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Allegro Back to Basics Socks

Everybody say hi to my dad.

Hi, Dad!
Hi, Dad!

As you may have guessed, it’s not a recent picture.  However, he’s still got that youthful spirit and twinkle in his eye.  He still has a wicked sense of humor.  And he’s astonished (in a good way!) that his little tomboy grew up to be such a prolific knitter.  What’s better, he appreciates my knitting.

We all know there’s nothing like crafting for someone who truly cherishes what we’ve made. Dad’s great about that. When I made him his first pair, he proclaimed they were “like butter” and that he never knew socks could feel that good. Obviously, this is someone knitworthy.

When we got our first shipment of Allegro, a no-wool sock yarn, I knew this is what I’d be using for his 2017 birthday.  It’s so smooth!  I chose color 803 Slate Minstrel.

Knitting in the grass in summertime. Bliss.

Although there’s no wool content, Allegro has a bounce to it that makes it perfect for socks. They stay up and keep their shape nicely. Allegro would also be great for any projects where wool allergies are a concern, or for those who simply want to avoid animal products.

Ready to close the second toe!

As you can see,  there was plenty in one ball to make a pair, and the striping matched pretty much perfectly. There’s enough left over that I could have extended the cuffs or made a larger size with no worries.

No, these are not my father’s legs.

My go-to pattern is Back to Basic Socks, a free pattern on our website for a cuff-down heel flap sock.  It goes fairly quickly and stands up well to wear.  It’s also a great starting point for those who want to customize by adding, say, an eye-of-partridge heel or patterning along the leg.  For Dad’s socks, though, I kept it basic.  Ribbed leg, plain heel, nice and simple.  I knew he’d appreciate them just as they were.

Also not a recent picture of my Dad.

Dad’s birthday was at the end of January.  Alas, I don’t have a picture of my dad with the socks, so please enjoy this picture of a previous birthday.  Once again this year, he was delighted by his hand-knitted socks.  And I am once again picking out yarn for his next pair.

We wish you joyful knitting for an appreciative audience.

(And happy birthday, Dad!)

 

Free Pattern Friday – Suddenly, Gradiently!

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, it’s Suddenly, Gradiently! in Deluxe Bulky Superwash.

We loved the way this simple color-changing scarf looked, so we knitted up several options to see how it looked in different colors. It was no hardship.  The pattern is easy enough for a beginner and is worked on US size 10 1/2 needles in our Deluxe Bulky Superwash wool.

I’m a sucker for blues and greens, so the five-color version in those tones really speaks to me.  Those who want to go bolder might try the six-color version, shown in purple, pink, and green.  And those who want something classic and understated can knit the three-color version in shades of white and gray.

We’re not kidding when we say the welting pattern on this is easy.  It’s a four row repeat knitted flat which goes: knit a row, purl a row, purl a row, knit a row.  Great for beginners, or for those who want a project to knit that doesn’t require their full attention.  (I still haven’t gotten to see the latest season of Sherlock; this would be ideal for that!)

As I look at this scarf, I also wonder how it would look with a couple of different colors of a self-shading yarn, like Poems Chunky.   I’ve been searching for the perfect project for our newest color.

Hm.  I think my queue just got longer.

Happy knitting!

Free Pattern Friday – Pomtastic Hat and Scarf

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, the Pomtastic Hat and Scarf in Major.

We like this combo for two reasons.

First, it’s a neat example of how to work the same stitch pattern flat or in the round.  Row one is the same on both, but of course when you’re working in the round things are a bit different because you’re never reversing directions.  In row 2, stitches are knitted for the flat back-and-forth of the scarf, but purled in the round for the hat.

The second reason to like this set:

Pom-pom!

It’s pretty cool what you can do with a pom-pom maker and a self-striping yarn like Major.  You can plan out the colors, or just go with the flow.  This little half-and-half topper happened organically.

Plus, let’s face it, what isn’t improved by the addition of pompoms?

C'mon team, play rrrruff!

We rest our case.

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 – Sunfire Bag

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Java Sunfire Bag flat blog

Today, the Sunfire Bag in Java.

What a pretty, practical crochet project!  Two balls of Fibra Natura 100% hemp Java makes this charming bag.  Make each side separately from the center out, then use the halves as templates for cutting out a lining.  Join the second side to the first, then add the lining and handles and you’re good to go.

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Java Washcloth Set social media

We’re big boosters of Java, partly because it’s such an earth-friendly yarn.  Hemp is a hard-wearing renewable plant fiber that will soften some with washing.  We like it for all sorts of home decor projects, like the knit sampler washcloths pictured at right.

Without a lining, this crochet piece would make a good market bag.  With the lining, it’s a versatile warm-weather accessory.

We hope you enjoy this charming crochet project.

Happy crafting!

Java Sunfire Bag square blog

 

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.

Hanasaku short 1 180dpi

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.

Hanasaku short 2 180dpi square

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

Hanasaku short 3 180dpi shoulders

 

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!