July 26, 2017

Watch Hill

As much as I love garter stitch, I need to add a little something to keep my interest. Fun but not too hard is my main designing mantra.

Watch Hill is a sideways knit shawl featuring garter and slip stitch sections. The end section is worked in a slip stitch mesh. Knit in two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn, Watch Hill is a quick knit and a great way to try out slip stitch color work.

This shawl requires two colors fingering weight yarn, approx. 400 yds/365 m each. I knit my version in OInk Pigments Targhee sock in the colorways Dragon Scales and Silver Lining.

July 21, 2017

This Kit is Beary Special

For our newest project kit, we’ve chosen our super-soft yak and Merino blend yarn to create a snuggly friend using a quick & easy knit pattern by Frankie Brown that’s great for knitters of all skill levels!

Each kit includes a pattern, 1 skein of Himalayan Trail yarn in Natural Brown, poly-fil stuffing, and a small amount of black yarn to embroider the features. BONUS: We’ll send you a coupon for 20% off your next order when you share your finished BBR Teddy bear on Instagram with #bijoubasinranchbear in your post!

At the request of the designer, Bijou Basin Ranch will be making a donation to her favorite charity, the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, for the use of her pattern.

Click here to get yours.

If you’re new to knitting toys, be sure to check out our toy-making tips on our blog.

Are Ewe Knitting Me?

Are Ewe Knitting Me? is knit top-down in one piece with absolutely no seaming! It utilizes fingering weight yarn in a circular yoke design and can be “faded” or knit in your choice of color. This one was knit with Neighborhood Fiber Co’s Rustic Fingering and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which knit together beautifully!

Join me for a fun Sheep-A-Long in my Ravelry group, Let’s Knit Together, or on Instagram with #sheepalong and #knittingmelissa. The KAL includes all of my sheep patterns (a few more will be released in upcoming weeks), and will start on August 15th. The goal is to bind off by October 19th so you can wear your sweater (or hat, or bring a sweater- wearing child) to Rhinebeck! I’ll be wearing mine to the Indie Untangled Trunk Show, as well as to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, and we’ll arrange a meet-up or two for a fun group photo.

July 18, 2017

Friend

I’m very happy to post this new shawl design in Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock. It is a wonderful yarn to work with: beautifully saturated colors, a “crisp” texture, great stitch definition and a lovely drape! “Friend” is an asymmetric triangular shawl consisting of garter stitch stripes coupled with simple lace and slipped stitches. A simple lace edging which is worked as part of the shawl adorns the bottom length. It’s a fast knit and surprisingly simple; fairly repetitive, but with enough variation to keep you from falling asleep. I used a variegated and a semi-solid color, but any two colors will do.

July 10, 2017

Introducing Parliament of Cowls

Announcing a new book release from Karen Robinson of KarenDawn Designs inspired by a work of medieval literature. Based upon Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls, the eight cowls in this book represent various birds who are debating which suitor the female eagle should choose as her mate. Included with the patterns is a summary of the text and a discussion of the role each bird plays in the debate. The yarns used in the book are from indie-dyed Round Table Yarns and range from fingering weight to worsted weight.

The book releases July 22 and is currently available for pre-orders. All pre-orders placed by July 16 will receive free shipping and be entered into a drawing for three prizes: yarn to complete one of the cowls in the book (Falcon, Second Tercel, and Cuckoo). You’ll also receive the PDF version of the book in your Ravelry library with your print book purchase.

Check out the website for more information on each pattern and how to place your pre-order.

(Photos courtesy of Brad Barton; cover design by Elizabeth Green)

July 7, 2017

Master Color Series 3: Summer’s Here!

Sunny days and warm weather doesn’t have to mean a vacation from knitting or crocheting. We’ve created a new palette of refreshing colors inspired by the colors of summer: think cool, fruity treats like sherbet, Italian ice, sorbet, or ice cream! These scrumptious colors are our latest installment in the BBR Master Color Series, dyed exclusively for us by MJ Yarns.

