March 3, 2021

Cozy McBlanket

Lyrical Knits has just released a pattern for a knitted blanket you can wear: Cozy McBlanket is a blanket with sleeves, but the magic is in some cleverly placed short rows to help the it curve around your shoulders and neck for a better fit than your average blanket. No more having to leave your lap blanket behind when you make the trip from your desk to the kitchen for another cup of tea.

The pattern is currently on sale at a 30% discount through Sunday, March 7th with the code wrapmeincoziness on both Ravcelry and Payhip.

February 25, 2021

Coniston Fingering live on the website!

  • Purple houndstooth fingerless mitts.

I have been off my feet for a while recovering from a procedure on my foot and that has slowed down yarn production but has meant I have had lots of time to work on pattern admin.

The first pattern I tackled was Rokeby, one of my oldest patterns – first released in 2010 😱 – fingerless mitts or fingerless gloves using two colours of Milburn 4ply™. They feature a houndstooth check pattern and an optional flip top to convert them into mittens. To revamp the pattern I obviously had to make a new sample, which turned into two samples 😆 and it reminded me how much I love houndstooth. Anyway, my point is that the pattern has been updated with new pictures and some clarifications to the instructions. You can get the digital download on our website. If you had previously purchased the download from either Ravelry or our website you should have had an email with the new version. If you had previously bought the pattern on Ravelry and can no longer access the site just pop us an email and we will send you a copy. The pattern contains two colour combinations and both have been made available as kits on the website alongside another bonus combination. You can choose from Fern with Charcoal, Black Tulip with Dusk or Estuary with Wicker. The kit includes a digital download of the pattern rather than a printed copy so you will receive that via a link in an email.

After working on the mitts I had the houndstooth bug and just had to keep going with it. From that the Rokeby Cowl was born! This cowl uses one 50g ball of each colour (I have used Milburn 4ply™ in Estuary and Wicker) and I have designed it so that you use as much of the ball as possible. The pattern is available on our website and you can also buy it as a kit in the same three colour options as the mitts so that you can make matching accessories or not! It is up to you. I have recorded a Shedcast about the design if you would like to know more and at the end of it I have included a demo of two-handed stranded colourwork knitting to give you an idea of how I do it. Check out the Shedcast over on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel — don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already! 😍

I have managed to get a couple of hours of photography done and so Coniston Fingering (Merino/mohair singles yarn) is live on the website now! I know you are going to love the great selection of colourways I have for you, some semi-solids and some variegated favourites. I have included my Carnations colourway (shown in the images, also shown is Dark Oak) too, in honour of Helda Panagary’s beautiful design, Frosted Neckerchief, from issue 131 of Inside Crochet. Digital copies of the magazine are still available online.

Liz Corke is the latest designer that we have interviewed for our blog and it is a really interesting read! To find out more about Liz and her designing process head over to the blog and do be sure to check out Liz’s website (we have a link to it in our blog post) for her latest pattern releases Claiseach and Dromanach. Claiseach is a hat made using a single skein of Hayton DK in Snow Leopard and Dromanach are mitts made using Hayton 4ply in Woodland Strawberries. The colours used for these two designs are both quite simple with a base of natural cream with dapples of colour providing interest. We have a small amount of new Hayton DK including Snow Leopard coming soon so will let you know when that is available. Woodland Strawberries will be available on Pendle 4ply when that update goes live (hopefully in the next week).

Milburn 4ply™ Yarnlings™ — Yes you read that right! Would you like a way of using different colours of Milburn without having to buy full balls? If so these packs are for you. On the website you will find a curated selection of Milburn 4ply™ Yarnling™ sets with options to suit any project. There are colour themed packs, bright packs, soft packs and a set of neutrals. We have also added a set of all 19 colours from the current palette. This set will also include Damson and Moss Yarnlings™ for free while stocks last so you will actually receive 21 colours for the price of 19! If you are new to the concept of Yarnlings™ we have a blog post which answers all the questions you might have.

February 24, 2021

Hope & a Future

  • A woman drapes a rainbow and gray wrap with tassels around her head.

I was contacted by my Instagram friend Isabella Tonski, better known as Bellas Custom Crochets, to curate a collection of rainbow-themed colorways for a project that she had been dreaming up and was eager to design. I never could have imagined not only the stunning design that would flow off her hook, but the uplifting and deeply important message she has embedded into the construction of this elegant wrap.

The two main colors of gray and black represent the darkness and the hopelessness that the world has and continues to feel as we are living in this new way of self isolation. The pops of rainbow colors represent the promise of a Hope & a Future full of color and light even in the midst of so much darkness and shadow. The symbolism continues with the chevron stitching representing the highs and the lows and choosing to find value and purpose in the story that was being created in our lives.

