"Michelle Hunter Designs"

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Best of Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter

New!  The best of Michelle's Knit-Along Designs...
Hardcopy, eBook or individual PDFs ... you Choose!

You already know about Michelle's hugely popular Progressive Needles Knit-Along series hosted over the last 4-5 years ... now, Michelle has collected her most popular KAL designs into one terrific book! The patterns have been re-knit in new yarns and fresh colors to tempt your needles!  But the best thing about the book is each design is supported by the super helpful videos on her website.  So, it's like getting 25 patterns along with the classes, all for the price of one book ... wow!

The hardcopy will be available mid-May. The eBook and individual PDFs will be available in July.  You can pre-order the Hard Copy Book now or wait until the eBook is available on Ravelry.  In the meantime, you can browse each amazing design below, get your yarn, needles and notions right away ... check out the introductory video ...

Best of Knit Purl Hunter Designs


Michelle "Knit Purl" Hunter

A few years ago, Michelle pioneered the idea of an online knit-along that knitters around the world could participate in ... supported by the Ravelry community, video instruction and terrific patterns.  The Progressive Needles Knit Along has set the standard for these online gatherings.

A quote from her book ... "I have always considered myself the luckiest person alive because I have a career that combines my two passions - knitting and teaching.  I hope my passion brings success to your knitting and a thirst to broaden your knowledge.  We have lots of fun ahead of us!"

​Here at FiberWild, we feel honored to have supported Michelle over the last few years and hope you will enjoy her new book ... and making a project or two!

Oh, ... we almost forgot to tell you about the Pillow!

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Michelle “Knit-Purl-Hunter’s” Adorable Ewe KAL

Join Michelle Hunter's "Adorable Ewe Baby Sweater" Knit-Along ...

Featuring HiKoo's Simpliworsted Yarn ... 20% Off!

It's not too late! ... Michelle (a.k.a. Knit-Purl-Hunter) has just started next mystery KAL ... knit a baby sweater, the Adorable Ewe!

This sure-to-be cute sweater is knit in the soft Simpliworsted yarn and is brimming with essential sweater knitting skills. When you're done, you will have the perfect gift for your favorite baby or grandbaby! As always, we're delighted to help you find all the information you'll need to join the knit along and knit the project!

Shop Simpliworsted

The Project

"Adorable Ewe" Sweater

by Michelle Hunter
Pattern FREE posted Progressively during the event

Michelle's knit alongs (KALs) are mystery knit alongs. So there are no preliminary photos ... only a general of descriptions of the finished project. But she has told us that the baby sweater has a sheep-theme and will be way too cute to miss! ... checkout the sheep buttons!

The sweater is sized to fit a 6 month old baby and is appropriate for a boy or girl. Pick a boy or girl color ... or a gender neutral color if you are still waiting for the gender reveal!

All of the techniques Michelle uses will be supported by her video tutorials and she answers questions daily on her website and Ravelry group. Michelle's instructions, tutorials and videos have made her KALs extremely popular ... think of her KAL as an online class, worth far more than the price of admission — which is, of course, Free!!

The Adorable Ewe Knit-Along
Started
Thursday, April 6th
It's not too late to get in on the Fun!

The KAL is FREE and Skacel is sponsoring a drawing for one grand prize and two second place prizes. For more information on prizes and how to enter visit SkacelKnitting.com.

You can also connect, ask questions, share photos, and get help via the Knit Purl Hunter KAL Ravelry group. You're also encouraged to share progress photos to the FiberWild and Friends group on Ravelry.

Schedule

Segment

Date

First

April 6, 2017

Second

April 13, 2017

Third

April 20, 2017

Fourth

April 27, 2017

The pattern will be released in four weekly installments, so each Thursday the next part of the pattern is revealed. Thus the mystery! This KAL started on Thursday, April 6th and continue on the 13th, 20th and 27th

The pattern and videos will be available at KnitPurlHunter.com/KAL where you can post questions as well. You can also connect via the Knit Purl Hunter Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily. The video lessons along with the forums let knitters of all skill levels participate and get whatever help they need. It's like having a knitting tutor 24/7!

