Michelle "Knit Purl" Hunter's latest skill-building book ...
features progressive lace knitting skills in HiKoo's Rylie Yarn!
Master lace knitting one section at a time. Building with Lace is the third book from renowned knitter and teacher, Michelle Hunter!
Building with Lace
This book has a carefully designed sequence of patterns that introduce knitters to lace work starting with the basics and working towards more difficult patterns. Following the same format as Michelle’s earlier books, Building Blocks and Building in Color, Building with Lace is the long awaited addition to this educational series!
All patterns are supported by Michelle’s excellent, and free, online video instruction.
The shawl starts with a provisional cast on for an applied border. Following this, are nine progressive lace patterns with garter stitch edges and rows of garter stitch between each section to give them each a nice frame. Beads are used in one of the patterns and on the borders. Once finished, you will have a gorgeous sampler shawl to showcase of your lace knitting skills!
22" wide by 72" long
1260 yards (5 skeins)
5 x HiKoo Rylie (in one color)
Samples shown in Driftwood, Pearl and Kelp
24" US 6 [4.00mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
22 sts and 29 rows = 4" x 4" in Stockinette
US F [4.00mm] crochet hook to cast on
US #12 or #14 [0.75mm or 1.00mm] crochet hook used for bead placement
Easy - Intermediate
A note on beads: Beads are added in Section #5 and in the borders. Look for high-quality beads with a consistent barrel opening. Bring your yarn when purchasing the seed beads to ensure that a doubled strand will slip through the bead using the crochet hook.
A note on gauge: Gauge is extremely crucial in this project from a yardage standpoint. Knit to the recommended gauge, the shawl uses five skeins with approximately 110 yards / 40g remaining. While the shawl doesn’t actually have to “fit”, properly sized stitches will use the recommended amount of yarn. Larger stitches use more yarn, potentially causing a shortage. Take the time to knit a swatch to assess the stitches, and change needle sizes if necessary.
HiKoo's “Rylie” is a unique, luxurious natural blend yarn. Linen adds a rustic look to Rylie, baby alpaca adds softness and the mulberry silk adds drape and a hint of sheen. Great for any season, this sport weight yarn would make a soft cozy shawl or fun unique top.
|Fiber Content||50% Baby Alpaca / 25% Mulberry Silk / 25% Linen|
|Yardage / Weight||274 yds in 100g|
|Gauge||24 sts over 4″ on US 3 - 4 [3.25 - 3.50mm]|
|Care Instructions||Hand Wash Cold, Dry Flat|
Knit Holland's colorful flower fields with our "Tulip Field" Socks ...
Featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi yarn ... 20% Off!
The inspiration for the "Tulip Field" Socks came from the millions of flowers that transform the fields throughout the Netherlands into bright swatches of color every spring!
Imported from the Ottoman Empire, tulips came to Holland in the 16th century, eventually becoming so popular they created the first economic bubble known as "Tulip Mania". Flowers have been have been a vital part of the country's economy ever since. In fact, the flower business in the Netherlands make up about two-thirds of the total flower sales in the world ... that's a lot of daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and tulips!
With a unique construction and lots of bold color, our "Tulip Field" Socks are the perfect tribute to Holland's beautiful fields of flowers. Show off your colors ... wear them this summer with a pair of sandals!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of HiKoo's CoBaSi Yarn!
Thank you to Pamela M. for her lovely sock idea of spring tulip fields in Amsterdam!
Tulip Field Socks
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase
To create the vertical stripes of color in these socks, Amy reached deep into her bag of sock-knitting tricks! They are knit side to side, starting with the sole and back of the leg. In this section, two colors are knit side by side in each row with an intarsia join. (If you need a visual, check out Tin Can Knits fantastic intarsia color joining tutorial). The toe and heel shaping are achieved with increases, decreases and short rows.
Once the sole and back of the leg are complete, the rows for the top of the foot and front of the leg are knit with only one color at a time. The cast on stitches are grafted to the last row of worked stitches and then the toe is seamed. Lastly, stitches are picked up for the cuff.
It may seem complicated, but if you take it step by step you will end up with a terrific looking pair of socks that show off your mad sock-knitting skills!
