September, for me, will always be back-to-school time. The urge to buy new crayons may be strong, but these days I “color” with yarn. Luckily, new yarns for fall keep arriving at GYI. We have new shades of Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay and now keep 17 colors in stock. Having so many to play with is just as much fun as that new box of crayons! Ten hanks of this glossy silk/wool DK are bundled together for shipping into what the women of the cooperatives in Uruguay call “muñecas” – baby dolls. Here’s how these dolls look fresh out of the box, ready for hugs.
Jill used Silk Blend for her 7 Color Scarf (left), a pattern that’s free at the shop courtesy of its designer Antonia Shankland. (I blogged about it earlier in the summer, but it definitely deserves another look.) Make it your own with more or fewer colors. A neutral palette would be just as spectacular. Simple log cabin-style striping means it’s a good beginner project. Silk Blend is the yarn of choice for a hot new pattern, Jocelyn Tunney’s Mentolat* scarf (right).
Since September is back-to-stitching time for many of us, it’s a no-brainer to stock up on new supplies. Wynter and its undyed counterpart Blackthorn are our newest yarns from Classic Elite Yarns. We’ve been looking for some time for just the right chunky weight (US 10.5-11 needles) that’s next-to-skin-soft, affordable, and available in a bright, cheery chill-chasing palette. We definitely got all that and more in Wynter. I’d love to see if I can come up with a simple stranded colorwork pattern for a cowl at this gauge. Until can I get around to that, Jen Geigley’s GAP-tastic Cowl (left) or Antonia Shankland’s Honey Cowl (right), bumped up to a US 10.5 or larger needle from a US 8, would be super in Wynter. (Or maybe a two color version of the Afrique bulky weight version of Graphica’s Inspira cowl?)
Time for your FOs! Shelly completed her elegant Hermia earlier this summer. This Alison Green pattern looks great in Shelly’s choice of Cascade Ultra Pima. Pretty details include the lace “skirt” and picot edging. Fans of mother/daughter sweaters can make the companion pattern Helena for wee ones.
Maureen made a slightly wider version of the Summer Scarf in Shibui Linen Apple and Mineral (left). If Camp GYI had a viral pattern this year, it was this Janet Avila design. It’s the kind of bug you don’t mind catching! Brigid made hers in Apple/Tar (center). Sue S.’s shot shows her own Apple/Fjord version. It may be called a “summer” scarf, but it will be just as perfect wrapped around a turtleneck in January as a cotton top in July, so it’s never too late to cast one on.
Speaking of Brigid, the next few FOs are all hers. This busy lady recently cast off her handsome Color Block Bias Wrap* from Suzanne Shaw. The yarn is Classic Elite Chalet. This stole can easily do double duty as a cowl or scarf, thanks to the soft drape of the blend of alpaca and bamboo.
Brigid held a strand of Manos Wool Clasica together with two strands of hand-dyed Colinette Parisienne mohair/nylon using our free shop pattern One by One Scarf*. This one’s not just a pretty face; it’s super soft and will be super warm.
Malabrigo Rasta wrote the book on soft and cozy. Brigid’s final FO is Joelle Hoverson’s Big Lace Scarf from the book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am not looking forward to the mercury dropping any closer to 32°F, but if it must, may I have one of these, please?
Sharon knit her Francis Revisited in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Sharon says she loves that yarn, and it will return the compliment by keeping her very comfortable this fall and winter. Beth Silverstein’s free pattern will keep her looking very stylish. (We love Ultra Alpaca, too. Look for fresh shop samples in this classic yarn coming soon to spark your imagination.)
Sue P. made this adorable Sweetheart Set for August Camp. It has “family heirloom” written all over it. Perhaps we’ll get to see it again modeled by the recipient? The hat is actually less a beanie and more a tam, but without a cute little baby head to show off the shaping, I had to be content to show off Sue’s accomplished stitching and finishing skills.
Rounding out this post is Kathy’s superb Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen. The yarn is Jojoland Consonance, 52% silk/48% cashmere, an ideal match for Kathy’s awesome lace knitting.
Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available for sale at Gosh Yarn It!