Susquehanna – now in Tosh Sock!

by Craig on July 30, 2014

Tosh Sock in Susquehanna

After having our custom Madelinetosh color Susquehanna in Tosh Merino Light, it was hard to know which yarn to do next. Afterall, we haven’t met a Madtosh yarn we don’t love.

We were heading into summer at the time, so something lighter and with more three-season wearability made sense; we chose the very lovely Tosh Sock.

Made from the same incredibly soft superwash merino wool as Tosh Merino Light, Tosh Sock is plied for slightly pebbled touch and appearance. The plying adds dimension to the final knit or crocheted fabric and makes it a little less likely to pill than a single ply yarn.

VENTA SHRUG by Michele Wang

Venta Shrug

Designer Michele Wang created Venta especially for Tosh Sock Susquehanna. It’s a shrug that’s both comfortable and chic. We wrote about it last week, you can see and read about Venta here if you missed it.

Tosh Sock is a versatile yarn and Susquehanna is a perfect color for your wardrobe, so here are a few other projects to consider.


Let Your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli

We’re knitting Let Your Heart Unwind for our summer knitalong (it’s not too late to join!). It’s alternating panels of seed stitch and lace are worked side-to-side with short rows. It’s fun, beautiful, and just a little challenging!

GOLDILOCKS by Justyna Lorkowska

Goldilocks by Justyna Lorkowska

Goldilocks is an adorable top or tunic worked seamlessly from the top down. It uses the contiguous method of shaping set-in sleeves, which is on my list of new techniques to try! It’s sized for girls 9 months to 10 years; there’s an adult version called Alice in Wonderland that’s sized from 28/30 to 48/50 inch bust.


Low Tide Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

Low Tide is a cap sleeved cardigan with a pretty lace detail on the yoke. Sized for girls and women, it’s great for layering any time of year!


Multnomah by Kate Ray

Multnomah is a top-down garter stitch shawl with a feather and fan edging. It’s a good first lace project (make sure to put stitch markers between every feather and fan repeat!) and an easy – and beautiful – one for more experienced knitters.

NOTE, you’ll need to make the smaller version if you want to use only one skein of Tosh Sock. Read how to do that here. To knit it as written or for a larger version, you’ll need 2 skeins.



by Craig on July 25, 2014

Venta Shrug

Michele Wang designed Venta for us for the debut of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in our custom color Susquehanna. We love Michele’s designs and knew we could count on her to create something special. So we sent her yarn and said, surprise us!

A few months later, here is Venta. A shrug with a soft, relaxed fit and a geometric lace motif that spans from cuff to cuff. Wear it over a dress or with a t-shirt and jeans. Venta is simple, chic, and easy-to-throw on for a day’s – or night’s – adventures!

Venta Shrug

Venta is knit in one piece. After blocking, the sides are seamed to create the sleeves, and stitches are picked up and knit for the hem. Sleeves are then picked up and knit around each sleeve for the cuff. Venta is written for two sizes, both of which are knit with 3 skeins of Tosh Sock.

Now through August 31, 2014, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the Venta pattern with your purchase of 3 skeins of Tosh Sock yarn. It is also available for purchase by clicking here.

Venta Shrug


Approx 935 (1070) yds // 855 (979) m of Fingering Weight Yarn.
Sample knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% Superwash Merino Wool – 395 yds // 384 m); Loop’s exclusive color: Susquehanna.

Wrist-to-wrist, “wingspan” after blocking 44.25 (53”) // 113 (135) cm.
Sample shown in size 53” // 135 cm on model with bust circumference of 34” // 86 cm and a height of 5’2” // 158 cm.

GAUGE (after blocking)
Lace & Stockinette – 22 sts & 35 rows = 4 inches // 10 cm

40″ or 48″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge.
Suggested needle size: US 4 // 3.5mm for Stockinette; US 5 // 3.75mm for Lace.

48″ circular needle and one set of needles for small circumference knitting in smaller size for ribbing:
Suggested needle size: US 3 // 3.25mm

• Waste yarn
• Crochet hook, same size as gauge needle (for Provisional Cast-on)
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle
• Blocking tools – T-pins, blocking mat, blocking wires (optional)

Venta Shrug


Unicorn Tails

by Craig on July 24, 2014

Unicorn Tails

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails are 52-yard skeins of Tosh Merino Light yarn. They’re perfect for adding a little more color to your project. Or use them by themselves for your Missoni-esque creations!

Until we have them photographed and posted in our online shop, I’m putting these photographs here with the color names below. If you can’t make it into the shop, feel free to call us (215-893-9939 or toll-free 877-893-9939) to order some.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: purple basil, flashdance, cathedral, firewood, glazed pecan, and antler.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: maple leaf, whiskey barrel, charcoal, rainwater, dirty panther, and onyx.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: antique lace, silver fox, dust bowl, pop rocks, coquette, and tart.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: torchere, neon peach, edison bulb, jade, celadon, and big sur.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: button jar blue, worn denim, cousteau, mandala, ink, and fathom.


