close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Friday, April 11, 2014


I will readily admit that this blog is rather knit-centric.  I tend to lean away from the crochet side of things because I am a terrible crocheter and the patterns look like mosaics to me.  There.  I said it.  However, at Close Knit, we have some very talented crocheters who want to fill a gap in our shop.  A few of our girls have been hooking away to bring you some lovely things.  Let's take a look.
Ann's Half Granny shawlette using Mille Colori Baby has created quite the stir.  She used two balls of the lovely sock weight yarn, and the result is really impressive.  It would also be wonderful in Crazy Zauberball or Noro Taiyo Sock.
It's a free pattern from Ravelry, and it uses some pretty basic crochet stitches to great effect...just the thing if you're looking for something new.
Lisa used a ball of the brand-new-to-us Noro Taiyo Sport to make a beautiful Calm Cowl.  It seems like the stitches are suitable for a beginner, doesn't it?  I can't say for sure.
I can say that it's a lovely thing and feels really nice to wear.  The Taiyo Sport is a cotton/silk/wool blend, and it's going to be a great summer yarn.  
It has a nice crunch from the silk, and the colors are Noro-tastic.  That brown/black/grey/natural one looks like a tiger to me.  I love it.
Lisa also made a bright green scarf using Malabrigo Worsted and the One Skein Scarf pattern from Sitch n' Bitch Happy HookerThere are over 3,000 of these listed on Ravelry.  Seems like a winner.
And we have hats!  The Men's Beanie has been in our shop forever, but it's a good basic.  It's a good beginner pattern, too...all single crochet.  This one used Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton, and I think it would be great in a weird bright color like Lemongrass or Tomato.
We also have the Boy Beanie from the Happy Hooker worked up in Cascade 220, a solid and a marled shade for a little fun bit o' contrast.  This one is less dense than the Blue Sky sample...great for summer.

If you're a crocheter and want to try a new class, take a look at Ann's Home Dec Crochet class starting at the end of April.  Crochet is ideal for so many home decor projects, from pillows to bags to blankets.  Ann will help you make it happen.

We hope you all enjoy seeing more crochet samples around the shop.  Maybe it will inspire a few of you to grab a hook and give it a go!  Maybe even me.


  1. That shawl just might get me crocheting!

  2. I used some Blue Sky Alpaca Metalico in Silver to make a pair of fingerless gloves from the Crochet Deck (I think that's what it's called). They turned out fab! You may have seen me wearing them during the RCYC this year!

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