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March 6, 2014
The snow will melt, the sun will shine, the grass will green, and you’ll need a versatile sweater like the Millay Jacket to ease you into the spring season. This lovely layering piece (don’t you just love the lace stitches and asymmetric closure?) is from the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Knits and is stitched in sumptuous Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. It’s the perfect project to put on your needles in anticipation of the warmer days ahead.
Designer: Veronik Avery
Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference, buttoned
Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
February 19, 2014
Let’s start with the runners-up. Congrats to Teri and Muriel who will each receive a copy of Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog.
Our grand prize winner is Erin! She will receive both the Knit to Flatter book and enough Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight or Melange in her choice of colors to make a perfect Striper Wrap of her very own.
Remember, you’re a winner too, with 25% of the Knit to Flatter Craftsy class!
February 12, 2014
Have you ever fallen in love with a sweater in a book or magazine, rushed out to buy the yarn and pattern, and knit your heart out only to be disappointed with the end result?
Chances are the trouble isn’t your lack of knitting skill; it’s your choice of sweater style. The key to loving your knits lies in finding those that flatter your figure. But how do you do that?
Designer Amy Herzog has the answer. Her Knit to Flatter class on Craftsy (a companion to her 2013 book of the same name) teaches you how to assess your shape, find details that flatter, take measurements, and calculate for fit and ease. With those skills in your arsenal you’ll be knitting “perfect” sweaters in no time.
I took the class and loved it; then picked up a copy of Knit to Flatter and was doubly excited to discover that one of the sweaters suited to my shape is the Striper Wrap, knit in Blue Sky Alpacas own Sport Weight and Melange.
Is the Striper Wrap right for you? You can take Amy’s class and find out. (And if it’s not the right one for you don’t worry; there are plenty of other fabulous styles that would look equally great in Blue Sky Alpacas yarn.) Follow this link and you’ll get 25% off the Knit to Flatter class fee thanks to Craftsy.
We’ve also go a few other great giveaways for you.
Leave a comment telling us about your most challenging sweater stitching experience and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Knit to Flatter and enough yarn to make the Striper Wrap in Sport Weight and Melange in your choice of colors. The two runners-up will receive a copy of Knit to Flatter. We’ll pick the winners via random number generator, please, one comment per person.
Pattern: Striper Wrap
Designer: Amy Herzog
Size: 30½ (32, 34, 36½, 38½, 40, 42, 46½, 50, 54½)”
Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) 36″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, shown in Pomegranate #813, Relish #808, Cornflower #800
• Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Medium Gray #508, Light Gray #507
Pattern available in Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog. Available at your LYS, local book store, or online
January 24, 2014
Looking for a new way to keep warm? The Winter issue of Vogue Knitting has it–a chunky, textured capelet paired with ribbed arm warmers. The Drop Stitch Poncho and Arm Warmers are a cinch to knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky and the oversized stitches are totally on trend. The poncho is made from the bottom up in a drop-stitch lace pattern that ends with a ribbed turtleneck; the matching arm warmers finish up in a flash on circular needles. Follow VK’s color cue with Frost and Jasmine or choose your own combination from the 24 colors in the Bulky palette.
Pattern: Drop Stitch Poncho and Arm Warmers
Designer: Cathy Carron
Size: poncho – small/medium (large)
• arm warmers – circumference 8″ and length 15″
Needle Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, shown in Frost #1211 and Jasmine #1213
Pattern available in Vogue Knitting, Winter 2013/2014
January 3, 2014
Dad, Grandpa, brothers, a significant other–there is always a great guy in your life in need of knits. (Or maybe that great guy is you.) Luckily, the Winter issue of Knit Simple, has several gems made for men. Here at Blue Sky Alpacas, we’re partial to these fingerless gloves made up in our super soft Sport Weight yarn. They’re a real classic, simple and practical with no fussy details, just a deep cuff near the digits. There are 31 Blue Sky Alpaca Sport Weight colors to choose from (not to mention 18 of the easily substituted Melange) which means you can dress Dad in rugged Denim #522, set Grandpa up with a nice neutral like Dark Gray #509, and indulge your crazy brother with something a little edgier like Tangerine #521. Knit on.
Pattern: #21 Fingerless Gloves
Designer: Jim Cox
Needle Size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Blue Spruce #545
Pattern available in Knit Simple Winter 2013