August 1, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Big Ribbon Beach Tote

Happy August 1st!  There are still plenty of weekends left before Labor Day to get the family out to the beach.  Don’t forget your beach bag!


This free pattern from Katia will help you whip up a fabulous and sturdy bag to bring along your next trip to the sea.  It will be the perfect home for your sunscreen, snacks and favorite book.

Grab a size L hook and two balls total of Big Ribbon and your new travel companion will be ready before you know it.  You can also browse our selection of RibbonXL if you’re looking for a wider color palette.  The pattern can be downloaded (free of charge) right here.

Happy hooking!

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Julie Hoover Trunk Show Spotlight: Lange

Lange is a loose-fitting pullover with an updated (curved) silhouette. The stitch detail at the raglan line is vintage-inspired.


Worked with a single strand of lace yarn, the stockinette fabric feels as light as air.  If you haven’t tried Shibui Pebble yet, you are missing out!

35¼ (39, 43, 46¾, 50½, 54½)” finished bust circumference

Shibui Pebble
6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins
1185 (1330, 1530, 1645, 1815, 1965) yards

Sample shown in color Brass


25 stitches and 38 rounds = 4” in circular stockinette stitch


NEEDLE A (for main fabric)
24” circular needle and DPNs
3.5 mm / US 4 or size needed to obtain gauge listed
NEEDLE B (for ribbing)
One each 16” and 24” circular needles and DPNs, one size smaller than Needle A
3.25 mm / US 3

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July 31, 2014

Julie Hoover Trunk Show Spotlight: Cohle

Cohle is a relaxed take on a traditional turtleneck.  We love the dramatic collar, slightly swingy cut and a flattering high-low hem.


The front and back pieces are shaped with a curved (exposed) side seam for a little extra sophistication.  Knitting Pebble doubled gives it an even tweedier and squishy appearance.


43¼ (47¼, 51¼, 55¼, 59¼, 63¼)” finished bust circumference
Intended to fit bust sizes 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52)”

Shibui Pebble
11 (12, 13, 14, 16, 17) skeins MC, with yarn held double
2430 (2625, 2905, 3130, 3420, 3670) yards
3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins CC, with yarn held double
510 (550, 605, 645, 695, 735) yards
Sample shown in colors Ash (MC) and Canal (CC)

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


20 stitches and 32 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, with yarn held double

NEEDLE A (for main fabric)
One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles and DPNs
4.5 mm / US 7 or size needed to obtain gauge listed
NEEDLE B (for ribbing)
One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles and DPNs, one size smaller than Needle A
4 mm / US 6

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July 25, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Desertstar Tank

Summer in San Francisco often means you’re hot one minute and chilly the next.  This sleeveless pullover from Berroco is the perfect layering piece!


Desertstar is perfect for San Francisco because you can either pop in over a breezy maxi dress during the day or wear it with a long sleeve tee at night.  The drapey high-low hem makes it a statement piece.  The best news yet?  The pattern is totally free.


This top calls for a cotton and alpaca blend called Maya that will provide just the right amount of warmth.  Since it is cable spun, you’ll find the yarn much lighter and springier than your typical cotton.

Click here to download a free copy of the Desertstar top and then browse our selection of Maya to find the perfect shade to complement your summer wardrobe.  Happy knitting!

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July 18, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: K.3 Kavo Scarves

In San Francisco, we wear scarfs 365 days a year.  We love our wool, but some days we need something a bit lighter.  The K.3 scarf fits the bill!


Using 5 skeins of Shibui Kavo, you can have fun colorblocking your scarf any way you choose.  We chose the lengthwise version that calls for 5 colors but you can also knit it vertically with only two colors (3 skeins main, 2 skeins contrast).


Kavo is a lightweight cotton and silk blend with a unique slubby texture.  In order to retain this texture, be sure NOT to block your scarf after you finish knitting it.

This pattern is normally available for $6, but you can snag a free copy with the purchase of the yarn to make it!  Drop by the shop or browse the selection of Kavo online.  If purchasing online, be sure to request the Shibui K.3 pattern in the Special Instructions section at checkout.


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