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Hi Anna! Yes you can absolutely use actual chest size and year size for length. I answered you more fully on rav. -Laura
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2017 on knitting pattern :: Front Range at sew.knit.grow.
I have never knit a sweater with 100% cotton, but I have used and am currently using a 50/50 cotton/wool blend to knit my test sample of the pullover version of the Front Range pattern and I am very happy with how the yoke is looking. You could knit a swatch with your cotton to see if you can get gauge and see if you like how the fabric feels and looks. My go to summer yarn is O-wool balance yarn. It knits up at 17-21sts=4" in stockinette, so I can use it for worsted or dk projects. I am using size 6's to test my pattern with it and getting 20sts=4" and I don't feel like it is dense at all. Comes in great colors and is organic! -Laura
Toggle Commented May 4, 2017 on knit :: Smocked at sew.knit.grow.
We did get the snow! It snowed Friday afternoon until Saturday early evening, woke up Sunday and it had all melted. This weekend it is going to be in the 80's! Weather does change so fast here! -Laura
Toggle Commented May 4, 2017 on knitting pattern :: Front Range at sew.knit.grow.
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I took a break from designing last week to knit this cute little pattern from Jenny Wiebe, named Smocked, that popped up on my Instagram feed. I have always loved knitting other designers creations, but have found less time as I delve a bit deeper into designing myself. I think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at sew.knit.grow.
Yes, snow in May is not uncommon. We are supposed to get a snowstorm tomorrow, so I will be scrambling to find cover for my young garden plantings. That is one of my favorite things about living in Colorado, it can snow 5" one day and the next day be wearing sandals while it all melts. The constant sunshine is the best! I always thought it would be the ideal place to live, if only instead of the plains to the east, it were the ocean. You are right, with all the lakes and rivers, it doesn't much make a difference. I imagine it would be hard if, like yourself, I lived in England where you are not too far from the ocean no matter where you lived. Oh, you are going to some great areas! Your girls will absolutely love it! Do you have plans to go into Rocky Mountain National Park? Trail Ridge Road is amazing that time of year. We live about an hour from the eastern most part of the park. One of my favorite places in the U.S. Thank you for ordering my pattern! The difference between the cap and short sleeve: the cap sleeve you bind off when you separate the sleeves and body, before starting the body. The short sleeves you put the stitches on scrap yarn and knit them after the body is finished. In the Bitty Front Range pattern photo I made the short sleeves real short by starting the edging right away and then binding off. You could make a longer short sleeve by knitting straight stockinette before starting the edging to make it more like a tee shirt. I think try for the longer short sleeve for your older daughter, knit for an inch or two before starting the garter edging. Not angel-like at all....hopefully! They do get more particular as they age, do they not? Let me know if you have any other pattern questions. Thanks for the mention, heading over now! Have fun in Colorado this August! -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on knitting pattern :: Front Range at sew.knit.grow.
Thanks Brandy! I absolutely believe they need natural places to love too! So grateful we don't have to look too far. -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on knitting pattern :: Front Range at sew.knit.grow.
I feel this way about patterns in general. I love the finished products of the patterns and there are sooo many cute ones, but I am at heart more of a freestyle type at the sewing machine. Yes, I very much treasure the message and healing she was able to provide me. It was the exact message I had been asking to hear, so it was very surreal. -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on sew(sow)::sprouts and handmades at sew.knit.grow.
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The expanded version of the free Bitty Front Range cardigan is now available for sale on Ravelry. The Front Range cardigan includes sizes 1-12 years, with instructions for cap, short and 3/4" sleeves and directions for making your own fabric covered buttons. The samples shown are in Wool Maiden Guinnevere... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at sew.knit.grow.
Hi Anna! The pattern for the bigger sizes is out, I just haven't had the chance to blog it yet.Here is the ravelry link or you can look in the blog sidebar under patterns, it is the first one, Front Range. Hope you make some for your girls! -Laura http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/front-range
Thank you Tanya! I miss knitting these tiny knits for my girls, my youngest is now 4. I imagine I will stash all these little test knits away to pass on to my own grandkids someday. Thanks for stopping by from KCCO and taking the time to comment today! -Laura
Thank you Heather! Hope you give it a go! -Laura
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Hi all! The Bitty Front Range cardigan is now available in the 0-12months version, for free, right here for readers! You will also be able to download a free PDF over on Ravelry later today. I will add the link in this post just as soon as I have it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at sew.knit.grow.
Thank you Shannon. I am surprised the rest of my family made it through this one. I was pretty vocal with my frustrations. My husband made fun of me for days afterwards. Have you seen the rest of this fabric line? It is all so gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to comment! -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on sew(sow)::sprouts and handmades at sew.knit.grow.
Thank you Deborah! I haven't tried a Oliver+s yet, they are super cute too and I have certainly eyed them over the years. This was my second Citronille pattern. The only problem is that they are all so darn cute which makes it soooo difficult to choose. Good luck with your sewing! I highly recommend the Quince & Co yarns. I love knitting with them. Thanks for taking the time to read. -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on sew(sow)::sprouts and handmades at sew.knit.grow.
I sure am. Couldn't figure out a clever way to add the knitting portion into that title.. Craft on! Thanks for reading! -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on sew(sow)::sprouts and handmades at sew.knit.grow.
Yes so frustrating, even still, I can't wait to make another. Pattern is coming Friday! Thanks for taking the time to read. -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on sew(sow)::sprouts and handmades at sew.knit.grow.
Thanks Brandy! I'm looking forward to being 100% again... -Laura
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2017 on knit :: sidelined at sew.knit.grow.
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Before I get to the making and growing, I want to report that my sternum and clavicle are healing wonderfully. Thank you for the well wishing. A dear old friend, who is a healing touch practitioner, was kind enough to offer up her services last week. This was my first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at sew.knit.grow.
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Yes!! It was such a stupid accident that I still can't believe how it happened. Maybe avoid walking around half asleep in the dark in a new house perhaps? Oh well, things happen. The hardest part is we are having the most beautiful weather here in Colorado(70-75!) and growing season is just starting! Thanks for stopping by today Steph! -Laura
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2017 on knit :: sidelined at sew.knit.grow.
A quilt made out of fabric with the kids drawings is a great idea. Go for it! -Laura
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2017 on knit :: sidelined at sew.knit.grow.
What a sweet little bonnet! Isn't the Swans Island merino a dream to knit with? Great color combination on the hat. It looks fabulous on you!
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2017 on big hats....little hats.... at woolythyme
Yes lots of knitting projects, too bad I'm not very good at being a patient. Especially when gardening season is practically here! You should check out Spoonflower. It is a bit on the pricey side, but I have to try it at least once.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2017 on knit :: sidelined at sew.knit.grow.
Yea to the winner!!!! A Taproot Makealong ....what fun! Can't wait to read through all the crafty awesomeness! Ordering a copy asap. Happy for more snow...and so close to those early gardening weeks! I guess I would be happy for snow too, if I had all this crafty goodness at my fingertips!
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on Taproot Winner & Makealong at SouleMama
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Oh how funny indeed! I loved that colorway you chose on your birthday sweater. Funny enough, the peachy-pink sweater in this post was a recent birthday sweater too. Glad you enjoy the skirt tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment today! -Laura
I sure do to! I am not very good at being sidelined. I really think that all the Quince and Company yarn lines are wonderful and I think their prices are great. Happy you finally discovered it! Thanks for reading! -Laura
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on knit :: sidelined at sew.knit.grow.