Its about time I come out with a new pattern.  Meet The Altered Slouch.  This one skein slouchy beanie, has one climbing twisted rib cable that adorns one side of the hat while the other side is simple and neat allowing the cable to shine.  The hat is then embellished with pleating decreases which add an interesting textural element that allows this piece to be gender neutral.  Knit this for yourself or any loved one! Enjoy!

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New pattern alert!  Last week I released a new pattern that is the perfect knit for the greatly anticipated cold weather and upcoming holiday season! The Sprouting Leaves Cowl pattern comes in two sizes (small and large) and will make a terrific knit for yourself or someone you love.  You can knit the smaller version for a cozier and more fitted piece, or the larger version for a squishy more versatile piece that can be converted into a scarf when unbuttoned.  This is a great knit to bust a little of your stash or even to test out a new yarn you’ve been oogling! See all pattern details below!

Small (Large)

Size 9 U.S. needles
Three 1.5” buttons
Yarn needle

Small: 1 hank Pagewood Farm Suisitna (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 108 yards), shown in Grasshopper.
Large: 2 hanks Manos Del Uruguay Wool Clasica (100% wool, 138 yards), shown in Shale #25.

14 sts and 20 rows = 4” in reverse St st.

Finished Measurements:
Width: about 8 (10)”
Length: about 26 (50)”


Also make sure you check out the re-released and updated versions of the Olana Shawl and the Tangled Branches Slouch!  Both now available in multiple sizes!!!

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Time to vote for the next KAL.  I thought we could do a spring/summer garment so that we aren’t boiling over when knitting this season.  Make sure you cast your vote here (below)!!! Your options are: Aviva, Silver Lining, Rippling Lace & Olga’s Vest:

CAST YOUR VOTE – Which garment pattern should we knit for the next KAL? free polls 

 As usual there will be a prize given to one or more of the KAL participants.  The prrize will be announced along with the KAL once it has been voted on.  Please make sure to cast your vote by April 26th, 2014.  Happy voting!

Last week I promised to share photos of the finished shawls from the Striped Tooth Shawl KAL.  Here are a few of the finished shawls:

Jenni from California

Ravelry - Jensknittingstuff

Laurie from Madison, Wisconsin

Ravelry - Theschwamm

Jenny from Somerville, Massachusetts

Ravelry - orangecat

Laura from Westfield, New Jersey

Ravelry - LauraGB

Kathy from Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Ravelry - scarfaholic

I am proud to present to you the Striped Tooth Shawl.  This is one of my newest patterns and has quickly become one of my favorites as well.  I have decided to kick off a KAL (Knit Along) for this pattern on the Ravelry group and I hope you’ll be able to join us. Please read below for more details and how to win the KAL PRIZE!!!

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We will get started on the KAL on the thread in the Ravelry group on Saturday, March 15th. Here we can share photos, questions, comments, etc.   The KAL will end Saturday, April 5th so that we can get a little bit of a break before we jump into the next one.

Three active KAL participants will receive a prize. The first place winner will receive a copy of Stitch Mountain signed by Laura Zander and myself as well as two skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed in the orange and white color featured in the Slip Stitch Beanie pattern. The second and third place winners will receive three pattern PDFs (from my Ravelry store) of his/her choice.

Wondering what it means to be an active participant? The participant must post progress and pictures frequently in this thread, at least once a week. To be eligible to win you must finish your Striped Tooth Shawl on or before the KAL end date and post a picture by then as well.  Also please feel free to post pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and link back to those pages as well.  The more you post and the more places you post will increase your chances of winning.

Those are all the rules, and as always play nice (but you always do). Please feel free to ask any questions about anything related to the KAL in this thread. I look forward to getting started on this piece!