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February 27, 2010

Jelly Bean Baby Socks – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Do you ever find yourself in need of a baby gift without much time to make anything? I do! I decided to make up a pair of squishy, sweet baby socks for a situation just like this. In about the same time it would take to go shopping, pick out a gift and wrap it, you could make up this incredibly fast pair of handknit baby socks.

The ribbed cuff and top of the foot make the socks stretchy so they will fit even the chubbiest baby foot around. The chubbier the baby foot the better in my book.

Here is some information you will need to know for this pattern:


Sizes:Up to 1 yr. (1-2 yrs., 2-3 yrs.)

Finished length of sock from the back of the heel to the toe: 4-inches (5-inches, 6-inches)

Note: Foot size varies greatly in babies and toddlers. The socks are very stretchy due to the rib and will fit a wide variety of sizes. Measuring the baby foot length is always best.

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein in Jellybean #7513 OR 1 skein of any color in Sweater

Needles: US size 7 double-pointed needles, set of 4 or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch



Ruler or tape measure

Yarn needle

Stitch marker


I used the new colorway of Spud & Chloë Sweater called Jelly Bean #7513. It reminds me of a perfect juicy raspberry.

I have another pair of baby socks on the needles right now. I am making this pair in the other new Sweater shade called, Turtle #7514. Green is always good and you really can’t go wrong when your green is named turtle. Love it.

Anyway, have fun whipping up some fantastic baby socks for the little jelly beans in your life!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Jelly Bean Baby Socks!

Click here for the Ravelry page for the Jelly Bean Socks!

February 25, 2010

Stitcher’s Crossing – Featured Shop

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am pleased to bring you the shop I consider my own local yarn and fabric shop because it is so close to my house. Stitcher’s Crossing is a long-time Madison, Wisconsin quilting and yarn shop that has an incredible following and the reputation for stocking top-notch textile supplies. Most of all the shop is known for their excellent customer service. I can personally attest that all of the above is true! I love this shop and I am in there all of the time.

Recently, Stitcher’s Crossing brought in the entire line of Spud & Chloë to the shop! This is so exciting to the Madison and surrounding area knitting and crocheting crowd because Stitcher’s is the first Madison area shop to carry the Spud & Chloë yarn and products. They have already been selling lots and lots of yarn and have re-ordered! Gael, the yarn buyer for the shop, told me they were selling the yarn before they even got it out of the bags and on display, straight out of the box! That’s a good sign. I can’t tell you the number of emails I get asking where Spud & Chloë is sold in Madison and it is so great to be able to direct people straight over to  Stitcher’s Crossing.

The shop is currently hosting a Spud & Chloë Trunk Show and it will be in the shop through the weekend and leaving March 1st. Be sure to pop in to see the pattern and blog items knit up in person.

There is a large free-standing display at the front of the yarn section in the shop that houses all three yarn lines, Fine, Sweater and Outer. When I took this photo the Outer was almost gone but there was lots more on order including the newest colorways! The shop is also carrying the Spud & Chloë pattern line.

Stitcher’s also has the 3 Brrrr Bears on display from the trunk show. If there is something you don’t see when you visit the shop they will get you whatever you need in a jiffy, be sure to ask. They are super efficient and organized. It is a well-run shop with customer service as the highest priority. I have special ordered patterns and other things at Stitcher’s and have gotten my order so fast. I was impressed.

Everything looks so delicious in Stitcher’s Crossing. I wish I had this huge bin of Fine in my house. It makes you want to dive right in and stay for a long time, maybe forever.

Here is the website for Stitcher’s Crossing!

There isn’t an online shop but here is another example of fantastic phone service at a local yarn shop. Give them a call at 608.232.1500 and they will get you anything you need.

Gael knitted up these samples from a few of the free blog patterns. They look so springy and cheerful in the shop. These items are not part of the trunk show so you can check them out any time, they live at the shop.

