Feb 23, 2015

Yarn Yammer: New Yarn Out by Isaac Mizrahi

Recently when I was wandering the aisles of my local craft shop, I came across a new yarn by an unexpected source! Isaac Mizrahi. Who knew he was such a big yarn fan!?! Apparently he is and we get to benefit!

His  yarn line  is put out by Premiere Yarns and all are super bulky weight yarns, the line includes four New York-inspired, trend-driven collections:

  • Lexington – super bulky in six bright prints for quick accessory projects and arm knitting
  • Sutton – deep, rich color shades gently change from one tone to the next for creating cowls, scarves and accessories
  • Carnegie Hill – bulky with loops and threads of metallic for fall and winter accessories and shawls
  • Carlyle – extremely lightweight neutrals with lofty metallic sheen for sweater and scarf projects

I chose a couple of skeins of Sutton to try out. This one reminded me most of one of my favorite super bulky yarns: Malabrigo Rasta.

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So what better pattern to try it out than the Autumn Slouch Hat? I thought with the striping colors it would be perfect for it.

I like it! I was able to make this hat with one skein of the yarn, and had a bit to spare. I actually had enough that I should have done another repeat to make it a bit more slouchy!

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This yarn is nice and soft, easy to work with, and will lend an interesting colorful element to any project you use it with. It works perfectly with the new Hat Loom with the large gauge set-up.

Now for the ‘knitty gritty’ on this line of yarns.

 

Sutton:

Weight: Super Bulky

Fiber: 85% Acrylic, 15% Wool

Length: 68 yards (62 m)

It is machine washable, but you will want to lay it flat to dry. With the bit of wool in it, you should be able to do a bit of blocking to add definition to your finished project.

 

Carlyle

carlyle

Weight: Super Bulky

Fiber: 77% Acrylic, 15% Metallic, 8% Nylon

Length: 127 yards (116 m)

Without any natural fibers this yarn will not lend itself well to blocking, but with the nylon it will be suited for hats, mittens, or even a nice sparkly pair of slippers! Again, this one is machine washable, and lay it flat to dry

 

Lexington

lexington

Weight: Super Bulky

Fiber: 85% Acrylic, 15% Wool

Length: 69 yards (63 m)

With just a touch of wool this yarn will be suited for just about any project you would like to make with it. You will be able to block it to some extent and make some nice bright projects with it. It is machine washable and lay flat to dry.

 

Carnegie Hill

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 Weight: Super Bulky

Fiber: 67% Acrylic, 31% Polyester, 2% Metallic

Length: 99 yards (91 m)

Last but not least Carnegie Hill is a fun loopy boucle yarn with a touch of sparkle. This yarn would make great scarves and shawls and wraps! Again you guessed it, it is machine washable and you will want to lay it flat to dry. This one will not really be able to be blocked so lace and other stitch patterns will not work so well with it. But that’s ok, since you probably won’t want to do that sort of thing with a boucle yarn anyway!

All the yarns have a MSRP of $6.99 and can be found exclusively at Michael’s Craft stores. When I bought mine it was priced locally at $5.99, so all around I found the Sutton to be a great, economic substitute for my pricier favorite!

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  • I love this yarn! The colors are amazing! It a little pricey though at about 7 bucks a skein, but I did manage to pick up a bag of it in mill ends at joanns for about 4.32 with a half off coupon! Enough to make a hat and a cowl!

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Feb 20, 2015

Easter Egg Cozy

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Easter is so full of color and warmth. Decorating for this time of year brings a smile to my children’s face. I created this little egg cozy as a way to bring a smile to their face Easter morning when they opened the fridge. The design is small and you can complete a small cozy in less than 2 hours.

PATTERN INFORMATION

Knitting Loom: Knitting loom in regular gauge. Samples were knit using All-n-One knitting loom (AIO)

Yarn: Approx 25 yds of worsted weight wool for body. Approx 10  inches of contrasting color yarn for embroidery. Sample used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Pink and Black (for the face embroidery) for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy. Sample used Knit Pick Swish Worsted in White and Pink (approx 15 yards of each color).

Notions: knitting tool, and tapestry needle.

Gauge: 10.5 sts x 17 rows= 2 inches in stockinette (not blocked)

Size: Fits a large size egg.

Abbreviations

K: knit stitch

P: purl stitch

CO: cast on (Sample uses the ewrap cast on).

BO:bind off

BBO: basic bind off

Rep: repeat

St(s): stitch(es)

Rem:remain

MC=Main color (pink for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy; White for Colorwork Egg Cozy).

CC: Contrasting color (black for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy; Pink for Colorwork Egg Cozy).

PU: Pick up

Pattern notes: After the item is complete, go back to the cast on edge and tighten it by pulling off the extra slack of yarn. Use this video on how to tighten the e-wrap cast on.