Tre Colori

by Craig on July 22, 2014

Tre Colori Shawl

Tre Colori is an simple stockinette shawl knit with three colors of Hikoo Cobasi yarn. It starts with a stockinette tab cast on (same as a garter tab cast on, but purling on the wrong side) and transitions through three shades as it extends to its finished size. Each color change is done with a row of eyelets for added visual interest.

Tre Colori Shawl

I knit Tre Colori earlier this season when Cobasi first arrived in the shop. Cobasi was created as a non-wool sock yarn for people who dislike or are allergic to wool. It’s a blend of cotton, bamboo, and silk with elastic nylon, which has a slightly nubby texture. The knitted fabric is soft, drapes beautifully, and feels cool. I imagine it’ll make great socks, but also, tanks, tops, and hats that are more for sun protection than warmth.

Tre Colori Shawl

Tre Colori is knit with 3 skeins, one in each color. It can easily be made larger by making each section bigger or adding additional sections. Of course, you’d probably need more yarn to do this.

Cobasi comes in a fantastic range of colors. I like to use shades of the same color, but it’s fun to experiment with different combinations. It’s hard to go wrong!


46 inches across top edge x 22 inches center top to point.

Hikoo Cobasi: 3 skeins; Color A, B, and C. Shown in carrot, vavava voom, and really red.
24-inch circular needle, Size #4 or size needed to obtain gauge.

5.5 stitches per inch after blocking

Cast on 3 sts with Color A.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep rows 1 and 2 twice more – 6 rows total.

Pick up 3 stitches along the left hand side of the tab. Pick up 3 stitches from the cast on edge. (9 sts)

Turn your work and purl 1 row.

Set-up Row 1: K3, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k3.

Set-up Row 2: Purl.

Row 1: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3

Row 2: Purl.

Rep rows 1 and 2 thirty times.

Cut Color A, join Color B.

Color Change Row: K3, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, yo, k3.

Work Row 2.

Rep rows 1 and 2 twenty-four times.

Cut Color B, join Color C.

Rep Color Change Row.
Work Row 2.

Rep rows 1 and 2 ten times.

Border Row 1: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3

Border Row 2: Knit.

Rep border rows 1 and 2 two more times.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends and block.


Trillian Shawl & Smooshy with Cashmere

by Laura on July 17, 2014


Sometimes you just need a little pick me up: a pretty skein to revive your knitting mojo and satisfy your desire to cast on something new. Sound familiar? I thought so!

I am no stranger to this condition either and I think I have the cure – with a high cashmere content, no less. Trillian is a special treat to knit up in Smooshy with Cashmere. To give yourself a little something special; just because!


Trillian is a slightly asymmetrical garter stitch triangle with an eyelet border. Start knitting at one corner, adding wider and wider rows, and you’ll create a long, shallow shape perfect for wrapping and keeping cozy.


Smooshy with Cashmere is delightful! Soft to the touch, and stunning to the eye, this yarn is the right choice for special projects.

A luxe blend of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere & 10% nylon that’s machine washable, Smooshy with Cashmere is hand dyed with deeply shaded tones. Choose a bright skein for a fun pop of color with a neutral outfit or a darker hue to wear as an everyday basic.

The Trillian shawl took just one skein- we used scorched lime- and a 24-inch US 4 circular needle. Knit for one for yourself in your favorite color, but be prepared to gift one to your mother, your daughter and your very best friend. They’ll want one when they see how lovely yours is!


You don’t have to stop wearing your knits just because it’s summer! Tanks and tops in lighter weight yarns are perfect for days in the mountains or on the beach. For those cool nights and aggressively air-conditioned restaurants and theaters, an easy pullover is just the thing to throw on.

It’s not too late to make something new for this summer. You can knit up these 4 great-looking tops and wear them out in just a few weeks!

Dafne by Julie Hoover

Daphne by Julie Hoover Daphne’s a sleek tunic with a slipped rib stitch pattern that add to its flattering long silhouette. Make it in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton for a soft feel and great summer colors.

Otherside by Melanie Berg

Otherside by Melanie Berg Otherside is made with fingering weight yarn knit at a loose, fluid gauge. It’s worked flat in one piece, then folded in half and seamed. Easy to knit on-the-go and easy to finish. Ito Gima 8.5 is a cotton yarn that gets softer with wear and comes in a range of beautiful colors – perfect for striping!

On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

On the Beach by Isabell KraemerWith its bold stripes and easy fit, On the Beach is perfect for, well, wearing on the beach! It’s knit with a sport weight yarn at a larger than usual gauge. Modern Cotton would make a good choice and give you lots of fun bright colors to choose from!

Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier

Shellseeker by Heidi KirrmaierShellseeker is an easy, comfortable pullover with a fun kangaroo pocket. Designer Heidi Kirrmaier used Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn, which is an excellent choice for comfort, easy care, and fantastic colors!