What a happy thing! Yesterday was the official start of fall, my favorite season. I went to our local pumpkin patch, Earthbound Farms, and picked up pumpkins for my front door. My Halloween decorations might even make an early appearance!
I have spent a couple quiet days at home and have been knitting quite a lot. I finished my Fireworks sweater, after shortening it just a bit, and a sweater designed by my friend Britt Marie called Saga. Koryn is knitting one close to the images in the pattern, but I knit mine with stripes. I might be sharing a peek this weekend on our social media...
As the season begins, our store is filling up with beautiful, autumnal yarns. We are expecting a huge shipment of stunning Camellia Fiber Company, Magpie Fibers and couple of other fun things next week. The store will be bursting at the seams—be sure to stop by the shop or check out Instagram in the coming days to see what's new!
We also added quite a number of Zoom classes to the newsletter, and stay tuned for an in-store sock class that will be introduced next week. Lots of new things to learn, and techniques to try as we swing into sweater season!
Knit, and be happy,
Quince & Co. Chickadee
Springy, soft and plump, Chickadee is a darling little yarn that is eager to become a staple in your stash. Spun from American wool, its three plies are twisted together firmly enough to be sturdy, yet gently enough to be oh-so cushiony.
We will be scaling up the savings each day, as follows –
Thursday - 20% off
Friday - 30% off
Saturday - 40% off
Sunday - 50% off
I will change the amount at about 8:00am (PST) each day, but please be patient with me if I am not right on it!
Leftover City Cowl
We're having a mini skein party with this fun and cute cowl! Designed by Kacey Herlihy, Leftover City has an easy graphic colorwork pattern repeat that keeps your interest as you stagger two colors along the way. You'll have it memorized before you know it! We have two color kits of Sea Change Fibers Ecola Fine: the sample shown on Kacey's Ravelry page and one based on Wes Anderson's upcoming film, The French Dispatch. Whatever color you choose, this project will be a blast to knit.
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm) 16" circular needles
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle and scissors Leftover City Cowl (The kit includes the pattern.)
Become swept away with Bough's calming rhythmic stitches of seed stitch as they then flow into a geometric lace pattern (a great pattern to use your new Maker's Board!). Inspired by the leaves falling down the trees and the bare branches bending in the wind, this shawl celebrates calm coziness. Our kits of Camellia Fiber Merino Worsted will have you enjoying every stitch of this lovely shawl.
Needles: US 8 (5.00 mm) 32-inch circular needles
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle and scissors Bough Shawl (The kit includes the pattern)
Adventurists Mitts Holiday Gift Idea
Cozy and clever, these fingerless mitts take you on a quick adventure through colorwork. The design by Alicia Plummer starts seamlessly in the round from the bottom up, and features an easy two-color slip stitch pattern. We've paired one skein of gorgeous Hudson + West Forge with an exuberant skein of Spincycle's Dream State for thrilling kits.
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles Notions: Stitch markers. tapestry needle and scissors Adventurists Mitts (The kit includes the pattern.)
Vintage Baby Cardigan
This vintage inspired baby cardigan is a charming addition to baby’s wardrobe! Knit with Camp Color Fingering in a squishy garter stitch, it’s sure to keep a lucky little one nice and cozy. And with a darling button embellishment, it’s too cute for words. The pattern is written to have either an asymmetrical or centered closure, so the choice is yours!
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) 32-inch circular needles
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle and scissors
Sizes: Newborn (6 months, 12 months)19.5 (22.25, 24)” chest circumference 9.75 (10.5, 11.25)” length Vintage Baby Cardigan (The kit includes the pattern.)
Little Love / Big Love
I absolutely adored knitting my Big Love cardigan by Ankestrick–it fits me like a big hug! How about the same but as a layering piece, hmm? I think I may just need to cast-on this lighter version! Featuring the same design look and feel but with a slightly different lace pattern to showcase a fingering-weight yarn. So, this week we are offering you both Big and Little Love. The choice is yours!