INSTRUCTIONS

Easter Bunny Egg Cozy

Set the AIO knitting loom to 24 pegs (see picture). 7 pegs from each long rail and 5 pegs from each of the two sliders. If you have two Sock Loom 2s, you can set one up with 2 sock loom sliders. The Sock Loom 2 with the 2 sliders, would be easier to maneuver.

Loom Set Up 2

Using MC, cast on 24 sts, join to work in the round.

Round 1: P to the end of round.

Round 2: K to the end of round.

Round 3: P to the end of round.

Round 4-18: K to the end of round.

***Decrease rounds:

*Loosen the bolts, slide each slider in ONE peg (thus decreasing by 4 stitches), tighten the bolts up again. Move the loops on the outside corner pegs (the loops that are not in the new square) to the inside pegs.

Next round: K to the end of round (treat the pegs with 2 loops as 1 loop).

Next round: k*

Repeat from * to *: 2 more times. 16 stitches rem.

Last rnd: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.

How to:

Move loop from Peg 1 to Peg 2; knit peg 2.

Move loop from Peg 3 to Peg 4; knit peg 4. Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3.

**Tug gently on the working yarn to remove any slack on the yarn.**

Move loop from Peg 5 to Peg 6; knit peg 6. Move loop from peg 4 to peg 5. Move loop from peg 3 to peg 4. Rep from ** to **.

Move loop from Peg 7 to peg 8; knit peg 8. Move loop from peg 6 to peg 7. Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6. Move loop from peg 4 to peg 5. Rep from ** to **.

Move loop from peg 9 to peg 10; knit peg 10. Move loop from peg 8 to peg 9. Move loop from peg 7 to peg 8. Move loop from peg 6 to peg 7. Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6. Rep from ** to **.

Continue in this pattern all around moving the loop from the odd numbered pegs to the even number peg, knit the peg with the two loops. Before proceeding to the next set of pegs, move all the other loops closer, then tug gently on the working yarn to eliminate any extra slack.

Bind off with gather removal method. Weave ends in.***

Ears
(make 2)

Set the knitting loom at 16 pegs (3 from each of the long rails, and 5 from each slider).

Usng MC, leaving a 10 inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 10 stitches, only on the two sliders. Cast on 5 on one slider, then go directly to the opposite slider and continue casting on the other 5 stitches on this slider, join to work in the round.

Rounds 1-14: k to the end of round.

Bind off with gather removal method. Weave ends in.

With cast on tail, sew securely to the sides of the body.

Face

Using CC, embroider the little eyes, nose and mouth. Weave all ends in.

Colorwork Easter Egg Cozy

Set up knitting loom the same as for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy

Using MC, cast on 24 sts, join to work in the round.

Round 1: P to the end of round.

Round 2: K to the end of round.

Round 3: P to the end of round.

Round 4 and 5: K to the end of round.

Round 6: Join CC, using MC, knit every odd peg. PU CC, knit every even peg.

Round 7: PU CC, k to the end of round.

Round 8: Rep Round 6.

Round 9 and 10: PU MC,  k to the end of round.

Round 11-13: PU CC, k to the end of round.

Round 14: Rep round 6. Cut CC, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Round 15-18: Continue with MC, k to the end of round.

Continuing with MC, rep from *** to *** from Easter Bunny Egg Cozy instructions (Decrease rounds to gather bind off). Weave ends in. Block lightly.

 

3 Comments

  • Hello,I love,love,love Loom Knitting but I have 1 question…I have 2 sets of knifty knitter looms and some more that didnt come in packs..I bought on line the loom clip and it doesent fit on any of my long looms,..My smallest loom is 12 peg round and counting one side of long loom 18 pegs (all pegs 36)..Anyway i have been try to make baby booties&babysocks (all newborn) & im havin a tough time,the clip doesnt fit&the blue round 24 peg is to big and the 12 peg seems to small (i really dont know) whatever bootie or sock patter,i do on the 12 never comes out right and the blue like i said too big..Please Help..THANK YOU?

  • Hello,I love,love,love Loom Knitting but I have 1 question…I have 2 sets of knifty knitter looms and some more that didnt come in packs..I bought on line the loom clip and it doesent fit on any of my long looms,..My smallest loom is 12 peg round and counting one side of long loom 18 pegs (all pegs 36)..Anyway i have been try to make baby booties&babysocks (all newborn) & im havin a tough time,the clip doesnt fit&the blue round 24 peg is to big and the 12 peg seems to small (i really dont know) whatever bootie or sock patter,i do on the 12 never comes out right and the blue like i said too big..Please Help..THANK YOU?

  • You can probably knit one as a flat panel and then seam it down the length. It would not be as easy as working in the round, but it would work.

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