Braided Slouch Pattern Release!

I have a new pattern for you today!

Remember that orange one I teased you with and requested test knitters for?  It’s been test-knit and the kinks worked out and I really love all of the results I have seen.

The Braided Slouch

A simple textured braid with an interesting decrease method makes this hat engaging to knit as well as fashionable to wear.  The extra-slouchy nature allows this hat to be an easy fit for most head-sizes.  Using just 1 skein of most sock-yarns, it’s the perfect project to help you work through your stash or perhaps sample that new skein you’ve had your eyes on for ages.

Freshy brought it to my attention that the yarn originally called for in the pattern, Colinette Jitterbug, is no longer distributed in the US but I recommend you look at the other yarns that were used and see the results of similar materials and wpis to find a suitable substitute!

Sizes: One size fits most adult heads

Materials

US #2 Circular Needles, 16 inch

US #5 Circular Needles, 16 inch and DPNs

Cable needle

Stitch Marker

1 Skein of Jitterbug from Colinette Yarns (100% merino, 291 m)

Gauge: 6 sts = 1 inch in k2, p2 rib stitch on size 2 needles (row gauge is not important)

Necessary Skills: Knitting, purling, decreasing, cabling

*I want to thank my wonderful test-knitters Freshy, Sims, Hannayt, Angoska

Knick Knack Knucks

I don’t have a WIP today, but I do have a new pattern!

The Knick Knack Knucks pattern has finally been published 😀  You can find it on Ravelry or in my Etsy Shop.

Perfect for Scootin'

Pattern Deets:

Mittens are warmer than gloves because your fingers can intermingle and share their warmth with each other, but they aren’t exactly practical when it comes to doing things that involve your fingers.  These convertible knucks give you the best of both worlds: the warmth of mittens with the functionality of gloves in the form of a removable mitten flap.

These would be a great project to use up that single* skein of sock yarn you have in your stash as well as a quick gift knit for a friend or relative (*please note that some knitters do need two skeins for the smaller size, so you might want two just to be safe).  Just another simple layer to add to your wardrobe, these knucks will become a fast favorite and you’ll be hard pressed to adventure into the cold without them.

Sizes: S/M (L/XL)

Finished Measurements: to fit hands with a palm circumference S/M (6 to 7.5-inch), L/XL (7.5 to 9-inch) (the ribbing around the wrist helps it to fit a variety of wrist sizes)

Materials

Size 4 dpns

1 (2) Skeins Patons Kroy Socks FX (166 yds, 75% washable wool, 25% nylon)

Stitch markers

Darning needle or crochet hook (to weave in ends and secure mitten flap to gloves)

2 small buttons

Gauge: 7 sts x 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch on size 4 needles

Pattern Glossary

K – knit

P – purl

PM – place marker

Kfb – knit into the front and back of the next stitch

p/u – pick up a stitch between the one you just knit and the next stitch on the needle*

Skp – slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

BO – bind off

Simple and Functional

 

*Drool*

I was browsing through my Etsy Favorites this morning and had to wipe some drool off my chin after seeing these beautiful, colorful fibers:

I would love to see a real Alpaca Rainbow

From YarnbyAshleyB, the Handspun Alpaca Rainbow

FAB-ulous! (said in a high pitch with lots of inflection)

From Fabulosity, the Fabubatt No. 2

I’m really feeling all of the bright colors, probably to ward away the cold weather that has finally decided to grace Southern New Mexico.  Yes, it does get cold here, I promise, it just happens a lot later and for a shorter time period than anywhere else.  Although I like fall, I wasn’t entirely prepared for its arrival and I’m clinging the flip flops and snowcones of summer.

New to the Shop

I have some new knits coming to the shop this week, namely this deep sapphire blue lacy slouch (the pattern for which can be found here)

Such Deep Rich Colors

And this amazingly soft sapphire, lime and cream scarf

Can you feel the "soft" emanating from the photo?

Both are super soft, knit from wool blends, merino and the scarf even has some *cashmere* so they are some amazing, luxurious accessories for a lucky fall wearer.

What have you been knitting up lately?  Is it cold in your neck of the woods yet?

Humane, Organic and Beautiful

Larkspurfunnyfarm has been raising exotic fiber-producing animals in humane and organic ways for more than a decade.

Her fibers are beautiful and the colors are stunning.  Evidence of her interest in color, nature and texture.

Not only does she offer wools, she also offers llama, alpaca, silk, cocoons, handpainted yarns, handspun yarns, fiber to spin and much much more.

Why not treat yourself to some luxury while being confident that your hard earned money is going to ethical practices and the human being behind them.  Check out her blog too!

Where The Wool Comes From

Its hard not to love sheep, even if you’re not a knitter.  They are so cute and fuzzy, I just want to hug them all!

I think these stamps from norajane would be perfect to add a little animal touch to the tags on my knitted wares, or in the corners of the pages of my patterns perhaps?

I have had my eye on these stitch markers from weeones (I already have the elephant herd) and think they would make a great addition to my ‘wee’ collection, hehe get it? wee?

Needle felting is something I have always wanted to try, and this sheep kit from bearcreekdesign might be too good to pass up!  Do any of you needle felt? Have you tried it?  What did you think?

It would be fun to carry around this precious little guy from hooop on my keychain when I go driving, I think he and my moped Daisy would get along perfectly 🙂

Whats your favorite wool to work with?

A New Yarnie!

I follow Eskimimi Knits on her blog and was so thrilled to see that she is now offering vibrantly colored yarns in her Brand New Etsy Shop!

Just look at these colors!

It is so hard for me to remember that rent is due soon and that I can’t have one of each.

My favorite colors are the Grapefruit and the Swimming Pool, and I kinda think they would look nice together, don’t you?  😉

What are your favorite colors in her shop?  What would you make with them if you had the chance?