Did you know that one of my favorite days of the year is the "fall back" day? (You're probably not surprised, in light of last week's love letter to fall.) I always spend that day at home—all day! You wake up at your normal time and it is an hour earlier. Laundry, a little exercise, Bash wants his breakfast a bit earlier, and then a day full of knitting. Mr. Monarch also got home from a week of travel and we just hung out. So much progress was made on my Cardi Cocoon and it was the perfect thing to knit – a fun pattern and my favorite trio of yarns, Shibui Cima, Pebble and Silk Cloud. It was a simple day, but so cozy and relaxing.
This week brings a couple of fun additions to the newsletter. The last installment of our subscription box is available to order, and you can check out the very small sneak peek below! Both Laine and Interpretations have new releases to be pre-ordered for a December delivery. We also have a fun holiday hat in lovely soft Big Bad Wool, and have re-released our very popular Knit Collage stocking kit. Lots to look forward to!!
Keep an eye out for next week's holiday gift guide... We will highlight some of our favorite products and feature some great knits, all quick and perfect for gifting!
Knit and be happy,
Curated Stitch Box 4 Winter Joy
This item will ship the first week of December.
Treat yourself to a curated collection of beautiful yarns, notions, and items from our favorite local small businesses. Our delightful boxes of curated premium goods are delivered seasonally, right to your doorstep. This is your chance to discover some of our favorite things that might not appear on the shelves of our shop. We will feature new dyers, colors and brands in each box along with a little write up introducing the makers.
The theme of the final box of the year is Winter Joy! Included are two skeins of incredibly soft Plucky Knitter Snug Bulky, a beautiful combination of merino, cashmere and royal alpaca. This is the perfect yarn to knit a gift for yourself or someone special. I selected a beautiful green, Peninsula, that evokes the landscape of this stunning area. As for the rest, you will have to wait until you open the box. The best presents are a surprise!
Let's have some color fun with Freia Shawl Balls! Medialuna is the perfect project to showcase the long gradient coloring of these hand dyed yarns. Watch the two colors pop by alternating them as you knit stockinette with rows of garter ridges. You'll just want to keep knitting to see the magic of this color changing yarn! With these two complimentary colors of yarn, you can keep knitting until the shawl is the perfect size for you. When the weather is grey and chilly, pop a bright bit of color around your neck with Medialuna!
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) US 6 (4.0 mm) 32-inch circular needle
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle and scissors Medialuna (The kit includes the pattern.)
Picture a countryside filled with rolling hills and sheep grazing about—knowe are known in Scotland as small hills, which inspired this design by Katie Davies. Stunning colorwork takes center stage between a ribbed hem and neck, coming together with slight shaping for a fit that tapers just off the shoulders. You can choose to knit this design bottom-up or top-down. Brooklyn Tweed Arbor is the perfect pairing, as it's great for colorwork and hold crisp stitch definition. Knit up Knowe and picture yourself wearing this gorgeous caplet overlooking the Scottish countryside...
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle and scissors
Caplet circumference at widest point: 43¾ (50¼, 56¾, 63¼, 67¾, 76¼)-inches / 111 (127.5, 144, 160.5, 172, 193.5) cm. Measure your body around the top of your arms and shoulders and select the next size up. Knowe (The kit includes the pattern.)
Little Checks Socks Holiday Gift Idea
Cast-on some whimsy with these oh-so fun socks! This easy to memorize pattern includes two charts (one for the standard checks, and one for gingham), detailed written instructions, and a tip sheet for choosing the correct size and knitting colorwork on socks. With a range of cheerful Camp Color Yarns in rich solids, these Little Checks Socks are bound for fun! How cute would these be tucked into a Christmas stocking?
Needles: US 1 (2.25) mm and US 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle and scissors Little Checks Socks (The kit includes the pattern.)
Jolly Stocking Cap
Add some cheer to the holiday season for you or a loved one with this darling Jolly Stocking Cap. From the stripey length to the tasseled tip—it’s a perfectly floppy topper! And, written for 8 sizes, it’s fun for the whole family. Big Bad Wool's Weepaca is used for a soft and lofty fabric that promises to keep your noggin nice and warm. Select from a traditional color palette or choose one that pops, or perhaps one of each!
