Stephen & Steven Wrap Up

by Craig on January 28, 2015

S_and_S

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

Stephen & Steven

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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Gallery Hat

by Craig on January 20, 2015

Gallery Hat

The Gallery hat has a long ribbed brim for extra warmth over your ears and a slightly slouchy top for a soft, casual look. It’s knit with just 1 skein of our Studio yarn that’s 100% American made!

Studio Colors Studio yarn, from left: cadmium, easel, landscape, skylight, watercolor, and sketchbook.

We used Watercolor, a bright medium blue, but all of the colors will make a terrific hat. Pick your favorite shade and follow the pattern below!

GALLERY HAT

SIZE
One size, will fit 18-22 inch head circumference.

YARN
Loop Studio (100% superwash merino wool; 100g / 350 yds): 1 skein, shown in Watercolor.

NEEDLES
16-inch US6 (4mm) circular needle

GAUGE
6 sts = 1 inch in Stockinette stitch

NOTIONS
stitch marker, tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS
k2tog – knit next two stitches on left needle together as one.

HAT
CO 128 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Brim
Round 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end. Repeat round 1 for 7 inches.

Body
Round 1: Knit. Repeat round 1 for 6 inches.

Crown Shaping
Round 1: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 2 and 4: Knit.
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 5: *K2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 6: *K2tog; repeat from * to end.
Round 7: *K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Thread tail through tapestry needle, draw through remaining stitches and pull closed.

Weave in tail on inside of hat.

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Kate Oates’ FOR YOU Knitalong

by Craig on January 16, 2015

Lovebird Cowl

We’re in love with Kate Oates’ new Lovebirds Cowl! With pairs of birds and little hearts, it’s an interesting knit and a warm and whimsical cowl. The pattern’s available for pre-order now through the end of January at a special price. You can also join Kate and other knitters in a knitalong that starts February 1.

Lovebird Cowl

For the Lovebirds Cowl, Kate used 2 colors of our Studio yarn. With that you can knit either size – a shorter cowl that sits close to the neck or a longer infinity scarf. Kate used smock and cadmium for the cowl (on left), and india ink and skylight for the infinity scarf.

In addition to the cowl, Kate’s designed a new sweater for the knitalong, the Katy Tunic. It’s an oversized boxy pullover with ribbed sleeves and a cable collar. Katy works up quickly at 3.5 stitches to the inch in a yarn like Berroco Peruvia Quick or Cascade 128 Superwash, both of which are available in the shop.

Click here to join Kate’s FOR YOU Knitalong – and have fun!

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Eco Duo Hat

by Craig on January 14, 2015

Eco Duo Hat

Cascade Eco Duo yarn is one of the softest in the shop. Baby alpaca – that’s the fiber from an alpaca’s first shearing – and merino wool are combined in undyed, naturally occurring shades for a worsted weight yarn that is an absolute joy to knit.

The yarn transitions through the different shades in each skein for a striping effect. I went for the black, grey, and natural of the color zebra for my hat, but honestly, I love each colorway; shown below from left to right: zebra, storm, vanilla, koala, and chicory.

Eco Duo Yarn

This hat is a basic watch cap that’ll fit most adults. I had plenty leftover, so if you want a slouchier hat, work another inch or two of stockinette stitch before you start the decreases. Or, for extra warmth around your ears, work another two inches of ribbing, and you can fold up the brim.

ECO DUO HAT

SIZE
One size

MATERIALS
Cascade Eco Duo [70% undyed baby alpaca, 30% undyed merino; 197 yds / 100g]: 1 hank.

NEEDLES
16-inch US 8 circular needle and 8-inch US 8 double pointed needles.

GAUGE
4.5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.

ABBREVIATIONS
K: knit
P: purl
k2tog: knit the next two stitches together as one

PATTERN
CO 88sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Brim
Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Rep round 1 until work measures 3 inches.

Crown
Round 1: Knit.
Rep round 1 until work measures 7.5 inches.

Crown shaping
Round 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 2, and all even rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 5: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 7: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread through darning needle, pull through remaining stitches, and draw closed. Bring tail to wrong side and weave in. Weave in cast on tail.

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UPDATE: StevenBe & Stephen West want to see everyone they can, so we’re opening the doors to the Inspirational Trunk Shows! Attend one or both for FREE!

Stephen & Steven

Stephen & Steven’s classes later this month are sold out, but two opportunities remain to meet them!

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

Meet Stephen & Steven, see dozens of their designs in person, and get advice on making your own! You’ll hear tales of their knitting adventures, enjoy delicious treats, and get access to exclusive yarn & swag designed just for this winter’s tour!

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