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March 19, 2014

Jet Set and Ready to Knit

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.

Part of the Jet Set Collection in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, the Short Sleeve Raglan Tee takes a basic shape and gives it an elegant twist. Light and fresh for summer, the mesh lace stitches miter at the center front and center back to create figure-flattering chevrons. Knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, it’s the perfect piece to pack along on your next getaway.

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.


The Details

Pattern: #03 Short Sleeve Raglan Tee
Designer: Margeau Soboti
Size: S (M, L, XL)
Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, shown in Gardenia #311

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March 12, 2014

Out Like a Lamb

Photo © Interweave Crochet.

Spring is supposed to be warm, sunny, and rejuvenating. The reality tends more toward damp, rainy, and unpredictable. The temperature is all over the map and we’re left wondering what to wear. Cotton dress or down coat? Snow boots or sandals?

New York designer Dora Ohrenstein understands the fickle nature of the changing seasons and designed the Mentha Cardigan to suit. The pale, pretty color (Plume); light, airy yarn (Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk); and feminine lace and shell stitch crochet pattern are all about spring; short sleeves and a cardigan silhouette make it perfect for layering on days that start with a chill and end with a warm breeze.


The Details

Pattern: Mentha Cardigan
Designer: Dora Ohrenstein
Size: 32¼ (34½, 36½, 40¼, 44)” bust circumference
Size F (3.75mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, shown in Plume #103
Pattern available in Interweave Crochet, Spring 2014

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March 6, 2014

Someday…

Photo © Interweave Knits, Spring 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.


The Details

Pattern: Millay Jacket
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
• Size 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico, shown in Flint #1614
Pattern available in Interweave Knits, Spring 2014

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February 19, 2014

Knit to Flatter Winners!

Photo © Amy Herzog

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.

Photo © 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!

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February 12, 2014

A Perfect Sweater (and a BIG Giveaway!)

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.

Knit to Flatter on Craftsy.

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.

Striper Wrap Photo © Amy Herzog

Neckline detail, photo © Amy Herzog

Sleeve detail Striper Wrap, photo © Amy Herzog

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.


The Details

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

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