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Archive for October 2010

October 11, 2010

Coming Soon

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Can you tell what that is in the photo above?

I have a few new projects on the needles. Here is a sneak peek at one new design that came off my needles yesterday, a new ultra simple and stripey little masterpiece. Spud & Chloë Fine is the yarn. The Fine is worked quickly on US size 3 dpns, a set of 4 needles. This is one of the easiest patterns ever to try out some stripes if you haven’t before.

Did you guess? I love this project so much! I’ll be back soon with the second one to make a pair and a new free pattern! You could use lots of colors, two colors or only one color. It’s up to you but you know me, I always opt for lots of colors.

What a perfect gift for the upcoming gifting season.

October 5, 2010

Link City

Hi Friends of Spud & Chloë,

To start off I have a photo of Merri’s Easy Top-Down Raglan. She is one of the Spud & Chloë/Blue Sky Alpacas’ staff members. They all started knitting along with the group and I believe Merri is the first to finish over there. Anyway, I love her version with 3/4 length sleeves, extended rib on the body edge and slight v-neck collar. That is the Firecracker colorway in S & C Sweater if you are wondering.

Isn’t it great on her? I love it! Thanks for sharing with us Merri.

Today I have a lot of links for you. I have been busy gathering up project ideas that I have spotted on Ravelry and elsewhere worked up in our Spud & Chloë yarns. It’s going to be a long one so hang on! Some of the patterns are free and some are for purchase. Please click on the provided links to find out more about where you can find the patterns I am featuring today.

Spud & Chloë’s sister company, Blue Sky Alpacas (You know it’s the same company, right?), has started a new Ravelry group called, Friends of Blue Sky Alpacas! They are going to be running knitalongs, hosting giveaways, and giving lots of advice and support. I’ve already joined and I’d love to see you over there, too.

Click here to check out the new Friends of Blue Sky Alpacas forum group on Ravelry!

Don’t forget our Friends of Spud & Chloë forum group on Ravelry, too!

First off, I have a bunch of toys in the Knit Simple Holiday Issue 2010 which is hitting the stands today. One of the toys is this adorable little bunny made in Spud & Chloë Sweater in the colors Toast, Watermelon and Ice Cream.

The Ravelry project page is here for the Bunny.

I also did a series of Little Owls made in the always fantastic Blue Sky Worsted Cotton for the Knit Simple Holiday Issue.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Little Owls.

Alana Dakos (her photo above) made this gorgeous little cardigan, named Chloë, using Spud & Chloë Sweater awhile ago and I recently saw she posted about it again. She has a new printed pattern line out along with her podcast and online patterns. She is a busy knitter and mom and adds so much goodness to the knitting world. Alana is known as Never Not Knitting and she is a good one to watch!

Click here to see more about Never Not Knitting and Chloë!

I stumbled upon these gorgeous socks made in Spud & Chloë Fine not too long ago. Kathryn Cole (her photo above) has a free pattern available for these beauties she calls Celandine.

Click here to see the Ravelry project page for the Celandine socks!

I couldn’t get these photos to get any bigger for you but you can still see this wonderfully versatile cowl called, The Versatility Cowl, of course! Beth Griffin (her photos above) created this pattern using Spud & Chloë Outer.

Click here to see The Versatility Cowl on Ravelry!

The Gaia Dress by Niki Anders (her photo above) is so charming. She made it out of Spud & Chloë Sweater in Rootbeer and Watermelon which is a winning combination. I love the leaves, too.

Click here to check out the Gaia dress pattern on Ravelry!

I love this simple lace scarf called, Grounded, by Kirrily Robert (her photos above and below). It is made in Spud & Chloë Fine in the new Shitake colorway. It’s very classy!

Click here for the free pattern information and the Ravelry project page for Grounded!

Here is another lace scarf knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater this time. Emily Wessel (her photo above) created the Gothic Lace Scarf using two skeins of Sweater. It turned out perfect.

Click here to learn more about the Gothic Lace Scarf pattern!

Lastly, I love this creative use of two different weight yarns together, Sweater and Fine. Barbara Patricia (her photos above and below) is the designer of the Katie-Lou Cardigan. It is adorable, textured and looks comfy-cozy to boot!

Click here to find out about the Katie-Lou Cardigan!

Well, that’s enough to look at today here on Spud says! I love seeing all of the fun projects people are creating with Spud & Chloë. If there are any fun projects I’ve missed please drop me an email (it’s always on the sidebar) to let me know. I am always on the look out.

Until next time….

