This post is filled with free patterns, finished projects, new yarns, and shameless plugs for fall classes we think you’ll enjoy. Make yourself comfortable and read on…
Have you seen our Wall of Fingering lately? That whole bottom row is all SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock. But you don’t have to be a sock knitter to love Tough Love. I’m mixing it with Alegria (in the middle row) for my sample of Romi Hill’s Swoop* shawl for the upcoming pattern-reading class on October 15.
You’ll never get lost in a snowstorm in this Gina Short Row Hat. Wear with a bit of slouch or as a beanie – maybe even turn up the edge for a brim? It’s knit flat and seamed. (New to the Kitchener stitch for invisible seams? Check out our Kitchenering class on November 9.) The yarn is washable merino Viva from Lang, and the pattern is free with purchase. All the Viva gradient colorways are fun and bright, but this one is rainbow bright.
Catherine used a sunset-hued shade of Malabrigo Rios for Graham, a free and easy hat pattern from Jennifer Adams, above. The cozy purple cowl is Scott Rohr’s Inclination* in soft, soft Malabrigo Caracol.
Below, Stephanie’s one-skein Caracol cowl was done in no time on #19 needles. The free pattern is the aptly named Instacowl by Melissa Thomson.
Bonnie picked Malabrigo Rios for her Nobi-Nobi* from Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Olgajazzy’s designs are always fiendishly clever, and this is no exception. The tuck stitch hat is completely reversible.
Oh, to have more live hat models! Plopping this stylish slouch hat down on a chair just does not do it justice.
I can’t wait to see FOs arrive made with the new splatter colorways of Tosh DK from madelinetosh. But the hanks are also pretty just as they are…
The newest yarn in the shop is Alta Moda Cashmere 16 from Lana Grossa. Yup, you heard that right, cashmere. It’s a won’t-break-the-bank blend of 78% virgin wool, 12% cashmere, and 10% polyamide, just enough to give the soft natural fibers a bit of extra structure. It comes in sophisticated solids and tonal shades. It’s ideal for quick cowls, hats, and scarves worked up on #11 (or bigger) needles.
Donna Smith’s Baa-ble Hat was the official pattern of Shetland Wool Week 2015, and over 5700 projects have since been posted on Ravelry. Carolyn Kern will teach her popular class on stranded knitting technique, often called colorwork or Fair Isle knitting, using the Baa-ble Hat pattern on Saturday, October 22. Here is Carolyn’s sample in Liberty Wool. Our new Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers and Rowan Pure Wool are other excellent yarn choices. Can you resist those plump little sheepy faces?
Jill adapted her stylish Pulse* for Cima and Silk Cloud from Shibui. Buy your yarn at GYI, and Antonia Shankland’s cowl/scarf pattern, originally written for DK weight yarn, is our gift to you. We have lots of Cima/Silk Cloud color pairings to choose from. The construction is much like log cabin knitting, so if you can work garter stitch and pick up from an edge, this one will be a breeze.
Beth found the pattern for Romi Hill’s Crystal Bay Shawl in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of knit.purl magazine. She did a lovely job of both knitting and blocking. Her yarn is Jilly Lace from Dream in Color.
Beth’s other FO she shared with us won the First Premium Blue Ribbon at the Harford Fair! Here is the V-neck sweater she made for her husband from HiKoo Kenzie, Diane Soucy’s Knitting Pure & Simple #247 V Neck Down Pullover for Men*.
She added some of her own touches to the pattern, including a brilliant hem that begins with several rows of 1×1 ribbing and ends in a short stockinette section for a rolled edge. (If you’d like to learn top down construction for sweaters, we have a class on Saturday, October 22. The pattern is Kelly Brooker’s Puerperium for newborns, a teeny tiny cardigan that will teach you all the basics of seamless sweater knitting in no time.) Congratulations on your winning sweater, Beth!
After the Harford Fair, came the Luzerne County Fair. I’m not a regular fair-goer, haven’t been since the kids were small, but this year we took the next generation (age 3) to her first Fair. In the Arts & Crafts building, I was delighted to find…
more ribbon winners, all Tina’s! Above, Tina’s ivory Olivia* from Suzie Sparkles in Cascade Heritage Solids and her sea glass green Islay* from Gudrun Johnston. Her Ambrelle Shrug* from Corrina Ferguson was made with a charcoal grey Baa Ram Ewe Titus.
Among the mitten and hat entries I spotted Tina’s First Place Purlish* mitts, designed by Bonnie Sennott, in Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering and Baa Ram Ewe Titus, and Peppernut Mitts*, also a Bonnie Sennott design, in Isager Alpaca 2. And there was a Just Chillin’* hat in madelinetosh Vintage beside a Delta Hat*, designed by Ella Austin. Start your own Just Chillin’ on Wednesday, October 26. This class with Carolyn Kern’s excellent pattern will polish your circular knitting skills and de-mystify cables.
But the show stopper was Tina’s Clara in Isager Alpaca 2, sporting both its blue ribbon and a purple on for Best of Show. Congratulations, Tina!
More views of Tina’s Olivia, taken on a visit to the shop…
Olivia was the August Sleepaway Camp project. Linda made one of Carolyn Kern’s June camp projects, #77 Dream Hat. The English Rose Malabrigo Rios was a great choice for this hand dye-friendly pattern.
A tale of two Madisons: Bonnie chose DK weight Fibre Co. Acadia for hers, casting on a mere 64 stitches to make it a true scarf. Gina’s Madison Scarf was made with the suggested lace weight and worked as per the pattern on 102 stitches. Her yarn is Road to China Lace, also from Fibre Co. Both are spectacular!
Bonnie dug deep into her stash for some Tahki Torino Bulky for this cute Tony Keith Baby Blanket*, designed by Taiga Hilliard. This reversible blanket is knit from the center out and would make an adorable (quick) baby gift.
Joanne also did some stash diving to find the Universal Yarn Dolce Merino and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino she used for a personal pattern she is calling Framed Lace Scarf. She picked a stitch pattern she liked from a stitch dictionary and edged it in garter stitch.
Wanda’s needles have really been flying. Her Lake Street Shawl from Sarah Braverman combined Cascade 220 Sport with some stash yarn. Her Summer Poncho from Susan Whitmore was worked entirely of Sublime Luxury Tweed DK. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous FOs and for modeling them, too, Wanda!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available for sale at GYI.