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Free Pattern Friday – Ellery Reversible Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Llamalini Ellery Cowl_blog

Today, the Ellery Reversible Cowl in Llamalini silk/linen/royal llama blend (50g/109yds).

This yarn is a favorite around the office for its lovely heathering and soft feel.  The blend of luxury fibers gives it a rich depth.  And it’s well suited to this design, which I love for many reasons – not the least because it’s reversible.

Llamalini Ellery Cowl wrapped blogWhat look like cables are really faux-cables.  No cable needle required.  Wear it long or wrap it for warmth – Llamalini is quite toasty!

We hope you craft something luxurious and wonderful this holiday.  Whether it’s for you or someone else, the process itself is such a joy.

Happy knitting!

Throwback Thursday – Jolly St. Nick

It’s Throwback Thursday!

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I’m home celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, but couldn’t resist sharing this little guy – especially after we promised the crocheters last week!

Jolly St. Nick is a crochet version of Santa from Michele Wilcox, the Queen of Cute.  He stands 18″ high including hat – if you’ve seen an American Girl-style doll, that’s about the same height.  Just as with last week’s knit Santa, we’re recommending Uptown Worsted.  The 100% anti-pilling acrylic stands up to a lot of beard-pulling and snuggles.

Start at the top of his head and work down, then go back and add all the details that make him so adorable.  Any pattern that instructs you to embroider a smile is a keeper.

We hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This year, as every year, I am grateful for the ability to create, and in so doing to bring joy to myself and others.  And always, always, there is gratitude for the community of fellow crafters who enrich our lives.  What are you thankful for this year?

All the best this holiday.

Free Pattern Friday – Coffee Beans and Sugar Cubes

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, Coffee Beans and Sugar Cubes.

Two hats that can be completed with one ball of each color of Uptown Bulky 100% anti-pilling acrylic (100g/87yds).  Cute!  Knit on  size 11 needles, these go quickly and are a good way to practice your Fair Isle.

I’m loving the color, too.  That Uptown Bulky 416 Iron coordinates well with 421, Coral.  The coral is at the forefront of style at the moment – Sherwin Williams just picked Coral Reef as their color of the year.  Pretty!

We hope you enjoy this satisfying quick project. Happy knitting!

 

Throwback Thursday – Hearty Holiday Santa

It’s Throwback Thursday!TT_Hearty_Santa

This week, we asked our Facebook friends whether they’d rather see a knit or a crochet pattern today.  The knits won – but don’t worry, crocheters, we’ll have something for you next week!

Michele Wilcox’s Hearty Holiday Santa is mittens-down the most adorable Santa I’ve seen.  You just know that when he laughs, his belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly.

Santa was originally made in now-discontinued Classic Worsted Holiday.  We’re updating the selection to Uptown Worsted.  The 100% anti-pilling acrylic will stand up to quite a few hugs.

Make the legs, then the body and head, then add on details like ears, belt, and hat.  You can’t quite see it in the picture, but Santa has an adorable smile behind his beard.  We hope this project will make you smile too.

Happy knitting!

Free Pattern Friday – Four Stripes Pullover and Legwarmers

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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So cute for Fall!  The Four Stripes Pullover includes matching legwarmers, perfect for staying warm on a crisp day.

Four Stripe Pullover back_blogThe set is designed for Merino XF (137yds/50g), an extrafine merino that’s machine washable and very soft.  The pullover is worked flat and seamed, with short rows shaping the curved rear hem.  Seed stitch borders the cuffs, hem, and neckline.

I love these cool tones.  This is one design where I wouldn’t change a thing.

Happy knitting!

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Throwback Thursday – Crochet Candy Stripes Stocking

It’s Throwback Thursday!

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Can’t you hear those sleigh bells jingling?  We had a Facebook message asking for this pattern, so we just had to set it free for the holidays.

The Crochet Candy Stripes Stocking is another great pattern from Michele Wilcox.  This was formerly part of a kit using Classic Worsted Holiday.  We’re recommending Uptown Worsted.  It’s soft, machine washable, anti-pilling, and able to last through the years.

I will freely admit that my crochet skills are not as strong as my knit skills (yet!) but this is a project I could tackle with no problem.  And I love the button panel.  It’s a great detail that makes the project.  I’m already thinking about who deserves a lovely stocking to hang by the chimney with care.

Happy crocheting!

Holiday Helper – Quick Cowls

Breathe in… breathe out…  knit one… purl two…

Everybody calm?  Good.  Let’s stay relaxed, because there’s still plenty of time to knit some lovely gifts for the holidays.  This week, let’s focus on quick and chunky knits.  Fortunately, we have an entire free e-book devoted to exactly this kind of pattern.

Quick Cowls collects five patterns in bulky weight yarns that look good and work up quickly.

Get To The Point Cowl Classic Shades Frenzy_Facebook

The Get To the Point Cowl in Classic Shades Frenzy is always popular when we send it out for trunk shows.  In fact, it’s on the road again this month for a showing at Bourgee Boutique in Claremont, CA.  If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and see it.  Variegated Classic Shades Frenzy does the heavy lifting in making a striking design.  Just one ball on US Size 11 (8mm) needles does the trick.

Quick Cowls Ethereal Lace Cowl Mohair Mountain_Facebook

The Ethereal Lace Cowl is a lovely soft lace pattern that gets you a lot of bang for your buck.  One ball of Mohair Mountain (660yds per ball) will make five cowls on US Size 11 (8mm) needles.  That’s a lot of gifts from just one ball.  The pattern is both written and charted, so pick whatever you’re comfortable with.

Quick Cowls Everyone Likes Stripes Cowl DChunky_Facebook

The Everyone Likes Stripes cowl is another that knits up quickly on size 11 (8mm) needles.  With more than 120 colors of the called-for Deluxe Chunky 100% wool, this is a very easy piece to customize for your giftee.  This is also one that I would have to put away after knitting because otherwise I’d keep it for myself.

Quick Cowls Hairpin Cowl BBloom HP_Facebook

Hairpin!  This technique isn’t used as often as it should be!  The Hairpin Lace Cowl uses one skein of Bamboo Bloom Handpaints for the vibrant variegated stripes and one skein of Deluxe Chunky for the solid center and edge.   Unusual and beautiful.

Quick Cowls Lava Flow Cowl Superwool_Facebook

Finally, the Lava Flow Cowl uses just one skein of Superwool on size 17 needles.  We call it Superwool because it’s super stretchy.  This is a warm and soft cowl with a lot of “sproing” to it.  I’ve made this one myself – it’s a very fast and satisfying knit.

Breathe in… breathe out… we’re calm, right?  Let’s all keep knitting and we’ll all get to the holidays together in great shape.

Happy knitting!