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August 20, 2013

Pick a Color, Any Color (& Giveaway!)

Spud & Chloë friends, we need your help!

What will it be?

We’re about to add some fresh, new pops of color to Spud & Chloë Sweater line. One of my favorites, Spud & Chloë Sweater is the quintessential worsted-weight yarn in a blend of 55 percent superwash wool and 45 percent organic cotton. It’s machine washable and comes in generous 160-yard hanks. Practical as well as pretty, it’s a true workhorse in a versatile palette of 29 to die-for (or should that be to-”dye”-for?) colors. We’re planning on expanding that palette, and that’s where you come in. What colors do you think we should add to the current collection?

Barn, Popsicle, Jelly Bean, Watermelon, & Tiny Dancer

Are our rich reds and super-sweet pink your favorites?

Firecracker, Cider, Life Jacket, Pollen, & Firefly

Or are bold and zesty oranges and yellows more your style?

Chipmunk, Billiard, Turtle, & Grass

Maybe you’re more of a green girl or guy.

Lake, Moonlight, Skydiver, Waterslide, & Splash

Have you been feeling blue?

Grape Jelly & Lilac

Perhaps you’re more passionate about purple…

Root Beer, Chocolate Milk, Toast, & Ice Cream

Do you prefer the natural beauty of creams and browns?

Penguin, Manatee, Beluga, & Igloo

It’s not all black and white; some of us see things in shades of gray…


Have we missed one of your favorites? What colors of Spud & Chloë Sweater are you craving? Let us know in the comments. We’ll tabulate your suggestions, and com January, we’ll be offering brand-new colors chosen by you!

To thank you for your help three lucky readers (selected at random) will receive enough hanks of Spud & Chloë Sweater in the colors of their choice to make the Weekender Sweater, Half-Pint Dress, or Woodland Pullover. Then in January, we’ll send you two hanks of the new colors of your choice. Wow! Yarn now and later!  To enter, leave your color suggestion in the comments by Monday, August 26th. Good luck!

August 16, 2013

Fairy Tale, Leapfrog, & Mermaid

Fairy Tale, Leapfrog, Mermaid

The new fall colors of Spud & Chloë Outer are bright and sweet. Fairy Tale is an engaging and girlie purple, Leapfrog is a springy and energetic green, and then there is Mermaid, a buoyant and bubbly blue-green. When we saw this magical palette all together, we knew some children’s designs were in order.

Fairy Tale Hoodie

The playful and practical Fairy Tale Hoodie is designed by Sylvia Häger. Sylvia is mom to two darling little girls who were the perfect inspiration for fairy tales, princesses, and modern-day takes on Little Red Riding Hood. Sylvia was a very busy designer this past season, as you may recall from this post, she also designed the Weekender Sweater (and another design for the Blue Sky Alpacas 2013 Collection! Whew!)

At the start of the shoot.

Our model was a little bit nervous to model the Fairy Tale Hoodie. (But still really excited too!)

All bundled up!

And since we were outside, we took lots of breaks to keep Miss Anabelle warm. Here she is chatting with our stylist Bethany. Anabelle has fantastic stories about her dogs, lemme tell you!

Bein’ Anabelle!

And by the end of the photoshoot, I think we had made her feel pretty comfortable. She was comfy rockin’ the Fairy Tale Hoodie and just being silly. But unfortunately, we didn’t have much use for the “Fish Face” pose. ;)

Fairy Tale Hoodie in Mermaid

The Fairy Tale Hoodie is smart design too, with top down construction, your princess can try it on as you go, ensuring the perfect fit. And in quick knitting Spud & Chloë Outer, you’ll be done before the first flake flies!

