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PROJECT Safe at Home

Safe at Home is my “it grew on me” pattern this week. When I first looked at it my negativity bias kicked in immediately, I came up with a bunch of reasons why it was a terrible project to recommend. I thought; “It’s too hard, it’s too much work, there’s too much seaming, the yarn is something objectionable …” etc, etc. But it’s really pretty so I looked closer and told my dumb mammalian brain to take a break and let my frontal lobe carry some of the load … as I slowed down and took it all in I realized it’s a project with a lot of potential!

First off, its knit with worsted weight yarn, which everybody has in their stash. To supplement (’cause lets not kid ourselves, you’re going to need more yarn, a project like this always requires more yarn) there are really affordable options with great colour choices, like Berroco Vintage and Cascade 220 Superwash. Because the design is already so patchworky, I love the idea of mixing different yarns of the same tension and creating slight textural variances. I think it would be so cool for different parts of the houses to have different textures. The pattern calls for 12 colours, but you can use as many as you like.

The skill level is advanced beginner to intermediate, but I think that’s ok, it’s good to push ourselves to grow and try new things (or revisit old things we haven’t done in. a while). Plus, if not now, then when? There also isn’t as much seaming as I expected, the little houses are knit in rows, and it’s all worked in garter stitch which is easy to seam.

Finally, the theme has grown on me. It’s a lovely metaphor that EVERYTHING is connected. When my mammalian brain does what it was designed to do and wanders off into selfness, I think it would be nice to have a happy reminder to help bring me back into balance.

Blanket Projects For Extended Stays Inside

I’m sorry it’s been a week, I’ve been acclimatizing myself to the changes that have sort of swept into our lives. I know life has slowed down and gotten a little smaller for a lot of you and you’ve finally got time to MAKE things! I think this is an excellent time to take on a large project. Many people have been buying yarn to make throws and afghans. Plus spring is in the air and it’s time for colour! All of the patterns below are FREE and available online.

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Colourful Crochet for Spring

I’ve always liked the free crochet blanket patterns by Attic24, she’s having a love affair with colour! The patterns. are usually straightforward and make use of lots of different colours. They are designed with a DK weight yarn like Berroco Vintage DK, but if you want to move into a broader colour selection you can easily upsize to Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash. If you choose to use the latter two yarn options I recommend going up to a 4.5mm/7 hook. One note: Attic24 is British and therefore written in British crochet terms – here’s a glossary to convert them to the North American vernacular.

Blankets for Beginner Knitters

Purl Soho always comes up with stylish beginner friendly throws.

Log Cabin & Basic Garter, Top row:

Bias Blankets: Bottom Row:

These two blankets are worked on the bias (the diagonal) so you can use any thickness of yarn you like, just be sure to adjust your needle size to suit the yarn. For basic machine washable yarns go for Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash, if you want something thicker that goes faster try Berroco Vintage Chunky, or hold two strands of Drops Air (use 7mm/US10.75 to 8mm/US11 needles). The Drops Air is also stunning held single and would be a joy to work with and snuggle under! If you’re interested in a thinner fabric and a summer weight yarn I’d go for BC Garn Bio Balance, Cascade Ultra Pima, or the super luxe Fibre Company Road to China Light.

Cable Blanket

I’ve seen this blanket knitted up several times and I promise you, it’s STUNNING, you won’t regret it. Make it with Berroco Vintage Chunky (15 skeins) – I especially like the neutrals and heathered colours. (Because this pattern uses so much yarn in a single colour we may need to place a special order with our distributor to make sure you get the same dye-lot)

Greenway

I love this simple crochet blanket in muted tones. Use Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash, both are great options!

Cedar River Blanket

I love the contrast between crisp white and bold, graphic colours in this blanket. I also love that this pattern comes in different sizes:

  • Small Throw (Large Throw, Single Bed, Double Bed)
  • 110 x 110cm (110 x 165cm, 165 x 215cm, 215 x 260cm)

Use Berroco Vintage DK in colours:

  • 2100 Snow Day or 2101 Mochi (white/off white): 3(5, 9, 15)
  • 2143 Dark Denim (navy): 1(1, 2, 4)
  • 2123 Blush (pink): 1(1, 2, 3)
  • 2192 Chana Dal (yellow): 1(1, 2, 4)
  • 2132 Sky Blue: 1(1, 2, 3)

If you want to change up the colours or go a bit thicker and try Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 Superwash (their yellows are closer) and a 4.5mm crochet hook.