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) and US 6 (4mm) 16” circular and double-pointed needles Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holder, tapestry needle and scissors
Sizes: Newborn (Infant; Small Child; Child; Small Adult; Adult; Large Adult; Extra-Large Adult) Jolly Stocking Cap (The kit includes the pattern.)
Blazer Cowl Holiday Gift Idea
Seth Richardson's design talent for elegant and contemporary wearability brings us this beauty from his latest collection with Shibui Knits. Rounds of herringbone stitch lend to an appealing pattern that is fun to knit, and with Shibui's Haven, produces a dense and delicious fabric. Blazer will become a classic in anyone's wardrobe–an attractive and cozy accessory they'll reach for again and again.
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle and scissors Blazer Cowl (The kit includes the pattern.)
You know I love my long, coat-like sweaters. Thrown on over a pair of jeans and a cute t-shirt, this sweater style is the workhorse of my closet! Shibui's new collection includes a great looking sweater called Notch. Designed by Tayler Harris, this cardigan is knit in two strands of Billow, a light as air combination of merino, alpaca and cotton. The sweater is worked in pieces in a smart, half-twisted rib stitch. My favorite feature? The split detail at the sleeves. I adore Notch, and perhaps it will become a go-to sweater in your wardrobe, too.
Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm) Notions: Stitch markers, tape measure and tapestry needle.
Sizing: This pattern is available in 9 sizes and is designed to fit approximate bust sizes of 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44) (46-48, 50-52, 54-56) (58-60, 62-64) in / 76-81 (86-91, 96-101, 106-112) (117-122, 127-132, 137-142) (147-152, 157-162) cm. Finished Bust Circumference: Twice the Cross-Back: 41 (45.5, 49, 53) (57, 61, 65) (69, 73) in / 104 (115.5, 124.5, 134.5) (145, 155, 165) (175, 185.5) cm Intended Ease: +8-10 in Notch (The kit includes the pattern.)
Christmas Stockings Galore!
We have some darling Christmas stocking kits ready to jump on your needles! Get ready for the holiday with these quick-to-knit stockings...
Knit Collage Holiday Stocking—For all of you Knit Collage fans, this is the Christmas Stocking for you (yes, I'm talking to you, Koryn!). Our kits include the pattern and a mini-skein sampler, but please note that this is just enough yarn for the stocking. If you want to add pom poms, tassels or embellishment, dive into your stash and let your imagination go wild! For a modern twist on a Christmas Stocking, you can count on Knit Collage.
Cabin Christmas Stocking - Our favorite purveyor of baby knits has released a collection of heirloom Christmas stocking kits. Four classic holiday designs are presented in a gift box suitable for gifting and storing. Acid-free paper and a hang-tag to record the date, knitter's name and recipient's name are included in the package, tied up with a pretty holiday ribbon. Two of the four designs have instructions for monogramming and all are knit with 100% U.S. sport-weight wool. What a special gift for a family member, young or old!
Jolly Stocking - Ho Ho Ho! Imagine Santa filling this bright and cheerful Christmas stocking for your loved ones! This simple stocking is a quick project, knit on size 9 needles using bouncy Ewe Ewe Yarns. A mantle of these jolly stocking will put anyone in the Christmas mood!
Cozy Cabled Stocking - It's beginning to look a lot like... cozy season! Add this delightful stocking to your (or a loved ones) mantle this year. Koryn had the pleasure to test this cute stocking from designer Ksenia Naidyon and says it was such so much fun to knit! Plus, with Biches et Buches Le Gros Lambswool, this moss stitch cabled pattern knits up quickly. Ksenia has even provided an alphabet chart so you can duplicate stitch your recipients name on the cuff. Such a fun addition!
New in the shop!