The Details

Pattern: Fairy Tale Hoodie
Designer: Sylvia Häger
Size: Child’s 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years
Needles: Size 13 (9mm) 29” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in Fairy Tale #7224 and Mermaid #7222
Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

August 1, 2013

What to do on the Weekend

The Spud & Chloë Fall 2013 Collection has been available for about a month now. Have you seen it popping up at your favorite LYS? Are you plotting all the things you’re going to make this season? I know Neighbor Jillian has been busily making the Cat’s Pajamas and learning many lessons. A big favorite of many of the Spud & Chloë team is the Weekender Sweater.

Weekender Sweater in Pollen

One part cozy/casual and one part feminine/flattering come together for an excellent weekend knitting project resulting in a quintessential pullover. It’s all in the details–like those extra long sleeves! And, did you notice? Our model has the Weekender Sweater layered with the Campfire Mitts in Orangutan (#7819).

Another Weekender Sweater in Barn

All Spud & Chloë patterns are knit by both the designer and a sample knitter, which means we get to see the designs in multiple palettes! Both the Pollen and Barn versions are bright and cheery, a fun pop in any wardrobe.

Close up of the stitch detail.

Sylvia’s designs are beautiful and flattering to many women, as evidenced by the Weekender Sweater and its stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch sections to create an hourglass silhouette. The slipped stitch pattern, placed at the hem, cuffs, and neckline, is an extra special detail because it keeps the knitting interesting, too!

Even the crossed neckline is so feminine and flattering.

It’s easy to see why the Weekender Sweater is in many knitting queues here at Spud & Chloë World Headquarters. We’re just itching to cast on!

The Details

Pattern: Weekender Sweater
Designer: Sylvia Häger
Size: 31 (33, 36¾, 40½, 44¼, 48)”
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Pollen #7508 and Barn #7518
Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

July 18, 2013

This is Your Brain on Knitting


Photo © Knitic

Your brain waves translated into the stitches and patterning of a scarf–what a beautiful marriage of science and art!

(Click here if you cannot see the video.)

For the first NeuroKnitting case study, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” Aria and its first seven variations were used. If you would like to listen to the music that inspired these brain waves, click here.

Photo © Knitic

The EGG measured relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load to “make tangible our implicit states.”

Don’t you wonder what the same scarf would look like if different music been used?

Or perhaps reading? What if you were reading about NeuroKnitting?

To get truly meta, one might use the EGG to monitor their brain waves while knitting… to be translated into a knit scarf!

Visit the Knitic website.

June 27, 2013

Kids & Dolls

Brandy Fortune, co-editor of Petite Purls, has a new book for children. With her experience as a designer and editor, this book is sure to feature well-written, kid-friendly, colorful patterns.

Photo © Brandy Fortune

But Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls is not just your average book of knits for boys and girls. It holds nineteen awesome knit projects for kids plus nineteen matching patterns for 15- to 18-inch dolls!

Photo © Brandy Fortune

Matching play clothes and pajamas are typical, but not of such versatile pieces of clothing like the Elliot Cabled Vest–for school, for play, for any special occasion. The cables look harder than they are and prove easy-to-memorize. Brandy thinks of what knitters really like to make!

The Details

Pattern: Elliot Cabled Vest
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Size: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years
Needles: Size 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Chocolate Milk #7524
Pattern available in Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls

Photo © Brandy Fortune

The stag motif stitched into the Brett Deer Vest is simple and subtle–exactly the kind of detail both parents and kids (and dolls!) love.

The Details

Pattern: Brett Deer Vest
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Size: 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) years
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Cider #7515
Pattern available in Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls

Photo © Brandy Fortune

The Quinn Blanket is reversible, colorful, and simple, but not boring. All things busy parents look for in a good blanket design. Easy to wrap your little one in, and to wrap up their doll friend when they aren’t using the blanket themselves!

These knits are a ton of fun to make and will be enjoyed for years to come. Filled with classic concepts, this book is a welcome addition to any knitting library.

The Details

Pattern: Quinn Blanket
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Size: 20 (36½)” x 20 (36½)”
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Ice Cream #7500, Barn #7518, Pollen #7508, Grass #7502, Splash #7510
Pattern available in Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls