Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Double Woven Stitch Scarf - Pure Alpaca Paints

Slip-stitch patterns work up beautifully in hand-dyed yarns.  It helps the colorway show itself off a bit differently and adds some texture.
Pure Alpaca Paints is soft and warm - begging to be a cowl.  There was some very interesting pooling and texture with this stitch.  If you do not want a rolled edge, I would suggest several rows of moss stitch on each edge.
Materials:
-1 hank Pure Alpaca Paints (100% Baby Alpaca - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in 9377 - Rose Garden

- US 6 circular needles (at least 24" circumference)

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- sl2 - Slip 2 stitches

- wyif - with yarn in front

Gauge:
22 stitches = 3.75"
Finished Circumference approximately 31" before blocking


Pattern:
Cast on 180 stitches
Join in the round (careful not to twist)
Place marker

1 - K
2 - sl2 wyif, K2
3 - K
4 - K2, sl2 wyif

Continue until desired width. Bind off loosely.  
Weave in ends.
Block.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Reversible Cabled Mega Scarf - knit in Magnum Paints


Tis the season for quick knits.  Decided it was time to play with Magnum again - our extra bulky wool that is the epitome of instant gratification.  So I grabbed one of my favorite colorways of Magnum Paints and decided on a reversible cabled scarf.  The result has been a quick and warm scarf with interesting color pooling.
Materials
- 1 skein Magnum Paints (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 123 yards/250 g) - shown in 9735 - Gems

- US 17 needles (use US 19 if you tend to knit on the tight side)

- Cable Needle

- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- C4FRib – Slip 4 stitches to CN, Hold in front; [K1, P1] x 2; [K1, P1] x 2 from CN

- C4BRib – Slip 4 stitches to CN, Hold in back; [K1, P1] x 2; [K1, P1] x 2 from CN
Pattern:
Cast on 16 stitches
K1, P1 for 2 rows

Start Pattern:
1 - K1, P1, C4FRib, [K1, P1] x 3
2 - 4 - K1, P1
5 - [K1, P1] x 3, C4BRib, K1, P1
6-10 - K1, P1

Continue until almost desired length.
End:
1 - K1, P1, C4FRib, [K1, P1] x 3
2 - 3 - K1, P1

Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gradient Sparkle Shawl - knit in Kid Seta Noir

I enjoy playing with color. Double stranding a fine yarn and shifting 1 strand at a time is a fun (and easy) way to gradiate through colors. Top-down shawls are simple, yet provide a fabulous template to add some details.  In this case, I chose a yarn with a subtle sparkle, double stranded it, gradiated through the 2 colors and added a bottom ruffle.

 Materials:
- 1 skein each of 2 different colors of Kid Seta Noir (60% Super Kid Mohair - 22% Silk - 11% Nylon - 7% Metallic Yarn (Lurex) - 232 yds/25 g) - shown in A - 11(Platinum) & B - 20 (Cerise) 

- US 10 1/2 needles
- 4 stitch markers
- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:

- K - Knit
- YO - Yarn Over
- pm - Place Marker
- sm - Slip Marker
- KFB - Knit into the front and back of a stitch

Gauge is unimportant for this project
I divided the balls of Kid Seta approximately in half.

With 2 strands A (2A)
CO 3

Set-Up:
1 - K1, YO, K1, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1
4 - K
5 - K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1
6-8 - K

Main Pattern:
9 - K1, YO, *[K to marker, YO, sm,  K1, YO] repeat from * K to last st YO, K1
10 - 12 - K

Do Rows 9-12 9 times

Change 1 strand to B (AB)
Do Rows 9-12 6 times

Change other strand to B (2B)
Do 9-12 3 times

Ruffle:
K 1 row
Change to 1 A, 1 B (AB)
KFB - 1 Row
K 1 Row
Change to 2 strands of A
KFB - 1 Row
Bind off Loosely

Weave in Ends
Block

Finished Measurements after Blocking:
Approximately 45" across the top and 16" from the top edge to the ruffle




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Sparkle Cowl - Hollywood

Sparkle is fun and perfect for the holiday season.  Hollywood is a superwash wool with a hint of sparkle.  Combined with a simple 4 row (3 stitch repeat) pattern, it worked up quickly into a lacey cowl that can be worn long and open or doubled around the neck.


