02/09/17: Snow day.

Dear yarn lovers, we will be closed today. The temperature continues to fall, the wind to gust, the snow to swirl – and not enough of it has been cleared from the roads. Come see us tomorrow, 11-4!

01/23/17: Welcome, Ultra Wool.

Ultra Wool is here at last. It’s the machine washable wool we’ve been dreaming of for a very long time – we just had to wait for it to be created by the nice folks at Berroco!

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It’s crazy soft, yet 100% wool. It’s not “splitty,” which means it will be a breeze to work with. It comes in both bright solid and heathered shades – 35 are on our shelves right now. Here are Ultra Wool’s stats:

  • 100% Peruvian Wool
  • 219 yards/100g
  • Worsted weight (recommended needle/hook size 4.5-5mm)
  • Machine wash cold/delicate, lay flat to dry
  • $11

If you check out Ultra Wool on Ravelry, don’t be surprised by the low number of projects using it. Berroco introduced it only a few weeks ago. We’re proud to be “early adopters” and can’t wait to share it with you.

With Ultra Wool’s arrival and our recent re-stock of all colors of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, it’s no surprise that many of the projects for our upcoming classes call for worsted weight yarns. Worsteds are the workhorses of the yarn world, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be luxurious yarns for very special projects. Just take a look at Steven’s Bath Abbey Hat, designed by Faina Goberstein, worked in Woolstok. Wow.

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But there are times when you want to stitch bigger and faster, and that’s when it’s nice to have a great chunky weight  in your stash. Stephanie chose Malabrigo Chunky for her Andantino* from Michele Schaschwary, chock full of cables, texture, and the best kind of squishiness.

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Hats and cowls are great quick projects to try out new yarns. Please consider joining our class for Betty Balcomb’s Royal Quilting Hat and/or Theresa Gaffey’s Conifer* cowl, both coming up Saturday, February 4. Sample Ultra Wool or Woolstok (or grab an old favorite like Berroco Vintage) and have fun with some techniques definitely worth adding to your list of “I can do that!”

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

01/17/17: New year, new skills.

One quick announcement while you’re getting comfy to read through our new class listings… all colors of Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers are back in stock. We’ve never had a yarn that became so popular so fast. What’s everyone raving about? Come see (and feel) for yourself while there’s a full selection!

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Also, we just received a giant shipment from Berroco of their new Ultra Wool, which is going to be our new washable worsted weight 100% wool yarn. We managed to pick 35 colors we couldn’t live without (yes, 35!) and have packed our class offerings with lots of projects featuring worsteds. More about Ultra Wool in the next post. On to classes!

2017 WINTER CLASSES

DESIGN YOUR OWN CLASS
What would you like to learn? Now you can design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or the techniques. Register for a one hour lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time. 
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40

KNITTING 101
Start knitting! Needles in hand, learn how to cast on, make knit and purl stitches, and bind off. All materials provided for first class.
Saturday, February 4; Saturday, March 4; Saturday, April 1; 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $15

CROCHET 101
Start crocheting! Hook in hand, learn how to make a foundation chain and the single crochet stitch. All materials provided for first class.
Saturday, March 25; 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $15

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CONIFER
by THERESA GAFFEY
Cleverly placed “make 1” increases create an all-over pine cone pattern on this stylish cowl knit in worsted weight yarn. You’ll love seeing the 3-D textured design grow from your needles. Prior experience knitting in the round helpful.
Saturday, February 4; 11:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $30

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QUILTED HAT
by BETTY BALCOMB
This 2-color DK/worsted weight hat gets its name from the strands (“floats”) placed against the right side of the knit fabric in a cross-hatched pattern, giving the appearance of quilted stitching. The technique looks tricky but is actually easy to learn. 
Saturday, February 4; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $30

