Category: Project Ideas

NEW ARRIVAL! Colors of Reywa Cowl Kits

We are thrilled to offer the Colors of Reywa Cowl in the shop and our online store! We fell in love with this gorgeous cowl and the ethical work Reywa Fibers does to support the fiber industry in Tibet. We have a limited number of these kits available, and you can check out our shop sample to see it knit up and feel the softness of the yak down.

From the colorways of the yarn to the geometric motif, the Colors of Reywa Cowl is a tribute to the nomads who roam the Tibetan Plateau and to the yaks which sustain them.

Designed by Rebecca Hall, the cowl is knit from 13 mini-cakes of Reywa Fiber’s Harmony yarn, which is a light, sport-weight blend of 50% Yak Down, 50% Fine Wool. Each nature-inspired colorway evokes an element of the Plateau’s rough and rugged terrain, from its rocky, snow-covered peaks to its sweeping grassy hillsides teaming with summer wildflowers. For her design, Rebecca was inspired by the the colorful geometric patterns found in Tibetan architecture, rugs, and fabric.

Reywa Fiber’s 100% yak down yarns are hypoallergenic, will never pill, are warmer than merino wool, get softer and softer with each wear, and develop a lovely halo over time.

Kit Price: $128. Kit includes:

  • Printed pattern
  • 13 mini-cakes in 12 colors
  • 700+ yards of 50/50 yak/wool yarn
  • Reusable kit bag

Reywa Fibers is a small, family-owned business dedicated to helping the Tibetan people benefit directly from the development and sale of the fiber their animals produce. Profits are invested into Tibetan communities. To learn more, visit Reywa Fibers online.

Tibetan architecture inspired the geometric designs of the Colors of Reywa Cowl
The colors of the yarn are inspired by the colors of nature in the Tibetan Plateau.
Be sure to pick up your Colors of Reywa Kit from us and treat yourself to a gorgeous design, indulge in a luxurious yarn, and support a socially-conscious fiber company.

New Arrival: Manos del Uruguay Franca Super Bulky

Manos del Uruguay Franca

Super-soft, super-warm, super-quick: Franca makes luscious knits in superwash merino with a beautiful, watercolor-inspired palette.

  • Fiber Content
    100% superwash merino
  • Yardage
    114 yds / 105 mts per 150 g
  • Gauge
    10 sts per 4″/10cm
  • Needle Size
    US 13-15 / 9 – 10mm
  • Care Instructions
    Machine wash or handwash in cool water. Dry flat.

Click here to shop for this yarn online. We offer US shipping, or you can choose to pickup in store.

Color Selection: We currently stock 8 colors of Manos del Uruguay Franca

Black Forest

Fudge

Obisbo

Quartz

Tormenta

Violetta

Algas

Frost

Pattern Ideas

Find your inspiration and cast on one of these knits for a quick gift!

One Skein Projects: Hats

FREE! Big Chunky Comfy Hat by Erica Kempf Broughton

FREE! Perky Little Hat by Sharon Lentsch

FREE! The Big Hat by Davina Choy

Looking for a pom pom maker to make a matching pom pom? We recommend Clover Pom Pom Makers, which allow you to easily create beautiful full pom poms or multi-color pom poms and are available in a range of sizes. We recommend the Extra Large for use with Super Bulky Yarn, or Large if you’d like a slightly smaller pom pom.

Clover Extra Large Pom Pom Maker. $11.95

One Skein Projects: Cowls

FREE! Neck Truffle by Breean Elyse Miller

FREE! Why Wait? by Susan Ashcroft

FREE! Aujourd’hui by tante ehm

One Skein Project: Mittens

FREE! Really Quick Mitts by Haley Waxberg

FREE! Quick Bulky Mitten by Aimee Pelletier

Knit Locally Book Club October 2018: Ship Fever by Andrea Barret

Knit Locally Book Club October 2018: Ship Fever by Andrea Barret

Knit Locally Book Club: October Meeting

Tuesday, October 2

6:30-8:30 pm

Our October Book Club selection is Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett. 

1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.

The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In “Ship Fever,” the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history’s most tragic epidemics. In “The English Pupil,” Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in “The Littoral Zone,” two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, “science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material” (Boston Globe)

Project Inspiration:

We’ve chosen projects reminiscent of both the floral theme of the book cover and connections to the natural world that are a theme throughout the short stores.

Each of these designs uses sport-weight yarn, and would be stunning knit in our Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy, Carol Sunday 3-ply (Eden, Nirvana or Angelic) or Blue Sky Baby Alpaca Sport.

