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Spotted on Ravelry #006


As many of you already know ‘Spotted On Ravelry‘ was a popular feature in our skacel Magalog for 5 years. Now that we’ve retired our Magalog, we can continue this on-going segment here on our Blog and with more frequency than twice a year!

 “5 More Fall Favorites!”

1. Kate’s Everyday Sweater by The Chilly Dog

“I was giddy when my adult daughter asked if I would design a sweater especially for her. She had a very specific list of requirements, though.

  • something that can be worn every day (work, school, home…)
  • machine washable
  • rounded neckline that’s not too tight
  • flattering shape with small splits at the sides
  • sleeves that aren’t too short
  • textured stitchwork
  • pretty color

I think I nailed it, although I won’t know for sure until Christmas when she opens her gift. (Hers is in Forestry. I’m keeping the Burnt Orange one for myself). The sweater has a repetitive, textured stitch and simply shaped raglan sleeves. This pattern comes in three women’s sizes and has a finished circumference of 34 (38, 42) inches.”

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2. Butterfly by Ruth Kindla

“This pullover stands out with its interesting pattern structure and the serrated edges. Go on – you can do it!
It is worked with color gradient yarn in garter stitch with short rows and some purled rows.

Featured Yarn:

Gradient by Schoppel

This pattern is available for €6.50 EUR.

 

3. Sakura Tree by Agata A. Piasecka

Sakura Tree is a knitted light lace shawl with a lace flower pattern recalling blooming cherry tree and the subtle border with delicate leafy pattern.

Featured Yarn:

Traumseide by Zitron 

This pattern is available for $5.00 USD.

 

4. Wood Warbler cowl by Martina Behm

“This is the seventh pattern from A Year of Techniques – a collection of 12 patterns to teach you new knitting skills. The pattern file will be added to Ravelry on 6th September. More details on the following pattern release dates can be found on the source page for A Year of Techniques.

Stripes on the bias and some cunning shaping make this cowl something of a mystery while it’s on your needles!

The Wood Warbler cowl is not available as a single pattern.”

Featured Yarn:

Gradient by Schoppel

Print + eBook bundle costs £19.99, plus shipping. To purchase, please visit their website.

 

5. Sketch Shawl by Tanya Mulokas

Sketch Shawl is my first shawl design. When I finished it, my husband said that it looks like a pen doodle and reminds a sketch. That’s why I named it like this.

Featured Yarn:

Filigran by Zitron

This pattern is available for €3.50 EUR.

 


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Superwash vs. Colorfast

As color-blocking in patterns continues to rise in popularity, it’s important to remember that just because a yarn is ‘Superwashdoes not mean it is ‘Colorfast.’

  • What does ‘Superwash‘  mean?
    • ‘Superwash’ wool is a wool yarn that is machine washable and, therefore, will not felt.
  • What does ‘Colorfast‘ mean?
    • The ability of fabric or other substances to keep the same color without fading or running even if washed, placed in harsh light, exposed to perspiration or treated with certain chemicals.
  • “If I make a project in red and white, will the yarn bleed, even if it’s ‘Superwash‘?
    • Just because a yarn is ‘Superwash‘ does not ensure it is also ‘Colorfast‘.
    • The only way to know for sure if bleeding could be an issue for your project is to swatch both colors together and test your preferred blocking method first.
  • Never blindly block your finished project (especially wet blocking) without first testing on a swatch. Doing so will ensure minimal heartbreak!
  • When in doubt, remember yarn is just like laundry! You would never wash your whites with a new red sock, right? Not unless you want pink shirts! Yarn is the same. Explore alternative blocking and laundering methods if you intend on using highly contrasting colors in the same project, such as:
    • Steam Blocking – This can be a great alternative!
    • Color Catchers could help prevent bleeding, but we still recommend testing on a swatch first.
    • Dry Cleaning – While this is a great option for projects that need to be washed (like blankets) on occasion, we still recommend having your cleaners test a swatch of the yarn FIRST, before getting it cleaned. All fibers react to the dry cleaning process differently.

The moral of the story is simple: do your homework! A lot of time and money are put into our projects, whether they are intended for yourself or another, so always make time to swatch, test, and know your project will live a lifetime of color perfection, just as you intended!

