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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.”

Featured Yarn:

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.

 


To see all of the patterns featured in this article, click here!
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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 – 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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The Yarn Shop of the Future

The sense of community a local yarn shop can build is powerful. There is something very comfortable about sitting around with fellow knitters and fiber enthusiasts – talking, laughing, creating, helping one another, and having fun.  The fiber-based friendships that form at yarn shops truly cannot be replicated elsewhere.

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Knit nights are fun and very popular at Fiber Artwork in Huntsville, Alabama.



In the world today, technology is progressing at a faster pace than ever before, creating enhanced experiences online.  We now watch how-to videos on our laptops, we shop from bed at midnight on our tablets, and we have apps on our phones that tell us how many stitches to cast on.  While more and more parts of our lives now involve technology, it only makes sense that fiber enthusiasts would engage in more and more fiber experiences and transactions online.

As a result, the number of online yarn suppliers continues to grow, and more and more websites are competing for your business.  The easiest way for most sites to compete is by discounting, not by providing extra services.  This has created a culture where many people feel cheated if they find they paid more in a store than someone else paid online for the same product.

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Taking classes is a great way to learn new skills while supporting your LYS. These students are leaning about color in a class at Mosaic Yarn Studio in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

So should you shop at your local yarn shop or should you shop online?  Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding where to shop.

We want to keep local yarn shops in business!  We don’t want them to disappear like many local book stores have.  The only way to keep the doors of your local yarn shop open is to support them!  This is done not by simply visiting them, but by purchasing yarns, needles, notions, classes, and other products from them.  So if you see a yarn you like in a shop – buy it!  That shop has invested in bringing that yarn into their shop so you can physically see and touch it.  If you want them to continue bringing in new yarns and products, buy locally. Do you regularly attend knit nights at your favorite yarn shop or do you go to your local shop for pattern help and/or color advice?  If you do, then support them so they will be there to support you when you need it.

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Yarn shop employees, like those at Cowgirl Yarns in Laramie, Wyoming, are a great resource when deciding on the perfect yarn and/or color(s) for a project.

At the same time, we want to keep our online options available, as many Americans do not have the luxury of living in close proximity to a fine fiber arts shop.  The internet gives many people the opportunity to purchase the same fabulous yarns, tools and patterns that are available locally to others. Without online shops, a lot of fiber enthusiasts would be left with nothing more than a few options available at a big box crafting chain store.  So if your favorite internet shop sends you an email featuring a great new product that interests you, buy it!  Online shops invest in products as well, and their marketing campaigns take time and money.  They are trying to earn your business, and if they succeed, it is a win for both of you.

While the choice of where you spend your fiber dollars is ultimately up to you, remember to respect the retailer with whom you are doing business.  If we all do this, we will be able to continue making friends at yarn shop knit nights, while still having the opportunity to shop online in bed at midnight.

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Most yarn shops welcome knitters to hang out, knit and socialize, as these ladies are at The Yarn Studio in Casey, Illinois.

 

Testimonies from Local Yarn Stores Throughout the Country

“The local yarn shop is a place where knitters, crocheters, and other fiber fanatics can be inspired by their craft and share their talents with others. We love to inspire people to try new things and help them learn new skills.  We love to help people feel welcome and meet other like-minded people in the community.”

Great Yarns – Raleigh, North Carolina

 

“In a state where the population is spread out over mountain ranges and rolling plains, having a special place like Cowgirl Yarn gives fiber people from around the area a place to gather, share ideas, and create gorgeous things together.”

Cowgirl Yarn – Laramie, Wyoming

 

“The LYS is important because it is where local crafters can gather to find the latest fibers, styles, and projects while connecting with other like-minded souls.”

 –Nikki’s Knots – Woodland Park, Colorado

 

“You come in for yarn and leave with friendships.”

Fiber Artwork – Huntsville, Alabama

 

“Local yarn shops are important because they offer real-time help, inspiration, and community.”

Mosaic Yarn Studio – Mount Prospect, Illinois

 

“The Yarn Studio is a place that empowers people to knit with confidence and skill!”

The Yarn Studio – Casey, Illinois