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) 32" circular needles and DPNs Notions: Stitch markers, row counter (recommended), scissors, waste yarn or stitch holders Finished bust measurements: 41 (45, 47, 49, 53, 55, 56.75, 58.75, 62.5, 66, 69.25)" with a 7.75 – 10.25” positive ease. Little Love or Big Love (The kit includes the pattern.)
New in the shop!
New Woolfolk Colors in Far and Tynd - Our dear friends at Woolfolk have done it again–this time with three new colors! We have No. 34, 35, and 36 on their bunny soft Tynd and Far bases. Certainly a sophisticated introduction of delicate warm orange hues for fall!
Restock of two Field Guide basics - Give the gift knitting with these fantastic resources from MDK.
Skill Set- There’s never been a how-to-knit book like this. It’s little. Smart. Encouraging. In 9 short lessons, with dozens of clear illustrations, Modern Daily Knitting teaches everything a new knitter needs to know, and nothing they don’t.
Field Guide No. 18 - Beginnings - Karida Collins makes it all so simple. The mission? A collection of designs so elemental, so distilled, that every knitter can make them. Whether you’re new to knitting or a seasoned veteran, these six patterns will make you very happy. Let’s begin again, with these artful, modern, clever—and easy—projects.
In case you missed it: last week's new additions...
Sea Change Fibers Fjord Tweed - Fjord Tweed is a soft yet rustic Merino/Rambouillet wool with nupps sprinkled about like confetti for the tweedy effect. This climate-beneficial and fully traceable wool is sourced from Great Basin (western US) area ranches and milled in the US. It's then beautifully hand dyed by Sarah Pedersen in her studio in Santa Cruz. Each skein of this yummy worsted tweedy yarn offers 210 yards–perfect for a variety of projects!
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 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.
Sold Out - Saturday, September 25th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Have you always loved the look of cable knitting, but are intimidated by the technique? This class is perfect for you! We will break down the process of knitting a cable and take the mystery out of the process. The Traveling Cable Hat is covered in cables, giving you plenty of opportunities to practice your newly acquired skills. So, join us on a quiet Saturday afternoon and learn to cable...who knows, a cable knit sweater may not be far behind!
Skills: You must be an advanced beginner and know how to knit in the round on a circular needle.
Supplies: Traveling Cables Hat kit, US5 and US 6 16" circular needles, US 6 double pointed needles and a cable needle.
Homework:Before taking the class we ask that you come into the store to purchase the kit, cast on, and knit to the first row of cables.
(In-Store Workshop) Saturday, October 2nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Have you always wanted to learn about Continental Knitting or “picking”? It is a more ergonomic way to knit, as the movements are small and more efficient than throwing. Once you learn the knit and purl stitches, you will be able to breeze through seed stitch patterns and ribbing. If you admire colorwork, this class will get you ready to use both hands, making Fair Isle easier to knit! In this class we will learn the continental knit and purl stitches, and move into knit 1 purl 1 ribbing so you can practice your new skills. This class is 2 hours to allow you plenty of time to sit and knit, so you quickly become comfortable with the picking method.
Skill level: This class is suitable for the beginner, who know how to knit and purl, to the advanced.
Supplies: Please bring about 100-120 yards of worsted or DK light colored yarn, the appropriately sized needles, and patience.
Learn to Knit the Love Note Sweater (Zoom)
A 3-part Virtual Workshop with Amy Odin, KnitChats
(Please note: You will be knitting the smallest size for the class)
Tuesdays, October 5 and 12th from 11:00am to noon AND October 19th from 11:00 am to 12:30pm
The Love Note sweater by Tin Can Knits is a beautiful piece with a light, lofty look. Join Amy Odin, KnitChats Coach, teacher, and designer as she guides you through all the steps of the project. The sweater is knitted top-down in one piece and works up quickly using one strand of merino held with one strand of mohair. If you’d like to keep it simple, you can substitute any DK weight yarn. The pattern offers two hem lengths but can be customized to any. Together we'll knit the smallest size, so you can easily and efficiently learn all the techniques to work any of the larger sizes after the completion of the class. One of its best features is that it’s sized from infant to women’s 5XL. What a deal!
What you’ll learn:
Session 1 - Work a provisional cast on using a needle and crochet hook. Demos and instructions will be provided so you can knit the lace yoke and raglan shaping through the week.
