Saturday, November 6, 2010

November Newsletter Part 2: Teach a Tween, Teen or Adult to Knit

This holiday season as you gather with family and friends start your own family tradition, share your love for fiber arts and teach a non-knitter to knit. Last week I wrote about project ideas for teaching children and in this newsletter you'll find patterns & yarns to inspire tweens, teens and adults. And, these yarns & patterns also make great gifts!

In This Issue: Scarf and Cowl Designs

New Scarf and Cowl Designs
Everyone wants instant satisfaction, and when its cold outside a tween, teen or adult would love to learn how to knit a scarf or cowl so they can immediately wear it and show off their handiwork.

Schaefers 5 Fabulous Scarves

An easy scarf pattern is an excellent first knit and teaches essential skills that can be quickly built upon. These four scarf patterns by The Schaefer Yarn Company work perfectly and make ideal gifts for coworkers, neighbors, school teachers or postal carriers and each pattern includes instructions for more than one style. Five Fabulous Scarves includes five different designs that are knit in either bulky Elaine or Esperanza, the Scarf Three-Ways includes feather and fan, herringbone and open wave designs all knit in one skein of Helene and the Jiffy One Skein & Scarf Duo patterns both include instructions for two different textured scarves knit with one skein of either bulky Kathleen or Sandra, both of these yarns are on sale.

My two other Schaefer Specials are, buy any In Stock Schaefer yarn and you'll receive a free copy of Hunter Hammersen's new Bines sock pattern and purchase any 5 Schaefer patterns and you'll get a 6th one (of your choosing) Free.

Ysolda Peaks Island Hood

For a slightly different style knit Ysolda's Peaks Island Hood, this hooded scarf is designed to look equally good with the hood up or down. The ends feature a simple shell pattern that’s echoed in the hood shaping and it can be worked in either direction and its knit in one piece.

Knitspot Butternt

A lacy scarf would make the sophisticated woman on your gift knitting list very happy, try Anne Hanson's new Butternut or Potager. Sheer Butternut features a texture of staggered almond shapes that form a ribbed fabric which is attractive on both the front and the back sides. With crisp outlines and lace knitting on RS rows only, this motif is easily memorized and very intuitive to work. Available as a Kit too with either Margaret Stove Artisan Lace or The Alpaca Yarn Company's Suri Elegance.

Knitspot Potager

Potager is a pretty rectangle in sizes scarf, petite and tall, worked in a vertical composition of delicate pea vines dotted with nupps or substitute beads. Its worked from hem to center back in two pieces, then grafted afterward. Despite Potager's intricate appearance, it travels well and knits up quickly to make a special accessory.

Ilga Leja Bermuda

For your friend who loves bright colors, combine the magic of short rows with the changing colors of a gently self-striping yarn to create Ilga Leja's Bermuda scarf. Teach a loved one to crochet with Knosewcute's stylish Easy Striped Scarf! And for the young man in the family who wants to learn to crochet Knotsewcute's Felted Men's Scarf is perfect because the felting will hide any newbie mistakes.

Berroco Flitwick

Cowls are everywhere this season and also make great teaching tools, learning to knit in the round opens up more pattern possibilities to a new knitter. Flitwick from Berroco's booklet #301 Campus makes an ideal lesson, the pattern is easy enough to knit up in a few hours. Or with a little more guidance try one of these new designs.

Ilga Leja Tundra

Ilga Leja's Tundra both warms and adorns the shoulders, neck, and head. Worked from the bottom up, it can be adjusted in length as a simple rolled neck cowl or knit the neck and head portion to an extreme length for a richly folded cowl.

Knitspot Hoarfrost

And Anne Hanson offers you these beautiful neckwarmers, and as usual her patterns include different sizes. Hoarfrost carries you through seasonal transitions by providing a chill-chasing layer without bulk. Knit in a crystalline cable-and-lace motif and finished with a knit-on border of lace snowflakes.

Knitspot Leafprints

The cuddly neckwarmer and mitt set Leafprints has softly sculpted overlapping leaf motifs that help create warm depth.

Knitspot Bittersweet Vines

Vining lace patterns circle the Bittersweet Vines neckwarmer and mitts which are knit with a soft worsted-weight yarn such as Cascade Yarns Lana D'Oro, 220 Wool or 220 Superwash. The neckwarmer features a buttoned closure and the mitts have a sculpted thumb gusset for a beautiful fit.

Knitspot Cite'

Cite' is a soft neckwarmer that provides a chill-chasing layer as pretty as it is warm. Knit in a “scaffolding” motif with a little openwork and some twist-stitch accents, its finished with a knit-on border of lace points.

Knitspot Poinsettia

And pretty Poinsettia is knit top-down in the round from a luxury blend yarn or soft wool. The piece has a narrow scalloped top edge to frame the jawline, then flows down the neck in a pattern of petals, ending in a flared collar of leaf lace that sits neatly on the shoulders.

Knitspot Spiralucious

And Anne's Spiralucious is a spiraling neckwarmer that will provide a pretty and cozy extra layer at the throat and its finished with a knitted-on border of turning leaves. Anne's projects knit up quickly on circular needles, travel well and make much appreciated gifts.

And I'm very excited to introduce a new knitwear designer, Gabriela Ordenes of Josefina Knits!

Josefina Knits Flowers & Leaves

Josefina Knits' 33 Leaves

Josefina Knits' Esperanza

Gabriela hails from Chile and I'm delighted to be able to bring you her fashionable line all the way from South America. Gabriela's 3 new new buttoned cowl patterns are adorned with bold cable and leaf motifs and give you many styling options, introducing Flowers and Leaves, Esperanza and 33 Leaves. All three knit up quickly in your favorite worsted weight yarn, 1 Ply Merino Worsted or Malabrigo Merino Worsted are perfect.

For more Cowl & Neckwarmer and Scarf patterns visit my website.

I know this is a busy time of year for you and you want to cast on a new project to get some precious knitting time in. Thank you for sharing my news and remember I'm always happy to help with any of your fiber arts needs, special ordering a yarn or pattern from a line I carry or helping you locate an out of stock yarn to finish a WIP. I can be reached at, toll free 877/519-1693 or on Ravelry, I look forward to hearing from you.


Marushka C. said...

Your blog is very appealing. Lots of great pictures, not to mention tempting ideas about what to make next. Thanks!

Mcleodhandcraftgifts said...

beautiful colors, beautiful design, beautiful knitting .