Interpretations: Volume 8 - (Pre-order, will ship on December 7th.) This winter, Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki turn six meaningful words and two designs, inspired by each word, into a wonderful volume of patterns. The 6 words they have chosen for their new collection are Challenge, Patience, Anticipation, Pace, Compassion and Emphasis! This volume is a cornucopia of shawls, a cowl, a hat, cardigans, and pullovers. The collection reflects a heartfelt approach to knitting that prioritizes comfort and pleasurable making without sacrificing elegance. Look to Interpretations for wardrobe classics you’ll love to knit, right to the last stitch!
Laine Magazine, Issue 13 - Laine's 13th Volume is filled with unisex patterns that are sure to keep your needles busy this winter season. Check out the article about ChiaoGoo, my favorite brand of needles, and the importance of crafting and creativity – don't we all love that!
In case you missed it: last week's new additions...
Camp Color Yarns has introduced two new color collections this season! Stirred, Not Shaken features six smooth colors that are sure to whet your whistle while Beware the Kraken is five brand-new colors ready to take you on an epic journey. All yarn is beautifully dyed on their gorgeous CC Fingering base, a lovely merino that is simply smashing for a variety of projects.
Skein Coats - If you look in Koryn's knitting bag you will see her precious skeins of yarn protected by these Skein Coats. Lightweight, portable and reusable, they prevent tangles and keep your yarn clean and neat. Just cover your yarn with a Skein Coat and throw it in your knitting bag. Your yarn always stays neat and clean no matter how many times you've pulled it out to knit. Perfect for the knitter on the go!
Jenni Blue Tea Towels - We have just received a re-stock of these darling tea towels. Lovingly illustrated with darling characters, these towels are printed in Maine using eco-friendly water-based inks. Washable, absorbent and lint free, these will become softer with each use. Add a little charm to your kitchen or send one off for a cute gift!
Kits to Keep You Knitting
In case you missed out on these featured favorites,
here is a recap of last week's projects!
Please note these groups are for social knitting. Please keep the conversation light and enjoyable. Knitting help will not be offered at these sessions.
In-Store and Virtual Classes
When you sign up for a class, in-store or virtual, please note any supplies or homework that is listed under the class description. It is your responsibility to come to class on time with the listed supplies and, if required, completed homework.
Full payment is needed to reserve your space. For a refund on the class, cancellations must be made 5 days prior to the class. All refunds are given as store credit only. If we cancel the class for any reason, you will receive a full refund. Supplies are not included in the class fee unless noted. No Monarch Rewards Points can be used towards the payment of a class.
In-Store Classes - Classes are limited to 4 students.
Virtual Classes - Monarch Knitting's Zoom classes will be limited in number, as determined by the instructor. We will have a moderator in the class to ask the instructor any questions and attend to any technical questions. All attendees will be muted during the teaching portion, so the instructor is free to carry out their class outline. Don't worry, you can ask your questions via chat! We will also open the floor from time to time for you ask your questions directly.
We suggest that you find a good Internet connection, so the class video does not buffer too much. Zoom suggests you have at least 2 MPBS upload and download speed from your internet service provider. Note: We will not be providing refunds for clients with connectivity issues.
Botanical Beach Hat: Learn to Fair Isle
Saturday, November 13th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn how to Fair Isle in our Botanical Beach Hat class, and bring a bit of the ocean with you! This fun color-worked hat features a mesmerizing pattern of splashing waves. In this class, we will show you how to work with two colors simultaneously, strand your yarn, read a color-work chart, and how to correct a mistake using duplicate stitch. After you learn the technique of Fair Isle knitting with this small and manageable project, you will be able to tackle any color-work project in the future. You might become so addicted that you knit a few hats as gifts!
Please come to class on time with the listed supplies and, if required, completed homework.
Skill Level: You must be an advanced beginner and know how to knit in the round on a circular needle.
Supplies: Botanical Beach Hat kit, Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) 16-inch and US 8 (5.0 mm) 16-inch and DPNs, Stitch markers, tapestry needle and scissors.
Pre-work: Please cast-on, knit the ribbing and to the point where the fair isle begins.
