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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
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
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
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
The Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland is one of my all time favorite knitted cowl patterns. This is one of five that I have made over the last few years. I’ve made wide to thin cowls and short cowls, the one pictured is the long cowl which I like because it can be wrapped twice around your neck for extra warmth during cold winter months.
The pattern is simple and knits up quite quickly, alternating from a slip purl row to a knit row and repeating. The finished project gives a nice textured, dense waffle-like fabric and works up nicely in a tonal yarn like the one pictured. It also looks good on both sides so you won’t need to worry about how it looks when you wrap it twice. I used two hanks of Malabrigo Rios a wonderfully soft superwash merino wool. The yarn is absolutely a dream to work with, it’s super soft and you can give it as a gift without being concerned about it felting. To check out this free pattern on Ravelry just click here. -B
The Spirit Within Me Cowl by Shay Hobbs gives you the opportunity to create amazing color combinations. The pattern calls for three different colors but you could also get away with just two different colorways by repeating the first color at the end. Lindsey also decided to alter the pattern a little at the end creating an i-cord bind off which I think works well. The pattern was inspired by a beautiful photo of Colorado landscape and would be the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. Lindsey used two colors of Malabrigo Rios and a bit of Tosh DK for her bind off.
We just received a new Malabrigo shipment so there is lots of Rios to choose from. This would also be a fantastic stash buster if you have a fantastic multi-color and two complimenting solids. The cowl is designed to be large with some extra drape, but it could also be worn pulled down over your shoulders. Check out this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here. -B
I never get tired of knitting, I mean literally knitting miles of stockinette stitch and that’s part of the reason I love this cowl. Using 600 yards of lace weight yarn and a size 5-24″ needle you will cast on and knit and knit and knit, changing colors as you go creating a dark to light cowl that can be wrapped double or worn long.
I love how the striping reverses from thick black stripes to light stripes and depending on how you double wrap the cowl, you can get different looks while wearing it. This is a great project to add to your fall wardrobe, its not super thick and heavy but will definitely keep you warm as the weather begins to cool down. Michael used two balls of Findley by Juniper Moon. This gorgeous lace weight is a blend of 50% merino and 50% silk, the silk adds a gentle shimmer and creates a very soft, luxurious, drapey project.
We over 10 colors to mix and match in stock here at the store I know there are some great color combinations just waiting to be knit. We also have the free pattern available, come by and check it out. -B
Fall is almost here and Leslie got the itch to knit up socks in just a couple of days. This Rose City Rollers pattern by Mara Catherine Bryner is an easy, roll-top ankle sock project, just click here to take a look at the pattern. These socks are knit from the top down, with a tradition heel flap and heel turn and the pattern has three size options available. The pattern is perfect for beginner sock knitters or if you are a more advanced knitter its a super fun knit.
Use your favorite bright sock yarn to knit yourself some fun socks and get ready for the cooler weather. We used one hank of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in a bright multi-color. I’ve also seen this pattern knit in a more muted Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere and those were pretty fantastic as well. If you haven’t knit top down socks before and would like to learn L & B is offering a 3 part class in August that will teach students all about how to make top down socks, just click here for more information about this class! -B
After much discussion about this pattern one afternoon at the shop I decided I had to make it. I love the raised stripes, they make the blanket more unique than just a typical chevron pattern, although I love a chevron no matter what. The garter stripes truly make the color pop out at you, it also gives baby a nice texture to play with. You can have lots of fun picking colors for the 3 different stripes of color or this would even be a great stash buster. I decided to use Cascade 220 Superwash, 5 balls total: 2 balls for my main color and 1 for each of my 3 raised accent stripes.
I also wanted my blanket a little wider, so I cast on 164 stitches for an extra repeat, putting my blanket at 30″ wide instead of 23″ wide, the perfect size for a crib blanket or toddler blanket. If you are interested in making this blanket just click here. I will also be giving an in depth description of this project at our next F.E.A.T. Wednesday, July 15th at 1:00 so please some join us! -B