Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Black Purl Designs - Kathy's Cables

Designed by Black Purl Designs

Knit in Pastaza (50% Llama/50% Wool - 132 yds/100 g)

The quintessential "Saturday" sweater. Great for a first time cabler, perfect for an experience knitter to work as a "no brainer" in front of the TV. A simple, roomy tunic with an artfully shaped neckline. This will be your "go to" sweater for years to come.

Sizes - Small (42") [Medium (46"), Large (50")]

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free Pattern - Eco Duo Slouch Hat

Eco Duo Slouch Hat
Designed by Betty Balcomb

According to Betty, "Cascade’s Eco Duo is quite simply the softest yarn I have ever worked with. The drape just begs to be worked up into a soft slouchy hat. This hat is a simple beret with 2 design elements worked in to make it unique:  the purl surrounded mesh band which I call my river pattern and use in many of my designs and a little seed stitch tab with buttons worn at the left temple."

Materials: 1 100 gram skein of Cascade Eco Duo yarn. Pictured hat is color #1706.
Sizes 8 and 10 16” circular needles and size 10 double points, or size required to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 8 stitches to 2” BE SURE TO CHECK GAUGE!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2010 - Fixation

Girl's Dress
Designed by: Amy Polcyn


Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2010
Available on April 6

Knit in Fixation (98.3% cotton / 1.7% elastic; 100 yds/50 g)

Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2010 - Ultra Pima

Tote Bag
Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2010
photo by Paul Amato
Available April 6

Designer: Rosemary Drysdale

Knit in:  Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (100% Pima Cotton; 220 yds/100 g)
1 hank each - Colors:  #3717 (taupe), #3748 (yellow), #3740 (dark green), #3746 (green), #3733 (blue)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Portland Yarn Shop Visit Part 3 - The Naked Sheep Knit Shop

The Naked Sheep Knit Shop
2142 North Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
503-283-2004

Blog:  http://thenakedsheepbleat.blogspot.com/

Hours:
Tues - Wed:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs:  10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun:  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There was a wide array of Cascade Yarns in Naked Sheep as well as some great knitted models.

 - Fixation (98.3% cotton / 1.7% elastic; 100 yds/50 g)
Sierra - 80% Pima Cotton/20% Wool - 191 yds/100 g - available in both solids and quatros.
Check out the cute hat!
220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yds/100 g)
Greenland -100% Merino Superwash Wool - 137 yards/100 g
A personal favorite - enjoyed seeing the beautiful sweater hanging as well as the hat (which was posted on Friday on Facebook!).
Lana Bambu' - 79% wool/21% bamboo - 197 yds/100 g

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Portland Yarn Shop Visit Part 2 - Close Knit


Close Knit
2140 NE Alberta Street

Portland OR, 97211
Phone: (503)288-4568

Friday morning started with a stop by Close Knit.....                                                                                                                                                    
Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland wool - 220 yds/100 g - more than 350 colors available),  Pastaza (50% Llama/50% Wool - 132 yds/100 g), Magnum (100% Peruvian Highland wool - 123 yds/250 g), Eco Alpaca (100% undyed Baby Alpaca - 220 yds/100 g) and  Fixation (98.3% cotton/1.7% elastic - 100 yds/50 g) among the yarns on display.

Blog:  closeknitportland.blogspot.com
Hours:
Tue/Thurs/Fri: 10-6
Wed: 10-10 (see open knit)
Sat: 10-5
Sun: 11-4
Open Knit:  Wed. evening 6-10


Friday, March 26, 2010

Portland Yarn Shop Visit Part 1 - Yarn Garden

Yarn Garden
1413 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-7950

Fall/Winter Hours:
Mon - Thurs 10-7
Fri 10-6
Sat 10-5
Sun 12-5

A beautiful display of Cascade 220

Yarn Garden has a number of charity knitting projects including helmet liners for the military overseas.

Free Pattern - Ultra Pima Crocheted Bag

Crocheted Bag
Designed by Gloria Tracy

Crocheted in :Ultra Pima (220 yards/100 g - 53 colors available) - shown in 3719

A cute, quick crocheted bag that only uses one skein!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Knitty.com - Spring/Summer 2010 -

Know It All
Designed  by:  Kalani Craig

Knit in Cascade 220 (Heathers) - 220 yds/100g - colors #4011 Sparrow and #9448 Olive (1 skein each)
 
A very cool bag! 
On Knitty, Kalani wrote about her design: "Yep, this bag knows everything. It knows your row number, the chart for your stitch pattern, and where you are in that stitch pattern. Unlike the other know-it-alls in your life, it will gladly share information with you by displaying your row number and a chart for the current row of your stitch pattern in lights! (Though of course there are limitations; you can generate a custom chart for the bag, but only for stitch patterns up to 10 stitches wide that use k, p, k2tog, ssk and sk2p).

