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Saturday, February 15, 2014

New Patterns

Here are some new patterns from Churchmouse (a shipment arrived yesterday) that are quick to knit and will keep you warm until spring arrives.

Boyfriend Watch Cap
Knit this cozy, deeply cuffed cap for him. It’s handsome worn turned up for traditional sailor style, but we love it uncuffed and slouchy, too. Worked in a heavy worsted-weight yarn, this cap is a quick knit, which is great because you’re bound to be asked for more.

The ribbed cuff is nice and deep so you can fold it a long way up without the wrong side of the stockinette stitch crown showing. The three-part top decreases add a crisp detail. Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, with its rustic good looks and blend of wool, alpaca and viscose, knits up into a warm, cozy cap that drapes beautifully and wears well. Style and yarn combine into the perfect accessory for him or her! Bet you won’t make just one!
FINISHED SIZE
One size: To fit 20–23"/51–58cm head. Approx. 18"/46cm around ribbing, not stretched. 
YARN
2 skeins Rowan Felted Tweed Aran (95 yds/87m each).
Or approx. 190 yds/174m of an equivalent heavy worsted-weight yarn. Shown on him in Color 728 Dusty; shown on her in Color 734 Mahogany.
Colorwork Cuffs
They say that if you keep your pulse points warm, you’ll stay warm all over. These tweedy cuffs prove that theory nicely. And you can turn the cozy quotient up or down for outdoors or in. Pick a colorwork chart, an edging, then finish as little cuffs, fingerless gloves or full mittens. Add color choice to the mix and the possibilities are infinite!

The cuffs are surprisingly warm and practical. Make a pair to peek from under your coat sleeves, grab your wellies and go for a walk! Don a pair of fingerless gloves for knitting outdoors or texting on the go. Or keep your precious knitting digits toasty and fully covered with the adorable and festive mittens!
Approx. 55 (110, 160) yds/50 (100, 146)m of MC, and 40 yds/37m of CC
 in an equivalent fingering-weight yarn. Add or subtract approx. 10 yds/9m of MC for each 1"/2.5cm of adjusted hand length. 
Flora's Cap
Fans of the film Cold Comfort Farm, based on Stella Gibbons’s witty 1932 novel, will recognize that this sleek, slouchy topper was inspired by the white cap worn by Flora Poste during her railway journey from London to Beershorn Halt.

When Kate put this hat on for the photo shoot, she literally sighed—and cast on for her own just as soon as she could. The Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk knits up elegantly, embodying perfect cool drape that sits on your head with a pleasing weightiness. Our seed-stitch version in alpaca and silk travels well from town to country and spans the seasons neatly.
FINISHED SIZE
One size: To fit 21–22"/53–56cm head. Approx. 20"/51cm around x 9"/23cm tall.
YARN
2 skeins Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (146 yds/134m each); shown in Color 110 Ecru; Color 138 Garnet; and Color 150 Night.
Or approx. 195 yds/178m of an equivalent sport-weight silk blend. 


 Racing Raindrops Scarf Pattern
When Karen brought this scarf to our design team, we all agreed the little beads looked like raindrops, reminding us of the A.A. Milne poem, Waiting at the Window, that describes watching raindrops race down a windowpane. Once the scarf is on, the beads add a comforting bit of weight to the wonderfully soft drape of this lace-weight scarf. 

We offer this pattern in a second size that has the same wingspan; a slightly longer back depth adds more fullness. We knit this version in a fingering-weight yarn, but either scarf can be done in a lace- or fingering-weight yarn. (Both are knit to the same gauge.) Once blocked, each scarf is just the right size to wear multiple ways, with long ties to knot, drape, or to pin. Both sizes have 120 sparkling raindrops!
FINISHED SIZE
Approx. 76"/193cm across long straight edge; approx. 10 (18)"/25 (46)cm deep at the center, after blocking. Note: The only change in size is the back depth.
YARN
Smaller scarf: 1 skein Rowan Fine Lace (437 yds/400m); shown in Color 933 Aged. Or approx. 437 yds/400m of an equivalent lace-weight yarn.
Larger scarf: 3 skeins Isager Alpaca Merino 2 (270 yds/247m each); shown in Color 2 Light Natural Grey. Or approx. 775 yds/708m of an equivalent fingering-weight yarn. 
Note: Both lace-weight and fingering-weight yarns are knit to the same gauge.


We made it through the first 2 episodes of House of Cards last night. Beth turned off the TV after the second one and told me to go to bed which was probably a good thing because I had to work today. We could have been up for hours watching. I didn't see the first episode going where it did. It is going to be an interesting season.

Tonight is the annual Valentines Dinner to raise money for Honduras so I'm blogging early. Beth and I will be there early to do the coat check and then we will help serve dinner. After an evening of carrying dishes you gain an appreciation for people who do it for a living. It's a long evening but the money goes to a great cause.

1 comment:

Candice said...

Bye, bye Zoe!