Category Archives: sweaters

PROJECT Nutured in Rios

Photo: ElinorGray on Ravelry
Photo: ElinorGray on Ravelry

Nurtured in Rios

The best inspiration come from people doing things …. This sweater project by ElinorGray on Ravelry is gorgeous! She used Malabrigo Rios to make Nurtured by Andrea Mowry, and WOW, the two look like they were made for each other! I’d say the skill level is around an intermediate – not the perfect choice for your first sweater, but once you know what to expect when making a sweater you should be fine.

A few notes for a successful knit …

  • Make at least a 5″ x 5″ square tension swatch and block it. This yarn will let go and stretch when washed, so to get an accurate fit you need to do your prep work.
  • Because this yarn is hand-dyed no two skeins are alike (for the multi-colours different skeins within the same bag can look different). We always try to match the skeins as closely as possible when we send them out. To get the most consistent colour distribution possible, it is always suggested with hand-dyed yarns that you work with two balls and alternate them every couple of rows. Here’s a Video to help you with this.
  • If you want your sweater a bit less cropped get an extra skein.

Size

  • Finished Bust: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)(56, 60, 64, 67.5)” OR 91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132)(142, 152.5, 162.5, 171.5) cm
  • Intended to be worn with 4-6”/10-15 cm positive ease. To pick your best size, measure your full bust and add your desired ease, then pick the finished bust circumference closest to that number.
  • Sample shown in size 2 with 6”/15 cm positive ease.

Materials

Photos: ElinorGray on Ravelry

RESTOCK Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios

We just received a big restock or Malabrigo Rios (and are expecting more to come in in a couple of weeks). There have been so many constraints over the last year, finally being able to get a decent re-stock feels so good!

Should not already be familiar with this wonderful yarn, Malabrigo Rios is a super-duper soft, machine washable yarn made from 100% merino wool. It’s hand dyed for subtle variations, and is great for anyone and any project except felting (it will not felt). Rios is specially suitable for babies, kids (it makes great hats, sweaters, blankets, etc). The dyeing tends to have a watercolour effect and it always seems to knit up even more beautiful than in the skein. The base yarn is silky soft and springy with lots of body. Whenever I can I like to use it for projects I make for my niece and nephew (sometimes the colours don’t fit their very specific requests).

  • 100% Machine Washable Merino Wool (superwash)
  • 100g/192m (200 yds)
  • Aran weight
  • 18 sts & 24 rows = 4″/10cm
  • 5mm/US8 needles
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Pattern Ideas

A Note on Working with Hand-Dyes

Because this yarn is hand-dyed no two skeins are alike (for the multi-colours different skeins within the same bag can look different). We always try to match the skeins as closely as possible when we send them out. To get the most consistent colour distribution possible, it is always suggested with hand-dyed yarns that you work with two balls and alternate them every couple of rows. Here’s a Video to help you with this.

Photo: Angeldogknitter on Ravelry.com

Flax

Make. All. The Sweaters. Malabrigo Rios has been used 889 times on Ravelry to make Tin Can Knit’s FREE pattern, Flax. Flax is an all-size design (but it’s limited exclusively to humans; canine, feline, avian, and reptilian sizes are note included) and will fit babies to the largest primate (you may need to make modifications if you’re knitting for one of our cousins on the evolutionary tree … and good luck getting a sweater on a gorilla outside of Photoshop).

Your needle sizes and yardage amount will vary based on the size you’re making, so I won’t list them here, but they’re basically:

Photo: annypurls on Ravelry.com

Rye

Malabrigo Rios has been use 539 times to make this particular pair of socks, Rye. Rye is a great pattern for new sock knitters, it includes how-to instructions, and a full size range from baby to Adult L. Whether you’ve retreats the the cottage, your back-yard or the public park, socks are a great small project that travels extremely well and makes for a very impressive holiday gift.

BTW – getting your winter gifts done over the summer is the absolutely most satisfying feeling you’ll ever experience. It involves a little delayed satisfaction, but come October you’ll be extremely pleased with yourself, especially when you get the itch to make something nice for yourself and you find that you can!

Size

  • Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S, M, L)
  • Finished Cuff (unstretched): 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.25, 8, 8.75)” around
  • Finished Leg (adjustable): 2.5 (4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8)”
  • Finished Foot (adjustable): 4 (6, 7.5, 9, 10, 11.25)

Materials

Photo: Sweet Birch Designs

Moss on the Old Oak

Moss on the Old Oak is the kind of warp I yearn for on cool says and nights from the spring to fall. It’ll knit up beautifully in either the multicoloured or semi-solid colourways of Malabrigo Rios, and the pattern is offered in three sizes. It’s an advanced-beginner skill level, which is a nice niche for the spring.

Size

  • Small, Medium, Large

Materials

KITS Knits for Kids

Last week was baby week, and this week is brought to you by kids. When my niece and nephew were babies they were so cute and loveable that I thought I never wanted them to grow up. What I didn’t realizes was that the best thing about babies was that they grow up to be kids; interesting, cool, funny, silly, beautiful little people. Kids love a hand knit, as long as it’s soft, and in a colour they like. It doesn’t matter how obnoxious the colour is, just go with it – they’ll wear it until they can’t squeeze themselves into it anymore. Kids LOVE colour.

All of our kids kits & projects are HERE.

