Tiny Owl Knits

Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits must have magic fairy dust which she sprinkles on all of her patterns to make them a-stinkin-dorable! We adore the woodland creatures and and quirky details that make Tiny Owl Knits a whimsical wonder. The magic of these patterns must come from their ability to transform you. You can turn yourself into a little fox with tickly whiskers or a hippity-hoppity bunny just by knitting! But it can be hard to pick out the perfect yarn and colorway for, say, Rapunzel’s hair when knitting Free Rapunzel so let us help! If you share in our Tiny Owl Knits obsession, read on! You can find all of the below patterns and more from Tiny Owl Knits here!

The Beekeeper’s Quilt and Hexipuffs are super addictive! You may have seen baskets filled with these squishy little puffs waiting to be sewn together and wanted to try some! Any sock weight would work well but here are our yarn suggestions to get you started:

Where is Thumper? We ask because you will turn into the cutest deer in the woods when you knit this hat! Slouchy deer ears with tiny antlers are the perfect details for this hinterland hat. Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica Solids in Reindeer and Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Pralines or Chestnut would knit up the perfect little fawn.

Free Rapunzel from her tower orrr leave her up there so she can spin in peace! Either way, this hat is awesome! A pattern for just the hat with ear flaps would have been wonderful by itself but the addition of these two Rapunzel braids take this hat to another magical level. Imagine wearing this bad boy to a local beer festival or Oktoberfest of sorts – let the compliments and high fives begin! When picking yarn, the bulkier the better! We chose Madelinetosh ASAP, Spud & Chloe Outer, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, and Malabrigo Rasta or Chunky Merino.

Let Hopsalot put a little pep in your step when you are lazing around the house! Felted and form fitted, these slippers would look darling beside your bed or would charm the pants off a friend as a gift. However intended, how sweet are the floppy ears and white pom-pom tail? We even thought to create a permanent fold in the tip of one of the bunny’s ears by adding a small stitch. Or what about adding two small bows to one of the bunny’s ears so you have one girl and one boy bunny! You just can’t go wrong with Hopsalot! Use any DK weight yarn held doubled for the slippers and ears.

You get more fox for your buck when you purchase this pattern! Mr. Fox Stole My Heart can be knit as a larger stole or a mini collar. For the larger, use bulky yarn and for the mini, use 4-ply or fingering held together throughout. When it comes to picking the perfect fox color, we have become quite the experts. The popularity of this and other fox patterns have shot through the roof! We now know the best coppery colors to make your fox foxy! We strongly suggest swatching in order to get your needle size/fabric combination perfect as to not show any stuffing!

Mr. Fox Stole

  • DIC Groovy – Cinnamon Girl or Gold Expereince
  • Madelinetosh ASAP – Ember (customer top pick)
  • Malabrigo Chunky – Glazed Carrot, Rhodesian (customer top pick), or Red Java

Mini Fox

  • Madelinetosh Sock (try Dandelion for a more rustic fox) – Ember or Nutmeg
  • Claudia Handpainted Addiction – Brick House Music Co (for a redder fox)
  • Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock – Cayenne or Pumpkin
  • Spud & Chloe Fine – Orangutan

baby lamb cuffs

Little pink ears and a wind-blown bow are what make these cuffs an ESK favorite! Baby Lamb Cuffs can be knit in 4 sizes and would be adorable peaking out from the sleeve of your black pea-coat this winter. The cuffs are worked flat using stranded intarsia and the pattern includes 2 charts to follow so the lambs face each other in order to chat…or bleat, whichever! Embroider on the salmon-color ears and nose, a few eyes, a bow, and you’re done! Cute baby lamb cuffs complete! Use TML, Malabrigo Silky Merino, Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, or Shibui Knits Staccato Sock.

Add a little enchantment to your knitting and try one or many of the Tiny Owl Knits patterns!

One Skein Projects to Rest With

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the tedious sweaters and month-long lace projects so your mind and your hands can rest. While you are “resting,” why not knit a quick one-skein project? We never completely stop knitting, right? These patterns can be quite simple so they won’t be hard on the hands but result in some great FOs! These could easily be given to family, friends, or co-workers as priceless gifts. Handmade items are so special and last a lifetime especially when there is love and sentiment knit into every stitch.

