Mannequin Monday – Druthers

 

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Mannequin Monday!

And today’s pick is…Druthers!

 

There is something extra special about today’s Mannequin Monday… Druthers was originally released in 2017 as a exclusive Plucky Kit, and today the pattern is now available for download!!

 

Peanut butter and jelly. Tom and Jerry. Bread and butter. Lucy and Ethel. All classic pairings! But, if we had our druthers, there’s a pairing that begs to be added to that list…texture and stripes! Introducing, Druthers! We are completely smitten with this little beauty and what’s not to love?! This one checks all of the boxes for us…fabulous texture sections, super fun blocks of stripes, and endless possibilities for 3 color pairings! Add to all of this your favorite fingering base, and, well…you do the math!

 

Awe! Look at baby Phoebe!!

Sample show in knit in colors Peninsula, Happy Glamper and Bespoke. Sample at top of post is in colors Morticia, Grimace, and Sketch.

 

 

For more details and to purchase, please visit the pattern page.

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The Sky’s The Limit 2.0 MKAL Ends Today!

 

The Sky’s The Limit 2.0 MKAL ends today! What a fun knit this was and I just loved seeing all the beautiful versions come to life!

 

 

We are giving you through the long weekend to post your photos of your finished shawl. When posting to Ravelry and Instagram, be sure to use the official hashtag #pluckyskysthelimit2mkal to be eligible for closing prizes. What are the prizes, you ask?! We are thrilled to be giving away prizes that include a shooter set + 2 skeins MC. And/or a gradient yarn kit (base TBD).

 

 

MKAL winners will be posted Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Thank you so much for knitting along with us!

 

 

For more photos, color/bases shown and to purchase the pattern, please visit the pattern page HERE.

 

xo

Plucky Knitter, Capsule No. 2!

Introducing, Capsule No. 2!

It is with the utmost delight that we bring you our latest collection of knitwear patterns.  Introducing, Capsule No. 2! This focused collection of four patterns is just the thing to usher us into the brilliant season that is Fall! With a fantastic mix of cables and texture spanning fingering to Aran weights, there’s a little something for everyone during this shoulder season. As always, we hope that you enjoy knitting this collection as much as we did creating it. Happy knitting, friends!

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Meld Kits Available:

 

Helpful Information…

  • Please join us on the Plucky Blog starting Thursday, August 23rd at Noon EDT and going through Sunday, August 26th while supplies last.
  • This is a pre-order update and will ship the week of September 24th.  Please note, for administrative purposes your shipping label may be generated an unspecified amount of time prior to actually shipping.  Once an update begins to ship it may take up to four business days for the entire update to leave the barn.
  • Each pattern in the Collection will have its own “Buy” button to purchase yarn under.  The colors and bases available for each pattern will be listed under their individual “Buy” buttons.  Please note, not all colorways will be available for all patterns.
  • Below is a price list with kit prices for Dogfish, Meld, and Vignola. There will not be a price list for Wiscasset.  You will need to calculate the number of skeins needed for your size and purchase accordingly. For Meld: Color kits 1-12 will be available to purchase as kits. If you choose to use two gradients or a gradient with a main color throughout, you will need to purchase those separately according to the yarn requirements listed on the pattern page.

 

Warmest Regards,

Mannequin Monday – Stripe Parade

 

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Mannequin Monday!

And today’s pick is…

Stripe Parade, designed by Amy Miller.

Making it’s first debut in the Spring Forward Collection, Stripe Parade is all about three different colored stripes, marching in formation around a simple top down, raglan sleeve pullover. The pattern is written for your favorite Plucky fingering weight and offers another opportunity to mix those fingering bases for added interest.A perfect project for a first time sweater knitter!!

Shown here in colors Good Ole Days, Early Light, and CC Bloom on Plucky Feet.

Incase you’re wondering, the shawl being worn in this photo is Screen Door. 😉

Check out the pattern page for more details.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for weekly knitspiration!

Sky’s The Limit 2.0 MKAL!

Sky’s The Limit 2.0 MKAL!

We had so much fun with our first MKAL, Sky’s The Limit, that we decided we had to do it again! Presenting Sky’s The Limit 2.0, another color-loving shawl for our second MKAL. The options are truly endless with this shawl—a little bit of lace, a little bit of garter stripes, and a little bit of texture. In this pattern there is a multicolor version using 5 colors, along with a solid 1-color option, but have fun and use as many colors as you’d like…the sky’s the limit!

The Sky’s The Limit 2.0 MKAL will run from August 2, 2018 – August 31, 2018. Be sure to share your prep, progress and finished shawls in our Ravelry group under the thread “The Sky’s The Limit 2.0 MKAL” and on social media (don’t forget to use the official hashtag #pluckyskysthelimit2mkal)!

Those that post photos of completed shawls by August 31st will be eligible for yarn-prizes.

Mannequin Monday – Beehive

 

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Mannequin Monday!

And today’s pick is…

Beehive, designed by Jill Zielinski.

Here is an infinity scarf, worked in two colors that take turns being front and center! Shown in Plucky Crew, Beehive is the perfect place to pair any two colors that make you smile. You might choose two complimentary colors for a classic look, or maybe two colors that are a totally unexpected for a POP like shown above in Sounds Like A Carnival and Before You Go-Go.

The second sample shown here is knit in Snug Fingering in colors Happy Camper and Fancy Free. How fun!

Wondering what to do with the left over yarn from your Beehive? How about a Beehive Ox!?

Of course our four footed friends want to look stylish too! Instructions for this glamorous accessory are included as a bonus pattern bundled with the Beehive infinity pattern. It is easily worked with the left overs from your Beehive infinity scarf, in a size that will look terrific on your best friend!

Beehive Ox shown knit in Oxford in colors Flannel and Highlighter.

Note: When you purchase the Beehive pattern, the Beehive Ox pattern comes with it and is found on the back page.

 

Check out the pattern page for more details.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for weekly knitspiration!

Mannequin Monday – The Beverly

 

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Mannequin Monday!

And today’s pick is…

 

The Beverly, from Plucky Knitter.

Simple yet striking lace, a whimsical striping motif, plus infinite color possibilities (hello, Gradients!) adds up to a whole lot of knitting fun! Wear it wrapped up around your neck or effortlessly draped over your shoulders, either way this piece is sure to be in heavy rotation.

Did we mention that there are two sizes to choose from?! This pattern includes instructions for a 1-color small version, or a large version knit using two fingering weight Plucky Gradient sets.

Check out the pattern page for more details.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for weekly knitspiration!

Mannequin Monday – The Dog Walker!

 

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Mannequin Monday!

And today’s pick is….

 

The Dog Walker, from Plucky Knitter.

This pattern is the first sweater in the #upyoursweatergame series! Knit circularly from the top-down with straightforward shaping around the neck and raglan sleeves, The Dog Walker is perfect for beginners and seasoned sweater knitters alike. Picked up stitches at the neckline create a cozy broken-rib turtleneck with matching cuffs and hem. Written for both worsted and aran weights across multiple sizes, there’s sure to be an option for everyone.

We are thrilled with this little beauty and hope that you join us for The Dog Walker KAL! Don’t forget to follow along in Ravelry and on Instagram – we’ll be posting progress pics, tips, and cheering each other on!

Check out the pattern page for more details.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for weekly knitspiration!

Introducing Stevie!!

 

Introducing Stevie!!

We are delighted to present the latest design in the Plucky catalog…Stevie! This generously sized triangle shawl (available in two sizes) is as versatile as it is luxurious. With its simple, straight-forward construction, Stevie is perfect for beginners and seasoned knitters alike. Knit holding your favorite Plucky gradient set and a main color throughout, the marled stripes keep the knitting fun and engaging. Oh, and how could we forget the cherry on top of this knitting sundae?!  All of that fabulous fringe!!!

