Newsletter 763

by Meg Strong

Make: Outline Raglan
Meet: Modus Operandi Cotton Sport

Yep, we're still highlighting our new collab with MO Fibers! This week we're loving the Outline Raglan from designer Jessie Maed worked up in MO Fibers Cotton Sport.

The Outline Raglan is an easy-wearing long-sleeved cotton tee with a sweatshirt fit, accented with raw edges and body-framing dropped stitches for an airy, casual vibe. Having this cotton sweater in your closet means you've got a super-wearable sweater for almost every season! We knit it up in Modus Operandi Fibers Cotton Sport, a soft, light and cozy DK/heavy sport weight cotton. It's 100% organic U.S. grown and spun 2-ply unmercerized cotton. Cotton Sport is meant to be worn and laundered (by hand) again and again; it gets better with age and becomes buttery soft.

Find the Outline Raglan pattern HERE! The pattern includes nine sizes.
Shop Modus Operandi Cotton Sport HEREPictured in Maria Black.


Don't Be Like Meg...

Y'all, Meg took off to Mexico for ten days and took two long-gestating projects with her...and lo and behold, forgot to take the yarn to finish them. Let's review: the owner of a yarn shop forgot to make sure she packed enough yarn for a ten-day trip. So, sigh, she worked on these two projects until she ran out of yarn. Keep reading to see the sort-of-almost-kinda finished results!


First Up: The Trellis Stitch Cushion

Vacation Project Fail #1 ~ The Trellis Stitch pillow from Erika Knight.

Meg cast this one on waaaay back in June of 2022, using Creative Linen. With a crisp look (but a soft feel), Creative Linen is a winner for spring and summer knits. Great stitch definition really highlights textured stitches, but even simple stockinette looks like a million bucks. Creative Linen is a 50/50 blend of linen and cotton, so it washes and wears beautifully. Meg had 100% planned to finish this beauty, but realized on Vacation Day One that the necessary second skein did NOT indeed make it into the suitcase. 

The Trellis Stitch pillow uses the entrelac technique, a slightly more advanced skill that creates a beautiful woven texture. Unlike most basketweave stitches, entrelac works on the diagonal and in different directions so it truly looks like strips of woven knitting. Although entrelac requires a handful of steps, each one is easy to learn. We think the end result is definitely worth it!

This pattern is available in Erika Knight's Indoors: Ten Practical Projects, which you can find HEREEvery now and again, we get a book that we immediately start marking with post-its. Our personal copy of  Indoors now has ten post-it notes in it. Pillows, wall hangings, plant pots, blankets...even a cardigan and a pullover. All ten projects are chic and stylish and have a verrrry high "I want it!" factor.

Creative Linen can be found HERE! Two skeins are required for the pillow. Don't be like Meg and forget to pack that second skein in the suitcase!

Secondly: The Cambodia Hat

Vacation Project Fail #2 ~ The Cambodia Hat from Susanne Müller

Naw, that first photo at the top isn't what Meg did. That was the GOAL. The Cambodia Hat is a quintessential on-trend staple. It's crocheted top down with single crochet stitches in spiral rounds, just as easy as pie. We used Yashi (the Japanese word for "palm tree"), a natural raffia "yarn".

Alas, only two skeins of the required three made it into the suitcase...but we're pleased as punch with this make and we're committing to finishing it THIS WEEK! 

The Cambodia Hat pattern can be found HERE! Find Yashi HERE! Three skeins are required to complete your hat! Again, don't be like Meg and forget to pack that third skein!

FO photo (top): Susanne Müller