New store sample: Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla

The Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla is a beautiful, graphic cowl with a botanical feel.  We used Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK for our store sample and love the soft yet structured hand of the finished fabric. The pattern is well-written and easy to follow and watching the gorgeous motifs develop quickly on the needles while you knit provides lovely motivation. We think these colours are vibrant and festive but the Pine Bough Cowl is a classic addition to your winter wardrobe in any colour!

Click here for additional photos and project details on Ravelry!

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK

–  Melissa

 

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New store sample: Icon by Shellie Anderson

Icon by Shellie Anderson is a stunning, high-fashion accessory perfectly in line with what we’ve come to expect of patterns from the Shibui Knits yarn company. Graphic and modern, the wrap is worked flat and uses short rows to create the striking wedges of colour.  We opted for a slightly looser gauge, and did short rows every five stitches instead of six, for a finished object that is a little wider and longer than the original. Knit with Shibui’s new Birch yarn, this wrap is not only stylish – it’s warm and heavenly soft! And it’s no wonder, Birch is spun in a single ply of extra fine merino with a micron count approaching cashmere’s!

Click here for additional photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

SHOP Shibui Birch in our webstore.

The ICON pattern is free with yarn purchase so, if you order Birch yarn online, be sure to note that you would like us to include it 🙂

– Melissa

New store sample: Lil’ Rosebud Dress / Tunic by OGE Knitwear Designs

We have another new store sample for you this week! How sweet is the Lil’ Rosebud Dress / Tunic by OGE Knitwear Designs knit up with Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK in the Rose Grey colourway? This a well-written pattern with round-by-round instructions and very simple construction. The yoke section is easy to memorize, but be sure to read carefully when moving to the body section as the rate of increase changes ;-). The Purewash DK is a dream to knit with – so soft and with great stitch definition. This organic, machine-washable merino is a perfect choice for kids knits! Note that the 12-month size left us with quite a bit left of the second skein – enough for a matching hat, bonnet, or even little legwarmers.

Click here to view additional photos and details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Purewash DK in our webstore.

New store sample: Veronika by Shannon Cook

We’ve been itching to knit the Veronika up as a store sample since designer Shannon Cook first launched the pattern on Ravelry last July.  It just has so much going for it!  It’s cozy, casual, and stylish with rustic flare. We opted to knit ours with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and couldn’t be happier with this marriage of yarn and pattern. Veronika is a great choice if you’re looking for simple knitting – just ribbing followed by knit and purl rows. The back section is large, but once it’s done, you are so close to being finished. The pattern is very clear, with links to tutorials for techniques such as seaming and cable cast on. And, worked at this gauge, Shelter really shines – it softens up and blooms beautifully after blocking!

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in our webstore!

New store sample: Entwine Scarf by Jane Richmond

A gorgeous pattern from designer Jane Richmond, Entwine is a breeze to knit and makes for a quick, fun, and satisfying project. Although casual in style, the scale of the yarn and stitch pattern lend dramatic flare and make it a high-impact addition to any winter accessory wardrobe! Knit with just two skeins of Cascade Magnum.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry project page!

SHOP Cascade Magnum in our webstore.

–  Melissa

New store sample: Cullum by Isabell Kraemer

This isn’t actually a “new” store sample – it’s been in the shop for at least a month now – but it’s finally making its way on to the blog today!

Cullum, by Isabell Kraemer, is a beautiful pattern knit with Quince & Co’s soft and supple Sparrow linen yarn.  It’s the second project we’ve knit up from Quince’s gorgeous Linen Noir collection released in the Spring (the first was Deschain) and we love how this one turned out as well. Worked seamlessly from the top-down, the pattern incorporates short rows at the neck for shaping and just enough lacy detail to add interest to this otherwise simple, breezy top. An easy-knitting pleasure from beginning to end.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Sparrow yarn in our webstore.

 – Melissa

Re-stocked: Meadow and Acadia from The Fibre Company!

