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By Rob Colon on 2020-08-02

This month, we’re excited to partner with Our Maker Life as our crate influencer. If this is your first introduction to the OML community, you are in for a real treat! The making community created by founders Jewell Washington and Nathan Bryant is filled with makers of all sorts: knitters, crocheters, yarn dyers, designers, and more. Along with team members Christie Bodden and Jake Kenyon, this network of makers are a constant source of inspiration to fiber artists everywhere.

And, as a special treat, Jewell Washington (pictured here) and Christie Bodden are the designers behind our Membership Crate patterns!

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The theme for August is Vividarium and it inspired a collection full of strong, bright, and vibrant colors in our yarns this month. We are taking a leap into the intense shades of exotic blooms found in the bountiful beauty of nature.

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Now let’s meet this month’s yarn! Click below to watch the full reveal on Youtube.


KnitCrate Membership

For August, our featured Membership yarn is our Vidalana Linen Jewel: 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 30% Linen, and 20% Silk. This yarn is fingering weight and 400 yards (366m) per 100g skein. Light and elegant, you will treasure this yarn blend!

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Energize Me: Midsummer Rose

This deep magenta shade has us thinking of the saturated colors of flowers in full bloom.

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Chill Out: Oasis

The crispness of this colorway has pale green and blue tones often found as leaves unfold in your favorite foliage.  

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All Natural: Sandstones

This shade has us thinking of the blush hues found on sandstones, especially in the glow of the sun.

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Membership Patterns

This month’s knit pattern comes to us from OML’s Christie Bodden of Christie Bodden Designs. The Simple Summer Shrug is a simple, quick-to-knit shrug perfect for casual and formal summer nights alike. Designed for Women’s sizes Small to 2X.

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles, 24” (60 cm) or longer

Yarn Needed: 296 (427, 613, 848, 1121) yds (271 (390.5, 560.5, 775.5, 1025) m) used / 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins needed

Notions: Tapestry needle

Finished Size: Height: 17.5 (21, 26.5, 32, 37.5)“ / 44.5 (53, 67, 81, 95) cm; Length: 30 (36, 41, 47, 53)” / 76 (91, 104, 119, 135) cm

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This month’s crochet design is both classic and cozy. The Pier Shrug by OML’s Jewell Washington is a textured crochet beauty worked by holding the yarn doubled. The pattern is written for 2 different styles: a shorter shrug style that can be created in most sizes with the skeins included, and an oversized cozy cardi style that will have you indulging during Double Down.

CROCHET Pattern Details

Hook: US G/6 (4mm)

Yarn Needed:
Shorter Style: 582 (674, 773, 878) yds (532 (616, 707, 803) m) used / 2 (2, 2, 4) skeins needed
Oversized Style: 1448 (1772, 2128, 2516) yds (1324 (1620, 1946, 2301) m) used / 4 (6, 6, 8) skeins needed

Notions: stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

Finished Size:
Shorter Style: Width: 14 (15, 16, 17)“ / 35.5 (38, 40.5, 43) cm; Length: 24 (26, 28, 30)” / 61 (66, 71, 76) cm
Oversized Style: Width: 31 (32.25, 35, 38)” / 79 (82, 89, 96.5) cm Length: 30 (35.25, 39, 42.5)“ / 76 (89.5, 99, 108) cm

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Sock Crate Membership

For August, our featured Sock Crate Membership yarn is Knitologie Super Sock, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Merino Wool and Nylon. You’ll have 400 yards (366m) of fingering weight in your 100g skein to create your next pair of socks.

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Energize Me: Succulent

Green succulent petals are the inspiration behind this cheerful colorway with yellow undertones for a little extra glow.

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Chill Out: Gibbous Moon

This periwinkle shade reminds us of how we sometimes get a glimpse of the moon during the day. A little nighttime gray meets the bright blue of the daytime sky to create pure magic.

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All Natural: Tuscan Sun

Feel the toasty rays of a warm Tuscan Sun with this muted mustard yellow with sunflower undertones.

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Sock Crate Membership Patterns

The Cactus Flower Socks by Laura Fahlin bring the intricate details of cacti delicately to your feet. We simply love how the cables look like the blooms of a prickly pear cactus!

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) needles for working in the round

Yarn Needed: 360 (380, 400, 420, 440) yds (329 (347.5, 366, 384, 402) m) used / 1 (1, 1, 1.25, 1.25) skeins needed

Notions: Cable needle, stitch markers 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) for pattern repeats on Leg, 2 stitch markers for gussets, tapestry needle.