Materials
- 1 skein Hollywood (87% Superwash Wool -10% Acrylic - 3% Polyester - 208 yds/100 g) - shown in color 11 (Ruby)

- US 8 circular needles

- 1 stitch marker

- 1 yarn needle
Abbreviations
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- Sl1 - Slip 1 Stitch

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

- PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over

- YO - Yarn Over
Cast on 150 stitches

Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker at beginning of round.

K 2 rows

Start pattern:

1 - [Sl1 - K2Tog - PSSO, YO, YO]

2- [K1, (P1, K1 into double YO)]
3 - K

4 - K

Continue until desired width.

Bind off loosely.  Weave in ends.  Block.
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pink Giveaway - Win a Copy of Knit Pink or Crochet Pink

 Martingale has come out with 2 new books full of great ideas to make for those affected by cancer.  Crochet Pink by Janet Rehfeldt is full of 26 patterns for crochet ranging from scarves and hats to wraps and throws.
Lorna Miser created Knit Pink - 25 Patterns to Knit for Comfort, Gratitude and Charity.  This collection offers a wide variety of projects to knit for charity or a loved one.

Martingale will be doing a giveaway - you can win 1 of 8 skeins of pink yarn from Cascade Yarns and a copy of one of the books.  They will select the winner in a week.

You can also win an ebook of your choice (knit or crochet).  Just leave a comment with your name and your last charity project (knit or crochet).  The winner will be anounced by the end of the day on Friday.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Natural Stitches - Pittsburgh, PA - Fair Isle Beanie - Pattern #25 - 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

Natural Stitches at The Village of East Side - 6401 Penn Ave in Pittsburgh, PA is the next stop on our virtual yarn crawl.  Amy Maceyko designed Fair Isle Beanie knit in Cascade 220 Sport. Fair Isle motiffs combine with the texture of vertical ridges in this autumn toned hat.
Natural Stitches is located in the dynamic East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.  They feature a wide variety of yarns, including every available color of Cascade 220.

Natural Stitches was opened in 2007 by Martha Underwood.  Since the opening, They have offered a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, with helpful and knowledgeable staff and teachers.  With late hours four nights a week, there is time for everyone to shop, from the stay-at-home mom or dad to the stressed-out college student to the professional who works until 5 or 6 every night.
They offer classes for knitting, crochet and spinning, from beginner to advanced learner, and even for children.  With a variety of yarns in a range of prices, they have something for everyone!




Saturday, October 5, 2013

Woolen Collectibles - Kalispell, MT - Fair Isle Stockings - Pattern #12 - 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

The next stop from 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops is Woolen Collectibles at 183 1st Ave E N, Kalispell, Mt 59901.  Tammy Eigeman Thompson designed Fair Isle Stockings - gorgeous knee highs knit in Cascade 220 Sport.   A beautiful show of colorwork, these stockings will keep you warm and cozy.

Tammy is a Montana native and has been knitting since she was taught by her mother at age eight to keep her hands busy during the holiday season.  When a local fly fishing store wanted hand-knits socks for their store in 1992, she began designing professionally.  Her designs are inspired by the natural beauty of Montana and are available on Ravelry.
Woolen Collectibles was opened in 1998, with an emphasis on traditional knitting.  Several classes are offered each week, from socks to sweaters spanning a range of levels.  Saturday afternoons are devoted to open knitting - a perfect time to drop in for help, companionship and laughter.
Every fall on Ravelry, Tammy starts a sampler afghan knit-along, the "Square of the Month".  Each month she offers a new square that she has designed with a unique cable design.  At the end of the year, the participants will have 12 squares to assemble into a beautiful afghan.
Recently, Mick Gette joined forces with Tammy to bring her stitchery arts business, Stitchery Cottage, to join Woolen Collectibles.  The result is Thimble and Spindle, an all-encompassing fiber arts store that in addition to knitting, offers classes in decorative needlepoint, embroidery, and weaving.  The store is open 10-5 Monday - Friday and 10-3 on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Review/Blog Tour - "Elegant, Fashionable, Chic Accessories to Crochet" by Karen McKenna - and a Contest!