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Spotted on Ravelry – 05


As many of you already know ‘Spotted On Ravelry‘ was a popular feature in our skacel Magalog for 5 years. Now that we’ve retired our Magalog, we can continue this on-going segment here on our Blog and with more frequency than twice a year!

 “Fall Into Color!”

1. Ripple As You Go by Amanda ‘Mandobug’ Mannas

“Have you ever been intimidated to “join as you go”? There’s no fear here! Featured as skacel’s August Crochet Along Together project, you will learn how to join motifs “as you go” for a seamless finish! This bright and fun wrap has a lacy ripple body that is also connected “as you go.” It’s a thrill to watch the colors change and the various stitches keeps things interesting.”

Featured Yarn:

Zauberball Starke 6 by Schoppel

This pattern is currently available as a free download.

 

2. Spice Market Socks by Amy Loberg

“The “Spice Market” Socks pay homage to the vibrant colors seen in traditional marketplaces across India, the Middle East, and North Africa. The inspiration for these socks comes from the gorgeous bins and baskets of the colorful spices seen here, and entrelac seemed like the perfect fit to mimic their shape and structure. Worked from the toe up, the top of the foot and leg are worked in entrelac while the foot remains in stockinette stitch.”
Featured Yarn:

Zauberball® by Schoppel

This pattern is available for $5.00 USDbuy it now

 

3. End of Summer Scarf by Vickie Howell

“Celebrate the end of summer with this sweet scarf! Once the crochet fun is done, there’s an added element of shibori-inspired circles made using our circular tape measure as a guide.”

Featured Yarn:

Zauberball® Cotton by Schoppel

This pattern is currently available as a free download.

 

4. Carlie’s Fingerless Mitts by Diane L. Augustin

“Celebrate the end of summer with this sweet scarf! Once the crochet fun is done, there’s an added element of shibori-inspired circles made using our circular tape measure as a guide.”

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Sueño

This pattern is available on Ravelry.

 

5. One for the Books by Martina Behm

“Celebrate the end of summer with this sweet scarf! Once the crochet fun is done, there’s an added element of shibori-inspired circles made using our circular tape measure as a guide.”

Featured Yarn:

Zauberball® Crazy by Schoppel

This pattern is currently available as a free download.

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Spotted on Ravelry – 004


As many of you already know ‘Spotted On Ravelry‘ was a popular feature in our skacel Magalog for 5 years. Now that we’ve retired our Magalog, we can continue this on-going segment here on our Blog and with more frequency than twice a year!

 “Four More Summer Projects”

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1. To Market, To Market Bag by PostStitch

“It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) when you’re headed to the library or Farmer’s Market, so why not show up in a bright MIM (Made It Myself) showstopper? Knit in the round and from the bottom up, this bag is a generous size to fit leafy veggies, an iPad, knitting project, or even a New York Times Best Seller. Toss it into your purse for those times you need a back up bag when you’ve shopped too much, or pop in your luggage and use as a lightweight tote when you don’t want to schlep all of your stuff.”

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi DK

This pattern is available for $5.00 USDbuy it now

 

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2. Scarf Water Lily by Svetlana Gordon

A stunning 3-dimensional project that will be sure to stand out no matter when or where you wear it!

Featured Yarn:

Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball®

This pattern is available for $6.50 USDbuy it now

 

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3. Summer Shower Sock by PostStitch

“Designed for PostStitch’s July 2017 SockStitch subscription, Summer Shower is a warm weather sock inspired by the inconsistent Florida weather. Spend a summer day on the Gulf Coast and you will learn that early morning, clear skies can quickly morph into an afternoon storm. To capture this dichotomy, the back and underside of this sock is knit with stockinette stitch to resemble clear skies, and the lace eyelets that fall down the front of the sock resemble the rain drops so commonly present during a Florida summer.”

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi

This pattern is available for $5.00 USDbuy it now

 

 

4. Whale Done Socks by The Chilly Dog

“This toe-up sock pattern was designed for my first ever skill building KAL (knit along). The socks feature a figure eight cast on, star toes, shadow wrapped short row heels and a suspended bind off and can have a short cuff, as shown, or a longer length cuff.”
Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi & CoBaSi Multi

This pattern is available for $5.00 USDbuy it now

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Spotted on Ravelry – 003

As many of you already know ‘Spotted On Ravelry‘ was a popular feature in our skacel Magalog for 5 years. Now that we’ve retired our Magalog, we can continue this on-going segment here on our Blog and with more frequency than twice a year!

