Monomoy Sweater

I am so excited to finally release this pattern. This one was a labor of love for me, the first sweater I designed for both my boys. Little boys in intricately cabled sweaters are just adorable in my eyes. With two little boys at home I couldn’t resist designing a cabled sweater for them to wear. The cable patterns in both the front and back split and the cables wind around the collar. A braid winds down the outside of the sleeves. Named for Monomoy Island off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts where the twisting shoals twine like the cables on this sweater. Buy now via Ravelry Worked in Berocco Remix yarn – 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 9% Linen, 216 yards (198 meters) per skein, machine washable, pictured in Strawberry and Blue Denim Skills Required Pattern is worked bottom-up in the round and splits at the armholes to … Continue reading

Back from Break

After taking a much-needed break over the holidays (and recovering from my annual Christmas bought of bronchitis), I’m back at it! I’ve got 3 new patterns in various stages of completion, plus and oldy-but-goody that never got released, all waiting for me to finish them up and release them. I’m using three fun new yarns – the blue cabled sweater is in Cascade’s Ultra Pima Fine, 100% Cotton. The gray tweed sweater is Remix, a unique blend from Berocco of 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, & 9% Linen. And lastly the socks are Plymouth Yarn’s Diversity, which is an acrylic/polyester blend. And the best part – all three are machine washable!

Blocking Acrylic

People have told me for years that you can’t block acrylic yarn.  As my British friends would say, that’s bollocks.  Of course you can block acrylic – you don’t see acrylic sweaters at the mall with an unsightly roll at the hems. The problem is that you have to block them differently because acrylic is essentially plastic so methods you use to block plant and animal fibers just won’t work. I stumbled upon this wonderful blog post on BeadKnitter Gallery’s  blog a while back outlining a simple and effective way to block acrylic: steam. I encourage you to read the whole article for it has lots of pointers and visual examples, but it boils down to these simple steps: pin/blocking wire the piece into the desired shape set your iron to full steam ahead There are two VERY IMPORTANT things to remember – 1) NEVER touch the piece with your … Continue reading