Helena

Helena

Knitting for babies is always a wonderful thing! They could always use items knit and crocheted with love. I also feel that it’s a great way to test the waters with garment knitting without taking on a huge project that requires over a 1000 yards of yarn and hours of construction, and seaming.

Helena by Alison Green is a free pattern from knitty.com. The sizes range from 3 months to 4 years and requires 405-675 yards of DK weight yarn. This sweater is knit from top down with raglan construction. It has a lovely but easy lace pattern on the “skirt” of the sweater. For advanced beginners to intermediate knitters, this pattern is quick knit that can be replicated for children of different ages!

For the newer knitters, it gives a chance to practice the backwards loop cast on method, a.k.a “the single cast on”, which Lion Brand provides a great video tutorial on YouTube and written instructions are provided on the knitty’s website with pictures to go along.

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Rhonda knit Helena using Filatura Di Crosa Zara, a superwash merino DK weight yarn, in Light Yellow. Zara is a classic staple yarn, which comes in a vast variety of colors, and is perfect to use for this sweater and any baby item really, as it is machine washable, a plus when making something for babies, which can be adorably messy.

Tie closures were used in the original pattern, which were modified in the finished sweater at The Yarn Attic. Rhonda instead used I-cords as ties in place of the garter stitch ties. Buttons can be used in place of the ties, if preferred.

Other superwash DK weight yarns that can be used in place of Filatura Di Crosa Zara could be:

Tosh Merino DK a single plied, hand dyed yarn that has more depth and tone and it’s so squishy soft!

Ella Rae Cozy Soft Yarn a machine washable acrylic wool blend that stands up to the challenge of being baby friendly yet still incredibly soft and comfortable against the skin. It is available in solids and prints, a tonal version of Cozy soft.

Ultra Pima Paints by Cascade Yarns is also a great option that comes in variegated colors. It is 100% hand painted, easy to care for, Pima Cotton. Machine washable and can be tumble dried!

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo is a great choice to make this sweater a bit lighter since it is 80% Bamboo Viscose, 20% Wool. It is also machine washable!

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Follow us on Instagram @theyarnattic. Hashtag your finished projects and WIPs #theyarnattic #WIPwednesday #FinishedObjectFriday! We love to see what you’re up to!

Happy Knitting!

The Color Affection Shawl

The Color Affection Shawl

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We are absolutely in love with the Color Affection Shawl by Veera Välimäki. In fact, we love it so much that we held a class here at our LYS and the results were pretty great.

Here are some of our FO’s from Rhonda and our customers…

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 Even the WIP is gorgeous to look at!

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The pattern is for beginner/advanced beginner knitters who want to try their hands at shawl knitting. You can make it with either lace, fingering, or sock weight yarn, on circular needles. It’s a great way to practice color changes, increases, short rows, but done in an effortless garter stitch.

The garter stitch is simple but allows the colors and stripes to shine through without too much distraction!

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We’re excited for you guys to start on your very own Color Affection Shawl!

Wondering what colors or yarn would make for a beautiful shawl?

Fear not! We have some suggestions to make!

Claudia Handpainted Yarn 

Baah Yarn La Jolla

Malabrigo Sock 

Madelinetosh Merino Light

Dream In Color Smooshy with Cashmere

So go ahead and get started on this pretty little shawl! If you need help picking out colors, let us know and we can point you in the right direction!

Show us your progress on instagram #theyarnattic @theyarnattic.

We love to see your WIPs and FOs.

Happy Knitting!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everybody! Today marks the 45th anniversary of the modern environmental movement for a healthy sustainable Earth! It’s a day where we take time to admire, appreciate and help our Earth be a better place for us and our little ones.

It is a celebration of our Earth but should also serve as a day to help each other find ways to make our homes, locally or on a global level, be cleaner.  Today reminds us to be more conscious of our actions and the impact they have on Earth.

What does knitting and crocheting have to do with Earth Day?

Eco friendly knitting and crocheting projects!!!

In celebration of Earth Day, here at the Yarn Attic, we have compiled some great patterns and awesome yarns to make environmentally friendly reusable products, that in turn will help decrease waste.

Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic is DK weight yarn of 100% mercerized cotton, that has a beautiful variety of colors.

Rowan All Season Cotton is a worsted weight yarn cotton and acrylic been, perfect for reusable bags!

Rowan Pure Linen is a dk/sport weight 100% pure linen yarn, capable of wonders!

Ty-Dy by Knit One Crochet Too is a rainbow  ball of worsted weight, 100% cotton yarn. It is an awesome choice for market bags, (as well soft transitional garments, summer scarves!)

One of my favorites is Big Ribbon by Katia Yarns, a cotton/polyester blend, in super bulky weight! Great for market bags, and even rugs!

The icky truth about plastic bags…

A major problem, according to marine biologists and scientists, is the accumulation of plastic bags in the oceans and local water ways. Fish and other sea life have been harmed in so many ways, getting caught in the plastic bags.

Why not make a bag?

They not only make great gifts, and really, how many bags can one really have? (The answer is, you can never have enough.)

Here is a round up of great bag patterns

Bringing wine to the party? Why not tote it around in nylon mesh wine bag?

This pattern by Lisette Ariola is available on Ravelry for free!

