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Book Review: Sherlock Knits by Joanna Johnson

Andrea Sanchez

I'm happy to share with you today a new book, Sherlock Knits by Joanna Johnson! You might know her from Phoebe Knits or Henry's Hat. This newest book of Joanna's is not a picture book, but a complete book of patterns inspired by Sherlock Holmes!

I want to start by saying I think the best thing about this book is that there is something for everyone. This 10 piece collection includes garments, accessories, and home items. I love that these pieces are inspired by Sherlock Holmes (I earned an English degree in my previous collegiate life so I have a strong and proud nerdy side) but yet they are still so attainable for a knitter who might not be as big a fan. 

Socks for Mary is probably my favorite piece from this collection and the one that I want to cast on for as soon as I can! These socks are knit from the cuff down and feature and relatively easy lace and texture pattern. They are available to knit in two sizes and have both written and charted instructions (that's just the best). I am super taken with the lace pattern and think these socks are just the right amount of lacy, understated glamour. 

Scotland Yard Vest is another favorite and has me seriously considering doing the math to size this to fit my kiddo! The herringbone colorwork thrills me. Can you imagine all the color combinations?! This vest comes in adult sizes 36" chest circumference to 48". While it is intended for men, I believe, I follow Joanna on Instagram and she has been knitting on for herself. She's modified it for a woman by adding some waist shaping and I have to say, it's looking pretty smart. 

Copper Beeches Cowl is one of the pieces that will appeal to all knitters. How beautiful is this cowl?? So simple and elegant. If you can only knit one accessory this season, let it be this. It's also knit in one of my favorite yarns, TECHNO from Blue Sky Alpacas. This yarn is a bulky weight but light as a feather. 

There are still more great patterns from this collection. You like shawls? Check out Speckled Band Shawl. It is just the sweetest shawl (shawlette?). Are you looking for a more classic men's sweater? What about a Sweater for John? I've come to really love some great garter stitch placement. 

Take a few minutes to check out these patterns on Ravelry and tell me which is your favorite! I'd love to hear what you'll be making first. 

New Pattern: Morning Chores

Andrea Sanchez

When I first read this month's Book Club pick, Feeding the Sheep, I knew it had to have a sweater to go with it. It warms my heart to no end that at the end of this story we find the mother has been processing all that wool to make a sweater for her daughter. I wanted a mostly simple sweater using a rustic but really special yarn. Morning Chores is it!

Morning Chores is a basic, bottom-up pullover. It is knit entirely in the round with the sleeves first, then body, then joining everything at the yoke. I love this method because once you get to the yoke you are done almost right away! It feels so gratifying to me.

What makes Morning Chores so special is the pop of color and texture in the yoke. This is accomplished by the garter stitch shoulders and two-color brioche on the front and back. Add in a couple of short rows at the collar and there you go!

The yarn for this project is one of my favorite farm-friendly DK yarns, Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rockwell. Rockwell is a great Cormo/Merino cross grown on domestic sheep in nearby New England. I love how lofty and full the yarn is (which is why I can knit it at a larger gauge than most DKs with no problem) and it has an amazing sheepy texture; not too rustic, with just the right amount of lanolin feel. It is not superwash, but D has gotten toothpaste on another sweater made from Rockwell before and it stood up well to a bit of scrubbing. 

I hope that you love this sweater as much as I do. It made me think of a morning outside, taking care of daily chores. Basic and comfortable with a pinch of awesome. I also know some children are opposed to a bit of a rustic yarn (trust me, I get the "it's too itchy" comment too) so I knit a second sample using a smoother, superwash wool. I'll share that in a couple days, but you'll see that it turned out just as awesome!

Morning Chores is available for purchase from my Ravelry store!

Book Review: Grown by Kate Oates

Andrea Sanchez

I am so thrilled to be sharing a new book with you today! Grown by Kate Oates features a collection of modern and sophisticated grown-up versions of some of her most popular designs. 

I have been a fan of Kate's children's designs since I first saw the Gramps Cardigan. You may also remember that Kate was one of Knittin' Little's first contributing designers back with her Grove Pullover from the fall of last year. I loved the simple shape of that pullover, and especially loved the all-over texture and elbow/shoulder patches, so of course I'm totally drawn to Downtown Pullover

One thing about Kate's patterns, and this book is no exception, is the great amount of support and detail included. Kate includes elbow and shoulder patch templates for you to use (yay! No measuring!) as well as info on how to stitch them onto the finished garment, and how to install a zipper.

