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LYS Exclusive – Hanasaku Cowl

We love going to LYSes and getting feedback on yarn and designs.  That’s what we were doing when we brought a Bamboo Bloom Handpaints cowl around to local shops to get their take.  Like us, they fell in love with it.

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This is the Hanasaku Cowl, designed by Tori Gurbisz.  Hanasaku means “bloom” in Japanese.  With its bursts of color the name seemed apt. We were going to hold off on releasing this until Spring, but we just could’t wait.  Besides, winter is a great time for this burst of color.

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It’s available in both large and small versions – the small version is pictured above.  As pictured, the pattern calls for:

MATERIALS
Small
Wisdom Yarns Poems (100% wool; 50g/109 yds)
• 601 Arles (MC) – 1 skein
Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (48% rayon from bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic; 100g/154 yds)
• 313 Kanji (CC) – 1 skein

Needles: US Size 11 (8 mm) 24” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle

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This pattern is only available at your LYS.  The experts there can download it for you and help you put together the perfect color combo.  It’s a simple knit, made in the round.  If you can work a knit stitch and use a circular needle, you can create this cowl.

We’ll feature the longer version in another blog post.

Happy knitting!

Free Pattern Friday – Squoosh Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Squoosh Cowl in Uptown Bulky Amplify.

 

Squoosh!

 

Squoosh!!

 

SQUOOOOSH!!!

 

The Squoosh Cowl lives up to its name.

squooshcowl2_uptownbulkyamplify_blogIt’s made with one ball each of two colors in Uptown Bulky Amplify, a super soft anti-pilling acrylic with lots of bounce.

Knit it up on size 13 (9mm) needles, alternating balls to create the colorful striping.  It’s super-easy.  Just work straight garter stitch, then sew the ends together.  You can wrap this baby up to four times around your neck.  Just decide how much “squoosh” you want.

We hope you enjoy this thick and quick simple project in one of our most squishable yarns.

Happy knitting!

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New Bern Cowl – Faux Cable Fundamentals

Have you seen the New Bern Cowl and wondered how I created that faux cable look? Today, I’ll show you how, step by step!

So easy! The New Bern Cowl calls for just two balls of Big Time and a US Size 15 (10mm) needle.

It is a very simple technique, but brace yourself knitters…it does involve a crochet hook! Don’t worry though, if you can do a simple chain, you can do this.

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Pretty easy, right? I can’t wait for you to try it out on your very own New Bern Cowl!

Free Pattern Friday – One Side Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the One Side Cowl in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.

Recently, we sent some stitching work to a talented local knitter and teacher, Sandy Harris.  (Side note about Sandy – she’s also a creator of the knitting game Last Knitter Standing.  If you haven’t tried it, you should – it’s a hoot.) When we got Sandy’s project back, we were delighted to also receive this – a new one-skein pattern in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints!  She had picked up a skein of the yarn and been inspired.  It’s not hard to see why – Steven Be’s custom colorways certainly fire the imagination.

one-side-cowl-wide-square-blogSandy has created a moebius cowl with judiciously spaced yarn overs for additional pizzazz.  This cowl-with-a-twist uses a moebius cast-on, which may be a new technique for some of you.  It certainly is for me!  With that in mind, our newest designer, Tori Gurbisz, volunteered her hands to show us how it’s done.  These photos cover Row 1 of the moebius cast-on in the pattern.

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You’re going to wind up with a loop within a loop.  Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be kind of “tied” to itself like that.  This technique will put a half-twist in your finished cowl.

We hope you get the chance to try something new this weekend.  And if you’ve got questions, let us know – we love to help!

Happy knitting!

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Free Pattern Friday – Chasing Vines Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, the Chasing Vines Cowl in Cotton True Sport.

We’ve had a recent rush of rain here, and everything is green and growing and glorious.  I was reminded of this again when looking at these photos from Jonas Farms, home to many a happy horse here in North Carolina.

Their hay fields ready to be cut…

Hay fields at Jonas Farms, May 2016

And after more than a thousand bales have been put up.

“Last stack of over 1000 bales picked up in two days.”

Breathe deep, and imagine the glorious smell of cut grass, times infinity.  You can’t help but think of green and growing things.

Enter the Chasing Vines Cowl.

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Free Pattern Friday – Paprika Seed Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Paprika Seed Cowl in Uptown DK Colors.

This one is actually my design, and it started as an experiment.  I was curious to see how the stripes in Uptown DK Colors (273yds/100g) would work in a really long row.  The answer – great!

Uptown DK Colors Seed Stitch Cowl long blogThis could not be easier.  There are actually two possible ways of knitting this one-skein cowl.

One is as written in the pattern: cast on an even number (192), place a marker, join for knitting in the round, and then alternate rounds of *k1, p1* and *p1, k1*.  Bind off after 5″, or whatever width floats your boat.

The other, which you may find even simpler, is to cast on an odd number (191), join for knitting in the round, and then just *k1, p1* continuously around until the piece is as wide as you want it to be.

I had enough yarn left over to do a few more color repeats, had I chosen to keep going.  This would be a great project for a beginner, or for anyone who wants something they can pick up and set down without worrying about where they are in the pattern.

We hope you have a relaxing weekend, with plenty of time to work on the project of your choice.

Happy knitting!

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Free Pattern Friday – Interrupted Cowl

It’s Free Pattern Friday!Interrupted Cowl wrapped blogToday, the Interrupted Cowl in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.

Recently we received a new color in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, our limited edition color 323 Hashi.  I grabbed a hank to swatch with, but of course once I started swatching I realized I needed to make something.  This yarn is just so pretty!

This cowl uses a popular technique for Bamboo Bloom.  It’s the same technique we used a few years ago in our Bloomin’ Hat and Scarf set.  We’ve also seen it in some great independent designs like the STASH Lounge’s Simple Rules Cowl and the lovely cowl from NC yarn shop The Tail Spinner shown at right (great addition of a solid at the edge).  You can find some fabulous one-ball hats, scarves, and cowls using Bamboo Bloom’s unique texture on Ravelry.

The technique?  As you come to the thin parts of the yarn on your left hand needle, knit them.  As you come to the thick parts of the yarn on your left hand needle, purl them.  It sounds very “internet” to say “just one simple trick!” but it’s true.  That one simple trick makes the color really pop.

Jannie with Cowl_blogIt seems to be a technique that many of the creative minds at local yarn shops came up with independently that’s spread like wildfire.  And no wonder – it’s a great easy way to get a lot of pizzazz without a lot of effort.

Here at Universal, this yarn has turned the heads of some of our newer knitters, like graphic designer Jannie.  She learned to purl just so she could make this cowl.  Way to go, Jannie!

We hope you add a little pizzazz to your life this weekend.

Happy knitting!

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