Archive for November, 2016

Top Ten Gift Sets

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

If you haven’t passed your wish list over to the desk of the jolly red elf yet, there is still plenty of time before he does his shimmy down the chimney.  This season we have a stunning array of holiday gift sets to suit the various styles and preferences of both knitters and crocheters alike.  Take a look at our favorite selections from Knitter’s Pride and ChiaoGoo.

Top Ten Gifts Sets-

 

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The Royal Treatment begins with a Parisian-themed Double Pointed Needle Set by Knitter’s Pride Royale in the most popular sock knitting sizes ranging from 2.00 mm to 3.25 mm.  This luxury set combines the warmth of laminated birch with brass tips for speed.

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Wrap up a little eye candy, its sugar-free!  This Sock Needle Kit features a half dozen double points all six inches in length by Knitter’s Pride Marblz.  Neatly packaged in a faux leather case, with sizes from 3.50 mm to 5.50 mm, this ensemble works well with winter’s heftier sock yarns.

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Lace knitters will ooh and aah over the Twist Mini Interchangable Set by ChiaoGoo which includes five tips (1.50 mm to 2.50 mm) and three cables in a black mesh pouch with a separate storage sleeve.  A BONUS case comes with an assortment of accessories.

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Tis the season for chunky knits!  Whip up a winter’s worth of warm and cosy accessories with the Interchangeable Chunky Trio Set by Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz.  This snazzy set includes colour-coded 9.00, 10.00 and 12.00 mm needle tips finely-crafted from laminated birch complete with three cords, four end caps and two cord keys.

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NEW from Diamond’s Own, a Learn to Knit Kit to inspire little hands to get started on a holiday project with a pair of ChaioGoo wooden needles, one ball of Fine Merino Superwash Aran, a Sidekick knitting bag, and a page of instructions all in an attractive box! The perfect gift!

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For the crochet enthusiast who delights in stylish organization, this lovely set of hooks is the cat’s pajamas!  The Waves Crochet Hook Set by Knitter’s Pride, comes complete with nine hooks featuring soft-grip handles in a choice of pink or green zippered case.  (Sizes: 2.75mm to 9.00 mm).

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A practical gift for the traveling knitter, the Interchangeable Midi Set by Knitter’s Pride Karbonz consists of the most popular sizes from 4.50 mm to 6.00 mm with two cords (1 cord each of 24″ & 32″), 4 end caps, 2 cord keys & 1 set of size markers.

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The jewel in the crown this season is the Royale Single Pointed Needle Set by Knitter’s Pride Royale, available in either a ten inch or fourteen inch selection of nine sizes (3.00 mm to 8.00 mm).  These premium grade needles are well designed in a mixture of wood and brass.

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Sleek and sophisticated, the Interchangeable IC Deluxe Set by Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics delivers when it comes to top notch speed.    Housing seven pairs of the most popular size tips from 4.00 mm to 8.00 mm with added accessories, this set offers true performance without all the bells and whistles.

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Put the WOW under the tree with the all-new limited edition Melodies of Life Box Set by Knitter’s Pride.  The Cadillac of tool kits!  This eye-popping gift set consists of vibrant aluminum needles with clear laser-marked sizing from 3.50 mm to 8.00 mm, four color-coded cords, and an assortment of fabulous accessories stored in a matching monogrammed pouch.  If that isn’t enough to sweeten the pot, Knitter’s Pride has also thrown in two pairs of dressy wooden earrings.

Toppers On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Due to popular demand, we have added one more pattern to our On The Rocks series, which celebrates the great outdoors in typical Canadian style.  This week’s design is all about keeping the cold out with a pair of thick and chunky boot toppers.   They knit up ultra quick in Sirdar’s  Harrap Tweed Chunky, a speckled yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, now available at your lys in a range of eight rustic shades.

 

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Wear Toppers On The Rocks two different ways!  Fold back over boot cuffs (shown above) or as cosy legwarmers to tuck inside winter boots (shown below).

