blue's blog archive for ‘free-patterns’
March 8, 2016
Recently, knitting made big headlines when the folks at Jimmy Beans Wool yarnbombed at the Sundance Film Festival to promote a new movie starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Edgerton called Eddie the Eagle – but it didn’t stop there! Eddie mania quickly swept the social media world as knitters everywhere shared photos and videos from the event, and continued to engage in Eddie antics such as this video of the film’s stars coaching two “stitching athletes” in a thirty-second knitting competition!
The Jimmy Beans crew designed two free patterns for fans to knit or crochet their own version of the Eddie hat, which was inspired by the actual sweater worn by Eddie’s mom. We decided to knit our own version using the free knitting pattern and a skein of our Certified Organic Worsted Cotton yarn in #614 Drift; using a size 7 needle, we knit the Adult size M.
After knitting the hat, we used duplicate stitch to add the E and the wings using small amounts of #619 Tomato, #632 Mediterranean, and #638 Dandelion and the chart below.
You can learn more about Eddie the Eagle and the #iknitforeddie contest here.
September 24, 2015
Meet HANDSPIN, a luxurious blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool roving available in 4oz bags (learn more here). Perfectly suited to both spindle and wheel spinning, HANDSPIN is an easy-to-spin option for beginner and experienced handspinners alike.
Once you’ve designed your own unique yarn, it’s time to put it to use! Our new free pattern for HANDSPIN One-Of-A-Kind Hats features instructions to make beautiful hats in three weights of yarn: fingering, worsted and bulky.
This simple beanie lets the beauty of your handspun yarn shine through. As fun to knit as it is to spin, you’ll need just 4 ounces of HANDSPIN to make your hat from fiber to finished!
December 22, 2014
Happy Holidays from all of us at Blue Sky Alpacas! Please enjoy our newest pattern, the Extra Quick & Easy Scarf, as our gift to you this holiday season.
Designed by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, this simple scarf can be knit with just one skein of EXTRA yarn. It’s a great choice for adventurous beginner knitters as well as intermediate and advanced crafters who are looking for a soothing project to cast on this winter.
September 20, 2013
This season, we added a few free patterns to our Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. One of our favorites is the Icehouse Hat, a fantastic, easy-to-knit, classic that we’re sure will find its way into constant rotation when the weather turns cold. If the reception here in our office is any indication, everyone in the family will want one; we’re finding it particularly popular with the husbands, dads, brothers, and other men in our lives. Knit in the supremely soft Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, it sports a clean silhouette, simple rib stitch, and unique crown shaping that makes for easy, but interesting knitting. Whip one up for yourself or give it as a handsome and practical gift for the guy who’ll be slogging through the snow on a crowded city sidewalk or packing up for a weekend of ice fishing.
Designer: Melissa LaBarre
Size: Depth: 8½”
• Circumference: 17″
Needle: Size 4 (3.5mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Taupe #505 and Denim #522
To download this free pattern click here
July 20, 2011
Is it hot and sticky where you are? Do you want to knit something that is small enough that you will stay cool? How about something a little different? I’ve got some new patterns to show you—and they’re all free, available for download right now.
13th Street Pillow, designed by Elinor Brown. Knit in Peppercorn #816 (A) and Cornflower #800 (B) Melange.
An adorable pillow to practice both fair isle and steeking. Steeking, you say? If you knit fair isle the traditional way, you knit in the round with extra edge stitches. After knitting, the edge stitches are stabilized with sewing and then (eek!) cut apart. It’s an old technique. Your pillow will be proof that you can do it, and not faint.
Perhaps you’d like to try something less demanding. Here’s my Shadow Capelet. Is it a scarf for your neck? Is it a warmer for your shoulders? It can be both. A very simple knit using our new Techno. Try it in the warm neutrals of Rogue #1973 (MC), Club Grey #1975 (A), and Fame #1970 (B) shown. Or maybe put together a combination of the neutrals and brights. It will be delicious to wear once things get a little cooler.
Our own Colleen Powley, she works right here at Blue Sky Alpacas too, created this lovely scarf Techno Scarf to match her Techno Hat design. Shown in groovy Techno Aquarius #1977.
The smocking stitch is so much fun, you’ll want to do it again and again. Before you know it, you’ll have a completed scarf. While you’re knitting, sing along with me: “When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars!…”
Keep on knitting and stay cool!