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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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Windy City Mystery Knit Along Clue #1!

Today is clue #1 release day for the Windy City Mystery Knit Along and I’m so excited about it! And a little nervous – it’s been a long time coming and there are so many of you signed up!

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If you haven’t signed up yet you still can! Purchasing the pattern on ravelry will get you the first clue and all previous information, so click over and grab it.

And start knitting away! I’ll be teasing progress on my own shawl across social media using #WindyCityMysteryKAL and you can do the same – just remember not to share your finished clue until we’re ready to release the next clue. Or you can participate in the spoilers thread! Not into spoilers? There is also a no spoilers thread for mystery purists!

Vemla and my KAL Yarn!

Vemla and my KAL Yarn!

I’ve got to skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine ready to cast on later this afternoon myself! And I think Velma likes it!

Sign up! Cast on! Share! This will be fun!

Pattern Relaunch & Sale! Liaison Tee

Liaison Tee!

Liaison Tee!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Buy Now

Buy the pattern this week for $2 off! Only $3! No coupon code needed. Sale expires 4/24.

Today I’m relaunching my Liaison Tee pattern that was originally published in Knit Picks Cotlin 2014 Collection, but is now available as a Ravelry download.

Cute and Simple!

Cute and Simple!

This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up. Stitches are held for the back as the front is finished, then the back stitches are worked. Sleeves and neckline stitches are picked up and worked in rib to finish.

Liaison Tee is a sweet, easy breezy tee with a secret. Throw it on over jeans and a tank for a classic summer look, or show off tiny peeks of your favorite bra in the lace triangles down the front for a sexy evening look. A knit tee for day and evening! How perfect is that?

A little positive ease in the classic T-shirt shape with some interesting yarn over lace detailing make Liaison Tee your go-to top for summer.

32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64)” finished bust measurement; garment is meant to be worn with 2-4” of positive ease. Garment is shown in size 36”.

Cute and Flirty!

Cute and Flirty!

Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123 yards/50g): Raindrop 25336, 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12) skeins.

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 24” circular needles and DPNs, US 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needles, or size to obtain gauge.

Go To Summer Tee!

Go To Summer Tee!

Ravelry Pattern Page ~ Buy Now

Notions: Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers, Scrap yarn or stitch holder.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” St st in the round on larger needles, blocked.

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New Patterns! Not Your Granny’s Kitchen Set + 6 Dishcloths!

I’ve been designing a lot of little home projects for Knit Picks lately and wanted to take a minute to show them off!

Not Your Granny's Kitchen Set

Not Your Granny’s Kitchen Set

How cute is this little set? (If I do say so myself!) This free ebook uses crocheted granny triangles to create a hanging dish towel and dishcloth, and with your leftovers you can make a little mug cozy.

Hanging Dish Towel

Hanging Dish Towel

Mug Cozy

Mug Cozy

Dishcloth!

Dishcloth!

I used three colors of Knit Picks Dishie, 1 ball each. I’m sure you could get at least 2 whole sets with 3 balls! They’re pretty quick projects. And if you’ve never tried granny triangles the pattern walks you through them. Download the free ebook today!

6 Dishcloths!

6 Dishcloths!

I released 6 dishcloth patterns in 2015 as part of the Knit Picks 52 free dishcloths project. Aren’t the cute all together like this?

Top left to right: Beloeil, Vadstena, and Angkor Wat. Bottom left to right: Muiderslot, Bung Gudneau, and Caerphilly.

So what’s with those names? They’ve all got applied icord edging and little hangers, kind of like moats around decorative fabric. They’re all named for seriously beautiful moated castles around the world. Google away! And be inspired to knit up some dishies.

Find all my home designs on ravelry in my For the Home bundle.

The Ultimate Fuzz Remover by Gleener – Review, Giveaway, and Coupon Code!

I sneaked this on my instagram last week, but I’m SO excited to share with you my review of The Ultimate Fuzz Remover by Gleener because, spoiler alert, it’s amazing.

What You Get!

What You Get!

Grabbed from the Gleener site, here is what you get when you order the Ultimate Fuzz Remover – 3 different edges that fit onto the tool with the lint remover and a bag to keep it all in. I got the fun yellow color called Sunny & Chere from their new Mod Squad collection of colors, which are all really fun!

