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November 22, 2013

New Traveler’s Series Patterns

Are you familiar with our Blue Sky Alpacas Traveler’s Series? These patterns are short and sweet with minimal yarn requirements–in other words, perfectly portable projects. Here’s a look at the latest additions to the line.

The Celery Slouch in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight.

The Celery Slouch is a totally on-trend hat knit in our all-around awesome Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, a super-soft 100% baby alpaca yarn. Stylish, warm, and super simple to knit, it’s designed so that you can just cast on and enjoy the luxury of mindlessly knitting away.


The Details

Pattern: Celery Slouch
Designer: Robin Melanson
Size: Band circumference: approx 18”
• Hat circumference: 24”
• Height from band to top of crown: 9½”
Needle Size 4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 3 (3.25mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Celery #543
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store

The Tri-Button Cowl in Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO.

‘Tis the season for wrapping up. The Tri-Button Cowl offers a chic alternative to the scarf (in light and lofty Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO) and elevates simple ribbing into an edgy accessory.


The Details

Pattern: Tri-Button Cowl
Designer: Vladimira Cmorej
Size: Length: 37¼”
• Width: 6¾”
Needle Size 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO, shown in Smoke #1974
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store

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November 15, 2013

One Pattern, Three Looks

A lot of time, money, and effort goes into creating handknits, so we think it’s especially nice when a knit pattern offers options.

Take our Moscow Coat for instance.

The Moscow Coat: Look 1.

Knit in the ultra-cozy, ultra-chic mix of Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky (in Gray Wolf) and Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO (in Smoke) this showstopper features chic dressmaker details like the waistband knit horizontally and in a twisted rib for structure and feminine shaping. The oversized cowl is knit as a separate knit piece which offers lots of different styling options. Here the cowl is slipped down around the shoulders for a fabulously fashion-forward feel.

The Moscow Coat: Look 2.

Here’s a look at the cowl worn straight up sheltering the neck and cheeks from fierce winter winds (and framing your face quite nicely in the process). We love the contrast in texture between the two yarns.

The Moscow Coat: Look 3

Of course the coat (this time in Coyote and Metro Silver) is a stunner on its own. Remove the cowl and you have a perfectly polished piece that’s perfect for the office. And don’t forget to make the cowl earn its keep by pairing it with all your other winter favorites.


The Details

Pattern: Moscow Coat
Designer: Vladimira Cmorej
Size: length: 37½ (38¾, 40, 41¾, 43¼, 44½, 46¼)”
• Bust: 32 (35½, 39, 42½, 46, 48½, 51)”
• Waist: 28½ (32, 35½, 39, 42½, 45, 47½)”
• Sleeve length to underarm: 18 (18½, 18½, 19, 19, 19½, 19½)”
• Coat is designed to be worn with approximately 1 – 2” positive ease.
Needle Size 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky and Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO, shown in Gray Wolf #1007 Bulky and Smoke #1974 TECHNO (modeled) and Coyote #1223 Bulky and Metro Silver #1971 TECHNO (detail)
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store

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November 8, 2013

A Rose Is But a Rose

Russian Rose Set in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight

Remember when you first learned to knit? Maybe your tension was a little wonky or you occasionally dropped a stitch. (I used to create yarnovers without even knowing what a yarnover was.) But over time, and with practice, we all become skilled knitters. And knitting by any other name (colorwork included) is still just knitting. Trust us, designs like the gorgeous Russian Rose Set above (made in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight) just look complicated. Break it down and it’s the same combination of knits and purls used to create basic stockinette, with a few colors changes thrown into the mix.

Stunning stranded knitting with embroidered details.

Sure you’ll need to practice (it makes perfect after all) and learn a few tips and tricks (a class at your favorite LYS will cover that), but with a little work you’ll be painting pretty pictures in yarn in no time. Starting small with a project like a hat and mittens, rather than a full-size sweater, will make the whole experience a lot less intimidating. If you’re ready to challenge your colorwork skills you can find the Russian Rose Set here.

Beautifully bundled up in Sport Weight and TECHNO

Feeling extra ambitious? Our model, Margaret, is also wearing our ultra-chic-and-cozy Moscow Coat made in light, lofty Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO. You can find the pattern for that design here.

Color artistry–swap Navy Blue for Capri and get a completely different look.

Color changes so dramatically affect the overall look of a design. The mittens that Margaret is modeling above use Navy Blue for the main color for a look that’s rich and sophisticated; switch the main color to Capri and the mood changes to icy and enchanting. With seven colors in the design, and 31 Blue Sky Alpaca Sport Weight colors to choose from there are 2,629,575 color combinations for the Russian Rose Set. What palette will you put together?


The Details
Pattern: Russian Rose Set
Designer: Robin Melanson
Size: Cap circumference: 20″
• Cap height to turning round (crown): 5″
• Mitten circumference: 7¼ (8)”
Needle Size 4 (3.5mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Navy Blue #533, Hibiscus #538, Red #511, Currant #542, Black #510, Petal Pink #516, and Buttercup #537
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store

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October 11, 2013

Custom Crafted

Are you ready for a little yarn-fueled fun? The Colorplay Rug (free for the downloading in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store) lets you custom create a colorful, made-just-the-way-you-like it rug.

Sound good? Great–let’s get started.

Colorplay Rug – Crochet

Would you prefer to knit or crochet? You can choose from Sarah Smuland’s knit version or crochet option by Jillian Cautrell. Or make them both. You decide.

Colorplay Rug – Knit

Now it’s time to pick your palette. We used Brown Bear #1006, Silver Mink #1002, and Pluto #1214 for the knit version; Gray Wolf #1007, Coyote #1223, and Cayenne #1216 for the crochet. Not your cup of tea? No worries. There are 24 Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky colors to choose from, (four are brand new).

Coyote, Sunglo, Shine, and Marine

How big do you want your rug to be? Each block in the rug is 12 inches square, make as many as you need to fill your space.

Here comes our favorite part. You can put the blocks together any way you want. Each arrangement will give you a completely different look. Allow us to demonstrate:

Having trouble seeing our video? Click here.

Ready to give it a try? You can download the free pattern in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store, click here for the knit version and here for the crochet version. Enjoy!

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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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