Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2009 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year to whip out the needles and get cracking on holiday knits! To help your efforts, we have put together a list of our favorite quick knitted projects - so you can get started & finish before the man in the red suit visits.

Project 1: February Baby Sweater - an Elizabeth Zimmerman classic can be knit with the lace pattern or without for a more gender neutral sweater

Project 2: Lychee Mittens by Kate Gagnon Osborn. Knit out of cozy Terra (a luxurious blend of baby alpaca, wool & silk). Makes a very nice, soft gift to keep hands warm as temperatures drop.

Project 3: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson. This is a great quick knit that can be made with one or two skeins. It's a great gift for your sister or friend.
Project 4: 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf by our own Margaux Pena! This is a fantastic and trendy knit. From the runways to the covers of Vogue, Infinity scarves are everywhere & this pattern, in particular, looks beautiful knit up & worn on any chilly day! Be the first to knit this pattern from one of the best up-and-coming knitwear designers!

Project 5: Grande Cabled hat. Knit this cute hat as the perfect stocking stuffer or gift to yourself. The perfect project to keep you warm through the cold winter months.

Margaux's 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf

Infinity and beyond

They're everywhere - on Oprah, at Bloomingdales and at now at your Local Yarn Shop!

Margaux has posted a fantastic pattern and we're sharing it with you too!

What you need:
2 or 3 skeins of a worsted weight yarn (Madeline Tosh, Manos Classica, Malabrigo)
Size US 8 or US 9 40 inch circular needles.

The Pattern:
5th Avenue Infinity Scarf

CO 241
Making sure you're not twisting stitches place marker and join in round

1st Row: Knit all stitches
2nd Row: K2tog, YO, repeat to end of round to last stitch, K1
3rd Row: Knit all stitches
4th Row: K1, *YO, Slip 1, K1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO)*, repeat * * to end.

Repeat these 4 rows until desired width.
Cast off all stitches.

Our shop notes:
Margaux made hers about 10 inches in width and approx 60 inches around. It easily wraps around 3x or twice for a long drape.

5th Avenue

You can make this scarf shorter just changing how many stitches you cast on. We think this is going to be a real hit this winter and a perfect go-to for holiday knits!

Thanks for sharing the fantastic pattern, Margaux!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Manos Blanket

Wouldn't you love to cuddle up under this blanket on a rainy day? Well if you buy a raffle ticket you could win this gorgeous blanket! Stop by the shop with $5 per ticket to put your name in the drawing knowing all proceeds of the raffle go to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.