Shop owner Kelley's favorite fiber is alpaca. It's one of the warmest fibers to work with, and so soft—why wouldn't you want it for your baby?
Kelley has developed a free alpaca baby hat pattern, Claire's Baby Hat, and she's following up with a pair of baby socks pattern, Claire's Baby Boot Socks. (If you're wondering who Claire is, she's Kelley and Jim's second granddaughter, due in May!)
Both of Claire's projects are knit with our fabulous new yarn, Bravo Alpaca by Coeur d'Alene Yarns (218 yards per skein). Bravo is also available in a smaller package, Bravo Petites, which comes in 109-yard balls. Coeur d'Alene Yarns is our exclusive yarn line, and we also offer our gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, Coeur d'Alene Yarns Sasquatch in tonal and multi-color.
We're so proud of this line of yarns, and we hope you'll pick up some Bravo and knit a pair Claire's Baby Boot Socks.
Kelley designed her baby socks with a German short-row heel and an Icelandic bind-off. German short-rows are SO EASY; they're my favorite way to work short-rows. And the Icelandic bind-off is great for toe-up socks because it's stretchier than the standard bind-off. It also matches garter-stitch perfectly, so put it in your toolbox for those garter-stitch shawls that are all the rage!
Kelley featured Claire's Baby Boot Socks in a recent Technique Tuesday broadcast on Facebook Live, and she demonstrated both the German short-row heel and the Icelandic bind-off.
Isn't she a great teacher? Join us for Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live every Tuesday at 9:30 am Pacific!
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.