Thinking of her message on hope resonated so strongly with me, and became a mantra of sorts with each stitch hooked. Working on this design brought a much needed sense of calm and comfort to my day and I love having a physical reminder of hope each time I wear this amazing garment.

Yarn kits for this uplifting wrap are available for preorder now and will ship in time for the pattern release on March 12th.

Follow Bella on Instagram @bellas_custom_crochets

February 22, 2021

Oh So Lovely Hidden Gems

  • A skein of yellow and green yarn next to a printed knitting pattern.

Our Hidden Gems base is a soft and scrumptious blend of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% bamboo fingering weight yarn with 436 yards per 100 gram skein and is one of our top selling yarns. It was featured in the Seed Club from Yarn Garden (Charlotte, MI) in the colorway “Garden Party.” The kit with the “Succulent Spikes” pattern by Lindsay Potter is available on our website with your choice of yarn color and cute little buttons to finish off your beautiful rectangle shawl.

Hidden Gems is an excellent yarn for any fingering weight pattern, especially for cowls and scarves as it is soft and squishy. The bamboo in the yarn lends to a unique coloring as it does not pick up the dye like the merino, giving it softer shades in areas. We have many colors to choose from in our online shop. Feel free to contact us with any inquiries!

February 17, 2021

The D’aeki Wrap

The D’aeki Wrap is so eye-catching… and yet deceptive in its simplicity. Created from layer upon layer of the smallest of building blocks — each one quick on its own but all together combining into an absolutely spectacular result — it is the perfect project for SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skeins or any collection of colours just waiting for the right pattern to show themselves off!

Featuring a herringbone pattern that effortlessly shifts the colour flow along the length of the piece and uses the Join As You Go method for knitting vertical sections together (without any sewing up at all!), the D’aeki Wrap creates an intriguing textural contrast, with one side beautifully smooth and the other showing off the lovely boxed effect of the picked-up stitches and joins. And because each garter stitch block knits up so quickly, allowing you to move on to the next block (and a new colour!) in no time, it’s that perfect combination of both relaxing and yet endlessly interesting.

February 14, 2021

Varia Mitts Kit Release

Hello beautiful fiber lovers,
I am thrilled to be partnered with Erica Heusser on a kit release for her new pattern, Varia Mitts! The Varia Mitts are exquisitely designed and like all of Sweater Sisters’ kits, are test knitted and professionally tech edited.

The mitts are knit bottom up in the round and start with a delicate jewel-like Fair Isle pattern. I love the back of the hand which features a rich outline of an owl settled in on a branch with the silvery background. The palm features a lovely Fair Isle pattern that evokes the look of individual feathers.

Erica used my Wayfarer fingering base (80% extra fine Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% nylon) in Salem (rich bronze), Sanibel Island (silver grey) and Blue Hosta (blue and gold). I have kits available in these colors as well as two additional color sets; Lily of the Valley (deep olive green), Aspen (flecked gold), Sanibel Island and Catoctin (deep russet), Miami (coral, gold and silver) and Sanibel Island.

Each kit is $37 and comes with a 50g skein of the main color and two 25g skeins, one for each of the contrasting colors, and a download code for the Varia Mitts pattern by Erica Heusser.

The pattern releases on Saturday, 2/20, but the kits are available now up on the website!

WayfaringYarns is Sweater Sisters’ in house hand-dyed yarn line dyed by Selena in Teton Valley, Wyoming.

Stay safe and have loads of fiber fun, my friends!

February 12, 2021

The Little Red Dress Knit-Optional KAL

Born in the Shanghai Ghetto after her family fled Germany in 1939, Judy Fleischer Kolb donated her little red dress for the 2009 opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Kolb’s story is told in detail in the Little Red Dress of Hope on Modern Daily Knitting, which invites each of us into the story of Kolb and her family, who were among 20,000+ refugees who fled Nazi persecution to Shanghai, the last safe harbor in the world.

As an homage to the endurance of this piece of clothing, the piece includes a link to a contemporary little red dress knitting pattern by designer Melissa Shinsato, available for purchase on the knitting website Ravelry.

Kolb, a former nurse and museum volunteer, uses her dress to urge children to have courage and to “realize their heroes are right in front of them.” Kolb continues, “I’m so happy my dress can bring hope to others. I only wish I could share the impact of the little red dress with my family who made my life so special.”

Starting Feb 17, a Knit-Optional KAL will be held on Facebook, accessible via the Little Red Dress KAL Facebook group, which is comprised of people who have been touched by the moving story, will have the opportunity to meet Kolb, Singer and Shinsato as they knit the dress step-by-step.

