Courtney Spainhower’s gorgeous Worthington Gansey recently caught our eye on the pages of the Winter 2016 issue of Interweave Knits. Knit in Spud & Chloë Fine yarn (shown below is #7814 shitake), this traditional-style pullover is worked seamlessly from the bottom up and features clever details such as small underarm gussets, ensuring that very little finishing work is needed.
Courtney was kind enough to share some insight on her design process for this pattern:
When I saw that the inspiration for the winter 2016 issue of Interweave Knits was traditional knitting styles and construction (including fisherman’s gansey sweaters) I couldn’t resist sending a proposal. Normally, as a designer, I take quite a few liberties with interpreting an inspiration style but this was one I wanted to stay close to center with. I spent hours researching the roots of the fisherman gansey – even finding inspiration in the designs from Urk where diamond motifs and simple twisted cables are commonplace. I also looked closely at the wool used; the twist, gauge, and fiber content. Traditionally, the wool is a very round strand worked at a tight gauge to make the sweater as water-resistant as possible – it also provides great insulation and striking stitch definition. This all influenced my choice to use Spud & Chloë Fine: crisp stitch definition, insulating silk, and a gauge that wouldn’t put off modern knitters.
Our Honeybear Hoodie from the Little Spuds collection makes a great baby gift for the holiday season. This fun project knits up quick in our super-bulky weight Outer yarn, and it also includes a bonus knitting pattern to make the Sweetie Socks in coordinating colors of Stripey Fine yarn. Read on for details on a free video tutorial featuring this pattern and a 50% off coupon code good towards your pattern purchase!
The unisex design looks great in any of our 24 colors of Outer yarn, shown above in #7220 Rhino and below in #7214 Ballerina. New parents will love the easy-care blend of 65% superwash wool and 35% organic cotton, too!
If this is your first-ever sweater knitting project, Staci Perry of VeryPink.com will walk you through every step of the way with her four-part video tutorial series based on this pattern, available for free here. There is also a coupon code towards your Ravelry pattern purchase through November 30, 2015; click here for more details.
There’s nothing better than wrapping up in a hand-knit or -crocheted throw when Autumn’s chill arrives. Our Cabin Fever Blanket is a free pattern which includes both knit and crochet instructions, and it works up quick in Outer yarn – perfect for casting on right now!
Our knit version is shown above in Leapfrog #7223 and Rhino #7220; get creative with your own color combinations of Outer to match your home decor, or perhaps your favorite team colors!
If you prefer, a crochet version is also available (shown above in Snow Day #7216 and Mermaid #7222). This beginner-friendly option is fun to stitch and would make a thoughtful gift for the upcoming holiday season.
Whip up a pair of the Switch-A-Roo Legwarmers by Sarah Smuland for fall – they’re as fun to knit as they are to wear! Our newest free pattern uses just 1 hank of Fine and 1 hank of Stripey Fine, shown here in #7802 Clementine and #7861 Mint Chip, respectively.
The colors in our solid Fine palette are easy to coordinate with Stripey Fine to create colorful combinations to match your fall wardrobe. A fun feature of this design in the ribbing, which is wide on one end and narrow on the other so that you can switch them around to wear however you like!
You can download a free PDF of this pattern on our website and on Ravelry. Happy knitting!
Effervescent Auntie Sarah went from Customer Service to Design Coordinator and newbie Designer in a flash–watch her bubble! Her very first free pattern was Super Soakers, and since then she has peppered us with delightful creations such as Etched Rio Wrap, Compass Cowl, Paw Hat, and Situpons.