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November 30, 2011

Double Garter Cowl ~ Free Pattern!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have the perfect quick holiday knit for you today. My new Double Garter Cowl is über-fast and fun. The stitch pattern is a double garter stitch, obviously, and if you haven’t done this one before you should really give it a whirl. The stitch is found on p.134 of Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The way I learned how to do this stitch is through a video and if you’d like to make the cowl I highly suggest you go watch this clear demonstration of the double garter stitch.

Click here for the video tutorial on double garter stitch.

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After the preparation row, it is a one row repeat. The pattern is so easy that I am just going to tell you about it right here.

Finished measurements after blocking: 10-inches wide and about 50-inches in circumference (measurements will vary depending on how much or little the cowl is blocked and stretched because this is a very stretchy stitch pattern)

Yarn: 2 hanks of Spud & Chloë Outer , the sample is in Hedge #7210, (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton, 100 grams/60 yards)

Needles: US size 15

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Pattern:

Using a provisional cast on (I did a video tutorial for this right here!), cast on 24 stitches.

Work in double garter stitch until your yarn nearly runs out, leaving a 15-inch end.

Double garter stitch:

Row 1: knit 1 stitch, then knit each stitch wrapping the yarn twice for every stitch

Row 2: k1 leaving the second loop on the needle, *knit the loop along with the first loop of the next stitch and wrapping twice, repeat from * across the row.

Repeat row 2.

When the yarn runs out or you have reached the desired length, kitchener  stitch the ends together. Weave in the ends and block as desired. I gave my cowl a good steam and that’s it!

If the double garter stitch seems confusing when written out, please go watch the video. It will become crystal clear and it is not difficult. I promise.

Also, I know this is garter stitch but I used the regular old kitchener stitch to graft the ends and it looks fine.

I love this cowl. It can be worn wrapped once or twice around your neck. It has an interesting stitch pattern that looks the same on both sides. Best of all, it is fast, fast, fast which makes it the perfect gift knitting project.

Have fun!

Click here to download the PDF version of the Double Garter Cowl free pattern.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Double Garter Cowl.

Next up, that incredible sweater pattern and kit I told you about last time…..

November 28, 2011

Wings and a Tulip Hat

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

A couple of weekends ago I taught a fairy class at a mini-retreat through Knit Circus and Spud & Chloë Fine was flying around the room. It was so fun to see. Today I have some last photos of our Mini-Fairy Along Fairy. She is worked up in Fine in Popcorn, Glow Worm, Cricket and Wild Berries.

On a slight side note, in our world of variegated and tonal yarns (which I love, too), it is so refreshing to see the beautiful saturated solid tones of Spud & Chloë Fine. I simply love this yarn. The other thing I have heard here and there is a concern about the silk in the yarn especially when it is knit into socks. The silk only adds strength to the superwash wool, plus a gorgeous sheen. It makes the yarn even more durable and beautiful. The fiber really blooms after washing. My Fine socks have worn so well through wearing and washing. If you haven’t tried Fine yet, you should give it a go!

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I carefully stitched the wings on my fairy from Knit Simple Holiday 2011 (click here to find out more about the pattern). In the pattern I stitched the wings on the back in a “V” form but for this fairy I placed them in an upside-down V for a different tilt. I like it both ways. It is fun to play around with the placement of things to get different looks. I feel like these wings have a look of motion to them.

In the pattern there are two versions of wings. These are the simplest version.

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The stitching on of the wings only takes a couple of minutes at most. For the ends I just pull them to the inside of the toy and trim so the end pops right back inside. Easy peasy.

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Now for her hat…. you cast on twice as many stitches as needed and rapidly decrease to get a ruffled edge. This gives her hat a flowery look.

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It is a tiny one.

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Here she is waving goodbye! Next I’ll put the face on. There are just under 100 fairies posted on Ravelry now (very exciting!) and the mini-fairy along thread has lots of fairy knitters joining in. Click here for the Ravelry group thread. There is plenty of time to grab some Spud & Chloë Fine and knit a few fairies for the holidays. I want to hang a couple of fairies on my tree this year.

I found a really cool pattern and kit using Spud & Chloë Sweater that I am sharing in the next post. I think you will love it! I’ll be back soon with that.

November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

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(Green Bean in  Spud & Chloë Fine, photo from loopyarn.com)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

We want to wish you a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this weekend from the team at Spud & Chloë. We hope you are surrounded by your loved ones, glorious homemade food and of course your knitting. What would a holiday be without your knitting?

As I was knitting today I was thinking about our yarn colorways and I realized that we have some Thanksgiving inspired yarns, Spud & Chloë Green Bean in Fine and Cider in Sweater.

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(Cider in Spud & Chloë Sweater, photo from loopyarn.com)

Tomorrow I’ll be eating real green beans in casserole form and drinking real hot cider but then I’ll be right back to the yarn version of these holiday favorites. You can’t go wrong with either version really.

I’ll meet you right back here after the holiday.

Warmest wishes from your friends at Spud & Chloë!

November 20, 2011

Fun New Patterns Using Spud & Chloë

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(photo from Knit and Tonic)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Wendy Bernard has completely reworked her Girlfriend’s Swing Coat pattern to fit girl sizes 2-14 and to use Spud & Chloë Sweater. It is in the photo above in the colorway called Waterslide. I love this cardigan as it has Wendy’s flare and style and it’s for kids!

Click here to see the details and to purchase the pattern.

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(photo from Custom Knits 2)

Wendy Bernard has done it again with this gorgeous jacket knit in Spud & Chloë Outer in the Flannel colorway. The pattern is in her new book, Custom Knits 2. What a versatile and timeless garment. I love this one, too. I can’t even imagine how quickly this jacket would work up, in a flash, no doubt!

To get Wendy’s book, Custom Knits 2, first check with your local yarn shops. Most yarn shops will be carrying this book or could order it for you.

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(photo from Knit Circus)

Now for a wow moment, just look at this double-knit cardigan. The Wild Cherry Cardigan is worked up in Spud & Chloë Fine and it is completely reversible. How fun is that? The pattern is found in the new issue of the Winter Knit Circus 2011. It’s an online magazine.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Wild Cherry Cardigan!

Click here for Knit Circus!

Take care and I’ll be back soon with the rest of the Mini-Fairy Along.

November 16, 2011

Mini-Fairy-Along Tulip Skirt

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

My sweet fairy is coming along. I have stitched up the adorable tulip skirt in the Wildberries colorway of Fine. This shade of purple is perhaps my favorite purple ever. I am usually not much of a purple person but this one really gets me. The skirt starts out on the smaller size dpns and then moves onto the larger size. For me that is US size 2 for the larger needles.

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You do a rapid increase to give the flower shaped skirt a ruffled look. Then three little points are created along the bottom. There are a few ends to weave in but this only takes a quick minute. I promise.

I love how the fairy patiently sits and awaits her new skirt.

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Last, I used a whipstitch with a yarn needle to attach the skirt to the purl round on the fairy’s body. I stitched it so you could see the Cricket green running along the waistband. I like this look because it is a little decorative and looks almost like a tiny belt detail.

She’s looking good in the neighborhood!

Click here for more information about the Flora & Fairy pattern in Knit Simple Holiday 2011!

Click here for the Ravelry Mini-Fairy-Along thread!

I’ve heard from lots of fairy knitters. Thank you for joining in. If you’ve already finished a fairy awhile ago please feel free to share those, too. All fairies are welcome. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Now I am onto her wings and hat…