Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Bonus Wee Polar Bear Sweater

Yes, this KAL was technically supposed to be over after the twelfth pattern, but I couldn’t resist sharing one more with you. A baker’s dozen is better than just twelve right?! So, here is one more wee sweater for you, the wee polar bear sweater.

This one was my husband’s idea and I just think it is so cute. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much, that I am working on patterns for a set of wee sweaters with animals on them, look for that coming sometime next year.

I knit this sweater with the polar bear just on the front, stranding the white yarn all the way around. If you don’t want to carry the yarn that much, you could knit him on the front and back or duplicate stitch him on afterwards.

Download the Wee Polar Bear Sweater or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update that includes this sweater as a separate pdf.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this KAL. It has really been another fun one. A special thank you to my test knitters, Lil and Heli, they made these pattern much more error-free!

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Ski Sweater

Let’s knit up another wee sweater. This sweater is inspired by cosy, fair isle ski sweaters.

This is knit like the other two sweaters in the set, but has a little more colorwork. The pattern has instructions and charts for doing this sweater in two colors or three. (Though knowing the creativity of all of you, I betting we’ll see this down up all different ways!)

Download the Wee Ski Sweater Pattern or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

This KAL has been so much fun, that I will be adding one more pattern to it which will be up in two weeks!

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Norwegian Mitten

It’s time to knit up the last of the mittens in our set. This mitten was inspired by the classic Norwegian mittens with the rows of snowflakes down them.

I do have one tip for knitting this one, use a darker color as the background. I originally knit this in white with blue for the colorwork and just thought it looked off. I realized that doing it in white made it look really skinny, my eye was tricked into thinking the colorwork edging was actually the edge of the mitten. Redoing with the blue as the background made it fit in much better with the set.

Download the Wee Norwegian Mitten Pattern or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Snowflake Stocking

We are up to the last of the stockings in our set and it is very appropriate since we actually have snow in the forecast this week in Minneapolis!

If you’ve been knitting along, you should find this stocking a snap to knit as it is done just like the others. I think this one might have my favorite colorwork of all the stockings in the set. You could knit this up exactly as I have, but I also think it would be cute with the body of the sock (other than the cuff and heel) all done in one color with the snowflakes and small dots all the same color.

Download the Wee Snowflake Stocking Pattern or if you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

Looking forward to see all your snowflakes!

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New Knitting Pattern: Santa Pillow

I love designing things, but hate having to wait to share them with you all so I’m excited to finally share with you a pattern I’ve been working on all year for the book Merry Knitmas available from Knit Picks. (You can also buy the pattern as a separate download.)

Living in Minnesota and being of Swedish descent, my Christmas décor tends to be very Scandinavian in design: red hearts, flickering candles, straw goats, cozy fair isle, and, of course, tomte. Traditionally, a tomte was a domestic sprite who protected the farm. He looked a lot like a gnome with a pointed red head and long white beard. Through the years, the tomte has become more of a Santa Claus figure who delivering presents to children’s homes. On many modern Scandinavian Christmas decorations, the tomte or Santa is depicted in a very modern, triangular shape. The design for this Santa Pillow was inspired by that clean Scandinavian style. While the pattern is just a series of triangles and rectangles with minimal face details there is still a sense of whimsy to it that makes you smile.

The pillow was knit up with Wool of the Andes in worsted weight, so it goes pretty fast. The colorwork is simple especially since I duplicate stitched the eyes on after knitting. One thing I did to keep the red from peeking through the white or cream was keep my floats longer than usual. Since the floats would always be on the inside of the pillow it wasn’t a worry about someone catching them like you would on mittens or a sweater. It was just important not to pull those floats too tight.

I have an ebook version of Merry Knitmas to giveaway! All you need to do is leave a comment on this thread on Ravelry telling us what you are knitting for Christmas this year. I will draw one winner from those comments on Wednesday, October 25th. Good luck!

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Earflap Beanie

I knew I wanted to have some sort of earflap hat as part of this KAL, just because they are so cute. I had made a version before as part of my tiny toques, but I was never completely happy with how it looked. It took a few trials, but I think I finally came up with a version that I like.

I didn’t only want it to look cute, but I wanted something that wouldn’t require a bunch of extra seaming to put together. This version is made by knitting the earflaps separately and then joining them together to knit in the round for the rest of the hat. I think it has a great shape even when flat.

Download the Wee Earflap Beanie Pattern or if you have purchased it on Ravelry look for an update.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Lopi Sweater

It’s time for another wee sweater, this time it’s the sweater that inspired the whole idea for this KAL, the Wee Lopi Sweater.

Last April at the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild’s Yarnover conference, I took a class from Lars Rains on Icelandic Sweater Yoke Design. I decided to try the techniques I learned, but on a much smaller, thus quicker to knit scale. The result was this sweater. I fell in love with how it looked and wanted to knit more wee sweaters and other winter woolens.

Knitting this sweater isn’t much different from the Wee Striped Yoke version your’ve already made. For the yoke this time, you’ll be knitting a simple colorwork repeat with decreases fit in so they don’t disturb the pattern.

Download the Wee Lopi Sweater Pattern or if you have purchased it through Ravelry, look for an update.

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Fair Isle Stockings

I just love all the different color stories in our KAL.

All those little stockings are just so sweet!

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Wee Winter Woolens KAL: Wee Fair Isle Mittens

We are now officially halfway through the Wee Winter Woolens KAL! All of the finished pieces and sets I’m seeing on Ravelry are looking great! Let’s head on to our second mitten, the Wee Fair Isle Mitten.

Download the Wee Fair Isle Mitten Pattern or if you purchased the pattern on Ravelry look for an update.

This is a pretty simple fair isle patten. I’ve worked it up four colors, though still only two colors per row at any one time. You can just use three colors if you like, by replacing the dark and light blue with one color.

This pattern does include both the wee and tiny sizes. Happy knitting!

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Catching Up

Lots of little things to catch up with you all this week…

First, what the well-dressed elf will be wearing this winter.

Aren’t all those little stocking caps from our Wee Winter Woolens KAL just too sweet! So many funs ways to do striping and colors.

Today was pick up day at the Minnesota State Fair. I only entered one thing this year, my Under the Sea mittens from our January KAL and they took second place!

I’m pretty sure I lost the two points due to the duplicate stitched fish. Duplicate stitching is something I need to get better at. Here are the mittens that won first place and best mittens at the fair.

It was a little tricky to get a good picture of them in a class case under florescent lights. They were beautiful.

And finally, I have a break in my projects and have started a sweater for me. I’m doing the Ravello sweater, but with two colors instead of three.

The pale, tea rose pink is a handspun I picked up at Yarnover in 2016. It is a CVM/angora blend. The charcoal grey yarn is Juniper Moon Herriot. I couldn’t get the pattern gauge without having a very open fabric, so I am knitting a size bigger than I need and hoping that works. The math seems to say it will and it looks like many other people did the same thing on Ravelry. That nice thing is with this top down sweater, I’ll be able to try it on as I go.

We are having a early fall here in Minneapolis and it really makes me want to just hunker down and knit!

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