Pattern: Cortland Fingerless Mitts| Pomme

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Click here for the Cortland Fingerless Mitts $5.00 for the PDF download on Ravelry 

The first pattern from our collection Pomme is out today!

The Cortland Fingerless Mitts are a perfect blend of form and function. They bring warmth and comfort while leaving fingers free to knit. The sport weight yarn of Madelinetosh Pashmina is smooth and delicate. It’s whisper soft blend of merino, silk and cashmere feels like pure luxury. A pretty fish scale pattern adds a lovely texture to the body of the mitts, and the moss stitch cuffs and thumbs are classic.

Pattern Details –

Suggested Yarn
MadelineTosh Pashmina (sport weight)
75% Merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere
Skein – 360 yards (330m) / 4oz (113g)
For project: approx. 90 yards (82m) / 1oz (28g)
Colorway shown – BegoniaLeaf

Needle
1 pair US2.5 (3mm) 9” circular needles,
Or a set of US2.5 (3mm) double pointed needles
1 set US3 (3.25mm) needles

Gauge
16 stitches & 18 rows per 2 inches
in main stitch pattern. (repeat rows 20-27)

Finished Measurements
3.25in (8.25cm) wide – laid flat
6.5in (16.5cm) long – laid flat
finished weight – 1oz (28g)

Notions
Stitch markers
Darning needle for finishing

Pattern Notes
Knit bottom up and seamless. The mitts are also knit inside out because the star stitch is much easier to make when you’re purling the three stitches together.

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Pattern: Leap Day Hat

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Last month I was doing a little research on Leap Day, trying out a few ideas for a Leap Day knit. I discovered that gloves are a traditional Leap Day gift and at first I was excited, “Ohh I could totally design a pair of gloves!”. That is, until I read a bit further and realized why gloves are a Leap Day thing.

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Apparently in some cultures Leap Day is sort of Sadie Hawkins-esque, where women are ‘allowed’ (‘scuse me?) to propose marriage to a man. Shocking, I know. Unclutch your pearls, dears. It’s about to get worse. Now, tradition says that if the poor spinster’s proposal is turned down by her lover, he must recompense by gifting her with a dozen pairs of gloves.  That doesn’t sound so awful… But why gloves, you ask?

The reasoning behind this innocuous gesture is really quite cringe-worthy. It’s designed to cushion the blow of rejection by allowing her to cover her hands, thereby concealing the fact that she has no engagement ring. To shield her from the scorn of the world knowing that she’s husband-less. It’s to cover her shame. (oh rly?)

And why so many gloves?  So that she has a pair for every month of a calendar year, because rejection is the humiliating sting that lasts. And lasts. Or so they say.  That little tale of woe kind of turned me off to the idea of Leap Day gloves. 😀  What can I say. I’m a rebel Dotty.  I unabashedly expose my naked ring finger for the world to see! I’m not saying that a husband is a bad thing, quite the contrary. I’m just saying there’s no shame in not having one either.

So in place of shame gloves- here’s a fetching hat! It’s unisex, too. It’s a fun little take on the standard 1×1 ribbed cap. The ribbed panel leans to the left while the ribbing continues in pattern over the whole of the hat.

$4.00 US for the downloadable pattern PDF on Ravelry.

Today through Sunday 3/6 get 29% off the pattern PFD at checkout with code: TAKEALEAP

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Big huge thank you to the pattern testers in the Ravelry Pattern Tester forum! Besos!

Happy Leap day everyone!

As a bonus, here’s a little video showing how to do the m1pw (make one purlwise) stitch from our youtube channel, be sure to subscribe for more tutorials!

Pattern details-

Instructions included for both Beanie and Slouchy versions.