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Gearbox Bag  by Kate Jackson

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And here is a free knit market bag pattern available by Sugar n Cream on Ravelry as well!

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Oh and one for the little ones who want to join mom and dad at the supermarket!

This pattern designed by Heather Blum is a free Ravlery download

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Other eco friendly projects include:

Reusable cotton face pads! The lovely team at What You Sow, have a free pattern on their website that will replace disposable cotton pads in your home!

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Replace paper a few paper party products with some cute crochet or knit banners or even better some yarn bombing!

Crochet Flag Garland by Maria Bakhvalora

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If you’re local to the Hillsborough, NJ area, The Yarn Attic is hosting a 2 day “Learn to Knit or Crochet The Market Bag” Workshop in May on Sunday 5/3/15 and 5/17/15 at our local yarn shop if you are interested in making these eco friendly beauties for you or a friend!  Register online here.

For more information on Earth Day 2015 and ways to participate visit www.earthday.org.

As always,

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Hairpin Lace Braided Infinity Cowl

Hairpin Lace Braided Infinity Cowl

hairpin lace cowlHere at The Yarn Attic local yarn store we are currently displaying The Hairpin Lace Braided Infinity Cowl.

For this project, you will need a hairpin lace loom, which is available at our local yarn store, 350 to 400 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn, and a crochet hook size H (5mm).

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Rhonda used 3 skeins of Noro Koromo Organic Cotton Aran weight yarn, which is a blend of organic cotton, silk, and wool in colorway 2, and a size G (4mm) crochet hook to complete the project. This is a free pattern designed by Brittany, the founder of B.hooked Crochet. The pattern does not require much experience with hairpin lace, but a little bit of experience crocheting, and by that I mean, knowing how to do a single crochet (sc). Brittany includes photos and a great video tutorial on her website.

The braided details on this cowl are so pretty, that this can be tailored to whatever worsted/Aran weight yarn of your liking, whether it’s tonal, variegated, hand painted, semi solid, or solid yarns. They would all look great!

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Happy Hooking!

Unicorn Tails!

Unicorn Tails!

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It feels like winter is never going to end! This has been one of the coldest winters in New Jersey and even as I blog now, I’m hearing meteorologists talk about yet another snowstorm on the way! I can’t pretend I’m not a little excited about staying in and knitting!

Here at the Yarn Attic we are currently working on a few projects using Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails. We are all about these little guys!

image_medium2 (1)There are just so many possibilities!!! These little babies come in 52 yard “mini skeins”of Tosh Merino Light yarn. Unicorn Tails are a single ply, 100% superwash merino wool, that come in an assortment of colors, ranging from neutral colors like Silver Fox and Antique Lace, to neon, eye-candy colors like Edison Bulb, Neon Peach, and Pop Rocks. The bursts of color are so refreshing and reminiscent of springy florals and summertime festivals and carnivals. They take us away from this snowy, cold weather!!

 

Rhonda has made these beautiful knit necklaces in the colors Mandala, Coquette, Pop Rocks, Flashdance, Worm Denim, and Fathom with Kirsten Johnstone’s sev[en] circle pattern available on Ravelry. 

She also made these gorgeous Purl Bee Colorblock Hand Warmers using fathom, Coquette, Charcoal, Mandala, and Big Sur.

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Aaaaand is currently working on this pretty Unicorn Stripes scarf by Antonia Shankland that is available in the Madelinetosh Ravelry store.

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Finished product should look something like this…

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What will you guys be making with Unicorn Tails?

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @theyarnattic, tag us in your current and finished projects #theyarnattic. We would love to see what you’re making!

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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Moonraker Knitted Shawl

Moonraker Knitted Shawl

I recently finished this gorgeous Moonraker Knitted Shawl using a pattern by Melanie Berg. This project uses a beautiful Rowan Fingering Weight yarn that is a blend of fine merino wool, royal alpaca and cashmere. It took be about 30 hours to finish this project and is a fun colorful knit.  

This asymmetrical shawl incorporates a knitted broomstick and garter stitch. The skill level to knit this would be intermediate though once you get the hang of the broomstick stitch it becomes much simpler.

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I was considering adding on an 8th block: Colors C,C,C,A (same as 6th block). I wanted the overall design to have an odd number of blocks on each side of the color change. By adding this 8th block and following set pattern, I would have 213 stitches before bind off. I planned to increase last working of Sec 1 in color B from 9x to 15x. Therefore, I would have ended up with 219 stitches before bindoff. Instead, I stuck with the 7 blocks as originally designed. However, I completed 15, instead of 9, repeats of Section 1 (rows 1 and 2). Therefore, I had 195 stitches before bindoff.

Despite being asymmetrical this shawl measures over 6 feet in width and give ample coverage. It can be adapted to suit any color scheme and length making it a wonderful knit for the fall and winter seasons.

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The cashmere in the yarn give it great stitch definition and lends a wonderful drapability to the shawl. The colors in the yarn blend beautifully. When knitted this yarn is extremely soft and light yet warm, perfect for fall and winter weather projects.

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This shawl is perfect for a cool fall evening and we are looking forward to featuring it in our LYS. Come stop by to see (and feel) it yourself!

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