NEW Artesia Pre-Order Kits

These kits are a special-order, we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but 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. 

Bixby

Bixby is a simple shawl collar cardigan using Berroco Artesia and Berroco Providence. Two colors of Providence are striped along with a single color of Artesia to create a fade effect. Bixby is knit seamlessly in the round in one piece from the bottom up. Shown in colourway 1A: 4801 + 1115/1119.

The Yarns

Berroco Artesia is a hand-dyed, chunky weight blend of alpaca, kid mohair and nylon. It’s soft, fuzzy, and light, and is ideal for use on its own or held together with a classic base yarn. Because Artesia is hand-dyed hanks may vary – we recommend alternating hanks every two rows while knitting. 40% Alpaca, 40% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon, 100g/434m (475 yds). Made in Italy, hand wash & lay flat to dry.

Berroco Providence is a lightweight tweedy yarn, perfect for all-seasons projects. Merino, baby alpaca, and silk join forces to create a DK-weight yarn that shines in simple and textured stitches. 65% Merino Wool, 20% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 50g/175m (191 yds).  Made in Italy, hand wash & lay flat to dry.

Size

  • Bust (closed):  (39½, 41½, 46, 48) [51, 54½, 56½, 61]” / (100.5, 105.5, 117, 122) [129.5, 138.5, 143.5, 155] cm (fronts overlap approximately 1½” / 4 cm)
  • Length:  (23½, 24, 24¼, 24¾) [24¾, 25¼, 26, 26¾]” / (59.5, 61, 61.5, 63) [63, 64, 66, 68] cm
  • Shown in size 41½” / 105.5 cm
  • Recommended ease:  2–4″ / 5–10 cm of positive ease

Gauge: 13 sts and 16 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in St st on larger needles with 1 of each yarn held together

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

  • 5mm/US8 – 32″ (or longer) circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 32″ (or longer) circular needle
  • 5mm/US8 double pointed or 12″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed or 12″ circular needles
  • 6 stitch markers 
  • Waste yarn to hold stitches

Notes

Idabel

Idabel is a basic pullover using Berroco Artesia and Berroco Ultra Wool held together. It’s a classic roll neck perfect for those everyday looks. This easy project creates depth of colour and texture by working with 2 strands of yarn held together (don’t worry, it’s not hard). Idabel is worked flat in pieces, seamed, and then the crew neck is picked up in the round. Shown in colourway 07: 4807 + 3300.

The Yarns

Berroco Artesia is a hand-dyed, chunky weight blend of alpaca, kid mohair and nylon. It’s soft, fuzzy, and light, and is ideal for use on its own or held together with a classic base yarn. Because Artesia is hand-dyed hanks may vary – we recommend alternating hanks every two rows while knitting. 40% Alpaca, 40% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon, 100g/434 m (475 yds), made in Italy, hand wash & lay flat to dry.

Berroco Ultra Wool is a classic worsted weight, 100% superwash Peruvian wool. Available in a wide range of colors, this yarn is perfect for any project that requires easy-care yarn. 100% Superwash Wool, 100g/200m (219 yds), made in Peru, machine wash in cold water on delicate cycle, tumble dry low.

Size

  • Bust:  (36, 40, 44) [48, 52, 56] {60, 64, 68}” / (91.5, 101.5, 112) [122, 132, 142] {152.5, 162.5, 172.5} cm
  • Length:  (21½, 22, 22½) [22½, 23, 23] {23½, 23½, 24}” / (54.5, 56, 57) [57, 58.5, 58.5] {59.5, 59.5, 61} cm
  • Shown in size 40″ / 101.5 cm
  • Recommended ease: approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Gauge: 13 sts and 16 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in St st on larger needles with 1 of each yarn held together

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

  • 5.5mm/US9 needles (circular or straight)
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 needles (circular or straight)
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular knitting needles 
  • 1 stitch marker
  • 2 stitch holders

Notes

Prescott

Wrap yourself up with soft luxury! Prescott features a simple tiled design and fun chunky corner tassels. This easy project creates shifting colour and texture by working with 2 strands of yarn held together (don’t worry, it’s not hard). Shown in colourway 01: 4801 & 3301/3305/33130. 

