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FREEBIE Galilee

 

 

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Galilee

As soon as I saw this FREE pattern I knew I wanted to share it, but I figured I’d better wait until the heat settled down, and all the best yarn options had arrived. I love the elegant shape and texture in this “swancho” (it’s like a poncho, but with little sweater sleeves). If the textured panel seems a little daunting you can omit it and just knit the front panel like the same as the back, in stocking stitch.

You can use any chunky weight yarn (something that knits up on a 6mm/US10 needle). Berroco Vintage Chunky is soft, machine washable, and comes in a spectrum of great colours. Cascade Eco is made with 100% Peruvian wool that comes in both dyed and undyed natural colours, and is the most cost-effective choice, especially as the sizes grow). For a stunning statment, use Malabrigo Mecha, a gorgeous hand-dyed, machine washable, buttery soft single ply merino wool.

Size

  • Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X)
  • Bottom edge – 55 (59, 64, 68, 71, 76)”
  • Length – 24½ (25, 25½, 26, 26½, 27)”

Yarn Options

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Cascade Eco: 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins

Malabrigo Mecha: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5.5mm/US9-16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle

 

 

 

FREEBIES in Store

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FREE Magazines & Patterns

Along with yarns for donation, people drop off knitting & crochet magazines and pattern booklets, which are often left behind after our Yarn Swap. Since they tend to pile up and they get a bit heavy and unwieldy to store, we are going to start offering them in store for FREE. We will not be offering these freebies in our online store, but when you come and visit us in person please feel free to browse them and take what you like – GRATIS.

 

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Yarn Swap

Sunday, April 23rd from 1 to 3 pm

Speaking of Yarn Swaps, I’m just getting ready for our next swap, this weekend! Just a gentle reminder, when you drop off yarn for donation *please* make sure it is in a SEALED plastic bag (either Ziplock or garbage bag) – this protocol is to help protect us against infestation, and it also helps to re-home your yarns by keeping them clean and tidy. (Please note, donors who are disabled or infirm do not need to go to all this trouble to hermetically seal their yarns – don’t do yourself in running around trying to get your yarn ready to be to repatriated,  we’re happy to handle it.)

  • Natural Fibres are best stored in separate Ziplock bags (group like yarns in each bag)
  • Synthetics are good in a garbage or recycling bag that is tied at the top

Swap Hacks

  • Try to bag your yarns that are being donated. If you are feeling organizey you can label them too.
  • ALWAYS bag and freeze yarns you bring home from a swap.
  • Be gentle and play nice with other swappers; relationships are more important than string!

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

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
Download for FREE at knitomatic.com

As always, you can find us at Knitomatic.com!


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!



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