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April KAL – Adorable Ewe

Please join me as we knit a baby sweater in my next Knit Along, Adorable Ewe.  Knit in the soft and washable Simpliworsted, this project is brimming with essential sweater knitting skills.

My KALs are always a mystery, but I will let you know that this sheep-themed sweater is too cute to miss!  Every knitter should have a baby sweater on hand for gift giving.  They are also great way to gain sweater experience.  Whether you are a novice or a seasoned sweater knitter, this project has something for you.

The sweater is sized to fit a six month old baby and is appropriate for a boy, girl or waiting for the gender reveal.  Two skeins of any main color are needed.  Additionally, white or natural is a must for the sheep with black for the accents.

Perhaps the most fun is selecting four buttons for the sweater.  I adore Skacel’s new sheep buttons available in white (above on blue yarn) and natural (above on pink yarn).  The metal circle buttons worked well with the gender neutral gray.

The KAL begins April 6th with a portion of the pattern revealed here each Thursday in April.  Knitters who finish the sweater by May 15th are eligible for the prize drawing sponsored by Skacel.

The KAL is FREE and no registration is required.  Simply go toknitpurlhunter.com on April 6th to download your copy of the pattern.

All of the techniques are supported with my video tutorials. I answer questions daily online at my website and in my Ravelry group. I highly recommend joining my Ravelry group for up to the minute KAL conversations.

Hope to see you in April!
Happy knitting,
Michelle

Yarn
Simpliworsted by HiKoo, 55% merino uperwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon, 100g/140 yards.

  • 2 skeins Main Color
  • 1 skein sheep color – white or natural (approx. 35 yards needed)
  • 1 skein black sheep accent (approx. 10 yards needed)

Needles
US #9 (5.5mm) 24″ addi circular or straights OR size needed to achieve gauge
US #8 (5mm) 32″ circular needle  (If larger needle size is adjusted, this needle should be one size smaller than adjusted size)

Notions
4 – 5/8″ buttons.
Pictured samples:
White sheep – #BP0760P18
Natural Sheep – #BP0759P18
Metal Circles – BB0176M15

Gauge
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4″ in stockinette

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January 2016 Knit Along

Kick off the New Year by ramping up your knitting skills with a stunning two-color cowl using HiKoo Sueno (formerly Frog Tree’s Pediboo). The stranded cowl (also known as Fair Isle knitting) will feature lessons on hand positioning, yarn dominance, managing floats and a surprising take on an old favorite. The cowl is available in two sizes to suit your style. The sneak peek at the cowl was met with rave reviews – you won’t want to miss this one!

Size

Small (Large)

8” tall, approx. 22 (40)” around after blocking

Materials

Sueno, 80% washable merino wool/20% bamboo, 255 yds/100g each.

  • 1 (2) skeins Background Color
  • 1 (2) skeins Main Color

Needles

  • Two #5 (3.75mm) 16 (24)” circular needles. Second needle is used to graft stitches in finishing.

Notions

  • Size F crochet hook for provisional cast on
  • 10 yards smooth, contrasting color waste yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Markers

Gauge

Approx. 26 sts and 32 rounds = 4” in stockinette

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April Knit Along!

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April KAL – Kaika

Join me April 2nd for a delightful toe up sock pattern featuring Japanese stitches.

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  • Wolkenspiel dyed by Schmutzerella, “Let’s Make a Teal”, 80% Extrafine Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 437 yards/100g, one skein
  • US #1 (2.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. Pattern may be knit with double points or 32” circular needle for magic loop method.
  • Removable pins or markers (bobby pins may be substituted). Small – 18 pins, medium – 22 pins, large – 24 pins.

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Approx. 8.25 sts = 1” in stockinette.

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Women’s Small, Medium and Large.

Small – leg circumference measures approximately 6 1/2” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 11”.

Medium – leg circumference measures approximately 8” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 14”.

Large – leg circumference measures approximately 9” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 16”.

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January 2015 Knit Along!

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January KAL – Endgame

Kick off the New Year with a gorgeous cabled scarf – Endgame. The pattern is full of beautiful stitches enhanced by the lovely tweed yarn, Kenzie.  End Game’s unisex design introduces a cast on and bind off new to the series along with other essential techniques. Continue to grow your knitting skills while creating a classic, yet modern, scarf.

Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning. Kenzie is available in 30 beautiful colors – the hardest part is choosing just one!

Subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder for the KAL – you won’t want to miss this one!

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  • Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils, 3(4) skeins – all the same color
  • Waste yarn -contrasting color in a similar weight to Kenzie, 10 yards
  • US #6 (4mm) straight or circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US #7 (4.5mm) straight or circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

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Approximately 6 ½” wide, 56 (70)” long.

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20 stitches = 4” in stockinette using larger needle.

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New KAL Coming Soon!

October KAL – Namesake

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Join me October 2nd for a fabulous cowl featuring the luxurious yarn, Simplinatural. The exquisite softness and superior stitch definition of this yarn is perfect to showcase the unique design. I’m excited to share techniques new to the series including a brand new bind off that I created! The cowl is available in three sizes and the circumference may be adjusted to suit your style.

There is no registration and the knit along is FREE!  Simply return here at 9am EDT on October 2nd for the first portion of our mystery pattern.  Prizes are generously provided by our sponsor, Skacel Collection.

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Small: 1 skein = cowl up to 20″ circumference.

Medium: 2 skeins = cowl up to 40″ circumference.

Large: 3 skeins = cowl up to 60″ circumference.

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  • Simplinatural by HiKoo, 40% baby alpaca/40% fine merino wool/20% mulberry silk, 183 yds/100g. 1 (2, 3) skeins.
  • US #8 (5mm) circular needle 16 (24-40)” or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Cable needle
  • Markers

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