Elizabeth Smith’s Little Coffee Bean is an adorable sweater and a great knitting pattern for your first cardigan. We knit ours with Spud & Chloe’s Sweater Yarn, which is a soft machine washable blend of merino wool and organic cotton.
Little Coffee Bean is knit from the top down. You cast on and work the ribbed collar, increase at four points for the yoke, separate the sleeve stitches and knit the body and each sleeve separately. Pick up and knit stitches for the button bands, sew on your buttons, and you’re done!
The pattern is sized for 3, 6, and 12 months. For larger sizes, see Smith’s Wonder Years cardigan.
Sweater Yarn is one of our favorite yarns for babies and kids. It’s warm but soft and comes in a range of bright, happy colors. We used Pollen and Ice Cream; so many other colors look great striped with Ice Cream. Shown above from left are: Jelly Bean, Pollen, Firefly, Grass, and Splash.
For your own child, for a gift for a friend, or for learning how to knit a cardigan, the Little Coffee Bean is a well-written pattern that’s fun to knit!
The Amaro Mitts are a simple pair of hand warmers that use color-blocking for a touch of color. They are made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a bouncy DK-weight yarn that’s soft and warm. Perfect for keeping the cold at bay!
Arbor is Brooklyn Tweed’s first worsted-spun yarn, so it has a round, smooth finish. It’s spun from a finer wool fiber than the others, so it’s softer too. And it’s a 3-ply yarn, which gives it a great stitch definition and bounce.
The Amaro Mitts pattern includes two sizes, women’s medium and men’s medium. We used colors Gale & Alizarin for the women’s mitts and Porter & Gale for the mens. To make your own, you’ll need two skeins of Arbor, each in a different color.
The pattern is free with the purchase of two skeins; it’s available for purchase individually too.
The Amaro Mitts work up quickly, making them a great gift too!
Elliana is as much a necklace as it is a scarf. Flowing and shimmering, it’s light enough to wear whatever the weather and dresses up any outfit.
Made with The Loome’s Risoni, a 100% silk yarn with slubs that create the unique fabric all on their own. You just knit and purl and – ta-da! you’re wearing a beautiful new scarf.
To knit Elliana, you’ll need 2 balls of Risoni and a 24-inch size US8 circular needle. The pattern is free with your purchase of the Risoni yarn; if you’re ordering online, just put “Elliana” in the comments section and we’ll send it with your order.
Arranmore is a luxurious new yarn from the Fibre Company for the Fall 2016 season. A modern take on traditional tweed, Arranmore combines merino, cashmere, and silk for a soft, textured, and colorful yarn – perfect for winter sweaters and accessories.
We made a simple seed stitch cowl using two skeins in the Odrhan colorway. Arranmore’s heavier worsted weight makes for a quick knit that you can wear right away!
Fibre Company Arranmore Yarn: 2 skeins; shown in Odrhan.
32-inch US9 circular needle.
Cast on 151 sts. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.
Round 1: K1, P1 to end.
Round 2: P1, K1 to end.
Repeat these 2 rounds until you have used all but a few yards.
Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in ends. Enjoy!
The Portfolio Scarf continues to be one of our most popular patterns. It’s alternating bands of garter stitch and simple lace are knit on the bias for a great looking piece that’s the perfect size for wearing under a coat and indoors.
Portfolio was designed for our Studio yarn, which is a sport weight. We couldn’t help wonder what it would look like in worsted weight Studio Plus. The answer is FANTASTIC!
Bigger isn’t always better, but Portfolio knit – just as it’s written – with two hanks of Studio Plus on a size US 8 needle, yields a big, beautiful scarf that’s 75 inches long and 12.5 inches at its widest point. It’s soft and cozy, plump and squeezable, and perfect for wrapping up in!
We used the color Landscape but it’ll look fantastic in any shade – click here to pick your favorite!
Cecelia Campochiaro’s Sequence Knitting classes in September really inspired me. The concept is deceivingly simple – knitting only 1 row patterns. But when you think of all the 1 row patterns you can create, the number of stitches you can repeat them over, how to increase them and decrease them, and how to incorporate color – the possibilities are endless. And exciting!
For my first foray, I chose Lana Vida Hannah, a perennial favorite. Made with baby alpaca, fine merino, and cashmere, it is a joy to knit. I chose two shades – cobalt and lake. First they’re used to create stripes, then cobalt is used alone to the end. The result is a pleated effect created by the stitch pattern and a fun play of color.
Neve takes three skeins of Hannah – two of the main color and one of the contrast color, and size US 8 needles. The finished scarf is 6.75 inches wide and 68 inches long.
With several color pairings to choose from, Neve makes it easy to dress up your favorite coat and to stay warm. Here are a few of our favorites.
Hannah combinations for Neve, clockwise from top left: bloom and crimson, forsythia and silver, grass and hunter, cobalt and lake.