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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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Baby Sweater Buffet Relaunch!

One of my very favorite and most popular designs, Baby Sweater Buffet, got a make over!

Baby Sweater Buffet Upgrade!

Baby Sweater Buffet Upgrade!

Purchase for $5.50 on Ravelry now!

I originally released Baby Sweater Buffet in 2010. I had just started writing patterns and was figuring it out as I went! Baby Sweater Buffet was a great idea – take one simple top down cardigan and illustrate a bunch of ways to change it into a bunch of different cardigans, so you have a new sweater every time one of your friends has a baby. I just didn’t do a great job of explaining exactly how to do that. The pattern was pretty vague and left a lot to the imagination. LOTS and LOTS of knitters figured it out, though!

Start With an Adorable Cardigan!

Start With an Adorable Cardigan!

Start with a quick to knit top down cardigan striped or solid. If you’re good with that – awesome! Otherwise choose from a buffet of fun options to make your sweater truly unique.

Add a Hood and Pockets

Add a Hood and Pockets

Or turn your sweater into an animal! This pattern has step by step instructions and yarn requirements for each of the following animals:

Baby Zebra!

Baby Zebra!

Baby Pig!

Baby Pig!

Baby Kitty!

Baby Kitty!

Baby Bear!

Baby Bear!

Also new is an old man sweater option! Complete with shawl collar and elbow patches.

Old Man Sweater!

Old Man Sweater!

And since I had each of these samples knit up, I dug deep into my love of Knit Picks and found perfect yarn and quantities for each option.

Yarn: 275 (325, 375, 450, 525, 600) yards worsted weight yarn estimating high to include buffet options and striping, but depending on which add ons you choose you may need more, so round up if you plan on knitting a hood or shawl collar for sure.

  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, 100% peruvian highland wool; 100yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Bear (newborn size) used 2 balls Mink Heather (MC) and 1 ball Bramble Heather (CC).
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% superwash wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Hooded Cardigan (newborn size) used 2 balls Pampas Heather (MC) and 1 ball Brass Heather (CC).
  • Knit Picks Brava Worsted, 100% premium acrylic; 218yds/100g: 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls. Pig (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cotton Candy (MC) and Blush (CC). Cat (newborn size) used 1 ball each White (MC), Black (CC1), and Sienna (CC2). Cardigan (newborn size) used 1 ball each Cobblestone Heather (MC) and Mint (CC).
  • Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% superwash merino wool; 110yds/50g: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls. Zebra (6 month size) used 2 balls each Black (MC) and White (CC). Old Man Sweater (12 month size) used 3 balls Jade (MC), 1 ball each Green Tea Heather (CC1) and Wonderland Heather (CC2).
New Schematic!

New Schematic!

Also new is a schematic! Hey, those are important, right?

Those of you who have already purchased the pattern got the new copy in their inboxes. And from here on out it’s the new Baby Sweater Buffet pattern! Download it on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Kollabora today.

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FO: Elephant Head Baby Blanket

So that title is kinda creepy, right? Elephant Head Baby Blanket? Gross?

Pretty Adorable Crochet!

Pretty Adorable Crochet!

But gross it is not! My little elephant head baby blanket really could not be any cuter.

Elephant Head Baby Blanket - as advertised!

Elephant Head Baby Blanket – as advertised!

Stash Buster!

Stash Buster!

I used this Baby Blanket pattern by Brittmarie Rosendahl that is barely in english but made it happen! It’s pretty self-explanatory, and if you look at the pictures on the pattern and all the projects on ravelry you can figure it out.

Just a Big Granny Square

Just a Big Granny Square

Cute Elephant Head!

Cute Elephant Head!

This is for an unsuspecting friend and blog reader so I won’t give too much away, but I’ve got a few friends with babies due this year so keep an eye out for even more baby knits in the coming months. It’s a great excuse to dig through my stash and queue!

Pattern: Baby Blanket by Brittmarie Rosendahl 

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Marble Heather and Green Tea Heather

Hook: Size I

Ravelry Project Page

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Holla Knits Blog Tour Stop!

Hello Holla Knits Blog Tourers! Welcome to The Sweatshop of Love, my first baby.