Finished Size: To fit foot circumference of 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)”/18 (20, 23, 25, 28) cm

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Crochet designer Karen Whooley brings us the Sun Surf Socks, a pair of perfect, cheerful summer socks. Gently undulating stitches give the impression of waves lapping the sand.

CROCHET Sock Pattern Details

Hook: D/3 (3.25 mm) and E/4 (3.5 mm) or sizes needed for gauge

Yarn Needed: 440 yds (366 m) (100g) 238 (299, 374, 454, 542) yds (218 (273.5, 342, 415, 496) m) used / approximately 1 (1, 1, 1.25, 1.25) skeins needed (yarn needed may vary with foot length; extra yarn may be needed for longer feet)

Notions: tapestry needle, stitch markers (3)

Finished Size: To fit foot/ankle circumference 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)” / 18 (20, 23, 25, 28) cm

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Want to join Sock Crate Membership? You can do it here!


Malabrigo Partner Crate, Quarterly Membership

With this quarter’s Malabrigo Partner Crate, we are swooning over the textures of two different yarn bases: Mechita with its single ply fluffiness, and Mora with its smoothness and radiant glow. Both are fingering weight yarns, and, in this crate, you’ll receive a skein of each! Mechita is a 100% Superwash Merino yarn (420 yards (384m) / 100g skein) while Mora is 100% Silk (225 yards (206m) / 50g skein). Both skeins are dyed in the colorway Jardin, exclusive for this partner crate.

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Mora

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Malabrigo Partner Crate Patterns

Our very own Joanna Rankin has us diving deeply into knit textures with the Rise & Shine Shawl. A little garter and stockinette stitches with a dash of lace and a splash of slip stitches play well as you work with both the fuzzy single ply and lustrous silk yarns.

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US Size 2.5 (3.0 mm) circular needle, 24” (60 cm)

Yarn Needed: 1 skein each of Mechita and Mora

Notions: Stitch marker (1), tapestry needle, scissors, cable needle (optional)

Finished Size: Wingspan: 60” (152 cm) Depth: 32” (81 cm)

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Our crochet design this quarter is from Amy Gunderson who brings us Flores de Jardin, an asymmetrical shawl with loads of laciness and charm. She’s used Mechita for the body and Mora for the finishing touch on the edging. Both written and charted instructions will have this project from skein to finished in no time!

CROCHET Pattern Details

Needles: US D/3 (3.25 mm) and US E/4 (3.5 mm)

Yarn Needed: 1 skein each of Mechita and Mora

Notions: Tapestry needle

Finished Size: 33” (84 cm) wide x 50” (127 cm) long

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Want to be on the waitlist for the next Malabrigo Quarterly Crate in November? Click here to join our waiting list and become an active member of our community today! 

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By Rob Colon on 2020-07-01

Summer is here! To kick off our summer celebration, we’ve teamed up with Michele Costa of Stitch & Hustle! Michele is both a knit and crochet designer as well as a blogger and instructor who loves to bring yarn inspiration to everyone she meets. She is also the host and organizer of the nationwide fiber-filled fun retreat series, Stitch Up! Through her events that bring our knitters and crocheters together and the countless free patterns on her blog, Michele is a light in our fiber community. And, she not only helped us design each color way featured for July but also designed both Membership Crate patterns perfect for the experienced and beginning crafter alike.

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This month’s theme is Color Splash - Red hot poppy, bubblegum pink, dark magenta, silver, and teal find a home in this fun exciting palette. 

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Now let’s meet this month’s yarn! Click below to watch the full reveal on Youtube.



KnitCrate Membership

This month’s featured Membership yarn is our URU.YARN Cotton Basic, a 100% Unmercerized Organic Pima Cotton. This yarn is a DK weight and each hank is 275 yards in length at 100g. The cotton is spun and plied in a 3 ply construction resulting in a very sturdy and breathable fabric that is perfect for accessories and garments.

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Energize Me: Hustle

This colorway is inspired by one of Michele’s favorite colors. With a mélange tonal effect, this colorway perfectly represents all of Michele’s favorite shades of pink!

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Chill Out: Stardust

A deep and tonal navy that reminds us of the dark night sky.

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All Natural: Pavement

This multi tone gray is a nod to the busy streets and sidewalks that make up Michele’s favorite cities.

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Membership Patterns

This month’s featured knit pattern is the Sanctuary Knit Shawl by Michele Costa. Simple stitches with lacey sections combine in this shawl with a touch of fringe on the edge.

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) straight or circular needles, 24” (60 cm) or longer

Yarn Needed: 550 yds (502 m) used / 2 skeins of URU.YARN Cotton Basic needed

Notions: Tapestry needle (to weave in ends), tape measure

Finished Size: 44” wide x 31” deep (112 cm wide x 79 cm deep)

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For crochet, Michele Costa also designed the Sanctuary Crochet Shawl, where the rhythm of basic stitches bring peace and calming during this time when we need it most.

CROCHET Pattern Details

Hook: US 7 (4.5 mm)

Yarn Needed: 550 yds (504 m) used / 2 skeins of URU.Yarn Cotton Basic needed

Notions: Tapestry needle (to weave in ends), tape measure

Finished Size: 66” x 33” (168 cm x 84 cm) with a 33” (84 cm) spine top to bottom

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Bonus Tunisian Crochet Pattern

Tunisian crochet two months in a row?! Yes please! Stephanie Erin of By Stephanie Erin Designs created the Summer Lines Shawlette. Perfect for pairing with both your summer dresses and tees, this Tunisian crochet project will fly off your hook and around your shoulders in no time.

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Sock Crate Membership

Our featured Sock Crate Membership yarn this month is our Knitologie Sparkling Sock, a fingering weight sock yarn with a blend of ​70% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 10% Stellina for the gentlest bit of sparkle. Each crate will contain one, 100g skein at 399 yards.

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Energize me: Pinch

With bits of fuchsia throughout, this speckled skein will make the sweetest of socks!

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Chill Out: Turquoise

Like the most relaxing pool, this colorway is splashed with bits of turquoise and sparkles.

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All Natural: Silt

Like heavy clouds on a rainy day, this colorway is sprinkled with light and dark shades of gray.

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Sock Crate Membership Patterns

This month’s featured knit sock pattern is the Sparkle Pop Socks by Megan Williams (Just Run Knit Designs). Diamonds truly sparkle and pop in this knit design. Instructions are both written and charted.

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) circular knitting needles with cord length desired for magic loop

Yarn Needed: 264 (295, 332, 360) yds (241 (270, 304, 329) m) used / 1 skein of Knitologie Sparkling Sock needed for all sizes

Notions: tapestry needle (for weaving in ends), stitch markers (4)

Finished Size: To fit foot circumference of 8 (9, 10, 11)” / 20.5 (23, 25.5, 28) cm

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Liz Salazar of MommyLovesYarn.com brings us another fabulous crocheted sock pattern with the Cherry-Stem Socks. Charming lace is the perfect compliment to Knitologie Sparkling Sock and will have you kicking up your heels.

KNIT Sock Pattern Details

Hook: US C/2 (2.5 mm) crochet hook

Yarn Needed: 200 (250, 325, 350, 375) yds (183 (229, 297, 320, 343) m) used / 1 skein of Knitologie Sparkling Sock needed for all sizes

Notions: Stitch markers (2 in same color and 1 in alternate color), tapestry needle

Finished Size: To fit foot/ankle circumference 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)” / 18 (20, 23, 25, 28) cm

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Want to join Sock Crate Membership? You can do it here!


Mrs. Crosby Travels Partner Crate, 

Quarterly Membership

While COVID-19 has limited Mrs. Crosby’s travel options, it has not slowed her down! This quarter, Mrs. Crosby set off on a road trip from Kentucky to Miami to visit her friends at KnitCrate. While there, her Miami evenings were spent in the warm glow of moonlight followed by days spent relaxing on a private beach soaking in the sun and stitching away on her latest project.  She returned home with her bags packed and inspiration in store for us with this quarter’s yarn, perfect for stitching away by the sand.  

This month, we are featuring Mrs. Crosby’s Descansa on Tasi- a soft and squishy 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon blend.

Your Mrs. Crosby Travels Crate will include 3 skeins at 400 yards/ 100g each.

For our Mrs. Crosby partner crate, is the knit pattern a shawl? A wrap? A scarf? It’s a bit of all three! Renate Kamm’s Maaret design is an extra-long shawl with a unique shape and is accented with bobbles and tassels.

KNIT Pattern Details

Hook: US 4 (3.5 mm) straight needles

Yarn Needed: 1120 yds (1024 m) used / 3 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Descansa needed

Notions: stitch marker (1), tapestry needle, 3” (7.5 cm) wide cardboard to make the tassels.

Finished Size: Length from side to side 86” (218.5 cm) x width at center back 25” (63.5 cm)

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Also featured in our Mrs. Crosby partner crate is rounded crochet shawl from designer Rohn Strong. The Third Loop Shawl utilizes short rows to create its long semi-circle shape with texture provided by third loop stitches. With the yarn held double, this project works up quickly and is perfect for your next road trip.

CROCHET Pattern Details

Hook: US K/10.5 (6.5mm) crochet hook

Yarn Needed: 1000 yds (914 m) used / 22.5 skeins of Mrs. Crosby Descansa needed

Notions: Tapestry Needle, Scissors

Finished Size: Wingspan x Depth / 70” x 15” (178 cm x 38 cm)

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Want to join Mrs.Crosby Travels Partner Crate? You can do it here!

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By Rob Colon on 2020-06-01

This month we partnered with Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts!! Toni is a phenomenal Designer and Educator, specializing in crochet and Tunisian crochet! Toni uses her website and social media platforms to engage with fiber enthusiasts all over the world and shares her tips and tricks for creating versatile and fashion-forward crochet pieces. From blankets, shawls, sweaters, and accessories, Toni has an eye for combining color and shapes to create show-stopping patterns and FO’s, making her blog a constant source of inspiration! 

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This month’s theme is Getaway​- Sensory delight awaits on every horizon: rich spices and strong painted hues mingle with softer clay, stone, and alabaster.

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Now let’s squish the yarn!

KnitCrate Membership

This month’s featured Membership yarn is our Audine Wools Interlock, with  34% Cotton, 35% Linen, 19% Lyocell and 11% Nylon, this base is an absolute dream as we transition into Summer! Each Sport weight hank rings in 351 yards/ 100g.

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Energize Me: Pigment

Like concentrated crushed paint powders, this true orange tone brings a burst of energy to any stash or project!

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Chill Out: Haze

This multi-toned lavender is cast by a light shade of gray throughout- creating a hazy, soft, and easy-to-wear hue.

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All Natural: Beaches

Reminiscent of unwinding in the sand, this colorway embraces the natural beauty of minimally dyed to undyed fibers.

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Membership Patterns

This month’s featured Knit pattern is the Adventure Is Out There tote bag by Katrina Walser of OliphantKat. A lovely linen stitch bottom-based tote bag with a pyramid eyelet motif scattered evenly throughout the front at the back of the body of the bag.

 Pattern Details
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 32” (80 cm), US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 32” (80 cm)
Yarn Needed: 632 yd (578 m) used / 2 skeins of Audine Wools Interlock needed
Notions: Stitch marker (minimum 1, see notes), removable stitch markers (2), tapestry needle
Finished Size: 16” (40.5 cm) wide x 16.5” (42 cm) tall not including straps

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This month we are switching things up! We are featuring a Tunisian Crochet design by Toni Lipsey. The Getaway Shawl, a simple asymmetrical shawl perfect for beginner Tunisian crocheters! 

Pattern Details
Hook: US size J/10 (6mm) Tunisian crochet hook with 24” (60 cm) cord
Yarn Needed: 702 yds (642 m) used / 2 skeins of Audine Wools Interlock needed
Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, blocking supplies
Finished Size: 55” (140 cm) wingspan x 17” (43 cm) depth blocked

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Sock Crate Membership

Our featured Sock Crate Membership yarn this month is Vidalana Ambient Sock- an 80% Peruvian Highland Wool, 20% Nylon blend at 400 yards/ 100g. This fingering weight blend makes for the coziest and sturdiest of socks.

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Energize Me: Sizzling Sunset ​

Vibrant scarlet hues fade into a soft peach, like shades of a desert sunset.

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Chill Out: Jungle Walk​

Forest green and raspberry dance together and face into a soft ecru.

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All Natural: Desert Dusk

A soft mauve and striking rust come together to create a subtle but complex natural colorway.

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Sock Crate Membership Patterns

This month’s featured Knit pattern is by our very own Joanna Rankin / HappySeamstress On Ravelry. The Thunder and Lightning socks feature an easy 2 stitch cable design that can be achieved without a cable needle! 

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Crochet

This month’s featured Crochet pattern is by Lisa Victoria/ Yarnchick40 On Ravelry. These socks feature a waistcoat stitch and give the variegated yarn a chance to show its swirls! 