The bag is part of a growing project category called “computational textiles.” Computational textiles is a scary phrase often applied to projects that are complicated, difficult and fun but don’t do much. Still, I found myself obsessed with the idea of mixing knitting and technology after making an origami crane with light-up eyes at a computational textiles workshop at Indiana University.

This bag is the result of that obsession. The 10 LED lights act as a row counter and a charted pattern. And more important: just about any knitter could pull this off.

Really. Any knitter with a thirst for adventure and a few projects under their belt can do this.
You can make and use this bag if you can:
•Knit
•Purl
•Seam using whipstitch (not even mattress stitch!)
•Thread a needle without poking yourself (for the sewing, and my weakness)
•Poke yourself while threading a needle (for the needle felting; in fact, this was my first-ever needle-felting project!)
•Read knitting charts
•Sync an iPod or cellphone with your computer "

Kalani Craig is a PhD candidate in Medieval History at Indiana University. A native of Portland, Ore., Kalani is devoted to the twin arts of coffee and wine drinking and amuses herself by reading funny bits of medieval Latin out loud. The record of her adventures, knitting and otherwise, is intermittently updated at hapagirl.com.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Knitty.com - Spring/Summer 2010 - 60 Quick Knits in Cool Stuff

Jillian Moreno wrote a quick review on "60 Quick Knits" in the Cool Stuff section.

60 Quick Knits in Cascade 220: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens (Sixth and Spring Books)

For many knitters, Cascade 220 is their go-to all-purpose yarn,. It’s reasonably priced, soft and comes in a huge rainbow of colors.

This book is a smorgasbord for cold weather accessories: hats, mittens and scarves for women (and a few kid patterns), all knit from Cascade 220. Quick to knit and with enough of an assortment of looks and techniques color, texture and sometimes both to keep any knitter interested. It’s never too early to start holiday knitting

Monday, March 22, 2010

Free Pattern - Fixation Wrist Warmer

Fixation Wrist Warmer
Designed by Shannon Dunbabin


Knit in Fixation 
- (98.3% cotton/1.7% elastic; 100 yds/50 g) - shown in color 9245

One skein makes a pair.

Necessity is the mother of invention:  the wrist warmer pattern was originally designed to wear under a horribly uncomfortable wrist brace.  Fixation became the perfect choice of yarn with its washability and stretch.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Patternfish - Mendel - Designed by Carol Feller (Stolenstitches.com)

Mendel
Designed by:  Carol Feller for StolenStitches.com

Knit in Heritage (75% Superwash Merino Wool / 25% Nylon - 437 yds / 100 g)

"Simplicity and elegance are key in this understated top," says Feller. "Drama is created using an open draped neckline and ruched hemline and cuffs.  It's knit as a lightweight material from fingering weight yarn that has been knit with a loose gauge. This creates a flattering and stretchy material. Knit in the round from the bottom up, the ruches and hem are created as you knit. When the body is finished sleeves are picked up and knit down from the armhole, leaving you with minimal finishing when the knitting is done." How we love this, with its beautiful understanding of line and its understated elegance
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Free Pattern on Ravelry - Bow Tie Cloche

Bow Tie Cloche
Designed by Debbie Anne - Bellsisters Design Shop

Knit in Fixation (98.3% cotton / 1.7% elastic; 100 yds/50 g) and Ultra Pima (100% Pima Cotton; 220 yds/100 g)

This is a very stylish and comfortable cotton cloche- perfect for spring time weather~or if you are having a bad hair day!

