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Sunday
Aug072011

Whit's Knits: Little Baby Sweater

My son Bear is a rowdy, mysterious, extremely silly two and a half years old. I love his toddlerhood, its questions and observations, its vicissitudes and surprises, but there's one thing I really do miss about his infancy. Those amazingly tiny little clothes! With their itty bitty sleeves and miniature proportions, they seem to me now like they were made for enchanted elves instead of babies! This irresistible cuteness makes baby gear almost everyone's favorite thing to knit, me included.

And so to satisfy this hankering, I designed this charming Little Baby Sweater. It's a simple knit, inspired by the no-nonsense engineering of knitting great, Elizabeth Zimmermann. Its inset sleeves pay homage to her genius Tomten Jacket, and its easy, low maintenance finishing would maybe please the guru herself! If you love Elizabeth Zimmermann's style but have always felt a little intimidated by her approach, this is a very friendly place to start!

I was happy to have a great excuse to try out our newest yarn from Anzula, Sebastian, because it includes sea cell, a fiber I had never heard of.  It turns out that sea cell is a seaweed and cellulose blend with the rigor and breathability of a plant fiber, the feather lightness of wool, and the soft shine of bamboo. It also turns out that sea cell plus superwash merino makes Sebastian the perfect choice for a baby!

 

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Sunday
Jun052011

Whit's Knits: Perfect Fit Socks

I think hand knit socks are one of life's underrated pleasures. Like juicy watermelon on a steamy day or good rainboots in a downpour, hand knit socks make everything okay! 

I designed these Perfect Fit Socks to wrap your feet in extra deep comfort. For an honestly perfect fit, the toe shapes around your toes with no ouchy seams; the length of the sock is customized to your foot (size charts included); the heel has cozy slip stitch padding; and the leg and top of the foot conform wonderfully to any body, thanks to 2 x 2 ribbing.

And for truly happy feet, I turned to Anzula's latest creation, Cloud. Cloud is a beautiful blend of superwash merino (for softness and structure), nylon (for durability), and cashmere (for dreamy goodness). This yarn is so lightweight and fine that you can look forward to hand knit socks that will actually fit in your shoes! And, at a whopping 575 yards a skein, the best news is you'll only need one!

These socks are sized for men and women, so, while you may want to get started on a pair for yourself, don't forget dad! Father's Day is around the corner, and in the thoughtful present category, nothing beats hand knit socks. Let him know it's time to kick his feet up!

You can purchase a copy of our Perfect Fit Socks Pattern right here, to choose a skein of Cloud, just click here!

Thanks! -Whitney

Sunday
Nov282010

A Purl Soho Pattern: Loeffler Randall Rain Boot and Rain Bootie Stirrup Socks!

Early this fall Jessie Randall from Loeffler Randall had her team contact us to see if we'd be interested in doing a collaboration around their elegant and cool LR Rain Boots and LR Rain Booties.  At Purl Soho we're huge fans of Loeffler Randall (and are honored to have Jessie as one of our customers) so we were thrilled to create this pair of Stirrup Socks especially for their rain boots and booties. 

The Boots

The Loeffler Randall Boots and Booties are the perfect solution to wet fall weather.  They're rain proof so they are completely practical, but they also have an elegant shape and come in great colors, so you can wear them anywhere.   The boot has a back zipper, the booties lace up and they are available in black, army and taupe.  If you want to learn more about them or get yourself a pair, you can find them right here.

The Socks

Once we thought about creating stirrup socks all of our creative juices started flowing.  We realized that a stirrup sock is a great, substantial, but approproachable project for lots of knitters.  Also, being without a heel and toe they'd work well in the elegantly shaped LR boot foot (without the bulk of a hand knit sock), and also the back of the leg shaping means not only that this sock is very pretty, it also fits easily inside a boot leg.  We made the long pair of socks to go with the LR Rain Boot, and the short pair to go with the LR Rain Bootie. 

The biggest challenge of the pattern is using double pointed needles, but luckily we have a fantastic double pointed needle tutorial that you can visit right here if you need it.

Before we even started developing our Stirrup Sock Pattern we knew we'd want to create it with Anzula's Squishy, which is perhaps one of the most perfect sock yarns ever created. Squishy comes in an amazingly generious hank of 385 yards of gorgeous superwash merino wool, cashmere and nylon, and we wanted to be sure you could get an entire long pair from one skein.  As it turns out, one skein (385 yards) will make the one pair of the long version of the stirrup socks OR two pairs (!) of the short version.  Squishy comes in tons of great colors, and is beautiful to work with.  The socks are substantial, cozy without being heavy. 

Loeffler Randall will be offering a free Purl Soho Stirrup Sock pattern inside the box of every pair of Rain Boots and Rain Booties, or you can buy the pattern directly from us right here!

Here are some details on the pattern:

  • Pattern includes directions for long stirrup socks (14-inches from heel opening) and short stirrup socks (8-inches from heel opening).
  • Yardage Requirements: Long Pair, 375 yards; Short Pair, 185 yards
  • Gauge:  36 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

You will also need:

Oh, and the long stirrup socks work perfectly in Loeffler Randall's beautiful Classic Matilde Flat Boots too! 

Sunday
May232010

Anzula 'Squishy' Log Cabin Baby Blanket

This July my sister, Jen, is having a baby girl! It goes without saying that I will be making this baby girl lots of handmade gifts, this Log Cabin Baby Blanket in Anzula's Squishy is the first.  I don't know what element of making this blanket was my favorite part; was it working with the gorgeous, super soft (and washable!) yarn, or was it watching the lovely hand-dyed colors come together, or perhaps it was the super easy construction of the whimsical log cabin shapes?  In any case, I enjoyed making this blanket immensely, and I hope my brand new niece enjoys it just as much! 

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