Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Free Pattern - Swizzle Beanie & Handwarmer Set

As our early holiday gift to you, our wonderful customers, we wanted to give you a fun new pattern. Our fantastic color artist, Tasha Poe has come up with an adorable winter set made out of our newest yarn, Swizzle. Swizzle is a beautiful tonal alpaca that is handdyed by Tasha herself. Now I will be the first to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of yellow yarn. I'm not sure why, but yellow scares me just a little bit. But when I saw the colorway Goldenrod I think I may have swooned. It is so deep and rich with shades ranging from honey to tobacco to the warm golden shades of Glenfiddich that is sitting right here beside me as I type this. As usual, all the colors are amazing, but my favorites are Goldenrod and Sugar Rose. Tasha's set is made in Sugar Rose and knits up quickly enough that you can still whip a set up in time for holiday gift giving. One skein of Swizzle is enough for both the beanie & the wristwarmers.
Today we will post the Beanie pattern and tomorrow will finish off with the wrist warmers. And be sure to send us pics of your FOs -- we love to see them!

Ridged Beanie

Advanced Beginner
Beanie: 16” circumference – un-stretched

SWIZZLE by The Alpaca Yarn Company 100% hand dyed alpaca 3.5 oz (100g) hank = approx 215 yds per 50 gm ball Shown in #03 Sugar Rose – 1 hank
Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular and double point needles
Notions: Stitch Markers, Tapestry Needle
Gauge: 6 st per inch in Ridge pattern
Techniques & Special Stitch Instructions:
Ridge Pattern
Round 1: * [P1, K2], repeat from * around.
Round 2: Repeat round 1.
Round 3: Repeat round 1.
Round 4: Purl every stitch.
Cast on 96 sts on circular needles. Place marker and join into a round. Work in Ridge pattern for 5”, ending after round 4. Change to DP needles when necessary.

Round 1: *[P1, K2tog, P1, K2], repeat from * around. (80 sts)
Round 2: *[P1, K1, P1, K2], repeat from * around.
Round 3: *[P1, K1, P1, K2tog], repeat from * around. (64 sts)
Round 4: Purl every stitch.
Round 5: *[K1, P1, K2tog], repeat from * around. (48 sts)
Round 6: *K1, P1, K1], repeat from * around.
Round 7: *[K1, K2tog], repeat from * around. (32 sts)
Round 8: Purl every stitch.
Round 9: *[K2tog], repeat from * around. (16 sts)
Round 10: Knit every stitch.
Round 11: *[K2tog], repeat from * around. (8 sts)

Cut a tail approximately 8” long. Thread yarn on tapestry needle and draw through stitches still on needles and pull tight. Bring yarn to inside and fasten. Weave in ends.

And for those of you wondering about the last two winners of the Name that Yarn contest, worry not, winning names will be revealed on Monday. That means if you haven't gotten your entries (up to 3 per person, please) submitted yet, you still have a little more time to dazzle us with your creativity. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the winners as well as for the wrist warmer pattern.

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