Every Monday from November 2nd to December 21st we'll have a new Quick Knit of the Week. We pair favourite yarns and patterns to help give you some gift knitting ideas. For that week, the yarn we're featuring is 20% off. Most of the patterns are one skein projects in worsted to super bulky weight yarn. You can find the quick knit yarn pick for this week here.
This year, things are so uncertain and up in the air. We here at the store have turned to knitting and crocheting gifts as a way to unwind. Our needles and hooks are working overtime to make warm handmade gifts from our hearts to hug people we care about and make up for all the warm hugs we aren't physically giving.
This week we have two colourful picks, Katia Twins and Uneek Worsted, paired with two perfect patterns. Katia Twins is regularly $27 and on sale for $21.60 and Uneek Worsted is regularly $32 and on sale for $25.60 until next Monday morning when the new Quick Knit pick is revealed - spoiler, its a little fluffy!
Alexis knit up this rainbow-y coloured Gaptastic Cowl by Jen Giegley using just 1 skein of Katia Twins in colour 158. Each oversized ball has almost 300 yards which is a perfect amount for this favourite cowl. It's a great project for chunky yarns that's easy to pick up and put down and the seed stitch shows off any yarn you pair with it well.
A few tips or things to keep in mind while knitting this cowl:
- While this yarn is aran, it knits up with slightly bigger needles than called for well and the looser fabric hangs beautifully - Alexis used a US 11/8mm needle for this cowl.
- We also feel like a US 13/9mm could work depending on your tension - something we do when we don't need a full gauge swatch but want to see what kind of fabric we get with a particular yarn and needle is cast on 10 sitches and knit an inch or two. You'll get a good idea if a yarn and needle combo is knitting up too loose or dense by doing this.
- Make sure your cast off isn't too tight! If your regular cast off tends to lean a little tight you might want to try the Russian Bind Off, it's our go to when we need an edge with bit of give on a shawl or cowl. If you cast off too tight it can make it hard to wrap the cowl around twice.
- We find no marker is necessary - the uneven number of stitches cast on means you just keep k1, p1 around and around while the seed stitch develops.
- Struggle with seed stitch? Here's a blog post with really clear photos to help you out.
- Want something a little more solid? Have a look at our chunky yarns - you need about 300 yards to knit the Gaptastic as written.
- A few other cowls that will work well with 1 ball of Katia Twins are Cuello Principiante by Belén Fernández, Arika by Jane Richmond and Cuddly Cowl by Jude Roust
- Katia has a free pattern for a one size pullover in Twins that also has some great photos of how it knits up.
Normally we wouldn't recommend socks as a quick knit, but the Thicksgiving pattern by Summer Lee doesn't take much more time than a pair of mittens and paired with Uneek Worsted makes for joyfully bold cozy boot or house socks.
There are three different variants in this worsted weight sock pattern to try out. Odessa knit the Vanilla Thicksgiving socks using colour 4024 - Fiesta of Uneek Worsted.
This one is pushing the limit as a one skein project, Odessa is knitting the second size and has just enough yarn to finish them but we have some tips to help you out:
- If you're worried about yardage, consider knitting the heels, toes and cuff in a contrasting yarn. This will make sure you have enough of these amazing stripes for the body of your socks. We recommend Berroco Vintage as its wool and synthetic blend is durable in those high friction sock zones and it comes in SO many colours so it's easy to match up.
- Uneek Worsted has a unique hand dyed pattern - its two different gradients dyed in stripes. There's little swatches to give you an idea of what the colours look like knit up on the product page. There isn't really a colour repeat in the skein so if you want matching socks we recommend getting two skeins and starting your sock in the same place in the colour pattern. This post by the Yarn Harlot talks a little about getting socks to match up. We love how mismatched colours highlight the handmade love put into these socks, but we know that matching stripes make other's hearts sing.
- Speaking of the Yarn Harlot, her first book recommends ribbing until you don't want to anymore - as long as your cuff has around an inch of ribbing feel free to make it as long or as short as you'd like.
- The Vanilla Thicksgiving sock calls for a forethought heel. If you haven't done one, its very similar to a top down sock toe and is beginner friendly. The designer has some great clear videos on placing the waste yarn and then picking those stitches back up to knit the heel.
- The pattern is written for fingering weight held double but also works great with worsted weight yarn held single. When using worsted weight yarn with these patterns divide the yardage required in half to account for this. If you want to play with marling fingering weight yarns you can browse all of our sock yarns here.
- If you're looking for a pattern with a wider range of sizes from tiny baby socks to very large adult socks, Rye by Tin Can Knits is a favourite of ours.
- Some patterns made to show off the hand dyed stripes of this yarn are Flux Hat by Urth Yarns, Uneek Hat & Fingerless Mitts by Amy Pelletier and Carly Stipe, and you can never go wrong with Tin Can Knits' World's Simplest Mittens!
- Crocheters, if you haven't tried Mrs. Murdoch's Mittens, they are Odessa's favourite crochet mitten patterns and she's tried a bunch. They were the original project for this week, but a small injury sidelined Odessa's crocheting. This pattern is fantastic for any worsted/medium weight yarn and great for single skeins of fun colours.
- You can have a peek at lots of beautiful projects in Uneek Worsted here on Ravelry for further inspiration.
Until next Monday a bit before 10 AM when we get ready to put up our next Quick Knit, these yarns are 20% off. Here's to a week of joyous colour!