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Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 461 Miller’s Pond Pullover

Monday, June 25th, 2012
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Enjoy this week’s Valley Yarns Show and Tell!

461 Miller’s Pond Pullover is a trim, set-in sleeve sweater that is worked in the round and has adorable shoulder buttons. The ribbed sleeves and body hug your curves and the soft touch of Valley Yarns Longmeadow makes it easy to wear this sweater next to the skin.

We tried on the 36” size.

The reviews of this sweater were a little mixed, but everyone loved how soft the Valley Yarns Longmeadow worked up. Everyone also loved the pop of color from the buttons at the shoulder. A couple commented that they would start the ribbing a little higher, but they liked the how the different stitch patterns divided the sweater.

You can check out the pattern here.

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 471 Kohl Lace Pullover

Monday, June 18th, 2012
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Here is this week’s Valley Yarns Show and Tell!

This simple sweater is created with just four rectangles! 471 Kohl Lace Pullover is knit in Valley Yarns Deerfield and since it is constructed of rectangles, you don’t have to worry about shaping with the lace. The garment is both cool and flattering.

We tried on the 35” size.

We were all really impressed with how soft the Deerfield is when paired with the lace stitch. It was warm without being too heavy. Most of us thought that this sweater was quite flattering – from the shape to the length, but a few of us would adjust the sleeves so that they aren’t as bell-like.

Click here to check out the pattern.

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 479 Nakota Cardigan

Monday, June 11th, 2012
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With our new catalog now available online (and in mailboxes in the next few weeks), we have a whole new group of Valley Yarns Show and Tells to share with you. We tried to find a range of folks to try on the newest collection.

Crocheted in Valley Yarns Southwick, 479 Nakota Cardigan is a cool and fun piece for the warmer months. The bright colors bring a bit of a retro look to the sweater and the chevron pattern is just fun!

We are wearing the 34” size.

We all had pretty similar feelings on the sweater. For many of us, we would have preferred if it was a more neutral color palette. It would look very interesting in a smaller range of colors, perhaps on the grayscale. Several of us would also prefer a closer fit on the sleeves.

You can check out the new catalog here and you can find the pattern here.

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 450 Purlless Pullover

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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Hello! Our last Valley Yarns Show and Tell for Spring is 450 Purlless Pullover. It is knit in Valley Yarns Goshen. A most unusual and fun way to make a one-piece, seamless pullover without any purling: nalgar sleeves (raglan spelled backwards)! This construction method makes built-in sleeves that get longer as they get wider, so it’s great for warm weather, shorter-sleeved garments. Worked in the round from the bottom up, it also features a cute garter stitch yoke that highlights the construction and avoids purling.

We tried on the 36″ size.

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

I loved knitting this tee, and it’s really nice to wear, too! Probably not over another t-shirt, though.

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

This tee was too small. I’d need to go the next side up. The sleeve length is great but I might make it a little longer. I’d use a different color too. The white was too light against my fair skin. A darker color would make a great warm weather tee.

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

This sweater felt great against my skin. The combination of the softness of the Goshen and the relaxed fit would make this the perfect weekend sweater to pair with my favorite jeans or comfortable skirt.

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½”
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

This is a comfortable pullover and I’m a huge fan of Goshen. I think I’d like to make this a lot longer. Almost as long as the tank I have underneath it. I’d also knit it in a different color. I look better in darker colors.

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

Love, love, love this tee! Goshen feels silky and cool against the skin so its great for the warmer months. I think the sleeve detail is a simple but very interesting touch. And the delicate detailing on the v-neck is really lovely too. Plus, no purls! A home run in my opinion. This size seems to be a pretty good fit for me so I wouldn’t change a thing.

That’s it for the Valley Yarns Show and Tell for Spring. What was your favorite sweater?

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 449 Bridge Cardigan

Monday, March 19th, 2012
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Hello!

Today we’re featuring 449 Bridge Cardigan in our Valley Yarns Show and Tell. It is knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire. Long, extra wide fronts and an extra tall neck surround you in warmth. Ties at the yoke create a gathered look. The cardigan is worked sideways from the cuffs-in and joined together at the center back with a technique that’s a lot more fun than Kitchener stitch.

 

We tried on the 36″ size.

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

This was definitely an experiment with sweater construction and a different kind of closure, but the result is surprisingly wearable, and very warm!

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

This cardigan fit really well, but made me a little top-heavy. Maybe I’d make the bow out of a thinner yarn, or just make it a little smaller in general. Making that fabric a little lighter would even out the proportions.

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

This was a comfortable, warm sweater. But I would want to leave off the yoke ties. They just produced too much fabric at the top of the sweater. I’d rather close the sweater with a shawl pin.

