Stitch Exchange: Evening Fog Cowl Pattern

Posted by Kristine Vejar on September 29, 2016 1 Comment

It's that time of year - when the fog rolls in a little bit earlier every day and lingers in the morning - creating a slight chill in the air. While it would be lovely to stay in bed under the covers, drinking tea, and reading a book, sometimes the world demands our attention and we must venture out. Bring a bit of your home's warmth with you, and wrap yourself in a woolly squishy cowl like this one: The Evening Fog Cowl. This cowl is extra big. You can either wear it tossed once around your neck. Or you can wrap it around your neck twice and get that extra cozy feeling.

The yarn used in this cowl is called Big Sky. You might recall a few years ago, we traveled to Montana to meet the farmer who raises this wool and to visit the sheep. It was an extraordinary trip. I am so happy to have this yarn as a memento and to carry a bit of that journey with me as I wear this cowl. This yarn is woollen spun. There are only two mills left in North America which have the capacity to make yarn like this. So while it is thick it is also light and warm.

This cowl is easy to make - and fast! A great project to make for yourself and for your friends!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
56" circumference x 12.5" tall

GAUGE
7 stitches and 15 rows = 4", in seed stitch

YARN
A Verb for Keeping Warm Big Sky (100% Montana Targhee wool; 160 yards [100 g])

Color A: Zinc or color of your choice, 1 skein
Color B: Barnacle or color of your choice, 1 skein

KNITTING TOOLS
One 24" circular needle size US 15

NOTIONS
Darning needle

DIRECTIONS
With Color A, using long-tail method, cast on 97 stitches.

Begin seed stitch pattern:
Rnd 1: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 2: (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch until you have used half of Color A (approximately 11 rounds, ending with Rnd 1).

Rnd 12: With Color B, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1
Rnd 13: With Color A, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, until you are out of Color A (approximately 28 rounds).

Continue working in seed stitch in Color B, until you are almost out of Color B (approximately 11 rounds).

Bind-off loosely or use Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind-Off for a nice clean effect.

Weave in ends, block lightly.

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Stitch Exchange: Simpatico Wrap Knitting Pattern

Posted by Kristine Vejar on July 31, 2016 2 Comments

There is a common theme in my life. I fall in love with a skein of yarn that is one of many things: soft, shiny, a color I find irresistible, and / or from a special farm. I want this yarn to come home with me. And I want to knit this yarn and to wear it (immediately). Though, let's be honest, I am also a little brain-dead at night from working all day. I want to knit something simple - I want the focus to be on the yarn as I knit, not so much on the pattern. I want something that's not going to take a ton of time, because I want to get to the wearing part of the knitting experience. I want to feel that gorgeous skein of yarn around my neck. Taking all of this into account, I designed a new wrap, shawl, bandana thing-y! 

Announcing Verb's newest knitting pattern; the Simpatico Wrap. It's a large swathe of fabric (depending on the size you choose to knit) that can effortlessly wrap around your neck and shoulders. The Simpatico Wrap is the perfect vehicle to use a wide range of yarns - anything from a lace weight to DK weight - from silk to wool to linen. Use two different yarns to create contrast with color, texture, fiber type, etc. Use two colors of the same yarn, two yarns of the same color - or both!

The Simpatico Wrap is knit on the bias, creating a fabric which elegantly drapes around your neck and shoulders. Knitting fabric on the bias is easy and adds a little oomph to the knitting process. While we want this knit to be easy, we don't want it to be boring. Plus, you start with one stitch and end with two stitches, so casting on and binding off are easy.

Though this pattern is simple, there is a twist. Once you have knit through your first skein of yarn (or until your desired width), you switch to your second skein of yarn and start purling. So, when you go to wear your new Simpatico, when you fold the square in half to wrap it around your neck, not only do you have an extra-thick luxurious fabric, both ends peeking out will be the knit-side of the fabric. Tres chic!

We have a brand new yarn, named Dress Circle. It is made of US wool and silk and milled in Maine. This is our 5th US made yarn! The Simpatico Wrap gave us the perfect opportunity to get this yarn on the needles. Sarah chose to go with more contrast, and chose Dress Circle in Indigo Blue Sky paired with Floating (alpaca, silk, cashmere) in Quartz.

For this pinky-peach version of the Simpatico, I used Verb's Even Tinier Annapurna in Early Girl and Floating in Petroglyph. I really liked knitting with the Early Girl as there are little pops of color as I knit. That said, I typically like to wear solid, subdued colors, so I chose Floating in Petroglyph to pair with Early Girl. Another reason I really like this pattern is because I can get a little wild with a variegated yarn but keep it calm by pairing it with a solid.

Sometimes, I like to wear my Square Wrap casually tossed and knotted around my neck. Other times, when it is a bit chillier out, I pull the ends in close to my neck and secure with one of my favorite pins - like the one shown below - from Fog Linen.

We have created a selection of kits including yarn - including all of the yarn shown in the above examples. Click here to see the beautiful array of yarn and colors!

And go here to add this pattern to your queue on Ravelry.