Free Pattern - Eco Alpaca - Climbing Lace Cardigan - designed by Angela Juergens

Eco Alpaca Climbing Lace Cardigan
Designed by Angela Juergens

Knit in Eco Alpaca (100% undyed Baby Alpaca - 220 yards/100 g) - shown in color 1517
Gauge: 21 stitches/30 rows = 4”/4” in Double Seed Stitch pattern needle size US 7

A beautiful, yet simple cardigan - leave it open or close it with your favorite shawl pin.  Eco Alpaca is lusciously soft and drapey - making this prjoect a complete joy to knit.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Patternfish - Capped - Designed by Jill Wollcott (Y2Knits)

Capped
Designedy by Jill Wolcott (Y2Knits)

Knit in Sierra (80% Pima Cotton/20% Wool - 191 yds/100 g)

"Welted leaf patterns offset by rib columns create interest on this simple top," says Wolcott. "The rib trim is repeated at the neck and cap sleeve to keep them flat. Minimal finishing is needed." In spite of the simple, partly circular construction, there's a distinguished amount of shaping here-- at both front and back necks as well as the waist. We love the knit/purl patterning: it's been used for hundreds of years in mosaics and brickwork, and gives a timeless quality to a very modern silhouette. In fact, the whole architecture of it-- the horizontal welt, the vertical panel, and the integration of all the design elements-- is remarkably harmonious.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cute Designs from bluegirl knits

bluegirl knits was started in 2008 by Nichole Reese who started designing while working at Knot Another Hat in Hood River, Oregon.
Blueridge Hat
Knit in Lana Grande  (100% Peruvian Wool - 87 yds/100 g) - Shown in color 6025
Gauge:  10 sts and 16 rows = 4" (10 cm)
Finished Size:  Small Adult- 21” (Medium/Large Adult- 24”)

This fast and fun hat uses just one skein of yarn for both sizes. This is a great simple cable project for a first time cabler or a quick knit for the skilled, looking for an affordable and fast knit.
Petey the Magic Giraffe
Knit in Cotton Rich (64% Cotton/36% Nylon - 80 yds/50 g) - 3 skeins Color A (1317) and 1 skein Color B (1457)
Gauge:  16 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm)
Finished Size:  9”w x 14”h

This spotted giraffe is knit in pieces and sewn together using worsted weight yarn. Petey makes a great gift.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Free Pattern - Sierra Grapevine Shawl - Designed by Susie Bonell

Sierra Grapevine Shawl
Designed by Susie Bonell

Knit in Sierra (80% Pima Cotton/20% Wool - 191 yds/100 g) - 2 hanks

A great 2 skein project that works well as a scarf or a shawl to wrap yourself in!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Free Pattern - Pittsburgh Steelers Hat - Designed by Lorna Miser

Pittsburgh Steelers Hat
Designed by Lorna Miser





Knit in Cascade 220  (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yards/100 g - available in more than 350 colors in heathers, solids, tweeds, quatros, and hand paints) - shown in colors 8555 (black) and 7827 (goldenrod) - 1 skein each.

Originally designed for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, the pattern is now a free download on the site.  Customize to whatever team colors are your favorites!
The original modeled by Randy Grossman (former Steeler) while we were in Pittsburgh last month.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Free Pattern - Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

Eco Duo Cabled Scarf
Designed by Shannon Dunbabin









Knit in Eco Duo (70% undyed Baby Alpaca / 30% undyed Merino Wool - 197 yds/100 g) - shown in color 1703 - 1-2 skeins (scarf shown is 1 skein, 2 would make a very generous scarf)
Size US 9 needles

Eco Duo is one of Cascade Yarns' newest yarns - buttery soft and each color combination creates a shadow (stripey) effect.  The higher the contrast in the skein, the darker the stripes in the project.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Figheadh Yarnworks - Designs by Jennifer Hagan

Figheadh Yarnworks is a local couple (Tacoma, WA), Jennifer and Fred Hagan, that have been in business since 2003 designing beautiful garments and accessories.  They are a wholesale only company, but have a store locator to help you find where to buy their patterns.  Here are a few that feature Cascade Yarns:

Aran Wiggles Turtleneck Pattern

Cascade Cash Vero (55% Merino/33% Microfiber/12% Cashmere): 50 g/98 yds, 12 (13, 14, 15, 15) skeins, color #003


Here’s an Aran style sweater with a kick. Knit in the round, the raglan shaping makes for an easy finish—just close up the armholes and add the turtle.

Sherrod
 
Cascade Venezia Worsted (70% Merino Wool / 30% Silk): 100 g/218 yds, 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins, color #123


Knit this traditonally styled sweater with no seams. The structure is Guernsey in origin, but the stitch patterns are Aran. Joined together, these two styles will give you a sweater that’s all one piece as soon as you work the last BO! Saddle shoulders and underarm gussets give the wearer comfort, and the fun cables give the knitter a little challenge. Back features same cable which appears on sleeves.

