June is here and summer is just around the corner! While we might all be ready for poolside barbeques and heat waves, Mother Nature seems to have different plans. It’s been rather chilly in the Northeast lately and the newest design from Doris Chan might be the perfect thing to keep you warm at that Graduation or late Spring wedding! The Lace Stole, crocheted in Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel is the third design from Doris Chan as WEBS Designer in Residence.
Lace accessories are not about warmth or coverage; they’re all about drama. Yes, in the cold you could gather up the Lace Stole and softly twist it around your head and neck for a scarf and enjoy the cozy feeling of silky wool yarn. But the glorious nature of a lace weight stole is truly revealed when you think of it as a statement piece. This whisper-light, crush proof, packable stole is born for travel. Simply stash it in a compact bundle in your bag (hopefully protected from snagging on anything), and when the moment is right to transition from dress-down casual to dress-up drama, pull it out, shake it loose with a flourish, and fling it around your shoulders. Graciously accept all the compliments!
Whether you prefer classic neutrals, or rich jewel tones, there’s a shade of 2/10 Merino Tencel that’s perfect for your own version of the Lace Stole. Which color will you choose?
Do you have 27 finished squares from February, March, and April? No need to stress if you don’t! Take this project at your own pace and pull all the pieces together on a timeline that works for you.
Crocheters: Crocodile Stitch is the name of the game for this square! With a square that is worked on the bias from one corner to the next, we’ll work half the square in crocodile stitch and finish off with alternating double and single crochet.
Knitters: This square is all about texture! We’re creating an undulating chevron with knits and purls, broken by embossed sections created with simple increases and decreases. There are no new stitches in this square (yay!), but here a few tutorial to remind you of the less common techniques.
Make 1 Purl stitches
And Make 1 Knit stitches.
Purling multiple stitches together
Don’t forget, we have a playlist for the Knit-A-Long blanket on Youtube to make it all easier (Please note that our techniques videos are NOT the patterns! These videos are here to help you understand the featured techniques, but you’ll need to refer to your pattern for specifics.), and all the squares can be found here.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell us about your progress! You can do that here, on Facebook,on Twitter, on Ravelry, or post pictures of your progress on Instagram and tag them with #WEBSMKAL or #WEBSMCAL
Later this week we’ll reveal the final squares for our Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long! We’ve had a great time sharing new techniques and stitches with you and it’s time to cruise to the finish line. No extra needles or tools are needles for this one!
This perfect for summer pullover is worked in one piece from the top down with easy rolled hems, and a darling lace inset. With almost 20 colors of Longmeadow‘s cool cotton/mircofiber blend to choose from there’s sure to be a Windley in your future!
With the warmer weather finally starting to settle in we couldn’t be happier to present the latest design from Fiona Ellis, Made to Border! This cute little cap sleeve cardigan is perfect for throwing on over a tank top or light summer dress. The main feature of this design is the border patterning which morphs into gradually diminishing cables. The top is completed with simple edging and a knitted tie closure.
Made to Border will soon become your go to layering cardigan! The silk content of the Valley Yarns Northfield gives your stitches shine which enhances your stitch definition, a total plus with cable work, while the baby alpaca give it the softest halo, and the merino ties it all together into a springy yarn that is a joy to knit.
Which of Fiona’s designs is your favorite so far? Which sweater are you working on?
Are you keeping up? Do you have 18 finished squares from February and March? No worries if you don’t! There are no deadlines but there is lots more to come, and we’re almost halfway done.
Knitters: For this square we’re working from the center out and creating a counterpane design, you’ll need double points and a crochet hook for this one!
You’ll start out with Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast on – use the shortest double points you have, no longer than 6″! ( 4″ are ideal) and go for a crochet hook that is one size smaller than your needles. If you typically knit on two circular needles or using magic loop you can jump right in with eitehr technique rather than using the dpns.
You’ll need to know Make 1 Purl stitches (you’ll remember those from Square one).
And Make 1 Knit stitches.
