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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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Afghan Knit-a-Along with Kaffe Fassett

Join Kaffe Fassett's new Afghan Knit-Along ... 

Featuring Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted ... 25% Off

The design team at Rowan has once again teamed up with globally celebrated designer Kaffe Fassett to craft the perfect Knit-Along.  This season, Kaffe has created an amazing colorwork afghan! The last Kaffe Fassett Knit Along was amazingly popular and this KAL will be no different. As always, we're delighted to help you find all the info you need to knit this project and participate in the KAL!

Kaffe started the KAL on Thursday, March 30th ... but there is still time to join the fun!

Kaffe Fassett Afghan KAL

by Kaffe Fassett

Inspired by bold geometric tile designs, Kaffe's afghan design achieves his iconic look without any complicated colorwork.  If you are an intermediate knitter, you will enjoy this project while building colorwork skills!

The afghan has a total of 48 squares knit from 13 unique patterns, plus a border and will be made using intarsia colorwork techniques. The layout of the squares flows around Kaffe's instantly recognizable tumbling block design.  Each square is then placed to achieve the maximum geometric impact.

Did we talk about Kaffe's colorways? ... they are simply amazing! For this KAL, he has crafted only one simple yet effective colorway that captures his distinctive Kaffe signature. But choices are good! We have over 50 colors of Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted ... so if you would like to substitute colors, we have all the project details in the "Materials" section below ...

Kaffe Fassett's 2017 Afghan Knit-Along
Featuring Rowan's Pure Wool Superwash Worsted at 25% Off!
 

The Pattern and Schedule

Segments

Dates

KAL Kick-Off

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

April

Thursday, April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2017

May

Thursday, May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 2017

June

Thursday, June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd.  Catch-up Week June 29th, 2017

Border and Finishing

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Weekly pattern segments are released every Thursday thru the end of June on Rowan's website.  You will need to create an account and login to retrieve the pattern.

​Pattern on KnitRowan.com

You can connect, ask questions, share photos, and get help via the Rowan's Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.

​Follow the KAL on Ravelry

You're also encouraged to share progress photos to the FiberWild and Friends group on Ravelry.

Materials and Yarn Pack

The project calls for 31 balls of the Pure Wool yarn in 14 colors ... no worries, we made it simple!  We packaged Kaffe's colorway into a handy, easy to shop yarn pack ... priced at 25% Off!.

Finished Size

Each square is approximately 12 inches x 9.5 inches.
Finished afghan is approximately 5'11" x 6'4" (when laid flat).

Materials

You will need 31 balls of Rowan's Pure Wool Superwash Worsted in 14 colors ... or simply order the yarn pack which includes ...

Color
Name

Color
Number

Quantity
Balls

Soft Cream

102

6

Moonstone

112

5

Charcoal Grey

155

6

Rust

106

1

Mallard

144

1

Cardinal

136

1

Oxygen

137

2

Oxford

148

2

Plum

122

1

Pretty Pink

113

2

Damson

150

1

Jade

127

1

Rich Red

124

1

Magenta

119

1

Needles

You will need a two sets of needles, a Size US 6 (4.0mm) circular ... a set of 24″ will work well (we love the addi Rockets!) and a Size 7 (4.5mm) straights or circulars ... 

Adjust your size to obtain gauge.

Gauge

20 stitches per 4.0 inches/10 cm. in stockinette

Notions

Stitch Markers and a Darning/Tapestry Needle

The Yarn

Rowan's “Pure Wool Superwash Worsted” is a wonderfully soft basic worsted weight yarn. This machine washable wool, comes in a rainbow of colors, so finding the right one for your next project will be easy. Make a simple snugly sweater, a warm and cozy hat, or a cuddle-worthy afghan out of Rowan's Pure Wool! All Pure Wool Superwash Worsted is 25% Off!

Fiber Content

100% Superwash Wool

Yardage / Weight

219 yarns in 100g balls

Gauge

20 Stitches over 4.0 inches/10 cm.
on US 7 [ 4.50mm ]

Care Instructions

Hand Wash, Warm, Dry Flat


Don't hesitate to call or drop a note if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections!

Rowan – From Rug Yarn to Luxury Yarns

Oldest Carpet - Pazyryk Carpet - 4th Century BC - Public Domain - Hermitage Museum St Petersburg - Pazyryk_carpet

Oldest Surviving Rug – 5th Century BC Pazyryk Carpet

The oldest known surviving carpet in the world is the Pazyryk Carpet from the 5th century BC.  Unearthed in a frozen Pazyryk grave (in Siberia), the wool rug is in remarkable condition.  The design has flowers along with horsemen, griffins (a mythical half lion-half eagle beast), and deer woven in rich reds, blue and yellow.

You know Rowan as a knitting yarn manufacturer today, but did you know they started out making rug yarn?  Nearly 2,000 years after the Pazyryk Carpet was made (in 1978, to be exact), Stephen Sheard and Simon Cockin set up shop in Yorkshire, England to sell rug yarn.

Now the thing about rug yarn is it has to be a sturdy, durable yarn and able to withstand a lot of use – but not necessary pretty.  Rowan’s aim was to change that standard by developing colorful rug weaving yarns in vibrant colors.  Their rug yarn was targeted towards designers and rug weavers who wanted to create rugs that were exciting!

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted

Kaffe Fassett was (and still is!) a painter, knitter, and needlepoint designer who loved vibrant colors when he teamed up with Rowan in 1981.  He consulted Rowan on rug yarn colors, but with Kaffe Fassett egging them on it wasn’t long before Rowan shifted its focus away from rug yarn to the luxury handknit yarns that we know Rowan for today.

And that’s good news for knitters like us!  We carry 42 different Rowan yarns. For the month of January we have all of them on sale at 20% off!

That’s a lot of fun yarn to choose from, but I’d have to say my favorites are Pure Wool Superwash Worsted and Pure Wool Superwash DK.  They’re both good, solid staple yarns in an impressive range of colors (55 Worsted colors and over 30 DK colors!), plus I like that they are machine washable and maintain their wool features better than other superwashes.

Maxs-Sweater

Max’s Adventures with Rainbows Sweater

Of all of the staff here at FiberWild! only Karen has grandchildren, so we all swoon appropriately over her grandkids – and especially over things she has knit for the grands!  Karen was just giddy over two-year-old Max’s sweater, knit with the Adventures with Rainbows pattern by Jennifer Steingass (available on Ravelry) with Pure Wool Superwash Worsted yarn.  Karen said it was a simple knit that went quickly because of the weight of the yarn – because there’s nothing worse than finishing a child’s garment only to find out he outgrew it before you finished it!

Pastel Square Cushion - Kaffe Fasset KAL - by ladymay on Ravelry

Kaffe Fassett KAL in Pastels, by Ladymay

Psst!  Did you join in the 2014 Kaffe Fassett Mystry Knit-Along?  We have a great shopping list of the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted yarn needed for each of Kaffe’s four suggested colorways – and they are all on sale at 20% off!  Plus, since the pattern is no longer a mystery, we have photos of the completed projects!  Yay!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy