Cocoknits? ūü§Ē

January 17, 2023

Cocoknits? Yarn Folk

2023 is the year of the Rabbit. Perhaps you need a new bunny softie? 


(When I worked in downtown Seattle in the early 90s, I used to buy stamps at a postal substation operated by a Chinese American man, who enthusiastically encouraged me to choose the Lunar New Year stamps every year, something I still try to do every year. ūüíĖ)


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…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching

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Join us around the big table for a couple of hours of convivial stitching.

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Gartergan KAL

January 14-February 28 

Pattern here. This KAL will be self-directed, but please feel free to join in on Saturday social stitching, or to reach out for assistance. The beginning steps are well-designed and explained, but the cardigan starts out a bit differently than most, and I am happy to field questions! Recommended gauge is 20 stitches / 4"--lots of options will work for this! (Lore, Loch Lomond, Tosh DK, Encore, Lanas, Ultra Wool, Rios, Forge, Woolstok...)

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I've got three big boxes from Berroco which need to be unpacked and entered into inventory, but they just arrived, and that's not happening before this post publishes and the corresponding email whooshes your way. 

So let's revisit one of this fall's introductions from Berroco--Dash. I used two balls to make the crochet Zurie cowl. It's a fast project--and fluffy, soft, and warm. What's not to like? For a two-ball knit project, Florrie is a fun scarf that uses the prinicples of assigned pooling to highlight the dashes of color in garter stich on the stockinette background. And the yardage of these enormous balls is so generous that 3-6 balls will make the Galatee sweater (34"-70" finished garment size), and on size 11 needles, you'll be done in a hot minute. 

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…to inspire

© Cocoknits
We love Cocoknits accessories around here (find our selection here), but have never made a sweater using the Cocoknits method! Between the Mabel sweater (inspired  by Selena Gomez' character from Only Murders in the Building) and this video on picking up stitches for strong, structural shoulder seams, I may rectify that gap in my knitting experience soon. (Ultra Alpaca Chunky Naturals, maybe???)
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(PS -- additional Cocoknits videos can be found on their YouTube channel.)
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It's Happy Happy New Vesper Sock Yarn Sock Day! Cheerful as all get out, plus a blast of sunshine at the heels and toes. For this pair, I used a garter rib pattern for the leg and top of the foot, and the garter stitch heel (modified to use at the toe as well) from the Moorland Socks. I like to always have a pair in progress (even though they are almost never my primary project, and kind of take forever as a result), and I'm eyeing the Favourite Sweater socks from the Sweater Weather Collection as my next pair. Cuff down, because that's how I roll, but the collection is also available written for toe-up knitting. The contrasting heels and toes call for 20g mini skeins--perfect for the Uni Merino Minis.

The Gartergan in Lore became a real cardigan this week. Which is to say, I finished the second upper front, and joined under the armholes to begin knitting the body. As of Sunday night, I'd finished the v-neck shaping, and will knit back and forth plainly until I get to the short row shaping at the hem. 

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