And the winner is...

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…not the sweater I’m casting on! More on that in a moment. As you can see, the overwhelming winner was Thea Colman’s gorgeous Chocolate Stout. (Of interest is that this winner and the winner of the last poll along these lines were both in the final position on the ballot…hmmm.) While Chocolate Stout is going into my queue, of these three contenders, it’s Cathedral Grove (technically the loser) that I am going to knit first.

There are two main reasons for this—both related to the yarn I plan to use. Jaggerspun Mousam Falls is a superwash aran weight, and the gauge of 20 stitches over four inches for the Chocolate Stout is just denser than I want with this yarn. In addition, the yarn is substantial enough (in a good way) that I think I will prefer the mix of cables with stockinette that Cathedral Grove is built around. And I also think this might be an occasion where a shawl collar, as with both Chocolate Stout and meander, would add just a bit more bulk and weight than I want for this sweater.

I’ve been busy knitting Zweig (see below), but yarn is wound and cast on for Cathedral Grove is imminent!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Tunisian Crochet Cowl [FULL]

September 29, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Worked in the round using a double-ended crochet hook, the Strata Cowl is the perfect project for learning the basic Tunisian crochet stitches. Using two colors, this beautifully textured cowl is also reversible!

Prerequisite: you should be generally comfortable with regular crochet and know how to chain
and single crochet.

Turbulence (Short Row) Cowl

October 6, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Combining short rows and two colors, the Turbulence Cowl creates playful waves, wedges and
stripes that dance along the surface of the cowl. While the pattern uses Wrap & Turn short rows, we'll learn how to substitute German short rows to create this fun-to-knit cowl. Here, we combined Cascade 220 (what’s left is still on sale!) with West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft (which I used for one of my favorite sweaters last season). Other great combos might be a semi-solid skein of Malabrigo Rios with one that is variegated.

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

(View pattern here.)

Thrummed Mittens

October 13 & 27, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Thrumming is a technique that involves knitting bits of unspun wool into stitches to create ultra-warm, ultra-cozy, insulated knitwear. In this class, we'll learn how to make thrums and how to knit them into stitches, how to knit a pair of mittens, and we'll explore several different methods for knitting thumbs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and how to knit small tubes on double-pointed needles, two circulars, or magic loop.

(View pattern here.)

Garter Geometry Hat

October 13 & 27, 1:00pm-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

The Garter Geometry Hat is an intriguing twist on modular knitting, a technique in which a larger piece is created by knitting a series of smaller pieces that are joined as they are knit. In this class, we'll learn many useful knitting skills: short rows, double decreases, picking up stitches, and pattern reading.


Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and how to knit in the round on
a 16" circular needle.

(View pattern here.)

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...to anticipate

 
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Fall is in the air, and yarn orders are starting to roll in. This week, I unpacked a big box of Malabrigo Rios, an order that replenished some basics from Plymouth and added several new fall yarns, and fresh stock of One of a Kind ceramic buttons.

Among the new choices from Plymouth:

  • Encore Mega Cakes, equivalent in yardage to 1.5 balls of regular Encore Mega, with a great self-striping color palette

  • Pimarino, which is a 70% cotton, 30% wool blend, perfect for baby garments and more

  • Incan Spice, a blend of merino, baby alpaca, mulberry silk, and yak, packaged with either a pattern for a three-color Fair Isle hat or a one skein cowl

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...to inspire

 
 pattern photo © Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

pattern photo © Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

 pattern photo © Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

pattern photo © Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

 

Churchmouse Yarns recently released a fall collection of patterns, and a couple of them caught my eye. The Two-Point Cowl is inspired by the classic Easy Folded Poncho, but is smaller and constructed differently. The pattern is written for two gauges—sport and chunky—but it’s easy to modify this pattern for nearly any yarn choice. I’ve photographed a couple of suggested options. For the sport (or dk) weight version, try Mrs. Crosby’s Hat Box, Baah Aspen, Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK, or Acadia from The Fibre Co. For the chunky version, consider Malabrigo Mecha or Plymouth Select Chunky Merino.

 pattern photo © Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

pattern photo © Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

The other standout pattern for me was the Funnel Neck Pullover. This looks so comfy and relaxed, and I think that if I made one in Elemental Affects Cormo Sport or HiKoo Kenzie, I’d never want to take it off.

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...to stitch

 
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Zweig

Zweig has been just as enjoyable as I imagined, and I love working with the Studio Donegal Darnie. While the real fireworks of the colorwork and lace yoke are completed, the body and sleeves incorporate a textured fabric created with baby cables, which makes for a nice combination of excitement and cruise-control-stockinette-in-the-round knitting. As with most top-down sweaters, I am electing to knit the sleeves before the body.

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Optics

Also on my needles is Sharon Mooney’s Optics, a colorwork cowl inspired by optical illusions. As Sharon points out, “Every round (yes, it’s knitted on circulars in the round in one piece) is either the same as the round below or opposite.” I am using HiKoo Llamor in Carbon and Chili Pepper. Also check out the other pattern in this series, Optics Too.

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