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Approximately 50″ wide x 60″ long (not including tassels)

Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4″ in St st with MC and C1 held together

Yarns

Berroco Artesia is a hand-dyed, chunky weight blend of alpaca, kid mohair and nylon. It’s soft, fuzzy, and light, and is ideal for use on its own or held together with a classic base yarn. Because Artesia is hand-dyed hanks may vary – we recommend alternating hanks every two rows while knitting. 40% Alpaca, 40% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon, 100g/434 m (475 yds), made in Italy, hand wash & lay flat to dry.

Berroco Ultra Wool is a classic worsted weight, 100% superwash Peruvian wool. Available in a wide range of colors, this yarn is perfect for any project that requires easy-care yarn. 100% Superwash Wool, 100g/200m (219 yds), made in Peru, machine wash in cold water on delicate cycle, tumble dry low.
Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT include:

NEW Accessories in Kelbourne Scout

Last Week I offered the sweater patterns, and as promised here are some accessories knit with Kelbourne Scout ….

Portage

Portage is a classic-styled cabled toque, made with a classic wool, worked in the round from the bottom up. Simple and elegant, this never goes out of style – plus cables create density in the fabric which helps to keep you warm! It’s also kind of an easy project to choose when you don’t know what to knit, it makes a gorgeous gift or you can keep it for yourself.

Size

  • 18.75” (47.5 cm) circumference, unstretched
  • 11” (28 cm) height, brim folded

Materials

Tutorials

Le Massif Scarf

Le Massif Scarf is worked in the round, featuring simple but striking geometric patterns. It is bold, stylish, and deliciously warm. This is a great exercise if you want to practice your stranded colourwork.

Size

  • 14″/35cm in circumference
  • 76″/193cm long

Materials

Tutorials

Compass

Compass is a gorgeous cabled cowl designed in the style of traditional aran sweaters (my heart skipped a beat when i found it). The cowl is written for two sizes, depending on how you like to wear your winter neckwear. If you prefer not to work the tubular cast on and bind off, a long tail cast on and binding off in pattern may be used in their place.

Size

  • Circumference: 22.5 (25)” 57 (63.5) cm 
  • Height: 13.25 (15.5)” 33.5 (39.5) cm 

Materials

Tutorials

Ballard

Ballard is a classic hat knit in stranded colourwork. All you need is a light or bright colour and a dark shade and you’re set!

Size

  • 20.25” (51.5 cm) circumference
  • 10.25” (26 cm) length.

Materials

Tutorials

Custom Hats

Custom Hats, by Kate Atherly, an awesome knitting instructor and designer, is an ebook that has something for every knitter. It’s not a standard pattern book, this is a complete recipe for making your own custom-fit hats, for any head, with any yarn. Just grab a skein and start knitting. With instructions for slouchy and beanie-style hats, and tutorials added for decorative flourishes like different cuff finishes and pom-poms and tassels, this book has everything you’ll ever need to keep everyone in your family warm.

The recipe includes all the instructions and numbers for three styles of hat with three choices of cuff, in 13 gauges and 17 sizes, covering preemies to XL adult heads. And if those don’t cover your needs, the formulas are included so you can calculate your own.

The book steps you through the whole process: from choosing yarn and determining size right through to finishing, with tutorials for all the key knitting techniques – casting on, working in the round, stretchy and decorative bind-offs, even weaving in the ends. There’s a whole chapter with ideas and instructions for customizing the hat with colour, changing up the hem pattern and style, and adding decorative flourishes like pom-poms and tassels.

Don’t worry, a yardage table will help you make sure you’ve got enough yarn: and there’s lots of tips and tricks for what to do if you think you’re going to run out, and how to use up small quantities of yarn leftovers. There’s even information on making hats for the most delicate of heads: premature babies, cancer patients and others losing their hair because of medical treatments. Photo tutorials and guidance on fit and yarn help you make your first hat perfect. For experienced hat knitters, the advice on customization and straightforward but powerful formulas empower you to get designing.

