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Portfolio Scarf Plus!

Portfolio Plus

The Portfolio Scarf continues to be one of our most popular patterns. It’s alternating bands of garter stitch and simple lace are knit on the bias for a great looking piece that’s the perfect size for wearing under a coat and indoors.

Portfolio was designed for our Studio yarn, which is a sport weight. We couldn’t help wonder what it would look like in worsted weight Studio Plus. The answer is FANTASTIC!

Portfolio Scarf Plus

Bigger isn’t always better, but Portfolio knit – just as it’s written – with two hanks of Studio Plus on a size US 8 needle, yields a big, beautiful scarf that’s 75 inches long and 12.5 inches at its widest point. It’s soft and cozy, plump and squeezable, and perfect for wrapping up in!

We used the color Landscape but it’ll look fantastic in any shade – click here to pick your favorite!

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New Shop Sample: Hiawatha

Tonia Barry's Hiawatha Vest Pattern

Laura recently finished knitting the Hiawatha Vest in Classic Elite’s Firefly yarn. It’s a wonderful, three-season layering piece – wear it with a tank dress for a little extra coverage at air conditioned summer events, or use it to dress up jeans and a long-sleeved tee in the fall and early spring.

The long draped fronts create a soft, flattering line and the reverse stockinette on the collar is a smart detail.

Classic Elite Yarn's Firefly

Firefly is blend of viscose and linen that makes a finished fabric with soft sheen and wonderful drape. It comes in warm and cool neutrals, soft mid-range tones, and rich shades.

Hiawatha Vest detail

This was a simple knit with clear directions – perfectly suited for poolside knitting! You can knit it with an open or closed back style. Laura knit the 36-inch size, closed back version with 6 balls of Firefly in silver.

Sized for 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inch busts, you’ll need 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls of Firefly for the corresponding size and US 5 needles to knit your own.

Choose your shade of Firefly and get the pattern here!

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Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

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Incredibly light and endlessly wrapable, the Bateaux Mouches scarf is an lovely knit guaranteed to be your constant companion in cooler temperatures! The name comes from the open excursion boats that run along the Seine showing off the views of Paris. While I can imagine wearing this shawl on a breezy boat ride, I know in reality that we all want to wear it in the shop while we’re working, since no one can quite get over how soft and warm it is!

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Knitting in Isager’s Alpaca 1, a lace weight 100% alpaca, on a big needle gives the garter stitch a lacy effect. The fabric becomes gauzy and a little stretchy. Bateaux Mouches is big enough to use as a full wrap, yet the fabric is thin enough to scrunch down and wear like a scarf. Since the pattern is all knitting, this makes for a great travel project, as it’s easy to pick up and set down. But really, the yarn is so nice you won’t want to set it down until you’re finished!

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Bateaux Mouches uses just 2 skeins of Alpaca 1, the pattern and a size 7 needle. With a rich range of colors, there’s opportunity for fun accents or workhorse neutrals that go with everything! Add it to your Ravelry queue here!

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Chesterfield

My first project of 2015 is complete – Chesterfield by Julie Hoover. I love knitting myself sweaters and it’s been a while since I made one. The timing worked out perfectly too. It’s FREEZING here in Philadelphia and Chesterfield is warm and so, so cozy!

Me wearing my new pullover!

Pattern: Chesterfield by Julie Hoover – includes options for a tunic length and waist shaping.

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in meteorite and stormcloud; held together throughout.

Size: 46-inch chest

Modifications: I used a longtail cast on and regular bind off instead of tubular ones. I omitted the stripes. My gauge was a little smaller than suggested, so I knit a size larger.

Chesterfield shoulder

I loved knitting with two strands of Loft. The resulting color is fantastic and it feels so warm and squeezable. I’d really like to knit myself a cardigan now with two different shades.

The pattern, like all Brooklyn Tweed patterns, is wonderfully clear, full of useful information and thoughtful details. This is definitely my go-to sweater for the rest of winter!

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Eco Duo Hat

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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Yoked Cardigan

Yoked Cardigan

Hannah Fettig’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!