Rosy Green Wool Cheeky Merino Joy

100% Virgin Organic Merino Extra Fine

350 yards / 100 g / $24.95

Carol Sunday 3-Ply

Eden: 100% Extra-Fine Australian Merino: 50g / 246 yards / $11.50

Nirvana: 90% Extra-Fine Merino, 10% Cashmere: 50g / 246 yards / $13.95

Angelic: 75% Extra-Fine Merino, 25% Angora: 50g / 246 yards / $12.95

Blue Sky Baby Alpaca Sport

100% Baby Alpaca

50g / 110 yards / $13.00

Pattern Ideas:

Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Cowl Latvian Blooms by Dela Hausmann

Frosted Leaves by Lisa Hannes

Caress My Soul by Melanie Berg

Upcoming Book Selections and Meeting Dates

Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: Tuesday, November 6
Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Tuesday, December 4
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: To Be Determined (Either Tuesday, January 1 or Tuesday, January 8)
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: Tuesday, February 5

Project Inspiration with Cheeky Merino Joy: 3 colors, 8 combos, 7 patterns

Find your Joy! Cheeky Merino Joy is our newest arrival from Rosy Green Wool.  The wool, yarn, and entire production process are certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The supersoft Merino wool comes from Patagonia and is spun and dyed for Rosy Green Wool by small businesses in England. This sport-weight yarn is extremely soft, also ideal for children. Available in 23 colors and the first GOTS-certified organic Merino hand-knitting yarn that is also machine washable.

The Color Combinations

Here are our 8 favorite 3-color combinations, and 7 patterns for your inspiration:

Combo 1: 062 Isar Pebble / 063 Deep Ocean / 050 Ruby

Combo 2: 062 Isar Pebble / 126 Peony / 101 Blackberry

Combo 3: 065 Edelweiss (undyed) / 058 Rose Garden / 060 Black Cat

Combo 4: 105 Blackberry Sorbet / 107 Arctic Sea / 055 Moss

Combo 5: 126 Peony / 105 Blackberry Sorbet / 057 Wild Mallow

Combo 6: 051 Laguna / 062 Isar Pebble / 061 Cornish Slate

Combo 7: 103 Garden Pond / 102 Sunflower / 115 Air

Combo 8: 053 Sand / 054 Lucky Clover / 102 Sunflower

The Patterns

Each of these patterns calls for 3 colors of Cheeky Merino Joy

“Hamble” by Isabell Kraemer

“Drachenfels” by Melanie Berg

“Coya” by Jana Huck

“Streetscape” by Jana Huck

“Heidschnucke” by Melanie Berg

“Color Affection” by  Veera Välimäki

“Colour Spotting” by Jana Huck

Project Idea: Allodola Shawl by Heather Zoppetti

Project Idea: Allodola Shawl by Heather Zoppetti

The Allodola Shawl, knit in two colors of Oink Pigments Nimbus

Our latest shop sample is a stunner! The Allodola Shawl by Heather Zoppetti uses a clever combination of slipped and cabled stitches to create a unique geometric pattern, while short rows create a fun ruffled edge. The design is perfect to highlight a hand-dyed variegated yarn combined with a complimentary solid or tonal. It is easy to adjust the size or length, as it is knit from edge to edge…simply follow the increases to the desired size, then start decreasing back down!

We knit ours in our new yarn, Nimbus from Oink Pigments. This Merino / Nylon / Cashmere blend is OH.SO.SOFT! Please feel free to come in and touch it for yourself to experience the luscious softness and the beautiful halo. Beth thoroughly enjoyed knitting with it — it’s very easy on your hands! Beth used Oink Pigments Nimbus in the variegated colorway “4 Play” and the solid colorway “Sex&Violets.” You can purchase this combo below (Combination 9) or go for a sparkle version of the same colors! (Combination 5)

A close up on the beautiful stitch pattern of the shawl, created with slipped stitches and cables.

We’ve put together our favorite color combos from several of our indie dyers. Contact us to reserve yours–we’re happy to ship as well!

Allodola Shawl Combinations featuring Indie Dyers!

Combine your favorite hand-dyed variegated with a complimentary solid or tonal!