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Meadow, from the Fibre Company, is a delightful blend of four luxurious fibers which are spun together and kettle dyed. The merino, baby llama, silk, and linen fibers all take dyes to varying degrees resulting in a unique blend that is beautifully heathered with gorgeous colour depth.  The individual qualities of drape, softness, sheen, and crisp stitch definition brought by the different fibers makes this a “must-try” yarn for shawls, scarves, and lightweight garments! Each 100g skein is 549 m making just one enough for most accessory projects.

PROJECT INSPIRATION

TWINLEAF by Grace Anna Farrow

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Twinleaf is a stunning wrap by Grace Anna Farrow that Lisa made even larger (see mods on Ravelry) for maximum comfort and versatility! Minimalist in design, this design uses short row contrast colour stripes and an asymmetrical shape to create a modern and functional piece with dramatic effect.

Click here to see additional photos and project details (including modifications) on our Ravelry project page.

(You may have noticed Lisa was wearing this wrap in some of our TNNA pictures!)

SHOP Meadow in our webstore!


ACADIA

Acadia from The Fibre Company is an absolutely beautiful, completely original, and custom designed 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed in the duotones The Fibre Company is known for, creating incredible depth of color.

60% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk
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3.75 – 4 mm (US 5-6)

PROJECT INSPIRATION

LIZZIE by Julie Weisenberger

I recently knit Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) Lizzie cardigan in Acadia and love the light, comfortable, super-soft feel of the knitted fabric. A dream to knit and wear…

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

We did the Lopapeysa Isadora as a store sample to show how beautiful Acadia feels knit up and to demonstrate its suitability for colour work projects. This sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up is practical and stylish for all the little ones!

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Acadia in our webstore!


–  Melissa

Finished objects: One for me and one for the store – Lizzie and BlueSand Cardigan

After years of knitting store samples almost exclusively, Lisa and I have been knitting a few things for ourselves lately so, while BlueSand is a brand-spanking new cardigan now living in the shop, Lizzie has happily taken up residence in my own closet.  Complete details for both projects have now been added to our Ravelry project page. 🙂


Lizzie by Julie Weisenberg / Cocoknits

As many of you will know, Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – landed in store a couple of months ago and we were immediately smitten by the beautiful tailored, seamless, top-down sweater designs found within its pages.  Employing the Cocoknits Method, a system of tracking knitting progress in an easy to follow chart, each pattern features styling techniques that enhance the overall fit and customizability of the garment.

I decided to cast on the Lizzie pattern first and chose The Fibre Company’s luscious Acadia (a merino, alpaca, and silk blend) to allow this to function as a transitional spring to summer garment. Although I’ve knit several Cocoknits patterns before, there were several new-to-me techniques employed in shaping the neck, yoke, and shoulders involved here that were so interesting – like putting together a puzzle. I loved the learning process and am absolutely thrilled with the look those techniques gave the top of this sweater. More than that, the fit and the way this cardigan sits perfectly only my shoulders without slipping or shifting has made me a convert to this style of sweater construction!

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Acadia yarn in our webstore.


BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie

The BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie has long been a pattern we thought would make a great store sample and, early this spring, we finally settled on the yarn and palette we wanted to use. Our Sasha knit this up for us in a flash and we couldn’t be happier with the result! Knit with ARTFIL Mericana DK, a 100% superwash 4-ply merino, the fabric of this sweater is soft and smooth but strong, springy, and pill-resistant.  ARTFIL yarns are “spray-painted” in an eco-friendly manner and the process of building up the dye in layers allows for the creation of  deep saturated colourways that are so beautiful knit up.  The pattern itself is easy to follow and there are so many unique details included in the process – texture, stripes, i-cord, etc. – that the knitting of this sweater never gets boring.

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Artfil Mericana in our webstore.

