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November 30, 2010

New Spud & Chloë Patterns – Preview!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

We are so incredibly proud to preview our new pattern collection for spring 2011! These will be available very soon and I will keep you posted as soon as they are released to the yarn shops. I am incredibly proud to be involved in a such a fun and spirited yarn line and we have the best of the best designers joining us this season! This pattern collection is on fire!

Please enjoy and remember that these patterns are not available just yet. I will preview the Blue Sky Alpacas patterns, too, and you will not believe your eyes when you see that collection either. It is spectacular to say the least. You will see some of your favorite designers popping up in both lines.

Above is the Polly Pullover and here is some information you might like to know:

Polly Pullover
Designed by Merri Fromm
Published: December 2010
Published in: Spud & Chloë Leaflet no. 9213
Yarns: Spud & Chloë Outer
Gauge: 10 sts and 15 rnds = 4″
Needle Size: Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles, Size 11 (8mm) 16″ circular needle, Size 13 (9mm) double pointed needles
Yardage: 300 – 480
Sizes Available: XS, S M, L
For more information: www.spudandchloe.com
Notes: With easy top down construction and simple waist-shaping darts, this quick knit is a great first sweater pattern!

Valentine Cardi
Designed by Laura Chau
Published in: Spud & Chloë Leaflet no. 9809
Published: December 2010
Yarns: Spud & Chloë Fine
Gauge: In Lacy Rib, 20 sts and 32 rows = 4″.
Needle Size: Size 5 (3.75 mm) 32″ or longer circular needle
Yardage: 992 – 1,488
Sizes Available: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X)
For more information: www.spudandchloe.com
Notes: Love the look of fingering weight sweaters but fear the time commitment? This pretty cardigan with its easy lace pattern uses as little as four hanks, so you’ll be done in no time!

Lots O’Socks
Designed by Colleen Powley
Published in: Spud & Chloë Leaflet no. 9810
Published: December 2010
Yarns: Spud & Chloë Fine
Gauge: 32 sts and 44 rows = 4″
Needle Size: Size 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles
Yardage: 248
Sizes Available: Baby sizes 0–3 months (3–9 months, 12 months, 24 months,
child sizes 2T, 3T)
For more information: www.spudandchloe.com
Notes: With six hard-to-find sizes, four stripe patterns and two ribbing options,
this versatile sock pattern is jam-packed with possibilities.

BeTween Cardigan
Designed by Brandy Fortune
Published in: Spud & Chloë Leaflet no. 9516
Published: December 2010
Yarns: Spud & Chloë Sweater
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4″
Needle Size: Size 6 (4mm) 24″ circular needle
Yardage: 640 – 960
Sizes Available: Teen Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large) to fit 23 (26, 30, 33, 35)” bust
For more information: www.spudandchloe.com
Notes: With a pretty mock cable and clever side-to-side construction, this cropped length cardigan is as sweet and fun as the girl it’s knit for!

Best Friend Sweater
Designed by Alana Dakos
Published in: Spud & Chloë Leaflet no. 9517
Published: December 2010
Yarns: Spud and Chloë Sweater
Gauge: 19 sts and 29 rows = 4”
Needle Size: • Size 6 (4mm) 24” circular needle
• 2 size 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needles
• Set of Size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles
• Set of Size 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles
Yardage: 480 – 800
Sizes Available: Children’s sizes 1 (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years

Bunny Hat & Blankie
Designed by Susan B. Anderson
Published in: Spud & Chloë Leaflet no. 9212
Published: December 2010
Yarns: Spud & Chloë Outer
Gauge: Blanket: in single crochet, 6 sts = 4” using largest hook
Needle Size: Size N (9 or 10 mm) crochet hook, Size P (11.5 mm) crochet hook
Yardage: 480
Sizes Available: 6–12 months, 1–2 years
For more information: www.spudandchloe.com
Notes: This adorable crochet pattern includes instructions for the bunny hat – complete with pom-pom tail – and the matching blanket.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Bunny Hat and Blankie. I posted some of my home photos of this project, too, which is fun to see.

The other designers will be posting their designs soon on Ravelry so be sure to check that out.

I’ll be back next with the Cedar Wrap free pattern!

November 24, 2010

Happy Sister

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

A few posts ago, I shared Antenzella’s gorgeous daughters and her super fun Spud & Chloë hat knitting. Well, there was one sister left and I certainly don’t want to leave anyone out so today I am sharing the third daughter and her new Flap Happy Hat! It’s another beauty, the girl and the hat. I just love her expression and that crinkled up nose. It is so fun and cute.