Details for each kit:

Combination 1: $60.95

Oink PIgments Nimbus in Pixie Wings and Yankee Dyer Stride in Hot Pants

Combination 2: $60.95

Oink PIgments Nimbus in Pigs, Doom, and Tacos and Yankee Dyer Stride in Sea Glass

Combination 3: $56.95

Oink Pigments Disco in Gryphon Door and Kim Dyes Yarn Sugarcookies Sock in Cabernet

Combination 4: $60

Oink Pigments Disco in Desert Dessert and Peachy Keen

Combination 5: $60

Oink Pigments Disco in 4 Play and Sex&Violets

Combination 6: $66

 Oink Pigments Nimbus in After All This Time and Zoot Soot Riot

Combination 7: $60

Oink Pigments Disco in Cool WIP and Together All Rows Develop Into Sweaters

Combination 8: $55.90

Yankee Dyer Stride in Alternative Facts and Vino

Combination 9: $66

Oink Pigments Nimbus in 4 Play and Sex&Violets

Wrap your hands up in art! Fingerless Gloves with Luccadot Yarn

Wrap your hands up in art! Fingerless Gloves with Luccadot Yarn

Fingerless gloves designed by Clare Cabe of Luccadot Yarn

The mutli-talented Clare Cabe of Luccadot yarn has released a new pattern designed to show off the luscious texture of her handspun art yarns! This simple fingerless glove pattern uses two types of yarn and works up quickly for a truly one of a kind gift.

We have a very limited number of kits put together by Clare especially for this pattern. Contact peggy@knitlocally.com to claim one before they’re gone.

You can also put together your own unique combo by pairing one skein of Luccadot Handspun art yarn with one skein of Blue Sky Extra (55% Baby Alpaca, 45% Merino, aran-weight.) We have a full range of colors to chose from. Here are some of our favorite pairings. Contact us to purchase the one you love –each is one of a kind!

These combinations would also be perfect for our pattern for the Basketweave Art Yarn Cowl, designed by our own Kaarn H.–free with yarn purchase! For more details, click here.

We look forward to seeing what combos you come up with to take advantage of the natural spun beauty of Luccadot Yarns!

Fingerless glove pattern available here.

Tandem Cables Scarf by Bonnie Barker

Tandem Cables Scarf by Bonnie Barker, from “Cable Crochet Made Easy.” Knit in Yankee Dyer Yakkity Yak

We’re so excited to have local author and crochet superstar at Knit Locally on Saturday, December 2 from 12-2 for a book signing for her new release, “Cable Crochet Made Easy.” The book features 18 new cabled crochet patterns and includes a wide variety of patterns, including pieces for both men and women as well as the home. As a bonus, each pattern comes with detailed video tutorials to take you through the steps, so you’ll be able to crochet away with confidence!

Our second pattern preview for Bonnie Barker’s newest book, “Cable Crochet Made Easy” is the Tandem Cables Scarf. Just look at that rich texture! Although this looks intimidating, once you get started, the pattern becomes intuitive — plus Bonnie’s video tutorials for both right and left handed crocheters will help you along!

This scarf was knit out of Yakkity Yak by Yankee Dyer, which is available at Knit Locally. This blend of merino, yak, and nylon produces a fabric with incredible drape. We have 14 colors in stock, including the color used in the book sample, “Yak-tober.” Click here for a complete color selection and ordering information.

We carry a full spectrum of Yankee Dyer Yakkity Yak — beautiful, rich colors with incredible drape!

See you at the book signing! Click here for more information.

Meet our newest shop sample: Basketwoven Handspun Cowl — Free pattern with purchase!

Meet our newest shop sample: Basketwoven Handspun Cowl — Free pattern with purchase!

One of a Kind Knit!

Meet our newest shop sample:
Basketwoven Handspun Cowl

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with the stunning art yarns we carry from Luccadot yarns, this cowl is the perfect pattern to highlight one skein of a gorgeous handspun yarn, surrounded by the softness of Blue Sky Extra.

This drapey cowl pattern uses:
-1 skein of Blue Sky Extra (55% Baby Alpaca, 45% Extra Fine Merino, aran-weight)
-1 skein of Luccadot Handspun Art Yarn (each skein is unique!)
The pattern, designed by our own Kaarn H., is FREE with purchase of materials.
Check out some fun combinations below, or come into the store and pick your own for a truly unique knit accessory.

Weekend Flash Sale: November 11-12

Check this post on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for updates about this weekend’s Flash Sale!

Not one, not two, but FOUR luxury yarns are on sale this weekend!
Save 25% on all of the following yarns:
1. Madelinetosh Pashmina: 75% Merino Wool / 15% Silk / 10% Cashmere
sport weight, 360 yds. SALE PRICE: $25.13 each
2. Amano Mayu: 60% Royal Alaca / 20% Cashmere / 20% Silk
DK weight, 109 yards / 50 g  SALE PRICE: $21 each
3. Miss Crosby’s Hat Box:
75% SW Merino / 15% Silk / 10% Cashmere
sport weight, 317 yards / 100 g  SALE PRICE: $20.25 each
4. Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted:100% Merino Superwash
worsted weight, 97 yards / 50 g   SALE PRICE: $7.84 each

Madeline Tosh Pashmina:

75% Merino Wool / 15% Silk / 10% Cashmere
sport weight, 360 yds. SALE PRICE: $25.13 each

Colors, left to right:
TOP
Morning Dove
Baltic
Longwood
Mineral
BOTTOM:
Rose
Vintage Sari
Nectar
Mongolia Leaf
Firewood

Contact us for shipping options!

