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SUMMER STORE HOURS Start This Weekend

Summer Store Hours

The weather is FINALLY gorgeous, so it’s time to shift to our summer store hours … starting THIS WEEKEND we will be closed on Sundays:

May 14 to Sept 12:

Monday to Saturday: 12 pm to 6pm

Have a beautiful weekend!

PRE-ORDER Laine 15 & Knitstrips

PRE-ORDER Laine 15: Autumn 2022

Official Release Date: Sept 16, 2022

Laine Magazine’s autumn issue, Laine 15, comes with a whole new look!

From the Publisher ….

Our beloved magazine is taking a step into a more modern, dynamic direction by celebrating knitwear and the world of fibre in a fresh way. Together with the new look, we are also excited to introduce new, regular articles, such as Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre. Of course, there are also things that won’t change: gorgeous knitwear patterns, beautiful high-quality photography and the size of the magazine, all elements that Laine is known for. The new look was created by Kyiv-born Marina Veziko, one of Finland’s leading designers and the Graphic Designer of the Year 2021.

To celebrate the new look, Laine has TWO different cover versions available: one in full-colour and a very limited black & white version!

Issue 15, Autumn 2022:

  • 148 pages
  • 12 knitting patterns: 6 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 shawls, 1 hat, and 1 pair of socks
  • an interview with knitwear designer Lindsey Fowler 
  • an article on how sheep help to save endangered biotopes
  • NEW! Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre – a regular article on Jeanette chatting with interesting people. In this issue, she meets Rose Sinclair, an academic researcher, author and lecturer. Rose’s PhD research into Dorcas Clubs examines how textile networks can be catalysts for social change.
  • NEW! Five Ways by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro. In this issue, Päivi explores 5 ways how knitting can be used as a tool for change.
  • NEW! Where I Knit – a regular piece that pictures people knitting in their favourite spot, and talking about crafting in their everyday lives.
  • seasonal recipes to inspire your autumn cooking
  • book reviews
  • PRINT ONLY
  • Printed in Estonia, 148 pages
  • Pattern & Yarn info

Designers featured in this issue: Jenny Ansah, Jennifer Brou, Weichien Chan (also known as the Petite Knitter), Štěpánka Drchalová, Meiju K-P, Bernice Lim (also known as Yamagara), Hanna Maciejewska, Terri Maue, Olga Putano, Florence Spurling and Yiğitcan Vatansever.

Knitstrips: The World’s First Comic-Strip Knitting Book

This new book is a tour de force, an epic achievement in melding knitwear design, instruction, and advice with interactive graphic illustrations. It’s a new way of seeing how to take a ball of yarn and a pair of needles and transform it into something tangible, useful, and beautiful. It’s bursting with life and the love of knitting.

Inside, the book is organized into four chapters, or issues, each of which gathers a handful of designs by different designers.

These are not conventional patterns. They are yarn-neutral, meaning that the authors guide you through choosing your yarn, but the choice really is yours. You’ll learn how to adapt the pattern you’re making to the gauge and other qualities of the yarn you’re using. In contrast to the prescriptive approach of a typical knitting pattern, the Knitstrips approach is open ended and full of learning. As I read through these energy-filled pages, I had renewed appreciation for how much thought and engineering goes into the most familiar handknit.

The Authors: Alice Ormsbee Beltran and Karen Kim Mar

We have sentimental reasons for jumping up and down with glee at the publication of Knitstrips. In a very real sense, Knitstrips first saw the light of day here on MDK. We can take no credit for the brilliance of the idea, but we will claim every last bragging right for realizing that the idea that Alice Ormsbee Beltran shared with us was very exciting.

And when the first Knitstrip appeared, the reaction from knitters was incredible. There was an avalanche of downloads of that first Knitstrip, and each of the ones that followed.

So: we send our heartiest congratulations to Alice and her co-author Karen Kim Mar on achieving this amazing book. The mere idea of doing copy edits and technical edits on patterns that are drawn by hand—by brilliant illustrators Laura Irrgang and Michele Philips—makes us want to take to our beds for a week or so. This is a major work of vision and of writing, illustration, and editing. Most exciting of all, Knitstrips is going to introduce so many new people to the joy of knitting, the challenge of knitting, and the satisfaction of having handmade garments and accessories in our lives.

The roster of designers, which includes the authors, is stellar:

Ana Campos, Casey Rich, Cecelia Campochiaro, Hikaru Noguchi, Jeanette Sloan, Julia Farwell-Clay, Julie Kornblum, Lauren McElroy, Natalie Warner, Norah Gaughan, Rebecca McKenzie, Shery Cook.

