Thursday, November 3, 2011

On the Needles - Cloud

Fair Isle Cowl

So, I had lots of time in a car last week as I traveled around Eastern Pennsylvania with our rep Erlinda (whom has become quite a good knitter) and I had 2 balls of Cloud with me.  I hadn't found the time to be able to play with this lovely yarn very much besides a swatch up to last week.  It is a squishy blend of 70% merino wool and 30% baby alpaca in a crocheted tubular construction.  The yarn has an amazing amount of bounce and energy as does its undyed sibling - Eco Cloud.
So here is the result...

And here is the pattern:

Designed by Shannon Dunbabin
A sqishy-soft, warm cowl.
Size:  Approximately 21” circumference and 8.75” long
Gauge:   4 ½ stitches = 1” on US 10
Cloud –( 70% Merino Wool /30% Baby Alpaca; 164 yds/100 g) – 1 skein each of 2 contrasting colors (shown in MC 2122 and CC 2123)
US 10 – 16” -20” circular needle
1 stitch marker

K – Knit
P – Purl
K2P2 – Knit 2, Purl 2
MC – Main Color
CC – Contrasting Color

With MC, cast on 100 stitches.  Join to in round (be careful not to twist); Place marker.
[K2, P2] for 1” (6 rounds)
K 1 round

Work Pattern A (3 rows by 4 stitches)
K 2 rounds of MC

Work Pattern B (7 rows by 4 stitches)
K 2 rounds of MC

Work Pattern C (9 rows by 10 stitches)
K 2 rounds of MC

Work Pattern B
K 2 rounds of MC
Work Pattern A
K 1 round of MC
[K2, P2] for 1” (6 rows)
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.
And yes - that is one of my son's stuffed animals I used... 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Eco Duo Cowl - Designed by Jilldeal (Free Pattern)

So, yesterday that Cascade Sheep made it over to Milford, PA and found a yarn shop - Jilldeal, Inc and a lovely cowl.  The cowl was designed by Jilldeal to match the Eco Duo Slouch Hat designed by Betty Balcomb.  The cowl only requires 1-2 skeins (depending on the length) of Eco Duo (70% undyed Baby Alpaca/30% undyed Merino Wool - 197 yds/100 g)

Of course, the Cascade Sheep thinks it needs to have this cowl made.....
Per Jilldeal, "This Cowl can be made in 2 lengths.... the original 33" finished....but can be made smaller is desirous of being closer to the neck with little drape.  So smaller or large, you decide....."

YO - Yarn Over
K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit
Cast on 100 (130) stitches on a US 10 - 16" circular needle.

Rows 1 - 3:  Purl
Rows 4-10:  Knit
Row 11:  Purl
Row 12:  Knit
Row 13: [YO, K2Tog] - repeat to end of row
Row 14:  Knit
Row Purl

Work Rows 1 - 5
Work Rows 4 - 15
Work Rows 4 - 10
Work Rows 1 - 3

Turn to wrong side and bind off with the wrong side facing.

To put tab on, pick up 29 stitches along the join line and work the following:
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 - [Slip 1, Purl] - repeat to end of row
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 - Slip 1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches - K2Tog, Knit 1

Friday, October 14, 2011

On the Needles - Pacific Chunky Multi

Quick Lacy Slouch
I've become a very big fan of fun projects that I can do and be able to pick it up and put it down (and not loose my place and have rip a good part of it out).  We got in a new yarn - Pacific Chunky - it is super soft, has lots of color choices (34 solids and 8 multis), and knits up quickly.  I picked this color because it was the one multi that was self indulgence when I put it together.

So here is the pattern:

Quick Lacy Slouch

Designed by Shannon Dunbabin
A simple lace pattern works up quickly into a fun, soft hat.


