December 4, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Nurturing Cardigan

Sweater season is our favorite time of year, and the chilly start to winter here in Minnesota has us thinking about all things sweater. From the warmest pullover to a versatile cardigan, it’s time to update that winter wardrobe! Kristen TenDyke’s upcoming book No-Sew Knits: 20 Flattering Finish-Free Garments is full of delightful sweater possibilities, and we’re quite smitten with the Nurturing Cardigan that’s knit with our organic Skinny Cotton yarn.

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This simple boxy sweater is perfect for layering, and it’s a cinch to knit, too: the body is worked in one piece straight up to the underarms. From there, the underarm stitches are bound off, then the back and fronts are worked separately to the shoulders where they are joined with a three-needle bind-off. There is no complex shaping in the body, making it easy to work a lace pattern (which can be easily interchanged with any of the stitch patterns used in the chapter). The possibilities for this sweater are endless!

We’re seeing some fantastic finished hats in our Bulky Hat KAL that’s happening now through December 15th in our Ravelry group! So far, our KAL participants are loving how quickly these hats knit up – and boy, are they warm! Make gifts for your entire family in a snap and you just might win our grand prize; for each hat you finish and post by December 15th, you’ll be entered in our drawing. Click here to join in the fun!

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November 19, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Sinopia by Hunter Hammersen

Just in time for the holiday season, designer Hunter Hammersen has an exciting new book out this month called Curls. This collection of wearable shawls, scarves and wraps can be knit with any weight of yarn at any gauge and they are designed to look beautiful at any size. We’re smitten with Sinopia, a lacy wrap which is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn.

The versatility of the design allows knitters to make this project with two or more skeins of Alpaca Silk yarn – just cast on and knit ’til you run out of yarn! We’re looking forward to seeing which colors folks choose for their shawls; be sure to post your project photos here in our Ravelry group!

Speaking of our Ravelry group, the Bulky Knit Hat KAL is off to a great start! We’re beginning to see some fun projects take shape here in the KAL thread and look forward to seeing many more between now and December 15, which is when the KAL wraps up! A fantastic prize is up for grabs, too – click here for more details. This is a great way to whip up lots of warm hats to give as gifts for the holiday season, so come join in the fun!

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November 6, 2014

Join Our Bulky Knit Hat KAL

Winter is coming….make sure you’re ready with a stockpile of warm and wearable hats in our Bulky yarn! We’re hosting a KAL this November 15-December 15 right here in our Ravelry group featuring these 6 quick-to-knit designs from the Bulky Knit Hats for Kids & Adults book by Sarah Smuland:

We’re offering members of our Ravelry group a special discount on their eBook purchase now through December 15, 2014 – click here for more details! Many of our wonderful Stockists will be hosting classes featuring these patterns in November & December, so be sure to stop by your LYS to ask if you can sign up!

Every finished hat photo posted in our Ravelry group from November 15-December 15 which features Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn and any of the patterns pictured above will act as an entry into our grand prize drawing – the more hats you knit, the more chances you have to win this fantastic prize:

Bulky Hat KAL Grand Prize: Cane Bay Wrap project kit, Pretty Cheep project bag, and a Knitter’s Pride Deluxe Nova Platina Cubics interchangeable needle set.

For more contest and KAL details, please refer to the KAL Ravelry group thread located here. We’d also love to see your projects over on Instagram, so be sure to tag your projects with #blueskyalpacas and #bulkyhatKAL when you post your photos. Happy knitting!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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