By the way, all of these knits are also available for adults, so you & the kid in your life kid can match. If you love the idea of a family of matching knits, check out the patterns by Tin Can Knits, they often designed with a FULL range of sizes, from newborn baby to adult 6XL.

Amari

Amari is a seamless tee that begins at the neck and is worked down. Easy eyelet stitches shape the yoke and add decoration to the neckline at the same time. Derecho is worked in one piece from the neck down. Neck and lower edges are shaped using short rows. For an adult version of this top see Derecho.

Berroco Remix Light is a multi-seasonal yarn that’s so comfortable you’ll find the garments made with it become some of your favourites (you know, the one you wear over and over and over again, until you get tired of the colour so you make another in a new colour … etc). It’s super soft, light, breathable, machine washable, and it’s made in France from an eco-friendly blend of 100% recycled fibres.

Skill level: Intermediate

Size

  • Chest: (22, 24, 26, 27½, 30)” / (56, 61, 66, 70, 76) cm
  • Back Length: (13½, 15, 16½, 17½, 19)” / (34.5, 38, 42, 44.5, 48.5) cm (front is ½” / 1 cm shorter)
  • Shown in size 8. Recommended ease: approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease

Skills: reading a patternpicking up and knitting stitchesshort rows (wrap & turn)increasing (M1L & M1R)yarn-overknitting in the round on double-pointed needlesstitch markersjoining in the roundusing circular needlesweaving in ends.

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Lawrence

Lawrence is a simple pullover with garter stitch texture, that’s cute for boys and girls. It is knit in a conventional way in 4 pieces and seamed together (a great option for beginners if working in the round is a bit daunting). The drop-shoulder construction makes it super easy to seam the sleeves, which is usually the scariest part of finishing. For an adult version of this pullover see Larry.

For the yarn, we’ve substituted the ultra wearable and very affordable Berroco Vintage  – a soft, worsted weight machine washable wool/synthetic blend. A knitting store staple, it features a wide color range, an incredibly soft feel and yardage that goes on and on. Its unique fiber blend makes laundering a breeze and perfectly suited for easy-care garments for both children and adults. 

Skill Level: Advanced-Beginner to Intermediate

Size

  • 2(4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
  • To fit Chest Size: 23(24-25-26-27-28)˝
  • Finished Chest: 25(26-27-28-29-30)˝
  • Finished Length: 16(16½-17½-18-19-20)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 2˝ of ease. Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

Skills: reading a patterncast-on (long-tail/slingshot)knitpurlbind-offbind-off (in middle of row)picking up and knitting stitchesseaming (mattress stitch), weaving in ends.

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Jemison

Jemison is an adorable vintage-inspired cardigan. It’s perfect for layering on a chilly day, and has cute pockets for kids to hold all the little treasures they pick up in their adventures. This sweater is worked flat in pieces and seamed. We’re pairing Jemison with Berroco Vintage, our go-to yarn for sweaters kids love to wear. For a grown-up version of this sweater check-out Headland.

Skill level: Intermediate

Size:

  • Childs sizes: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Finished Chest (closed): 25 (27, 29, 31, 33)”
  • Finished Length: 13½ (16, 18, 19½, 21)”

Skills: reading a chartseaming (mattress stitch), picking up and knitting stitchesweaving in endssewing buttons.

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KITS Classic Baby Knits (worsted)

I personally have an eye for the wild, weird & whimsical, but I also appreciate the balance and calm of the classics. The following are some worsted weight baby projects for the most discriminating eye (unless you make them in hellacious colours, in which case all bets are off). The suggested yarn, Berroco Vintage , is soft, washable, affordable, and comes in a broad selection of classic and adventurous colours. As always, we can substitute any of our baby-friendly worsted weight yarns. If you’re looking for some projects made with thinner yarn those will be up at bat next, but you can browse HERE.

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). That said, we keep  Berroco Vintage in stock all year and are always reordering, so if the yarn is in stock your kit will be available very quickly. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.  

Ivy

Simple and sweet, Ivy is a rectangular lace blanket that’s just the right size to become your little one’s favorite. The stitch pattern is both charted and written out, and is only 4 rows, making it a great choice for knitters who are new to lace.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Skills: Cast on, cast off, knit, purl, reading a patternbasic lace knitting, joining a new ball of yarnweaving in ends, reading a chart (optional), using lifelines (optional).

Size

  • Approx 28½” wide x 30” long
  • For 33″ x 34″: add 20 sts to cast-on and 1 extra skein of yarn 
  • For 35″ x 37″: add 30 sts and 2 extra skeins of yarn
  • For 37.5″ x 38″: add 40 sts and 2 extra skeins of yarn 
  • For 40″ x 42″: add 50 sts and 3 extra skeins of yarn

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Notes

  • The pattern repeat is 10 sts, so to make your blanket narrower or wider you would add or remove stitches in denominations of 10. 
  • Each pattern repeat measures approximately 2.25″

Luca

Luca is a miniature gansey pullover with buttons at the neck for easy dressing. This pattern is knit in pieces and seamed together.

