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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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Canopy Ribbed Cowl

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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Bronwyn Scarf

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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.

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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!

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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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Paoli Wrap

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Be stylish and warm in our new Paoli Wrap! Knit in Hannah, Paoli is a soft, luxe scarf that you’ll find yourself reaching for every day this season. The simple stitch repeat creates an amazing pleated fabric, that adds texture and flair to your winter wardrobe!

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Hannah is an incredible combination of fine merino, baby alpaca & cashmere, blended together in a classic worsted weight yarn with beautiful drape. With a palette of 15 rich hues, there is a color for every taste!

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Here’s the free pattern! Enjoy!

PAOLI WRAP

SIZE One size, 14 x 66 inches

YARN Lana Vida Hannah (45% baby alpaca, 45% fine merino, 10% cashmere; 100 g / 218 yds): 4 skeins

NEEDLES US 8 (5mm) or size needed for gauge

GAUGE 4.5 sts = 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch

PATTERN

CO 70 sts.

Row 1 *K5, p5; rep from * to end.

Row 2 K4, *p5, k5; rep from * to last 6 sts, p5, k1.

Row 3 P2, *k5, p5; rep from * to last 8 sts, k5, p3.

Row 4 K2, *p5, k5; rep from * to last 8 sts, p5, k3.

Row 5 P4, *k5, p5; rep from * to last 6 sts, k5, p1.

Row 6 *P5, k5; rep from * to end.

Rep rows 1 to 6 until piece measures 66 inches from CO edge. BO in pattern. Weave in ends.

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Madelinetosh Home & Cowl

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It’s officially autumn, and what better way to welcome a new season than with a brand new yarn from Madelinetosh! Home is the latest addition to the Tosh family, and we love it already.

Irresistably soft, this superwash merino wool sports Tosh’s signature colors at a fast knitting 2.5 stitches per inch. Due to the lofty ply, Home knits into a surprisingly light fabric given it’s chunky stature! Knit it on a US 10-13 needle, depending on desired density & drape.

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As soon as Home arrived, I thought that it had COWLS written all over it! I brought 2 skeins home and cast on for a simple seed stitch cowl. I knit at a leisurely pace and it was easily completed in a weekend.

The Home Cowl is lightweight and warm with an exciting combination of texture and color. This soft ring of fabric will look chic now with a jean jacket, and be super cozy tucked into your puffy coat this winter. Be ready to knit a few more, though, because your best friend, your sister and your mom are going to want one as well!

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Here’s the pattern- enjoy!

HOME COWL

Materials:
2 skeins Madelinetosh Home, shown in cardinal
US 11 32-inch circular needle

Finished Size:
9.5″ tall, 42″ circumference

Gauge:
2.5 sts/inch in seed stitch.

Cast on 95 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Round 1: K1, P1

Round 2: P1, K1

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you have a few yards left of your 2nd skein.

Cast off loosely in pattern.

Weave in ends. Get cozy!

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Tre Colori

Tre Colori Shawl

Tre Colori is an simple stockinette shawl knit with three colors of Hikoo Cobasi yarn. It starts with a stockinette tab cast on (same as a garter tab cast on, but purling on the wrong side) and transitions through three shades as it extends to its finished size. Each color change is done with a row of eyelets for added visual interest.

Tre Colori Shawl

I knit Tre Colori earlier this season when Cobasi first arrived in the shop. Cobasi was created as a non-wool sock yarn for people who dislike or are allergic to wool. It’s a blend of cotton, bamboo, and silk with elastic nylon, which has a slightly nubby texture. The knitted fabric is soft, drapes beautifully, and feels cool. I imagine it’ll make great socks, but also, tanks, tops, and hats that are more for sun protection than warmth.

Tre Colori Shawl

Tre Colori is knit with 3 skeins, one in each color. It can easily be made larger by making each section bigger or adding additional sections. Of course, you’d probably need more yarn to do this.

Cobasi comes in a fantastic range of colors. I like to use shades of the same color, but it’s fun to experiment with different combinations. It’s hard to go wrong!

TRE COLORI PATTERN

SIZE
46 inches across top edge x 22 inches center top to point.

MATERIALS
Hikoo Cobasi: 3 skeins; Color A, B, and C. Shown in carrot, vavava voom, and really red.
24-inch circular needle, Size #4 or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE
5.5 stitches per inch after blocking

PATTERN
Cast on 3 sts with Color A.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep rows 1 and 2 twice more – 6 rows total.

Pick up 3 stitches along the left hand side of the tab. Pick up 3 stitches from the cast on edge. (9 sts)

Turn your work and purl 1 row.

Set-up Row 1: K3, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k3.

Set-up Row 2: Purl.

Row 1: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3

Row 2: Purl.

Rep rows 1 and 2 thirty times.

Cut Color A, join Color B.

Color Change Row: K3, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to marker, yo, k3.

Work Row 2.

Rep rows 1 and 2 twenty-four times.

Cut Color B, join Color C.

Rep Color Change Row.
Work Row 2.

Rep rows 1 and 2 ten times.

Border
Border Row 1: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3

Border Row 2: Knit.

Rep border rows 1 and 2 two more times.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends and block.