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PROJECT World’s Simplest Mitts

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World’s Simplest Mittens

My friend Rosie just finished a set of mitts made with Cascade 220 Superwash Wave and I think they’re really cool! She used one skein to make all three mitts with the World’s Simplest Mittens pattern (a freebie from the lovely ladies at Tin Can Knits, she made a size Women’s Medium). Why three? Why not?! There was more than enough yarn left to make a third, and you inevitably always misplace or lose one mitten. Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool, having three mitts that match but aren’t exactly alike – it’s like having extra wardrobe options!

The pattern is excellent; a basic mitten knit in the round. It is very straightforward, well written, and the instructions (like all of the Tin Can Knits patterns) are easy to read and follow. It is written for sizes Toddler to Adult Large, and accommodates four different sizes of yarn (fingering, DK, worsted and chunky weight).

Alternatives to DPNs

If you don’t like making mitts because you don’t enjoy using double pointed needles, you might want to try using the new Addi Flexi-flip needles – they’re a great alternative to traditional double pointed needles (Rosie has been using hers since they first came out, and she’s become a convert, despite not having a huge issue with double points to begin with). You could also try using Chaigoo’s 9″ circular needles (you can get them as singles, or if you really like them invest in their interchangeable set) but you will still have to finish the thumb on double pointed needles.

Knit Hack: Matching the Thumbs

Sometimes matching the thumb to the rest of the mitten is tricky with yarns that change colours in stripes or as a gradient. This is because you knit the body of the mitten first, and then go back and do the thumb last – the colourway will have changed by the time you go back to do the thumb. You can see this in the centre mitten in the image above.

If you want your thumb to match the mitten better, wind off a little bit of yarn after you’ve put the thumb gusset on hold, and before proceeding with the body of the mitt. You won’t need a lot of yarn (maybe 5m of worsted weight yarn?), it doesn’t take much to knit a thumb. When you go back to finish the thumb you can use the yarn you wound off and your thumb will blend in beautifully.

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PROJECT Modern Mocs

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Modern Mocs

I stumbled across these cool slippers and thought they’d make AMAZING holiday gifts! There are lots of yarn options, and they just look gorgeous. Cascade Eco has amazing yardage, and 1 skein makes a pair of slippers with lots left over. Berroco Vintage Chunky is soft, affordable and easy to both wear and care for (it’s totlly machine washable and is a blend of wool and synthetic, so it’s sturdier than a 100% wool yarn). Fleece Artist Back Country is a super soft, hand-dyed merino wool that would knit up some unforgettably super funky slippers.

One note: this pattern is for intermediate to experienced knitters. Techniques include German Short Rows (full instructions included in pattern), working in the round (magic loop technique is suggested), picking up stitches, crochet chained border (full instructions included in pattern). It also uses a double knit stitch for the sole, which is not hard but a neat new thing to try out (note, this stitch is NOT the same as the technique of “double knitting”, nor does it have anything to do with the yarn thickness of “Double Knit”).

Oh, and if these slippers aren’t your thing but you’re interested in slippers, the same designer, Bekah Knits, has some other really pretty slipper designs that are worth checking out.

  Size

  • S (M, L, XL, XXL) to fit US shoe size:  W’s 5-6 (W’s 7-8, W’s 9-10, W’s 11/M’s 9-10.5, M’s 11-12.5)
  • Fits Foot Length: 8.75” (9.5”, 10”, 10.75”, 11.5”) / 22 (24, 25, 27, 29) cm

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Yarn Options

  • Cascade Eco: 1 skein per colour (or 1 skein if you make them a solid colour)
  • Berroco Vintage Chunky: Colour no. 1 (uppers/cream): 2 skeins, Colour no. 2 (bottoms/oatmeal: 1 skein. To make similar slippers, I would use colours 6101 and 6105 in this yarn.
  • Fleece Artist Back Country: 2(3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins for a pair of slippers in a single colour, otherwise Colour no. 1 (uppers): 2 skeins, Colour no. 2 (bottoms): 1 skein.

Other Materials

  • Pattern
  • 4mm/US6 straight needles (optional)
  • 4mm/US6 – 47″ (or 40″) circular  needles (for magic loop)
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles (2)
  • Crochet hook (size H)
  • Stitch markers
  • stitch holders
  • tapestry needle
  • fabric paint for soles (optional)

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NEW Needle Licious Kits

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Needle Licious Crochet Bunny Kit

Crochet your own funny bunny! This is a complete crochet kit including step-by-step instructions. Kit makes 1 toy.

Kit Includes:

  • acrylic yarn
  • felt, safety eyes
  • fiberfill
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • instruction sheet.

