"Make-Alongs"

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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!

Tumbling Blocks and Two Presidents!

Rhombille Tiling

Rhombille Tiling

Math geeks and fans of optical illusions are familiar with the rhombille tiling, more commonly known as tumbling blocks or reversible cubes.  The design is made with diamonds, with some diamonds set vertically and others set on their sides.  The cool visual effect is that cubes seem to be popping out of the page ... or, wait, are they sinking down into the page?  No, they're popping out ... in ... out ...

"Tumbling Blocks" has been a popular quilt pattern since at least the 1850s, and according to legend the pattern was used as a symbol on the Underground Railroad.  When a tumbling blocks quilt was hung on a fence the "boxes" were a signal to slaves to "box up" their clothes - the signal to leave would be coming soon! 

Even today, to "box up" means to pack.  To 19th century aristocrat planning a summer-long tour of Europe this referred to packing their clothes in a large steamer trunk - a box.  To a run-away slave boxing up meant carrying some extra clothes in a sack, not an actual box.

Some of our presidents have been tumbling blocks quilters!  Well, sort of.  It was common in the 19th century for boys to copy their mother's chores at a young age, often learning to knit, sew and quilt as they followed mother around doing her daily tasks.  As they grew older they moved out of their mother's sphere and into their father's world, learning the more masculine chores associated with farming and business.  Most men denied that they had ever done domestic tasks as a child, but in the case of Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower we have proof that they did!

Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 - 1929, was born in 1872.  ​When he was ten years old he pieced together a tumbling blocks quilt that is displayed at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. His mother died about a year after the quilt was completed, which would have made this project all the more special to young Calvin.

Coolidge's Tumbling Blocks quilt in the Shed Room at Calvin Coolidge Museum

  Calvin Coolidge's tumbling blocks quilt in the Shed Room at the Calvin Coolidge Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower, president from 1953 to 1961, was born in 1890.  He and his brother pieced together a tumbling blocks quilt, now at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum.  According to the museum, his mother sewed the quilt together around 1910.  Eisenhower would have been around 20 years old at the time, much to old for a boy to be piecing together a quilt.  It is more likely that young Eisenhower did the piecing much earlier - and Mrs. Eisenhower had a great big pile of unfinished projects that took her a while to complete (we have so much in common!).

Kaffe Fassett Knit-Along afghan

Kaffe Fassett's Knit-Along afghan,
featuring the popular tumbling blocks.

But you don't have to be a quilter - or a future president - to enjoy the tumbling blocks design!  Kaffe Fassett (his name rhymes with "safe asset") is a painter, knitter and needlepoint designer who is famous for his love of color!  Lots of color!

The new Kaffe Fassett Knit-Along is a vibrant knit afghan that has a total of 48 squares knit from 13 unique patterns - including his instantly recognizable tumbling block design using the intarsia colorwork method. 

Happy Knitting! ... Scout

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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

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