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Spring … Grignasco Sahara 25% Off


Grignasco Sahara


Grignasco Sahara looks lovely, it’s easy + feels great to knit with, and it looks amazing knitted up. Sahara is a soft, luscious fibre blend for Spring + Summer: 20% silk, 40% bamboo, 40% linen. It has a lovely semi-matte sheen and uneven texture that gives it a very modern, very urban texture. It’s also discounted (Squee!) because it has been discontinued (Boooo-urns!). 


The Deets

  • 50g-100m
  • 4.5 to 5mm needles
  • 18 sts + 24R = 4″/10cm
  • 20% silk, 40% bamboo, 40% linen
  • Hand wash in cold water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Italy
  • SALE $7.50 (regularly $10)



Dropped Stitch Spring Cowl

This project is my favourite combination of simple, fast, easy, and deceptively impressive looking. For a snug fit cast on 75 to 80 sts, for something longer that can be wrapped twice cast on 140 to 150 sts (you’ll need 4 balls). 

Notes
Initially we started making the Easy 1-Ball Cowl pattern (much cred to the designer!) but made changes to make the most of this very pretty yarn and to make it easy for you to make one too. 

Size
17” wide x 12” high (unstretched)

Materials

2 balls Grignasco Sahara colour 1195 (50g/100m)
5mm-24″ circular needles
stitch marker

Abbreviations
K            knit
R            row or round
Rep         repeat
St/s         stitch(es)
YO          yarn over: bring yarn over the needle

Techniques

YO 2 Times (Double Yarn Over)

Directions
Cast on 100 stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, place marker on right needle.

R1 + 2: knit. 

R3: YO 2 times, K1; rep from to end of round.


R4: drop 2 yarn overs, k1; rep from to end of round.

R5 to 7:knit.

Repeat R3 to 7 nine more times.

Repeat R3 to 6 one time.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends. 


New Madeline Tosh DK

Tosh Merino DK 58 Citrus

Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino DK
Delicious is the best way to describe Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino DK. It is a seriously sexy yarn. It is a 100% superwash merino wool, with a generous 225 yards per skein. This single ply yarn is the thicker cousin of tosh merino light using the same fiber to create a hand-dyed skein with rich depth of colour and tone. It knits up at a versatile dk to worsted gauge, perfect for sweater and accessory projects. Each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots and machine washable.

  • 100% superwash merino wool, single ply
  • 206m/225yds
  • machine wash in cold water, air dry
  • fibre base from South Africa, hand dyed in Texas
  • see pattern ideas





Rikke Hat

  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • 170 projects made with this yarn
  • 1 skein Tosh Merino DK
  • 3.5mm-16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm-16″ circular and double pointed needles





Honey Cowl

  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • 330 projects made with this yarn
  • 2 sizes, 22(44)” length
  • 1(2) skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 5mm-24(36)” circular needles





Age of Brass & Steam





Mara





Eternity Scarf

  • pattern via Ravelry
  • 19 projects made with this yarn
  • 3 sizes available
  • 1(2,2) skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 5mm-24(29)” circular needles (see pattern for size)





Effortless Cardigan




  • pattern via Ravelry
  • size 12mos to 12 yrs
  • 2 to 4 skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 3.75mm needles
  • see pattern for amount of yarn required



New Free Pattern: Rialto Baby Beanie



Size
° preemie (newborn, baby, toddler)
° Head circumference: 11(12-13, 14-15, 16-17)” or 27.5(30-32.5, 35-37.5, 40-42.5)cm

Materials
° Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Print;50g/105m, 1 ball
° 4mm-16” circular needles
° 3.5mm-16” circular needles
° 4mm double pointed needles
° 1 stitch marker
° darning needle (preferably pointy & small)

Hat on the left:
Newborn size, Debbie Bliss CashmerinoDK colour 18 (navy), Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Print 05 (Ravenna)

Hat on the right:
Toddler size, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK colour 43 (beige), Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Print 01 (Florence)



Dowload the pattern Here

Crittery Gift Ideas


I do not know what these little guys are, but I like them, and I think other people who enjoy whimsical, silly and fun things will like them too.  Plus they are small, fast, and relatively cheap to make. I also think they would make excellent holiday decorations and/or ornaments.  An easy way to make them larger is up-size to a thicker yarn and corresponding needle: 



By the way, we sell safety eyes, stuffing and felt (the latter 2 are in the mail)

  Stripy

  Jiggle







New Free Pattern: Easy Loose Cabled Cowl


This pattern is a simple, straightforward, easy project great for new knitters (great way to learn cables). It knits up fast on thick yarn and BIG needles (12mm).  It’s easy, is a satisfying quickie, and looks impressive to non-knitters (hint: it’s very giftable).

