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December 8, 2014

The Tradition Continues: 2014 Ornament

Deck the halls and make merry once again with Spud & Chloë!

This year, we’re continuing the holiday tradition with our annual ornament and gift tag. As you can see, our curmudgeonly pal Spud is putting the baa in bah humbug - but we know that he secretly loves the festive season as much as we do! 

Click here to download the 2014 Ornament PDF, then print the page onto card stock and cut out your tags. You can punch a hole at the top and slip in a strand of your favorite yarn to hang on your holiday tree or use as a gift tag for all of your handmade gifts!

To complete your collection, click for the 2011 ornament, 2012 ornament, and 2013 ornament.

Happy holidays from the gang at Spud & Chloë!

December 1, 2014

Tiny Elf Hijinks

It’s that time of year when tiny elves are making merry and showing up in the most unexpected places! Susan B. Anderson’s Tiny Elf pattern is now available as a free Ravelry download, and he’s a fun way to celebrate the season!

If you’d like to knit a Tiny Elf of your very own, he’s quick to make using just 3 colors of Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn (shown here in #7509 Firecracker, #7502 Grass and #7500 Ice Cream). For our fans who are new to toy-making, we have some helpful tutorials on our blog archive which you can access here on the Tiny Elf pattern page.

Once your Tiny Elf is complete, it’s time to set him free! As we all now, the tinier the elf, the more mischief they get into, so the key is catching your Tiny Elf in the act. We’ll be awarding a fantastic prize to one of our Ravelry group members who shares their Tiny Elf hijinks over in our Ravelry group – click here for more details!

We’ll also be sharing our own Tiny Elf hijinks with our fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so follow us for weekly fun & inspiration and be sure to post your own photos with the #tinyelfmischief and #spudandchloe tags!

November 25, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Filemot by Hunter Hammersen

We’re been eagerly awaiting the release of Curls, Hunter Hammersen’s newest book of shawl designs! It’s certainly a thrill to see our yarn  featured on the gorgeous cover design, Filemot:


The crisp stitch definition of Spud & Chloë Fine (shown in Shitake) is the perfect pairing to the allover lace pattern. It can be knit with just two hanks of Fine as shown, or you may opt to whip up a smaller one-skein version to be worn as a cowl. No matter what you choose, your finished project is guaranteed to look beautiful at any size!

The concept behind Curls is simple and oh-so-clever: designs can be knit with any weight of yarn at any gauge, allowing total flexibility for knitters to create a shawl or wrap in the size they prefer. Shawls are certainly fun projects to knit, but sometimes they can be difficult to wear in day-to-day life. Taking this into account, each pattern in Curls is designed to be versatile and easy to wear; throughout the book, you’ll find photos showing many different ways of styling each shawl.

Be sure to share your finished Curls using our yarn in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry Group!

 

November 11, 2014

Crochet Inspiration: One Sheepish Girl

Hot off the presses, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl is bursting at the seams with crafty inspiration for crochet enthusiasts. Reknowned blogger Meredith Crawford (of the One Sheepish Girl blog) blends her vintage sensibilities with a modern twist to create 24 stylish crochet patterns, many of which call for Spud & Chloë yarns!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

Whip up a set of these colorful Ombré Baskets in Three Sizes using Outeryarn to give to your well-organized pals this holiday season. These quick-to-crochet baskets are perfect for organizing toys, craft supplies, and more!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

The Heart Pocket Apron makes a great gift for your favorite baker, especially if they have a love for all things kitsch. Worked in a shell stitch in Sweateryarn, this is the perfect project for adventurous crocheters looking to try something new!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

If you don’t have time to knit a sweater for that special someone this year, why not try a Sweater Makeover using this sweet idea featuring crocheted hearts in ombré hues of Sweateryarn?

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

Store-bought gifts can still have a handmade touch with these crocheted Gift Boxes. Choose your favorite colors of Sweater yarn for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

Click here for more crochet inspiration on Ravelry.com!

November 3, 2014

Free Pumpkin Hat + Chill Chaser KAL Wrap-Up

We hope you had a safe & happy Happy Halloween! We have a fun, fast-knitting pattern to celebrate the season: click here to download the Sweetie Pie Pumpkin hat from our website; it’s also available here on Ravelry! Knit in Spud & Chloë Outer yarn, you can whip this one up in no time flat – perfect for any last-minute Halloween costume emergencies!

Wrapping up this month is our Chill Chaser KAL, and we’ve been seeing lots of fantastic finished projects being shared in our Ravelry group – click here to see them all! Below are just a few of the photos our fans have shared with us:

Clockwise from top left: Jshoffner87, TheKnittingSarah, and Kmruybalid.

Susie and Danie of the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast have also been knitting along with us, and they have been sharing their progress on each podcast episode along with rousing discussions on the finer points of knitting sweaters in general. We recently spotted Danie’s finished Chill Chaser on Instagram:

We will be announcing our Grand Prize Winner later today (Monday, November 3) here on Ravelry!