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Green Beanie – Just in Time!

Tue 22 Dec 2015 10:12am


Because you might just need something new and fresh for the final holiday knitting push! It was all I could do not to make another…so many possibilities. I want to make one in grey and white! As my holiday gift you can get my Green Beanie pattern for half off through the end of Christmas Day!

I confess that I made Green Beanie a while ago and promptly forgot about it. I just found it at the bottom of my stack of winter stuff…we haven’t needed much this year since it’s been so mild. I decided to write the pattern up before I lose it again. Sophie obliged, and we walked around her neighborhood for the snaps.


It starts with a slight curl in the cast on fabric, proceeds to corrugated ribbing creating vertical stripes. Meanders with a little stockinette stitch graced with a favorite motif found….in many cultures… and found in my book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory, motif #153.



I used Quince & Co Lark, because I have a lot of that lying around (lucky me!) because it is local to me, and I like it. You could use just about any worsted weight yarn, or heavy DK. The ever present Cascade 220 comes to mind. I’m going to make my next one in Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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I chose two greens, very close in value so the stranded colorwork pattern is subtle. Sometimes I just don’t want a loud pattern, only a hint. The vertical stripes of the ribbing are the main event. Students: See how different placement of the same colors show up differently? File under experiments with color.

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Finished Size To fit head circumference 19 (20, 21), with about 1 inch of negative ease.
Yarn Beanie shown in Size Small Quince & Co Lark, (100%American wool; 134yd [123m] /
50g). MC #130 Split Pea, #128 Snap Pea, 1 skein each. Any worsted weigh yarn should work.
Dive into that stash!
Yarn Amounts You will need about 130 yds of MC, and about 80 yds of CC.
These amounts are generous, you might use less!
Gauge after blocking 9 sts x13 rnds = 2 in (5cm) in corrugated ribbing using smaller needle; 10 sts x 11 rnds = 2 in (5cm) in fair isle pattern using larger needle.
Needles US 6 (4 mm) & US 7 (4.5 mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles, US 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles.

Find the Green Beanie pattern on Ravelry!
Happy Holidays!

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Quick Knit Gifts – You can do it!!!

Wed 16 Dec 2015 09:12am

Fishbones Stopover_Purple

Swans Island yarn Fair Isle hand knits

Making one of these projects is in the realm of possibility!

Fishbones has an easy peasy colorwork pattern that is easy to memorize and fun to work.The top is finished with stripes and an optional pom pom. Knit in DK weight Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light.

Kristen Kapur Made the gorgeous purple Stopover. Here’s what she said:”Calling this my Long Weekend Stopover since I cast on on Thursday and bound off on Sunday. Excellent pattern, I’ll definitely make another”. You see, only four days! It uses Light Lopi.

Kelly Mitts take a little more consentration, but they might be fun. You could eliminate the fingers, and just finish with ribbing – that would make them faster. They are knit with Swans Island All American Collection Sport weight yarn.

And there’s no question you could whip up some Instant Mitts. The pattern is free!


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Lichen Mitts – Swoon Maine Book Signing

Thu 10 Dec 2015 02:12pm

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Hey Portland Peeps! Portland Maine that is…. There’s a book signing this Satirdau at Portland’s cute little local yarn shop Knit Wit.  Designer Carrie Hodge will be there with stacks of her serenely gorgeous new book Swoon Maine ready to sign, joined by fellow contributor Cecily Glowik MacDonald and me! We’ll all be there from 1pm – 3pm.

You can pick up yarn for a project while you’re at it!

It is entirely possible that you could knit my addition to the book – Lichen Mitts – by the new year. Carrie took such marvelous photos there is no need to even explain my inspiration. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve been with me during the whole journey of these mitts, from when I first picked up my lichen covered granite rock on Nash Island last June. Knit Wit has the Quince & Co Lark yarn I used so you can get started!

We all hope to see you there!!!

Knit Wit Yarn Shop
247A Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

If you live 3,ooo miles away and can’t make it this weekend, be sure and order a copy of Swoon Maine direct from Carrie. It is so much more than just a collection of gorgeous well thought out garments, it includes an essay from my neighbor Bristol Ivy, drawings by Karen Gelardi and photo essay inspirations from Pam Allen, Beartrice Perron Dahlen and Hannah Fettig – and of course Carrie’s beautiful photographs that capture the essence of Maine. It’s  a local effort – even tech edited and printed in Maine!


Lichen Mitts Specs:

Quince & Co Lark Yarn (100% American Wool; 50g/134 yds [123 m]) Worsted Weight.

2 skeins Kittywake (MC)  - about 150 yds [137 m] worsted weight yarn needed.

1 skein Honey (CC) – about 60 yds [55 m] worsted weight yarn needed.

One set each US4 [3.5 mm] and US5 [3.75] double pointed needles

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Stopover for the Holidays!

Tue 01 Dec 2015 01:12pm

 Photos: Kathy Cadigan courtesy of Fringe Supply Co.


Holiday shopping madness makes me uneasy. I would rather relax and knit at a leisurely pace, go for a walk, or have a cup of coffee with a friend. But then I want to make stuff for my loved ones … and there is never enough time!

I have a few patterns that are just right for the season. Stopover. If you have your heart set on knitting a sweater, this is the one for you. It goes really really fast. Some makers have knit it over a weekend. Others have finished it by knitting a few hours in the evening over a week or two. Which means it could be done by the last day of Hanukah and for sure by Christmas. Or failing that, New Years!

As for other gifty things…pop over to Fringe Association…Karen Templer’s temple of all things beautiful…beautiful, simple, elegant, inventive. Every post is a pleasure to read for ideas to ponder and inspire. This season’s Holiday Lookbook includes great things for knitters yes, but lots for non-knitters alike. In particular, I’d love to have the jumbo sized Deluxe Canvas Tote bag – a step up in sophistication from the LLBean bags I’ve used for years. They come natural or black as shown above, perfect since the first thing I do to break in a new canvas bag is spill coffee on it. See photographer Kathy Cadigan’s version of Stopover? – the full shot is on page 23 of Fringe Supply Company Holiday Lookbook 2015.

Find lots of other versions of Stopover on Ravelry. The KAL is on through New Years Eve, join us if you want to make friends with fellow Stopover knitters.

Stopover Deets:

A modern Icelandic style lopapeysa worked at a loose gauge for a deliciously lightweight garment. Stopover is knit entirely in the round with subtle waist shaping Inspired by my week long Stopover in Iceland!

Shown in Ístex Létt Lopi (100% Icelandic wool, 109yds / 100m, 1.76oz / 50g).
I have a preference for airy light icleandic wool, but other springy Aran weight wool or wool blend yarn would be suitable.

Finished Size S (M, L, XL) Bust 37 (40½, 44, 48) in, 94 (103, 112, 122)
Sleeves are offered cropped or traditional long.

Needles US 10½ (6.5mm) 16 and 32 inch (40cm, 80cm) circular needles, US 9 (5.5mm) 32in (80cm) circular and 1 set US 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles – or size necessary to get gauge.

Green Colorway:
#9423 Lagoon Heather (MC)
#1406 Spring Green Heather
#1404 Glacier Heather
#1409 Garnet Red Heather

Blue Colorway:
#1403 Lapis Blue Heather (MC)
#1406 Spring Green Heather
#1404 Glacier Heather
#9427 Rust Heather

Pattern in English and also French!
With purchase you get both and can choose which you prefer to download.

click below to see Stopover the week it was finished!