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Madelinetosh Home & Cowl

HOME

It’s officially autumn, and what better way to welcome a new season than with a brand new yarn from Madelinetosh! Home is the latest addition to the Tosh family, and we love it already.

Irresistably soft, this superwash merino wool sports Tosh’s signature colors at a fast knitting 2.5 stitches per inch. Due to the lofty ply, Home knits into a surprisingly light fabric given it’s chunky stature! Knit it on a US 10-13 needle, depending on desired density & drape.

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As soon as Home arrived, I thought that it had COWLS written all over it! I brought 2 skeins home and cast on for a simple seed stitch cowl. I knit at a leisurely pace and it was easily completed in a weekend.

The Home Cowl is lightweight and warm with an exciting combination of texture and color. This soft ring of fabric will look chic now with a jean jacket, and be super cozy tucked into your puffy coat this winter. Be ready to knit a few more, though, because your best friend, your sister and your mom are going to want one as well!

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Here’s the pattern- enjoy!

HOME COWL

Materials:
2 skeins Madelinetosh Home, shown in cardinal
US 11 32-inch circular needle

Finished Size:
9.5″ tall, 42″ circumference

Gauge:
2.5 sts/inch in seed stitch.

Cast on 95 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Round 1: K1, P1

Round 2: P1, K1

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you have a few yards left of your 2nd skein.

Cast off loosely in pattern.

Weave in ends. Get cozy!

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Introducing Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge, The Fibre Company’s new yarn for Fall 2014, arrived today with the trunk show for The Knightsbridge Collection – 15 beautiful, new designs. Laura and I fell in love with the yarn and the garments when we first saw them at the summer trade show – and we think you will too!

The trunk show is in the shop through the end of the month. Please come in to see and feel this collection!

Knightsbridge Yarn
65% baby llama, 25% merino wool, and 10% silk.
light worsted, 5-5.5 stitches per inch on a size US 5-6 needle.
50 grams / 120 yards

Knightsbridge

top row: Concordia, Black Pool, Bishop’s Green, Redwick, and Barley.
middle row: Bleu Tarn, Grasmere, Cornwall, Winesteeple, and Flintshire.
bottom row: Skyworth, Poole, Goldfirth, and Beaverden.

The Knightsbridge Collection
The 15 garments and accessories in the Knightsbridge Collection were designed by Kelbourne Woolens – The Fibre Company’s distributor – and by a number of independent designers. There are 5 pullovers, a cardigan, a shrug, a pullover vest, a cardigan vest, 2 hats, 2 scarves, a cowl, and a pair of legwarmers.

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clockwise from top left: Harvey by Maura Kirk; Teegan by Courtney Kelley; and Maeve by Bristol Ivy.

With textured stitches, cables, and modern shapes – the designs are very fall and very wearable! A few of my favorites are above; see the whole collection here.

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Garter Stitch Baby Kimono in Ito Yarns

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I just finished knitting an incredibly sweet little sweater, the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono. The pattern is easy to follow and makes a fantastic baby gift. My favorite thing about it, however, is that it’s an adorable vehicle for using Ito Yarns Men & Niji. I held one strand of each together to create the softest, most subtly color changing fabric ever!

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Men is a super soft single ply of recycled cotton that is undyed and untreated. Niji is a cobweb yarn that’s best for carrying along with other yarns. It’s 100% wool and has long, non-repeating variegated color changes. Combine the two and you get a fabric that is terrifically soft, with a beautiful color palette set off by the light, natural cotton.

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This kimono can be made for either a boy or a girl depending on which side you place the buttonholes- so versatile! There’s also a little tie placed inside the wrap to keep the sweater secure, lying flat and looking neat. Good idea!

The sweater comes in 3 sizes: newborn, 1-3 months, and 3-6 months. For the first size you’ll need 1 cone of each, and for the bigger sizes you’ll need 2 cones of Men and 1 of Niji (I used the orange colorway). I made the 1-3 month with a US 2 24″ circular needle. These yarns were a dream to knit, and I am seriously considering a scarf or wrap for myself so I can enjoy wearing the softness as well as knitting it!

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Susquehanna – now in Tosh Sock!

Tosh Sock in Susquehanna

After having our custom Madelinetosh color Susquehanna in Tosh Merino Light, it was hard to know which yarn to do next. Afterall, we haven’t met a Madtosh yarn we don’t love.

