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Entries in Garter Stitch (15)

Thursday
Mar202014

Laura's Loop: Purl Soho's Cardigan Vest

A light bulb more than went off when Whitney (yes, of Whit’s Knits) walked into our Bee meeting and proclaimed, “I’d make that vest!” I was trying on the Purl Soho Cardigan Coat mid-project, pre-sleeves, when Whitney pointed out that there was a vest pattern not so stealthily hiding in my coat pattern. Honestly, I was so focused on the sweater coat of my dreams that I hadn’t stopped to notice the sweater vest of my dreams!

In my defense, it was September when I made the Purl Soho Cardigan Coat; sleeves seemed smart at the time. But it’s six months later and signs of spring’s arrival are finally appearing. And so, rather than unravel the sleeves of my sweater, I thought a re-knit was in order. (Plus, for my vest I needed less room for layers and decided to go down a size for a more snug fit!)

Like the Cardigan Coat, the Cardigan Vest is made of Purl Soho’s delightfully soft and springy Worsted Twist merino wool. This time I used Oyster Gray, a luminescent neutral color, perfect for pairing with just about anything! -Laura 

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Thursday
Jan092014

Laura's Loop: Knit Elbow Patches

It’s astounding how many sweaters my dear friend Taylor has with elbow holes. It wasn’t until I spotted her plinking away at a computer keyboard that I realized the cause… she’s a leaner, a focused leaner. The more she focuses, the more she leans, and the more she leans, the more worn her wares become. She most definitely puts her sweaters to work.

These Knit Elbow Patches were developed with Taylor in mind, out of love and necessity. To knit up these Patches I used two strands of Purl Soho’s brilliantly colored, 100% merino Line Weight, and to sew them onto the offending elbows, I used a single strand of the same. These super simple shapes feature little details that make them work: short row for a tailor-made shape and edges that perfectly hide sewn stitches.

Are you or is someone you know a leaner? Help protect those elbows. Or maybe you didn’t score that sweet sweater you asked for from Santa? Revitalize your old, holey favorites! These Knit Elbow Patches are my solution (and my New Year’s resolution). Happy mending! -Laura

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Sunday
Oct062013

New Kit: Hat and Hand Warmers for Beginners

Many of us probably remember using grandma's scratchy scraps and old bent aluminum needles to knit our very first scarf, hat or blanket. We were proud enough of our accomplishment to try again, but the project itself is probably forgotten in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. It is our mission at Purl Soho to prevent the sad fate of moth-eaten first projects!

Novice or expert, we all appreciate the pleasure of wonderfully soft merino and warm wooden knitting needles; we all feel inspired by sophisticated, modern design; and we all want to wear or give the fruits of our labor with pride and joy. That's why Purl Soho has created a kit for first-time knitters that satisfies basic standards of beauty. Our new Hat and Hand Warmers for Beginners kit equips the fledgling knitter with the supplies and knowledge (from winding to a ball to weaving in ends) to knit up a beautiful set of winter goodies!

Constructed out of simple garter stitch rectangles, these hat and hand warmers are classic, chic and totally easy-as-pie. And in Purl Soho's gorgeous Worsted Twist, they're incredibly soft and cozy too! Sized for women and men, each kit includes enough yarn to knit up a hat and a pair of hand warmers.

Each Hat and Hand Warmers for Beginners kit includes...

  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho's Worsted Twist, which is enough to make a hat and set of hand warmers
  • A pair of birch wood US size 7 knitting needles (and a yarn needle for finishing)
  • A full-color how-to-knit instruction booklet, plus step-by-step patterns for an adult sized hat and pair of hand warmers

Choose from seven of our favorite colors (shown above, from the top): Toasted Charcoal, Dark Loam, Timeless Navy, Peacock Blue, Super Pink, Ballet Pink and Heirloom White. And get knitting!

Sunday
Sep222013

Super Easy Blankets!

The Purl Bee's Super Easy Blanket was one of our very first patterns, and all these years later, it still satisfies us with its easy modernity and lively versatility. Since its introduction, we've knit this blanket in oodles of colors and yarns and sizes, each version highlighting a fresh idea. And now Purl Soho's Worsted Twist and Super Soft Merino yarns have inspired a new stack of gorgeous Super Easy Blankets!

With its tidy spin Worsted Twist gives our Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blankets a crisp and elegant finish. And perfectly midweight, these blankets have a wonderful heft and lush softness, so nice for chilly stroller rides and cold nights!

Worsted Twist's palette of soft and mellow blues, punctuated by bursts of hot pink and bright yellow, creates  four beautiful color stories: Heron (shown above), Macaron, Slipper, and Neptune. Choose your favorite right here with our new Yarn for Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket kits.

And for a wintertime blanket or anytime playmat, whip up our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket. Same seven bold stripes, same generous crib size, and same incredible soft touch, but this version is heavier, thicker and quicker to knit. Our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket kits come in six inspiring colorways, each special in its own way!

Super Soft Merino or Worsted Twist? Worsted Twist or Super Soft Merino? Both? To weigh your options, click here for the Super Soft Merino Crib Blanket pattern and simply read on for the Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket pattern. And to view each yarn kit (including photos of each finished blanket), click here for the Super Soft Merino and here for the Worsted Twist. Let us know what you decide!

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Sunday
Sep082013

Laura's Loop: Color Tipped Scarf

Come fall, I just know I will be that fumbling girl on the sidewalk, bag falling off my shoulder and coffee spilling on innocent passersby, as I gracelessly reach around for my trailing scarf… which has come unwrapped… again. Fess up! I know I’m not alone in this. I see fellow strugglers, cluelessly strutting about with their scarves dragging behind, picking up all the wonders of the city’s floor.

There is a science to securing a scarf. With neat triangular ends and a gently gripping garter stitch texture, this dapper Color Tipped Scarf longs to hold tight and budge-free! And not incidentally, the bright pointy tips provide a delightful pop of color, saving us all from too scientific an approach to scarf design! 

Knit up in Purl Soho’s new Worsted Twist, the Color Tipped Scarf is fantastically soft, hearty, and beautifully simple. You can buy all the yarn you’ll need with our Yarn for Color Tipped Scarf kit. One kit makes one adult scarf OR two kids’ scarves. It’s available in three pretty colorways, or create your own from our full palette of colors right here. Here’s to a fumble-free fall, enjoy! -Laura

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