Celtic Forest Pullover Project Kits

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Our final Outlander-inspired project kit has landed! The Celtic Forest Pullover by Therese Chynoweth is a top-down sweater featuring a classic yoke design and figure-flattering details. Knit in the incredibly soft and cool Lhasa Wilderness yak/bamboo yarn, this piece is a year round winner!

Best of all, you’ll save over 15% when you purchase yarn & pattern together in our exclusive kit.

Knit your way through the Outlander series with this newest kit added to our online store! These kits will also be making their show debut this weekend at YarnCon and the Interweave Yarn Fest!

Greenwich Steps

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Coit Tower stands on the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. There are two ways to get to Coit Tower: you can drive there — Lombard Street ends at the top of Telegraph Hill — or you can walk. By far the best route is via the stairs on the east side of the hill. There are two staircases that climb from the Embarcadero to the top of the hill (a rise of about 270 feet); one of them is Greenwich Steps. Both staircases wind their way through a tiny neighborhood of cottages with meticulously tended gardens that overflow with glorious flowers.

This rectangular shawl starts with a very long toe-up sock cast on (use your favorite one). It works out from this center line, increasing in width and length with every odd row. The shawl is worked in the round, and is seamless. Diamonds and flowers are accented with pretty little nupps. If you wish, replace the nupps with beads for a touch of bling.

Oh Bother Hat and Cowl

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I am guessing that I am not alone on this, but I am in love with colorfully dyed yarn. A big part of what motivated me into designing in the first place was the desire to allow the yarn to look as beautiful knit up as it does in the skein. And just when I think I have it figured out the amazing artists that dye the yarns come up with new techniques.

Currently occupying my thoughts are the speckle dyed yarns. What do they like? How are they going to behave? Can I convince them to do what I want? This pattern is a result of a long discussion with the skein of yarn that became the cowl. Knit up in the color Meadow from Gale’s Art, I think I managed to achieve my goal of allowing the yarn to shine through while still creating a fun knit.

Combining slipped stitches with a honeycomb style stitch pattern results in a deeply textured fabric that you simply cannot stop squooshing. It is fast and fun to knit so you can make the hat and cowl for yourself and for gifts. Designed for DK weight yarn each piece takes about one skein. During the test knitting process, a couple of my testers chose to use highly variegated sock yarn held double and that worked beautifully too.

For more information on this and other patterns please visit tumpedduck.com.

Introducing: VELVET!

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It’s been a very long time coming, but I have finally found the PERFECT alpaca/Merino fingering weight yarn! 20% alpaca/60% Merino/20% nylon, this 4-ply fingering weight yarn is kettle dyed in jewel tones that will stop you in your tracks! This yarn is so sinfully soft, so fabulously squishy that you will want to knit every pair of socks from now on in VELVET!

If you attended the Carolina Fiber Fest last weekend, you’ve already seen (and fondled) this incredible yarn. If you weren’t in the area and couldn’t attend, then the only thing to do is to order some for yourself right now! I am so in love with this yarn that I think I am going to have to re-assign my sock yarn stash as a “shawl stash.” VELVET is just that amazing.

So stop by my online shop and check it out for yourself. You’re absolutely going to love this yarn!

Happy crafting!

P.S. We are featuring SIX new Rocket Sock color ways this week that will knock your socks off!

Innovative Designs to Feature Hand-Dyed Yarns

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Do you love color? Do you love innovative, flattering, wearable garments that are made in colors both subtle and splashy? Then get to know Toby Roxane, an independent knitwear designer based in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009, Toby studied knitwear design at the London College of Fashion.

Toby finds inspiration for her designs in many places. Her London Underground series of books takes its inspiration from time spent traveling around London. Each of the beautiful shawl patterns in the books is named after a stop on London’s Underground. Her second book, also featuring shawl designs, was inspired by certain cards in the Tarot deck. Music, literature, and locations both near and far form the inspiration for Toby’s lovely designs.

Some of the yarns themselves inspire Toby. The beautiful and varied mixture of color and tone in hand-dyed yarns “tell” her what they want to be. She’s been known to sleep with skeins near her bed to stimulate ideas for new designs.

Whether they are patterns based on vintage themes or clean, contemporary shapes, all of Toby’s designs are flattering and wearable. They appeal to many tastes and are sized for pre-teens up to plus-sized. With an eye toward great fit and perfect proportion, Toby mixes unique elements, stunning color, and simple construction to make garments that are easy to wear and a joy to make.

Toby delights in meeting all of the people who love her designs. She teaches classes in knitting techniques as well as knit-alongs for her own designs. At her trunk shows, Toby loves to share the inspiration behind her designs.

Toby’s beautiful patterns can be found on Ravelry, her own website, tobyroxanedesigns.com, and in local yarn shops nationwide.

Inverness Shrug Project Kit

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Our newest Outlander-inspired pattern is out: the Inverness Shrug by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter! Inspired by the detachable sleeves worn by Claire in the Outlander TV series, this great looking shrug will take the chill off your shoulders and arms and never slip or fall like a shawl. It’s knit in our Himalayan Trail yarn, a yak and merino blend which really lets the Celtic-style cables take center stage.

Retailing for up to $131.00, you’ll save over 15% when you purchase the yarn and pattern together in this convenient kit. Visit www.bijoubasinranch.com to select your hand-dyed Outlandish colorway to knit yours today!

Charleston Surf

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Charleston Surf combines stockinette stitch and short rows reflecting ocean waves as they splash onto the beach. A hybrid of triangular and crescent shawls, the shaping is an intentional feature so as to stay on without muss and fuss or the need of a shawl pin. Wear it draped over your shoulders or with one end thrown around your neck as you take to the sandy shores. This pattern is a great opportunity for testing different short row methods and discovering your favorite!

For the touching backstory, check out the full write-up on the website.

This Man Knits – and Designs

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I’m a knitwear designer based in Bangkok, Thailand and travel extensively looking for inspiration for my new and original designs for hand knit accessories — for women, men, and their pets!

I enjoy traveling the world to see new things and get inspiration for my original designs. Have a look at my latest patterns that are often inspired by art, architecture, textiles, and nature around the globe.

You can also check out my weekly blog at www.thismanknits.com for patterns and knitting tips.