Knitting Gauge, Demystified (Zoom)
A Virtual Workshop with Amy Odin, KnitChats
Wednesday, November 10th from 11:00am to noon $20.00
As knitters, we all want our garments to fit just right, and everything else we knit to have that perfect look! Understanding how to get this by working a gauge swatch, knowing exactly how to use it, is essential. In this one-hour class, you’ll learn why we knit gauge swatches, how to knit them, and how to measure. You’ll also learn how to make adjustments to get those measurements spot-on. In addition, you’ll be given basic formulas to adapt a pattern to a different gauge or even design your own project!
Supplies: A knitted gauge swatch (see pre-work below), a ruler with markings to at least ¼ inch, printed pages that will be emailed prior to class, pen or pencil and a calculator.
Pre-work: Knit a swatch in a natural fiber according to the pattern provided prior to class. Hand wash and air dry.
Saturday, November 20th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
We love the Brioche stitch, and you see it everywhere. So many shawls include a Brioche section and there is nothing lovelier that a sweater knit in the fabulous stitch. This stitch technique creates lofty, textured and reversible fabric, which resembles ribbing but with much more depth, and many more possibilities. We will teach the basic Brioche Stitch and the knitting terms that you might come across in a Brioche pattern. Once you have single color Brioche down, build on the skill to include two-color Brioche. Soon you will be knitting a Brioche project of your own!
Skill Level: You should have a firm grasp of the knit and purl stitch and know at least one cast-on and bind-off technique. Supplies: 30 yards easy-to-see yarn in two colors, and circular knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn.
Knitting Hat 101 (Zoom)
A 2-part Virtual Workshop with Amy Odin, Knit Chats
Mondays, November 29th and December 6th from 11:00am to noon
If you are a beginning knitter and want to acquire some new skills from home, this is the class for you! In part one, we will cast-on to circular needles; join to knit in the round; talk about how to read a knitting pattern and discuss what to look for in the perfect hat. Over the next week, you will knit up to the crown of the hat! In session 2, we will switch our knitting on to double pointed needles, make the decreases for the crown and finish off the hat. We will also talk about the different ways to block your new hat. Join us to learn how to knit the perfect hat, and, in doing so, you gain the skills to tackle many hat patterns—and cowls!
Skills: You must be familiar with casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. Supplies: A hat pattern that will be emailed to you before class,, 220 yards worsted weight yarn, US 8-16" needles, US 8 double pointed needles
$20.00 for 30 minutes
$40.00 for 1 hour
Do you have a new skill you would like to learn, or are you confused by a particular part of a pattern? Come into the shop and work one-on-one with us! Call us at 831.647.9276 to set up an appointment.
We can only offer private lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. There are no private lessons during the hours of knit group.
While We Knit...
For those who love Clara Parkes...
A few weeks ago, I told you about one of my Favorite Patreon accounts from Stephanie Pearl McPhee and now, for those of you who enjoy Clara Parks, let me introduce you to her new platform, "The Wool Channel".
Clara is the author of a few of the knitting books that sit on my shelf, The Book of Yarn, The Yarn Whisperer and Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool. If you want to deep dive into understanding wool (and most fibers we knit with), Clara's books, podcasts and blogs are the source you should check first. She is a champion of all things wool and with that in mind she created The Wool Channel.
You can sign up for free and access her podcast and newsletters or, like Patreon, you can sign up for a monthly or annual subscription for extra content. (As with most sites like this, the paid side helps pay for the content on the free side). Either way, you will be able listen to her podcasts and read her blogs. Some topics are light and breezy and other more serious. Her fundamental objectives are as follows:
· To rebuild wool knowledge and awareness
· To rekindle passion for, and support of, wool
· To give wool a voice in the world
...and here are our suggestions from the last newsletter:
What "Bootsy", Bash and I are watching…. Let Them All Talk - Great movie on HBO Shetland - I am currently watching – If you like British crime drama and beautiful scenery, this is for you. Line of Duty - One of my all time favorites Only Murders in the Building - A fun show and, as we previously mentioned here, Selena Gomez wears some awesome knitted sweaters! Ted Lasso - Mr. Monarch Approved Friday Night Lights - A classic around here Maid - My mom's current knit watch
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Some Kit Favorites and projects of the week found via links and/or Ravelry.