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September 20, 2013

Free Pattern: Icehouse Hat

The Icehouse Hat: rugged good looks in a fun-to-knit project.

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.


The Details

Pattern: Icehouse Hat
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

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July 20, 2011

New Free Patterns!

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!
Merri

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