SEE THE PROJECTS ON RAVELRY

A Special Treat … Download The Darcy

The Darcy by Karen Kim Mar is a lovely, versatile neckwarmer that is made without shaping of any kind. Thanks to Alice, Karen, and the gentle publishers at Abrams for this exclusive downloadable PDF. (Click on the link to download the pattern.)

SUMMER SALE EXTENDED 25% OFF

SEE ALL SALE PRODUCTS

Our SUMMER SALE CONTINUES! Select products (including some clearance items and craft kits!) are now 25% OFF until September 5th, 11:59pm. The discount is online and in-store, and it will be automatically be added at check-out, so you don’t have to jump through any extra hoops or remember to put in a discount code (this discount can not be combined with any other offers or discounts – you won’t be able to use another discount code when you check-out).

See our Past Project Ideas For:

Berroco Remix Light: SALE $11.98 (Reg $15.97)

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Quince & Co Kestrel: SALE $11.98 (Reg $15.97)

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Quince & Co Sparrow: SALE $11.22 (Reg $14.97)

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Berroco Summer Sesame: SALE $14.98 (Reg. $19.97)

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Rico Creative So Cool So Soft: SALE $8.98 (Reg. $11.97)

See the Projects Above

Lion Brand Pima Cotton: SALE $5.98 (Reg. $7.97)

See the Projects Above (and many more!)

Berroco Pima Soft: SALE $7.48 (Reg. $9.97)

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Assorted Crafty Kits 25% Off

PRE-ORDER Salt & Timber by Lindsey Fowler

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All of our Summer yarns are on sale now! Take advantage of all the cottons & linens while the weather is warm!

See our Past Project Ideas For:


PRE-ORDER Salt & Timber: Knits From The Northern Coast

We are tremendously thrilled to inform you about the ultimate comfort-knit book for autumn 2022. The U.S. based designer Lindsey Fowler (@larkspurknits) has designed a beautiful and versatile knitwear collection for knitters of all levels.

Follow the book on Instagram: #saltandtimber

Lindsey Fowler’s knitwear collection Salt & Timber is inspired by the Pacific Northwestern coast. This visually stunning book features 15 cozy designs that are intuitive and easy to knit. The patterns – including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, mitts, and even a blanket – offer thoughtful details, opportunities to make the most of your yarn stash and ways to customize the garments to fit your style.

Lindsey Fowler lives in Northeast Ohio, USA, with her high school sweetheart, her twins, her old mutt, and a cat. As a designer, Lindsey likes working with textures and finding new takes on classics. She is continuously inspired by nature, architecture, and traditional handicrafts. Salt & Timber is Lindsey’s debut book.

SALT & TIMBER: Knits From The Northern Coast

  • 160 pages
  • 15 knitting patterns (5 scarves, 4 socks, 2 hats, 1 sweater, 1 cardigan, 1 pair of fingerless mitts, 1 blanket)
  • Both charts and written instructions provided
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Weight: Approx. 500 g / 1.1 lb
  • 185 x 246 x 19 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-18-0

PROJECTS Hand Towels & Cloths (Freebies)

All of our Summer yarns are on sale now! Take advantage of all the cottons & linens while the weather is warm!

See our Past Project Ideas For:

Photo: Purl Soho

Colorfield Hand Towels (Knit)

I came across these sunny hand towels a few times and felt like they were full of YUP! They’re a good size, 22″ wide x 37″ long, but of course you are welcome to up or downscale them – they’re just rectangles, after all. They’re made with a simple linen stitch that creates a woven look on one side and a nubbly texture on the other. And the pattern’s free – sweet!

The Yarn

Cascade Ultra Pima is a silky soft, light cotton. It’s easy to work with on both knitting needles or crochet hook. I often recommend it for baby blankets or afghans because it’s so soft and machine washable, and it doesn’t have the hardness or lack of give that’s common in so many cotton yarns.

I was so eager to share this project with you that I rephotographed the Cascade Ultra Pima (it was time). All the new images have been colour corrected, so they’re as close to the original as was possible … not an easy task with cotton, the light reflected off the surface makes it really tricky! Any old photos left are colours that were out of stock and couldn’t be photographed.

Photo: Purl Soho

Materials

  • Cascade Ultra Pima: 4 skeins in main colour, 1 skein in contrast colour (makes 2 hand towels, recommend 3718 Cream for main colour and 3764 Sunshine for contrast colour)
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 32″ circular needles
  • FREE Pattern

Colour Suggestions

The following colours of Cascade Ultra Pima are all smashing combined with colour 3718 Cream:

  • 3755 Tomato
  • 3764 Sunshine
  • 3833 Antique Moss
  • 3845 Robin’s Egg Blue
  • 3772 Cornflower
  • 3759 Taupe

Alternate Yarns

Berroco Remix Light is also a great option! Because of it’s generous yardage You’ll need half as much yarn: 2 skeins of the main colour and 1 of the contrast will make two hand towels)

Photo: Purl Soho

Farmhouse Towels (Knit)

Make some towels that are so beautiful you’ll never want to use them! That’s ok, some things you use until they’re shredded, and some you keep out to please the eye. Both have their roles in our lives. The pattern is a FREEBIE, and makes for some simple, elegant summer knitting.

