Saturday, July 31, 2010

Nicky Epstein is Coming to the Seattle Area!

Nicky Epstein is coming to visit Cascade Yarns later this week!  She will be teaching classes in the Puget Sound area and will be in both Tricoter and Great Yarns booths at the Stitch & Pitch on August 5, 2010 at Safeco Field starting at 5 pm.
August 6, 2010
417 Ramsay Way, Ste#115
Kent, WA 98032

EDGING MAGIC & FLOWER POWER WORKSHOP - Don't miss this chance to experience Nicky's thought process on edging and flower design. If you've never taken a class from Nicky...take this one -12:30-3:30 pm

HAPPY HAT KNITTING! - Learn Nicky's easy ways to make fabulous showstopping hats. Everyone will walk away with an original hat that they've designed with Nicky's help. Choose color/yarn you will want to wear on your head or use as a gift. - 5-8 pm


August 7, 2010

Yorkshire Yarns
5808 100th Street Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98499

BLOCK BY BLOCK - Nicky will instruct from her upcoming new book, "Knitting Block by Block" featuring Cascade Yarns. Be the first anywhere to experience Nicky's block designing technique! 9 am - 1pm


August 9, 2010

Tricoter
3121 East Madison Street, Ste#104
Seattle WA, 98112

BLOCK BY BLOCK - Learn to make a variety of amazing pieces using blocks.  Nicky will do demos and show you how to design with blocks from her latest book - Knitting Block by Block.  1-4 pm


August 11, 2010 

Great Yarns
4023 Rucker Avenue
Everett, WA 98201

DESIGNING WITH NICKY – 11 am – 5 pm


August 13, 2010

Apple Yarns Inc.
2915 New Market Street
Bellingham, WA 98226

ANNIVERSARY SCARF – Knitting this floral neckpiece is as easy as 1-2-3. Twenty-five flowers were used for twenty-five years, but the number can be changed to customize the scarf.  10am-1pm

BLOCK BY BLOCK - 2pm-5pm


August 14, 2010

WildFibers
700 South 1st Street
Mt Vernon, WA 98273

EDGING MAGIC AND FLOWER POWER – 10am-1pm

BLOCK BY BLOCK - 2pm-5pm




Friday, July 30, 2010

Ravelry - The Stacy Shawl - Designed by Christina Wilkins



Designed by Christina Wilkins

Knit in Alpaca Lace - 100% Baby Alpaca - 437 yds/50 g - held double

This shawl is an original design created for Stacy of The Knitting Nest in Austin, Texas where Christina will be teaching a class on August 8, 2010 from 2-4 pm.  Knit from from one end to the other, The Stacy Shawl features a cabled neck edge and a lace edging.

The Stacy Shawl can also be knit in Cascade 220.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Art of Knitted Lace: With Complete Lace How-to and Dozens of Patterns

Some Like It Hot Opera Gloves
Designed by Annie Modesitt

Knit in Fixation (98.3% Cotton/1.7% Elastic - 100 yds/50 g) - shown in color 8990 - 3 balls

Originally published in Romantic Hand Knits (Annie Modesitt), Some Like It Hot Opera Gloves are both sexy and elegant.  The elastic in the Fixation helps the gloves keep their shape and stay in place.
Marta Tunic
Designed by Melissa Matthay

Knit in Fixation - shown in color 8176 - 15-17 balls

This beautiful tunic has several options for customization.  The sleeves are knit in one straight piece, so adjusting the length is relatively easy and the length be adjusted from midriff baring to mid-thigh.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Free Download - Henri the Knitted Bear - Designed by Rachel Borello

Henri the Knitted Bear
Designed by Rachel Borello

Knit in Cloud 9 (50% Angora/50% Merino Wool - 109 yds/50 g)

A fun little knitted bear! Quick to work up and a super sweet gift for anyone!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Patternfish - Bud Fixation - Robyn Gallimore


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

"Lovely stretchy cotton Fixation with lots of texture and a few buds at the top to celebrate the season," explains Gallimore. This is a rich, lush interpretation of gardening allusions-- one of the designer's enduring themes. Trellised travelling stitches (all worked without a cable needle, and she tells you how) train their way down from the gloriously budded cuff to the toe. The buds are especially effective in a variegated yarn, as they show up all bobbling in different colors.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hangover Hannah - by Mother of Purl - Tropical Yarns

Hangover Hannah
Designed by Mother of Purl Designs (Susan Chastain)

Knit in 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool - 220 yds/100 g)

Hangover Hannah is the newest in a series of DK weight socks designed by Susan Chastain (Mother of Purl Designs).  These lace socks feature pine tress and a leaf patterned fold-over cuff.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Knitting Mochimochi - Feet Eaters

Feet Eaters
Designed by Anna Hrachovec 
Knitting Mochimochi - 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs


These cozy critters want to gobble you up!  But they realize it's more socially acceptable to keep your feet warm instead.

