New Fashion Designs from Yarn Designers Boutique

I’ve had the honour again to participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual charity fashion show, this time I unveiled four new designs, MaggiKnits Charcoal Tweed Capelet and Rich Red Linen Sweater, Feza’s Lime Boho Vest, and Louisa Harding’s Bohemian Sweater. Our glamorous models this year were Katy Strand and Pat Holt.
MaggiKnits Charcoal Shawl
MaggiKnits Charcoal Tweed Capelet
You won’t be bored knitting our MaggiKnits Charcoal Tweed Capelet with its own matching removable Tartan Cowl.  The red and white accents add crisp definition to a fun knitting pattern.   The main yarn is Maggi’s Irish Tweed wool which is really fast to knit up and very warm.  The shoulders are nicely shaped and this kit comes in several sizes with its own custom made matching buttons included.  Katie has paired this elegant capelet with a readymade grey knit dress and tall boots.  This project is a regularly stocked kit at Yarn Designers Boutique and was knit by Gena Hester.  Maggie has done it again combining a sense of knitting history with a touch of class!

MaggiKnits Rich Red Linen SweaterMaggiKnits Rich Red Linen Sweater
As the Fall chill moves in, you can stay warm with MaggiKnits rich red linen sweater.   Designed by Irish Knitwear Designer Maggie Jackson and knitted by Gena Hester, the tapered front and back compliment every figure. With this lightweight yarn, you can actually wear it on any chilly morning or evening all year long, especially in Big Bear with our cool overnights.  Pat teams our sweater with black knit slacks and tall boots.  The classy tassels are tied on to a purl stitch that is knit into the entire pattern.  With drop shoulders there is very little shaping to this pattern – even an advanced beginner will enjoy knitting this sweater.   The removable collar-scarf can be worn many different ways.  Surprisingly this sweater is machine washable 100% Irish linen and just drip dry!   Dress it down for daytime or up for the evening!   Choose one of MaggiKnits many linen colors from Yarn Designers Boutique in Big Bear City.  If you have problems with any pattern just drop into one of our twice weekly free help sessions.

Feza Lime Boho Vest
The Feza Lime Boho Vest is a fun topping for classic black – dressy or casual.  Feza yarns come from Turkey and are well known for their bright cheery colors and textured thick and thin strands.  Each hank is made from 8 to 10 yarns which have been hand tied together by the women of Turkey every 15 to 18 yards.  This vest was hand knit and designed by Gena Hester who added 2 more complementary yarns throughout as well as the lattice ties on the sides and front closures of the vest for added detail.  The fun ruffled matching scarf dresses up this look.  Since the yarn does all the work, the knitting is very easy to do.  Notice the special way it is constructed along the back neckline – the vest is really only 2 rectangular pieces mysteriously sewn together to create the interesting back neckline.
The perfect complement to our lime vest is our lime cabled a-line skirt designed by Laura Zukaite and knitted by Gena Hester.  Made from Lion Brand 100% organic cotton, this skirt is warm and flatters the figure perfectly with flare shaping.  Many knit skirts can hug the body in the wrong places – but not this one – perfect shaping!  Most of that shaping is provided just by changing needle sizes – it’s a miracle in itself!  Stop by Yarn Designers Boutique to choose your favorite organic cotton color and we’ll help you customize your pattern to fit your figure!
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Louisa Harding Romantic Bohemian Sweater
Bohemian ruffles and gathers introduce this fun Fall colored outfit.  The two-tone orange and brown sweater is a Louisa Harding English design and knit by Gena Hester.   The yarn is also Louisa’s “Jasmine” - a cotton blend with just a tiny bit of sparkle to grab your eye.   The ruffles and sleeve shaping add such a detailed romantic touch.  Louisa loves details and even publishes books about how details can make or break a knitwear project.  When Gena found this skirt in her daughter’s clothing toss outs, she knew it was perfect for this developing sweater at the time – what a great combination with your favorite boots!  Yarn Designers Boutique is a store whose purpose is to inspire today’s knit and crochet enthusiasts.  We are located in Bear City on the Boulevard, just across from the airport.  Drop by to see us soon – you’ll be glad you did!

This was the fifth year Yarn Designers Boutique has participated in the Chamber Auxiliary’s annual charity Fashion Show.  Again we enjoyed ourselves so much.  Thank you Katy Strand and Pat Holt for your wonderful and gracious modeling and Lisa Movius for hair and makeup styling.  We’re a great team!  I look forward to next Fall’s show and am already planning my outfits!

Craftsy’s BIG Fall Course Sale!

