Isabel collage use
Sweater Weather Is Here!

After months of knitting with the air conditioning running full tilt (at least in my corner of the world!), it’s time to need something that will ward off a little chill in the air. As the evenings and early mornings get a little chillier, walking on the shady side of the street begs for a lightweight, transitional sweater. Something light enough to pop on over a little tee and your favorite pair of jeans (or even better yet, yoga pants) yet sophisticated enough to be worn with dress pants in the office or after hours.

Amy Miller’s newest design, Isabel, is the perfect lightweight sweater, knit in your choice of fingering weight yarn. With clean, architectural lines, Isabel is a simple draped cardigan that is just the right piece to take us through those crazy transitional days of autumn.

And, just to keep this fun, we will be offering a few retired colors as well as a new blue and two brand new neutrals! As our seasonal wardrobe palette deepens to reflect the changes in the leaves and a coming chill in the air, our three new autumn colors might be just the ticket for the Isabel.  French Laundry is a quiet, moody medium blue leaning lavender but make no mistake, it is blue. Muslin is a soft warm creamy gray with faded blue, rose and silver undertones while Haberdasher is a medium grey that can be anything you want it to be! It’s one of those shape-shifter that promises to take on a hint of what ever you might pair it with!

French Laundry


The details:

Please join us on Wednesday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and again at 8:00 p.m. Eastern  – that’s right –  it’s a two parter – on the Plucky Blog. I will be watching the wish list thread and will have the color list ready shortly.  In the meantime, here are the bases that will be offered…

Bello Fingering
Primo Fingering
Traveler Sport

Isabel Bello & Feet Pricing

Isabel Primo & Traveler price

Isable Single & Ox price

A few pattern notes you will find helpful!

Finished Sizes
31 (33½, 36¼, 38¾, 41¼, 43¾,) (46½, 49, 51½, 54)” bust circumference (this is a figurative number based on twice the back measurement at bust level.) Cardigan shown measures 33½”, modeled with 1-2″ ease.Yarn
The Plucky Knitter Feet (90% merino, 10% nylon; 425 yds /100 g): Candy Dish 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8,) (8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. Appx 2125 (2300, 2490, 2660, 2835, 3000,) (3195, 3365, 3535, 3700) yds—exact yardage will vary!Needles
Size 4 (3.5 mm) 29” circular (cir) and set of double pointed (dpns). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders/waste yarn; tapestry needle.

25 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, 29 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch pattern
To save time and ensure proper fit, please take time to check gauge.

This cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up as follows: The body is cast on and worked back and forth up to the armholes where the back/fronts are worked separately. The collar is worked at the same time as the body. Short rows are used to shape shoulders which are then joined with a 3 needle bind off. Collar is continued and seamed at back neck. Sleeves are picked up from armholes, shaped with short rows and worked down in the round.

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WOW!  We got a ton of response to our call for help in naming the new bases. I love contests. They always start an avalanche of fresh ideas. Even those entries that don’t win can sometimes sit in my brain, triggering a new color name down the line. So, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to help find names for our newest additions.

Without further ado……

Allow me to introduce CREW, our new Plucky cotton blend of 75.25 merino & cotton, in a DK weight.  This entry was first submitted by Christina Stone.  


Our second winner is Sophisticate, our new Plucky mohair blend of 50.30.20 merino/mohair/silk, in a heavy lace/light fingering weight.  This entry was first submitted by Emily Sanders.



Again, thank you to everyone who took the time to help me name the new babies!  The arrival of both imminent!  You can expect a fabulous launch update in the very near future!  Please stay tuned. And, Christina and Emily will be gifted a SQ in the color of their choice. Ladies, please contact us at the customer service email so we can get you your yarn.  Congratulations and Thank you!

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Merino cotton blend 3

THE NAME GAME – It’s a contest!

OK everybody, I need a little help.  Would you mind setting your Plucktember knitting aside for just a few minutes and help me find a name for TWO new Plucky bases?

Here are the details for each base….
1. A DK weight, 75/25 merino/cotton blend.  Each skein will contain 310 yards and it knits up like butter. This is the one that all you warmer climate knitters have been waiting for! Best of both worlds. The memory and definition of wool and the cooling factor of cotton – I just love the twist this puts on our colorways!

2. A heavy lace/light fingering weight, 50/30/20 blend of merino/extra fine mohair/silk.  Each skein contains 510 yards.  This is a beautiful stand alone luxury lace that can also be paired with other weights to give that extra pop to your work. Light as a feather and the texture… so ethereal.

But, I don’t know what to call them.  I’m hoping that you do!

Please post your suggestions here in the comments (which I will keep hidden) between now and ….ummm… let’s say Monday morning. That sound like enough time to you? I’m going to read the entries all weekend and at 9:00 am Eastern on Monday, we will pick the winning entrie(s) and post them here.  Guess what the winners will get.  How about the very first SQs of these new bases, in any color the winners choose!!!

We are anxiously watching our driveway here at the barn, waiting somewhat impatiently for the first shipments to arrive.  So, can you help a gal out? Let’s have some fun with this one and get them named so we’re ready to hit the ground running the second they arrive which should be any minute now!


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