French Market Bag
Here’s a great one for the people who aren’t afraid of the hook – a gorgeous french market bag made with DENIM! I love Rowan denim, and I love small summer projects that are high on satisfaction and low on commitment. Plus, the yarn is on SALE all month – how can you go wrong?
If you want to read more about knitting with denim yarn see the recent post by Mason Dixon Knitting, they’re denim fanatics and know all the ins & outs. Personally, my only advice (when making a market bag) is that the indigo dye comes off (it’s supposed it, that’s what good indigo does), so use metal needles, wear dark colours, and don’t sit on light coloured furniture when you work with it – its a nice throwback to when I was a kid and my mom dressed me up in dark clothes when I chose to play in the mud.
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Ombre Baby Blanket
FINALLY finished, this sensational looking baby blanket is a great pattern for knitters of all skill levels (especially beginners)! It’s worked in one piece, and is made completely in garter stitch (knitting every row). It makes use of a soft and lovely, yet unassuming yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, and the colour gradations are created by holding 2 strands together and intermittently changing colours (don’t be scared, it’s EASY). All instructions are written clearly and explicitly, so beginners can tick off the rows as they go.
30″ x 30″ (76cm x 76cm)
- Cast on
- Weave in ends
Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (50g/125m (136yds), 1 skein in each of 13 colours:
- A 807 Raspberry (fuchsia)
- B 809 Really Red (fire engine red)
- C 808 Sunset Orange (red/orange)
- D 822 Pumpkin (orange)
- E 826 Tangerine (light orange)
- F 820 Lemon (yellow)
- G 821 Daffodil (medium yellow)
- H 802 Green Apple
- J 864 Christmas Green
- K 849 Turquoise
- L 813 Blue Velvet (royal blue)
- M 1986 Purple Hyacinth (violet)
6mm-29” circular needles
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Chevron Baby Blanket
We just finished a Chevron Baby Blanket made with Cascade Avalon and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I tried to choose colours that were fairly neutral without being heavy on the yellows and greens. If you’re looking for colour inspiration check out all of the finished projects on Ravelry, there’s always lots to look at in there.
The Cascade Avalon feels great as a baby blanket, it’s soft, wool-free, totally vegan, and feels soft and cosy (kind of like the outside of your favourite sweatshirt) knitted up. It’s also totally washable: machine-wash cool, tumble dry low. This is very important to me because I like projects to have some longevity, I put time and energy into them and I want them to be used for a long time and wear well (within reason, a well-loved baby blanket will hopefully see some wear). Let’s face it, babies are messy creatures, parents are short on sleep, and hand-wash knits INEVITABLY end up in the machine. Cascade Avalon is also a good price, at $8.97 per skein, the project comes in under $45 (not including needles or taxes). You’ll also have enough yarn left over to make a baby hat or two (you can find the yardage we used in our Project Notes).
- Cascade Avalon: 1 skein in each of 5 colours (we used 01 white, 02 silver, 16 blue radiance , 17 enamel blue, 25 georgia peach)
- 5mm/US8 needles (or larger if you are a tight knitter)
- tapestry needle
- FREE Pattern
- Our Project Notes
Cascade 220 Superwash Wave
Cascade 220 Superwash Wave is a great new self-striping, ombre yarn. It’s made with the same great machine washable Peruvian wool as Cascade’s staple Cascade 220 Superwash, but it knits up in a long, “pixelated” colourway. The yardage is the same, one skein is enough for an adult hat or mitts, 2 for a scarf, 4 for a baby blanket (approx 30″ x 30″), 5+ for an adult sweater (depends on your size).
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.
Handmaiden Casbah 5Ply Gradient Wrap Kits
We’ve restocked these super popular kits with your favourite bright, springy colours! They’re great for knitters of all skill levels, for beginner to more experienced, and make a great gift. The project requires 4mm/US6-36″circular needles (or longer), which are sold separately. Handmaiden Casbah 5ply is soft, squishy, and delicious to knit & wear!
Each kit comes with:
Easy Garter Scarfy Wrap
This project is the brainchild of my friend Jo, and I’m very grateful that she came up with this simple solution because it’s GREAT! This wrap drapes like a big scarf, but is also equally wearable as a wrap. The pattern is almost totally brainless; it’s a great second or third project for a beginner knitter, but it also works equally well for more experienced knitters hanging out on the patio with a beer or a cocktail.
It’s designed with the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Kits (which we are constantly restocking), but you can use any DK or Sport weight yarn (or if you want to play around with the base math you can use other weights of yarn). You can make it as a gradient colourway, like ours, or use a single variegated, solid, semi-solid, ombre, or even self-striping yarn – it’s such a simple shape that just about anything goes, it’s totally flex.
As an aside, we are always restocking the Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Kits, but they are all one of a kind and individually dyed, so no two will be exactly alike.
Thank You Jo!
14.5″/37cm wide x 76″/190cm long