2014-08-19_11.52.50Our new favorite one skein project is Piccadilly! You may have seen this on our Instagram or Twitter as Erin knit a shop sample, but it really is fantastic enough to mention again! One skein of Madelinetosh Chunky (or any Chunky) and you’re all set – pom-poms and cord included! This is the perfect project for the Madelinetosh splatter-like colorways that we love but don’t exactly know how to use! Optic, Holi Festival, Modern Fair Isle, and Cosmic Wonder Dust (pictured) would all work wonderfully for this cowl/hat combo!

Cozy Posy Ear Warmer by Heather Turpinmug_hug_pattern_medium2Have a lot of nieces, sisters, or women in your life? Are you a member of a women’s choir or book club? With the holidays right around the corner, it’s nice to have a few “bulk gifts,” if you will, on hand. Cozy Posy Ear Warmer Headband is super cute and would make the perfect quick knit gift. One skein of Bulky yarn makes 3 headbands. Can’t beat that! It is knit in seed stitch which can be very relaxing when the end result is quickly accomplished! Another “bulk gift” idea is Mug Hug! These coffee or tea mug cozies can be knit striped or solid in any Aran weight. They require very little yarn so this would be a great way to use the scrap yarn you have from other projects to make handmade gifts! Why not knit a bunch in all different colors and let your co-workers pick their favorite for an easy holiday gift exchange? Done and done! Oh, and both of these patterns are free on Ravelry!

Fairy Snowcap by Rosemary (Romi) HillFairy SnowCap puts the pretty in pom-pom. This top down hat has the perfect balance of lace to keep you looking pretty and ribbing to keep you very warm. You can follow the pattern exactly or find some inspiration from fellow Ravelers – some made enormous pom-poms while other omitted the pom-pom altogether. Some were short on yarn so they opted for a tassel. If you follow the pattern, we think the finished hat has a very classic 1960’s look but be careful when choosing yarn. Variegated yarn with highly contrasting colors tends to distract from or even lose the pattern. A solid or more heathered variegated yarn would work best.

Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi GregorioAs Abi Gregorio said about her Drop Stitch Cowl pattern, “Grab your size 15 circs, a ball of super bulky yarn and cast on! In no time at all you’ll have a stylish accessory that will quickly become one of your most treasured possessions.” Her pattern page features a ton of color options which should show you how easy it is to knit this cowl. Once you memorize your rows, it’s smooth knitting from there!

Not-so-tiny slippers by Ysolda TeagueWhile you are resting, your feet sure could use a big wool hug. Ysolda Teague’s Not-so-tiny Slippers would look great on your bare feet or over your favorite pair of knit socks. Once you finish knitting, you get to complete your project with picking buttons! These adorable slippers have a functional button closure that allows you to really personalize them. Seriously, who doesn’t like buttons? Garter stitch + chunky yarn = quick cozy slippers!

There are tons of patterns for “rest” knitting and Ravelry makes it very easy to narrow them down. Here is the basic search we used to find these patterns but you can filter based on your preferences using the categories on the left sidebar. We actually had too many patterns to choose from so here are some we could not feature: Camp Out Fingerless Mitts (perfect with Noro), Red Rasta Cowl, Sandoval Hat, Pippi (the necklace version is great), Waiting for Winter Mittens, Calorimetry, Barley (for you tincanknits lovers), and Mira’s Cowl. If you really feel like taking a break from knitting, why not make some pom-poms or block past projects? Take it easy – your lacework will thank you!

Q2 Customer Project Gallery

This week’s inspiration comes from our favorite place – you! As your Q2 Team Spirit knit-a-long projects are being posted, we are reminded again about what a fun and creative group of customers we have.