I never get tired of stripes, pom-poms, tassels and earflaps but I guess that may be stating the obvious.

Here are the appropriate links for you:

Click here for the previous post with the other two daughters.

Antenzella (the knitter of the hat)

Purchase the pattern for the Flap Happy Hat here online.

Purchase the Sweater yarn here.

Finally, have a fantastic holiday weekend if you are celebrating Thanksgiving. We give thanks to all of you, the knitters and faithful readers, here at Spud & Chloë. Thank you for all of the support.

November 21, 2010

Twister – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have the pattern for Twister all set to go for you today! This is the perfect travel project or waiting in line project or family gathering project for the upcoming months. It is simple, mindless knitting at its best.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Twister is a long looped scarf with a ribbed edge on one side and a slightly ruffled edge on the other side. The scarf is designed to flip and twist and the edges will roll. It is meant to be this way! Twister can be worn in a variety of ways, wrapped three times up close to your neck, wrapped twice for a long looped look or with one end threaded through the other.

Size: 62 ½-inch circumference

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 2 skeins in your selected colorway (the sample is in Popsicle #7501)

Needles: 40-inch circular needles, US size 9 or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Have fun!

Click here to download the free pattern for Twister!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Twister!

 

November 16, 2010

Cedar Wrap Style

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am so excited about this new project. I have been trying all sorts of different ways to twist and turn this fun knitted piece. The cool thing about having the buttons combined with the yarn overs in the stitch pattern is that you can pop the buttons through all over the place. This holds the wrap in different formations.

One of my favorite things in the bitter cold winter is to have a big, chunky scarf up close around my neck. Oh, the warmth feels so good. By slipping one button through a strategic spot (above) this makes the wrap more like a fun substantial scarf.

Here is another style for the Cedar Wrap. I simply hung the piece around my neck and passed all five buttons through the adjoining side. It’s so easy and versatile. LOVE it.

Anyway, I had to share immediately! I hope you will make one of these for a gift or for yourself this winter. I am going to have to make another one to keep here at my house. I know TC would love one of these to wear inside and outside this winter. Maybe we could share.

Here is a better look at these gorgeous wooden buttons. Here is the Etsy shop where I bought mine.

Okay, that’s it for now. I will write up the pattern and make it available over the next few days. Get your skeins of Outer wound and ready! See the previous post to get the materials information.

November 15, 2010

Cedar Wrap – Pattern Preview

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, this project has been somewhat of an adventure. I started knitting with a small blanket in mind. However, as I began the zig-zag stitch pattern it pulled in the width substantially, way more than I had accounted for. After working for awhile I realized that it is too rectangular to be a blanket so I started playing around with the idea of a substantial wrap or shawl.

I worked the bind off row and immediately threw the whole thing in the washing machine. I ran it on a cold and gentle wash cycle. Next, I threw the piece in the dryer on delicate. When it was still slightly damp I pulled it out and gave it a good stretch lengthwise and boy, did it stretch beautifully. I let it air dry from there.

Voila! A beautiful, warm and cozy wrap was born. I couldn’t believe how this came together. As I threw the knitted piece over my shoulders the top edge gently turned over to create a gorgeous shawl collar. I had been saving up the most wonderful cut branch buttons for the perfect knit and this is definitely it. I stitched the buttons on and they easily slipped through the fabric on the other side without buttonholes due to the big gauge. It was like magic.

I simply adore the edging on the front and the lines formed from the stitch pattern on the front and back. The stitch pattern is so easy. It is a garter ripple stitch. It is a two row repeat that after a couple times through you will quickly memorize. I loved knitting the Cedar Wrap.

I was so excited about this new design I had TC take a few photos right when she got home from school. The sun was already going down so we quickly got a few shots in. TC then tried on the Cedar Wrap. I had to wrestle it back off of her before she ate anything. She said it felt so good and warm on her shoulders that she didn’t want to take it off. We need that around here. It’s cold.

You can also make the wrap and leave the buttons off to wear it open and draped over your shoulders or you could use a shawl pin to hold it in place. Any of these options would work.

Get your yarn ready!!! Here is what you’ll need if you want to make your own cozy Cedar Wrap for this late fall and winter season:

5 skeins of Spud & Chloë Outer in your color of choice (I used Cedar.)

US size 17 needles ( I used 24-inch circulars) or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 1.5 stitches per inch in stockinette

5 one-inch buttons

I used the most beautiful cut branch buttons crafted by Jay Beesmer. I adore these buttons.

Click here for the link to his Etsy shop, Wooden Treasures, if you are interested in getting some for yourself.

I’ll be back soon with the free pattern for you!