PROJECT Novice Cardigan

Photo: © PetiteKnit

Novice Cardigan – Mohair Edition

A simple sweater makes for a very satisfying project (and a great sweater), and Petite Knit is really, really, really good at that. Besides designing patterns for beautiful, simple silhouettes, she does a lot of combining of fibres, which creates a depth of colour and texture that goes beyond what you can get out of a single strand. The Novice Cardigan Mohair Edition is designed with 2 strands of a lace-weight mohair, like Drops Kid-Silk, held together. There are a few different ways you can go about this:

1. Same Yarn & Colour (Identical Twins)

You can use (ie. Drops Kid-Silk) like the designer has done in her sample (see the picture above for a closeup). Easy, peasy, no thinking, falls under Keep It Simple Sister.

Photo: © PetiteKnit

2. Combine Two Colours (Fraternal Twins)

A second option could be to use two different colours of the same yarn (ie. Drops Kid-Silk). If you want to create a depth of colour chose two that are close together, and their fuzzinesses will blend together and make them look like something new. Below are a few examples of to illustrate my point ….

3. Combine Fibres (Kissing Cousins)

The option that gets me really excited is to combine different fibres in colours that complement each other, thereby creating a dept of colour and texture – something you’ll never find in a store-bought garment. For this pattern I’m crushing on Fibre Co Meadow (On Sale to Sept 6) paired with Drops Kid-Silk. A lighter shade of kid-mohair will brighten up the base yarn, while a colour that is closer to the base will blend more, and create a halo. The most important thing is that the base tones match. For the the following examples I’ve eyeballed and scrutinized the skeins in natural light to make sure they work together, or as Erica says ‘make sense’. (FYI, if you’ve only got 1 skein of Meadow see the bottom of the page for a smaller project)

4. Single Strand of Yarn (Friends of the Family)

Lastly, you can use a single strand of DK Weight yarn (something that knits at around 22 to 21 sts/4″) … made in the right yarn, like Fibre Co Acadia, Malabrigo Arroyo, or even Kelbourne Woolens Scout could make for a very happy cardie!

Photo: © PetiteKnit

Size

  • XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL (4XL) 5XL
  • Finished Bust circumference: 96 (100) 105 (111) 120 (129) 140 (151) 161 cm OR [37¾ (39¼) 41¼ (43¾) 47¼ (50¾) 55 (59½) 63¼ inches]
  • Length: 52 (54) 56 (58) 59 (60) 61 (62) 63 cm OR. [20½ (21¼) 22 (22¾) 23¼ (23½) 24 (24½) 24¾ inches] measured mid back
  • Designed to fit an approximate bust circumference of 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100) 100-110 (110-120) 120-130 (130-140) 140-150 cm [31½-33½ (33½-35½) 35½-37½ (37½-39½) 39½-43¼ (43¼-47¼) 47¼-51¼ (51¼-55) 55-59 inches].
  • Designed to have approx. 10 cm [4 inches] of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be approx. 10 cm [4 inches] larger in circumference than your body. (This means that if you, for example, measure 90 cm [35½ inches] around your bust or widest upper body part (measure yourself around your bust, or your widest point, using a measuring tape), you should knit a size S which has a circumference of 100 cm [39¼ inches]. This will give you 10 cm [4 inches] of positive ease.)

Yarn Options

  1. Drops Kid-Silk: 8(8-9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14-15) balls in one colour
  2. Drops Kid-Silk: 5(5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls in each of TWO colours (you may end up with an extra ball of yarn this way, but it’s better than running out)
  3. Drops Kid-Silk: 5(5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls, AND Fibre Co Meadow: 2(2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins (ON SALE TO SEPT 6)
  4. Any DK Weight Yarn : 850(850 to 950, 950, 1060, 1060, 1166, 1272, 1378, 1484 to1590)m

Other Materials

Photo: © PetiteKnit
Photo: © PetiteKnit

Oslo Hat – Mohair Edition

FYI, if you’ve only got 1 skein of Fibre Co Meadow (On Sale to Sept 6) pair it with 2 balls of Drops Kid-Silk and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous hat!