Ian Jr

Cascade Yarns Eco Wool (100% wool): 478 yds, (437 m), 8.75 oz (250 g); color #8016, 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins


A smaller version of the Iain:  this garment sports a pullover style with attached hood, which carries the pattern as wellA somewhat traditional Aran sweater makes the stitch patterns work in unusual ways as the cables subtly emerge between areas of basketweave stitch. This garment sports a pullover style with attached hood, which carries the pattern as well. Drop saddle shoulder continues one of the cable motifs from the hood out the full length of the sleeve.

Ollipheist

Cascade Yarns Cotton Rich DK (64% cotton, 36% nylon): 50 g/135.6 yds, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins MC & 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins CC


Ollipheist is The Great Beast in Celtic legend, and is another form of the Gaelic uilebheist (oo-le-veist) which means “monster”. This monster is scaly on one side and bony on the other!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Patternfish - Labyrinth Designed by Tammy Eigeman Thompson

Labyrinth LG-105

Designed by:  Tammy Eigeman Thompson
for woolen collectibles 2010

Knit in Eco Alpaca (100% undyed baby Alpaca - 220 yards per 100 g - available in 20 natural shades and twists)
•3 sizes, finished 40”, 43”, 48”


Here is another splendid sweater from Eigeman Thompson, traditionally worked in the round and steeked for the armholes and neck. Beautiful cable and lace patterns lighten the soft warmth of the alpaca yarn. Shoulders are joined by a 3-needle bind-off; the only sewing is setting the sleeves in (using the cut armhole steeks as facings). The ribbing pattern is embellished with a tiny 1/1 cable cross; the neckline is worked in the round in a 2 x 2 rib on the outside, then one purl round for a foldline, then knit plain on the inside and tacked down. A very graceful and elegant piece.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Free Patterns - Cottonrich DK Wraps

2 Great Wraps - one knit and one crocheted - in Cottonrich DK - a great cotton/nylon blend that is soft, durable, and easy on the hands. 
Summer Waves Wrap
Designed by Susie Bonell
Finished Measurements: Approx. 60” by 16 ½ overall




Materials:
Cottonrich DK (64% Cotton / 36% Polyamide - 135.6 yds) -  6 skeins
Size 9 needles
Size G Crochet Hook

Lacey Arches Stole
Designed by Susie Bonell
Finished size: Approx 20” x 66” blocked



Materials:
Cotton Rich DK: 9 skeins
Crochet hook size G

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tension Magazine

Lolita
Designed by:  Josi Hannon Madera

MATERIALS:
5.0 mm (US-H/8) & 5.5 mm (US-I/9) hooks
3 - ¾ in. dia. (19 mm), 4-hole buttons
Tapestry needle
Cascade Sierra, in color #03 - (580, 615, 650, 685, 720, 755, 790, 825) yds

A supa-cute a-line mini with the structural elements that reflect the newest trends on the runway, it features simple cable detailing, a 3-button opening at the center-back, and "tushie-shaping" (so that it fits over one’s curves and doesn’t ride up in the back).  The sizing for this garment allows for a perfect fit because length and hip circumference are dealt with separately – so narrower sizes are not automatically shorter and wider sizes are not automatically longer. Is that the way it should be all the time?
You Sexy Thing
Designed by Julie Armstrong Holetz
 
MATERIALS:
450 yds Cascade Sierra, color #60
US G/4 mm crochet hook
½ yd (46 cm) outer lining fabric
½ yd (46 cm) light weight interfacing
¾ yd (69 cm) inner lining fabric
¾" (1.9 cm) gold magnetic snap
Sewing needle and coordinating thread
1 ¼ yard (1.1 m) 3/8" (9 mm) cotton piping cord
2 sets 3/8" (9 mm) snap fasteners (optional)
Pair of 22" (56 cm) long sew-on leather handles
Yarn needle
Straight pins

This generously sized shoulder bag features a modern design with versatile styling. The base of the bag is crocheted using a textured stitch pattern with a light weight cotton, wool blend yarn for structure and durability. Whether it's vintage, funky, or classic, the unique construction that will allow you to choose a style that reflects your personality. Additional features include leather straps, magnetic snap closure and optional side snaps for additional space.  Pattern includes all necessary schematics and diagrams, as well as step-by-step instructions for each part of the bag.
Boxed in Afghan Square - Designed by Josi Hannon Madera

