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This week’s newsletter (5/2)

Classes happening soon: Short Row Savvy, Mistakes No More, and a Juniors Crochet Camp!

 

Short Row Savvy: 
Have you ever avoided a pattern because reading “short rows” in the description sent you into a panic? Join Wendy for this workshop to boost your technical knitting skills. We’ll learn German short rows, Shadow Wraps, and Japanese Short Rows in addition to the standard Wrap and Turn. We’ll also cover how you can use short rows for shoulder and sleeve cap shaping.
Please come to class with 4 identical swatches as follows: Cast on 18 stitches, knit 4 rows in garter, then work 6 rows stockinette. Each swatch should be on needles or stitch holders so it’s ready to be worked on during class.
Saturday, May 14 – 11am-1pm
Cost: $25
You can register for this class by clicking here and navigating to May 14th.
Mistakes No More:
Mistakes – we all make them, but knowing different ways to fix them can help you become a more confident knitter, as well as saving you valuable time! Students will learn how to “tink,” rescue bad stitches several rows down, use a lifeline, and undo a bindoff. We’ll also cover the basic decreases and how to “tink” those. If you want to get over your fear of mistakes, this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for! Class size limited to 6. Using smooth, light-colored yarn in worsted weight or larger, please come with the following small swatch on your needles to use during class: cast on 10 stitches and work 6 rows in stockinette stitch.
Saturday, May 14th – 1-3pm
Cost: $25
You can register for this class by clicking here and navigating to May 14th.
 

Juniors Crochet Camp:

Has your child expressed interest in taking their crochet skills to the next level? Well now is their chance! Ruth will be teaching a week-long Juniors Crochet Camp for kids aged 10-15. Skills acquired are the Magic Circle Foundation, learning to crochet a square, join different colors, and to join motifs. We prefer that your junior already knows the basic crochet skills such as a basic chain and single crochet stitch. However, if not, please schedule a lesson with Ruth before the camp starts. There are only 6 spots in the camp so move quickly on this one!
 

June 20th-24th – 9:30am-12pm

Cost: $150, includes instruction, snacks, and all materials (yarn, hook, & pattern)
You can register for this class by clicking here and navigating to June 20th.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a gift from Knit One!

This year we are offering a great deal for a Mother-Daughter/Son private knitting lesson with Kylen or Laura for only $40! Anyone who calls by May 8th will get this deal! You will receive this special in the form of a gift card. Does your mother already know how to knit/crochet? We have great knitting bags and needle organizers available in multiple different patterns! Stop by the shop to check them out!

Save the Date: Trunk Show with Lattes and Llamas & The Steel Valley Yarn Crawl

If you went to the Knit & Crochet Festival this year, you may have seen Megan-Anne and Jac from Lattes & Llamas. Well, get ready to see them again on June 18th! We’ll be having a trunk show from 10am-5pm with a large array of their yarns! Megan-Anne will also be teaching an Advanced Colorwork in Socks class (more information will be available in the coming weeks). We are so excited to have them! Please check out their website for more information, and save the date for this amazing event!
Click here to visit their website! They have a lot of kits, patterns, mini-skeins and projects featured, so check it out!
 
We are so excited to be participating in this year’s Steel Valley Yarn Crawl, along with 10 other shops in the surrounding areas! Stay tuned for more information because there will be awesome prizes and accessories!

What our customers have been up to…

Below is Linda Du’s recently finished Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli. If you haven’t noticed, she’s a new knitting prodigy. She used Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine which is made of baby alpaca, creating the softest shawl in existence!
Here is Janice’s most recent Hitchhiker shawl! She is working on using up her stash, and switched up the gauge on this shawl. Well done, Janice!
And now we have Darlene with her beautiful Love of Spiders shawl, which is still a favorite at the shop since we did the KAL in December. She used Madeline Tosh and Baah La Jolla, and there couldn’t be a better looking shawl.
Gradient kits are extremely popular in the knitting world this season, and Susan found this beautiful yarn at the Knit & Crochet Festival. The pattern she used is Ellison Bay by Paula Emons-Fuessle, and we LOVE how it turned out!
Below is Jen Aylmer in her Frontenac Tunic! This pattern was created by Julie Hoover. Jen used Juniper Moon Farm Zooey Aran in the Sel Gris and Ketch colorways. What a perfect top for spring!

Please participate in the Annual Day of Giving  

Each year, Knit One customers and friends knit or crochet hundreds of hats, scarves, and mittens for the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. These items are then given to the residents in Wilkinsburg, assuring that they’re warm during these cold winters. And now there is another way to help those in need. Through the Day of Giving, you are able to donate to philanthropies all over. This year, if you donate to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, you will be able to enter into a raffle for free yarn! Just bring some proof of your donation to the shop and you could win!
Here is the Day of Giving website. Thanks for helping those in need!

May KALs

Iszara by Melanie Berg
Aliya will be leading this KAL on Thursday afternoons from 12-2 pm (May 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th)! You’ll need approximately 884 yards of fingering weight yarn in your MC, and 221 yards in your CC. Check out more information about this pattern here.
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart
 
Ruth will be leading this KAL on Saturday afternoons from 1-3pm next month (May 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th). You’ll need approximately 437-800 yards of fingering weight yarn, depending on which size you’d like to knit! More information about this pattern is available here.
Dragonfly MKAL 2016 by Rachel Roden
 
Laura will be leading this MYSTERY KAL on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm (April 13th, 20th & 27th and May 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th) and Sunday afternoons from 3-5 pm (April 10th, 17th & 24th and May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th). This is a TWO MONTH KAL. You’ll need 870 yards of a fingering weight yarn in two colors and a size 4 needle. More information about this pattern is available here.

