Let’s do that again…

So…if you’ve been here for a very very very long time, you just might remember that back in November and December of 2015, I knit a hat and some cuffs to go with it.

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They were out of what is very possibly my favorite purple yarn ever, they had absolutely gorgeous cables (look at the top of that hat…is that not glorious?), they fit perfectly, I loved everything about them.

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And for some reason they sat, unworn and unpublished, all alone in my Basket of Things To Turn Into Patterns for, quite literally, years.  There’s just no good reason for that.  I mean there are plenty of bad reasons (that yarn is discontinued, I’ve started doing thumbs a little differently, I knit the hat a bit too slouchy to easily take photographs), but no really good reason to keep that all to myself.

So…so when the yarn from this June’s trip to Fiber Frolic (a yarn that is very much not discontinued) started waving at me from the corner of the stash, it seemed like it might be time to revisit that pattern and finally get it out into the world.

First up…unkinking the yarn.  I’ll talk you through that here shortly!

Inscribe

So I’m not sure why, but this seems to be the year I need to knit tiny things.  First it was the hearts, then the stars, then the acorns, and now…now teeny tiny hats.  The hats are called Inscribe, they’re out now on ravelry, and you can get them for 10% off with the code TASSEL.

Now look, I know these are not proper, serious, grownup knitting.  I know they are not practical.  But I also know they are cute as can be, they turn those tiny balls of leftover yarn we all have sitting around into something adorable, and they make me (and, as far as I can tell, everyone who sees them) happy.  And that’s a fairly decent list of accomplishments for a few yards of yarn!

They’re all built the same way.  Same number of stitches, same brim, same general size.  But all the fun comes from different slip stitch patterns.  There are a dozen different versions in the pattern, each gives a totally different look just by slipping stitches (you only ever use one color per row, so it’s totally the easy version of colorwork).

And yes, of course I tell you how to make the tassels…there’s a step by step guide to show you just how to make them (and how to make the nifty little twisty cord to attach them).

Pretty much the only thing you have to sort out on your own is what colors you want to use!  I went with Manos del Uruguay’s Alegria in Natural for the background, and colors from the Dorothea collection of Fino mini skeins for the accent colors.  But they have so many gorgeous colors you’ll have fun finding the combos you love best!  The good folks at Manos are letting me send yarn off to one of you (we’re doing that over on instagram, so wander over there for all the details).

And although I can’t send yarn to all of you, I can give you all a little discount on the pattern for the first few days its out.  If you use the code TASSEL when you check out, you’ll get 10% off Inscribe for the first few days it’s out.  Grab them now, and you can have a whole stack of them by this weekend!

I like big books and I cannot lie…

There’s something about a giant book that just feels deeply satisfying.  It’s solid and substantial and reassuringly permanent.  And this?  Well this totally qualifies!

It’s Interweave’s new 100 Knits, and they were kind enough to send me a copy (I’ve got a sock pattern in there) plus an extra to send  off to one of you.

The book brings 100 of Interweave’s most popular adult garment and accessory patterns together in one giant collection (seriously, it feels like a textbook…which makes my little book nerd heart happy).  Inside you’ll find ten hats, six socks, two scarfs, twelve cowls, twelve shawls, twenty one cardigans, twenty six pullovers, and eleven tanks or tees.  The accessories are generally unisex, and the sweaters seem to be almost exclusively shown on (and mostly sized for) women (I think one of the 58 garments is shown on a man), though many of them are likely to appeal to everyone.

With 100 patterns, you probably won’t fall hopelessly in love with every pattern in the book, but there are probably plenty that will catch your eye, especially if you knit a lot of women’s sweaters!  You can browse the complete list of them on ravelry.

I’ve got a copy of the book to give away here (and another on instagram).  If you think it might want to come live with you, just leave me a comment telling me about the biggest book on your bookshelf (how you interpret biggest is up to you…longest? tallest? most important? there’s no wrong answer).  In a few days, I’ll pick a winner and get in touch to mail the book your way!

Comments left between now and the end of the day, eastern time, on Saturday, October 27 are entered to win.  Open to adults with a US mailing address).  There’s another giveaway over on instagram if you want to enter there as well!

Yon

First there was Hither, then there was Thither, and now there is Yon.  The set is complete!  You can find them on ravelry (and either get an awesome discount on the whole set, or use the code LEAFY for 10% off just the cowl if you really just want it all by itself).

Now, if you’ve been paying way more attention to my knitting than you probably should, you might remember that this is actually the part of the set I knit first (way way way back in May of 2016).  That’s because the moment I laid hands on this yarn, I knew I wanted to wrap myself up in it, and a cowl is a great way to do that.

Cowls are tied with fingerless mitts for first place in the ‘knitters get the best ones’ competition.  Because really…you can absolutely find super cute scarves in stores.  And you can even sometimes find cute hats.  But I’ve never seen a cowl in a store that comes anywhere close to what you can knit for yourself, and the same goes for fingerless gloves.  If you find them in stores at all, they’re kinda boring, and not in particularly nice yarns.  So knitting them yourself really is the way to go.

I like to make mine tapered (wider at the bottom, narrower at the top) so it will sit nicely on my chest and shoulders but not be too bulky up by my neck.  But I haven’t reached any firm conclusions on how deep they should be, so I wrote this to have both a shorter version (that’s what you see here) and a deeper version (in case you want to be ridiculously snuggly).  But don’t worry, you don’t have to decide which you’d prefer until you’re well into the pattern (I tell you where to stop and measure to figure out what feels better for you).

If you want to make one for yourself, you can grab just the cowl pattern all by itself for 10% off with the code LEAFY.  Or, if you want all three patterns, you can buy them together as a set and get a discount on them.  For the first few days this is out, you can get all three patterns for $14.90 (that’s a savings of $7.45 off the price of the three patterns individually, the equivalent of getting one pattern free).  You don’t need a code, ravelry’s system is totally cool enough to just make it work on it’s own.  Just put all three patterns in your cart and you’ll see the reduced price in your cart.  Oh, and if you bought the hat or mitts already, whatever you spent on them when you bought them will count toward the price of the set (as long as you were logged into ravelry when you make both purchases).  Both those discounts will work until the end of the day eastern time, Friday October 26.  After that the individual discount expires and the price for the pair of patterns goes up.

And just for anyone playing along at home, yes I am tickled pink by the names on these.  And if you have any great ideas for three part pattern names like this, totally leave me a note about them in the comments.  I’m usually pretty good at finding pattern names, and I even have a list of pattern name pairs I can use, but sets of three are proving tricky, so I’m officially soliciting suggestions!