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September 23, 2013

8 Fun Facts & 3 Free Patterns: The Colorwork Collection!

Spud & Chloë is excited to share our new Colorwork Collection featuring Spud & Chloë Fine; you’ll find the fabulous patterns for these designs here and in the Vogue Knitting, e-newsletter.

But before we move on, we thought we’d treat you to 8 facts you may not know about Spud & Chloë!

1. Spud & Chloë World Headquarters is located just a half an hour north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2. Ten people work at Spud & Chloë World Headquarters.

3. Seventy percent of the Spud & Chloë team knit. (We’re working on getting the other 30 percent on board.)

4. We have other hobbies. Embroidery, photography, chicken husbandry, movie watching, sewing, reading, crocheting, cooking, gardening, hobby farming, hunting, and fishing are some of our other favorite things to do.

5. We give back. Twice a year the Spud & Chloë team heads out to clean a stretch of Highway 65 as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. (You can’t miss us: we’re the ones with the “Honk if you love knitters” sign!)

6. Spud & Chloë are named after real, live sheep.

7. The breed of sheep that inspired Spud & Chloë are called babydoll sheep, and they’re just as cute as the name sounds.

8. Spud is a bit of a curmudgeon. Chloë is the happy-go-lucky girl-next-door. The whole Spud & Chloë team is a whole lot to fun. (We celebrate every single birthday with cake and ice cream!)

Now… onto the *free* Colorwork Collection!

Colorwork–stripe style!

We love this little pixie hat for its sweet and traditional silhouette. More than just a bonnet, the little peak at the top is fun for the peek-a-boo age group.


The Details

Pattern: “Peak”-a-Boo Hat
Designer: Wendy Bernard
Size: S (M, L)
Needles: Size 2 (2.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 2 (2.75mm) additional needle, or size needed to match needle gauge, for three-needle BO
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Tickled Pink #7826 and Popcorn #7800
Pattern available for free, to download click here

Colorwork–stranded style!

A slight slouch, a funky pattern, and endless color possibilities! I’m quite bewitched with the zingy color combinations of Spud & Chloë Fine, but this cap would be equally fantastic stitched in neutrals or a neutral with a pop of color!


The Details

Pattern: Linear Systems Hat
Designer: Ann Weaver
Size: S (M, L)
Needles: Size 3 (3.25mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 3 (3.25mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Sassafras #7808 and Black Pepper #7825
Pattern available for free, to download click here

Colorwork–colorblock style!

This simple shawl with a punchy border utilizes stranding to create literal colorblocks. Totally on trend, the picot edge adds a sweet touch.


The Details

Pattern: Lucky Penny Shawl
Designer: Carina Spencer
Size: Width: 60”
• Depth: 18”
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 36” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 8 (5mm) needle, for working BO
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Lipstick #7810, Hippo #7823, and Goldfish #7817
Pattern available for free, to download click here

December 5, 2012

Visions of Sugar Plums

You may recall that we released a collection of three free patterns in conjunction with Vogue Knitting this past August.

With the holidays coming up, I thought it may be a good idea to share these freebies again and change them up a bit for winter.

A two hank wonder!

Originally, we designed the Chinese Lantern Hat in Buoy #7219, but it looks equally lovely in Sugar Plum #7221. This two-hank wonder is quick holiday knitting on size 10 (6.5mm) needles. And with the Chinese Lantern Knitalong, filled with tons of descriptive photos, you won’t have any questions as you speed through this design. This is just the quick-knit gift I need for a friend who recently bought her first home. She won’t be cold at all while shoveling!


The Details

Pattern: Chinese Lantern Hat
Designer: Elizabeth Mautz-Redmann
Size: One
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) needles
Size 8 (5.5mm) needles
Size 10 (6.5mm) needles
Size K (6.5mm) hook
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in Sugar Plum #7221
Link: To download the free pattern, click here

One, two, or three hanks… you decide.

If a tiny person is on your holiday knitting list this year, the Baby Mitts pattern will have you covered. One hank will make many mitts. Choose three colors and mix and match! I made these purple combinations, just in time for my friend’s little one’s first Christmas.


The Details

Pattern: Baby Mitts
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
Size: 0 to 6 months
Needles: Size 7 (4.5mm) dpns
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Grape Jelly #7516, Lilac #7523, and Igloo #7517
Link: To download the free, updated pattern, click right here

One hank wonder!

I absolutely love the easy-to-memorize lace stitch in the Rosie Headband and the shaping for the ties is ultra-clever. All my girlfriends will have one of these in their stockings!


The Details

Pattern: Rosie Headband
Designer: Jane Richmond
Size: One
Needles: Size 4 (3.5mm) needles
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Goldfish #7817 and Wildberries #7820
Link: The free pattern can be found here

November 9, 2012

Sweetie Pumpkin Pie

What a little pumpkin!

Halloween and the season of Jack o’ Lanterns may be past, but it’s still pumpkin season in my book. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin soup, and, of course… pumpkin pie! And what could be better than sharing these seasonal treats with the little, lovable pumpkin in your life? What’s life without a sweetie-pie?

With first trips to the pumpkin patch, first bites of turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, very first Thanksgiving festivities are certainly something to make anyone thankful.

Celebrate with a new, free hat pattern to keep your little pumpkin cozy! A quick knit to make your sweetie-pie… the Sweetie Pumpkin Pie Hat!


The Details

Pattern: Sweetie Pumpkin Pie
Designer: Elizabeth R. Krueger
Size: Small
Needles: Size 13 (9mm) 16″ circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 13 (9mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in Buoy #7219 and Peat #7204
Download the free Sweetie Pumpkin Pie Hat here.

August 3, 2012

Orange You Glad You Stopped By?

Announcing a Spud & Chloë free pattern colletion, created in collaboration with Vogue Knitting and inspired by the 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango!

Brilliant Chinese Lantern Hat in Buoy

I love, Love, LOVE this hat. Keep your eyes “peeled,” we have more exciting news about this hat coming!


The Details

Pattern: Chinese Lantern Hat
Designer: Elizabeth Mautz-Redmann
Size: One
Needles: Size 6 (4 mm) needles
Size 8 (5.5 mm) needles
Size 10 (6.5 mm) needles
Size K (6.5 mm) hook
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer
Link: To download the free pattern, click here.

Baby Mitts in Life Jacket, Waterslide, and Igloo

This is a re-release for these classic mittens in updated colors for the Vogue Knitting Collection.


The Details

Pattern: Baby Mitts
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
Size: 0 to 6 months
Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm) dpns
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater
Link: To download the free, updated pattern, click right here

Rosie the Riveter-inspired Headband in Goldfish

Last, but not least we have the Rosie Headband – I have already made two and I wear them all the time!


The Details

Pattern: Rosie Headband
Designer: Jane Richmond
Size: One
Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine
Link: The free pattern can be found here

 

Happy Weekend Knitting!

July 20, 2012

QT Headband

Savannah is a cutie pie in her QT Headband

With an adorable face like that, it’s really no surprise that Savannah’s Auntie Colleen designed this QT Headband just for her.

This free crochet project in Spud & Chloë Fine, is a perfect design for the dog days of summer.

To download the QT Headband click here.