Yarn: 2 Hanks of Kureyon Air (Main Color & Contrast Color)
Needle: 17-32″ Circular
Stitch Marker, Scissors, Darning Needle
Step 1: Cast-0n 142 stitches being careful not to twist pm and join in the round
Step 2: Using MC *k1,wyif sl1* repeat * to end of round
Step 3: Using CC *wyif sl1, k1* repeat * to end of round
Step4: Repeat Step 2 & 3 until almost out of yarn leaving enough to bind-off
Weave ends into project
A super quick knit for Christmas, this brightly colored cowl is perfect for gifts! This new bulky weight single ply yarn from Noro is 100% wool, soft, fluffy, and comes in wonderful colors. Kureyon Air is just like Noro’s classic Kureyon only lots bigger. Each skein has 109 yards and would be great knit or crocheted up in other winter accessories like hats or scarves. We knit this cowl out of 2 colors alternating them between rows. It only takes two hanks and is long enough to wrap around you twice or you can wear it long.
We have 6 colors available and with that many choices there are lots of great color combinations, what will you choose? The pattern is simple and can be memorized easily making this a great over Thanksgiving project to work on while visiting with family. To take a look at the pattern just go to the free pattern section of our blog. -B
In the month of November we are hosting the Inspira Cowl a project in our F.E.A.T. series. Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea. We are offering the informational gathering in the afternoon on Wednesday, November 25th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. The gathering will focus on the current project and we will discuss why we chose it, offer an abundance of information on the yarn (Universal Frenzy) and fiber, conversation, and of course, tea. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that this informational gathering is entirely free! Participants will also enjoy the benefit of receiving a discount on the featured yarn if you choose to purchase it after the meeting. -B & Michael
When I first saw this pattern by Jocelyn Tunney in the early spring, I knew I would knit this scarf as soon as I could get my hands on the beautiful yarn from Manos del Uruguay. We received the yarn and I was ready to get started. This pattern is super simple, making it a fun relaxing knit. A combination of knits, purls, simple increases and decreases creates this chevron beauty.
The pattern calls for 4 different colored hanks of Clara, a 100% superwash merino wool. You hold the yarn double changing one yarn at a time creating an ongoing ombre. There are endless color combinations for this project and all of the colorways are wonderful, I can’t wait to see some other color creations. I can’t say enough good things about this yarn, it is absolutely fantastic.
Each hank comes with a hefty 385 yards of sport weight, super soft and squishy, single ply, superwash yarn. I did wash this project in my machine on delicate cycle and laid it flat to dry. It washed great and is ready for me to wear! The size of the project is great because you can wrap it around your shoulders, keyhole it around your neck, or just wrap it around multiple times creating some bulk and warmth up around your face. To check out the free pattern just click here. -B
We will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.
This pattern by Shannon Cook can be found on Ravelry just click here. The textured pattern using garter stitch, twisted ribs and raised knit/purl combos make for a modern but rustic triangular shawl. The different blocks of pattern and colors keep this project interesting, fun, and relaxing to knit.
I also love the size of this shawl, it is big enough to wrap yourself up in, but you only need 700-750 yards of worsted weight yarn. Ann used 3 different colored skeins of Madeline Tosh DK a 100% superwash merino wool and it is available in luscious glazed solid colorways.
Each skein has a generous 225 yards per skein and you can machine wash it!! All the texture in the pattern paired with this yarn makes this project super squishy and warm. The Bradway pattern is recommended for an advanced beginner and above. You need to know how to read instructions, increase, knit, and purl. If you can complete those skills you will be on your way to knitting this lovely shawl! Thanks to Ann for letting us photograph her beautiful project. -B
Yarn: 2 Hanks of Rasta (MC), 1 Skein of Classic Shades Big Time (CC)
Needle: 19-32″ Circular Needle
Step 1: With MC, CO 90 sts connect the stitches in the round being careful not to twist the stitches and place marker
Step 2: Knit 11 Rounds of MC in 1 x 1 rib, ending at the end of the round
Step 3: Switch to CC and work in 1 x 1 rib for 1 round
Step 4: Switch to MC and work in 1 x 1 rib for 1 round
Step 5: Switch to CC and work in 1 x 1 rib for 11 rounds
Step 6: Switch to MC and work in 1 x 1 rib for 1 round
Step 7: Switch to CC and work in 1 x 1 rib for 1 round
Step 8: Switch to MC and work in 1 x 1 rib for 11 rounds
Step 9: Bind off very loosely (to match the CO edge)
I love giant cowls and it’s almost time to start wearing them!! This 1 x 1 rib out of chunky yarn can be knitted up very quickly on size 19-32″ circular needles and would be the perfect Christmas gift. It just takes 2 hanks of Malabrigo Rasta with a contrasting stripe of Universal Big Time.
With over 12 colors of Rasta to choose from and 10 colors of Big Time there are so many great color combinations. The Rasta is a super chunky kettle dyed single ply yarn and has 90 yards per hank. It’s super soft and is a dream to knit with. The soft single ply Big Time is is the perfect match for that pop of color in the center of the cowl.
Just imagine yourself all bundled up, this project wrapped around you, while wearing your favorite winter coat. To take a look at the free pattern go to the free pattern section of the website, a big thank you to Betsy for this amazing knit! -B
I have been wanting Leslie to knit up this pattern for years and we now have the perfect yarn match for the pattern. I love the adorable owl cables that make their way around the yoke of the sweater. Some add cute little buttons for the eyes of the owls, I think either way looks great. We used 3 skeins of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea, a 100% certified organic 21.5 micron merino. This hand dyed yarn is not only beautiful but extremely soft, I can’t wait to wear this sweater.
Knit from the bottom up the pattern is easy to read. Leslie knit both her sleeves at the same time, this is a good way to ensure that your sleeves are exactly the same length. The owl cables are easily memorized making the pattern paired with this amazing yarn a very enjoyable knit. Just click here to take a look at the pattern. -B
In the month of October we are hosting Owl Basket a project in our F.E.A.T. series. Remember F.E.A.T. is an acronym standing for Fiber, Explanation, and Tea. We are offering the informational gathering in the afternoon on Friday, October 9th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. The gathering will focus on the current project and we will discuss why we chose it, offer an abundance of information on the yarn (Cascade Eco) and fiber, conversation, and of course, tea. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that this informational gathering is entirely free! Participants will also enjoy the benefit of receiving a discount on the featured yarn if you choose to purchase it after the meeting. -B & Michael