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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


we all have knitting heroes, right? i gotta tell you, mine is barb. cuz the only reason this pattern is ready to roll so soon is that she brought in the big needles and put them to work.


first, she knit this gorgeous short version of my new cabled coat design, vendange. doesn’t emily look stunning in knit in this sample, knit in cabernet red vesta, a new merino bulky yarn from spirit trail fiberworks? (i once read that true red will work for any coloring and i think it’s true!).


i don’t usually wear much red, but this one is rockin’—jen called it exactly right.

anyway, back to barb and how she is my hero, she barely had that red jacket off the needles—actually, she didn’t have it off the needles, come to think of it—when she was itching to start a second one in our chebris worsted (i was originally supposed to knit it but we all knew that would just slow things down).


anyway, before i knew it she was dropping the chebris coat off for me to complete the finishing work. that was sunday. she is god.


i got all the seaming and trims put on by yesterday and today we photographed it. and i just couldn’t take it off—this garment is simply to die for. soft as a cloud and nearly as light, it is both warm and breathable—my very favorite combination. i wore it all day and not an itch or a prickle.

thank you barb; i love it. i look froward to wearing it all weekend at the NYS sheep and wool show (rhinebeck)!


this sweater has several versions and we love them all—from the short jacket, which is so sexy looking when paired with a skirt or dress as emily wears it here


to the coat version, also in red vesta that i showed you last week. the longer one is elegant with pants or no nonsense with a short skirt.



not to mention warm—if you (or someone you love) are fond of wearing thin leggings all year round, a longer sweater coat might be just what you were wishing for as the season begins to get chilly.


and lucky for you, this sweater knits up so fast in bulky weight yarn that you can actually have one by the time the wind gets serious (and if you’re anything like barb, you could have one in just a few days).


whether it’s the coat or jacket, hand dyed or natural, you will enjoy the cushy depths of its cable texture and deep, ribbed collar that converts to a button-up cowl


speaking of buttons, aren’t these glass buttons by moving mud spectacular? sarina is absolutely visionary when it comes to making custom buttons—we write, enclose a swatch that is a good representation of the knitted fabric, and couple weeks later a little package arrives that contains the perfect buttons (even if you don’t think so).


for the frosty beige chebris coat in color frappé, i ordered some from sarina, but until they come, i am using a set i sorted out from my big box of vintage abalone shell buttons. i love the way they look; i may just keep them on this coat and use the ones i ordered for another garment i am knitting.


the chebris yarn has a really cool feature, a result of its mix of long mohair (which blooms to form a big halo) and short, fine merino (which doesn’t). as the mohair gets worked a bit and begins to really separate from the yarn shaft in long, shiny tendrils, it forms a sort of “fog” over the underlying merino, lending the fabric a frosted appearance. it is the coolest thing.


mine has been washed and is drying now—and as it does, i’ll be “encouraging” that effect by shaking and reshaping frequently. it will take a little wearing as well, but i plan to never take it off for the next week so that should do it.


yes, it’s going to be increasingly chilly as the week goes on but we will be ready.

shown above, long coat in size small, knit with spirit trail vesta in colorway vendange (BTW, vendange is the french term for grape harvest, but also an untranslatable word for the way the season feels). 1-inch flat glass custom buttons by moving mud. jen will have this color of vesta in her booth at rhinebeck and i believe she is also taking orders through her website.

shown below, jacket in size small, knit in the exact same yarn and colorway.


we all take turns wearing this one—it’s the shop favorite at the moment, so cozy and yummy


and finally on myself above, the long coat in size small, knit in bare naked wools chebris worsted, color frappé. chebris worsted is also currently available in dragée and truffe; we are expecting a good sized order of these and more shades in a few weeks—including a new cream shade (haven’t decided on a name yet). and as soon as we can score some dark mohair fiber, charbon will be in the works.


to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to purchase in our knitspot online shop and here to purchase in my ravelry pattern shop.
(if you wish the pattern to appear in your ravelry library, please use this ravelry store link, thanks!)


rev up your fall knitting by meeting up with us in the BNWs rav group threads or the knitspot rav threads to knit along and share updates on your progress. we enjoy a wonderful community of knitters in our groups—it’s the best place to get advice, ask pattern questions, and find support and answers; won’t you join us?


ok, then, it is VERY late (after 3 am) and i still have a few things to take care of before i can sleep tonight this morning. tomorrow, kimkimkim arrives and i’m so excited i don’t think i could sleep if i tried! in a few hours, i need to bake that cake i promised her and david . . .


she is gonna LOVE this coat.



