Hey everyone, Deanna here. This fall we had two goals for updating the shop in anticipation for knitting season. The first one was to rejuvenate our sock yarn collection in August. In September, we made it our mission to completely overhaul our Aran to Bulky weight yarns. I am so thrilled about the results – gorgeous new yarns from Blue Sky Fibers, Malabrigo, The Fibre Co, and more.
I’m excited to share some of these new yarns with a Quick and Cozy Knit Along. The patterns I’ve selected knit up fast, are super comfy, and not too complicated. In fact, I’ve already knit THREE out of the Four of these projects within the last 6 weeks or so. The samples are available in the shop for you to visit. The Ullock cardigan has been a particular star so far, few can resist its soft and cozy charm. There are lots of great options here for a first sweater project.
To make things a bit more interesting, we’re including a prize this time around! Everybody who completes their Knit along project by the Cast-off date of November 17 will be entered into a draw to win an entire bag of ten skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in the VAA colourway. In order to qualify for the draw, take the following steps:
- Purchase your yarn through our shop, either online or in person.
- Sign-on to the KAL either by showing up on October 6 for the cast-on, OR by posting a photo of your cast-on to Instagram and tagging @needlesinthehay and #NITHKAL
- Show up on November 17 with your completed project, OR post a photo on Instagram wearing your completed project and tag @needlesinthehay and #NITHKAL
Set-up & Cast-on October 6 – 1pm to 3pm
Progress Check-in on October 20 – 1pm to 3pm
Progress Check-in on November 3 – 1pm to 3pm
Cast-off & Show-off on November 17 – 1pm to 3pm
Pattern free with yarn purchase!
Ullock is a cosy, open-front cardigan with a generously oversized fit and drop-shoulder half sleeves. It features a simple vine stitch on either side of the front bands and stockinette across the rest of the garment. Tundra makes this bulky cardigan feel like a hug; luxuriously soft and very warm.
Bowness by Orlane Sucche
Knit it in Arranmore by the Fibre Co.
Pattern free with yarn purchase.
Bowness is a classic raglan sweater knitted top down in the round. The body features a grid-like knit/purl texture whilst the sleeves are in simple stockinette. The Fibre Co.’s Donegal tweed Arranmore adds gorgeous depth of colour and a nubbly texture to this wardrobe staple. Only takes 4 to 6 skeins!
Silver Lake Sweater by: Sylvia Hager
Knit from the bottom up with a stylish v-neck, this sweater is lightweight yet warm. Created in Techno, a blend of baby alpaca, fine merino and silk, this piece will bloom when blocked. 8mm needle. Quick and light, mostly stockinette stitch.
In Irish folklore, once every 7 years the Selkie, or seal woman is able to shed and hide her seal skin in order to become human, dance along the moonlit shores and to be with the human that she loves. Be swept away in a whimsical knit inspired by a magical story. One size fits most, easily adjustable. 9mm & 10mm needle
**New Bonus Knit for Malabrigo Chunky!**
My sister was planning to knit this little sweater in Quarry and I was looking at the pattern and realized it is also recommended for Malabrigo chunky! This guy has been hot on Ravelry lately and is a great compliment to high waisted trousers or a dress. Takes 5 to 9 skeins of Malabrigo chunky on 6.5mm needles.