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New Shop Sample: Hitchhiker in Koigu

Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu

Last week, Kathy finished knitting Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu KPPPM color P839-67. It’s so much fun to play with different combinations of Koigu yarn that I sometimes forget how beautiful a piece is in just one colorway. The shades of blue and purple look like an Impressionist painting.

Hitchhiker Scarf

Hitchhiker is a shallow triangle made in garter stitch, so the knitting is easy. It’s stepped edge is made by binding off stitches – also easy. You don’t need to count stitches, just bind off all stitches when you have the length you want. Kathy’s version is 60 inches long and 11 inches at the deepest point.

Hitchhiker's stepped edge

To knit your own, you’ll need 3 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, a 32-inch size US 4 circular needle, and the Hitchhiker pattern.

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Drea’s Shawl

Drea Shawl

We no longer carry the yarns we used in this project, however, Fiberstory’s Fave Yarn has gorgeous solids and variegated shades that would make a beautiful shawl with a similar effect.

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Drea’s Shawl is a simple, garter stitch triangle. You’ll need 2 skeins of Fave Yarn to make it, one solid and one multi-colored.

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DREA’S SHAWL

SIZE
48 inches across top, 22 inches down center

YARN
Main Color (MC) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock [100% superwash merino wool; 100g/395 yds]: 1 skein.
Contrast Color (CC) Koigu KPPPM [100% merino wool; 50g/175 yds]: 1 skein.

NEEDLE
24-inch US5 (3.5mm) circular needle.

GAUGE
5 sts = 1 inch in garter stitch.

ABBREVIATIONS
m1r make one right; lift the bar between the stitch you just knit and the next stitch on the left needle from the back and knit it.

PATTERN
CO 3 sts with MC.

Row 1: With MC, knit.
Row 2: With MC, k1, m1r, knit to end.
Row 3: With CC, knit.
Row 4: With CC, k1, m1r, knit to end.

Rep rows 1-4 until 135 sts on needle. Break CC yarn.

Cont with MC only, rep rows 1 & 2 until 175 sts on needle.

Bind off and weave in ends.

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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!

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Wrapped in Color

Wrapped in Color

Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit is the latest book from mother-daughter team Maie and Taiu Landra, the makers of Koigu yarn.

When Laura and I saw a preview of it at the Winter Trade Show in Phoenix, we wanted to sit right down and start knitting. Koigu yarn is gorgeous in the hank, but the way Maie uses the different colorways together in her designs is just incredible.

Here are four of my favorites from the book.

ALLIGATOR WRAP
finished size: 30 by 100 inches
made with 10 hanks of KPPPM, 2 each in 5 colors

Alligator Wrap

CHARLOTTE’S DAUGHTER JOY
finished size: 47 inches wide, 23 inches from center to point
made with 5 hanks of KPPPM, each in a different color

Charlotte's Daughter Joy

RHAPSODY IN COLOR
finished size: 15 by 20 inches
made with 120 mini KPPPM skeins

Rhapsody in Color

STROKE OF MIDNIGHT WRAP
finished size: 18 by 82 inches
made with 10 skeins of KPPPM

Stroke of Midnight Wrap

These are just 4 of the 30 stunning designs in the book. Click here to see them all!

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Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

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Incredibly light and endlessly wrapable, the Bateaux Mouches scarf is an lovely knit guaranteed to be your constant companion in cooler temperatures! The name comes from the open excursion boats that run along the Seine showing off the views of Paris. While I can imagine wearing this shawl on a breezy boat ride, I know in reality that we all want to wear it in the shop while we’re working, since no one can quite get over how soft and warm it is!

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Knitting in Isager’s Alpaca 1, a lace weight 100% alpaca, on a big needle gives the garter stitch a lacy effect. The fabric becomes gauzy and a little stretchy. Bateaux Mouches is big enough to use as a full wrap, yet the fabric is thin enough to scrunch down and wear like a scarf. Since the pattern is all knitting, this makes for a great travel project, as it’s easy to pick up and set down. But really, the yarn is so nice you won’t want to set it down until you’re finished!

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Bateaux Mouches uses just 2 skeins of Alpaca 1, the pattern and a size 7 needle. With a rich range of colors, there’s opportunity for fun accents or workhorse neutrals that go with everything! Add it to your Ravelry queue here!

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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!