SIMPATICO WRAP

Sizes
Small (Medium, Large)

Finished Measurements
31"x 31" (35"x35", 40"x40")

Yarn

Small (lavender): Yarn A - Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw (100% silk; 236 yards / 40g), Fieldstone or color of your choice, 1 skein, & Yarn B - Alchemy Yarns Lust (70% wool, 30% silk; 288 yards / 53 g), Fieldstone or color of your choice, 1 skein

Medium (blue/silver): Yarn A - A Verb for Keeping Warm Dress Circle (70% US Merino, 30% mulberry silk; 390 yards / 100 g), Indigo Blue Sky or color of your choice, 1 sk, & Yarn B - A Verb for Keeping Warm Floating (70% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 437 yards / 100 g), Quartz or color of your choice, 1 skein

Large (peach): Yarn A - A Verb for Keeping Warm Floating (70% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 437 yards / 100 g), Petroglyph or color of your choice, 1 skein, & Yarn B - A Verb for Keeping Warm Even Tinier Annapurna (80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 565 yards / 4 oz), Early Girl or color of your choice, 1 skein

Needles
One US 8 (5.0 mm) 24in or 32in circular needle

Gauge 
16 stitches and 28 rows / 4" in stockinette stitch (blocked)

Notions
tapestry needle

Abbreviations
KFB - Knit front and back of stitch
K – Knit
P – Purl 
M1R - Make 1 right
M1L - Make 1 left
K2TOG - Knit 2 together
SSK - Slip slip knit 

PRO TIP: If you are using two different yarns, be sure to cast on with the yarn with the least amount of yardage so you don't run out!

Directions

With yarn A, cast on 1.

Row 1: KFB. (2 st)
Row 2: KFB, KFB. (4 st)
Row 3: K1, P until 1 stitch remains, K1.
Row 4: K1, M1R, K until 1 stitch remains, M1L, K1.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until your desired size or are about to run out of yarn. (The three sizes measured approximately 38.5"(44.5", 50") along the diagonal).

End with Row 4 (an increase row). 

Break yarn A.

Switch to yarn B:

Row 1: K1, K2TOG, K until 3 st remain, SSK, K1.
Row 2: K1, P until 1 stitch remains, K1.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until 4 st remain. 

Row 3: K2TOG, SSK. (2 st)

Bind-off knit-wise.

Weave in ends and block to designated measurements, using blocking wires if desired. Tips on blocking without blocking wires: Lay your Square Wrap flat on your blocking surface. Fold in half diagonally, along where Yarn A changes to Yarn B. Starting at the cast-on and bind-off points, gently pull the fabric apart to create a right angle (rather than an elongated point). Continue to gently pull along the both sides of the triangle until you reach the fold. Repeat as necessary. Unfold shawl and smooth out any uneven sides.

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Post your photo to Instagram and add #verbsimpatico so we can see your progress and completed wrap!

Happy Knitting!

-- Kristine

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Stitch Exchange: Nightfall Cowl

Posted by Kristine Vejar on December 10, 2015 10 Comments

Announcing the second pattern in our Winter Solstice Collection: The Nightfall Cowl.

Knit using sport-weight yarn, this cowl’s finer gauge is lighter in weight and easy to wear.

This cowl comes in two sizes. Knit the large size to wear it doubled or even tripled for the coziest feeling. Made out of Madelinetosh Silk Merino, the silk content in this yarn adds a bit of shine, making an elegant accessory for a night out on the town. It is available in a wide array of colors, from vibrant jewel tones to gentle neutrals. Or choose Horizon by A Verb for Keeping Warm. Made of soft, Californian-grown Merino wool, this yarn conveys a cozy, rustic, and causal style and is available in a range of naturally-dyed colors. Choose three colors of yarn; go the route of choosing three closely-related colors which will fade into one another. Or, choose three high-contrast colors, for stripes that pop!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Small (Medium)
Circumference: 44” (69”)
Height: 8.5” (8.5”)

YARN

Small
A Verb for Keeping Warm Horizon (100% organic Merino wool, 160 yards, 50g)
Color A: 1 skein
Color B: 1 skein
Color C: 1 skein

Medium
Madelinetosh Silk Merino (50% Silk / 50% Merino, 205 yards, approx. 100g)
Color A: 1 skein Antique Lace
Color B: 1 skein Woodstock
Color C: 1 skein Pecan Hull

GAUGE
In seed stitch: 18 stitches and 36 rounds = 4”

NEEDLES
One 40” US #4 circular
Or necessary sized needle to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
stitch marker
tapestry needle

DIRECTIONS

Using long-tail method, cast-on 199 (323) stitches with Color A. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Begin seed stitch pattern:
Rnd 1: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 2: (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, using Color A, for a total of 16 rounds.

Rnd 17: With Color B, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 18: With Color A, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 20 rounds, ending after a round of Color A. Break Color A after round 36.

Continue working in seed stitch in Color B, for a total of 5 rounds.

Rnd 41: With Color C, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 42: With Color B, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 20 rounds, ending after a round of Color B. Break Color B after round 61.

Continue in seed stitch, using Color C, for a total of 15 rounds.

Finish with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind-Off for a nice clean effect.

Weave in ends, block lightly.

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Save this pattern to you Ravelry queue - or better yet, cast-on now.

Stay tuned for the third cowl in the Winter Solstice Collection! Coming soon.

We have a beautiful selection of Madelinetosh Silk Merino and A Verb for Keeping Warm Horizon yarn in the shop. Come by and check it out!

Plus, we now offer gift certificates online!

Join us in working through my new book, The Modern Natural Dyer - in 2016, we will be natural dyeing, knitting, and sewing together!

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Stitch Exchange: Winter Solstice Cowl Collection - Twinkly Lights Cowl

Posted by Kristine Vejar on December 05, 2015 0 Comments

As Fall leans into Winter, and the trees’ leaves fall to the ground, and fog rolls and nightfall lands earlier then the day before, and the night sky grows darker, and fills with sparkling, twinkly stars, suddenly the briskness of the air becomes to much for an exposed neck. Putting a cowl on to keep warm is a nice idea.

Winter, a time to gather with friends and family, to enjoy the warmth of the home, is a time for knitting, and in the spirit of keeping warm, to knit for others. Cowls are easy to knit and are a thoughtful gift.

The Winter Solstice Collection I is comprised of three cowl patterns: Twinkle Lights, Nightfall, Evening Fog.

The cold weather at this time of year is endlessly inspiring when setting out to design knitwear. At Verb, we encounter many people who desire to knit a gift, though may not have knit for some time.A few years ago, I had an idea for a cowl which would be knit out of chunky yarn so it could be knit fast, and would use two colors of yarn to keep the eye entertained. I imagined a gradient. I explained this idea to Huelo Dunn, then an employee at Verb, now a knitwear designer living in Bulgaria, and she helped to create this amazing design. Since the first design, I have added dimensions, gauge, and a second size. Inspired by the Twinkle Lights pattern, Sarah and I created Nightfall and Evening Fog.

All three patterns are united by the same seed stitch pattern and use multiple skeins of yarns in multiple colors to create gradients of differing proportions. The interplay between the slightly nubby seed stitch pattern and the shift in colors, from one skein to the next, makes this series of patterns interesting to knit with endless possibilities for color.

Today, we are sharing The Twinkle Lights cowl. Stay tuned for the release of the other two cowl patterns.

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TWINKLE LIGHTS COWL

Originally created with the help of Huelo Dunn for A Verb for Keeping Warm

Knit using chunky-weight yarn, this cowl knits up fast. This cowl comes in two sizes. Knit the small size, and you will have enough yarn left over to knit a second one! Knit the larger size and enjoy the extra warmth! Knit out of Madelinetosh Chunky, this yarn makes great gift yarn. It is machine-washable and available in a wide array of colors, from vibrant jewel tones to gentle neutrals. Quince & Co. Osprey is another great yarn option for this cowl, is made from US wool, and is also available in a wide range of colors.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Small (Medium):
Circumference: 23” (46”)
Height: 8.5” (8.5”)

YARN
Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky (100% superwash merino; 165 yards, approx. 100g):
Color A: 1 skein Thunderstorm
Color B: 1 skein Astrid Grey

GAUGE
In seed stitch: 14 stitches and 30 rounds = 4”

NEEDLES
One 16” US #9 circular (One 24” US #9 circular)
Or necessary sized needle to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
stitch marker
tapestry needle

DIRECTIONS

Using long-tail method, CO 83 (161) stitches with Color A. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Begin seed stitch pattern:

Rnd 1: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 2: (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, using Color A, for a total of 10 rounds.

Rnd 11: With Color B, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 12: With Color A, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 10 rounds, ending after a round of Color A. Break Color A after round 20.

Continue working in seed stitch in Color B, for a total of 20 rounds.

Rnd 41: With Color A, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 42: With Color B, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 10 rounds, ending after a round of Color B. Break Color B after round 50.

Continue in seed stitch, using Color A, for a total of 10 rounds.

Finish with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind-Off for a nice clean effect.

Weave in ends, block lightly and give with love. Or keep it, what the heck.

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Stitch Exchange: Eiregal, a new shawl from Designs by Romi

Posted by AVFKW Staff on May 29, 2014 0 Comments

Romi has just released a new shawl pattern, using our Floating yarn! Meet Eiregal, an elegant lacy shawl with a beautiful leaf motif and picot bind off.

Eiregal uses one skein of Floating, our luxurious fingering weight yarn composed of 70% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere. 

Would you like to knit Eiregal? We would love to help you pick out a skein of Floating to use! The colors available in our online store are very limited at the moment, so we wanted to show you everything that is available in the store.

Colors pictured above, starting with the vibrant pink and working countering-clockwise: Shortcake, Pêche, Limited Edition 1, Limited Edition 2, Sarah's Sunny Disposition, Sunshine, Genmaicha, Moss, Jade, Hazelnut.

Please give us a call or email if you would like to purchase any of these skeins! 510-595-verb or info (at) averbforkeepingwarm (dot) com. There are limited numbers so give us a ring as soon as possible!

 -- Sarah

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