Pattern Ideas:

Silverleaf by Lisa Hannes  SEE OUR SAMPLE IN THE STORE!

Charming Chaos Shawl by Gabrielle Vezina

Drachenfels by Melanie Berg

For additional pattern ideas, see suggestions for Miss Crosby’s Hat Box below

Miss Crosby’s Hat Box:

75% SW Merino / 15% Silk / 10% Cashmere
sport weight, 317 yards / 100 g  SALE PRICE: $20.25 each
Colors: left to right:
TOP
Sunset Regatta
Spangled Continga
Submarine
Greystone
Wild Huckeberry
Vintage Port
BOTTOM
Creme Fraiche
Winter Wheat
Smokey Granite
Flame-colored Tangager
Hot Pimento
Icebox Watermelon

Contact us for shipping options!

Pattern ideas:

Baby Tea Leaves by Melissa LaBarre

Wurm by katushika

Cashmere Perle by Plucky Knitter Design

For additional pattern ideas, please see suggestions for Madelinetosh Pashmina above

Amano Mayu:

60% Royal Alaca / 20% Cashmere / 20% Silk
DK weight, 109 yards / 50 g  SALE PRICE: $21 each

Colors Available, left to right

TOP

2000 Frost White

2001 Green Grass

2003 Earth Brown

2004 Yellow Grass

2005 Exotic Bloom

BOTTOM

2006 Wild Cherry

2007 Sierra Night

2009 Mystery Lake

2010 Stone Grey

2011 Celestial

2013 Cool Breeze

Contact us for shipping options!

Pattern Ideas:

Paulina Cowl by Martha Wissing

Welted Fingerless Gloves by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn  SEE THIS SAMPLE IN THE STORE!

Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted:

100% Merino Superwash
worsted weight, 97 yards / 50 g   SALE PRICE: $7.84 each

Colors Available, left to right

Red Poppy   /    Orange Peel   /    Lemon Chiffon

Saffron   /   Pistachio   /   Teal

Sky Blue   /    Sapphire   /   Indigo

Cotton Candy    /   Berry   /   Lavender

Charcoal   /   Wheat   /   Black Licorice   /   Vanilla   /   Brushed Silver

Pattern ideas:

Wee Lima by Taiga Hilliard Designs

Easiest and Fastest Baby Booties Ever! by A la sascha

Flax by Tincanknits

Wearever Wrap by Heather Walpole  SEE OUR SAMPLE IN THE STORE!

Contact us for shipping options!

See something you LOVE but can’t make it to the store? We’d love to send it to you. Contact us for ordering and shipping options, or with any other questions!

 

The 10-day, 2-skein Rhinebeck Sweater in Cascade Eco+

by Beth Knarr

New York Sheep and Wool (aka Rhinebeck) takes place every year, and one of it’s strongest traditions is the Rhinebeck Sweater, where participants knit a sweater to wear around the festival.

Back in July, I decided that I MUST go to Rhinebeck this year. In the ensuing chaos of trying to find any available room and cajoling my non-knitting husband into joining me on this adventure (aka: help with the six hour drive,) I just plain forgot to make sweater plans.

Fast forward to the beginning of October, when Rhinebeck is a mere two weeks away. Instagram and Ravelry were both flooded with knitters’ in-progress shots of their Rhinebeck creations, from stunning, intricate fair-isle to cushy bulky cables, to faded everything. How could I resist the urge to join in? I HAD TO KNIT A RHINEBECK SWEATER!

Fortunately for me, a few things were in my favor:

  1. We had the perfect yarn in stock at the store.
  2. I had a pattern in mind that was both fast and easy.
  3. In the two weeks before Rhinebeck, I was taking a trip to California that included 12 hours on planes and 14 hours in cars, so I would have good blocks of distraction-free frantic knitting time.

And now for the important aspect of any good last-minute plan: details!