7" (8", 9") approx. foot circumference, unstretched
7.75" (9", 10.5") approx. foot length, slightly stretched
5 skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi (each a different color)
Shown in Blarney, VavavVoom Red, Posey Petals, Buttercream and Cotton Candy
Approximately 220 yards color A, 110 yards color B and 100 yards of colors C, D and E
2 x 24" US 2 [2.75mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
28 sts = 4" in Stockinette
US C [3.00mm] crochet hook for provisional cast on
2 stitch markers, scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Cotton, Bamboo, and Silk give CoBaSi its name, but it’s the 21% Elastic Nylon that gives this wool-free sock yarn the kind of stretch and bounce that makes CoBaSi a great choice for socks ... for even the most die-hard fans of wool. It’s light-weight, cool, durable, and soft. Plus it stays up your leg instead of bunching around your ankles. All that at a price that’s hard to beat!
|Fiber Content||55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon|
|Yardage / Weight||220 yds in 50g|
|Gauge||26 – 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 4 [2.25 – 3.50mm]|
|Care Instructions||Machine Wash Gentle & Cold, Dry Flat|
Katie Rempe's new "Summertime Flip Floppers" KAL ...
Featuring HiKoo CoBaSi Yarns ... 20% Off!
Are you ready to cast on some super cute "toe-less" socks? The Summertime Flip Floppers are the perfect summer socks for sandals or flip-flops! These socks are a fun and portable project for summer knitting ... the KAL starts July 6th!
Veteran designer Katie Rempe is hosting her third KAL sponsored by Skacel. You may know her from last winter's "Betwixt Blanket Cape" KAL or from Skacel's “The Fiber Factor” design challenge a couple of years ago. As always, we're delighted to help you find all the info you need to knit the project and participate in the knit along.
This is not a Mystery KAL but the pattern pattern will be released in parts over 4 weeks starting on on Thursday, July 6th at noon eastern time. You can download the free informational PDF from Ravelry now ... just put it into your Ravelry Library to automatically get the actual pattern and any updates during the KAL.
You can connect, ask questions, share photos, and get help via the Skacel Collection, Inc. Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily. It's like having a knitting tutor 24/7! You're also encouraged to share progress photos to the FiberWild and Friends group on Ravelry.
Don't miss out 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.
Summertime Flip Flippers Knit-Along
Starts Thursday, July 6th
Order your yarn Today!
Summertime Flip Floppers
by Katie Rempe
Pattern Free on Ravelry
The Summertime Flip Flopper socks are knit ‘toe’ up ... even though there is no toe! If you prefer tighter ribbing, use one needle size smaller in those areas. These socks can be worked two-at-a-time with Magic Loop or two circular needles. Just note that you will either need to split the solid color hank into two balls, or pull from the inside and outside of a caked yarn.
Katie will also include notes if you would like to use DPNs. We can't wait to see all the fun color combos for these summer socks!
6.5" approx foot circumference (stretches to 10" around), 7" from foot ribbing to heel, and 8.25" from heel to cuff
Shown in ... we'll know soon!
440 yards color A (2 skeins) and 220 yards color B (1 skein)
40" US 1 [2.50mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge. Double check the millimeter size of your needle to ensure accuracy!
32 sts = 4" in Stockinette stitch in the round
Tapestry needle, waste yarn in comparable weight, stitch marker (optional)
CoBaSi and CoBaSi Multi - 20% Off!
HiKoo's "CoBaSi" yarn is a cotton, bamboo, and silk blend that also has a generous amount of elastic. If you have been looking for a wool-free sock yarn, look no further! This soft yarn will not irritate or overheat, and it is machine washable. Use it to create cute but hardy baby items or add some fun colorwork to your summer knitting!
Katie recommends picking a solid color that does not appear in the multi color to retain a clean look. We put together 6 of our favorite combos below, but there are lots of other options to choose from ... call if we can help!
|Fiber Content||50% New Zealand Merino / 25% Nylon / 10% Angora / 10% Alpaca / 5% Silk Noils|
|Yardage / Weight||160 yards in 50g|
|Gauge||20 sts over 4″ on US 6 - 8 [4.00mm - 5.00mm]|
|Care Instructions||Hand Wash, Dry Flat|