2 Skeins and 2 Colors = 2 Unique Hats

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A couple months ago, we shared some new colors of Babe Softcotton Chunky that we’ve stocked in the store. Since then, we’ve had a little bit of fun experimenting with a free hat pattern we’ve found through Universal Yarns’ website.

colorwork Softcotton chunky hat

If you haven’t added color work to your knitting skillset yet, this is a great low-risk way to try it out! Bulky yarn means this will knit up quickly and the pattern uses a simple stranded technique.

Get the free pattern (which we can also print for you in the store) then pick out two colors of Softcotton Chunky at our store. You’ll have two new hats to wear or gift to someone else in no time at all!

If you need some assistance getting started, we’re happy to help with that, too. Come by any time with quick questions or sign up for one of our many weekly clinics. We offer private lessons, too – just call the store at 612-925-2454 to schedule.

Churchmouse Stay-on Booties in Painted Sky

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Baby Booties knit in Gradient YarnAmy recently knit up a pair of the Churchmouse Stay-on Baby Booties with Painted Sky, a worsted-weight mixed gradient yarn. The color progression is subtle and almost tweed-y looking.

She also likes that the booties match without being exactly identical – because who has the time to match every pair of the socks in their drawer?! The baby that gets to wear these will definitely be showing off their fashionable and artistic side.

Painted Sky is a sibling to the fingering-weight yarn, Painted Desert, and both are stocked in our store.

Dory Pullover from Swans Island

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IMG_4231IMG_4234We’re showing off this cute pullover as a shop sample recently because we’re just so in love with it! The pattern, Dory Pullover, is an instant classic that comes to us from Swans Island Company.

We used three skeins of the sport-weight self-striping Ambiente from Schoppel-Wolle (current color selection pictured here) and two skeins of a contrasting color (stash buster alert!) to make the 2 year old size. This is a nice superwash wool, so this pullover is perfect for even the most active kid.

We’re always so excited when the right yarn brings a simple pattern to life, aren’t you?

Whose side are you on?

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Summer was made for knitting socks and other small projects that can be whisked off to the lake at a moment’s notice, but what technique is best?  The only way to find out is to try them all! There’s plenty of knitting to be done, and plenty of sunny days and cool nights to do it.

Astounded by Short Rows?

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Let’s take away the mystery!

Interweave Knits Spring 2016

The latest issue of Interweave Knits (available in the store now) has a fantastic article about four (4!) different methods of using short row shaping in your knitting. There are “how to” diagrams as well as images showing how the final swatch looks.

how to: short rows in knitting

If you’re intimidated by these techniques, you could simply experiment with these different techniques to create a fun new zigzag dishcloth or scarf – no need to jump outside of your comfort level just to try these out!

Schooner dress for Gigi

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Karen knit this cute dress for Gigi from the Swans Island pattern, Schooner Dress. She made the sleeves a bit longer instead of adding pockets, which meant she only needed one skein of each color — and had leftovers (pictured below).

The pattern has instructions ranging between ages 2–10. The gauge calls for sport weight, which means you could use cotton if you’re concerned about sensitive skin (though it’s worth noting that the Swans Island organic yarn didn’t irritate Gigi’s eczema).

Gigi in Schooner Dress Gigi in Schooner Dress Swans Island yarn