Category Archives: spring

PROJECT Brushed Alpaca Nuvem

Nuvem

I just finished a third Nuvem and it was a total win! It’s light and airy as a cloud and cozy as hell. It’ll be an awesome spring/fall wrap, I just want to cocoon in it. I used Drops Brushed Alpaca and Silk and 4.5mm/US7 needles, so it also didn’t take a super long time (I took about a month, but I totally dawdled because I wasn’t into any tv shows or audiobooks). Anyway, everyone who picks it up says they they feel compelled to make one – especially after I tell them the yarn only cost $36 (total).

Notes

The pattern isn’t very complicated, but it does involve a cast-on that some may not be familiar with: Judy’s Magic Cast-on. It’s isn’t hard, and I don’t think you should let it stop you from making this project. Judy’s Magic Cast-on is a very popular technique for making toe-up socks, and there are tons of videos and tutorials for it online, so if you have a hard time with one just skip to the next.

Nuvem Needle Hacks

  1. The last time I made a Nuvem I came up with an easy Knit Hack to help keep track of my needles on this project!
  2. This pattern is worked on two identical circular needles, which can get unwieldy. After I had been working for a while and my Nuvem had grown sufficiently I found that I was able to transfer all of my stitches to a single 60″ circular needle. My preferred type of needles for this project are interchangeables (I have a set of Addis, but Knitter’s Pride are also a great option, their extra cords and tips are affordable), because if I’m going to buy two identical needles of the same size, they might as well be interchangeable tips.

Size

I always wonder why shawls and wraps don’t come in sizes – people comes in different shapes and sizes, and a person with larger shoulders, back and/or bust will need a larger garment, right? Luckily, this pattern is extremely flexible, so it’s very easy to make this wrap smaller or larger. I cast on 143 stitches, which measured 37”/94cm in length after blocking (the end sections each measure about 17″/42cm). I feel like my wrap would fit up to a size large, but if I was an XL or larger I’d make it longer. If you want yours longer you can cast on more stitches (based on my tension, that’s about 3.85 stitches per inch, so if you wanted your wrap to be 4″/10cm longer I’d cast on an extra 15 stitches). If you want it wider you just have to knit extra rounds (or block it width-wise – I blocked mine length-wise).

  • Width (after blocking length-wise): 23”/58cm
  • Length (after blocking length-wise): 71”/180cm
  • Weight: 150g

You can get an idea about the finished size in the picture below. The mannequin is a size 6 and on the small size at that (no booty whatsoever), so I’d say that this is what it would look like on a small person.

Materials

INSPIRATION Adrift

Adrift

Rosie finished her Adrift cardigan last week and I wanted to show you how gorgeous it is! The yarn, Urth Uneek Fingering (ON SALE NOW!) is absolutely gorgeous, the striping turned out beautifully for both the arms and the body.

The pattern isn’t specifically intended to be worn oversized, but you know how mannequins are – one size fits all. The pattern is written from the top down, so it’s easy to make it as large or small as you like, and the sleeves can be short, 3/4, or long, it’s super simple to make adjustments.

If stripes aren’t your thing you can also make it in a solid, semi-solid, or variegated colourway, so you can substitute any fingering weight yarn (the number of skeins required would be the same as in the materials below).

Size

  • To fit bust: 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)”/ 76 (84, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137.5) cm 
  • Length: 17.25 (17.5, 18, 18.25, 18.5, 18.75, 19, 20, 20.5)”/44 (44.5, 45.5, 46.5, 47, 47.5, 48.5, 51, 52) cm.

Materials

PREORDER Pompom Quarterly 28

PomPom Quarterly 28 Spring 2019

The new Spring issue of Pom Pom Quarterly will be available and ship February 28th! This issue includes pretty crochets as well as knits that will carry you from the end of winter into the heart of spring.

NEW Knitscene Spring 2019

Knitscene Spring 2019

The new issue of Knitscene has arrived! I know it’s a little hard to think forward to spring, but this issue has a bunch of pretty knits as well as some great articles.

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PROJECT Waters

 

Waters

I really like designer Andi Satterlund because she’s a lady with curves who designs for ladies with curves (last winter I made another sweater by her, Armande, and it really looks great). Plus she’s into simple seamless construction and her sweaters are super cute! So when Waters crossed through my Ravelry feed I was extra pleased to see its made with one of my favouirte summer yarns, Quince & Co Sparrow.

From the Designer

“Light and easy Waters’s uncomplicated details provide fuss-free Summer style. This retro top features a high front neckline with a deep scooped back, classic skinny stripes, and loads of relaxing stockinette. It’s knit seamlessly from the top down, starting with the back. A small amount of short row shaping on the shoulders helps the simple shape hang well. Stitches are picked up from each shoulder for the fronts, and the body is joined to be knit in the round with waist and hip shaping. Waters fits best with 0-3 in / 0-8 cm of positive ease.”

Linen Notes

To get the finished product you want, keep a few things in mind:

  • Linen is VERY stretchy, you may consider going down a size.
  • Always swatch before starting your project and block your swatch to get an accurate tension.
  • Use our Pantyhose Hack to manage your linen yarn.

waters combo 2.jpg

Photos: Andi Satterlund

Size

  • XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
  • Bust Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) in , 81 (91, 102, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm

Materials

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waters combo

Photos: Andi Satterlund

PROJECT Edie

 

 

Edie

Popular on Ravelry this week is a classic tee made with one of my favourite yarns, Quince & Co Sparrow (I’m planning another Gillespie with it – I wear it so much that it may become the Summer Haley-special).

From the designer

“Edie is a simple tee worked with raglan increases from the top down. First you have to work back and forth until V-Neck shaping is complete, then in the round to the end. Textured stripes will help to compensate the yarn’s tendency to bias. Short-row shaping for the rounded bottom gives a casual finish. Stitches for short sleeves are picked up after body is complete, to work the sleeves top down in the round. An optional neck finishing is provided. Sample shows unfinished, raw edges.”

Linen Notes

To get the finished product you want, keep a few things in mind:

  • Linen is VERY stretchy, you may consider going down a size.
  • Always swatch before starting your project and block your swatch to get an accurate tension.
  • Use our Pantyhose Hack to manage your linen yarn.

 

 

Sizes

  • XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL)
  • Finished bust circumference: 33 (35, 37, 39.5, 42, 45, 49.5) in or 83.5 (89, 94.5, 100, 107, 114.5, 125.5) cm
  • Sample is size XS with approx. 2 inches of positive ease at bust

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins Quince; shown in color blue spruce.
  • 3.5 mm/US4 circular needles and DPNs. (see pattern for details)
  • stich markers
  • stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • blocking tools (optional)
  • Pattern Download

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NEW DMC Natura XL

DMC Natura XL DISPLAY

DMC Natura XL

Buying yarn is a bit like grocery shopping for a large family – you look for products that suit the whole family. When I came across DMC Natura XL I was super excited because it ticked A LOT of boxes ….

First, it’s a super bulky weight cotton. Yup, really thick cottons are really hard to come by, especially yarns that look and act like regular, real yarn. Seriously, it calls for 8mm/US11 to 9mm/US13 needles! Second, it’s 100% cotton, all natural, so perfect for vegans, sensitives, and babies. Third, it’s soft and machine washable – which is essential around here, so many baby & kid knits start with us (see the baby blanket pattern below). Fourth, it has good yardage. So many times you find a yarn but one ball isn’t long enough to do much of anything. Fifth, it comes in lots of NICE colours …. it drives me batty when the yarn base is lovely but the colours are acrid. Sixth, it isn’t made in China, nobody was exploited in the manufacture of this yarn. Seventh and actually much higher on my list of priorities is the price, which is very reasonable – only $8.97 for a 100g ball.

DMC Natura XL is especially great for baby & kid projects, blankets pillows and afghans, as well as crocheted baskets and other home decor projects.

  • Super Bulky
  • 8mm/US11 to 9mm/US13 needles
  • 6mm/J to 7mm hook
  • 100% cotton
  • soft & comfortable
  • machine washable
  • 100g – 75m(82yds)
  • 30 colours
  • Made in the EU
  • $8.97/ball
  • See patterns for DMC Natural XL

DMC Natural XL COMBO

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DMC Natura XL Baby Blanket

 

 

 

Crochet Baskets & Stool Cover

I think I need to get myself a stool so I can crochet it a sweater …. These two crochet patterns both use DMC Natura XL and work up in a jiff! The patterns are published in Women’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet June 2015, which is available for free through our public library as a digital download (if you live outside of Toronto you should check your local library to see if they offer this service). Alternately, you can also pay to download the patterns from the magazine’s parent company:

 

natural xl cmobo

Photos: Yarnplaza, DMC