October 10, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Camp Out Mitts

There was an unmistakable chill in the air this morning, which means knitting weather is officially upon us!  Like most San Franciscans, we couldn’t help but reach for our trusty fingerless gloves.


Photo from @tma on Ravelry

The Camp Out Mitts (a free download on Ravelry) has been a staff favorite for many years.  Like most fingerless mitts, they are easy to knit and only require one ball of yarn.  It’s also the perfect excuse to buy that skein of Noro you can’t stop staring at!


Photo from @no2018 on Ravelry

We just adore that perfectly mismatched look you get from knitting these gloves with a self-striping yarn.  The pattern calls for Kureyon, but the staff is partial to the silky softness found in Silk Garden.

These little mitts are essential during early morning dog walks, brisk walks to work and late night romps around the city.  They also make fabulous holiday gifts!  Grab a free copy of the pattern here and browse the dazzling selection of Noro’s Silk Garden.

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August 8, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Baby Baseball Jacket

Both baseball and baby shower season is upon us, so why not knit something that the “coaches to be” will adore?


This adorable baseball jacket pattern was originally released in Debbie Bliss’s Baby Cashmerino Book (Volume 4), but it is now available for free from Knitting Fever!


You can knit this jacket using the colors shown or customize it to celebrate the parents’ favorite team!  We are pretty partial to orange, black and white (go Giants!) but we’ll of course help you create your own combo.

You can download a free copy of the pattern here and view the many colors of Baby Cashmerino that are available by clicking here.  Happy Friday!

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August 4, 2014

Julie Hoover Trunk Show Spotlight: Encadre Cowl

Designed with a minimal aesthetic and finished to be fully reversible (neatly hiding all the messy stranded bits!), Encadre will hug your neck in a lofty cocoon of irresistible softness.


You’ll need 645 yards of color A and 200 yards of color B. Sample knit in Jade Sapphire’s Mongolian Cashmere 2-Ply.


26 stitches and 40 rounds over 4”/10cm square in circular stockinette stitch, blocked

24” circular needle
3.25 mm (US size 3) or size needed to obtain gauge


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August 3, 2014

Julie Hoover Trunk Show Spotlight: Hart

With its subtle lace panel and softly draped neckline, this cardigan is total femininity. Hart plays equally well with jeans, shorts or a soft silk skirt.


36¾ (40½, 44¼, 48¼, 52, 55¾)” finished bust circumference
Model wearing size 40½” with +6½” ease


Shibui Pebble
7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins
1435 (1575, 1765, 1925, 2115, 2295) yards
Sample shown in color Chestnut


25 stitches and 38 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch

NEEDLE A (for main fabric)
24″ circular needle
3.5mm / US 4 or size needed to obtain gauge listed
NEEDLE B (for ribbing)
24″ circular needle, one size smaller than Needle A
3.25 mm / US 3

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August 2, 2014

Julie Hoover Trunk Show: Leigh

With its cap sleeves, flattering neckline and easy, swingy dolman shape, Leigh is one top you can wear any time and for any occasion—and then some.


39 (43, 47, 51, 55, 59)” finished bust circumference
Intended to fit bust sizes 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52)”


Shibui Pebble
8 (9, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins, with yarn held double
1790 (1990, 2245, 2475, 2755, 3000) yards
Sample shown in color Tar

NOTE: Garment can be worked in heavier (fingering or sport weight) yarn, held single, with half the amount of yardage.


22 stitches and 32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, with yarn held double

One 24” circular needle
4 mm / US 6 or size needed to obtain gauge listed

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