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Guernsey Wrap Knitalong

Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood

Join us at the end of the month for our Guernsey Wrap Knitalong! We’ll begin on Sunday, February 26 at knitting circle, which runs from 3-5pm, and meet weekly to work on our wraps. There isn’t a firm end date, but we’ll aim to finish in 4-6 weeks. If you’re unable to join us in the shop, join us on Instagram by using the hashtag #loopknitsguernsey.

Jared Flood designed the Guernsey Wrap for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. It features bands of stitch patterns found on fishermen’s sweaters for a large, rectangular wrap. The pattern is only charted, not written, but it’s a good one to start with if you haven’t knit from charts before.

Guernsey Wrap in Shelter Flannel

Shelter is a light and airy woolen spun yarn. It has a woolly feel and comes in an amazing palette of fleece-dyed tweeds. You’ll need 5 skeins of Shelter and a 32-inch US 8 circular needle to knit the Guernsey Wrap. We made ours, shown above, in the color Flannel.

Other worsted weight options include Blue Sky Woolstok (6 – 50g skeins or 2 – 150g skeins), Fibre Company Cumbria (3 skeins) and Berroco Ultra Alpaca (3 skeins).

When Arbor was released last fall, Flood updated the pattern, so it now includes the instructions for both worsted and DK weight yarns.

Arbor is a smooth, round DK weight yarn. Its 3-ply construction has crisp stitch definition that’s great for knit-purl patterns like the ones in the Guernsey Wrap. You’ll need 8 skeins of Arbor and a 32-inch US 6 circular needle for the project; it’s shown above in the color Degas.

The Guernsey Wrap is a big project, so it’s perfect for a knitalong where we can encourage each other to finish. Hope you’ll join us!

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Kelbourne Woolens’ Aleda KAL

Kelbourne Woolens is hosting a knitalong for their Aleda shawl that starts May 1. Co-owner Kate Gagnon Osborn designed Aleda for their book Little Things, and now co-owner Courtney Kelley wants to knit one for herself – it’s easy to see why!

aleda

Aleda is knit with two skeins of The Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering. It’s not a new yarn, but it’s new to us and we love it. It’s a soft, smooth blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and bamboo from viscose that’s kettle-dyed in fantastic heathered shades. Combined with Aleda’s leaf and bud motifs, it’s a perfect spring shawl!

Read more about the Aleda KAL on Kelbourne’s blog. And be sure to show us yours when you’re done!

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Acadia Collection: A Springtime Knitalong

UPDATE: Kelbourne Woolens co-owner Courtney Kelley will be in the shop on Saturday, March 12 from 1-3pm. Come meet Courtney and talk with her about the yarn and the collection!

Beech Hill Poncho

Beech Hill Poncho by Leah McGlone.

The new Acadia Collection from Kelbourne Woolens features 6 gorgeous sweaters that are our pick for the next knitalong. There’s a cardigan vest, two short sleeved tops, two long sleeved pullovers, and a ruana – all with an elegant simplicity and all made with the natural, un-dyed shades of The Fibre Company’s Acadia yarn. Pick your favorite, cast on, and knit yourself a new spring sweater with us!

All six garments will be in the shop from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 20. Come in to see and feel them in person, and to make your pick. Acadia yarn will be 15% off (in-store and online with code ACKAL) while the trunk show is here.

Otter Creek

Otter Creek by Courtney Kelley.

We’ll start knitting on Sunday, March 20 and finish on Saturday, April 30. Post a photo of your sweater in our Ravelry group thread before the end date and you could win a $25 Loop gift card!

Fibre Company Acadia Yarn

Acadia in Mountain Ash, Driftwood, Sand, and Egret.

If you’ve never knit with Acadia before, you’re in for a real treat. It’s blend of merino wool, baby alpaca, and silk has colors that glow and is incredibly soft. If you’re already a fan of Acadia, here’s an excuse to knit with it again (that is, if you even needed one!).

Hope you’ll knit along with us!

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Fidra Hat Knitalong

Fidra by Gudrun Johnston

Gudrun Johnston’s fabulous Fidra uses Brooklyn Tweed Quarry for a warm and textured winter hat. I’ve seen several people making and wearing them, and like any good knitter, I want to knit one too. Rather than go it alone, I thought we could make it together – hence the Fidra Knitalong!

