Friday, April 29, 2011

Free Infinity Scarf Pattern featuring Plymouth DeAire Yarn!

Infinity Scarf Pattern
This fun to knit infinity scarf is a super quick knit using Plymouth DeAire yarn. You can knit it using two colors as shown in photo, or one solid color.
Completed Scarf Measures: 8 x 66"
You will need:
Reversible Scallop Lace Pattern Stitch
Row 1 (RS): K3, *yo, K2, K3tog, K2, yo, K1.* Repeat from * to * across row, end K2.
Row 2: K3, P15, K3.

Using US 17 needles, cast on 21 sts and work in pattern stitch for 33" with the first color. Attach the second color and work for an additional 33" (if using one color work in pattern stitch for a total of 66"). Bind off loosely. 
Join cast on end to bind off end by twisting one end 360 degrees before joining with the mattress stitch. Weave in yarn ends.
To wear scarf, take circle created after joining ends, twist in half and put over head around neck.
by Nancy Queen

Will & Kate: Knit the Royal Wedding!

I'm a bit bleary eyed this morning. Why, because I stayed up almost the entire night engrossed in the Royal Wedding! I didn't mean for it to happen, just a little late night channel surfing and I saw the start of the wedding parade. Beautiful dresses and hats, amazing cars..I got sucked in!

Then I remembered a quirky, cool book so appropriate for today. Knit Your Own Royal Wedding
by Fiona Goble. Yes, the book teaches you how to knit your own royal family: Kate, Willam, Harry, Charles, Edward, Camilla, the priest, and of course the Queen. It also includes the Queen's adorable corgis. So if you can't be across the pond today enjoying the festivities, now you can knit your own royal family and keep the celebration going for years to come. Cheers to the happy couple!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

PBS's Arthur takes on Knitting! (Arthur Unravels)

Arthur learns to knit!
My daughter was so excited to show me the latest eposide of PBS's Arthur. It's called Arthur Unravels. In it, Arthur takes on knitting! Arthur's grandma is an avid knitter and she teaches his little sister, DW. Arthur gets curious about knitting and she told him how spies used to knit secrets and codes into their knitting to send messages. 

Arthur helps Buster with a dropped stitch!
This adorable episode shows Arthur as a closet knitter, afraid he'll be made fun of for knitting. Then, having a little knit-in with his best friend Buster, helping Buster with a dropped stitch, and finally a trip to the yarn store! The show wraps up with real kids going to a yarn shop, talking about why they love yarn and what they can create with it.
Kudos to Marc Brown and the PBS Arthur Show for helping to pass on knitting to another generation. After watching, it inspired my daughter to pick up her needles and get going on a new project. She's making her first Teddy Bear.
Arthur visits a yarn shop and learns 
the difference between pink and fuchsia.
Arthur and Buster having a knit-in.
Arthur at the yarn shop!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Knit it or Buy it?

Cocoon Shrug - Knit it or buy it? I love seeing knitting trends that are up to date with the ready-to-wear market. We just received Shibui Knits Chrysalide Shrug pattern featuring Shibui Staccato; then in my email today, a similar version from Eileen Fisher

Knit It!
Shibui Chrysalide Shrug Pattern $7.95
Buy It!
Eileen Fisher Draped Cardigan, $179

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rustic Tweed Knit Cowl Pattern - Free Knitting Pattern!

Free Knit Cowl Pattern
featuring Ironstone Rustic Tweed
Rustic Tweed Cowl Pattern

This pattern is fast, fun and free! It takes about 3 hours to knit and features Ironstone's Rustic Tweed yarn. Wear it loose or wrapped doubled around your neck, it's a great layering piece for chilling mornings and evenings.

You will need:
Cast on 104 stitches. This project is worked in rounds, begin by joining round and be careful not to twist stitches.
Rounds 1-4: *Knit 4, Purl 4.* Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 5-8: *Purl 4, Knit 4.* Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 9-12: *Knit 4, Purl 4.* Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 13-16: *Purl 4, Knit 4.* Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 17-19: *Knit 4, Purl 4.* Repeat from * to * around.
Round 20: Bind off in established pattern.
Weave in yarn ends.

Rustic Tweed Cowl, shown wrapped double

Mariposa Shawl Pattern, a surprise knitting find!

When I'm at the yarn show, my head is just exploding with ideas. It's great to come back from a show and put together all the new things I'm going to be able to share.  I thought I had it all covered, shown you everything I gathered from the yarn show and my favorite knitting ideas. That was until today, when my daughter pulled out the Flip Video. I discovered lots of awesome little things I wanted to tell you about! So be ready to see some treasures over the next few days...I'm so excited to show you!

