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March 30, 2010

Now I know!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, now I know what you are knitting and I am impressed. I’ve heard from so many knitters out there who are eating up their Spud & Chloë yarns and patterns. It is incredible what you are knitting out there. I’ve seen Spud & Chloë knitted pants out of Fine (You go, Kim Hamlin!), an adorable baby dress, hats, scarves, sweaters, toys (lots of toys:), blankets, mittens… you name it, it’s being knit at this very moment. I have a lot of photos to share and stories to tell about the projects you’ve shared so there is more to come. Thank you for letting me know how much you are enjoying our yarn. We love it, too.

Right now at this very moment I am having a tiny vacation with my family. It’s very, very early (thus the dim light in the photo) and I am up enjoying a little peace and quiet. You have to catch it early or it will never happen. That’s my theory anyway. I started making some cool, squishy squares out of Spud & Chloë Sweater in the Pollen colorway. I am planning a fun patchwork baby blanket for you. If you know me at all, you know that I love a good patchwork baby blanket anytime, anywhere! I even love arranging and stitching the squares together and weaving in the ends when the knitting and stitching is done, that’s one of my favorite parts. I’ll help you with this part, too. I’ll get my son to help with a couple of instructional videos on putting the squares together when we are done with the squares.

You know, I’ve seen and designed blankets done in strips or in one big piece but there is just something about making the little squares, stacking them up, arranging them to create the patchwork, and finally, lovingly stitching them together. There is no comparison in my eyes. It is THE best baby blanket in the end. I hope you will join me. This is the perfect group project for a few friends or family members to combine knitting forces on. If you know a baby is coming somewhere around you this is your project!

This first square is called the Harris Tweed stitch. It is reversible. The Harris Tweed stitch is in my favorite stitch dictionary, Super Stitches Knitting (pg. 60), by Karen Hemingway. I simply love this book (you should get it). All of the stitch patterns for the squares are going to be from Super Stitches Knitting. A few days ago I pulled this book out on the plane and was intently reading the pages while we flew when my son asked, “You read patterns for fun?” I had to simply respond, “Yes.” I’ll admit it. Yes. Yes, I do read knitting patterns for fun. Is that so wrong? No? I knew you’d understand.

If you want to join me in making this baby blanket as I go this is my plan. I am making 25, six-inch squares. Actually, the squares will be about 6 1/4 inches. Five squares in each of five colors. The finished blanket will be about 32-inches wide and long with an edging of some sort. I’m on my fourth square in Pollen so I am seeing how many squares I can get out of one skein. It is going to be a close call. I was hoping to get five out of one skein… it may or may not happen. I’ll keep you posted.

Here is what is going on with the Harris Tweed stitch square (in Super Stitches Knitting, by Karen Hemingway) :

Make 5 squares in Harris Tweed Stitch in Pollen.

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (One skein in any color. This may end up being 2 skeins, I’m not sure yet. I chose Pollen to start!)

Needles: US size 7 needles or the size needed to obtain the gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch

Harris Tweed Square:

Cast on 32 stitches.

Row 1: (k2, p2) repeat to the end of the row

Row 2: (k2, p2) repeat to the end of the row

Row 3: knit

Row 4: purl

Row 5: (k2, p2) repeat to the end of the row

Row 6: (k2, p2) repeat to the end of the row

Row 7: purl

Row 8: knit

Repeat these 8 rows five times OR the needed number to get to 6 1/4 inches in length. (You can stop on any row just be sure you are consistent with all of the squares.)

Bind off.

Okay, I am off to finishing my fourth square. I can read my Kindle, sip my coffee and knit my Harris Tweed squares all at the same time. Pretty slick, huh? You know, if you wanted to just start off the same way and keep knitting the Harris Tweed stitch pattern to about 65-70 inches you would have the most gorgeous reversible scarf ever. I’m just saying….

I’ll be back soon with some knitting projects from you and another square or two! Carry on sweet Knitters.

March 26, 2010

What are you knitting?

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I get to show you what I am knitting on a regular basis but I often wonder about the things that you are knitting. I love a good show and tell so let me know here on Spud says! with a comment, send me an email (address is on the sidebar) with or without a photo or let me know on the Friends of Spud & Chloë group on Ravelry. I have a couple of new hats already worked up to share here in the near future. One of them is a stray from the norm for me so I am excited to share that with you. I just need to write up the patterns. I have another fun hat project out of Fine on my needles right now as well. Gorgeous spring colors. Yum.

Here is another project I have going in Outer. Who doesn’t like a big chunky stripe pattern? I know I do! You can just see the squish of this project. Gosh, that is good yarn.

Lastly, I have some more simple ribbed socks I am working up in Fine. This is my go-to sock that I have made a gazillion times over. I have never written it out to share the way I make these particular socks so that is coming soon. I noticed that I purled my knit again (look on the second green stripe up from the bottom). I did this on the rib for the Track Jacket I am knitting for my son. I guess you could call that my signature mistake:) It’s staying in!