Size

Fits head circumference: 47-48 (49-50) 51-52 (53-54) 55-56 (57-59) 60-63 cm [18½-19 (19¼-19¾) 20-20½ (20¾-21¼) 21¾-22 (22½-23¼) 23½-24¾ inches]

Materials

Photo: © PetiteKnit

PRE-ORDER Berroco Fall Yarn Tasting Kits

Berroco Fall 2021 Yarn Tasting Kit PRE-ORDER

This season Berroco is doing something neat and is making their Fall Yarn-Tasting kits available to the general public (via their retailers, like us). It contains samples of the new yarns they are launching or promoting this season, which you can swatch and work experiment with. I receive one of these kits every season and I dutifully swatch with my sample to get a feel for the different yarns. It helps me decide what to order for you, but also it gives me insight into what’s out there, even if I don’t want to carry it (sometimes people come to me looking for something specific and I can special order it for them). If enough people purchase a yarn tasting kit we can have a Zoom yarn Tasting Party with someone from Berroco. If we sell ten kits Berroco will even pitch in a door prize! Please note, these kits are special Pre-Orders, please read at the bottom of the page for more info on that.

A Yarn Tasting Kit might be for you if:

  • You are thinking about making a Fall project and want to find a yarn that makes you happy.
  • You like swatching (some people sincerely do enjoy it, they exist, I know them).
  • You’re allergic to wool (or know someone who is) and want to try-out some alternatives (5 of the 6 yarns included in the kit are wool-free).
  • You’re stuck in a bit of a rut and you’re ready for a gentle exercise to help you moving outside of your comfort zone.
  • You like ‘NEW’.
  • You don’t like ‘NEW’, but you’re tired of being afraid of it (file this under ‘comfort zone’ above).

What you’ll get in your Yarn Tasting Kit:

  • 6 Mini balls (10-20g) of each new fall yarns :  Remix ChunkyLuccaDulceTopazLanas Quick and Aerial Color
  • Yarn Tasting Menu
  • Berroco Fall ’21 Newsletter
  • Berroco Fall ’21 Lookbook
  • Berroco Alpaca Sticker
  • Thank you note with a 50% off pattern coupon code!

Pre-Orders

These kits are special Pre-Orders, we aren’t stocking them in the store, but – you have the option to order it any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you (it may take 2 to 3 weeks for your pre-order to arrive). If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. 

Pick a Project, Any Project

Another super cool thing is that if you like what you see & feel & knit & crochet and want to make an actual project we can now special-order that for you. This applies to all their yarns, for any of their projects (or other projects not designed by them). As long as it is in stock it’s available to us, and if it isn’t we can look into waiting for it to come in. Berroco is also the North American distributor for Lopi and Amano, so we can look into special-ordering projects in those yarns too (Amano is super drool-worthy, their yarns are SOOOO beautiful). Berroco is making it really easy for us to get their yarns into your hands, but it’s a COVID innovation, so take advantage of it while it lasts. I’ve been adding new special Pre-Order Knitting Kits and Crochet Kits to our website, most of them with an expanded selection of colour combinations (by me, so they’re attractive … hopefully).

PROJECTS 4 Free Simple, Gorgeous Wraps


Fibre Co Meadow

Sometimes you you just need something gorgeous and simple, low on brain activity, but high rewards. The following projects has got that in spades! Uncomplicated knits in a gorgeous yarn make for zen knitting and a finished project you’ll love. Our suggested yarn for these projects is Fibre Co Meadow (ON SALE TO SEPT 6), a sumptuous blend of merino wool, baby llama, silk, and linen. Tune in to your favourite podcast, an audiobook, or hang out with your people, and let the stitches fly! FYI: The following patterns call for a fingering weight yarn, but Fibre Co Meadow is a heavy lace weight and we think it will be a great substitute for these patterns.

Alternates/Yarn Subs

If you can’t handle any animal fibre in your yarn, a good sub for these patterns is Quince & Co Sparrow (ON SALE TO SEPT 6), which is 100% linen and feels silky soft after being washed in the machine.

If you want a yarn that’s a bit more economical, try BC Garn Bio Balance (ON SALE TO SEPT 6), a blend of organic cotton & wool – get two skeins of bio-balance for each one required by the pattern.

Photos: © Purl Soho
Photos: © Purl Soho

Open Air Wrap

A basic, open stitch makes for a super pretty wrap or scarf, and when you do it over and over you get very good at it pretty fast! It’s always best practice to use LIFELINES when knitting lace of any kind – it reduces frustration and tears when mistakes happen.

