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June 10, 2014

Project Inspiration: Lightning Wrap

What’s a knitter to do when the temperature starts rising? Rather than packing away the needles for the season, why not cast on for a lightweight, fun-to-knit pattern which can accompany you on summer outings!

The Lightning Wrap by Kyoko Nakayoshi uses simple short rows to create a striking wrap you’ll use year-round! It’s a great project for summer vacations, a day at the beach, or your local knit night. All you have to do is pick your favorite color combination in Spud & Chloë Fine!

Here, it’s shown in Orangutan as the main color and Goldfish as the contrast color:

If you’d prefer to knit your wrap in a different color scheme than pictured, we have endless possibilities from our palette of 25 color options! You could dive in with a watery theme, using Dolphin as the main color (left) and Snorkel as the contrast color (right) – or even vice versa!

 For an earthier palette, Green Bean (left) and Glow Worm (right) would also be a lovely choice!

If you’re feeling bold, here are some color combos which really pack a punch. First, Hippo (left) and Calypso (right) combine a neutral grey with a bright pop of color:

Or you could be inspired by the summery hues of watermelon, pairing Sassafras (left) with Lizard (right):

Finally, you can’t go wrong with black & white! Create a graphic piece you can wear just about anywhere with Black Pepper (left) and Popcorn (right):

We can’t wait to see your creative color choices over on Ravelry!

September 27, 2013

How to Knit a Sweater Your Kid Will Actually Wear (and Like!)

Best Friend Sweater in Spud & Chloë Sweater.

Kids are funny. Sometimes they will wear anything and then occasionally they just get into one of those “I-will-only-wear-my-Buzz-Lightyear-outfit” kind of moods and it’s almost impossible to convince them to wear anything else (for weeks). So how do you make a sweater that they will not only wear but it will end up being one of their favorites?

Playground Hoodie in Spud & Chloë Outer

1. Let them help

One way to get kids interested in the sweater you’re making for them is to actually let them help you. Show them pictures of kids sweaters online and have them point out which ones they like, I particularly like Gap Kids and Pinterest for this. Take them to the yarn store with you and have them help you choose a color. If you don’t want to open up the gates too wide you can just have them choose between a couple colors you think they’ll like. If they have a hand in the process chances are good that they’ll love the sweater when you’re finished.

Fairy Tale Hoodie in Spud & Chloë Outer.

2. Pick a color they’ll love

Knitting a rainbow colored sweater is probably not the way to go. What I mean is that a bunch of bright “kid” colors together don’t necessarily mean that it will be something your child will be excited about. If you are going to add bright colors it is a good idea to balance it out with neutral colors. Instead of using lime green and bright orange to make stripes try using lime green with gray, or orange with something a little more muted. A great way to choose colors is by looking at the clothes your kids wear most often. Choose a color or colors that will pair well with what they already have. Better yet, make a sweater using their favorite color, it is sure to be a win!

Lucky Number Pullover in Spud & Chloë Sweater.

3. Choose a modern fit

Sweater styles and the way they fit have changed over the years. The classics are always a good option as far as style but try to choose a pattern that is current so that the sweater looks fresh and has a modern fit. For example, if you knit a raglan sweater from a pattern made in the 80’s it would probably have a much wider, boxier look. Knitting the same style of sweater from a current pattern would very likely be longer and closer fitting. After you have finished knitting your sweater take the time to attend to all of the finishing details. This makes a huge difference in the final look of the garment.

BeTween Cardigan in Spud & Chloë Sweater.

4. Knit for the seasons

Don’t forget to think about when your child will actually need to wear the sweater you are making. If you knit a long sleeve sweater and it fits in June, by the time they’ll want to wear it in the fall it may be too small (this is particularly true for babies). If you need to, make a size larger so that it will fit longer.

Half-Pint Dress in Spud & Chloë Sweater.

5. Choose a fiber that is easy to care for

Finally, because your kid will love your sweater and be wearing it all the time, choose a fiber that is easy to wash. Check out Spud & Chloe’s Sweater line of yarn, it is super easy to care for and comes in a ton of great colors for kids!

If you’d like to learn more about choosing the perfect yarn for your sweater download our free Sweater Planning Guide. It will walk you through choosing a sweater style, checking gauge, buying yarn and everything else that goes into preparing to knit a sweater that you will love! Click to Download!

This guest post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this October as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love, in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30 Day Sweater and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot! See you in October!

July 18, 2013

This is Your Brain on Knitting

Literally!

Photo © Knitic

Your brain waves translated into the stitches and patterning of a scarf–what a beautiful marriage of science and art!

(Click here if you cannot see the video.)

For the first NeuroKnitting case study, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” Aria and its first seven variations were used. If you would like to listen to the music that inspired these brain waves, click here.

Photo © Knitic

The EGG measured relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load to “make tangible our implicit states.”

Don’t you wonder what the same scarf would look like if different music been used?

Or perhaps reading? What if you were reading about NeuroKnitting?

To get truly meta, one might use the EGG to monitor their brain waves while knitting… to be translated into a knit scarf!

Visit the Knitic website.

June 21, 2013

Cozy Cabin in the Woods

2013/2014 Spud & Chloë Pattern Collection

Sweet designs for cabin relaxin’ and chillaxin’!

Maybe you’ll spend the day hiking in the woods wearing the Woodland Pullover or Weekender Sweater with your hiking buddy in tow rockin’ her Fairy Tale Hoodie. Afterward, you can cozy up at the fireside, your littlest one in the Busy Baby Set and the intrepid hiker in her Half-Pint Dress, both playing with their Cat’s Pajamas!

Please visit the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store for the complete collection.

To find the collection locally, please visit our Stockist page.

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May 23, 2013

Primary!

Photo © Madison Square Park Conservancy

Artist Orly Genger has a new installation at Madison Square Park in New York entitled Red, Yellow, and Blue. With 1.4 million feet of painted rope, Genger will transform the park into three primary-colored chambers.

Photo © Madison Square Park Conservancy

This installation is massive (as evidenced by the people in this photo, for scale)! The 1.4 million feet of rope doesn’t even touch on the 3,000 gallons of paint or that the installation weighs 300,000 pounds. Besides the monumental scale, my favorite part… all the rope is repurposed from up and down the Eastern seaboard!

Photo © Madison Square Park Conservancy

The three chambers will redefine the park, begging visitors to explore and interact with the monolithic structure and large-scale texture. See Madison Square Park anew! The installation is running until September 8th; for more information, visit the Madison Square Park website.