Make some towels that are so beautiful you’ll never want to use them! That’s ok, some things you use until they’re shredded, and some you keep out to please the eye. Both have their roles in our lives. The pattern is a FREEBIE, and makes for some simple, elegant summer knitting.
Quince & Co Sparrowis my favourite yarn for this project, I love how this linen looks, the silky feels after being washed, and also how resilient it is (it gets better going through the wash) . My second personal choice would be
Kelbourne Mojave – their colours make me so happy, and the I love the the subtle texture of the fibre.
Berroco Remix Light is the budget friendly, earth friendly, use-friendly option – it has so much yardage, two skeins of the main colour will make 3 towels, and 3 skeins will make 5. Plus it’s recycled, has a neat texture, is easy to knit with and wash.
Cascade Ultra Pima is the last on the list, but not the least. This silky smooth pima cotton is a staple, and is always a joy to knit with and wear. If you like a plain, flat aesthetic, this is your yarn of choice.
This simple wrap combines two fundamentals of knitting to create a reversible, welted texture: stocking stitch and reverse stocking. It is knitted on the bias, increasing in width as you go, so you can make it any size you like and use any tension of yarn you like – it’s a great stash-buster! The pattern may look long and complicated, but it isn’t, it’s just written with detail for inexperienced knitters and people with short attention spans. The pattern repeat is long, so a chart is included to guide you and help you keep track of where you are in the pattern. You can use any yarn you like, which makes it a great stash buster (see amounts below).
Its called the cottage wrap because it’s a great thing to wrap around your shoulders on a cool night, but maybe especially at the cottage. It is a freebie, from us to you. Please enjoy this pattern as we all emerge from our nests with joy and trepidation.
approx 82”/205cm long (from tip to tip) & 20”/50cm deep (at longest point)
The amount of yarn you use is flexible and depends on the type of fibre you choose and the thickness of the yarn – you’ll probably need 2 scarves worth of yarn. Yarns that are knit as a looser fabric will go further, yarns knit tighter may require some extra, especially bulky to super bulky weight yarns. Use a needle size that works for your yarn.
This pattern has been percolating for a long time … it was a victim of a bit of “scope-creep“, the result of some underlying issues with perfectionism (and the sundry crud that that springs from). I’d like to say thank you to my sample knitters Tessa and Adrienne, who made the wraps in the pictures and helped edit the pattern. Thank you to Erica, Noel and Rosie for just putting up with me. Thanks to Judit who helps me clear the blocks. Thanks also go to everyone whose been so patient and waited for me to finish the pattern. This pattern was far from being my dissertation and definitely not my life’s work, but it was a bit of an albatross. I’d like to raise a toast to letting go of our tethers and stretching our wings: may it be the first of many similar experiences for us all. In the words of my then eight year old nice: “You watch this girl go!”
Phildar Phil Creativ’ is a super bulky weight T-Shirt yarn made from recycled fabric reclaimed from the garment industry. T-Shirt yarns are generally great for home projects, they are especially popular to making baskets! ‘Tarn’ is extremely good for crochet, and also works extremely well for wall hangings.
100% Recycled Fibres (50% Polyester, 50% Other Fibres)
400g/ 90m to 100m
10mm/US15 to 12mm/US17 needles/hook
Knitting Tension: 9 sts & 13 rows = 4″/10cm
Made in France
Projects for T-Shirt Yarn
Here are a few searches for patterns that feature “T-shirt Yarn” or “Tarn” :
Nest is exactly what it looks like – a nest for your pet (or someone else’s pet). I would make one of these in a second, but unfortunately small enclosed spaces encourage breeding behaviour with birds (which comes with hormonal shifts), and Gruau has already getting a little too personal with my lunch bag.
How much do you want to fill your house with little crocheted baskets? This pattern is from the UK, so the terms are slightly different than north America, so here’s a UK/US a Chart of US vs. UK Crochet Terms . The only difference in this pattern is that dc (double crochet) means sc (single crochet).
If you are feeling inspired to make your own t-shirt yarn, I unfortunately don’t have a lot of insight for you – I’ve tried it a couple of times but didn’t get very far. Here is a tutorial for you, and a few of my insights:
You need A LOT more material than you think you do. Like WAAYYYYYY more. In the tutorial they suggest 7 to 8 XL sized t-shirts to make a basket. So it’s probably a good idea to collect your materials ahead of time and then start cutting.
The quality of the fabric matters. The really inexpensive t-shirts fabric fray, I suggest passing those over.
The fibre content makes a difference. You know how some shirts have more give than others, some flows and some are stiff? That’s going to be a factor for your t-shirt yarn, because the yarn will behave differently, stretch more or less, and end up different thicknesses.
It also goes that if you want to make something that is stiff and stands up, like a basket, you’ll want to start with fabric that is stiffer and has less give.
Colors flow from stripe to stripe in this ombré mosaic stitch blanket. Baby Fern Lake is designed as a crib size for perfect snuggle, but if you’d like a throw size, see the Fern Lake blanket (see pictures below).
Intermediate-Beginner (once you are comfortable knitting and purling in the same row you’ll be good to go).
