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Bristol Ivy Collection

Bristol Ivy's Hester Sweater

Hester in Cumbria color Grizedale Forest.

Bristol Ivy designed 6 sweaters with The Fibre Company’s Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering yarns. Both yarns are a wonderful blend of South American merino wool, British brown masham wool from rare breed sheep, and mohair. Hearty, yet soft, and with a palette of glowing shades, Bristol did a fantastic job of showing off Cumbria’s crisp stitch definition and gorgeous colors.

Cumbria is a worsted weight yarn. You’ll get 4.5 to 5 stitches per inch on a size US 6-8 needle. It’s used for Hester, shown above, and for the two following designs.

Hylda Pullover by Bristol Ivy

Hylda in Cumbria color Windermere.

Myrtle in Cumbria

Myrtle in Cumbria color Appleby Castle.

Cumbria Fingering is available in the same colors as Cumbria. It’s knits up at 6.5 to 7.5 stitches per inch on a size US 1-3 needle.


Lita in Cumbria Fingering color Buttermere.

Prue in Cumbria Fingering

Prue in Cumbria Fingering color Helvellyn.

Vera in Cumbria Fingering

Vera in Cumbria Fingering color Castlerigg.

Click here to see all 6 designs in the Bristol Ivy Collection. You can see Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering in our shop and online.

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A New Winter Hat

Last night I almost ran home to escape the freezing cold and the icy wind. I needed a hat, and I certainly have lots of hats, but like all knitters, once I was home, I decided I need a new one.

Here are a few good hat patterns I found and thought you might like too. Looks like Winter 2016 will be cold after all!

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith

Sheep are hard to resist, especially this flock in their green field under a snowy sky. Sized to fit most adults, Baa-ble Hat is knit with 4 shades of worsted weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter or Fibre Company Canopy Worsted.


Fishbones by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Fishbones uses stranded colorwork and an optional pom-pom for a fun hat. It’s made with 2 shades of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light or other sportweight yarn like Loop Studio.


Buck’s Hat by Thea Colman

With stitches criss-crossing a field of garter, Buck’s Hat would be wonderfully soft and warm in a yarn like Loop Studio Plus or Fibre Company Cumbria.


Crag by Jared Flood

Crag is a handsome cap with a geometric motif of interlocking tiered cables. It’s deep texture allows it to work with dark colors, making it a good choice for fans of black, charcoal, and navy. Made with 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

Abra Hat

Abra Hat by Laura Singewald

It’s hard to beat the wonderful texture of seed stitch, especially in light and chunky Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. For a different range of colors, try Fibre Company Tundra. Abra is a unisex hat and is made with just 1 skein!

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5 to Make: Mid-Weight Sweaters

Mid-weight sweaters knit at 5 to 5.5 stitches per inch are the Goldilocks of garments: they don’t take too long to make and you can wear them two or three seasons a year.

Here are a 5 sweaters that you’ll enjoy making with DK-weight or light worsted weight yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Madelinetosh Tosh DK, The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge, or Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino – and that you’ll enjoy wearing too!



Pattern: Boyfriend by Lori Versaci, Versaci Knits.
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Individual pieces are knit and seamed together.



Pattern: Gillam by Kate Gagnon Osborne
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Worked in a combination of bottom-up in the round – sleeves and body – and seamed – sleeve caps to body. Tops are body, front and back, are worked flat.



Pattern: Aislinn by Amy Herzog
Gauge: 5.5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Knit in pieces and seamed together.



Pattern: Palladio by Jane Richmond
Gauge: 5.25 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Knit seamlessly from the top down.



Pattern: Phillipa by Isabell Kraemer
Gauge: 5.5 stitches = 1 inch
Construction: Worked seamlessly from the top down.

Remember to always swatch first! I know you want to jump right in – we all do – but it’s worth taking the time. You don’t want to knit an entire garment only to find out your gauge was off and that it doesn’t fit.

All of these sweaters are ones you could wear again and again. Pick one and cast on!

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4 Cool Tops You Can Knit & Wear This Summer

You don’t have to stop wearing your knits just because it’s summer! Tanks and tops in lighter weight yarns are perfect for days in the mountains or on the beach. For those cool nights and aggressively air-conditioned restaurants and theaters, an easy pullover is just the thing to throw on.

It’s not too late to make something new for this summer. You can knit up these 4 great-looking tops and wear them out in just a few weeks!

Dafne by Julie Hoover

Daphne by Julie Hoover Daphne’s a sleek tunic with a slipped rib stitch pattern that add to its flattering long silhouette. Make it in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton for a soft feel and great summer colors.

Otherside by Melanie Berg

Otherside by Melanie Berg Otherside is made with fingering weight yarn knit at a loose, fluid gauge. It’s worked flat in one piece, then folded in half and seamed. Easy to knit on-the-go and easy to finish. Ito Gima 8.5 is a cotton yarn that gets softer with wear and comes in a range of beautiful colors – perfect for striping!

On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

On the Beach by Isabell KraemerWith its bold stripes and easy fit, On the Beach is perfect for, well, wearing on the beach! It’s knit with a sport weight yarn at a larger than usual gauge. Modern Cotton would make a good choice and give you lots of fun bright colors to choose from!

Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier

Shellseeker by Heidi KirrmaierShellseeker is an easy, comfortable pullover with a fun kangaroo pocket. Designer Heidi Kirrmaier used Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn, which is an excellent choice for comfort, easy care, and fantastic colors!

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Barrowe Cowl in Hannah


Our friend, Carol Sulcoski, is one of our favorite designers & Lana Vida’s Hannah is one of our favorite yarns. Imagine our delight when the two came together in Carol’s latest pattern, the Barrowe Cowl. Since Hannah is our yarn of the month and is 15% off for all of November, Carol’s creation is right on time!

This two color cowl incorporates a pretty colorwork motif for an alternative take on stripes. A luxe blend of baby alpaca, merino & cashmere, Hannah feels so soft against your skin! Barrowe is a warm pop of color for your autumn ensembles, and is much less bulky than a full scarf.


We liked this little cowl so much, we decided to make kits! Each kit includes the pattern, one skein of Hannah in Cocoa and a skeinette of Hannah in either lake (as seen in the sample) or bloom as an alternative. Barrowe is knit in the round, with colorwork both charted and written out. And yes, the kits are also 15% off this month!

Everything wound and ready to knit, making a lovely gift for a knitting friend, a fair isle newbie or for your own collection!

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Gwyneth Hat In Tundra


Kristine just finished knitting our brand new Gwyneth hat in the Fibre Company’s Tundra. Didn’t she do a good job? I think so too, and I really didn’t want to take it off after photographing it!

Tundra is a super soft blend of 60% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool and 10% silk. It’s hand dyed with subtle variations to create a gorgeous depth of color. Gwyneth’s chunky, twisty cables show off these hues to great effect. Ours was knit in Red Fox, which I think is such an ideal autumn color!



This hat has been designed by the Fibre Company especially for bricks and mortar Tundra stockists. That means we are one of just a handful of shops offering the pattern for this cabled beauty!

Gwyneth takes just one skein of Tundra & and is a one size fits all hat with a finished circumference of 20″. The pattern is $5 and is available right here in our South St. shop.

Now comes the hard part- which Tundra color will you choose?