Quince & Co Sparrow is my favourite yarn for this project, I love how this linen looks, the silky feels after being washed, and also how resilient it is (it gets better going through the wash) . My second personal choice would be

Berroco Remix Light is the budget friendly, earth friendly, use-friendly option – it has so much yardage, two skeins of the main colour will make 3 towels, and 3 skeins will make 5. Plus it’s recycled, has a neat texture, is easy to knit with and wash.

Cascade Ultra Pima is the last on the list, but not the least. This silky smooth pima cotton is a staple, and is always a joy to knit with and wear. If you like a plain, flat aesthetic, this is your yarn of choice.

ALL OF THE YARN SUGGESTED ARE ON SALE TO AUG 14th!

Materials

Alternate Yarn Options

For the following yarn options you’ll probably want to go up to a 4mm/US6 needle.

  • Cascade Ultra Pima: MC: 2 skeins, CC: 1 skein. (3 skeins of MC will make 2 towels)
  • Berroco Remix Light: MC 1 skein, CC: 1 skein. (2 skeins of the MC make 3 towels, 3 skeins of the MC will make 5 towels)
Mother’s Day Washcloths by Purl Soho

Mother’s Day Washcloths (Crochet)

Please don’t leave the crocheters out! Crochet has got to be a super fast, easy way to make cloths.

Yarn Options

Cascade Ultra Pima: MC: 2 skeins, CC: 1 skein.
Berroco Remix Light: MC 1 skein, CC: 1 skein.

Materials

Photos: © Purl Soho

Colorful Half + Half Washcloths

Size

  • Approximately 12 inches wide x 11½ inches long
  • Each cloth requires approx 202m of yarn sport/dk weight yarn

Yarn Options

Each cloth requires approximately 200m of yarn sport/dk weight yarn

Materials

Photo: © Purl Soho

New Log Cabin Washcloths

Size

  • Approximately 8 inches x 8 inches

Yarn Options

Materials

© Purl Soho

Tiny House Washcloths

Size

  • Approximately 6 inches wide x 9½ inches long, at widest and longest points

Yarn Options

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 1 skein per colour, 1 skein of main colour makes 2 cloths ON SALE TO SEPT 6

Materials

© Purl Soho

Simple Stripe Washcloth

Note: the pattern seems to have neglected to explain how to make an I-Cord (the loop at the tops of the cloth), so here is an I-cord tutorial for those of you who are not familiar with the technique. Alternately, you can skip the I-cord, make your cloth loop-free and just weave in your ends – there’s no rule that says a cloth must have a loop.

Size

  • Approximately 10 x 10 inches

Yarn Options

Main Colour: 100m required per washcloth. Contrast Colour: 24m required per washcloth.

Materials

PRE-ORDER Berroco Wizard Kits

Who wants to think about Fall when we’re in the middle of Summer? Me! When I saw Berroco Wizard I knew the projects were winners, and when the yarn for our store samples showed up I knew I’d be happy, but it wasn’t until I cast on that I realized it was BASHERT (a Yiddish term referring to something that is destined, like a soul mate).

I’m making Malou, a simple pullover (see below), in colour 2954 and it’s just sooooo gorgeous. It’s like if Noro and Missoni collaborated and said: “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could make everything Haley ever wanted in a yarn?!” I thought the colourway would work up looking more blue, but you know what – I don’t care! It’s GORGEOUS, it’s better than what I wanted it to be, it’s what I need.

Berroco Wizard is a super soft, light & happy bulky weight yarn. It stripes by itself, with bold colors flowing. It has a chainette construction which makes it feel deliciously airy and weightless. The consruction is also respinsible for it’s very generous 240m yardage – the same amount of a typical bulky weight yarn would normally be about 100m to 125m. Wizard is also machine washable, so it’s great for all kinds of projects including blankets, sweaters, hats, scarves, mitts – even a cozy pair of -slipper-socks!

  • 85% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Nylon
  • 100g/240m (264 yds)
  • Bulky Weight
  • 6mm to 6.5mm/US 10 to 10.5 needles
  • 6.5mm/K crochet hook
  • Knitting Gauge: 14-16 sts & 20-23 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 13 sc & 16 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Machine wash separately in cold water on delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.Made in Italy
  • When checking your tension do so with WET BLOCKING to get the most accurate stitch gauge.

