sweater knitting

My Sister Knits is Going to Yarn Fest!

Interweave Yarn Fest is Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th!  We are so fortunate to have it take place right in our own back yard at The Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO!We had so much fun in our booth last year that we're doing it again!  We're in the same place, about halfway back in the middle, in booth 316.  It's a corner booth so we'll be easy to find.We've been scurrying about the shop gathering special items to take and planning our displays.  We'll have.......

Kits

We've put together kits for Mini Marley and Across the Pond with two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed's Loft and one skein of Spin Cycle's Dyed in the Wool!  Mini Marley is a smaller version of Andrea Mowry's Marley, with modifications by Kate SalomonAcross the Pond, also designed by Andrea Mowry, is a cowl with some "techniques to indulge in" as Andrea says!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins CO, Marley, Andrea Mowry, Across the Pond, Brooklyn Tweed, Loft, Spin Cycle yarns, Dyed in the Wool, cowl, shawl

Shibui Knits yarn

We will showcase two of Shibui Knits' yarns, Lunar and Drift, plus we will have their brand new colors available!Lunar is lace weight loveliness made with 60% Merino wool and 40% silk.  Our featured pattern, Birdrock, designed by Anne Ginger, can be either a long cowl or a scarf and uses three colors of Lunar knit with a size 5 needle.Drift is worsted weight and is heavenly to knit with as it is 85% Merino wool and 15% cashmere!  Our featured pattern for Drift is Mad Fusion by Plucky Knitter Design.  The tassels on this shawl are such a fun finishing touch!  Using garter stitch and knit with size 13 needles, you can be wearing this in no time!My Sister Knits, Shibui yarn, Mad Fusion shawl, shibui lunar, shibui drift, norther colorado

Brooklyn Tweed Quarry

Brooklyn Tweed's Bulky weight yarn, Quarry, is a heathered 100% wool, produced entirely in the US.  Since it is woolen spun, it is light, airy, and warm!  Our featured pattern for this yarn is Annie Rowden's Bracken.  This cozy child's pullover, in sizes 6 months through 12 years, has a unique texture that is created with two needle sizes, an 8 and a 13.  It's top down, seamless, and has raglan sleeves and a crew neck. It's the perfect 'sweatshirt' for our Rocky Mountain spring!My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, Brookyn Tweed, Quarry, bulky weight yarn, Bracken, Colorado

And sock yarn!

Oh, the fingering weight sock yarn we're bringing!  We've gone international with Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland from the parish of Drung, Tot le Matin from Paris, Qing from London, and A Homespun House from Berlin! We certainly will have what you're looking for!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, local yarn shop, sock yarn, Qing, Olann, A Homespun House, Tot le MatinAnyone visiting our booth will get a discount coupon for use at My Sister Knits anytime during Yarn Fest weekend! 

Norwegian Fir Cardigan

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!My Sister Knits, Norwegian Fir, Fort Collins, child's cardiganThis 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!My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, A Homepsun House yarn, Lemonade Shop yarn, Black Elephant yarn, local yarn shopThe 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!My Sister Knits, Colorado, local yarn shop, Arranmore light yarn, Anzula Cricket, Dovestone yarn, DK weight yarn, Sport weight yarnRavelry 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!    

A Homespun House!

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.My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, A Homespun House yarnMolly 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:My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, local yarn shop, fingering weight yarn, A Homespun House yarn

A shawl

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.My Sister Knits, Colorado, DK weight yarn, A Homespun House yarn, baby knits, DK weight shawls

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!  

Hannah Fettig's Home and Away Trunk Show is Here!

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!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Hannah Fettig, sweater knitting, home and awayThere 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!My Sister Knits, Colorado, cardigans, sweater knitting, knitbot, home and awayThe 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!My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, Hannah Fettig, Quince & Co yarn, home and awayWe 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!

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

How to Prepare for Knitting a Dream Project!

Today we're going to tell the story of Sally.  Sally is a newish knitter who is totally smitten with all things knitterly.  She loves to sniff and squish yarn, she has her own Ravelry account, she took our Learn to Knit class, and is eager to learn new skills.The other day Sally came into the shop and she saw our Ondawa sample. She was awed by the intricate cables and the textural beauty of this sweater.  She said to herself, "Oh my, if only I could create something this beautiful but I don't even know how to cable!".My Sister Knits, Ondawa, Brooklyn Tweed, Fort Collins, knitting cables, sweater knittingOndawa is Sally's 'later' project.  For now, she needs to start with a something  smaller and simpler, take a class, and come in for Fearless Knitting help to perfect her cabling skills.  She may even look to her favorite online resources for technique tutorials when she can't make it into My Sister Knits.  In addition, Tuesday Knit Nights will provide her with an encouraging group of knitters who will be cheering her on every step of the way.Sally will start with an easy cabling pattern such as the Pollen Hat.  By the time she's finished she'll be cabling with ease, full of confidence in her ability to learn, and her 'later' project will be closer to reality.Pollen Hat, Andrea Mowry, Drea Renee Knits, My Sister Knits, northern ColoradoThe next step on Sally's journey to Ondawa needs to be a bit more complex.  She spied our Cranberry Capelet sample, tried it on, and fell in love with the cable columns that can run either up and down the side or the front.  It depends on how you want to wear it!This is a perfect mid-level project for several reasons:  like Pollen, it's made with worsted weight yarn which will make it easier to see what she's doing and the whole project go faster, it has cables over a larger number of stitches, and there are two easy-to-follow charts that will prepare her for the ones in Ondawa.My Sister Knits, Blue Sky Fibers, Woolstok, Cranberry Capelet, Thea Colman, Baby Cocktails, Colorado, My Sister KnitsWhen Sally finishes her Cranberry Capelet she'll be ready to start her dream sweater!  Her passion for Ondawa and her belief in herself allow her to develop the needed skills quicker than otherwise.  She also knows that there is help and a community of support at the shop.Sally will have prepared herself to make something that wasn't possible in the beginning.  She'll realize it's an amazing feeling to attempt such a feat!Do you have a 'later' project that you dream about?  We'll be delighted to help you find projects like Sally's that will prepare you to create it!