Yonca is our Sales Manager, and an excellent knitter and crocheter. That’s her, sporting the Lace Leaf Pullover that she modified from the free Lace Leaf Cardigan in Garden 10.
Yonca’s kids are off at college, and like many crafting parents, she’s sending them a couple of things to help keep them warm while they’re away. She gave her daughter a beautiful cardigan – the one we shared last week – and now her son gets his turn.
Kenan’s Hoodie is worked in pieces from the bottom up in Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash. It’s made in one of our newer colors, 915 Cloud Blue, which just straddles the line between blue and gray.
The design features a dropped shoulder and roomy hood for a casual look. Although we’re calling this a men’s sweater, there’s no reason it wouldn’t work for a woman as well.
We love hearing stories of all the knitted and crocheted “hugs” that people send to loved ones far away. They’re so satisfying to give and to receive.
We hope you stay warm and cozy this weekend, and that you’re able to reach out to someone you care about.
If ever there were weather that called for a big, comfy sweater in 100% bulky wool, this is it. Say hello to Penelope’s Cardigan.
Amy Gunderson designed this warm and relaxed hug using our Deluxe Bulky Superwash on US size 10 1/2 (6.4mm) needles. Knitted seamlessly from the top down, this raglan-sleeved long cardi is perfect for a night in.
We hope you bundle up snug and cozy this weekend, with a fun project in your lap and a warm mug by your side.
His mom Krista designed a hat for us this week! Krista works in Customer Service here, and this is her source of inspiration:
This is a small section of the big wall of sample balls that she sits next to in Customer Service. We keep these to send to magazines and shops who want to touch the yarn for themselves, but of course since we’re all crafters here we also eye them hungrily ourselves. It’s only natural that we sometimes look at them and think, “you know, these would go great together!”
The Double Up Hat combines brushed DK/light worsted Amphora and superfine Whisper Lace wool/lace blend to make this worsted weight hat with a subtle heathered look.
The two yarns together create a lovely halo effect.
I’ve been wondering how this would look with Whisper Lace in one of the more variegated tones. Let’s grab a selection from the Big Wall o’ Yarn to see.
This adorable Fair Isle hat has already proven to be popular around the office, even before its official release. It’s sized from newborn to adult large, so it’s a nice topper that can fit everyone. Self-shading Poems wool gives a nice graduated color shift that keeps things interesting!
The adult size shown was the first one we knit. Designer Rachel Brockman used a 1×1 rib long tail tubular cast-on for a nice, stretchy edge. Rachel did a photo tutorial of this method of casting on not long ago, in a blog post about the Nutmeg Hat and Mitts kit from our 12 Days of Winter kit series. You can find that blog post here.
Before we could publish the pattern, it caught the eye of Krista on our customer service team. She whipped up the cute teal version shown up top for her cherub-cheeked son. We just have to share his picture.
Awwwww!! Great job on both the cap and its model, Krista!
We hope you have a fantastic weekend, and that you spread a little joy in your corner of the world.
How’s everyone today? Here in the Piedmont of North Carolina, we expect to get our first snowfall of the year!
Mind you, it will probably only be a dusting, but hey – it’s snow! Those of us who are big kids at heart are ready to run outside and catch snowflakes. Of course, because we’re adults, we’re also ready to then go back inside and knit something warm.
Perfect timing for the Candy Stripe Set!
Knit in machine washable Adore, the entire set is knit in the round. That includes the scarf, which shows stockinette on both sides. It’s a bright set to stand out on a gray day.
Everyone could use a good carry-all bag, and this crochet project fits the bill perfectly. It’s worked in 100% hemp Fibra Natura Java for sturdiness and style.
This ultra-functional bag is worked in the round beginning in the center of the base. The simple design allows plenty of room for creativity in color choice and variations on striping. It’s a classic as-is, but I can also see it with a bold color – maybe red? – for the stripe just below the handles.
I have to say, as its creator, I’m feeling pretty good about today’s Free Pattern Friday. It was incredibly easy – just knits and purls – but you’d never know it to look at it. For that, credit goes to the yarn, Classic Shades Frenzy.
It’s a thick yarn with enough variation in color to give a simple design additional interest.
This cowl uses a diagonal rib pattern. The beauty of doing this in the round is that if you wish, you can simply cast on the required number and k2p2 all the way around every row until you’ve reached the desired width of your cowl. This took just one ball, and it made a cowl long enough to wear loose or to wrap once for extra warmth.
For mindless knitting, I tend to favor simple designs on big needles that I can work on while chatting or watching TV, and this fits the bill. Now that the weather’s turned, this would be a great knit-night project!
Have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to make time for yourself.