Session 2 - Separate the body and sleeves and learn how to work German Short Rows for the hemline.
Session 3 - Begin to work the sleeves and pick up stitches from the provisional cast on to complete the neckline. To get that perfect finished product, Amy will also discuss any last details such as alterations to the neckline and blocking.
Skill Level: Confident beginner. Must know how to knit in the round on circular needles and double pointed needles (or other method for small circumferences such as magic loop). Knowledge of basic stitches, including increases/decreases.
- Love Note Sweater pattern – purchase and download from Ravelry
- Yarn required for Size 0-6 months – 200-225 yds each strand fingering or dk weight – see pattern for specifics.
- Needles – Size US 7 and 10 (16” circulars and double pointed needles each size, or needles for magic loop or other method) OR sizes to get gauge.
- Crochet hook for provisional cast on - 3.5-4.5 mm
- Waste yarn – about 2 yards dk weight smooth non fuzzy yarn that contrasts in color with project yarn
- Stitch markers - choose 1 that is different from the others for your Beg of round marker
Pre-work: Work a gauge swatch to determine needle sizes.
Four Ways to Knit in the Round
Saturday, October 9th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Knitting in the round got you down? Join Koryn as she discusses the four ways to knit in the round; using double pointed needles, small circumference needles, two circular needles, and magic loop. She will have examples of each technique ready to go so you can get your hands on some knitting and try it for yourself. This is a perfect way to see what is most comfortable to you without committing to an entire project. This class will also include general tips for knitting in the round. Needles and yarn will be provided, just bring your happy selves!
Skill Level: Confident Beginner. Must know how to knit with ease.
Choosing the Best Yarn for Your Project (Zoom)
A Virtual Workshop with Christina Mursa, KnitChats
Wednesday, October 13th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm PST
Modern crafters have so many beautiful yarns to choose from; it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the options. Wool, alpaca, cotton, fingering, DK, worsted…what does it all mean? And which one should you choose for your project? In this class, KnitChats coach Christina Mursa talks about the characteristics of different fibers and how to find the ones that will make your project sing. She’ll talk about different yarn weights and provide guidelines for substituting yarn. At the end of the presentation there will be plenty of time for discussion, so bring all your questions.
Skill Level: All levels are welcome!
No supplies needed.
A 3-part Virtual Workshop with Amy Odin, Knit Chats
Fridays, October 15th, 22nd and 29th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Yay for socks! In this three-part class, you’ll learn how to knit basic worsted weight socks top-down on double-pointed needles. After finishing the class, you’ll understand how socks are constructed, and you'll be able to tackle any other top-down pattern. In class one, we’ll discuss the anatomy of a sock and cast on for a small learning sample. You’ll learn how to join in the round using double pointed needles, work a small cuff, then a reinforced heel flap. In class two, you’ll learn how to turn a heel and work a heel gusset. In class three, we’ll work the foot of our sample by shaping and closing the toe using the Kitchener Stitch
Skills needed: Must know how to knit, purl and decrease.
Supplies: 170 yds worsted weight yarn, US 5 set of double pointed needles, tapestry needle, waste yarn (DK or fingering weight)
Pre-work: Come to class with pattern and materials
Knitting Gauge, Demystified (Zoom)
A Virtual Workshop with Amy Odin, KnitChats
Wednesday, October 20th from 11:00am to noon
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.
Introduction to Seaming (Zoom)
A Virtual Workshop with Christina Mursa, KnitChats
Wednesday, October 27th, from 11:00am to noon
Class description: Good seaming skills make all the difference in achieving a polished and professional look to your handknits. In this 1-hour workshop, we’ll cover two basic seaming methods: Mattress Stitch and Kitchener Stitch. You’ll learn how these techniques are applied to stockinette and garter fabric, including horizontal, vertical and curved edges. Join us and learn to seam with confidence!
Supplies: tapestry needle, smooth yarn for seaming, same or similar weight to swatches.