Cast on, knit, purl, slip stitch with yarn in front or back, bind-off, weaving in ends, reading a pattern.
Approximately 32″ / 81 cm wide x 44″ / 112 cm long
Berroco Vintage Baby features an even softer blend of machine washable fibers in a DK weight. The two-ply yarn has a slight sheen and is perfect for all your projects that need a gentle touch. It also comes in a smaller, 50g ball (great for a baby hat or a pair of booties) and lots of baby-happy colours.
Berroco Vintage Baby: 3 balls each of 10002 Pearl (C1), 10072 Toast (C2), 10071 Pepper (C3), and 10012 Lagoon (C4)
I love how a simple a one row chevron lace repeat can look in a fun stripe pattern! This version of Eden is written as a crib size, but if you want to make it as a throw see the Eden Blanket (see pictures below), designed with Berroco Remix Light.
Intermediate-Beginner (ie. not your first project, but possibly your second, third, or fourth).
chain, double crochet, DC3tog, weaving in ends, reading a crochet pattern.
Approximately 31″ / 79 cm wide x 46″ / 117 cm long
Berroco Vintage Baby features an even softer blend of machine washable fibers in a DK weight. The two-ply yarn has a slight sheen and is perfect for all your projects that need a gentle touch. It comes in a smaller, 50g ball and lots of baby-happy colours.
Berroco Vintage Baby: 5 balls 10005 Haze (MC), 3 balls 10009 Peach (C1), and 4 balls 10001 Snow White (C2)
Orford is among the samples we received for our Berroco Trunk Show, and I immediately thought it was really pretty in it’s simplicity. It makes a great ‘prayer shawl’ and is just the right size if you want to make a gift. It’s knit from the center-top down with a textured stitch pattern, which is charted and easy to follow. The pattern is also a freebie from Berroco – made with a single set of 5mm/US8 circular needles and 4 skeins of Berroco Vintage, making for a very affordable knit!
You can, of course, use any worsted weight yarn (we can even special order you something from Berroco. My person favourite would be Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but if you’re making yours for someone who is allergic to wool you might prefer Berroco Remix for a tweedy, rustic look. To make the most of the pretty stitch pattern, I suggest going for a colour that is light to medium-light coloured. If you choose to order off menu go for something on the smoother size, fuzz won’t be your friend on this project. Also, is you are subbing, stay away from marled, variegated or self-striping yarns; this project will work best with solids, heathered or semi-solid colours.
This was the piece that stood out to me when I cracked open the box, the one that I could see easily becoming a wardrobe staple. The only way I can explain it is the sample has the feel of someone who REALLY enjoyed knitting it. In fact, I liked it so much that I took a little time and made it into a kit in our online store, so you can pre-order it at 1am on a Saturday for your online shopping satisfaction.
The yarn, Berroco Cambria, is shockingly soft and supple, and the fibre blend gives the fabric a bit of a depth of colour. The pattern is pretty and the shape flatters lots of body shapes. Cambria contains 60% alpaca, 20% linen and 20% lyocell, so it’s most likely a spring/fall/winter garment. If you want strictly summer (or wool-free), I suggest subbing another DK Weight yarn like Berroco Remix Light.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Berroco Cambria is a soft, supple blend of baby alpaca, linen, and lyocell that create a luxurious DK-weight yarn! This yarn has incredible drape and stitch definition, perfect for spring knitting and crochet projects. If you’re interested in the yarn but don’t love the pattern, there are other patterns designed with Cambria – Zoey is especially beautiful and ultra wearable, it may have to become a kit too – can you tell it’s something I believe in?
This kits is a special-order; you have the option to order this kit at any time, and as long as the yarn is in stock we can get it for you. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. It normally takes one to two weeks to get stock, as long as it is in stock with the distributor. If we think it will take longer to get your yarn we will contact you to confirm.
Drops Wish is a dreamy, super bulky weight, blown yarn made from baby alpaca blown into a core of merino wool and pima cotton. Wish is cosy, light, airy, soft, fluffy and absolutely itch-free. Wish is a great choice for sweaters, accessories (hats, wraps, scarves, cowls, shawls, etc), blankets – you name it. To make for a REALLY thick knit, you can hold 2 strands of this yarn together and use 15mm/US19 needles. We also love that Wish is made in the first world, and made exclusively with natural, biodegradable fibres (no synthetics).
If you do not already have the needles for this project we recommend buying interchangeable needles. They are very versatile for top-down sweaters and have more longevity for future projects (if you need a longer or shorter needle you can purchase an inexpensive new cord, rather than an entire needle. If you are buying individual tips and cords, that Knitter’s Pride are the most affordable option. If you are thinking about investing in a set, the Chiaogoo Twist Red Lace 4″ Tips: 2.75mm – 10mm have the best range and versatility for an assortment of projects.
I don’t love the way Drops formats their pattern, I find it makes them harder to follow. If you find you have the same issue consider copying the text into a free, cloud based text editing program like Google Docs and cleaning up the formatting to your liking – I find it’s worth the time to separate the sections. If you have a more pronounced learning disability you may even want to put it into a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets to break it down into line-by-line instructions – you can even make it into a chart and tick off your work as you go.
