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E-book Color Fusion at a glance

Have you seen it? Amy Gunderson and Tori Gurbisz have released an e-book of seven colorful patterns designed for Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash.

Color Fusion is available on Ravelry as an e-book or individual patterns.

Take a look!

Free Pattern Friday – Which Way is Up

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, Which Way Is Up in Bella Cash.

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.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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.

Happy knitting!

 

Free Pattern Friday – EKG Set

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

EKG Cowl Set main blog

Today, the EKG Set in Deluxe Worsted.

Why EKG?  The little zigs and zags reminded us of a heartbeat.  Plus, the love we have for this sweet pattern makes our hearts race just a little bit.

This may look like Fair Isle, but the color changes are actually slipped stitches.  The pattern is both written and charted for your convenience.

Tori in cowl blogThe entire four-color set takes two skeins of the gray, plus one skein of each other color in Deluxe Worsted 100% wool (220yds/100g).

The cowl looks great doubled over and scrunched – or if you’re in a silly mood like designer Tori Gurbisz, wear it however you please.  Very “Cat in the Hat,” Tori.  You’ll definitely turn heads.

We hope you enjoy this stylish set.

Happy knitting!

EKG Cowl solo 180dpi

LYS Exclusive – Hanasaku Cowl (large)

So you saw the Hanasaku Cowl in its short version, right?  If not, you should go read about it nowHanasaku short 2 180dpi square

Go ahead.  We’ll wait.

Luscious, right?  Well, we also did a long version, for those who like to loop their cowls around.

Hanasaku Cowl long 1 180dpi

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!
Hanasaku Cowl long 2 180dpiFINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Height: 15¼”
Circumference: 61”

MATERIALS
Large
Deluxe Worsted (100% wool; 100g/220 yds)
• 12235 Sidewalk Grey (MC) – 1 skein
Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (48% rayon from bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic; 100g/154 yds)
• 303 Precious Jade (CC) – 2 hanks

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.

Hanasaku Long Blue 180dpi

Hanasaku Long Blue draped small_CC

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.

The Hanasaku Cowl is a LYS Exclusive pattern – your local yarn shop can download it for you and help you put together a truly stunning color combo.

We hope you enjoy this vibrant and dramatic project.

Happy knitting!

Hanasaku Cowl long 3 180dpi square

Free Pattern Friday – All-Star Pullover

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Cotton Supreme Little Star Top blog square

Today, the All-Star Pullover in Cotton Supreme.

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.

Captain America colors blog
Sky Surf 927 and White 502, and add 509 Red if you wish. I could knit this all day.

I’m filing this idea away as a potential gift for superhero-loving parents and kids.

We hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Happy knitting!

Cotton Supreme Little Star needles crossed_Instagram

Free E-book – Hot Hats

Here at Universal Yarn, we woke up to this headline this morning:

5 inches of snow predicted for Charlotte on Monday

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!

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Here’s the free Hot Hats E-book.

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Free Pattern Friday – Diamonds are High

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Diamonds are High 1rear blog

Today, Diamonds are High in Deluxe Bulky Superwash.

Earlier this week I posted two thick and quick scarf projects in our new yarn, Deluxe Bulky Superwash (100g/87yds).  The more I handled this yarn, the more I wanted to make something with it myself.  So here it is – Diamonds are High.

Diamonds are High 2 blogThis 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!

Happy knitting!

Diamonds are High 1 blog