Toppers On The Rocks 2

TOPPERS ON THE ROCKS

Size:                    Women

Finished Width:                  38 cm/ 15 in.

Finished Length:                 23 cm/ 9 in.

Yarn:                                          MC- 1   Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 100)

    A- 1  Sirdar Click Chunky 50g ball (col. 142)

                              B- 1  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 9 and 6.00 mm/ US  10 double point set

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. with smaller needles over st st.

Cast on 48 sts with smaller needles and MC.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 14 cm/ 5 1/2 in.  Cut MC.  Attach A,

Purl I round with larger needles (this will designate wrong side of work).

Cont in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

4 rounds in A. Cut A.

Attach B.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

Attach A.

8 rounds in A.

Cast off loosely.

Make a second one to match.

With wrong side facing, fold toppers over boots.

Download the FREE pattern here.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Toque On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We all know things are better in threes, so that is why we have added another toasty warm accessory to our popular On The Rocks series which celebrates the great outdoors in true Canadian fashion.  To top off the trio in cosy style, this tweedy toque is knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted for one more surprise pattern next week……

 

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TOQUE ON THE ROCKS

Size:                                       Adult Medium

Finished Width:                  51 cm/ 20 in

Yarn:                                          1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 8 double point set, and 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 60 cm/ 24 in circular

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 80 sts in A.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

19 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Continue with MC, knit each round, dec 8 sts evenly across 1st round = 72 sts.

When work meas 13 cm/ 5 in from top of ribbing-

Shape Top:

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.

Round 1- [K6, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Round 3- [K5, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 4- Knit.

Round 5- [K4, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 6- Knit.

Round 7- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 8- Knit.

Round 9- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 10- Knit.

Round 11- [K1, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 12- [K2tog] rep to end.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and sew in end.

Pom Pom:

Make a 8 cm/ 3 in pom pom with one strand of A and B held together.  Attach to top of hat.

Download the pattern here.

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Design by: Michele Meadows

 

Mitts On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Continuing with the second installment in our three-part series which celebrates the great outdoors with casual weekend accessories that cover the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style…..

This week we are getting the jump on November’s chilly forecast with a pair of soft and cosy mitts knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern next week for the matching toque……

 

Mitts On The Rocks

MITTS ON THE ROCKS

Sizes:                                       S                           M                     L

Finished Width:       19 cm/ 7 1/2 in.      20 cm/ 8 in.        22 cm/ 8 1/2 in.

Finished Length:     24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     25.5 cm/ 10 in.    27 cm/ 10 1/2 in.

Yarn:                                         1                               1                         1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

                                                     1                               1                         1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

                                                     1                               1                         1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

Tension:  18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over st st.

LEFT MITTEN

**Cast on 32 (36, 40) sts with A.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

12 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

4 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.

Knit 12 (14, 16) rounds.**

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K1 st in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle and knit to end in MC.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 12.5 (14, 15) cm/ 5 (5 1/2, 6) in. from top of ribbing.

Cut MC.

Shape Top:

Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- [K1, k2tog, k10 (12, 14) , sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 3- Knit.

Round 4- [K1, k2tog, k8 (10, 12), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 5- Knit.

Round 6- [K1, k2tog, k6 (8, 10), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 7- Knit.

Round 8- [K1, k2tog, k4 (6, 8), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Large Size Only-

Round 9- Knit.

Round 10- [K1, k2tog, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Thumb:

Remove scrap yarn and slip 10 (12, 12) sts onto 2 needles.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Attach MC and knit across 1st round, inc 1 st = 11 (13, 13) sts.  Cont in knit rounds until thumb meas 5 (5.5, 6) cm/ 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) in.

Next 2 Rounds- [K1, k2tog] rep until 5 (7, 7) sts remain.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.  Sew in ends.

RIGHT MITTEN

Work from **to**.

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K to last 6 (7, 7) sts in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle, k to end in MC.

Cont to work as LEFT MITTEN.

Download the pattern HERE.

Design by: Michele Meadows