Friday, December 18, 2009

Vogue Knitting Winter 09/10 - Heritage Cardigan


There's a beautful Heritage cardigan designed by Heidi Kozar in Winter Vogue Knitting!  The pattern is written for sizes small through XX-Large

4 (5,5,6,7) hanks of Cascade Yarns Heritage in #5601 black
1 (2,2,2,2) hanks each in #5609 dark brown, #5639 brown, #5606 maroon,#5607 red, #5642 dark rust, #5640 rust, #5638 dark taupe, #5610 taupe

Available on newstands on January 5th.

Vogue KnittingWinter 09/10
Photo by Rose Callahan

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Laura Farson Patterns in Superwash - Free Patterns


Zigzag Child's Hat by Laura Farson
MC: 1 skein 220 Superwash Quatro color 9880 (blue - top) or 9863 (green - bottom)
CC: 1 skein 220 Superwash color 885 (Blue)
Two yarns give texture and depth to this zigzag pattern.
The hat is knit using the twined knitting technique. While knitting each yarn trades places, back yarn over front, then the new back yarn over the new front yarn.


Blue ZigZag Mittens

There's plenty of yardage to make both projects with the 2 skeins.






Jelly Beans Girl's Accessory Set - Dress your “Pink Princess” in this ruffled set.
1 skein Cascade 220 Superwash Paints  color #9860 (Note: Two skeins will make all three projects)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fairy Tale Knits


Found a really cute book this week - 'Fairy Tale Knits: 32 Projects to Knit Happily Ever After' written by Alison Steward-Guinee (published by Wiley).  The book uses simple shaping and seemless-construction and covers a wide range of skill levels and sizes for infants through 8 year olds.  The projects will appeal to children's imaginations with pirates, magic carpets, princesses, kings, knights, mermaids, and fairies to guide them.

These adorable sweaters  are called Hansel and Gretel - Sweater and Jumper.  They are knit in 220 Superwash for sizes 6-12 mos, 2 yrs, 4 yrs, and 6 yrs.
Sweater - MC 819 - 2-3 balls, CC1 891 and CC2 822 - 1 ball each
Jumper - MC 819- 3-5 balls, CC1 822, CC2 839, CC3 891 - 1 ball each.

There are felted slippers and a felted holiday stocking knit in Cascade 220.  Also in Cascade 220, is Robin Hood tunic.  Renaissance Man Tunic uses 4-6 balls of 220 Superwash - color 856.


In the Magic Carpet chapter there are 2 blankets using Cascade 220.  Starry Night blanket (shown here at left) uses 2 skeins of 7818 and 1 skein each of the contrast colors (7812, 8891, 7814, 7824, 9470, 9422, 9478, and 8910).

There is also a Striped Blanket knit with 2 skeins each of 8891 and 7814 and 1 skein each of 7818, 9470, and 7824.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Magnum quick knits

Magnum is a great fast knit.  With the holidays quickly approaching and winter making an early appearance, these are great projects to do in an evening and are free downloads on the Cascade Yarns Free Patterns Page.


The One Show Scarf uses 1 skein of Magnum and knits up easily in an evening.








Tammy Knox in the office designed the Cascading Waves Boa - a quick crochet project that uses 2 colors of Magnum and a size P crochet hook.

Monday, December 7, 2009

220 Book


Here is the cover for the 220 Book that will be out this spring.  We will be having trunk shows available for the shops that stock the book.  This book is a great compilation of projects in a variety of colors, techniques, and levels.  Stay tuned for more previews.....

It's Cold Outside....

Hats are great December projects. 


Here is a great pattern for the Dolce Slouch hat by Faina Goberstein.  Dolce is a great worsted weight alpaca/silk wool blend that comes in 39 lovely colors.  109 yards per 50 grams.






A quick knit for those looking for a fun festive project.  The Magnum Santa Hat knits up in just a few hours on size 15 needles.  Magnum is a great super bulky wool with more than 40 colors available.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's Already December....

As Thanksgiving weekend has passed and it is now December, the holiday season is looming....
Here is a new free pattern on cascadeyarns.com by Laura Farson (author of  "New Twists on Twined Knitting: A Fresh Look at a Traditional Technique") - the Candy Cane Christmas Stocking made in Cloud 9 - an Angora/Merino blend with more than 30 colors.
Candy Cane Christmas Stocking - Cloud 9


We've seen the preview of the new 220 book (being published by Soho/Vogue Knitting) and are all very excited.  It should be available sometime this spring and is retailing for under $20.  There will be 60 projects - 20 scarves, 20 hats, and 20 mittens.  Stay tuned for previews....

Our first shipment of Eco Duo hit the warehouse last week....  It's a great new undyed blend of 70% baby alpaca and 30% merino wool.  197 yards per 100 grams with 8 duo-tone colors that shadow/stripe -  it knits at 4.5 stitches per inch and is buttery soft  (one designer offered to role around naked in it).

Stay posted for more free patterns and updates.