The Ultimate Fuzz Remover from Gleener - Sunny & Chere

The Ultimate Fuzz Remover from Gleener – Sunny & Chere

So what is The Ultimate Fuzz Remover? Here is mine! It’s a pretty good sized tool with a small head on one end and a larger head on the other.

Interchangeable Edges

Interchangeable Edges

The small end is the lint remover end – it comes with 3 different interchangeable heads that click on for different fabrics. Here I’m using the serious big time wool remover!

Lint Brush

Lint Brush

The other end has a standard lint brush feel to it that, according to the Gleener site, is a “handy lint brush to remove pet hair and lint from clothing and upholstery”. This is the second step in the process, so you use the small head first and finish with the lint remover for any leftover pesky lint balls.

My Axial!

My Axial!

So the reason I first reached out about the Ultimate Fuzz Remover was my Axial Cardigan, from last year’s fall Holla Knits Collection. As you can see it’s in rough shape! Because I basically wear it constantly.

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One Half Fuzz Remover-ed!

I took the very serious wool head and Fuzz Remover-ed half of it – and LOOK at that PIC! I removed that huge fuzz ball from just half the sweater, and look at how amazing it looks compared to the other side! It’s like night and day.

All Done!

All Done!

When I went ahead and did the rest of it I got that huge ball of fuzz and look at that fabric!

It Looks Like a New Sweater!

It Looks Like a New Sweater!

It seriously looks like a totally new sweater. I was FLOORED by how well it worked – I hadn’t been able to get any of those pills off with any other product I used – I’ve got a standard electric shaver that didn’t touch it. I was about to take scissors to it! I’m so so happy with how amazing my Axial looks again.

Block Island Sweater

Block Island Sweater

At that point I just wanted to Ultimate Fuzz Remover everything in my house, so I pulled out my Block Island sweater that I had been wearing a lot of, which has some pills as you can see, but it wasn’t in any kind of dire circumstance like my Axial.

Just Kinda Fuzzy

Just Kinda Fuzzy

It was just generally kinda fuzzy.

Fuzz Remover-ed!

Fuzz Remover-ed!

I shaved it and it looks so sharp now! Look at that little pill ball!

So Sharp!

So Sharp!

You can really see here how crisp the colorwork looks, where before it was getting a little fuzzy around the edges. So amazing!

Gleener FURNiture Brush

Gleener FURniture Brush

Another fun tool I got was the Gleener FURniture Brush, which is just that! You use it on your furniture and it takes the pet hair away. With a dog and cat around there is just a lot of hair in my house. This attachment just wraps right around the lint remover end of your Ultimate Fuzz Remover and you’re ready to start removing hair from your furniture!

Velma's Stool

Velma’s Stool

We’ve got a stool that my cat Velma loves to sleep on – it’s right by the window and the heater! And this picture shows the stool actually pretty clean. We usually use those disposable lint rollers on it before we have a guest over. I hate using those because they are so wasteful, but they get the stool the cleanest. And, as you can see, not really that clean!

Like Holy Crap Clean

Like Holy Crap Clean

So CLEARLY the FURniture Brush absolutely KILLED the hair and fuzz on the stool – can you believe how clean it is?! It’s so amazing!

Obviously I love this product. It’s easily the best pill remover I’ve ever tried and the way the FURniture Brush works is just icing on the cake. I could seriously not recommend this product enough! You need one. You need to buy one for everyone you know.

Giveaway! Coupon Code! Flat Rate Shipping!

Gleener has been so so generous and offered an Ultimate Fuzz Remover to one lucky reader! Please comment on this post and tell me which of the fun new Mod Squad colors is your favorite. You’ve got until Tuesday November 17th to enter as I’ll be announcing the winner on Nov 18th. This giveaway is limited to readers in the US and Canada, please. Good luck!

Can’t wait? Use coupon code SWEATSHOP10 for 10% off your order at Gleener.com and they’re offering flat rate shipping of $3.99 now through Christmas! I’ll also remind everyone next week about this so you can order once you find out if you’ve won or not. The coupon code is also good through Christmas!

A HUGE thank you to Victoria at Gleener for sending me the Ultimate Fuzz Remover and FURniture Brush, and for the giveaway and coupon code. I’m so happy to be able to share it with my readers! It’s amazing!