MATERIALS:
Make whichever size you prefer!
Per each square, in sport weight:
~ 4.5mm Tunisian hook*
~ 120 yds Main Color, sport weight
~ 110 yds Contrast Color, sport weight
Shown in Cascade 220 Wool.
Blocked square: 12 ¾ in x 16 in
Per each square, in worsted weight:
~ 6.0 mm Tunisian hook*
~ 140 yds Main Color, worsted
~ 130 yds Contrast Color, worsted
Shown in Cascade 220 Wool.
Blocked square: 16.5 in x 18.5 in
Per each felted square, worsted weight:
~ 9.0 mm Tunisian hook*
~ 210 yds Main Color, 100% wool yarn
~ 185 yds Contrast Color, 100% wool yarn
Pre-felting dimensions: 22 ¼ in. x 23 ¼ in. (56 ½ cm x 59 cm)
Post-felting: 15 in. x 17 ½ in. (38 cm x 44 ½ cm)

This bold geometric pattern could be repeated in an afghan, or felted into a floormat, or made in hemp as a placemat, or... or... you see what I mean. Pattern includes charts, graphics, photos AND written-out instructions.  Pick your favorite color combination!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dawn Brocco Knitwear Designs - Kid's Jester Hat and Mittens

Kid's Jester Hat and Mittens
Designed by Dawn Brocco

Adorable Jester Hats and matching mittens - customize with your choice of almost 50 colors (with more coming for fall). 

Sizes: 2-4 / 5-7 / 8-10
Finished Measurements:
Mitten Hand Circ.: 7.5 / 8 / 8.5"
Mitten Length: 6.75 / 7.75 / 8.25"
Hat Circ: 18 / 19 / 20"
Hat Depth (without points): 7.5 / 8.5 / 9.5"

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco+ (100% Peruvian wool, approx. 478 yds / 250 gram hanks): Sample 1: 1 hank each #8457 lemon yellow (A) and #6913 azalea pink (B), Sample 2: 1 hank each #7009 leaf green (A) and #5342 royal blue (B)

Gauges: 16 sts and 24 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in St st with size 8 ndls and 2 strands yarn and 14 sts and 21 rnds = 4" in St st with size 10 ndls and 2 strands yarn, or sizes needed to give gauges.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cute Crocheted Patterns - Patty Davis Designs

Choo Choo Hoody
Designed by Patty Davis

What little boy doesn’t love trains?  With extraordinary detail and vibrant color this Hoody will be his favorite!  This easy to crochet Hoody is warm and cozy. Not to mention ultra soft.  The contemporary design and extraordinary detail make it truly special.  Hoody pieces are crocheted separately and sewn together.  Train and smoke “balls” are crocheted separately and attached.

Sizing:  Children’s sizes 6 months to 3 yrs.

Finished Measurements
Chest (closed) 26 (28, 30, 32, 34)” / 66 (71, 76.2, 81.2, 86.3) cm

Materials:  Pima Tencel (50% Pima Cotton/50% Tencel; 89 yds/50 g) : 6-9 balls #4922 (bright blue).
1 -2 balls #9509 (Mint Green) and #7478 (Red)
Remnants of Yellow, Green, and White yarn for train.

Size 9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge).
Size 6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook
Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook

Gauge:  18 st and 18 rows = 4” / 10 cm on sc rows using a size 9 (5.5mm) hook.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Free Pattern - 220 Superwash Quatro - Horizontal Kimono Vest

Horizontal Vertical Kimono
Designed by:  Betty Balcomb
Knit in 220 Superwash Quatro - 5(6,6,7) balls - shown in #1955.

Measurements: Bust 36(39,42,45) inches. Length short – about 24", average – about 28", tall about 31" from shoulder to mid‐thigh. Feel free to make the garment shorter or longer by casting on less or more stitches.  Purchase an extra ball if you plan to make the vest extra long.

Size 7 needles or Size Required to Obtain Gauge.
 
Knit side to side, this versatile vest is both flattering and comfortable.

Free Pattern - Alpaca Lace - Clustered Stitch Scarf

Clustered Stitch Scarf
Designed by:  Betty Balcomb
Knit in Alpaca Lace (437 yards/50 g - 100% Baby Alpaca) - shown in color #1410 - 1 skein

Gauge: about 5 stitches per inch in pattern stitch on US 6


Finished Size: About 10" x 58" after blocking and not
including fringe. The fringe adds about 3" at each end.

This elegant scarf could not be simpler to knit. The beauty comes from the wonderful yarn, a very simple lace pattern and a modest fringe on the ends. Wear it loose, tied any number of ways, draped around the neck, joined with a shawl pin or sew on a couple of buttons along one side and close to form a v-necked faux vest.