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Needle Licious Crochet Monkey Kit

Crochet your own funny monkey! This is a complete crochet kit including step-by-step instructions. Kit makes 1 toy.

Kit Includes:

  • acrylic yarn
  • felt, safety eyes
  • fiberfill
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • instruction sheet

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Needle Licious Crochet Monster Kit

Crochet your own funny monster! This is a complete crochet kit including step-by-step instructions. Kit makes 1 toy.

Kit Includes:

  • acrylic yarn
  • felt
  • safety eyes
  • fiberfill
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • instruction sheet

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Needle Licious Coin Purse Sewing Kit

Sew your own adorable monster coin purse! This is a complete kit including step-by-step instructions. Kit makes one 12cm coin purse.

Kit Includes:

  •  Fabric
  • Felt
  • fusible fleece
  • fusible interfacing
  • zipper
  • buttons
  • ribbon
  • embroidery thread
  • instructions

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PROJECT Ameila

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Amelia

As a run-up to the holidays, I’ll be sharing lots of smaller projects that make great handmade gifts. Liane whipped up this cute beanie (which is a free pattern) on 9mm/US13 needles in like a day, and I think it turned out great! We used Fleece Artist Merino Stream, a super soft, super bulky weight single ply merino wool that hails from Nova Scotia.

The pattern is the Amelia Slouch Beanie, and it’s a freebie, which is always sweet. We made some modifications because it just feels wrong to cut corners. If you aren’t already familiar with the ins & outs of ribbing, 2×2 ribbing (k2, p2) is looser than stocking stitch and is usually worked on a needle 1mm smaller than normal.

Mods

  • We cast on 44 sts on 8mm/US11 needles and worked ribbing according to the pattern.
  • We increased 1 stitch after the ribbing (for a total of45 sts) and went up to a 9mm/US13 needles.

Materials

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RESTOCKED Urth Uneek Sock Kits

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Urth Uneek Sock Kits

Urth Uneek Sock is a GORGEOUS self-striping, machine washable merino yarn. It’s soft, beautiful, and stunning. Each kit contains 2 pre-wound skeins for matching socks and three patterns, all neatly tucked away in a pretty box. Pick one up for yourself and another as a gift for a friend who knits!

  • 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon (for durability)
  • 100g/400m (437yds) (two balls of 50g/200m)
  • Fingering Weight
  • 2.25mm to 3.25mm (US 1 to 3) needles
  • gauge: 7 to 8 sts = 1″ (2.5cm)
  • Self-striping, alternating colours
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Turkey
  • FREE PATTERNS for this yarn

Urth Yarns is a family owned brand specializing in hand dyed natural yarns. Utilizing innovative dying techniques, in combination with the skilled hands of women, Urth Yarns stands for sustainability, “girl power”, and is dedicated to providing a “uneek” knitting experience.

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Urth Uneek Sock Kit Patterns

FREE Urth Uneek Sock Patterns

Urth has designed THREE Free patterns for their socks, all downloadable from their website. They have a basic sock, one with a small cable detail, and a chevron design.

PREORDER Knits About Winter

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Knits About Winter by Emily Foden

New from Pom Pom Press, Knits About Winter celebrates the quiet magic of a snowy landscape, the meditative joy of creating cosy knits, and the beauty of unique yarn. A collection of 12 knitting patterns by Emily Foden, these designs capture the magic and mystery of winter, all featuring her distinctive hand-dyed yarns.

Emily moved to the small hamlet of Mooresburg, Canada, to set up her home and dye studio in a 100 year-old general store. In her remote location, winter meant layers of snow and ice, transforming the wild landscape into a sparkling blank canvas that became a valuable source of inspiration. Each pattern draws details from this wintry landscape: soft shapes in the snow, the moon in an icy midnight sky, the delicate evergreen berries. With careful consideration of practical design details that make these knits functional for the coldest of days, Knits About Winter features hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and four garments.

Also included are Emily’s charming stories of setting up her dye studio, as well as how she developed her colourways and the designs for the book. Photographed by the author during a snowy Mooresburg winter, each image is a peek into the scenery and spaces that were integral to the book.

Knits About Winter is a book to a treasure, and in the colder months will encourage you to find the beauty and colour in the darkest season, evoking the warm glow that only beautiful knits can.

See the projects online HERE

Expected Availability/Ship Date: November 17, 2018

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PREORDER Pom pom no. 27

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Pom pom Quarterly no. 27 Winter 2018

The new issue of Pom Pom Quarterly will be available on November 17, but you can pre-order yours now! The issue features the very talented Norah Gaughan (one of my favourite designers) and it looks delicious! See the projects online

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