Monday, November 30, 2015

Ruby My Dear in Salar

Salar is a squishy, soft, chunky alpaca blend. It is great for quick knits and finishing off your holiday gifting. Each 200 gram skein contains 197 yards - enough to make a lovely scarf or cowl. This cowl works up quickly and is just a combination of knit and purl stitches to add a bit of texture.
- 1 skein Salar (50% Alpaca/45% Acrylic/5% Wool - 197 yds/200 g) - shown in color 10 (Red)

- US 13 circular needles (at least 30" circumference)

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle

- K - Knit
- P - Purl

Gauge & Measurment:
- Approx 2.5 sts = 1"

- 8" high x 48" circumference

Cast on 120 sts
Place stitch marker to mark beginning of rounds

[K1, P2] for 4 rounds

Start Pattern: 
Rows 1-2 - K
Rows 3-5 - *[K1, P2] - repeat from *

Continue until almost desired height -
[K1, P2] for 1 round

Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Win a Haiti Babi Handmade Baby Blanket & Hat

Haiti Babi was started to keep kids out of orphanages and with their families. In Haiti, 10% of kids live in and orphanage and 80% of those kids have living parents that cannot afford to take care of them. In 2011 Seattle native Kaitlin Jackson volunteered at a Haitian orphanage and was inspired to start Haiti Babi.
Haitian moms are hired and taught to knit and crochet. They are paid more than twice the minimum wage and are also learning about budgeting. The baby blankets and baby hats are machine knit in Ultra Pima with a crocheted edge. Each piece is tagged with the name of the mom that crocheted the edge.

Ystania crocheted the edge on the Pineapple colored blanket that we are giving away. She has 2 boys and has started a side business making/selling peanut butter. Her boys now attend school and she has been able to buy land to build a house on.

Beatrice crocheted the edge on the Light Blue hat that is part of 1 of the sets that will be given away. She has 3 young children and part of her income goes to pay for medical expenses for her son's heart condition.

Florence crocheted the edge on the Pineapple hat and Light Blue blanket. She has 5 children between 4 & 17 years old. Her oldest, Peterly wants to become a doctor and she has been able to finish building the home she started in 1999.

 The original blankets are in the Signature series. They have recently expanded to add new colors in 2 new series: Tranquility & Caribbean. We have purchased 1 set from each of the new series to give away. The Light Blue is from the Tranquality series and the Pineapple is from the Caribbean series.
To win one of these beautiful handmade sets, tell us in the comments about your favorite charity knitting/crochet project you have created in Cascade Yarns. Please also mention if you have a color preference. The winners will be chosen on November 27, 2015.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Lana Grande - In the Groove Hat

Lana Grande is a bulky wool that works up quickly with great stitch definition. Lofty and durable, it works into a warm, squishy fabric. In the fall, it is easy to be drawn to chunky wools for that quick gratification that comes with finishing a project. I couldn't resist making a quick hat with a simple, easy to remember stitch pattern. 
- 1 ball Lana Grande (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 87 yds/100 g) - shown in 6043 (Antique)

- US 13 16-20" circular needles

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn needle

- K - Knit
- P - Purl
- K2tog - Knit 2 Together
Gauge & Measurements
2.5 sts = 1"
21" circumference
9" length from cast on edge

Cast on 52 stitches
Join in round, place marker to mark beginning of round

K2, P2 for 2"

Start pattern:
1 - K
2 - K1, P1
Cont until 7" from cast on edge
Start decreases
1 - K2tog, K11
2 - K2tog, K10
3 - K2tog, K9
4 - K2tog, K8
5 - K2tog, K7
6 - K2tog, K6
7 - K2tog, K5
8 - K2tog, K4
9 - K2tog, K3
10 - K2tog, K2
11 - K2tog, K1
12 - K2tog

Cut yarn (leave 6" tail) - weave through remaining stitches

Weave in ends