Lopi Blankets Pre-Order

I know it’s a bit warm to start thinking about wool blankets, holiday gifts, and etc, but we have to place our our by the end of August … just think of a beautiful, chilly holiday season, curling up and sharing down-time with the people you love.

Lopi Blankets

Lopi blankets are gorgeous, ready-made heirloom pieces for your home, chalet or cottage. Comparable to the Canadian HBC blanket, Lopi Blankets are true statement pieces. They’re perfect in the living room, or at the end of the bed, and also make beautiful gifts. Made of Icelandic wool, they are extremely durable, lightweight, breathable and warm. The fabric is additionally combed after weaving to make it soft. The blankets come in various patterns and all are reversible. Please note, these are ready-made blankets, they are not a knitting kit.

  • Size ranges from 51″ x 71″ to 51″ x 79″
  • Five different styles available
  • Reversible
  • Machine wash gentle/cold with delicate wash, air dry
  • Made in Iceland

Pre-Orders

We are accepting pre-orders until the end of August and will ship in in October 2019 (exact date will depend on when we receive our order). We will only be ordering these blankets once this year, and will only be filling pre-orders, so be sure to place your order if you want one! Since this is a pre-order we’ll throw in a discount too!

The Wool
Icelandic wool has historically been crucial to the survival of the nation as it provided both warmth and protection throughout centuries of harsh weather. It is also quite unique compared to the wool of other sheep breeds. The inner fibres are fine, soft and highly insulating while the outer fibres are long, glossy and water repellent. Therefore products made of Icelandic wool are extremely durable, lightweight and breathable.

The Manufacturer
Ístex Ltd. is the main wool manufacturer in Iceland, with over a century of wool tradition behind their products. They create wool blankets, with narrative threads that weave together a modern sensibility of style, the artistic inspiration of a dramatic landscape and the unique quality of Icelandic yarn.

PROJECT Meadow Lane Baby Blanket

Meadow Lane

Last month we showed you my friend Jo’s Meadow Lane baby blanket in progress, and it was so inspiring that we made one for the store! We used 4 skeins of Urth Uneek Worsted in colour 4010 and it positively SINGS (although I LOVE Jo’s blanket in colour 4009)

The FREE pattern is worked in a broken garter stitch, it’s a very simple knit, and definitely beginner friendly (you only need to know how to knit and purl in the same row). If you have a hard time ‘reading’ your stitches you’ll want to use Stitch Markers to separate your knits from your purls.

Size

The pattern offers several sizes (I ADORE designers who do this, they deserve a standing ovation), from a baby size to a full sized lap blanket. We made a size “small” and after blocking it came out 28″ wide by 39″ long (more than sufficient for a baby blanket):

  • Baby: 29.75” wide x 32” long
  • Small: 32” wide x 42” long
  • Medium: 36.5” wide x 43” long
  • Large: 41” wide x 48” long
  • XL: 45.5” wide x 50” long
  • XXL: 50” wide x 56” long

Materials


FINISHED Chevron Baby Blanket

Chevron Baby Blanket

Mallory finished our Chevron Baby Blanket made with Urth Uneek Worsted and it’s just a beautiful as I thought it would be. Our turned out a bit smaller than expected, but we only used 2 skeins of yarn. I’ve done the math and adjusted the number for larger sizes for you, including suggestions for the yarn required. Urth Uneek Worsted is a really special yarn – it’s a gorgeous, hand-painted, self-striping, machine washable super-soft merino wool, and their colourways absolutely GLOW with life.

Notes

  • The pattern is straightforward (and free), and the yarn is soft and stunning, so I don’t think you can go wrong with this project.
  • If you are looking for a similar look but can’t handle the price-tag, try using Berroco Comfort Print. It’s soft, machine washable, self-striping, costs a third of the price, and the yardage is the same as the Urth Uneek Worsted. If you go with this option be sure to choose the colours that are labelled ‘stripes’ – it also comes in variegated colours.
  • I highly suggest you use stitch markers to demark the pattern repeats, it will make so much easier and hep you keep track of where you are in the row.
  • I also suggest putting in a life-line every now and again, just in case you make a mistake and have to rip a few rows back.
  • We blocked out blanket using the Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers and I AM IN LOVE with them! They made blocking a million times easier and faster!
  • As noted above, our project came out small, so I’ve laid-out the numbers for larger sizes. I also thought it would make a gorgeous and easy wrap, so I included the numbers for that, as well as for a larger throw blanket.

