First, a reminder: our retail store will be closed for the entire Thanksgiving week, from 11/25/13 through 12/2/13. We will resume our regular retail orders on Tuesday, 12/3. Online orders will continue shipping as usual!
So, the thing about the “Friday Five” is that I don’t think any of us really come up with five patterns we love every week – it’s more like, I go on a big Ravelry binge and queue 35 patterns all at once, 34 of which I’ll probably never get to, and then I don’t look at patterns again for another few weeks. So this week, I was having trouble finding new material for this post, until a stroke of genius – Friday Five, Blast from the Past edition! I went back into my queue looking for the gems that I added and abandoned so long ago I’d forgotten all about them, and I love them just as much today.
Bayerische Socks. Eunny Jang’s blog was one of the first knitting blogs I started following religiously, and I’ve always found her designs inspirational.
I printed out this pattern to knit the day she posted it, but sadly it’s never happened! Though now that you are all following along with my spectacularly ridiculous sock knitting in the Sock-A-Long, perhaps this makes quite a bit of sense. Still, these socks are beautiful. One day!!
Checkerboard Lace Scarf. This free scarf pattern uses a single skein of fingering weight yarn, and every time I see it, I want to queue it again – it’s so elegant!
I imagine it knit in something really luxurious, Mini Maiden or SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Fine or maybe some really delicate cashmere.
Selbu Modern. How pretty is this?! Selbu Modern is a fingering weight, two-color beret, and a free pattern to boot. I even cast on for it once, but my color choice was terrible and it was abandoned once more.
This one really needs to go back to the top of the queue!
Oh, Juneberry. I wanted to knit this the moment it came out – it’s rustic, it’s knit in a heavier (sport or worsted, your choice) weight yarn, it’s got cables and bobbles and it’s both practical and pretty. My friend even gifted me the pattern. And still, it languishes in the bottom of the queue.
This would be really nice in something like ShibuiKnits Baby Alpaca DK or Juniper Moon Farm’s Herriot.
Argyle Jacket! I am kind of shocked so few people have knit this yet, four years after I queued it. Clearly, I need to get on it and start a trend. It’s tailored, it’s adorable, it’s ARGYLE. Pick your palette and go!
We’ve been developing some three and four-color palettes in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport for a secret store project, maybe I’ll steal one of those and just go for it!
P.S. In my “Meet the Staff” interview, I mentioned that I actually learned to knit in order to recreate my family Christmas stockings. It was a vintage Bernat pattern that eventually was posted on Ravelry, but had been removed at the time of the posting. Well, it’s back now, as a free Ravelry download, so I had to share – everyone in our family has one of these, including our newest additions.