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December 18, 2013
The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits is filled with designs that do a wonderful job of mixing feminine details with a distinctly rugged and outdoorsy quality. Take the Cerrito Cardigan, (the name translates as “little hills” in Spanish). Part of the Below the Mesa collection, it’s equally at home worn with your favorite jeans for a weekend walk in the woods or belted with a skirt for an evening out with friends. (Although, I don’t think I’d loose those boots, no matter what the occasion!)
Part of the charm of this piece comes from the yarn–the ever versatile Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. A lightweight 50-50 blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk makes this a great layering sweater for all seasons. Shimmery Metalico lends itself to dressing up, but we love seeing this more casual styling too. Either way it’s a worthwhile indulgence.
Pattern: Cerrito Cardigan
Designer: Faina Goberstein
Size: 18 (19½, 20¾, 22¼, 23½, 25)” back width at underarm
Needle Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” to 32” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico, shown in Gold Dust #1613
Pattern available in Interweave Knits, Winter 2014
December 13, 2013
With three Sport Weight palettes and three in Alpaca Silk.
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December 11, 2013
Have you seen Vogue Knitting’s, Holiday 2013 issue yet? We have, and our hands down favorite is this cool colorwork pullover by Amy Micallef. We love the way she took traditional stranded knitting and gave it a modern spin. Of course we’re also excited by her choice of yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes. It’s a perfect match for this kind of detailed design. The round, dense yarn provides perfect stitch definition that makes the op-art pattern really pop.
Designer: Amy Micallef
November 20, 2013
Like so many knitters, most of us here at Blue Sky Alpacas World Headquarters began our adventures in yarn and needles with a scarf. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve likely discovered that scarf knitting is addictive. With no worries about fit and a little leeway on gauge (a scarf can be as long or wide as you want it to be) you’re free to play with pattern, color, and technique, trying out stitch combinations might seem intimidating in a project that requires sizing and shaping.
This fall presented us with dozens of new scarf styles to try out in the form of Scarf Style 2 (Interweave Press), a delightful volume of designs by Ann Budd. We’re particularly smitten with Eufaula, a decadent double-loop cowl knit in sumptuously soft Blue Sky Alpacas Melange. (We’re thrilled to discover that it’s the scarf featured on the book’s cover!) Pick up a copy and knit up a little luxury for yourself or someone on your holiday gift list.
November 13, 2013
Sometimes two seemingly unrelated elements (in this case bulky yarn and a lovely lace pattern) add up to one spectacular knitting project. The Victor Shawl from the Winter 2013 issue of Knitscene is knit lengthwise with big needles (size 15) in our ultra-cozy, ultra-warm, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky. I can’t wait to get it on my needles. What about you?