Kelbourne Woolens Scout

Kelbourne Scout is a classic yarn for the sake of yarn. It’s an unfussy, strong, versatile, heathered wool. Scout is a Dk weight, woolen-spun yarn, so it’s light, airy and springy – perfect for fair isle, cables, or any other technique that requires a bit of definition. Made with 100% Peruvian wool, it’s comfortable to work with and wear (it passes my yarn-o-meter, meaning it’s not as buttery soft as a merino wool, but it isn’t remotely in the itchy or uncomfortable range of fibres).

  • 100% wool
  • 100g/250m (274 yds)
  • 20 to 22 sts = 4″(10cm) 
  • DK to light worsted weight
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • Feltable
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru
  • Patterns designed with Scout

Substitutions & A Hack

  1. If you love the projects we’re sharing today but you aren’t a fan of traditional style woolen-spun yarns like Kelbourne Scout (it isn’t itchy, but it also isn’t baby-bum soft), you can substitute the following yarns:

2. If you like knitting with a more traditional yarn, but you find it too itchy for a hat, try lining your hats with a headband sized strip of fleece fabric – it’s also beneficial as it makes the hat warmer!

NEW Yarn Tasting Kits & Special Orders

Berroco Spring Yarn Tasting Kit PRE-ORDER

This season Berroco is doing something neat and is making their Spring Yarn-Tasting kits available to the general public (via their retailers, like us). It contains samples of the new yarns they are launching or promoting this season, which you can swatch and work experiment with. I receive one of these kits every season and I dutifully swatch with my sample to get a feel for the different yarns. It helps me decide what to order for you, but also it gives me insight into what’s out there, even if I don’t want to carry it (sometimes people come to me looking for something specific and I can special order it for them). If enough people purchase a yarn tasting kit we can have a Zoom yarn Tasting Party (I have no idea how that will work, but I’m open to experimentation). If we sell ten kits Berroco will even pitch in a door prize! Please note, these kits are special Pre-Orders, please read at the bottom of the page for more info on that.

Pick a Project, Any Project

Another super cool new thing is that if you like what you see & feel & knit & crochet and want to make an actual project we can now special-order that for you. This applies to all their yarns, for any of their projects (or other projects not designed by them). As long as it is in stock it’s available to us, and if it isn’t we can look into waiting for it to come in. Berroco is also the North American distributor for Lopi and Amano, so we can look into special-ordering projects in those yarns too (Amano is super drool-worthy, their yarns are SOOOO beautiful). Berroco is making it really easy for us to get their yarns into your hands, but it’s a COVID innovation, so take advantage of it while it lasts. I’ve been adding new special Pre-Order Knitting Kits and Crochet Kits to our website, most of them with an expanded selection of colour combinations (by me, so they’re attractive … hopefully).

A Yarn Tasting Kit might be for you if:

  • You are thinking about making a spring/summer project (or two) and want to find a yarn that makes you happy.
  • You like swatching (some people sincerely do enjoy it, they exist, I know them).
  • You’re allergic to wool (or know someone who is) and want to try-out some alternatives (5 of the 6 yarns included in the kit are wool-free).
  • You’re stuck in a bit of a rut and you’re ready for a gentle exercise to help you moving outside of your comfort zone.
  • You like ‘NEW’.
  • You don’t like ‘NEW’, but you’re tired of being afraid of it (file this under ‘comfort zone’ above).

What you’ll get in your Yarn Tasting Kit:

  • 6 Mini balls (10-20g) of each new spring yarns (plus a few spring favorites): Summer SesameZinniaChai, Ultra Wool HandpaintMedina, and Remix Light
  • Yarn Tasting Menu
  • Berroco Spring ’21 Newsletter
  • Berroco Spring ’21 Lookbook
  • Berroco Alpaca Sticker
  • Thank you note with a 50% off pattern coupon code!

Pre-Orders

These kits are special Pre-Orders, we aren’t stocking them in the store, but – 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 (it may take 2 to 3 weeks for your pre-order to arrive). If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. 

New Year/New Project Game

Happy New Year! I’m sorry this is a bit belated, I’m usually a bit burned out by the time the holidays wrap up. I’m also the kind of person who likes to let things marinate for a little while before I decide where I’m at, and I feel like the turning of the calendar this year was extra meaningful.

