11.20.2014

A Knitted... um... Goat


Now I enjoy knitting a sophisticated sweater or an intricate lace shawl just like anyone else... but sometimes you just need to go for a project that is entirely abstract. 

Knitted goat anyone?


I knit this little guy for my cousin's baby boy who is 2 years old and finds goats absolutely fascinating. They are his current favorite animal. 

This little boy was also the recipient of this cabled sweater from a few years back and his parents were thrilled. I love giving knitted gifts to worthy and grateful recipients. :) 

I am sending this little knitted goat off in the mail as a surprise.


It's not the real thing.. but hopefully he'll love it anyway.


Pattern found HERE for those of you who need a break from the traditional.



10.30.2014

Clara



Occasionally I find and knit up a pattern that truly satisfies me as a knitter. 
Everything about it is enjoyable and comes together in a beautiful way.
This is exactly how I feel about my most recent knit. The Clara pattern.




Not only was this pattern fun and interesting to knit, but the dress is too adorable for words. It's what I would call.. painfully adorable. The details kill me. I just love it so much.

ALSO... I was able to knit this entire dress with one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light that was languishing in my yarn stash. It is not often that you can knit an entire garment from only one skein!




I knit this little dress as a present to take to a baby shower this coming weekend for my friend (and Botanical Knits model) Courtney who is expecting her first baby this January.


I hope she loves this sweet little dress as much as I do! :)




10.27.2014

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 84 : Stories In Stitches


Episode 84







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Enter to win a copy of Stories In Stitches Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by leaving a comment with your contact information under this post by November 15th. Only one comment per person please! 
The winner will be announced in Episode 85.

Thank you for listening!





10.07.2014

6 Days Of Fall Pattern Sales!


Autumn is officially here and I am SO excited.
I love the cooler weather... evenings spent inside... and of course the coziness of fall knitting.

To celebrate I am hosting a new fall sale starting today! 

For the next 6 days I will be releasing a new coupon code for you to receive 50% off on one of my fall designs.

Here is the catch. I will be releasing a new code in a different place each day!
Maybe facebook? Maybe twitter? Maybe through my mailing list? 

This will be like a coupon code treasure hunt
So be sure to follow Never Not Knitting on all social media sites so you can collect all 
6 coupon codes!

The sale will run through midnight PST on October 12th. 
Once a code is released, it will not expire until this time.

Today's coupon code will be for my Rustling Leaves Beret pattern from Coastal Knits.
This seems to be a popular pattern choice because over 1000 knitters have posted their Rustling Leaves projects on Ravelry!  It is so fun to look through the pictures and see this design knit up in different colors and textures.


Enter code fallleavesrustling in the checkout process to receive 50% off of this pattern through October 12th.

Click HERE to purchase the pattern.

Where will the next code be released tomorrow?????? :)



9.29.2014

Wee Wildflower In White



I just finished knitting a new Wee Wildflower Cardigan for my almost 9 year old.
The size 6 hangs loosely on her tiny frame leaving her a few years of growing room.
She's such a petite little thing.



This sweater is for our upcoming trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck next month! We are so excited to attend and my daughter and I will wear our matching Wildflower Cardigans. :)



I knit up her little sweater in a gorgeous Patagonian wool that I received from The Nature Conservancy a few months back. As far as I know, this yarn is not yet on the market, although I wish it was because I want to buy all of it.. It is sooo wonderful. I am honored by the privilege of getting to knit with it. I spoke all about this yarn HERE.





                 The sweet feminine details are what makes this cardigan special.
I love the heirloom look of it with its sweet picot edging and wildflower pockets.

 I am pleased that my daughter has another of these cardigans to wear this fall.. winter and.... upcoming Spring! I know she will get so much use out of it.



The Wee Wildflower Cardigan pattern is available HERE.
The Adult Wildflower Cardigan pattern is available HERE.




9.26.2014

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 83 : The Knitted Leggings


Episode 83





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Enter to win a printed copy of both the Adult and Children's Playful Stripes Cardigan patterns by leaving a comment with your contact information under this post by October 15th. Only one comment per person please!

3 winners will be announced on Episode 84.

Thank you for listening!







9.11.2014

Playful Stripes In Adult Sizes- Now Available!



The Playful Stripes Cardigan for women is now available for purchase!



This pattern has been years in the making and I am happy to have it finally all complete, 
Plus... I am all about matching. :)

This is an adult version of my original Playful Stripes Cardigan for little ones. (My very first sweater design from long ago!) Both the adult and child size version are knit from the bottom up in one piece with minimal seaming. I used the lovely Quince and Co. Owl yarn for my version, but the fun stripy yoke is the perfect opportunity to use up little scraps of colorful yarn you might have lying around.

