Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Favorites

With fall almost here, (tomorrow!) we are all starting to plot and cast on for holiday gifts. We thought we'd share some of our favorite patterns, each knit using a yarn by Cascade Yarns. All of their yarns are favorites around here because of their wide color ranges which are always so consistent from dye lot to dye lot, yardage and price. It's always a pleasure to knit with their yarns and it was fun to highlight a few!

The Burberry Inspired Cowl is a great gift idea. We had a lot of fun with this pattern last winter using different yarns and decided to revisit it this season because I love the classic pattern. This one is so soft, it's hard to take off! Knit using 1 skein of Cascade Eco Duo, a blend of 70% undyed alpaca/ 30% undyed merino wool and $12.45 a skein. It's a quick gift knit on US# 10 needles and just lovely!

Shown here in color #1705, vanilla.

It was hard to capture the color in a picture, but here you can kind of see the very subtle color changes. Long stripes from creme to a warm toasted vanilla.

You might remember Mary's Eco Duo scarf from last February. Another great gift idea using only 1 skein. You can read more about this scarf here.

Jared Flood's Noro Striped Scarf has been a popular and easy free pattern for every knitter. It's also the perfect gift for the holidays. You can have fun with colors or go simple with shades of grey. This one is made using one skein of Cascade 220 in color # 8011, aspen heather and 2 balls of Tonalita in color #2397, smoke & ash.

Cascade 220, one of our all time favorite worsted weight yarns is a 100% wool and doesn't break the bank at $6.55 a skein. It's great for sweaters, felting, hats and everything else you can think of with a whole wall of colors to choose from.

Tonalita, also a worsted weight yarn is a blend of wool and acrylic. Each self striping colorway makes any projects exciting.

Lavalette shawl designed by Kristen Kapur is a wonderful lace project that looks so airy with alternating sections of openwork and stockinette. This was knit using 1 skein of Cascade Alpaca Lace, a 100% alpaca with 437 yards/ 50 grams and $7.15 a skein.

Shown here in color #1434, mystic purple.

It knits up very quickly from the top down on a US #7 needle. The alpaca really blooms on the big needle making a fluffy, lightweight shawl.

The perfect little shawl for fall.

The Cable Lovers Pullover is a classic pattern available free from Cascade Yarns here. Knit using four skeins of Ecological wool, an aran to bulky weight 100% undyed wool, $14.95 a skein. The range of natural colors are beautiful with tons of gorgeous solid and heathered colors in the Eco+ (the same wool, but dyed).

Shown in color #8010, ecru. What a cozy sweater!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

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