05/15/17: Linens & things.

Attending baby showers this summer? Our Guernsey Baby Blanket would make a wonderful, welcome gift. Our directions turn Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap* into a stroller blanket (30×30″) and are free with your in-store purchase of the original pattern. Our sample was knit with 3 skeins of worsted weight Modern Cotton by Berroco, keeping the project under $30. It’s a bright and shiny machine washable Pima cotton/Modal rayon blend that both babies and parents will love all year long.

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For a larger wool-blend blanket, try Berroco Vintage Chunky. It’s also machine washable and just as snuggly soft. It will knit up quickly with a few repeats of the pattern eliminated (based on your gauge) on US 10.5-11 needles.

New Yarn Alert: Solo Lino from Lana Grossa is a blend of 80% “recycled” linen and 20% linen flax. If no linen yarn has ever won you over, get ready! It has already stolen our hearts. It is labeled a DK weight for US 4-6, but we swatched up as far as a US 8 and loved the fabric it made at every gauge. Summer garments in Solo Lino will feel and look cool, with the drape and luster of silk. But it would also be ideal for warm weather shawls and scarves, such as the popular Summer Scarf.

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From the Solo Lino Filati Lino pattern booklet…

Solo Lino Collage

There’s still plenty of time to join this month’s KAL for Carolyn Kern’s snappy new design Multi-Pane Mittens*. Get the pattern free this month with your yarn purchase. Carolyn’s sample is done in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, but Berroco Ultra Wool and Vintage would also be great choices for these stranded mitts. Read all about the knit-along and get tips from Carolyn herself (including a mini tutorial for that clever afterthought thumb) in our KAL discussion thread on Ravelry.

Multi-Pane Mittens - Afterthought Thumb

One of the (many) things to love about hand-knit socks is the ease with which they can be custom fit to the wearer’s foot. High arch? Narrow foot? Slender calf? No problem! The two pairs below are Bonnie’s original creations in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. This pair is for someone with a very wide foot, ankle, and calf…

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…while this pair fits an average foot but has an extra-long ribbed cuff.

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Never made socks? Probably you’ve never worn hand-knit socks, either? Once you do, you don’t go back! Take our top-down and toe-up sock classes this summer and find out what you’ve been missing.

Deb needed a light layer for a wedding outfit and made a wonderful pattern choice in Silver Frost* by Bonnie Sennott in Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud.

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The designer herself calls the yarn combination “airy and light, yet deliciously cozy and warm.” Couldn’t have said it better.

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Deb chose a shade of Silk Cloud just a bit paler than the Cima, which created beautiful textural depth. So elegant!

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

 

 

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