Octopurl slippinginbetween knit this fabulous three-dimensional, sparkly coffee holder:

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And our Roboknits are representing with some adorable new friends. SlipZip knit Stashy in the appropriately-named Lorna’s Laces colorway, Robot Overlord:

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And we think he and eatmyoxygen’s cutie Bot Byte might become new friends:

eatmyoxygen-botbyteStitchosaur Maryzona had an idea so great we wish we’d thought of it – using the outline from our free Stitchosaurs chart, she created a single-color beaded version and turned it into a wine cozy!

maryzona-coozyFiber Monkey Jubbers is another Yarnathoner with a creative streak – she knit up the Fiber Monkey’s team mascot chart and sewed it onto a tote bag! So great!

jubbers-monkeybagStitchosaur lallantonio knit up this friendly stuffed brontosaurus for her team project – we love the stripes!

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Still needing some inspiration? Octopurl widha decided to tackle a new technique at the same time and chose these stunning colorwork octopus mittens for her Q2 project, aren’t they great? And I can’t believe this her first stranding project!

widha-octomittsLooking forward to seeing more and more of your projects as the quarter continues!

 

 

 

 

Friday Five – Honesty Edition

A confession: I’m not really knitting the things I’m posting in the Friday Five.

I really, really want to, but let’s face it, I don’t have nearly as much time to knit these days as I do to fawn over and fantasize about patterns that, while lovely, are maybe not as practical in my daily life. I mean, sure, there were the three weeks of terrible, completely uncharacteristic winter, but the number of scarves I actually need in rotation living year-round in Georgia is honestly pretty small, and when most of your knitting is done in bits and pieces between other things, colorwork, no matter how much I love it, tends to fall by the wayside. And, frankly? I’m exhausted most days, by the time I get to the point in the evening allotted for knitting time, so mostly, the more simple the pattern, the better.

So today’s Friday Five is maybe less inspired, but here it is – what I’m actually knitting right now (or about to knit, as I am not insane enough to have five active WIPs at one time).

andersAnders, which I think I already blogged awhile back, but really this just proves I do actually wish I could knit from the Friday Five patterns! By the time sweater weather comes around again, Levi will be too big for even the largest size in this pattern, so I’m feverishly trying to crank it out now for our evening walks in the woods, when it’s still a little too chilly for babies in short-sleeves.

There was a bit of a debacle with this one when I neglected to grab enough yarn for the 18 month size and upon returning to the store learned the colorway (Stormy in Yellow Label DK with Dobson in Shepherd Sport) had sold out over the weekend, but Tanis has us covered and hopefully I’ll finish this up this week!

maxfieldMaxfield Cardigan – my new knit night project! I haven’t even cast on for this yet, but my yarn is wound and my pattern is purchased and ready.

I’ve been having a tough time finding a project that wasn’t too complex to knit at knit night, since I’m often up and down helping or ringing up customers, so thus far all I’ve managed is a “quirky” half of a Nursery Cat and swatching some new yarns. But after a lot of queue and favorites-searching, I finally settled on this, a cozy sweater in a neutral palette that doesn’t need to be finished until fall. For yarn, I picked Herriot DK, in a chocolate brown and a very light natural brown.

Plain socks. Just your standard, 1-inch of ribbing, stockinette the rest of the way, plain socks. I know, I know, I’m legendary for my loathing of sock knitting, but here’s the thing – I own a lot of sock yarn. And plain socks kind of rock if you have to squeeze your knitting into stolen minutes here and there. I keep them in my car, and I work on them whenever the world just seems too stressful for anything so complicated as keeping track of a pattern repeat or counting rows or shaping. The Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock recipe is a good place to start, if you don’t have your own plain sock formula.

summervinesSummer Vines – this just came out and I’m excited about starting it just as soon as I finish either Anders or my current pair of socks. It seems like exactly the type of handknit that you should own if you work in a yarn store and live in Georgia and enjoy being able to wear knitted garments more than 3 months out of the year. And, not gonna lie, it seems like it might be a little forgiving to my postpartum body, too.

Though I’m kind of glad I can’t start it yet, because I’m still undecided about what yarn to use! Currently, I’m waffling between SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Fine, Yarn Love Elizabeth Bennet, or Lorna’s Laces Solemate, but who even knows where the yarn search will take me?

