Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mohair Madness Cowl

Hannele's Mohair Madness Cowl and Headwarmer

This cowl is extra warm and just right for temperatures in the 20s.
Better even, it can be made with just 2 hours to spare. It is excellent
tube knitting while you watch a good DVD. The pattern comes
from Hannele, who came to visit from Finland. Believe me, she
knows cold! Both of us fell in love with the Mohair possibilities and just
tried yarns and patterns, the best so far is the cowl which is just a lightweight dream.

Mohair Madness Cowl

1 skein of Mohair yarn
( Ours was made with Drifting Gardens from Plymouth, but any bulky weight mohair yarn will work.)
Size US11, 16 inch circular needle
2 hours of your time

Cast on 53 stitches, join in the round (careful not to twist!) and work in garter stitch (knit one round, purl one round) to the end of the ball. Leave enough yarn to cast off loosely. Weave in ends.

Voila! A beautiful one of a kind cowl!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shawl Cowl

I am happy to report that while playing with my Cascade Lana Grande, I created this beautiful Shawl Cowl. I think shawl collars are so very flattering and after bending the fabric a bit the cowl emerged. I added two simple Plymouth wooden buttons and attached them with i-cord loops.
Voila - it was done. A very simple and good looking cowl. I am ready for the winter.

Here is the Shawl Cowl pattern:

Take two skeins of Cascade Lana Grande or Rowan Big Wool or Rowan Drift
Size US 15 needle (straight or circular as you please)

Cast on 26 stitches and knit in garter Stitch for 60 ridges or 120 rows
(it takes almost two balls)
(27" long and 11" wide)
Fold one edge over so that 3.5" overlaps to create the shawl collar look.
Sew on two buttons 1.75" from each edge.
Create two I-cord loops about 3" long (make larger loops if you are using larger buttons). On the end opposite the buttons, attach the loops on the long end 1.75" and 3.5" from the corner. These loops will be attached on the side that is not folded down to create the collar.
Voila, your Shawl Cowl is done! Great last minute knitted gift!

(Need help with I-Cord? Check out this video!)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Look at these wonderful mittens Melynda made and wrote the pattern for as well.
There is a pair at the store for you to look at.


Materials: 1 Skein of Malabrigo Chunky

Size 9 US DPN

Some waste yarn

Body of Mitten

CO 28 sts and divide them between 3 DPN. I had 9,9 and 10sts

Row 1-10: *K1,P1 repeat to end* or knit for a rolled edge

Row 11-28: knit all rounds

Row 29: k1 with working yarn, then k5 with waste yarn, then return those 5 sts back onto left needle and knit again using working yarn. Continue in k –stitch for the rest of round

Row 30-54: knit all rounds

Row 55: k2tog until end (14 sts remaining)

Row 56: * k2tog, k1, k2tog *twice, k2

Row 57: k2tog until end, k1

Cut yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail and using a darning needle pull through the 4 sts on the needles and pull top closed. Weave in the tail on inside of mitt.


Pick up live stitches while carefully removing the waste yarn. I like to do top and bottom at the same time. Once you have all your stitches take 2 from the top needle and 2 from the bottom needle and put them on a 3rd needle. This left me with 3 sts on the bottom needle and 4 on the other 2 needles. Now you can begin to knit the thumb.

Knit at least 13 rows (more if you have a longer thumb)

Row 14: k2tog and close top of thumb just like the top of the mitt.

***For the left hand mitt repeat the pattern exactly as the right hand except for row 29. Row 29 for the left mitt is as follows; k9 with working yarn, then with waste yarn k5, then return those 5 sts back onto left needle and knit again using working yarn. Continue with k for the rest of round. Continue to knit the rest of the mitt as you did the right hand.

And Voila! Mittens and her very first pattern.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Arrival

Look what arrived at the store! This is Danette's baby girl, Kaylie, two weeks old.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday evenings

Hi Everybody,
there is a new development in my life. My Thursday nights will be partly spend with you
in the future. The store will be open till 7 pm to accomodate worker bee knitters.
Hope to make it easier for you.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Welcome to the Blog!

Brigitte's daughter Sam and her new husband

Welcome to Klose Knit's new blog! We'll be using this space to let you know about upcoming events, classes, and special sales. Check in here to find out about our new yarns and samples and just generally keep in touch. We'd also like to use this space to show off some of our customers' projects so if you have photos or links to projects you've made with our yarn or learned to do in one of our classes, please let us know!

We've had a busy--and romantic!--summer here. Brigitte's daughter got married in August in Michigan and Ann got married on Labour Day weekend in Indiana. Now we're gearing ourselves up for a busy and exciting fall at the store. Here are a few upcoming events you might like to know about:

Submit any knit or crocheted bag. You can felt it (or not) and embellish it any way you want. It can be any size and serve any purpose. Bags will be judged by Klose Knit staff and prizes will be given to our favorite three. Plan on having your entry in the week after Labor Day!

The time is flying! Coming up is Klose Knit's third anniversary. We're hosting an anniversary party and SALE on September 11 to celebrate the happy occasion. We will have free workshops, refreshments, and announce the winners of the bag contest!

Sarah is organizing our classes for the fall and has put together a schedule here. We're still adding classes so check back in and let us know if you're interested in a specific subject--we'll do our best to add it to the schedule.