Show & Share

Above are a couple projects I just finished, a pair of hats that were supposed to be gifts for my niece and nephew for Christmas (don’t worry, I’m a very responsible aunt, they did not suffer for a lack of gifts this year, just headwear). The pink & cyan hat is for Lucy, the blue & green is for Ben. I didn’t use a specific pattern but I put extensive details in my project notes on Ravelry, just follow the links above. The bird in the picture is a new member who joined our family in December, Gruau (it’s a french name, translating to ‘groats’, so basically ‘Oatmeal’). He’s franco-Ontarian and mostly speaks (mumbles) in french. Right now he’s living at home and isn’t in the store, but perhaps some day …

New Year/New Project Game

Based on my interactions with you guys, many of you are feeling more than just a little burned out these days. I can always gauge this by the number of people who ask me to tell them what to make. I get that, the stress of living with uncertainty doesn’t exactly stimulate the creative juices for me either. The problem for me is that I don’t have a clear-cut answer for you, you all like different things and everyone needs to grow in different ways. So, instead of giving you a project idea, I’m going to offer you a New Year’s game …

1. Decide who you will be at the end of this year. Who do you WANT to be at the end of the year? Maybe you want to be your best self, work on gratitude, or you might want more compassion and forgiveness in your life? Maybe you want to be kinder, or more loving? You might decide to chase joy (never a bad choice) and become a happier person. Growth and groundedness might appeal, or you may just want to be more connected with yourself. Self-Love could be what you desire, or grace, or an open heart. Whatever you want will be great, just choose UP. Once you ask the question meditate on it, the answer might take its time, but it will surface naturally.

2. Whatever comes out, set it as your goal. No matter how out of reach it feels, just tell yourself that you are setting this as your goal, and this is who you want to be at the end of 2021. Don’t worry about how you’ll achieve the goal, just set it. It doesn’t matter if you are the world’s biggest pessimist and you’ve decided you want to be an optimist by the end of the year, just set the goal and let it go – you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.

3. Choose a project that will be a gift for the person you are going to be at the end of this year. You’ll probably have to meditate on this one too. There may be lots of browsing on Ravelry (go though the projects you’ve favourited in Ravelry through the years, there are gems in there). You’re probably going to be drawn to the project but not connect entirely with it, which makes sense, you aren’t that person yet, are you? When you find it be open to it, when you second-guess yourself stop, listen to your intuition and don’t listen to your head – this is not the place for reason. The style might be different than what you usually go for, the colours might be something you’ve never related to before, it might even be something you’ve never thought you’d use – whatever it is, just lean into it. Remember, this isn’t for you, it’s a gift you are making for the person you are going to be, someone you don’t know yet, someone who doesn’t exist yet … kind of like a baby gift. (I haven’t chosen my project yet, but when I do I’ll let you know.)

4. Get the materials and cast on! Don’t bookmark and put-off your future-self. You only exist right now, but your choices in the now will shape your future. It doesn’t matter how resistant you are to your goal or your future self, just push yourself to start and get the ball rolling!

5. Swim with the current. Once you have set your goal, the resources you need to get you to your destination will find you, just be sure to take advantage of them as they cross your path. It may not be big things, but don’t pass them by. When someone mentions a book, look it up, skim it. If you hear about a podcast, check it out, see if there are any episodes that appeal to you. Accept referrals, consider advice, explore new avenues as they open up, try new things you may have passed on before. Sometimes a small thing leads to a smaller thing, then a weird thing, and then THE thing (and then twenty more small things). Trust life, let it change your perspective and let yourself grow.

By the way, unless you live on the coolest commune ever, there are going to be people in your life who are going to poo-poo your choices. Don’t pay them any mind, and lean towards the people who cheer you on. As long as you are growing towards your highest good you’re going in the right direction. You don’t get to choose the cards you’re dealt in life, but you are able to choose how you play them.

