Free Pattern Friday – Raglan Tee

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Ariana Ribbed Pullover_blogToday, the Raglan Tee in Ariana.

As I was writing this post, our sales manager Yonca came in and saw the tee and smiled.  I wanted to share what she said.

“This is the design that made me want to have this yarn.  I saw a tee knit up and fell in love with the look and feel.  It’s just perfect.”

So there you have it: this is the tee that inspired the yarn.  The yarn in question is Ariana (100g/91yds), a smooth, sleek knitted tube that looks quite polished, especially in this ribbed tee.

The Raglan Tee is knit from the bottom upon circular needles.  Separate at the armholes for the raglan shaping, then add the sleeves (knit separately).   K1 p1 ribbing is very stretchy, and on US size 10 1/2 (6.5mm) needles this will go quickly.

It’s a great example of a simple design that doesn’t go out of style.

Happy knitting!


Knitspiration – Comestibles

Blizzard coming your way? Let’s warm up.

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Comestibles by Dorothy Dell Dennison (1952)

Not scorching, perhaps, but warm enough to want to stay in the shade.  The open, inviting doorway is a connection rather than a divider between the two women. Although both are occupied with the tasks of day-to-day  life, you can almost hear the conversation.  Is the seated woman knitting?  I’d like to think so.

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Fibra Natura Llamalini

This reminds me of the warm tones in Llamalini, a blend of royal alpaca, linen, and silk bourette spun in Argentina.  There are some additional jeweltones rounding out the palette that you can see on our website.

What do these colors inspire you to make?

Generosity in Llamalini
Botanical Scarf in Good Earth Adorn
Southwest Suns Shawl in Good Earth
Yatomi Pullover in Nettle Lana

If you’re in the storm’s path, stay in.  Pick up a project.  Think thoughts of sunnier days.

Happy knitting.





Free Pattern Friday – Loft Jacket

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Loft Jacket in Allore.

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Allore Color 101 Nero

Allore (109yds/50g) is new for Rozetti Yarns this season, and we love it.  It’s light and lofty, with a brushed, slightly fuzzy appearance.  But what takes it to the next level is a) it’s got lovely gradations in shade, and b) glitter!  A metallic strand running through it makes it easy to make instant “dress up” pieces. Working on a US 9-11 needle means knits go fast.

This jacket is worked flat from the bottom up and then seamed.  Regularly spaced twists give it just the right amount of texture.  Add buttonholes at the collar or secure it with a pin, as we’ve done here.

I love this jacket.  What a great mix of cozy and elegant.

Happy knitting!

Knitspiration – Novella d’Andrea

Shall we have a little Monday knitspiration?  Will you indulge me for a brief history lesson?

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Novella d’Andrea by Marie-Éléonore Godefroid


I love those rich tones, warm and deep.

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Deluxe Chunky


What would you make?

Shaves of Wheat Reversible Scarf in Deluxe Chunky
Drape Front Cardigan in Bamboo Glam
Inspired Dolman in Cotton Gold and Garden 5


Our inspirational painting speaks to me because it’s something rarely acknowledged in history: a portrait of a woman whose story was told by a woman and who was painted by a woman.  All were notable figures in their day, but all have been largely ignored by history.  It’s vital to remember the forgotten past.

The subject of the painting is Novella d’Andrea, a legal scholar in the early 1300s.  She was educated by her father, a professor of law.  When he fell ill, she is said to have taken over his lectures, teaching from behind a curtain lest her beauty distract the students.

Christine de Pisan

Her story is known because of Christine de Pisan, a medieval author who lived around 1400.   The portrait was painted by Marie-Éléonore Godefroid, a French artist active in the early 1800s.  All three of these ladies did not fit the traditional mold of an artist.  All three still gained success during their lifetimes.  All three were left by the wayside after their deaths.  In the last few decades, they’ve been discovered again.