Knitting on a plane

Knitting in the car

Knitting by the ocean

The yarn:

One of our new arrivals for fall was Cascade Eco+. The first thing you’ll notice about this yarn is that it comes in HUGE skeins. Each skein is 250 grams and 478 yards, which means you can complete an entire sweater in most sizes with 2 or 3 skeins. Longer yardage means less ends to weave in when changing skeins (a plus when time is of the essence.) Each of our colors comes with multiple skeins from the same dye lots, so no need to alternate between skeins. In my finished sweater, even I can’t tell where the first skein ended and the second color began…the colors are that identical! Did I mention that each skein is only $22.95…which means that if my crazy plan failed, i wasn’t left with hundreds of dollars worth of yarn and no Rhinebeck Sweater. As it ended up, my entire sweater cost less than $40, because I still have some of the second skein left over. This makes it a great option for a first sweater — if you end up with a sweater that doesn’t fit, or a pattern that gives you nightmares, you haven’t made a hugely expensive mistake. And this yarn is a workhouse — it can stand a gentle frogging and be ready for you to try, try again.

The suggested gauge for this yarn is 14-16 stitches per 4″ on a US 9-10 needle (5.5-6.0 mm.) Based on my swatch, I noticed the yarn blooms (grows larger) when blocking. The pattern gauge was 14 stitches per 4 inches, which I got on a size 9 needle (one size down from pattern recommendation to account for growth when blocking.) That swatch also produced a knit fabric with the drape that I wanted for my sweater. It’s always important to block a swatch! Before blocking, my gauge was closer to 15 stitches per four inches, but after blocking, the yarn relaxed to perfect gauge. Had I not blocked the swatch, and knit to 14 stitches per inch, my sweater would have grown too much during blocking and ended up too big.

There are three versions of this yarn, which all have the same yardage and gauge, but different names to denote different dye processes.

Cascade Ecological Wool: Undyed, in natural wool colors (ranging from creams to neutral grays and browns)

Cascade Eco+: Dyed

Cascade Eco+ Peruvian Tones: New line of colors which have a heathered tonal color on the cream base.

We have a great selection of all three types in the store, contact us for available colors! My sweater was knit with color 7098 “Merlot.”

The Pattern:

Close up on the cabled yoke detail. Photo from Interveave

The Unity Pullover features flattering waist shaping and bell sleeves. Photo from Interweave.

Ravelry is a great tool for finding the perfect pattern on short notice. I knew what yarn I wanted to use, so I was able to look at other projects made with the yarn first, then to search their huge pattern database for sweater patterns, using filters to find only the patterns for aran-weight yarn. When I found the Unity Pullover, I knew this was the one. Originally published in the book “Finish Free Knits” by Kirsten Ten-Dyke, this top-down sweater features NO SEAMING, which was a huge plus given my short time frame. Plus, while I love knitting aspect, I’m generally not a huge fan of seaming. The benefit of top down sweaters is that you can try them on as you knit, and adjust the pattern accordingly (saving a lot of sad frogging and re-knitting time.)

What attracted me to the pattern was the cabled yoke. I love knitting cables – so much design element for deceptively little work. In this pattern, the cables get wider as the yoke of the sweater increases. The simple cable pattern was easy enough to knit on a plane and the charted instructions meant that I could always find my place, even after putting down my knitting during the pretzel-and-beverage service on the plane.

Sweaters knit in bulkier yarns can often feel, well, bulky. This pattern uses simple decreases and increases to create flattering waist shaping. As a bonus, these rows keep the pattern interesting when it comes to knitting the length of the body. This simple shaping made for a more feminine look to the finished sweater, and made me more confident to wear it in public.

The sleeves of the pattern are a bell sleeve, which means they stay the same size down to the wrist (rather than decreasing to created a sleeve fitted to the arm.) I like a bell sleeve, as it leaves my arms more free to move around (aka knit) and doesn’t catch on any bracelets, etc. I may be wearing. It would be easy to add decreases down the length of sleeve to change it to a fitted sleeve, and several Ravelrs have done so (again, the top down design helps, as you can try it on as you knit, and stop decreasing when the sleeve gets to a width you like.)

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry and purchased from Interweave’s website for $6.50. Well worth the price for the variety of sizes (30¾ (34¼, 37¼, 40½, 44, 46¾, 50¼) and the author’s attention to design detail. I knit the 40.5″ size.

The finished result:

My finished Unity Pullover!

After knitting on planes and automobiles, I was able to finish my sweater ten days after starting, just enough time to block and dry and take to Rhinebeck! I was very happy with the finished sweater–the fit was perfect, the yarn softened during the blocking process to be comfortable to wear against bare skin, and the design details made for an attractive pullover. I proudly wore the sweater to Rhinebeck, where I received lots of compliments from fellow knitters. In the end, I’m glad that I challenged to take on such a big project, even on a deadline, and finish the first sweater that I have knit for myself with such great results.