The beauty of hosting this online as opposed to printed text is it’s now easier than ever to find the patterns we feature with ‘Bundles’ on Ravelry for quick reference!

 “Are you ready for the summer?”

1. Weekend at the Coast by Marie Greene

“TWO PATTERNS IN ONE! Choose either the short/cropped tee length, or the long tunic with side slits. Both sets of instructions are included.”

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Rylie

This pattern is available for $7.00 USDbuy it now

 

2. The Joshua Tree Shrug by Naturally Nora

“The Joshua Tree Shrug crochet pattern is a simple and unique quick summer project, perfect for layering on cool summer evenings.”

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi Plus

This pattern is available for $4.00 USDbuy it now

 

 

3. Textured Color Block Scarf by Willina Collins (Knit Coach)

“A uniquely textured scarf with a “peep” hole to pull through the end and create a distinct wearability. Designed with the HiKoo® Sueño mini pack in mind it uses all of the yarns in the pack as well as an additional skein of Sueño for the trim colour.”

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Sueño

This pattern is available for $6.95 CADbuy it now

4. Adorable Ewe by Michelle Hunter

“The sweater is sized to fit a six month old baby and is appropriate for a boy, girl or waiting for the gender reveal. Two skeins of any main color are needed. Additionally, white or natural is a must for the sheep with black for the accents.Perhaps the most fun is selecting four buttons for the sweater. Skacel’s new sheep buttons are now available in white and natural.”
Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Simpliworsted

This pattern is available for $6.00 USDbuy it now

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Spotted on Ravelry – 002

As many of you already know ‘Spotted On Ravelry‘ was a popular feature in our skacel Magalog for 5 years. Now that we’ve retired our Magalog, we can continue this on-going segment here on our Blog and with more frequency than twice a year!

The beauty of hosting this online as opposed to printed text is it’s now easier than ever to find the patterns we feature with ‘Bundles’ on Ravelry for quick reference!

“This That and the Other Thing”

A Medley of New Designs!

1. Attack of the Killer Rabbits Cowl by Peggy Jean Kaylor

Attack of the Killer Rabbits Cowl is a loop cowl. It can be worn long tucked into the collar of a coat, or doubled for extra warmth. Very unisex in design, you can make it more masculine or more feminine with your color choices.

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Simplinatural

This pattern is available for $3.00 USDbuy it now

2. Attack of the Killer Rabbits Hat by Peggy Jean Kaylor

Attack of the Killer Rabbits Hat is a slouchy beanie. Very unisex in design, you can make it more masculine or more feminine with your color choices.
Buy both Attack of the Killer Rabbits patterns, and get a 25% discount. No coupon needed. Just put both patterns in your cart and Ravelry will automatically deduct the amount of your discount from the total.

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Simplinatural

This pattern is available for $3.00 USDbuy it now

3. Sheep Cardi by Mitzy Moore

This cardigan in knitted top down in the round. No seaming. Yay!!!
The sleeves, as shown in the pictures, are 3/4 length sleeves. You may customize them to the length you would like as you work them. The sheep detail is added afterward using Duplicate Stitch.
There’s extra instructions for girl or boy buttonhole.

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Simplicity

This pattern is available for $2.99 USDbuy it now

4. Baby Shoes by Mitzy Moore

“The pattern is written step by step, easy to follow.
This shoes is knitted in the round, then flat and join using Kitchener stitch at the end of the heel.”
Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® Simplicity

This pattern is available for $1.99 USDbuy it now

5. Cinnamon Shawl by A Little Knitty Designs

“The Cinnamon Shawl starts with just a few stitches and finishes 500 or so…but the journey is fun and rewarding! The picot bind off rounds out the pattern and adds charm to the overall look.The CoBaSi yarn really gives the shawl a beautiful drape and because of the cotton, bamboo, silk blend it will be great to wear in the summer!”

 Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi & CoBaSi Tonal

This pattern is available for $4.00 USDbuy it now

6. Upstream by Owen Ellis

“Working with two contrasting gradients, Upstream is a slowly-changing, gradually-shifting, entirely surprising hat. Slightly slouchy, striped and spotted, and turning into concentric rings of color at the top, it’s sure to turn heads wherever you go.
Featured Yarn:

Schoppel Reggae Ombré

This pattern is available for $4.00 USDbuy it now

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