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February 14, 2014

Think Pink!

Everything has a rosy glow…

Love is in the air…

So why not cast on a pretty project?

The Dogwood Set in Spud & Chloë Outer is a lovely way to treat yourself today! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Spud & Chloë!


The Details

Pattern: Dogwood Set
Designer: Jane Richmond
Size: cowl – one
• mittens – S (M, L)
Needles: Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (Mittens)
• Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (Cowl)
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown Rocket #7211
Free pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

December 20, 2013

Chilling Out

It’s been well below freezing for most of the Midwest, ice storms are wreaking havoc in parts of the southern states, and big snow storms are on the way for the East Coast. The winter solstice is yet to be official (one more day to go), but there’s no doubt about the winter weather. It’s cold out there!

The Whole Gang Gaiter in Spud & Chloë Outer.

Luckily we have just the project for the freezing temperatures and fast-approaching holidays: the Whole Gang Gaiter. Two hanks of Spud & Chloë Outer and an evening or two of knitting are all it takes to whip up this winter warmer.

Whole Gang Gaiter in Sunkissed & Sugar Plum (left), and with Leftovers (right).

Solid, striped, or color-blocked, this is a fast and fun project; so much so that last year I made a gaiter for each one of my coworkers.

Jason keeps warm in his Buoy Whole Gang Gaiter.

They’ve gotten plenty of use throughout the year. Here’s Jason (he sends your favorite yarns off to your LYS), keeping warm on a fishing trip.

Mermaid, Leapfrog, & Fairy Tale.

Remember… Spud & Chloë Outer has 24 colors to choose from, including three new colors. Who will you be knitting a Whole Gang Gaiter for and which colors will you use?


The Details

Pattern: Whole Gang Gaiter
Designer: Spud & Chloë Staff
Size: circumference: 20”
• length: 13”
Needle: Size 11 (8mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer
Free pattern can be found in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

November 27, 2013

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever in Rhino and Life Jacket.

When one of the Spud & Chloë team left for college this fall, we sent him off with a little something to remember us by–the Cabin Fever Blanket in Spud & Chloë Outer! We’re confident it’s going to keep him comfy and cozy in his new apartment. We also think it’s the perfect project for those cold days when all you want to do is sit by the fire and knit.

Cabin Fever Blanket in Rhino and Leapfrog.

The Cabin Fever Blanket rocks for so many reasons:

• It’s ultra warm (both when it’s finished and while your knitting.)

• The yarn is super squishy and cuddly.

• You can create your own custom color combination.

• It’s the perfect project for cold weather.

Oh, and did we mention that there’s a crochet version too?

The crochet version in Snow Day and Mermaid.

Both patterns are free and both use Spud & Chloë Outer. Designers Sarah Smuland (knitter extraordinaire) and Jillian Cautrell (crochet master) worked collaboratively to ensure that dimensions, stripe placement, and overall feel of the blanket were the same.


The Details

Pattern: Cabin Fever Blanket – Knit
• Cabin Fever Blanket – Crochet
Designer: Sarah Smuland
• Jillian Cautrell
Size: 58″ x 48″
• 60″ x 40″
Needles: Size 11 (8mm) needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Hook: Size P (10mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in: Leapfrog #7223 and Rhino #7220 (knit)
• Mermaid #7222 and Snow Day #7216 (crochet)
• Rhino #7220 and Buoy #7219 (going away gift)
Free Knit Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store
Free Crochet Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

October 24, 2013

Pequeña Tortuga

Tuck in Spud & Chloë Sweater

When I found out I was going to be a first-time Auntie, I was pretty darn excited! I got knitting right away (and haven’t stopped knitting wee things since).

In the beginning, not knowing whether a niece or nephew was on the way, I decided to channel my energies toward gender-neutral projects. And our oh-so-adorable Tuck turtle pattern was my first choice. (Really, who could resist him?)

Tuck… all tucked in.

This little toy is cleverly constructed so that all of Tuck’s little appendages “tuck” in–just like a real turtle. He knits up super-quick in cottony soft Spud & Chloë Sweater and will be durable for small fingers to pull legs out over and over.

Tuck turned over.

Inspired by my brother’s real-life turtles, Mikey and Donna, I went with more realistic colors from the Sweater palette; dark green Chipmunk (#7511) and (appropriately) Turtle (#7514).

Tuck from the top.

I think my Tuck turned out fantastic. I really liked playing with the embroidery on top of the shell. Oh, and did I mention that I was the first person to have a baby gift for the soon-to-be-parents? They both think Tuck is pretty sweet too.


The Details

Pattern: Tuck
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
Size: shell height: 2″
• shell length: 3″
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Chipmunk #7511 and Turtle #7514
Pattern available for free, to download click here

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