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Eleanor brought in yarn she bought years ago that has no planned pattern; something none of us do – ever ;)

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I showed her how to do a filtered Ravelry Search. The boxes on the left are filters (not in screen shot) and you can be as specific as you like, including yardage. The filters she chose are at the top of the picture. She chose the purple vest in the bottom middle picture.

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She reached the point where she begins the inner bodice with her Plum Perfect Knit, Swirl Jacket. She is using Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yards) for the main color and Noro Kureyon  (Worsted: 100% wool, 110 yards) as the contrast color.

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Allison and I were both working on our Linen Stitch Scarves with 3 different colorways of Koigu PPPM (Fingering: 100% Superwash Merino, 175 yards).

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Allison finished her Ponchini and it looks fabulous! The Ponchini is knitted with Be Sweet Bamboo (DK: 100% Bamboo, 110 yards) held with Rowan Kid Silk Haze (Lace:  70% Mohair, 30% Silk, 229 yards).

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She was working on the Baby’s Texture Blanket in Sublime Baby Cashmere DK (DK:  75% Merino, 20% Silk, 5% Cashmere, 127 yards).  Allison is crocheting a border and learned how to work the duplicate stitch to put the first initial of the baby’s name on the blanket.

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Jane took a crochet class last week and has been practicing to finesse her new found skills.  Today we worked on counting stitches and finding that ever difficult last stitch.

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Linda was onto the finishing for her Bunny Jacket.  This sweater was started for her second granddaughter (who is now 11) and will be going to her fifth granddaughter who is 1.

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Check out the perfect pewter bunny buttons!

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She also cast on for the second Fetching fingerless glove in Noro Silk Garden (Aran:  45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yards).

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I was swatching for the “Any Which Way You Can Multidirectional Tank Top” Class.  The pattern is Axil  by Norah Gaughan.  I’m using a cotton yarn.  In order to get gauge, I’m knitting on a #4 and purling with a #3.  I’m doing this to avoid the random patches of larger stitches that pop up when I knit with plant fiber yarns.  It stems from the purl stitch being a looser stitch.

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Cheryl is knitting the   Guy’s Guernsey Afghan pattern with Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yards).  She absolutely loves working with this yarn, from the feel of it in her hands to how it works up. Adding to the pleasure of the experience are the Lace Addi Turbo needle.

It’s been a while since our last knit-a-long.  I think it was actually warm and snow-free and that seems like EONS ago.  The only thing that keeps us going now is the dream of warm weather to come.

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To that end our newest knit-a-long calls to mind summer evenings, walks on the beach, and cocktails on the terrace.  The pattern is “Camber” by Berroco and is a perfect light weight sweater to throw on over a t-shirt or a sundress.  The yarn we are using is Fuji by Berroco, a wonderful DK weight blend of primarily silk and cotton. For different colors and textures we have other yarns that would be suitable.

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You should know (or you will learn) how to read charts.  As always we are offering a 10% discount on yarn bought for the knit-a-long and our expertise. You can choose from our selection of colors or place an order for the color of your choosing. For different colors and textures we have other yarns that would be suitable.

So join us in our knit-a-long and bring summer just that much closer! Drop in on any Thursday night during one of our regular Sit’n Knits to jumpstart your Camber sweater (no charge).

Here are the finer details:

Skill Level: Intermediate

A simple neckline transforms into a lace diamond on the back and front of this seamless top-down cardigan.

Sizes to fit bust sizes 30(34-38-42-46-50-54)”

The model in the picture above is wearing a size 34″; this garment was designed with approximately 2″ ease.

Finished Measurements

bust – 32(36-40-44-48-52-56)”

length to center back – 22(23-24-25½-28-28-28½)”

Materials

Berroco Fuji color 9203 – 7(8-9-10-11-12-13) hanks

24″ or 32″ circular knitting needles in sizes 6 & 8 (or size to obtain gauge)

16″circular knitting needles in sizes 6 & 8.

Straight knitting needles, size #7.

Cable needle, stitch markers, stitch holder, 7 – 5/8″ buttons.

 

We all took turns trying on the sweater to give you an idea of how the size 34″ fits us (real bodies).

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Diane is knitting Dreambird with Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnaval (Fingering:  50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Silk, 437 yards) for the background and Noro Silk Garden Sock (Sport:  40% Wool, 25% Silk, 25% Nylon, 10% Mohair, 328 yards) for the feathers.

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She started Brickless with a slightly fuzzy yarn (I don’t remember what it was).

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Noreen knit up Simple & Easy Fingerless Gloves in Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunk (Bulky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).

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She knit the Lucy Hat with left over worsted weight yarn.  The white hat will match the Knit, Swirl jacket she knit last year.

 

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month since our third annual Mohonk retreat.

What a wonderful weekend we had!

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We are still making room in both our waistbands.

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and in our knitting queues for all the wonderful projects we shared.

