"Kenzie Yarn"

Betwixt Blanket Cape Knit-Along with Katie Rempe

Katie Rempe's new "Betwixt Blanket Cape" KAL ... Featuring HiKoo Kenzie Yarn!

Are you ready to cast on the season’s hottest garment? The Betwixt Blanket Cape is on-trend and sure to become your go-to garment. Whether you’re bundling up to go outside, or curling up inside to watch TV, this versatile blanket cape has you covered!  terrific project for after the Holidays ... the KAL starts January 5th!

Veteran designer Katie Rempe is hosting her second KAL sponsored by Skacel.  You may know her from last summers' "Totem Like Mitt" 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! The entire pattern will be released on Thursday, January 5th 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.

​Download the Free PDF from Ravelry

HiKoo's "Kenzie" yarn is a fun New Zealand creation! This soft and slightly fuzzy yarn features a wonderfully unique blend of fibers and has good stitch definition. It's available in splendid colorways and even has a slightly tweedy look. Kenzie is the perfect yarn to create warm and comfy sweaters or other cozy fall and winter accessories!

Shop Kenzie

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.

Betwixt Blanket Cape Knit-Along
Starts
Thursday, January 5th
Order your yarn Today!

The Project

Betwixt Blanket Cape

by Katie Rempe
Pattern Free on Ravelry

This fashionable blanket cape is made all in one piece and features simple colorwork for a fun and engaging knit. With a south-west feel, this one size fits most garment is on trend and flattering for everyone!

Finished Size 53.25” Wide x 60” Long (30” for Front & Back = 60” total when laid flat)
Materials 16 × Kenzie
Shown in Takahe / Glacier
Yardage 1440 yards color A (9 skeins), 1120 yards color B (7 skeins)
Needles
40″ Size US 8 [5.00mm] circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge 20 sts = 4″ in stockinette stitch after steam blocking
Care Instructions Machine Wash, Cold, Dry Flat
Skill Level Intermediate

"Betwixt Blanket Cape"   |   Kenzie  
Shown in Takahe / Glacier 

Shop Kenzie

Materials

Kenzie Yarn

"Kenzie" is a soft and slightly fuzzy yarn features a wonderfully unique blend of fibers and has good stitch definition. It's available in splendid colorways and even has a slightly tweedy look. Kenzie is the perfect yarn to create warm and comfy sweaters or other cozy fall and winter accessories!

Katie has put together five lovely colorways to choose from. Go for a classic, neutral look with any of the combos that use Pavlova or Glacier. Saddleback and Lupin is great if you are looking for something with a little more punch. Or, if you are really into fun, bright colors, the Hokitika and Boysenberry may be the one for you. There are several colors 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

Shop Kenzie

​Shop Kenzie

The Bravura Jacket

Bravura Jacket, with hood down

Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This September, Tracy Purtscher, winner of the Fiber Factor Challenge 3, will host a Knit-Along featuring her winning design, the “Bravura Jacket.”

So who is Tracy Purtscher?  She describes herself as “a little cock-eyed and a little wonky.”  I like her already.  And she knits with an enormous long-haired black cat named Benjamin, so our cat Scout likes her, too.  She hails from Bradford, Illinois, a booming metropolis of 787 people, and we’re always proud to cheer on a fellow corn-fed Illinois girl!

So what is the Bravura Jacket?  The word “bravura” comes from the Italian word for brave, and Dictionary.com defines bravura as “a display of daring; brilliant performance.”  Looking at this jacket, I agree completely!  The jacket is a very unique design . . . part capelet, part jacket and featuring an oversized hood.  Wear the hood up to delicately frame your face or throw it back and it rests nicely as a big comfy shawl collar. With an open front design, it can be worn open or close it with your favorite shawl pin. Perfect for fall, this everyday jacket is great for weekend excursions!

Bravura Jacket, with hood up

This ingenious hooded jacket is offered in two sizes. The Small/Medium fits women’s sizes 2 – 12. The Large/Extra Large fits women’s 14 – 20. The jacket is knit in Kenzie yarn by HiKoo. Kenzie is a soft and slightly fuzzy yarn with a wonderfully unique blend of fibers:  50% New Zealand Merino, 25% Nylon, 10% Angora, 10% Alpaca, 5% Silk Noils.