Harvest Queenis a cozy, oversized pullover that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features a yoke construction with pretty cable and lace detail. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommend are blownyarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages).
XS(S, M, L, XL, XXL)
Bust circumference: 36.75(40.75, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56) inches or 92(102, 108, 118, 128, 140) cm
Shout for Winteris a cozy, oversized cardigan that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features raglans sleeves with a pretty mock English rib detail. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommend are blownyarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages).
S(M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Bust circumference: 40(43.25, 46.5, 51.25, 56, 60.75)inches or 100(108, 116, 128, 140, 152) cm
Just Rightis a cozy, oversized pullover that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features raglans sleeves with a pretty cable detail and puffed sleeves. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommend are blownyarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages).
S(M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Bust circumference: 40(41.5, 44.75, 49.75, 54.5, 59.25)inches or 100(104, 112, 124, 136, 148) cm
Saturday April 3: 11 am to 5 pm (pick-up & delivery)
Sunday April 4: Closed
Monday April 5: 11 am to 5 pm (pick-up & delivery)
Last Minute Adorable Easter Creatures
New from the Crafty Kit Company, these needle felting kits contain everything you need to create adorable baby animals. You’ll learn how to make the basic shapes, then build them up with felting wool, and finally, add the details that will really bring your creation to life. Each kit comes with all the felting wool you need, a tube with felting needles, a mat to work on, wire pipe cleaner, nesting materials and clear step by step instructions.
Urth Galateais a super soft and super stunning bulky weight cloud cotton. It’s a truly special hand-painted, self-striping yarn that knits up in sophisticated, self-striping colourways. Urth Galatea is vegan, machine washable, and perfect for babies, kids, spring and summer sweaters, tanks and tees, and blankets! We have found it knits up well on 6.5mm/US10.5 to 7mm/US10.75 needles.
The pattern for our mini-sweater swatch is HERE; we used 6mm/US10 needles.
How Much Will I Need?
1 skein: hat
2 skeins: scarf
5 skeins: baby blanket (approx 27″ x 30″ in garter stitch on 6.5mm/US10 needles)
Inspiration (yet to be realized)
I think Galatea would especially great as a loose, cropped, oversized drop-shouldered sleeveless summer tee (you know, the kind made from two rectangles sewn together … something that is shaped like THIS). I’d use big needles, 8mm/US11
My first thought when I found Galatea was babies & kids! We made the smallest size in this hat pattern to fit a little person. Because the yarn is a bulky weight cotton it doesn’t have a lot of give, so you can go up in needle size. We tried 6mm/US10 needles but I think the yarn would be best on 6.5mm/US10.5 or 7mm/US10.75 needles.
Meadow Lane is one my go-to blanket patterns because it’s extremely effective with hand-painted yarns and it’s mostly brainless, so you can get some binge-watching in, letting the yarn do all the work. We used 5 skeins of Urth Galatea in colour 2089 Pinata and our blanket is 27″ wide x 30″ long.
We cast on 76 sts and used 6.5mm/US10.6 needles, although I think you can easily go up to a 7mm/US10.75. To block the blanket we hand-washed it and laid it flat to dry.
If your yarn is pooling or not striping the way you want it to, try using a denser stitch, like garter stitch or a K1P1 rib. Variegated yarns look especially good in garter stitch (knitting every row), and it makes self-striping yarns extra interesting to the eye.
We are CLOSED on Family Day Monday, February 15th.
in honour of Family Day, I say let there be socks! I’ve always loved these simple socks, and they knit up lickety-split with worsted weight yarn and 3.75mm needles. Rye makes a great first sock for beginners or something quick & easy for more experienced knitters (the designers even have an online sock tutorial for sock newbies). And the FREE pattern is written for the entire (human) family, from baby to all the adults.
Women’s socks should require about 1 skein/100g of and of the yarns listed below, for men’s socks I’d get a second skein (or make them shorter). Socks tend to be stretchy, so an Adult small isn’t really all that small and fits my size 8.5 feet.
If you don’t like double pointed needles never fear, you can try using some super short circular needles from Chiaogoo. The 9″ length is good for children’s sizes and average women’s size socks. The 12″ circulars will work with men’s socks, and women’s shoe sizes 10 & up (or if your feet are 12″ in circumference or larger).
Leg (adjustable): 4 (6.5, 8, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5) inches
Cuff: 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.25, 8.25, 9) inches around
All of these yarns are 100% machine washable. If you want to really wear these sock hard, like in winter boots, I suggest you go with a yarn that has a good amount of nylon in it, likeBerroco Vintage or Berroco Comfort Print. If they are intended as house socks any of the following suggestions will be gorgeous:
137(160, 182, 228, 274, 319)m or 150 (175, 200, 250, 300, 350) yds of a machine washable worsted weight yarn (see list above). Women’s socks should require about 1 skein/100g of yarn, for men’s socks I’d get a second (or make them shorter).