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October 15, 2014

Inspiration: Sweater Weather

Autumn is the perfect time to cast on for that special sweater project to keep you warm all through the winter months! In addition to our most recent sweater patterns in Spud & Chloë yarns, here are a few more knit-worthy designs which have just come out for fall:

Image © Joe Hancock

The Arrow Yoke Cardigan is knit with Sweater yarn to create a striking cold-weather layering piece using the brioche stitch, a unique technique which is the focus of Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s new book, Brioche Chic. It is knit from both the top down and the yoke up: the dual wide bands of brioche arrow patterning are knit flat and then joined at the ends, forming the base for this cardigan. The body and sleeves are picked up along one side of this brioche band and knit in simple stockinette stitch. The yoke is then picked up on the opposite side and knit in a decreasing rib pattern. This clever cardi is sure to be a show-stopping addition to your fall and winter wardrobe this season!

Image © Interweave Knits

Knit with our super bulky weight yarn Outer, the Spiral Pullover by Cathy Carron is a wonderfully warm sweater that’s easy-care, too! It’s worked from the top down with a seamless yoke; the continuous spiral stitch pattern knit in a chunky gauge gives this design graphic impact. Pattern appears in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of knit.purl magazine, as well as on the cover!

We look forward to seeing your projects knit with Spud & Chloë yarns this fall; be sure to share your project photos with us here in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry Group!

September 12, 2014

Find Your Perfect Colors for the #ChillChaserKAL

It’s not too late to join our Chill Chaser KAL, which is happening now through October 31, 2014 here in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry group! Any Chill Chaser made with Sweater yarn is eligible for our grand prize drawing, so long as it is completed during the KAL; the pattern is available in both child and adult sizes, and it also includes instructions to knit both a colorblock version as well a striped cardigan.

We’ve been enjoying seeing everyone’s color choices as they cast on for their Chill Chaser cardigans this month, and we even picked out a few of our own favorite combinations in Sweater yarn to help folks choose their yarn for this fun KAL!

If you still need a little convincing, Susie and Danie from the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast are participating in our KAL, and they have nothing but good things to say about Sweater yarn and the Chill Chaser cardigan pattern! Click here to listen to their most recent episodes to get inspired for fall knitting; we hope to see you soon in our Ravelry group!

August 20, 2014

Our Chill Chaser KAL Starts September 1!

We’ll be giving away a fantastic grand prize this fall during our new KAL that starts September 1! Cooler temperatures are coming, and our Chill Chaser Cardigan is the perfect way to keep chills away year-round. Designed by Sylvia Häger in a variety of size options from child to adult, this cardigan is perfect for back-to-school knitting or getting a jump on holiday gifting – or you can even treat yourself!

The Chill Chaser Cardigan is figure-flattering for virtually any body type, and the pattern includes instructions to make the colorblock version pictured above as well as a striped version. Those of you knitting for pint-sized people will be relieved to know that our Sweater yarn is both machine washable and dryable; plus, it’ll knit up quickly since it’s worsted weight!

We’ll be casting on September 1, 2014 in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry Group – and every participating group member who finishes their project in Sweater yarn by October 31 will be eligible to win this incredible grand prize:

Our Grand Prize includes everything you see here – click here for more details in our Ravelry group!

Ready to plan your project? Below are the amounts you’ll need for each size to knit the pattern in the colorblock motif as pictured. Please note, yarn amounts will vary for striped version; please refer to the Chill Chaser Cardigan pattern for yarn requirements.

1, 2 and 4 years: 2 hanks each of MC & CC.
6, 8 and 10 years: 3 hanks each of MC & CC.
12 years: 3 hanks MC and 5 hanks CC.

XS & S: 3 hanks MC and 4 hanks CC.
M & L: 4 hanks MC and 5 hanks CC.
XL: 5 hanks each MC and CC.
XXL: 6 hanks MC and 6 hanks CC.

Click here to find a Spud & Chloë Retailer near you!

August 7, 2014

CAL Recap: Dino Love!

Last month, we co-hosted a Crochet-along with FreshStitches in the Friends of Spud and Chloë Ravelry group! Participants chose their favorite colors of Sweater yarn to create their own adorable dino friend using the Spikey the Stegosaurus pattern by Stacey Trock. CAL participants showcased their creativity through their choice of yarn colors, photos, and modifications – and some quick stitchers even made multiple dinosaurs during the course of our CAL!

Our prize winners were chosen at random my putting everyone’s name into a hat, and our lucky winners were nutmegknitter and amchart!

Top: Nutmegknitter’s project in Barn and Beluga Sweater
Bottom: Amchart’s project in Firefly and Lilac Sweater

While we’d love to share every single finished project shared here in our group, we’ll just highlight a few unique entries to inspire you to pick up your hook and get stitching! First, LittlePandCompany shared a creative photo of her WIP, which was apparently unearthed recently on an archeological dig! The resulting dinosaur is a rather handsome fellow in Jellybean and Pollen Sweater yarn.

Alkasmelsah used buttons instead of safety eyes to put a unique spin on both of her finished dinosaurs. She chose two bold color combinations to create her stripey Stegos in Sweater: Barn and Pollen (top) and Moonlight and Lifejacket (bottom):

Most of our CAL participants had never crocheted with our Sweater yarn before, and we were pleased to hear a lot of praise as finished photos were posted! We look forward to seeing more crochet creations shared in our group; if you’re looking for a quick project, be sure to add Spikey the Stegosaurus to your queue!

For those of you who don’t crochet, don’t worry! We’ve got an exciting knit-along in store for you this fall, and we’ll be announcing the details soon on the Spud Says blog. Stay tuned!

July 22, 2014

Knits for Little Ones

Lots of adorable patterns for babies and kids have been published recently using Spud & Chloë yarns; they’re fun, fast projects for summertime stitching, and once autumn rolls around, you’ll be glad you spent your summer knitting for little ones (that way you can make yourself a sweater)!

We’ve spied a sweet eBook on Ravelry called the Rainbow Collection by Jessica M. Anderson. It includes 3 patterns using our Sweater yarn in an array of rainbow hues: the Rainbow Baby Hat, the Rainbow Baby Sleeper, and Over the Rainbow Bridge.

The Autumn 2014 issue of Creative Knitting Magazine features an adorable design for girls: Eme’s Dress by Kathy Wesley is knit with three colors of Sweater and has a fun ruffle detail at the hem!

Speaking of fun projects for kids, we’ve been seeing some adorable finished dinosaurs from our Crochet-along happening this month in our Ravelry Group! There is still plenty of time to join in the fun, as most participants have finished their project in less than a week. Click here to find out how you can be eligible for one of three great prizes when you post your finished project using Stacey Trock’s new crochet pattern, Spikey the Stegosaurus!

Lalinsocal’s Spikey the Stegosaurus