01/03/17: Make your own first.

Maybe the best advice we can give for the New Year is some you may have heard before:

If needed, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead compartment… Place the mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally... If you are traveling with children or anyone needing special assistance, put your own mask on first before assisting others.

That’s right. You’ve been stitching for other folks long enough. Take January off. Make something just for yourself. Make something you love, without worrying whether anyone else will like it, too.

Start by cozying up to these Coda arm warmers by Darcy Cameron and Shellie Anderson that use one skein each of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk/mohair) and Cima (alpaca/merino).

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The pattern is our gift to you with yarn purchase. You’ll save 10% during January, making Coda an under-$35 project, and we have 10 color pairings of luxurious Silk Cloud and Cima to choose from.

After knitting/crocheting for everyone else over the last few weeks, remember the hours you spend on each project, the care you lavish on every stitch. Start 2017 by making for the truly deserving: you!


(Above, clockwise from top left) Shibui shades Imperial, Brass, Tango, and Cove – 4 of 10 combinations we have in stock.


Your response to our new Arne & Carlos colors of Regia sock yarn has been absolutely outstanding. After all, who doesn’t love self-patterning yarn? Below, Bonnie’s first top down sock, fresh from the needles, in color #03760, and Catherine’s fingerless mitt in color #02462, proving sock yarn is for more than just socks!

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Malabrigo Chunky also hit our shelves on the eve of the holidays and became an instant favorite for its bright hand-dyed colors, merino wool softness, and fast 3 stitches-to-the-inch gauge (that’s fast!).


Sharon made four Chunky hats in no time, all free patterns on Ravelry (Below, clockwise from top left): Robin’s Egg Blue Hat (Rachel Iufer), Bulky Waffle Hat (Linda Suda), Wavy Moss Hat (Cedar Box Knits), and  Northward (Tin Can Knits).


Here is our new shop sample of Arika*, a spectacularly comfortable and easy to wear bandana-style cowl by Jane Richmond. It used two balls of cushy Alta Moda Cashmere 16, making it a $30 project. Arika would be perfect for two skeins of Malabrigo Chunky, too.

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I’ve been wearing my Spiced Cocoa Mitts* pretty much non-stop since finishing them in November. I used Rios from Malabrigo and am impressed how hard-wearing it is. I made mine longer by knitting additional rounds of garter stitch.


Laura Aylor’s pattern is easily customizable. Renee’s pretty mitts (below left) show how the pattern works up as written. Her yarn is madelinetosh Tosh DK in Kitten. Bonnie’s, in Malabrigo Rios English Rose, have an extra long fold-over top to allow texting.

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Bonnie tweaked a few different flip-top mitten patterns to create these originals, which use Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud. I love the flip-top thumb!

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Another Bonnie original, here is a fun scarf made with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. It has some narrow stripes, some wide stripes, some variegated yarn, ribbing and ruffles. Doesn’t it make you want to toss the patterns out the window and just play with yarn?

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Speaking of playing, Linda made this amazing reversible Musicowl for her piano teacher. Wow! The pattern was designed by Deborah Tomasello. Linda’s yarn is, appropriately enough, Shibui Staccato.

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Joanne whipped up JM Cobb’s Wee Socks for Wee Feet out of cuddly Sirdar Snuggly DK.


She also completed this toasty pair of Welted Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse using Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK.


Laurie’s Braidsmaid* from Martina Behm is a show stopper in madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Robin Red Breast.


Bonnie used “some fuzzy stash yarn” for this upsized Madison Scarf, proving that a good pattern can work with any size yarn. Written for lace weight, Suzanne Middlebrooks’ Madison Scarf needed only an adjustment to the number of stitches cast on to become this warm bulky weight wrap.


Finally, here’s a shout out to all our customers who contributed hats to Misericordia University’s Women with Children Program in December. Jane Jones put out the call for caps for the kids, and GYI served as a collection point. A big, warm thank you to Bonnie, Brigid, Francie, Marsha, Sharon, Wanda, and Jane herself.


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

12/06/16: Make this scarf.

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You’ll be so glad you did. It’s a pattern that’s impossible to forget, just so many knits followed by so many purls, over and over.