If you have knit the child's version in the past.. you will know how addicting the striped portion is to knit up!



Here is the pattern information for those of you interested in knitting up a Playful Stripes Cardigan of your very own.


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 
Chest: 34.75 (38.75, 42.75, 46.75, 50.75, 54.75, 58.75, 62.75)" / 88.5 (98.5, 108.5, 119, 129, 139, 149.5, 159.5) cm
Length: 21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28)" / 53.5 (56, 58.5, 61, 63.5, 66, 68.5, 71) cm
Shown in size 34.75” / 88.5 cm; To be worn with 0-2” of positive ease 

MATERIALS 
[MC] Quince and Co. Owl [50% American Wool, 50% American Alpaca; 120 yd / 110 m per 50g skein]; color Snowy #300; 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15) skeins or 775 (925, 1050, 1200, 1325, 1450, 1600, 1750) yards / 700 (850, 975, 1100, 1200, 1325, 1475, 1600) m worsted weight yarn 

Alternate Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers

[CC1] color: Yucca #317; 1 skein
[CC2] color: Cinnamon #313; 1 skein
[CC3] color: Cielo #318; 1 skein
[CC4] color: Papuan #305; 1 skein

2 32” / cm US6 / 4 mm circular needles
1 24” / cm US5 / 3.75 mm circular needle

4 pieces of scrap yarn to hold underarm stitches
2 stitch holders
Stitch markers
8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11) 1” / 2.5 cm buttons
Tapestry needle 
Sewing needle and matching thread

GAUGE 
20 sts / 28 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch on US6 / 4 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.



Playful Stripes in adult and children's sizes is available to purchase in a digital pdf format below or
in print at your local yarn shop!

Purchase the adult version pattern pdf by September 15th, 2014 and receive the
child's version pattern pdf at a 50% discount.

Simply add both patterns to your "cart" and use the coupon code "playfulfamily" in the checkout process.

I hope that you enjoy knitting up these fun, stripy sweaters for Fall!

Children's VersionAdult Version




8.27.2014

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 82 : Knitting Medicine


Episode 82




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Enter to win these two beautiful skeins of Indochine yarn provided by Lantern Moon by leaving a comment with your contact information under this post by September 15th. Only one comment per person please!

The winner will be announced on Episode 83.

Thank you for listening!





8.07.2014

Plum Tree Slouch



Introducing a new hat pattern for Fall! The Plum Tree Slouch!




This is a cozy, slouchy rolled brim hat that is so quick and easy to knit up. If you have never worked a lace pattern before, this would be a great first lace project! I have provided both charted and written instructions in the pattern to make it even easier to follow for beginners.
Also, this hat only took only one skein of worsted weight yarn. I used Imperials Yarns Erin in the Quail colorway for the sample, but any other worsted weight skein with 160 yards or more will work great too! All of us have that one stray skein in our stash that we have no idea what to do with, or the beautiful single skein at our local yarn shop that we need an excuse to buy, right? This is the perfect pattern for just this scenario. 
I think this hat would look stunning in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage myself...hmmm.



Here is the pattern information for those of you interested in knitting up a Plum Tree Slouch of your very own:
SIZE 
Stretches to fit a 20-22”/ 51-56 cm head circumference

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 
Brim Circumference: approx 19”/ 46 cm unstretched
MATERIALS 
Imperial Yarn Erin 100% Wool; 225 yd / 224 m per 4 oz / 113 g skein; color Quail; 1 skein or approx 160 yd / 145 m of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.
Alternate Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220, Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage
1 US7 / mm 16” / 40 cm circular needle 
1 US8 / mm 16” / 40 cm circular needle 
1 set of US8 / mm double pointed needles 
Stitch marker 
Tapestry needle



Modeling and photography provided by Julie Crawford (knittedbliss.com)

I originally designed this pattern to be part of the Craftsy July Mystery Knit-a-long worshop where I provided step by step photos and instructions of all of the steps. If this workshop interests you, you can purchase the kit HERE through Craftsy.com.

Otherwise, the pattern is available to purchase individually as a pdf download below or in 
print at your local yarn store.

I hope that you enjoy knitting up this quick slouchy hat!







8.06.2014

Sleepy Fox



As soon as I ran across the Knit Sleepy Fox Amigurumi pattern, I immediately fell in love and cast on.
I have been recently obsessed with woodland animals and could not resist this tiny baby sleeping fox. 
He is SO cute!



I knit this little fox out of scraps of Rowan Felted Tweed DK on a size 3 needle. I love the effect of the tweedy texture and slight halo in the knitted fabric. 


I am excited to report that my son loves him too and has been playing with him during the day.
It is always so nice to see knitted toys being loved and used!



But when he is not being held, this little sleepy fox has a nice snuggly place to rest on my son's pillow.