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Andra, from Berroco Yarns,

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 with a fantastic trunk show of garments that we enjoyed trying on.

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The venue was even more beautiful this year. Spending a day knitting while the snow fell outside the big picture window was magical.

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Somehow, the snow was much less annoying there, perhaps because we never had to leave the comfort of the hotel (although some intrepid souls did).

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And, I think I can safely say that we have become honorary Scots given that we have now been there three times on Scottish weekend. Who could forget  Julie’s “Vitavetavegimin” moment with haggis (“and it’s so tasty too!”)?

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We hope that everyone had as good a time as we did. We are already dreaming of next year…

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Ronni knit this Minnowknits pattern #246  in Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards).

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How cute is she???

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Sue knit the Ivy League Vest with Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (Sport: 100% Superwash Merino, 136 yards).

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There was steeking involved! She used a video as a tutorial.

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Eleanor is knitting a Knit, Swirl Jacket, specifically the Plum Perfect style.  She is using Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yards) for the main color and Noro Kureyon  (Worsted: 100% wool, 110 yards) as the contrast color. The Knit, Swirl jacket is knit all in one piece from the outer edge in, with just one seam.  She knit the ever important swatch to make sure her gauge was right.

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She’s a couple of rounds in.  It’s slow going even though you’re decreasing 16 sts per round.  The Kureyon makes a lovely contrast.  Of course it’s in my favorite colors.

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Elaine is working on The Mini Water’s Edge Cardigan for her granddaughter. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% superwash merino, 220 yards).  One of the things I like best about this pattern (other than it’s adorable) is the sizing:  0-6 months (6-12 months, 12-18 months, 2, 4, 6)[8, 10, 12, 14].   It’s knit from the top down so there is minimal finishing.

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This was something from the way back machine.  Elaine started this (felted) bag pattern 6-7 years ago.  It’s one of the first patterns I wrote.  She needed some help determining where she was.  Wow, this takes me back.

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Linda F. came in wearing one of her first sweaters. I love how happy she looks!  If memory serves, this yarn was gifted to her.

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She was ready to join the fronts of her All about the yarn jacket. This is a terrific no-brainer project.  It’s knit in garter completely, no shaping.  You knit each front and then work a row joining the fronts and casting on sts for the neck and knit the back.  Perfect for a beginner or mindless knitting if your advanced.  The yarn is Queensland Uluru (Fingering:  55% Cotton, 26% Acrylic, 19% Polyester, 410 yards) held with Filatura Di Crosa Nirvana (Cobweb:  100% Merino, 372 yards).

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Allison was working on her Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf.

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Jillian has just started her Linen Stitch scarf.  The yarn is Koigu Painters Palette Premium (Fingering: 100% merino, 175 yards).  The pattern requires 3 skeins – 1 of 3 different colors.  I love the endless color opportunities. This is a recurring class, so keep an eye out for it if you’re interested.

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Barbara was swatched and ready to begin her Spenser sweater knit with Berroco Cirrus (Bulky:  42% Mohair, 40% Nylon, 18% Merino, 114 yards).  True to it’s name, this yarn is light as a cloud.  I knit the store sample and love wearing it.
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Linda (different from Linda F) brought this sweater out of hiding.  She began knitting it for her second grandchild and is finishing it for her fifth grandchild!  We have all been there.  The pattern is called Bunny Jacket.  She was also working on the Fiber Trends Felt Beret in Noro Silk Garden (Aran:  45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yards).  Linda is not going to felt it so it will be more of a slouchy hat.  She’s also knitting fingerless gloves to match.

Stitch and Chat meets Tuesday mornings from 9-11 at Westport Yarns and Wednesdays in Stamford from 10-12. It’s a great forum to get help with what you’re working and meet other knitters/crocheters. If you are interested in attending, please email Pam, pam@westportyarns.com

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Katherine took several tutoring sessions with Danni.  She had started a glove without a pattern by casting on a sufficient number of stitches for a cuff.  Danni helped her with the fingers.

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 She knit the Aggregate Scarf, it was her first time knitting short rows.

Kathleen wrote that “I’m so glad Westport Yarns exists and close by.  My long list of techniques to learn looks much more do-able knowing that there’s top-notch instruction just one town away! So, thanks to Dani and her patience with me and the huge holes in my knowledge.” We thank you for the compliment and look forward to your next project/technique.

 

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Robin found a really easy cowl pattern that she used to make all these cowls.  She used Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% Superwash Merino, 128 yards), Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky (Bulky: 100% Baby Alpaca, 108 yards) and Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky (Bulky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).

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The pattern is as follows:

Approximately 108 yards of bulky yarn, #11 needles.

Cast on 26 sts.

Row 1: Slip 1 stitch knitwise, with yarn in back, knit to end.  Repeat row 1 until approximately 18″.

Bind off loosely.  Sew, leaving 3″ opening.  Turn back flaps and sew on a button.

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