Size

  • Unblocked : approximately 19 1/2 inches wide x 65 inches long
  • Blocked: approximately 22 inches wide x 60 inches long

Materials

Photos: © Purl Soho
Photos: © Purl Soho

Half + Half Triangles Wrap

To make sure you get a colour combo that works, I sat in the window and paired off the colours that make sense together; the results are below. I’ve only used the light grey (Bedstraw) and natural (Queen Anne’s Lace) as a contrast where the colour REALLY needed it. Grass Seed & Hedgehog proved extremely versatile as a neutral … I now pronounce Khaki as the new grey! I personally prefer the look of two colours that are closer together, but I’m not in charge of making the world turn so I put together as many options as I thought looked good. That said, the store is open, so feel free to come in and use your own eyes, I always love seeing other perspectives!

Size

  • S/M(M/L)
  • Approx Unblocked Dimensions: 27½ (37¾) inches wide x 32 (44) inches long; approximately 42 (58) inches along the fold
  • Approx Finished Dimensions: 31¾ (43) inches wide x 31¾ (43) inches long; approximately 45 (61) inches along the fold

Materials

Photos: © Purl Soho
Photos: © Purl Soho

Elementary Wrap

This project is seriously simple, just about anyone can make it, regardless of how foggy your brain is or distractions.

Size

  • Finished Dimensions: approximately 18 1/2 inches wide x 79 inches long

Materials

Photos: © Purl Soho
Photos: © Purl Soho

Aperture Wrap

A simple texture can go a long way in a wrap or scarf. It’s always best practice to use LIFELINES when knitting lace of any kind – it reduces frustration and tears when mistakes happen.

Size

  • Finished Dimensions: 18 inches wide x 79 inches long

Materials

PROJECT Four Points Blankets (Baby + Throw Sizes)

Photos: © Purl Soho

KNIT Four Points Blanket

The four points blanket is a project we have a lot of clients coming in to get yarn for all year round. It’s available in both knit and crochet (see below), and you can make it in a baby blanket size or as a grown-up throw. The pattern is all knitting in garter stitch, and they provide a video tutorial for the single ‘fancy’ technique, picking up stitches. We’ve got lots of suitable yarns included in our SUMMER SALE, there are lots of options to advantage of for a baby or an adult blanket.

Photos: © Purl Soho

CROCHET Four Points Blanket

The original version of the Four Points Blanket was made in crochet … I’m always glad when crocheters aren’t left out, it makes a great blanket!


YARN OPTIONS

1. Berroco Remix Light ON SALE TO SEPT 6

Berroco Remix Light is soft, easy to work with, machine washable, eco-friendly (it’s recycled), allergy friendly and great for warm climates (no animal fibres in it), comes in a bunch of great colours, and is ever so affordable (especially on sale)!

Berroco Remix Light: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Remix Light: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Remix Light: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Remix Light: 4 Points Blanket Combos
  • KNIT 4 Points Baby: 1 skein in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $47.91, Reg. $63.88)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $95.82, Reg $127.76)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby: 1 skein in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $47.91, Reg. $63.88)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $95.82, Reg $127.76)
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4mm/US6 needles/hook

2. Kelbourne Mojave ON SALE TO SEPT 6

Kelbourne Mojave is soft, easy to work with, machine washable, allergy friendly and great for warm climates (no animal fibres in it), comes in a bunch of stunning colours, especially baby friendly brights, and is a great deal on sale! Use 3.

Kelbourne Mojave: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Kelbourne Mojave: 4 Points Blanket Combos
  • KNIT 4 Points Baby: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $68.82, Reg. $91.76)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $137.64, Reg. $183.52)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby: 3 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $96.35, Reg. $137.64)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw: 5 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $172.05, Reg. $229.40)
  • 3.5mm/US4 to 4mm/US6 needles/hook

3. Quince & Co Sparrow ON SALE TO SEPT 6

Quince & Co Sparrow is a linen that turns silky smooth once it’s washed. It’s eco firendly (100% organic linen), machine wash and dryable, allergy friendly and excellent for warm climates (no animal fibres in it), comes in a bunch of great colours, and is a great deal on sale! If you live in a hot climate or are making a blanket for someone who does, this yarn is remarkable, as it has something of a cooling effect. This yarn would make a very special blanket.

