Our classes return in March, with Spring in their step, after hibernating through holidays and (we hope) the yuckiest of Northeast Pennsylvania’s weather. Intarsia? Check. Cables? Check. Also brioche knitting, and socks, and short rows, and two classes for sweaters!
Above, two children’s patterns featured in upcoming classes that are great practice for making garments you will love to wear. That’s right, wear out in public. Sweaters that will generate ooh’s, aah’s and “you made that?” compliments. Kristen Rettig’s Gingersnap*, a pieced and seamed cardigan, and Jennifer Steingass’ Adventures With Rainbows*, a seamless top-down round neck pullover, will have you as giddy over making sweaters as Jill, Catherine, Brigid, and I are!
Each of us has completed at least one sweater apiece in the last couple of weeks. Some have appeared in posts before, but now it’s time for a “team photo”…
Above, Catherine’s Heavenly* by ANKESTRiCK and Jill’s Mountain High* by Heidi Kirrmaier. Below, hot off the needles, Brigid’s Cromwell Pullover* by Bobbi Intveld and moi in my sleeveless Weekender* by Andrea Mowry.
All four designs would look great on you! Our yarn choices were New York from Trendsetter, Ultra Alpaca Natural from Berroco…
…Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers and Luma from The Fibre Company.
Look for even more sweaters on the way – not only have we just restocked our shelves with Berroco Ultra Wool, Berroco Vintage, and Malabrigo Rios (below, beautiful Diana in Rios) but new spring/summer yarns will be here before you know it!
We’re particularly excited about Berroco’s new Indio, a 100% linen chainette DK weight. It’s going to fill a huge hole in our hearts and stashes left when Shibui discontinued their Linen yarn a few years ago.
Spoiler Alert: another new yarn coming soon…
If you aren’t feeling your sweater mojo yet, check out our other offerings on our Classes page. Perhaps a new technique, such as Intarsia or the brioche stitch of Andrea Mowry’s Harlow* might be just the thing?
There’s a theme to our FO gallery: gradient yarns. Below, Gina’s asymmetric Over the Sea to Skye* by designer Kalurah Hudson. It used two-thirds of her ball of Gomitolo 200 from Lana Grossa. Knit sampler-style in bands of garter, lace mesh, and eyelet lace, this easy pattern would look just as nice in a solid yarn.
Brigid made her show-stopping Eidolon* from Schoppel-Wolle Zauber Flower. Pattern is from Lisa Mutch.
If you love the classic Zauberball, Zauber Flower is the same yarn with double the gradient length – !
Here’s another beautiful FO from Brigid in another of our gradient yarns, Urth Uneek Worsted. The Stocking Cap with Long Tail from Nathalie Godbout is a free pattern on Ravelry. The ribbed cuff and tassel of Brigid’s hat are solid color Woolstok; the rest of the hat is just the Uneek, doing its self-striping thing.
I’ll close with Jill’s pompom’ed Conversationalist hat from Plucky Knitter Design, another Ravelry free pattern. Her yarns are Maxima from Manos del Uruguay and Berroco Ultra Wool. While we wait for Spring and spring yarns to arrive, a shipment of pompoms is on its way, since there’s plenty of winter left for enjoying cozy hats like this one!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) available at GYI.