Mary

Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

I didn’t totally love this cardigan. I feel like there was too much fabric for me. I did really like it without the ties on the front. Without them, it’s a nice, simple cardigan, and Berkshire is a great warm layer, so I think it would work well for an outer layer in the fall.

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

I think the size is right for me, and I like the horizontal element created by knitting it sideways.  It is super warm and cozy.

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

I think this cardigan would be great on the right person, but I don’t think it was built for me. I like it best when the cardigan is completely closed. My white shirt peeking through is a little distracting. I think I’d make one size larger and lengthen the sleeves so that they go just past my wrists. The front tie gives this cardigan a little retro vibe and it draws the eye up to the neck and face, which is nice. The Berkshire yarn would be nice and warm for the late fall and winter months, but its a bit too warm for the coming spring.

We have one more sweater from the Spring catalog for next week!

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 451 Leoni Cardigan

Monday, March 12th, 2012
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This week we take a look at 451 Leoni Cardigan. This cardigan is crocheted in in Valley Yarns Northfield. It is made by joining two hexagons together.

We tried on the 36″ size.

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

I like the loose, drapey sleeves on this cardigan, and I like being able to wear it open and casual like this.

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

This fit well, but the sleeves were a little big. I’d make those a little smaller, and either make the overall length longer so it fits more like a tee, or shorter to fit as a shrug. The length came in between the two on me. 

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

I liked the cropped look of this crocheted sweater, but would like it more if there was less fabric in the sleeves. Unfortunately with its construction, you wouldn’t be able to alter the fit of the sleeves without changing the proportions of the rest of the cardigan.

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

I love the way the colors combine on this cardigan and I love the yarn, but the sweater isn’t for me. The wider sleeves made me feel like my arms were big. I would also want a closure on it, and for it to be longer. I love layering and having another color peeking out of my top layer, but I don’t think cropped styles are totally flattering on me.

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

This would be cute with a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved tshirt. I might add a button and wear it closed just at the top which would help the shoulders to better fall into place on my shape. I think the size this sample was crocheted in works for my size.

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

I’m a fan of this cropped cardigan. I love the yarn (who wouldn’t) and I think the length is cute and fun. Its unique construction makes it a bit boxy but I don’t mind that at all. It would be a great piece to have when I need a little layering and a little warmth, but I don’t want to lug around a big sweater. I would probably add a couple of buttons near the top so that I could keep it closed if I wanted to, but other than that I think I’d keep it as is.

We have another sweater from the Spring catalog on deck for next week!

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 446 Castle Cardigan

Monday, March 5th, 2012
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Hello!

The next installment of our Valley Yarns Show and Tell is here! Today we’re looking at 446 Castle Cardigan. It is knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow. This great cotton/microfiber blend is soft and perfect for warm weather projects.

We tried on the 36″ size.

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

Love love love how soft and comfy Longmeadow is. This is totally a cardigan I would live in. Handy pockets are handy.

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

I love this sweater! It’s comfortable, warm, and the stitch pattern is beautiful. It doesn’t look too busy, but has great cables on the front panels, and a nice overall stitch pattern. This fit really well, but I’d have to make the sleeves a little shorter. 

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

Of all the new Valley Yarns patterns for spring, this is the one I would wear the most. The combination of the comfort of Longmeadow, easy length, one button closure, and a little ease in the sleeves, I’d reach for this sweater from my closet often. I love the classic silhouette paired with the interesting cable detail.

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

I love the way this cardigan feels! Longmeadow is super soft. I would make this form myself in this length. I think I would move the button down several inches so it fastens below the bust. I’d also knit it in a different color since green isn’t one of my favorites. Maybe winter lake? Gray is one of my favorites and this color has the slightest touch of blue to it.

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

I think this is just the right length on me and I like that this size gives me some negative ease.  I love the detail of the cable running into the pockets.  I would knit the sleeves quite a bit shorter for my arms, which would be a very easy adjustment to the pattern.

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

I think we were all a little surprised by how good this cardigan looked on a variety of bodies. Its really quite flattering. The Longmeadow yarn feels great against your skin and isn’t particularly warm so this sweater would be great in the warmer months when there’s just a slight chill. I think its a good size for me, and I like the length of the sleeves, but I’d either make the sweater shorter or longer, as this length hits me at my widest point and isn’t quite as flattering. The cables down the sides are beautiful and I love that they end with pockets. I can definitely see myself stashing stitch markers or a cell phone there.

We have another sweater from the Spring catalog on deck for next week!

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 454 Philomena Cardigan

Monday, February 27th, 2012
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Hello!

