SMC Pertinio is a beautiful cotton and viscose blend with a subtle golden shimmer and it is on sale at. The wrapped construction gives the yarn a shiny, stripy surface and makes it cool to the touch. Pertinio is a trendy yarn which reflects the current interest in metallic detailed surfaces. This velvety yarn makes cool garments and accessories with a lovely drape. This yarn is very much like Berroco Captiva only with more yardage. Here are some pretty free patterns for Pertinio for your knitting pleasure (just click on the pictures to download a PDF of the patterns shown):
The next SMC yarn is Trachtenwolle Fine, this is an all-purpose rough and tough yarn that is robust and natural yet easy to care for; Trachtenwolle Fine is machine washable. You can create anything from traditional folk-styles to trendy or classic garments. Trachtenwolle Fine is on a 70% off super sale at Little Knits and here is a couple of free patterns for this yarn line:
And finally, SMC Baldini Colori is a soft and squishy bulky weight yarn with a thick and thin boucle construction. Made of 45% new wool and 55% acrylic it comes in a beautiful blend of colors and works up quickly to make jackets, wraps and scarves just to name a few. Baldini Colori is on a 83-87% off super sale at Little Knits and here is a fun wrap/scarf for pattern for this yarn line:
Hope you can enjoy at least one of these patterns and get to try some of the yarn lines listed above.
Finished and I ended up using only one skein of Bravo!
I am very happy both with the yarn and the pattern, Rondo. Also, I am sure you already know, Little Knits have moved to the Old Rainier Brewery at SODO. Our retail front is under construction, which we hope will be finalized very soon.
We found SMC Dolce Vita while we played ‘what is in the box’ last week, which is on a 83% off super sale at our website.
Dolce Vita is a single-ply wool blend that is constructed in loops and can be used to make scarves while using only your hands, which makes it a great gift for kids. Or, can be worked with knitting needles and/or a crochet hook. It can also be used as an embellishment for garments and felting projects.
One skein is sufficient for a scarf but we are making a store sample with two skeins, which I think is nicer – we like long scarves. This fun and kooky yarn is unusual for Little Knits so we thought we would let you know about it.
I have been told I hoard yarn and don’t knit. This may be – partially – correct but when I do knit I usually have 5-6 projects going at the same time.
This time I am surprised to find myself knitting with Bravo, a 100% acrylic yarn, hark! I had intended to make a running/walking hat that I could throw into the wash without feeling guilty. I am really surprised to find that I am thoroughly enjoying working with Bravo. It is knitting up to make a soft and squishy finished garment with a wonderful stitch definition that allows the cable pattern to pop very nicely.
The hat pattern I am using, Rondo (Ravelry link), has been in my queue for a while (Little Knits has no financial affiliation with the designer nor will we benefit from the sale of the pattern). Rondo calls for a worsted weight yarn but I have found that the DK weight [Bravo] is working just fine. I am using the same suggested needle sizes but went up in hat size and it seems to have worked out.
I love the crossover rib pattern used for the brim, it is by far the best rib pattern I have knitted. It is pretty and stretches very nicely. I have been knitting for two days, during the TV portion of my nights only, and I am more than half way done.
I wanted to share my experience with Bravo because I normally avoid acrylic and this has been a uniquely pleasant knitting experience. And I wanted to mention Rondo, because it is a super cute hat pattern and the designer, Kate Oates, has provided instructions for 6 different hat sizes, which I love.
I love Kathmandu Aran and may have a substantial stash of this unusually soft tweed.
A while back I needed a project for two skeins and I found the I Heart Pompoms hat by Karen Borrel on Ravelry (no financial affiliation with Little Knits). This is an easy and fun hat pattern that works with a wide range of yarns – easy to adjust – and Kathmandu Aran worked great with it; the slouch perfect without being too droopy and the hat warm without being hot. So I made a pink Pompom hat for myself.
Last week my friend Rebecca saw the hat, liked it, and when I said I could make one for her she made happy sounds so of course I had to knit one for her. It has been a while since someone has actually been happy and excited to receive a knitted item from me (if you have kids who run hot you too may know what I mean). I cast Rebecca’s hat on last Tuesday with Kathmandu Aran Color #180 and Sunday evening, after a total of 3-4 hours of – slow – knitting, the hat was done!
The only change I made in the pattern was the i-cord that bunches up the back. Instead of a knitted i-cord I crocheted a narrow ribbon like piece. I don’t know why but i-cord takes me a long time to make and can become challenging – probably only for me – as it falls off of my needles. The look is slightly different than an i-cord but the functionality is the same and the effort of making the cord is much less of a struggle for me with a crochet hook.
Rebecca picked her hat up today and it made me happy to see her smile. And I think she looks super cute in it. When the recipient is this happy it makes the knitter want to cast on another hat…I just might have to do that right after I publish this post.