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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!

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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!

October 15, 2014

Inspiration: Sweater Weather

Autumn is the perfect time to cast on for that special sweater project to keep you warm all through the winter months! In addition to our most recent sweater patterns in Spud & Chloë yarns, here are a few more knit-worthy designs which have just come out for fall:

Image © Joe Hancock

The Arrow Yoke Cardigan is knit with Sweater yarn to create a striking cold-weather layering piece using the brioche stitch, a unique technique which is the focus of Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s new book, Brioche Chic. It is knit from both the top down and the yoke up: the dual wide bands of brioche arrow patterning are knit flat and then joined at the ends, forming the base for this cardigan. The body and sleeves are picked up along one side of this brioche band and knit in simple stockinette stitch. The yoke is then picked up on the opposite side and knit in a decreasing rib pattern. This clever cardi is sure to be a show-stopping addition to your fall and winter wardrobe this season!

Image © Interweave Knits

Knit with our super bulky weight yarn Outer, the Spiral Pullover by Cathy Carron is a wonderfully warm sweater that’s easy-care, too! It’s worked from the top down with a seamless yoke; the continuous spiral stitch pattern knit in a chunky gauge gives this design graphic impact. Pattern appears in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of knit.purl magazine, as well as on the cover!

We look forward to seeing your projects knit with Spud & Chloë yarns this fall; be sure to share your project photos with us here in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry Group!

September 12, 2014

Find Your Perfect Colors for the #ChillChaserKAL

It’s not too late to join our Chill Chaser KAL, which is happening now through October 31, 2014 here in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry group! Any Chill Chaser made with Sweater yarn is eligible for our grand prize drawing, so long as it is completed during the KAL; the pattern is available in both child and adult sizes, and it also includes instructions to knit both a colorblock version as well a striped cardigan.

We’ve been enjoying seeing everyone’s color choices as they cast on for their Chill Chaser cardigans this month, and we even picked out a few of our own favorite combinations in Sweater yarn to help folks choose their yarn for this fun KAL!

If you still need a little convincing, Susie and Danie from the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast are participating in our KAL, and they have nothing but good things to say about Sweater yarn and the Chill Chaser cardigan pattern! Click here to listen to their most recent episodes to get inspired for fall knitting; we hope to see you soon in our Ravelry group!

August 20, 2014

Our Chill Chaser KAL Starts September 1!

We’ll be giving away a fantastic grand prize this fall during our new KAL that starts September 1! Cooler temperatures are coming, and our Chill Chaser Cardigan is the perfect way to keep chills away year-round. Designed by Sylvia Häger in a variety of size options from child to adult, this cardigan is perfect for back-to-school knitting or getting a jump on holiday gifting – or you can even treat yourself!

The Chill Chaser Cardigan is figure-flattering for virtually any body type, and the pattern includes instructions to make the colorblock version pictured above as well as a striped version. Those of you knitting for pint-sized people will be relieved to know that our Sweater yarn is both machine washable and dryable; plus, it’ll knit up quickly since it’s worsted weight!

We’ll be casting on September 1, 2014 in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry Group – and every participating group member who finishes their project in Sweater yarn by October 31 will be eligible to win this incredible grand prize:

Our Grand Prize includes everything you see here – click here for more details in our Ravelry group!

Ready to plan your project? Below are the amounts you’ll need for each size to knit the pattern in the colorblock motif as pictured. Please note, yarn amounts will vary for striped version; please refer to the Chill Chaser Cardigan pattern for yarn requirements.

1, 2 and 4 years: 2 hanks each of MC & CC.
6, 8 and 10 years: 3 hanks each of MC & CC.
12 years: 3 hanks MC and 5 hanks CC.

XS & S: 3 hanks MC and 4 hanks CC.
M & L: 4 hanks MC and 5 hanks CC.
XL: 5 hanks each MC and CC.
XXL: 6 hanks MC and 6 hanks CC.

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