Friday, September 12, 2014

Are You Ready for October Knit Along? The Yarn is 20% Off!

It's time for another of Michelle Hunter's Knit Alongs!  The October project is Namesake, a single-color cowl.  Who doesn't look good in a cowl?  Its versatile shape compliments all shapes and figures. 

So what will the cowl look like?  We don't know!  That's the fun part of a "mystery" knit-a-long.  We do know that Michelle has promised us a cowl that will delight knitters of all skill levels.  She will introduce a new bind off technique, an interesting cable technique and a new cast on.  Learn some new skills - and look great wearing your new masterpiece!

Simplinatural in Cabernet
Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, every Thursday in October starting on October 2nd.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate. You may even win some cool prizes from SkacelHave a question?  No problem, Michelle posts photos and online video instructions, plus you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side!  And it's OK to get video help at 3 am - perhaps your grandmother isn't always so accommodating! 

So what do you need?  We've got that covered . . .

Yarn - 20% Off!
You'll need one, two or three skeins of Simplinatural yarn by Hikoo, all in the same color - and we've got 14 colors to choose from!  Simplinatural is a luxury fiber made from all natural fibers:  baby alpaca, merino wool and mulberry silk.  A wonderful next-to-the-skin yarn for a cozy, soft cowl!  

The amount you need depends on the size, so first you'll have to decide what size you want to make. 

     Small - cowl up to 20" in circumference - 1 Skein of Simplinatural
     Medium - cowl up to 40" in circumference - 2 Skeins of Simplinatural
     Large - cowl up to 60" in circumference - 3 Skeins of Simplinatural

Bonus:  "Luxury" doesn't have to mean "expensive."  We've got all of our Simplinatural yarn on sale at 20% off!
Simplinatural in Camel
You'll need one set of US #8 (5.0mm) circular needles, and the length depends on the size of the cowl:

     Small cowl - 16" in length
     Medium cowl - 24" in length
     Large cowl - 40" in length

The gauge is approximately 4.5 stitches per inch (18 st/4") in stockinette stitch.  As always, adjust the needle size to achieve gauge - and remember to block your gauge swatch before measuring!

You will also need a cable needle and a couple of stitch markers

Give us a call if we can help you with your yarn, needle or notion selections!

I'm looking forward to seeing your cowl!  Send me pictures or post them in our Ravelry group!

Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

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