Posts Tagged ‘Valley Yarns Goshen’

Holla Knits Blog Tour: Just Beachy by Emma Welford

Monday, April 29th, 2013
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The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Holla Knits was released recently and we are super excited about it here at WEBS and happy to be participating in the blog tour. Not only does it have a great selection of hip patterns that are perfect for warm weather, one of them is designed by our very own Emma Welford!

 

Just Beachy is knit in Valley Yarns Goshen and is a perfect layering piece for summer. Throw it on over anything. The fun colorblock detail adds a bit of contrast, but if you wanted to, you could easily knit this in just one color.

We’re giving away the yarn to knit yourself your very own Just Beachy. In the comments section, let us know what you love the most about summer. Leave your comment by Tuesday, May 7th at 9:00EDT and we’ll announce the winner. (Please make sure to leave your email address so that we can contact you if you win.)

Check out the other stops on the blog tour:
April 16 – The Sweatshop of Love
April 17 – Canary Knits
April 18 – Yarn Hollow
April 19 – Under the Red Umbrella
April 22 – Stash, the Knit Picks Staff Blog
April 23 – Emma Welford Designs
April 24 – Pink Brutus Knits
April 25 – Rewolluzza
April 26 – Knits in Class
April 29 – WEBS Yarn Store Blog
May 1 – Masi Knits
May 3 – Unplanned Peacock

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 480 Proclus Vest

Monday, July 16th, 2012
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We continue our look at the latest Valley Yarns patterns with this crochet project. 480 Proclus Vest combines two skewed polygons as fronts to create a stunning asymmetrical modern shape.

It is crocheted in Valley Yarns Goshen, which is a wonderful blend of cotton, modal, and silk.

We tried on the 36″ size.

The design of this vest had many of us calling it quirky. It’s nice that there are different ways to wear it, but the sample was a little tight on many of us. We all agreed that it looked fantastic on Katie. In fact, she Buzzed about the project recently her on the blog.

Next week, we’ll check out another project from the Valley Yarns catalog. You can check out the pattern here.

Caeles KAL Week 5

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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We took last week to work the body up to the hem in our Caeles KAL. We have four of us here at WEBS that are currently working on the Caeles, and we have three different options for the hem that we chose to do. Here are three videos that show the different hem options we chose to use.

Woven Hem for Top-Down Knitting

Bound-off Hem for Top-Down Knitting

Sewn Hem for Top-Down Knitting

Another tip for the hem is to run a length of yarn through your stitches at the point where your live stitches will meet the back after it’s folded, so you can sew your stitches down all along the same line.

Next, you’ll pick up stitches and work short rows on the sleeves and collar. We found that the best way to do attach the live stitches on this part is by sewing them down. It lays the flattest, and you don’t want any extra bulk at the collar or the arms, especially the underarms.

How is your Caeles coming?

Caeles KAL Week 3

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
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How did the first part of the sweater go for you? Are you ready to move on to shaping the armholes? You’ll need to know how to work M1R, M1L, M1L-P, and M1R-P increases. This video should help:

Do you have any tips for remembering which one is which? I still haven’t figured out the best way to remember it myself!

Moving on to the fronts, you’ll pick up the stitches at the shoulders and begin working down. You’ll also notice the “dreaded” AT THE SAME TIME makes and appearance. The neck and armhole shaping is worked at the same time, so you’ll want to make sure you do this. I have found it’s handy to write out the directions with both sets of shaping and check them off as complete.

I have notes all over my pattern (and they’re color-coded!). I have highlighted the stitch counts and measurements for the size I’m knitting and I have counting marks and other various notes all over!

Next week, we’ll join the fronts to the back and begin working the body. Do you have any questions so far? Let us know and we’ll answer. Is there anything you’ve encountered so far that you would like to see a video for?

We’d love to see your progress. Head on over to the Ravelry group and share a picture!

Happy Knitting!

Caeles KAL Week 2

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
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Hi Everyone!

How did the swatching go? Are you ready to cast-on? The pattern begins at the back and includes working a couple of short rows right at the beginning. If you’ve never worked short rows before, there’s nothing to be nervous about. They’re exactly what they sound like – knitting to a certain point in a row, stopping short, and turning and going back. For this pattern, you’ll also be wrapping and turning, so you don’t leave a hole.

Check out our video on short rows using wrap and turn:

We found that as we were working those short rows, we picked up and worked our wraps as we came to them instead of when the pattern indicates. This way, you don’t have a wrap spanning several rows. Once you get to the stitch you wrapped, just knit the wrap with the stitch you’re working as Dena shows in the video.

Continue working the pattern to the armhole shaping and next week, we’ll demonstrate the different increases that are used there.

If you haven’t had a chance to purchase the pattern yet from Twist Collective, you can do so here.

Happy Knitting!

Join Our Latest KAL!

Monday, May 14th, 2012
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If you’ve followed along on our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit, you know that we’ve featured many knitalongs and crochetalongs, and now it’s time for another. Instead of featuring it on the podcast, we’re going to run this one here on the blog. We hope you’ll join us!

So, what pattern are we doing? Well, when the latest issue of Twist Collective was release, we loved Caeles. This tank is a great choice for spring and summer, and it is sized 29¾” to 57 ¾”! Even better, it is knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, and Goshen happens to be part of our Anniversary Sale. Thanks to the sale price, the yarn cost for the project will be $19.53-$33.48 – a price that’s hard to beat.

I’m a big fan of Goshen. I knit a shrug out of it nearly four years ago and I still wear it, especially in the spring and summer. It’s great over a dress or a tank. I also love the color palette. The modal and silk add a touch of sheen and it is incredibly soft.

You’ll want to choose your size (the pattern recommends negative ease, so slightly smaller than your actual measurement), pick your color, and order the yarn and pattern (pattern is a download from Twist Collective). Now, we need to knit a gauge swatch. The pattern calls for a size 7 needle and 18 stitches and 23 rows for four inches. Make sure you wash and block your swatch before measuring. Mine loosened up a bit, so even though I thought I would have to go up a needle size, once I washed it, my gauge was fine. If you don’t get gauge, change your needle size and try again.

Next week, we’ll talk about casting on and working short rows.

We hope that you’ll join us!

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #19 – Goshen

Friday, May 11th, 2012
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The May portion of our Anniversary Sale is in full swing right now with over 40 new yarns on sale this month. One of those yarns is customer favorite Valley Yarns Goshen,on sale for $2.79/skein. This Peruvian cotton blend yarn is not only soft and drapy, the Modal® and silk add durability which will prevent pilling.

Here are some Ravelry projects using Valley Yarns Goshen, great for your spring/summer wardrobe.

Fan Kimono by Vicki Square, available from the book Knit Kimono, knit by Cyn557

 

Two-Tone Shrug by Erika and Monika Simmons, available as a free pattern, crocheted by deadalchemist

 

Abigail by Cheri Christian, available as a downloadable PDF pattern, knit by danceswithcats

 

Miette by Andi Satterlund, available as a free Ravelry download, knit by debby

 

Miss Terry by Kyla Hurst, available for purchase on Ravelry, knit by blackpebble

So, which of these garments would you most like to add to your wardrobe and why? I’m always curious what draws someone to a particular pattern.

Stay tuned to the blog next week when we kick off a new knitalong using Valley Yarns Goshen! We’re getting kind of excited for it.

Have a great weekend.
-Dena