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As Christmas in July with Brooklyn Tweed comes to an end (along with July itself), we state again how much we love baby knits.  And we’re not the only ones … it seems like as soon as someone learns you’re a knitter, up pops a baby.  Friends, kids, grandkids … babies are everywhere.  And what’s better to wrap a new baby in than some scrunchy wool and gorgeous colors?

Brooklyn Tweed knows this, and has responded accordingly by designing the Tweed Baby Blanket.This blanket is another simple-and-brilliant design.  The garter stitch center is knit on a bias, then the edges are picked up in the round to knit the feather-and-fan border.  Pictured is the small version; the larger version has a three-color repeat around the border.  Knit with Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Aran, it’s guaranteed to keep baby warm and snuggly when the weather turns crisp.

If you’re one of the few that doesn’t have a baby to knit for, this blanket can also work as a lap blanket for the elderly, or a simple small throw to have on the back of the sofa.  Knit with earth tones or a combination like this one, it’s simple and striking design will go with anything and everything.  It’s sure to become an heirloom piece, so why not pick up your needles and cast on today!  Patterns and yarn are available at the shop.

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As you may have noticed by now, we love Brooklyn Tweed (and Jared Flood).  He has no shortage of simple and brilliant patterns.  His designs include everything from baby blankets to adult sweaters and accessories, and range from simple and lovely to complex and striking.  He has a finesse for knitting (and photography) that you don’t find too often, and we are simply loving tooting his horn!

Continuing on with another one of his simple comfort knitting projects, we’d like to show you the Wool Leaves Baby Blanket.

Knit with two strands of Plymouth EcoWool, Wool Leaves is a classic Shetland leaves pattern bordered with two repeats of moss stitch.  Simple and brilliant, no?  And when knit with a neutral color such as this, you can knit these and keep them in your gift closet for the next baby shower emergency.


If you haven’t been reading Jared’s blog, here’s a link to his post about the Wool Leaves baby blanket.  His blog is a great account of his design process and some of the fun projects that he works on in his “spare time.” (Don’t we all use quotes when we talk about our spare time?)  Be sure to check it out when you have a chance … as long as it doesn’t take away from your knitting time (because that is NOT the same thing as “spare time”)!

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Like the rest of the country, we here at My Sister Knits are enveloped in the dog days of summer.  The mere thought of wooly sweaters makes us sweat even harder … but somehow, we just can’t help ourselves.  There are so many great patterns out there that we just itch for something amazing to grow off our needles.  With that in mind, we’re showing you the Cobblestone Pullover.

This simple-to-knit men’s sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up.  It uses simple short row shaping on the yoke, and the sleeves stitches are put on hold and then knit from the shoulder down after finishing the neck.  This sample is knit with less than three skeins of Cascade Yarns Eco+, but it would be even warmer and squooshier (technical term) in the new Cascade Eco Cloud.

Jared Flood at Brooklyn Tweed is often inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann and her simple garter stitch patterns and accents.  You can really see that inspiration in this sweater.  If you’re on Ravelry, check out other people’s projects: plenty of women have knit this sweater with a few alterations, and it’s just as flattering on a lady as it is on a man.

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Have you always been mystified by crochet patterns?  Not sure what those little hooks are for, except to pick up dropped stitches?  The irony of half-double crochet leave you scratching your head?

Photo courtesy of Google Images

You should join us at the shop for Barbara Gustafson’s Beginning Crochet class!  This two-session class will teach you everything you need for the basics of crochet. First session is July 23 from 1-4pm, second session is July 30 from 1-3pm (both Saturdays).  Never be confused by those little hooks again!  Call the shop today to sign up!

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We have no shortage of samples at My Sister Knits.  Today, we’re featuring another one of Brooklyn Tweed’s gorgeous hats, the Habitat Cabled Beanie.

This hat is much simpler than it looks (trust us!).  Knit with Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Tweed, the little bits of tweed mixed in give it added texture and interest.  It is certainly not a boring hat to knit up, and is a great gift for men or women.  This beanie will definitely keep your skier and snowboarder warm and toasty during the winter months!

Habitat is such a great knit to sink your needles in to, we bet that you’ll be knitting this one for every member of your family.  Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Tweed is available in several colors at the shop, as well as the pattern for Habitat.  Happy knitting!

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Sock It To Me

Here at My Sister Knits, we love every knitted object as if it were our own.  One of our favorites, however, is the traditional knitted sock.

Socks are among the knitted icons.  They are a testament to our dedication to the craft: we love them because they can be easy or twisty, striped or fair isled, tall or short, and knit for men, women and children alike.  Everyone needs socks, and they feel like a hug for our feet.

Thanks to Roselyn Cutler, you can become a sock addict, too!  Rosalyn’s class, “Anatomy of a Sock,” will teach you each part of a sock and how they are constructed together.  She’ll teach you how to make adjustments for the perfect fit, and then you can wrap your family’s feet in as many hugs as you please!

This class is four sessions, beginning on Thursday July 21, then going into August 4, 18, and 25 (each from 6pm – 7:30pm).  Call the shop to sign up today!  WARNING: Sock yarn may be addictive.  Knit with caution (and love every stitch)!

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We are always here to offer suggestions for great summer knitting projects.  Hats are quick and gratifying, and can be simple or complicated.  An added bonus: if you can stand to give it away when you’re done, you ‘ve already got an early jump on your holiday knitting! (Only six months left, you know.)

Continuing our Christmas in July with Brooklyn Tweed, we are happy to offer the Porom Lace Hat.

Knit with Rowan Felted Tweed, this hat is a lovely little beret style that looks great in any color, and flatters at any age.  Using a simple lace motif, this is the perfect project to new lace knitters, helping you gain confidence.  The fact that it’s also a quick knit is an added bonus … you get quick gratification and the yarn is super soft and cozy.

You can see the shaping a little better in the above photo.  The bell top gives this hat a fancy slouch that is super cute.  Rowan Felted Tweed and the Porom Lace Hat pattern are both available now at the shop.

We hope you’re enjoying your summer, and our Christmas in July with Brooklyn Tweed!  We’re enjoying sharing his great patterns with you.  Stay tuned for even more hats, baby blankets and a great men’s sweater coming up soon!

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