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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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WORK+SHELTER Yarn Giveaway!

So you’ve seen the new WORK+SHELTER cowl patterns, and you’ve seen the new TEA+WOOL yarn, and now it’s time to take advantage of all that new goodness and win some stuff!

Katie’s Striped Chevron Sunshine Cowl!

Head over to Katie’s blog to get the details. If you’ve bought anything over the past 3 weeks you are entered to win yarn! Have you waited to make your purchase? Do it this week because the winner will be announced Monday!

New Pattern! WORK+SHELTER Tiny Cables Cowl

As you know, I have been working with WORK+SHELTER, a women’s shelter in India producing handmade items. My friend Katie Canavan is also working on this project, and has produced a line of new cowl patterns for WORK+SHELTER and it’s new yarn that we launched last month. Last week we showed you the Basketweave Neckerchief, and this week it’s Tiny Cables Cowl!

WORK+SHELTER Tiny Cabled Cowl

A few months ago, Allyson Dykhuizen invited me to work on a new yarn dying project for
WORK+SHELTER, called TEA + WOOL. This 100% wool yarn was dyed with Indian teas, and
is available in our Etsy shop, with all proceeds going to WORK+SHELTER.

WORK+SHELTER is a new foundation started by Allyson’s friend, Theresa VanderMeer.
WORK+SHELTER offers women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa
is working to give these women decent living conditions and a chance to build a better
future. WORK+SHELTER will be a safe place where women can come with their children to
live and work. She will be providing training, materials, and a fair wage, and members of
WORK+SHELTER will be producing products to be sold in boutiques around the world.

Close Up of the Eyelet Cables

I’ve designed a few accessories especially for TEA + WOOL that will be hand knit by the
women living and working at WORK+SHELTER. The Tiny Cables Cowl is one of those
accessories! By purchasing this pattern you are helping this amazing cause. Read more
about this project here, donate by emailing Theresa, and when someone compliments you
on your beautiful new cowl, be sure to tell them about WORK+SHELTER.

Katie Looking CUTE in her New Cowl!

WORK+SHELTER Tiny Cables Cowl

Finished Size 24” around and 7” wide.

MATERIALS

Yarn WORK+SHELTER Fingering Weight Wool.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm).

Notions Tapestry needle.

GAUGE

25 sts and 28 rows – 4” in St st.

This pattern is $2

Ravelry Pattern Page

This week only: Purchase any yarn in the WORK+SHELTER Etsy Shop and get this pattern for free!

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New Pattern! WORK+SHELTER Basketweave Neckerchief

As you know, I have been working with WORK+SHELTER, a women’s shelter in India producing handmade items. My friend Katie Canavan is also working on this project, and has produced a line of new cowl patterns for WORK+SHELTER and it’s new yarn that we launched last month.

Basketweave Neckerchief in TEA+WOOL

A few months ago, Allyson Dykhuizen invited me to work on a new yarn dying project for
WORK+SHELTER, called TEA + WOOL. This 100% wool yarn was dyed with Indian teas, and
is available in our Etsy shop, with all proceeds going to WORK+SHELTER.

WORK+SHELTER is a new foundation started by Allyson’s friend, Theresa VanderMeer.
WORK+SHELTER offers women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa
is working to give these women decent living conditions and a chance to build a better
future. WORK+SHELTER will be a safe place where women can come with their children to
live and work. She will be providing training, materials, and a fair wage, and members of
WORK+SHELTER will be producing products to be sold in boutiques around the world.

Seamed and Textured

I’ve designed a few accessories especially for TEA + WOOL that will be hand knit by the
women living and working at WORK+SHELTER. The Basketweave Neckerchief is one of
those accessories! By purchasing this pattern you are helping this amazing cause. Read
more about this project here, donate by emailing Theresa, and when someone compliments
you on your beautiful new cowl, be sure to tell them about WORK+SHELTER.

Folded Over and CUTE!

WORK+SHELTER Basketweave Neckerchief

Finished Size 20” around and 9” wide.

MATERIALS

Yarn WORK+SHELTER Fingering Weight Wool.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm).

Notions Tapestry needle.

GAUGE

25 sts and 28 rows – 4” in St st.

This pattern is $2

Ravelry Pattern Page

This week only: Purchase any yarn in the WORK+SHELTER Etsy Shop and get this pattern for free!

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WOOL+TEA

WORK+SHELTER Tea Dyed Yarn

Tea-Dyed 100% Wool: This is WORK+SHELTER‘s first foray into tea dying yarn, and we wanted our supporters to be the first people in on this new aspect of WORK+SHELTER. The yarn listed in our new WORK+SHELTER Etsy Shop is a one time only batch. We learned a lot from dying this yarn! And we want to use the proceeds from this first batch to make our next batches better and better. That is why these skeins are priced so low, ranging from $4 for a mini 43g skein to $12 for a big 160g skein.

WORK+SHELTER 100% Wool - Fingering Weight

Three Unique Colors: After a few experiments with Indian teas, Katie Canavan developed three lovely colors of fingering weight, 100% wool yarn. From left to right, they are Darjeeling (a warm, variegated brown), Lemon Grass (a cool, greenish brown) and Chamomile (a warm light yellow). Each was hand dyed using its namesake tea!

Beautiful Light Yellow Chamomile!

TODAY ONLY! Buy a Skein, Get a Free Knitting Pattern: Enter LAUNCHMONDAY in the “Notes to Seller” section when checking out and you will be emailed a WORK+SHELTER pattern of your choice! Buy two skeins? Get two free patterns. Three skeins? Three free patterns! You get the idea.

Again, thank you so much for your continued support of WORK+SHELTER and it’s products!

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