Labor Day Hours

by Craig on August 27, 2015

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We’ll be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7, 2015 for Labor Day. Have a great end-of-summer weekend!

Beyond Stockinette Hat Knitalong

by Craig on August 26, 2015

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Every winter I want a hat knit in a fine weight yarn. By the time I think of it, it’s cold and I’ve got a few projects on the needles, so I reach for something heavier, usually worsted weight, and whip up a hat for myself. And, because time is of the essence, I tend to knit myself the same hat – ribbed brim and stockinette crown.

It occurred to me the other day that if I start now, I can have the hat I’ve been wanting when fall arrives. And instead of knitting another hat like all the others, I thought I’d challenge myself to go beyond stockinette.

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Rather than picking just one design, I thought we’d have a knitalong where we all use fingering weight yarn for a hat that uses a stitch pattern, cables, or lace. I found a few that I like and posted pictures and links to the patterns below.

We’ll begin September 1 and end on September 27. I’ll be using one of two new yarns from Geilsk – Tweed or Wool Cotton. Both are 10% off for the knitalong. In-store, just let us know you’re buying yarn for the knitalong. Online, use code BSHK.

Everyone who posts a picture of their finished hat in the KAL thread of our Ravelry group by September 27, 2015 will be eligible to win a $20 gift card to Loop!

PATTERN IDEAS

Here are a few hat patterns I found that I really like. You can pick any pattern you like, just remember it has to have a stitch pattern, cables, or lace to be eligible for the gift card drawing.

Ahull-by-Alicia-Plummer

Ahull by Alicia Plummer

Bristol-Hat-by-Amy-Christoffers

Bristol Hat by Amy Christoffers

Fish-by-Tora-Froseth

Fish by Tora Froseth

Frick-Frick-Beret-by-Pamela-Wynne

Frick Frick BERET! by Pamela Wynne

Jaffrey-by-Michele-Wang

Jaffrey by Michele Wang

Norby-by-Gudrun-Johnston

Norby by Gudrun Johnston

Rustling Leaves Beret-by-Alana-Dakos

Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos

Join us on Ravelry and let us know your yarn and pattern choice (or let us know what you’re considering) and get ready to begin. And if you’re nearby, join us on Sundays from 2-4pm to work on your hat. I hope you’ll knit along with us!

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Take a Class with Norah Gaughan!

by Craig on August 13, 2015

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Norah Gaughan

We are thrilled to announce that knitwear designer Norah Gaughan will be teaching at Loop on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015.

Norah is one of the industry’s best. Her ground-breaking book Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature (or in paperback) is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it was released in 2006. In it, Norah combines her love of science and art (she majored in biology and art at Brown University) taking her inspiration from shapes found in nature.

Knitting Nature

Norah is also the author of Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans and Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers.

She has designed for many yarn companies and was the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years, where she published fifteen eponymous booklets.

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a few of Norah’s designs for Brooklyn Tweed, from L to R: Nomad, Marshal, and Denali; photos by Jared Flood

Last year, Norah joined the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team. Now we get designs from one of our favorite designers in two of our favorite yarns!

To make this most of Norah’s visit, we’re going to keep the classes small. They’ll fill quickly, so please call us at 215-893-9939 to register right away!

CABLE DESIGN
$150 – Saturday, October 3 from 10am-5pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Explore innovative cable crossings and “drawing” with cables. Norah will show you how, by using a few different types of cables as building blocks, you can design an infinite number of cables.

After practice putting cable symbols to paper, you’ll design your own Ogee shaped cable motif, further personalize it with the fill of your choice, then test it by knitting.

Skill level: intermediate/advanced, comfort with cable charts a must

Class Supplies: worsted weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) & range of needle sizes, cable needle, #2 pencil and a great eraser

KNITTING POLYGONS
$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 10am-1pm

From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.

Skill Level: advanced beginner, comfort with double pointed needles a plus

Class Supplies: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

CREATIVE DESIGN
$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 2-5pm

Explore Norah’s take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches, and sketches. After an overview of the design process and Norah’s creative philosophy the class will divide into several teams to work on the planning of mini collections.