The little red dress is on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL. Museum volunteers have knit 60 copies of the dress, which are sent to classrooms around the nation to teach about the Holocaust, reaching more than 1,200 students each month.

February 11, 2021

Don’t let the name fool you!

  • An aqua lacy triangle shawl.

Arctic Ice, my latest shawl design, is cozy, warm and light as air! It is knit up holding one strand each of Marianated Yarns Aerie Lace and Keebler Fingering together on a larger-sized needle. The looser gauge makes for a faster knit and gives the shawl loft and drape. The pattern is available in my shop on Ravelry and PayHip and is currently 25% off until February 28th. Marian also has shawl kits (which include the pattern) available on her website.

Arctic Ice is an asymmetrical, triangular shawl consisting of mostly relaxing garter stitch coupled with a simple yarn over detail for most of the shawl (making it great for binge watching your favorite show). A simple lace pattern completes the border. The yarn is held double throughout the shawl. A Stitch Count Table for section repeats is included in a separate file with this pattern. Directions are both written and charted.

76” along neckline by 34” at deepest point

22 sts by 38 rows = 4” in Garter St holding one strand each of Aerie Lace and Keebler Fingering together before blocking
20 sts by 34 rows = 4” in Garter St holding one strand each of Aerie Lace and Keebler Fingering together after blocking

Two skeins of Marianated Yarns Aerie Lace (70% kid mohair, 30% silk, 460 yds/50 g) and two skeins of Keebler Fingering (100% superwash merino, 490 yds/100 g)
920 yards in equivalent lace weight and 920 yards in equivalent fingering weight

Shawl shown is knit in Artic Ice colorway for both yarn bases.

One US 7 (5.00 mm) 32-inch circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

February 9, 2021

Hello Ruby Tuesday

A pink lacy sweater.

Lyrical Knits’ new pullover pattern features a stunning lace design, drop shoulders and no finishing. Worked from the top-down with a strand of sock yarn + mohair laceweight held together, the sweater has a lovely drape with just a touch of a halo. Sizing is to fit anywhere from a 29-60″ bust, and the pattern in on sale at 30% off through Monday, Feb. 15th with the code hanganameonyou.

February 4, 2021

How about a quick-knit sweater that’s colorful and cozy?

  • A fuchsia sweater with a bright green colorwork yoke.

Constantly Cozy is my latest sweater design. And you will be “constantly cozy” in this sweater knit up in Fully Spun Yarn’s Postscript Aran. This sweater will take you from those chilly winter months into the cool nights of spring and summer. It will quickly become your favorite “sweater-that-is-like-your-favorite-sweatshirt,” yet it can still be easily dressed up to wear out and about… (whenever we are free to gather together again… sigh). It has become my favorite top to throw on over anything from pajama bottoms, to sweat pants to my favorite jeans. Brooke of Fully Spun has amazing colorways and there are a variety of options to choose from on her website.

The design is a top-down, long-sleeved, oversized pullover with gentle waist shaping. Fair isle patterning adorns the yoke and sleeves. Instructions for the Fair Isle patterns are both written and charted. Additional charts with no colors are included at the end of the pattern so that if you wish, you may color in the charts to match the yarn you’ve chosen. German short rows are used to shape the neckline after the fair isle yoke pattern is completed. This sweater is oversized and is designed to be worn with 4” to 8” of positive ease. The measurements shown are the finished measurements.

18 sts by 26 rounds = 4” on US 8 in Stockinette St
18 sts by 24 rounds = 4” on US 8 in Fair Isle pattern

1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) {7, 8, 9, 10, 11}

Approximately 4”to 8” of positive ease
Sweater shown in Size 3 with approximately 6” of positive ease
Finished Bust Circumference:
32½ (36½, 40¾, 44, 48½, 52½)” {56, 60, 64, 68½, 72}”

5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8) {9, 10, 11, 12, 12} skeins of Fully Spun Postscript Aran, (100% superwash merino, 177 yds/100 g) in We Like Food Names for the MC and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) {2, 2, 2, 2, 2} skein(s) in Agender Pride for the CC.
880 (990, 1062, 1210, 1350, 1415) {1590, 1760, 1900, 2080, 2124} yds in equivalent aran weight yarn for MC; and 125 (135, 145, 150, 165, 175) {180, 190, 200, 210 220} yds for CC.

One US 7/4.5 mm 16-inch circular needle
One US 7/4.5 mm 29-inch (or longer) circular needle
Four US 7/4.5 mm Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs)

One US 8/5.0 mm 16-inch circular needle
One US 8/5.0 mm 29-inch (or longer) circular needle
Four US 8/5.0 mm (DPNs)

Two stitch markers (different colors)
Stitch holders or waste yarn for holding stitches
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends