close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Our friend Laura Irwin stopped by the shop on Monday with a box of Softwaves pattern booklets.
These lovely full-color publications contain five of Laura's very popular designs, and we have samples and supplies for all of them!  
The Textured Marbled Beret on the cover is knit with just one ball of Cascade Lana Grande.  Quick, easy, and inexpensive.  Somehow, it seems to look good on nearly everyone who tries it on, too. Even me, see?
Plus, there's a pom pom.  The Snail Twist Cowl and Headband are in there, too.
The cowl is worked up with one skein of Cascade Magnum, which we keep very well-stocked throughout the winter.  I made one of these last year, and the knitting took about a half and hour.  The magic is in the seaming, however, and the finished piece is high-impact, don't you think?  The headband uses one skein of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, which we have in more solids, tweeds, hand-dyes, and sparkles than you can imagine.  It was too small for me, so you'll just have to come take a look.
The Pivot Ruffle Cloche really shows off Laura's vintage flair.  Knit up with Rowan Kid Classic, it has a softness and grace that are really stunning.  We have a nice sample at the shop, and I know several of our knitters have made their own versions.
Finally, the Softwaves Cowl.  This thing is amazing.  It's a cowl, shawl, and capelet all in one.  In super bulky Magnum.  Again, the knitting is simple.  The seaming is magic.

These beautiful pattern booklets would make a great gift for yourself or a fellow knitter, as would any of these finished pieces.  If you have a long list of people expecting something handmade and fabulous, go easy on yourself and come get this booklet.

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