-        1 skein Pacific Chunky Multi (60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool – 120 yds/100 g) – shown in 609

-        Size US 10 (6.0 mm) 16” circular needle

-        Size US 10 (6.0 mm) double point needles


-        K – Knit

-        K2Tog – Knit 2 Together

-        YO – Yarn Over

-        K2P2 – Knit 2, Purl 2

Cast on 72 stitches with the 16” circular needle.  Join to knit in the round – be careful not to twist stitches.  Place marker at the beginning of the round.

Work K2P2 (2 x 2 ribbing) for 8 rounds.

Begin pattern:

-        Row 1 - [K2Tog, YO] – repeat until end of round

-        Row 2 – K entire round

Repeat until hat measure about 7” from cast on edge

Start decreases:

-        Row 1 – [K2Tog, YO] – repeat until end of round

-        Row 2 – [K7, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round (8 times – 64 stitches remain)

-        Row 3 – [K2Tog, YO] 3 times, K2Tog – repeat until end of round (8 times -  56 stitches remain)

-        Row 4 – [K5, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round  (8 times – 48 stitches remain)

-        Row 5 – [K2Tog, YO] 2 times, K2Tog – repeat until end of round (8 times – 40 stitches remain)

-        Row 6 – [K3, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round (8 times – 32 stitches remain)

-        Row 7 – [K2Tog, YO], K2Tog – repeat until end of round (8 times – 24 stitches remain)

-        Row 8 – [K1, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round (8 times – 16 stitches remain)

-        Row 9 – K2Tog – repeat until end of round – 8 stitches remain

Cut yarn – thread through remaining 8 stitches (using tapestry needle).  Weave in ends.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Office Knit-Along Progress

Betsy is ready to add her thumb!

Bonnie has made great progress after having to rip everything out.  We helped her get started on her thumb earlier this week.

I actually got some knitting in last weekend!  I am doing a slip stitch everytime I change colors and left the thumb open at the end.

Stacy had to rip hers out and start again - I look forward to seeing her progress next week!

Ann has been working on some projects for the office and has not gotten much knitting in.... hopefully soon!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Knit Along Progress - Shannon

So I got some time to knit and am quite pleased with the progress. I assured Rob that the one finger completed is actually for the index finger... One change I did was to slip every other stitch when I changed to a new color to get a more jagged line.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Knit-Along Progress - Stacy & Bonnie

Stacy's progress
Stacy and Bonnie both got some knitting in this weekend.  Both are fairly new knitters - Stacy has been knitting for a little more than a year and Bonnie just started this year.  They are both doing a great job!  Bonnie had to make a few starts and the biggest challenge thus far was joining in the round without twisting it.
Bonnie's progress

Knit-Along Progress - Tammy

Office Knit-Along Continued - Tammy's Progress
Tammy made quite a bit of headway on her first mitt this past weekend.  Several of us have yet to cast on, but expect to get started this week.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Office Knit-Along from 60 More Quick Knits - Part 1

60 More Quick Knits - Cascade Yarns Knit-Along
We are trying an office knit-along and hope that some other people might try too.  When the preview copies came in for 60 More Quick Knits we fell in love with the Convertible Mitten-Gloves pattern by Yoko Hatta and decided it would make a great knit-along.  Seven of us from the office will be making these, helping each other along, and sharing our progress.

To start, everyone picked their own colors of Cascade 220 Sport:
Ann selected autumn tones.

Betsy selected jewel tones.

As did Bonnie....

And Tammy....

Spring picked a spring flower palette.

Stacy went for a bit of pop!

I went for a tonal approach.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Cascade Sheep is Getting Ready to Head to Chicago

The Cascade Sheep is getting packed and ready to head to Chicago tomorrow.  He is very excited because the Chicago area Yarn Crawl will be in full swing and Stitches Midwest starts on Thursday! He is looking forward to spending the next week surrounded by fun, creative people and tons of yarn!  He is hoping to see lots of WIPs and FOs!
First stop will be at Gene Ann's in Barrington, IL tomorrow afternoon after getting off the plane from Seattle.

On Wednesday, he will be hanging out at Loopy Yarns from 11 am - 3 pm and is hoping to meet lots of fiber fanatics!