Don’t want this grand a scarf? Cast on fewer stitches* and shorten it up to have it ready in plenty of time to be tied up with a bow. Make it wider for a wrap or stole. Make a quick baby blanket when you knit it as a square, or make it a bit longer for a comfy afghan. That’s how easy and versatile this pattern – Broken Garter – can be. It’s enjoying the spotlight right now thanks to the success of Sequence Knitting by Cecilia Campochiaro.

Here are the instructions for our scarf, which was made with delicious Fibre Company Acadia:

2 skeins each of 2 colors Fibre Company Acadia (60% wool/20% alpaca/20% silk; 50g/145 yards) for body of scarf + approx. 10 yards contrast color for edging
or 590 yards total similar DK/light worsted weight yarn
Sample worked in Granite, Thunder Bay, and Poppy
US 8 needle
9.5” x 80” after blocking
*To alter width, cast on more or fewer stitches in multiples of 14 + 7.
C1    Color 1
C2    Color 2
CC    Contrast color for edging
k       knit
p       purl

Pattern :
With CC, cast on 49 stitches.
Pattern Row (Row 1 and every row): [k7, p7], repeat [ ] twice more to last 7 stitches, k7.
Work 4 pattern rows total in CC.
Cut CC, pick up C1 and work 2 pattern rows.
Drop C1, pick up C2 and work 2 pattern rows.
Repeat sequence of 2 pattern rows C1 followed by 2 pattern rows C2 to desired length, ending with C1. Cut C1 and C2, pick up CC and work 4 pattern rows. Bind off loosely in pattern on next row with CC.
When switching between C1 and C2, leave the “old” yarn hanging to the back and take up the “new” yarn from 2 rows below, trapping the “old” strand against the edge. When cutting yarn, leave at least a 6-8” tail to allow the yarn end to be woven in with a darning needle.


Here’s another easy-repeat pattern for a slightly more adventurous knitter, Jill’s worsted weight adaptation of Christy Kamm’s ZickZack Scarf:


Follow the original pattern, written for fingering weight yarn, but cast on 60 stitches rather than 96. That’s it.Jill used Cascade Melilla and a US 8 for her 10½ x 60″ scarf.  If you’d like the full written pattern, it’s free with a purchase of Melilla or Lang Viva, another of our self-striping worsteds.

It’s easy to fall in love with the hand-dyed wonderfulness of Wonderland Queen of Hearts merino/cashmere/nylon sock yarn in the skein, but how does it knit up? We can thank Francie for sharing her in-progress toe-up socks to see it’s just as spectacular on the needles.


A recent class covered top-down sweater knitting basics using the free pattern Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk. This is a teeny tiny sweater for a newborn, but the designer also offers an upsized version for children up to 2 years, Beyond Puerperium*. Here’s my class sample in tosh dk from madelinetosh. If you’re a button lover, how can you resist?


And Renee’s, also in tosh dk, color Liquid Gold. She said she had fun finding just the perfect tiger eye buttons and making a wee matching Barley hat from tincanknits.


Joanne took Carolyn Kern’s Baa-ble Hat* class on getting gauge in stranded knitting. Her fanciful flock was made with Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers.


Stephanie stranded Acadia from the Fibre Company for her #09 Fair Isle Cowl. (Gudrun Johnston’s pattern appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting.) How could I not snap both the handsome outside and the handsome inside, too?

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Wanda fell hard for cozy Malabrigo Caracol in the stunning black & white colorway. With it she made Merlene Paynter’s 2 Hour Cozy Cowl


…and Taiga Hilliard’s Twindom shawl, both free patterns on Ravelry.

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Bonnie used a smoky grey gradient pack of Queen of Hearts mini skeins from Wonderland for her elegant Herald* from designer Janina Kallio.

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The Endless Wrap* from Sylvia Hager for Blue Sky Fibers was easily the most popular pattern in the shop this fall – but it isn’t called “endless” for nothing. Joan came up with a brilliant idea for taming her lovely wrap in Cast Iron to make it both stylish and simple to wear: a repositionable Jūl leather closure.

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Just a toss over the shoulder and it’s good to go.


Below, Joan’s Endless Wrap, unbound.


