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Spotted on Ravelry – 009


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!
Enjoy this month’s issue!

January 2018 Issue

This month we are doing things a little differently! Instead of our usual posting, we’re introducing our brand new Skacel Look Book for 2018 which features 23 patterns for today’s most popular designers!

All of the garments are made using yarns from HiKoo®, Schoppel or Zitron.

You wont want to miss this amazing piece of inspirational eye candy! Click below for a free digital copy with fully integrated smart links! That’s right, if you see a pattern you like, just click on it to learn more!

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Special Thanks
Our thanks to all of the designers who granted us permission to feature their beautiful, original designs! Skacel supports designers and we hope you will, too!
Please respect copy write laws.

Support
Please direct pattern questions to the respective designer. Any other questions may be directed to: info@skacelknitting.com

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Spotted on Ravelry – 008


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!

Enjoy this month’s issue!


December 2017 Issue

1. Maggie’s Hat – Fingering/Sock weight by Anne Hearnden

“A chemo cap with a difference, it is light and pretty.
Designed for those of us who have lost our hair this hat is knit in the round using short rows to shape the head and with a scalloped edging to soften the look.
Available in three sizes with information on how to adjust the sizing.

The HiKoo® CoBaSi is an ideal yarn for this hat as it is soft and stretchy – this was my favorite hat to wear at night.

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi

This pattern is available $Free of Charge.

2. Burien Cowl by Michelle ‘Knit Purl’ Hunter

Named for a beautiful town on Puget Sound, this cowl checks all the boxes:

√ simple to master 
√ interesting to knit 
√ stylishly warm 
√ super soft

The stitch pattern resembles weaving for a textured appearance. Knit as a tube and seamlessly grafted, making this a no-wrong sides piece that is effortless to wear.

Supported with video lessons at knitpurlhunter.com

 

Featured Yarn:
This pattern is available for $5.00 on Ravelry.

 

3. Lotus Poncho by Lynette Meek

“Designed to cover the shoulders and upper arms and show off some of the gorgeous gradients and hand-dyed yarns that we are constantly tempted by!

The Poncho is knit in the round and works from the bottom up. The lace pattern creates an interesting edge and switches quickly to stockinette for some pleasurable, relaxed knitting. The garter stitch finish at the neck keeps it tidy and allows for easy finishing and blocking.

 

Featured Yarn:

This pattern is available for $5.00 USD.

 

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Spotted on Ravelry – 007


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!

Enjoy this month’s issue!


November 2017 Issue

1. Tulip Field Socks by Amy Loberg

“Knit from side to side, the Tulip Field socks have long color blocks inspired by the beautiful tulip fields near Amsterdam. With lots of fun knitting techniques like an intarsia join and short rows, they are a great skill builder. These socks are fun, bright, and you will probably never see another pair of socks like these!

Featured Yarn:

HiKoo® CoBaSi

This pattern is available for $5.00 USD

2. Hybrid Wall Hanging by Rachel Denbow

Watch Rachel Denbow mix crochet with weaving techniques on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell!

Featured Yarn:

3. Sleepy Sheep Socks by The Chilly Dog

These socks are a fun tribute to our wooly, fiber friend, the sheep.

The socks are worked from the toe up and have a German, aka Double Stitch, short row heel. The face of each sheep is stitched on after the toe is knit. The tweedy yarn has little flecks of color.

The leg and instep of the sock are worked with a textured stitch to imitate a wooly fleece. The sole of the sock has a smoother stitch for comfort.

Since these socks are worked from the toe up, the leg can easily be adjusted to your desired height.

Featured Yarn:

Trekking XXL Tweed by Zitron 

This pattern is available for $5.50 USD 

 

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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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