–  Melissa

New store sample: Hauser Bag by Donna Yacino

Hauser by Donna Yacino is  an easy and fun summer tote project!  We used Juniper Moon Farm Zooey for our version and the slight thick and thin nature of this yarn adds great texture to the final fabric. The screw-in leather Forager handles from JUL Designs really make the bag and are so practical – simply take them off when you want to wash the bag or move them to another project as needed!

Hauser would also be beautiful made with Hemp for Knitting allHemp6LUX which has a beautiful sheen to it!

Click here to see additional project details on our Ravelry page!

SHOP Zooey.
SHOP allhemp6LUX.

 

For the love of linen: Summer store sample round-up!

Lisa and I have been talking a lot about summer knitting over the last weeks and are looking forward to showing you more of what we have in store in an upcoming podcast.  In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a quick reference here for a few of our favourites knit up with linen or linen-blend yarns (there are many more samples in store!).  Underneath the pictures you’ll see a numbered list with links to each of the project pages on Ravelry where you can find links to the patterns and details about the yarns used, etc. While we don’t still carry all of the yarns indicated, we can certainly recommend many perfect substitutes.

There are so many beautiful things to knit for warmer weather – just switch up your fibers and continue enjoying your favourite hobby through the spring and summer!

Note:  All of the samples shown are available for viewing in-store.

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–  Melissa

  1. On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
  2. L.1 by Antonia Shankland
  3. Slope by Shellie Anderson
  4. Westbourne by Isabell Kraemer
  5. Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein
  6. Ship to Shore by Katie Rempe
  7. Tier by Shellie Anderson
  8. Davis by Pam Allen
  9. Wrapped in Lino by Espace Tricot
  10. Vested Interest by Jamie Thomas
  11. Gemini by Jane Richmond
  12. Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White
  13. Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen
  14. Aise by Espace Tricot
  15. Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
  16. Summer Fling by Espace Tricot
  17. Sweet Pleat by Hanna Fettig

 

New store sample: Scarfy Thing

The Scarfy Thing is quite possibly one of the most fun projects you’ll knit this year! This recipe by Beata Jezek gives enough detail to get you started and keep you on track yet offers enough flexibility to add your own stamp.  Lisa used Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colourways for pops of colour throughout. She finished the whole thing with a deeper speckled neutral for the i-cord edge.  The scarf can be made as long or as wide as you wish, simply study the structure before you begin to understand which sections will define your width and length.  And, note, this is a great stash-busting project. No need to purchase 7 new skeins (unless you want to!) – fingering weight minis and leftovers can be easily integrated as you like.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore!

–  Melissa

New store sample: Find your Fade Shawl

My “Find your Fade” shawl is finally finished! I fell hard for this pattern by Andrea Mowry but just couldn’t “find my fade” with speckled yarns so opted for a colour-block approach with more solid tonals in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. They say big is beautiful and this is certainly a shawl with very generous proportions. While some may find this a challenge, we think it adds great versatility, making it wearable in so many different ways.  As usual, Andrea’s pattern is well-written and, once you’re through the first section, it’s easily memorized.  Just remember, things change slightly when you switch to colour number 4 (ask me how I know to warn you about this) 🙂

Although I knit this for myself, I think it will head back to Montreal with Lisa after this weekend (she’s coming for another visit – yay!) for a month or two in the store.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Tosh Merino Light in our webstore.

–  Melissa

New project: Light Turtleneck Sweater

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Although this project isn’t a store sample (it’s all mine), it ranks high on the “favourite things I’ve knit for myself” list and so I feel its worth blogging 🙂 The pattern is the Light Turtleneck Sweater by Anna & Heidi Pickles – a straighforward raglan style that is quick and simple to knit and easily customizable. The turtleneck, extra long sleeves, and fluffy halo of the fabric all appealed to me and, after a little process of weighing all my options, I decided to knit this with the very affordable Drops Alpaca (colour #7895) stranded with the very luxurious Shibui Silk Cloud (colour Field). The fabric created by the blend of alpaca with silk and mohair is deliciously warm and light with enough structure that I have confidence the sweater will retain its shape over time.  I opted for a much shorter body length than called for in the pattern and love the juxtaposition of this length with the longer sleeves which actually come partway down the hand. Modern, casual, and chic – I look forward to making another one or two of these in different colours to round out my turtleneck wardrobe!