I knit Carolyn Kern’s cable-licious Just Chillin’ Hat* in tosh dk and used Carolyn’s clever button trick to add a removable pompom. Sans and avec:

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Jenny Gordy’s Doe Cap is almost too cute for words. Tina chose Classic Alpaca from the Alpaca Yarn Company for hers. Lucky is the baby who receives this sweet little cap.


And, with the season of giving upon us, it’s fitting to end with Brigid’s jolly Christmas stocking in Cascade Pacific Chunky. The pattern is Diane Soucy’s #277 Easy Christmas Stocking*. She’s now working on stocking #2 and says in the new year she’ll be ready to trade her US 10s for 1s and knit her first pair of real socks!


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


11/22/16: Save room for yarn!


10/26/16: Take 100 stitches…

Here’s a free cowl pattern we hope you’ll want to make again and again. The stitch pattern will work well with any size yarn; we made ours in bulky on 100 stitches. It’s simple enough for a new knitter and looks great made up either in solid or striping/variegated yarns – or both together!

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Shown above in bulky weight yarn, adaptable for any yarn & needle size (See Note on Gauge, below)
Yarn: 240 yards bulky weight yarn
Sample made with 2 balls Lana Grossa Alta Moda Cashmere 16 (50g/110m), colors 07 & 10, and US #10.75/7mm needle
Finished Size: 9” x 33”
Needles/Notions: 24” circular US #11/8mm or size appropriate to your yarn
Ring marker
Cast on 100 stitches using the Long Tail cast on method.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Place a ring marker at end of round and slip at the start of each round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: [Knit 1, Purl 1]; repeat [ ] to end of round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to desired length, ending after Round 2. If changing colors, change to new color at the start of Round 1.
Bind off in purl as follows: purl first two stitches of round, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch. Purl 1, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch; repeat until one stitch remains.
Cut yarn, leaving about a 6” tail, and secure tail by pulling through last stitch.
Finishing: Weave at least 2-2½” of each yarn tail into fabric with a darning needle. Soak in cool water, blot dry on towels, and lay flat to air dry. To prevent creases, insert a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels inside each edge, much like a scroll, and roll the cowl over several times as it dries.
Note on Gauge: This pattern is easily adapted for smaller or bigger yarn. You’ll need to check the suggested size needle and gauge for your yarn (typically the number of stitches worked over 4” in stockinette) and cast on an even number of stitches for desired circumference for your cowl. For example, the gauge for worsted weight yarn is often listed as 18 stitches = 4” on a US #8/5mm. For a 33” cowl at this gauge, cast on 148 stitches. Yardage needed to complete project will go up as needle size goes down. 

10-25-16-13Here’s something else we love, Carolyn Kern’s Thompson River Socks, which appeared this fall in the 20th Anniversary edition of Interweave Knits. These worsted weight socks will keep your feet warm and stylish with a little colorwork, some cables, and knit and purl gansey patterning. Carolyn will teach a 2-part workshop in making these toe-up beauties on November 12 & 19. Both sessions will meet 1:00-3:00 p.m. The pattern is sized for child (shown in red), adult female, and adult male (shown in grey).

We are offering a kit to make the grey version with enough HiKoo Sueño worsted yarn to make a pair in the largest size (8¾” foot circumference, 10½” foot length) for $38. Kit may be purchased without class registration, but you really don’t want to miss this chance to learn from the designer herself. Congratulations, Carolyn, on having your design published in an issue of Knits that is sure to become a collector’s edition.

And congratulations to newlywed Rachel! Here she is on Her Day in her spectacularly beautiful wedding shawl knit in Jaggerspun Zephyr. (She not only made her own shawl, she grew the flowers for her bouquet, too!)


Catherine also chose a rich, deep purple for her Guernsey Wrap* from Jared Flood. The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted, and it does a great job of showing off Catherine’s stitches in patterns drawn from traditional Guernsey fishermen’s sweaters.


More royal purple! Joanne modified MJ Kim’s Claudia hat pattern, giving it a pompom topper. Her yarn is Simplinatural from HiKoo.


