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October 30, 2010

Happily Ever After Hat – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Please note: Nov. 2, 2010, correction made on the hat pattern pdf to: Cast on 136 stitches.

I’m back today with the matching hat for the fun fingerless mitts I posted recently. This hat can be made in the mult-colored stripe pattern or you could make one hat out of one skein of Spud & Chloë Fine! You decide. I included instructions for both the striped version and the one color version of the hat in the pattern.

The hat is very stretch and will fit a wide variety of head sizes both smaller and bigger than the 19.5 inch finished circumference of the hat. TC’s head is 21.5 inches around and mine is 22 inches around. It fits us both great!

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Size: To fit an average older child to woman’s head (19 ½ inches finished circumference with up to 3 inches stretch)

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine (80% superwash wool, 20% silk; 248 yards/65 grams), 1 skein each in Shitake #7814, Dachshund #7803, Popcorn #7800, Tutu #7807, Sassafras #7808, Cricket #7804 and Calypso #7806

OR 1 skein of Fine will make the Happily Ever After Hat in one color!

OR 2 skeins of Fine in two shades to stripe will make 2 Happily Ever After Hats

Needles:

US size 3, a 16-inch circular and a set of 4 double-pointed needles OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 7 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

 

The hat is very basic but the beautiful color combination make it shine like no other. Sometimes simple is the best. The Spud & Chloë Fine is a superwash wool and silk blend and it is a treat to knit. I can’t say enough good things about Fine. You really have to try it. This hat project that can be completed with only one skein of Fine is the perfect way to try out this yarn if you haven’t already.

Have fun!

Click here to download the pattern for the Happily Ever After Hat!

Click here for the free pattern for the Happily Ever After Mitts!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Happily Ever After Hat!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Happily Ever After Mitts!

October 25, 2010

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts Giveaway!

Please note: The giveaway is now closed and the winners have been selected and notified on Nov. 1, 2010! No further entries are being taken at this time. Congrats to jeannekal and momoffour (ravelry usernames)! Thanks to everyone for entering!

Hi Friends of Spud & Chloë,

Important Note: Please do not leave a comment on this blog post to enter the giveaway! You have to go to the Spud & Chloë forum group or the Blue Sky Alpacas forum group to leave a comment to enter. Links are provided at the end of the post!

This is my second try on this post. My words all disappeared.  I have a very exciting giveaway for you today for Joelle’s Hoverson’s More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. It is an absolutely gorgeous book packed full of projects that will inspire you to knit gifts for everyone you know.

Click here to go to see more photos of the book on purlsoho.com!

Click here for the Ravelry project page to see more of the projects in the book!

Many of the projects are worked up in Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë yarns which is very exciting for us! Here are some of these projects:

Soft Baskets in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton.

Here is my own Soft Basket in BSA cotton! I had to make one of these immediately and it is a fun and fast little project.

I filled my basket with real and felted acorns and gave it to a dear friend.

Here is the Kid’s Vest made in Spud & Chloë Sweater!

The Cozy, Comfy Pullover is made out of our S&C Outer! It looks so squishy. This project has a size range for babies through a man’s size large.

These gorgeous coasters are made in Blue Sky Melange. I would love a set of these for my house.

Kelly’s Mittens are made in Blue Sky Brushed Suri and Suri Merino. These are adorable.

Spiral Seat Cushions are made in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky which is always a treat and especially for your seat!

This is a man’s vest made in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Dyes. I know this is for a man but I want one, too. What a great layering piece.

Blue Sky Alpacas’ Royal is so luxurious and these socks offer a wonderful project for this special yarn.

There are so many more fantastic projects in the book! I have at least a dozen marked to make and that’s just for starters.

To make things extra sweet for you we have made it possible to enter two times per person! Here is what you can win:

2 winners will be randomly selected to each win a copy of the book AND 4 skeins of Spud & Chloë Sweater to make the Kid’s Vest. You pick the color of your choice (3 skeins for the largest size of the vest and 1 skein in a contrasting color for the monogram).

2 winners will be randomly selected to each win a copy of the book AND either the Blue Sky Royal to make the Toe-Up Socks or the BSA Brushed Suri and Suri Merino to make Kelly’s Mittens. You get to select the color of your choice!

