Canopy Ribbed Cowl

by Craig on December 16, 2014

Canopy Ribbed Cowl

Knit 2, purl 2 rib is one of the first stitch patterns most of us learned. First you knit, then you purl, and finally you combine them in the same row. What a sense of accomplishment! And even if you’ve knit more complicated and complex projects since, a simple rib with a beautiful yarn is very satisfying.

When The Fibre Company’s Canopy Worsted arrived, I knew I wanted to knit something to show off it gorgeous color and drape. Knit 2, purl 2 was just the thing!

Canopy Worsted is a new yarn for us. It’s a blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and silk, that feels wonderful in the skein and even better once it’s knit. The fibers are blended before they’re kettle dyed, so there’s a beautiful, subtle color variation throughout each skein.

Knitting with Canopy Worsted was a pleasure and the finished cowl is soft, warm, and has beautiful drape.

Canopy Ribbed Cowl

CANOPY RIBBED COWL

SIZE
One size. 14 inches tall and 38 inches in circumference.

YARN
The Fibre Company Canopy Worsted [50% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, 20% viscose from bamboo, 100g / 200 yds]: 2 skeins, shown in macaw.

NEEDLES
24-inch US 8 circular needle

NOTIONS
stitch marker, tapestry needle

PATTERN
CO 160 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end.

Repeat round 1 for 14 inches or until two yards remain of second skein.

BO in pattern. Weave in ends.

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Yoked Cardigan

by Craig on December 15, 2014

Yoked Cardigan

Hannah Fetig’s Yoked Cardigan is one of those rare patterns that’s sized for everyone from a 6-month old with a 17 inch chest to an adult with a 61-inch bust. And even less common, it looks great on everyone. Kathy knit one for herself a few years ago and it’s been on my list of projects to knit for the shop ever since.

Earlier this fall I finally cast on with Classic Elite Liberty Wool. Liberty Wool’s printed colors change unexpectedly, which makes it really fun to work with. I used the shade called Painted Desert.

Yoked Cardigan

I knit the 21 inch chest size, which will fit a 1-2 year old. The Yoked Cardigan is worked from the top down, so there are no seams to sew. The button band is picked up and knit after the body is complete.

This is a wonderful gift for a baby or young girl. And there’s still plenty of time to knit one for the holidays!

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Ellery Poncho

by Laura on December 3, 2014

Poncho

I love that beautiful drapey ponchos are in vogue right now! There’s no better way to look effortlessly stylish, stay warm and show off your favorite yarn all at the same time. The Ellery Poncho, the latest design from Loop staffer Erika Flory, does all these things, plus it’s fun to knit!

Knit with our beloved Hannah yarn, a luxe worsted blend of baby alpaca, fine merino and cashmere, Ellery is a piece that you will want to throw on as you’re running out the door every day – and you’ll look instantly polished once you do.

Poncho Close up

Ellery is knit all in one piece – edging too – with a pretty antler cable running along one edge. The cable is a simple to learn and adds interest to your stockinette. Finished with minimal seaming at one shoulder and then quickly steamed, you’re ready to roll.

This is an ideal holiday project to make for your mother, daughter, or best friend. The worsted weight yarn will knit up more quickly than you think and there’s no worrying about fit. You just have to choose their favorite color!

poncho2

Ellery takes 5 skeins of Hannah – Erika knit hers in hunter – and a 32-inch US8 (5.0mm) circular needle. Which color will you choose to wrap up in this winter?

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Bronwyn Scarf in Blue Sky Bulky

by Laura on November 25, 2014

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Bronwyn is a big, beautiful scarf knit in Blue Sky Bulky! There is no doubt that you will be warm and cozy wearing this astonishingly soft 50/50 blend of wool and alpaca. Blue Sky’s clear, bright colors are a welcome antidote to a cold winter’s day.

Big Scarf

You will have so much fun knitting Bronwyn! One scarf took me about 2 episodes of Homeland (I love that show!) – so this scarf is perfect for checking off your holiday knit list.

The stitch pattern is a simple fisherman’s rib that creates a very fluffy, dimensional fabric. It’s very similar to brioche but it’s much less tricky. It uses a K1b, or K1 below, to make the extra puffy stitches.

K1b is exactly what it sounds like- instead of knitting the next stitch on your needle, you knit the one BELOW the next stitch on your needle and then slip both stitches off the left hand needle.

Here’s a video to give you a visual, if you need it!

Big Scarf 2

Bronwyn feels substantial, looks beautiful and knits quickly- making it ideal for gift knitting. Here’s our free pattern, enjoy!

BRONWYN SCARF

SIZE One size, 7.5″x 48″ inches

YARN Blue Sky Bulky (50% alpaca, 50% wool; 100g/45yds): 3 skeins

NEEDLES 1 set of US 17 needles

GAUGE 2 sts= 1 inch in Fisherman’s Rib.

PATTERN

CO 13 sts.

Set up row: K1, P1 to last st. K1.

