I can never get enough just straight stockinette stitch. Even if I have something a little more complicated in the works its always nice to be able to go back to something simple when I want to relax. You might remember a few months back when we knit our original Paper Poncho out of Feza ALP Natural, this time we decided to use something a little more colorful. The Kudo from Plymouth Yarn is a really soft cotton blend that will be perfect to wear during fall weather. The colors are beautiful, gradually changing from deep purple to bright green, it will be a very versatile piece to wear with jeans or you could dress it up with some black pants.
It is such a simple knit! Basically you just cast on 88 and knit in stockinette stitch, using all of 4 skeins of Plymouth Kudo, making a long rectangle. After you bind off just fold the piece in half, seam up the edge starting at the corner working your way in. Leave a section of the piece un-seamed, thats where you slip your head through. I recommend pinning the piece from the corner all the way up the edge, this way you can try the garment on to see where you want to stop your seaming. -B
Our final day for toy donations is Friday, August 29th. I am happy to announce that you have outdone yourselves on donations this year. So far we have collected over 60 toys for Positive Tomorrows, this is a record high! I would like to say thank you for your participation in this event. We have enough donations to fill multiple classrooms and your heartfelt stitches are sure to leave children smiling. -B
I always get excited when I see home accessories make there way into the shop, it must be the designer in me, there are just so many options for the yarn and so little time. I love this idea of a crochet pillow cover and would like to say thanks to Margaret for bringing it by for us to photograph, talk about a great gift! Really any crochet granny square pattern would work. I like the one that Margaret chose without a lot of holes, that way you don’t have to worry about the color of your insert. If you pick something with larger holes you can still make it work by just coordinating your insert with the color of yarn you choose.
You really can’t go wrong with any weight or type of Noro that you might love, this one just happens to be made out of 2 skeins of Taiyo. I am seeing lots of beautiful crocheted projects out of this yarn right now. A large granny square blanket, crocheted bags, and now this perfect accent pillow just to name a few, I am definitely getting the itch to get something started. If you love this one as much as I do and are ready to get started just click here for a pattern that will look fabulous plus its free. -B
Leave it to Stephen West to give us another beautiful shawl pattern to knit. We love how this one worked up, beginning at the neck edge with lots of easy garter stitch and then finishing with a graphic chevron pattern. We used Cascade Heritage, one of our favorite solid sock yarns for our main color. Heritage is a 75% Merino Superwash and 25% Nylon with a big 437 yards per hank. The Manos Alegria is what we used for our contrasting color, it is 75% Merino Superwash with 25% Polyamide with a big 445 yards per hank. Both yarns have a similar ply and fiber content so this shawl will be easy to wash without felting! You should also have enough yarn left over to accomplish the reverse shawl, which I keep trying to talk Leslie into knitting up. Not only does the contrasting border create a sudden burst of interest and color to the edge of the project, the chevron creates a interesting scalloped border.
The pattern is available to purchase just click here. Another thing I like about the pattern is if you prefer row by row instructions vs. a chart this one is written where you can pick your favorite.
We have had several yarn dyeing classes over the past couple of months and Leslie’s little girl felt like she was ready to dye up some yarn of her own. What better than a “Frozen” color palette? After she dyed her yarn she was ready for Mom to knit her up something special. We are always looking for cute little shawl patterns that can be knit out of one skein of sock yarn and Silvia Bo Bilvia’s Sunlight Shawl for Sad People fits into that category.
When Leslie was asking what she should knit out of the precious skein of Heritage Sock Yarn dyed by Charlie, I had seen this shawl pattern when I was looking at Silvia’s Ravelry designs after knitting the Lonely Tree Shawl. She has a bunch of really cute patterns so I would definitely recommend taking a look. You can find The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People by clicking here.
Silvia came up with this pattern to knit out of lovely yarn to cheer her up in the Vancouver weather, hence the name. You could knit this shawl in any weight but if you have some beautiful sock weight yarn that you want to show off this would be a perfect pattern. The stockinette and garter stitch medley will show off all of the yarns beautiful colors and of course I can’t get enough of the picot bind off.
When Leslie completed the shawl, she was praised by Charlie “Oh Mama, you did such a good job, it is so pretty”. Not being a bias Aunt B, I think she looks quite pretty wearing it -B