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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?

Knit Picks Big Sale is Happening….Now!

Knitpicks Big Sale 2016

By now many of you have filled your carts with enough balls, hanks, and notions to inspire amazing creations for months to come, but for you late risers and curious shoppers here is a brief overview of what we have in store for the week ahead.

Knit Picks Big Sale


More on sale than ever before, over 1000 different offerings, just on sale. We also introduced two new Chroma lines with a twist, literally. It’s your favorite Chroma colorways just twisted, in both fingering and bulky. Just check out this free sock pattern.

Knit Picks Big Sale - Chroma Twist

Luxury yarn more your style? Than make sure to toss a ball or two of our new Cashmere into your cart. It’s special reserve in extremely limited quantities. Don’t miss out!

Knit Picks Big Sale Cashmere Sport Special Reserve

And of course the return of your favorite stripping sock yarn Felici! We created nine new colors and brought back four favorites for those of you that missed out the first round.


Need some great gifts that you don’t have to make? We have you covered with a huge tool sale including Knit Picks Exclusives, our totes and needle cases are sure to please. The perfect gift for that someone special (you included) might be our rosewood needles in a limited edition embossed needle case designed by our talented Knit Picks design staff.

Knit Picks Big Sale - Rosewood Needle Set

Or how about a collection of curated yarns in a cedar box? Six gorgeous choices.

Knit Picks Big Sale - Cedar Box Kit with Diadem

Plus gifts for you with purchase and new fun free patterns for stash busting and gift giving this holiday season. Enjoy the sale!

xo- Alexis

Accessory Weather

Those frosted windshields and travel mugs full of hot tea mean that it’s accessory weather! Fingerless mittens have come out of storage weeks ago, I’ve started carrying around a slouchy hat in my purse for windy emergencies this week and I just sorted through my chest of knit sweaters. I’ve been pretty steadily increasing the winter wardrobes of my extended family and friends every Christmas and this year is certainly no different. I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites to add to your own gift list!

I heard that Tincanknits would be coming to my local yarn shop in a few months ago so I popped over to look at their patterns on Ravelry as a little refresher before I made a trip to see the projects in person. I fell in love with their Antler Hat pattern for a second time and decided to make one for my mother in Full Circle Worsted Ponderosa. I love the combination of simple repeats in this cable pattern and the lovely stitch definition of Full Circle. The single ply yarn makes such a bouncy, cozy fabric!

More recently, I whipped up a pair of Stacey’s Semplice Fingerless Mitts (free pattern!) in my favorite yellow: Turmeric in Swish DK. It doesn’t get more autumnal than that. I was able to do them two-at-a-time which means that both thumbs actually ARE the same length (I problem of mine when it comes to mittens). Unisex and super versatile – this pattern has been in heavy rotation lately as I try to whittle down my Christmas gift list!

Lastly, I wanted to try my hand a crochet beanie. I still have some Chroma Worsted samples kicking around in my stash and I just love how it crochets up. I discovered Rohn Strong‘s great patterns on Ravelry and tried my hand at his Grizzly hat pattern. It’s got just the right amount of slouch and fits perfectly, this pattern is definitely added to my “second time around” list for last minute gifts. I’ve got my eye on a ball of Chroma Worsted Soft Rock for one and Midwinter for another.

Are you still working on big gift projects for Christmas or are you trying to fill in some gaps with smaller accessories too? I still have one more sweater to get crackin’ on but then it’ll be smooth sailing for the rest of the month!