Did you see Joanne’s baby hat in the last post? Here are the matching socks, which have the lace pattern from the hat on the leg (which had to be knit in the toe-to-cuff direction) with the foot portion of JM Cobb’s free pattern Wee Socks for Wee Feet (which had to be knit in the cuff-to-toe direction). To accomplish this, Joanne used a provisional cast on for the sock just above the heel flap and knit down to the toe. She then picked up the ankle stitches from the cast on and knit up to the cuff. That’s really using your knitting know-how!


Ann Weaver’s Yipes Stripes Cowl* is a sampler of different techniques for striping, which include a turned hem, slipped stitches, and a two-color bind off. Jane took a class with Ann Weaver and made hers with Rowan Pure Wool and stash yarn.


Let’s take a closer look at all those cool ways to stripe up your knitting:

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The stripes in my Herald*, from designer Janina Kallio, come from five colors of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock.

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I never thought I’d ever knit with yarn the color of Cheetos®, but I absolutely loved making this. We have these colors in stock if you’d like your own happy-making Herald.

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Joan is doubling down on her striping, thanks to the wonderful “new” technique of Sequence Knitting. Here is her own original personal cowl pattern worked in a broken garter rib in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. Don’t you love the contrast sections of solid grey and barn red?

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We’re trying to do our part to spread the good news of Sequence Knitting, too. Right now we are sampling a new shop pattern for a scarf that would be both a great first knitting project and a satisfying “autopilot” knit for a more experienced knitter. We’re using silky Acadia from Fibre Company. It’s about half finished, so if you visit us soon, you’re welcome to pick it up, knit a few rows, and become a convert to Sequence Knitting. The pattern will appear here in the blog soon.


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

10/15/16: Make America knit again.

An LYS in Oklahoma has a special promotion going right now, Make America Knit Again. I like the slogan just on face value and the idea that knitters and crocheters can inspire others to take up their craft and make more “makers” in this country. The best way I can think of to do that is to wear and show off your handmade items out there in public, on the street, in your workplace, in the homes of friends and family. Who knows how many folks you could inspire? (Don’t want to teach them yourself? Just send them our way.) The FOs this time around would inspire anyone to pick up needles and yarn.

Brigid’s Sasha Wrap* is the very first FO made with our new Alta Moda Cashmere 16. I only wish you could swipe your screen to feel how soft this one is. The tagua nut button gives it just the perfect finish. Designer is Sarah Smuland.


Another project of Brigid’s shows not only that this knitter has a flair for picking just the right finishing touch but also knows her way around hand-dyed yarns. Her Georgetown Poncho* from Martha Wissing was made with Tosh Vintage from madelinetosh. She expertly alternated skeins to avoid color pooling.


Her choice of JŪL buttons, to offset the neckline and create “sleeves” at the sides, was genius!

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Brigid’s third and final FO this post is Whipped Berries, a free pattern from SplitStitch Designs. Two skeins of Malabrigo Caracol made a supersized cowl that can be wrapped once or twice for extra lusciousness.

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Time to switch gears, from super bulky to lace: Wanda’s Jadis* is an ethereal beauty, designed by Susanna IC. Wanda used Freia Lace.

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And, of course, there are beads!


Joanne used a personal pattern for this little cutie hat of Sirdar Snuggly.


Our newest shop sample is Jill’s Trimont Snood* in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. We tell folks wool will soften with washing, and this is a great example. Woolstok is Peruvian Highland wool and is soft in the skein, but knitting and a good soak in Soak turn it into a luxury yarn. The pattern comes from designer Sylvia Hager.


There’s a new yarn in the shop you really should see (and touch) in person: Milella from Cascade. If you like certain Japanese gradient yarns, you will love this smooth, soft blend of silk, wool, and nylon. It stripes with long stretches of deeply saturated colors. It’s always a pleasure to watch how the the colors seem to bloom right on your needles.


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


10/06/16: What’s new, Part 2

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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*.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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!

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available for sale at GYI.



