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Venta

Venta Shrug

Michele Wang designed Venta for us for the debut of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in our custom color Susquehanna. We love Michele’s designs and knew we could count on her to create something special. So we sent her yarn and said, surprise us!

A few months later, here is Venta. A shrug with a soft, relaxed fit and a geometric lace motif that spans from cuff to cuff. Wear it over a dress or with a t-shirt and jeans. Venta is simple, chic, and easy-to-throw on for a day’s – or night’s – adventures!

Venta Shrug

Venta is knit in one piece. After blocking, the sides are seamed to create the sleeves, and stitches are picked up and knit for the hem. Sleeves are then picked up and knit around each sleeve for the cuff. Venta is written for two sizes, both of which are knit with 3 skeins of Tosh Sock.

Now through August 31, 2014, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the Venta pattern with your purchase of 3 skeins of Tosh Sock yarn. It is also available for purchase by clicking here.

Venta Shrug

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YARN
Approx 935 (1070) yds // 855 (979) m of Fingering Weight Yarn.
Sample knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% Superwash Merino Wool – 395 yds // 384 m); Loop’s exclusive color: Susquehanna.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Wrist-to-wrist, “wingspan” after blocking 44.25 (53”) // 113 (135) cm.
Sample shown in size 53” // 135 cm on model with bust circumference of 34” // 86 cm and a height of 5’2” // 158 cm.

GAUGE (after blocking)
Lace & Stockinette – 22 sts & 35 rows = 4 inches // 10 cm

NEEDLES
40″ or 48″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge.
Suggested needle size: US 4 // 3.5mm for Stockinette; US 5 // 3.75mm for Lace.

48″ circular needle and one set of needles for small circumference knitting in smaller size for ribbing:
Suggested needle size: US 3 // 3.25mm

TOOLS // NOTIONS
• Waste yarn
• Crochet hook, same size as gauge needle (for Provisional Cast-on)
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle
• Blocking tools – T-pins, blocking mat, blocking wires (optional)

Venta Shrug

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4 Cool Tops You Can Knit & Wear This Summer

You don’t have to stop wearing your knits just because it’s summer! Tanks and tops in lighter weight yarns are perfect for days in the mountains or on the beach. For those cool nights and aggressively air-conditioned restaurants and theaters, an easy pullover is just the thing to throw on.

It’s not too late to make something new for this summer. You can knit up these 4 great-looking tops and wear them out in just a few weeks!

Dafne by Julie Hoover

Daphne by Julie Hoover Daphne’s a sleek tunic with a slipped rib stitch pattern that add to its flattering long silhouette. Make it in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton for a soft feel and great summer colors.

Otherside by Melanie Berg

Otherside by Melanie Berg Otherside is made with fingering weight yarn knit at a loose, fluid gauge. It’s worked flat in one piece, then folded in half and seamed. Easy to knit on-the-go and easy to finish. Ito Gima 8.5 is a cotton yarn that gets softer with wear and comes in a range of beautiful colors – perfect for striping!

On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

On the Beach by Isabell KraemerWith its bold stripes and easy fit, On the Beach is perfect for, well, wearing on the beach! It’s knit with a sport weight yarn at a larger than usual gauge. Modern Cotton would make a good choice and give you lots of fun bright colors to choose from!

Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier

Shellseeker by Heidi KirrmaierShellseeker is an easy, comfortable pullover with a fun kangaroo pocket. Designer Heidi Kirrmaier used Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn, which is an excellent choice for comfort, easy care, and fantastic colors!

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Zig Zag Zig Cowls

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Call it a circle, infinity, loop or cowl scarf, one thing is certain, it’s definitely the time for knitting them! Cowls are the stylish accessory that will ward off the cold and bring cheer and warmth to the folks on your holiday gift list.

Our Zig Zag Zig cowls in Debbie Bliss’s Winter Garden use a simple, graphic lace stitch. There are 1 and 2 skein versions, both of which knit up in a jiffy!

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Winter Garden yarn is a departure for Debbie Bliss. Unlike her usual smooth yarns for classic knitting, Winter Garden is a highly textured, colorful bulky blend of merino, baby llama, linen, and silk.

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Winter Garden is soft to the touch, and feels fantastic to knit. I absolutely love the tiny flecks of contrasting colors spun into the yarn. The lace stitch keeps the project interesting and the one skein version knit up in just one evening!

