Knitting Patterns and Projects

Customer Project – Bernat Softee Baby – Strawberry Baby Cocoon

One of my lovely customers, Erica, came into the shop today to show me her Strawberry Baby Cocoon that she knitted up in Bernat Softee Baby using a free pattern from the Bernat Website:

I think she did a wonderful job, don’t you? :)

New Store Projects and New Yarn

Wow – hasn’t it been a long time since my last post!

Lots of things have been happening – the usual new yarns etc… but I wanted to share something with you that is unique to Yarn Over – our very own yarn!

Yep – you heard right! We have teamed up with a local Alpaca grower who sold us some of her lovely fleece which we promptly had spun into some luscious yarn. We call it:

Local-Paca

Local-Paca is a 6-8 ply pure, undyed alpaca yarn. Each ball contains between 100 and 115 metres of yarn. It is Huacaya alpaca and is VERY soft and warm.

We had some shop samples made up for you to try:

1. Calm Cowl – crochet

This one takes 4 balls and is a Free pattern from Ravelry:

2. Candle Flame Scarf – knit

For all you knitters out there! :) This one takes 3 balls of Local-Paca and is also a FREE ravelry Pattern

We have just sent away another 5 kilos of fleece to be processed. It will be available in black, dark brown and cream – shortly before our Winter Season begins in March.

In the meantime, you can buy some Local-Paca online.

The Man Hat in Araucania Tepa

We have a lovely new Winter yarn in stock from Araucania this year – Tepa is a bulky weight, kettle-dyed yarn in a blend of wool, mohair and silk.

In the shop on display we have our Man Hat model – a free Ravelry pattern – and some lovely skeins to show you:

You can buy Araucania Tepa online here. :)

You only need one skein for the Man Hat! We made a small adjustment – we used 6mm needles (the pattern calls for 5mm) and cast on 72 stitches. It fits our model well but also fits my husband’s head too – and he has a large head! So I would recommend more stitches on a larger needle.

Imogen’s New Asterisk Hat

I just thought I’d share with you – some pics of Mimi wearing her new Asterisk Hat by Dorothy Jane. This free Ravelry hat pattern was knitted with 50g of our Cestari DK wool – 8 plyin Forest Green. The pattern is actually a slouchy style hat but I made it more like a beanie at her request. It is to wear ice-skating when we go on our cruise in November! can’t wait!

My first knitted girl’s cardigan!

I wanted to share with you my first-ever knitted cardigan. It was made for my daughter who is 6 and a half and a size 7.

(Note the Audrey pose! LOL!). The pattern I used was one downloaded from ravelry.com called “In Threes Baby Cardigan”. It was knitted in the round – no joins or seams – on a 5.5mm circular needle – 24 inches long. The pattern only went up to a size 5, so I cast on 6 extra stitches and made adjustments along the way so that it would fit her. It’s a perfect fit for this year with more room under the arms and length-wise to allow for growth so she can wear it next year. The yarn I used is one I sell in the shop called Araucania ‘Aysen’ – a lovely 10 ply blend of alpaca, merino and silk. I knitted with two skeins simultaneously to ensure even variegation in the yarn. the cardigan only took two x 100g skeins with some left over. Knitting a few rows every night, it took me about a month to finish but that’s because I was working on other projects at the same time and didn’t work on it every day. If you were a fast knitter and did about 10 rows very day you’d have it done in about 2 weeks, I think.

Anyway, here’s some more pics…

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Store Display Projects

We have a couple of projects to share with you.

The first one is a super-quick, soft crocheted ‘Spectrum’ scarf in Red Heart Boutique Magical – a wool-blend, magic ball-style yarn.

One ball makes a scarf which can be crocheted in just a few hours! Grows quickly and the pattern is very easy to memorise.

The second project is my hand-dyed, handspun “Boneyard Shawl“.

I used 100g of a 5 ply merino-silk blend which I spun on my Schacht Matchless spinning wheel.

It is more of a shawlette than a shawl though! LOL!

More Noro Free Patterns!

Noro Silk Garden Moss Stitch Baby Sweater

Noro Iro Bag – knitted in ‘Iro’ but could substitute Taiyo or Kochoran

FREE Noro Kureyon Patterns!

Debbie Bliss has released some free patterns from her Noro Collection, 2002 book. These are for Noro Kureyon and are available on the Knitting Fever website.

Noro Kureyon Entrelac Sweater

Noro Kureyon Rabbit – knitted toy

Child’s Striped Noro Kureyon Sweater

Knit-a-Long Program – 2012

Here is a summary of our KAL program for this year:

This year we have an exciting selection of KALs (Knit-a-longs) including:

• Cable-Ready Bag • Easy Zigzag Noro Scarf • Paintbox Noro Kureyon Log Cabin Blanket • Lacy Silk Garden Socks • Noro Kimono Cardigan • Lacy Shawlette

4th February 2012: Practice your knitted cable skills with this quick-knit bag featuring Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick’n Quick yarn. Materials: three skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick ‘n Quick wool/acrylic blend COST: $33.

3rd March 2012: Easy Zig Zag Scarf – Noro Silk Garden Worsted Materials: 4 x balls of Noro Silk Garden COST: $56.00

7th April 2012: Paintbox Kureyon Log Cabin Knitted Blanket – Noro Kureyon yarn Materials: 19 balls of Noro Kureyon in assorted colours, 2 balls of contrasting solid colour of worsted-weight pure wool. COST: $258

7th July 2012: Noro Silk Garden Kimono Cardigan Materials: 8-14 balls of Noro Silk Garden

1st September 2012: Lacy Silk Garden Socks – for intermediate to advanced knitters Materials: one ball of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn COST: $24.00

6th October, 2012: “198 Yards of Heaven” – lacy knitted shawlette COST: approximately $22.00 to $40, depending on yarn chosen

I hope you can join us! :)

Gabrielle and Beth

FREE Knitting Pattern – Simple Luxury Scarf in Noro Kochoran

We have some new stock of Noro Kochoran in-store. Whilst Noro is lovely in garments, we tried to come up with a pattern which only used one skein of this luscious angora-blend yarn.

We call it “Simple Luxury Scarf”.

To download the Word version of this pattern, please click here.

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