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FREEBIE Newborn Tristan

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Newborn Tristan

It was so sweet, how could we resist making Tristan? Mineville Merino DK seemed like just the thing, we used colour 22 Blueberry Pie. It was a great call, the cardie came out soft and super pretty!

Notes

1. The pattern calls for 200m, so one skein should have been enough, but we used an extra 20m, so consider getting a second skein (you can make a cute matching baby hat with the extra).

2. The pattern DOES NOT include instructions for button holes. They expect you to sew on snaps and any buttons are decorative. If you want you can put a yarn-over button holes, our buttons are spaced about 12 to 14 rows apart.

3. If you want to make a larger size the pattern is available as “Tristan” up to size 12 months, but it isn’t free.

4. After Blocking our tension came out a bit looser than the pattern’s (ours is 19 sts & 27 rows = 10cm, theirs is 22 sts & 30 rows = 10cm), which means that our garment is larger than the pattern’s and isn’t really newborn size. Ours measures 23.5cm across the chest, theirs is 20cm. According the The Craft Yarn Council’s Baby Size Chart 47cm chest circumference is a bit smaller than an 18 month size.

Materials

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KNIT HACK & PROJECT Maeve

 

 

Maeve

Is it going to be warm? Is it going to be cold? I can’t tell anymore! I’ve been wearing shawls around the store lately, but I feel like I’d like something with a *touch* more structure, a little more style. After an exhaustive search, I’ve settled on Maeve, a shrug with a modern cable detail and little sleevettes.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, but after looking at the tension, needle size and finished projects I’d say it’s more like a DK weight like Mineville Merino DK or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. If you want to go up to a light worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220Cascade 220 Superwash, or Malabrigo Rios, go up a needle size to a 4mm/US6 or 4.5mm/US7 needle (test your tension and see how you like the fabric). I think I just want something simple and heathered, I’ll probably just use

I like heathers and tweeds, and since my Maeve will be worn a lot I need it to wear well. I think I’ll use a basic staple yarn like Cascade 220 Heathers – sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overthink it. I’ll probably make a smaller size, it;s a very unstructured garment and the dimensions of this type of style are generous.

Mini Knit Hack

Sometimes I like the feel of a yarn once the project has been blocked, but not so much in the skein when it’s straight off the shelf.  If you don’t love the feel of your yarn in the skein, you can soften it up by washing it before you start knitting.

  • If your yarn is not already in a skein wind it up around the backs of a couple of chairs,  or on a  swift (if you have one).
  • With scrap yarn, secure the skeins in at least 4 sections (to keep the yarn from getting tangled while being washed).
  • Wash skeined yarn in Eucalan no-rinse delicate wash (it is very easy, see instructions on the bottle/youtube/their website). Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water to stabilize the colour.
  • Hang yarn to dry.
  • Wind yarn into balls or cakes.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles (or longer)
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • tapestry/darning needle

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FREEBIE Sideways Cable Hat

Sideways Cable Hat

I think this hat is super cute and super clever – it’s knit sideways and then joined up the side. I think it would look amazing in a semi-solid colourway of Mineville Merino DK, or Cascade 220 Sport Superwash.

If you are intrepid try using a provisional cast on and then invisibly join the two sides using  kitchener stitch. If not, that’s ok too – for a nice, easy seam just use a provisional cast on (it’s just casting on with scrap yarn, not hard), and do a three needle bind off to finish. If all of this sounds too daunting to deal with, just cast on normally and seam using mattress stitch.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5 needles
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle

Notes

 

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FREEBIE Duotone Cowl

 

 

Duotone Cowl

I’m currently knitting a tubular cowl and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty breezy knitting (I actually worked on it at the movies last week, and I’ve been teaching myself how to knit continental with it). When you work in stocking stitch in the round (like the Duotone Cowl) you only need to knit, no purling is necessary. Even better, the knitting is almost continuous (except for changing colours), you just go round and round and round. It makes for some very easy, mindless knitting. When making a tubular scarf the fabric will be two ply, so you can knit on a larger needle and at looser than normal tension, otherwise the scarf will be a bit too stiff and thick.

Mineville Merino DK would make a gorgeous Duotone Cowl, I’d use either two different semi-sold colours or a single variegated/multi-colour (get 2 skeins). For a slightly more traditional/conservative look use super soft merino Cascade 220 Sport Superwash in their lovely heathered colours.

Yarn Options

Mineville Merino DK: 2 skeins (1 in each of two colours)

Cascade 220 Sport Superwash: 4 skeins (2 in each of two colours)

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5mm/US8 or 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles (one or two sizes larger than the yarn calls for)
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • scrap yarn
  • spare circular needle

 

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FREEBIE Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine is a super simple, super elegant cowl, perfect for fall, winter, and spring!

Yarn Options

Mineville Merino DK: 2 skeins

Mineville Angora Wool: 1 skein ON SALE!

Cascade 220 Superwash Sport: 3 skeins

MadelineTosh Tosh Merino DK: 2 skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 4mm/US6-24″ circular needles
  • tapestry or darning needle

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Photos: Amy Christoffers

FREEBIE Violet Waffles & Merino Dk

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Violet Waffles

Violet Waffles is a great unisex toque, perfect for everybody.  Use Mineville Merino DK for a soft, affordable, machine washable, hand dyed yarn – plus we were lucky enough to be able to restock FIFTY colours of this extremely popular yarn!

Materials

  • Mineville Merino DK: 1 skein
  • 3.5mm/US4-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • FREE Pattern

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Mineville Wool Project Merino DK (3103) is soft, machine washable, easy to work with, easy to wear, and subs easily for other DK weight yarns (Debbie Bliss Rialto, Madeline Tosh DK, etc). It comes in a generous 100g/200m skein, which is enough to make an adult hat or pair of mitts (you’ll need two for a scarf or Honey Cowl, and about 6 for a women’s size medium sweater – check your pattern for full yardage requirements). The hand-painted colours are vivd, saturated and GORGEOUS. Plus, it’s extremely affordably and competitively priced for a super soft, machine washable, hand dyed merino wool (it costs about the same price or less than a commercially machine dyed merino wool).

Mineville Wool Project is a new “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project, because we may never be able to get this base again.

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • DK weight
  • 100g/200m
  • 4mm/US6 needles
  • 22 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada
  • Free Pattern Ideas

FREEBIE & RESTOCKED! Mineville Merino DK

Mineville Merino DK BLOG

It’s Back! Emily from The Mineville Wool Project somehow got her hands on more of the Merino DK base, and we immediately jumped on it! The first shipment just came in (yes, I double indulged) and is live in our online store and on the shelves in person. The price is a bit higher, but it’s still rediculously reasonable for a luscious, beautifully hand-dyed merino yarn (it’s about the same price as the Cascade 220 Superwash Sport). By the way, the older colours for our first batch were on sale, so we’ve left them that way.

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Mineville Wool Project Merino DK (3103) is soft, machine washable, easy to work with, easy to wear, and subs easily for other DK weight yarns (Debbie Bliss Rialto, Madeline Tosh DK, etc). It comes in a generous 100g/200m skein, which is enough to make an adult hat or pair of mitts (you’ll need two for a scarf or Honey Cowl, and about 6 for a women’s size medium sweater – check your pattern for full yardage requirements). The hand-painted colours are vivd, saturated and GORGEOUS.

Mineville Wool Project is a new “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project.

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • DK weight
  • 100g/200m
  • 4mm/US6 needles
  • 22 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada
  • Free Pattern Ideas

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Honey Cowl