Give our Zig Zag Zig Cowl a try using our free pattern. We used the Jade colorway for our short cowl and Gold & Copper for the long version. Enjoy!

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ZIG ZAG ZIG COWLS

SIZE
Small (Large)
7.5 inches deep with 26 inch circumference (6 inches deep with 60 inch circumference).

MATERIALS:
Debbie Bliss Winter Garden (30% merino wool, 30% baby llama, 20% linen, 20% silk; 109 yards/ 100 grams): 1 (2) hanks. For large size, each hank can be in a different color.

NEEDLES + NOTIONS
40-inch US10.5 circular needle.
Darning needle.

PATTERN
Cast on 72 (180) sts. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.

Ribbing
K1, P1 for 4 rounds.

Body
Round 1 and all odd rounds: Knit.
Rounds 2, 4, 6: *YO, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Rounds 8, 10, 12: *SSK, yo; rep from * to end.

For small size only.
Rep rounds 1-12 two times.

For large size only.
Work rounds 1-9 in color A.
Change to Color B and work rounds 10-12 then 1-7.

For both sizes.
K1, P1 for 4 rounds.

BO in pattern.
Weave in ends and enjoy!

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Barrowe Cowl in Hannah

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Our friend, Carol Sulcoski, is one of our favorite designers & Lana Vida’s Hannah is one of our favorite yarns. Imagine our delight when the two came together in Carol’s latest pattern, the Barrowe Cowl. Since Hannah is our yarn of the month and is 15% off for all of November, Carol’s creation is right on time!

This two color cowl incorporates a pretty colorwork motif for an alternative take on stripes. A luxe blend of baby alpaca, merino & cashmere, Hannah feels so soft against your skin! Barrowe is a warm pop of color for your autumn ensembles, and is much less bulky than a full scarf.

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We liked this little cowl so much, we decided to make kits! Each kit includes the pattern, one skein of Hannah in Cocoa and a skeinette of Hannah in either lake (as seen in the sample) or bloom as an alternative. Barrowe is knit in the round, with colorwork both charted and written out. And yes, the kits are also 15% off this month!

Everything wound and ready to knit, making a lovely gift for a knitting friend, a fair isle newbie or for your own collection!

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Fairmount Top in Hannah

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Loop staffer, Erika Flory, has done it again! Her design, Fairmount, is a lovely top down sweater that’s just right for autumn’s in-between weather. The combination of stitch pattern and color block makes it interesting to knit. Hannah, a blend of baby alpaca, merino & cashmere, gives this tee extra polish and a luxe, soft feel to knit and wear.

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Fairmount is all about versatility. We like to have options, right? I like the idea of wearing it now under a fitted jacket or blazer now and then layering it more as the weather gets colder. I can see putting it over a cute, stripey long sleeved tee and adding a big soft cowl to top it off. So cozy! If you wanted a full-on winter look, you could easily make the sleeves full length since it’s knit from the top down.

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Then, let’s talk color- there are so many colorblock options! Erika knit hers in silver & forsythia and I love it. Pairing a neutral with a bright is always a good way to go. Hannah’s silver, charcoal & cocoa look awesome with every color!

I am also a big fan of a monochrome scheme with a lighter & darker version of the same color- like sky & navy or grass & teal. Even if color pairing is not your strong suit and you choose to knit all in one color, Hannah’s 15 rich shades are sure to please!

As always, Erika’s instructions are clear and easy to follow. This, combined with her clean, simple style, is a big reason why her patterns are always so fun to knit!

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Gwyneth Hat In Tundra

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Kristine just finished knitting our brand new Gwyneth hat in the Fibre Company’s Tundra. Didn’t she do a good job? I think so too, and I really didn’t want to take it off after photographing it!

Tundra is a super soft blend of 60% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool and 10% silk. It’s hand dyed with subtle variations to create a gorgeous depth of color. Gwyneth’s chunky, twisty cables show off these hues to great effect. Ours was knit in Red Fox, which I think is such an ideal autumn color!

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This hat has been designed by the Fibre Company especially for bricks and mortar Tundra stockists. That means we are one of just a handful of shops offering the pattern for this cabled beauty!

Gwyneth takes just one skein of Tundra & and is a one size fits all hat with a finished circumference of 20″. The pattern is $5 and is available right here in our South St. shop.

Now comes the hard part- which Tundra color will you choose?

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