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Elizabeth Smith’s Little Coffee Bean is an adorable sweater and a great knitting pattern for your first cardigan. We knit ours with Spud & Chloe’s Sweater Yarn, which is a soft machine washable blend of merino wool and organic cotton.
Little Coffee Bean is knit from the top down. You cast on and work the ribbed collar, increase at four points for the yoke, separate the sleeve stitches and knit the body and each sleeve separately. Pick up and knit stitches for the button bands, sew on your buttons, and you’re done!
The pattern is sized for 3, 6, and 12 months. For larger sizes, see Smith’s Wonder Years cardigan.
Sweater Yarn is one of our favorite yarns for babies and kids. It’s warm but soft and comes in a range of bright, happy colors. We used Pollen and Ice Cream; so many other colors look great striped with Ice Cream. Shown above from left are: Jelly Bean, Pollen, Firefly, Grass, and Splash.
For your own child, for a gift for a friend, or for learning how to knit a cardigan, the Little Coffee Bean is a well-written pattern that’s fun to knit!
Sara Banner is the owner and creator of The Forest Fern. She makes beautiful macrame plant hangers, wall hangings, and home goods, and on Saturday, April 29 she’ll be here to show you how to do it!
Sara’s beginner-level workshops are open to everyone – no experience required. The class fees include all materials, so there’s nothing to bring, and your finished piece to take home!
Space is limited so grab your spot today!
Macrame Plant Hanger Class with The Forest Fern
$95 – Saturday, April 29 from 11am-1:30pm
Come create your own macrame plant hanger!
Learn to combine basic macrame knots in different patterns to create you own beautiful modern plant hanger complete with a small potted plant. We will also learn a bit about houseplants including how to create your own potting mix to help keep your plants happy and healthy!
Your class fee includes all of the materials needed including macrame cord, brass hanging ring, small pot and potted plant.
Macrame Wall Hanging Class with The Forest Fern
$95 – Saturday, April 29th from 2:30-5pm
Learn to make your own macrame wall hanging!
The art of modern macrame wall hangings is more than learning how to tie knots. During the class we will each create a large layered macrame wall hanging similar to the one pictured here. We will explore how to combine and arrange knots to create texture, pattern and layers while keeping the overall vision modern and simple.
Your class fee covers all materials needed for this class.
Join us at the end of the month for our Guernsey Wrap Knitalong! We’ll begin on Sunday, February 26 at knitting circle, which runs from 3-5pm, and meet weekly to work on our wraps. There isn’t a firm end date, but we’ll aim to finish in 4-6 weeks. If you’re unable to join us in the shop, join us on Instagram by using the hashtag #loopknitsguernsey.
Jared Flood designed the Guernsey Wrap for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. It features bands of stitch patterns found on fishermen’s sweaters for a large, rectangular wrap. The pattern is only charted, not written, but it’s a good one to start with if you haven’t knit from charts before.
Shelter is a light and airy woolen spun yarn. It has a woolly feel and comes in an amazing palette of fleece-dyed tweeds. You’ll need 5 skeins of Shelter and a 32-inch US 8 circular needle to knit the Guernsey Wrap. We made ours, shown above, in the color Flannel.
When Arbor was released last fall, Flood updated the pattern, so it now includes the instructions for both worsted and DK weight yarns.
Arbor is a smooth, round DK weight yarn. Its 3-ply construction has crisp stitch definition that’s great for knit-purl patterns like the ones in the Guernsey Wrap. You’ll need 8 skeins of Arbor and a 32-inch US 6 circular needle for the project; it’s shown above in the color Degas.
The Guernsey Wrap is a big project, so it’s perfect for a knitalong where we can encourage each other to finish. Hope you’ll join us!
Once you’ve taken Knit 1, 2, and 3 you’ve learned quite a bit about knitting. You know how to: cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit 2 together, slip slip knit, weave in yarn ends. You’ve used straight needles, circular needles, and double pointed needles. And your list of FO’s (that’s Finished Objects) is growing.
