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KNIT HACK & PROJECT Maeve

 

 

Maeve

Is it going to be warm? Is it going to be cold? I can’t tell anymore! I’ve been wearing shawls around the store lately, but I feel like I’d like something with a *touch* more structure, a little more style. After an exhaustive search, I’ve settled on Maeve, a shrug with a modern cable detail and little sleevettes.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, but after looking at the tension, needle size and finished projects I’d say it’s more like a DK weight like Mineville Merino DK or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. If you want to go up to a light worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220Cascade 220 Superwash, or Malabrigo Rios, go up a needle size to a 4mm/US6 or 4.5mm/US7 needle (test your tension and see how you like the fabric). I think I just want something simple and heathered, I’ll probably just use

I like heathers and tweeds, and since my Maeve will be worn a lot I need it to wear well. I think I’ll use a basic staple yarn like Cascade 220 Heathers – sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overthink it. I’ll probably make a smaller size, it;s a very unstructured garment and the dimensions of this type of style are generous.

Mini Knit Hack

Sometimes I like the feel of a yarn once the project has been blocked, but not so much in the skein when it’s straight off the shelf.  If you don’t love the feel of your yarn in the skein, you can soften it up by washing it before you start knitting.

  • If your yarn is not already in a skein wind it up around the backs of a couple of chairs,  or on a  swift (if you have one).
  • With scrap yarn, secure the skeins in at least 4 sections (to keep the yarn from getting tangled while being washed).
  • Wash skeined yarn in Eucalan no-rinse delicate wash (it is very easy, see instructions on the bottle/youtube/their website). Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water to stabilize the colour.
  • Hang yarn to dry.
  • Wind yarn into balls or cakes.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles (or longer)
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • tapestry/darning needle

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FREEBIE Blish

 

 

Blish

There’s something about chilly weather that makes me crave the cozy warmth of a swancho. Too unstructured to be a sweater, but more interesting than a poncho, it’s a Swancho!  Wear a swancho with jeans, tights, a skirt – really anything you like. I love the styling of Blish by mega designer Norah Gaugan – she’s great!

You can make it in cheap ‘n cheerful Cascade 220 Heathers or Berroco Vintage, or upgrade to a hand dyed merino like Malabrigo Rios or Malabrigo Merino Worsted. For a really marled look (two colours blended in a tweedy look like in the pattern picture) you can also hold 2 strands of a finer yarn together, like Madeline Tosh Merino Light, Manos Alegria, Malabrigo Mechita, or  Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino ( you’ll need about 950(1070, 1300, 1430, 1550) metres of each colour). Cascade 220 Heathers also comes in a marled grey colourway #9402.

If you don’t care for the little eyelet detail down the arms you can substitute a lifted stitch increase for the yarn-overs.

Yarn Options

Cascade 220 Heathers:  5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (100% Peruvian wool)

Malabrigo Rios: 5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (100% Superwash merino wool)

Malabrigo Merino Worsted: 5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (100% merino wool)

Berroco Vintage: 5(6, 7, 8, 8) skeins  (Superwash wool/synthetic blend)

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 29″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • 1 stitch marker

Size

This garment was designed with approximately 10” of ease. Due to the dolman sleeves, the bust is very roomy, so go by the lower edge measurement when selecting your size

  • To Fit Bust Size: 30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50)”
  • Lower Edge: 40(44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”
  • Length (including collar): 26(26½, 28, 28½, 30¼, 31)”

 

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FREEBIE Envelope Wrap

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Knit Envelope Wrap

I saw this and thought of you! seriously, I thought it was cool little vesty-cardie what can be whipped up fairly quickly, and without a huge commitment. I think of them as casual projects – something not too serious or that you have to invest too much time or energy into. It’s just enough, and you get a nice garment out of it at the end! It would knit up smashingly with Cascade 220, the depth of colour and the subtle texture of Cascade 220 Heathers would lend it some extra interest (like in the picture above)

Size

  • XS/S/M (L/XL/2XL, 3/4/5XL)
  • 28-38(40-48, 54-62) inches

Materials

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FREEBIE Yellow Brick Cold

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Yellow Brick Cold

A client walked in today wearing this cowl and it looked SO GOOD, I had to share! Hers was very similar to the original in the picture, it was a similar solid coloured yellow, but I think it was knitted on smaller needles. She also had a couple of big round buttons are the join – it was a nice little decorative accent. The pattern was written with simple, affordable Berroco Vintage, but you can make it with any kind of worsted weight yarn (see options below).  One caveat: you might want to use different size needles for the different stitches, the garter stitch might require a smaller needle than the basket weave stitch – play around and see what you like.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 8mm/US 11 needles (or smaller, check your tension)
  • tapestry/darning needle

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SALE Cascade 220 (Sweater Quantities)

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Cascade 220 On SALE!

Cascade 220 Heathers and Solids are ON SALE until January 8th, and we still have sweater (or afghan) quantities in stock in the colours below. Take advantage of our sale and get started on a project in the new year!

Browse Pattern Ideas

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FREEBIE Cabled Hat

Cabled Hat

This free pattern for a cabled hat demonstrated that beautiful, stylish, on-trend garments don’t have to be expensive. This hat is made with one skein of worsted weight yarn – economical Cascade 220 (or sub Cascade 220 Superwash, superwash blend Berroco Vintage, superwash merino Malabrigo Rios, or buttery soft Malabrigo Worsted).

big furry pompom kind of makes the hat ‘pop’ – we sell both synthetic and real pompoms in our bricks & mortar store and in our online store (I like the Raccoon the best for this style, they’re light and airy).

Yarn Options

Cascade 220: 1 skein

Cascade 220 Superwash: 1 skein

Berroco Vintage: 1 skein

Malabrigo Rios: 1 skein

Malabrigo Worsted: 1 skein

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • Fur Pompom (synthetic or real)
  • 3.5mm/US4-16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7-16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Tweedy Fog

Tweedy Fog

Tweedy Fog is a classic raglan top down open front cardigan with a generous rib collar and twisted stitch elbow patches. If your elbows wear out way faster than the rest of the sweater, it also has elbow patches! The simple and classic silhouette is perfect for heathered yarns but will look equally great in solids.

The cardi is totally seamless and works up quickly due to its simplicity. It calls for cheap & cheerful Cascade 220 Heathers or Cascade 220 Solids – YAY! We also have some Cascade 220 On SALE – double YAY!

And, if you are careful about weaving in ends, and use a reversible entrelac pick up method when working on the collar, this cardigan becomes reversible. The cardi in the picture has the purled side as the right side, but you are free to wear it on the knit side.

Materials

Size

  • Finished bust: 33 (35, 38, 40, 42, 45) inches
  • To fit bust: 31 (33, 36, 38, 40, 43) inches
  • 2 inches of positive ease at the bust

 

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