Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Buzzy Hat in Longwood

Longwood is a treat to work with. The extra-fine merino superwash is soft enough for a baby and is spun into a complex twist that loves cables. Each squishy ball contains 191 yards and there are more than 40 luscious colors to choose from.



Baby hats are a great way to play with a yarn as they work up quickly and the recipient usually will not complain. The hard part is if you take too long they will have outgrown it before you do the decreases. As an added bonus, you will get 2 of the smallest size hats out of 1 ball.
Materials:
 - 1 ball Longwood (100% Extra-fine Merino Superwash Wool - 191 yds/100 g) - shown in 15 (Green Olive)

- US 8 16" circular needles

- US 8 DPNs

- Cable needle

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle
Gauge & Sizing:
- 4.5 sts = 1" in stockinette

- To fit 16", 19", 22"

Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

 - C4B - Put 2 stitches on cable needle, hold in back, knit next 2 stitches, knit 2 from cable needle

- P2tog - Purl 2 together

- K2tog - Knit 2 together
Cast on 72, 88, 104
Join in round, careful not to twist.
Place stitch marker to show beginning of round

K4, P4 for 2", 2.5", 3"

Begin Pattern:
1 - 2 - K4, P4
3 - C4B, P4
4-6 - K4, P4
7 - C4B,P4
8 -12 - K4, P4

Do Rows 1-8 2x , 3x, 4x
 Start decreases
1 - K4, P2, P2tog
2 - K4, P1, P2tog
3 - C4B, P2tog
4 - K3, K2tog
5 - K2, K2tog
6 - K1, K2tog
7 - K2tog

Cut yarn, weave through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Boplicity Cowl in Boliviana

There is something about knitting with wool. It plays well on the needles and has this squish factor. Boliviana is a merino wool from Bolivia. Each 100 g skein contains 191 yards and works up at a worsted gauge. There are 31 colors to choose from for your next project and the options are almost limitless. 

I went with Fair Isle. It is a heavy enough gauge the project goes quickly. There is enough yardage to do 2 cowls if you reverse the colors. Cowls are a great way to try Fair Isle since it is in the round and there is no shaping.
Materials
- 1 skein each in 2 colors of Boliviana (100% Merino Wool - 191 yds/100 g) - shown in MC [15 (Mallard Blue)] & CC [29 (Olive Oil)]

- US 9 Circular needle (16-20")

- Stitch marker

- Yarn needle
Measurments:
Approx 21" circumference and 9" long

Gauge:
4.5 sts = 1" 

Abbreviations:
K - Knit
P - Purl

Cast on 96 sts
Join in round, careful not to twist

Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round

K2, P2 for 1" in MC
K 1 round in CC
K2 rounds in MC
Chart A

Start Chart A
K 3 rounds in MC

Chart B



Start Chart B
K 3 rounds in MC

Chart C
Start Chart C
K 3 rounds in MC

Start Chart B
K 3 rounds in MC

Start Chart A

K 2 rounds in Color MC
K 1 round in Color CC

K2, P2 for 1" in Color MC

Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Ruby My Dear in Salar

Salar is a squishy, soft, chunky alpaca blend. It is great for quick knits and finishing off your holiday gifting. Each 200 gram skein contains 197 yards - enough to make a lovely scarf or cowl. This cowl works up quickly and is just a combination of knit and purl stitches to add a bit of texture.
Materials:
- 1 skein Salar (50% Alpaca/45% Acrylic/5% Wool - 197 yds/200 g) - shown in color 10 (Red)

- US 13 circular needles (at least 30" circumference)

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
- K - Knit
- P - Purl

Gauge & Measurment:
- Approx 2.5 sts = 1"

- 8" high x 48" circumference

Cast on 120 sts
Place stitch marker to mark beginning of rounds

[K1, P2] for 4 rounds

Start Pattern: 
Rows 1-2 - K
Rows 3-5 - *[K1, P2] - repeat from *

Continue until almost desired height -
[K1, P2] for 1 round


Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Win a Haiti Babi Handmade Baby Blanket & Hat

Haiti Babi was started to keep kids out of orphanages and with their families. In Haiti, 10% of kids live in and orphanage and 80% of those kids have living parents that cannot afford to take care of them. In 2011 Seattle native Kaitlin Jackson volunteered at a Haitian orphanage and was inspired to start Haiti Babi.
Haitian moms are hired and taught to knit and crochet. They are paid more than twice the minimum wage and are also learning about budgeting. The baby blankets and baby hats are machine knit in Ultra Pima with a crocheted edge. Each piece is tagged with the name of the mom that crocheted the edge.

Ystania crocheted the edge on the Pineapple colored blanket that we are giving away. She has 2 boys and has started a side business making/selling peanut butter. Her boys now attend school and she has been able to buy land to build a house on.

Beatrice crocheted the edge on the Light Blue hat that is part of 1 of the sets that will be given away. She has 3 young children and part of her income goes to pay for medical expenses for her son's heart condition.

Florence crocheted the edge on the Pineapple hat and Light Blue blanket. She has 5 children between 4 & 17 years old. Her oldest, Peterly wants to become a doctor and she has been able to finish building the home she started in 1999.

 The original blankets are in the Signature series. They have recently expanded to add new colors in 2 new series: Tranquility & Caribbean. We have purchased 1 set from each of the new series to give away. The Light Blue is from the Tranquality series and the Pineapple is from the Caribbean series.
To win one of these beautiful handmade sets, tell us in the comments about your favorite charity knitting/crochet project you have created in Cascade Yarns. Please also mention if you have a color preference. The winners will be chosen on November 27, 2015.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Lana Grande - In the Groove Hat

Lana Grande is a bulky wool that works up quickly with great stitch definition. Lofty and durable, it works into a warm, squishy fabric. In the fall, it is easy to be drawn to chunky wools for that quick gratification that comes with finishing a project. I couldn't resist making a quick hat with a simple, easy to remember stitch pattern. 
Materials
- 1 ball Lana Grande (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 87 yds/100 g) - shown in 6043 (Antique)

- US 13 16-20" circular needles

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn needle

Abbreviations
- K - Knit
- P - Purl
- K2tog - Knit 2 Together
Gauge & Measurements
2.5 sts = 1"
21" circumference
9" length from cast on edge

Cast on 52 stitches
Join in round, place marker to mark beginning of round

K2, P2 for 2"

Start pattern:
1 - K
2 - K1, P1
Cont until 7" from cast on edge
Start decreases
1 - K2tog, K11
2 - K2tog, K10
3 - K2tog, K9
4 - K2tog, K8
5 - K2tog, K7
6 - K2tog, K6
7 - K2tog, K5
8 - K2tog, K4
9 - K2tog, K3
10 - K2tog, K2
11 - K2tog, K1
12 - K2tog

Cut yarn (leave 6" tail) - weave through remaining stitches

Weave in ends







Sunday, October 4, 2015

Milestones Blanket in Pacfic Chunky Colorwave

It's been a while since I have knit anything in Pacific Chunky which I have loved for quick hats and cowls. It is squishy, soft, and easy care. I realized that it sounded like the perfect blanket. There is enough merino wool in this chunky blend to give some body and memory.  As an added bonus the chunky gauge works up quickly.

I like blankets to be reversible and realized that Pacific Chunky Color Wave would be perfect for this. The colorways gradiate and would add interest to a simple textured stitch. The size of the pattern is easily modifiable - it is a 4 stitch pattern. Add or subtract multiples of 4 stitches to change the dimensions.
Materials:
- 4 skeins Pacific Chunky Color Wave (60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool - 120 yds/100 g) - shown in color 407 (Desert)

- US 10 needles

- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:
K - Knit
P - Purl

Gauge & Measurments:
26" x 26"
3.75 = 1" in stitch pattern
Cast on 98 stitches
K for 6 rows

Begin pattern:
Rows 1/3/5 - K6, *[P2, K2] - repeat until last 4 stitches, K4
Rows 2/4/6 - K4, P2, *[K2, P2] - repeat until last 4 stitches, K4
Rows 7/9/11 - K4, P2, *[K2, P2] - repeat until last 4 stitches, K4

Rows 8/10/12 - K6, *[P2, K2] - repeat until last 4 stitches, K4

Continue rows 1-12 until almost desired legnth.
K for 6 rows
Bind off
Weave in ends.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Off Minor Cowl - Alpaca Lana d'Oro

Alpaca Lana d'Oro has been one of my favorite yarns over the years. It is a workhorse yarn with a little something special. The Alpaca - Peruvian wool blend offers the best of both fibers. From the wool, you get memory, durability, and stitch definition. The alpaca adds softness and some drape.
The 219 yard skein worked up quickly into a 1 skein cowl.  The stitch pattern I chose is a rib that looks like a cable, however the look is actually achieved with yarn overs and decreases.
Materials
- 1 skein Alpaca Lana d'Oro (50% Alpaca/50% Peruvian Highland Wool - 219 yds/100 g) - shown in color 1129 (Faded Rose)

- US 7 Circular Needle (16-20")

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle
Finished Measurements
16" circumference (unstretched) - 11" long

Gauge Unimportant

Abbreviations
K - Knit
P - Purl
K2tog - Knit 2 Together
YO - Yarn Over
SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit 2 slipped stitches together
Cast on 112 stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist stitches; place stitch marker to mark beginning of round

K6, P2 for 4 rounds

Start Pattern:
1 (and all odd rows) - K6, P2
2 - K6, P2
4 - [YO, K2, SSK, K2, P2]
6 - [K1, YO, K2, SSK, K1, P2]
8 - [K2, YO, K2, SSK, P2]
10 - [K6, P2]
12 - [K2, K2tog, K2, YO, P2]
14 - [K1, K2tog, K2, YO, K1, P2]
16 - [K2tog, K2, YO, K2, P2]
Continued in pattern until almost desired length.

K6, P2 for 5 rounds

Bind off loosely in ribbing
Weave in ends