Friday, September 18th, 2015


can i just say—i love atlantique! it is so soft and light and airy; perfect for warm weather and yet so practical for every season.


in spring, summer, and fall it stands alone, with sleeves or without as that piece you will wear again and again with shorts, skirts, jeans, and nice trousers. but it totally works with layering pieces for fall and winter, too.


barb already has plans to pair it with jackets and other sweaters as the weather cools (and of course she is already knitting another with sleeves in a different color, haha).


the secret is the fabric—these samples were knit in our new hempshaugh lace yarn, an airy blend of silk, hemp, and merino. it has all the best characteristics of these three fibers—softness, drape, and bounce in one lovely package.


just look at how beautifully the stitches line up to make a smooth, consistent fabric—the key to garments that drape just perfectly.


that’s important; with such a lightweight fabric, we want it to skim our figures and not cling in an unattractive way.


this design has a bit of short row shaping along the back hem to add a little length; great for activewear.


the armhole is high enough to give you the right coverage, even when you go sleeveless, but still super comfy so you can move around without binding.


a pretty, pleated neck finish (more short row shaping at work) secured with a few glass buttons finishes this simple silhouette with interest.


the body is easily lengthened for tall women, like barb (also easy to shorten if you need a more petite length).


karen carries it off stunningly; something about the fabric just sets off her gorgeous eyes.


the pattern is written in ten sizes and takes a surprisingly small amount of yarn—just two or three skeins of hempshaugh lace (well, ok, the skeins are very generous in yardage, but still . . .). the smallest size sleeveless version can be knit with just one skein!


this top would also translate very nicely in our fresh lace silk/linen blend and our chebris lace merino/mohair blend, opening up the options.


we’ve put together a kit in the hempshaugh lace option that include pattern and yarn in your choice of colors—buckwheat (on myself and karen), millet (on barb), and kasha (so new we haven’t knit it up yet). quantities are limited; this yarn moves fast whenever we have it in stock.

if you’d like a kit in another yarn option, please contact erica (operationsATknitspotDOTcom) and she will get you situated.


you can go with several options for buttons; barb chose to use the signature BNW glass buttons created for us by moving mud. we have several other glass options as well as small shell and bone buttons—click here to see button options.


speaking of glass accessories by moving mud, we have a selection of sarina’s custom glass hoop earrings in stock as well, in a variety of shades that coordinate with our yarns. click here to view these special pieces. add a note in your order to tell us your preferred size and shade.


karen and i are wearing size small (36 inch chest) in the buckwheat shade of hempshaugh lace.

barb is wearing size 1X (45 inch chest) in the millet shade. some feedback on that—barb usually knits the next smaller size but thought with the lightweight fabric, she’d prefer the larger one. however she wishes she had stuck with her original size; the lighter fabric is more relaxed and forgiving than she expected.


i have to agree with that; this fabric is so stretchy without pulling or feeling tight; it’s best to stick to a slimmer fit than to go with one that might end up feeling baggy. we don’t find that the fabric actually grows or sags, just that it rides the curves of one’s body to an incredibly forgiving degree.


i like to say that it feels like a soft old t-shirt, no matter how many hours i’ve been wearing it.


to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to purchase in our knitspot online shop and here to purchase in my ravelry pattern shop.
(if you wish the pattern to appear in your ravelry library, please use this ravelry store link, thanks!)


if you are finishing up your triticum project and thinking about your next knit, this could be it! meet up with us in our ravelry group KAL to knit along, chat with other atlantique knitters, and post updates on your progress; we’d love to see you there!


a little scared of the mention of the short row shaping involved in this project? our friend carol feller will be with us on monday, contributing a guest blog on the very subject—don’t miss it. she also offers a terrific (and FREE) craftsy mini class on short row technique; it’s a lifesaver.

now you go have a great weekend—knit, run, garden, LOVE in these last days of summer weather.


pedal pusher

Friday, August 21st, 2015


as i sit up in my office on the second floor of our house, i can’t help but notice that in the cooled evening air, there is a scent of dried leaves that adds a definite note of the autumn weather to come.


i’m also laughing my head off every time i think about the photo shoot we did last night out on the street below. . .

barb, in her own personal film, hamming it up for the camera while she shows off her newly completed pedal pusher cardigan, knit in light and lofty bare naked wools kent worsted.


the neighbors nearly split a gut laughing at us—barb, cool as a cucumber in a turtleneck and wool sweater in the 90-degree heat and me running up and down the street with the camera to get shots from every angle.


at least they thought we were “cute” instead of insane (which is probably more accurate, haha.

this time i didn’t allow her to do her “sultry” look again; it was smiles for miles only. oh, we did some shots where she was standing still as well


the catalog shot as she looks into the sunset


the quintessential autumn apple picking shot over at a neighbors house (who doesn’t seem to have apple stealing squirrels like we do).


beautiful side shots to show off the cabled detailing along the raglan seams.


some with the garment unbuttoned and then buttoned up tight so you’ll know it looks good both ways.


and of course a sexy backside shot to show you how beautifully this casual-fitting sweater looks on her figure, even without shaping.


but our favorites by far were the ones on the bike.


thank goodness she’s a great sport.

