Oh, the colors we’re celebrating this month! Let’s check them out!
For November, we are thrilled to have crochet and knit designer Vincent Williams of Visuvio’s Crafts as our influencer partner! One of the first things that Vincent discovered on his maker journey was a lack of accessory options for tall guys in particular, and overly feminine designs and colors. Motivated by this, his affinity for colors inspired by nature, and his love of quality handmade apparel and accessories, Vincent created Visuvio’s Crafts where he creates the most beautiful knit and crochet designs that have great appeal to both men and women. You can’t help but be inspired by his designs as they evoke feelings of warmth and peace, and you can see the great love and attention he puts into every detail.
We are excited to be working with Vincent this month and can’t wait to share his design for our Membership Crate with you!
The theme for this month is Chiaroscuro, the artistic effect that makes use of the strong contrasts between light and dark, and was made popular by the artists Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. With this as inspiration, our crates follow the same thoughtful, pensive mood that a late autumn month brings to mind: deep violets, soft spruce greens, rich charcoal, and natural neutrals.
Now let’s meet this month’s yarn! Click below to watch the full reveal on Youtube.
Hello color work! Our November Membership yarn is Vidalana Ambient Worsted, a wooly worsted weight yarn that is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool and brings us 100 yd / 50g mini skeins. Each Membership Crate includes 4 skeins in one of our three vibes.
Dusky oranges, purples, pinks make their debut in this Energize Me color set along with the light contrast of bright yet natural white.
Top (L to R): Contraposto, Rafael
Bottom (L to R): Impasto, Sprezzatura
Shades of blue are celebrated in this color set that has us thinking of the hues water takes on from morning to night against a sandy beach.
Top (L to R): Venezia, Michelangelo
Bottom (L to R): Fresco, Titian
This All Natural color set has us thinking of after dinner walks in the woods where the golden sun cuts through various browns from the trees, and the littlest bit of blue sky that lingers as the peace of the evening settles in.
Top (L to R): Stipple, DaVinci
Bottom (L to R): Gouache, Sfumato
Knit Membership Pattern
This month’s knit pattern comes from Hortense Maskens / Knitting with Chopsticks. This sweater is a cute classic raglan baby sweater with irregular stripes that remind me of the growth rings on trees. And just like growth rings on a tree, babies grow in leaps! The simple stockinette stitch leaves room for the different colors and their combinations to shine. Knit on double pointed needles from the top down with minimal shaping, it’s a great pattern for beginners looking to expand their skills.
KNIT Pattern Details
Needles: US 10 (6 mm) set of 5 dpns (and 16" (40 cm) circular needle, optional)
Yarn Needed: 35 (45, 50, 60, 70) yd / 32 (41, 46, 55, 64) m of each color used; Total of 140 (180, 200, 240, 280) yds / 128 (165, 183, 220, 256) m used / 1 four-skein set needed for each size
Notions: tapestry needle, stitch markers (4; optional)
Sizes: 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months
Finished Bust: 21 (22, 22, 23, 24)“ / 53 (56, 56, 58.5, 61) cm
Crochet Membership Pattern
Our influencer partner, Vincent Williams of Visuvio’s Crafts, created a colorwork treat for crocheters! The Veining Beanie is inspired by the silhouette of bat wings, movement of ethereal flowing fabrics, and textures of the place where the sky and land meet on the horizon. It’s worked seamlessly in the round from the top-down and introduces two colorwork techniques to crocheters: fair isle and intarsia. These two techniques bring the interdigital webbing and linear skeletal structure of bat wings to life.
CROCHET Pattern Details
Hook: US H/8 (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needed: 100 yds (91 m) A, 16 yds (14.5 m) B, 16 yds (14.5 m) C, 50 yds (46 m) D used / 1 four-skein color set needed; Total of 182 yds (167 m) used
Notions: 2 Locking Stitch Markers, Scissors, Tapestry Needle
Circumference: 20” (50.5 cm); Height: 9" (22.5 cm)
Membership Bonus Patterns
We’re loving this month’s crates so much that we have 2 bonus patterns for members as well!
Bonus Crochet Membership Pattern
Clair Olivia Golden created for us the Wave Pulse Bag with its clever wavy stripes on the front and back panel. This pattern involves very little sewing, as the side panels are worked directly onto the front panels, and everything is crocheted together. All you have to do is sew on the straps. It’s a great opportunity to play with color, and this month’s yarns offer ample inspiration.
BONUS CROCHET Pattern Details
Hook: US I/9 (5.50 mm)
Yarn Needed: 400 yds (366 m) used (100 yds / 91 m of each color) / 4 skeins needed
Notions: Locking stitch markers (2), tapestry needle, scissors
Width: 8" (20 cm)
Height: 9.5" (24 cm)
Depth: 3" (7.5 cm)
Bonus Knit Membership Pattern
We’ve had hats on our minds with Vincent’s design, and Aimée Hansen created the Leonardo hat for us. This stretchy, ribbed hat lets you choose your own adventure with 4 different color sequence options: solid, color blocked, striped, and faded stripes (as shown). Choose to make the beanie or folded brim version, and top with a pom pom with your remaining yarn!
BONUS KNIT Pattern Details
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 16” (40 cm), and set of 4 dpns
Beanie: 45 (55, 75, 90) (110, 130, 155, 175) yds (41 (50, 69, 82) (101, 119, 142, 160) m) used
Folded Brim: 60 (70, 100, 120) (145, 175, 205, 225) yds (55 (64, 91, 110) (133, 160, 187, 206) m) used
See pattern notes for yardage of each individual colors needed for color block and faded stripe options.
Notions: Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle, scissors, pom pom maker (optional)
Sizes: Children’s XS (S, M, L); Adult (XS, S/M, L, XL)
To Fit Head Circumference: 12 (14, 16, 18) (20, 22, 24, 26)“ / 30.5 (35.5, 40.5, 46) (51, 56, 61, 66) cm
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Sock Crate Membership
Our November Sock Crate Membership yarn is Audine Wools Alpaca Sock, a fuzzy 60% Superwash Merino, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon blend fingering weight yarn. Each 100g skein gives you 400 yds (365m) of toasty comfort for your toes. Your sock crate includes one skein of this variegated yarn to create a cozy pair of socks.
Energize Me: Milano
A sunset in Milan is what comes to mind in this colorway where dusty pinks with a touch of hazy orange gracefully fade into purple tones that arrive before nightfall.
Chill Out: Napoli
Gentle greens are highlighted in the teals and grays of this colorway that remind us of the depth in the light and dark shades found in this cool color.
All Natural: Florenze
Soft purple hues peek through shades of gray in this all natural colorway that has us thinking of the cozy cool and rainy days, the kind that are perfect for grabbing our yarn and relaxing into the rhythm of our stitches.
Sock Crate Membership Patterns
Knit Sock Pattern
This soft, stripey yarn is stunning in the lacy November Rain socks by Joanna Rankin. Columns of oversized eyelets make these socks fun, stylish, and airy—perfect for transitional weather!
KNIT Pattern Details
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) needles for working in the round, circulars or DPNs as you prefer.
Yarn Needed: 210 (269, 336, 411) yds (192 (246, 307, 376) m) used / 1 (1, 1, 1.25) skeins needed
Notions: Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle, scissors
Sizes: XS (S, M, L)
To Fit Foot Circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10)” / 18 (20.5, 23, 25.5) cm
Finished Measurements: Circumference: 6 (7.5, 9, 10.5)“ / 15 (19, 23, 26.5) cm
Crochet Sock Pattern
Cairo Romaguera created the Sensible Socks, a terrific beginner-friendly crochet design that will fly off your hook in no time. The basic design and structure allows striping yarn like Audine Wools Alpaca Sock take center stage as it pools in the most fabulous way.
CROCHET Sock Pattern Details
Hook: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Yarn Needed: 238 (312, 397, 491, 570) yds / 218 (285, 363, 449, 521) m used / 1 (1, 1, 1.25, 1.5) skeins needed
Notions: Locking stitch markers (2 unique markers)
Sizes: A (B, C, D, E)
To fit foot circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)” / 18 (20, 23, 25, 28) cm
Finished Circumference: 6 (7, 8, 9, 10)“ / 15 (18, 20, 23, 25) cm
Want to join Sock Crate Membership? You can do it here!
Malabrigo Partner Crate, Quarterly Membership
This quarter, we’re partnering with Malabrigo to bring you a an all-time favorite: Rios! Perfect for all sorts of cool weather wears from hats to sweaters, Rios is a worsted weight, 100% superwash Merino Wool wool that brings us a squishy 210 yds (192m) per 100g skein. Your Malanbrigo Partner Crate delivers an exclusive knit and crochet pattern, a fabulous extra to your door, and 2 delicious skeins of this yarn in exclusive dyed-for-us colorway, Chia! Chia is a soft grayish, pink-leaning purple shade that’s speckled with deep blues, purples, and golds that remind us of light contrasting against dark shades found in some da Vinci paintings.
Malabrigo Partner Crate Knit Pattern
If you need a quick-to-knit project to make for yourself or as a gift, this pattern is for you! Corrado Lark created for us the Box-It Mittens, cleverly designed to be thumbless and with an optional finger hole so you can access your cell phone with ease. It is pictured here in Aquamarine. To see this pattern made in the Chia colorway, check out our video reveal on YouTube. (Note: Your Malabrigo Partner Crate will include 2 skeins of Chia.)
KNIT Pattern Details
Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm) set of 4 DPN or 32” circular needle for magic loop; US 10 (6mm) set of 4 DPN or 32” circular needle for magic loop
Yarn Needed: 225-400 yards yds (206-366 m) / 2 skeins needed per size
Notions: Stitch markers (6), tapestry needle
Sizes: A (B, C, D)
Hand after thumb (~2" (5 cm) positive ease): 6.5 (7.5, 8.5, 9.5)“ / 16.5 (19, 21.5, 24) cm
Wrist (~1” (2.5 cm) negative ease): 5.5 (6.5, 7.5, 8.5)” / 14 cm (16.5, 19, 21.5) cm;
Wrist to Fingertip (~2” (5 cm) positive ease): 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8)“ / 16.5 (18, 19, 20.5) cm
Malabrigo Partner Crate Crochet Pattern
The Ivy Fingerless Gloves by Melanie Depcinski of Counting Crafty Sheep are designed to be the perfect accessory for vests, capes, and ponchos. These gloves break the mold by starting above the elbow and following the natural curve of your arm. Like bricks covered in ivy, this simple but striking accessory will lend a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Pictured here in Aquamarine and Chia respectively. (Note: Your Malabrigo Partner Crate will include 2 skeins of Chia.)
Photo Credit Jennifer Nunley.