Newsletter 727

by Meg Strong

Thumbs Up for Hitchhiker!

We're always on the hunt for a little portable "always-know-where-you-are-in-your-row" kinda knitting and Hitchhiker is the perfect solution! Worked in Urth Yarns Unique Cotton - a 100% cotton DK weight self-striping yarn - it's perfect for this sweltering summer heat!

Our sample is worked with just one skein (color 1074) and measures 55 1/2" x 10 1/4". Because the garter stitch knitting starts at one end, you can stop anytime, bind off and end up with a useful neckerchief, shawlette or shawl; a perfect project to knock out in between more complicated ones!

The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but we used DK (and therefore a larger needle - try it on a US5). One skein produced 28 "teeth"; if you want it longer, get two skeins and keep on knitting!

Click here to see all available colors of Uneek Cotton DK! Here's the pattern at Ravelry.



New Geshi...Perfect for Nightshift!

Just in! Four glorious shades of Geshi; a blend of viscose, cotton, silk, and wool in a DK weight. There are quite a few projects at Ravelry that use two skeins (one skein each of two different colors) for a spring/summer version of the Nightshift Shawl that we're all so crazy for! Check them out HERE! Geshi's subtle color shift is amplified in Nightshift by working a few rows from one color of Geshi, then changing to another throughout the simple slip stitched pattern. 

Shop Geshi HERE and the pattern for Nightshift is right HERE!



Magpie Swanky & Feather!

We just received a massive restock of a trio of shop fave Magpie bases - Swanky Sock, Swanky DK and Feather! Both Swanky Sock and Swanky DK are silky blends of merino, cashmere and a bit of nylon with beautiful drape and sheen. Feather is a lace weight silk/mohair blend that, when held together with a strand of either Swanky Sock or DK, is a perfect combination for creating sweaters, shawls and hats! We love the fabric created when holding these yarns together; there's just a little "extra" in the fabric produced when pairing them up!

Here's a round up of some of our favorite patterns that would be ideal for combining them:

No Frills Sweater (top right): Swanky Sock + Feather
Kobuk Hat: Swanky DK + Feather
Love Note Sweater: Swanky Sock + Feather
Sprouted Shawl: Swanky Sock + Feather
Champagne Cardigan (top left): Swanky Dk + Feather

Shop the Magpie collection HERE!