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March 28, 2014

It’s all in the Details

Photo © Interweave knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014.

Looking for something lovely to put on your needles right now? The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of knit.wear has just the thing. The Zigzag Mesh Pullover gets the perfect bit of polish from a split hemline, keyhole button cuffs, and a sophisticated textural stitch pattern. Stitched in lightweight Spud & Chloë Fine, it’s perfect for pairing with everything from tailored trousers to long, flowy, skirts to your favorite pair of jeans. Which fabulous color of Fine will you cast on?


The Details

Pattern: Zigzag Mesh Pullover
Designer: Carolyn Noyes
Size: 34¾ (37¼, 42¾, 45¼, 50¾, 53¼)” bust circumference
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) 24–40” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm): 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Dragonfly #7816
Pattern available in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

February 28, 2014

Signs of Spring: A Knitting Squirrel

Photo © amirisu

Are you familiar with the Japanese knitting magazine amirisu? (It translates as “a squirrel that knits.”)

This lovely magazine features a minimalist aesthetic, unique stitch work, and up-and-coming designers. Each issue is just divine.

Photo © amirisu

So you can imagine our delight when we learned that the Spring 2014 issue features a pretty shawl made up in Spud & Chloë Fine. Can we just say that it’s a stunner–top-down construction, ethereal lace panels, and an intriguing, but not difficult technique known as Vikkel braids.

Lace and Vikkel Braid detail.

Our version in Anemone.

It’s an engaging bit of knitting; try it for yourself in your favorite shade of Fine.


The Details

Pattern: Fiske
Designer: Gudrun Johnston
Size: wingspan – 48”
• depth – 19”
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) 24″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Dragonfly #7816 and Anemone #7805
Pattern available in amirisu, Spring 2014

December 12, 2013

Expect Flurries

Photo © Interweave Crochet, Winter 2014

Icy and cool, Calypso in Spud & Chloë Fine is a great color for snowy weather. The Flurry Wrap from the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet is the perfect project to capture its frosty feel.

The Flurry Wrap uses the Solomon Knot technique to make delicate motifs that are joined as you work for quick finishing. Are they flowers or snowflakes? You decide. Either way this is a chic little crochet project that will easily span the seasons.


The Details

Pattern: Flurry Wrap
Designer: Jill Wright
Size: 13½” x 54″
Hook: Size D (3.25mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Calypso #7806
Pattern can be found in Interweave Crochet, Winter 2014
• Pattern is available as a free download until March 15, 2014

November 14, 2013

Cooking With Yarn

One of the great joys of working here at Spud & Chloë is being surrounded by people of many creative talents. It’s also really interesting to see how those talents overlap. Take Karen, for example. She’s one of the greatest cooks I know and, not surprisingly, she treats knitting patterns like recipes. If she doesn’t have the ingredient called for in the cookbook (or in this case the pattern) she makes a substitution, adds a dash of this, a pinch of this, and voilà!

Hudson Bay-Inspired.

She takes a stunning-to-begin-with-project, the Purl Bee’s Hudson’s Bay Inspired Crib Blanket, (Spud & Chloë Sweater is available at Purl Soho too!), and turns it into a giant throw blanket fit for her cabin in Northern Minnesota.

So what is a Hudson Bay blanket? They are pretty iconic, made of 100% wool and traded during the 18th and 19th century to First Nations and Native Americans in exchange for pelts. These blankets are still sold today by Hudson’s Bay and are especially popular in Canada.

Billiard, Barn, Firefly, & Lake Stripes.

The Hudson Bay Blanket inspired the Purl Bee, the Purl Bee inspired Karen, and now I’m feeling inspired! How cute would this be as a scarf?

Karen’s Project Details

Approximate size: 42″ x 54″
Approximate gauge: 4 stitches per inch, 7 rows per inch
Made for: The Family Cabin
Needle: Size 10.5 (6.5mm) needles
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Ice Cream #7500 (6 hanks), Billiard #7527 (1 hank), Barn #7518 (1 hank), Lake #7504 (1 hank), and Firefly #7505 (1 hank)
Pattern Notes: Cast on 180 stitches with a larger needle to get a much larger blanket.
Rows 1-44: with Ice Cream, knit. [44 rows]
Rows 45-56: with Lake, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 57-68: with Ice Cream, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 69-80: with Firefly, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 81-92: with Ice Cream, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 93-104: with Barn, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 105-116: with Ice Cream, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 117-128: with Billiard, knit. [12 rows]
Rows: 129-228: with Ice Cream, knit. [100 rows]
Now, it’s time to reverse your colors.
Rows 1-12: with Billiard, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 13-24: with Ice Cream, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 25-36: with Barn, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 37-48: with Ice Cream, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 49-60: with Firefly, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 61-72: with Ice Cream, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 73-84: with Lake, knit. [12 rows]
Rows 85-128: with Ice Cream, knit.[44 rows]
Bind off and enjoy!
November 7, 2013

Big Guy, Little Guy

You may recall seeing this adorable guy once before.

The Navajo Pullover. Photo © Petite Purls

He’s modeling the Navajo Pullover, a sweet little sweater designed by Andrea Sanchez and inspired by Native American textiles.

We’re showing it to you again because Petite Purls has upsized this great design (and several more of their most popular children’s patterns) for adults.

The big boy version. Photo © Petite Purls

Here’s the grownup version, which sports different colors of Spud & Chloë Sweater (Beluga and Moonlight), an equally handsome stranded colorwork design, and a casually cool Henley neckline.

A closer look at the colorwork. Photo © Petite Purls

The Details

Pattern: Adult Navajo Pullover
Designer: Andrea Sanchez
Size: 32 (35¼, 38½, 41½, 44¾, 48, 51¼, 54½)”
Needles: Size 7 (4.5mm) 32″ or 40″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Beluga #7521 and Moonlight #7507
Pattern available in Petite Purls, Issue 16