Super Easy and Cute Country Chic Legwarmers

We LOVE these legwarmers, Knit Collage’s Daisy Chain floral yarn adds a touch of country to them with zero fuss. Daisy Chain yarn is slightly less bulky than their other hand spun yarns, which help make the leg warmers not too chunky when worn.

Daisy Chain yarn was born out of Amy’s eternal love for daisy chains, flower crowns and all the wonderful feelings connected to them. Bits of tea-dyed lace, hand-printed Jaipur fabrics and daisy trims are hand spun into each colorway. Of course, you’ll also find their signature sparkles and pretty hand-carded heathered colors. Even though the raw materials are the same, no two skeins are completely alike because of the intense handmade process that goes into each and every skein

For this pattern, you have two options depending on the size and features you want for your legwarmer. If you want a 13 Inch Legwarmer you will need two skeins of yarn, but if you want a legwarmer with a stirrup heel and 19″ long for scrunching, then you will need 3 skeins of yarn.

The original pattern calls for four sets of Double Pointed Needles in Sizes 8, 9, 10, and 11, which we have available from Clover in Bamboo 7 Inches or get the Knit Picks 6 Inch Nickel Plated Set. 

I can barely work with double pointed needles, which I find a bit complicated, so we’ve gone ahead and made a video to show you how you can actually make these on circular needles using the magic loop technique. We use Knit Picks Interchangeable needles, so when its time to change needles you just keep your knitting on the cord, replace the tips, and Bob’s your Uncle, you’re ready for the next round.

knit collage easy legwarmers circular needles

In this kit you will receive:

2 skeins of yarn (with the option to add a third)
Chelsea Morning Legwarmers Pattern
Plus free videos to help you through creating this legwarmer with circular needles
You also have the option to add whatever needles you want.

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Introducing Knit Collage Yarns and Patterns

Knit collage new yarns and patternsWe are super excited to announce that we have received our first order of beautiful yarns from Knit Collage. These yarns are handspun in Punjab by women who painstakingly craft every detail of the yarn, from hand dyeing, to hand carding, crocheting tiny flower embellishments and spinning the yarn together with all of its trimmings. Amy Small, founder of Knit Collage, began with her love of spinning, selling her yarn to local stores, she participated in her first trade show, and that’s when things took off. She now works with several designers that really know how to use her yarns to their fullest potential. Here are some of our favorite designs, and when you buy the yarn from us you can get the pattern for free!

 

Knit Collage Cozy Cocoon Pillow Case Pattern

Cozy Cocoon Pillow Case Made in Pixie Dust and Sister Yarn

Pixie Dust yarn with all its sparkles and cocoony awesomeness lends itself perfectly to projects for your home. This pattern features a garter stitch front, knit in Pixie Dust & a herringbone stitch back side, knit in Sister yarn. Of course, the sides are interchangeable, which means you’re really getting 2 pillow designs with this one! 1 skein of Pixie Dust & 1 skein of Sister will knit up into a 12”x12” pillow and 2 skeins of each will knit up into an 18”x18” pillow.

 

 

Boho Fringe Bag by Knit Collage made in Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust is perfect for home goods and accessories. It can be a little too chunky for an all over sweater, but in a bag, it’s totally divine. The oversized shape of this bag is perfect for all of your necessities. Pixie Dust makes the best fringe too!

 

 

 

Chelsea Morning Legwarmers in Daisy Chain Yarn

These perfect leg warmers are adorable in Knit Collage’s Daisy Chain yarn! The yarn is slightly less bulky than their other handspun yarns, which help make the leg warmers not too chunky when worn.

In this pattern, they give you 2 options- a 2 skein option and a 3 skein option. The 2 skein leg warmer has no stirrup heel detail and is shorter in length- 13″. The 3 skein leg warmer has the stirrup detail and is much longer- 19″ in total length, so great for scrunching.

 

Winter PomPom Hat knit pattern

Snow Bunny Hat by Knit Collage

Knit Collage’s Snow Bunny Hat pattern features a rib brim and cable knitting in their own beautiful handspun yarn. Buy the full kit from us in either Daisy Chain or Swirl and get Free Designer Additions to add your individual flair. The uneven texture of the yarn and hint of sparkle throughout truly make this hat unique and perfect for winter. Knit yours in Daisy Chain or Swirl yarn now!

New Knitting Kits in Stock, Lumpy Bumpy Pom Pom Hat From Knit Collage

Knit Collage Pixie Dust Earflap Winter Hat

So now that we have some beautiful new yarns from Knit Collage in stock, we’ve been asking ourselves, what to make with all these fantastic yarns? Particularly looking for projects that only require one skein. So far this is our favorite, and I’m currently working on knitting it up. Its a quick pattern made in super bulky and sparkly Pixie Dust yarn which will keep you warm and toasty in any weather. It’s classified as an intermediate level pattern and knits to about 22 inches in circumference on size 17 Circular Needles. Designed by Danielle Shields this hat shows off the best aspects of this bumpy yarn.

knitted earflap hat

Earflap Hat with custom Designer Additions

Get the yarn, pattern, plus Free Designer Additions (buttons and bobs) to add to your hat to make it uniquely yours, only when you buy from us!

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About the Yarn: Pixie Dust Yarn is a scrumptious mix of wool and mohair colors with tiny bursts of angelina sparkles all handspun together. This yarn is super bulky with a cocoon-like slubby texture that is both soft and fluffy. Pixie Dust is a perfect choice for accessories and home goods projects.Even though the raw materials are the same, no two skeins are completely alike because of the intense handmade process that goes into each and every skein.

Length: approx. 35-40 yards.

Gauge: about 1-1.5 stitches per inch.

Yarn Weight: 145g.

Suggested Needle Size: US 19 – 35 and 15.5mm – 19mm.

Washing Instructions: Gently handwash and lay flat to dry.

Content: A mix of (mostly!) wool, a little mohair and 1% sparkling Angelina fibers. Each colorway is slightly different.

 

To check out our Pixie Dust colors in stock please visit our online store, when you buy your yarn from us, you can get the pattern and Designer Additions FREE!

 

To see more of Knit Collage’s fantastic Patterns and Yarns visit us online!

knit collage pixie dust pattern

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!

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!

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!

 

Bear Color Charts

Bear Color Charts

Bear side right color chartbear face color chartBear profile color chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the full size charts here

We live in a rural mountain town and some of my clients asked me to create a color chart they could follow to incorporate more bears into their knitting projects, from scarves, to table runners, to sweaters bears are a pretty common theme ’round here.

The pattern includes one Bear Face, Side profile looking left, and side profile looking right.

 

Download the charts now!