Optional pre-work: If you’d like to follow along and practice on your own swatches, please bring your choice of the following to class:
mattress stitch: Two 3” x 3” stockinette swatches, bound off
mattress stitch: Two 3” x 3” garter stitch swatches, bound off
kitchener: Two 3” x 3” stockinette swatches still on the needles
Saturday, October 30th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
We have had a number of people ask for a follow up class to our Brioche 101, and here it is! In Brioche 102 will cover increases and directional decreases. Koryn will also demonstrate how to pick up a stitch, tink back and rip out rows. After this class you will be able to take on all of those amazing Brioches shawls and hats you are seeing all over instagram!
Skill Level: You must have taken our Brioche Stitch Workshop (offered on June 1st) or be very familiar with the basic and two-color brioche stitch
Supplies: 30 yards worsted weight yarn in a light color and Size US 8 needle.
Pre-work: Cast on 21 stitches.
Set up row - Sl1 Knitwise, *YF, Sl1, K1*, repeat between the *’s to the end.
Row 1 - Sl1 Knitwise, *K2tog, YF, Sl1* to last 3 stitches , K2tog, K1
Row 2 - Sl1 Knitwise, *YF, Sl1, K2tog* to last 2 stitches, YF, Sl1, K1
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for about 2”. Do not bind off.
Brioche 101 (Zoom)
A 2-part Virtual Workshop with Amy Odin, Knit Chats
Fridays, November 5th and 12th from 11:00 am to noon
Learn Brioche with me! I’m Amy Odin (Knitchats coach, teacher and designer) and I’m eager to show you how to knit this beautiful and interesting fabric in two colors. I haven’t met a knitter yet who wasn’t awed by this stitch. It creates projects that are reversible, which result in a different look on each side. Although it intimidates many knitters, it’s pretty easy to work once you get the hang of it. I’ll demonstrate the technique so you can learn how to knit a basic two colored brioche rib chunky cowl. It’s worked in the round using only one color at a time, so no need to carry a second color. For the first class we’ll explore basic brioche knitting terms and abbreviations. I’ll show you how to make Brioche knit and purl stitches, change colors at the beginning of rounds, and understand how to read your work. The focus of the last class will be on reviewing common mistakes and executing basic fixes.
Skills required: Must know how to knit, purl, and join to knit in the round.
Supplies: Pattern will be emailed to students, 120 yds chunky weight yarn in color A (preferably non-superwash wool or wool blend), 120 yds chunky weight yarn in color B (preferably non-superwash wool or wool blend), US 9 24-inch circular needles, 1 stitch marker, large crochet hook (around 6.5 mm) for fixing mistakes
Pre-work: In color A, loosely cast on 60 sts, join and knit one round. (Color A will be your cast on and knit columns on the right side of your work.)
$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...
History of Knitting
Check out this interesting article from the Victoria & Albert Museum on The History of Hand Knitting. The Italian jacker from the 1600's is stunning!
...and here are our suggestions from the last newsletter:
Take me out to the ball game!
This week, thanks to the invitation of some kind friends, Mr. Monarch and I enjoyed a Giants game at Oracle Park. Worried that I would offend our friends, I did not bring my knitting into the park. It seemed odd to watch a game without my knitting. For me, baseball and knitting go hand-in-hand. Thought I'd share some fun articles and patterns that bring my two passions together!
Did you know that I knit a scarf based on a Giants baseball season? I love it. The Cracker Jack scarf uses a sport weight yarn and knit it in one of my favorite stitches, the linen stitch. I knit 2 rows per game with each color representing home and away wins and losses. It is a great looking scarf, and I actually wear it to chilly games. If they have a strong October it will be at a game with me!
Hillary Smith Callis designed a cute little sweater modeled after a baseball t-shirt for children 4 and under called Candlestick. You could modify the the colors to celebrate any team!
And someone actually designed a pattern called Fairly Accurate Baseball. I love the title, he was totally honest. It is a pretty realistic knit baseball.
Monarch Knitting offers a friendly, warm, welcoming and organized store where all makers can come and enjoy the opportunity to pursue their projects with support from a staff that is experienced, passionate and professional.
Photo Credits: Monarch Knitting, Patterson Puptography,
Some Kit Favorites and projects of the week found via links and/or Ravelry.