When our newest yarn, Lindy Chain, arrived at the office, it was love at first sight. The gorgeous colors! The cool crispness of the fiber! The way it seemed to shine and glow! I was so excited, I had to sit down for a bit. Once I recovered, I realized I had the perfect pattern for this yarn all queued up- the lovely and classic Strathcona, by Jane Richmond.
You know what’s really exciting to me, in knitwear? Not so much texture, or lace, or fancy techniques. No, what really makes me want to cast on is a good, solid basic with lots of stockinette. Maybe it’s the minimalist in me that just wants a lovely blank canvas in whatever color I desire, or maybe I’m too fond of mindless knitting while watching TV or hanging out with friends, but give me a classic silhouette and next to no frills and I’m happier than a pig in mud (if pigs knit).
I started day dreaming about a cowl in Lindy Chain the minute we finished unpacking the boxes here at the offices. I pounced upon two balls of lovely, rich blue Navy and decided to try an open stitch to make the perfect summer weather accessory. You can find the free Alcea Cowl pattern here on our website!
If home is where the heart is, I guess home could also be where the dishcloth pattern inspiration is, because this week I looked no further than my wonderful family for this pattern!
So have you seen our purty new yarn Lindy Chain?
I love this yarn! Before we got it, I’d never used chainette yarn so I was little dubious, but we all had a lot of fun playing with it.
With Memorial Day this past weekend heralding the unofficial start of summer, my favorite season, I thought I’d take a look at my to-knit list and start planning my warm-weather pieces! I knit year round, although I usually knit smaller items with more plant-based fibers in warmer months, since they’re cooler to hold and take up less space when toting them around on trips.
There was a rough list of projects we wanted to make when we first started brainstorming for the Classic Kitchen Crochet Pattern Collection and I knew right away that I wanted to try my hand at writing a pattern for the Crocheted Kitchen Rug. I had my own list of what I wanted to see in a kitchen rug including stripes, blocks of color and a super chunky yarn that would hold up to some heavy wear and a large number of trips through the washing machine.
Last year we were discussing what sort of collections we would like to see and it was unanimous – we were all about crafting for the kitchen! And since most of us both knit & crochet, we decided we needed two collections, so we came up with Classic Kitchen Crochet and Retro Kitchen Knits.
I’m particularly excited – all the patterns are by the Knit Picks staff, including me!
There are very few things cuter than children’s knitwear. Well, kittens might possibly be cuter, but once you have a sweet, sleepy knit cat to cuddle the whole argument goes out the window because THAT is the cutest thing I can think of. The new Classic Knits for Kids pattern collection has everything you need for new babies all the way through the toddler years (including the timeless Sleepy Kitty pictured above).
Dandelion Shine Sport never looked so good! Shine’s soft cotton blend combined with the bumpy texture of this stitch results in the perfect washcloth. There are no decreases or increases involved either! Each “bump” is formed by creating a small chain of knits in a single stitch and then the chain is popped to the front of the project on the next row. It’s such a fun stitch to work with! Plus there’s a simple four row repeat that’s easy to memorize and quick to knit.