Helpful Resources for Meditating on Things

Thanks to the interweb there are many, many, many free and extremely helpful resources out there these days. There are several apps like Insight Timer, Calm and Headspace that offer both free and paid content to help you mellow-out and mull things over. You can listen to soothing meditative music on Youtube; search for Solfeggio Frequencies or Binaural Beats (if you subscribe to a music service like Spotify you can also search Solfeggio or Binaural). If you are a closet studier and book learning is your path of choice try Letting Go by David Hawkins (this is a book worth purchasing, either in paper, as an ebook or on audible. It’s always on hold at the library and it’s something you’ll want to keep on your shelf and revisit). You might also want to keep a journal. If you aren’t a paper and pen person there are lots of good Journalling Apps out there, I’ve been using the Day One app for several years, but ultimately I don’t think it matters what you choose, as long as you like how it works.

Conclusion

So, you not only have a new project on the horizon, but you now have some activities, reading material, and resources that will get you through the second half of this pandemic and help you come out better than when it started. That’s not too shabby, is it?

PRE-ORDER Belleterre Cardigan Kit

Belleterre Kit Pre-Order

This kit is a Pre-Order, please see below for details

Maximize comfort and style with the Belleterre cardigan made in super soft Berroco Mochi. This grandpa style cardigan is made with a relaxed fit and a slight v-neck.

The Yarn

Berroco Mochi is your new favorite yarn you didn’t know you were missing. This baby alpaca, wool and nylon blend comes in an easy to work chainette yarn. The subtle speckled colors in this aran weight yarn create soft and light, yet warm accessories and garments. 

  • 37% Baby Alpaca, 35% Nylon, 26% Fine Merino Wool, 2% Other Fiber
  • Made in Italy
  • Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
  • Aran to Chunky weight

Size

  • Bust (closed): (38, 42, 46, 50) [54, 58, 62, 66]“ / (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127) [137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5] cm (including front band)
  • Length: (28¼, 28¾, 29¼, 29¼) [29¾, 30½, 30½, 31]” / (72, 73, 74.5, 74.5) [75.5, 77.5, 77.5, 78.5] cm (from cast-on edge down)
  • Shown in size 38” / 96.5 cm
  • Recommended ease: 2–4” / 5–10 cm positive ease

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

  • 4.5mm/US7 – 24” or longer circular needles
  • 5.5 mm/US9 – 24” or longer circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • 5.5 mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • 4 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn for holding stitches
  • Six ¾“ / 20 mm buttons

Notes

Pre-Order

These kits are a special pre-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. 

HATS for New Knitters

These hat patterns from Sheep & Stitch are great for beginner knitters! They are simple designs, they work up fast with thick, soft yarn, and they come with lots and lots of instructions and tutorials. If you’re a new knitter this is for you, or if you know a new knitter you can forward this to them.

Photos: Sheep & Stitch

Hat Knit Flat & Seamed

Knitting a hat flat is a great place for very new knitters to start. The main advantage to knitting a hat flat is that they can be made on straight needles, you don’t need to knit in the round with circular and double pointed needles. The downside is that you have to sew it closed, and you’ll also have a seam up the back.

Skills

  • Cast on
  • Knit & Purl in the same row
  • Decrease stitches
  • Weaving in ends
  • Following a pattern

Materials

Photos: Sheep & Stitch

Hat Knit in the Round

One you start knitting hats in the round you won’t want to go back to knitting them flat. The skills are an itsy bit more advanced, but the rewards are worth it – no sewing and no seams! Hats in the round is a great next step after making scarves. 

Skills

  • Cast on
  • Join stitches in the round
  • Knit & Purl in the same row
  • Decrease stitches
  • Weaving in ends
  • Following a pattern
  • Working with circular needles
  • Working with double pointed needles

Materials

Photos: Sheep & Stitch

UPDATE Lockdown

The province of Ontario announced new lockdown measures starting Wednesday January 13th, but right now it doesn’t seem like it’s going to create much of a problem for us. We will continue to be open for curbside pick-up, shipping, and same day delivery. Our hours will change to Monday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm, but that’s the only change we’re making right now.

We’re so grateful for your continued support, your kindness means the world to us! Every day I think about all the things I’m grateful for, and you are always in there.

