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Get in on the Mystery and Fun!

Monday, January 26th, 2015
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We’re so excited about our upcoming WEBS Mystery Crochet-A-Long Blanket and WEBS Mystery Knit-A-Long Blanket!
WEBS Mystery Crochet-A-Long Blanket and WEBS Mystery Knit-A-Long Blanket, the fun starts February 26, 2015 - more details at blog.yarn.com

You can join us each month as a new mystery square is revealed. Each mystery square can be crocheted or knit in 9 colors to form a unique patchwork blanket. You’ll learn new stitches and techniques, different joins, a simple border treatment to tie it all together, and even learn how to care for a large heirloom project like this. We’ll have photo and video tutorials for the more complicated techniques as well as tips and tricks for making your blanket shine! When finished, the squares can be assembled into a 42” X 58” or 50” X 50” blanket.

Be sure to follow along here on the WEBS blog for video tutorials and join the discussion in our Ravelry Group All Things WEBS to see the progress of your fellow crocheters and knitters!

Materials Required:
9 colors of Valley Yarns Northampton, 2 skeins each (see suggested colorway selections below)
Size H/8 hook (Or size to get your gauge) – Gauge about 16 sts and 17 rows = 4” in sc

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US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles (Or size to get your gauge) – Gauge about 18 sts and 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Each colorway is shown above in knit and crochet. The colors used are listed below but feel free to create your own color palette! You’ll need 500yds in each of 9 colors.

Colorway 1 – Neutrals:
Light Grey, Medium Grey, Dark Grey, Sage Heather, Natural, Fawn, Brown Heather, Chocolate, Chestnut Heather
Colorway 2 – Jewel Tones
Amethyst, Ocean Heather, Merlot Heather, Twilight Heather, Burgundy, Dahlia, Midnight Heather, Dark navy, Pacific Teal
Colorway 3 – Pastels
Sage Heather, Natural, Lake Heather, Spring Purple, Denim Heather, Deep Periwinkle, Bright Pink, Raspberry Heather, Light Grey
Colorway 4 – Autumn
Sunset Orange, Light Green Heather, Dark Green Heather, Garnet, Merlot Heather, Rust, Burgundy, Gold, Dark Olive Heather

Dates to Remember
February 26, 2015 – First Square revealed
March 19, 2015 – Second Square revealed
April 23, 2015 – Third Square revealed
May 14, 2015 – Fourth Square revealed
June 18, 2015 – Joining, edging and care instructions revealed

No need to sign up, and the pattern is FREE! Join in whenever is convenient for you. Stay with the monthly timeline or work on the squares at your own pace.

Beginner crocheter or knitter?
No worries! We’ve put together video tutorials for the trickier stitches and techniques that we’ll reveal with each new square pattern, and have a library of basic technique videos on our Youtube channel to help you brush up your skills. You can even ask questions here on our blog, in our Ravelry Group, or on our Facebook Page.

And be sure to post pictures of your project! If you’re using Facebook or Instagram be sure to use #WEBSMCAL or #WEBSMKAL

Get your yarn ordered and get your swatch made now so you’re ready to dive in on February 26th! Tell us what colors you’ll be using.

It’s A Mystery…

Friday, January 16th, 2015
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For our fiber friends in the Northern Hemisphere, winter often finds us burrowed into our homes, or trudging from our house to our car to our office to our car to our house. Here at WEBS, we’re hatching a mystery knit- and crochet-a-long to spice up your short days and long nights. It accomplishes a number of good things: you’ll learn some fascinating new techniques that you’ll use forever, you’ll have something fun to look forward to every month as a new square is revealed, and you’ll have a beautiful keepsake blanket that will be just the thing to use as a wedding gift, a graduation present, a baby-shower goodie, or an early holiday present.

WEBS Mystery Knit-A-Long Blanket Class - register at yarn.com

We’ve even picked out four different colorways in our Valley Yarns Northampton for you. Neutrals will go with anything, Autumns are for those (like me) who crave the heathery tones of October orange, green, and burgundy. Jewel Tones are bold splashes of clear sapphires, garnets, and emeralds, and Pastels are deliciously light and baby-friendly. Each month a new knit and crochet technique will be taught by Sara in her classes here at WEBS. Those students will get hands-on help from the fabulously talented Sara as well as the fun of learning with like-minded folks, and as my mother would say, “you might make a friend.”

WEBS Mystery Crochet-A-Long Blanket Class - register at yarn.com

A week later the square’s pattern will be released online in our blog, along with photos and a technique video so that you can go it alone, if you live too far away to travel to our Northampton store. We’ll be sharing your squares-in-progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and anywhere else knitters pop up to visit with us.

We have some spaces in both the Knit-A-Long class and the Crochet-A-Long class. Why not take a step out of your comfort zone and join us?

