Posts Tagged ‘shawls’

Staff Favorites: Patterns

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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In the store, we often get to see customers come through with great finished projects made with stellar patterns. We realized recently that several of us have finished some really great patterns and wanted to share them with you. Some of them are new, some are old, and some are even designed by our staff. Take a look at what we’ve worked on.

Elektrocute designed by Emma Welford

Elektrocute by Emma Welford
Like most of my design ideas, Elektrocute started out as a hastily-scribbled sketch on a post-it note while I was working. From sketch to chart to FO, it turned out exactly as I was picturing it and that makes it my latest favorite! I think the evolving colorwork pattern is fun and youthful while Madelinetosh Pashmina makes it luxe. Go wild with color combinations…I dare you! - Emma W.
I test knit this for Emma, and I must say, it’s a super fun pattern! – Mary

Cabled Baby Sweater designed by Rebecca L. Daniels

Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater by Rebecca L. Daniels
Made in Louet Gems Sport, a wonderful springy yarn that had a lot of personality and showed cabling nicely. This was my first top-down raglan sweater (believe it or not) and they each knit up in less than a week. Not only did I love the pattern, I loved learning this technique and I can’t believe I didn’t come around to it sooner. I’m contemplating making another pair as a first-birthday present. - Amy G.

Cladonia Shawl designed by Kirsten Kapur

Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur
I love knitting the Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur.  It was a simple shawl with a very nice lacy details to finish it off.  I knit it up in the Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light as the main color and Madelinetosh Tosh Lace for the lace detail in a different color. - Bonnie L.

Rooshed designed by Amy Stephens

Rooshed by Amy Stephens
I have always loved lace weight yarn but my attempts at knitting lace have always ended in tears. Rooshed is my answer! It’s an asymmetrical shawl/scarf that is practically weightless. It’s long enough to style a number of different ways. I’ve knit three already, in a silk/merino blend and have plans to knit another one in black. They’ve been popping up on a number of people who work in the store too. I love seeing everyone’s fiber and color choice. - Amy S.
I’m pretty excited about this pattern. It’s definitely on my to-knit list! – Mary

Crossroads Hat designed be Elena Nodel

Crossroads Hat by Elena Nodel
I knit this hat while start to finish while watching a football game. It was a super quick knit and it was also a really fun knit. I’m not a huge fan of purling, so it seems silly to have chosen this particular pattern, but the slipped stitches and cabling helped to break it up and move it along. Once you get going, the location of the slipped stitches and cables just flows. I knit it in two colors of Madelinetosh Tosh DK. - Mary K.

Elementary Cowl designed by Amy Stephens

Elementary Cowl by Amy Stephens
One of my favorite patterns, right now, is the Elementary Cowl. I think I’m knitting the 12th one. I just can’t stop! The pattern is incredibly easy. What I’m drawn to is picking out different colors and working with yarns that have a chainette construction like Classic Elite Chalet/Chateau, Cascade Eco Cloud, and Rowan Lima/Lima Colour.  The fabric is so warm, soft and squishy. It’s a perfect knit for watching TV, a knitting group project, or watching swim meets. - Amy S.

What’s your favorite pattern that you’ve recently completed? Do you like seeing our finished projects and patterns recommendations?

 

Celebrate Crochet! Shawls

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
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It’s the last week National Crochet Month and we’ve been so happy to share some of our favorite crochet techniques and trends. This week’s focus is on shawls.

You can play it simple or really complicated with shawls, stick with a beloved stitch pattern and an easy rectangle shape or change it up with crescent shaping and bunch of different, but related, stitches to create something really beautiful and fun.

The Pin Cushion Moss Shawl, made with Southwick, is a simple triangle that grows outward from the center back so you could just keep working the pattern until it is the size you desire.

The Daisy Wrap from Blue Sky Alpacas is a simple rectangle shape with undulating rows of soft waves and floral clusters. Crocheted in Blue Sky’s Metalico, you’ve got a great palette of neutrals to work with.

The Sumac Berry Shawl, worked in Hand-dyed 2/14 Alpaca Silk, has a super simple center section and all the Wow is in the border.

The Piquant Shawl by Lily Go is also worked with a fairly easy center section but a very detailed and delicate border.

Finally, I’m very excited to say that we’ll be running a CAL over the next few weeks with Linda Permann‘s Sugar Sparkles Shawlette!