Quince & Co Sparrow: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Quince & Co Sparrow: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Quince & Co Sparrow: 4 Points Blanket Combos
  • KNIT 4 Points Baby: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $89.82, Reg. $119.76)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $179.64, Reg. $239.52)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby: 3 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $134.73, Reg. $179.64)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw: 6 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $269.46, Reg. $359.28)
  • 3.25mm/US3 to 3.5mm/US4 needles/hook

4. BC Garn Bio Balance ON SALE TO SEPT 6

BC Garn Bio Balance is soft, a pleasure to work with, eco-friendly (it’s GOTS certified organic), and comes in a bunch of great colours. It is NOT machine washable, but would make a stunning throw! It;s unique blend of wool & cotton make it great for temperate climates or people to run a bit warm.

BC Garn Bio Balance: 4 Points Blanket Combos
BC Garn Bio Balance: 4 Points Blanket Combos
BC Garn Bio Balance: 4 Points Blanket Combos
  • KNIT 4 Points Baby Blanket: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $77.82, Reg. $103.76)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw Blanket: 3 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $116.73, Reg. $155.64)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby Blanket: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $77.82, Reg. $103.76)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw Blanket: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours (SALE PRICE $155.64, Reg. $207.52)
  • 3.25mm/US3 to 4mm/US6 needles/hook

PROJECTS Funky Knits in Kelbourne Mojave

Kelbourne Mojave

25% OFF TO SEPT 6

Today’s projects are brought to you by Kelbourne Mojave, a soft summer yarn that’s been flying under the radar for too long! It’s soft, easy to work with, and has amazing yardage (50g/170m). Mojave is a blend of cotton and linen with a matte surface texture (no shiny), and lots of great colours.

See HERE for patterns designed with Mojave

See other people’s projects with Mojave HERE

Photo: © Jessie Maed Designs

As Friends Tank

This cute summer tanks is a great little summer knit! It’s size inclusive (up to a 62″ bust). It’s made with Kelbourne Mojave (ON SALE 25% OFF TO SEPT 6), a gorgeous blend of cotton and linen that’s easy to work with a knits up beautifully (it doesn’t hurt that it comes in a spectrum of gorgeous colours either). As Friends is knit from the bottom up, and worked separately for front and back. Each cup is worked separately with shoulder straps joined at end. If you want you can make it any length you like, it doesn’t have to be as cropped as i the photos. See finished projects HERE.

The pattern is very thoughtfully sold under a “choose what you pay” price structure – you can pay full price, 25% off, or 50% off – whatever you ca afford.

Skills

Knitting in the round, bottom up, decreasing, holding stitches, 3-needle bind off, wet blocking (see our list of Knitting Skills Tutorials).

Sharing

To share your projects and see other versions of the pattern use the #AsFriendsTank hashtag on Instagram, and tag @jessssiemae.

Photos: JacquelineCieslak, elisemade

Size

  • (XS, S, M)(L, 1X, 2X)(3X, 4X, 5X)
  • To fit chest measurement of: (28, 32, 36)(40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60)” or [(71, 81.5, 91.5)(101.5, 112, 122)(132, 142, 152.5)cm]
  • Actual measurement of finished garment at full chest: (28, 32, 36)(40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60)“ or (71, 81.5, 91.5)(101.5, 112, 122)(132, 142, 152.5)cm
  • Choose a -10 – 0” / -25-0cm smaller than your full chest measurement. If you have a large bust in comparison to underbust, choose a size closer to the -10”/-25cm ease suggestion.

Materials

Look at My Holes

is a top down, seamless raglan crop top with a simple lace repeat creating large holes all around the garment. The combination of large needles and the lace motif make this an incredibly low yardage pattern. Perfect for layering, this top is designed to be worn with coordinating tank top, AsFriendsTank (above) . Look at My Holes also looks cool on its own, but for the full effect of the Look At My Holes As Friends Set you need to make both! Like all of Jessie Mae’s patterns, it is size inclusive.

Sharing

To share your projects and see other versions of the pattern use the #LookAtMyHoles  and #LookAtMyHolesAsFriendsSet hashtags on Instagram, and tag @jessssiemae.

Photo: Discostitch

Size

  • XS(S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3X, 4X, 5X)
  • To fit chest measurement of: 30(34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)“ or 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5)cm
  • Finished garment chest measurements: 35.5(37.75, 40, 44.5, 49.25) (53.75, 58.25, 62.75, 67.5)“ or 90(96, 101.5, 113, 125) (136.5, 148, 159.5, 171.5)cm
  • Garment is designed to be worn with 2-6” (5-15cm) positive ease at the chest.

