Presenting: GYI Featured Patterns

In this post, I mentioned something we’re pretty excited about, our new Featured Patterns. Jill and Shelly Strohl, who staffs our Knit Clinic, put their heads together and cooked up this delicious idea: every month (or so), Shelly will present a finished sample of a design she has chosen to be a good workout for adventurous beginners and a comfortable stretch for more experienced knitters.

Don’t let an unfamiliar technique stop you from casting on. Shelly is happy to provide technical support for all Featured Patterns during her regular clinic times, Thursdays and 2nd and 3rd Saturdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Whenever you purchase yarn for any Featured Pattern, usually just a one or two skein project, you’ll save 20%. The patterns will all be available as in-store downloads, which means you can pick up printed copies here, plus download them to your own computer for safekeeping and have them stored in your Ravelry Library.

March’s pick is the elegant Royal Cowl, above, from Leah Michelle Designs. What might look like a complex textured fabric is really just easy 2×2 cables. I-cord edgings give a neat finish. What a perfect end-of-winter one skein project. With this cold weather refusing to budge, isn’t it time you treated your neck to something completely new and just a little luxurious?

Shelly used Cascade’s Pure Alpaca (100% baby alpaca) on US 7s for her soft sapphire blue sample. Other yarn options might be:

  • Classic Elite Magnolia (70% merino/30% silk)
  • Fibre Company Organik (70% merino/15% baby alpaca/15%silk)
  • Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK (90% merino/10% cashmere)
  • madelinetosh Vintage (100% superwash merino) socks are more to your liking, don’t forget last month’s Featured Pattern, Chrissy Gardiner’s True Love, which Shelly worked up in Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat fingering in a rosy pink called Un-Birthday. Love those romantic cabled “hearts.”

What pattern will Shelly spotlight for April? We’ll just have to wait and see!


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