Each Monday in September, Tracy will release a new video giving you hints and tricks on knitting the next part of this unique design (View KAL videos here). Tracy will also be actively answering questions about her pattern and cheering you on in “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

There is no registration or cost, just get your supplies, purchase the pattern on Ravelry and check out Tracy’s video starting on Monday, September 1st at noon pacific time (that’s Labor Day – you’ve got the day off work, no better reason to spend the day knitting!).

Here are the materials you will need:

Part jacket, part capelet Bravura Jacket

Yarn
The model is shown in Kenzie in the natural “Pavlova” color #1000.  We’ve got 20 different colors of Kenzie to choose from – and they are all on sale at 20% off for a limited time! For the Small/Med (woman’s 2-12) you’ll need 3040 yards (19 balls), and for the Large/XLarge (woman’s 14-20) you’ll need 4160 yards (26 balls).  Hint:  if you would like to make the jacket longer, you can adjust the length of the coat by making the back seam longer – just add one more ball.
Pattern
You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry ($10.00).
Needles
You will need two sets of needles and a crochet hook:

The jacket is knit in both stockinette and herringbone stitch, the gauges are:
14 sts and 20 rows = 4” x 4” in Stockinette Stitch on larger needle, yarn held double.
28 sts and 19 rows = 4” x 4” in Herringbone Stitch on larger needle single stranded

You are definitely going to want to do a gauge swatch … adjust the needle size you need to achieve gauge!
Notions
You will also need a tapestry needle, a stitch holder (or waste yarn), and optional stitch markers.

Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in September and finished within two weeks of the posting of the final instructions/video. Winners will be announced on Skacel’s www.TheFiberFactor.com and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

 

The Crossbones Cowl KAL!

Crossbones Style Cowl

It’s always fun to knit with a friend.  It’s even better to knit with a new friend!  With that in mind . . . meet Steve May!

Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This year, the favorite and most knittable designs are being featured in a series of Knit-Alongs, hosted by these now famous “Knitterati.”

In August, Steve May will be leading a Knit-Along featuring his popular design, the “Crossbones Style Cowl” which is available for Free!  The cowl is knit in the round, featuring twelve sections of different knit and purl checkerboard patterns.  This is not a monotonous, dull pattern – the variety will keep your knitting interesting and fun!

So who is Steve May Someone with decades of knitting experience under his belt?  Not hardly.  He learned how to knit about one year ago.  An artist who likes art in all forms, he was introduced to knitting when he worked with Steven West on the “Places Where You Can Knit” videos.  Surrounded by knitters who never stopped knitting, he took up a pair of needles and the rest, as they say, is history.  You can learn more about Steve May in his video introduction.

More about the cowl?  The gauge of the cowl is approximately 4.5 st/inch (18 sts/4 inches) in garter stitch, in one size.  The suggested yarns are HiKoo’s Kenzie or HiKoo’s Simplicity.  Which do you prefer?  That’s up to you – because both are on sale at 20% off for a limited time!  The sample is shown knit in Kenzie in the natural “Pavlova” color (and yes, that cute model is Steve May himself!).

Every Monday in August, a video with Steve will explain what should be tackled that week while giving you hints and tips on knitting his unique design.  The KAL starts Monday August 4th at 8:00 AM Eastern time (View KAL videos here). But you don’t have to get up at 8:00 AM – watch it when it is convenient for you!  Steve will also be actively answering questions about his pattern and cheering you on in “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

There is no registration or cost, simply download the free pattern, get your supplies and check out Steve’s video starting on August 4th at 8:00 am Eastern time. Don’t hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections … a great way to get a jump on your holiday projects!

Here is what you will need:

Crossbones Style Cowl in Kenzie Color #1000 – Pavlova

OR

Plus

Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in August and finished within two weeks of the posting of the final instructions/video. Winners will be announced on Skacel’s “www.TheFiberFactor.com” and on Ravelry.

Enjoy knitting with your new friend Steve!

Happy Knitting . . . Amy