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Not a member yet? Want to join Sock Crate Membership? You can do it here!


LIMITED EDITION: Father’s Day Crate

Louis Boria of Brooklyn Boy Knits X Tammy of A Chick That Knitz X Cairo Romaguera of Cairo_designs

This month we have a very special crate release! Louis Boria of Brooklyn Boy Knits, Tammy of A Chick That Knitz, and Cairo Romaguera of Cairo_designs have come together with us to create a luxurious celebration for Father’s Day!

There will be 2 colorway options for this special Crate dyed on Dyer Supplier’s Silky Single made up of 70% Merino Wool, 30% Mulberry Silk Base. Each skein rings in at 415 yards/100g and you will receive 2 of the same chosen colorway in your crate.

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A complex and metallic bronze. Perfect for any dad accessories!

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Cavalier Blue

A true and deep navy blue.

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Father’s Day Crate Patterns

Louis Boria of Brooklyn Boy Knits and Cairo Romaguera of Cairo_designs have come together to curate the perfect trio of dad accessories for any gentle fellow in your life.

Knit- Louis Boria / Brooklyn Boy Knits

The Gent Skinny Tie

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The Don Pocket Square

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Mr. Beau Tie Bow Tie

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Crochet- Cairo Romaguera/ Cairo_Designs

The Gentlemanly Skinny Tie

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So Square Pocket Square

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Cupid’s Bow Tie

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Each crate will come with 2 skeins, a bow tie stitch marker by SamiSews, and an adjustable strap to complete the bowtie patterns!

We hope you love this month’s features! 

Watch the full reveal here! 

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Pattern Inspiration: Plumage

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Kim Drigg’s pattern inspiration comes from the ‘V’ shaped feathers of her cockatiel, Merle. Plumage takes flight immediately, carrying us along for the ride with each stitch, while new sock base Knitologie Incline Sock (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon) shines in this month’s Chill Out colorway, Pygmy Tyrant. The stitches used create the illusion of feathers, and are cleverly paired with an Eye...

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Pattern Inspiration: Ringleader

Raising hands high into the air, the Ringmistress draws everyone’s attention to the center ring as the majestic elephant parade begins! Hannah Thiessen’s Ringleader hand warmers capture our attention. How can you resist these faux cables, from the very first opening CO stitch to the final BO? 

This month’s KCM color way Pachyderm is a delicious navy blue. The depth of color teamed with the cables...

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Pattern Inspiration: Alma Shawl

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Our memories are universal, the story of the first time we experienced the comfort, warmth and love of a shawl. Darya has created a truly memorable shawl with “Alma Shawl”. Based on a scalene triangle, making it large enough to easily wrapping around your shoulders and then some. The delicate lace sits atop each solid area like the crest of a wave as the tide gently rolls in to shore. Choose your...

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Pattern Inspiration: Fruit Picnic Poncho

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Spread the blanket, open the baskets and settle in for an afternoon picnic. Summer is here and who doesn’t enjoy a picnic. When evening approaches after a long day in the sun you will reach for this lightweight poncho as you prepare to settle in and watch the stars. Darya puts stitches together creating a beautiful drape and texture, which makes knitting her patterns so much fun. Making this piece...

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Pattern Inspiration: Whimsical Socks

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Why do we knit our own socks? This is a question all of us are asked by those who don’t knit at least once. This months sock pattern from Kay Litton answers that question. Because they are FUN! This whimsical trailing cable pattern catches the eye and teases us with each stitch to keep going, like sprinkles on ice cream and playing with puppies at the same time: sheer delight.

This pattern mixed...

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Inspiration: Stratified Socks

“Happiness is held in the seed and expressed in the flower it produces.” What a lovely image to describe Kristy’s pattern. The stitches in this pattern remind us of soil, seeds and flowers. Each stitch is placed carefully within the pattern, stitch-by-stitch as if seeking the sun to ultimately bloom into these beautiful socks. The yarn provides the “soil” for her stitches. As every gardener knows,...

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Inspiration: Squeezed Citrus Socks

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How quick can we cast on these socks? The variegation of the yarn and the way Sarah combines twisted stitches, knits and purls creates a textural and visual interaction that brings excitement with each stitch without overwhelming you. The touch of cashmere adds warmth and softness for comfort, and the choice of stitches help to provide that much needed “snug fit”. Pick these socks up as part of...

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