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October 29, 2011

Beluga and Firefly Hat ~ Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am excited to share my new hat pattern with you. I have been talking about the gray and yellow color combination that I love so dearly. Now I have a super cute and quick hat to show for it. I am simply calling it the Beluga and Firefly Hat in honor of these two spectacular Spud & Chloë Sweater colorways.

Can’t you just feel how squishy that hat is? It feels like a dream. I sat down with a sketchbook and a pencil and made up the striping stitch pattern in Firefly after several times of trying out different things. I wanted a textural stripe but nothing too difficult and I think the result is fantastic.

Here is some information you might like to know:

Size: Older child to adult woman

Circumference in inches: 19 inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 hank each in Beluga #7521and Firefly #7505

Needles: US size 7 sixteen-inch circular needles and a set of 4 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stiches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

Scissors

Ruler or tape measure

Yarn needle

Stitch marker

This is my new go-to hat pattern for the upcoming gift knitting season. I love how quick, simple and fun it is to work up. Think of all the color combinations you could come up with by pairing the Beluga with any other color in Sweater… endless possibilities await!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Beluga and Firefly Hat!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Beluga and Firefly Hat!

Have fun!

October 22, 2011

A Quick Polly Update

(photo by skinnedknees – rav id)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am back from a week in Denver where I was filming two online courses for Craftsy.com. It was a whirlwind of fun and hard work. I loved every minute of it.

Now, I have another quick Polly update. Above is the finished cardigan by skinnedknees (rav-id). I love her buttons and striping colors. This is now being displayed at the yarn shop she works at, Firefly Fibers! That’s Flannel, Sandbox and Sequoia in Outer in this version. Great work!

(photo by himbine – rav id)

Here is another cardigan version of the Polly knitted by himbine (rav id). This one has short sleeves and I just love the way it turned out with the fun buttons. The colorway in Outer for himbine‘s version is Flannel.

(photo by dmc1231 – rav id)

How cute is Denise in her Polly Cardigan in the Outer colorway of Giggle?  Fantastic!!!! Thank you for modeling.

(photo by kim8930 – rav id)

Kim is making the Polly as a pullover just like in the original pattern. Looks great so far. She has been so incredibly helpful and fun in the knitalong thread on the Friends of Spud & Chloë forum, always jumping in to help and comment. Thanks to Kim! I can’t wait to see the finished version.

There are some people just jumping to start their Polly and many more finishing up. The knitalong is open so anytime anyone wants to join is fine with me.

Click here for the Polly knitalong thread on Ravelry.

Click here to see the original Polly Pullover pattern.

Don’t forget to see all of the posts about the knitalong simply click on the knitalong category on the right sidebar of Spud says!

Okay, I am off to finish up my Beluga and Firefly hat!  See you back here soon with that.

October 19, 2011

G to the R to the ELLOW

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I’ve been putting in 10 to 12 hour days filming in the Craftsy studios this week. It’s going really well and it’s all knitting all the day long.

So what do I do in my spare time? I knit, of course! Wouldn’t you?

I’ve been futzing around with making up a cool striping sequence with my new grellow love (that’s gray and yellow combined). I’ve landed on the one in the photo. It’s easy but yet interesting and that’s my other favorite combination. I’ll fill you in on the new hat pattern in Firefly and Beluga Sweater very soon. It will be a free pattern coming up.

I’ll also be back soon to tell you all about my online Craftsy.com classes as they involve all kinds of Spud & Chloë goodness!

October 15, 2011

Polly Progress and More

(photo by Ellen Bishop)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, people are quickly finishing up their Polly Pullover/Cardigan for our knitalong. Only two to three weeks after we started there are finished cardigans popping up. In the photos I’ve seen everyone looks fantastic in their Pollies (or is it Pollys?) so far! Also, some are just starting their cardigans so no worries if you haven’t started yet.

The finished short sleeve cardigan with stripes in the photo above is by Ellen Bishop. This one is not for her, it is a gift for a smaller girl (I can’t remember if it’s her daughter but I think so), and now she wants to make one for herself. Ellen is an excellent knitter and she shares lots of her knit toys on the Friends of Spud & Chloë forum. She does great work. Ellen also used the leftover Outer in the Bayou colorway to whip up a Slope Hat to go with the Polly cardigan.

Click here to see Ellen’s Ravelry project page for the Polly Cardigan!