Row 1 *P1, K1b rep from * to last st, P1.

Row 2 K1, *P1, K1b rep from * to last st. K1.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have about 1 yard left. Cast off in K1, P1 pattern.

Weave in ends & get cozy!

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Stephen & Steven at Loop!

by Craig on November 11, 2014

Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are bringing us their fiberlicious road show of knitting classes and events on January 22-24, 2015. This magical team of knitting and design inspiration will begin your year with an amazing breath of fun and creativity!

Stephen and Steven

StevenBe (above, right) is Steven Berg, a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity. Steven studied at Parsons and FIT in New York, before spending many years as a VP of design at Perry Ellis.

Steven now owns and operates a yarn shop in Minneapolis where he encourages his knit-crochet-fiber loving friends to push the limits. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: ‘The possibilities are endless.’ ‘There are no mistakes, only variations.’ And to always remember to ‘Glam it up!’

Stephen West (above, left) is currently based in Amsterdam. His shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer around the world. Stephen self-publishes knitting patterns and books, and hosts several online knit-alongs each year like the Mystery Shawl Knit Along and Westknits Shawl Club. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.

Steven & Stephen have taught classes and workshops – together and individually – at yarn shops across America and around the globe. In addition to their amazing classes, Stephen & Steven are bringing unique yarns and swag that will only be available during their visit.

Call us today at 215-893-9939 to reserve your space and be a part of this fantastic event!

INSPIRATIONAL TRUNK SHOW
$15 – Thursday, January 22, 6 to 7:30pm OR Saturday, January 24, 2 to 3:30pm

Spend some time with Stephen & Steven! See their fabulous creations and hear their true non-Hollywood stories!

MODULAR MAGIC SOLD OUT
$75 – Friday, January 23, 10am to 1pm

Come explore the magic of modern modular knitting with Stephen West!

In this 3-hour class, you’ll play with clever seamless knitting techniques and simple geometric shapes to build your own customized fabric. Stephen will guide you through some of his favorite shaping skills while you build and piece together your own fuzzy fiber puzzle. Stephen will also cover how to apply these fabric-building concepts to stylish sweaters, shawls, hats, and more!

Materials: Bring a colorful array of yarns and needle sizes (and a few crochet hooks too if you wish). Worsted weight wool yarns are recommended but please bring other weights and fibers for experimentation. Also bring any swatches or pieces of finished or unfinished knits that aren’t too precious to you (scarves, cowls, sweaters, etc…). We can play with picking up stitches from these old fabrics and add modular pockets, hoods, and collars to finished accessories and garments.

Requirements: You should be able to cast on, bind off, knit and purl.

Difficulty level: Intermediate

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON KNITTING SOLD OUT
$75 – Friday, January 23, 2 to 5pm

Broaden your knitting horizon and change your life with Stephen West and StevenBe!

This Dynamic Duo class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning Stephen & Steven’s favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment.

Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern and truly make it yours.

You will need for class:

1. A Stephen or Steven base pattern: Lumpy Space, Earth & Sky, Colonnade, Enchanted Mesa, Eyelet Ponchini, Tasseled Slouch & Cowl, Really Rylie, or Cropped Cardi (your choice of base pattern supplied in class).

2. Minimum 3 yarns to work with, best to be a variety of weights or fiber contents. Several fine strands can be combined in this project. Yarns should be chosen prior to class so we can begin immediately. More yarns can be added during class.

3. A variety of needle sizes will be needed so bring a good selection, even a crochet

How it works:

1. Each student will begin his or her project in a corner, side, center, or top.

2. You will work on your project with guidance from Stephen and Steven for the first 20 minutes, including a presentation of their “Double Whammy: Best of Stephen & Steven’s Tips & Tricks.” You are encouraged to take good notes so you can complete your project after class.

3. This should be a fun challenge to guide you in thinking outside the box and working creatively. This workshop will leave you comfortable with deviating from the written pattern and making your own design decisions

4. You will be given direction and assignments to enable you to complete your project outside of class.

SHAWL EXTRAVAGANZA
$75 – Saturday, January 24, 10am to 1pm

View many of Stephen & Steven’s shawl and accessory patterns made up in a true trunk show. Pick your favorite Westknits shawl and StevenBe accessory and begin your inspired knitting adventure. Receive hands-on tips and tricks from the two masters.

We will consult with each student to pick the perfect yarn combinations to create their own masterpieces. Students can expect a wonderful artistic class with a variety of projects to experience.

SIGN UP TODAY!
Do not miss this exciting knit & crochet opportunity – call us at 215-893-9939 to sign up today!

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Giveaway #5 Winner

by Craig on November 4, 2014

concordiaCongratulations to Sharon M who won 2 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge in Concordia! Sharon, I’ll put your prize in the mail today.

Thank you to all of you who entered our giveaways! Reading your entries on this and the others was a ton of fun. In these last ones, you can really see how so much of knitting is about connecting with other people and sharing our craft.

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