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Tuesday June 20, 2017

Relaxed Summer Cotton Knitalong

Hello friends! I'm thinking about kicking off a super relaxed cotton knitalong for July and would love to know what you think and if you'd be up for joining. This is how it would work - it would be based around the yarn rather than a specific pattern. 

* You pick a Wildflower or Wildflower Drifter pattern detailed below and buy the cotton Wildflower yarn for it or use yarn you already own.

* The yarn cost will be 10% off and you'll get the pattern and shipping for free. We are out of stock of most of our Wildflower yarns, so they'd ship out around July 6th, right after the 4th which is right when we'll kick things off. There'd be a short window to order them and be able to participate.

* I'll do blog posts with tips and tricks for knitting with this yarn but no in depth videos this time around. Perhaps a fun intro video!

* I'll be available for help around the clock as will Cheryl our in house knitting guru, this will be great especially if you have any fit/customization questions.

* The knitalong will last about 3 weeks, I'll set a rough schedule to keep us all on track and then we'll share at the end! Some of these are very quick to knit so chances are you may finish within a week :)

Let me know if this is something you think you might be interested and I'll get cracking on making it happen! Here are all the pattern options. 

Some sweater options, starting at the top left corner and going around clockwise: the oracle cardi, the sunshine daydream cardi, the soak up the sun tank, the dreamy fields sweater.

And here are a few accessory ideas too.

These patterns are: Sailor Necklaces, Breezy Does It Cowl, Market Bag, Shades of Summer Shawl.

Really, any pattern in our cotton Wildflower or Wildflower Drifter yarn is fair game. To peruse them all see links below:

* Wildflower Patterns

* Wildflower Drifter Patterns

Would love to hear your feedback!

XOXO ~ Amy

 

Thursday June 01, 2017

The Oracle Cardi

posted by: Amy Small in sweaters & tops patterns, wildflower

I have been dying to release this cardi pattern for quite some time. It's based on an ancient cardi I bought from Zara years ago that our pattern designer Cheryl Kubat masterfully turned into a knitting pattern. It has a better fit than the original and of course, is knit in much nicer yarn, hah! This design works beautifully in our Wildflower cotton yarn. The printed fabric yarn adds an unexpected element. It looks a little bit ethnic in this color I think, perhaps because it is an authentic India print. This design is also an easy to wear unstructured open cardigan meant to be thrown over your favorite T, sundress or even swimsuit. It’s not difficult to knit and incorporates short row shaping of the shoulders and a built in shawl type collar. It knits up in our cotton fabric Wildflower yarn, color Goldenrod shown here. Pattern details here. I have very little Wildflower yarn left, so scoop it up quickly if you're thinking about it :)

Knit Collage Oracle Cardigan Knitting pattern wildflower cotton yarn

Knit Collage Oracle Cardigan Knitting pattern wildflower cotton yarn

Knit Collage Oracle Cardigan Knitting pattern wildflower cotton yarn

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Knitalong week 3 ~ Rustic Handspun poncho

posted by: Amy Small in cast away, sister yarn, sweaters & tops patterns

Here we are! Already on week 3 and I'm almost finished with my poncho. How about you? I hope you've been having fun knitting along with me. I truly cannot wait to see all of these finished pieces! If you're following along with us than hopefully you've reached the stripe portion of your poncho. If not, no worries, whenever you finish, we can't wait to see! 

 

Follow along in the below video to get an overview of how the stripes knit up.

A few things to keep in mind first:

* You will have 4 Cast Away stripes plus the cast off edge is knit in Cast Away, this will look like 5 Cast Away stripes in total when you're all finished. 

* The number of rows per Cast Away stripe varies throughout the pattern - be sure to follow the written pattern for exact details.  Here's a quick overview- your 1st Cast Away stripe will be 3 rows, the 2nd: 2 rows, the 3rd: 3 rows, the 4th: 2 rows and the final stripe 1 row and then the cast off row. 

* We mix in purl rows to create more texture in your poncho - see video for a detail of what this looks like. 

* The Sister yarn portion of your stripe will always be knit in simple stockinette knit stitches - 4 rows total for each Sister yarn section.

 

Start knitting your Cast Away Stripes

Simply start knitting with the Cast Away yarn. There is no need to knit to cut the Sister yarn until the last Sister yarn row. When it comes time to knit with Sister yarn again, simply start knitting. This will create a little yarn float on the backside of your knitting (see video for reference). As long as you don't pull that stitch too tightly your knitted fabric should not pucker.  I prefer doing this as opposed to cutting the yarn for each stripe and then weaving in a bunch of ends.

This week, try to get through your stripes. Next week we'll be casting off and showing off our finished ponchos- yay! Right in time for Thanksgiving :)

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