Posts Tagged ‘Classic Elite’

Free Knitting Patterns I Downloaded

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

There are so many generous designers, not to mention yarn companies, that post free knitting patterns. My favorite free pattern aggregator is Knitting Pattern Central. I also subscribe to a variety of yarn company and knitting magazine newsletters that also share patterns. Here are the patterns that I downloaded this week:

Gingko Shoulderette Shawl at Fragrant Heart Creations. A delicate triangular shawl with just a touch of leafy lace at the edges.

Lowell Cowl designed by Antonia Shankland for Classic Elite Yarns. A big mobius cowl that looks like an awesome stash buster. (Surely its not CYE’s wish for us to use our stash!)

Astra – Lace Collared Cardigan from Patons Yarns. I don’t like the construction or ruffle, but I am interested in making  a long lean cardi, so I want to check it out.

Pressed Flower Mitts by Meredith Ramirez at A Knitting Blog. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Lacy Ruffle Cardigan from Rowan (photo above). I want a Kid Silk Haze sweater. I ‘m not sure I want this one, tho. Does the model look odd to you? Something’s off there, no?

Veronik's St-Denis Yarn

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Classic Elite Yarns launched knitwear designer Véronik Avery’s yarn line, St-Denis,  last year with Nordique.  There is a second yarn in the works called Boreale. Pretty exciting stuff. No doubt it will be as refined and beautiful as everything this talented designer puts her name too. Her work is simply classic elegance. You can check out the progression of the St-Denis brand on the blog, where Avery posts about her efforts. (That’s her photo seen above.) Buy issue 1 of St-Denis Magazine here, or go for the Spring/Summer issue here. You’ll find patterns by Ysolda, Jared Flood, Kat Coyle, Robin Melanson, Carol Sulcoski, and, of course,  Avery herself.

Big Needle Yarns

Friday, December 4th, 2009

rowanbigwoolJust in case you agree that the strategy of  knitting, probably a cowl/snood type thing, with big needles is the only way you are going to get all those holiday gifts done, here’s some yarn info. There’s a bunch of great yarn choices:  Rowan Big Wool and Biggy Prints (some lovely colors, above), Malabrigo’s  Aquarella, Twinkle Soft Chunky from Classic Elite Yarns, Sirdar Bigga, and Cascade Magnum. If all else fails, tons of knitters count on Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I’m working with some Rowan Ribbon Twist and finding it very nice. You can always improvise your own big yarns by knitting with a bulky and a worsted held together. Or maybe combine a bulky with a mohair, or even a novelty yarn. Just get it thick, and you’ll be knitting super fast.

Free Knitting Classic Style

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

saintdeniscardiganI have designer Véronik Avery’s wonderful book, Knitting Classic Style. It is one of those collections of knitwear that will stand the test of time. They are stylish knits that you can feel confident about knitting, and then being able to wear for years. Avery’s Ski Jacket (see Knitting The Blues’ version)  is on my Winter 2010 To-Do List for sure. If you don’t own the book, at least you can download FREE one of the nicest patterns, the Saint Denis Cardigan (left) from our friends at Classic Elite Yarns.  If you are not getting CEY’s newsletter, you are missing out on some good stuff!

Knitting Trends

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

ishbel-ysoldateagueWhat’s the next “must knit” item? What will the cool kids be knitting? That was a recent query on Ravelry. Cowls, slouchy hats, fingerless gloves, toeless socks and legwarmers all got mentioned as possibilities. Also, Marketbags. This one designed by Judy Croucher for Classic Elite gets my vote for being great looking and actually functional. But the trend that was mentioned that I definitely think will take off is the small triangular 1 skein sock yarn shawl. Here are some great patterns: Ishbel designed by Ysolda Teague for her Whimsical Little Knits book (left), the Milkweed Shawl by Laura Chau of Cosmicpluto Knits, Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West of WestKnits, Baktus by Strikkelise, and the really beautiful Aestlight Shawl designed by the talented Gudrun Johnston.

Yarn Stash Buster Project

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

renaissancedogleashOK, I know that I traumatized some of you with yesterday’s post. Apologies. Here is something easy on the eyes. Classic Elite Yarns offers us a FREE pattern for the Renaissance Dog Leash designed by Leigh Radford. Originally published in Radford’s book, AlterKnits Felt, it  is a nice way to use up some of that miscellaneous wool you’ve got leftover from your cold weather knitting. I’m not sure this leash is actually something I’d knit, although I do really like the look of it. That’s because we’ve got two pugs, and they pull pretty hard on their leashes sometimes. I just wonder if it would flex too much and not be  strong enough to really hold them. Maybe this is for super mellow doggies with good training and on-the-leash manners? 






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Sock Yarn Fixation

Friday, March 27th, 2009

chicagoshakespearetheatreI’m finally going to learn to knit socks. I’ve never taken a knitting class, but have decided to try it out next month. We’ll be making a simple cuff-down cotton stretch sock using Cascade Fixation. As I was checking out Cascade’s website to figure out what color socks to make, I found that the yarn company had donated 140 skeins of Fixation to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to make the elaborate costumes for their staging of The Tempest (left). Other not-so-typical uses of sock yarn? I love Langsingerland’s super colorful Sock Yarn Blanket. That’s a whole lot of stitches! Also, check out her other blog, Little Blue Clipper Designs for some nice sock patterns. The Summer Sox Child’s Cardi, a FREE pattern from Classic Elite, is pretty. There’s also a pattern for Toddler Socks using the same Summer Sox yarn. Naomi is knitting socks using sock yarn from Berroco. She blogs at Ink, Yarn & Beer.



Read more about more traditional uses of sock yarn here.

Knit A Chair

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

yuvee-knittedchairProduct Designer and knitter, Yuvee, has started a movement to cover up those millions of cheap plastic chairs that can be found pretty much everywhere across the globe. There’s a FREE pattern that requires Sirdar Bigga, at The Knitted Chairs. Yuvee has a call out for more knitted chairs with a deadline of April 20th. That means that there will be other versions coming! Talitha has already created a cabled cover that is cool. Chatrine designed a beautiful knitted cover to make over an old wing chair. Check out Ruth Cross’ HandKnitted Nursing Chair (scroll down page). Yarn Dreams is covering an IKEA chair with the Sweet and Lowdown Chair pattern designed by Veronik Avery  for Interweave Knits. She blogs about it here. And although I don’t crochet, I love Thumbelyna: The Craft of Crochet blog. On it she features this amazingly beautiful chair. More? There is actually A Chair A Day blog. None of the chairs featured there really need to be covered up. Well, maybe need a nice cushion.