9/27/16: Classes for Fall

DESIGN YOUR OWN CLASS: Private Instruction
What would you like to learn? Now you can design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or the techniques. Register for a single hour-long lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time.
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40

S A T U R D A Y   C L A S S E S

Get started knitting! Progressing at your own pace, you’ll master casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. All materials provided for first class. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit to be used either for the purchase of yarn and needles for take-home practice the day of your class or registration for a second session.
Saturday, October 1; 10:00-11:00am (also Saturday, November 5; 10:00-11:00am)
Fee: $20

Have you ever read a pattern that calls for familiar techniques and stitches, but has a construction method that you can’t quite figure out? Using Romi Hill’s strikingly graphic 2- or 3-color shawl Swoop, you’ll learn to read a pattern to preview a project from start to finish. Wrap & turn short rows will be demonstrated, and we will cast on and knit as far into the pattern as time allows.
Saturday, October 15; 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $30


A delicate lace washcloth and soap sack from designer Romi Hill make an elegant and quick one-skein gift. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up seamlessly. In this class several circular and no-graft cast ons will be demonstrated, and you will practice knitting lace in the round from both written and charted directions. (Warning: these projects are like potato chips; you may not be able to stop after making just one!) Previous experience working in the round on DPNs required.
Saturday, October 15; 2:00-4:00pm (also Wednesday, December 7; 1:30-3:30pm)
Fee: $30


THE BAA-BLE HAT: Tips & Techniques for Stranded Knitting with Carolyn Kern
Donna Smith’s design for Shetland Wool Week 2015 was the #1 queued pattern on Ravelry last year, with over 5600 projects posted. The pattern is written using an unusually tight gauge for a worsted/aran weight yarn, though, and many knitters ended up with hats that didn’t fit. Don’t let that happen to you; let Carolyn teach you all about getting gauge in Fair Isle knitting. You’ll make a colorwork swatch that simulates working in the round. She will review two-handed stranded colorwork technique; and, as time permits, demonstrate making a two color pompom with a Clover pompom maker.
Saturday, October 22; 10:00am-12:30pm
Fee: $45

puerperiumPUERPERIUM: Seamless Sweater Basics
A big name for a tiny top down cardigan sweater, Puerperium is designed to fit newborns up to 6 weeks old. It may be small, but it is an adorable introduction to seamless sweater knitting. You’ll learn the same techniques needed to make adult garments in just a few hours of knitting. (Designer Kelly Brooker also offers Beyond Puerperium, a pattern sized up to 2 years. You can easily make one for an older child after practicing on the newborn size.)
Saturday, October 22; 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $45

Get started knitting! Progressing at your own pace, you’ll master casting on, the knit and purl stitches, and binding off. All materials provided for first class. $5 of your class fee will be refunded as a store credit to be used either for the purchase of yarn and needles for take-home practice the day of your class or registration for a second session.
Saturday, November 5; 10:00-11:00am (also Saturday, October 1; 10:00-11:00am)
Fee: $20


Love brioche knitting? You’ll love learning the brioche increases and decreases in Stephen West’s Briochevron Cowl & Scarf. Make it with two colors or a main color and up to six contrast stripes. Knit flat, the I-cord cast on and bound off edges are sewn together for the cowl. Even with a short pattern motif that is easy to memorize, brioche knitting requires extra concentration, so this class includes a lunch break!
Saturday, November 5; 12:00-1:00pm/lunch break/2:00-4:00pm
Fee: $45



Designer Anne Hanson says, “here is a stash-busting, super cozy cowl to knit now for yourself and again in different shades for holiday giving—the perfect chill chaser for anyone on your list. Its intricate patterning and texture hold a little secret—in real life, it is extremely quick, easy, and entertaining to work in the round using two or three colors. Pattern includes instructions for two lengths and several color arrangements.”
Saturday, November 12; 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $30