Knit in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland wool - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in 7808 (Purple Hyacinth), 8505 (White), 8555 (Black) and sole in 9478 (Cotton Candy)

Available in 3 sizes - the small has 1 tooth, medium has 2, and large has 3 teeth.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Free Patterns - Superwash Stuff Sacks - Designed by Laura Farson


Boy's Blue Stuff Sack
Designed by Laura Farson

Knit in 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool - 220 yds/100 g)

Color A: #897, light blue
Color B: #896, medium blue
Color C: #814, royal blue
Color D: #813, dark navy blue


Keep all your child’s treasures in this simple stuff sack. The pattern takes advantage of yarn dominance and is knit by stranding with dominant color in the
left hand and the other yarn in the right.

Size: Childs: 9” wide x 12” high
Girls Pink Gradations Stuff Sack

Designed by Laura Farson

Knit in 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool - 220 yds/100 g)


Color A: #894, light pink
Color B: #836, medium pink
Color C: #901, bright pink
Color D: #903, dark pink


This simple stuff sack will hold lots of treasures. It’s knit with odd number
of stitches so stranding develops a textured check pattern.

Size: Child: Measures: 8‐3/4” wide X 9” high

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Budding Oak Scarf - Designed by Dawn Brocco

Budding Oak Scarf
Designed by Dawn Brocco


Knit in Eco Wool (100% undyed Peruvian Highland wool - 478 yds/250 g)
Sample 1:  1 hank each #8018 Silver (MC) and #8010 Ecru (CC) 
Sample 2:  1 hank each #8049 Tarnish (MC) and #8018 Silver (CC)


Finished Dimensions:
1.75-2.75" wide x 90" long, excluding tassels 



Improve your knitting skills with this beautiful scarf!  Techniques used in knitting this scarf include exterior cable shaping, lifted increases, bobbles, cabling without a needle, and long tail cast-on in purl.  Two scarves are shown - wear them alone or together.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Timeless Knits for Kids - Chris de Longpre'

Written by Chris de Longpre' - Knitting at Knoon


Rib Tickler
Knit in Greenland (100% Merino Superwash Wool - 137 yds/100 g) - shown in color 3500 - 2-4 balls

Sizes - 4-14 (23-32")

This charming vest gets its tickle from lace ribbing extending from the top of the ribcage to the hem.  This version is a go-with-anything color, but made in a favorite color, will tickle any girl's fancy.
Cotton Candy

Knit in 220 Superwash (100% Superwash wool - 220 yds./100 g) - shown in color 894 - 3-6 balls

Sizes - 4-14 (29-38 1/2")

A truly girly-pullover will be loved by any girly-girl.  The all-over lace pattern is surprisingly easy to knit.  It might look dainty, but modified drop shoulders and plenty of ease will keep her from sitting on the sidelines.  Even the girly-est of girls has to keep up with her older brother!

Head of the Class

Knit in 220 Superwash - shown in color 1922 - 3-6 balls

Available in sizes - 4-14

When Chris was in grade school, all the girls in her family had school cardigans that would go to school on Mondays and return home to be laundered on Fridays.  This is her version of a school cardigan to make in any color with fitted sleeves and a dainty "string of pearls" edging.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jen Small - Fashion Show at Loopy Yarns - July 2



On July 2 - Loopy Yarns - Chicago, Il - hosted an exclusive children's fashion show featuring Jen Small - Blue Canary Creations - a local Chicago designer.  All of her patterns are available on Ravelry.  You can watch the show on YouTube.

Sakura -- Cascade 220
Cavalier -- Cascade 220
Domo Arigato Pullover -- Cascade 220
Little Red Caboose pullover - Cascade 220











Pretty Please Pullover -- Cotton Rich

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Patternfish - Saturday Sweater - Designed by Mel Clark

Saturday Sweater
Designed by Mel Clark

Knit in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yds/100 g)

"Wear it to the Farmer’s Market," suggests Clark. "An easy, flattering raglan pullover with a generous, snuggly collar that can be worn wide open for glamour or buttoned high for extra warmth." Gloriously slouchy, comfortable and cozy, this will be your go-to sweater any time you want your clothes to make you feel loved. Raglan-sleeved, easily and traditionally made in pieces, with the collar and front bands picked up in the usual fashion; pockets are patch and knit separately, tied with little crochet chains.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Crochet Adorned - by Linda Permann


Crochet Adorned

Linda Permann's book  is book full of fun crochet embellishments to accent all of your needlework projects, be they knitted, crocheted or sewn! Crochet the patterns as written or use the stitch mix and match the motifs in the included stitch dictionary. Many of the patterns in the stitch dictionary are worked up in Cascade.


Crochet a bouquet of flowers to add to your knit, crochet or store-bought cardigan using 220 Superwash. Full diagrams and written instructions make it easy to do!



These double-layered lacy trivets, worked in  Sierra, will protect your countertop from warm pots and pans and add a bit of charm to your kitchen.


