"Self-Striping"

Michelle “Knit-Purl-Hunter’s” Transient Shawl KAL

Michelle Hunter's "Transient" Shawl Knit-Along ...
Featuring HiKoo's NEW Concentric Yarn!

Michelle's (a.k.a. Knit-Purl-Hunter) newest mystery KAL is a gorgeous shawl!  As with all of Michelle's designs, this shawl is sure-to-be well designed and very stylish.

The Transient Shawl is knit in with one ball of HiKoo's brand new, 100% baby alpaca yarn "Concentric".  The yarn is named after the concentric circles that this cake of yarn so closely resembles.  Concentric is made from four non-plied strands, which create the distinctive color change. The colors change at a regulated sequence allowing for a wide range of design possibilities.

Pictured is a prototype of the shawl. This simple garter stitch example is in the exact shape of the Transient Shawl and knit in color #1022 Rainbow’s End.

The final Transient Shawl will feature different stitch pattern with each color change. You will find yourself racing to the next color change to find out what comes next!  Imagine how much prettier the real version will be with multiple stitch patterns inserted at the thirteen color changes.

As always, we're delighted to help you find all the information you'll need to join the knit along and knit the project!

The Transient Shawl Knit-Along will start Thursday, April 5th, 2018.

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The Project

"Concentric" Shawl

by Michelle Hunter
Free pattern posted
Progressively during the KAL, after May 15th, 2018 it's $6

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!!

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.

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.

Note: After May 15 the pattern will not be free on KnitPurlHunter.com!
It will be available for $6.00 as a Ravelry ePattern.

Schedule

Segment

Date

First

  April 5, 2018

Second

April 12, 2018

Third

  April 19, 2018

Fourth

April 26, 2018

The pattern will be released in four weekly installments. Each Thursday the next part of the pattern is revealed. Thus the mystery! This KAL starts on Thursday, April 5th and continues on the 12th, 19th and 26th.

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

1HiKoo's Concentric

Finished Sizes

One size: Info Coming Soon!

Needles

US 8 [5.00mm] 32" circular needles or straight needles OR size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge

Info Coming Soon!

Notions

Info Coming Soon!

Skill Level

Beginner 

The Yarn

HiKoo's “Concentric” is a beautiful worsted weight gradient yarn. Long color sequences of this yarn transition smoothly and will send your project on a fun color journey! Made from super soft baby alpaca, this yarn begs to be made into a stunning shawl, but would also look great as a cozy sweater or other colorful accessory.

Fiber Content

100% Baby Alpaca

Yardage / Weight

437 yarns in 200g

Gauge

20 sts = 4" on US 8 [5.00mm]

Care Instructions

Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Sock of the Month: “Spice Market” Socks

Put some color in your step with our "Spice Market" Socks ...
Featuring Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball yarn!

The "Spice Market" Socks pay homage to the vibrant colors seen in traditional marketplaces across India, the Middle East and North Africa. Vendors sell a variety of goods from fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and cheeses to wines and liquors, clothing, shoes and textiles. The lively activity is highlighted by the shouts of vendors tempting those passing by! It's a place not only to pick up your weekly groceries, but to catch up with neighbors, get a coffee or to hear live music.

Amy was taken with the bins of colorful spices and they quickly became the inspiration for the design of her eye-catching "Spice Market" Socks. Using the long color changes of Zauberball Yarn and an entrelac knitting technique, she was able to evoke the colors and shapes of the exotic spice market bins!

Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball Yarn!

FIBERWILD EXCLUSIVE

Schoppel Wolle

Spice Market Socks

by Amy Loberg

Pattern FREE with purchase
of Zauberball

When looking at the rows of spices in baskets, Amy's mind immediately went to the shape and structure of entrelac to create the Spice Market Socks!

Worked from the toe up, the top of the foot and leg are knit in entrelac while the bottom of the foot remains in stockinette stitch. The socks have a pretty eye of partridge heel and and a ribbed cuff with a couple of rows of reverse-stockinette for a decorative edge.

PLEASE NOTE: Amy happened to get very closely matching color repeats on her socks ... but this almost never happens with Zauberball self-striping yarn. If you absolutely must have semi-matching socks, you may want to wind the yarn by hand (it does not play well with a swift and ball winder) to get two balls that start at roughly the same color repeat. Or, simply embrace the uniqueness of the two slightly mismatched socks ... they are so in style right now!!

Finished Sizes

Small (Medium, Large) - Due to the stretchy nature of the entrelac blocks, these socks can stretch lengthwise or around. The medium size is approx. 7" wide but can stretch to 9" wide.

Materials

1 skein of Schoppel Wolle Zauberball

Shown in Oktoberfest

Yardage

Approximately 375, (400, 430) yards (1 ball)

Needles

2 x 24" circular needles - Choose your foot width (narrow, medium or wide) and foot length (small or medium/large) to determine which needle to use.
SEE NEEDLE SIZES BELOW -

Foot Length​             

Small

Med/Large

Narrow Foot

2.00mm

2.25mm

Medium Foot

2.25mm

2.50mm

Wide Foot

2.50mm

2.75mm

Gauge

30 sts = 4" in Stockinette on US 1.5 [2.50mm]

Notions

1 double point needle for transferring stitches, crochet hook US B for casting on

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Spice Market" Socks   |   Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball  |  Shown in Oktoberfest

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YARN

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball

“Zauberball is a unique single ply yarn that is dyed in long color stripes. It is the perfect playground for different types colorwork, but it also looks terrific in simple styles, too. A wonderful yarn for socks, Zauberball also looks lovely as a shawl or other accessory!

Fiber Content

75% Superwash Wool / 25% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

459 yds in 100g

Gauge

30 sts over 4" on US 0 – 2 [2.00 – 3.00mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash, Dry Flat

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The Colors of Noro – All 25% Off!

Designed by Elle Tricote

Noro yarns are well known throughout the knitting world for the company’s incredible devotion to yarn and their phenomenal colorways. During the month of February 2014, we’re celebrating this with a 25% off sale on all Noro yarns and patterns!  This includes the individual patterns from Noro’s Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 magazines, now available as downloadable PDFs!

Designers love Noro yarns for their extraordinary colors – and so do we!  Many variegated yarns are spray painted with dye – but not Noro yarn.  Instead the fiber is dyed in individual colors, then each color is manually laid out on the carder.  The result is a richer, more vibrant color.

The Noro factory is in Japan, and “Noro” is the name of the company founder, Eisaku Noro.  The Japanese are known for their attention to detail, and that trait shows through in the yarn.  Eisaku notes that when new yarns are created, the designers work with their eyes closed to fully concentrate on the texture of the fibers.

Preparing the Carder at Noro.

All animal fibers used in Noro yarns are from certified organic farms.  Noro is personally involved with inspecting all aspects of production, from visiting the animal farms to checking the machinery used to insure that the process is as eco-friendly as possible.  By doing as much by hand as possible, Noro reduces the friction and heat that the yarn is exposed to, preventing damage to the enzymes in the fibers while reducing the impact on the environment.

What incredible devotion to their yarn!

Happy knitting . . . . . Amy