Materials

Materials

2 x  Simpliworsted - Main Color - 20% Off!

1 x  Simpliworsted - White or Natural (sheep color)  -  20% Off!

1 x  Simpliworsted - Black (sheep accent) - 20% Off!

Finished Sizes

One size: Infant Six months

Needles

24"  US 9 [5.50mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

32"  US 8 [5.00mm] circular needles

Note: If larger needle size is adjusted, remember to adjust both needles!

Gauge

16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Stockinette

Notions

4 x 5/8" buttons - Get the adorable Sheep buttons here!

Skill Level

Intermediate

The Yarn

HiKoo's "Simpliworsted" is a buttery soft yarn that is available in a huge selection of vibrant colors. Machine washable, this perfect all around worsted weight yarn is wonderful for just about any project!

Fiber Content

55% Superwash Wool / 28% Acrylic / 17% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

140 yarns in 100g skeins

Gauge

16 sts over 4" on US 10 [6.00mm]

Skill Level

Machine Wash, Dry Flat

Football’s Beginnings and the Scoreboard Cowl KAL

Ball games have been played since ancient times, but the predecessor to our modern American football is the "Mob Football" played in Europe in Medieval times.  Mob Football was played between neighboring towns and involved an unlimited number of players each trying to move a ball using any means possible to markers at each end of town.  That's right, I said each end of town.  There wasn't a playing field, the players literally took the game out into the street, fighting to get the ball from one end of town to the other.  There were few rules, and the game was quite violent.  

​As Europeans came to America they brought their ball games, and as early American universities were established each university had their own traditional ball games.  But there was no standard set of rules, so intercollegiate games were difficult. 

That changed on November 6, 1869 when Rutgers University played Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey) in a ball game that used a set of rules suggested by Rutgers captain William J. Leggett.  The American rules were similar to England's Football Association rules.  Two teams of 25 players scored points by kicking the ball to goals at each end of the field.

The ancient Roman ball game of Harpastum.

The Ancient Roman ball game of Harpastum

Fresco painted between 100 BC - 400 AD.

Two teams of 25 players scored points by kicking the ball to goals at each end of the field. The rules of the game would go through many changes before becoming the football game we know today, but that 1869 game is still regarded by football historians to be the very first American football game.

So why is it called "football" when they throw and pass with their arms more than they use their foot to kick it?  (Perhaps it should be called "arm-ball"?)  It is called football today because at the historic 1869 game the players were not allowed to throw or pass the ball, it was kicked from end to end. 

Walter Camp, father of American Football

Captain - Yale football team 1878-79

In 1876 representatives from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia met to create a new code of rules for college football.  Although still called football, the new rules were more similar to rugby than to the English Football Association rules. 

Walter Camp, known today as the Father of American Football, was part of the 1876 convention and other rule setting conventions that continued to tweak the rules of the game over the next decade as the game became the modern football we know today. 

Note that in Walter Camp's photo his football tunic does not have buttons, instead it laces up the front like a corset ... though men's coats in the 1870s always buttoned and were never laced.  Early football games were extremely violent, and buttons would likely be broken off during a struggle.  Missing buttons would cause your tunic to flap around during the game and would give  your opponent something to grab onto, but a laced tunic would be held tightly in place.

So what's your opinion of football?  Are you a true fanatic ... or do you yawn during the games? Would you rather be knitting?  It doesn't matter, because anyone - fan or not - can knit the Scoreboard Cowl KAL.  The premise is simple - you knit in the main color when your team scores or makes a play, and knit in the secondary color when the opposing team has a score or a play.  Check out the details on our Scoreboard Cowl KAL informational page ... which includes list of Simplicity yarn colors your favorite team!  And just as exciting as a game winning touchdown, the pattern is free and the Simplicity yarn is 20% off

Happy Knitting (and scoring!) ... Scout