Projects & Patterns

Pre-Order

These kits as a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis – you have the option to order it any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. 

Aleid

Aleid is a simple stockinette hat and mitten set, perfect for gifting. Also a great beginner project! You can order the kit as just the hat, just mitts, or both.

Skill Level: Hat: Beginner (after scarves); Mitts: Advanced Beginner (after hats)

Size

  • Hat: 18″ / 45.5 cm around x 9½” / 24 cm high (not including pom-pom)
  • Mittens: 7″ / 18 cm around x 10½” / 26.5 cm long (length is adjustable

Gauge

When checking your tension do so with WET BLOCKING to get the most accurate stitch gauge.

  • 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4″ / 10 cm n Rib Pattern and St st

Kit Includes:

  • Berroco Wizard: 1 ball for each hat & mittens (shown in colour 2948)
  • Pattern (PDF & Printed – after checking out you will receive an email with a link to download a PDF of the pattern)

Kit DOES NOT include:

Bente

Bente is a mosaic stitch blanket using one color of Wizard. Working from two balls simultaneously creates a dynamic color change throughout the blanket. Kits are available in both a throw size and a baby blanket size (see modifications below).

Skill Level: Intermediate-Beginner (after scarves). (Mosaic stitch is an extremely easy form of colour knitting and only involves slipping stitches from the left needle to the right. 

Skills: Knit, slipping stitches, following a pattern, alternating balls of yarn (carrying yarn up the side/stripes)

SEE OUR CURATED LIST OF KNITTING SKILLS 

Size

  • Approximately 52″ / 132 cm wide x 62″ / 157.5 cm long
  • To make a baby blanket size (approx 36″ x 40″) cast on 115 sts. 

Gauge

When checking your tension do so with WET BLOCKING to get the most accurate stitch gauge.

  • 13 sts and 24 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in pattern stitch

Kit Includes:

Kit DOES NOT include:

Malou

Malou is a simple pullover in Wizard, a great first sweater. Body and sleeves of this garment are worked in the round to underarms. Pieces are then joined and yoke is worked in the round to the neck

Skill Level: 

Size

This sweater is designed cropped – to make yours longer please purchase an extra ball of yarn. 

  • Finished Bust: (34, 38½ , 42½) [47, 51¼ , 55½] {59¾, 64, 68¼}” / (86.5, 98, 108) [119.5, 130, 141] {152, 162.5, 173.5} cm
  • Length: (21, 22, 23½) [23½, 24, 24¾] {26, 26½, 27}” / (53.5, 56, 59.5) [59.5, 61, 63] {66, 67.5, 68.5} cm
  • Shown in size 38½” / 98 cm.
  • Suggested ease: Approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Gauge

When checking your tension do so with WET BLOCKING to get the most accurate stitch gauge.

  • 15 sts and 22 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in St st on larger needle

Kit Includes:

Kit DOES NOT include:

Sanne

Sanne is a must-make cardigan with ¾ sleeves, pockets and cozy shawl collar. It’s a wear-every-day kind of sweater. Shoulders are shaped using short rows and are then joined using 3-needle bind-off. Sleeves are then picked up and worked down. The hem and sides are finished with an applied I-cord.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size

This sweater is designed cropped – to make yours longer please purchase an extra ball of yarn. 

  • Finsihed Bust (closed): (40, 48, 54) [61, 66, 72]” / (101.5, 122, 137) [155, 167.5, 183] cm
  • Length: (25½, 26, 26½) [27, 27½, 28]” / (65, 66, 67.5) [68.5, 70, 71] cm down center back
  • Shown in size 48″ / 122 cm.
  • Recommended ease: Approximately 6–10″ / 15–25 cm positive ease.

Gauge

When checking your tension do so with WET BLOCKING to get the most accurate stitch gauge.

  • 14 sts and 20 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in St st on larger needle

Kit Includes:

Kit DOES NOT include:

Long Weekend Hours & Housekeeping

Long Weekend Store Hours

Saturday, July 30: 12 pm to 6 pm

Sunday, July 31: CLOSED

Monday, August 1: CLOSED

Tuesday, August 2: 12 pm to 6 pm

Private Classes & Project Help

We are back to doing private instruction and project help! You can learn something new, catch up with an old project, or get help with a new one – you set the agenda. Private classes are by appointment only, you can easily book online (you can see our availability at your convenience) or call us at 416-653-7849 to make an appointment. 

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone MUST wear a mask while in the store. 

  • Ages 8 & up
  • Maximum 2 people per private class 
  • Weekdays: Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 pm
  • You pay in person when you attend your class
  • $29.97 per hour, per person (+tax). 