BT Quarry Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed Quarry in Sulphur, Lazulite, and Geode; photo by Jared Flood.

Here’s how the KAL works:

1. Purchase 1 hank of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. It’s 15% off now through Sunday, February 7, 2016. Use code FIDRA, if you’re shopping online.

2. Purchase a copy of Fidra.

3. The knitalong will begin Sunday, February 7. If you’re local, cast on and knit with us in the shop from 3-5pm. If you’re not local, join us in our Ravelry group.

4. Post a photo of your finished Fidra in the KAL thread on Ravelry by the Sunday, February 28, 2016 and you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift card to Loop!

I hope you’ll join us!

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Beyond Stockinette Hat Knitalong

Every winter I want a hat knit in a fine weight yarn. By the time I think of it, it’s cold and I’ve got a few projects on the needles, so I reach for something heavier, usually worsted weight, and whip up a hat for myself. And, because time is of the essence, I tend to knit myself the same hat – ribbed brim and stockinette crown.

It occurred to me the other day that if I start now, I can have the hat I’ve been wanting when fall arrives. And instead of knitting another hat like all the others, I thought I’d challenge myself to go beyond stockinette.

hat_collage

Rather than picking just one design, I thought we’d have a knitalong where we all use fingering weight yarn for a hat that uses a stitch pattern, cables, or lace. I found a few that I like and posted pictures and links to the patterns below.

We’ll begin September 1 and end on September 27. I’ll be using one of two new yarns from Geilsk – Tweed or Wool Cotton. Both are 10% off for the knitalong. In-store, just let us know you’re buying yarn for the knitalong. Online, use code BSHK.

Everyone who posts a picture of their finished hat in the KAL thread of our Ravelry group by September 27, 2015 will be eligible to win a $20 gift card to Loop!

PATTERN IDEAS

Here are a few hat patterns I found that I really like. You can pick any pattern you like, just remember it has to have a stitch pattern, cables, or lace to be eligible for the gift card drawing.

Ahull-by-Alicia-Plummer

Ahull by Alicia Plummer

Bristol-Hat-by-Amy-Christoffers

Bristol Hat by Amy Christoffers

Fish-by-Tora-Froseth

Fish by Tora Froseth

Frick-Frick-Beret-by-Pamela-Wynne

Frick Frick BERET! by Pamela Wynne

Jaffrey-by-Michele-Wang

Jaffrey by Michele Wang

Norby-by-Gudrun-Johnston

Norby by Gudrun Johnston

Rustling Leaves Beret-by-Alana-Dakos

Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos

Join us on Ravelry and let us know your yarn and pattern choice (or let us know what you’re considering) and get ready to begin. And if you’re nearby, join us on Sundays from 2-4pm to work on your hat. I hope you’ll knit along with us!

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Laylow Knitalong

Laylow by Shannon CookOur next knitalong will be Laylow by Shannon Cook. It’s a beautiful crescent-shaped shawl made with garter and dropped stitches.

We’ll begin on Sunday, June 21 and end on Sunday, July 26. There are 3 yarn options available at 25% off – and if you post a picture of your completed Laylow by the last day, you could win a $25 gift card to Loop!

Laylow Shawl

Laylow has a wingspan of 51 inches and is 19.5 inches deep – large enough to wear over your shoulders, yet light enough to wrap just around your neck.

Laylow was designed with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock – one of our favorites! Tosh Sock is 25% off now through 6/28/15 – you’ll need two skeins, each in a different color, for Laylow.

I’ve really been hankering to use Koigu KPPPM. We recently received some new colors, which are really calling to me. So Koigu will be an option too, and is also 25% off.

And, because I’ve met several knitters lately who can’t work with wool, Hikoo Cobasi, will be the third option for Laylow – at 25% off as well. Cobasi is a blend of cotton, nylon, bamboo, and silk. It was developed as a non-wool sock alternative, but it makes a fabric with beautiful drape too.

Laylow Shawl

All three yarn options – Tosh Sock, Koigu KPPPM, and Cobasi are 25% off through June 28, 2015. Use discount code LKAL, if you’re shopping online. Click here to see them all.

The knitalong will begin Sunday, June 21. If you’re local, cast on and knit with us in the shop from 2-4pm. If you’re not local, join us in our Ravelry group. Post a photo of your finished Laylow by the July 26 and you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift card to Loop!

I hope you’ll join us!