Aisling

Aisling

We are absolutely in love with Aisling by Justyna Lorkowska of Lete’s Knits.

Aisling (pronounced Ashlyn) is a gorgeous two color shawl knit primarily in Stockinette stitch, with eyelets and features a lovely lace and cable border. Its shape is a wide crescent with five alternating repeats of wide eyelet pattern in the main color and a garter stitch pattern in the contrast color.

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Once the body of the shawl is knit, a “knitted cast-on” is done to begin the bottom cabled border. The bottom border pattern joins to the main body of the shawl on every right side row creating a lovely horizontal braid in the contrast color between the body and bottom border. Using a ssk (slip, slip, knit) at the end of each right side row creates the braid. A lovely picot edging completed the elegant bottom border.

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Gauge is not critical for this project, but good blocking is recommended to truly make the bottom border come to life.

Rhonda used Baah Yarn La Jolla in Rosemary for the body and Masala for contrast and the bottom border. La Jolla is comes in 100 gram, 400 yard skeins of 4ply fingering yarn. It is 100% Superwash Merino Wool and machine washable.

Aisling can also be done with one color and look just as spectacular. You will need about 875 yards to complete the shawl.

aisling4If you would prefer the shawl to have a smaller wingspan you may adjust the size by knitting only four repeats of the main body, then proceed to the bottom border. However, when the wingspan is reduced so is the finished depth of the shawl.

We suggest using any fingering weight yarn with good stitch definition and drapiness for this project.

Here are some of our favorites here at The Yarn Attic:

Baah Yarn La Jolla 

Dream In Color Smooshy with Cashmere

Madelinetosh Sock 

Madelinetosh Merino Light 

Malabrigo Finito

Malabrigo Mora, 100% mulberry silk

Malabrigo Sock

Shibui Staccato, a beautiful merino and silk blend

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20

Happy Knitting!

Naushon Scarf

Naushon Scarf

The Naushon Scarf!! 

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The Naushon scarf is a gorgeous pattern that has two options, a scarf and a wrap, that will look lovely well into cool summer nights. It’s the perfect warm weather accessory. We just might have to make a few of these….

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Rhonda made scarf version, which is being shown at the Yarn Attic local yarn store. She used size 7 knitting needles and three balls of Classic Elite’s Santorini yarn in 2114 Dancing Shadows.

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Santorini is a variegated worsted weight yarn that is a blend of 58% viscose and 42% cotton, that gives it this wonderful light, soft and stretchy feel that allows knits to drape beautifully.

The scarf measures approximately 8″ wide and 55 1/2″ long and wrap measures approximately 19″ wide and 68″ long. The pattern is an easy knit, consisting of garter stitches, yarn overs, and drop stitches. The combination gives the scarf/wrap bands of lacy drops that showcase Santorini’s striping color changes.

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The pattern was designed by Tonia Barry, in house designer for Classic Elite Yarns. You can see her work and pattern store on her Ravelry website. It is featured in Along the Shore by Classic Elite bundle/pamphlet on their Ravelry’s store, or you can also purchase the pattern alone here.

This is the scarf version.

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And here is the wrap version

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Fancy making one that doesn’t have variegated color changes? You can always use Classic Elite Yarn’s Sanibel ribbon yarn, also a worsted weight tonal yarn, which is also made of 58% viscose, 42% cotton. The pattern is lovely enough to stand out with the subtle tonal color of this yarn. Sanibel offers a nice selection, with great spring and summer time colors like, maize, french lavender, limeade, deep teal and Mexican pink!

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As always, join our Ravelry group and show us pictures of your projects or tag us on instagram @theyarnattic #naushonscarf.

We love seeing your work!

Happy Knitting!

“Mother of All Dragons”

“Mother of All Dragons”

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WINTER IS COMING!!!! Well technically it’s leaving the good ol’ garden state, BUT…it’s on it’s way to Westeros!!! And I am soooo excited to announce our “Mother of All Dragons” Along!!! Sign up on our Ravelry page no later than April 19, 2015 for contest prizes!!!! Game of Thrones and Crafting for prizes?! YES!!! Finished projects must be posted up no later than May 31, 2015 and prize drawings will be done by June 5, 2015.

The beauty of this craft along is that you can knit, crochet, weave, felt, etc. garments, accessories, softies! Get creative! The fun twist is..

At least ONE of the following MUST be met for your
•Your PATTERN NAME OR OFFICIAL YARN COLOR must has at least ONE of the following words:
-“dragon”
-“game”
-“thrones”
-“king”
-“queen”
-“iron”
-“onion”
-“summer”
-“winter”
-“song”
-“fire”
-“ice”
-“narrow”
-“sea”
-“sword”
-“crow”
-“knight”
-“snow”
-“wall”
-“watch”
-“eyrie or erie”
-“squire”
-“crow”
-“maester”
-“poppy”
-“raven”
-“seven”
-“wall”
-“warg”
-“walker”
-“ser” or “sir”
-“kingdom”
-“rock”

OR

•Your PATTERN NAME OR YARN COLOR HAS ONE the character names or nicknames: (designer’s pattern name or manufacture’s color name)
-Ned, John, Cat, Cersei, Tully, Jorah, Arya, Tarth, Bran, Greyjoy, Robb, Tyrion, Sansa, Tommen, Daenerys, Jaime, Bolton, Drogo (miss you) … to name only a very few. You are limited only by your imagination…and depth of research

For rules and more details on our “Mother of All Dragons” Along are on our ravelry group page!