Housekeeping

We have continued to wear masks in the store to keep everyone healthy and safe. Like wearing a seatbelt, it’s a very easy thing to do to ensure the safety of all. Viruses are living things, and as such, they tend to change to adapt to their environment. Like Monthy Python said, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition …. unless you also adapt and learn to not make assumptions.

The reason I bring this up is because I met someone this week who sincerely believed that the COVID vaccine prevented him and his wife from contracting the virus. He also believed that two shots of the vaccine were sufficient to protect them. I don’t know where he received his information from (I couldn’t really hear him across the room), but it is inaccurate and it leaves him and his wife vulnerable to the virus.

So, to clarify:

  1. The COVID vaccine will not prevent you from contracting COVID. There are different kinds of vaccines, and the COVID vaccine is not that kind. The COVID vaccine is more like the annual flu shot – it helps reduce the effects of the virus, so you are much, much less likely to end up in hospital.
  2. Two shots of either the Moderna or the Phizer vaccine are no longer enough to protect you. Like all vaccines, its effects wane over time, and you need to get a booster every 6 months. If it has been 6 months since your last shot, you don’t have much protection.
  3. ALL of the strains of COVID are still floating around, and you can still get any of them. Some people think that they will get the variant du jour, and getting COVID won’t be a big deal because that variant is less severe. If you get COVID, there are no guarantees that you won’t contract one of the earlier, stronger strains.
  4. Getting COVID does not prevent you from getting COVID again.
  5. You don’t want Long COVID – it’s nasty, and is not well understood yet.
  6. Our health care system was already strained when the Pandemic struck. After two and a half years, it is seriously broken. My point is, its not a good time to end up in the hospital if you can help it.

I don’t want to scare you, but I do want to illustrate that it’s important not to make assumptions about this virus. Live your life, but also protect yourself by wearing a mask in public places. If you believe in vaccines, make sure yours is up to date. There is always risk in life, but you can reduce your exposure. I still go to the gym, but I wear an N95 mask while I’m there. Eckhart Tolle said “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” Change is the only thing in life you can expect, the only constant, the only thing that is guaranteed.

People keep asking me when we are going to return to group classes and Sit ‘n Knit …. what they are really asking is two questions … “When will the pandemic be over?” and “When can I go back to my old life?” The answer to the first question is that I honestly don’t know. I’ve gazed into my crystal ball many times, and I’ve come to the conclusion that crystal balls don’t work that way (at least mine doesn’t … just kidding, my crystals are either jewelry or little chunks that hang out in my house). As for the second, I do know (without having to consult a divine rock) that you are not going back to life as you knew it … change is the only constant. So what part of the past are you still holding on to? (This question leaves me feeling slightly uncomfortable … there’s something that’s ready to leave. If you’re feeling resistant, defensive, or just uneasy then you probably also have something that’s ready to go.) Have you created space for something new? Try it, maybe if we all do it’ll move things along a bit faster? After all, life happens through us, not to us.

My recent recommendations:

Here are some of the books, courses & meditations I’ve discovered lately that I highly recommend:

PROJECT Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat

Scrappy Bucket Hat

My friend Adrienne came in wearing this awesome little bucket hat/cloche and it looked amazing …. I knew immedately that it was a must-share! Adrienne went down a hook size, and I think that was a good move – I light my bucket hat tension on the ticher side. If, on the other hand, you prfer yours loose & floppy, do up to the prescribed 6mm hook.

You can make the hat with several colours, like in the pattern, in which case you might want to go for a yarn like Berroco Pima Soft that comes in 50g skeins (see pictures below for colour ideas). Alternately, you can make it with one colour, or two … the suggested quantities and yarns are below.

Extras

This pattern has supporting video tutorials … be sure to turn off your ad-blocker (if you use one) to see them.

See Finished Projects

Skill Level

Intermediate-beginner: single crochet and working in the round. This hats isn’t ideal as your very first project, but if you know how to do a basic single crochet, you should be able to make this pattern.

Size

When choosing a size, go by head actual head circumference as measured just above ears. This style looks better slightly oversized (rather than on the tighter side) so if between sizes, size up. Checking gauge as described in pattern is essential to ensuring hat fits as expected.

  • S(M, L, XL)
  • Toddler(Child, Adult S/M, Adult M/L)
  • To fit head size 16-18(18-20, 20-22, 22-24) inches

Materials

Summer Yarn Suggestions

All of the following yarns are free from animal fibre (except Berroco Remix Light, which has a smidge of recycled silk), are soft, and suitable for anyone with a sensitive head (chemo, alopecia, etc). The pictures below have NOT been colour corrected, and the colours may not be accurate.

