A gift for you (and maybe someone else too)

We have a new FREE hat pattern to share with you to celebrate the holiday season!  Our Thermal Cap  pattern is one that you may want to cast on for before year’s end.

This unisex slouchy toque is a perfect pattern for beginner knitters comfortable working in the round and working k2tog decreases.  Those garter stitch ridges create a soft waffled texture that acts as a thermal layer to keep you cozy without bulk.  Knit up with our fingering weight Simply Fine, this hat is as light as a feather and almost as warm as down.

And best of all, a single skein provides you with enough yardage to make two!  You’ll be able to knit up one for yourself and a second as a gift.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than with an offering of warmth?

This yarn combines premium kid mohair with the finest wool to produce a singly ply fingering weight yarn that you’ll enjoy working with.  Fibers for this yarn are GREENSPUN using vegetable based soaps and oils in the processing and then washed gently to preserve the natural sheen and resilience. This yarn will bloom and become fuzzier with use.

These natural undyed shades create beautiful neutrals that will coordinate with almost any winter coat. And the Variegated color way (show in the middle skein above and in the completed samples below) can create a soft ombre effect that makes the project more sophisticated and interesting.

It’s just a matter of finding the right spot in the skein for your cast on edge.

The brim of the hat has a greater elasticity due to the use of a stretchy cast on and a smaller needle for a snugger gauge.  You’ll find that by using an elastic cast on like the German Twisted method, the 18″ circumference has enough give to comfortably fit teen and adult heads ranging from 20 – 23″.  If you’re not already familiar with this technique, you can find an instructional youtube video here.

We hope that you enjoy this little holiday gift from all of us here at the Spinnery.  The FREE Thermal Cap  pattern is one that we hope you’ll want to knit again and again!


A Shawl Showcase

Spring is so here! Sure, Mother Nature could pull a fast one on us still and bring a few more grey days and a lot of mud, but instead we will choose to focus on welcoming spring with warmer weather yarns and colorful accessories. Shawls can add a pop of color to brighten your day while being an easy extra layer to keep the chills away.

Catalina WrapGillette

The Green Mountain Spinnery has several cute and easy shawl patterns you should check out. The Septor Cowl, (above left) designed by Maureen Clark, is the newest in the bunch.  This crochet pattern is worked flat, and then seamed to create an infinity loop style accessory and uses one skein of Simply Fine or Sock Art.  The Catalina Wrap is another crochet design using 2 skeins of Simply Fine (center). If you prefer a knitting pattern, Simply Fine is also the yarn called for in the Gillette Shawl (above right). Gale Zucker took the photos of the Catalina Wrap and the Gillette Shawl as part of a recent photo shoot in Connecticut; you can read more about the experience on her blog!

Perhaps you are the type to be inspired by the leaves that are dotting the trees once again?  The Leafy Lace shawl (above, left) will work up quickly in a DK-weight yarn, like Sylvan Spirit! The Summer Breeze shawl, (center, left), uses Simply Fine or Sock Art to make this lightweight cover-up in a gentle lace pattern.  Two recent publications have included Simply Fine shawls as well. The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Twist Collective presents Spoleto, (center, right) designed by Sandi Rosner, and involves a lace and a touch of beadwork. The Flanders Scarf pattern, found in the summer issue of knitscene (above, far right) is a garter stitch scarf worked with lace insert and bobbled edge perfect for a take-along knitting project.

Here are a few more projects we discovered on Ravelry to inspire your needles and hooks as spring approaches! The Farmer’s Market Capelet, (above left) designed by Suzy Allen, uses Sylvan Spirit to keep the chill away on breezy mornings.  Ravelry user Dodiraz also used Sylvan Spirit in her version of Veera Valimaki’s Different Lines pattern (above, center). Cotton Comfort was used in batyabeth’s  Miami Beach Shawl (above, right).

We hope you will share your favorite shawl for Spinnery yarns in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!