NEW Sweaters in Kelbourne Scout

Because of COVID we had to wait a little extra time for Kelbourne Scout (it was supposed to arrive in August but the Peruvians have been kit hard by the pandemic), but we’re grateful we waited! There were so many inspiring project ideas designed with Scout that we’re breaking them up into two segments – we’ll start with the sweater projects and then move on to the accessories after (hopefully this will give the sweater knitters a chance to scoop up the yarn they need for a larger project).

Kelbourne Woolens Scout

Kelbourne Scout is a classic yarn for the sake of yarn. It’s an unfussy, strong, versatile, heathered wool. Scout is a Dk weight, woolen-spun yarn, so it’s light, airy and springy – perfect for fair isle, cables, or any other technique that requires a bit of definition. Made with 100% Peruvian wool, it’s comfortable to work with and wear (it passes my yarn-o-meter, meaning it’s not as buttery soft as a merino wool, but it isn’t remotely in the itchy or uncomfortable range of fibres).

  • 100% wool
  • 100g/250m (274 yds)
  • 20 to 22 sts = 4″(10cm) 
  • DK to light worsted weight
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • Feltable
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru
  • Patterns designed with Scout

Sawyer

Sawyer is a great pattern for wearing and knitting. It’s simple, elegant and easy to wear. Sawyer is a great pattern for advanced beginners and intermediate knitters who want to expand their skills and build their confidence – Kelbourne has created little tutorials to help you through (see below).

Sawyer is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up. The lace pattern is provided in both charted and written form. After completing the front and back, stitches are joined at the shoulder using a 3 Needle Bind Off. Stitches are then picked up to work a deep ribbed turtleneck. After completing the shoulder and neck, stitches are picked up at the armholes and sleeves are worked flat in Stockinette stitch to the ribbed cuffs. Two options for sleeves are given in the pattern – pay attention to the schematic and choose the sleeve circumference that best suits your desired finished result. Once completed, the body and sleeves are seamed. Body length can be added easily by adding repeats of the lace pattern. The gauge is given in the lace pattern after blocking. Be sure to knit a blocked gauge swatch prior to beginning.

Size

  • Bust: 56.75” (144 cm) finished bust, one size.
  • Sleeves: 13 (17)” 33.5 (43) cm circumference at armhole.
  • The sleeves are designed to fit with 1–0” (2.5 cm–0 cm) of positive ease. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: 5(6) skeins
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 40” circular
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 24” circular
  • 4mm/US6 – 40” circular (2 pairs)
  • 4 mm/US6 DPNs.
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • Pattern

Skills

  • basic lace
  • picking up stitches
  • 3-Needle Bind-Off
  • mattress stitch

Tutorials

  • working from charts, visit our Charts Series here.
  • working the 3 Needle Bind Off, visit our tips and tricks here.
  • evenly picking up stitches, visit our tips and tricks here.
  • seaming using mattress stitch, visit our tips and tricks here.

Clawthorpe

Clawthorpe is a simple, pretty fair isle pullover, a great colourwork project for anyone. Clawthorpe is worked in the round from the bottom up. Both the body and sleeves begin with a provisional tubular cast-on, and the neck is finished with a tubular bind-off. After the body and sleeves are joined, raglan decreases are worked to shape the underarms, and short rows are worked to raise the back yoke. When working the yoke, you may find it helpful to change to the longer circular to accommodate the large number of stitches, and then change to the shorter circular when there are too few stitches to fit comfortably on the longer circumference.

Size

34.5 (38.5, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56)” 87.75 (97.75, 110, 120, 130.25, 142.25) cm finished bust. Please see schematic for detailed measurements.

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour 4(4, 5, 5, 5, 5), Contrast Colour: 1 skein in each of 4 colours
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 16″ circular
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 24″ circular
  • 3.5mm/US4 DPNs
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 24″ circular
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 40″ circular
  • 3.75mm/US5 DPNs
  • tapestry needle
  • 4 stitch markers
  • stitch holders or waste yarn
  • F hook
  • smooth waste yarn for provisional cast-on
  • cable needle (optional)
  • spare 16” circular for bind-off
  • Pattern

Skills

  • provisional tubular cast-on
  • colorwork in the round
  • short-row shaping
  • tubular bind-off

Tutorials

  • stranded colorwork from Charts, visit our Charts Series here.
  • kitchener stitch, visit our Tips + Tricks here.

