Since we’re looking towards the Labour Day Long Weekend (how did THAT happen so fast?!) I thought it might be a good theme. This sweater is super cosy and a VERY quick knit on 10mm/US15 needles with affordably priced Cascade Lana Grande.
KNIT HACK: A Note on Ease & Thick Yarns
When choosing a size in a sweater made with a very thick yarn you should always account for a good amount of positive ease (the space between you and the sweater) for it to fit properly. This extra space sounds like it will make the garment too large, but it is actually eaten up by the thickness of the fabric itself. 4″ to 6″ of positive ease is not uncommon. Another thing to consider is that garments made with thicker yarn require space for you to move comfortably in. Looking at the finished measurements of this sweater, a 41″ bust circumference for a size small is not unheard of, especially since the style is a little oversized and casual.
- S (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
- Circumference at bust: 102(112, 120, 128, 138, 152) cm or 41(45, 48, 51, 55, 61) inches
Labour Day Long Weekend Hours
We will be closed from Sept 2 to Sept 4 for the Labour Day holiday.
- Saturday Sept 2 Closed
- Sunday Sept 3 Closed
- Monday Sept 4 Closed
- Tuesday Sept 5 11am – 6pm
Return to Fall/Winter Hours
Starting September 18 We will return to our regular Fall-Winter store hours (open Sundays) and our SnB groups will return to their regular dates (Tuesday 12-4, Wednesday 5-8, Sunday 1-5).
Haley Takes a Holiday
I’m taking a week off before the fall rush hits, and Liane will be minding the store from Monday Aug 28 to Friday Sept 1, so please drop by and keep her company! We won’t be shipping anything from August 27th to September 4th, but you can still pick up your online orders in store. I’ll try and post during my R&R, but if I don’t please don’t feel abandoned, it only means I’m very busy relaxing.
In case you are of the early holiday gift making persuasion, this cool cabled hat should get you off to a strong start! Father Cables isn't cables for beginners, but it sure is purty.
Malabrigo Merino Worsted: 1 to 2 skeins
Super soft & buttery, this yarn has a lot of body and a little bit of a halo.
Malabrigo Rios: 1 to 2 skeins
Machine washable, this super soft merino wool will have a little bit more drape (or slouch more) than an untreated yarn (like Malabrigo Merino Worsted)
Berroco Vintage: 1 to 2 skeins
Cheap 'n cheerful, soft and comfortable, the heathered colours of this machine washable yarn would make this hat an instant favourite.
- FREE Pattern
- 3.75 mm/US5 – 16” circular needles
- 4.5 mm/US7 – 16” circular needles
- 4.5 mm/US7 double pointed needles
- cable needle
- tapestry/darning needle
Chunky Aran Cabled Throw
Whenever clients come into the store wanting to make a blanket or throw I always recommend this pattern, the Chunky Cabled Aran Throw. I have several clients who have made it with Berroco Vintage Chunky, it always comes out beautifully and they are always thrilled with the results. The yarn is soft, easy to care for (machine washable), easy to work with, and affordable. This is definitely a project that will be treasured!
People usually make of this blanket in neutrals (especially when they are making them as gifts), but if you want another colour and we don’t have it in stock just contact us and we can order more for you!
- 50″ (127cm) wide x 55″ (140cm) long
Malabrigo Rios is a super-duper soft, machine washable yarn made from 100% merino wool. It’s hand dyed for subtle variations. Great for anyone and any project except felting (it will not felt). Especially suitable for babies, kids and men.
- 100% Machine Washable Merino Wool (superwash)
- 100g/192m (200 yds)
- Aran weight
- 18 sts & 24 rows = 4″/10cm
- 5mm/US8 needles
- Made in Uruguay
- Pattern Ideas
Sometimes when I’m in need of inspiration instead of browsing patterns on Ravelry I take a stroll through Projects. Sometimes things look different in a darker or lighter colour, a different type of texture or a different type of dye. Father Cables by Panoramka immediately caught my eye.
- Malabrigo Rios: 1(1, 1, 2) skeins (shown in colour 69 Pearl Ten)
- 3.75mm/US5-16″ circular needles
- 4.5mm/US7-16″ circular needles
- 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
- cable needle
- tapestry/darning needle
- FREE Pattern
- S/M Fitted (S/M Slouch, L Fitted, L Slouch)
- S/M to Fit Head: 19”-21”
- L to Fit Head: 21”-23”
Easy Loose Cabled Cowl
Our loose cabled cowl is a last minute knits that work up FAST! We made ours light and airy on 15mm/US19 needles and two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta, but you can also you one Cascade Magnum, Cascade Spuntaneous, or three Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky.
Malabrigo Rasta: 2 skeins
Cascade Magnum: 1 skein
Cascade Spuntaneous: 1 skein
Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky: 3 skeins
Quick & impressive, this cute little cowl only uses one skein of scrumptious Malabrigo Mecha, and works up fast on 8mm/US11 needles.
If you are intrepid try using a provisional cast on and then invisibly join the two sides using kitchener stitch. If not, that’s ok too – for a nice, easy seam just use a provisional cast on (it’s just casting on with scrap yarn, not hard), and do a three needle bind off to finish. If all of this sounds too daunting to deal with, just cast on normally and seam using mattress stitch.
I love the look of these mitts, they’re cozy, simple, but still interesting. Mitts are a great knitted gift that don’t take too long to make and only use one skein of yarn. We’re knitting them up with a skein of buttery soft and airy Malabrigo Merino Worsted (colour 69 Pearl Ten – a dark taupe).