It is made with one skein of Brown Sheep Company Burly Spun (not bad at $20.97 per skein),  but it would also make an excellent excuse to buy a couple of skeins of Malabrigo Rasta (especially in their luminescent semi-solid colours). 

Read more about it on Ravelry
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Summer Knit-Spiration: Creekbed Scarf


I think this little free pattern is a hidden gem and a great opportunity to play around with self striping yarns. It’s knit with light, sock weight yarn, which make for easygoing summer projects. It’s also light on the cerebral side, with just enough interest to keep you from nodding off in the heat. Add a colourful, self striping yarn like a Noro and it’ll be easy entertainment. It’s also a grab and go project, easy to travel with (even if you aren’t going any further than your porch). 



I love kristenlynnea’s version (above) made with Noro Silk Garden Sock and other scraps. It also looks great in CompulsiveKnitter’s version made with Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.

Suggested Yarns


I think I would make a few stylistic modifications to the pattern:
  1. If using a striping yarn I’d drop the big centre band, I don’t think it would do anything for the design.
  2. If I was making the 2 border bands in a contrast colour I would make it a neutral (grey or brown) with a low to medium contrast to the main colours. A high contrast is too much for my delicate sensibilities (ie. no likey black). 
  3. If using Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball I’d skip the border colour all together and let the yarn do all the work. 
  4. If using Noro Silk Garden Sock I’d choose 2 colourways and alternate every other row. Alternately, you can use 2 skeins of the same colourway and start the first from the inside and the second from the outside, and alternate every other row. 


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Summer Knit-spiration: Wingspan



More summer knit-spiration ….


Wingspan is a really cute little scafy-wrap that only uses 1 skein of sock yarn! It looks equally great with self striping yarn or semi solids. You can make it I think it’s both a great summer knit but also a great holiday gift – it’s always nice to double end your knitting.  It’s also an easy knit that has a little technical interest and isn’t too-too boring, and travels extremely well. Plus, the pattern is a freebie! 

Suggested Yarns


Make a larger version by using a thicker yarn:

Make a lighter, airy version by using a lace weight yarn:

New Free Patterns for Simple Cowls

Brand spankin’ new from us, 2 patterns for simple, easy, elegant cowls using Berroco Boboli, a new yarn for Fall 2011. The yarn is beautiful, prismatic, and does most of the work for you. The rest of the pattern is in the beginner skill spectrum. It’s also a non-thinker, a great project for those times when brain no work good. And of course, both patterns are Free!

This sweet little thing is the Boboli Cowl Worsted Version. It’s a beautiful weight for fall, moving into  winter, and early spring. It’s a straightforward knit and made with 2 skeins of Boboli and 4.5mm circular needles. The yarn knits quickly, and you’ll be done before you know it! I made this version second and had no idea I would love it’s delicate drape so much!

Here’s the Boboli Cowl Bulky Version.  It’s made on larger, 7mm needles, holding 2 strands together. Besides creating  a faster knit, it’s also a thicker fabric, perfect for when the weather starts getting chill and carrying you into real winter.  It also has more body than the worsted version, and the colour takes on a tweedy quality that transcends the yarn’s inherent variegation.


By the way, don’t forget to follow the instructions and block your cowl in a bath of white vinegar and Eucalan – it softens up beautifully!



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New Free Pattern: Spring Mobius Cowl

Many of the links posted here are from Ravelry.com, a free website for knitters and crocheters. If you don’t have your own account you can use ours: login: knitomatic2, password: knitomatic. But you should get your own account fast, ’cause you’re going to LOVE it!

By Haley Wacberg

This is an easy and satisfying project for a simple, spring cowl. It’s really a no-brainer, the yarn’s self-striping colour and soft texture do most of the work. The pattern uses a Mobius Cast On, which is easy to learn.
To learn this easy new skill you can watch Cat Bohrdi’s great Intro to Mobius Knitting tutorial on you tube. Cat’s instructions are clear and easy to follow and you’ll be an expert in no time!
NOTE: You can not substitute a normal cast on using circular needles to create a mobius – it doesn’t work. By twisting the stitches, you’ll end up with a full twist in your knitting, and you only want a half twist (the mobius).
The yarn used has a very high cotton and silk content, both of which tend to stretch and grow. If you think your cowl is too small, don’t worry, it’ll loosen up.
Size 
Length: 25” 
Width: 8”
Materials 
2 skeins Noro Taiyo, 100g/200m, colour 1 
5mm/36” circular needles 
1 Stitch Marker
Gauge 
15 sts & 30 rows = 4” in K6 P6 ribs
Techniques 
Intro to Mobius Knitting tutorial by Cat Bohrdi on youtube: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4
Cost
Free


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Instant Gratification Holiday Gifts – Free Tea Cozy

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As always, you can find us at knitomatic.com.