It’s 10 degrees outside, and I’m looking at patterns and yarns for summer tops and tanks the same way I used to read seed catalogs. What’s actually on my needles right now, though, is the warmest of the warm – soft, cozy natural fibers being knit up into scarves, mittens, and hats. Our latest shop samples were also created with both style and sub-freezing temperatures in mind. Here’s Jill’s Ringo Cowl and my Geisha Scarf, both free patterns we’ll tuck in your bag with your Ringo yarn from Tahki and Geisha yarn from Trendsetter.
Here’s a classic shop sample we made last season of Wool Clasica from Manos del Uruguay, just to remind you that an easy, fast scarf is only a few K1, K2tog repeats away, regardless of the yarn you choose.
I gave the popular “potato chip scarf” (so named because you aren’t supposed to be able to knit just one) a different twist by casting on provisionally, knitting to the end of two balls of Glen from Debbie Bliss, pulling out that cast on row to pick up the live stitches, and grafting the ends together in garter pattern. Voilà, a potato chip cowl. Try it, you’ll like it!
Jill found the perfect little scarf pattern that was crying out for a fur “collar” to try out our new La Furla from Trendsetter. This yarn has completely won me over – it is so silky, soft, and fun to work with and a treat to wear. The pattern is another freebie from us to you.
I’m not alone in being a convert to La Furla. Joan T. liked the shop sample so much she made one for herself in chocolate brown Magnolia from Classic Elite, a silk/merino blend, rather than the rayon/acrylic Bahia from Schoeller+Stahl Jill had used. Joan S. knit La Furla into the brim of her modish Downton Hat, pairing it with Fibre Company’s Road to China Light. What a simple way to be so stylish.
Remember our November KAL, Gradient? Here’s my FO, made with feather-light Shibui Silk Cloud, in colors Abyss, Fjord, Mineral, and Apple. Three strands are held together and knit on US 9s. This was a fast and easy project, one that holds your interest because of the color blending every 20 rows. This definitely won’t be my only Gradient.
Since it’s true that accessories can only keep small bits of you toasty at one time, here are a few FOs packing significantly more BTUs. Joan T. combined Shibui’s Heichi yarn with a variegated mohair/silk from her stash for this awesome herringbone-patterned poncho.
Check out that texture…
While ponchos are bit like wearable blankets, here’s the real thing. Mary Lou brought in her glorious Manos del Uruguay Four Seasons Throw*. Working in blocks does make for a more portable work-in-progress, but eventually those blocks need to be blocked and seamed – never a quick task. Brava, Mary Lou, for a beautiful job from start to finish!
When you must leave your couch and afghan behind, another wonderful way to wrap yourself up smartly and snugly is an oversized shrug such as the Creature Comforts Cardi, available from the madelinetosh website. Here’s Molly in her gorgeous Creature Comforts.
Molly also shared her Lattice* with us. The shawl was designed by Rose Beck, and the architectural lines of its design are shown off to perfection by the Fibre Company Terra Molly chose.
Such beautiful stitching…
Here’s another masterpiece in a Fibre Company yarn. Dona used silky smooth Organik for her Market Jacket by Tanis Gray. The pattern comes from the book November Knits, written by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, proprietors of The Fibre Company. Lovely work, Dona.
Bonnie used every skein we had of the one-of-a-kind colorway Zen Yarn Garden created for us in their Serenity Silk Single yarn base. The pattern is Skoosh!, a free pattern on Ravelry. Got a special fingering weight yarn that needs a simple pattern to show it at its best? Try Skoosh!
Staying on the subject of red hot, Catherine took a class at Vogue Knitting Live in Manhattan in January, learned the “Sherman Sock” technique, and her charity knitting for the orphanage in Akkol, Kazakhstan, may never be the same. Rarely do you see Catherine’s fingers at rest, but they’re really flying now. Here are her two mini-socks from class and an adult man’s Sherman Sock that was probably finished before she got home from New York City.
Bonnie knit up hats for twins in Crystal Palace’s Mochi Plus “Intense Rainbow,” their most popular color. So cute! Those little ones will never get lost in a snow storm…
Also on her to-knit list are a young lady and her brand new baby sister. Their latest made-by-Bonnie handknits are this sweet, cap-sleeved Spring Garden Tee* from Alana Dakos for big sister and the Gift Wrap Sweater* from Carina Spencer for little sister. The yarn is Classic Elite’s Seedling.
Bonnie does actually knit for her family, too. Her son Noah is shown here enjoying his Cascade Cloud Bandana Cowl. At least we think this is Noah…
For herself, Bonnie made this irresistable Cowboy Cowl* by Pam Powers in some madelinetosh worsted that called out to her from her stash. Great button choice – from GYI!, of course.
Joan T. worked up our Queen Bee Cowl* in Lana Vida’s Francesca, then kicked it up a notch by tossing the FO in the dryer to felt it ever so slightly to make it even toastier and trendier.
Another Fibre Company sighting – Joan T. used their Acadia for the grey pair of mitts on the left and Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere for the pair on the right. Both are Churchmouse Yarns’ Welted Fingerless Gloves*, which, clearly, is another one you’ll have a hard time making only once.
Joanne has added yet another delightful piece to the ensemble she’s been making from Dolce Merino for her niece, shown earlier in this post and this one. This elegant cowl is actually A Noble Cowl, another free download on Ravelry. You go, Aunt Joanne!
Mary Jane’s Snow Drift* from Tree Knitter Designs is another graceful cowl that is a great showcase for great yarn – in this case, yarns. Madelinetosh DK was held together with Shibui Silk Cloud. The funnel-neck can be pulled up to cover your head if it gets very snowy and drifty. I think I need one of these…
Rose made a rose-colored little cardi for a special newborn and chose our pretty little pewter buttons as the finishing touch. Finished just in time, the yarn is Liberty Wool from Classic Elite, the pattern, Knitting Pure & Simple’s Baby Cardigan*. This FO is sweeter than sweet.
Joan T. also had a due date deadline in mind when she chose the Chevron Baby Blanket pattern from Purl Soho and our new Cuddles from Crystal Palace, a machine washable and dryable microfiber that’s more than a worsted but barely a bulky weight. This mod blankie is so light and comfortable, it’s sure to be a favorite with both baby and mom.
Marie wore her Wingspan in last week. She said she loved working with the M&K Fame Trend, a self-shading fingering weight yarn that we also love for its softness, smoothness, and sophisticated ombré colors.
She had a second shawl with her that day, one that is a perfect way to wrap up (pun intended) this post, our Bias Fringed Shawl*. Any of our Feza yarns – Dazzle, which Marie chose, Premier, or Alp Light – are perfect for this easy project. This gem is positively calling out for a moonlit beach and palm trees rustling in an evening breeze. So just remember, winter can’t and won’t last forever. Punxsutawney Phil forecast an early spring just the other day. You’ll be needing those light, airy tops and wraps before you know it, so it’s OK to plan your summer stitching in the snow!
All patterns marked with an asterisk* are available at Gosh Yarn It!