Materials

Photo: © Shingi Rice

Ardent

Ardent is a striking yet simple introduction to intarsia colour-work and features a double-neck, ruffled short sleeves on a drop shoulder, and folded hems. The fit is boxy with extra ease and a lowered back hem, with split sides for movement. If you prefer cleaner lines, you can skip the ruffles.

The top is worked flat, beginning at the front hem and worked up to the shoulders, then down to the back hem. Stitches are then picked up around the armhole for the ruffled sleeve.
The front is vertically colour-blocked in 2 colours, while the back features thick stripes that border a semicircle worked in a third contrasting colour, reminiscent of a deconstructed sunburst.

Special Skills

Provisional cast-on, intarsia colour-work

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Finished chest (fullest point) circumference: 96.5 (106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5, 178)cm or 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70)”
  • to be worn with 20.5-25.5cm / 8 10” positive ease.
  • The Model’s height is 178cm / 5’ 10”, with a chest circumference of 107cm / 42” and is wearing size 4.

Yarn

Kelbourne Mojave (ON SALE TO SEPT 6):

  • Colour A: Natural; 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins
  • Colour B: Bright Yellow; 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins
  • Colour C: Flamingo Pink; 1 skein

Other Materials

Photo: © Lori Versaci

Fine Lines

Fine Lines is a happy, fun play with color and ribbing that takes me back to Twiggy and summers in the late 60’s when everyone was wearing ribbed tops called “Poor Boys”!

Knit all in-one-piece from the top-down, Fine Lines uses an unusual construction, adding extra length on the BACK sts, so that there is no need for short-rows along the neckline. As a result, the BACK striping is somewhat different from the front, which adds a bit more fun to the pullover. The pattern also features an interesting bust dart detail that adds a bit more ease in the front over the bust, and it can be customized to one of 3 lengths — cropped, waist length or hip length (sleeve lengths are varied accordingly).

Photo: © Lori Versaci

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7)(8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Finished Bust with 4”/10cm positive ease: 35 (37 ¼, 39 ¾, 42)(44 ¼, 46 ¾, 49)(51 ¼, 53 ¾, 56, 58 ¼)“
  • Length option 1 – Cropped Length: 15 (15 ¼, 15 ¼, 15 ¾)(16 ¼, 16 ¼, 16 ¾)(16 ¾ 17 ¼, 17 ¼, 17 ¾)“
  • Length option 2 – Waist Length: 19 (19 ¼, 19 ¼, 19 ¾)(20 ¼, 20 ¼, 20 ¾) (20 ¾, 21 ¼, 21 ¼, 22 ¾)“
  • Length option 3 – Hip Length: 23 ¼ (23 ½, 23 ½, 24)(24 ½, 24 ½, 25)(25, 25 ½, 25 ½, 26)“
Photo: © Lori Versaci

Yarn

Kelbourne Mojave (ON SALE TO SEPT 6):

  • Length option 1 – Cropped Length: 3 (3, 3, 3)(3, 4, 4)(4, 4, 4, 4) skeins MC plus 1 skein each A, B and C;
  • Length option 2 – Waist Length: 3 (4, 4, 4)(4, 4, 5)(5, 5, 5, 6) skeins MC plus 1 skein each A, B and C;
  • Length option 3 – Hip Length:4 (4, 4, 4)(5, 5, 5)(5, 6, 6, 6) skeins MC plus 1 skein each for A, B and C

Other Materials

NEW FREE PATTERN Elena Children’s Tee

Elena Pullover By Åsa Buchta

If you didn’t catch it, Berroco just published a new free pattern, a darling colourwork kids tee made with Berroco Vintage DK. Worked from the top down in one piece, it’s a perfect next step for less experienced knitters who want to expand their skills, or a simple yet effective knit for more advanced knitters. Since it’s knit from the top-down, you can also lengthen the sleeves and make it into a full pullover.

The yarn, Berroco Vintage DK, is soft, machine washable, easy to work with, knits great in stranded colourwork, is long wearing, and is very affordable … ie. great for projects for kids! See below for a couple other yarns that are equally perfect for this project.

Skill Level: Intermediate

For tutorials for stranded/fair isle knitting see our Skills Page under “Colourwork”. For a full online course, check out the fair isle knitting classes on Craftsy, like Tanis Gray’s Fair Isle Fundamentals.

Size

  • Directions are for children’s sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.
  • Chest: (25, 27, 29, 31, 33)” / (63.5, 68.5, 73.5, 79, 84) cm
  • Length: (12½, 15, 17, 18½, 20)” / (32, 38, 43, 47, 51) cm
  • Shown in size 4.
  • Recommended ease: approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Materials

Other Yarn Options

Berroco Remix Light

  • Remix light is prefect for warm weather or people who can’t tolerate any animal fibre. It it has a slightly tweedy texture which makes it great for stranded knitting and comes in a palette or really pretty colours.
  • 1(2, 2, 2, 2) balls of Main Colour and 1 ball of Contrast Colour

Berroco Vintage Baby

  • Vintage Baby has a slightly silkier texture, is machine washable, and comes in it’s own palette of colours
  • 3(4, 4, 5, 6) balls of Main Colour and 1 ball of Contrast Colour

FINISHED PROJECT Lovenote in Quince + Co Kestrel

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Lovenote

I made a spring/autumn Lovenote in the spring of 2020 and I liked it so much I decided to make another summer version with one of my favourite summer yarns, Quince & Co Kestrel (ON SALE to SEPT 6). I let this project languish half-finished all winter, and it’s definitely a regret because it ended up turning out so well. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear that it’s joined the ranks of my favourite store sweaters. I pop it on over a cami and summer pants and it’s my uniform. I wouldn’t mind another, super cropped version to wear over dresses, but I’ll let you guys have first pick of the colours.

Gruau’s best “Blue Steel“.

Notes

  • We made a size Adult XS (38.5″ bust). Before blocking it measured 36″ at the bust, and after blocking it was 40″. See our project notes HERE.
  • Linen is VERY stretchy, consider going down one or two sizes (we went down one and we could have easily gown down another)
  • Linen is softens up and loosens up COMPLETELY in the wash. It has zero structure and drapes gorgeously.
  • Quince & Co Kestrel is machine washable: machine wash on cold in a delicate bag. Machine dry on cool in delicate bag. Lay flat to dry if still damp.
  • If you don’t already have the needles, Interchangeable needles are a great option for projects like this one that are knit in the round and require a bunch of different needle lengths. The only hitch is that to make a 16″ length needle you’ll need the shorter 3.5″ to 4″ tips.

Size

  • 0-6mo (6-12mo, 1-2yr, 2-4yr, 4-6yr, 6-8yr, 8-10yr, Adult XS, S, M, L, XL-XXL, 3XL-4XL, 5XL)
  • Finished Chest Measurement: 24.5 (25.5, 26.5, 28.6, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 38.5, 41.5, 44.5, 48.5, 56.5, 66.5, 72.5”)
  • We made a size Adult XS (38.5″ bust). Before blocking it measured 36″ at the bust, and after blocking it was 40″. See our project notes HERE.
  • Linen is VERY stretchy, consider going down one or two sizes (we wen’t down one and we could have easily gown down another)

Yarn

Quince & Co Kestrel (25% OFF until SEPT 6)

  • Cropped length: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12, 17) skeins
  • Regular length: 3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19) skeins
  • Our sample is size Adult XS and we used 7 skeins: after blocking it is 40″. See our project notes HERE.

Other Materials

Gruau’s shows off his “Magnum“.

P.S.

Photography was with the bird was a little bit more challenging, but so much fun! From now on I’m going to try to take pictures with him

SUMMER SALE EXTENDED

We are extending our Summer Sale another month to September 6th, but it’s only while supplies last! All discounts will be automatically added at check-out, and are available in-store and online.

SEE PROJECT IDEAS HERE

Amano Chaski: Reg $20.97, SALE 15.73

Berroco Remix Light: Reg $15.97, SALE $11.98

Fibre Co Meadow: Reg $34.97, SALE $26.23

Kelbourne Woolens Mojave: Reg $11.47, SALE $8.61

Kelbourne Woolens Scout: Reg $19.97, SALE $14.98

Malabrigo Arroyo: Reg $29.97, SALE $22.48

Quince & Co Kestrel: Reg $15.97, SALE $11.98

Quince & Co Sparrow: Reg $14.97, SALE $11.23

Urth Monokrom Worsted: Reg $29.97, SALE $22.48

Urth Galatea: Reg $19.97, SALE $14.98

Urth Uneek Worsted: Reg $31.97, SALE $23.98

FREEBIE & HOLIDAY HOURS

Holiday Store Hours

We will be closed on Sunday August 1 and Monday August 2 for the holiday long weekend.