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Drops Alpaca in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

–  Melissa

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New store sample: Copenhagen Calling

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We adapted Isabell Kraemer’s beautiful Copenhagen Cowl to be knit with a worsted weight yarn. Woolfolk Far in two high contrast colourways makes this an exquisitely soft and cozy cowl with seriously modern style. The three stitch motifs play wonderfully together and keep the knitting fun and interesting. A perfect January project!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page!

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

 

On the C Train Cowl – a new free pattern from Espace Tricot!

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A modern and luxurious cowl to go with our “On the C Train” hat. Knit with a blend of exquisitely soft yarns, you’ll want to live in this. The ribbed structure makes the cowl quite versatile – loop it once or twice around your neck or wear it as a shoulder warmer. An easy stylish project that is sure to become a staple in your winter accessory wardrobe.

Access pattern and additional project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

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–   Melissa

New store samples for kids: Peacock Dress & Isadora Lopapeysa

Peacock Dress by Pernille Larson

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A sweet lace dress for your cherished little one designed by Pernille Larson. We love how the Peacock Dress manages to look both modern and worthy of traditional heirloom status at the same time. Knit with Julie Asselin’s exquisitely dyed Fino yarn (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk), this wee gem positively glows. A beautiful addition to the wardrobe of any little girl on the go! Available in sizes 6 months through 6 years.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Julie Asselin Fino in our webstore.

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Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

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We loved the colours of the original design of the Isadora Lopapeysa sweater by Kate Gagnon Osborn so much we decided not to reinvent the wheel. A sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up with lovely colourwork at round yoke, sleeves and waist. Practical and stylish! Available in sizes 6 months through 10 years.

View additional photos and project details of our sample on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Fibre Company Acadia in our webstore.

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 – Melissa

Two new store samples: Super Bulky (Insta-knit!) Cowls

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter

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The Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a quick and beautiful accessory knit with just 1 skein of Freia’s stunning Ombré Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous cowl that will brighten up any winter day.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Freia Ombre Super Bulky in our webstore.

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LTYC Super Bulky Cowl Kelly Hechinger

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A fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift, either for yourself or a knit-worthy individual in your life. The LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger is another one-skein project that knits up in no time. Soft and invitingly squishy in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta (100% merino), this is perfect instant-gratification / emergency knitting  🙂

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Malabrigo Rasta in our webstore.

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–  Melissa 

New store sample: Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager

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Lisa and I first saw the Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager on the runway at the the National Needlearts Trade Show in the Spring and were smitten with the texture and generous scale of it. When we visited the Blue Sky Fibers booth we tumbled even further in love when we felt the Woolstok yarn – lofty and cozy and decidedly wooly. In the end, we decided to knit our version somewhat shorter than the original (we used six 50 g balls instead of nine) but it is still very generous in length!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Note: Woolstok is available in the full colour range in 50 g balls and in several neutrals in 150 g balls. Two 150 g balls would be enough to complete a version like ours.

SHOP Woolstok in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

New store sample: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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The Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry is a wonderfully entertaining knit due to the colour and technique changes throughout.  This project provides a perfect canvas for knitters to express their personality and creativity with colour and the fairisle section is a great opportunity for beginners to try out a little colourwork. We are big fans of Blue Sky Fiber’s new Woolstok yarn – it’s lofty and airy and a pleasure to knit with and after steam blocking the fabric softens but doesn’t lose body – exactly what one wants from a 100% wool yarn!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolstok yarn in our webstore.

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— Melissa

New store sample: Wurm

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With a double-thickness brim and the perfect amount of slouch, the Wurm hat, by Katharina Nopp, is funky and stylish and, above all, warm. We knit our version with 1 ball of Schoppel-Wolle Gradient, a soft 100% merino with gorgeous transitional colour changes.  We used a worsted weight yarn (instead of sport weight) so we cast on 82 stitches instead of 90 and used larger needles.

