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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 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,

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)

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)

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

16 stitches and 24 rows = 4″ in stockinette

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New KAL Coming Soon!

October KAL – Namesake


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.


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

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

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


  • 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

KPHtemplate_gauge Approx. 18 sts = 4″ in stockinette.


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Corkscrew Hat – Part 1


Welcome to the July 2014 installment of the Progressive Needles Knit Along sponsored by Skacel Collection.  This summer project is a beautiful, two-color hat pattern brimming with great techniques to expand your knitting skills.  The mystery hat is a quick and fun knit that fits perfectly into your knitting bag AND your busy warm weather schedule.  It’s also a great opportunity to get a jump on your Holiday knitting.  And just to keep the KAL extra mysterious, I will not reveal its name until next week’s clue!

Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of how the KAL works:

  • A portion of the pattern is revealed here every Thursday in July.  The complete pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post.  An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
  • All techniques are supported with video instruction at
  • All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  It’s like having  your own private knitting tutor!
  • Projects completed by August 15 are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks!  See for all the info.

Part One brings the instructions for the Band (brim) of the hat which is knit in the Main Color (MC).  The brim is a simple strip comprised of a k1, p1 rib worked to the specified length for each size.  The length of the strip will be the circumference of the hat – much like a headband.  The pattern states that the recommended gauge for this rib is 10 stitches = 1″, unstretched.  Ribbed fabric sometimes makes it difficult to count stitches accurately.  Because it is the length of the strip that determines the circumference of the hat, a stitch count fairly close to the stated gauge will be just fine.  If this sounds a bit wacky, have no fear, it will all make sense with next week’s clue!

While merrily knitting the simple rib, please pin a marker to the Right Side of the strip to aid with next week’s knitting.  At the Band’s conclusion, finish the strip with a professional edge as you Bind Off in Pattern.

Part Two requires a US #8 needle 16″ circular needle,  cable needle and markers.  If you adjusted the needle size for the ribbed Band, then the needle size for the Body of the hat should be adjusted as well.  For example, if  a US #3 was used for the Band, then a US #7  should be used for the Body.  I will not provide a gauge for the Body.  My dozens of test knitters can confirm that this calculation works well!

Part One

Click here to download printable version


Baby (Child, Adult) – 16 (19, 21)” circumference


  • Simplicity by HiKoo – 1 (2, 2) skeins Main Color (MC) 1 (1, 1) skein Contrasting Color (CC)
  • US #4 (3.5mm) needle – straight or circ
  • US #8 (5mm) 16″ circ
  • US #8 (5mm) dpns or 32″ circ for Magic Loop method (for crown decreases)
  • Cable needle
  • One 3/4″ button


With #4 needles, approx. 10 sts = 1″ in k1, p1 rib, unstretched.



Using US #4 needle and MC, cast on 17 (21, 21) sts.

Row 1. (RS) K2, *p1, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

Row 2. P2, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last st, p1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until band measures 16 (19, 21)” from CO edge ending after WS row.

Bind off all sts in pattern. See Bind Off in Pattern Video


See you next week for some dizzy two-color knitting!

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July KAL!

The Progressive Needles Knit Along continues with an exciting two-color hat design that is an adaptation of one of my most popular patterns.  The hat is “brimming” with new techniques sure to dazzle knitters of all skill levels.  It is the perfect portable project for your summer travels.

The pattern is sized for Baby, (Child and Adult.)  It’s a great way to get a jump on your holiday projects AND learn something new.  The hat features stitches new to the series with lots of video lessons to guide you through the pattern.

Our mystery hat is knit with two colors of Simplicity.  Look for two colors that provide a nice contrast.  With over 50 colors to choose from, deciding on only two will be the toughes part!  Try pairing your favorite team colors to cheer them on in style!  (Scroll to the bottom to see some of my duos.)

A portion of the four-part mystery pattern is revealed each Thursday at 9am EDT beginning July 3rd at   Questions are answered daily both on the website and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  There is no registration and it’s FREE!


• Simplicity – 1 (2, 2) skeins Main Color, 1 (1, 1) skein Contrasting Color
• US #4 (3.5mm) needle – straight or circ
• US #8 (5mm) 16″ circ
• US #8 (5mm) dpns or 32″ circ for Magic Loop method (for crown decreases)
• Cable needle
• One 3/4″ button


Baby (Child, Adult) 16 (19, 21)”


With #4 needles, approx. 10 sts = 1″ in k1, p1 rib, unstretched.

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Gun Metal #37 and Really Red #47

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Forestry #50 and Butter Cream #42

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Chocolate Milk #20 and Bubblegum #21



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The Hole Story – April KAL


Knit a gorgeous shawl with me featuring the brand new yarn from HiKoo – Rylie.  This luxurious yarn is is a blend of baby alpaca, mulberry silk and linen.  It is soft and strong with a lovely hand and is available in a variety of beautiful colors.  You won’t want to miss the new stitches and techniques as well as this exceptional yarn!

Return here April 3rd at 9am EST for the first clue!


  • Rylie by HiKoo (50% baby alpaca, 25% mulberry silk, 25% linen), 2 skeins.
  • US #7 32″ needles or size needed to obtain desired gauge.

Gauge after blocking – approx. 20 sts = 4″ in stockinette.

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