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*.

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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*.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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


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