Additional photos and specific modifications are included on our Ravelry project page – click here to view.

SHOP Schoppel Wolle Gradient in our webstore!

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–  Melissa

New store sample: Favorite Slouchy Hat

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We blogged The Favorite Knit Slouchy Hat by Jamie Sande a few weeks ago as our Free Pattern Friday feature.  We fell in love with this stylish and highly wearable pattern and decided to knit it up as a store sample with Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the the Dahlia colourway.  Now that it’s finished, we can confirm this is a quick and easy-peasy unisex hat project – perfect for the whole family. Think holiday gift giving!

SHOP Madelinetosh Vintage in our webstore.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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–  Melissa

New store samples: Brioche Cowls!

Briochevron cowl & scarf by Stephen West

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We opted for the cowl version of Stephen West’s beautiful, squishy Briochevron Cowl & Scarf, which is achieved by simply sewing the I-cord CO and BO edges together with a half twist. The black Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn provides a perfect stage for the colour-changing Schoppel-Wolle Gradient to come out and play and the delicious allover texture means this cowl looks great no matter how you twist it. The easy to memorize pattern is a pleasure to knit and the finished piece will surely impress!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Schoppel Wolle Gradient.
SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.

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Wheat and Chaff Cowl by Katrin Schubert

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The WHEATandCHAFF Cowl by Katrin Schubert yields a perfectly reversible piece with different patterns on the right and “wrong” sides. The most surprising thing about this little gem? The pattern is achieved with straight two-colour brioche knitting and just one single pattern round. As the designer notes, this is a “one-round-wonder which gives you a two-in-one pattern”! We knit our store sample with Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima – 1 skein each of two contrasting colourways – and love the stunning effect. Soft and cozy with dramatic flare!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.

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–  Melissa

New store sample: Hitchhiker

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Hitchhiker, by Martina Behm, is a quick and simple project, ideal for showing off the beauty of the new mini-skein sets becoming available from many of our favourite hand-dyers. Just one Party of Five fingering weight set from SweetGeorgia Yarns is all you need to make this happy scarf – a perfect transitional accessory that will help you say adieu to summer and embrace the cooler days of autumn with style and equanimity. 🙂

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Party of Five Mini-Skein Sets in our webstore. (Unfortunately, the colourway featured above [Jelly Bean] is currently out of stock but there are many other equally lovely options!).

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–  Melissa

New store sample: Knit ‘n Slide

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Knit ‘n Slide is yet another very fun pattern from Stephen West that’s a nice combination of both easy knitting and interesting technique.  We created our version with a combination of Hedgehog Fibres and Madelinetosh yarns and love the bright and colourful result. The first section uses a simple knit ‘n slide technique that requires only knitting (no purling) and the lacy border features yarn overs and shortcut rows that create beautiful scallops. The border is further accentuated with a picot-edge bind off that is time-consuming but worth the extra effort!

See additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Hedghehog Fibres and Madelinetosh Tosh Light in our webstore!

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–  Melissa

 

New store samples: Falling and Vested Interest

FALLING by Joji Locatelli

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Joji Locatelli’s Falling is a beautifully airy stole that is anything but ordinary. Charming eyelets and a knit-as-you-go frill give this wrap a distinctly feminine yet modern feel. Exquisitely soft and lightweight in Manos del Uruguay’s stunning Marina yarn, this elegant accessory will make a pretty and versatile addition to any wardrobe!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Manos del Uruguay Marina in our webstore!

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VESTED INTEREST by Jamie Thomas

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We love the simple construction and beautiful drape of this quick and easy linen vest by Jamie Thomas. Vested Interest is knit with Quince & Co’s Kestrel yarn on a 9 mm needle and works up in no time!  Very chic over a tank or tee with your favourite necklace.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Quince & Co. Kestrel in our webstore!

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–  Melissa