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Kate Oates’ FOR YOU Knitalong

Lovebird Cowl

We’re in love with Kate Oates’ new Lovebirds Cowl! With pairs of birds and little hearts, it’s an interesting knit and a warm and whimsical cowl. The pattern’s available for pre-order now through the end of January at a special price. You can also join Kate and other knitters in a knitalong that starts February 1.

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For the Lovebirds Cowl, Kate used 2 colors of our Studio yarn. With that you can knit either size – a shorter cowl that sits close to the neck or a longer infinity scarf. Kate used smock and cadmium for the cowl (on left), and india ink and skylight for the infinity scarf.

In addition to the cowl, Kate’s designed a new sweater for the knitalong, the Katy Tunic. It’s an oversized boxy pullover with ribbed sleeves and a cable collar. Katy works up quickly at 3.5 stitches to the inch in a yarn like Berroco Peruvia Quick or Cascade 128 Superwash, both of which are available in the shop.

Click here to join Kate’s FOR YOU Knitalong – and have fun!

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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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10th Anniversary Darby Cowl Kits

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The Darby Cowl Kit was created as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration. We’ll donate 10% of October’s kit sales to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to achieve a future without breast cancer by focusing on prevention and finding the cause.

Darby is a textured cowl made with soft and warm Lana Vida Francesca yarn. Wear it long indoors when the office gets cold then double it up for extra warmth around your neck when you head outside.

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Each kit includes: 2 skeins of Lana Vida Francesca in either Blush (light pink) or Pink (bright pink), the Darby Cowl pattern, and 1 pink beaded bracelet from Chavez for Charity. Chavez for Charity donates 25% of the gross profit of these bracelets to the Foundation, so your purchase as added impact!

You will need a 32- or 35-inch US11 circular needle, which is not included in the kit. Thank you & happy knitting!

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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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Katarina Cabled Headband

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Are your ears cold? If you live anywhere that has been swept up in The Dread Polar Vortex, I’ll bet your answer is YES! In an effort to stay as warm as possible, we’ve had lots of customers looking for a turban style cabled headband. It’s a good alternative option for keeping warm without the hat head!

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Craig came to the rescue & whipped up the Katarina Cabled Headband in 2 yarns: Debbie Bliss Riva & Berroco’s Kodiak. Riva is a 70% wool/30% acrylic with a slow striping effect. Kodiak is a fluffy 61% alpaca, 24% nylon, 15% wool. Both are chunky, lightweight, super soft blends that won’t itch your forehead and will keep your ears toasty!

Knit in a simple rib with one big cable at the center front, this pattern will take no time at all and keep your ears warm and your hairdo cute!

Please enjoy our free pattern and stay warm!

KATARINA HEADBAND

SIZE
Small (Medium, Large)
18 (20, 22) inch head circumference

FINISHED DIMENSIONS
3.5 inches wide, 17 (19, 21) inches around.

Note: Headband is intended to fit snugly. For a custom fit, hold around head before binding off to test comfort.

MATERIALS:
Debbie Bliss Riva or Berroco Kodiak (61% baby alpaca, 24% nylon, 15% merino wool; 125 yards/ 50 grams): 1 ball.

NEEDLES + NOTIONS
US10.5 straight or 24-inch circular needle.
Darning needle.

PATTERN
Cast on 16 stitches.

K1, P1 for 8 (9, 10) inches.

Cable
Slip first 8 sts to cable needle and hold in front. Work last 8 sts in pattern. Work 8 sts from cable needle.

Continue K1, P1 until piece measures 17 (19, 21) inches from cast on edge.

Bind off in pattern, leaving a 10-inch tail. Use mattress stitch to join cast on and bind off edge.

Weave in ends and enjoy!