Beanie:
8.5in(22cm)wide, at bottom
8.5in(22cm)long
finished weight – 45g
Suggested Yarn
Woolfolk FAR(100% Merino)
shown in #4 Pewter
142yards (130m/50g) per skein
For project: approximately 1 skein
127-140yds(128m-45g)
Gauge in Woolfolk
13 stitches and 16 rows
per 2in(5cm)
k1, p1 ribbing un-stretched
swatch knit on US7(4.5mm)needles

Slouchy:
10in(25.5cm)wide, at bottom
10in(25.5cm)long
finished weight – 84g
Suggested Yarn
Purl SoHo Worsted Twist(100% Merino)
shown in Timeless Navy
164yards (160m/100g) per skein
For project: approximately 1 skein
140-145yds(132.5m-84g)
Gauge in Purl SoHo Twist
11 stitches and 13 rows
per 2in(5cm)
k1, p1 ribbing un-stretched
swatch knit on US7(4.5mm)needles

Notions
6 stitch markers
darning needle for finishing

Suggested Needles
US7(4.5mm)9in(23cm)needles
US7(4.5mm)double pointed needles

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Three of Hearts Hat

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This project started life a stash busting project. I had some sumptuously squishy and soft Blue Sky Alpaca EXTRA left over from a jumper I’d designed, my intention was to bang out a quick hat just to use it up. But as what tends to happen once I start working, the idea grows and develops. While the hat did require more than the amount of yarn I had left, it can be knit with one skein.

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I’m an absolute Blue Sky Alpaca junkie and could quite happily knit in it all the time, red happens to me my favourite color, so this yarn is a perfect marriage of my loves. I wanted the hat to be something a little fun without screaming cheesy. For me these cables do just that, a fun little nod to valentines and love, but wearable through the year.

The slightly small band is designed so the hat can worn higher on the head and at an angle, my personal preference, but looks great pulled further down too.

Be our Valentine and get 25% off this pattern PDF in our FlorrieMarie Ravelry Shop with coupon code LOVEKNITS (code expires at midnight on 2/14/16).
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Free Pattern: Knit Lamp Shades

lamp, glas bord, ikea, knit, knittingI’ve had this set of two lamps from IKEA for a few years now, and while they’re pretty they were a bit plain. Enter- Knitting! I saw that someone had knit a nice cabled cover for their lamps and I knew I could come up with something pretty for mine. After a bit of playing around this is what I came up with and I thought I’d share it with you. I’m not sure IKEA still sells this particular lamp, but it would work with any lamp of approximately the same dimensions. Small lamp: 11″ high and 4.5″ square. Large lamp: 14″ high and 5.5″ square.

Download for FREE on Ravelry!

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Free Pattern: the Steppe Cowl

Steppe4Happy New Year!!

Florrie has designed a beautiful stranded color work cowl in squashy, soft and gorgeous Blue Sky Extra. As our New Years gift to you, here it is… Happy knitting! Download now on Ravelry.


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Postcards from Rhinebeck ’14

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IMG_6516.JPGIt was so good to get out of the city this weekend and head upstate to Rhinebeck for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather was the most perfect October weather you could ask for, by turns dramatic, steel grey skies with the woods all orange and red and gold and the clearest blue sky and sunshine with cold air and chilly breeze. It was perfectly cold and that meant that the hand knits could be worn comfortably, but not so cold that you needed a jacket over them. Florrie finished her Aunt Fred and it looked so great on her, I would have lost my marbles knitting a whole sweater in that fiddly sport weight wool. Kudos to her. I wore my Astoria cowl, it was snug and perfectly warm.

Florrie had much more shopping restraint than I did, I bought two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in a really pretty green/blue/grey colorway (Shaken Not Stirred), the line for Miss Babs wool was predictably long, a giant bag of Maple Cotton Candy, some Hot Maple Mustard (it’s seriously the best thing ever), a gorgeous cherry wood stirrer/spatula from Chester B. Basil’s stall, some beautiful grey/green ceramic buttons from Melissa Jean and on the way home when we stopped off in Tivoli at Fabulous Yarns I got a squishy red skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra.  I’m not sure if it was because it’s the third or fourth year that we have gone, or if it was in fact smaller this year. Not sure, but it was fun and we got to scratch a few goats and sheep under their chins, and see so much beautiful wool.

Until next year Rhinebeck, maybe I’ll get my act together in 2015 and have my own sweater to wear. 😀

-Marie