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November 25, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Filemot by Hunter Hammersen

We’re been eagerly awaiting the release of Curls, Hunter Hammersen’s newest book of shawl designs! It’s certainly a thrill to see our yarn  featured on the gorgeous cover design, Filemot:

The crisp stitch definition of Spud & Chloë Fine (shown in Shitake) is the perfect pairing to the allover lace pattern. It can be knit with just two hanks of Fine as shown, or you may opt to whip up a smaller one-skein version to be worn as a cowl. No matter what you choose, your finished project is guaranteed to look beautiful at any size!

The concept behind Curls is simple and oh-so-clever: designs can be knit with any weight of yarn at any gauge, allowing total flexibility for knitters to create a shawl or wrap in the size they prefer. Shawls are certainly fun projects to knit, but sometimes they can be difficult to wear in day-to-day life. Taking this into account, each pattern in Curls is designed to be versatile and easy to wear; throughout the book, you’ll find photos showing many different ways of styling each shawl.

Be sure to share your finished Curls using our yarn in the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry Group!


November 11, 2014

Crochet Inspiration: One Sheepish Girl

Hot off the presses, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl is bursting at the seams with crafty inspiration for crochet enthusiasts. Reknowned blogger Meredith Crawford (of the One Sheepish Girl blog) blends her vintage sensibilities with a modern twist to create 24 stylish crochet patterns, many of which call for Spud & Chloë yarns!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

Whip up a set of these colorful Ombré Baskets in Three Sizes using Outeryarn to give to your well-organized pals this holiday season. These quick-to-crochet baskets are perfect for organizing toys, craft supplies, and more!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

The Heart Pocket Apron makes a great gift for your favorite baker, especially if they have a love for all things kitsch. Worked in a shell stitch in Sweateryarn, this is the perfect project for adventurous crocheters looking to try something new!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

If you don’t have time to knit a sweater for that special someone this year, why not try a Sweater Makeover using this sweet idea featuring crocheted hearts in ombré hues of Sweateryarn?

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

Store-bought gifts can still have a handmade touch with these crocheted Gift Boxes. Choose your favorite colors of Sweater yarn for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper!

© Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing

Click here for more crochet inspiration on Ravelry.com!

November 3, 2014

Free Pumpkin Hat + Chill Chaser KAL Wrap-Up

We hope you had a safe & happy Happy Halloween! We have a fun, fast-knitting pattern to celebrate the season: click here to download the Sweetie Pie Pumpkin hat from our website; it’s also available here on Ravelry! Knit in Spud & Chloë Outer yarn, you can whip this one up in no time flat – perfect for any last-minute Halloween costume emergencies!

Wrapping up this month is our Chill Chaser KAL, and we’ve been seeing lots of fantastic finished projects being shared in our Ravelry group – click here to see them all! Below are just a few of the photos our fans have shared with us:

Clockwise from top left: Jshoffner87, TheKnittingSarah, and Kmruybalid.

Susie and Danie of the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast have also been knitting along with us, and they have been sharing their progress on each podcast episode along with rousing discussions on the finer points of knitting sweaters in general. We recently spotted Danie’s finished Chill Chaser on Instagram:

We will be announcing our Grand Prize Winner later today (Monday, November 3) here on Ravelry!

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!