Hop on over to Stitcher’s Crossing and be sure to tell them I say hi when you do! If you see me in there be sure to say hello, as well. I pop in there all of the time and last fall my sister and I took a quilting class there. They have excellent classes for quilting and knitting and crochet so be sure to check that out as well. The shop has a newsletter that you can subscribe to and it is packed full of information about classes and new products and events at the shop. I love getting my newsletter from Stitcher’s. I always read it front to back.

Here are the store hours and street address:

M-F: 9:30 – 6:00
Thu until 8:30
Sat: 9:30 – 5:00
Sun: 12:00 – 4:00

Stitcher’s Crossing, Ltd.
6122 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI 53705
608.232.1500 tel

Stitcher’s Crossing just started a Ravelry forum group, which I joined immediately! Hop over and join us. Here is the link to the Stitcher’s Crossing Fans Ravelry Group.

Just another quick fyi, the shop is now carrying the Multi Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas. The Blue Sky Cotton is one of my all-time favorite yarns and especially for baby knitting. There is no other cotton yarn that can even come close in comparison. These new multi-shades are like candy. I can’t even believe how much I love them. This is worth a stop into Stitcher’s in itself.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Stitcher’s Crossing! They are friendly, warm, helpful but never overbearing if you want to just browse around. I love popping in whenever I get the chance. The Collector loves this shop more than I do, if that’s possible. We never leave empty handed. If you love fabrics, too, here is your place to go. The shop has won national honors and is part of quilt shop tours around the city. There are restaurants in the same adorable shopping area. The shop location is ideal and easy to get to.

Hope to see you there!

February 22, 2010

The Purlbee + Spud & Chloë

photo from The Purl Bee

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

We spotted this fantastically sweet use of Spud & Chloë Sweater on the Purl Bee a couple of days ago and had to share it with you this morning.

Check it out here on the Purl Bee and you’ll find all of the pattern and yarn information and helpful pattern notes. You may just have to make a Wonderful Wallaby for a little (or big) someone you love.

February 18, 2010

Spud & Chloë Made the Cover!

photo by Kathryn Martin

Chloë: Guess what, Spud?

Spud: Uh oh, that’s never a good question.

Chloë: You are a cover model!

Spud: That’s an answer I can live with.

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Yes, we are very excited about the new cover project on the spring issue of Interweave Knits 2010. Carol Feller designed the Braided Hood Tunic in the Toast colorway of Spud & Chloë Sweater. It is truly a beautiful garment and would look spectacular in any of the Sweater colorways.

Congratulations to Carol and to Spud, of course. Check out Carol’s blog for an in-depth look at her gorgeous design.

Here is the Ravelry page for the Braided Hood Tunic.

What a great way to kick off the spring knitting season with Spud & Choë!

February 15, 2010

Portsmouth – A Skating Hat

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I fell in love with this project by Julie Bierlein (check out her husband’s gorgeous artwork) the minute I saw it. Julie is a member of the Friends of Spud & Chloë group on Ravelry. When her skating hat made out of only 1 skein of Spud & Chloë Outer popped up in the shared project collage on the page I clicked on it right away. I contacted Julie to see if she would write up the pattern so I could share it with all of you. She said sure!!

Here is the story behind the Julie’s project straight from Julie herself:

When my mother moved from Roswell, New Mexico to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1957, before her junior year in high school, she found that everything was different from her earlier school years – the clothes, her fellow students, their New England accent, etc. One of the girls clothing items she noticed right away was a knitted headband, called a “Skating Hat,” that covered the ears and tied under the chin. Not one for hats, she immediately purchased one and wore it frequently the last two years of high school. Recently I was down in her basement and saw her original headband sitting on top of a stack of books. Since one of the ties was broken making it unwearable, she asked if I could figure out the pattern and knit her another one – which of course I did.

Isn’t that a sweet story?

Someone’s stealing the spotlight in this photo! I’m just saying…. heartbreaker.

Click here to get the free pattern download on Ravelry for the Portsmouth Skating Hat!

I am going to make one for myself and one for each for my daughters. I’ll let them pick the colors. It is so innocent and old-fashioned looking. At the same time the skating hat is strikingly refreshing. I love old stuff made new again.

Have fun, Knitters!