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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Few New Samples

We are constantly cranking out the new samples for you, and I wanted to show you a few that my army of sample knitters have produced recently.

The Dream Stripes Shawl in Classic Elite Soft Linen is truly dreamy.  I am a sucker for stripes, as you know, and the little bit of lace at the edge adds such a nice delicate touch to this piece.  Plus, you only have to knit about 20 rows of lace* to get the effect rather than doing the whole thing in lace.

Classic Elite Soft Linen is a great summer yarn, especially for our climate where we still have those chilly evenings.  We haven't had a sample of this yarn in the shop for awhile, and I hope you all are as smitten with this as I am.  We used three balls of the teal and two of the gray to make the sample, but you could easily make it with four balls if you chose to go for a solid instead.

We also have a sample of Quest, a free pattern from Knitty from a few issues back.  The pattern was designed using Schaefer Yarns Chris, a machine washable merino, so that's what we used.  The hat has a little short row brim, which really sold me on this design.

There is a version with the honeycomb texture and one with plain stockinette if you don't care for the texture.  Personally, I find the texture and variegation a bit much, but I think the honeycomb version would be fabulous in a solid or semisolid like Dream in Color Classy, which we recently restocked, or Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes.

We have new samples almost every week to inspire and entice you.  Stop by on one of these rainy spring days and try on a few things.

Also, no Open Knit Night on Wednesday, March 28.  See you late night knitters again in April!

*If you make this, please pay careful attention to the lace chart, as the lace repeat section is a little misleading.  For most rows, the first stitch in the repeat is a double decrease, although it looks like there is a knit stitch right before it.  That particular cell on the lace chart is large, so it looks like two stitches.  Be careful!

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