Heraldry

Heraldry

I always get so wrapped up in every piece in each Holla Knits Collection I sometimes have to force myself to focus on my own design’s promotion. Oh me? I designed Heraldry!

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

It’s pretty hard to tell what is going on at the front of the sweater, and since it’s debut yesterday I’ve had quite a few questions about what is actually going on there. In the above picture the sweater is belted at the natural waist to keep the fronts closed.

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Here model Laura (she loves when I call her that) holds the front closed with her arm to show off more of the body of the sweater.

Cute belted or open!

Cute belted or open!

Here I’ve got the sweater open naturally. You can see that the garter stitch section at the top wraps around the shoulders and falls in the front kind of like a yoke and front panels, and collar.

Heraldry from the Back

Heraldry from the Back

It also cuts across the back. So what the hell is going on there?

Heraldry Schematic

Heraldry Schematic

In this artfully created schematic, you can see that the body is essentially a rectangle, and the garter stitch section makes up the top 5.5 (6, 7, 7)” of collar above the sleeve. When you wear it, this section falls over your shoulders and down the front of the sweater.

Fun right? Now that you’re totally sold, let’s have a giveaway!

Pattern Giveaway!

Need to get yourself some Heraldry? Leave a comment on this post! I’ll choose a winner one week from today. Tweet, facebook, and pin this post to get extra entries! Just be sure to come back and leave additional comments letting me know you did.

And be sure to check out every stop on the Holla Knits Spring/Summer 2014 Collection blog tour:

April 7: Collection Launch
April 8: The Sweatshop of Love Blog: SEG: Baah Yarns
April 9: ModKnits Yarn Blog
April 10: Skeinny Dipping Yarn
April 11: Kirsten Singer: Pattern and Classic Elite Vale giveaway

April 15: Canary Knits: SEG: Skeinny Dipping skein of Cashmerino DK
April 16: Baah Yarns: I skein of Baah Yarns Shasta and a 1 skein cowl pattern
April 17: Knitter’s Pride Blog: Review and pattern giveaway
April 18: DovieJay Knits: SEG: I skein of Artisan Yarns Alpaca Silk

April 22: Mari Knits: Review and pattern giveaway
April 23: Magical Grammar: Review and pattern giveaway
April 24: Knit York City: Review and pattern giveaway
April 25: Under the Red Umbrella: Review and pattern giveaway

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New Pattern! Heraldry for Holla Knits

Today is the big launch day for the Holla Knits Spring/Summer 2014 Collection! I’m so excited about this entire collection that it feels like every design is my baby, but I designed a pattern included in this collection as well. Meet Heraldry!

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Buy Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

Heraldry: We’re all a little chevron crazy these days, and why not?! The more patterns the better. Originally these little V shapes were used on badges to indicate rank on military and police uniforms. They were also used on coats of arms to distinguish military units during battles. Heraldry is the study and practice of using these chevron-focused badges and coats of arms. While the more chevrons on your badge doesn’t necessarily mean you are a higher rank, why chance it? My Heraldry cardigan will have you covered in thousands of chevrons and therefore king of the chevron army!

A cropped sweater with three quarter length sleeves and an oversized collar that drapes open in the front, this sweater is sure to be your go to evening cardigan. Belt it for a more polished look.

Super Fun Chevrons!

Super Fun Chevrons!

Finished Size 30-35 (36-40, 41-45, 46-50)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown in Knit Picks Swish Worsted in 36-40” and in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted in 41-45”.

Yarn Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yds/50g: Marble Heather (MC), 7 (8, 11, 14) skeins, Green Tea Heather (CC), 4 (4, 5, 6) skeins.

Yarn Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 215yds/100g: London Blue (MC), 4 (4, 6, 7) skeins, Blue Topaz (CC), 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins.

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 24+ circular needle. For sleeves use this needle and the Magic Loop method, or you’ll need size 8 16” circular and/or DPNs. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Cute belted or open!

Cute belted or open!

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 16 sts and 18 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Chevron Stranded Chart.

Notes This sweater is worked in one piece from the bottom up to armholes. Stitches are held as each front and back are finished, then the body is rejoined to finish the collar. Stitches are picked up around the armholes and sleeves are worked in the round.

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