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POLYGON
by TIN CAN KNITS
Looking for a great take-along project? Polygon’s small hexagonal patches are knit quickly, from outside edge to a center point. Make as many as you need for any size blanket you want. In the first class you will make a practice patch to learn the pattern. In the second class, once you have some (or all) patches completed, you’ll learn how to seam hexagons and pick up stitches for the border.
Note: It is not necessary to purchase all project yarn prior to first class. Only one ball of your chosen DK/worsted weight yarn will be needed. In fact, color choices, patch arrangement options, sizing, and estimating yardage will be discussed in class.
(2) Saturdays; February 11, 10:00-11:00am AND March 11, 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $30

antlermittensANTLER MITTS
by TIN CAN KNITS
Learn your way around the Magic Loop and double point needles and conquer cables to make these warm, fun worsted/aran weight mittens sized for all ages.
Wednesday, February 8 ; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $30

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OPTIC BLANKET
by PURL SOHO
Modular knitting allows you to seamlessly make any size blanket or afghan. Here, squares are knit in the round from the outside edge to a center point in garter stitch in two contrasting colors. When one square is done, stitches are picked up or cast on as needed to begin the next square, and so on. You’ll learn how to pick up stitches quickly and neatly.
Note: It is not necessary to purchase all project yarn prior to class. Only one ball each of two contrasting colors of worsted weight will be needed. Color choices, square arrangement options, sizing, and estimating yardage will be discussed after practice square is completed.
Saturday, February 18; 11:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $30

laurelieLAURELIE
by LISA HANNES
This graceful shawl is made with two contrasting fingering weight yarns worked in three fabric textures: garter stitch, mosaic knitting, and lace. At the first session, we’ll discuss the shawl’s construction and cast on the first section of garter stitch. The mosaic knitting of the second section will be reviewed on February 25 and the lace section in March.
Note: The fee reflects a “buy two, get one free” class structure. You don’t have to attend a session if the technique is already familiar to you.
(3) Saturdays, February 18, 10:00-11:00am AND February 25, 10:00-11:00am AND March 18, 10:00-11:00am
Fee: $30

prairie-firePRAIRIE FIRE
by TIN CAN KNITS
Here is a great all-season DK/worsted weight sweater, as perfect for summer made in cotton with short sleeves as for winter in wool with long-sleeves. To quickly master topdown sweater construction and the construction of the pretty lace panel that graces the front and wraps around to the back, we recommend you make a child’s size for the class. (Pattern sized newborn to 4XL.) Navigating written patterns and working lace from charts will be covered extensively.
(2) Saturdays; February 18; 2:00-4:00pm AND March 18; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $50

wee-baby-socksMAKE YOUR FIRST SOCK
We think your ideal first sock is knit cuff down. In this class you’ll make a single baby sock in one afternoon and master all the basics of sock construction. Pattern is Churchmouse Wee Baby Socks, an addendum to the Churchmouse Basic Socks pattern.
Wednesday, February 22; 1:30-5:30pm
Fee: $60

origami-top-hatORIGAMI TOP HAT
by LORI VERSACI
Seasoned knitters and adventurous beginners (who have experience knitting in the round) will enjoy taking their knitting in a whole new direction – quite literally. Students must knit the worsted weight hat up to the crown before class. In class you will learn to fold your knitted fabric into Lori’s ingenious Origami Top design.
Saturday, March 4; 11:30am-1:00pm
Fee: $25

cloud-covered-scarfCLOUD COVERED SCARF
by KELENE KINNERSLY
Start your lace knitting adventures with worsted weight yarn and this simple, intuitive pattern trimmed with garter stitch borders. Written and charted lace directions available.
Saturday, March 4; 2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $30

double-knitting-collageDOUBLE KNITTING EXPLAINED
True double knitting is completely reversible. It can also be potentially terrifying, even for experienced knitters. The work has two “right” sides, created from a chart in which different colors represent both knit and purl stitches. Confused yet? Let’s demystify (and learn to love) double knitting by making an easy swatch.
Saturday, March 18; 11:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $30


