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Summer Knitalong: Melodia

Melodia by Janina Kallio

For our next knitalong, we’ll be making Janina Kallio’s Melodia. It’s a crescent shaped shawl that’s worked from the top down in garter stitch and decorative eyelets. Simple and beautiful, it’ll be great for an easy summer project.

I’ve been adding Janina’s patterns to my queue for a while now. I like almost all of them, and Melodia seems a good place to start.

Melodia by Janina Kallio 2

I’ll be knitting with Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light, although I still haven’t picked a color. They’re all so beautiful! If you’d like to use it too, it’s 10% off now through Sunday, May 17, 2015. If you’re shopping online, just enter the discount code MELKAL. If you’re shopping in the store, just let us know it’s for the knitalong.

The knitalong will officially begin on Sunday, May 17. All you need to do to knit with us is visit the knitalong thread in our Ravelry group and say you’re in. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, please join me in the shop that Sunday from 2 and 4pm and we can cast on together.

Since many people go away for Memorial Day, we’ll plan to finish Melodia by Sunday, June 14, which is 5 weeks. Post a picture of your finished shawl in the knitalong thread in the Loop Group by that day and one randomly-selected knitter will receive a $25 gift card!

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Little Wave & Cordwood Cowl Knitalong

Little Wave Cardigan

The votes are in and Little Wave came out on top! Gudrun Johnston designed this saddle shoulder cabled cardigan for her son – what a lucky and stylish kid – and later sized it for a range of women’s and men’s sizes.

Little Wave was designed with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, which is a wonderful yarn for sweaters, especially ones with cables. Shelter is lightly spun wool so garments are warm but light weight and comfortable.

Leila Raabe's Cordwood Cowl

The runner-up was Leila Raabe’s Cordwood Cowl. It’s a beautiful piece, also designed with Shelter, that can be worn in one long circle or doubled for a closer fit.

Because some people said they didn’t think they could fit a sweater into their fall knitting plans, we’re going to include both patterns in our knitalong.

The knitalong officially begins September 1, but if you’re ready, you can start at any time. Post a picture of your finished project by October 31, 2014 and you:

– could be the winner of a $20 Loop gift card (winner will be randomly selected)

– will receive a gift card for 10% of the cost of the yarn (if you purchased your yarn from Loop and told us you were using it for the knitalong.)

To join the knitalong, visit the forum thread, and tell us which pattern you’ll be knitting and which yarn you’re using. I hope you’ll join us!

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Cast Your Vote for the Next Knitalong

Cast your vote for the Early Fall 2014 Knitalong! The winner will be announced on Thursday and the knitalong will begin September 1, 2014.

KAL Nominees

The nominees are:

left column from top to bottom:
Little Wave by Gudrun Johnston
Cordwood by Leila Raabe
Venta by Michele Wang

center column:
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli

right column from top to bottom:
Autumn Vines by Alana Dakos
Henrietta by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Fireweeds by Rose Hiver

Vote now!

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Let Your Heart Unwind KAL Moving Along!

While many of us are making good progress with our Let Your Heart Unwind (LYHU) shawls, a few have already finished, and they look fantastic!

Cristina's Shawl Cristina’s LYHU shawl.

Cristina was the first to finish. I’m amazed at how quickly she knit her shawl. I know I’m a slow knitter, but I guess I’m slower than I thought!

Cristina’s also been extremely generous with helping others when they’ve run into trouble.

Katie's Shawl Katie’s finished shawl.

Katie noticed early on that her shawl was coming out short. LYHU is knit sideways, so we’ve been measuring along the top, which the pattern said is 60 inches long, after blocking.

Thinking it was going to be too short, Katie added two more sections before the decreases began. Her final blocked shawl is 52 inches wide – smaller than expected – but Katie said that she’s happy with it and that it’s actually a better size for her.

icedteaknits Cynthia’s LYHU shawl.