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced-beginner

Skills: Cast on, cast off, knit, purl, reading a pattern, joining a new ball of yarnweaving in ends, seaming (mattress stitch)

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) months
  • To Fit Chest Size:  17(18-19-20-21)˝
  • Finished Chest – 20(21-22-23-24)˝
  • Finished Length – 9½(10-10½-11-11½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 3” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

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Battenberg Blanket

The Battenberg Baby Blanket is a classicly styled blanket, with a simple, elegant aesthetic. The stitch used has the appearance of complicated waves,  but it’s really just an easy ribbing that starts one stitch to the right every few rows. For an unusual touch, the edging is worked along the sides but doesn’t meet in the corners.

Skill Level: advanced-beginner 

Size: 35” wide x 42” long

Skills: following a pattern, pick-up & knit stitchesweaving in ends

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Rabbit

With extra-long ears and a large pom-pom for a tail, Rabbit will fit right in with the rest of your little one’s menagerie of toys. This toy is knit in the round, mostly in one piece. Ears are sewn on, as is the pom-pom tail. 

Skill Level: advanced-beginner to intermediate

Skills:  knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, seaming (mattress stitch), picking up and knitting stitchesincreasing (M1L & M1R), decreasing (K2tog SSK), cable cast-on.

Size: approximately 10” around body x 11½” high (not including ears)

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Carrot

Whether your little one is a future gardener, chef or nature lover, he or she is sure to love this soft toy carrot. 

Skill Level: advanced-beginner to intermediate

Skills:  knitting in the round on double-pointed needlescast-on (provisional), seaming (mattress stitch), increasing (M1L & M1R), decreasing (K2tog SSK), grafting (kitchener stitch).

Size: approximately 8” around (at widest point) x 12” long (including leaves)

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PROJECT Lapponia

Lapponia by Veera Välimäki

I saw this sweater and felt a jolt of “Yes PLEASE!” Lapponia is a simple round yoke sweater, with easy colourwork from collar to hem. The sweater has a short cropped length and easy, relaxed fit. It’s knit in a fingering weight yarn, which is a nice transitional-season thickness and offers you lots of yarn choices. (If you’re planning on buying this pattern get it now, it’s on sale for the next couple of days.)

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Finished chest circumference: 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72)” / 100 (110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180) cm.
  • Choose a size with approx. 4-8” 10-20 cm of positive ease.

Yarn Options

Lapponia is designed with fingering weight yarn, so you’ve got lots of different options to choose from. All of the yarns below are soft, comfortable, easy to work with, and will look beautiful. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s the right choice for you, so I’ve tried to break them down:

The Budget Friendliest Option: Cascade Heritage is a staple fingering weight yarn. It’s incredibly soft and easy to work with, and comes in lots of colours (and if we don’t have one we can look into ordering it for you). It mostly comes in solid colours, but also some heathers. 75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon; 100g/400m (437 yds), machine washable, made in India. $16.97/skein.

You’ll need: 1 skein of CC1 (pink in the sample), 1 skein of CC2 (yellow in the sample), and 2(2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of MC (turquoise/teal in the sample) of Cascade Heritage.


The Artsiest Option: Artfil Belle is a gorgeous hand-painted yarn from Quebec (it’s both milled and dyed there). It’s super soft and has a lot of body and squish. The dyeing is very painterly; sometimes subtle and other times very vivid. 80% superwash merino wool & 20% nylon; 100g/354m (387 yds), machine washable, made in Canada. $28.97/skein.

You’ll need: You’ll need: 1 skein of CC1, 1 skein of CC2, and 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins of MC of Artfil Belle.


The Knitterly/Eco Option: Fibre Co Amble is a gorgeous fingering weight yarn made with sustainable materials. It’s super soft, squishy, and gorgeous to work with and wear. If you’re a knitterly kind of knitter (some use the term ‘yarn snob’, but I prefer ‘afficiando’), or if you just have an appreciation for gorgeous textiles (previously known as a ‘clothes horse’, I prefer ‘connoisseur’) this yarn will make you very happy. Incidentally, the heathered colours are the result of combining the natural colours of merino wool and alpaca. 70% Easy-wash Merino wool, 20% Easy-wash alpaca, 10% recycled nylon; 100g/325m (355 yds), machine washable, made in Peru. $29.97/skein.

You’ll need: You’ll need: 1 skein of CC1, 1 skein of CC2, and 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins of MC of Fibre Co Amble.


The 100% Natural Option (Budget Friendy): Amano Chaski is a great, all natural fingering weight sock yarn with ZERO synthetic fibres. It’s a soft and extremely comfortable blend of superwash merino, pima cotton and linen. The fibre blend also makes it a great yarn for transitional seasons. Chaskis comes in a selection of soft colours, and is also a budget friendly choice. We’re expecting our first shipment of Chaski this week, but you can place your order now! 60% uperwash merino, 30% pima cotton, 10% linen; 100g/350m (383 yds), machine washable, made in Peru. $20.97/skein.

You’ll need: You’ll need: 1 skein of CC1, 1 skein of CC2, and 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins of MC of Amano Chaski.


The Light as a Feather Option: Fibre Co. Meadow is a super yummy blend of wool, llama, silk and linen, making it a great yarn for shifting seasons. It’s super soft and luxurious, but also has a bit of texture and depth of colour because of the fibre blend (and sometimes the dyeing is fancy too). Meadow technically a heavy lace-weight yarn, which is a bit thinner than what the pattern pattern calls for, so you’ll want to go down to a 3.25mm/US3 needle and possibly make a size larger in the pattern (keep an eye on your tension). The extra yardage on the thinner yarn may also pay off for sizes in the 44″ to 60″ range because you’ll need less of the main colour. The 40% wool, 25% llama, 20% silk, 15% linen; 100g/498m (545 yds), hand wash, made in Peru. $34.97/skein.