Add a touch of luxury to this headband by making it with a super-soft silk blend yarn Venezia Worsted—it takes less than a skein!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Interweave Knits - Fall 2010 - Peavey Jacket


Peavey Jacket
Designed by:  Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Interweave Knits Fall 2010 - On news stands - August 3, 2010

Finished Size 41½ (45, 51, 54½)" chest circumference, buttoned. Jacket shown measures 41½". 
Yarn Cascade Eco + (100% wool; 478 yd [526 m]/250 g): #8400 charcoal heather (MC), 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins; #2452 green heather (CC), 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins. 
Needles Body and sleeves—size 10½ (6.5 mm): straight. Ribbing—size 9 (5.5 mm): straight and 32" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. 
Gauge 15 sts and 16 rows = 4" in stranded St st on larger needles.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Free Pattern - Euro Cowl - Designed by Laura Farson - 1 skein project!

Euro-Style Cowl
Designed by Laura Farson

Knit in Heritage Paints (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon - 437 yds/100 g) - 1 skein

Easy style, yet very versatile to wear,
this euro‐inspired cowl is a dream to knit.
It’s a stretchy tube that can be worn as a scarf,
neck warmer, or wimple.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Knit 'N Style - October Issue - 2 Sweaters!

We just received our copy of the new issue of Knit N'Style and loved the 2 patterns in Cascade Yarns.  This issue will be on sale July 27!

Shadow Woven Pullover
Designed by Sandi Prosser

Knit in Eco Duo (70% Undyed Baby Alpaca/30% Merino Wool - 197 yds/100 g)

This is a great sweater for the man in your life - it is soft, warm, and the striping comes from the yarn.  For a more subtle effect, pick a less contrasting color-way.  All of the colors in Eco Duo are natural and create a great shadowing effect.
Julia Pullover
Designed by:  Diane Zangl

Knit in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yds/100g)

This is a classic sweater with simple, flattering lines.  The color detail dresses it up just a bit.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Previews from Entrée to Entelac - Gwen Bortner


Chulio Sampler
Knit in Eco Alpaca (100% Undyed Baby Alpaca - 220 yds/100 g) shown in colors 1516, 1512, and 1511.

We are very excited about Gwen Bortner's new book Entrée to Entrelac - A Build-As-You-Go, Modular Approach for Knitters  that will be making its debut at Stitches Midwest. 
Flap Messenger Bag
Knit in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in colors 8555 Black, 8911 Purple, 8903 Lime & 9467.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Patternfish - Cresting Waves Clog Socks - Designed by Dawn Brocco

Cresting Waves Clog Socks (Cuff Down)
Designed by Dawn Brocco

Knit in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yds/100 g) and Cloud 9 (50% Angora/50% Merino Wool - 109 yds/50 g)

Brocco: "These socks are worked in 2 Cascade Yarns - Cascade 220 and Cloud 9. But consider Cascade's Lana D'Oro or other worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn. The easy stitch pattern is a classic Faroe design and reminds me of waves coming into shore, then flowing back out again, so I chose sea and shore colors. The cables, too, add a seaside (rope) element. The pattern is in 3 sizes, with tips on adjusting fit." These are very warm and durable socks, with the 10-ply yarn worked at a snug tension.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Flo the Elephant - by Franklin Habit - Knitty (First Fall 2010)

Flo the Elephant
Translated by Franklin Habit from "Nursery Elephant of Wool," anonymously published c. 1930-1949, with revisions c. 1950 by Sue Rothschild.
Published in Knitty - First Fall 2010 


Materials:
spacer [MC] Cascade 220 Quatro  [100% wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: #5011 Crème Brulée; 2 skeins
spacer [CC] Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: #9421 Blue Hawaii; 1 skein

This adorable elephant was knit by Franklin and makes an equally adorable collectible or toy.  The article on Knitty.com includes an informative and entertaining interview with Sue Rothschild, of Rochester, Minnesota, whom had made numerous elephants over the years for friends and relatives.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Just Right Wrap - Designed by Lisa Ellis - from Knit Prayer Shawls

Just Right Wrap
Designed by Lisa Ellis - from Knit Prayer Shawls (Published by Leisure Arts)

Knit in 220 Superwash (100% Superwash wool - 220 yds/100 g)


Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace, and spiritual sustenance. Now, thousands of knitters and crocheters of all faiths are creating handmade shawls for people in need. What started as a grass-roots movement has quickly grown into an international cause, with countless numbers of shawls being given to grateful recipients around the globe.

This thoughtful book features 15 prayer shawls in easy to advanced skill levels, created by Leisure Arts’ best-selling designers. The concealed spiral bound 5 ½” x 8 ½” hardcover is the ideal slip-it-in-your-project bag, take-along pattern book for every on-the-go crafter. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Free Pattern - Monster - Designed by Linda Medina

Monster
Designed by Linda Medina

Knit in Cascade 220 - 100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yds/100 g

Knit your own adorable monster - soft, squishy, and full of personality.  The Monster also makes a great pillow.

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Yarn - Covington


53% Wool / 47% Acrylic - 100 g
12-14 sts=4 inches (10 cm) on US #10-11 (6mm-8mm)


 Diamonds Hat & Scarf - free pattern
Designed by Susie Bonell - 2 skeins - shown in Color 03