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Meet the New and Improved W+S Lace Striped Sweater!

Me and Theresa in our Matching Sweaters!

Me and Theresa in our Matching Sweaters!

Download now for $5! On Friday 11/18 it goes back up to $7

In February of 2012 I originally launched this pattern as WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweaters. Today I’m relaunching and naming it after my friend and W+S founder Theresa VanderMeer. Since 2012, W+S has grown from a side passion project of Theresa’s to her full time job. What started as just a few women knitting my patterns to sell to boutiques as turned into many, many women on industrial sewing machines creating a full line of products for large and small businesses all over the world. I’m so proud of Theresa and am so happy to be able to support her as a friend and by working with W+S.

Just like W+S has grown over the years, this pattern deserved an upgrade. The big changes I made were to add a smaller size (31” bust) and a schematic. I adjusted the neckline width of the smaller sizes to make them more comfortable. There are also modification notes for doing an elbow length sleeve, as well as colorblocked and striped options.

Thanks again to everyone who has purchase this pattern in support of W+S through the years!

Theresa's Winter Sweater with Elbow Length Sleeve Modification

Theresa’s Winter Sweater with Elbow Length Sleeve Modification

Finished Size 31 (36, 41, 46.75, 52) bust circumference. Winter Sweater with colorblocking modification on Allyson shown in size 36 in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Winter Sweater with elbow length sleeve modification on Theresa shown in size 31 in Unplanned Peacock Studio Superwash Merino Worsted.

Me in my Color BlockedWinter Sweater!

Me in my Color BlockedWinter Sweater!

Winter Sweater Yarn Any worsted weight wool yarn. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. 110yds/50g: White, 7 (8, 10, 13, 15) skeins.

Summer Sweater Yarn Any worsted weight cotton yarn. I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted, 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Arcylic. 109yds/50g: Ivory, 5 (6, 7, 9, 10) skeins.

Theresa in the new 31" bust size

Theresa in the new 31″ bust size

Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm) 24-36” circulars (cir) for body, 16” cir for shoulders and neck, and DPNs for sleeves, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 20 rows – 4” in St st.

Download now for $5! On Friday 11/18 it goes back up to $7

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Dillinger Hat Pattern Relaunch!

Last April I had a hat pattern as part of the new 1 Knit 1 Chicago Kit Club, and today it’s available as a Ravelry download!

To celebrate, Dillinger Hat is on sale for only $3!
On Thursday it goes back up to $4.

Slouchy, Cozy Spring Hat!

Slouchy, Cozy Spring Hat!

The Pattern: Gradient kits keep you on your toes and work seamlessly with the triangle stitch pattern featured in Dillinger. Choose to ease your colors from dark to light or go with bolder color contrast – you’ve got five colors to play with! Also choose between a more tight fitting beanie style hat or slouchy fitting hat. With lots of color combos and styles to choose from you may need more than one!

Keep up with Dillinger on social media with #DillingerHat, and with the 1 Knit 1 Chicago program with #1knit1chicago.

CUTE HAT!

CUTE HAT!

Finished Size For both beanie and slouchy style hats. Beanie hat is 17 ½” around and 8 ¼” long and slouchy hat is 21” around and 8 ¾” long. Pattern is written: Beanie Size (Slouchy Size). Blue hat is shown as a Beanie and green hat is shown slouchy.

Yarn: Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat, Down the Rabbit Hole gradient mini skeins, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 128 yds per 1 oz skein, 5 skeins equal 640 yards. Shown in Shillings & Pence #16 and Tumtum Tree #19. Darkest Color (C1), 2nd Darkest Color (C2), Middle Color (C3), 2nd Lightest Color (C4), Lightest Color (C5).

Gradient Kits!

Gradient Kits!

Ravelry Pattern Page

Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16” circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Marker (m), tapestry needle.

Gauge: 30 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in colorwork pattern.

Notes: Decide how to assign your colors. The blue hat is shown with biggest color contrast between gradients and the green hat is shown with the least amount of contrast.

Dillinger Hat - Part of the 1 Knit 1 Chicago Kit Club!

Dillinger Hat – Part of the 1 Knit 1 Chicago Kit Club!

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Ireland?

Ireland?

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 allyson@thesweatshopoflove.com.

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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!