I was really excited when Karen McKenna told me she was going to do her first book and use Cascade Yarns in it.  She has designed a number of projects for Cascade including including the Arched Cuffed Fingerless Mitts crocheted in Heritage 150 Paints (and she was sweet enough to make a pair for me).  We will be doing a giveaway from the book on the blog and Karen will be doing a giveaway on her blog.

There are 6 different sets with different styles for each.
Desert Southwest Scarf, Mitts & Headband
Crocheted in Casablanca
This sporty set only requires 4 skeins and can be worked in any of the 21 colorways available.
Heartland Hat, Scarf & Mitts
Crocheted in 220 Superwash
Texture and simple lines combined with a washable wool make a great gift set for the man in your life.
Purple Mountain Hat & Mitts
Crocheted in Casablanca
Whimisical and colorful, this set takes advantage of the long color repeats of the yarn.
This is the prize you can get from Karen's blog - 1 skein of Casablanca in color 03 - Gallah Cockatoo and a copy of the book.
Metro Headwrap & Gloves
Crocheted in Heritage
This elegant set offers just a hint of sparkle and has the added benefit of being practical (the index finger and thumb finger have an opening so you can use your phone or tablet without taking them off)
Pacific Northwest Hat, Gloves & Scarf
Crocheted in 220 Superwash
Buttons add to this fun Washington inspired set.
New England Hat, Mittens & Scarf
Crocheted in 220 Superwash
Warm and bright combined with texture, this will add that pop of color during the cold months.

To enter on this blog, write a comment with your favorite set and what you like about it between September 25 and September 30.  We will announce a winner on October 1 on the blog.  The winner will win the yarn for their favorite set and a copy of the book.

Also, remember to go to Karen's blog for a chance to win.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cozy - Dunham, NC - Mitered Squares Cardi - Pattern #58 from 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

 Our next stop from 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops is Cozy at 770 Ninth Street, Durham, NC.  Lisa Doherty designed Mitered Squares Cardi  - an adorable baby cardigan - knit in 220 Superwash.  This super cute project combines mitered squares on the body and stripes on the sleeps and would be a fabulous gift.
Cozy opened 9/8/2001, inspired by a handful of small businesses in other cities that had diverse merchandise in one store. None were exactly like Cozy, and Cozy has certainly evolved in its 12 year history.  They have grown with their eclectic array of merchandise, from yarn to shoes into “a sort of chick department store.” (Not that they don’t value our male customers who knit and crochet, but where else can you find yarn, great clothing, local jewelry, shoes, accessories, and clever gifts all in one great location?)
Their yarn department offers free help hours six days a week with priority to those who are working with our materials, but if it’s quiet are happy to take a look at other projects, too.  They also offer classes, from learn to knit or crochet to project based classes taught by talented and creative teachers that also work in the store.
About her pattern, designer and Cozy employee Lisa Carney Doherty says "The Mitered Square Baby Sweater came from my love of modular knitting (those little squares are just so addictive!) and the birth of my niece, Emma.  The prototype was made for her in various shades of purple, pink, and red.  Soon after, I made one for Cozy and wrote out the pattern. At first, the sweater looks complicated, but once you get the hang of knitting the mitered square, the only challenge is to make sure you join the squares correctly.  The 220 Superwash comes in so many great colors, it's easy to pick a pair that look beautiful together."



Friday, September 20, 2013

Waves Shawlette - 1 skein Shawlette knit in Souk

I love to see what I can get out of a skein.  Souk is one of our new yarns for Fall 2013 - a silk-wool blend with a tweedy texture.  Each 220 yard skein shifts through 8 colors and there are 14 colorways to choose from.  Previously I'd created an Infinity scarf from 1 skein and wanted to try to do a quick shawlette.  The beauty of this yarn is that it does most of the work and simple patterns do best.