Cynthia’s beautiful shawl is made in one of my favorite Madelinetosh colors, Iris. She said she knit it while watching three seasons of Hell on Wheels. I watch a lot of TV myself, so I can relate to marathon watching. I’ve been watching Teen Wolf while knitting my LYHU, which is a little embarrassing to admit, but it’s really a better show than the you’d think from the name.

Anyway, after blocking, Cynthia’s shawl measures 60 inches across the top. Right on target!

The differences between these shawls is a great example of how there’s not always a right and a wrong in knitting. We all knit differently and we each have our own preferences. It’s ok to make changes to a pattern. And it’s ok not to!

For more progress pictures and more about the shawl, visit the KAL thread on Ravelry. The KAL officially ends August 31, so there’s still time to join in. As you can see, LYHU is a beautiful design that looks great in lots of different yarns and colors.

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Summer Knitalong: Let Your Heart Unwind

Let Your Heart Unwind

For our Summer Knitalong, we’re knitting Let Your Heart Unwind (LYHU) by Joji Locatelli. This gorgeous shawl is made of alternating sections of seed stitch and lace. LYHU is knit from side to side and uses short rows for shaping. Looks like a really fun knit!

The pattern will be released next week. You can cast on as soon as you have it and your yarn. Post a photograph of your finished shawl by Sunday, August 31, 2014 and you’ll have a chance to win a $20 gift card to Loop.

LYHU is knit with 400 yards of fingering weight yarn. Instead of choosing just one yarn for the knitalong, you can use any yarn you like and get 20% off the price through 7/31/14. If you’re shopping online, just leave a note in the Special Instructions letting us know that your yarn is for the KAL. If you’re buying more than one kind of yarn, also let us know which yarn is for the KAL.

We’ll apply the discount when we process your order. If you use Paypal, you’ll be refunded the amount of the discount. And if you’re shopping in the store, then just let us know!

Let Your Heart Unwind

You don’t have to purchase yarn to participate or to win the drawing. This could be a perfect opportunity to use something beautiful you have but haven’t been sure what to make with it.

To join the knitalong, go to this thread on Ravelry and jump in. I hope you’ll knit with us!

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Harley Mitts

Harley Mitts

Harley Mitts are reversible hand warmers knit with one of the softest yarns in the shop, Shibui’s Baby Alpaca DK. Knit in the round, except for the thumb opening, with an easy interrupted rib pattern, Harley has long smooth lines on one side (shown in bottom right photo above) and a fun, pebbly texture on the other (shown above left and top right). They’re perfect for wearing in a chilly office or while texting on the streets!

Harley is the project for February’s Knitalong; the free knitting pattern is below. They’re made with 1 skein of Baby Alpaca DK – which is 10% off through February 28, 2013 – and size 6 needles.

Join our Knitalong and you could win a $20 gift card to Loop! Just jump in and introduce yourself.

Shibui Baby Alpaca DK

Shibui used the finest baby alpaca for this 3-ply DK weight yarn; it’s almost as soft as cashmere! Baby Alpaca DK comes in lots of beautiful neutrals, rich jewel tones, and a few fabulously bright shades. It’s shown above in colors rust, graphite, watermelon, velvet, and lumen. Each 100 gram skein has 255 yards – plenty for a pair of mittens or hand warmers, a hat, or a cowl.

At 10% off, there’s no better time to try Baby Alpaca DK yarn!

HARLEY MITTS

SIZE
One size fits all. 7 inch circumference, 10 inch length.

MATERIALS
Shibui Baby Alpaca DK: 1 skein, shown in rust.
Size 6 needles – 1 set of double points or 40″ circular for Magic Loop

GAUGE
5.5 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

PATTERN
CO 42 sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist.

Bottom cuff
Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat round 1 a total of eight times.

Body
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Round 3: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until piece measures 7 inches.

Thumb opening – Worked flat, not in the round.
Row 1 (WS) Purl all stitches.
Row 2 *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat these two rows 8 times.

Finish body
Join work in the round again. Repeat rounds 2 and 3 from above 8 times.

Top cuff
Repeat round 1 from above eight times.
BO loosely in pattern. Weave in ends.

Make second mitt.