8/31/14: End-of-Summer, Part 2

There’s going to have to be a Part 3 to this summer FO showcase to fit all of your projects in! Please check back in a day or so. Here’s what I have ready now to share…

The Esjan* shawl from Stephen West is the “it” pattern here at the moment. The one that kicked off the trend was Mary Beth’s in Jilly Fingering and madelinetosh merino light. Worked at a finer gauge than the pattern called for, this is a daintier, smaller shawl. Unfortunately, I missed seeing it in person at the shop; I slurped this pretty shot of it “in the wild” from Mary Beth’s Ravelry project page.  I love the way the holes become progressively larger closer to the hem. As we all know, the more air you put into your stitching, the faster it goes!

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Joan T. just finished her own Esjan in three classic colors of Shibui Heichi, which is the pattern’s suggested weight. Accordingly, her shawl is lacier, larger, and was knit in less than a week. Who could ask for anything more?

Cheryl “inflated” her knitting when she made Keiran Foley’s Camino Bubbles, which is positively effervescent. This fabric is amazing – it almost appears woven rather than knitted. The yarn is Marks & Kattens Fame Trend in a yummy shade that reminds me of spumoni.

Joan S. also caught some air with her Rocking Chair Wrap from Louis Chicquette. Her yarn is Cascade Eco Wool. If the reference to a rocking chair is supposed to make us think of little old ladies, this beauty does exactly the opposite – very boho chic!

A trio of baby blankets next. First, Mary Lou’s charming classic buttercup yellow blankie in Berroco Vintage, our best-seller when it comes to all things baby.

Second, Brigid’s Silver and Goldby Michelle Bonner from 60 Quick Baby Blankets, our best-selling book on the subject. Brigid selected Cascade Luna, a machine washable and dryable 100% Peruvian cotton. She mastered the applied I-cord edging for this project. This one’s a real softee.

And finally Marsha’s July Camp project, a sweet blanket from the Plymouth collection of designs by JoAnne Turcotte, so-called “8 hour” patterns for worsted weight yarns held double. Marsha’s two are a variegated Cascade 220 Superwash Paints and a solid Berroco Vintage – perfect partners.

Alice also held two yarns together for her gorgeous Clinquant* by Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting. She found a perfect match in ash grey Shibui Cima with a pale ice blue madelinetosh merino light.

A marriage made in yarn heaven:

Brigid knit another of Lisa Mutch’s designs, Asunder*, with a hand-dyed Manos del Uruguay Allegria and solid Cascade Heritage Sock. The sections of stockinette and drop stitch are brilliantly delineated by the contrasting, high energy colors Brigid selected.

The jazz in Catherine’s Boneyard, a Stephen West free pattern, comes from the many shades of blue in her choice of variegated Cascade 220 Superwash Paints. The stitch repeat is like a musical staff – ridged lines of garter separating stockinette spaces, a great choice for a yarn with this many color notes. This is one of two (two!) shawls Catherine made for July Camp.

Her other camp project is her Magic Three-Yarn Scarf and Shawl*, which harmonizes two colors of Geilsk Tweed with sparkly mohair Trendsetter Dune. Even photographing on a hot day, I was tempted to wrap myself up in it because it was so soft and luxurious.

Brigid followed the same pattern, also choosing Dune, but she combined it with a Trendsetter Merino VI and a Manos Wool Clasica. Every bit as inviting as Catherine’s and generously sized, this one is also ready for hot cocoa and marshmallow season.

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If it looks easy, it is. The Magic Three-Yarn pattern would be an ideal scarf or shawl project for a new knitter.

Below left, Nancy’s Top Down Trapeze Sweater #128* from Diane Soucy. Nancy finished it after taking a class here at the shop, and it is a winner. An absolutely perfect fit, and – dare I say it? – it does not look hand made. She is going to get a lot of wear and a lot of compliments with this one. You can say the same about her Easy Folded Poncho* from Churchmouse, knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, below right. Nancy made it her very own with the addition of a 10 stitch “bavarian twist” panel along one side, a neat trick she picked up in a workshop with Franklin Habit. No wonder she’s smiling!

Here’s that surprise twist edging:

When Sharon made Hannah Fettig’s Whisper Cardigan, she held two yarns together, Filatura di Crosa Superior and her own lace handspun. She also made modifications to the pattern (which is intended to be not much larger than a shrug) to be certain of getting a sweater that fit her just the way she wanted it to. I’d say she was 100% successful!

Details, details…

Shelly knit our spring green shop sample of Vera Sanon’s Summer-Tea Shirt* in Cascade Ultra Pima, a 100% glossy Peruvian cotton, machine washable and dryable. It’s been a huge hit since the day it arrived. She said she enjoyed knitting it so much, she would be making one for herself. So it was no surprise when Shelly walked in a short while later wearing a her own sleek Summer-Tea in Cascade Ultra Pima in a steel color.

A skein of our OOAK hand-dyed Serenity Silk + lace weight from Zen Yarn Garden inspired Shelly to make up her own pattern for this möbius cowl. She chose a simple drop stitch pattern, knit a rectangle, gave it a twist, and seamed the two ends to make a loop. How much easier and more elegant can you get?

Shelly went back to following other people’s patterns with this comfortable and classy Matterhorn Cowl* in madelinetosh tosh vintage. This squeezably soft yarn’s tight twist ensures great stitch definition, just what you want for an all-over cable pattern such as this. The designer is Mari Chiba.

The Empalme* cowl by Cassandra Milani has a secret weapon: short row shaping makes it a very easy cowl to wear, either as a single or double loop. Joanne picked out this brilliant blue Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay for her elegant Empalme.

Sue likes blue, too. Here is her sporty Silver Lining Hat by Kirsten Hipsky. This is a completely reversible cap. It’s knit in a capsule shape, half one color and half another, and then one end is pushed inside the other. Sue used two shades of madelinetosh tosh merino light.


Kady made this cute Teddy Bear woobie for her nephew. Grandmother Mimi might have helped with the embroidery on that adorable face.

I checked Baby Surprise Jacket* off my Knitting Bucket List with this one. The yarn is Trendsetter Merino VI. Warning: BSJs are addictive. You will be seeing more!

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




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