ALL OF THESE YARNS ARE 20% OFF UNTIL AUGUST 14, 2022

Berroco Pima Soft: 3 to 4 skeins …. super, duper, cloud soft, with a little bit of texture that comes from the loose twist. Loosely plied yarns can get a bit fuzzier with wear, which is great if you like texture – just give it a little de-fuzz with a disposable razor. This yarn is not machine washable, and should be hand-washed in Eucalan or Soak. See below for colour combinations to make the multi-coloured scrappy version of the hat. This was my favourite solid coloured yarn I swatched with.

Berroco Summer Sesame: 2 skeins … the multiple textures and colours in this yarn make it the perfect candidate for a hat with a lot of interest and dimension. I used a 5mm hook, holding 2 strands together, for a denser stitch you could go down to a 4.5mm hook. The textile is naturally pliable, and your hat will have some graceful floppiness to it. This yarn should make a fairly durable hat (the yarn is already textured, but not prone to fuzzing) and is machine washable. This was my favourite multi-coloured yarn I swatched with.

Cascade Ultra Pima: 2 skeins … Keep it simple with a smooth, solid coloured pima cotton. This cotton has some shine to it, but if you want to take that down a bit you can iron your finished project. I used a 5mm hook and the fabric is comfortably firm (with 2 strands together). You might be able to push it down to a 4.5mm hook, but I don’t know if it would do much further. This yarn will make a fairly durable hat, and is machine washable.

Berroco Remix Light: 1 skein …. this yarn is soft, light and tweedy. I used a 4.5mm crochet hook, but you might be able to push it down to a 4mm hook to get it REALLY dense. The fabric isn’t as firm as a pure cotton, but it has an interesting texture (it reminds me a little bit of terry-cloth). It’s also a bit thinner and lighter than the other options, making it a potentially cooler hat. This yarn should make a fairly durable hat (the yarn is already textured, so banging it around won’t hurt it), and is machine washable.

Lion Brand Pima Cotton: 3 skeins … soft, smooth. This yarn has less surface shine than The Cascade Ultra Pima, and it is a bit thicker. On a 5mm hook (with 2 strands together) it makes a fairly firm fabric. This yarn is machine washable and should be fairly durable.

Rico So Cool So Soft Cotton: 2 balls …. you only need to work with 1 strand of this super soft, cloud cotton. I used a 5mm crochet hook, which was perfect and made a nice, dense swatch. Like Berroco Pima Soft, this is a loosely spun cotton, so it;s big on softness, but will need a little depilation from time to time. This yarn is not machine washable, and should be hand-washed in Eucalan or Soak.

Scrappy Colour Combos

You can make your hat in 1 colour, or marled with 2 colours, but the pattern was designed with 5 colours, so here is some colour palette inspiraton for you with Berroco Pima Soft. The most accurate colours are on our website, the pictures below have not been colour corrected.

NEW Rico So Cool + So Soft Cotton (Bulky Weight)

Rico So Cool So Soft Cotton

SALE $9.58 (reg $11.97)

Rico Creative So Cool So Soft is a 100% cotton bulky-weight cotton yarn is made up of a fine thread wrapped around a stand of soft as a cloud cotton. It knits up exquisutely soft and with a bit of texture to keep things casual, interesting and easier to work with (to see the texture better check out some finished projects). It has a pretty, matte surface texture, with zero shine. It’s Ideal for knitting oversize sweaters, cozy blankets, shawls, and crocheting baskets. 

  • 100% Cotton
  • 100g/100m (109yds)
  • 7mm/US10.75 needles
  • 13 sts & 17 rows = 4″(10cm)
  • nubbly texture
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
Photos: Jacqueline Cieslak, Stitchnerd

Ursa

A cropped little top is the prettiest thing when paired with a summer dress or loose skirt/pants. It gives you just enough coverage with tons of casual, easy to wear style. This tops is knit at a loose, comfortable tension on 8mm/US11 needles, so you’ll whip it up quickly and it’ll breathe nicely!

Ursa is constructed from the top-down with raglan shaping for the sleeves and optional horizontal bust darts in 3 cup sizes. The pattern includes directions to try it on as you work and notations to help you tweak the size (including the length, if cropped isn’t your thing!) according to your preference. Also included in the pattern are links to custom video tutorials that will walk you through the techniques for half brioche stitch and German short rows.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Size

To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 2-6” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size. If you are between sizes, you can size up or down depending on whether you want more or less ease in the bicep (see full schematics illustration in the photos to the left).