Snow Family KAL! – Week 4

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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And here we are at the end of our KAL. Your Snow Family is all done and now they just need some trees to set the scene.

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 4 , time for the evergreens! Join the knit-along on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

There are three sizes of tree to make in this pattern and they’re all really simple cones that just fly off your needles. Once they’re finished you can lightly stuff them to hold their shape but since they’re knit with 2 strands of Northampton held together, they may not even need it! You can even stack the individual trees to create one big evergreen.

And since you had so much fun customizing their accessories why not customize the trees? A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of my favorite holiday specials so I decided to take Lucy’s advice and make a, “big, shiny aluminum tree… maybe painted pink.” Well, it’s not aluminum OR painted but it sure is pink!

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 4 , time for the evergreens! Join the knit-along on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

Thanks for joining the #SnowFamilyKAL How did you personalize your snowfamily?

Snow Family KAL! – Week 3

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Now your snow person just needs some fun accessories. The pattern includes an elfin hat and perfect little scarf, you can make the hat all in one color or add some bright stripes. I even stopped knitting my hat about half-way, just before the decreases in the pattern, and seamed it shut so I could add TWO adorably small pom-poms. You could also abandon the hat altogether and make some super cozy, and tiny, ear muffs with two simple crocheted circles and a chain between!

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 3 - snow person accessories. Join the knit-along on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget the scarves!  Again, don’t be afraid to have some fun and add stripes or blocks of color. Customize your snow family to reflect who you are. If you’re thinking of giving a set as a gift why not dress them up in the recipients favorite team colors, or in colors to match their decor. Your possibilities are endless!

Next week we’ll knit up some evergreens to finish the KAL and the set. Show us how your snowpeople are coming along!

Snow Family KAL! – Week 2

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
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It’s time to stuff our snowpeople and give them some individuality!

In the pattern Amy recommends that you stuff thebottom portion of snow person’s body with a balloon filled with rice or plastic pellets to give your snow person some weight and balance. This way it will stand up on it’s own! Because I’m making a fairly small snowperson in Huntington, I was able to use just the finger from a latex glove filled with rice to accomplish this. Once you’ve finished stuffing you’ll close up the bottom and then shape the neck.

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 2 - join in at yarn.com

For the face you’ll stitch the nose in place and then embroider the eyes and any other details, like buttons, in place. Have fun giving your snow people personality. Next week we’ll make the accessories!

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 2 - join in at yarn.com

If you missed the start of the KAL you can go back to Week 1 here and join in the fun.

Snow Family KAL! – Week 1

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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We’ve had so much fun with our Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear KAL that we thought we’d keep going with the adorable Snow Family and Evergreens that graced the cover of our Holiday 2014 Catalog!

#SnowFamilyKAL on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

The pattern calls for 4 Valley Yarns: Huntington, Valley Superwash DK, Valley Superwash and Northampton. The great thing about this pattern is that you can make the members of the Snow Family with almost any yarn! Just knit with the recommended needles at the recommended gauge.

#SnowFamilyKAL on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

This week you’ll want to get the body, or bodies, of your snow people knit. I’m making mine in Huntington and it’s only taking me about 2 hours per snow person, they work up pretty quick! Next week we’ll stuff and shape the snow people and add their adorable faces.

Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear – KAL Week 5

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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We’re almost done!! Now that you’ve got your bear assembled we can add the last few bits that give him personality and really bring him to life.

#PolarBearKAL Week 5 at yarn.com

Take the time to map out your bears’s features. You can use tailors chalk, or small pieces of felt, or paper, pinned in place. Once you know where you want his nose and eyes to be start by sewing on his nose. I use the tails from casting on and binding off for this and I made sure they were extra long. I use one tail to sew almost the whole nose onto the face leaving a small opening, then I secure that tail and tuck the rest inside the nose as a bit of stuffing. With the other tail I finish securing the nose to the face and then use it to embroider the eyes. Once that’s done I’ll use the remaining tail to give the fingers definition with two simple stitches at the end of each arm.

#PolarBearKAL Week 5 at yarn.com

Now you only have to make the red hat and striped scarf and you’ve completed the project! The scarf is super simple garter stitch and when you’re ready to change colors you just bring the new color up along the side, being careful not to pull too tightly, and knit the new row. The hat is also very easy and should take almost no time at all!

And there is our completed bear! Thanks so much for joining in, be sure to post your finished Polar Bears here, or to our Facebook wall, on Instagram with the hashtag #PolarBearKAL, or in the All Things WEBS Group on Ravelry. Remember that the cost of every pattern purchased goes directly to charity. Thanks to all of you buying the pattern we have already raised over $500.00 for Safe Passage – you all are AMAZING! You can follow our Polar Bear‘s fundraising efforts here.

#SnowFamilyKAL starts on November 4th join in at blog.yarn.com

And get ready for our next big project, the #SnowFamilyKAL. Pick up your copy of the pattern, your yarn (I’ll be making mine with Huntington) and your needles and meet me back here on November 4th!

Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear – KAL Week4

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
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It’s time to knit the legs and get our Bears assembled! The legs are knit top down and can be stuffed a bit more than the arms and head. Once they’re stuffed seam the legs by folding the opening in half and using a quick whip stitch to close the opening.

#PolarBearKAL Week 4 - assembling the bear. Join in the KAL at yarn.com

Now for the Assembly! Here you can see we’ve indicated where each part should be placed. The head gets seamed to the front of the body so that the point of the body is about 3/4 of the way up the back of the head. The arms should them be sewn on along the two visible increase lines along the bear’s side, and the legs can be sewn on at the purl ridge at the bottom of the body.

#PolarBearKAL Week 4 - assembling the bear. Join in the KAL at yarn.com

It may be useful to pin every piece in place before you begin seaming so you can see the relative proportions of the bear and make any adjustments before you begin sewing. We used a simple whip stitch to bring our bear together.

#PolarBearKAL Week 4 - assembling the bear. Join in the KAL at yarn.com

If you’d like to join in the pattern can be found here. We began the KAL here, we knit the body here, and last week we knit the head and arms here. Next week we’ll add his face and his accessories. Remember that the price of every pattern purchased will go directly to fund Safe Passage through the Hot Chocolate Run. You can track how much the Polar Bear has raised, or make an additional donation, on his fundraising page.

Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear – KAL Week3

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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This week we’re making the head and arms of the Polar Bear. These pieces are worked from the bottom up.

WEBS #PolarBearKAL Week3 - knitting the head and arms - visit yarn.com for more details

You’ll increase for both at a sharp angle and then decrease at a much slower rate towards the top for a tapered look. Remember to tuck the ears down to the outside as you bind off for the head or his ears will be stuck on the inside! Give yourself generous tails when you cast on and after you bind off, that way you’ll have plenty of yarn to work with when seaming these pieces closed and when sewing them onto the body.

Seam the bottom of the head and the bottom of the arms closed carefully, I like to use a faux grafting stitch so they appear seamless. Then it’s time to stuff.

week 3 two

Be careful of over stuffing! Just like we talked about last week, you want to be sure to have enough stuffing to give your knitting shape and stability but not so much that it’s over stuffed. And for the arms I only put the smallest amount of stuffing down at the fingers. This helps the arms to lie a little flatter on his tummy.

Next week we’ll get his legs knit and talk about assembly!

If you missed the materials list and you want to join in check out the first post for this KAL here, and we knit the body in last’ week’s posts here. How are your bears coming along?

Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear – KAL Week 2

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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Now that you’ve got all your materials assembled let’s get to knitting!

Polar Bear KAL on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

If you’re working on double pointed needles for this project you’ll be using 4 for the body since the stitches are divided into three sections, stitches on three needles and the forth for working the stitches. Keep in mind that the body is worked from the top down, you’re starting up at the neck area. The increases will build the body into a pyramid shape and once you finish the increases the additional rows that are worked evenly(with no increases or decreases) will begin to round out the body for the bear’s belly.

Keep an eye on the pattern in the early rounds! The number of rounds knit between the increase rounds changes, a sure to mark the beginning of your round in some fashion. If you’re using double pointed needles you can pop a stitch marker right into the knit fabric itself, if you’re using two circulars, or the magic-loop method, you can place it right on the needle.

Watch your gauge! When knitting garments or accessories with a bulky yarn you want to make sure that your stitches aren’t so densely packed that the finished fabric is stiff but that is EXACTLY what you’re aiming for in a stuffed animal. The pattern specifies 4 sts per inch on US size 8 needles and while you wouldn’t want to go up a needle size and have less stitches per inch you certainly could go down a needle size and aim for even more stitches per inch. Remember that you’re going to have to stuff this bear so the tighter your stitch gauge the better.

Here you can see a comparison of knit fabrics, one that is right on gauge and one that is even tighter.

Polar Bear KAL on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Once your tail is done there is one purl round and then you start the decreases for the bottom. The underside of the bear’s body is flat so he can sit without falling over. Near the end of your decreases you’ll pause to stuff the bear. Be sure to stuff the top part of the bear well but don’t over-stuff towards the bottom, remember you want him to be able to sit flat! You’ll want to be very careful not to over-stuff your bear. You don’t need a bear that will bounce, you just need enough stuffing to fill the knit piece and give it stability.

Polar Bear KAL on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Finish up the bottom and weave in your ends, week two is done! Next week we’ll work on the head and the arms. Feel free to post about your progress in a comment on this and future posts, on our Facebook wall, on YOUR Facebook page, on Twitter or Instagram, and use the hashtag #PolarBearKAL We may feature your in-progress and finished bears in a future post!

If you missed the materials list and you want to join in check out the first post for this KAL here.