Thursday marks the set-up and preview for Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg, IL.  He will be hanging out at the Cascade Yarns booth during market hours all weekend - please come say 'Hi!' and he will help you find what you are looking for on the market floor.  He loves to get his picture taken with people and their projects.  He is planning to go to both the Fashion Show on Friday night and the Student Fashion Show on Saturday night.  Probably by Sunday evening, he will be a very tired sheep.

Stay tuned for his adventures in Chicago!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

60 More Quick Knits Preview - Convertible Mitten Gloves by Yoko Hatta

Convertible Mitten-Gloves
Designed by Yoko Hatta

Published in 60 More Quick Knits - 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220 Sport - available later this fall

Fingerless gloves and mittens in one fun, quick project.  Pick 5 of your favorite colors of Cascade 220 Sport and make a pair for yourself (or someone very special).  We just received our preview copies of this book and decided that these will be perfect for a knit along this fall.  Keep posted to see our color selections and progress - feel free to join in!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Interweave Knits Weekend 2011 - Paddington Duffle Coat by Jennifer Small

Paddington Duffle Coat
Designed by Jennifer Small
Available on Newsstands June 28, 2011

Knit in Eco + (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 478 yds/250 g) - shown in #4171 (Sierra) and #9454 (Rainier Heather)

An adorable coat perfect to make to keep your favorite cub cozy this fall!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Elephants Remember Jopin - Knitting Elepephants to Raise Money for Tornado Victims in Joplin, MO

Elephants Remember Joplin started because Cee Cee wanting to help the tornado victims in Joplin,MO.  Her mother was kind enough to send me the back story about her daughter wanting to help and learning that even one person can make a difference.

“I have to DO something” was the first thing my daughter said after we heard about the tornado in Joplin. She was curled up in a chair talking to me while I worked. I asked her what she wanted to do.  She said that she wanted to knit toys for the children that had lost their homes…We had seen the pictures on the computer, I had heard a few of the stories…knitting toys was a nice gesture but the people of Joplin needed more than that.

We talked about fundraisers and a read-a-thon my brother had done when he was five…this brought to mind many different options of how we could help monetarily also.   In the end we had the idea to knit toys for the children of Joplin - A sort of elephant-a-thon! She could knit elephants and people from around the world could sponsor her efforts and donate the money directly to the Red Cross. It was perfect. Except that my daughter is 8 and knitting one elephant at any given time could take anywhere from two or three weeks. Every day for almost a week prior to beginning we talked about it…
”You’re going to get tired’ I would tell her…
"I will just keep knitting!’ she’d say…
”What are you going to do when you are busy?” I’d ask.
She’d just shrug and say “I will take it with me. I can do this.”
Finally she looked at me and said resolutely: “I want to do hard things.”

We agreed we would start on Memorial Day and knit for approximately two weeks. And we have!  We have created a FaceBook page (link) so that anyone interested in helping can track her progress, see the finished elephants and be inspired to help others as selflessly as this 8 year old.  Simply friending the page has sent waves of joy and sparks of hope through her. People care! They want to help out!

She knits each elephant, and when complete, I put safety eyes on, stuff and sew them up for her. I help her when she gets in a tangle and sometimes I pick up and do a row when she gets in a pickle.
Recently she had two rows to finish to complete her fifth elephant and, exhausted, fell asleep knitting. After prying the needles from her sleeping hands, I completed the last two rows and  finished  the  elephant so that when she got up in the morning there was a completed one waiting for her to add to her ‘helping herd’.
Cascade Yarn has been her yarn of choice because it is not splitty and it holds up well to the hardship of a toy and just generally makes a nice elephant. I frequently use Cascade so that when she went digging for yarn in my basket, all of her first choices were for Cascade. We really enjoy our knitting time together and yes, it’s a little tough at times…but we are humbled and amazed by the people cheering her on.
 Anyone wanting to donate to her efforts to help the victims of Joplin, Missouri can simply donate to the Red Cross, earmarked for Joplin, and drop us a note that they have done so on our Facebook page.  The money goes directly to the ones need it the most.  And do stop by and like the page.  You'll get updates on her progress, candid photos of her working, photos of her completed elephants and you will help a young girl to know that one person, no matter how small, can indeed make a difference.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 2011 - Flower Hat & Vest by Anna Sui