GOSH YARN IT! CLASS POLICIES
To register or for more information, telephone 570.287.9999 or email info@goshyarnitshop.com

  • With the exception of Knitting 101, basic skills are required for all our knitting classes. You must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. If you’d like help mastering the fundamentals before taking a class, please attend a Knitting 101 class.
  • 72 hours advance notice required for both class registration and withdrawal.
  • Unless otherwise noted, supplies are not included in class fees.
  • In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount. (We really appreciate your buying all your class supplies from us!)
  • Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due when you sign-up.  We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if more than 72 hours advance notice is given that you are withdrawing.  If fewer than 72 hours notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student.
  • Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment of 3 students; class fees will be refunded or may be used to register for future classes. Any class cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.
  • A missed individual session of a class cannot be refunded or made up, but we’ll be happy to try to help you catch-up on what you missed.

Photo Credits:
Conifer – Eric Mueller for Wearwithall
Royal Quilting Hat – Cascade Yarns
Polygon, Antler Mitts, and Prairie Fire – Tin Can Knits
Optic Blanket – Purl Soho
Laurelie – mahila
Wee Baby Socks – Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Origami Top Hat – Versaciknits
Cloud Covered Scarf – Kelene Kinnersley
Double Knitting – Joanna Rankin

01/03/17: Make your own first.

Maybe the best advice we can give for the New Year is some you may have heard before:

If needed, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead compartment… Place the mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally... If you are traveling with children or anyone needing special assistance, put your own mask on first before assisting others.

That’s right. You’ve been stitching for other folks long enough. Take January off. Make something just for yourself. Make something you love, without worrying whether anyone else will like it, too.

Start by cozying up to these Coda arm warmers by Darcy Cameron and Shellie Anderson that use one skein each of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk/mohair) and Cima (alpaca/merino).

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The pattern is our gift to you with yarn purchase. You’ll save 10% during January, making Coda an under-$35 project, and we have 10 color pairings of luxurious Silk Cloud and Cima to choose from.

After knitting/crocheting for everyone else over the last few weeks, remember the hours you spend on each project, the care you lavish on every stitch. Start 2017 by making for the truly deserving: you!

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(Above, clockwise from top left) Shibui shades Imperial, Brass, Tango, and Cove – 4 of 10 combinations we have in stock.

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Your response to our new Arne & Carlos colors of Regia sock yarn has been absolutely outstanding. After all, who doesn’t love self-patterning yarn? Below, Bonnie’s first top down sock, fresh from the needles, in color #03760, and Catherine’s fingerless mitt in color #02462, proving sock yarn is for more than just socks!

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Malabrigo Chunky also hit our shelves on the eve of the holidays and became an instant favorite for its bright hand-dyed colors, merino wool softness, and fast 3 stitches-to-the-inch gauge (that’s fast!).

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Sharon made four Chunky hats in no time, all free patterns on Ravelry (Below, clockwise from top left): Robin’s Egg Blue Hat (Rachel Iufer), Bulky Waffle Hat (Linda Suda), Wavy Moss Hat (Cedar Box Knits), and  Northward (Tin Can Knits).

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Here is our new shop sample of Arika*, a spectacularly comfortable and easy to wear bandana-style cowl by Jane Richmond. It used two balls of cushy Alta Moda Cashmere 16, making it a $30 project. Arika would be perfect for two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky, too.

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I’ve been wearing my Spiced Cocoa Mitts* pretty much non-stop since finishing them in November. I used Rios from Malabrigo and am impressed how hard-wearing it is. I made mine longer by knitting additional rounds of garter stitch.

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Laura Aylor’s pattern is easily customizable. Renee’s pretty mitts (below left) show how the pattern works up as written. Her yarn is madelinetosh Tosh DK in Kitten. Bonnie’s, in Malabrigo Rios English Rose, have an extra long fold-over top to allow texting.

