Mitten Workshop

Thanks to everyone at Spin a Yarn Garden in Marion, Ohio for a wonderful mitten workshop featuring the Corkscrew Mitten! The knitters learned two-handed two-color knitting, colorful cables and the afterthought thumb. The annual Christmas parade was viewable from the 2nd floor classroom window as the knitters worked on their mittens. What a cozy way to usher in the season!

Check out the Corkscrew Mitten in the Pattern Store to work your own color magic!

New Knit Along – Coming Soon!

They’re Baaack…

skacel collection, inc. and Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter are joining forces once again for another exciting Knit-Along beginning this Fall!

“Progressive Needles:

Continuing Education for the Knitter”

This upcoming KAL will feature a mystery project each month, for 4 months!  While we can’t give you too many details, we can share the basics:

October:  Create a knitted shawlette with Simplicity by HiKoo

November:  Luxury socks knit with Royal, a sumptuous yet durable sock yarn from Austermann

January:  Mittens worked out of HiKoo’s Simpliworsted

February:  A sock encore, again making use of Austermann’s Royal

Video guidance will be provided on the Knit Purl Hunter website.  Weekly and monthly prizes will be awarded by skacel collection, inc.

Be sure to subscribe to Knit Purl Hunter to receive an email this summer with more information.

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Pattern Store

After many requests from faithful knitters, I have opened a pattern store on my website. I have many of my favorite designs offered including patterns for socks, hats, mittens and more. I also have several free downloads as a thank you for all your support.

The pattern store may be accessed from my home page by simply clicking on the Pattern Store icon or by using the link on the right side of this page. I will be adding patterns frequently along with more free downloads so be sure to visit my shop often.

I would love to see your work so please send me photos of your finished projects to feature on my blog. I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I do!

Sock Opus

What started as a way to use my leftover sock yarn has turned into a mini-sensation! My tights, Sock Opus, are featured in the current Knitter’s Magazine modeling Peek-a-Boots. The tights were also seen in the fashion show at Stitches and as one of the top patterns on Ravelry this week. The pattern includes instructions for making tights, calf or knee socks using sock yarn remnants. They are worked from the toe up and use expert shaping and striping for a one-of-a-kind creation. My tights stripe randomly and no yarn was repeated. Each stripe allows me to fondly recall its project and the lucky recipient. Knit your own sock history today with Sock Opus found in the Pattern Store.

Sock Opus

I am so excited to share my Sock Opus pattern with you! I began the tights odyssey several years ago after being inspired by Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Nether Garments. Using leftover fingering weight yarn and modern sock knitting techniques, I cast on for my tights. Each stripe is from a sock yarn I have used and no yarn is repeated. I can name each yarn and which sock I knit with that yarn. The tights are mostly plain stockinette interrupted now and then with some shaping. The easy design makes for perfect tv watching, group knitting or a delightful stress-relief.

The pattern includes instructions for Women’s Small, Medium and Large but can easily be customized for virtually any size. Make calf socks, knee socks or dare to go on to tights. Sock Opus is knit two at a time from the toe up using the Magic Loop or two circ method. Start knitting your own sock history today!

Stitches South

The best part of Stitches South was meeting so many fellow KAL knitters! A big thank you to all the knitters who stopped by the Skacel booth to say hello and show off their lovely projects. I adore making new friends online and it is a real treat to hug them in person.

I met monthly winners who couldn’t wait to thank Skacel for the lovely prizes. I also got to meet many first time sock knitters who have joined the legion of sockaholics.

It was a blast seeing hand knit socks on so many participants. I let a big squeal out when I saw Center of Attention socks cruising along the aisleways!

A special thanks to the shops supporting the Trekking KAL in their shops! So many of you stopped by to say hello and I appreciate all your kind words.

Stitches West

I had a wonderful time at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA from February 17-20. Thousands of knitters attended classes, fashion shows and shopped the marketplace. I was busy teaching mini classes in the Skacel booth located in the marketplace. I had standing room only classes teaching Judy’s Magic Cast On, Magic Loop and Lifelines. It was great to meet fellow knitaholics and introduce them to my website. I will be at Stitches South in April so look for me there if you are in Atlanta!