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The Seventh Book of “Hows” – 1911

As a crafter, it is satisfying to see the contributions of artists, authors, and teachers outside the mainstream recognized.  Many of us do not fit the stereotypical picture of needlecrafters or perhaps have come to our craft through non-traditional means.  Most of us do not have the recognition of the industry.  However, we all have an important part to play in keeping the art and story of our craft alive.  Each new pattern or technique you share, no matter how complex or simple, enriches us all.

Let’s all welcome others into the craft.  Spread the word.  Keep our art and history alive.

Craft on, friends.

Gorgeous Giveaway!

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Have you visited Annie’s Craft Store’s new site yet?  I love features like Build-A-Kit, which makes it easy to grab everything I need for a project that catches my fancy.  The stitch guides are a great help too – it’s nice to have that resource at my fingertips.  Annie’s is proud of the new site too, with good reason, and they’re having a sale to celebrate!

From now until Jan 23rd, use the code NEWYARN at the Annie’s site and get 20% off any yarn purchase.   This is great, because we all know, even if you’re on a yarn diet, sale yarn doesn’t count!

To keep the celebration rolling, they’re also giving away a subscription to Crochet! magazine.  We’re partnering with them for one of our favorite projects from the Spring 2015 issue, Amy Gunderson’s Bruges Edged Round Throw shown below (Ravelry link here).   What a great burst of color for Spring!

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So here’s the deal:  comment on this post and tell us your favorite kind of project to crochet.  We’ll select one entry to win a year’s subscription to Crochet! magazine as well as enough yarn to make the Bruges Edged Round Throw.  Enter by Jan 30th to be counted!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Free Pattern Friday – Sheldon Sheep & Friends

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, Sheldon Sheep & Friends in Deluxe Chunky Naturals.

First things first: I am going to try to restrain myself from making sheep puns.  But no promises.  These little friends inspire a certain playfulness.

Our wooly friends made their debut at the Winter TNNA Trade Show, where we asked local yarn store owners as well as our Facebook family to help us name them.  And you delivered.  Meet Sheldon, Sheila, Sherry, Shirley, and Woolma!

Each is made in a shade of our Deluxe Chunky Naturals.  It’s particularly fitting, because those shades are completely undyed.  They come from different flocks, so each color of yarn is the color of the sheep that it came from.  In this case, the wool is literally going from one sheep to another!

Sheep single shot 1_blogThe construction on these is a blend of knit and crochet.  The limbs and face are knit in color 1900 Ebony, with the body and wool cap being crocheted in just one skein of the main color.  There are some nice details, like short row shaping on the heels for a more foot-like shape.

When crocheting the body and wooly cap, the wrong side faces you as you work.  The textured alternating triple crochet/single crochet naturally falls to the opposite side.  Simply turn the pieces inside out before completing.

Sheep cap_blogThe crochet cap surrounds the knitted face like a snug hood.  The ears are attached to the cap, but if you are a proficient crocheter you could surely leave openings for a completely removable cap.  We didn’t, though – we don’t want anyone’s head to get cold!

These guys and gals are adorable in the Naturals, but I’m also thinking about a technicolor toy in a non-natural shade of Deluxe Chunky.  Chartreuse sheep, anyone?

We hope you enjoy these adorable little friends.   Happy crafting!  Wool see you next time!

(Darn.  So close without a pun.)

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That was baaaaad.

Afghan Knitalong – Finishing

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I can’t believe we’re done!  In my head, I’m hearing Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”  Every afghan we’ve seen so far has been a unique reflection of the style of its creator.  It’s a wonderful tribute to the individual flair each of us have as crafters.

After assembling all the squares, Amy has opted to use four different colors for the border of her afghan.  She’s also attached fringe and shares a video on how that works.

Even if you haven’t finished yet, we hope you’ll share pictures of your afghans.  Seeing your work is inspiring!

You can share with us here, on Facebook, or on the Afghan Knitalong Ravelry group.  We’ve just joined Instagram as well, so we’d love to see what you’ve posted in the way of knitstagrams!

We hope you’ve enjoyed knitting along.  Happy crafting!