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Arranmore Cowl

Arranmore is a luxurious new yarn from the Fibre Company for the Fall 2016 season. A modern take on traditional tweed, Arranmore combines merino, cashmere, and silk for a soft, textured, and colorful yarn – perfect for winter sweaters and accessories.

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We made a simple seed stitch cowl using two skeins in the Odrhan colorway. Arranmore’s heavier worsted weight makes for a quick knit that you can wear right away!

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ARRANMORE COWL

YARN
Fibre Company Arranmore Yarn: 2 skeins; shown in Odrhan.

NEEDLE
32-inch US9 circular needle.

NOTION
Stitch marker.

COWL
Cast on 151 sts. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: K1, P1 to end.
Round 2: P1, K1 to end.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you have used all but a few yards.

Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in ends. Enjoy!

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1×1 Ribbed Scarf – Another Favorite

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!

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Brice Cowl

Brice cowl in blues

Brice is a close-fitting cowl that’s soft and cozy thanks to voluminous garter stitch and plush Lana Vida Francesca. The pattern is free – see below – and the yarn is 25% off this month – a perfect combination for the gift-giving season!

Because it’s garter stitch worked in the round, you alternate rounds of knit with rounds of purl. And for the stripes, all the knit rounds are made with the main color and the purl rounds are made with the contrast color.

Here’s how to make your own:

SIZE
22 inches in circumference & 8 inches tall.

MATERIALS
Lana Vida Francesca [80% baby alpaca, 20% merino wool; 120 yds / 100g]: 2 skeins, 1 for Main Color, 1 for Contrast Color; shown in Royal and Light Blue.

NEEDLES
24-inch US 10.5 circular needle.

GAUGE
3.5 sts = 1 inch in St st.

PATTERN
With Main Color, cast on 80 sts.

Round 1: Knit with Main Color.
Round 2: Purl with Contrast Color.

Rep rounds 1 & 2 until piece measures 7.75 inches from cast on edge.

Bind off with Contrast Color. Weave in ends.

Brice cowl

Francesca’s palette offers many beautiful pairing combinations for Brice. Our first version was knit with Royal and Light Blue. For our second, we used Coral and Blush (shown above).

Try Bright Blue with Royal or Light Blue for a real pop of color. Or Crimson and Royal. Or Spring and Forest!

Francesca is 25% off this month. Regularly $16, it’s $11.99 each! Take advantage of the sale and click here to choose your shades of Francesca!

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Abra Hat

Abra Hat

When Brooklyn Tweed’s new chunky yarn Quarry arrived, Laura took a skein home to swatch. She came back with a hat we’ve named Abra.

Abra uses seed stitch for a warm, lightweight, and textural piece. You only need 1 skein of Quarry and the pattern is free below. It’s the perfect way to try this fabulous new yarn!

ABRA HAT

SIZE
One size; to fit 20-23 inch head.

MATERIALS
Brooklyn Tweed Quarry [100% American wool; 200 yds / 100g]: 1 skein, shown in flint.

NEEDLES
US10 16-inch circular and double pointed needles.

GAUGE
3.25 sts = 1 inch in seed stitch

PATTERN
CO 64 sts; place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches.

Round 1: M1 *p1, k1, rep from * to end of round. (65 sts.)
Round 2: *P1, K1 rep from * to end of round.
Round 3: *K1, P1 rep from * to end of round.

Repeat rounds 2 & 3 until hat measures 8 inches from cast on edge.

Switch to double pointed needles on next round.

Decrease round 1: *Work 2 sts in pattern, k2tog rep from * to end of round, K1. (49 sts)
Decrease round 2: *Work 1 st in pattern, k2tog rep from * to end of round, K1. (33 sts)
Decrease rounds 3, 4, 5: *K2tog rep from* to last st, k1. (5 sts)

Break yarn and use a tapestry needle to draw through remaining stitches.

Bring yarn to the inside of the hat and pull tight. Weave in ends.

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Drea’s Shawl

Drea Shawl

We no longer carry the yarns we used in this project, however, Fiberstory’s Fave Yarn has gorgeous solids and variegated shades that would make a beautiful shawl with a similar effect.

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Drea’s Shawl is a simple, garter stitch triangle. You’ll need 2 skeins of Fave Yarn to make it, one solid and one multi-colored.

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DREA’S SHAWL

SIZE
48 inches across top, 22 inches down center

YARN
Main Color (MC) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock [100% superwash merino wool; 100g/395 yds]: 1 skein.
Contrast Color (CC) Koigu KPPPM [100% merino wool; 50g/175 yds]: 1 skein.

NEEDLE
24-inch US5 (3.5mm) circular needle.

GAUGE
5 sts = 1 inch in garter stitch.

ABBREVIATIONS
m1r make one right; lift the bar between the stitch you just knit and the next stitch on the left needle from the back and knit it.

PATTERN
CO 3 sts with MC.

Row 1: With MC, knit.
Row 2: With MC, k1, m1r, knit to end.
Row 3: With CC, knit.
Row 4: With CC, k1, m1r, knit to end.

Rep rows 1-4 until 135 sts on needle. Break CC yarn.

Cont with MC only, rep rows 1 & 2 until 175 sts on needle.

Bind off and weave in ends.

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Gallery Hat

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.