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

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Shibui Staccato, a beautiful merino and silk blend

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20

Happy Knitting!

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!

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!

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!!!

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!

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