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Bonnie tweaked a few different flip-top mitten patterns to create these originals, which use Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud. I love the flip-top thumb!

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Another Bonnie original, here is a fun scarf made with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. It has some narrow stripes, some wide stripes, some variegated yarn, ribbing and ruffles. Doesn’t it make you want to toss the patterns out the window and just play with yarn?

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Speaking of playing, Linda made this amazing reversible Musicowl for her piano teacher. Wow! The pattern was designed by Deborah Tomasello. Linda’s yarn is, appropriately enough, Shibui Staccato.

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Joanne whipped up JM Cobb’s Wee Socks for Wee Feet out of cuddly Sirdar Snuggly DK.

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She also completed this toasty pair of Welted Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse using Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK.

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Laurie’s Braidsmaid* from Martina Behm is a show stopper in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Robin Red Breast.

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Bonnie used “some fuzzy stash yarn” for this upsized Madison Scarf, proving that a good pattern can work with any size yarn. Written for lace weight, Suzanne Middlebrooks’ Madison Scarf needed only an adjustment to the number of stitches cast on to become this warm bulky weight wrap.

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Finally, here’s a shout out to all our customers who contributed hats to Misericordia University’s Women with Children Program in December. Jane Jones put out the call for caps for the kids, and GYI served as a collection point. A big, warm thank you to Bonnie, Brigid, Francie, Marsha, Sharon, Wanda, and Jane herself.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

12/06/16: Make this scarf.

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You’ll be so glad you did. It’s a pattern that’s impossible to forget, just so many knits followed by so many purls, over and over.

Don’t want this grand a scarf? Cast on fewer stitches* and shorten it up to have it ready in plenty of time to be tied up with a bow. Make it wider for a wrap or stole. Make a quick baby blanket when you knit it as a square, or make it a bit longer for a comfy afghan. That’s how easy and versatile this pattern – Broken Garter – can be. It’s enjoying the spotlight right now thanks to the success of Sequence Knitting by Cecilia Campochiaro.

Here are the instructions for our scarf, which was made with delicious Fibre Company Acadia:

Materials
2 skeins each of 2 colors Fibre Company Acadia (60% wool/20% alpaca/20% silk; 50g/145 yards) for body of scarf + approx. 10 yards contrast color for edging
or 590 yards total similar DK/light worsted weight yarn
Sample worked in Granite, Thunder Bay, and Poppy
US 8 needle
 
Size
9.5” x 80” after blocking
*To alter width, cast on more or fewer stitches in multiples of 14 + 7.
 
Abbreviations
C1    Color 1
C2    Color 2
CC    Contrast color for edging
k       knit
p       purl

Pattern :
With CC, cast on 49 stitches.
Pattern Row (Row 1 and every row): [k7, p7], repeat [ ] twice more to last 7 stitches, k7.
Work 4 pattern rows total in CC.
Cut CC, pick up C1 and work 2 pattern rows.
Drop C1, pick up C2 and work 2 pattern rows.
Repeat sequence of 2 pattern rows C1 followed by 2 pattern rows C2 to desired length, ending with C1. Cut C1 and C2, pick up CC and work 4 pattern rows. Bind off loosely in pattern on next row with CC.
When switching between C1 and C2, leave the “old” yarn hanging to the back and take up the “new” yarn from 2 rows below, trapping the “old” strand against the edge. When cutting yarn, leave at least a 6-8” tail to allow the yarn end to be woven in with a darning needle.

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Here’s another easy-repeat pattern for a slightly more adventurous knitter, Jill’s worsted weight adaptation of Christy Kamm’s ZickZack Scarf:

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Follow the original pattern, written for fingering weight yarn, but cast on 60 stitches rather than 96. That’s it.Jill used Cascade Melilla and a US 8 for her 10½ x 60″ scarf.  If you’d like the full written pattern, it’s free with a purchase of Melilla or Lang Viva, another of our self-striping worsteds.

