Free Pattern Friday – Bella Chenille Two-fer

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, we have not one, but two new patterns!  First, in honor of Halloween, the Little Cub Hoodie in Bella Chenille.  I’m a sucker for baby clothes that look like little animals.  This one is sized from six months up to four years, so it’ll fit a variety of little cubs.

Bella Chenille is a great choice for this – I did a Sunday Swatch in Bella Chenille back in June and put my piece through the washing machine and laid it flat to dry.  It came out just as soft as it was when it was first knit.  I’d have no hesitation making a baby garment in Bella Chenille.

Bella Chenille ItsAPartyOnesie _blogNext, the It’s A Party! Onesie in Bella Chenille Multi.  The Multi coordinates with the solid very well, as you can see in the detail on the cuffs and neckline.  Front and back are knit flat separately, then the sleeves are added.  Adorable, and a quick knit on US size 10 1/2 needles.

We hope you enjoy these two soft projects.  Happy knitting!

 

Throwback Thursday – Sparkling Snowman

It’s Throwback Thursday!

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Last week’s Happy Little Elf proved so popular that we thought we’d keep the (snow)ball rolling.  Here’s the Sparkling Snowman!

Another absolutely adorable design by Michele Wilcox, we’re again recommending Uptown Worsted 100% anti-pilling acrylic.   It’s soft, long-lasting, and machine washable.

I’ve got this little guy beside me right now.  For those wondering, the mittens are part of the arms, but the sweater and hat can be removed.  The original snowman’s hat is lightly sewn down to keep it on for photography and trunk show visits, but that’s not mandatory.  If he gets too warm, we can take it off.

No disrespect, Wayne!

The little broom is optional, but should be easy to find in a craft store.  The more I look at this little fella, the more I think maybe he needs a candy cane.  Or how about a tiny hockey stick, and embroider your favorite player’s number on the sweater?  He’s got kind of a Wayne Gretzky nose going on.

However you dress your snowman up or down, we wish you happy knitting!

AFGHAN KNITALONG – BLOCK SEVENTEEN

Block Seventeen is live!

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Bobbles!  Square Seventeen is called Snowball Effect, and it’s easy to see why.  The little bobbles really do look like little snowballs rolling down a hill.

Our new block comes with not three new videos.  First, let’s look at Amy’s tutorial on the method of making bobbles called for in the pattern.

Next, knitting backwards!  This is something I’ve always wanted to learn.  So much less time-consuming than turning your work for short rows.

Finally, a new stitch!  The SSP (slip, slip, purl) method of decrease is used because the lace is worked on every row, not just RS rows. While p2tog is worked on WS rows in place of k2tog, ssp is worked in place of ssk on WS rows. The ssp is left-leaning when viewed from the RS, just like ssk.

 

That’s it for this round, but we’ll be back in two more weeks with more bobbles!

Happy knitting!

Sunday Swatch – Poems Ribbed Stripe Scarf

Today’s Sunday Swatch is in Wisdom Yarns Poems.

SS Poems Stripe Swatch 1The weather has finally turned the corner from summer to Fall here in the South.  Coming home from work, I had to smile at the smell of smoke from my neighbor’s fireplace wafting through the neighborhood.

When I was selecting my next project, I couldn’t shake that memory.  Even with no fireplace in my own home, I can still knit something that reminds me of cool evenings outdoors.

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Wisdom Yarns Poems was the obvious choice.  100% wool in self-shading tones just felt right for the season.  The lighter color is 605 Lofoten, a colorway designed by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton.  It reminds me of smoke and ash – and maybe toasted marshmallows, too.

The darker color is 607 Hearth, recently added to the Poems line when we had requests to expand our reds.  True to its name, it has overtones of embers and flame.

SS Poems Stripe Swatch 5The scarf itself is a simple 1×1 rib, slipping the first stitch of each row for a neater edge.  Make two rows in each color – k1p1 to the end, k1p1 back, then switch colors.  Couldn’t be easier.  A US 8 (5mm) needle over 32 inches produced a scarf 5 inches wide.  One ball of each color made a full length scarf for short me.  Casting on 28 or 30 would get more length for a taller person.

The colors are varied but not wild – they’re just perfect to go with the earth tones and browns of Fall.  I look forward to wearing this on a stroll up the street tonight.  It’ll be my own bit of comfort and warmth.

Happy knitting!

 

 

Free Pattern Friday – Snowlander Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Ariana Bamboo Glam Snowlander set_blogToday we’re featuring Snowlander, a design created by Linda Davis, who owns the fabulous LYS Tail Spinner in Richlands, NC.

Linda says, “Since the cowl seems to be a big thing from the Outlander series on Starz, I thought about doing one that was a little more classy.  I used two skeins of Ariana and one skein of Bamboo Glam held together to do the pictured cowl.  I’m calling it Snowlander.

