Monday, August 26, 2013

Winner from Streak of Lightning Log Cabin Throw

The response to the Streak of Lightning Log Cabin Throw was amazing!  It also made choosing a winner very difficult.  The winner is Beth R.  Here was her comment:

I did a serious of pillows for my niece's new room. I have also done some hats that I donated to a charity. I have 2 different scarves on my needles right now in the paints.

Cascade was the first "real" yarn (read-"non-craft-store") I used, and I return to it all the time. It is my first-love yarn!

However, given the number of wonderful entries, we have a few extra prizes to give out.
1.  A skein of Longwood and a cowl pattern for j-9 knits:
Cascade 220 is my favorite "go to" yarn. I knit an aran sweater, my design, for my younger brother while he was overseas. He loves the sweater and looks very handsome, safe here at home. j9knits
2.  A skein of Pacific and a hat pattern for Teri:
I use Cascade 220 for the Mother Bears I make and donate. Each bear is unique and is loved by the children who receive them. I love 220 for the variety of colors and yarn durability.
3.  A skein of Venezia Sport and a a Head Scarf pattern for silfert:
My favorite Cascade project was a sweater made in 220. I designed it with Feather and Fan for the hem and sleeve cuffs, with three mini-cables up the front and back. Across the chest, I used purl stitches to create a message in Braille that read, "No, you may not read my sweater!" :)
4.  A skein of Sateen and a shrug pattern for Stephanie Faulkner:
I made my adopted daughter an adorable shrug. She calls it "my first ever mommy sweater". I love how your beautiful yarns can be made into great memories for my family. I plan to make her many more "mommy sweaters" during our lifetime together.
Love your yarns!
5.  A skein of Heritage Silk and a shawl pattern for Sharon:
I got a call at work from my mother. She said "Go to the Cascade Yarn website." Then she said, I want "That shawl in That color". Living out in bush Alaska, I had to order the #9595 Cascade 220 fingering yarn from our yarn shop in Anchorage. When they got the yarn, they shipped it right out to me and my mother got "That shawl" in "That color" for Mothers Day. It was the absolutely beautiful Rocketship Shawl.
6. A skein of Kid Seta and a shawl pattern for aprilm
The throw is gorgeous - I knitted a big Irish flag as a joke present for some rugby friends using Cascade 220 - the orange is perfect!
It had its world première at Twickenham a couple of years ago at a Six nations match but during the celebrations that followed, the idiots left it in a pub. I have always wondered what happened to it. Bit like a Mayfly - it only lived for a day but what a day!It even appeared on TV during the match, talk about .15 seconds of fame.....
I would take much better care of this lovely throw. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Free Yarn Giveaway: Streak of Lightning Log Cabin throw!

Beth Whiteside designed the cover blanket - Streak of Lightning in All Season Throws - a special interest issue from Creative Knitting.  The blocks - Sunshine & Shadow are built with dark colors on one side and light on the other.  

This modern take on a Log Cabin is knit in 220 Superwash - which works well for today's busy lifestyles.

Cascade Yarns is giving away the yarn and the pattern to make this fabulous throw!  All you have to do is comment with your favorite project you have in Cascade Yarns.  The comment must be posted between 9 am EST August 20, 2013 and 9 am EST August 21, 2013. 

This winner will be anounced later this week on the blog and Facebook and Twitter.

The prize will include a Cascade Yarns zipper bag and the following colors of 220 Superwash:

  • 6 balls 825 - Orange
  • 6 balls 822 - Pumpkin
  • 6 balls 841 - Moss
  • 6 balls 810 - Teal
  • 3 balls 821 - Daffodil

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hollywood Slouch

Subtle sparkle is so much fun.  It adds that extra bit of pizazz without being overwhelming.  Hollywood is our new worsted weight Superwash blend, available in 15 trend inspired colors that manages to combine sparkle and soft.  It is also machine washable and has great stitch defition.

Slouches are fun and quick to knit.  This pattern took well under 1 skein and would be a great gift or chemo hat to donate.  The lace pattern is a simple 4 stitch repeat worked over 6 rows (3 of which are knit), so it is also a good travel project.


  •        K – Knit
  •        P - Purl
  •        SSK – Slip, Slip, Knit 2 slipped stitches together
  •         YO – Yarn Over
  •         K2Tog – Knit 2 Together

  •     1 skein Hollywood (87% Superwash Wool/10% Acrylic/3% Polyester – 208 yds/100 g) – shown in 05 (Deep Wisteria)
  •   Size US 6 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  •   Size US 8 (5.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  •   Size US 8 (5.5 mm) double point needles
  •  1 Stitch Marker
  •  Yarn needle

Finished Measurements
(14”), 16" circumference unstretched (will fit average woman's hat)
9” long from cast on edge

Cast on (88), 100 stitches with the US 6 - 16” circular needle.  Join to knit in the round – be careful not to twist stitches.  Place marker at the beginning of the round.

K2, P2 for 1.25”

Change to US 8 – 16” circular needle.

Begin pattern:
Row 1 – *[K1, YO, SSK] – repeat from * to last stitch, K1
Row 2 - K
Row 3 – YO, SSK, K1, *[YO, SSK, K1] – repeat from * to last stitch, end K1
Row 4 - K
Row 5 - K2, YO, *[SSK, K1, YO] – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, end SSK
Row 6 - K

About 8.5” from cast on edge, start decreases.  Switch to DPN’s when necessary.

Start decreases:
Start decreases (switch to DPNs when necessary)
Row 1 – [K1, YO, SSK, K1, SSK]
Row 2 – [K3, K2Tog], end K1
Row 3 – [YO, SSK, SSK], end K1
Row 4 – [K1, K2Tog], end K1
Row 5 – [K2Tog], end K1
Row 6 – [K2Tog]

Cut yarn and thread yarn through remaining stitches.