It’s easy to fall in love with the hand-dyed wonderfulness of Wonderland Queen of Hearts merino/cashmere/nylon sock yarn in the skein, but how does it knit up? We can thank Francie for sharing her in-progress toe-up socks to see it’s just as spectacular on the needles.

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A recent class covered top-down sweater knitting basics using the free pattern Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk. This is a teeny tiny sweater for a newborn, but the designer also offers an upsized version for children up to 2 years, Beyond Puerperium*. Here’s my class sample in tosh dk from madelinetosh. If you’re a button lover, how can you resist?

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And Renee’s, also in tosh dk, color Liquid Gold. She said she had fun finding just the perfect tiger eye buttons and making a wee matching Barley hat from tincanknits.

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Joanne took Carolyn Kern’s Baa-ble Hat* class on getting gauge in stranded knitting. Her fanciful flock was made with Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers.

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Stephanie stranded Acadia from the Fibre Company for her #09 Fair Isle Cowl. (Gudrun Johnston’s pattern appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting.) How could I not snap both the handsome outside and the handsome inside, too?

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Wanda fell hard for cozy Malabrigo Caracol in the stunning black & white colorway. With it she made Merlene Paynter’s 2 Hour Cozy Cowl

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…and Taiga Hilliard’s Twindom shawl, both free patterns on Ravelry.

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Bonnie used a smoky grey gradient pack of Queen of Hearts mini skeins from Wonderland for her elegant Herald* from designer Janina Kallio.

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The Endless Wrap* from Sylvia Hager for Blue Sky Fibers was easily the most popular pattern in the shop this fall – but it isn’t called “endless” for nothing. Joan came up with a brilliant idea for taming her lovely wrap in Cast Iron to make it both stylish and simple to wear: a repositionable Jūl leather closure.

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Just a toss over the shoulder and it’s good to go.

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Below, Joan’s Endless Wrap, unbound.

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I knit Carolyn Kern’s cable-licious Just Chillin’ Hat* in tosh dk and used Carolyn’s clever button trick to add a removable pompom. Sans and avec:

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Jenny Gordy’s Doe Cap is almost too cute for words. Tina chose Classic Alpaca from the Alpaca Yarn Company for hers. Lucky is the baby who receives this sweet little cap.

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And, with the season of giving upon us, it’s fitting to end with Brigid’s jolly Christmas stocking in Cascade Pacific Chunky. The pattern is Diane Soucy’s #277 Easy Christmas Stocking*. She’s now working on stocking #2 and says in the new year she’ll be ready to trade her US 10s for 1s and knit her first pair of real socks!

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

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11/22/16: Save room for yarn!

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10/26/16: Take 100 stitches…

Here’s a free cowl pattern we hope you’ll want to make again and again. The stitch pattern will work well with any size yarn; we made ours in bulky on 100 stitches. It’s simple enough for a new knitter and looks great made up either in solid or striping/variegated yarns – or both together!

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100 STITCH COWL
Shown above in bulky weight yarn, adaptable for any yarn & needle size (See Note on Gauge, below)
Yarn: 240 yards bulky weight yarn
Sample made with 2 balls Lana Grossa Alta Moda Cashmere 16 (50g/110m), colors 07 & 10, and US #10.75/7mm needle
Finished Size: 9” x 33”
Needles/Notions: 24” circular US #11/8mm or size appropriate to your yarn
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Pattern:
Cast on 100 stitches using the Long Tail cast on method.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Place a ring marker at end of round and slip at the start of each round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: [Knit 1, Purl 1]; repeat [ ] to end of round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to desired length, ending after Round 2. If changing colors, change to new color at the start of Round 1.
Bind off in purl as follows: purl first two stitches of round, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch. Purl 1, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch; repeat until one stitch remains.
Cut yarn, leaving about a 6” tail, and secure tail by pulling through last stitch.
Finishing: Weave at least 2-2½” of each yarn tail into fabric with a darning needle. Soak in cool water, blot dry on towels, and lay flat to air dry. To prevent creases, insert a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels inside each edge, much like a scroll, and roll the cowl over several times as it dries.
Note on Gauge: This pattern is easily adapted for smaller or bigger yarn. You’ll need to check the suggested size needle and gauge for your yarn (typically the number of stitches worked over 4” in stockinette) and cast on an even number of stitches for desired circumference for your cowl. For example, the gauge for worsted weight yarn is often listed as 18 stitches = 4” on a US #8/5mm. For a 33” cowl at this gauge, cast on 148 stitches. Yardage needed to complete project will go up as needle size goes down. 