I made a 5-stitch I-cord with the leftover Bamboo Glam, put on a pendant, and grafted the ends together to use as a neck piece.   It can be worn with the cowl or alone.”

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Ariana Bamboo GlamSnowlander cowl blogTail Spinner is in Eastern NC, not that from from the ocean, making Linda’s choice of focal point for the pendant even more fitting.  I can see quite a few options for the pendant and the cowl, together or apart.

As a fantasy fan, I’ve been looking for another show to add to my lineup.  If Outlander is inspiring gorgeous designs like this, I’m adding it to my queue tonight – and keeping my needles nearby.

Thank you so much for sharing this, Linda!

 

Throwback Thursday – Happy Little Elf

It’s Throwback Thursday!TT Happy Little ElfWe had someone on Facebook ask about this pattern a couple of days ago, and it reminded us of how close the holidays are.  So today, we offer this formerly paid pattern, now set free!

The Happy Little Elf is an adorable Michele Wilcox design (we love Michele!) that was originally only available as part of a kit featuring Classic Worsted Holiday.   We’re recommending Uptown Worsted as a substitute.

Uptown Worsted is 100% anti-pilling acrylic.  As a former yarn snob, I was skeptical of acrylics until I squeezed my first skein of Uptown.  This would definitely be soft enough for a beloved little friend who is also machine washable.

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What I like about Uptown for this pattern is that it has a broad color palette.  Our recommendations to match the original Happy Little Elf are pictured here, but there are a good variety of skin tones and jacket and shoe options if you want to personalize your elf.

Looking at elf pictures online (I love my job) made me realize just how standard this elf costume is in popular culture, and how versatile this little elf could be.  You could make a little buddy, so to speak…

Buddy the Elf

…or you could make your own little offbeat elf to take on adventures.

Hermey the Elf

 

We just got that 356 Bright Blue in stock.  It’s like it was meant to be.

We hope you’ll enjoy making a little pal for yourself, or for someone in your life who could use some magic.

Happy knitting!

 

Variation on a Warp

Ever since I acquired a variable dent reed for my 15″ Cricket, I’ve been wanting to play around with it.  I happened upon this blog post by Jane Patrick over at Schacht, where the folks there had a variable dent reed challenge a few months back.  Jane based her scarf on one from “Woven Scarves” by Stephanie Flynn Sokolov. Here, I present you with my scarf based on Jane’s scarf based on Stephanie’s scarf. Whew!

First, let’s touch on this variable dent reed. It is just what it sounds like: a reed that can have varying dents in it. This is achieved by having multiple pieces of the reed with different dents (widths of holes) which can be arranged to one’s liking in the wooden frame of the reed.

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For my scarf, I arranged the dents such from right to left such that I had 1×12 dent, 1×10 dent, 1×5 dent, 2×10 dents, and 1×12 dent.

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I warped my Whisper Lace #111 through the 10 & 12 dent sections, and Poems #606 through the 5 dent sections. Poems is 100% wool, meaning it has the capability of being felted. Stephanie’s original scarf employing this method is a brilliant way of taking something simple and adding interest. As you can see, the scarf is just plain weave using Whisper Lace.

I hemstitched both ends and added knotted fringe at each end.

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Directly off the loom, it’s a perfectly nice scarf.

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I love the way Whisper Lace weaves up. It has a great classy yet rustic feel. But the real magic is yet to happen! Off the loom, I then hand-felted the center stripe of Poems, causing the yarn to shrink up. The result of this shrinking, is that the surrounding yarn that was not felted gathers causing a gentle ruffle.

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Because one side of the Whisper Lace is narrower than the other, it can overlap for a nice layered look.  Stephanie’s scarf in the book incorporated beads on the fringed edge, which I really loved and wanted to do for my scarf too.

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When hemstitching, I had grouped my ends into 3s. I added a single bead to each group of 3 ends and tied a couple of knots to secure. I had this project on the loom a couple of weeks ago when we were at Stitches East in Hartford. I knew at that point I wanted to add beads, and found just what I wanted at the Bead Biz booth:

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Beautiful glass beads, and very affordable! I only used a small fraction of what I purchased, so now I’m feeling the need to incorporate more beading into my projects!

For anyone wanting to make their own felted center scarf, here are my specs:

  • Whisper Lace, color 111 Ebony, 2 balls (I used only 1 1/2); warp and weft
  • Poems, color 606 Time Travel, 1 ball (I used only a small portion); warp only
  • Warp Length: 100″
  • Width on loom: 13″
  • Scarf off loom: 12 1/2″ x  85″
  • Center stripe after felting: 45″ long
  • Weave structure: plain weave using Whisper Lace only

I think I’ve just embarked on a felting kick. Join me next time for more adventures in intentional shrinking of yarn!