New marls in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Loft.

Brooklyn Tweed just released two new marled shades in Shelter and five in Loft, and we’re delighted to have them here at the shop!

“Marled” means that each ply of the yarn is a different color, making a candy cane twist of the two.

They knit up looking flecked and pleasantly irregular, and if the two colors within the marl are close in value, they might appear blended from a distance, as in the photo below – this shows Shelter in the color Narwhal, which is composed of Fossil and Sweatshirt.

Shelter has had three marled colorways up to this point, all neutrals. You can see them at work in BT patterns like “Atlas,” “Mason,” “Mossbank,” and of course Andrea Mowry’s “The Weekender,” the subject of our current informal knit-along.

The two new shades are Caraway, an earthy mix of Hayloft and Truffle Hunt, and Amaranth, a fiery combination of Cinnabar and Long Johns.

Loft hasn’t had any marled colorways until this week, and these new additions sent me back to the BT pattern archive, looking for designs that would do well in marled colors.

Consider “Redford,” “Benton,” “Eternity Scarf,” and “Kelpie,” as a starting place – there are so many incredible patterns for Loft!

 

Jared Flood has also designed a new brioche hat for Loft, “Skipp,” which is free when you purchase 2 skeins of Loft from our shop before April 30th. He’s included options for single- and two-color brioche, as well as two different fits, watchcap and slouchy.

 

You’ll find Shelter in our worsted weight section and Loft in our fingering weight section. See you at the shop!

 

 

 

Sherri’s Cowl.

Our friend Sherri loves to make scarves and cowls as gifts, always looking out for patterns that are quick and easy to knit. She came home from a recent ski trip telling us about a chunky openwork cowl she saw around the neck of every young woman on the slopes. She snapped a picture of a similar cowl at a store and showed it to Anne. “We could make these,” she said, “and you should make one for the shop!” When Anne relayed the idea to me, we began designing Sherri’s cowl together. I looked through the perennial 365 Stitches a Yearpausing now and again to show one stitch pattern or another to Anne. “Did it look like this?” I asked. “Or this?” When I landed on the right stitch, I got out some yarn and US size #17 needles to swatch.

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First I tried Shibui Silk Cloud held with two strands of Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran, then just one strand of each, and finally two strands of each, which made a fluffy, lightweight fabric at a gauge so large, it seemed to knit itself.

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I knit it flat, like a scarf, then sewed the ends together to make a loop. The finished cowl now hangs at the shop, and I’ve written up a little pattern for it, which is free with the purchase of yarn for the project.

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I named it “Sherri’s Cowl,” which seems fitting; Sherri herself had already completed almost two of these before I finished mine with fringe.

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I chose three different shades of green, for a marled effect: a light and dark in the Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran, and a medium in the Shibui Silk Cloud.

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I had fun brainstorming alternate colorways in these soft and fuzzy yarns, finding common ground between two yarn companies’ color palettes.

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There’s something so satisfying about combining colors and seeing how they come together in the knitted fabric. I can’t wait to see what other combinations you knitters come up with!

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Come by the shop to try on “Sherri’s Cowl” and plan one of your own. Sherri tells me they are somewhat addictive, and I can confirm that at the very least, they are gratifying in their speedy creation and playful yarn-blending. See you at the shop!

New colors in Zauberball Starke 6.

We recently replenished our supply of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Starke 6, a sport weight, self-striping yarn.

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Zauberball Starke 6 slowly changes from one color to the next several yards at a time, so that whatever you’re knitting or crocheting with it comes out striped. Additionally, it’s 2-ply, where both plies are not always the same shade, giving the yarn and finished product a marled look.

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Thinking Spring, Anne and I chose several colorways with grassy greens, bright shades for lively stitching.

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When you’re choosing projects for Zauberball Starke 6, look for patterns with interesting construction but relatively simple stitch patterns, as the stripes and marled colors will likely outshine any complex lace or texture pattern. Paging through Ravelry, lots of knitters have used Zauberball Starke 6 to make “Wingspan,” “Hitchhiker,” “TGV (High Speed Knitting),” and “Wurm.”

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Here at the shop, we have a “Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf” on display knit in Zauberball Starke 6; this self-striping yarn highlights the short-row triangles. Composed of 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon, Zauberball Starke 6 is great for socks or legwarmers, too! Look for more pattern ideas on the “Sport weight” board on the HYS Pinterest page.

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Come by the shop to pick up a skein or two of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Starke 6! See you there.