All the shades of purple.

The color gurus at Pantone may have declared emerald to be the color for 2013, but all the shades of purple were a big favorite in 2012. The last FO collection of 2012 is filled with violet and lavender projects. First, there’s a soft lilac in this lovely picture sent in by Dyan of her dreamy Summer Flies.


And another purple people pleaser… Kathy H.’s second GingerSNAP* shawl is this great grape-y one knit in tosh merino light.

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Last fall, Jean took the workshop with the Fiber Company’s Kate Gagnon Osborn, designer of the Springtime Bandit Shawl. This free pattern was written with a DK weight yarn in mind, but just look at how beautiful it is when worked up in lace weight, here a plummy Zitron Filigran that is as light as a feather.

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Francie used Fiber Company’s Road to China Light for her Basalt* wrap, choosing Dark Amethyst and Garnet for the two main colors and Citrine for the I-cord edging. With a design so simple and elegant, it was easy to get carried away wrapping and draping it on Maude the mannequin – every which way looked better than the last.


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These fashionable cabled fingerless mitts were modeled by the hands that made them. Sharon used Dolce Merino in a shade called Rum Raisin. Yum.


Not far from the purples are the blues, and blue is everyone’s favorite, year after year. Bonnie used the Knitting Pure & Simple #9725 Neck Down Cardigan for Women* pattern and Ultra Alpaca in a true navy for this shipshape, classic cardi.


In an earlier post, I was able to share the first two of Joanne’s trio of accessories knit in a jazzy blue Dolce Merino, a pair of fingerless gloves and a matching hat. She recently brought in the final piece in the ensemble, this long, cozy scarf. Chic times three!


Joanne had another FO to share, Nancy Bush’s Raha Scarf from her book, Knitted Lace of Estonia. Joanne used Holiday Yarn’s FlockSock in Badger Black for this dainty muffler.


Carolyn Kern’s Equilibrium Cowl continues to be a shop favorite. Here is another trio – a terrific trio of Equilibria from Jeanne, in (left to right) Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Fibre Company Acadia, and Trendsetter Merino VI. Jeanne has definitely caught that stranded knitting bug!

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01.10.11Tina knows how to keep warm in style. She brought in two beautiful shawls, a hot water bottle cozy and a tea cozy to show us recently. The tea cozy is Churchmouse Yarns XxX Anniversary Tea Cozy*. She used Ultra Alpaca from Berroco in a lavender that makes me feel cozy just looking at it. Cascade Eco Duo was Tina’s choice for her hot water bottle cover. I couldn’t have come up with a better choice, since it’s about the warmest, softest yarn this side of cashmere that I can think of.

01.10.10Tina also made two Henslowe Shawls*, one from Louisa Harding Willow Tweed, the other in Schaefer Yarns Audrey. For having been made from the same pattern, they couldn’t be more different. The country cousin has plenty of tweedy, rustic charm. The city cousin is dressed in flirty pink and looks ready for a party.


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There are just two more cool blue FOs: first is Martha’s Short Row Multidirectional Scarf*, designed by Ann Norling. If you ever have a question about this pattern, ask Martha, she knows it now by heart! This shade of Noro Iro seems to have just about every shade of blue in it somewhere.


Kathy P. made her Howlcat* with a difference: both worsted and fingering weight halves are knit in stockinette for a rolled edge. It’s easy to see she’s quite happy with her new chapeau.


Time to move from the cool colors into the neutrals, where so many knitters are at their most comfortable. Here is Wanda’s masterpiece – the 2012 Advent Scarf from Tricia Weatherston, knit in Louet Gems Sport, the best kept yarn secret in the shop. Once you knit with it, you’ll be looking for new projects to use more.


This is Wanda’s Adobe Shawl by Sharon Dreifuss, knit in Jojoland Tonic. It’s an unusual shape that drapes effortlessly. Wanda tossed it on Maude, and I snapped the picture. Doesn’t get easier than that.


While we’re in the warm brown family, Bonnie made a Wurm hat for a friend’s daughter. As good as it looks on the little hat stand, I was thrilled when its new owner Lauren stopped by and agreed to model it. Pretty!

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The Wurm pattern as written has a very gathered top, but Lauren asked Bonnie to make it flatter, er, smoother on top. The photo above shows Bonnie’s brilliant solution, having changed the decreases and created one last reverse stockinette ridge that sits like a cute little button on top. And ooh – here’s another Wurm. Joan T. used a black tweedy Zauberwolle for hers, modeled here by Jill. How many more Wurms are out there, still on the needles, I wonder…


Below, Allison models her Knitting Pure & Simple #215 Basic Vest*. The formula never fails: take the simplest pattern, add spectacular yarn in very cool colors, and you’ll get a knockout FO.


Molly made her new favorite sweater, Purl Soho’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Top, with Road to China Light. It’s easy to see why this is going to become a wardrobe staple. It’s so very becoming.


Now, it’s time to heat it up with some warm colors. Lesley didn’t crochet her snowflakes out of red yarn, but she did mount them on red card stock and send them as out as holiday cards. Wouldn’t you just love to be on Lesley’s Christmas card list? What a beautiful keepsake.

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Jean made her exquisite Saroyan, a free pattern from Liz Abanante, with tosh dk in everyone’ favorite red, Tart. Not even the fluorescent light inside the shop can kill this bright, juicy color or obscure her pretty stitching.

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Joan S. made a Fluted Cowl, one of our December knit along patterns, with a lumberjack red Jackson from Tahki. Jill, America’s next top model, again stands in for Maude, showing why quick-knit cowls are this winter’s fashion must-haves.


What’s redder than a fire engine, redder than a stop sign, redder than a cardinal in a snow storm? A color of Colinette Jitterbug called Vatican Pie. Here are two more from Joan S., the Purslane Beret and Cowl from Romi Hill, which appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Knitscene, in Vatican Pie. And yes, more is on order!

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Christine graciously modeled Joan’s Purslane Beret, and she looks as though she might have just strolled in from a walk along the Seine rather than the Susquehanna.


I’ll close with an FO in the purest snow white after that oo-la-la red. Tina knit this charmer with a pattern from the Fall 2012 issue of Jane Austen Knits. (We still have copies in the shop.) It’s called A Bonnet for Baby Emma, but Tina’s is going to a little one who, as of this writing, hasn’t yet arrived. She used MountainTop Vail from Classic Elite. All I can say is, that is going to be one lucky little newborn.



All patterns marked with an asterisk* are available at Gosh Yarn It!

Also, if you’d like to know more about the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013, you can watch the Pantone video on their website. You’ll never get that 6 minutes and 27 seconds of your life back, but you can buy emerald everything, knowing you will be in style and on trend!


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