10-25-16-13Here’s something else we love, Carolyn Kern’s Thompson River Socks, which appeared this fall in the 20th Anniversary edition of Interweave Knits. These worsted weight socks will keep your feet warm and stylish with a little colorwork, some cables, and knit and purl gansey patterning. Carolyn will teach a 2-part workshop in making these toe-up beauties on November 12 & 19. Both sessions will meet 1:00-3:00 p.m. The pattern is sized for child (shown in red), adult female, and adult male (shown in grey).

We are offering a kit to make the grey version with enough HiKoo Sueño worsted yarn to make a pair in the largest size (8¾” foot circumference, 10½” foot length) for $38. Kit may be purchased without class registration, but you really don’t want to miss this chance to learn from the designer herself. Congratulations, Carolyn, on having your design published in an issue of Knits that is sure to become a collector’s edition.

And congratulations to newlywed Rachel! Here she is on Her Day in her spectacularly beautiful wedding shawl knit in Jaggerspun Zephyr. (She not only made her own shawl, she grew the flowers for her bouquet, too!)

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Catherine also chose a rich, deep purple for her Guernsey Wrap* from Jared Flood. The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted, and it does a great job of showing off Catherine’s stitches in patterns drawn from traditional Guernsey fishermen’s sweaters.

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More royal purple! Joanne modified MJ Kim’s Claudia hat pattern, giving it a pompom topper. Her yarn is Simplinatural from HiKoo.

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Did you see Joanne’s baby hat in the last post? Here are the matching socks, which have the lace pattern from the hat on the leg (which had to be knit in the toe-to-cuff direction) with the foot portion of JM Cobb’s free pattern Wee Socks for Wee Feet (which had to be knit in the cuff-to-toe direction). To accomplish this, Joanne used a provisional cast on for the sock just above the heel flap and knit down to the toe. She then picked up the ankle stitches from the cast on and knit up to the cuff. That’s really using your knitting know-how!

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Ann Weaver’s Yipes Stripes Cowl* is a sampler of different techniques for striping, which include a turned hem, slipped stitches, and a two-color bind off. Jane took a class with Ann Weaver and made hers with Rowan Pure Wool and stash yarn.

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Let’s take a closer look at all those cool ways to stripe up your knitting:

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The stripes in my Herald*, from designer Janina Kallio, come from five colors of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock.

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I never thought I’d ever knit with yarn the color of Cheetos®, but I absolutely loved making this. We have these colors in stock if you’d like your own happy-making Herald.

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Joan is doubling down on her striping, thanks to the wonderful “new” technique of Sequence Knitting. Here is her own original personal cowl pattern worked in a broken garter rib in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. Don’t you love the contrast sections of solid grey and barn red?

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We’re trying to do our part to spread the good news of Sequence Knitting, too. Right now we are sampling a new shop pattern for a scarf that would be both a great first knitting project and a satisfying “autopilot” knit for a more experienced knitter. We’re using silky Acadia from Fibre Company. It’s about half finished, so if you visit us soon, you’re welcome to pick it up, knit a few rows, and become a convert to Sequence Knitting. The pattern will appear here in the blog soon.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!