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FREEBIE Cables Love PomPoms

 

 

Cables Love PomPoms

It’s that time of year where we start to scramble to make holiday gifts … ideally, gifts that are fast to knit and will be well received. I think this hat fits the bill. It’ll look great on a woman or a man, it’s made with a soft, warm yarn that you’ll love to work with and they will love to wear, and it’s a Freebie too!

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch marker
  • Fur Pompom
  • FREE Pattern

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FINISHED & CHART HACKS Rosebud

Donegal Soft Rosebud Hat

ROSEBUD

I really wanted to get my needles into some of our new Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, and of course it is hat season, so I decided to try a new pattern that I’ve been eyeballing for a number of years.

The pattern is Rosebud, and it worked up extremely well with the Soft Donegal! The yarn softened up and bloomed after blocking (I washed it in Eucalan and laid it flat to dry). It’s a really nice tweed, a good compromise – it has the body and most of the memory of a traditional tweed, but it’s MUCH softer.

The pattern is only written for one size, and I made the slouchy version. I found that it is a size large, it should fit a 22″ to 23″ head comfortably – the hat is much too large for my little 21″ head. If I were to do it again for my little noggin I would omit about 20 stitches from the pattern. Most of the hat is knit in a plain garter stitch, so playing with the numbers is pretty easy.

Materials

CHART HACKS

Sometimes people find working from a knitting chart a little bit hard, but there are hacks you can use to make your life easier!

  1. Sometimes the symbols all kind of look alike in the grid. To make things a bit easier to read, I colour in my chart with coloured pencils. Each symbol gets its own colour, no two are alike (I don’t bother colouring in the plain knit or purl stitches).
  2. I generally keep my chart & pattern in a plastic sleeve (I get them at an office supply store, they’re cheap and plentiful). This keeps it clean, and none of my papers get lost, banged up, or accidentally waterlogged.
  3. Keeping track of two sets of instructions at the same time can get me off track, so if I have other things to do in the pattern at a certain point in the chat, I make a note on the chart reminding me before I start. For example, If I have to start a bunch of decreases at row 37, I’ll make a little note “Dec” next to that row. This is especially useful if your other pattern instructions are on another page.
  4. To keep track of which row I am on, I use a conventional row counter, but I also use Highlighter Tape to help keep my eyes focused on the right part of the chart.

 

KNIT HACK & FREEBIE & Store Hours

Cozy Weekend

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.

Materials

  • Cascade Lana Grande: 7(8, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins
  • 10mm/US15-29″ circular needles
  • 9mm/US13-29″ circular needles
  • 9mm/US13 double pointed needles
  • FREE Pattern

Sizes

  • 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.

FREEBIE Father Cables

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Father Cables

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.

Yarn Options

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.

Materials

  • 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

FREEBIE Cabled Throw

 

 

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!

Popular Colours

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!

Size

  • 50″ (127cm) wide x 55″ (140cm) long

Materials

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FREEBIE & RESTOCKED Malabrigo Rios

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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

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Father Cables

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.

Materials

  • 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 

Size

  • S/M Fitted (S/M Slouch, L Fitted, L Slouch)
  • S/M to Fit Head: 19”-21”
  • L to Fit Head: 21”-23”

FREEBIE Easy Loose Cabled Cowl

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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 MagnumCascade Spuntaneous, or three Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Rasta: 2 skeins

Cascade Magnum: 1 skein

Cascade Spuntaneous: 1 skein

Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky: 3 skeins

Other Materials