Our resident expert on Latvian knitting, Jeannie Giberson, is teaching a class on this ages old technique! Latvian mittens have a rich history and Jeannie will undoubtedly love to answer any questions you may have! It will be like a history lesson combined with knitting! We are so fortunate to have someone with Jeannie's background and passion for Latvian knitting here in Fort Collins!You will make a toddler or young child sized mitten in this class. It's a perfect size to learn new skills and a young child won't care if they have a mistake or two! This is an ideal way to practice using Latvian techniques before you commit to making an adult sized pair!The yarn Jeannie uses in her class is, of course, excellent for colorwork. Rauma Finullgarn is authentic Norwegian yarn and it is 'sticky' which is what you want for these mittens. My Sister Knits has a wealth of colors to choose from!Two rows of these mittens have three colors and Jeannie will guide you through the handling of that many colors at once! You will learn how to make the classic peasant thumb and double decreases for the unique shape in addition to a round mitten. Jeannie will also bring treasured mitten samples and show you how to add cuffs for growing hands!When you make a pair of Latvian mittens, you are taking a living part in Latvia's tradition, culture, and history. It's much more than just a colorwork project!Archaeologists have found the oldest mittens on record in Latvia. For a quick dip into the history of Latvian mittens, read this article. For a more in depth but not much longer, fascinating experience, read this article!This class is recommended for knitters who have some experience with two color knitting, knitting in the round, and reading a chart for knitting in the round.Reserve Saturdays Oct. 20th and 27th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am for this class!If you'd like to bring a little bit of Latvia into your life, you can call the shop at 970.407.1461 or register online.
If you have a small girl-child in your life and you have yet to discover Knitting for Olive patterns, you are in for a treat! One look at Pernille Larsen's patterns on her Knitting for Olive Ravelry page and you'll fall in love!Olive's grandmother Pernille began designing patterns for Olive when she was born a few years ago. Pernille started sharing the patterns and in 2015 she and her daughter (Olive's mom) started selling them. The knitting world is so lucky that they have shared with us! Olive gets to wear these adorable garments and must be the best dressed little girl in Copenhagen, where they live. Imagine having a grandmother who is such a talented designer!There is now a sample of the simple Ruffle Dress in the shop. Watch for Olive's Christmas Stocking and her Mullet Skirt coming soon! Knitting for Olive patterns range from stockinette with texture that adds interesting and clever detail to garments with cables and lace.We chose to make our sample out of Shibui Staccato, a fingering weight Merino/Silk blend. This does create a dress that needs to be hand washed but we think the result is worth it! Shibui's yarns have such deep colors and this charming little dress is as soft as down. If the little girl you have in mind might look better in something other than blue you could use any of these:or these:If a superwash yarn would suit your needs better, My Sister Knits has plenty of those in fingering weight! We'll be happy to show them to you you when you come into the shop. Or, look at what we call our 'sock wall' just as you get up the stairs to the second floor. This sweet knitted dress would be a great use for some of our speckled yarn! Or what about some with little sparkly bits?Knitting with Olive designs offers well written patterns in a wide range of sizes, some with style options, and we hope to see more as Olive grows!
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!
As My Sister Knits is located in a university town, we are always on the lookout for patterns that are begging to be knit with school colors!The time of year when we will be attending outdoor sporting events is fast approaching. A hat and mitts are essential to carry in a bag or pocket and we've found designs that we love!First we found Tin Can Knits' Paddle Mitts.They are sized for all ages, from toddler to an adult large. We used North Light Fibers' Water Street Worsted for our samples. Once we made the first pair, we didn't want to change yarns! Even though the pattern calls for DK weight yarn, this is a light worsted and it makes lovely warm mitts for those chilly hours outside.Next up was a hat in Colorado State University colors for little ones. Tin Can Knits has classic, superbly written patterns for the whole family so we went looking for a hat that would work for all ages.We found the Easy Peasy hat!This hat has sizes baby through adult large. The ear flaps are the cutest addition and just the thing to keep those little ears warm! The stripes aren't in the pattern but they are easy to add. We can show you how to do it!Last on the list of items we wanted was a feminine hat with just a bit of colorwork that would be easy enough for a first-timer to do. We found one that is a perfect introduction to colorwork, the Sand and Sea Hat! This hat has a purled brim which looks like a rolled edge. Then there are only 11 rows of colorwork, with just two colors per row and the rest is relaxing stockinette!We chose North Light Fibers' Water Street for our samples because we are in love with the heathery colorways, the 30% cashmere content, and the warmth and feel of the fabric it creates! However, we did stray to Blue Sky Fibers' Woolstok to find the perfect green; it's handy that these two yarns can be used together!You want to have hats and mitts on hand when they're needed, so come in and get your school colors now!Leave a comment below on which colors you'll be choosing and which school they're for!
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!