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For the third year in a row Shane and I are taking a European vacation in September! This year we’re off to Ireland, Scotland, and London. We leave in like 3 hours! So exciting!

Keep up with us on Instagram @allysondykhuizen and please note that if you need anything I’m going to be very MIA until October 3rd. Feel free to shoot me an email though – the away message is MASSIVE and should point you in the direction of help if you need it.

Catch you later!

New Pattern! Meet Knitter’s Cowl

Knitter's Cowl by Allyson Dykhuizen

Knitter’s Cowl by Allyson Dykhuizen

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Wear your love of knitting on your cowl! A combination of different balls of yarn in various sizes, knitting needles, and geometric shapes and lines makes this stranded colorwork tube cowl perfect for every knitting lover.

Keep up with Knitter’s Cowl on social media with #KnittersCowl!

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Finished Size 7 3/4 ” across (15.5” around tube) width, 52.5” long.

Balls of yarn and knitting needles!

Balls of yarn and knitting needles!

Yarn Knit Picks Swish Worsted / Swish Worsted Brights, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yds/50g: Marine Heather (C1) and Highlighter Yellow (C2), 3 skeins of each.

Perfect for every knitting lover!

Perfect for every knitting lover!

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Cute wrapped up twice too!

Cute wrapped up twice too!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Download Now

Notions 2 markers (round marker and extra marker); tapestry needle; size G (3.5 mm) crochet hook and scrap yarn for provisional cast on.

Gauge 21.5 sts and 18 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in stranded pattern in the round.

Designer Allyson Dykhuizen

Designer Allyson Dykhuizen

The Designer: Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who lives in Chicago. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, and knit.purl magazines, by Lion Brand Yarns, and included in the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and is editor of the online magazine Holla Knits. Her book Midwestern Knits was published last fall. For questions about this pattern please contact Allyson at

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😍 Check Out All These Great Adventure Tees! 😍

Our Choose Your Own Adventure Tee Along is over, and we had 13 beautiful sweaters finished by yesterday’s deadline! Congrats to everyone who finished in time to qualify for all the amazing prizes!

My finished striped tee!

My finished striped tee!

My elbow length cropped tee!

My elbow length cropped tee!

amkishel's tee

amkishel’s tee

katriddell's tee

katriddell’s tee

hanoverknitter's tee

hanoverknitter’s tee

jentober's tee

jentober’s tee

canarysanctuary's cropped tee

canarysanctuary’s cropped tee

katknitstitch's tee

katknitstitch’s tee

AussieCole's tee

AussieCole’s tee

mccatlady's tee

mccatlady’s tee

knitnwithdogs' tee

knitnwithdogs’ tee

robinhlavacek's tee

robinhlavacek’s tee

kathlean's tunic

kathlean’s tunic

Inspired? Grab the pattern to knit your own tee!

I’ll be handing out prizes today to all the FOs today. To those of you still teeing along – keep up the amazing work! We’ve still got a ton of summer left and a ton of time to get some wear out of your sweaters. You can do it!

Halfway Point! Choose Your Own Adventure Tee Along!

Our Adventure Tee Along has been rolling along and there are tons of fun tee WIPs to show off!

Tee Along WIPs!

Tee Along WIPs!

We’ve reached the halfway point but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to start.

Tee Along Details!

FO Deadline: Monday September 5th (Labor Day)
Tee Along Participation Thread
Everyone who finishes gets any Allyson Dykhuizen pattern of their choice
Grand Prizes:
Signed copy of Midwestern Knits
2 skeins Lambs Pride Worsted
4 balls Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Fog Heather & Midnight Heather
1 skein Mrs Crosby Carpet Bag in Hot Pimento
1 skein Lorna’s Laces Solemate in April Showers
1 skein Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Niagra
1 skein Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport in Beaumont

To qualify for prizes you must post a picture of your finished tee in the Tee Along FO thread by midnight on Monday September 5th. Everyone who posts will win a pattern of their choice. Everyone will be entered to win a grand prize.


Teresa's Adorable Tee!

Teresa’s Adorable Tee!

We’ve even had our first tee along FO! Congrats Teresa for knocking this cute lace version out!

Grab the pattern and join us. There is still plenty of time for you to knock out a tee and get a ton of wear out of it this summer!

Windy City Mystery KAL Clue #5

Last clue last CLUE!


I just caught up last night ahead of this clue release but didn’t snag a good picture! I’ll share it all next week.

Most of Clue 4!

Most of Clue 4!

Just a quick note about yarn quantities. If you started with less than 420 yards of each color or your gauge was a little larger than recommended – this section is designed to be in your CC color, but if you’re running out of yarn it will totally work to do a color blocking effect by starting in CC and finishing with any remaining MC.

Remember! You can participate in the spoilers thread, or if you’re not into spoilers there is also a no spoilers thread for mystery purists! And it’s not too late to sign up – sign up! Cast on! Share! We’re getting closer to the end but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in. You’re in the home stretch! Happy knitting!