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June 27, 2013

Kids & Dolls

Brandy Fortune, co-editor of Petite Purls, has a new book for children. With her experience as a designer and editor, this book is sure to feature well-written, kid-friendly, colorful patterns.

Photo © Brandy Fortune

But Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls is not just your average book of knits for boys and girls. It holds nineteen awesome knit projects for kids plus nineteen matching patterns for 15- to 18-inch dolls!

Photo © Brandy Fortune

Matching play clothes and pajamas are typical, but not of such versatile pieces of clothing like the Elliot Cabled Vest–for school, for play, for any special occasion. The cables look harder than they are and prove easy-to-memorize. Brandy thinks of what knitters really like to make!


The Details

Pattern: Elliot Cabled Vest
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Size: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years
Needles: Size 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Chocolate Milk #7524
Pattern available in Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls

Photo © Brandy Fortune

The stag motif stitched into the Brett Deer Vest is simple and subtle–exactly the kind of detail both parents and kids (and dolls!) love.


The Details

Pattern: Brett Deer Vest
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Size: 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) years
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Cider #7515
Pattern available in Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls

Photo © Brandy Fortune

The Quinn Blanket is reversible, colorful, and simple, but not boring. All things busy parents look for in a good blanket design. Easy to wrap your little one in, and to wrap up their doll friend when they aren’t using the blanket themselves!

These knits are a ton of fun to make and will be enjoyed for years to come. Filled with classic concepts, this book is a welcome addition to any knitting library.


The Details

Pattern: Quinn Blanket
Designer: Brandy Fortune
Size: 20 (36½)” x 20 (36½)”
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Ice Cream #7500, Barn #7518, Pollen #7508, Grass #7502, Splash #7510
Pattern available in Just Like Me Knits: Matching Patterns for Kids and Their Favorite Dolls

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.

Would you like to know the minute we release new collections? You can sign up for our Catalog and view it online, too!

June 19, 2013

Psst… Hey, Cousin Katie

Remember that pointer you gave me about the Cuphea Socks?

You were right! They are right up my alley, and I’ve started on them already…

Pink Cuphea Socks

So many fun textures!

They are the most challenging socks I’ve made yet, with twisted rib stitches and lace combined with chart reading—all techniques I’ve never done before! Sadly, I have not been able to knit these flower-like socks outside amongst the actual flowers because the weather here in Minnesota, as you know, has been cloudy and cold for so long. Instead, I knit them inside and stay cozy while dreaming of the days when our weather here will finally be warm and sunny!

Thanks for the tip!

Tickled Pink

New color in Spud & Chloë Fine! Tickled Pink #7826

By the way, dear dears, the blossomy color I’m using to make these socks is one of our new Spud & Chloë Fine colors! It is called Tickled Pink, and…

Black Pepper

New color in Spud & Chloë Fine! Black Pepper #7825

…it is very striking with our other new color, Black Pepper! It is the blackest black ever—a color I’m sure many color workers have been waiting for! :D (Personally, I completely adore these two new colors together, and am plotting how to use them in a project.)


The Details

Pattern: Cuphea Socks
Designer: Rachel Coopey
Size: Foot circumference – 7½”
• From back of heel to tip of toe – 9″
Needles: Size 1½ (2.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Tickled Pink #7826
Pattern available in Knitscene, Accessories 2013

Close-up of Pink Cuphea Socks

A close-up of the loopy cuff, as well as the rib and lace details.

June 13, 2013

Powers… ACTIVATE!

Batman and Superman!

Spider-Man and The Avengers!

X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy!

We are living in a Super World, so let’s get down with being Super Knitters!

Photo © Petite Purls

Holy bijou, Spud & Chloë readers! Look out for the Baddies! They always seem to bounce back during a fight (because of their cleverly weighted bottoms). These resilient monsters are just what the little hero needs for training purposes.


The Details

Pattern: Baddies
Designer: Carey Huffman
Size: 10″ tall
Hook: Size E (3.5mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, Robot shown in Beluga #7521, Grass #7502, Waterslide #7519, Manatee #7525, Penguin #7522
• Monster shown in Splash #7510, Pollen #7508, Firecracker #7509, Igloo #7517 Igloo, Penguin #7522
Pattern available in Petite Purls, Issue 15

Photo © Petite Purls

Bam! Pow! Zoinks!

The life of a crime fighter is never quiet! What more can we say than… SPLAT!


The Details

Pattern: Onomatopoeia
Designer: Holli Yeoh
Size: 12-24 months [2yrs, 3yrs, 4yrs, 6yrs]
Needle: Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 6 (4mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Skydiver #7520, Splash #7510, Firecracker, Pollen #7508, Root Beer
Pattern available in Petite Purls, Issue 15

Photo © Petite Purls

Every good hero knows, your alter-ego must remain a secret and you can never be caught without your costume. (If there are no longer phone booths, where do superheros dash into?) It’s best to have your quick-change apparel at the ready, like a totally portable (and hideable) crown, belt, and legwarmers! Skip the cape. ;)


The Details

Pattern: Wonder-ific!
Designer: Annika Barranti
Size: Belt and Crown – 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)” head or waist circumference
Legwarmers – 1-3 (4-7, 8-10) years
Needle: For Belt and Crown Size 8 (5mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• For Legwarmers Size 8 (5mm) 40″ circular needle, two circular needles, or double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Firefly #7505, Firecracker #7509, Lake #7504
Pattern available in Petite Purls, Issue 15

Photo © Petite Purls

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! The Bricklayer Hoodie is easy on-and-off and features buildings the good guys leap over… and the bad guys destroy!


The Details

Pattern: Bricklayer Hoodie
Designer: Jacey Scott
Size: 2T (4T, 6, 8, 10)
Needle: Size 7 (4.5mm) 24″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm) 32″ or longer circular needle (for magic loop) or double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Grass #7503, Root Beer #7502
Pattern available in Petite Purls, Issue 15

June 6, 2013

Psst… Hey, Neighbor Jillian

Photo © Knitscene, Accessories 2013

I think I found a pattern that is right up your alley. I know you’ve been on a sock knitting bender and these are just *so* pretty. With a lacy feather and fan stitch and unusual ruffle at the cuff, I just know that you’ll want to knit these next! As the weather turns nice and warm and plants begin to flower, what would be better than sitting outside amongst the flowers… knitting flower-themed socks!


The Details

Pattern: Cuphea Socks
Designer: Rachel Coopey
Size: Foot circumference – 7½”
• From back of heel to tip of toe – 9″
Needles: Size 1½ (2.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Popcorn #7800
Pattern available in Knitscene, Accessories 2013