And knitting 5 stitches together through the back loop! While that may sound daunting we’ve got a super easy solution for you that uses a crochet hook.
That’s a big decrease to have in the middle of your work so you’re going to need to add all those stitches back in by working multiple stitches into the same stitch.
If you’ve never worked on double pointed needles before we have some tips for you.
And you’re likely going to finish your first skein during this square, if you’re using Valley Yarns Northampton then you can just wetsplice the end of skein one to the start of skein two and keep going with no ends to weave in!
Remember, we have a playlist for the Knit-A-Long blanket on Youtube to make it all easier (Please note that our techniques videos are NOT the patterns! These videos are here to help you understand the featured techniques, but you’ll need to refer to your pattern for specifics.), and all the squares can be found here.
Crocheters: It’s cable time! Watch as front and back post stitches stack up and cross over each other to form gorgeous cables and create a solid background fabric with linked double crochet!
This square starts with a modified double crochet stitch called a linked double crochet. You get the same height with this stitch but the fabric you create is much more solid!
As always, please don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell us about your progress! You can do that here, on Facebook,on Twitter, on Ravelry, or post pictures of your progress on Instagram and tag them with #WEBSMKAL or #WEBSMCAL
Later this week we’ll reveal the third squares in our Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long! We’ve had a great time so far, exploring new techniques and new stitches and this month’s square will will too. but don’t worry if you haven’t joined in yet, both projects are open for you to join in at ANY TIME! Check out the first Square here, and the second Square here, and be sure to pop into our Ravelry group and join the discussion.
Are you ready for Square three? Knitters, make sure you have size 7 dpns (or the size needle you’ve been using to get gauge), and a size G/4.0(or 4.5)mm crochet hook! Crocheters, get ready for a whole new kind of double crochet stitch!
Warmer weather has finally arrived in the Northeast and it’s got us thinking thoughts of summer! While me might be ready to trade in our pullovers and jeans for flirty summer dresses and shorts it’s not quite warm enough to go sleeveless just yet. The Reflection Cardigan is a fantastic cozy layer to get you through to those hot summer days. This flowing and elegant shawl-like cardigan is knit in a single piece with only two short side seams to sew!
The cool and smooth fiber content of Valley Yarns Southwick feels fantastic even on warm days. The combination of soft pima cotton with the beautiful shine and drape of bamboo fiber makes Southwick is a joy to knit, and the feel improves even more once finished. This yarn is perfect for spring and summer basics.
We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit and we may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on Facebook, or repost you on Twitter or Instagram!
April has arrived already and the next design from Doris Chan is here! The Motif Bolero is crocheted in two colors of our Valley Yarns Charlemont, a lovely sock/fingering weight blend of superwash Merino wool and silk, the color sequence tends to emphasize the geometry of the motifs. For a less patchwork look go with a single shade, or choose your own color combination!
The Motif Bolero is a unique, open-front jacket constructed from granny-style motifs that have been updated with open stitch rounds for a lacy look and pretty drape. Pentagons form the V-neck and shaped shoulders. Squares fill in the underarms and complete the boxy body, which falls just below the waist.
This is a great piece to layer for Spring. Pair this little jacket with a flirty spring dress or your favorite t-shirt and jeans. What colors of Charlemont will you choose?
As Winter finally begins to loosen it’s grip on New England we’re thinking about great, wearable Spring and Summer knitting, and the Park Pullover may just be the perfect project.
The Park Pullover is based on one of our most popular children’s patterns the Picnic Child’s pullover. Alternating stripes of 1×1 ribbing and stockinette create a soft and casual sweater with flattering elbow-length sleeves. It’s as fun to knit as it is to wear, and since it’s top-down, the lengths of the sleeves and body are easy to modify!
Knit in Valley Yarns Goshen you get the strength of cotton, durability from the Modal and a gorgeous sheen from the silk content. Available in over 2 dozen colors, you’re sure to find the one that’s perfect for your wardrobe!
We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit We may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on Facebook, or repost you on Instagram!