Saturday Jul 31: 12 pm – 5 pm

Sunday Aug 1: CLOSED

Monday Aug 2: CLOSED

Tuesday Aug 3: 11 am – 6 pm

Very Amooseing Pillow

Something fun for the long weekend!

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • 8mm/US11 needles (straight or circular)
  • 20″ square pillow form (very affordable at Ikea)
  • FREE Pattern

PRE-ORDERS Pom Pom, Moon + Turtle, MDK Skill Set

PRE-ORDER Pom Pom Quarterly 38 Fall 2021

Available August 16, 2021

Pom Pom Autumn 2021 collection celebrates trees: their roots, branches, and everything in-between! In their 38th issue, you can look forward to luscious cable patterns which mimic labyrinths of roots and statuesque boughs, clever colourwork and textures designed to imitate oft-overlooked plantlife, and patterns that reference the enchanted forests of fairy tales. Autumn is a transitional season, so alongside trusty pullovers and cardigans, you’ll find accessories which are perfect for furling in your coat pocket or rucksack for when the weather takes a chilly turn.

See the pattern on Ravelry HERE

Burrow down into Issue 38 and you’ll find two articles, a tutorial, and a recipe in addition to nine knit and crochet patterns! Dawn Henderson invites us to introduce magick into our handicrafts by sharing her experiences of Hoodoo (or African American rootwork). Drawing on her expertise in microplastics, Tereza Pavlíková raises important questions about the textile industry and pollution, and Caitlin Ffrench demonstrates how you can make charcoal and ink from dried plant material! Issue 38’s knit and crochet garments will keep you toasty from the outside, but Fi Churchman’s ginger pudding recipe will warm you from within!

PRE-ORDER HERE

Featuring designs by: ANNA HUSEMANN, AUDREY BORREGO, CATHERINE CLARK, DENISE OTTER, REED KEYES, HEIDI KÄSTNER, TYRA SMITH, YIĞITCAN VATANSEVER & ZANETE HUSSAIN.

PRE-ORDER Moon and Turtle from PomPom Press

Available August 16, 2021

We’ve long admired Kiyomi and Sachiko’s talent to infuse unique and contemporary design details with classic knitwear styles, and we’re honoured to publish the twins’ first collaborative collection. Moon and Turtle contains nine knit designs (4 garments, 5 accessories) which showcase an edgy urban aesthetic, reflecting the twins’ life in Toronto / Tkaronto, Canada.

Much like Kiyomi and Sachiko themselves, Moon and Turtle is truly synergic. The duality associated with identical twins is thoughtfully and intelligently embedded into every aspect of the book. From the designs, to the authors’ musings, to the title of the book itself, there’s a quiet harmony in the idea that two things or people can be visually similar but also appreciably distinct.

PRE-ORDER HERE

The patterns are gender-neutral, graded up to a 62” chest, and contain body and sleeve length adjustments in the hope that this book can be enjoyed by many knitters for years to come. Playful colourwork, paired with simply constructed garments, means that Moon and Turtle is a fabulous step up from pattern books like Ready Set Raglan. Kiyomi and Sachiko’s sisterly affection for one another is clear and shines through their words and designs.

See all the patterns HERE!

PRE-ORDER Skill Set: Beginning Knitting from MDK

Modern Daily Knitting has been helping knitters since 2003. Now, they have distilled those years of teaching into the only book you need to start your knitting journey. There’s never been a how-to-knit book like this. It’s little. Smart. Encouraging. In 9 short lessons, with dozens of clear illustrations, we teach everything a new knitter needs to know and nothing they don’t. This is it. Skill Set gives you the keys to the kingdom.

The 9 Lessons
Everything a new knitter needs to know, short and sweet. These lessons draw on decades of knitting experience by Kay and Ann.

Lesson 1: Supplies, Casting On, Knit Stitch, Binding Off
Lesson 2: Purl Stitch, Combining Knits and Purls
Lesson 3: Basic Shaping: Increases and Decreases
Lesson 4: Knitting in the Round
Lesson 5: Basic Lace and Cables
Lesson 6: Basic Colorwork: Stripes, Stranding Intarsia
Lesson 7: Finishing: Weaving in Ends, Seaming, Blocking
Lesson 8: Patterns, Yarn, and Gear
Lesson 9: Fixing Mistakes

They emphasize practice in each lesson, so there are swatches to make for each technique. There’s just one pattern, for a simple hat, that lets a new knitter try out the techniques.

PRE-ORDER HERE