With our new collection of Valley Yarns patterns, we have a new set of Show and Tell pictures for you!

First up, we have 454 Philomena Cardigan. This is a redesign of a cardigan in a different yarn. Kirsten has added sizes and using Valley Yarns Colrain was a wonderful choice. It’s a beautiful yarn that’s soft with a slight sheen.


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We tried on the 36″ size.

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

The lace detailing on this one is really nice. I’d make it a little longer so it sits more evenly on me. I’d make the sleeves longer too, maybe to half length. That would make this a little warmer and a lot more comfortable for me.

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

I love this cute little cardigan. The only change I would make is to add another 1/2 inch of stockinette above the lace detail. This would add just the right amount of length for me.

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

I would make this cardigan quite a bit longer and I would also make the next size up. Colrain is a great yarn and this cardigan was super comfortable.

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

I love this short sleeved cardigan. And the Colrain yarn creates a fabric with such nice drape!  I think it would look great with a long-sleeved tshirt that has a matching v-neck shape. It would be a good transitional season piece.  If I wanted to be able to comfortably button it, I would knit a size larger.

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

I’ve always been a big fan of this cardigan and now that its made in Colrain (one of my favorite Valley Yarns), I like it even more. The slight drape and sheen of the yarn help to accentuate the beautiful lace pattern. I’d make the next size up and I’d definitely lengthen the sleeves as I’m a bit broad-shouldered and these sleeves look a little skimpy as a result. I’d probably also lengthen the body with another lace repeat.

Next week, we’ll look at another Valley Yarns project from the new catalog. Have you had a chance to check out the Spring catalog?

Valley Yarns Show & Tell: 437 Loire Cardigan

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Our last Show and Tell of the Year is 437 Loire Cardigan. Made from the bottom up with seamlessly integrated set-in sleeves, this flattering and lacy little cardigan is full of thoughtful touches.

This cardigan is knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky, so it is a super quick project! Northampton Bulky is a soft 100% wool that comes in a wonderful selection of colors.

We tried on the 36.”

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

“Boom! Super flattering. Might even be a little TOO flattering. I’d consider making a size larger, but I’d probably end up making just this size instead.”

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

“The detailing on the front of this sweater is one of my favorites. It’s subtle and compliments the design of the sweater perfectly. I would need to make the next size up but I love this sweater.”

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

“I really like the fitted shape of this cardigan, and the sleeve length hitting me right below my elbows. I would change the placement of the buttons so that the top button is hitting at the widest part of my chest so that there wouldn’t be the gaping of the button band there.”

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

“I’m usually not a fan of bulky sweaters, but this one is quite nice. I might knit it at a bit of a looser gauge to give a little more room because I don’t think the next size up would fit as well. I’m a fan of 3/4 sleeves. When I took Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter class, one of the suggestions was 3/4 sleeves that hit at your narrowest point because your eye will automatically go there.”

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

“Knitting the next size up in this garment would make it great for me! I like the V-neck, the length of the sleeves and the big buttons are fun. I also like the contrast between the bulky yarn and the lace panels.”

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

“I’m a big fan of this sweater. The snug fit and shortened sleeves accentuate my waistline and the cropped style is really flattering to my body. I might make one size larger.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Show and Tell. We’ll have another one when our Spring catalog and new collection of Valley Yarns patterns comes out.

Mary

Valley Yarns Show & Tell: 439 Fleur de Sel Cardigan

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

This week’s show and tell has us taking a look at 439 Fleur de Sel Cardigan. Worked side-to-side this easy crocheted lace cardigan has wide overlapping front panels with a flattering square neckline. The lace pattern is just one row so its easy to memorize, and the mostly double crochet sleeves keep the project moving quickly.

Worked in Valley Yarns Northfield, this cardigan is warm, even with the airy lace pattern.

We tried on the 36.”

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

“Super cute and pretty sweater, but I think I’d make the neckline a little smaller to keep it on my shoulders better.”

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

“I’m always looking for more crocheted sweaters that are attractive. And this is definitely getting added to my queue. The open square neckline is awesome. And you can adjust the buttons to get more of a custom fit where it matters.”

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

“I didn’t think I would like the way this looked on me when we were shooting it for the catalog, but it doesn’t look too bad. I don’t know if the style of the closure really suits my shape, but the Nortfield felt fantastic.”

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

“It’s cute in theory, but I’m not a fan of this sweater.”

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

“I’d definitely need a larger size so that the cardigan closes properly. I really like the stitch of this sweater and the square neckline, which would showcase a necklace beautifully. Again, I would change the sleeve length so that the sleeves didn’t fall at my widest point.”

Next week we have our final Show and Tell of the year!

Mary