Size

Our blanket came out 24”(61cm) wide by 28.5″(72cm) long after blocking. The pattern is written for one size, but based on our tension I’ve drafted some suggestions for larger sizes, a wrap and a throw blanket.

  • Baby Blanket – 24”(61cm) wide by 28.5″(72cm) long: cast on 121 sts
  • Baby Blanket – 28.5”(72cm) wide x 34”(86cm) long: cast on 145 sts
  • Baby Blanket – 33”(84cm) wide x 39”(99cm) long: cast on 169 sts
  • Baby Blanket – 37.5”(95cm) wide x 45”(114cm) long: cast on 193 sts
  • Wrap/Shawl – 19.5”(49.5cm) wide x 60”(152cm) long (or longer): cast on 97 sts
  • Throw Blanket – 51″(129cm) wide x 60″(152cm) long: cast on 265 sts

Materials

PROJECT Welcome Relief

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Welcome Relief

I stumbled across this fun little stash-bustable blanket pattern and thought it was extremely shareable. It’s worked completely in garter stitch, which means it’s a great primer for anyone who’s up for learning short rows (intermediate beginner level) and knitting that’s easy on the grey matter. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash, which is great because it’s soft, easy to work with, washable, and it comes in a zillion different colours. yarn, you can also opt for Berroco Vintage. If you want a sturdier The pattern isn’t a freebie, but it’s very affordable and the proceeds of sales go to refugee relocation organizations (details are in the pattern notes, but there’s also some moving information on this subject in the comments).

Short Row Hack

Mark your short row turns by putting a Locking Stitch Marker or Calabash Pin in the turning stitch – it is SO MUCH EASIER to find that little stitch when there’s a plastic thingy hanging off it.

Size

40″ x 40″, but the size is completely and easily adaptable.

Materials

  • Cascade 220 Superwash or Berroco Vintage: 7(11, 16) for a blanket 40″ x 40″(50″ x 50″, 60″ x 60″)
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ needles (or longer, depending on the desired size)
  • locking stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • Pattern

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FREEBIE Jumbo Cable Blanket

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Jumbo Cable Blanket

I finished this blanket a few months ago, it was a bit of an experiment, but it worked out well. I was curious about working with super-jumbo yarns, but store samples get banged up pretty quickly, so choosing a yarn that wears well was really important. I decided to try a yarn that’s been very popular for Arm Knitted blankets, Premier Couture Jazz. I’ll be honest, it isn’t a sexy luxurious yarn, but knitting transformed it, it looks like a wool roving worked up. Added bonus, it’s been kicking around the store now for three months and IT STILL LOOKS GREAT!  I used a dark blue, ’cause ya know, things get banged up around here, but I think it would look glorious in a more interesting colour (I’ve been eyeballing the mint).

I used super jumbo 25mm needles, but I felt like the tension was a bit tight and I think that you can push the needles up to 35mm. Yup, BIG NEEDLES. The project took 3 days to complete and that included lots of work in between.

For more project suggestions for this yarn, read our first blog post HERE.

Materials

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RESTOCKED Cascade Afghan Kits

We just received our back-order of the Original colourway of the Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit, if you’ve had your eye on one of these to kick off your summer knitting now is the time to pick it up! It’s not too late to join the knit-a-long, and your kit comes with a copy of the lapghan patterns that have already been published.

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Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit

Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along started in March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.

The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino Aran, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern was released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018.  See the published Lapghan squares HERE.

NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.

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Cascade Knitterati Kits Arrive!

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Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit

The kits have ARRIVED! Well, mostly – the alternate colourway kits made it, but some of the Original colourway kits were back-ordered, and the greys in the Orignal Colourway kits are back-ordered a few weeks, but you won’t need them for a bit and we will get them to you when they arrive.

Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along starts March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.

The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern will be released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018.

NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.

First Square Released March 9th

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Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit

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Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along starts March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.

We’ve assembled a kit to make getting all the yarn you need for the Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along simple!

The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern will be released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018.

NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.

FIRST SQUARE WILL BE RELEASED MARCH 9TH!

 

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