A men’s sweater – so unsurprisingly vague, I know, but it’s next on my list and at six foot seven, anything I choose is guaranteed to have miles of mindless stockinette. Dan’s been jealous all winter of the Latte Baby Coat I made for Levi to wear on their walks, so I’m embarking on something for him, too. The problem is one many of us face – the man doesn’t really wear sweaters, and he’s not very charmed by most of the men’s sweater patterns I’ve found.

So I’m queueing up some choices I think would work and hoping for the best – right now, my top candidates are Emilien, Redford, and the brand-new Sandpoint Pullover (which I am leaning towards as it’s the closest in appearance to other items of clothing Dan actually wears).

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Don’t forget to submit your answers to this quarter’s first trivia question today, Friday the 11th!

Friday Five – 2/28/14

Friday Five is back after a little hiatus! We’ve been crazy busy with restocking, planning, and scheming, plus some traveling in there, but I’m back to dreaming of all the things I don’t have time to knit again this week, maybe more than ever before. (I had 12 patterns for the Friday Five today, all of which I desperately want to make yesterday, and that’s not even counting my cute bonus patterns.)

montroseMonte Rosa has been on my list for a while, and somehow I’ve never gotten around to telling you all about it. A seamless, top-down sweater knit in a fluffy worsted weight is pretty much my idea of a vacation knit – relaxing, satisfying, quick, and the end result is this adorable sweater.

Love the garter stitch body and the eyelet cable details – so much texture without much complication in the knitting! And the piping around the cuffs and bands adds just the right touch of whimsy.

morvarch-2_medium2Morvarch. I know, it’s a laceweight shawl. Perhaps worse, it’s a solid stockinette and cabled laceweight shawl. So, basically the opposite of Monte Rosa – this is not your relaxing weekend knit. But it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Morvarch is actually knit from the center out like many traditional circular shawls, and short rows are used to create the square shape. I just think the combination of stunning finished project and delicate celtic cables in a cozy soft yarn might worth your while.

 

montaguemiteredMontague Street Cowl looks like loads of fun, experimenting with stripes, mitered squares, and colorwork all in garter stitch. Pick two colors you love together and just one skein of each gets you there!

I’d love one of these in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted or even Juniper Moon Farm’s Moonshine!

parallaxParallax. I know, it also looks complicated. I like a complicated knit, don’t try to change me!

This scarf is awesome and part of a 5 pattern booklet of equally awesome combinations of Kauni Effektgarn in various mesmerizing patterns. The scarves are all double knit with a solid, so they are reversible, and would be a great project to try double knitting with if you haven’t already. (Like if hypothetically you’re looking for a project you can get done in just a month for our Q1 “New-to-You” knit-a-long! You’ve still got time!)

songoftheseaSong of the Sea might be a breath of fresh air for those of you wondering what kind of medication I’m on after these other suggestions – a solid color, fingering weight cowl knit at a nice loose gauge, imagine that. Just you and me and a single skein of sock yarn; we can do this.

I love this stitch pattern, which reminds one, as suggested, of waves on the sea. I’m envisioning this in a cashmere blend or Mini Maiden, something truly decadent around the neck.

 

steggyAnd because it’s not Friday Five without a pattern just for fun, I present you with Puff the Magic Stegosaurus. I actually love knitting these little African Flowers, so this steggy is a fun use for them. There’s even a coupon code for this weekend!

Friday Five – Kauni Edition

Another Friday, another Friday Five! I have to tell you that this little Friday obligation has really started to cause some trouble as my pattern browsing was previously limited to a couple of times a quarter. This weekly trawling has resulted in a queue a mile long and me with no time to knit it all! We are having our first shop knit night tonight, and at present I have plans to cast on and complete three projects just to stay on top of it all.

Anyhow, I digress. So, you may have noticed that we very recently started stocking Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn. This is a yarn that makes me a little woozy with its loveliness (I don’t know what’s with me and all the hyperbolic adjectives today.), but I have a hard time picking the right project for it. Thus began my search for great Kauni projects, of which there are many, everything from a simple pullover to an incredibly complex blanket and a universe in between.

