October 28, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Hoodoo Hat & Extra Tour Wrap-Up

With knitting season in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about crowd-pleasing projects to make with your needles! The Hoodoo Hat by Virginia Sattler-Reimer is something the entire family will enjoy. Three skeins of Extra yarn in your three favorite colors are all you need to make a quartet of colorful hats, making this fun-to-knit design a practical choice for holiday gifting. Get creative with our palette of 14 color options, or opt to knit the hats as pictured below, shown in #3518 Java, #3516 Still Water, and #3521 Lake Ice. The Hoodoo Hat pattern is available here on Ravelry.

For more gift-making inspiration, look no further than the Destination Collection, which was tailor-made for our Extra yarn! Our Extra Blog Tour has just wrapped up, but you can visit each tour stop for a closer look at each of the 6 designs from our latest pattern collection:

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October 8, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Graphic Knits by Alexis Winslow

Hot off the presses (and just in time for fall!), Alexis Winslow‘s latest book is full of bold projects for adventurous knitters. In Graphic Knits: 20 Designs in Bold, Beautiful Color, there are many great projects for welcoming autumn, including four show-stopping designs knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Yarns.

For a quick knit, choose two colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn to make the Jalopy Belt.This reversible chevron-striped belt is a versatile way to update your fall wardrobe, and the pattern is easy to memorize, making it perfect for on-the-go knitting.

© Joe Hancock

The Minnow Top re-interprets chevron patterning with an openwork lace design knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico yarn. The top is meant to be worn with a lot of positive ease which accentuates the beautiful drape and sheen created by Metalico‘s 50/50 blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk. This elegant shell is an excellent layering piece for any time of the year.

© Joe Hancock

The Rook Pullover incorporates interesting construction elements within the popular top-down seamless sweater formula: the set-in sleeve caps are worked at the same time as the rest of the shoulder, allowing the stripes to be perfectly matched up! Knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, this pullover features a bold geometric color work pattern around the body and cuff and stripes on the shoulders and back. With 33 yarn colors to choose from, there are endless possibilities!

© Joe Hancock

Last but not least, the Trilogy Cardigan which appears on the book cover is a fresh take on the popular flowing, draped cardigan. The unusual construction gives the illusion of intarsia blocks, but with much cleaner diagonal lines. Knit with our well-loved Sport Weightyarn which boasts a variety of color options, this versatile piece can be worn in a number of ways, thanks to the hidden buttons behind the shoulder inside the cardigan.

© Joe Hancock

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September 23, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Cocoon Coat

As the air turns crisp, it’s time to think about which sweaters to knit for the season. Just out is a lovely new design which appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine, the Cocoon Coat by Kathy Merrick.

VOGUE Knitting Fall 2014, photo by Rose Callahan

This stunning long coat is knit in our Worsted Hand Dyes (shown here in #2012 cranberry and #2015 putty), and it would be great addition to your wardrobe. Clever features such as Fair Isle accents, set-in sleeves and slanted knit-in pockets make the Cocoon Coat the perfect layering piece for autumn.

Photo by Chad Niemeyer.

Our Facebook and Instagram fans may have noticed a new feature we have started recently called Colorway Wednesday. Each week, we’ll share a palette of Blue Sky Apacas yarns inspired by the photography of Chad Niemeyer. Shown above is last week’s palette, which featured Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight yarn in #537 Buttercup, #535 Blue Jay, #543 Celery, #521 Tangerine, and #505 Taupe. We hope that folks find this new feature useful for choosing interesting and new color combinations for their next project!

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September 2, 2014

Extra, Extra!

With fall just around the corner, we’d love to share the story behind our newest yarn, EXTRA. Boasting plenty of yardage and a palette of 14 wearable colors, this luxe mix of baby alpaca and fine Merino wool was created to be a versatile choice for a variety of knitting tensions and needle sizes. To complement EXTRA, we have also introduced the Destination Collection, which consists of 6 timeless accessories created by designers around the globe.

We also have a brand-new YouTube video which gives you an inside look at the process of creating a brand-new yarn from start to finish, as well as our unique approach to creating a pattern collection that’s tailor-made for EXTRA yarn, the Destination Collection.

Our own Linda Niemeyer will be this week’s guest on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast, where she’ll be talking in-depth about the Destination Collection, EXTRA yarn, and all things Alpaca-related! The episode will be airing locally at 9am EST this Saturday, September 6 on Northampton radio station WHMP 1400 and 1240 AM; the podcast will be uploaded shortly thereafter here on the WEBS Yarn Store Blog.

We look forward to seeing where the creative road takes you this fall!

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August 26, 2014

Summer Sheets by Mac & Me

We’ve fallen in love with the latest patterns from Mac & Me featuring Blue Sky Alpacas yarn! Summer Sheets is a trio of beautiful baby blankets to knit with our 100% organic Worsted Cotton. Each blanket is knit on larger needles for a relaxed gauge and drape, and they are light enough for summertime use. Patterns are available for individual purchase via the links below, or you may purchase all three together in a PDF eBook.

#148 Fisherman Rib Blanket features a soft and squishy rib pattern and rounded corners with a simple crochet edge finish. Choose your favorite color of Worsted Cotton to suit any decor, or work this unisex blanket in Natural or Navy for a nautically-inspired baby gift.

#147 Lace Rib Blanket has a simple rib border framing a light and airy lace pattern in the center panel. It’s simple enough for your first lace project, but interesting to knit for intermediate knitters, too. Our Worsted Cotton yarn provides excellent stitch definition, and this blanket looks great in just about any color – it’s not just for girls!

#146 Broken Rib Blanket is worked with just knit and purl stitches to form a lovely summer sheet. The simple pattern provides a meditative knitting experience, and the resulting blanket is soft and drapey. It’s a ‘must’ for the cool evenings and milder days of summer!

Each of the 3 patterns from Summer Sheets is a wonderful way to welcome baby; ideal for cool summer nights, chilly mornings, and changing seasons, each knit blanket has its own personality – just like your little one!

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