Carolyn’s pattern for worsted weight socks was published in Interweave Knits Fall 2016. It is worked toe up and incorporates some of her favorite knitting techniques: gansey patterns, colorwork, and cables. This class is an excellent choice for a knitter who has only made cuff down socks and wants to try the toe up.  It also could be a first sock class if you have mastered knitting in the round using DPNs, 2 circular needles, or magic loop method. This is a 2-session class. The first class will cover Judy’s Magic Cast-On and beginning the chart. The second class will focus on the heel (short rows) and the cuff (colorwork), and a demonstration of a tubular bind off. Carolyn recommends using Hikoo Sueño worsted yarn. A kit will be available for an additional cost.
(2) Saturdays, November 12 & 19; 1:00-3:00pm
Fee: $60

greemybooties2BABY BOOTIES
After making one pair, you’ll want to make lots more of these cute stay-on booties to always have some on hand for baby gifts. Greemy Baby Booties is a simple pattern that is a great introduction to Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On and magic loop knitting. (Also a great way to use up odds & ends of fingering/sock weight yarn!)
Saturday, November 19; 10:30am-12:00pm (also Wednesday, November 30; 1:30-3:00pm)
Fee: $25


If we rated patterns mild, medium, or spicy, these Laura Aylor fingerless mitts would definitely be spicy! There’s plenty here to hold the interest of experienced knitters and adventurous beginners who have knit in the round before on DPNs, magic loop, or 2 circulars. All special stitches used in the design will be demonstrated.
Saturday, December 3; 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $30

We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat – how easy is that? Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one as small as you like with smaller yarn to use as an ornament or package decoration.
Saturday, December 3; 2:30-4:00pm (also Wednesday, November 16; 1:30-3:00pm)
Fee: $25


W E D N E S D A Y   C L A S S E S

wee-baby-socksMAKE YOUR FIRST SOCK
We think the ideal first sock is knit cuff down on DPNs. In this class you’ll make a single baby sock in one afternoon and master all the basics of sock construction. Pattern is Churchmouse Wee Baby Socks, an addendum to the Churchmouse Basic Socks pattern.
Wednesday, October 5; 1:30-5:30pm
Fee: $60


If flat knitting is getting old, try something new – knitting in the round. Adventurous beginners will get great practice working in the round on DPNs or magic loop with these fashionable fingerless mitts from Churchmouse. When done, they make very welcome gifts.
Wednesday, October 19; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30


Carolyn Kern’s ingenious cabled design makes a hat everyone on your gift list will love. This class is offered for newer knitters interested in learning how to knit cables and work in the round. The pattern is sized for older children, women, and men. (Pompom is optional!)
Wednesday, October 26; 1:30-3:30pm
Learn to see the structure of a good stitch so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up and repair dropped stitches, safely un-knit (“frog”), and how to fix stitches without ripping out your work.
Wednesday, November 2; 1:30-2:30pm
Fee: $15

When a pattern says join with an invisible seam, it’s time to do the Kitchener stitch. It can be used for stockinette, garter, seed stitch, ribbing, etc. In this class you’ll get an introduction to the why’s and how’s of Kitchenering and plenty of time to practice seaming both on and off the needles.
Wednesday, November 9; 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $30

LCR Socks

We went looking for the cutest tiny stocking and found that it’s knit flat – how easy is that? Once you practice making one with sport weight in class, you can make your next one as small as you like with smaller yarn to use as an ornament or package decoration.
Wednesday, November 16; 1:30-3:00pm (also Saturday, December 3; 2:30-4:00pm)
Fee: $25


greemybooties2BABY BOOTIES
After making one pair, you’ll want to make lots more of these cute stay-on booties to always have some on hand to give as baby gifts. Greemy Baby Booties is a simple pattern that is a great introduction to Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On and magic loop knitting. (Also a great way to use up odds & ends of fingering/sock weight yarn!)
Wednesday, November 30; 1:30-3:00pm  (also Saturday, November 19; 10:30am-12:00pm)
Fee: $25

A delicate lace washcloth and soap sack from designer Romi Hill make an elegant and quick one-skein gift. The washcloth is knitted from the center out to the edge, and the soap sack is knitted from the bottom up seamlessly. In this class several circular and no-graft cast ons will be demonstrated, and you will practice knitting lace in the round from both written and charted directions. (Like eating potato chips, you may not be able to stop after making just one!) Previous experience working in the round on DPNs required.
Wednesday, December 7; 1:30-3:30pm (also Saturday, October 15; 2:00-4:00pm)
Fee: $30

Photo credits: Romi Hill, Caroline Kern, Leah Williams, westknits, David Whitfield, Interweave Knits, chopped tomatoes, Laura Aylor, little cotton rabbits, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas