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Pattern Roundup – Current Favorites

As the rain goes so does my pattern queue. It’s been a long wet season in the Pacific Northwest and I have added many projects to my list, especially as my skills grow.  A “problem” many of us can relate to, I’m sure, no matter what the weather.

Easy Stripes Blanket

There are the ones that you just have to make because: so cute! Like the Easy Stripes Blanket. The pattern is simple and with just two colors the possibilities are endless. Perfect for every room in the house. I’m already planning to make it in  Custard Brava Worsted and Dove Heather Brava Worsted, and another in Crest Preciosa and Blue Skies Preciosa. Bonus is the pattern is free and it only takes 6 100gm balls of worsted, making this a very budget friendly gift project.

Brava worsted

The Moxie Shawl caught my eye because it immediately made me smell flowers. I daydreamed of strolling in a park full of fresh spring blooms or the on boardwalk at dusk. Plus it will be a great way to test my crochet skills.

In a richer gem stone color it would make a perfect addition for an evening out. Biggest problem would be trying to narrow it down to one color of Luminance. Just look at the riches.

And because I can’t fight my love of whimsy, the Cowl’s Meow made it on to my list too. I love the colorways in Chroma and this looks like a fun project to step out of my comfort zone. Plus CATS!

Cowls Meow Pattern


What’s in your pattern queue?

All About the Blankets – Intarsia Style

Hello Stash Readers!

Hold onto to your hats, not only for the impending fall winds, but because I am making an intarsia baby blanket. You may remember me from my intro podcast or the post about my knitting the Learn to Knit Kit Scarf, if not I will give you a brief introduction. I am the merchandise planner for Knit Picks and new to completed project knitting. I’m great at starting things, but I was always merely dabbling. It wasn’t until I started working here that the bug truly took hold, maybe a little slower than others, but I’ve caught it and have gone a touch off the rails.

Once I mastered the knit stitch, completing my garter stitch scarf, I started another scarf in Tuff Puff practicing stockinette, and that is coming along swimmingly.

tuff puff stockiette scarf

WIP Tuff Puff Stockiette Scarf

Then the siren song of a new baby in my circle called out… baby blanket, baby blanket.

It’s just a bigger scarf, right?

I dropped the scarf and jumped into the rabbit hole that we all love, Ravelry, in search for a lovely chevron blanket pattern. However, yarn-overs and mitered decreases are two skills for which I need much more practice. I landed on a Kyle Smith pattern that fit with my skill level. My heart was set on three colors of Mighty Stitch Bulky that I had chosen for my original idea. Than it hit me: intarsia.  Its just blocks of color that shouldn’t be so hard. When I bake cookies I mix and match the spices it so why not do it with yarn colors?  My plan was to follow the pattern, but with the garter stitch sections done in one color and  the stockinette sections block those out with other colors. Genius!

That’s what is so great about crafting you can modify any project to your taste.

That is where you find me now, I am a walking cat toy of loose ends and yarn bobbins and I am loving it. Yes, the task took on a life of its own I spent a few hours learning the Russian join, and reviewing a number of videos on intarsia techniques, it’s all in the loop people, all in the loop. And yes, even after all of of that that it still seemed easier than yos and dms.


Intarsia Knitting

WIP Intarsia Baby Blanket

What I have discovered with this project is how far I have come, no longer is a dropped stitch the end of the world. I can back track and correct a lot easier. I’m more comfortable overall, gone is my death grip and tight knit. Now, this isn’t a project for someone that is impatient or doesn’t like messes, every other row I’m untangling my bobbins and adding more. I haven’t figured that part out and will take any tips you readers have to offer.

Thank you for letting me share my new project and excitement. I’d love to hear about your experiences with intarsia too.

-xo Alexis

WIP Intarsia Knitting Baby Blanket

WIP Intarsia Knitting Baby Blanket


Classic Color by Glenna C.

Classic Color - Cover

If you look at Glenna C.’s page in Ravelry, you will see that she lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Then, when you look at her knitwear designs in Classic Color, you will appreciate the undercurrent of functionality.

Classic Color - Mittens Classic Color - Hat Over the centuries, all sorts of knitting stories have developed. Many revolve around the traditions of two-color or stranded knitting. The pragmatists insist that it was all about essentially giving the wearer two layers of warm. That’s certainly a theory worth considering when you look at Glenna’s Cedarwood Mittens and Hat knit with Wool of the Andes Worsted. Two layers of quick-to-knit worsted yarn means that hands and head will be toasty warm during a Canadian winter.

Classic Color - Cowl

Let’s say a birthday or Christmas sneaks up on you. That doesn’t mean you can’t channel your practical knitter and whip up Glenna’s Dogwood Cowl knit with Cadena. I appreciate warm cowls during the transitional periods of late autumn and early spring. A hat is too warm and mittens might look a bit overzealous. A cowl is cozy warm and can be used as a hat if the weather gets a bit out of control. So, it is understandable that stranded knitting is a practical method for providing extra warm, but if that were the whole story, we wouldn’t have such beautiful traditions as Fair Isle and Norwegian and Icelandic designs. I’d say our knitting forebears also wanted to have a bit of fun with their knitting. Classic Color - Vest

Glenna uses seven colors of Knit Picks Palette to achieve the lovely pattern bands of her Spruce Grove Vest. There are a couple of technical aspects to this design that I particularly love. First, the vest is knit in the round with shaping and steeks used to form the scoop-neck and the arm openings. Second, Glenna has added a new element to her graphing that makes it so much easier to keep track of the color(s) you are using in each round.

Classic Color - Cardigan

Cardigans are a classic way to blend functionality and beauty. Glenna draws on Norwegian traditions for the details of her Sugar Maple Cardigan using Wool of the Andes Sport. The sweater is knit in the round with the sleeves and body joined to finish up with the yoke pattern. Then the front is steeked and cut before adding the button band. That means easy knitting around and around for most of the sweater. And, if you prefer a pullover, just leave off the extra steeking stitches and you are all set.

Classic Color - Socks

Lately I’ve been seeing several patterns for knitting socks using worsted weigh wool like Swish Worsted. As I’ve gotten older, I find that I seem to be cold a lot. My feet seem to be the worst culprits in terms of letting my body heat drain away. Glenna’s Trailside Socks would knit up quickly plus they have a little bit of stranded detail to make them pretty to wear. This is important because worsted weight socks would be too thick to wear with most of my winter shoes. That means they will be “house” socks. I will enjoy looking at the colorwork details as I watch football games or read a good book.

Remember, you can get Glenna’s wonderful book 3 ways – you can all 6 patterns in eBook or book form or you can get each pattern separately!

Cupcake Fingerless Mitts on the go

I have inched up to SpillyJane’s Cupcake Mittens like they were a wild tiger. I fell in love with the design, bought the pattern and even chatted with SpillyJane on one of my podcasts. Of course, while we were still in Mexico, I didn’t easily have access to Palette yarns. I decided that I could wait until I could try making a raid on our office yarn stash.

Last week, that is exactly what I did – pawed through our bins of extra Palette yarn. We didn’t have every color SpillyJane used in her design. But, thanks to the selection of 150 colors, I was able to find substitutions that I like.

Haze Heather (replacing Bluebell)
Bison (replacing Bark)
Lipstick (replacing Pimento)
Blossom (replacing Cotton Candy)
Garnet Heather

Cupcake Fingerless Mitts - Balls of Yarn

Once I had the balls of Palette gathered, I began having a little trouble figuring just when I would knit my fingerless mitts. The balls of yarn took up a lot more space than the mittens themselves!

There are some projects that I find easy to imagine as my “sit-at-home” knitting – sweaters, for example. But, fingerless mitts clearly fall under my definition of “travel” knitting.

Cupcake Fingerless Mitts - Tiny Skeins

Ta Da!! I wound up tiny balls of all the colors except for Haze Heather. Now my project will fit easily into a Knit Happy Take Along Tote. These tiny balls will probably not get me through a pair of Cupcake Mittens but they will certainly get me through an evening of knitting in a restaurant or at a friend’s home. I can easily wind up new balls as needed.

Palette Galore!

I think that by now, we’re all pretty familiar with the gorgeous shot of the Palette family that’s been in the catalog and on web since September of last year. I know it particularly well because Kerin and I are the ones who sat down and sorted each ball into the lovely color order that you see here and I’m the one who sat down AGAIN and resorted it after the photography department was done with it in order to label each ball correctly in catalog. I can’t tell you how long this took, only that I’m getting pretty good at spotting the differences between Thicket and Briar Heather!palette_family

There are now so many colors (150!) in Palette that we’ve started storing the balls on ten, four foot rods to make it easy to keep them together and move them around as a group. Essentially, we’ve created a system of giant yarn skewers just for this family!

I’m always stumbling upon partial or unmarked balls of Palette around the office and I’ve developed quite a large collection at home which wound up being featured in our last minute shoot for April Fool’s with Linus!


I’m constantly dipping into my bin to make a few of Anna Hrachovec‘s Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, or a pair of spontaneous fingerless mittens. A few weekends ago, I took a peak inside my bin and found just the right colors for Lucinda Guy’s Oluffa Doorstop from Northern Knits Gifts. I whipped it out in a weekend and decided just to stuff it as a pillow. Now it’s sitting rather pertly on the back of my couch, surveying the living room.


This latest project is just the most recent in a long line of projects knit in Palette. I’ve done cardigans, mittens, hats and toys and it’s definitely been my go-to yarn for any colorwork project. I still have trouble keeping my tension consistent, charts are still a little hard for me to read, but choosing Palette has always been the easy part when I start a new project. There are just so many colors that I can pick the exact right color orange, the perfect blue and the crispest white for projects like this one.

What color combos do you like in Palette?