11/17/15: If we’ve done our job…

We have a new crop of samples we hope will inspire your end-of-year knitting. We love finding patterns that are a great fit for our yarns and make up into simple-to-knit, easy-to-wear accessories. (Gift knits, anyone?) We think if we’ve done our job, then you should have only one decision left to make: which color?

We recently “re-yarned” one of our designs for our 19 colors of Wynter and Blackthorn from Classic Elite. This 50/50 blend of alpaca/wool turned out to be a great choice for the stitch pattern, which is made using the easy “knit 1 below” technique. Ask us for Wynter Queen*.

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Our Pickles Scarf* is easy enough for a new knitter. Again, if there’s a hard part, it’s picking your colors of a silk/mohair to go with a DK or worsted. You can skip the silk/mohair if you like, but we love the luxurious halo it adds. This triangular scarf (or is it a shawl? or a cowl?) is the quickest of knits on big needles. If you make one for a friend, you may find yourself filling orders for others.

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Catherine played matchmaker for our shades of Shibui Silk Cloud and found some great pairings:

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The Ashburn* shawl from Melanie Berg may not qualify as a “quick knit,” but I want to use Jill’s Ashburn to show the power of different color palettes. Here it is draped, drapier, and drapiest in navy, taupe, and magenta fingering weight Superfine 400 alpaca:

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Fuchsia, navy, and ash grey (below) would be very similar but just as effective. But three heathery shades of green and blue could take the shawl in a whole new direction.

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What about lime green, sky blue, and cornflower blue? Or chocolate, scarlet, and garnet? Or perhaps smoke grey, ivory, and gold?

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To get these combos, I just went over to our shelf and took down random skeins of Superfine 400 and played mix & match. Never think “I’m not good at picking colors.” Whatever takes a project from meh to oh, my! is right for you.

And we’re back to speedy projects: a one-row mistake rib pattern makes our No Mistake Scarf* almost foolproof. Remember those colors of Superfine 400, above? Holding two strands together means you can play with ombré shading by dropping one strand and picking up another of a second color. As written, the pattern calls for two colors, but three would not be a crowd. And you could just as easily make it using a single strand of DK or worsted weight, too. It makes a cozy muffler for a gentleman or a longer girlfriend scarf. It will be done before the holidays, that’s for sure.

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Now for something even speedier: Welted Cowl & Infinity Loop* from Churchmouse Classics. Again, two colors – they could easily have been two solids, but we chose two shades of self-striping Plymouth Gina instead. We just re-stocked the most popular Gina brights, by the way. Our sample is the shorter 24″ version; there’s also a 48″ infinity loop version. This project could be a one night stand.

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Saving the best for last, here are Catherine’s three latest hats from her 12 Weeks of Hats project. Her Op Top beret from Alexis Winslow uses Classic Elite Telluride, a luxurious alpaca/linen/Donegal wool blend.

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Hannah just may be the perfect ponytail hat, as demonstrated here by Kady. Blake Ehrlich’s design is a natural for Classic Elite Wynter and Blackthorn. Grab two fun buttons, and cross the ponytail-wearers off your gift list.

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And then there’s Barley, just about the cutest beanie we know of for noggins from newborn to grandpa-sized. Check out the entire Tin Can Knits Simple Collection. Catherine knit hers in Berroco Vintage, so easy-care meets easy-wear. You can’t go wrong with this one.

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Time for your colorful FOs. If you’re familiar with Jocelyn Tunney’s sample of her own design (below left) then you’re familiar with Mariscos in a quiet color palette. Bonnie’s Mariscos* is delightfully loud, her colors of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend a perfect complement to a bold graphic design.

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Next is Bonnie’s Pradera*, coincidentally another Tunney design. Her yarn is Fibre Company Meadow, held double for ombré striping as in our No Mistake Scarf*.

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Bonnie clearly loves stripes, and her tour de force is her Stripe Study* combining two gradient packs of Wonderland Mad Hatter and a Mrs. Crosby Hat Box for the background color – a nice hat trick.

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Veera Välimäki’s design done in so many colors has one tiny drawback: all those ends to weave in. Don’t you love Bonnie’s matching plummy fingernails?

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Francie had more than a few ends to sew in with her Eden Prairie*, but, boy, was it worth it. She found a Manos del Uruguay Alegria, a Cascade Heritage Sock, and a tosh merino light for this masterpiece, a Nancy Whitman design.

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Not enough color for you? Brigid’s Frostline takes seven colors of Manos del Uruguay Maxima to the max.

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Brigid’s version of Amy Miller’s pattern is hot, hot, hot. And it’s going to keep her warm. warm, warm.

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Mary Ellen’s Button Front Baby Pullover* is every bit as jazzy but gets its colors from the Knitcol self-patterning yarn, making an easy pattern from Knitting Pure & Simple even easier.

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Joanne picked one of Catherine’s picks, Melissa LaBarre’s Stella’s Hatand picked a cheery cardinal red Berroco Vintage for her yarn.

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Stephanie made true fingerless gloves with tosh vintage. Not fingerless mitts – fingerless gloves that will keep one knuckle warm. The name of the pattern is a tongue twister, Parthenocissus* from Raven Knits Design. If you’re wondering, that’s “the genus that produces such familiar vining plants as Virginia Creeper, Boston Ivy and Grape Woodbine.” And cables.

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A suitably colorful ending to this post is this quartet of fun crocheted hats from Adriana, all made with Berroco Vintage using a personal pattern. Wonder who gets the one with the pompom!

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

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