Bente Geil at Loop!

by Craig on February 3, 2016

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Bente Geil

The little man in my logo has been following me, since my eldest son was around 3 years old. The man looks at me with his uneven eyes and his happy smile and tells me, that it is ok to be different. That is the way I also want my knitting design to be: Simple as the little man’s lines and yet with a twist away from the common idea of knitting. – Bente Geil

We’re very happy to welcome Bente Geil to Loop on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. She’s teaching two classes and will be in the shop to chat about her work and the trunk show she’s bringing with her.

Bente is a Danish knitwear designer and the creator of Geilsk Yarns. Her work combines classic Danish design with a spirit of joy, curiosity, and humor. We’ve had several of her pieces in the shop through the fall, including the very popular Comfort Dress, Little Fox, and Tankestreg.

NON-RIBBING EDGES AND POCKET TRICKS
$40 – Tuesday, March 1 from 10am to 12pm.

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In the first half of class, you’ll learn to do a cable cast-on for plain, 1×1 rib, and 2×2 ribbing, plus horizontal and tuck stitches as a beginning for the work. In the second half, we’ll focus on pockets. You’ll learn how to make a pocket that isn’t planned and one that is.

Supplies: Please bring 50 grams of DK weight yarn, size US 6 circular and double-pointed needles, a tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, and some easily breakable waste yarn.

Homework: Knit a swatch 6 x 6 inch in fingering weight yarn and size US 3 needles. Don’t bind off, just leave the work on the needles.

EXTENDED STITCHES FOR FLOWERS, CABLES, AND AS TRAVELING STITCHES
$40 – Tuesday, March 1 from 1 to 3pm.

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Learn to knit with extended stitches and explore how they can be used to make new textures and patterns. An extended stitch is one that, on the first row, is knit with extra wraps – up to 10 – and is extended to following rows. It can be used to knit cables without the cable needle, or as an extra layer upon the knitted work, a traveling stitch.

Blooms Shawl

Extended stitches make for a kind of double knitting and slip stitch pattern. It is fun and exciting to design with an extra set of stitches. You’ll learn about extended stitches by knitting Bente’s Blooms flower and will get a free hat pattern that uses the flower.

Supplies: Please bring any smooth yarn that you’d like to work with, needles, and stitch markers.

Homework: None.

REGISTER TODAY!
Bente is rarely in the US, so don’t miss this chance to meet and study with her. Stop in or call 215-893-9939 to register for her classes. If you sign up for both classes, we’ll take $10 off for a total of $70!

Class fees are not refundable, so please check your schedule to make sure you can attend before you register. If we cancel the class, you’ll receive a full refund.

Fidra Hat Knitalong

by Craig on February 1, 2016

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Fidra by Gudrun Johnston

Gudrun Johnston’s fabulous Fidra uses Brooklyn Tweed Quarry for a warm and textured winter hat. I’ve seen several people making and wearing them, and like any good knitter, I want to knit one too. Rather than go it alone, I thought we could make it together – hence the Fidra Knitalong!

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Brooklyn Tweed Quarry in Sulphur, Lazulite, and Geode; photo by Jared Flood.

Here’s how the KAL works:

1. Purchase 1 hank of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. It’s 15% off now through Sunday, February 7, 2016. Use code FIDRA, if you’re shopping online.

2. Purchase a copy of Fidra.

3. The knitalong will begin Sunday, February 7. If you’re local, cast on and knit with us in the shop from 3-5pm. If you’re not local, join us in our Ravelry group.

4. Post a photo of your finished Fidra in the KAL thread on Ravelry by the Sunday, February 28, 2016 and you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift card to Loop!

I hope you’ll join us!

1×1 Ribbed Scarf – Another Favorite

by Craig on January 27, 2016

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Time and again we reach for our Favorite Scarf patterns. These four stitch patterns make beautiful scarves that are perfect for keeping or gifting. They’re great for new knitters who are still getting familiar with knit and purl stitches, and they make an easy project for experienced knitters who want something mindless.

Studio Plus Ribbed Scarf

Another favorite for scarves is the 1×1 Rib. Alternating knits and purls – and always knitting the knits and purling the purls – makes for a scarf that almost looks like stockinette, but lays flat.

We used 2 hanks of our Studio Plus in Crimson to make this version. For it, or any worsted weight yarn:

1×1 RIB

Cast on 40 sts or a multiple of 2

Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat row 1 to desired length. Bind off in pattern.

Enjoy!

Clara Parkes and Knitlandia Book Signing

by Craig on January 26, 2016

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Please join us in welcoming Clara Parkes back to Loop on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:30pm to celebrate her newest book Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World. Knitlandia will be released two days earlier and we’ll have copies available for purchase and for Clara to sign.

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From the publisher’s description –

Knitting aficionado and notable artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty memoir on a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world.

Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes’s rich personal essays invite readers and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes readers along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris’s 13th arrondissement.

Clara will be here at 5:30pm. She’ll give a talk at 6:30pm. We’ll have drinks and light refreshments – please join us!

A New Winter Hat

by Craig on January 19, 2016

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Last night I almost ran home to escape the freezing cold and the icy wind. I needed a hat, and I certainly have lots of hats, but like all knitters, once I was home, I decided I need a new one.

Here are a few good hat patterns I found and thought you might like too. Looks like Winter 2016 will be cold after all!

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith

Sheep are hard to resist, especially this flock in their green field under a snowy sky. Sized to fit most adults, Baa-ble Hat is knit with 4 shades of worsted weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter or Fibre Company Canopy Worsted.

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Fishbones by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Fishbones uses stranded colorwork and an optional pom-pom for a fun hat. It’s made with 2 shades of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light or other sportweight yarn like Loop Studio.

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Buck’s Hat by Thea Colman

With stitches criss-crossing a field of garter, Buck’s Hat would be wonderfully soft and warm in a yarn like Loop Studio Plus or Fibre Company Cumbria.

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Crag by Jared Flood

Crag is a handsome cap with a geometric motif of interlocking tiered cables. It’s deep texture allows it to work with dark colors, making it a good choice for fans of black, charcoal, and navy. Made with 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

Abra Hat

Abra Hat by Laura Singewald

It’s hard to beat the wonderful texture of seed stitch, especially in light and chunky Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. For a different range of colors, try Fibre Company Tundra. Abra is a unisex hat and is made with just 1 skein!

BT Winter 2016

by Craig on January 15, 2016

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Intersect

With 13 new designs for Shelter, Loft, and Quarry, Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter ’16 collection has plenty of beautiful options for your next – or next few – projects.

Intersect by Norah Gaughan, above, is a graceful open-front cardigan that flares at the hips for a flattering fit. The twisted-stitch cables are reversible and the piece is knit seamlessly – not in the round – but with each section picked up and knit from another. Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

Tallis

Tallis by Michele Wang is a simple, but feminine pullover. With an A-line torso and exaggerated drop shoulders accentuated by columns of twisted broken rib and the top of the sleeves and sides, it’s subtle beauty will make it a wardrobe staple. Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie by Michele Wang is a cabled shawl-collar cardigan. The motifs appear complex but are easily memorized for an enjoyable knit. Perfect as a coat for cold weather hikes in the mountains or just across town! Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Quarry.

Cadence

Cadence by Michele Wang is the sweater you’ll wear all season. A modified raglan with a textured torso, the pattern includes options for v-neck, turtleneck, and crew neck, as well as varying sleeve and body lengths. Just knit and go! Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.