Free Pattern Friday – Amphoras Tank

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

AmphorasTank_CottonGold

Today, we present the Amphoras Tank in Cotton Gold.  If ever there were a perfect marriage of pattern and yarn, this is it.

Cotton Gold is a thread of cotton with some extra sparkle.  A strand of metallic glitter is wound around the cotton, and the whole affair is generously strung with glittering sequins.  You don’t have to imagine what this does for a lace pattern, you can see.  It dazzles.  This is another yarn that we love so much that we are expanding the color palette.  You can see sneak peeks of the silver, purple, and blue on our website.

The Amphoras Tank is a very stretchy top designed to fit with up to 4″ of negative ease.  The yarn is held doubled throughout.  The Amphoras Lace repeat is written and charted – follow whichever is most comfortable for you.

We hope you enjoy this bit of glitter in your day!

Sunday Swatch – Polaris

Today’s Sunday Swatch is in Polaris, color 71009 Libra.

Sunday Swatch in PolarisPolaris is a champion of our Rozetti Yarns line.  It’s a lightweight yarn with a lovely, soft halo.  Sequins are spaced along its length, and I’m here to tell you that the sequins stay where they are.  This is a sturdy yarn.

Sunday Swatch Polaris in car door 1How do I know?  Coming home from work a few days ago, I made it all the way into the house before I felt a tug coming from my purse.  I walked back outside and saw what no needlecrafter wants to see.

Sunday Swatch was still in the car.  I was not.

Fearing the worst, I opened the door.

Sunday Swatch Polaris in car door 2Whew!  It was a good day to go with circular needles instead of straights – the cable was fine, but if it had been a straight needle it surely would have snapped.

The yarn itself withstood being slammed in the car door and dragged across the driveway with absolutely no ill effects.  If a cat has nine lives, how many does this swatch have?

Sunday Swatch Polaris_stitch pattern

This stitch pattern is taken from the Snowflower Scarf pictured at right, a free three-ball pattern in Polaris on our website.  Pretty!

Polaris is a yarn that we love so much we’re adding new colors this Fall.  I look forward to using this yarn to make more projects – all tucked safely away from car doors.

 

 

Free Pattern Friday – Building Blocks Blanket

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Building Blocks Blanket Cirrus Cotton

 

Today, it’s the Building Blocks Blanket in Cirrus Cotton.

Cirrus Cotton is a fuzzy, light, and lofty cotton blend, a great choice as we move into Spring.  It knits up quickly on size 9-11 needles, making it perfect for quick baby shower gifts like this 32″ square blanket.

It’s a simple pattern with no fancy stitches, just knits and purls.  As with so many things in life, it builds on the basics to create complexity.

Happy knitting!