Where you go from here is up to you. In Knit 4, you can pick a project and work on it at your own pace. You’ll have the guidance of one of our instructors, and the company of other beginner knitters like you.
While there are many projects you could make – and we’re happy to help you find the right one – here are a few suggestions. Please choose your project and materials prior to the first class.
Each of these 5 scarves uses a classic stitch pattern: garter, seed stitch, 2×2 rib, mistake rib, basket weave. They are a perennial winter favorite because they are fun to knit and make a cozy, textured scarf.
The Arranmore Cowl uses seed stitch for a textured infinity scarf. It’s knit entirely in the round on a circular needle.
Amaro Mitts are cozy hand warmers sized for adult men and women. They’re knit entirely on double pointed needles and use increases to form the thumb gusset.
Boneyard is a triangular shawl with garter ridges on a stockinette field. It’s knit flat using a circular needle with a long cord. It’s a great project for learning the very popular top down shawl structure.
South Street Pullover
The South Street Pullover is sized for babies and kids up to 12 years of age. It’s knit entirely in the round using circular and double pointed needles. This is our most challenging suggestion. You’ll use the skills you have and learn a few new ones too. It’s a great project for learning the top down structure, especially if you plan to knit one for yourself!
Again, these are just a few of the many things you can knit with your newly-acquired skills. Feel free to discuss other options with us. See you in class!
Norah Gaughan returns to Loop on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2017. She’s teaching 4 classes on knitting and designing cables. Read on for the descriptions and sign up today!
Norah is one of knitting’s top designers, teachers, and authors. She served as design director at JCA Yarns and at Berroco Yarns for many years and she is the author of several pattern books.
Norah’s most recent book, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, is a must-have for every knitter’s library. It contains more than 150 new cable stitch patterns, how to design your own, and how to mix and match cables in a knitting pattern, 15 new patterns for wraps, sweaters, and accessories, and photography by Jared Flood.
We’re thrilled that Norah is able to visit us again. Don’t miss this chance to experience a class with her!
$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 10am-1pm
Design a cabled hat without the hard work part. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class, and learn how to complete your hat by following pre-written design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat or beret. All three styles can be knit seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed. Experience reading charts is helpful, but if you’ve never done it before, you can learn it here.
The variety of charts will include a range of difficulty so intermediate or advanced knitters can forge ahead and take on a more challenging chart while beginners can keep it simple.
Homework: Test your yarn to make sure it makes an attractive, firm fabric at 5 sts / inch. Bring your blocked swatch to class.
Materials: Approximately 200 yds of worsted weight yarn – gauge 20 sts / inch. Needles to get gauge + 2 sizes smaller, your choice of straight, 2 circulars or double points. Two circulars are recommended so you can learn the method of seamless knitting using 2 circular needles at once. Cable needle or dp needle to use as a cable needle
Knitting 2 Sided Cables
$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 2-5pm
Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.
Materials: Worsted weight wool in a light or medium color. Needles to match the yarns + cable needle or dpn.
$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 10am-1pm
Learn some of Norah’s favorite techniques while knitting her cabled cloche and customizing it for yourself. You can knit it as shown in the photo or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook.
Materials: 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, US 7 & US 8 needles, cable needle or dpn, and stitch markers.
Make It Your Own – Patterned Yoke
$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 2-5pm
Do you love knitting from the top down? Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho or even sweater without having to do the hard part? Join designer Norah Gaughan for this fun hands-on workshop. Begin by choosing from the variety of textures or cables Norah has designed and practice on a cowl. Learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s ‘fill in the blanks’ template.
Materials: Bring a variety of knitting needles for knitting swatches with worsted or bulky weight yarn. Grab Sizes 7-10 so you’ll have the right needle for both ribbing and the pattern stitch. You’ll need both 16 and 24″ lengths. Bring a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.
PLEASE NOTE: Non-refundable pre-payment is required to reserve your space. Please make sure you can make the class when you register.