Ladies and gentlemen, the faint of heart may wish to look away from this next sentence, lest it chill you to your very soul!
We’re more than halfway to Christmas.
I know. I’m sorry you had to read that.
But better to face it now, while there’s still plenty of time to start on holiday projects than later, when it’s a mad rush.
Fortunately, we’ve got some charming projects in the works that would be great for gifts, like this week’s pattern, Which Way is Up. Sized from newborn to 4-year, it’s a Fair Isle cardigan that calls for machine washable Bella Cash, a fine merino/cashmere/nylon blend. Knit the cardi bottom up, join the raglan sleeves and body, and add the button band. Classic and cute.
This would be a good small project to tackle to get ahead of the game, or just to be ready when the next baby shower takes you by surprise.
We hope you enjoy this stylish and adorable pattern.
Luscious, right? Well, we also did a long version, for those who like to loop their cowls around.
This version uses one skein of Deluxe Worsted wool as a backdrop for the variegated Bamboo Bloom. We chose a more subdued color palette for this combo. The large version is the same height as the small, but twice as long. Here are the stats! FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Needles: US Size 11 (8 mm) 32” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle
We’re loving this pattern and are having a great time with other color combinations as well. Here’s one that features two hanks of Bamboo Bloom Handpaints in 311 Bonsai and two skeins of Wisdom Yarns Poems in 602 Bruges.
The pattern is a simple linen stitch that you can easily master. In the coming days, we’ll be sharing other color combinations in this rewarding pattern.
Recently we had a shop mention that we hadn’t had a Free Pattern Friday in Cotton Supreme lately. Well, we can’t have that; we love this yarn!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve knitted with some cottons that left my hands feeling like they’d been through the wringer. Nobody should feel like crafting is something to slog through. It should be a pleasure. Fortunately, I’ve never had that problem with Cotton Supreme (180yds/100g). It’s easy to work with, machine washable, and the colors are to die for. All of which makes it a great choice for this little kid’s pullover. Knit it flat, seam it up, and send your little all-star out to play.
This one would be really easy to customize, too. Can’t you imagine this in team colors? Or… and this is just my inner geek talking… move the intarsia star to the chest and you’ve got a little Captain America.
I’m filing this idea away as a potential gift for superhero-loving parents and kids.
Well. We had been looking forward to some of the great new Spring designs out now in magazines (more on those another time) but it looks like we still need to think warm. Fortunately, we have a free e-book that is perfect for the weather!
This Fair Isle hat is knit on size 11 needles at a little under 4 stitches per inch. To keep the ribbed brim from flaring, as can sometimes an issue, increase the number of stitches just after the k1p1 section. As long as your tension is good in the diamond sections, this is a nice, stretchy hat.
Credit where it’s due: I brought the hat to Amy Gunderson and said, “this needs something, but I don’t know what.” It was she who suggested “big pompom” and she was 100% right. It really takes it over the top, so to speak.
This might be someone’s gift, but then again, it might stay with me. Nothing brightens your day like a colorful hat with a giant puffball on the top. Although after making this hat, I’m pretty sure I have enough for a second one with the colors reversed. I could make a gift and keep one for me. It’s the best of all worlds!
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!