With August behind us, it’s time to hunker down with a mug of hot tea and a knitting project. It’s also that time of year when friends confess that they have always wanted to learn how to knit* . . . especially now that it’s chilly in the morning, and a plush project like the “Man Cowl” looks warm and inviting. The “Man Cowl” is super quick knit, that uses an easy knit and purl sequence to make simple texture. Even better – it’s FREE! Read the rest of this entry »
A warm hat is a staple for most students. But, between signing up for classes, finding a reasonably priced mini-fridge and Twin XL sheets, knitting one is probably the last thing on your mind. Before you know it you’re at the bookstore thinking “It’s chilly, they need a hat. Am I about to BUY one of these crappy mass-produced hats?!” Enter the “Extra Slouch” hat from Blue Sky Alpacas Traveler’s Series. The pattern works up quickly in those long orientation sessions, and before you know it you have a perfect hat for your student.
This delightfully smooshy hat is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Extra. Blue Sky Alpacas Extra is a plump, two-ply alpaca yarn. The tight twist of the plies makes the alpaca fiber springy, almost like a wool yarn. It also has a nice roundness in the strand that makes perky, lofty stitches. Alpaca fiber is perfect for cozy accessories since it’s a natural insulator.
The “Extra Slouch” would make excellent in-the-round project for a beginning knitter who is ready to learn some shaping. With its neutral, unfussy texture that everyone can wear, the “Extra Slouch” is great for gift knitting. Combined with a luscious yarn like Extra, the otherwise plain patterning stands out beautifully.
For a limited time we’re giving away the “Extra Slouch” pattern for free when you purchase one skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra!
P.S. – Elise is a goof!!!
Most of my knitting projects are getting too big to lug around, and I can’t be without at least a little bit of knitting, so I cast-on “Ferns” hat from Botanical Knits 2. It’s a cablely hat with clever crown shaping that looks terrific in a worsted alpaca, or alpaca blend like the Cascade Eco Cloud I used.
When it comes to choosing yarn for a pattern, I usually pick something other than what’s prescribed. This can get me into a lot of sizing trouble if I’m not careful (I’m looking at you, diminutive pi shawl) but as long as I’m familiar with the loft and texture of the yarn used it’s fun to experiment.
The pattern calls for a worsted weight alpaca with a lot of fuzziness. I wanted to find an alpaca yarn with a slight fuzziness that wouldn’t hide the fern motif. Cascade Eco Cloud was the perfect fit for the gauge listed, and I knew from experience that the yarn has a unique effect on stitches. Because the individual plies in Eco Cloud are braided rather than twisted together, the yarn has a texture all its own.
This pattern was a lot of fun, and includes both written and charted instructions. With most the hats I’ve knit, the patterning (whether it’s colorwork, cables or lace) ended when the decreases began. Not with this hat! As I dutifully followed the chart thinking “where the heck is this going?” I was totally surprised to find a lovely floret pattern forming from the decreases – so pretty!
Want to test out Cascade Eco Cloud? This weekend Cascade Eco Cloud is 25% off both online and in-store! Send us your yarn swapping experiments and we’ll share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Alana Dako’s new book, Botanical Knits 2, is so lovely it almost breaks your heart. Each pattern with its own distinct textures, and the setting is incredible: sunbeams breaking through a deciduous canopy and lighting on young saplings springing up from the forest floor. As I ‘leaf’ through the patterns I feel so inspired I can completely forget that I’m actually holed up in a dim, AC-blasted refuge. Luckily, I’m a knitter so even though I’m withering in this heat, I’m thinking crisp autumn thoughts and happily casting-on my fall projects.
Alana Dako’s chose an earthy array of yarns for Botanical Knits 2, in colors that are right at home in the woods. For fun we started making piles of our favorite yarns for the patterns in her book, and came up with some really beautiful options! Read the rest of this entry »
Get ready! A very special stack of hand knit samples will be on display at our shop! The Botanical Knits 2 trunk show is coming this Saturday to Knit Culture Studio!
Now’s your chance to see these lovely garments and accessories in person, and get help picking yarn before casting-on! We’ll have copies of the book in stocked and ready for your pre-fall project planning. This trunk show is free and open to all during normal store hours.
Knit Culture Studio
8118 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles 90048
Saturday, August 2nd – Friday, August 22nd
Question? Contact Us!
We’ve extended our big sale (the biggest yarn sale of the year!!!) thru Sunday, July 27th! Shop in-store from now until Sunday, and get 35 – 50% off select yarns, and be entered to win THE MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT!
Or, shop the Magic Sale online and save up to 35% off select yarns! And yes, you will still receive free shipping in the US on orders over $65!
Watch in amazement as your favorite yarns fly off the shelves!
Our Magic Yarn Sale is going on now!
Shop in-store and save up to 50% off yarn for knitting and crochet!
AND, one lucky customer will be chosen to receive . . .
THE MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT!!!!
Saturday, July 19th: 11 am – 6pm
Sunday, July 20th: 12 – 4pm
Monday, July 21st: closed
Tuesday, July 22nd: 11 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd: 11am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 24th: 11am – 8 pm
Friday, July 25th: 11am – 5:30 pm
Out of the area? You can shop our sale online and score up to 35% off, PLUS free shipping on orders over $65!
Click here to shop the sale online!
See you at the sale!
It’s that magical time of year! Get ready for a sale so stupendous it will knock your toe-up socks off!
Plus, come in during the week of our sale, and be entered to win
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MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT of YARN AND GOODIES!!!!
Inside our charming chapeau you’ll find not one, not two, but THREE complete knitting projects!
No purchase is necessary to win this miraculous millinery! All you have to do is come in during our sale and fill out a raffle ticket! We will notify the winner the first week of August.
Speaking of sale: starting Saturday, July 19th, we’re taking 35 – 50% off yarns in store, and up to 35% off select yarns online! Keep an eye on our blog, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the details.
See you at the sale!
If you’re planning to visit our shop this weekend, you’re in for a treat! It’s the Summer Sidewalk Sale event!
We’re adding tons of new markdowns on yarns, knitting patterns and books, and our West 3rd Street neighbors are having big sales too!
Come to Knit Culture Studio this weekend and save 35 -50% off select merchandise, then wander the street, peruse the sale racks, and relax with lunch or dinner (depending on your shopping stamina!) at one of the local restaurants.
You can find all the sales listed on the West 3rd Street blog, “The Third Eye”. So look it over, plan your route and come see us this weekend!
I have a weakness for colorwork shawls, so I am super excited about our newest pattern giveaway! “Saturday Stripes” is an easy shawl pattern designed by Heather Walpole of Ewe Ewe Yarns. Using a US size 10.5 knitting needles and squishy, bouncy Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted - this project is a quickie!
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