When we were developing our summer palette, it seemed only natural to use our yak/bamboo blend Lhasa Wilderness as the base. What makes this yarn such a great choice for warm weather? The addition of bamboo not only adds strength to the yarn, but breathability, too, thanks to microscopic holes in the cell structure of bamboo fibers which provide rapid absorption and evaporation of moisture. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial, a property that is sustained even after washing (in The Knitter’s Book Of Yarn by Clara Parkes, bamboo fiber is said to retain its antibacterial properties through 50 washes of a garment).

We have two new project kits in these colors: first, the Summer’s Here Striped Tank, a figure-flattering sleeveless top that’s knit seamlessly in the round from the bottom up. Our sample is shown in Raspberry, Pineapple and Lime. Our second kit is the BBR Chevron Tank, which is knit in the round from the bottom up (shown here in Pineapple, Orange and Strawberry). Of course, you can mix and match colors from our Master Color Series 3 palette as you please, because they all coordinate with one another!

Click here for more info.

July 6, 2017

Vervain

If you know me at all by now you know that flowers are a huge, huge part of my life. Everywhere I go, everything I do I look for flowers and at flowers, and want to immerse myself in their loveliness. If I lived in the U.K. in the early part of the 20th century no doubt my cottage would have been filled with overstuffed furniture in a wild array of floral chintz patterns. Late last year as I was thumbing through some well-loved stitch dictionaries, I stumbled upon a lovely little Estonian number that was knit on the bias and had two different Estonian flower stitches: clusters and double yarn overs. Though I was smitten, it wasn’t nearly enough. I also happen to love knitting nupps, and so added… er… a few of them here. Or so.

Windswept

Windswept is a flowy, easy to wear cardigan that goes with just about every outfit, and looks good on just about every body type. It is an easy knit: top-down, with absolutely NO seaming, and only a handful of stitches to pick up at the underarms. Windswept features very subtle shaping, allowing for an even, flowy drape. The front panels overlap most of the chest, so the chest measurement is based on doubling the back width (for example, the 32” is 16” across the back, and each front panel is 15” wide). It is sized 28″ through 48″ bust size.

Choose a complementary or contrasting color for the stripes, or go wild and crazy with a neon or speckled yarn to add some fun and flair to your wardrobe. This one is knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, in Antler and Night Bloom.

July 2, 2017

Highlands Knit Kit

I am pleased to share with you the Highlands Knit Kit, which includes everything you need to make the I Left my Heart in the Highlands Wrap. This is a large warm wrap that is perfect for both winter and spring and can be worn in a variety of ways. Each kit will include the following: 5 skeins of my Aran Tweed yarn — each skein is (85% SW Merino/ 15% NEP; 183 yds/100 g) giving you an approximate total of 915 yds — one shawl pin and a copy of the pattern.

There are two different kits available for preorder:
1. The Highlands: which moves in a gradient from gray to dark green
2. Heather on the Hills: which is various shades of green and pinks.

The pattern is for intermediate to experienced knitters. Must be familiar with the following stitches: cables, YO, increase stitches on both right and wrong sides, decrease stitches on both right and wrong sides and slipping stitches.

I only plan to make a certain amount of each kit and they are currently available for preorder on the Pandia’s Jewels website until July 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. EDT. All kits are scheduled to ship late August/early September 2017.

June 30, 2017

Shark Bite II: The Revenge

I’m so excited to introduce Shark Bite II: The Revenge!

I hope that you can join me in the Jimmy Beans Wool Ravelry Group for Shark Bite II: The Revenge KAL. We cast on July 23. Kit’s featuring Lornas Laces Shepherds Sock in Shark Bait and Staccato’s in Sharky Gray and Natural will be available exclusively through Jimmy Beans. Introductory pricing for the pattern of $2.99 is available until the the KAL begins.

Stranded colorwork on the cuff gives the illusion of waves cresting above schools of sharks swimming through blood speckled waters.

If you are new to colorwork, this is a great pattern to cut your teeth on. The shark fins are simple to work and are only a few rows each.

The heel is worked in the round and turned with a minimum amount of short rows. Once the short rows are finished you are back to the amount of stitches that you started with and can continue knitting the foot. That’s right, no picking up stitches or heel flap!