This is such a great men's sweater! If you knit for guys I'd definitely check this one out. 

But Grown is also full of just. so. many. GORGEOUS women's sweaters. Take the Grace Wrapper for example. I love how elegantly casual this piece is. When I am planning knitwear I know that whatever adult piece I make must be sophisticated enough for  me to wear to work (not that teaching kindergarten is super sophisticated, but you get what I mean). This is totally it. 

I can absolutely see myself layering this over spring dresses well into the fall. This wrap sweater would make a great piece to help transition your wardrobe. It's also knit with one of my favorite yarns, YOTH Big Sister. This stuff is just so dreamy to knit with.

And of course I'm dying over the cover sweater, Jesse's Girl.

When I say sophisticated, this is it. I am over the moon in love with how Kate grew up the Jesse Half-Zip. This sweater is stylish, classic, with still so many modern details (that scoop neck?! Side ribbing?!). To top it off, she used one of my favorite yarns (Anzula For Better or Worsted) for this sweater. That yarn is absolutely grown up, with an amazing luxury blend (Merino, cashmere, and nylon anyone?), and a beautiful hand-dyed sheen. You guys. I'm swooning over here just talking about it. 

Also to hit my must knit list is Sidewalk Sweater

This sweater, knit in another great hand-dyed yarn (Lorna's Laces Cloudgate) looks comfortable, but grown up enough that you can wear it out and still look pulled together. I love that it is paired with skinny jeans and booties because that is totally how I would wear it (and that's how I imagine I would look, although there would probably be dog fur stuck to my jeans and baby food smeared on me, but whatevs). 

There are still six more pieces in this book so please hop over to her Ravelry page and take a look at all of them. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite and you could win a copy of Grown! This contest runs through November 30th.

If you can't wait, head over to Tot Toppers and purchase your own copy. The ebook is available right NOW and the hard copy (which comes with the ebook version and some special goodies) is in preorder and will ship early in January. 

I'm going to give my LYS a visit this weekend for some yarn for the Jesse's Girl and maybe even join the KAL Kate is hosting in her group. There are prizes just for casting on and showing a photo! How easy is that? You know I love easy KALs! Will you be joining as well?

Holding Space KAL

Andrea Sanchez

Today's blog post is a special guest post from Jessica Anderson, mother, knitwear designer, and regular Knittin' Little design contributor. Check out her patterns from the Summer and Spring collections. 

Hello Knitters and friends of Littles,

I’m so thankful that Andrea has invited me to share about my latest Charity KAL on the Knittin’ Little blog. I’m very honored to be part of this Charity project and I hope that you will join me. I typically find myself drawn to whimsical and fun designs that spark joy and bring delight to people of all ages. However, in life, we aren’t always given smiles, rainbows and positive outcomes, which is a lesson that I’ve faced personally in my own life, as well as helping other families face that grief while studying to be a midwife.  During those times, I came across the organization, SHARE, support for pregnancy and infant loss.

Nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss. To those families that experience that loss, it is devastating and not often talked about. Share’s mission is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. My Charity KAL pattern, ~Holding Space was created to give those who are affected by loss, or for those who wish to reach out to those who have been affected by loss. For the knitter working through their grief, I hope that it is a comfort and brings solace to you as you take space to grieve and heal. May the finished product be a reminder of all those connected to you and may you feel the that support when you pull this shawl over your shoulders. 

I have partnered with Lindsay of The Fiber Seed Yarn Company to bring you this Charity Project. Lindsay has created a custom colorway, Angel Kiss, which is available in her store at TheFiberSeed.com. A percentage of the sell of this colorway will be donated to SHARE at the end of the KAL. I’m also donating 75% of the pattern sales of ~Holding Space to SHARE during the KAL. 

The SHARE KAL will run from October 15- November 19, 2016. 

Find more information about the KAL in my Ravelry Group, All in a Day’s Fun, by clicking into the SHARE KAL thread. Please feel free to post there with any questions, or encouragement. This is a cause near and dear to my heart, and I am here to listen, and ~hold space with you at any time, not just during the KAL. Please feel free to email me or send me a private message on Ravelry if you need to talk. I’m honored to have this opportunity for ~Holding Space with you. I have several generous prizes to offer during this KAL and hope that you will all join me in either knitting a piece for comfort for yourself, or a friend. 

With much love,

~Jessica