barb chose kent DK for her test knit, which has stellar drape—just the right amount to knit a fabric that skims the body without losing its grip. it won’t sag or slide into an overgrown garment just from being worn a few times. yet, it has an elegant hand with a pearly sheen that screams “sophisticated”, even in a casual garment like pedal pusher.


it was a little over one year ago that i completed my prototype of this sweater, which is modeled here by lauren in our confection worsted yarn.

my idea was to create a wool sweater that would be easy to wear for commuting by bicycle. light and airy enough to wick away moisture from under layers (i like to go fast on my bike, so i need that), but warm too, for battling a brisk fall breeze.


my version has the optional side entry pockets with the same cabled detail as the front edges and seams—super handy for any bike commuter.


and it looks great once you hop off and shed the helmet—no one at work or in the store would know you had your riding gear on.


being a hard wearing 3-ply yarn (as opposed to the kent, which is two-ply and slightly more textured), confection is lush and spongy, with a smooth surface—that translates to a squishy fabric with super-consistent stitches and great definition for those cables.


made from springy, light corriedale wool, it holds its shape well; the shades of this wool are clear and bright.


shown above, size medium in confection worsted, color dark chocolate, with multi-tone bone buttons

shown below, size 1X in kent worsted, color driftwood, with mocha buffalo horn buttons


i just love how the neutral shades of these yarns do so much to highlight lauren and barb’s pretty hair color and skin tones. and they look great with all the colors and fabrics in your wardrobe too.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to purchase in our knitspot online shop and here to purchase in my ravelry pattern shop.
(if you wish the pattern to appear in your ravelry library, please use this ravelry store link, thanks!)


get ready for fall by setting off on a sweater knitting adventure! meet up with us in the BNWs rav group threads to knit along and post updates on your progress. pedal pusher could be your rhinebeck sweater; its easy to knit design has no seaming, so once it’s off the needles, you are done—you have plenty of time to finish if you start one now. what’s not to love?


looks great both up close and from a distance; this is a terrific piece to fill out your cold weather wardrobe which you will turn to again and again as the colors of fall surround you.


mayan puzzle

Thursday, August 13th, 2015


with hints of crisp weather in the evening air and a big yarn sale starting tomorrow on our legacy breakfast blend DK (fingering too!), we all agreed this would be the perfect time to open pattern sales for my mayan puzzle jacket.


this design has been trying to get out of my head and onto paper ever since i published the aztec mazes pullover some years ago, but i had a secret longing to rework it in winter white—i just thought that would be stunning, you know?


well it was some time before the right cream yarn came my way and not until we began spinning our own brand that i finally had it in my hands. almost hilariously, i now have several options that are perfect for this design, among them Ghillie sport/DK (shown above in cream), kent DK (shown below in beach glass), breakfast blend DK (25% off starting tomorrow!), and luscious confection sport.


the choice of using kent DK was made by our friend katharine, who knit the gorgeous sample that brad is wearing in the photo above. i wasn’t sure the kent would have the right amount of body for this design, but wow—i had nothing to fear; it’s just beautiful. and so light and airy with lots of bounce—thank you katharine!


i actually got serious about getting this pattern published when we started carrying the ghillie sport/DK—this was the yarn i dreamed of. close on its heels came the confection sport and it, too, is a perfect choice. both of these yarns are light and springy with a hard-wearing 3-ply construction that offers excellent stitch definition.


when we received our sample in ghillie knit for us by kathy in size small, tears literally sprang to my eyes as i pulled it out of the box, so perfect a match it was to the picture i held in my head for this design (thank you kathy, from the bottom of my heart).

i’ve been having a lot of fun styling it, since it fits my dress form so well.


last night i sewed on the buttons, which i chose from our selection in natural materials—i liked these two-tone buffalo horn ones with this yarn, but we have several that will work.


the ones katharine’s beach glass sample are simple black horn, for instance.


and then there is this knockout version knit by anne marie in briar rose wistful—isn’t that gorgeous? BTW you can see this one and our ghillie sample in person if you visit our booths at this weekend’s michigan fiber festival.


this is size medium and in the draper alpaca/silk/merino blend, it has a looser, more relaxed fit; if you choose a yarn like this and you are between sizes, it’s probably best to stick with the smaller size to allow for that relaxation.


the sweater is knit in one pice to the underarms, then divided to work the yoke and shoulders. it has a looser, less tailored construction known as a modified drop shoulder (or t-shape), but the cable detailing along the side seam area and armscye helps to stabilize the shape.


the entire garment is characterized by its texture—strong and defined, it is fun to work and makes a great statement.


i had thought that it wouldn’t be appealing as a “guy” jacket, but again i was wrong—it is smashing and some guys will totally rock that look.


to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to purchase in our knitspot online shop and here to purchase in my ravelry pattern shop.
(if you wish the pattern to appear in your ravelry library, please use this ravelry store link, thanks!)


looks like we’re going to have some terrific weather for the show this weekend—if you are going, please be SURe to stop by to say hi andsnap a photo with us!