October 1, 2010

Easy Top-Down Raglan Pattern Guide

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Okay, I hope you are all knitting away on your custom raglan sweaters. It is time for me to wrap things up here on the blog and move on to some new projects and topics! It has been a month or more of fun sweater knitting together. Thank you to everyone for participating and for being wonderful to work with. I appreciate you all. Before I tie things up I want to be sure to let you know that the forum group on Ravelry, Friends of Spud & Chloë, is still and will continue to run the Easy Raglan Knitalong thread where you can jump in to get help from loads of friendly knitters. I love the way people have been helping out in there. Thank you for that.

I want to extend a special thank you to Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic and Custom Knits for joining in so whole-heartedly. I could not have done this without her expertise and her raglan sweater formula for success. The entire knitalong project is based on Wendy’s Top-Down Raglan Formula in her book, Custom Knits. This book is the best! Wendy has been an enthusiastic source of help and inspiration throughout the past month. Thank you! Thank you, Wendy! Thanks to the knitters who have gone out in force and purchased Wendy’s book, Custom Knits, as well.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Easy Raglan Knitalong!

Click here for the Easy Raglan Knitalong forum thread to ask questions, post finished projects, or give updates!

I want to quickly add how I did the edging on TC’s hood and front neckline in case anyone is interested.

Hood Edging and Front Neckline:

Start at the right front edge of the hood (at the start of the pick up point) and pick up stitches as follows:

56 stitches on the right front hood edge

56 stitches on the left front hood edge

6 stitches down the left front neckline edge

8 stitches across the front neckline edge

6 stitches up the right front neckline edge

132 stitches total.

Join to work in the round placing a stitch marker on the first stitch. Work in k2, p2 rib for 6 rounds. Bind off in rib. Cut the end and pull through the remaining stitch. Weave all ends to the inside and trim.

Two more quick things concerning TC’s Raglan! The ties are 9 inches long and are I-cords made with 3 stitches. The 2-inch pom-poms are made by holding 7 colors together and wrapping 12 times.

As for the kangaroo pocket, I have to thank my friends Alison Barlow and Suzette Cannon of the  Wool Cabin. Alison emailed me suggesting one of her favorite patterns that has a fantastic technique for adding a kangaroo pouch on the front of the sweater. I had heard of The Wonderful Wallaby many times before and I have seen many versions worked up in Spud & Chloë Sweater because it is the perfect gauge for this project. They sent me a copy of the pattern and it is exactly that, wonderful!

I had to make a few minor modifications to the pattern to make it work for this project but really I used the technique and design of the Wonderful Wallaby kangaroo pouch pattern. I suggest that you get your hands on this pattern because it is completely charming and clever. It is a basic pattern for a yoked hoodie sweater with a genius design for the kangaroo pouch. The best part is that is is written for ages 2 all the way through an adult-size XXL! You could literally make a version of this sweater for anyone in your life. It is a great pattern. The pocket  design is truly smart and clever and I learned a new technique for picking up stitches on a finished garment that is way cool. I will totally use it again.

One way to purchase The Wonderful Wallaby pattern is to call Alison and Suzette (they are sisters!) at The Wool Cabin and they will send out the pattern right away. They carry Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas as well if you need any yarn to add in. When I called my order into the shop I received my pattern the next day! I am in Madison and the shop is in Salt Lake City. That’s pretty darn good service.

Here is the phone number and tell them I say hello if you call:

801-466-1811

For the pdf version of the Easy Raglan Sweater I am grateful for the help of Shelley (scoobie2 on rav) on the Friends of Spud & Chloë group. Along the way she spent hours and hours putting the parts of the pattern guide into beautifully designed pdfs and linked them on the forum group to share with everyone. They are well-done and fantastic. With Shelley’s permission I am posting these pdf links here. You can print out certain parts at a time or even select specific pages to print out. Thank you so much Shelley!

Here are the links to the Easy Raglan Sweater parts for the free pdfs:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 2.5

Part 3

Part 3.5

Part 3.75

Part 4

Part 5

By the way, someone over here is pretty excited about bringing her French Horn home from school this week for the first time. She doesn’t know how to really play yet but has been non-stop playing anyway all week. You can imagine, right?  It is really funny and really loud. TC wanted to include her French Horn in the final photo of her sweater for you to admire. Love that.

If you would like to go back and read the posts online for the knitalong here are the links for the posts involving the creation of the Easy Top-Down Raglan. These posts include information about the stripey hoodie version I made for TC, too.

Click on the following links:

August 2010

September 2010

I also made a couple of video tutorials for the knitalong.

Click here for the video on picking up stitches.

Click here for the video on the 3-needle bind off.

Well, there it is in a nutshell. This has been quite an experience, a whirlwind knitting time together. Thank you, Knitters.