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CLEARANCE Koigu KPPPM

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CLEARANCE Koigu KPPPM

Koigu KPPPM is a classic stunner of a hand painted yarn. Koigu is known for their meticulous, luminous colours and soft, comfortable yarns you’ll want to knit and knit and knit, and then wear and wear and wear. Just one skein is enough to make a pair of Turkish Bed Socks, a Beret, or a Newborn Hat.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 50g/160m (175yds)
  • 3mm needles
  • 28 sts = 4″ (10cm) on 3mm needles
  • fingering weight
  • label recommends hand wash, lay flat to dry (but should not felt in the wash)
  • Made in Canada
  • Pattern ideas on Ravelry

 

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ON THE NEEDLES Baby Blanket

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Big Bad Baby Blanket

Normally I wait until projects are finished to play show-and-tell, but this one is working up so beautifully, I had to share. The pattern is my “go-to” baby blanket, the very simple Big Bad Baby Blanket from the book Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller, and the yarn is Koigu KPPPM in colour P112. When it comes to patterns like this, complex colourways absolutely SING! You can, of course, substitute other superwash fingering weight yarns (see below for suggestions).

Stitch ‘n Bitch has been out for quite a while. If you don’t already have it on your bookshelf but you don’t want it new, you can probably pick a used copy for a reasonable price from ABE Books, or find it at your local library (my library, the Toronto Public Libray, has it as an ebook and several hard copies).

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • 5mm/US8- 29″ circular needles
  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • Pattern (see above)

FREEBIE & HACK Baby Sock Hat

Koigu KPPPM Baby Hat Blue 1

Koigu KPPPM Baby Hat Pink 1

Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat

I whipped up these adorable little baby hats last week, they’re definitely very easy and kind of addictive! Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the yarn (Koigu KPPPM) is gorgeous and extremely visually satisfying. I’ve made two and I’ll cast on another tonight at SNB (I’ve got a display idea rolling around in my head and a good friend with a brand new baby).

Yarn Options

Any kind of sock weight yarn will work for this project, as long as it is soft and machine washable – it’s for a baby, after all. We made our samples with Koigu KPPPM, which are perfect in their little 50g skeins, or a couple of mini skeins of Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails. A Sweet Georgia Party of Five or Wollmeside Taste of Wollmeise kit would make some adorable ombre baby hats!

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • About 25g of sock weight (fingering) yarn (see above)
  • 3mm/US2.5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3mm/US2.5 double pointed needles
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • stitch markers (optional but very useful for decreases)

 

Koigu KPPPM Baby Hat Blocking

Knit Hack: Blocking

In knitting, it ain’t over until your project is blocked. I like to wet block, which means washing your project in a no-rinse delicate wash and laying it flat to dry. Wet blocking allows the fibres in your textile to relax and take their final shape.

In the photo above, the blue hat (above) has not been blocked, and the hat below (I have no idea who to describe the colour) has been washed.

BEFORE: Before blocking the textile was firmer, it had more body and memory, the hat held it’s shape, it was able to stand up without support, and the fit was smaller. Measurements: 6.75” wide at bottom (right above brim), 5” high

AFTER: After blocking the textile became floppier, softer, but less crisp. It was no longer able to stand up without a support, and the fit was larger. Measurements: 7” wide, 6” high.

There are, of course, other ways to block a garment, but I like wet blocking because it’s honest, it gives you the most information. Your garment is most likely going to be washed at some point in its life, especially if it is a for a baby. It also settles the stitches into their final place, smoothing things out. If your wet textile is looking a little bit droopy after wet blocking you can try steaming it to add a little bit of body and plump up the fibres. A hand steamer is great, but if you are using a steam iron do not press on your textile, just hold it over and let the steam do its job.

And by the way, when you are knitting a gauge swatch to check your tension, you won’t get a truly accurate number until after your textile is blocked. Generally, it is best to block in the same manner you are also going to launder your finished garment.

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FREEBIE Purl Beret

koigu beret

Purl Beret

I whipped up this little beret to show off our new Koigu KPPPM (and it looks awesome, if I don’t say so myself). The Koigu knits beautifully; the colour distribution is remarkable, the fibre is soft and springy, and the end product is absolutely lovely and very wearable.

The pattern was free, and was a bit flawed. First off, you’ll probably need two skeins of yarn to make the hat, instead of the suggested one. You won’t necessarily need a lot of the second skein, but you’ll go into it. If you have a very small head and are making a little button beret you might be able to get away with one skein.

Second problem, the pattern is LARGE. The cast-on is appropriate for a large head (24 inches in circumference). If you have a smaller size head I suggest casting on fewer stitches: about 98 stitches for a 21″ head, 108 for 22″, 118 for 23″.

Third problem, the pattern ran a bit short in the rise. I added an extra inch in height prior to the decreases (and since it’s wide it kind of needed the extra height).

I blocked it by washing in Eucalan and laying flat to dry, and the hat stretched a bit, mostly in height (I think).

Finished Measurements (after blocking):

  • 11.5” wide (at widest point)
  • 8.5” high
  • 10” wide at brim

Materials

Other Pattern Ideas

If you want to make a hat with Koigu KPPPM, but you don’t want to mess around with changing up the pattern, here are a few FREE patterns that will look great ….

 

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NEW Koigu KPPPM

Koigu KPPPM GROUP 3

Koigu KPPPM

Koigu KPPPM is a classic stunner of a hand painted yarn. Koigu is know for their meticulous, luminous colours and soft, comfortable yarns you’ll want to knit and knit and knit, and then wear and wear and wear. Just one skein is enough to make a pair of Turkish Bed Socks, a Beret, or a Newborn Hat.

We’re starting our Koigu  KPPPM selection slowly, carefully curating colours. I selected the colours carefully (and at length, much to the chagrin of the Koigu Staff) for luminosity, depth of colour, colour harmony, inspiration of yarn lust, and overall happiness.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 50g/160m (175yds)
  • 3mm needles
  • 28 sts = 4″ (10cm) on 3mm needles
  • fingering weight
  • label recommends hand wash, lay flat to dry (but should not felt in the wash)
  • Made in Canada
  • Pattern ideas on Ravelry

 

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

 

Koigu KPPPM COMBO

 

New Koigu KPPPM Stock!

New Koigu KPPPM stock has arrived! Yes, we have sumptuous new Koigus just for Yous! 
  • Meticulously artisan dyed in Ontario
  • Sock weight
  • 100% merino wool, washable
  • 50g/160m
  • 2 skeins can make a pair of socks, 3 for bigger socks
  • Koigu KPPPM Pattern Ideas