What we’re working on…

Work + Shelter – finished! (Kylen)

I just finished my April KAL and love how it turned out! I used the softest cotton, Juniper Moon Farm Neve, and was turned into a cotton liker. Unfortunately I won’t be wearing this over the summer, as it’s for a mannequin to wear at the shop! You can find the pattern here.

Dragonfly MKAL (Laura)

Laura is leading this Outlander-inspired KAL with a bunch of great knitters this month! She is currently working on the third clue, which come out on Saturdays. More information about the pattern is available here.

March’s KALs & CAL!

As many of you have seen in previous newsletters or on our instagram, February brought tons of new spring yarns into the shop! Linens, cottons, & silks are now available in multiple colorways for you to start your spring/summer projects! Here are a few ideas to inspire you…

Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau

Turbulence Cowl

Kylen will be leading this unique cowl on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)! We’ll be using short rows in this project, which is one of my favorite techniques! You’ll need approximately 120 yards of your main color (MC), and 90 yards of your contrasting color (CC) in a worsted or aran weight yarn! I’ll be using our new Juniper Moon Zooey Aran (linen/cotton) but you can use any fiber you want! Check out more information about this pattern here.

Pop Fizzle by Lesley Anne Robinson

Pop Fizzle

Aliya will be leading this two-color brioche hat on Wednesday afternoons from 12-2 pm (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th)! This is a way to take your brioche to the next level (knitters who took Wendy’s brioche cowl class, I’m looking at you!!!) Please pay special attention to the yarn options given on the ravelry page, shown here.

CAL – Dowager Shawl by Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Dowager Shawl

Are you a fan of the show Downton Abbey? Ruth will be leading a crochet-along for this awesome Downton Abbey inspired shawl! You’ll need approximately 760 yards of sport weight yarn, though other weights of yarn can easily be substituted in this pattern! This CAL will take place on Thursday afternoons from 4-6 pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)! Check out this FREE pattern on ravelry here!

 

High Tea Doily by Vicki Square

Hight Tea Doily

Laura will be leading this beautiful hand-knit doily from the newest issue of Interweave Knits! This is a great project for learning how to read charts! The doily will end up being approximately 22 inches in diameter. This KAL will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th!) More information about this pattern is available here. (Please be sure to follow the link at the bottom of the ravelry page to get the pattern.)

February KALs!

Stars Falling by Lauria Kincaid & Alasdair Post-Quinnunnamed (2)

Kylen will be leading this double-knit cowl on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)! Double-knitting is a really cool technique that produces two layers of fabric. You’ll need approximately 130 yards each of two colors of a bulky weight yarn. Check out more information about this pattern here.

 

 

Cupid Valentine Cushions by Sandra Nesbittunnamed

Aliya will be leading this stranded colorwork heart cushion! This KAL has been changed to Saturday afternoons from 3-5 pm (Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th)! You will need about 600 yards of a DK weight yarn in two colors. For more information about this pattern, visit ravelry here.

 

CAL – Daisy Hat

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Ruth will be leading a crochet-along for a hat! You’ll need approximately 200 yards to complete this top-down hat! This will take place on Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm(Feb 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th)! This pattern is provided at the shop!

January KALs

Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket by Nancy Hearne
Sundays 3-5pm (Jan. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)
Aliya is leading this baby blanket KAL, and is planning to use Rylie by Hikoo! You’ll need 1100-1195 yards of a DK weight yarn, and a needle to obtain the gauge of 5 sts & 6 rows =1 inch. For more information about this pattern, click here.
A Bonnet for Every Little Princess by Linda Castles
Wednesdays 6-8pm (Jan. 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th)

 
Laura is leading this baby bonnet and booties KAL, and recommends Rowan 4-ply Merino yarn! You’ll need 131 yards of a fingering/sport weight yarn and a needle to obtain the gauge of 7 sts & 14 rows = 1 inch. All information on this pattern is here.

December KALs!

Dustland – by Stephen West
Images and description found here.
Join us on Wednesday evenings in December (starting December 2nd) from 6-8pm for this KAL! Take your knitting to the next level with this textured hat; it’ll keep you interested but won’t take too long! This unisex slouchy hat is a perfect gift for a loved one, if you can bear to part with it! You’ll need between 160-200 yards of a light worsted weight yarn (20sts/4in).
 
 

The Love of Spiders – by Melanie Berg
Images and description found here.
If you’ve admired the work of Melanie Berg (designer of Drachenfels and The Joker and the Thief) then you may be interested in joining our KAL in December!
“Friendship, love, and joy are the words woven into this whimsical shawl. It’s designed in collaboration with Little Skein’s line of knitting kits influenced by children’s novels, and is inspired by Charlotte’s Web, a beautiful story about finding love, growing up, and saying goodbye.
The delicate spiderweb lines are made with slipped stitches, as is the two-color section meant to evoke Charlotte’s 514 children ballooning in the wind. This creates a beautiful stitch pattern without the need to work two strands of yarn at a time.
The shawl is knit down and out from the center of the top edge, with increases at the center and sides. It’s finished with a garter stitch border.”
Join us on Thursday afternoons in December (starting Thursday December 3rd) from 1-4pm for this KAL! **If you are interested but cannot attend at the published time, please notify us; we may be able to start another group on weekends. Be prepared to learn the garter tab on this beautiful shawl! You’ll need about 375 yards of two different colors. Solids from Baa Ram Ewe Titus, variegated yarns from Manos del Uruguay Alegria, or saturated tonals from Baah La Jolla would be perfect!