As a run-up to the holidays, I’ll be sharing lots of smaller projects that make great handmade gifts. Liane whipped up this cute beanie (which is a free pattern) on 9mm/US13 needles in like a day, and I think it turned out great! We used Fleece Artist Merino Stream, a super soft, super bulky weight single ply merino wool that hails from Nova Scotia.
The pattern is the Amelia Slouch Beanie, and it’s a freebie, which is always sweet. We made some modifications because it just feels wrong to cut corners. If you aren’t already familiar with the ins & outs of ribbing, 2×2 ribbing (k2, p2) is looser than stocking stitch and is usually worked on a needle 1mm smaller than normal.
- We cast on 44 sts on 8mm/US11 needles and worked ribbing according to the pattern.
- We increased 1 stitch after the ribbing (for a total of45 sts) and went up to a 9mm/US13 needles.
Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits
Fleece Artist’s Thrummed Mitten Kits are back, just in time to whip up a pair in time winter (the Farmer’s Almanac has forecast a cold winter for Canada). These mitts are SERIOUSLY warm and cosy, and are a must-have for anyone who spends time outside (like dog owners and the person in the house who does the shovelling).
Thrumming is a very old technique that is seriously fun and functional. Small tufts of roving (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn yet) are knit into the garment creating a fuzzy warm layer on the inside and irresistible dots of colour the outside. As you wear them, the thrummed roving felts down, keeping your hands warm and cozy (take note dog owners, these are ideal winter dog walking mitts). The mittens will be the colour of the yarn and the thrums (roving) will peek through. This kit can also be used to make Thrummed Socks (great as house-socks or slippers)! Each kit is individually hand-dyed, no two will be exactly alike. Kit does not include needles: 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles are required.
- Pattern & instructions (or you can download them free HERE)
- Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran, 125g (100% wool)
- Roving: 60g (100% wool)
- Sizes included: Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large.
Fleece Artist Merino Steam
Restocked for the Fall season, Fleece Artist Merino Stream is perfect for all the cuddly clothes you want to knit fast and snuggle into. It’s a bulky weight (knits on 9mm/US13 needles), stunningly super soft single ply, hand dyed merino wool that’s great for anything you want to touch skin. One skein makes a hat, neckwarmer or pair of mitts (see our Burly Mitts project), two are enough for a scarf or infinity scarf, 4 to 5 for a shawl or wrap, 6+ for a sweater, 10 for a throw blanket. Plus, Fleece Artist Merino Stream is made right here in Canada!
- 100% Merino (superwash)
- 125g – 70m (76yds)
- 9mm/US13 needles
- Hand wash, lay flat to dry
- Made in Canada
- See pattern ideas
Fleece Artist Back Country
New this fall is Fleece Artist Back Country, a gorgeous, super-soft, hand-dyed merino yarn. It’s a bulky weight so it won’t take forever to knit, and it’s machine washable, so it’s a great choice for babies and kids. The super soft merino texture means it’s especially lovely for anything that touches your skin. One skein makes a cowl or hat, two make a scarf or infinity scarf, and 4 are enough for a baby blanket. Plus, it’s made right here in Canada – you can’t go wrong!
- 100% Superwash Merino
- 125g/115m (125 yds)
- Bulky Weight
- 6mm/US10 needles
- 16 sts = 4″(10cm)
- Machine Washable
- Made in Canada (Nova Scotia)
- Pattern Ideas
We used one skein of Fleece Artist Back Country to make Annabella’s Cowl (above).
I just finished this little neck-a-ma-thing, and it turned out really well! The pattern is Annabella’s Cowl, and the yarn is Fleece Artist Back Country, a super soft, machine washable merino wool made right here on Canada’s East coast. The yarn wasn’t exactly like the ones they called for in the pattern, so I used a larger needle and cast on fewer stitches (you can find all of our modifications in our project notes on Ravelry).
The project only took one skein of Fleece Artist Back Country, and I’m happy with the size – not too big, not too tight. The pattern was extremely easy, it’s definitely beginner friendly (probably a good project for a novice once they’ve learned knit and purl. It’s a great knit in front of the TV kind of project, especially if you need to whip up a gift in a rush.
More Yarn Options
The pattern was originally designed with a yarn like Handmaiden Maiden Hair, which would knit up beautifully on 5mm/US8-16″ circular needles (only 1 skein required). It would also be yummy made with Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk (use a single strand and 5mm/US8 needles (two skeins) for a light, airy version, or two strands held together and 6mm/US10 needles (4 skeins) for a thicker, cozier neckwarmer). If you want a yarn option that’s a little less precious try Berroco Vintage Chunky (1 skein) with 6mm/US10 needles.
Fleece Artist Merino Slim NATIONAL PARKS
In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Fleece Artist has curated a collection in their Merino Slim yarn, highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory. Fleece Artist Merino Slim is a super soft, single ply yarn in a superwash Merino. It has a subtle, natural sheen and is great for shawls, sweaters, and accessories. Please note, the National Parks collection is a limited run, so get it while it’s available!
- 100% Merino Wool
- 400m (437 yds)/113g
- Fingering Weight
- 3mm/US2.5 needles
- 26 sts = 4″/10cm
- Made in Canada
Fleece Artist Festival Socks NATIONAL PARKS SERIES
This light fingering weight sock yarn has a nice tight twist for a durable sock. The silk adds warmth and a bit of sheen while the kid mohair increases the strength and give a subtle haze. These colours are a limited run in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, so when they are gone, they are gone for good.
- 45% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 15% Kid Mohair, 10% Silk
- Made in Canada