Materials
-        1 skein Souk (55% Silk/45% Wool – 220 yds/100 g ) – shown in 11 (Jewels)
-        Size US 10 needle
-        2 Stitch Markers
-        Yarn needle
Finished Measuments
-        1 skein = 45” wide across the top x 20” long at the point


Abbreviations
-        K – Knit
-        YO – Yarn over
-        K2Tog – Knit 2 Together
-        pm – Place Marker
-        sm – Slip Marker
-        sl1 – Slip one stitch
-        psso – Pass Slipped Stitch Over
-    P - Purl
CO 3 stitches
Row 1 - K1, YO, [pm]K1 [pm] YO, K1
Row 2 - Knit
Row 3 - K1, YO, K1, YO [sm]K1 [sm] YO, K1, YO, K1
Row 4 - Knit


Start Pattern
Row 1 - K1, YO, Knit to Marker, YO, [sm] K1 [sm] YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1
Row 2 - Knit
Repeat 29 more times


You will have 129 stitches on your needles when you start the Lacey Edge – 64 on each side of the stitch marker – this will leave 63 stitches for the Lacey Edge

Lacey Edge (Lace pattern is a multiple of 12 + 1)

Row 1 - K1, YO,  K1, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to 2 stitches before marker K2, YO [sm] K1 [sm] YO, K3, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to last  stitch, YO, K1

Row 2 (and all even rows) –  P

Row 3 - K1, YO,  K1, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to 4 stitches before marker K4, YO [sm] K1 [sm] YO, K5, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to last  stitch, YO, K1

Row 5 - K1, YO,  K1, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to 6 stitches before marker K6, YO [sm] K1 [sm] YO, K7, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to last  stitch, YO, K1


Row 7 - K1, YO,  K1, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to 8 stitches before marker K8, YO [sm] K1 [sm] YO, K9, *[K2tog, K2tog, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (sl1, K1, psso) – 2 times, K1] repeat from * to last  stitch, YO, K1 

Row 9 - K1, YO, Knit to Marker, YO, [sm] K1 [sm] YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1

Bind off very loosely
Weave in ends

Block to desired measurement – I did wet blocking with wires and pins

Monday, September 16, 2013

Free Yarn Giveaway - Take-a-Bow Neck Warmer!

Time for another giveaway!

Kristen Stoltzfus designed Take-a-Bow Neckwarmer for the October issue of Crochet World.  Crocheted in Jewel, her versatile design can be worn long and drapey or close around the neck for warmth.  Jewel is a fabulous thick-thin kettle dyed Peruvian wool.  It only takes 2 skeins to crochet this lovely cowl.

Cascade Yarns is giving away the yarn to make this cowl to 2 lucky winners.  All you have to do is post your favorite crochet project in Cascade Yarns to the blog or Facebook between September 17 and 24.  Winners will be anounced on September 26.

 The prizes will include 2 hanks of Jewel color 9283 - Dusty Rose.

Remember to check back on September 26 to learn who the winners are! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yarn Garden - Littleton, NH - Holly Hat - Pattern #13 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops

 The second stop on our virtual Shop Hop through 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops is Yarn Garden in Littleton, NH.  Their pattern is Holly Hat knit in Cascade 220.  This adorable beanie designed by Paula Herbert features a darling applique of holly leaves and berries.
Yarn Garden, in Littleton, New Hampshire, is a warm, friendly shop, with a great selection of yarns.  They are celebrating their fifth anniversary this November!

Susan Smith and Paula Herbert opened the shop the fall of 2008, only a month after deciding to embark on the venture.  Both women were teachers worrying about sons in the military, so they created the shop to be a feel-good haven for themselves and their customers and it has continued to be just that.  
Now they have both retired from teaching and are developing their website for on-line sales.  Their staff, Katie Rose Siggins, Casey MacMillan, and Laurie Despins, are inspirational teachers who cheerfully help customers throughout the week.
Paula and Susan cooperating during World Wide Knit in Public Day
Casey modeling her witch’s hat
Katie leading in her Yarn Garden song at the Christmas Cookie Swap