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Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

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!

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New Shop Sample: Westbourne [Kinu love]

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Westbourne [Kinu love] is a simple pullover that’s soft and light-as-air thanks to Ito’s beautiful Kinu yarn.

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Kinu is a light fingering weight yarn made of 100% silk noil (also called organic silk). Different colored fibers are combined for a melange effect that gives depth to the knitted fabric. For Westbourne, Kinu is knit at an open gauge of six stitches per inch to maximize its drape and airiness.

We made our version with snow gray for the main color and persimmon for the stripes.

Westbourne has a wide neck, three-quarter length sleeves, and a comfortable fit. Because it’s knit seamlessly from the top down, you can easily make the sleeves short or take them down to the wrist.

westbourne raglan detail

For bust sizes: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) inches, you’ll need: 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) cones of Ito Kinu in the main color and 1 cone of Ito Kinu in the contrast color.

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westbourne hem detail

Kinu is made in a beautiful range of colors. Here are a few other color combinations we like for Westbourne.

Kinu - cherry-blossom and sangriaIto Kinu in cherry blossom and sangria.

Kinu_denim_white-2Ito Kinu in denim and white.

Kinu_garnet_cayenne_red-2Ito Kinu in garnet and cayenne red.

Click here to pick your Kinu colors!

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Chesterfield

My first project of 2015 is complete – Chesterfield by Julie Hoover. I love knitting myself sweaters and it’s been a while since I made one. The timing worked out perfectly too. It’s FREEZING here in Philadelphia and Chesterfield is warm and so, so cozy!

Me wearing my new pullover!

Pattern: Chesterfield by Julie Hoover – includes options for a tunic length and waist shaping.

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in meteorite and stormcloud; held together throughout.

Size: 46-inch chest

Modifications: I used a longtail cast on and regular bind off instead of tubular ones. I omitted the stripes. My gauge was a little smaller than suggested, so I knit a size larger.

Chesterfield shoulder

I loved knitting with two strands of Loft. The resulting color is fantastic and it feels so warm and squeezable. I’d really like to knit myself a cardigan now with two different shades.

The pattern, like all Brooklyn Tweed patterns, is wonderfully clear, full of useful information and thoughtful details. This is definitely my go-to sweater for the rest of winter!

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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.

Lovebird Cowl

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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Ellery Poncho

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I love that beautiful drapey ponchos are in vogue right now! There’s no better way to look effortlessly stylish, stay warm and show off your favorite yarn all at the same time. The Ellery Poncho, the latest design from Loop staffer Erika Flory, does all these things, plus it’s fun to knit!

Knit with our beloved Hannah yarn, a luxe worsted blend of baby alpaca, fine merino and cashmere, Ellery is a piece that you will want to throw on as you’re running out the door every day – and you’ll look instantly polished once you do.

Poncho Close up

Ellery is knit all in one piece – edging too – with a pretty antler cable running along one edge. The cable is a simple to learn and adds interest to your stockinette. Finished with minimal seaming at one shoulder and then quickly steamed, you’re ready to roll.

This is an ideal holiday project to make for your mother, daughter, or best friend. The worsted weight yarn will knit up more quickly than you think and there’s no worrying about fit. You just have to choose their favorite color!

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Ellery takes 5 skeins of Hannah – Erika knit hers in hunter – and a 32-inch US8 (5.0mm) circular needle. Which color will you choose to wrap up in this winter?

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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!