I hope you all had a swell Thanksgiving weekend - I know I did.
This is the hardest time of year to blog, because there is so much gift-knitting going on that cannot be shared in a public forum because of prying eyes! You will just have to wait until the New Year to see some of the beautiful things coming off my needles right now . . .
. . . But in the meantime, I have a new shop sample and pattern to share with you! Many of you are familiar with my Raglan Bolero, a sample I worked up for the now-discontinued Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky. For a long time now that pattern has needed to be re-worked to add some important sizing - namely anything bigger than a 36" chest. So when the new Cascade 128 Superwash Merino arrived at the store, this was just the excuse I needed!
- Pattern: Bulky Raglan Bolero, by moi! Available for $5 as a download here.
- Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash Merino (128 yds/100g, 100% merino), 2 skeins (pictured in #893, Ruby)
- Needles: US 10 1/2 (6,5mm)
- Gauge: 14 sts = 4"
So - this new and improved pattern has four sizes (32", 35", 39", 42") and takes just 2 to 3 skeins of the Cascade 128 Superwash Merino. It is so quick to knit on size 10 1/2 needles - it just flies.
This bulky merino from Cascade, new this Fall, has me more excited than most recent arrivals to the market, simply because of its utter softness and its washability. I have repeatedly pulled it for project after project since its arrival a month ago. And because it is slightly bulky, projects knit with this yarn go so quickly! It is my new go-to baby yarn. And you can take it from me: this yarn is SOFT. Truly, truly soft. AND: my new sample bolero was washed in the washer - so I can attest to this yarn's ability to be washed and dried in the machine! And with such a great palette of colors - including heathers - you can knit one for each holiday outfit this season - fantastico!
Don't despair - the previous pattern is still available, but it has been renamed "Superchunky Raglan Bolero" due to its gauge of 2.75 sts =1". You can download it as well! Enjoy!