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If you miss out on the Ravelry contest deadlines, no worries! Tag @theyarnattic #tyadragonalong on instagram!! Follow along!! We would love to see what everyone is working on!!

While you’re waiting for season 5 to start and to cast on your projects, watch the trailers here.

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Happy Crafting!!!

Coloured Diamonds Cowl

Coloured Diamonds Cowl

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“Every hand made item carries a bit of the makers soul. I think everyone should have something handmade from someone who loves them.”-Audrey Kerchner

I always love reading about pattern designers and who they are and why they knit and design. It truly is inspiring and encouraging to start or continue creating hand made works of art!!

Rhonda has just finished this wonderful Coloured Diamonds Cowl designed by Audrey Kerchner. The pattern is available through Audrey’s Ravelry store here.

I would rate this pattern of beginner difficulty and is ideal for beginning knitters who want to venture into color work, without getting into fair isle or color stranding just yet. It requires basic knitting knowledge, and the slip stitch and basic color changes are practiced. This piece is also knit flat and seamed together.

Rhonda used two skeins of Classic Alpaca’s Baby Alpaca DK in Oregon Brown Timber and two skeins of Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool in Firestreak with size 8 needles.

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The finished product is being featured at our local yarn store. Come by and have a look and feel the super soft baby alpaca in action!

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We are happy campers with this real gem!

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If you guys decide to cast on the gorgeous cowl, let us see it! Post it on our Facebook page or post your projects on instagram tag us @theyarnattic #theyarnattic #coloureddiamondcowl

And as always… Happy knitting and crocheting!!!

Saturn’s Rings

Saturn’s Rings

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As winter approaches temperature cools, the night sky becomes clearer, the stars and planets begin to emerge. For centuries the stars have been a constant and familiar friend in the dark of night. My feelings towards the night sky can often be summed up with this quote by the English Poet Sarah Williams:

Though my soul may set in darkness,

it will rise in perfect light.

I have loved the stars too fondly

To be fearful of the night.

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Saturn’s Rings is a fun and gorgeous project by the designer Cheri Owen. I used Frolicking Feet Transitions Color-Block Yarn in Pumpkin Botanical to achieve the beautiful tonal center surrounded by variegated “rings”. This project took about 15 hours to complete and was of an intermediate difficulty.

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This pattern was designed by the talented Cheri Owen (VeryBusyMonkey), who is a professor by day and knitwear designer by night. She has so many beautiful patterns it’s hard to choose just one! This Saturn’s Rings Shawl is part of her VBM Shawl Collection 5 – Astronomy which features shawls inspired by various astrological bodies. For this project we suggest using fingering weight yarn. This pattern also lends itself very well to color blocked, gradient or highly variegated yarns. The “elongated twist” stitch in the pattern need to be done very carefully but becomes much simpler as the pattern goes on and you get use to it. When done correctly the “twist effect”, along with the change of texture, from ring, to ring create a stunning FO. I added additional rings to use up all my yarn. How could I waste any of the Frolicking Feet Transitions? It’s way too gorgeous to waste!

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I added in a beaded picot bind-off along the bottom edge for two reasons. First, I wanted to use up all the yarn I had and experience every inch of the color blocks. Second, I want to help marry the colors in the yarn, so I selected a square 6/0 silver-lined rainbow root beer bead to help do so. It worked out fabulously and added a little pizazz to the pattern for a great finished edge!

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The Frolicking Feet Transition yarn is a wonderful pull from the center yarn that included four different color that merge and blend themselves together beautifully. It is the perfect yarn for when you want different colors but don’t want to buy four different colored yarns

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Autumn Tango

Autumn Tango

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As with many people I love the fall and everything about it. Large comfy sweaters come back in vogue, apple picking with the family, and, of course, the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes are just a few of the many reasons that the fall season has a special hold on many of our hearts. But to often I find this season too fleeting, it never can come soon enough and to often yields to the winter too easily. But with this beautiful pattern by Diana Rozenshteyn I’ve found a way to hold on autumn for just a little while longer.

This beautiful scarf was made with a mixture of two lovely Shibui Yarn; Pebble and Linen in the colors: Poppy and Scale respectively. These two colors blended together perfectly to create a lovely color that will be reminiscent of the fall foliage even long after it is gone. This project took about 30 hours to complete and I would rate it at about an intermediate level. The techniques that were utilized are provisional cast-on, twisted stitches (modified cable), and row counting.

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The Yarn Attic featured this lovely patter for our September KAL.

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This beautiful scarf pattern features leafy side borders and mitered bottom leaf edges. The pattern is available in both written and chart form. I recommend a DK to worsted weight yarn for this pattern. When knitting this piece I decided to mix together two Shibui Yarns for a greater depth of color. When mixing together various Shibui Yarns it is called “Shibui Mix”. Mixing together different yarn weights and fibers is a lot of fun to play with and can lead to beautiful, and surprising FO’s.

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