Grand Teton December Hat KAL

WayfaringYarns Grand Teton December KAL begins on Monday, December 5th!  Free pattern will be available for download Monday morning on Ravelry.

One Short Week, One Beautiful Hat, One Fabulous Prize

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The hat is made with two strands of bulky yarn held together to create luxurious cables, so bulky you only use your cable needle for three rounds.  To make this hat even more grand add a big fluffy pompom or attach a fur pompom for a trendy fashion statement.

For the sample, I used two strands of Rowan Cocoon Yarn held together, the same color for the brim and two different colors for a marled effect in the body of the hat.

Head over to my Facebook Group, WayfaringYarns Designs to join in the KAL and be eligible for the prize!

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The fabulous prize for this super quick knit along is a genuine fur pompom from Trendsetter Yarns.  I love the way the inner down of this particular pompom is dyed a soft lavender.

Can’t wait for the fun to begin!

Piedras Blancas Cowl

Download Piedras Blancas Cowl on Ravelry.

50% off all WayfaringYarns Designs on Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!)

This summer I had the pleasure of traveling with my two oldest children to Cambria, a quaint little town on California’s central coast.

Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, California
Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, California

After a fabulous lunch, I just had to stop at the yarn store in town.

Beautiful yarn!
Beautiful yarn!

Ball & Skein & More carries items from over 90 different vendors, so it took me…we’ll just say more than a few minutes to decide on my purchase.

Piedras Blancas Cowl in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box
Piedras Blancas Cowl in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box

Two gorgeous skeins of Mrs. Crosby Hat Box was the winner!

I couldn’t wait to get home and get busy with this beautiful, luxury yarn.  75% Merino, 15% silk and 10% cashmere = pure heaven!

I named this cowl after Piedras Blancas Beach, a lovely state beach just north of Cambria.  The textured lace pattern is reminiscent of the white stone beach and gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean.

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The long version of the cowl is shown on the model, but the pattern also includes a shorter version which only uses 400 yards of sport weight yarn.

Happy Knitting!

Vixen Sweater

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Download the Vixen Sweater from Ravelry.  It’s FREE for 24 hours!

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) for the very first time.  I saw lots of lovely knitters in gorgeous sweaters.

At the Buffalo Wool Company booth
At the Buffalo Wool Company booth
Gorgeous shawls
Beautiful shawls
I love these sweaters
I love these sweaters
Fabulous cable details
Fabulous cable details

And the weather was perfect!

I’m happy to announce the release of my first sweater pattern this season, the Vixen Sweater.

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This mock turtleneck is named after the Vixen Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. The geyser is named because of it’s temperamental, feisty nature, like a fox!

In the Vixen Sweater pattern, Rowan Felted Tweed DK is paired with Rowan Kidsilk Haze which adds a touch of cozy glamour to the sporty stripes of this simple, relaxed, top town raglan sweater.

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Because there’s no waist shaping, it’s easy to adjust this pattern to your own preferences.  Lengthen or shorten the neck, add or subtract length by using more or less stripes.

You’ll want to make sure you end with a stretch bind-off for the hem.  Here’s a video tutorial for the Russian bind-off.

 

Grand MacAlpine Stole

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Download the pattern from Ravelry.

My preoccupation with Scotland and all things Scottish continues with my new pattern, Grand MacAlpine Stole.  I am a proud descendant of the Clan MacAlpine and used the clan tartan as an inspiration for the design.  Worked with two strands of Rowan Yarns Kidsilk Haze held together, this project is great for someone who’s looking to learn or improve their intarsia skills.

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I also did a little digging and found out some cool history on the MacAlpines.

There is an old Gaelic saying: Cnuic `is uillt `is Ailpeinich which translates to  Hills and streams and MacAlpine.  In other words, the MacAlpines were created alongside the hills and streams of Scotland.

Tradition claims MacAlpine as the oldest and most purely Celtic of the Highland Clans.  You can read more about the Clan MacAlpine here.

Pattern Helps:

Need help with intarsia?  Here’s a great tutorial for beginners and those who need a little refresher. https://blog.tincanknits.com/2013/01/29/intarsia/

Here’s a link for single crochet instructions http://www.crochetguru.com/single-crochet-stitch.html

And last but not least, instructions for the Russian stretchy bind-off http://newstitchaday.com/russian-bind-off-knitting/

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I think it’s time for me to go to Scotland!

Caribou Wildflower Cowl

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Download this pattern from Ravelry here.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest spans over 2.63 million acres, much of which is a part of the Greater Yellowstone Eco System in Idaho and Wyoming.  A small part of this forest, the Jedediah Smith Wilderness is less than five miles from my home in Alta, Wyoming.  All summer, the wilderness area rewards our months of snow and cold with a stunning abundance of mountain wildflowers.

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This fair isle, fashioned in a tube then grafted together to form a circle, is made for winter.  I really enjoyed working with Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca.  The luxurious warmth and silky softness of this fiber is heaven to knit!  It’s perfect to wear on those cold days when you’re dreaming of summer and mountain wildflowers.

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If you’re feeling a little intimidated by grafting the tube using kitchener in the round, here’s a great video to get you through it and weave in the ends as well!

Fall Sweater Challenge Prizes

I’m thrilled to be a sponsor in this year’s Fall Sweater Challenge, where everyone who finishes gets a one-of-a-kind hand knit/crocheted garment.

Teton Village Sweater
Teton Village Sweater – It’s a quick knit and the pattern is  FREE!

It’s so easy to play along, simply sign up here and post your progress with specific hashtags on Instagram, Facebook or in the Fall Sweater Challenge Ravelry Group.  You don’t even have to start a new sweater, any work-in-progress will do!

The challenge culminates October 14th & 15 with the start of the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York, but you don’t have to be there to win.

There will be lots of fabulous prizes from companies such as The Buffalo Wool Company, Koigu, Jimmy Beans Wool and amazing designers including Marly Bird, Le Tissier Designs, and East End Design Co.  This year I will be offering five of my knitting patterns as prizes:

Dreaming of Edinburgh fingerless mitts
Palisades Lace Cowl
Palisades Lace Cowl
Sedona Lace Scarf
Sedona Lace Scarf
Caribou Wildflower Cowl
Caribou Wildflower Cowl
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts

It’s not too late to join in the fun!

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