Whitman Sampler has just been published. It’s a bias knit cowl or infinity scarf that is knit flat, as two separate strips, then joined with a three-needle bind off. Rolled stockinette edges are picked up and knit in the round. Plain and patterned borders are used to separate the different colors. You can use 4-8 colors plus a border color, making it a great stash busting project.
Whitman Sampler is being offered at a special introductory price through midnight on March 11.
If you can cast on and bind off, knit (there are no purl stitches in this project), pick up stitches and knit in the round, this will be an easy project for you. Learn more about the pattern here.
Thank you to everyone who voted in the Knit Along Poll last week. The big winner was Eden Prairie.
There was quite a lot of interest in other shawls as well:
So I have decided to run a Pick-Your-Own-Pattern Shawl Knit Along with ten shawl patterns to chose from. We will begin March 14 and there will be prizes and giveaways for KAL participants. If you would like to join, please post into this Ravelry thread!
Did you vote today?
It’s time again for the Annual Knit Along Poll. You pick the pattern, I host the KAL and give away some free patterns, and maybe some yarn. Please post your interest in joining the KAL into the poll thread. Polls are open through the weekend. The winning pattern will be the one with the most votes so make your voice heard now!
Now that the High Street Shawl mystery KAL is over, the pattern is available for download. The shawl is squishy and warm, done all in garter stitch, and it’s a great stash buster – the first six colors use 25 yards or less. You can also use your favorite color-changing yarn like gitartric (Ravelry name) did in her High Street Shawl. The construction is modular so it’s both interesting and easy. If you can cast on, bind off and pick up stitches, you can easily knit this. There are some lovely and wild color combinations used in these Ravelry projects. High Street Shawl is picture here in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, one of my favorite yarns!
Rushmore Cowl is made up entirely of stripes of knit and purl stitches. What makes it look complicated is the pleating which pulls together the stripes of purl stitches. The pleats give Rushmore great texture and warmth. All you need is 305 yards of sport weight yarn and you can quickly make the solid colored cowl above. Just 200 yards of one color and 105 of another is all it takes to make the two color version below.
Rushmore is knit in the round so there is no seaming and only two ends to weave it. This really is an easy knit with complicated looking results. Read more about Rushmore Cowl here.
The matching Rushmore Hat is coming soon.
I am offering a limited number of Tosh Merino Light Grab Bags at 20% off. You pick the color group and I’ll pick four skeins that fit within that group. A few days later, you will have a fun surprise when you open your package. I’m calling it a flash sale because it will be over in a flash, lasting just one day. The sale starts at midnight the night of January 14, and ends at midnight on January 15. There are 10 types of Grab Bags being offered and 42 grab bags in all. Grab Bags will me made up of the 164 in-stock colors of TML.
(January seems to be my mystery month with the mystery KAL and now this. )
This is my first mystery KAL and I am very excited. It’s a modularly knit garter stitch shawl. That means an interesting construction and no purling! High Street Shawl borrows many techniques from Eden Prairie. It can be knit in up to ten colors of fingering weight yarn. Six of the colors require such small yardage that you will probably find them in your stash. Right now the pattern is on sale until the first clue is sent on January 6.
Visit the Ravelry pattern page for more complete information. From that page there is a link to a discussion thread with additional information and where you can post questions. I hope you will consider joining. I think it’s going to be fun!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A couple of weeks ago, I learned that Patternfish was going to advertise a pattern of mine on Ravelry in December. And here it is:
Just in case you missed my pattern, here is a visual aid: Yup, that is it, See You in September. Honestly, I wouldn’t care if it was microscopic, I’m thrilled they wanted to use it! Patternfish plans to feature another one of my patterns in their next newsletter. I’ll keep you posted.