close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Cascade has been trying out some interesting new stuff with their classic yarns. We talked a bit about the 220 SW Aran Splatter and the Heritage Prints sock yarn back in November. Now we have 220 Superwash Effects, which knits up with a really pretty faded denimy sort of look.

They all look cool in the skein, and then they work up into an even cooler mottled fabric. Some are more subtle and some are more pronounced, but I like them all. Take a look at the Cascade site to see all of the colors knitted up into swatches. The purple one, Lightening Storm, is one of the more variegated ones.
We have the full range of options at the shop now, and Sally is working up a hat sample in the Pinks shade. A surprising color choice for her, but I like it.

I appreciate that Cascade is trying out a few new things with their old standby yarns. Let's hope they keep this one around for a bit!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fixing and Finishing in February

Does the sight of a dropped stitch send you into a panic? Does a misplaced knit or purl five rows back make you run to Close Knit for help? Does the idea of picking up stitches make you itchy? While we are always more than happy to see you, Emily wants to teach you our ways! 

This coming Saturday evening, February 6, she will walk you through all the basics in her Fixing Mistakes class. You will intentionally make mistakes on a swatch and learn how to fix them in class. You are also encouraged to bring in that languishing project with a few little issues. 

In her Finishing class on February 20, you will have the chance to learn some professional techniques. Emily will teach you about mattress stitch, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, and the mysterious (but all-important) blocking. Again, you will practice on swatches, and Emily will send you home ready to tackle just about anything.

Grab some tea, yarn, needles, and those injured or abandoned WIPS and spend a few Saturdays with Emily! Give us a call or stop by the shop to sign up.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Eye Candy Monday

Amirisu is in the shop. (The squirrel is pronounced as an r, by the way.) We currently have Fall 2015 Issue 8 and Winter 2015 Issue 9 of this coveted Japanese magazine. There will be more soon. Stop on by and take a look. They are stunning. Issue 9 even mentions our little shop!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Heathcliff Hat

We have a fresh free pattern for you! Sally used the Soft Donegal that we have at the shop. I was impressed at the feel of this yarn in the skein, and I am even more impressed at the knitted fabric.
The Heathcliff Hat is nice and slouchy, with a deep rib to keep it snug, and just a little texture to show off the tweed. One skein of this lovely stuff will make your new favorite hat! Come on in and see it in the shop and choose a color.

Heathcliff Hat

by Sally Palin
Yarn: 1 skein Soft Donegal
Needles: US6 and US7 16" circulars and US7 DPNs
Notions: stitch marker
Finished Size: one size fits most adults
Gauge: 5stitches per inch on US7


Cast on 88 sts on smaller needles, join in the round, place marker. 
Work 3" in 1 x 1 ribbing (K1, P1).

Switch to larger needle and work in stockinette stitch for 1 round (K all sts).  
Round 2: K11, make 1, repeat through second knitted row (K11, make 1).
You will now have 96 sts.  
Knit two more rounds. 

Round 5: P1, K3 repeat through row, ending with K3.
Knit 4 rounds.
Repeat round 5.

Repeat the 5 row sequence until hat measures 9 " from cast on.  You will enough of the Donegal Soft to make hat longer if you wish.

Decrease rounds:
*K6, K2tog* repeat until end of round
knit one round
*K5, K2tog* repeat until end of round
knit one round

Continue decreasing in this way (4,3,2) until the last round, which will be K2tog all the way around.  Change to dpn when circular needle is spreading the stitches too tightly.  Cut yarn and pull through remaining sts, pulling opening closed.  Weave in ends.  Block as desired.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Eye Candy Monday

Telegraphy Cowl by the lovely Emily Devlin designed with Shibui Knits Dune, a DK alapca/silk/camel blend. Light and soft and fun to knit. The pattern is available as a Ravelry download, and the yarn and sample are in the shop now!

Sunday, January 24, 2016


That's a lot of letters. Allow me to elaborate. The Rose City Yarn Crawl hosts a knit-a-long and a crochet-a-long each year as part of the fibery festivities. To make it even more exciting, they keep the final design a mystery from the knitters and crocheters as they are working. You'll receive clues and pattern information as you go, but the look of the finished piece remains a mystery until the work is done. 

Local designers Larissa Brown, Michelle Kroll, and Kat Strieby were inspired by our lovely state and the theme Oregon Grows Great Things. These local ladies have great taste, and I'm excited to see what you all do with their patterns. Sally has seen the final pieces, but she's not telling us anything.
The only thing we can tell you is that you will need yarn. Both pieces will require two 100g skeins of sock yarn in two different colors. The patterns were designed with hand-dyed yarns in mind, and we think that local is the way to go. We have filled our shelves with Bumblebirch Heartwood to give you plenty of options.
The patterns are available for purchase through Ravelery, and the first clue is available on Wednesday! Get on board and gather your materials. If you finish your cowl or shawl in time for the yarn crawl in early March, we would love to see your creations as you tour the yarn shops of Portland.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bumblebirch Forage

We do love our local hand-dyed yarns at Close Knit. We have a great relationship with Sarah of Bumblebirch, and it's always a pleasure to see her beautiful work in the shop.
Many of you are huge fans of her Heartwood fingering weight yarn, and I think you are going to love the Forage Worsted as well. Each skein is 220 yards of machine washable merino yarn, perfect for just about anything.
We have carried Forage in the past, but it has been awhile. I used a skein of Dandelion to make myself an Advanced Beanie. The knitting was pretty straightforward, although it is desperately in need of a fuzzy white pom pom. I am ashamed at how long it has taken me to get to that bit.
Forage knits up with such a lovely bounce and squish, and the colors are a very important part of the fun. Her colors really reflect the personality of Portland in a lot of ways. The greens, blues, and greys are so familiar to all of us right now in the middle of winter. Her bright orange, deep yellow, and soft pastels look like Portland springtime to me.

This gorgeous stuff is worth seeing in person. Pop in for some local color.