Make It Now! Week 2

Welcome back to Make It Now! Our Make It Now! patterns are chosen with the need for speed in mind. They are easy-to-stitch accessories that we’re pretty sure you will enjoy making as much as wearing (or giving). Every Thursday through December 12, we’ll post new suggestions here on the blog. Through Saturday, December 21, all yarn purchased specifically for any pattern in this collection will be discounted 10%.

Anne Hanson is the designer of this pretty little scarf, Cabled Keyhole Scarf*. Our Road to China Light and madelinetosh tosh dk happen to be two of the suggested yarns. Serenity DK from Zen Yarn Garden (90% superwash merino/10% cashmere) would be another great choice, as would the machine washable Trendsetter Merino VI.

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Our very own Carolyn Kern’s Two by Two by Two* is another featured pattern this week, written for both fingering and laceweight yarn held double. Choose either a not-too-variegated hand dyed yarn or a solid. Madelinetosh merino light would be a nice choice for the former, and several of our Shibui yarns would work for the latter: Staccato, Pebble held double, or Cima held with Silk Cloud. We also have a limited supply of the Filatura di Crosa Nirvana and Superior Carolyn used for one of her models.

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Frostlight by Robin Ulrich is for adventurous new knitters and more experienced stitchers looking for a “mindless” project. With just a four row repeat, this design was written for worsted weight yarn. From Berroco Vintage to madelinetosh tosh vintage, you’ll have plenty of yarn options for this one.

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What about crochet, you say? Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf is a free pattern from Tamara Kelly. It has Plymouth Gina written all over it.

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Gina’s the same soft self striping 100% wool worsted Catherine used for her Inspira*, another Make It Now! pattern.

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Finally, Marshmallow* is a cuter-than-cute fingerless glove pattern. Our sample is knit from Red Dog Wool, “gently processed” 100% worsted wool from Tunis/Clun Forest cross sheep in nearby Montrose, PA.

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Now it’s time to switch back from our almost-winter pattern ideas to some late summer/early fall FOs, many completed during summer camp. Deb wove this handsome scarf with SMC Tweed Deluxe.

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Leaving her loom for awhile, Deb picked up her crochet hook to make this adorable Dragon Draco by Veronika Masek with Berroco Weekend DK.

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Joan T. elaborated on the simple theme of the pattern L.1 by Antonia Shankland for Shibui to create this masterpiece mink “stole” using Mimi yarn. Thanks to Mimi’s near-weightlessness, even this generously-sized scarf is light as air.

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Joan finished another of our Make It Now! patterns, Wheat, several weeks ago. Her yarn choice was SWTC Llama Lluxury. Might just be the perfect guy scarf.

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Paula used Louet KidLin for this elegant Myra cowl from Trudy Van Stralen. The all-over pattern would hold your interest from first stitch to last.

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Stephanie made this distinctively shaped Westminster* shawlette by Toby Roxane Barna with Shalimar Yarns Breathless, a 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk fingering yarn. Lace and garter never looked so good together.

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Blue seems to have been the color of Summer 2013. Here is Alice’s stitch-perfect Imagine When*, one of Joji Locatelli’s designs. Again, Mimi makes it incredibly soft and airy.

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And a second stunning FO from Alice, Mizutama* from Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

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11.20.13.01Tina used Three Irish Girls Springvale Worsted for her Skeleton Key Slouchie Tam* by Simone Van Iderstine. My flourescent-lit picture at left just doesn’t do it justice. Her project page on Ravelry shows it off much better, photographed outdoors.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may be thinking, is that the same Tina who makes those amazing lace shawls? Why, yes it is. Below is another of Tina’s FOs, Leaves of Grass* by Jared Flood, knit in lace weight Jaggerspun Zephyr. Take as long as you like to admire…

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Shelly chose HPKY Precious for Connie Devlin’s Paintbrush Lace Cowl*. Yup, “precious” says it all.

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With the little bit of leftover yarn and a big helping of creativity, she made these matching wristlets.11.20.13.29

Hard to believe the same person who knit the luxe cowl and wristlets above also created the next FO, but it’s true. With Cotton Supreme from Universal Yarns and a sense of humor, Shelly whipped up one of Kimberly Golynskiy’s Bruce & Norm, the Despicable Minions. Which one, I’m not sure.

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Liberty Wool was Jane’s choice for this Desdemona Beaded Lace Shawl* by Katie Rose Pryal. It was made as a wedding shawl for a friend. Lucky friend! Can you see the clear crystal bead carefully centered in each motif?

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Wanda joined a mystery KAL to make this Leaf Evolution Shawl by Tetiana Otruta. She used Holiday Yarns FlockSock in the color “Articado.” What a nice surprise!

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Here is another Wanda creation, the Zig Zag Pullover from a back issue of Love of Knitting. The yarn is our soft machine washable microfiber bulky, Cuddles from Crystal Palace Yarns.

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Molly found the pattern for her Simple Garter Vest in another magazine. She used a kettle dyed Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica for it. Here she is, proudly modeling her lovely handiwork.

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Carol spent quite some time in the shop carefully assembling a paintbox of yarns for this stole. She did a wonderful job blending textures, colors, and yarn styles. I see some Magnolia, Grace, Captiva, and even some Wool Clasica in there. We like to say, It’s all about the yarn, and this FO proves the point.

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Jill B.’s Playful Stripes Cardigan* by Alana Dakos is just that. I love her color choices in the Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. The picot edging on the hems is a charming modification to the original pattern.

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Kathy cast on an even number of stitches and knit away in seed stitch for her Seed Stitch Cowl, similar to the GAP-tastic Cowl. The inclusion of a soft mohair/silk added a little touch of luxury.

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Two cowl shop samples recently came off Jill’s and my needles. I knit the free pattern Chalet Cowl by Susan Mills using Berroco Borealis, left, and really fell in love with this yarn in the process. Jill knit the Boreas cowl from Laura Patterson, on right, with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush. As soft as angora and only $6.99 for 100 yards, the Brush won’t be around for long during gift-knitting season.

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Speaking of gifts, I completed a Citron recently. I used the modification from Sally Melville’s blog (scroll down a bit), which is to use a double increase rather than a single to produce puffier ruched bands. The yarn is my fav Jaggerspun Zephyr. Jill made the adorable Tin Can Knits  Antler Cardigan* on the right for a grandchild.

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Charlotte tells me she had as much fun making her Gradient as I did mine. Who wouldn’t love knitting with three strands of Silk Cloud held together? This has to be one of my favorite color combinations so far.

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I’ll close with Bonnie’s show stopper, Laura Aylor’s All the Shades of Truth* in Mimi mink. Lots and lots of Mimi mink. Spectacular.

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Next Thursday, more Make It Now! patterns, more FOs. Until then, remember that all patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

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