Click here for the knitalong ravelry group thread.

Merri Fromm, the designer, keeps getting compliments on her fantastic Polly Pullover pattern. It really is one of the most clear and simple raglan top-down sweaters you could knit. Great job, Merri!

If you click on the “knitalong” button under categories on the sidebar, you will be able to see all of the knitalong posts for the Polly Knitalong.

photo by skinnedknees (rav id)

(photo by skinnedknees rav id)

A lot of people are making solid versions of the Polly but many are experimenting with different striping combinations. I especially like this one that includes the Sequoia colorway.  That’s Sandbox (tan), Flannel (brown) and Sequoia (the rusty red) in those stripes. The photo above is from Skinnedknees on Ravelry or Sarah. She is an instructor at Firefly Fibers in Beaver Dam, WI where they sells tons of Spud & Chloë yarns. I was just with the shop and Alisa, the owner of Firefly Fibers, at the Madison Knitters Guild where they featured Spud & Chloë yarn as a vendor for the meeting. I hope to do a shop feature on Firefly Fibers soon. The shop is currently hosting a Spud & Chloë trunk show during this month of October.

Click here to see more about Firefly Fibers!

See another long sleeve cardigan version of Polly made in the beautiful Giggle (purple) colorway click here! It turned out great.

Click here to see a blog post by Andrea on On Blueberry Hill! Andrea made the short sleeve cardigan version in solid Flannel and it fits and looks perfect on her.

Now onto the “more” part of this post. I have a new toy design that was released in the Knit Circus Special Issue, Gifts 2011. It is made in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton (for the cow and spots) and Spud & Chloë Sweater (for the horns and optional red scarf). Knit Circus has had a lot of great patterns done in Spud & Chloë, like here and here.

Click here to see more about Milk Cow on Ravelry!

Click here to go to Knit Circus!

The pattern is available for purchase here.

Lastly, I am heading for the Craftsy studios in Denver, Colorado, to film two online courses that will be available soon. I am so excited about the courses I will be taping and both are using the wonderful Spud & Chloë yarns, of course. I sent over a huge box of Spud & Chloë yarns to decorate the studio with, too.

The photo above is a peek at one of the courses I am teaching. It is a slick new pattern that makes three different toys all using the same body, so like a 3 in1 pattern. The best thing is that these toys are knit completely in one piece from the top of the head all the way down to the toes. It is a pattern that is jam-packed with clever tricks and twists to achieve a toy without a single seam. All three are adorable to boot. For these toys I used Spud & Chloë Sweater in Ice Cream, Watermelon and Beluga. Each toy uses less than one hank.

More to come later on this pattern!

(Knit by Raelynne01 and photo by Raelynne01 on Ravelry)

The other course I am teaching for Craftsy is the Giraffe from Itty-Bitty Toys. I am making a wonderful blue version in Spud & Chloë Sweater. I am using Splash for the body and head and Moonlight for the spots and details, both in Sweater. For a more traditional version I have seen others knit the Giraffe in Pollen and Firefly in Sweater and it is the perfect color combination.

I have also seen a couple of Spud & Chloë blue giraffes on Ravelry that I fell in love with. The photo above, from my friend Raelynne01 – rav id, really inspired me to make and teach a Spud & Chloë blue giraffe course for Craftsy.  Thank you, Raelynne01!

Click here to see Raelynne01′s ravelry project page with more great Giraffe photos!

That’s enough for now. With the grellow (Firefly and Beluga Sweater) I have started a hat that I love. I am thinking about some mitts to match, too. The hat will be a free pattern available right here when I am done.

Take care and I’ll be back soon with more….

October 12, 2011

Beluga and….

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have become enamored with a variety of colors paired up with Spud & Chloë Sweater in the Beluga colorway. Every color in Sweater looks so beautiful when combined with this heather gray worsted yarn. I have finally landed on a gray and yellow color combination that I am really crazy about.

In fact, I have two wound cakes that are sitting stacked on each other in the Beluga #7521 and the Firefly #7505 colorways. I keep looking at them and wondering what to make. Should the hanks become a hat, mitts, a scarf, a shawl, a cardigan, a cowl? Maybe all of the above?

The next free pattern on the blog will be something in grellow!

It is so good. I am casting on today….

What Spud & Chloë creations are you making right now? I’d love to hear about your projects and your color combination loves of the moment.