You need to be a member of the Friends of Spud & Chloë group and/or the Friends of Blue Sky Alpacas Group or hopefully both in order to win! You need to leave one comment on one or both of the giveaway threads in these groups. We will randomly select 4 winners (2 from each group) next Monday, Nov. 1st!

Click here to enter on the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry group!

Click here to enter on the Friends of Blue Sky Alpacas Ravelry group!

Good luck!

Remember please do not post a comment on this blog post to enter. Please enter on either or both of the Ravelry groups. Remember that you have to be a member of the Ravelry group AND leave a comment on the giveaway threads above!

October 20, 2010

Happily Ever After Mitts – Free Pattern!


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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am bringing you the Happily Ever After Mitts today! I swear that once I put these on I never want to take them off. They feel so good on these cool fall mornings. What a fun little project that whips up so quickly and simply. I hope you will enjoy making these as much as I did.

For the pattern I wrote both the striped instruction and instructions for making a one color version! The one color version (both mitts) can be made with only 1 skein of Fine. If you want to stripe only two colors and have 2 skeins of Fine you can make 2 pairs of the mitts. There are lots of options.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Size: To fit an average older child to woman’s hands/arms

Measurements:

13.5 inches in length

7.7 inches in circumference

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine (80% superwash wool, 20% silk; 248 yards/65 grams), 1 skein each in Shitake #7814, Dachshund #7803,Popcorn #7800, Tutu #7807, Sassafras #7808, Cricket #7804 and Calypso #7806

OR 1 skein of Fine will make a complete pair of mitts in one color!

OR 2 skeins of Fine in two shades to stripe will make 2 pairs of mitts!

Needles:

US size 3 double-pointed needles OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 7 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Note: You can easily make these longer or shorter to suit your needs and you can try them on as you go to help figure out the length that’s best for you.

Materials:

Yarn needle

Scissors

Right and left mitts are made exactly the same!

 

I don’t know why are these so comforting but I’m not going to complain. The yarn is exquisite and I think the silk that is in the blend makes all of the difference in the world. Fine is incredible sock yarn.

You can adjust the length easily to be shorter or longer, just make note that the yarn requirements may vary if you make changes.

And what am I doing with the left over yarn?

I am making a delicious little Happily Ever After Hat to match! I will have this up for you as soon as I finish.

Click here to download the free pattern for the Happily Ever After Mitts!

Click here for the Ravelry project page link!

Have fun!

October 18, 2010

Wendy’s Version

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I was happy to see Wendy’s final version of the Easy Top-Down Raglan Knitalong sweater. She posted it on the Friends of Spud & Chloë forum on Ravelry over the weekend. Wendy made a boatneck version in Spud & Chloë Sweater in Chipmunk and using her formula from the back of her book, Custom Knits. She added some darts on the front to add shaping, too. Here is Wendy’s comment from the forum thread:

“I finished mine! I love it! (But then again, I wrote the recipe!)

Still, I’m so happy to have been a part of this. It turned out just like I wanted it to: Semi-fitted, longer sleeves, room for tucking my arms in or layering. Boatneck. Hooray! Thanks, Susan, for hosting this KAL.”

Thanks to Wendy for all of her help and for sharing her progress and finished sweater. It was fun!

I have lots in store for you this week. I finished the striped arm/hand warmers (I need a name for them obviously) over the weekend and will get that pattern posted in the next couple of days. Also, I have a fun giveaway up my sleeve for this week. Be sure to check back to get the details.

October 15, 2010

More on Hand

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have been busy knitting (and mostly editing my next book) this week but I haven’t quite finished the hand warmers from the previous post. I am hoping over the weekend to get those done and available for you. Above is another project I started, ripped out and started again. This time it is just right, perfect really. More details are coming soon but I just had to take the photo of that delicious yarn sitting in front of me with the gorgeous light coming in through my window. It is a sight of beauty. If you haven’t seen the Spud & Chloë Sweater in the color Popsicle in person…. you haven’t seen the most glorious shade of raspberry on earth, well, besides real raspberries. This color is spot on.

Yum!

I’ll be back before you know it with goodies for you all. Have a good weekend everyone.