Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

by Laura on February 26, 2015

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Incredibly light and endlessly wrapable, the Bateaux Mouches scarf is an lovely knit guaranteed to be your constant companion in cooler temperatures! The name comes from the open excursion boats that run along the Seine showing off the views of Paris. While I can imagine wearing this shawl on a breezy boat ride, I know in reality that we all want to wear it in the shop while we’re working, since no one can quite get over how soft and warm it is!

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Knitting in Isager’s Alpaca 1, a lace weight 100% alpaca, on a big needle gives the garter stitch a lacy effect. The fabric becomes gauzy and a little stretchy. Bateaux Mouches is big enough to use as a full wrap, yet the fabric is thin enough to scrunch down and wear like a scarf. Since the pattern is all knitting, this makes for a great travel project, as it’s easy to pick up and set down. But really, the yarn is so nice you won’t want to set it down until you’re finished!

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Bateaux Mouches uses just 2 skeins of Alpaca 1, the pattern and a size 7 needle. With a rich range of colors, there’s opportunity for fun accents or workhorse neutrals that go with everything! Add it to your Ravelry queue here!

5 to Make: Mid-Weight Sweaters

by Craig on February 11, 2015

Mid-weight sweaters knit at 5 to 5.5 stitches per inch are the Goldilocks of garments: they don’t take too long to make and you can wear them two or three seasons a year.

Here are a 5 sweaters that you’ll enjoy making with DK-weight or light worsted weight yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Madelinetosh Tosh DK, The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge, or Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino – and that you’ll enjoy wearing too!

BOYFRIEND

Boyfriend

Pattern: Boyfriend by Lori Versaci, Versaci Knits.
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Individual pieces are knit and seamed together.

GILLAM

Gillam

Pattern: Gillam by Kate Gagnon Osborne
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Worked in a combination of bottom-up in the round – sleeves and body – and seamed – sleeve caps to body. Tops are body, front and back, are worked flat.

AISLINN

Aislinn

Pattern: Aislinn by Amy Herzog
Gauge: 5.5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Knit in pieces and seamed together.

PALLADIO

Palladio

Pattern: Palladio by Jane Richmond
Gauge: 5.25 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Knit seamlessly from the top down.

PHILLIPA

Phillipa

Pattern: Phillipa by Isabell Kraemer
Gauge: 5.5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Worked seamlessly from the top down.

Remember to always swatch first! I know you want to jump right in – we all do – but it’s worth taking the time. You don’t want to knit an entire garment only to find out your gauge was off and that it doesn’t fit.

All of these sweaters are ones you could wear again and again. Pick one and cast on!

Valentine’s Day on South Street West

by Craig on February 8, 2015

South Street West is a fantastic place to shop and dine for Valentine’s Day. Check out what’s happening! (Click the image for a larger version.)

South Street West Valentine's Day

PS. Our special is in-store only. Stop in!

Chesterfield

by Craig on February 6, 2015

My first project of 2015 is complete – Chesterfield by Julie Hoover. I love knitting myself sweaters and it’s been a while since I made one. The timing worked out perfectly too. It’s FREEZING here in Philadelphia and Chesterfield is warm and so, so cozy!

Me wearing my new pullover!

Pattern: Chesterfield by Julie Hoover – includes options for a tunic length and waist shaping.

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in meteorite and stormcloud; held together throughout.

Size: 46-inch chest

Modifications: I used a longtail cast on and regular bind off instead of tubular ones. I omitted the stripes. My gauge was a little smaller than suggested, so I knit a size larger.

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I loved knitting with two strands of Loft. The resulting color is fantastic and it feels so warm and squeezable. I’d really like to knit myself a cardigan now with two different shades.

The pattern, like all Brooklyn Tweed patterns, is wonderfully clear, full of useful information and thoughtful details. This is definitely my go-to sweater for the rest of winter!

Stephen & Steven Wrap Up

by Craig on January 28, 2015

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Thank you to everyone who came to meet and take a class with Stephen West and StevenBe last weekend. I had a fantastic time and I hope you did too! I loved seeing and trying on their designs. So inspiring!

For photos of their visit here and at other shops on the tour, check out their Facebook page.

This Weekend with the Steph(v)ens

by Craig on January 22, 2015

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There’s a lot happening tonight through Saturday, so just a few announcements and reminders.

1. The shop will be closed all day Friday and will open at 2pm on Saturday.

2. If you registered for Modular Magic and/or New Perspectives on Knitting, please review the materials list so you have everything you need.

3. If you’d like to meet Stephen & Steven and see the dozens of samples they’ll have, you’re welcome to join us tonight from 6 to 7:30pm and/or Saturday, from 2 to 3:30pm. These are both free events.

Feel free to call us at 215-893-9939 if you have any questions about this weekend. See you soon!

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