Mug Sweater

Recently I came across the Mug Sweater pattern and had to make one of my very own. Who can resist that tiny pocket and little mitten hands!?

 I especially love that you sew tiny hooks to the mittens so that the hands can be "posed" on the sweater. 

This little sweater only took me an evening to make up and just a small amount of yarn. I used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. I think that Superwash is a good call for a project like this. Since it will be used around coffee or tea, spills are inevitable and it needs to be able to be washed. 

All I can think about now are all of the people in my life that I need to make one of these for...Mug Sweaters for everyone!

If you would like to make a Mug Sweater for yourself or for a friend, I have the pattern for sale in my online shop HERE and adorable little Kits HERE.

Botanical Collection

Along with the release of Baby Botanicals, we have an accompanying Botanical Collection available full of all sorts of botanical accessories you will use in creating your sweater.

Each item is available individually or part of our Botanical Gift Set. My favorite item in the collection has to be our new drawstring project totes!

They are perfect for not only carrying your project around, but can convert into a gift bag when your sweater is complete!

 

 

Baby Botanicals

It's here and finally available to order!

Baby Botanicals is not just for babies! Each of the 5 patterns included in this collection is sized to fit girls of all ages, 6 months-12 years, and are inspired from the adult sweater patterns from my Botanical Knits series. Now you can make a sweater for you and your little one to match!

Inside you will find a pattern for...

Twiggy

This is the cover sweater and my favorite in the collection! You may recognize it from the adult version, Twigs and Willows, included in Botanical Knits. Twiggy features set-in sleeve construction and two stunning branches that frame the neckline. The branches are created simply with the use of cables and are less complicated to knit than you may think.


Early Autumn

A tiny version of Autumn's End from Botanical Knits! Early Autumn is knit in one piece from the bottom up and features a panel of lace on the sleeves and sweater front to keep your interest on the needles. This is a perfect beginning lace project!


Tiny Vines

Just like the adult version, Entangled Vines from Botanical Knits, Tiny Vines features an embossed twined leaf detail cascading down the elbow-length sleeves. This charming cardigan is worked from the top down in one piece and you will be instantly mesmerized watching the vines grow as you knit!


Baby Branches

I love this sweet tiny version of the Bare Branches coat from Botanical Knits 2Baby Branches features a secret bare tree motif on the back only visible when the hood is worn. This coat includes a dramatic hood and set-in sleeve construction. It is knit in pieces from the bottom up and seamed together at the end.


Little Buds

Little Buds is named after the budding plant motif featured on the circular pockets and back of this sweet little cardigan. This design is knit in pieces from the bottom up and features set-in sleeve construction along with a large collar which is worked at the end. This is the child-size version of Buds and Blooms from Botanical Knits.


Baby Botanicals is a high quality 44 page, 8 1/2 x 11", soft-cover book full of beautiful photos, original illustrations, comprehensive schematics and both charted and written pattern instructions. Each garment is available in 9 different sizes with both metric and imperial measurements. 

Additionally each printed copy of Baby Botanicals will include a scratch-off sticker code for you to download a complimentary, digital e-book version that will store in your Ravelry library!

For the Ebook only click HERE.

To purchase the print / Ebook combo online click HERE.

Or look for Baby Botanicals in your local yarn shop!

That is not all! There are lots of fun accessories to go along with the book that I will be sharing more about in a future blog post. Check out our Botanical Collection of notions HERE.

I hope you enjoy knitting from Baby Botanicals and that the sweaters you produce are a favorite for the little ones in your life. Don't forget to tag your photos with #babybotanicals and share your project photos in the Never Not Knitting Ravelry Group as well!

Henry's Hat

This year so far has brought our family some unexpected challenges with health and the accompanying worry and stress that tags along like an unwanted guest.

But we are getting by with the support of our family, friends, and lots of food.

And I am personally getting through it one project at a time. Quick, fun-to-knit, happy little projects for myself and for my kids. I seem to get more and more productive the more stress I am under. The act of making new things is very calming.

My latest finished knit was this sweet little hat for my son. 

This is the pattern Henry's Hat, from the story by Joanna Johnson featured in Episode 97 of my podcast.

We have enjoyed this story over and over again, and having a hat to match Henry's in the story makes it even more fun to read.  

I wrapped up this hat to give as a gift to my son, and when he first saw it, he immediately recognized it from the book. 

 I knit this hat from a stashed skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the most fitting color of green. I love how it turned out and how well it fits!

The pattern is available HERE. The book is available HERE.

Now I'm off to continue knitting my worries away...

More project updates coming soon!

 

 

Slipper Girl

Ever since I made these slippers a few months back, my daughter has been begging for a pair of her own. 

In order to make a pair to fit her 10 year old feet, I knit the pattern as written using a needle a few sizes smaller. Knitting the fabric so tightly was hard on my hands but the finished slippers stretch over her feet tightly and will wear well.