Rippling Sands

Rippling Sands was inspired by the lines left behind in the sand at low-tide. The stunning twisted stitch pattern creates an overall wavy stitch pattern (achieved by using Bavarian twisted stitches). The design is a simple boxy, drop shoulder sweater worked in the round from the bottom up. The top portion is worked separately flat with the shoulders seamed together with a three-needle bind off. Afterward the 3/4 sleeves are picked up and worked outward from the body in stockinette stitch.

Size

  • Size 1 (2, 3) (4, 5, 6)
  • Bust: 37 (41, 45) (49, 53, 57)” or 94 (104, 114) (124.5, 134.5, 145) cm
  • Designed to fit with 4-8” /10-20 cm positive ease

Materials

Photo: Marie Greene

Soundtrack

Soundtrack is a cool pullover knit with two colours to create a mod graphic design. This sweater is great for anyone who likes mixing tradition & innovation.

Size

  • Finished Bust/Chest Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in or 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour 4(4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins, Contrast Colour 1(1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins.
  • 3.75mm/US5 & 3.25mm/US3 needles (see pattern for details)
  • Stitch markers, tapestry needle, etc.
  • Pattern

Stoneham Poncho

About

Stoneham Poncho is worked in the round from the top down using traditional yoke shaping, in simple but bold geometric patterns. It’s a great fair-isle without all the work of sweatering. It’ll also be a very useful garment come the spring when life starts stretching its limbs and restaurant patios reopen.

Size

  • S/M (M/L)
  • collar circumference: 51(60) cm or 20.05(24)”
  • circumference at bottom: 125.5(152.5) cm or 50(61)”
  • length: 58.5cm or 23″
  • show in size S/M

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour: 3 skeins, Contrast Colours: 1 skein in each of 2 colours.
  • 4mm/US6 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 40″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 40″ circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • FREE Pattern

A-Line Tunic

I love the elegant lines of this tunic length sweater. The lines are simple, but so attractive – the kind of sweater that motivated me to learn how to knit.

Size

  • Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X and 3X
  • Shown in size Small.
  • Bust 34¼ (37¾, 41½, 45, 48¾, 52½)”/87 (96, 105.5, 114, 124, 132)cm
  • Length 28 (28½, 29, 29½, 30, 30½)”/71 (72.5, 73.5, 75, 76, 77.5)cm
  • Upper arm 11¾ (12½, 13½, 14½, 15, 15¾)”/30 (31.5, 34.5, 37, 38, 40)cm

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7)  skeins, Contrast Colours: 1 skein in each of 3 colours
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 24″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8 – 24″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 DPNs
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders
  • tapestry needle
  • Pattern

PRE-ORDER Maya Shawl Kit

Maya Kit: Size Small (2 colours)

Maya Shawl Kit (small size/2 colours)

Two ombre colors of Monokrom play along this diagonal sampler of textures, using brioche, slip and garter stitches. The shawl starts as a triangle which takes off into a longer wrap on one end. An advanced project that will reward your skills with a wonderfully cozy winter accessory. The pattern comes in two sizes: the smaller size features two colours, the larger size uses three colours. Pattern requires a 4.5mm/US7-24″ circular needle (not included in kit).  When you purchase this kit you will immediately receive a link to download the digital version of the pattern.

Note: these kits are PRE-ORDERS, and are not stocked in the store. See below for more details on how this works! The distributor reopens on January 4th, so we won’t be able to get our first shipment until the second week of January. 

Skill Level

  • Intrepid intermediate to Experienced

Size

  • SMALL (2 colours): width: 17.5”/44.5cm, short edge: 38”/96.5cm, long edge: 80”/203cm

Kit Includes

Needles (not included with kit)

  • 4.5mm/US7 – 24″ circular needles

PRE-ORDER

We’re selling these kits as a special-order and 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. That said, the vendor is very fast, reliable, and close-by, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. Please also let us know in advance if you’d like the yarn wound (you can leave a note when you are checking out online).

