knitting with linen

Sought after Summer Yarns

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!summer yarnsShibui 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.summer yarns for knittingShibui 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.best yarns for warm weatherShibui 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.fort collins yarn storeQuince & 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.yarn storeQuince & 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.My Sister KnitsQuince & 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! learn to knit     

Grab This Chance to Learn From the Best, Elizabeth Doherty!

Rarely do we get teachers and designers of Elizabeth Doherty's caliber to teach in Fort Collins.   We are incredibly lucky to have the experience of learning from her the weekend of November 4th and 5th! There are three classes available; Warming Up to Linen, Tailored Pockets for Any Sweater, and Top-Down Set-In Sleeves.Just a few weeks ago I had the unforgettable opportunity to take her Top-Down Set-In Sleeve class and it changed the way I will knit sweaters forever!  I've only made cardigans and I now have the skills to make a pullover!  That fits!  My cardigans always fall off my shoulders.  The armholes are too big which results in extra fabric under my arms.  Elizabeth taught how to fix those problems and I am over the  moon about that!  I can't wait to cast on a sweater using my new knowledge!My Sister Knits, Elizabeth Doherty, sweater knitting, Fort Collins, set-in sleeves, knitting classes, knitting designersElizabeth's class walks us through her ideas about how to create a classic fit that flatters.  Her top down patterns allow us to try on our sweaters as we go.  Her class covers both the techniques and the math involved in modifying other patterns for a better fit.  She measures each student!  Having those numbers gives us the tools we need to improve the fit of any sweater pattern!Sweaters with shoulder seams and set-in sleeves provide a better fit than other styles due to their structure.  Unfortunately, that usually includes sleeve and side seams which are intimidating.  Thanks to Elizabeth's class, I will never have to sew a side seam or set in a sleeve again and neither will you!  She teaches exactly how to pick up armhole stitches and knit the sleeves top-down.  In any sweater!Trying on her samples is a voyage of discovery!   Patterns that you might not have thought would work for your figure are as flattering as they are comfortably wearable.  I was happily surprised by several of them!Elizabeth has an engineer's mind and approaches knitting in a unique way.  She notices problems, figures out how to solve them, and the rest of us benefit!  She has some surprising tips and tricks to improve stitch consistency and prevent 'rowing out'.  I have always had a problem with a hole at the underarm when joining a sleeve.  No matter how many people I asked or how much research I did, I could not find a way to eliminate it.  Elizabeth has a marvelously simple way to avoid the gap entirely!This class is essential for any sweater knitter whether you're planning your first one or your tenth!  Not only will you have a valuable learning experience, you will have fun doing it!  Plus, Elizabeth will tell us her secret to life!Knowing how much I learned from this class, I can't wait for the other two she's teaching! Take advantage of this fantastic chance to learn from one of the best right in our own back yard!  Call the shop now to secure a spot in one or all of Elizabeth's classes!  970.407.1461

Elizabeth Doherty is Teaching at My Sister Knits!

Elizabeth Doherty is coming to teach at My Sister Knits!  We are not only thrilled but honored to have her!Elizabeth Doherty, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, ColoradoElizabeth's designs have been published by Quince & Company, Brooklyn Tweed, and Twist Collective.  Her book, Top down: reimagining set-in sleeve design, has become a go-to reference on knitters' bookshelves.  To have a teacher of Elizabeth's caliber come to Fort Collins is a special event indeed!

Top-Down Set-In Sleeves, Sunday Nov. 5th, 10am - 6pm

My Sister Knits, sweater knitting, set in sleeve knitting, knitting classesElizabeth has developed an innovative method for knitting top down sweaters with set-in sleeves!  Simply put, sweaters need to fit our shoulders.  In order to do that, the armholes need to be shaped so that there is the correct amount of fabric across both the back and the front.  This will allow your sweater to stay put on your body, not look sloppy or fall off your shoulders. Elizabeth will teach us how to do it!We will learn everything we need to know about making a sweater that fits in the shoulders and armholes using our own measurements!  This will transform our sweater knitting into a thing of pleasure.  Never again will it be an experience of fret and worry about the fit!Read more about Elizabeth's set-in sleeves and the class details.

Warming Up to Linen, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 10am - 1pm

Elizabeth Doherty, bluebeestudio, My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, knitting with linenElizabeth will show us the wonders of knitting with linen!  This oft-neglected fiber creates garments with absolutely gorgeous drape that become softer and more supple with washing and wearing.  Linen is meant to go through the washer and dryer!  We will learn helpful techniques for working with a non-elastic plant-based yarn, from how to make our stitches look beautiful to weaving in ends.  If you've been hesitant to give linen a try, this is the class for you!  We'll become confident and eager to knit with this ages-old fiber!Read more about linen and the class details.

Tailored Pockets for Any Sweater, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2pm - 5pm

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, sweater knitting, adding pockets to a sweater, knitting classesWhen Elizabeth's friend Barb asked her to write pocket directions for the Copperplate cardigan, Elizabeth loved the  outcome!  She decided she wanted pockets in everything!  The beauty of free-hanging pockets is that they allow the front of the sweater to hang naturally without stretching out of shape.  Knit in a denser gauge with lighter weight yarn, these pockets don't add bulk and will stand up to use.  How fun to know how to put pockets in any sweater!Read more about the pockets and the class details.Call us at 970.407.1461 to reserve a spot in any or all of these classes.  They are an incredible, not-to-be-missed opportunity to develop new skills by a renowned designer and teacher! 

 

 

How and Why to Knit With Cooling Linen

Our hottest months are upon us and knitting with wool can leave our hands and lap sticky and damp, even in air conditioning.  The solution?  Having an adventure with linen or cotton!  Today the subject is linen; watch for cotton coming soon!Fort Collins - Yarn Shop - Knitting with LinenLinen is the perfect yarn to use, and creates the perfect fabric to wear, during hot weather.  It actually helps keep you cool!  For detailed information, read this blog post by Elizabeth Doherty who is coming to My Sister Knits to teach in November!Knitting with Linen - My Local Yarn Shop - Fort Collins, CO Linen creates a fluid fabric that softens with washings and can be washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer!  The dryer's tumble action helps transform the fibers into a wonderfully soft and supple fabric.   Be sure to make a swatch and launder it the same way your finished project will be laundered because the finished gauge will no doubt change!Linen Knitting - My Sister Knits - Northern Colorado Yarn ShopIf you'd like to try softening a finished linen knit, handwash and dry it and then put it in the dryer on air-dry to soften.Knitting with Linen - Fort Collins Knitting Shop - My Sister KnitsLinen's characteristics are what give it its casually sophisticated look:  your stitches will not be uniform, your finished project will wrinkle, and the slightly biased fabric that may be created is just fine.  You will end up with a cool, elegant garment with plenty of drape that will be worn again and again!Knitting with Linen - My Sister Knits - Fort Collins, Colorado Tips for knitting with linen:

  1.  Plan to go down a needle size or two because it creates a slightly larger stitch.
  2. Use a longer cable than usual because linen stitches don't compress like animal fibers.
  3. The texture of wooden needles may help even out your stitches.
  4. Work from the outside of the ball.
  5. Join a new ball of yarn at an inconspicuous spot such as the side; knit a few stitches with the old yarn and new yarn held together to secure the new yarn.
  6. Use point protectors to keep your stitches on the needles since they can slide off easily.

A summer knitting adventure with linen is just the thing to solve those sweaty hand blues!If you'd like to make a summery linen shawl instead of the tees we linked to, or a different tee, we will be happy to help you find a pattern you love!