If you’re a good little crafter, you’re already busy making your holiday gifts. Or you could be more like me and have the best intentions, but then somehow it’s the last minute and you’ve knocked out an emergency pair of Felted Scuffles and are frantically drying them with a hair dryer.
Somehow it seems that every year, one thing is true: in all the confusion, I never wind up knitting for myself.
The printed book is now also an e-book, as well as individual patterns. So this year, I’m going to myself something beautiful. I’m telling myself there’s still time this season, although realistically, I know myself and it will probably be next year before this sees the light of day. And I have nowhere to wear something this glamorous – but I have faith that if I make it, then the opportunity will present itself. Or perhaps I’ll be more likely to make my own opportunity.
If you’d like a lovely length of lace to call your own, don’t wait until everything else is done. It never will be. Do it now, just for you.
…but our week of Major is drawing to a close. Don’t worry, though – we’ve already got more designs in the works. There’s a poncho that I’m just dying to try out, plus – well, you’ll see. But for today, we share this sweet little 1-2 ball hooded baby cardi.
Work the fronts and the hood in one piece side to side. Then work the sleeves and attach, make the lower hem, and add a crochet edge and three little loops to accommodate your cutest buttons. There’s an included schematic to show you how the whole thing folds together. It’s a quick and cute pattern without a lot of frills. Let the yarn do the work while you take the praise.
We’d love to hear – what kind of things would you like to see in this self-striping bulky yarn? We’ve got some ideas in the works, but there’s always room for more!
Entrelac is one of those techniques that seems tailor made for self-striping yarn like Major. Here’s it’s taken one step further by using two complementary colors.
The gray tones blend beautifully, making the blue a subtle contrast against the background. Is this a cloudy sky, or a clear night with the first bit of blue beginning to show? That’s for the viewer to decide.
There are a lot of ways you could go with this. Instead of gray and blue, how about gray and green for more of a stones-in-grass feel?
Today’s offering is a bulky weight lacy poncho knit on size 10 needles. It’s worked flat in two pieces, then seamed at the shoulders. Pick up around the neck to finish it off.
This poncho calls for three balls of color 118, Silver Blush. It’s got a hint of pale peachy pink to set off the silver/gray of the darker bands. It reminds me of stones that surprise you with bands of color.
We hope you have a great day, and find a little inspiration in the world around you. Happy crafting!
We love this design for the way it uses Major’s self-striping qualities. Two complementary colors, 103 Capri and 105 Aloe, are swapped every other row. Crochet two rows with A, then two with B, etcetera. There’s no need to cut colors, you can just carry them up the sides as you go.
This free pattern is written and charted. It’s a six-row repeat that’s easy to memorize. Pretty timely for those of us who need a jump start on making gifts!
Tune back in tomorrow for another Major pattern! Happy crafting!
Yes! Our new Major yarn (no pun intended) is here, and we’re shipping it off to LYSes as we speak! We love this yarn. It comes in a big, beautiful, squeezable skein. How big?
Big. 200g/328yds of bulky self-striping goodness.
We love this yarn. We’ve already had a great time designing with it, as with the Pineapple Peacock Shawl at right. Two balls of Major on aUS Size K-10½ (6.5 mm) hook makes a really dramatic and satisfying piece.
Knitted in pieces and seamed, this sweater features crossed cables are repeated on the front and back (back view shown at right).
The yarn quantity given is enough to complete the project for that particular size. However, if you want to be doubly sure to match the striping on the front/back and sleeves, you may wish to purchase an extra ball in order to start at the same place in the color patterning in the yarn ball.
With Spring coming, we want to highlight a great yarn for warm weather.
Yashi is 100% raffia. It has a papery but soft feel and works great for accessories and home decor. Yashi Iro is its multi-colored companion, dyed in shades that coordinate with the solids. Our Sales Director Yonca has made a video to tell us all about it.
In the video, she mentions Rick Mondragon’s Japanese Knot bag, which is now available as a free pattern on our website.
This was originally available for STITCHESWest attendees, and we’re very grateful to Knitting Universe for sharing it with us. By the way, if you haven’t been to a STITCHES show yet, put it on your to-do list. They’re a blast.