Craftsy Sale Half offHave you heard Craftsy’s BIG Fall Course Sale is happening now? Learn from the world’s best instructors in the comfort of your home, when you shop up to 50% off ALL online classes! Once you enroll you can watch your classes anytime, anywhere, forever. Hurry, offer expires September 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy’s BIG Fall Course Sale and save.

I can personally recommend The Ins and Outs of Grafting with Anne Hanson. I’ve learned so much from that class that I’ve been using for my knitwear design projects. I used to travel down to LA, wasting money on gas and hotels to stay down there for a whole weekend, and I never quite felt like I was able to get much out of it. With Craftsy classes I can watch and re-watch tutorials, and if I don’t use a technique for awhile, I can always go back and refresh my memory of it when I need to, its great.

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Lacy Venus Scarf or Cowl

Venus is a new yarn from Patons with a thick and thin cotton feel to it. With 55% cotton, 40% acrylic and 5% nylon, it is very soft around the neck. This soft piece can be made as either a short summer scarf or cowl. For the cowl, just sew the ends together and wrap it around your neck twice!

Materials:
1 skein Patons Venus thick and thin yarn – 133 yards
Size 9 straight needles

Size:
5” X 44”

This scarf is so soft and cute, you’ll want one in every color!

 

Download the pattern now for $3

or get it free when you

buy the yarn from us!

Simple Crocheted ‘Now’ Poncho

This is a super easy warm poncho to wrap yourself in for those cold winter nights. Easy Crochet Poncho

You will need:

3 Skeins of Masala- Hyacinth Hues by Bernat (Yarn A) Bulky (5) 155 yds ea. skein

3 Skeins of Kooky- Fushia by Red Heart (Yarn B) Bulky (5) 108 yds ea. skein

Crochet Hook N or P

Gauge
8 DC = 4”
SC/ DC row pattern for 6 rows = 4”

Check your gauge before starting

 

Download the pattern now for $5 or

get it FREE when you buy the yarn from us!

Ci Ci Crochet Scarf

This is a super easy and fast scarf, the process and stitching is simple, it’s the yarn that adds the pizazz. So this is great for making lots of Christmas presents for the whole family! Great for beginners.

What you will need:Easy crochet scarf ci ci

Crochet Hook: “Q”

Yarns Used:

one skein each of

CiCi – Amazon
Tutu – Cabanna Blue
Allure – Sable
Fun Fur Stripes – Lime Blue
VooDoo – Sand
Incredible – Copper Penny

 

Get the pattern online for $5 or

get if FREE when you buy the yarn from us!

Lacy Drop Stitch Scarf

So normally, the last thing you want to do is drop a stitch. Well, with this lacy scarf that’s exactly what you want to do! Dropping a stitch is harder than you may think, it takes awhile to work the stitches out all the way down the scarf. This technique creates a beautiful ladder all the way through the scarf giving the scarf almost a woven look.

This technique can be used for anything from knitted curtains to let a bit of light through. Or to a plain sweater pattern to jazz it up, you can even drop the stitch different lengths down the sweater  to create a design (at the end of the ‘run’ just sew it with matching thread to keep it from running further). To get started with the technique try our latest scarf pattern.

 

Drop Stitch Sock yarn scarfWhat you will need:

Materials:
400-500 yards sock weight striping yarn. Sample is 2 skeins Mary Maxim Gemstones color #21 Peridot variegated sock yarn. (Or try Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Stripes, or Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn for a silky satiny feel.)

Size 6 needles for main scarf, Size 9 for bind off or bind off very loosely.
9 safety pin type stitch markers

Measurements:
Before drop: 6 ½” X 59” After drop: 8 ¼” X 62”

Gauge:
28 stitches = 4” Gauge is not all that important for this project.

Buy this pattern online $5 or get the pattern free when you buy the yarn from us!

 

4th of July Weekend Special!

Happy 4th of July Weekend!  We’ll be open early on the 4th, Friday, at 10:00 am for your shopping convenience!  

 

We are just now recovering from our wonderful MaggiKnits Retreat weekend – a big thank you to all of you who participated and made this a very successful and enjoyable event!

4th of July Weekend Special!

 Just choose any red, white or blue yarn all weekend for your online order and receive 15% off!  Just put in the comments:  INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL!  Thanks so much for shopping with us!
CALENDAR:  Our July and August Calendars are ready to go – just click HERE to see what’s happening.  Paper copies are now available in the shop.
 
Thank you all for being our loyal customers!

Sincerely,

Gena, Criss, Diane, Pugsley our Official Greeter, Gouti our woolly friend, and Petunia and Georgie our Greeters in Training!