Maya Kit: Size Large (3 colours)

Maya Shawl Kit (large size/3 colours)

Two ombre colors of Monokrom play along this diagonal sampler of textures, using brioche, slip and garter stitches. The shawl starts as a triangle which takes off into a longer wrap on one end. An advanced project that will reward your skills with a wonderfully cozy winter accessory. The pattern comes in two sizes: the smaller size features two colours, the larger size uses three colours. Pattern requires a 4.5mm/US7-24″ circular needle (not included in kit).  When you purchase this kit you will immediately receive a link to download the digital version of the pattern.

Note: these kits are PRE-ORDERS, and are not stocked in the store. See below for more details on how this works! The distributor reopens on January 4th, so we won’t be able to get our first shipment until the second week of January. 

Size

  • LARGE (3 colors): width 22.5”/57.5cm, short edge 38”/96.5cm, long edge 80”/203cm

Kit Includes

  • LARGE:  two skeins each of two colours and 1 skein in a third colour in  Urth Monokrom Worsted (1000m total)
  • Pattern (digital and printed)

Needles (not included with kit)

  • 4.5mm/US7 – 24″ circular needles

PRE-ORDER

We’re selling these kits as a special-order and 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. That said, the vendor is very fast, reliable, and close-by, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. Please also let us know in advance if you’d like the yarn wound (you can leave a note when you are checking out online).

PRE-ORDER Koza Shrug Kit

Start the new year with something bright and happy to carry you through 2021 and on! The cheerful colours and relaxed shape reminds me that I can be my best self every day … every day I learn something new, I let go of something that’s holding me back, and my best gets a little bit better.

Koza: Cuffed Version (colourway 07)

Koza

Koza means cocoon in Turkish, a great description of both the Silk Road inspiration for this colorful wrap garment and the cozy warmth you’ll experience wearing it. A stunning hand-painted self-striping yarn, Urth Uneek Worsted, is combined with it;s equally lovely cousin, Urth Monokrom Worsted, a mono-chromatic hand-dyed ombre in a textured herringbone stitch. Koza offers 2 versions in the same pattern: a Cuffed Rib (made with 6 skeins) and an Uncuffed version (4 skeins).

Note: These kits are PRE-ORDERS, and are not stocked in the store. See below for more details on how this works! The distributor reopens on January 4th, so we won’t be able to get our first shipment until the second week of January.

Pattern Notes

The Body for both versions of this open-front garment is worked flat on straight or circular needles. The Body is then folded lengthwise and seamed along the shorter cast on and cast off edges, leaving an opening for the arms on the folded end. If you want to make yours larger just increase the width of the body by adding skein(s) of MC  Urth Uneek Worsted on both sides of the two-colour section, adding the same yardage to each side. Alternatively, additional skeins of CC and MC may be added to make the two-colour center section wider. To increase or decrease the length of the body, cast on more or fewer stitches. (If you would like to order extra yarn to make your shrug larger we’ve added that option for you when you check-out).

Skill Level

Intrepid intermediate to Experienced

Koza: Uncuffed Version (colourway 01)

Size

  • One size: fits 32″/81cm to 44″/112cm bust.
  • Length: approximately 35″/89cm from collar to hem length will vary based upon size of wearer unless adjustments are made to width and length of bodice (see Pattern Notes).
  • Laid Flat: Body 38″/96.5cm wide by 28”/71cm deep, excluding arm ribbing 37.5”/95cm long including 4.75”/12cm body ribbing 76”/193cm
  • Body circumference, excluding body ribbing: 4”/10cm x 9.75”/25cm circumference arm ribbing

Kit Includes

Yarn amounts are for Uncuffed (Cuffed) version:

Needles (not included with kit)

Interchangeable needles are a great option for projects like this one. A set of interchangeable needles is always a worthwhile investment for any knitter, but if you are buying individual sizes try the Knitter’s Pride Interchangeables, which are also sold separately.

Pre-Order

We’re selling these kits as a special-order and 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. That said, the vendor is very fast, reliable, and close-by, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. Please also let us know in advance if you’d like the yarn wound (you can leave a note when you are checking out online).