My lists go on and on for upcoming projects. It never ends. When you have baskets of Spud & Chloë yarn sitting right next to you it isn’t difficult to think of fun projects to work up. Let me know what you are knitting with Spud & Chloë! If you have photos of your Spud & Chloë projects and you are willing to share, send them to me. I would love to show and share them right here!

Have a good knitting weekend everyone!

March 20, 2010

Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I wanted to be sure to get this pattern up in time for you to whip up a few before Easter and the spring season in general. I originally designed the Duck to Bunny toy as a teaching project for a few classes I was holding on my last book tour. It is a very small toy, measuring about 3 inches high, yet the project packs in every skill you need to make all of the toys in my book. It’s the perfect project for anyone interested in tackling some fun toy knitting projects. If you are already familiar with toy knitting techniques, you are set to make a super-fast and cute reversible toy. Now that my tour is over and my teaching is over for a long time I want to share this fun mini-reversible toy with all of you.

The Duck to Bunny is knit up in Spud & Chloë Sweater and will literally take you a couple of short hours to make.

Here is some information you may like to know about the pattern:

 

Finished measurements: 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide

Yarn:

Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards) 1 skein each of Ice Cream #7500, Firefly #7505 and a small amount of Pollen #7508

Needles: US size 6 double-pointed needles, set of 4 or size to obtain gauge

Materials:

Small amount of fiberfill

Scissors

Ruler or tape measure

Yarn needle

Black embroidery floss

 

Everyone loves these little friends. This toy makes the perfect baby, child, or even adult gift this spring. It uses a small amount of yarn so you can use up you leftover Spud & Chloë Sweater. Have fun with this little set of spring time friends.

Isn’t that a happy little face? Proof is in the pudding!

Click here for the link to the Ravelry page for the Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny!

March 19, 2010

Fresh and Fun

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have to pass on the good things I find online to you. I don’t want anyone to miss out. Earlier this week the spring issue of Petite Purls was released and it is so fresh and fun. Specifically, two of my favorite patterns happen to be made up in our own Spud & Chloë yarns.

The first pattern is called, Henry’s Sweater, designed by, Jenna Swanson.

Click here for the free pattern!

Click here for the Ravelry page for Henry’s Sweater!

I love the colorways of the Spud & Chloë Sweater in both versions. I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that they are looking for little boy sweaters. Well, here you go! You can’t find a cuter little boy sweater than this pattern. Great photos, too. Makes you want to cast on right now!

The next free pattern made in Spud & Chloë from Petite Purls is called, Just-spring. The socks are designed by, Sharon Fuller. L.O.V.E!

Look closely at the details of the socks. Spud & Chloë Fine yarn gives such a crisp stitch it is perfect for texture work like this. These socks have tiny beads at the top of the cuff.  The umbrella on the leg and the tiny flowers on the foot take the entire project over the top! I love these gorgeous little socks. The Cricket colorway of Fine is complete perfection for this project.

Click here for the free pattern for the Just-spring socks!

Click here for the Ravelry page for the Just-spring socks!

Have fun with these new patterns. Petite Purls is really on a fantastic roll and it has only been out for one year. It is worth the time to check out this fun site. The patterns are well done and fun and cute. Plus they are practical. That’s the best.

One more pattern that I have to mention is called Leapfrog. The Leapfrog baby pants are designed by, Annika Barranti. The pants are adorable and are made in Blue Sky Dyed Cotton. Spud & Chloë Sweater is the exact same gauge as the Blue Sky Dyed Cotton. Either yarn will work perfectly for this pattern!

Have a great weekend! I’ll be back soon.

March 16, 2010

Tuck – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am so excited to finally bring you the free pattern for Tuck! He’s an adorable little turtle that does a slick trick. You can tuck in his feet, tail and head under his shell! I love toys that actually do something fun, don’t you?

Above you can see Tuck all tucked in. The bottom of the shell and the top of the shell are knitted in one piece. Then the head, legs and tail are all picked up and knit right on.

Then a separate bottom layer is knit up and whipstitched on leaving gaps to tuck in the head, feet and tail.

He is a wonderful little masterpiece and you can easily make one (or two, or even three), too! Here is some information you might like to know about Tuck the Turtle:

 

Finished measurements: Shell only, 3 inches long, 2 inches high

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater(55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein each of Grass #7502 and Turtle #7514

Needles: US size 6 double-pointed needles, set of 4 or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

Ruler or tape measure

Yarn needle

Scissors

Stitch marker

Small amount of fiberfill

Optional: small amount of poly-pellets (Can be a choking hazard for babies and toddlers if not enclosed in a bag before putting inside the toy.)

Black embroidery floss

 

I added some sweet and quick embroidery on the top of the shell. It is such a good finishing touch but it is optional. Maybe your turtle will have a stripey shell or a polka dot shell or a multi-color shell! Who knows? The sky is the limit.

Have fun! I’ll be back very soon with lots more fun stuff.

Happy spring, everyone.

Here is the link for the Ravelry page for Tuck!

Click here to download the free pattern for Tuck!