We were heading into summer at the time, so something lighter and with more three-season wearability made sense; we chose the very lovely Tosh Sock.

Made from the same incredibly soft superwash merino wool as Tosh Merino Light, Tosh Sock is plied for slightly pebbled touch and appearance. The plying adds dimension to the final knit or crocheted fabric and makes it a little less likely to pill than a single ply yarn.

VENTA SHRUG by Michele Wang

Venta Shrug

Designer Michele Wang created Venta especially for Tosh Sock Susquehanna. It’s a shrug that’s both comfortable and chic. We wrote about it last week, you can see and read about Venta here if you missed it.

Tosh Sock is a versatile yarn and Susquehanna is a perfect color for your wardrobe, so here are a few other projects to consider.

LET YOUR HEART UNWIND by Joji Locatelli

Let Your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli

We’re knitting Let Your Heart Unwind for our summer knitalong (it’s not too late to join!). It’s alternating panels of seed stitch and lace are worked side-to-side with short rows. It’s fun, beautiful, and just a little challenging!

GOLDILOCKS by Justyna Lorkowska

Goldilocks by Justyna Lorkowska

Goldilocks is an adorable top or tunic worked seamlessly from the top down. It uses the contiguous method of shaping set-in sleeves, which is on my list of new techniques to try! It’s sized for girls 9 months to 10 years; there’s an adult version called Alice in Wonderland that’s sized from 28/30 to 48/50 inch bust.

LOW TIDE CARDIGAN by Tin Can Knits

Low Tide Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

Low Tide is a cap sleeved cardigan with a pretty lace detail on the yoke. Sized for girls and women, it’s great for layering any time of year!

MULTNOMAH by Kate Ray

Multnomah by Kate Ray

Multnomah is a top-down garter stitch shawl with a feather and fan edging. It’s a good first lace project (make sure to put stitch markers between every feather and fan repeat!) and an easy – and beautiful – one for more experienced knitters.

NOTE, you’ll need to make the smaller version if you want to use only one skein of Tosh Sock. Read how to do that here. To knit it as written or for a larger version, you’ll need 2 skeins.

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Unicorn Tails

Unicorn Tails

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails are 52-yard skeins of Tosh Merino Light yarn. They’re perfect for adding a little more color to your project. Or use them by themselves for your Missoni-esque creations!

Until we have them photographed and posted in our online shop, I’m putting these photographs here with the color names below. If you can’t make it into the shop, feel free to call us (215-893-9939 or toll-free 877-893-9939) to order some.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: purple basil, flashdance, cathedral, firewood, glazed pecan, and antler.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: maple leaf, whiskey barrel, charcoal, rainwater, dirty panther, and onyx.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: antique lace, silver fox, dust bowl, pop rocks, coquette, and tart.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: torchere, neon peach, edison bulb, jade, celadon, and big sur.

Unicorn Tails

L to R: button jar blue, worn denim, cousteau, mandala, ink, and fathom.

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Loop’s Custom Tosh Color and the Rivulet Shawl

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We love all things Madelinetosh and know you do too. One of our wishes for Loop in 2014 was to have our own custom color of Madelinetosh. We imagined a blue the color of water reflecting a tree lined river bank.

After a fun collaboration with the Tosh dyers and a careful final selection, we are pleased to introduce our official Loop color, Susquehanna!

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We wanted to call our color a name with a little local flavor and the Susquehanna River fit the bill! This mighty river flows through South Central Pennsylvania, creating the border between York & Lancaster County, PA. Susquehanna means Oyster River in Lenape and I love oysters. Name picking done!

Reminiscent of rippling water, Susquehanna sparkles and shines in Tosh Merino Light’s stunning single ply construction. With signs of spring cropping up all around us, a wrap in Tosh Merino Light is just the right weight for the warmer days ahead!

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Not only do we have our own Tosh color, but Loop staffer Erika Flory designed Rivulet, a special shawl just for Susquehanna.
Erika’s design echoes that feeling of winding waterways. It’s the perfect accessory for down the shore or up at the lake house. Knit neck down with a knitted on border, Rivulet is suitable for adventurous beginners.

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Rivulet takes just 1 skein of Susquehanna! The pattern can be purchased here.