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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

January 11, 2013

The Surprise Plan…

Big Bad Baby Blanket with ombre influence.

Step 1: Hear the delightful news that friends are expecting!

Step 2: Plot, plan, and scheme… but don’t let anyone in on the secret.

Step 3: Knit, knit, knit…

Step 4: Admire the ombre effect in the finished Big Bad Baby Blanket.

Step 5: Pop that Big Bad in the mail.

Step 6: Sit back, and wait for the call bearing squeals of excitement.

Step 7: When little man arrives, beam every.single.time you see him wrapped up in the blanket you knit.

Step 8: Success!


The Details

Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket
Designer: Lisa Shobhana Mason
Size: 28″ x 28″
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) needles
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Calypso #7806 (A), Anemone #7805 (B), Snorkel #7809 (C), and Hippo #7823 (D)
This pattern is in Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook
Special Note: The ombre effect is very simple to work. The Big Bad Baby Blanket is worked with two strands of Spud & Chloë Fine held together throughout. For the first section hold color A with Color A. Section 2 is color A held with B, section 3 is color B held with color B. Section 4 is color B with color C, and section 5 is color C held with color C. Section 6 is color C held with color D, and lastly you work section 7, color D held with color D. This is an interesting technique that can be used with as few or as many colors as you would like for the ombre look.

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.

October 16, 2012

Make Like a Tree…

The totally adorable Leaf Blanket.

We have Leaf Blanket Giveaway Winners! Congratulations to:

Barb Dulany, “My favorite part of Fall is the deep, beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees in the fields behind my home!”

Kim Kruppenbacher, “Pumpkins!!!!! :)

Dori, “My favorite part of Autumn is pulling all of my sweaters down from the attic and getting ready to wear them!”

All the winners have been contacted. Thanks so much for participating.

October 10, 2012

A Fall Leaf

Leaf Blanket, folded.

When the Leaf Blanket was originally published, my mind couldn’t help but wander to all the possibilities. With the chill in the air this past weekend, I was itching to cast on something ultra cozy, so I immediately thought of the Leaf Blanket in sweet Spud & Chloë Outer!

Leaf Blanket, flat.

I don’t have any wee ones on the way, but this speedy knit will wait for the next little one. It completely satisfied my cozy-knit-need and looks perfectly October in Cedar #7209.

If you are ready to kick off the Fall weather in leaf-style, leave a comment (one per person) noting your favorite part of autumn. Three winners will receive the yarn and pattern to make a Leaf Blanket of their very own in their choice of Outer!


The Details

Pattern: The Leaf Blanket
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
Size: 26″ at widest point x 38″ from tip of leaf to end of stem
Needles: Size 15 (10 mm) 32″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 11 (8 mm) dpn, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer shown in Cedar #7209
Link: Spud & Chloë Pattern Store