These slippers were knit from the Lily Slipper Flats pattern from the book Home by Pam Allen. I used Quince and Co. Osprey yarn in the Honey colorway along with two adorable stitchable Owl buttons from my online shop.

She loves them so much that she wears them constantly around the house and even to bed at night! As a knitter... I couldn't ask for more. 

 

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 97 : The Sasquatch Sweater

Episode 97

 

Enter to win a signed copy of Henry's Hat from Eric & Joanna Johnson by leaving a comment below with your contact information by May 15th. Only one comment per person please. The winner will be contacted directly.

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The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 96 : Third Times The Charm

Episode 96

Enter to win a signed copy of Swoon Maine by leaving a comment below with your contact information by April 15th. Only one comment per person please. The winner will be announced in Episode 97.

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Tiny Shoes

Many years back I fell in love with a pattern for tiny mary jane style knitted shoes for babies. I mentally filed the pattern away thinking I would make it for a future baby daughter. I pictured her in my mind's eye wearing these little mary janes in red.

Only my second turned out to be a baby boy, and I ended up making this pattern for him instead.

Recently, however, when a friend gave birth to her second daughter, I knew exactly what to make for her.

This is the Tiny Shoes pattern designed by Ysolda Teague knit out of Blue Sky Alpacas Sport. Like all of Ysolda's patterns, the construction was quite captivating. Never have I started a baby bootie before with an I-cord! :)

Pattern found HERE. Yarn found HERE.

These knit up super quickly and I will be mailing them off to my friend tomorrow. I hope she loves them. :)

Taking Root

I am so happy to share with you my latest hat design called Taking Root.

As you are well aware, I cannot seem to stop designing textural botanically inspired knits. They just seem to flow out of me involuntarily. One finished design will inspire another. 

This one I worked on years back when I was working on Botanical Knits 2, but just couldn't seem to get it right until recently. I love the way it finally came together. I love the playful curves of the vines and the crisp lines of the twisted stitches. 

This pattern was orginally released as part of the Augustbird Tea Time Club for November and was knit in her beautiful Bowerbird yarn.  The sample shown above is knit in another favorite of mine, YOTH Yarns Big Sister in the Avocado colorway. 

Please click HERE for all the pattern and purchasing information.

I hope that you enjoy making it! 

 

Getting Ready!

The Never Not Knitting store will be at Stitches West from February 18-21 at booths #1242 and 1244!

If you will be at the show, please stop by and say hello! :)

I will have some dear friends visiting and signing books at the booth this year which is so exciting! Have you ever wanted to meet Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, Carrie Bostick Hoge from Madder, Kate Oates from Tot Toppers or Elizabeth Doherty of Blue Bee Studio? Well.. now is your chance! :)


Stitches West Book Signings

Friday
10:00 am Hannah Fettig
10:30 am Carrie Bostick Hoge
11:30 am Kate Oates
1:30 pm Carrie Bostick Hoge
2:00 pm Hannah Fettig
3:30 pm Kate Oates
4:30 pm Elizabeth Doherty

Saturday
10:00 am Hannah Fettig
10:30 am Carrie Bostick Hoge
11:30 am Kate Oates
1:30 pm Carrie Bostick Hoge
2:00 pm Hannah Fettig
3:30 pm Kate Oates

Sunday
10:00 am Kate Oates


At the show we will carry the beautiful Quince & Co. yarn, books and patterns galore as well as lots of special little notions and gifts from my shop. We will also have a huge display of Wool & Wire jewelry!

It's going to be so much fun!! I can hardly wait. I hope to see you there! :)

Four Seasons

Now that the Mystery Knit-A-Long has drawn to a close, I am happy to announce that the shawl pattern, Four Seasons, is now available to purchase in it's entirety!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Knit-A-Long! It was so fun for me to follow everyone's progress and to see so many of you stretch outside of your comfort zone and learn new skills. This shawl could appear a daunting project in it's entirety, but taken one stitch, one row, and one section at a time... it is very doable!

This shawl incorporates the idea of each of the four seasons interpreted in cables and lace. The beginning begins with the bare branches of Winter, moves into the budding leaves of Spring and Summer, and lastly the falling leaves of Autumn. 

The sample pictured is knit from The Fibre Company Cumbria which is a wonderfully soft yarn with a slight halo which sets off the cables so nicely. Any worsted weight wool blend will do of course, but I especially love this yarn for this design.

Please click HERE for all the pattern and purchasing information.

I hope that you enjoy it! :)

 

The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 95 : A Dirty Yarn

Episode 95

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The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 94 : Yarn Shock

Episode 94

 


Enter to win a  copy of The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting  by Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest provided by Interweave Press by leaving a comment below with your contact information by January 15th. Only one comment per person please. The winner will be announced in Episode 95.

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The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 93 : Nettie Mae's Mittens

Episode 93

 


Enter to win a signed copy of Top Down; Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design provided by author Elizabeth Doherty by leaving a comment below with your contact information by December 15th. Only one comment per person please. The winner will be announced in Episode 94.

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