Category Archives: tweed

FINISHED & CHART HACKS Rosebud

Donegal Soft Rosebud Hat

ROSEBUD

I really wanted to get my needles into some of our new Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, and of course it is hat season, so I decided to try a new pattern that I’ve been eyeballing for a number of years.

The pattern is Rosebud, and it worked up extremely well with the Soft Donegal! The yarn softened up and bloomed after blocking (I washed it in Eucalan and laid it flat to dry). It’s a really nice tweed, a good compromise – it has the body and most of the memory of a traditional tweed, but it’s MUCH softer.

The pattern is only written for one size, and I made the slouchy version. I found that it is a size large, it should fit a 22″ to 23″ head comfortably – the hat is much too large for my little 21″ head. If I were to do it again for my little noggin I would omit about 20 stitches from the pattern. Most of the hat is knit in a plain garter stitch, so playing with the numbers is pretty easy.

Materials

CHART HACKS

Sometimes people find working from a knitting chart a little bit hard, but there are hacks you can use to make your life easier!

  1. Sometimes the symbols all kind of look alike in the grid. To make things a bit easier to read, I colour in my chart with coloured pencils. Each symbol gets its own colour, no two are alike (I don’t bother colouring in the plain knit or purl stitches).
  2. I generally keep my chart & pattern in a plastic sleeve (I get them at an office supply store, they’re cheap and plentiful). This keeps it clean, and none of my papers get lost, banged up, or accidentally waterlogged.
  3. Keeping track of two sets of instructions at the same time can get me off track, so if I have other things to do in the pattern at a certain point in the chat, I make a note on the chart reminding me before I start. For example, If I have to start a bunch of decreases at row 37, I’ll make a little note “Dec” next to that row. This is especially useful if your other pattern instructions are on another page.
  4. To keep track of which row I am on, I use a conventional row counter, but I also use Highlighter Tape to help keep my eyes focused on the right part of the chart.

 

NEW Soft Donegal

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Studio Donegal Soft Donegal

Studio Donegal Soft Donegal is a super soft, 100% merino wool tweed yarn. It’s made in Ireland in a little mill (we imported it directly) that both spins and weaves its own yarn. Soft and comfortable, Soft Donegal is great for making hats, mitts, scarves, sweaters, toys, legwarmers, blankets. It blooms beautifully when washed and is also great for colourwork. It’s also affordably priced at $18.97 per skein (tweeds tend to be more expensive than regular yarns, so not bad for a 100% merino tweed

  • Read a review of this yarn on Knitter’s Review
  • 100% Merino Wool (from Australia)
  • 100g/190m 9210 yds)
  • worsted weight to aran weight
  • 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • 20 sts & 26 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Made in Ireland
  • See yarn on Ravelry.com

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FREE Truman Vest Pattern in Berroco Blackstone Tweed


Berroco just published this really cute Free Vest Pattern named Truman using Berroco Blackstone Tweed!  I’ve been working with Blacsktone Tweed this week and am happy to report that it is soft, easy to work with, and has a lot of stretch to it (for some reason most tweeds do).  

The above pattern, Truman, is the worsted weight, hooded version of the vest pattern Berroco published in their Blackstone Tweed book #298, named Dickens, which is made with Blackstone Tweed Chunky. 


Berroco Booklet 298: Tweed!


Check out this great scarf pattern called Payson in the new Berroco Booklet 298!  It is made with 3 balls of Berroco Blackstone Tweed.  


Baudelaire in Blackstone Tweed


Dickens in Blackstone Tweed Chunky


NEW! Berroco Blackstone Tweed & Blackstone Tweed Chunky!

Berroco Blackstone Tweed & Blackstone Tweed Chunky $11.50

Please welcome Berroco Blackstone Tweed & Blackstone Tweed Chunky to the store!  Both are a very happy,  lovely, and soft  blend of wool, kid mohair and angora – aka. great for making EVERYTHING!  Blackstone Tweed is a worsted/aran weight an knits on a suggested 4.5mm needle, and has some really great yardage, weighing in at a whopping 119m for it’s 50g! Blackstone Tweed Chunky works up on a 6.5mm needle for quick knits and is a very nice 50g/55m.  And there’s more good news! We have Berroco’s new pattern booklet for the Blackstone Tweeds and it’s Beautiful!