The Mariposa Shawl is a pattern on our website and it features SWTC's beautiful Yin and Yang yarns. It's a PDF downloadable knitting pattern that you can get for FREE with any purchase of Yin or Yang. I absolutely fell in love with this shawl at the knitting show. Jonelle Beck of South West Trading Company was wearing it and the way the little sequin droplets of Yang yarn catch the light, it's stunning.  You can knit it using both Yin and Yang yarns or choose an all over glitz look by using all Yang.
SWTC Mariposa Shawl Pattern

Friday, April 22, 2011

Plymouth Vizions Yarn: Our Hottest Yarn for Spring Knitting!

Plymouth Vizions Yarn
with Garden Scarf Free Pattern
Creating a lot of clacking on knitter's needles this spring is Plymouth Vizions Yarn. This runaway hit is pretty, with almost a stained glass appeal. Vizions is a linen/rayon/nylon blend. I thought it would be super stiff, but it's not. It has almost a silky smooth feel and is nice to work with. I'm using it with my Denise Needles and I don't feel like it's too slippery or out of control (sometimes I feel that way with silky yarns). It knits up at a dk weight so it's great for lots of spring knitting projects. We really fell for all the beautiful color palettes in this yarn. Each ball is self striping and the combinations are so interesting; perfect spring tones and a few shades will look great when I have a bit of a summer tan.

I'm working away on a lattice style scarf. Want to knit one, too? Here's the free pattern!

Garden Scarf Free Pattern
Knit with 2 balls of Vizions Yarn
Plymouth Vizions Garden Scarf Free Pattern

Completed Scarf Measures: 5 x 60" approximately

You will need:
Cast on 19 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K1 *yo, k2tog.* Repeat from * to * across.
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: *Sl 1, K1, psso, yo.* Repeat from * to * across to last stitch. Knit last stitch.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until almost out of yarn. Bind off.
Weave in yarn ends. Lightly block if needed.

K - knit
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
psso - pass slipped stitch over stitch just knit
sl - slip one stitch
yo - yarn over

Monday, April 11, 2011

Big Yarn Knitting! New Super Bulky Yarns to Knit

Big yarns featured above: U-Knitted Nations Hand Spun Bouquet,
Knit Collage Gypsy Garden, and U-Knitted Nations Giant Purls.
 The giants are here! They are big yarns loaded with texture. Super fun to knit, these giants are the ultimate charasmatic yarns. Giant Purls from U-Knitted Nations is dappled with big felted balls that hang randomly on this hand dyed thick and thin yarn. Hand Spun Bouquet, also from U-Knitted Nations features felted flowers on a soft hand spun yarn. Last, but by no means least, is Knit Collage Gypsy Garden yarn. It is a wild yarn that is loaded with ribbons, fringe, trims, and even crocheted flowers all hand tied into the yarn. Created in Hong Kong, by a former knitwear designer from Free People, Knit Collage yarn will inspire you with every knitted stitch.
With all the hand dyeing and hand tying the labor to create these texture-packed yarns is intense, the price tag is a bit steep, but worth every knitting penny!
Each one of these yarns has a free pattern available, so pick up a ball of big yarn, some big needles, and enjoy a true knitting experience!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Top 10 Lace Shawl Patterns for Spring

Sasha Lace Shawl Pattern
1 ball project from Fiesta Yarns
We've been seeing them everywhere, lace shawls for Spring. I love how light and airy they are while still keeping your shoulders warm. And the bonus for knitters, there are so many lace shawl and wrap patterns available to you! Many of them only require one ball of yarn, and there is something about knitting lace that is so gratifying. I'm not sure if it is the ability to choose a luxurious yarn like silk or alpaca, or if it's the interesting pattern that keeps my mind occupied, but lace knitting is certainly something that is hot this spring - and we can't seem to get enough of it, either!

Top 10 Lace Shawl Patterns for Spring
  1. Fiesta Yarns Anna Lace Shawl
  2. Be Sweet's Sweet Shawl With Slubs
  3. Brooklyn Tweed Girasole Shawl Pattern
  4. Prism Shawl Kit
  5. Cosmicpluto Crossfield Shawl Pattern
  6. Ysolda Teague Ishbel Shawl
  7. Fiesta Yarns Sasha Lace Shawl
  8. Gardiner Yarn Works Amethyst Shawl
  9. Kollage Leafprints Shawl Pattern
  10. Tree Knitter Designs Tidal Pool Shawl
Leafprints Shawl
from Kollage Yarns