Flower Hat and Vest
Designed by Anna Sui
Published in Vogue Early Fall 2011 
Available on Newsstands June 7, 2011
Photo by Paul Amato

Flower Hat: (One Size)

Heritage (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon; 437 yds/100 g) - shown in #5610 tan, #5623 navy, #5604 gray blue, #5611 cream, #5602 light blue, #5640 rust - 1 skein each

New Kid Seta (61% Super Kid Mohair, 35% Silk, 4% Merino Wool - 300 yds/25 g) - shown in  #02 off white, #10 tan, #22 light blue, #27 green, #31 navy, #23 blue - 1 ball each

A crocheted medallion joins the flowers at the top in this whimsical creation by Anna Sui.
Sizes: Small to XX Large

Cascade Yarns Heritage
shown in #5604 gray blue (2 skeins) and 1 skein each in #5610 tan, #5623 navy, #5611 cream, #5602 light blue, #5640 rust

Cascade Yarns New Kid Seta
1 ball each in #02 off white, #10 tan, #22 light blue, #27 green, #31 navy, #23 blue

Elegant chevron crochet meets textural flowers to create this unique vest.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Patternfish - Brownie by Woolly Wormhead

Designed by Woolly Wormhead
Published in Patternfish

Knit in Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 220 yds/100 g) - 1 skein

Sizes 17 - 21" circumference (Baby to Adult)

This whimsical hat has all sort of interesting things going on - sideways cables, bias, a little bit of ear flap.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Interweave Knits - Summer 2011 - Dockside Cardigan

Dockside Cardigan
Designed by Amy Miller
Published in Interweave Knits - Summer 2011 
Available on Newsstands May 17, 2011!

Knit in Heritage (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon - 437 yds/100 g) - shown in 5655 - 4-6 sks

Sizes:  30-50" chest circumference

Simple lines create a flattering fit for this versatile cardigan.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Yokohama Mama Shawl to Crochet by Doris Chan

The Yokohama Mama Shawl to Crochet
Designed by Doris Chan
Published in Piecework May/June 2011

Crocheted in Venezia Worsted (70% Merino Wool/30% Silk - 218 yds/100 g) - 5 sks - shown in #150 - Blue Velvet

This gorgeous crocheted shawl was inspired by a doily crocheted by Doris' mother before she was married that was saved from the attic (the only surviving piece from her trousseau).  Sixteen motifs are joined into an L-shape that wraps around the shoulders beautifully and make a wonderful tribute to her mother.

Make sure to check out the back story to the shawl on Doris' blog - it is really a lovely story for Mother's Day weekend!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Knit Circus Summer 2011 - Dungarknees by Ella Austin

Designed by Ella Austin
Published in Knit Circus Summer 2011

Knit in Cotton Rich (64% Cotton/36% Nylon - 80 yds/50 g) - 5-7 sks

Sizes:  6 mos - 24 mos

These overalls are so cute as well as practical!  There is an opening for diaper changes and the buttons on the straps can be adjusted so they won't be outgrown so quickly.  They can easily be made for either boys or girls by changing the colors.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Petite Purls - Spring 2011 - Little Sister by Linda Permann

Little Sister
Designed by Linda Permann
Published in Petite Purls - Spring 2011

Crocheted in Ultra Pima - (100% Pima cotton - 220 yds/100 g) - 1 sk - shown in #3752

Sizes Baby (16") - Adult (22")

The perfect hat to whip up for all of your sisters (biological and otherwise)!  This one skein hat is crocheted from the top down in a buttery soft pima cotton with a huge range of colors.