  • Finished bust circumference: (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66} inches / (86.5, 96.5, 106.5) [117, 127, 137] {147.5, 157.5, 167.5} cm

Materials

  • Rico So Cool So Soft: (5, 5, 5) [6, 7, 7] {8, 9, 9} balls
  • 8mm/US11 needles (you can go down to 7mm/US10.75 for a tighter tension/smaller fit)
  • Stitch Markers
  • Pattern

Yarn Substitution

Yarn Substitution

If you want to make the project in a light, airy, fuzzy style, try holding 1 strand of Drops Air (3, 4, 4) [4, 5, 5] {5, 6, 6} balls, with 1 strand of Drops Kid Silk (2, 3, 3) [3, 3, 4] {4, 4, 5} balls. Use the needles recommended in the pattern.

For a linen summer version, use Quince & Co Kestrel: with Long Sleeves – (6, 7, 8) [8, 9, 10] {11, 12, 13} … for a top with short sleeves you can probably omit at least 2 skeins of yarn.

Column

Construction

Column is worked seamlessly in circular from bottom up. The hem begins with preferred method CO, then it is worked in rib or stockinette stitches for your choice. The pieces of body and sleeves are worked together in the round after joining. The shape of yoke takes unique hybrid raglan with single and double decrease. Toward end, the neckline is formed by german short rows.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Size

  • Finished bust circumference : 48.25 (52, 55.5)’’ / 123 (132, 142) cm
  • Recommended ease : 13-17’’ / 33-43 cm of positive ease

Materials

  • Rico So Cool So Soft Cotton: 7(8, 8) balls
  • 7mm/US10.75 – 40″ circular needles
  • 7mm/US10.75 – 24″ circular needles
  • 7mm/US10.75 double pointed needles (or use the 40″ circular for magic loop)
  • 5mm/US8 – 32″ circular needles (for ribbing)
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 32″ circular needles (for cast on …. optional?)
  • stitch markers
  • Pattern

Yarn Substitution

If you want to make the project in it’s original light, airy, fuzzy style, try holding 1 strand of Drops Air 5 (5, 6) balls, with 1 strand of Drops Kid Silk 4(4, 4) balls. Use the needles recommended in the pattern.

Aran Gallant

Construction

The Gallant sweater in aran weight yarn is an advanced beginner, top down, raglan sweater knitting pattern. You will need to be familiar with basic top down sweater construction in order to make it. Its simplicity is what makes it so special. It is cropped and it features a simple mock neck. Worked in the round in stockinette stitch all the way through.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Size

  • Finished Bust: 34”(37.5, 42, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61, 64) inches or 86(96, 106, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165) cm
  • Model is wearing size M on 93 cm bust
  • Intended to be worn with at least 10 cm of ease. 10 to 15 cm of positive ease is built into the pattern.

Materials

  • Rico So Cool So Soft Cotton: 5(6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10) balls
  • 7mm/US10.75 – 32″ or 40″ circular needles
  • 7mm/US10.75 – 16″ circular needles
  • 7mm/US10.75 double-pointed needles (or use the 40″ circular for magic loop)
  • stitch markers
  • Pattern

Yarn Substitution

If you want to make the project in it’s original light, airy, fuzzy style, try holding 1 strand of Drops Air 4(4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls, with 1 strand of Drops Kid Silk 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) balls (use needle sizes suggested in pattern).

Erikka Slipover

Construction

Erikka Slipover is worked seamlessly top down. First, the slipover is worked in rows while the shoulders are shaped with short rows. Thereafter, the body is worked in the round. Front and back are then divided and are finished separately. Decreases are worked at the front piece for a better fit. You pick up stitches for the ribbing around the slipovers neckline that is worked in the round. Erikka Slipover can be worked in 3 lengths, which result from the different lengths of armhole openings and 2 neckline variations. The short version can only be worked with a narrow neckline.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Size

  • Finished bust: 34(36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48) inches
  • Designed with a positive ease of approx. 6.5 to 8 inches

Materials

  • Rico So Cool So Soft Cotton: 5(5, 5, 6, 6, 7 to 8, 8, 8) balls
  • 6.5mm AND 7mm/US10.75 – 32″ or 40″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 AND 7mm/US10.75 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needle
  • stitch markers
  • Pattern

Yarn Substitution

If you want to make the project in it’s original light, airy, fuzzy style, try holding 1 strand of Drops Air 4(4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) balls, with 1 strand of Drops Kid Silk. 2(2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) balls.

Midsommar Shawl

Midsommar is a crescent-shaped shawl that requires no counting — just follow along with the easy set of drop stitch, eyelet, stockinette and garter stitch sections.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Size: approximately: 90” x 20”

Materials

Yarn Substitution

This shawl would be absolutely gorgeous knit in an aran weight linen like Quince & Co Kestrel (you’ll need about 7 skeins, and 6mm/US10 needles are recommended).