Persian_dreams-4_mediumPersian Dreams. I know, you all think I’m crazy. I’m not saying it would happen overnight, but this is a lovely long-term, planned project. Each hexagon is worked separately, then grafted to the whole, making this the kind of thing where you could plan to knit one hexagon every week or two, and before you know it, a blanket! Journey of a thousand miles, as the saying goes. And the reward is this stunning blanket!

Nymphalidea3_medium2Nymphalidea is a fairly new free pattern from Knitty, which alternates a solid fingering weight yarn with a color change yarn like Kauni Effektgarn to create an ethereal butterfly-like effect in this shoulder-length triangular shawl.

The open lacework is a real yardage-saver, so this is also a great project for those smaller (and thus cheaper!) skeins of Effektgarn or as a stashbuster with your solid colored sock yarns.

 

lightboxesLightboxes is another similarly-styled shawl with an entirely different look, using a solid stockinette background and textured boxes to display Effektgarn to its fullest.

The gauge and length of this shawl can be altered to suit your preferences (or amount of available yarn) for a customizable, colorful shawl.

 

fairislerapidsIf you’re more like me and tend to admire shawls only on other people, Fair Isle Rapids is another great way to wear your Effektgarn around your neck.

Originally knit in two solid colors, this pattern has been a go-to for knitters wanting to showcase a color change yarn for several years now, and we encourage you to follow in their intrepid footsteps.

 

stripedsweaterYou really can’t go wrong with a basic striped sweater using a color change yarn. Mon petit gilet raye is a free download (English instructions on pages 4-6) with some simple cast-on and shaping instructions to help guide you along your way.

For smaller sizes, one 150g+ ball of Effektgarn is often plenty for a sweater like this, or grab a second just to be safe!

 

 

Come on, you knew there had to be a number 6 today. I’ve actually had Hippocampus in my queue for an embarrassingly long time, I love them unreasonably.

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Friday Five – 1/31/14

Wow, what a week – can’t believe it is already Friday! As you may have seen, Atlanta’s been making national news for our amazing powers of traffic jam and a few of us were even a part of it, with only one out of four employees who left the shop at noon on Tuesday actually making it home with their cars. But the roads are clear again, we’ve all been reunited with our vehicles, and everyone here is safe and a bit stir-crazy from our snow days. Which means we’re powering out those orders y’all have been placing! As of this writing, nearly all of the orders placed through today are on the mail truck finally winging their way towards you, and we really appreciate your patience and the kind thoughts our customers have sent our way.

But it wouldn’t be Friday without my rambling pattern ideas, right?

PAT-ChevStripe-Photo2_mediumAll of this cold means I’m really still on a scarf and cowl kick – anything to stay warm. Knitterella’s Chevron Stripe cowl is super chic and includes an option for a basic two-color cowl or a four-color infinity cowl.

Chevron Stripe is knit in the round to create an extra squooshy reversible fabric, and even better, no weaving in ends!

 

 

tungataA lot of Stephen West’s patterns are a little more … fashion forward … than my usual style, but I absolutely love Tungata. Folded over double, this cowl is warm, reversible, and so pretty!

You can knit this with either two or three colors depending on how complex you’d like the design to be, and the reversible back can be a solid color, striped, or really anything you like.

 

babyblanketI absolutely love this Walt-Painted Baby Blanket (maybe I’m in a Chevron phase) from Fibre Space (which is a really great yarn shop to visit if you’re ever in Northern VA!).

You can knit this with really as many colors as you’d like and you only need two skeins for the main color and 1 for any contrast colors. The texture is a great feature and I kind of love this color combo!

Shibui-Gradient-Ravelry-2_medium2Gradient is a free pattern from ShibuiKnits that indulges many of my knitting guilty pleasures – an easy, fairly mindless knit, fuzzy super-soft yarn, and a gradient rainbow of colors.

Gradient uses three strands of Silk Cloud held together in four colors to create this circular gradient beauty – periodically you’ll change the color of just one strand at a time to achieve this effect.

 

 

 

nurserycatAnd then there is the latest in this series, Nursery Cat! We are big fans of Window Cat at ESK, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing some Nursery Cats around the shop soon.