Free Pattern Friday – Umbrella Dress

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

If last week we were snowed in, this week Mother Nature has decided to showcase everything else.  Sunny and 70 degrees yesterday, strong gusts of wind last night, and now a real gullywasher of a rainstorm.

Fortunately, we’re crafters.  We know what to do when we’re stuck inside.  Today we’re thumbing our nose at the nasty weather with the Umbrella Dress in Classic Shades.

Umbrella Dress_ClassicShades

The dress is knit in panels – four for the front, four for the back, and two for each sleeve.  The collar is knit separately in the round.  It’s all stitched together and voila!  A colorful dress to chase away the rainy day blues.

On The Road to Stitches West!

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton and Amy Gunderson
Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton and Amy Gunderson at Stitches East 2013

We’re packed and ready to fly out to Stitches West 2014, happening this weekend Feb 23-24!

Suzy the CuddlebunnyThis is a fun show that we always look forward to.  It’s a great opportunity to connect with our customers and fellow knitters – and to pick up some delicious new yarn.

We’ll be offering kits for some of our popular patterns, like Suzy the Cuddlebunny in Wicked Fur.  Suzy will be at the show, supervising us in booth 609.   Stop by and give her a hug!

On Sunday at noon, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton will be in the booth signing copies of her latest book Poems: Windfall and answering questions about texture and color.  Cornelia’s a fantastic resource and very generous with her time and talent.  It’s a great opportunity to meet a legendary designer.

Bring along this coupon for discounted admission.  We hope to see you there!

Stitches West 2014 Coupon

Sunday Swatch – Poems in Chevron

For today’s Sunday Swatch, I couldn’t resist showing off our beautiful snow before it all melted to slush.  The cold weather certainly inspired this week’s choice – Poems 100% wool.  Colorway 592 Embers made me think warm thoughts.

Poems in Chevron Stitch

This chevron section is an easy two-row repeat, worked on a multiple of 14+2:

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: K1 *KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, KFB; rep from * to last stitch, K1

This example is worked over 30 stitches on US size 8 (5mm) needles and comes out to 5½ – 6″ wide.  One ball of Poems would make this swatch 24″ long, making this pattern well-suited for a little two ball scarf in Poems.

Spectrum ThrowI can think of many uses for this chevron pattern.  What about a chevron strip stitched at the side to another strip knitted in the opposite direction?  Put a few together and you’ve got a cute throw.  A similar strips-sewn-together technique was used in the vibrant Spectrum Throw from Poems Book 2: Colors in Design.

What would you do?

Free Pattern – Heart Pouch

Stopping by woods

We’re snowed in here at Universal Yarn.

Well – we’re not snowed in at Universal Yarn.  Once the statewide winter storm warning was issued, we were all sensibly sent home.  It’s been a day of playing in the snow, then coming inside to warm up under a cozy blanket with crafty projects.

Watching my teenager play in the snow has been a treat.  Today, all the cares of school have been stripped away.  Worries about grades, about not measuring up to her peers, about whether she’s meeting the expectations that are placed on young women, they all vanish into the basic joy of dodging snowballs.

I wish that this wild child could find her way to the surface more often and remind herself that she is beautiful and strong and smart.

We all have someone in our lives whom we love.  Someone who makes us laugh.  Someone who makes us shake our head with how wonderful they are.  Someone who sometimes doesn’t see in themselves the wonderful things that we see.  They might be a child or a relative or a trusted friend.  But they make our lives better.

Heart Pouchin Uptown DKToday I am making a little gift for my daughter.  A small Valentine’s Day pouch in Uptown DK, sized just right for a compact mirror.  And with it, I’ll include a rhyme:

If I had one wish

Just for you

You’d see yourself

The way I do.

We’re making the pattern and chart available for free (click here) in case you want to try something similar on this snowy day – or any day.

 

Sunday Swatch – Merino XF Superwash

Merino XF Superwash

Universal has a project in the works that has the knitters in the office wanting to brush up our skills a little, so today seemed like a good day to practice Fair Isle.

Today’s Sunday Swatch is in Merino XF Superwash on US Size 7 (4.5mm) needles. Amy Gunderson whipped up a little heart chart for Valentine’s Day and we just couldn’t resist giving it a try. Cute!

Fancy Heart Chart

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