Cozy Colorblock Shawl

The shawl starts with a single stitch and gradually increases by one new stitch on every right side row, until it’s the size you’d like, or you run out of yarn. When you’re done with the knitting just bind off and add a fringe!

This is a really simple project which makes for perfect comfort knitting. It’s easy enough for a novice and the side-to-side construction means you can simply bind off whenever you want – you’ll have the perfect triangle shape. Because of this ‘bias’ construction, the fabric is stretchy and will wrap and drape beautifully.

Skill Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials

  • Rico So Cool So Soft Cotton: 7 balls {A (blue) – 1 ball, B (grey) – 2 balls, C (yellow) – 1 ball, D (coral) – 3 balls}
  • 7mm/US10.75 – 32″ or 40″ circular needles (for a loose tension use 8mm/US11 needles)
  • FREE Pattern

Yarn Substitution

If you want to make this wrap but don’t want to use cotton, Berroco Vintage Chunky is a great alternative (you’ll still need a total of 7 skeins, and 6mm/US10 needles are recommended).

15th Street Wrap

The 15th Street Wrap is a simple scarf but larger than life! Worked in bulky yarn, this wrap is the epitome of classic minimalism, combined with comfy coziness that every knitter dreams of in the middle of winter. This wrap is wider and longer than a regular scarf , which makes it perfect for looping around your shoulders while reading a book or wrapping up snugly against the winter weather. The simple construction and stitch pattern make the 15th Street Wrap perfect for both new knitters and experienced knitters looking for a relaxing project.

Skill Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials

Yarn Substitution

If you want to make this wrap but don’t want to use cotton, Berroco Vintage Chunky is a great alternative (you’ll still need a total of 10 skeins, and 6mm/US10 needles are recommended).

NEW Schoppel Zauberball Crazy

Schoppel Crazy Zauberball

Recently I was chatting with an old friend about sock yarn. She knits a lot of socks, and she wears a lot of socks, and she’s been making them for a while. I asked her about which yarns she uses over and over, which socks she likes the best, and which socks have lasted the longest. The point in the Venn diagramm where beauty, quality and longevity met was one of my all-time favourite sock yarns, Schoppel Crazy Zauberball.

Schoppel Crazy Zauberball a 2ply marled sock yarn that knits up in an ombre gradient. The stripes in it are never narrow and the shifts are never jarring, but things are always changing, which keeps things fun when you’re knitting (especially if you’re just working on a pair of vanilla socks). It isn’t a new kid on the scene, but maturity comes with benefits, including a broad palette and lots of colours to choose from.

You may have already extrapolated that Schoppel Crazy Zauberball washes and wears extremely well. To prove it, I asked my friend to bring some of her socks by for a little photoshoot. All of the socks above are OVER TEN YEARS OLD, none have holes or thinning from wear, and they have definitely been worn. She doesn’t do any special laundering acrobatics, (she says she washes them on a cold water cycle with detergent and a cup of white vinegar, and then hangs them to dry). They were a little bit pilly, but not badly so, and it wasn’t anything that couldn’t be cleaned up lickety-split with a disposable razor. (I gave them a little steam to get them photo-ready, but they didn’t need anything more than a little shvitz to bring them fully to life).

My grandmother once told me she knitted my grandfather a pair of argyle socks, and he wore a hole in them while walking to work the next day – it still makes me cringe, these are the stories knitters tell around campfires. I don’t know about you, but if I’m spending 20 to 30 hours making a pair of socks, I want them to have looooooongevity.

Schoppel Crazy Zauberball

Schoppel Crazy Zauberball embodies everything we want in a sock yarn – beauty and longevity! It’s a marvelous, self-striping yarn with a long colourway. The yarn is made from 2 plies, each a different colour, which creates a marled effect as well.

When it comes to sock yarns the Germans do them best – they always bring the besst quality products to market. Schoppel Crazy Zauberball  is soft but also a very hard wearing yarn with 25% nylon, so your socks should wear well and last a long time (depending on wear and washing, we have clients who have had theirs well over a decade and they’re still going strong). We believe that if you’re going to put 20 to 30 hours of love and labour into a pair of socks then it’s worth it to make them with a yarn that’s going to last!

We really like the Magic Zauberball Stripe Socks free pattern (picture to the left) and the Sock Head Hat free pattern for this yarn.

  • 75% Superwash Virgin Wool, 25% Nylon
  • 100g/420m (460yds)
  • Fingering Weight Sock yarn
  • 2mm to 3mm/US 0 to 3 needles
  • Made in Germany
  • Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry
  • Pattern ideas for this yarn

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