Linen and cotton are sought after summer yarns! If you haven't ever tried one of these yarns, My Sister Knits has several to choose from that create accessories and garments with breath-ability and lovely drape and this is the time to try one!Today we'll showcase several choices of our best yarns for warm weather for you to consider!Shibui Knits Twig is 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool and is a sport weight. The recycled silk is what gives this yarn its almost tweedy look! Three patterns written by Shibui's Shellie Anderson specifically for Twig are Bevel, a loose fitting short sleeved summer cardigan; Slope, a sleeveless top with a high/low hem; and Tier, a rectangular scarf.Shibui Knits Reed is 100% linen and is a fingering weight yarn with a chainette construction. We have samples of a short sleeved pullover, Lucia, and a sleeveless A-line tank, Athens, both designed for Reed by Shellie Anderson. Octave, designed by Erin Duffy, is a fun rectangular scarf with colorful sets of stripes of differing widths.Shibui Knits Rain is a DK weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn with a chainette construction. It has a lustrous sheen and the chainette retains shape. Our current samples of Rain are Shellie Anderson's short sleeved cardigan Eames and Stephen West's Boneyard shawl. Another Shellie Anderson design written specifically for Rain is Meridian, a loose short sleeved cardigan with wide lapels.Quince & Co. Sparrow is a 100% linen fingering weight yarn. Often it is also knit at a sport weight gauge which creates a loose fabric. We have three shop samples in Sparrow: Christy Becker's Cool Breezes cowl; Meghan Telling's Miranda shawl written specifically for Sparrow; and Veronika Jobe's Let's Get Lost shawl. If you're looking for a simple summer tee, Edie by Isabelle Kraemer is worth a look! Isabelle designed this pattern using Sparrow.Quince & Co. Kestrel is an aran weight, 100% linen yarn with a ribbon construction. We have two summer yarns samples in the shop at the moment. Elizabeth Smith designed Mira, an oversized openwork tee for Quince & Co, using Kestrel. We also have Jane Richmond's cowl Arika. Another pattern suggestion designed for Kestrel is Heidi Kirrmaier's seamless top down minimalist cardigan Quick Sand.Quince & Co. Willet is a 100% cotton yarn that works as both a sport and a DK weight. Our sample is a summer tee, Atlee, designed for Quince & Co. by Leah B Thibault. Other pattern ideas we like for Willet are Pam Allen's Auger, a garter stitch top with a high/low split hem and her baby hat Baby Kelpie. Pam Allen founded Quince & Co in 2010.Now that you've had a chance to thoroughly look into these summer yarns for knitting, we invite you to come to the shop, examine our samples, and choose your next summer project!
Norwegian Fir is the dear little cardigan you'll find upstairs on display. You'll probably notice it as soon as you turn left at the top of the stairs! Be sure to check out the button!This pattern is sized for 0-3 months through 8-9 years. It's a top-down pattern with explicit row-by-row directions until the divide for the sleeves, fronts, and back. The garter stitch body and sleeves create a wonderfully squishy fabric and the simple lace detail at the raglan increases make this an irresistible knit! Some of us are so in love with this enchanting sweater that we want to make it even though we have no one to give it to!Our sample is knit with Rosy Green Wool's Cheeky Merino Joy in undyed Edelweiss which makes it easy to visualize in other colorways. The choices are endless!The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but our sample is knit with a Sport weight which leads to the question of whether or not DK and Sport are interchangeable. There is a common misconception among knitters that they are almost identical and can be easily substituted for each other.This, however, is not the case. Care should be taken when deciding between these two yarns as Sport weight is lighter than DK, resulting in a difference in the size of your finished project. As always, we encourage you to make a gauge swatch to inform your decisions!Ravelry has a helpful table that explains the difference between yarn weights. Also, the Craft Yarn Council created a Standard Yarn Weight System of weight guidelines. When looking at these two tables, it becomes evident that there are no hard and fast rules to yarn weights! There are instead, guidelines. Still, putting the information from each site together gives a good sense of the differences between Sport and DK.Sport weight has 24 - 26 stitches to 4 inches, 12 wpi, and suggests a 3 to 5 US needle. DK weight has 22 stitches to 4 inches, 11 wpi, and suggests a 5 to 7 US needle. The differences are not great but they are significant. Wpi means 'wraps per inch' and is a well known term among spinners. It's also helpful to knitters, especially when we find a yarn in our stash that has lost its tag! Just take your yarn, wrap it around an object such as a pencil or ruler with the yarn touching but not overlapping. Measure out an inch and count the number of wraps, easy peasy!We invite you to come in and play with yarn choices for this little cardi. We're confident you will fall in love with it as we have!
My Sister Knits is the first in the country to carry A Homespun House yarn!This yarn comes to us from Berlin, Germany! Molly, who is an American living in Berlin with her husband and young children, is the creative force and dyer of this enticing yarn.Molly has been knitting most of her life and was inspired by her grandmother who was a leading member of her crafting community. Molly's grandmother, along with two friends, established a business selling hand-crafted gifts that was the original Homespun House!This yarn, in eye-catching colors, is exactly right for spring projects! Of course the fingering weight, with its SW Merino/nylon blend, makes fun socks but we have a few other patterns for you to consider in both fingering and DK weights:
Carol has just finished Lovella, designed by Ambah O'Brien and it's on display in the shop. Be one of the first to make this as it was just published in February! This shawl uses two yarns for garter row stripes and incorporates a simple section of eyelet. Worked with the DK yarn and size 7 needles, this can be finished in plenty of time to be a transitional piece as the weather becomes warmer!
A pullover for any size
We love tincanknits patterns for their versatility, easy to follow directions, and helpful tutorials! Flax Light, a free pattern, would be adorable using A Homespun House fingering weight yarn. See our shop sample to fully appreciate the garter stitch sleeve details on a baby sized sweater. This pattern is sized from newborn to adult 4XL.
A brand new pattern from Joji Locatelli
Joji Locatelli's new collection, Interpretations Volume 5, is out this month and her Glacier Tunic is a contender for this yarn! Using fingering weight, this tunic can be knit to any length, from a short top to a dress. It promises to be a fun knit with intriguing construction.
A little girl's dress
We envision this dress being loved by a little one! The pattern is Caesia, designed by Georgie Nicolson, and uses DK weight and sizes 3 and 6 needles. There are 422 Ravelry projects of this dress, indicating that it's a great pattern and well written! Included are detailed instructions for working the yoke increases which indicates Georgie's thoughtfulness as a designer. This is a top-down, seamless pattern with a decorative textured yoke for size newborn to 12 years.
A baby cardigan
This simply designed garter stitch cardigan will show off Molly's yarn beautifully! The pattern is playtime by Lori Versaci, uses fingering weight yarn, and comes in sizes 3 months to 18 months. There are design options for a solid, color blocked, or a striped yoke.Our customers are the only ones in the US able to buy this yarn from a yarn shop so hurry in to get the best choice of colorways! You'll be glad you did!
Knitting classes are perfect for February! The holidays are behind us and we're kind of slogging along until spring. They offer a chance to immerse ourselves in something new to enhance our knitting skills.We have a selection of classes for you to choose from!
Kria Cardigan, Saturdays February 10th through March 3rd, 1pm-3pm
You can learn all of the techniques needed for an adult Icelandic sweater on a small scale in Karen's Kria class! This child sized sweater is made with worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles so it will knit up speedily. The colorwork pattern is ideal for newbies! There is still room so sign up posthaste for this class; it starts Saturday the 10th. Hold your breath, for under Karen's tutelage you're going to learn how to make a button band or put in a zipper and.......steek!
Milet Mittens, Thursdays February 8 through 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Here is another colorwork class, taught by Amelia. These mittens are made with fingering weight yarn and size 2.5 needles for the most part. The chart is easy to read and follow, especially with a piece of highlighter tape to mark your spot! The pattern on the main part of the mitten is the 'lice' pattern, a mainstay of Norwegian knitting.
Finishing Techniques, Saturday February 17th, 9 - 11am
In this class, you will learn how to finish your project so it looks 'handmade' rather than 'homemade'! Amelia will show you how to weave in ends, the best way to block different types of projects from lace to cables and everything in between, and will answer any questions you may have.
Fixing Mistakes, Wednesday February 21st, 5:30 - 7pm
Overheard in the shop, "I think the Fixing Mistakes class is too advanced for me. I'll wait until I'm a better knitter to take it". This may be a common fallacy. This class is perfect for new knitters! What better way to gain some experience with common errors? Mistakes are a part of knitting and this class offers valuable experience in not-panicking when you have an opportunity to learn (i.e., make a mistake!). Taught by Amelia, this class often fills up quickly but is offered on a regular basis. If you don't get into this one, you can get into the next one!Sign up for any of these classes online or call the shop at 970.407.1461!
Home and Away, Hannah Fettig’s collection from her book of the same title, is with us through December 21st!This collection consists of pieces with simple lines, nothing fancy! They are wardrobe essentials meant for everyday use. Hannah used Quince & Co’s yarn which is sourced and spun here in the U.S. Their color palette is subdued and their yarns are durable yet soft, perfect for garments that will be worn over and over!There is a hat that can be made in 5 sizes with directions for Bulky, Worsted and DK weight yarn!Then there are the sweaters! Cardigans, pullovers, and a vest! The amazing thing about the sweaters is that each one can be constructed in two ways! You may choose to make a top-down raglan sleeved sweater or a bottom-up seamed sweater with set in sleeves. Hannah wrote patterns for all of us!The sweaters and vest are designed with worsted, DK, and fingering weight yarn; again, something for everyone!The fits vary from the close fitting Lesley pullover to the loose and comfortable fit of cardigans Georgetown and Boothbay. The Moto Jacket is short while Calligraphy is a long cardigan.Hannah put careful thought into this collection, designing for extensive knitting preferences!We also have copies of the Home & Away book. It is filled with gorgeous photographs and well written patterns. There are also helpful articles on gauge, choosing a size, sweater construction, understanding a knitting pattern, substituting yarn, knitting in the round, button bands and buttonholes, and finishing! We encourage you to come into the shop to see these Home and Away samples for yourself. It’s always fun to check out a trunk show with multiple designs by one designer. It helps you to find designers you like!We also are happy to help you substitute yarns for any project. It's easier than you think but there are few things to consider when substituting so please ask if you're unsure!
My Sister Knits has not one but two trunk shows for you to pore over!In 2013, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting published Botanical Knits, a book of 12 patterns inspired by the beauty of plant life. The next year Botanical Knits 2 came out with another 12 patterns. Now Alana has given us Baby Botanicals, five darling child sized sweaters that go with the adult ones.Samples of these sweaters for little girls, sized 6 months to 12 years, are at My Sister Knits until July 22nd.Alana's patterns are well written; the schematics are detailed, the instructions are written out as well as charted, and the details that make these designs so special are well thought out. As an example, be sure to check out the charming pockets on the Little Buds cardi when you come to the shop! The cables on the back of Baby Branches and Little Buds are not to be missed either!These dear little sweaters are made with light fingering, fingering, and sport weight yarns.We also have the Swoon Maine trunk show! Assembled by Carrie Bostick Hoge, this collection is an homage to Maine, as the name suggests. Carrie designed the bulk of the patterns with guest appearances by Maine designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Leila Raabe, and Mary Jane Mucklestone.Pullovers, cardigans for young and old, cowls, a hat, and mittens have made their way to My Sister Knits! These patterns suit an array of knitters who like to knit with weights from fingering to aran.These two trunk shows are on display until July 22nd. We invite you to come in, try on, and play with these exquisite knits! We are located at 1408 W. Mountain Ave in Fort Collins, Colorado.Comment below on whether you have a favorite yarn weight to knit with or if you are an all weights knitter!