Skill Level: Ability to knit and purl, and a curiosity about knitwear design

Class Supplies: #2 pencil, eraser, graph paper, a few sheets of white paper, scissors and tape, worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

Homework: Bring 4-6 garment inspirations from catalogs, fashion magazines or print from the web

New Shop Sample: Westbourne [Kinu love]

by Craig on August 6, 2015

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westbourne

Westbourne [Kinu love] is a simple pullover that’s soft and light-as-air thanks to Ito’s beautiful Kinu yarn.

Kinu_snow-gray_persimmon-2

Kinu is a light fingering weight yarn made of 100% silk noil (also called organic silk). Different colored fibers are combined for a melange effect that gives depth to the knitted fabric. For Westbourne, Kinu is knit at an open gauge of six stitches per inch to maximize its drape and airiness.

We made our version with snow gray for the main color and persimmon for the stripes.

Westbourne has a wide neck, three-quarter length sleeves, and a comfortable fit. Because it’s knit seamlessly from the top down, you can easily make the sleeves short or take them down to the wrist.

westbourne raglan detail

For bust sizes: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) inches, you’ll need: 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) cones of Ito Kinu in the main color and 1 cone of Ito Kinu in the contrast color.

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westbourne hem detail

Kinu is made in a beautiful range of colors. Here are a few other color combinations we like for Westbourne.

Kinu - cherry-blossom and sangriaIto Kinu in cherry blossom and sangria.

Kinu_denim_white-2Ito Kinu in denim and white.

Kinu_garnet_cayenne_red-2Ito Kinu in garnet and cayenne red.

Click here to pick your Kinu colors!

Sequence Knitting with Cecelia Campochiaro

by Craig on August 4, 2015

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Cecelia Campochiaro’s first knitting book, Sequence Knitting, is a thorough and fascinating exploration of 1-row patterns. We’re thrilled to have her coming to Loop this September to tell us all about it.

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From her website –

The concept of Sequence Knitting is simple: take a sequence of stitches and repeat them again and again. Depending on how you repeat them, different fabrics can be created. While a few of these fabrics are familiar, many are new to the knitting world.

Beginning with 1-row patterns, the book delves into the possibilities of this technique, expanding into methods for creating complex designs that can be worked back and forth, in the round, or in shapes like triangles. The book includes stitch dictionaries with over 190 fabrics, many of which are new and reversible, as well as over 40 patterns for simple and elegant accessories.

Click here to see all of the projects in Sequence Knitting.

Delta Wing

Cecelia’s offering two workshops during her visit. The first is an introduction to sequence knitting and the second gets you started on your first project. The first workshop is a pre-requisite of the second. When you register for either workshop, you can pre-order the book, which is regularly $60, at a 20% discount.

Colormill Scarf

INTRODUCTION TO SEQUENCE KNITTINGSOLD OUT
$60 – Sunday, September 20 from 10am-1pm

In this class, Cecilia will introduce the concept of Sequence Knitting, including:

– when Sequence Knitting makes sense,
– how to read Sequence Knitting instructions,
– reversibility, and
– common mistakes.

Please bring 2 balls of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors and size US 7-8 needles.

Twigs and Gravel

SEQUENCE KNITTING PROJECTSOLD OUT
$60 – Sunday, September 20 from 2-5pm

This is a follow up to the morning class, where you’ll plunge in and start your first Sequence Knitting project. You’ll select a project from Cecilia’s book, discuss yarn choice – gauge, hand, colors, and working with variegated yarns – swatch for your project, and learn how to read your knitting.

Please pre-order your copy of Sequence Knitting (you’ll get a 20% discount off the list price of $60) or bring yours if you already own it, yarn, and needles for swatching.

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to register!

New Shop Sample: Hitchhiker in Koigu

by Craig on July 30, 2015

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Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu

Last week, Kathy finished knitting Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu KPPPM color P839-67. It’s so much fun to play with different combinations of Koigu yarn that I sometimes forget how beautiful a piece is in just one colorway. The shades of blue and purple look like an Impressionist painting.

Hitchhiker Scarf

Hitchhiker is a shallow triangle made in garter stitch, so the knitting is easy. It’s stepped edge is made by binding off stitches – also easy. You don’t need to count stitches, just bind off all stitches when you have the length you want. Kathy’s version is 60 inches long and 11 inches at the deepest point.

Hitchhiker's stepped edge

To knit your own, you’ll need 3 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, a 32-inch size US 4 circular needle, and the Hitchhiker pattern.