You’ll need: 1 skein of CC1, 1 skein of CC2, and 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of MC of Fibre Co. Meadow.


The Kitchen Sink Option (budget friendly, all Season, no-wool, eco friendly): Berroco Remix Light is a very light blend of recycled fibres that’s easy and comfortable to wear all year and work with. It has a slightly tweedy texture, which makes it a great wool-free alternative for stranded knitting (the finished projects on Ravelry are AMAZING). Customers are constantly pleasantly surprised by this yarn’s incredible performance – this is a ‘listen to me now, believe me later’ moment. My suggestion is to let go of what you think you believe about synthetic fibres (beliefs aren’t real anyway, they’re just constructs our minds come up with because our pre-frontal cortex likes to concoct narratives and then host story-time over and over and over). Take a leap, close your eyes and knit. I promise it does not look or feel like plastic; those who know me know I can’t stand squeaky yarns (except for making pompoms, squeaky yarns make amazing pompoms) and I would never recommend one without a warning and a good reason. Remix Light is technically a DK weight, so you should go down a size in the pattern and go up to a 3.75mm/US5 needle. 10% silk, 9% linen, 27% cotton, 30% nylon, 24% acrylic; 100g/400m (432 yds), machine washable, made in France. $15.97/skein.

You’ll need: 1 skein of CC1 (pink in the sample), 1 skein of CC2 (yellow in the sample), and 2(2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of MC (turquoise/teal in the sample) of Berroco Remix Light.

P.S. Streaming Pic Of the Week

My current streaming pic is the The Great British Baking Show on the CBC Gem app. I’ve been watching seasons 8 & 9, and the finale of season 9 is amazing … I won’t spoil it, but I want to! If you find yourself falling down this particular rabbit-hole I heartily suggest upgrading for your free month of premium service, otherwise the commercials will drive you up the wall (you’ll never be able to look at an avocado again).

NEW Sock-spiration for Fibre Company Amble!

The Fibre Company has paired up with several designers this spring for an exhibition of sock-spiration with their new (ish) sock yarn, Amble. All the Amble deets are at the bottom, below the gorgeous sockies, but to sum it up its a super soft and yummy yarn that was designed with as small an environmental footprint possible.

The Fibre Company’s yarns always come with happy energy, when I open a shipment from them it’s like meeting someone new who you know will become a good, lifelong friend. Their corporate tag-line is “Yarn for projects you’re proud of”, but their behind the scenes mantra, what really motivates them, is Sustainability (which is something that I think also takes a lot of integrity).

Anyway, ideals aside, if you want to work with a yarn that’s HAPPY, give Fibre Company Amble a whirl. The patterns below have all been knitted with Amble, and if you bought a copy of 52 Weeks of Socks you’ll definitely want to check in out, it’s ideal for textures, single coloured sock patterns. To help get this awesome yarn into your hands, Fibre Company Amble will be 10% Off from now until the end of the month (the discount will automatically be added in your chart at check-out, so you don’t need to jump through any hoops). Just promise me one thing – don’t delay this particular gratification. Don’t stash it this yarn, get it on your needles and use it NOW! Everyone needs a little boost, and everyone deserves happiness.

Hedera

Hedera by Coraline Kerisit features a delicate lace pattern reminiscent of the shape of leaves. Sample shown in Amble, shade Isel.


Mind Garden

Mind Garden by Yucca has the option for two beautiful patterns on the leg. Samples shown in Amble, shades Buttermere and Scafell Pike.


Wollaton Socks

Wollaton Socks by Emily Joy Rickard features interlinked cables moving into a rib texture across the foot. Sample shown in Amble, shade Windermere.


Mara Socks

Mara Socks by Zsuzsanna Orthodoxou features a lattice stitch and reinforced heel. Sample shown in Amble, shade Buttermere.


One Sock Pattern

To go along with Amble, The Fibre Company has also come out with a universally sized pattern called One Sock, a classic top-down sock pattern to fit all feet. With lots of opportunities to customise the fit and design, this pattern comes with the ‘One Sock Guidebook’, a resource that walks makers through the process of knitting beautiful socks that fit. You can find the pattern HERE. The pattern is written by Kate Atherly, one of the best knitting teachers I’ve ever come across. In my opinion, this pattern is a great deal for someone who is new to sock knitting. I know the pattern is supposed to be the main attraction, but I think the guidebook alone is well worth the cost of admission!

Fibre Company Amble

The Fibre Company Amble is a soft, beautiful, and eco-friendly sock yarn! It’s super soft, squishy, and gorgeous to work with and wear. The composition is a springy 2ply fingering weight full of body. While it’s perfect for socks, it also makes great hats, mitts, shawls & wraps, sweaters – anything you want to wear against your skin. Plus, what really made me extra happy is that it’s made with environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and uses recycled nylon to further reduce its environmental footprint (read more below). 

  • 70% Easy-wash Merino wool, 20% Easy-wash alpaca, 10% recycled nylon (see below for details)
  • 100g/325m (355 yds)
  • Fingering Weight
  • 32 sts per 10 cm / 4 in
  • 2.5 mm/1.5 US needles
  • Machine wash on wool cycle or hand wash at 30C / 86F. Dry flat.
  • Made in Peru

PROJECT Rosie’s Flax

Rosie’s Flax

I think binge-watching Drag Race during lock-down has paid off, because Rosie has NAILED sweater modelling. Seriously, she’s killin’ it. File that away under “unexpected pandemic-aquired skills”. Thank you Rosie, for sharing your project. Also, mad props for putting yourself out there. Letting yourself be seen can be a REALLY hard thing for many people, myself included. You are IN the arena, you inspire me and I couldn’t be prouder. YOU GROW GIRL! (By the way, if you are looking for details for Rosie’s Hat, you can find that HERE)

Things I love about Rosie’s sweater:

The Colour. The world needs colour right now, people need colour. It doesn’t matter which colours have been forecast, are trendy, or which celebrity is wearing what, just grab a colour that makes you feel good and run with it …. RUN WITH COLOURED SCISSORS!

The Simplicity. It’s a basic raglan construction, no fancy shaping, just a casual sweater. The garter stitch down the shoulders and sleeves is a simple decorative detail that adds a bit of interest without any fuss. The pattern is worked from the top-down, so you can make it cropped or you can make it long, or like Rosie it can be right in between – whatever suits your body.

The Pattern

Rosie made her sweater with Flax, a free pattern by the very reliable Tin Can Knits. The pattern is unisex and very size inclusive and ranges from 6 months old to 6XL (66″ chest). It is also novice inclusive, and is written with inexperienced knitters in mind, assuming that you have never made a sweater in the round before (it even has little illustrations to help you understand the construction). It is such a good pattern that it has been made 19,300 times on Ravelry, that’s an accomplishment.

The Yarn

The yarn Rosie used is Cascade Eco+ Merino, an affordable merino wool that’s big on colour and squish. She only used 2 skeins to make a size M/L, which is always a satisfying feeling. Eco+ Merino is a Bolivian merino wool, which makes it a good sweater kind of soft. It has lots of body and a lot of bounce. Both of the Eco yarns are fairly flexible when it comes to gauge, and Rosie used the suggested needles and got the extact gauge. You can also use other yarns, listed below:

Pragmatic Yarn Options

In-Between Yarn Options

  • Kelbourne Woolens Scout (for a gorgeous, classic wool sweater; go down to 3.5mm/US4 & 4.5mm/US7 needles and go up one size in the pattern)
  • Cascade 220 Superwash Merino (super soft and Machine washable; go down to 3.5mm/US4 & 4.5mm/US7 needles and go up one size in the pattern)

Sexy Yarn Options

Rosie’s Project Details

  • Size: M/L (39″ bust circumference)
  • Yarn: Cascade Eco+ Merino, 2 skeins
  • Needles: 4mm/US6 & 5mm/US8
  • Tension: 18 sts = 4″/10cm

PRE-ORDER Super-Bulky Knits

The Yarn: Berroco Coco

Today we’re featuring a fun yarn, super-bulky weight yarn, Berroco Coco. Coco is 100% superwash merino wool dyed with splashes of color for fast and fabulous projects. It’s soft, easy to work with, it’s machine washable, and works up in a flash! Plus, it’s made in Italy, the birthplace of gorgeous textiles. See below for more details and colours available.

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order, we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis but you have the option to order them at any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes them available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s doable. 

Bingen

Bingen is a super-chunky cardigan that will work up FAST on 10mm/US15 needles. It is worked flat in pieces in seamed, making it a bit easier for newer knitters to wrap their head around. Seams might seem a bit old skool for seasoned knitters, but they serve a structural function, giving a garment shape and tailoring that is lost when you knit in the round.

Size

  • Bust (closed): (36, 41, 44) [49, 52, 57] {60, 65, 69½}” / (91.5, 104, 112) [124.5, 132. 145] {152.5, 165, 176.5} cm
  • Length: (25½, 26, 26½) [27, 27½, 28] {28½, 28½, 29}” / 65, 66, 67.5) [68.5, 70, 71] {72.5, 72.5, 73.5} cm
  • Shown in size 44″ / 112 cm
  • Recommended ease: 4–6″ / 10– 15 cm positive ease

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Garafano

Garafano is a cozy ruana that knits up quickly with a super-bulky yarn. What is a ‘ruana’? It’s a comfy wrap that’s open at the front and under the arms, for maximum mobility and comfort. You can wear it open or throw one side over your shoulder and pin it in place. This pattern begins at the back and has minimal finishing.

Size

  • Approximately 46 (50, 54)” wide x 58″ long (29″ long when worn)
  • Shown in size 46″

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Perham

Perham is a boxy turtleneck pullover with an allover basketweave pattern. It’s a cozy and warm sweater that will go well both outside and fireside. Perham is knit in pieces and seamed together.

Size

  • Bust:  (39, 42½, 46¼) [49¾, 53¼, 56¾] {60½, 64, 67½}” / (39, 42.5, 46.25) [49.75, 53.25, 56.75] {60.5, 64, 67.5} cm
  • Length:  (22, 23¾, 23¾) [23¾, 23¾, 23¾] {25½, 25½, 25½}” / (56, 60.5, 60.5) [60.5, 60.5, 60.5] {65, 65, 65} cm
  • Shown in size 42½” / 42.5 cm
  • Recommended ease:  2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease

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Margherita

This basic bottom-up raglan sweater is a great introduction to sweater knitting. The body and sleeves are knit in the round before being joined, and the super-bulky yarn, Berroco Coco, means it can be finished quickly!

Size

  • Bust:  38½ (42½, 46½, 50½, 54½, 58½, 62½)”
  • Length:  17½ (17½, 18½, 19¼, 19¾, 20¼, 20¾)” 
  • Shown in size 42½”
  • Suggested ease: 2–4″ positive ease.

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Becker

Becker is a simple broken rib scarf. Its super size and fringe make it a statement scarf you’ll want to throw on over any fall outfit (or winter coat).

Size: Approximately 13½” / 34 cm wide x  64″ / 160 cm long (not including fringe)

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  • 10mm/US15 needles (circular or straight)

Berroco Coco

Berroco Coco is 100% superwash merino wool dyed with splashes of color for fast and fabulous projects. It’s soft, easy to work with, it’s machine washable, and works up in a flash! It’s ideal for sweaters, hats, mitts, scarves, cowls, blankets (adult and baby). This yarn is a PRE-ORDER, we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis but you have the option to order it at any time (as long as the distributor makes it available to us).

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • 100g/70m (77yds)
  • Super Bulky Weight
  • 10mm/US15 knitting needles 
  • knitting gauge: 10 sts & 14 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • P (US) / 12 mm crochet hook
  • crochet gauge: 7 sc & 9 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Made in Italy
  • Washing: Place garment in a mesh wash bag, machine wash separately in cold water on delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.
  • Patterns for Berroco Coco

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NEW Sweaters in Kelbourne Scout

Because of COVID we had to wait a little extra time for Kelbourne Scout (it was supposed to arrive in August but the Peruvians have been kit hard by the pandemic), but we’re grateful we waited! There were so many inspiring project ideas designed with Scout that we’re breaking them up into two segments – we’ll start with the sweater projects and then move on to the accessories after (hopefully this will give the sweater knitters a chance to scoop up the yarn they need for a larger project).

Kelbourne Woolens Scout

Kelbourne Scout is a classic yarn for the sake of yarn. It’s an unfussy, strong, versatile, heathered wool. Scout is a Dk weight, woolen-spun yarn, so it’s light, airy and springy – perfect for fair isle, cables, or any other technique that requires a bit of definition. Made with 100% Peruvian wool, it’s comfortable to work with and wear (it passes my yarn-o-meter, meaning it’s not as buttery soft as a merino wool, but it isn’t remotely in the itchy or uncomfortable range of fibres).

  • 100% wool
  • 100g/250m (274 yds)
  • 20 to 22 sts = 4″(10cm) 
  • DK to light worsted weight
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • Feltable
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru
  • Patterns designed with Scout

Sawyer

Sawyer is a great pattern for wearing and knitting. It’s simple, elegant and easy to wear. Sawyer is a great pattern for advanced beginners and intermediate knitters who want to expand their skills and build their confidence – Kelbourne has created little tutorials to help you through (see below).

Sawyer is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up. The lace pattern is provided in both charted and written form. After completing the front and back, stitches are joined at the shoulder using a 3 Needle Bind Off. Stitches are then picked up to work a deep ribbed turtleneck. After completing the shoulder and neck, stitches are picked up at the armholes and sleeves are worked flat in Stockinette stitch to the ribbed cuffs. Two options for sleeves are given in the pattern – pay attention to the schematic and choose the sleeve circumference that best suits your desired finished result. Once completed, the body and sleeves are seamed. Body length can be added easily by adding repeats of the lace pattern. The gauge is given in the lace pattern after blocking. Be sure to knit a blocked gauge swatch prior to beginning.

Size

  • Bust: 56.75” (144 cm) finished bust, one size.
  • Sleeves: 13 (17)” 33.5 (43) cm circumference at armhole.
  • The sleeves are designed to fit with 1–0” (2.5 cm–0 cm) of positive ease. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: 5(6) skeins
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 40” circular
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 24” circular
  • 4mm/US6 – 40” circular (2 pairs)
  • 4 mm/US6 DPNs.
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • Pattern

Skills

  • basic lace
  • picking up stitches
  • 3-Needle Bind-Off
  • mattress stitch

Tutorials

  • working from charts, visit our Charts Series here.
  • working the 3 Needle Bind Off, visit our tips and tricks here.
  • evenly picking up stitches, visit our tips and tricks here.
  • seaming using mattress stitch, visit our tips and tricks here.

Clawthorpe

Clawthorpe is a simple, pretty fair isle pullover, a great colourwork project for anyone. Clawthorpe is worked in the round from the bottom up. Both the body and sleeves begin with a provisional tubular cast-on, and the neck is finished with a tubular bind-off. After the body and sleeves are joined, raglan decreases are worked to shape the underarms, and short rows are worked to raise the back yoke. When working the yoke, you may find it helpful to change to the longer circular to accommodate the large number of stitches, and then change to the shorter circular when there are too few stitches to fit comfortably on the longer circumference.

Size

34.5 (38.5, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56)” 87.75 (97.75, 110, 120, 130.25, 142.25) cm finished bust. Please see schematic for detailed measurements.

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour 4(4, 5, 5, 5, 5), Contrast Colour: 1 skein in each of 4 colours
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 16″ circular
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 24″ circular
  • 3.5mm/US4 DPNs
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 24″ circular
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 40″ circular
  • 3.75mm/US5 DPNs
  • tapestry needle
  • 4 stitch markers
  • stitch holders or waste yarn
  • F hook
  • smooth waste yarn for provisional cast-on
  • cable needle (optional)
  • spare 16” circular for bind-off
  • Pattern

Skills

  • provisional tubular cast-on
  • colorwork in the round
  • short-row shaping
  • tubular bind-off

Tutorials

  • stranded colorwork from Charts, visit our Charts Series here.
  • kitchener stitch, visit our Tips + Tricks here.

Rippling Sands

Rippling Sands was inspired by the lines left behind in the sand at low-tide. The stunning twisted stitch pattern creates an overall wavy stitch pattern (achieved by using Bavarian twisted stitches). The design is a simple boxy, drop shoulder sweater worked in the round from the bottom up. The top portion is worked separately flat with the shoulders seamed together with a three-needle bind off. Afterward the 3/4 sleeves are picked up and worked outward from the body in stockinette stitch.

Size

  • Size 1 (2, 3) (4, 5, 6)
  • Bust: 37 (41, 45) (49, 53, 57)” or 94 (104, 114) (124.5, 134.5, 145) cm
  • Designed to fit with 4-8” /10-20 cm positive ease

Materials

Photo: Marie Greene

Soundtrack

Soundtrack is a cool pullover knit with two colours to create a mod graphic design. This sweater is great for anyone who likes mixing tradition & innovation.

Size

  • Finished Bust/Chest Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in or 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour 4(4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins, Contrast Colour 1(1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins.
  • 3.75mm/US5 & 3.25mm/US3 needles (see pattern for details)
  • Stitch markers, tapestry needle, etc.
  • Pattern

Stoneham Poncho

About

Stoneham Poncho is worked in the round from the top down using traditional yoke shaping, in simple but bold geometric patterns. It’s a great fair-isle without all the work of sweatering. It’ll also be a very useful garment come the spring when life starts stretching its limbs and restaurant patios reopen.

Size

  • S/M (M/L)
  • collar circumference: 51(60) cm or 20.05(24)”
  • circumference at bottom: 125.5(152.5) cm or 50(61)”
  • length: 58.5cm or 23″
  • show in size S/M

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour: 3 skeins, Contrast Colours: 1 skein in each of 2 colours.
  • 4mm/US6 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 40″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 40″ circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • FREE Pattern

A-Line Tunic

I love the elegant lines of this tunic length sweater. The lines are simple, but so attractive – the kind of sweater that motivated me to learn how to knit.

Size

  • Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X and 3X
  • Shown in size Small.
  • Bust 34¼ (37¾, 41½, 45, 48¾, 52½)”/87 (96, 105.5, 114, 124, 132)cm
  • Length 28 (28½, 29, 29½, 30, 30½)”/71 (72.5, 73.5, 75, 76, 77.5)cm
  • Upper arm 11¾ (12½, 13½, 14½, 15, 15¾)”/30 (31.5, 34.5, 37, 38, 40)cm

Materials

  • Kelbourne Scout: Main Colour 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7)  skeins, Contrast Colours: 1 skein in each of 3 colours
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 24″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8 – 24″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 DPNs
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holders
  • tapestry needle
  • Pattern

NEW Fibre Company Amble!

Fibre Company Amble

The Fibre Company Amble is a soft, beautiful, and eco-friendly sock yarn! It’s super soft, squishy, and gorgeous to work with and wear. The composition is a springy 2ply fingering weight full of body. While it’s perfect for socks, it also makes great hats, mitts, shawls & wraps, sweaters – anything you want to wear against your skin. Plus, what really made me extra happy is that it’s made with environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and uses recycled nylon to further reduce its environmental footprint (read more below). 

  • 70% Easy-wash Merino wool, 20% Easy-wash alpaca, 10% recycled nylon (see below for details)
  • 100g/325m (355 yds)
  • Fingering Weight
  • 32 sts per 10 cm / 4 in
  • 2.5 mm/1.5 US needles
  • Machine wash on wool cycle or hand wash at 30C / 86F. Dry flat.
  • Made in Peru

All about the Yarn

When The Fibre Co. set out to design a sock yarn, they stayed true to their guiding principle of harnessing the beauty that nature provides in a way that is gentle on our planet. They waited until a recycled nylon and an alternative to the standard chlorine processed washable wools became available. The end result is a soft yet durable yarn from Merino wool and alpaca fibres processed with an eco-friendly, anti-shrinkage Easy-wash treatment. The recycled nylon adds strength and durability. The shades are borrowed from the successful palette in their Cumbria yarn with the cream and all heathers using a natural ecru Suri alpaca whilst the others use a natural brown Suri alpaca.

What does ‘Easy-wash’ mean and why do they use it?
‘Easy-wash’ is a trademarked name that refers to a process used to make the wool and alpaca fibres in Amble machine washable without shrinking. The Easy-wash method is chlorine-free and AOX-free, making it the best environmental choice for producing machine-washable wool. The wool and alpaca fibres are treated with eco-friendly oxidants to remove the scales that ordinarily cause wool and alpaca to shrink when washed by machine. The oxidants used are sourced in Germany and are certified under the REACH, Oeko-tex and ZDCH (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical) standards. This means that the Easy-wash treatment does not create hazardous chemicals, which is not the case with most machine washable wools in today’s market.

Much of the available machine washable wool yarn is made with a chlorine treatment process that produces high levels of toxic Adsorbable Organohalogens, known as AOX. While yarns produced in this manner are not known to be toxic to the user, AOX used in the treatment end up in wastewater and have a detrimental impact on tributaries, wildlife, and fauna.

What is recycled nylon and why do they use it?
Nylon fibre is not easily biodegradable. However, it has strength qualities that give yarns and the socks made there from more durability. The recycled nylon used in Amble comes from leftover industrial waste of processing nylon, thereby diverting waste from landfills, and using fewer production resources like water and fossil fuels than virgin nylon.

One Sock Pattern

To go along with Amble, The Fibre Company has also come out with a universally sized pattern called One Sock, a classic top-down sock pattern to fit all feet. With lots of opportunities to customise the fit and design, this pattern comes with the ‘One Sock Guidebook’, a resource that walks makers through the process of knitting beautiful socks that fit. You can find the pattern HERE.

The pattern is written by Kate Atherly, one of the best knitting teachers I’ve ever come across. In my opinion, this pattern is a great deal for someone who is new to sock knitting. I know the pattern is supposed to be the main attraction, but I think the guidebook alone is well worth the cost of admission!

Size

  • Finished Foot Circumference: 12.5 (14: 15: 16.5: 18: 19: 20.5: 21.5: 23: 24: 25.5) cm (5 (5.5: 6: 6.5: 7: 7.5: 8: 8.5: 9: 9.5: 10) in)
  • Leg Length: 12.5 (14: 15: 15: 16.5: 16.5: 16.5: 17: 18: 18: 18.5) cm (5 (5.5: 6: 6: 6.5: 6.5: 6.5: 6.75: 7: 7: 7.25) in) Adjustable to preference
  • Foot Length: Adjustable to fit.

Materials

  • The Fibre Company Amble: 1 skein
  • 2.25mm/US1 double pointed needles (or 9″/10″ circular needles)
  • 2.5mm/US1.5 double pointed (or 9″/10″ circular needles)
Photo: Tin Can Knits

Rye Light (freebie)

Rye Light is a great pattern that leverages a simple texture to make the most of a solid or semi-solid coloured yarn like Amble. It’s a great pattern for beginners, and it comes with it’s own instruction built into the pattern (the designers even wrote a How to Knit Socks Tutorial). It ranges from size Baby up to Adult Large, and best of all, it’s a free pattern.

Size

Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S, M, L)

Finished measurements (unstretched):

  • Cuff: 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.5, 8, 9)” around
  • Leg (adjustable): 2.5 (4.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8)”
  • Foot (adjustable): 4 (6, 7.5, 9, 10, 11.25)”

Materials

  • The Fibre Company Amble: 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins
  • 2.25mm/US1 double pointed needles (or 9″/10″ circular needles)
  • 2.75mm/US2 double pointed (or 9″/10″ circular needles)
Photo: Jennifer Steinglass

Solvi

Amble also makes a great sweater yarn, especially for fair isle. The yarn has a lovely depth of colour, a heathered look which actually comes from the naturals colours of wool and alpaca blended together. It’s a springy two-ply yarn that soft to the touch (no itchies) and a pleasure to work with. I especially like the fair isle sweaters designed by Jennifer Steinglass, but it’ll be gorgeous in any suitable pattern, for adults and children alike.

Solvi starts at the neckline and is worked seamlessly from the top down, and in the round. Short rows shape the back and neckline of this sweater. The colourwork yoke is knit, then the body and sleeves are then separated- stitches for the sleeves are transferred to spare needles or waste yarn and underarm stitches are cast on. The body is worked on one circular needle and finished with a ribbed hem. Sleeve stitches are then transferred to knitting needles, the underarm stitches are picked up, and the sleeve is knit top to bottom, finishing with a long ribbed cuff.

Size

  • Finished bust: 36.25 (38.25, 40.75, 43.25, 45.5, 49.5, 52.25)(55, 57, 59, 61.5, 64.25, 67)” OR 91 (95.5, 102, 108, 113.5, 123.5, 131)(137.5, 142.5, 147.5, 153.5, 161, 167.5) cm.
  • Sizes listed are finished sweater measurements.
  • Choose the sweater size that is 4-6” / 10-15 cm larger than your actual bust circumference.
  • Shown with 6” / 15 cm ease.

Materials

  • Main Colour: Fibre Company Amble, 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5)(5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins
  • Contrast Colour: Fibre Company Amble, 1 skein
  • Needle A: US 4 / 3.5 mm DPNs (if desired) or 32” (80 cm) or longer circular needles for magic looping cuff, 16” (40 cm) or 32” (80 cm) or longer circular needles for magic looping (neckline), and 24” (60 cm) or longer circular for hem ribbing.
  • Needle B: US 5 / 3.75 mm DPNs (if desired) and 32” (80 cm) or longer circular needle for body and magic looping sleeves.
  • Pattern