Our first post goes up tomorrow and we’ll guide you through everything you’ll need to get started, then check the blog each Thursday to follow along with our progress.

Have you crocheted any shawls? What are some of your favorites?

Holiday Project Ideas: Shawls

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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The holidays are fast approaching but there’s still plenty of time for shawls. Here are a few of our favorite projects that offer an extra bit of warmth and style with enough pattern interest to keep you happily knitting or crocheting to the end.

For a quick project with big impact you can’t go wrong with Valley Yarns 506 Crocus Lace Stole crocheted in our dazzling Valley Yarns 5/2 Bamboo.  With an easy to memorize one-row repeat, and a larger than expected hook size, this stole will fly off your hook.

The Valley Yarns 496 Greenway Shawl has a beautiful, modern and graphic style with cleverly worked increase panels.  The merino and tencel fiber content of the Valley Yarns Colrain Lace gives the final garment surprising warmth and an unexpected bit of sheen.

For a fairly simple knit with a flash of interest I really like the Valley Yarns 385 Iced Branch Shawl knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow.  The simple yet elegant lace panel in the center back surrounded by stockinette stitch and eyelet increases means this project will be finished in plenty of time to cast on for more.

Finally, Valley Yarns 456 Sumac Berry Shawl shown in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed, also available in solid colors. The center, mesh panel of this shawl crochets faster than you’d think and the bobble lace edge gives a fun and flirty swing to the whole piece.

What knit/crochet gifts are you starting this week?

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #12 – Charlemont Shawls and Scarves

Saturday, February 4th, 2012
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Today I’m highlighting some beautiful shawls and scarves knit and crocheted in Valley Yarns Charlemont and Charlemont Kettle Dye. Charlemont is a great choice for projects like these with its great drape and lovely sheen.

 


Earth & Sky
 by Stephen West, knit by denarae
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 


Traveling Woman
 by Liz Abinante, knit by PugMama
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 


Helix Scarf
 by Stephenie Gaustad, knit by a freespirit
(pattern available for free on SpinningDaily.com)

 


Cladonia
 by Kirsten Kapur, knit by gretchenoh
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 


Lucy Shawl
 by Debbi Stone
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 


Sprout Chains Shawlette
 by Kristin Omdahl, crocheted by xnedra2
(pattern available in the book Crochet So Fine)

 


Elise Shawl
 by Evan Plevinski, crocheted by jtellier
(pattern available for free on Ravelry)

Sweet Shawlettes Review

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
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Hi Everyone,

We’re participating in the blog tour for Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss. At the end of the post, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the book!

Sweet Shawlettes is the latest book by UK designer Jean Moss. It is a collection of 25 shawlettes, cowls, and scarves. You’re sure to find something you want to knit in this book.

Sweet Shawlettes is divided into four different categories – Country, Couture, Folk, and Vintage.

 

This book is full of impressive projects, many that don’t take a lot of knitting time. The black and white cowl above features shadow knitting, and I think that this project would be a great way to give it a try and get a finished project that has an incredible amount of impact.

You’ll find projects that span techniques and skill levels. From simple stockinette  to fantastic cables, lace, Fair Isle, and more, you have many options.

To win a copy of the book, please visit the project gallery for Sweet Shawlettes and come back here and leave a comment with what your favorite project from the book is. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments. Please comment by Friday, January 20th at 12:00pm EST. We’ll let you know the winner after that!

Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour:
Mon 2 Jan – More Yarn Will Do The Trick – Jean Moss
Tues 3 Jan – Wendy Knits – Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Jan – Knitgrrl – Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan – Yarnagogo – Rachael Herron
Fri 6 Jan – The Knitter – Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan – Rhythm of the Needles – Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan – Knit Purl Gurl – Karrie Steinmetz
Mon 9 Jan – CraftSanity – Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Tues 10 Jan – Planet Purl – Beth Moriarty
Wed 11 Jan –  Sunset Cat – Stephannie Tallent
Thurs 12 Jan – A Really Good Yarn – Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Jan – knit 1 chicago – Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan – Go Knit In Your Hat – Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan – Redshirt Knitting – Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan – In The Loop – Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan – WEBS – Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan – Zeneedle – Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan – Knitspot – Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan – Urban Yarns – Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan – A Friend to knit with – Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan – Tentenknits – Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 Jan – Fancy Tiger Crafts – Amber Corcoran
Thurs 26 Jan – The Panopticon – Franklin Habit