collection (7 designs)
The Second Viking Knits Collection (4 designs)
The Walk in the Park Collection (3 designs)


Image link to the Cool Wool page Logo: Cool Wool
Let a master spinner create a mixture of 50% Wool and 50% Cotton and you end up with a yarn with the knitting properties of wool and the look and feel of cotton, and machine washable as an added bonus. Very versatile and perfect for childrenswear, which is exactly what Elsebeth designed in the book that introduces the yarn.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Just Kidding Collection (7 designs)
The Lazy Days Collection (3 designs)


Image link to the Cotton Frappé page Logo: Cotton Frappé
95% Cotton with a thin thread of Polyamide spun in to give the yarn a slight "glittery" sheen. The shiny polyamide thread is only visible when you look at the garment close-up, but it certainly contributes to the appeal of the yarn.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Sunny Side Collection (8 designs)
The Dreamweaver Collection (1 design)


Image link to the Cotton Patiné page Logo: Cotton Patiné
An exclusive cotton yarn; soft and easy to knit. It was named for it's slight color variation, allowing for an attractive sheen even in stockinette stitch. 100% Combed Cotton.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Sentimental Journey Collection (entire book)
The Summer Breeze Collection (6 designs)
The Enchanted Garden Collection (3 designs)
The Second Viking Knits Collection (2 designs)
The Sunny Side Collection (1 design)


Image link to the Eucool page Logo: Eucool
75% Wool, 25% Eucalyptus, how's that for an interesting composition. Elsebeth found the yarn unexpectedly soft, and at the same time with a dry, almost papery feel to it. Quite unusual and very appealing, and very pleasant to knit with. Discontinued, but may still be available in stores.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Wellington Collection (8 designs)


Image link to the Favorite Wool page Logo: Favorite Wool
A 100% Peruvian Wool yarn that didn't get its name just randomly - Elsebeth truly loves it for many reasons. It has a lot of loft, which means that you can work at many gauges; for colorwork you may want to knit more tightly, whereas for cables you may prefer to loosen up the gauge. The wool has a lovely matte sheen that shows colors well, and the garments hold their shape.
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Designs in the yarn:
The City(e)scapes Collection (7 designs)
The Come Closer Collection) (1 design)


Image link to the Hempathy page Logo: Hempathy
A lovely yarn, made up of 40% Hemp, 40% Cotton and 20% Modal. The hemp content provides for a great drape and a linen-like feel, the cotton adds softness, and the modal provides elasticity.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Enchanted Garden Collection (8 designs)
The Second Viking Knits Collection (2 designs)
The Sunny Side Collection (3 designs)
The Dreamweaver Collection (3 designs)
The Just Kidding Collection (4 designs)
The Lazy Days Collection (2 designs)


Image link to the SensuAl page Logo: SensuAl / Elsebeth Lavold Designer's Choice
98% Peruvian Baby Alpaca, 2% Polyamide.
"This yarn is so thick, light and, well, sensual, that at least I can clearly hear it whisper “Touch me!” And although it is slightly bouclé-ish in appearance, it works very well with structural patterns, cables etc., which is unusual. I didn’t have to hold the sample ball for many seconds to know that this was a yarn I wanted in my line." (From the Introduction to The Come Closer Collection)
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Designs in the yarn:
The Come Closer Collection) (13 designs)


Image link to the Silky Cashmere page Logo: Silky Cashmere
An exquisite mixture of 55% Silk and 45% Cashmere. The silk provides the lovely sheen and the cashmere adds softness and makes for great knitting properties.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Second Viking Knits Collection (1 design)
The Kashmiri Love Collection (8 designs)
The Sunny Side Collection (1 design)
The Walk in the Park Collection (2 designs)
The Out of the Blue Collection (1 design)


Image link to the Silky Flammé page Logo: Silky Flammé
In this yarn 50% Peruvian Wool, 30% FS Alpaca and 20% Silk combine into a soft mixture with a lovely sheen. Very easy to knit with, and with a flammé effect that adds to the uniqueness.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Out of the Woods Collection (6 designs)
The Out of the Blue Collection (4 designs)
The Third Viking Knits Collection (1 design)
The Wellington Collection (1 design)
The City(e)scapes Collection (2 designs)
The Come Closer Collection) (3 designs)


Image link to the Silky Tweed page Logo: Silky Tweed
Knits up with the same gauge as Silky Wool (below), but with a different composition (40% Silk, 30% Cotton, 20% Extra Fine Merino Wool, 10% Viscose) and a distinct and beautiful tweed effect. Discontinued, but may still be available in stores.
 
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Designs in the yarn:
The Sophisticated Lady Collection (9 designs)
The Summer Breeze Collection (2 designs)
The Take Five Collection (6 designs)
The Enchanted Garden Collection (1 design)
The Second Viking Knits Collection (2 designs)
The Kashmiri Love Collection (2 designs)


Image link to the Silky Wool page Logo: Silky Wool
The first yarn in the series. It is spun in Italy and has exquisite knitting properties. 45% Wool, 35% Silk and 20% Polyamide. Colors are carefully selected to allow for harmonious combinations in color patterns and to fit in with current fashion.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Viking Knits Collection (entire book)
The Embraceable You Collection (1 design)
The Sophisticated Lady Collection (6 designs)
The Summer Breeze Collection (3 designs)
The Take Five Collection (9 designs)
The Enchanted Garden Collection (2 designs)
The Second Viking Knits Collection (6 designs)
The Kashmiri Love Collection (2 designs)
The Sunny Side Collection (1 design)
The Walk in the Park Collection (4 designs)
The Dreamweaver Collection (2 designs)
The Out of the Blue Collection (3 designs)
The Small Things Matter Collection (16 designs)
The Third Viking Knits Collection (4 designs)
The Just Kidding Collection (2 designs)
The City(e)scapes Collection (2 designs)
The Lazy Days Collection (1 design)
The Come Closer Collection) (2 designs)


Image link to the Silky Wool XL page Logo: Silky Wool XL
A thicker version of Silky Wool but just as lovely to knit with, and with the same slightly tweedy appearance. 80% Wool, 20% Silk, spun by the same Italian company that makes Silky Wool. Excellent for jackets and cardigans, but highly usable for sweaters as well. This yarn has character enough to provide surface interest to plain stockinette, but still shows up e.g. cable patterns well.
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Designs in the yarn:
The City(e)scapes Collection (7 designs)
The Come Closer Collection) (3 designs)


Image link to the Twice Tweed page Logo: Twice Tweed
The first recycled yarn in the Designer's Choice line; 42% Wool, 32% Polyamide, 25% Cotton. Here's what the label says about the recycle process: ... made from 100% recycled fibers in a patented manufacturing process; water saving, energy saving, and with no discharge into the environment. No polluting dyeing is used in the process. No new synthetic fibers are needed to make this yarn. Discontinued, but may still be available in stores.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Wellington Collection (6 designs)


Logo: ViSilk / Elsebeth Lavold Designer's Choice
From the Introduction of The Lazy Days Collection, the book that introduces the yarn: "For me, it was an immediate love affair, because of its handle, its lovely drape, the distinctive silk slubs and this for a yarn rather elusive quality that I, for lack of a better word, would call sensuality." 90% Viscose, 10% Silk, and 100% character.
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Designs in the yarn:
The Lazy Days Collection (8 designs)


 

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