With the last days of summer fast approaching and school starting again it’s time to begin thinking about knits for the cooler weather. Our two newest designs feature Valley Yarns Northfield, my favorite yarn! Not only does the blend of Merino, Baby Alpaca and Silk create an incredibly soft and bouncy yarn with a gorgeous sheen, but it’s also incredibly affordable!
Fiona’s latest design for Valley Yarns is the Irena Pullover with stunningly simple cable and eyelet details at the neck, hem and on the sleeves.
And Carol’s whimsical First Frost Hat may just be the perfect first lace project!
With a full range of rich colors of Northfield to choose from your biggest decision may not be which project to cast on for first, but which color to use!
This week WEBS Education Manager Amy Greeman is in the studio with Interweave Content Strategist, Lisa Shroyer.
Interweave Knits recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary, with an incredible collection of patterns! Amy and Lisa talk about how it all came together and how Interweave has influenced the industry over the years.
Are you headed to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival? You could save yourself the hassle of driving and give yourself extra knitting time by riding the bus with WEBS!
Your ticket on the bus includes a light breakfast, your ticket to the Festival, and a chance to win fabulous prizes along the way. Register now as seating is limited!
August means Summer Sale time here at WEBS and this year we have some fantastic deals on great bulky yarns, and more, for your upcoming Holiday projects.
Modern technology makes Techno a feather-weight, bulky yarn! Baby alpaca is blown into a mesh tube of silk for really fast knitting with literally no splitting. You’ll knit up a pair of the Jive Mitts in no time! Worked in the round in an easy mock-cable pattern with just one hank of Techno, these little fingerless mitts will be great for cool mornings.
Schachenmayr Boston Mix is an acrylic & wool blend yarn in a super-fast-knitting bulky weight. Bold, bright colors mix with more subtle tones to create a fun, self-striping yarn that’s machine washable. One skein will make one hat! The My Mountain Design Contest Winners eBook comes with 12 fun and funky knit and crochet patterns.
Adriafil Scozia is a soft (very soft!) blend of wool, viscose & polyamide – in a bulky weight that knits up fast! With a time-honored tweedy look, and a range of classic colors this is the perfect yarn for cozy pullovers & cardigans, hats, accessories and blankets. The Corrib Beret by Laura Chau is a quick and easy slouchy hat, an accessory you need in lots of colours! This chunky beret is just slouchy enough without too much bulk.
Classic Elite Avalanche is a very light and lofty yarn in a blend of alpaca, wool & nylon. The long gradual color shifts mean that your projects will be done in no time when you just want to get to the next color shift before stopping. Roseau, a beautiful scarf that features reversible, ribbed cables and zig-zag edges.
With over 60 featured yarns in the sale this year there’s something for every project you can dream of!
Knit in the round from the bottom up, in an easy to memorize arrow lace pattern, the Anthemis Cowl gets extra oomph from a gradient of colors. Use the soft, greyish blues show in the sample or go bold with reds and oranges, frosty with pale purples, or perfectly neutral with greys or beautifully heathered browns.
With more than 2 dozen colors to choose from there’s no reason to pass up the chance to get Hatfield on your needles. With a quick and easy project like this you’re sure to have the knitting done before the cooler weather settles in, and this way you’ll be prepared for it with a striking accessory that keeps you warm while staying stylishly on trend.
Your hats are almost done! Let’s add those finishing touches that really pull it together. First you’ll want to weave in your ends.
Will you add any additional surface work before you block? Duplicate Stitch or Embroidery? Here’s a quick tutorial for duplicate stitch, which is a great way to add an extra little pop of color!
Now it’s time to block your hat to settle all those stitches. Remember how you blocked your swatch, that’s how you’ll block the hat! If you don’t have a hat form to block your hat with you can use a bowl propped over a vase or tall glass.
Add a pom pom or tassel or braids! We had some fun making pom pom!
For those of you that asked, here’s how we made our CYOA Hats!
I knit my first hat with my favorite Valley Yarn, Northfield, in the Wine colorway. I used the cable pattern and cable decreases,and added a 1 1/2″ pom pom.
Beth also used the cable pattern, but changed the smaller side cables by only repeating the first cable crosses, and broke it up with panels of moss stitch, in the Forest color of our Valley Superwash DK. She also used a twisted ribbing at the brim by knitting her knit stitches through the back loop.
I wanted my second hat to be simpler so I opted for seed stitch with a garter stitch border and the 4 corners decreases. And I knit it all in the rich Red Wine Heather color of Colrain.
Mary chose the Fair Isle pattern for her hat and opted for 3 colors in Valley Yarns Goshen, Navy, Linen and Persimmon. Using the 2-color ast on really ties it all together!
Dena also used the Fair Isle pattern but chose two colors, Silver and Eggplant, of Brimfield. She also chose to knit a short i-cord at the top of the hat arther than cinching the top closed right away, this gives the hat a whimsical little stem!
For my last hat I just wanted to have some fun! I used Stockbridge in Blue Mist, Grey and Gold, in stripes where each color was a different stitch. If you love Stockbridge you should stock up now since it’s discontinued!
Be sure to post your pics to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and tag it with #chooseyourownadventure #WEBSKAL #Myhatadventure We’d love to see your finished hats!
This week Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay about the upcoming STITCHES Midwest. They chat about the importance of crochet, even for knitters, all of the amazing classes and events taking place that weekend as well as the great vendors on the show floor. Don’t forget to grab your 50% off admission coupon now!
Kathy also talks with Alasdair Post Quinn about his upcoming book, Double or Nothing – reversible knitting for the adventurous. You can catch previews of the patterns and pre-order your copy on his blog! You can check out his first book, Extreme Double Knitting, now!