 

Sample above in size small and featured in:
Plucky Knitter, Phoebe in colors, In A Jif (MC) with gradient set Counting Sheep.

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Sample above in size large and featured in:
Plucky Knitter, Primo Fingering in colors, Gris (MC) with gradient set Ice Cream Social.

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We have put together some smashing kit options for you guys, including a brand-new gradient set, Blue Jean Baby! In addition, we have a mystery kit option that will feature a brand-new mystery gradient, plus a new colorway that will be the main color held throughout the shawl. Yep, we just did that. So exciting!!!

Swatch of new gradient…

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Bases Offered:

  • Bello
  • Crewbie
  • Feet
  • Groovy, Baby!
  • Halo
  • Lodge Fingering
  • Primo Fingering
  • Snug Fingering
  • Solo
  • Trusty Fingering

Helpful Information:

  • Please join us on the Plucky BlogSunday, April 22nd at 8:00 PM EDT, and again, Monday, April 23rd at Noon EDT.
  • This is a pre-order update and will ship the week of May 21st.  Please note, for administrative purposes your shipping label may be generated an unspecified amount of time prior to actually leaving the barn.  Once an update begins to ship it may take up to 4 business days for the entire update to leave.
  • IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!  Stevie is NOT exclusive to these kits.  We will not be sending out codes to download the pattern.  You will need to purchase the pattern separately on Ravelry.

Warmest Regards,

 

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A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING:

  1. If you are new to Plucky, Welcome! We are so glad you are here!  Please take a moment to read through our FAQs, found HERE.
  2. We welcome you to join us in our Ravelry group, as we chat about the update, favorite recipes, pets and what to cast on next!
  3. If you haven’t already downloaded the Plucky Knitter app (link below), it is a great way to explore color pairings and combos that Hayley and I have put together for you.

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Apple Users GET IT here.   |    Android Users GET IT here.

Sky’s The Limit MKAL!

 

Sky’s the Limit!

The sky is the limit when it comes to options for knitting this biased rectangular wrap! This stylish, cozy (and oh so wearble) piece can be knit with one color, multi-color, or mixed bases. The choice is all yours!

Hayley and I have both cast-on this brand-new pattern, and we’d sure love to have you join us in a Mystery KAL as we work on this beauty to wear at Stitches West!

Did we mention that this Mystery KAL is like none other? There is one, and only one clue so everyone is free to work at their own pace. How fun is that?! So, whether you choose to stash dive, or let us put a Mystery Kit together for you (in Reserve now!), we hope you will join us and cast-on and join the fun!

 

Link to pattern found, HERE.

Link to Mystery Kits in the Reserve, HERE.

 





 

Warmly,

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A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING:

  1. If you are new to Plucky, Welcome! We are so glad you are here!  Please take a moment to read through our FAQs, found HERE.
  2. We welcome you to join us in our Ravelry group, as we chat about the update, favorite recipes, pets and what to cast on next!
  3. If you haven’t already downloaded the Plucky Knitter app (link below), it is a great way to explore color pairings and combos that Hayley and I have put together for you.

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Apple Users GET IT here.   |    Android Users GET IT here.

 

Field Trip

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Hey, hey it’s Friday guys. We made to the end of the week!

Wishing you a glorious weekend ahead – full of crisp Fall mornings and bright sunny skies. And, of course, lots of knitting and whatever apple or pumpkin treats make you smile.

xo
s

Field Trip

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Sometimes…. you know those times.

When life just seems to come at you a zillion and 12 miles per hour…. Well if you’re anything like me it’s fun to take a step back (even for a few minutes) and think about something fun coming down the lane. So, just this once… No teaser at all. Alpenglow. Knit in your choice of bulky weight yarn or #mixthosebases! Shown above in Snug Bulky in Pup Tent and Only You in Cachet and Scholar 1.0 held double.

Field Trip. A 2016 Plucky Knitter Collection. Coming September 22nd.

 

 

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Stateline KAL

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Snug Worsted. Wintry Mix (1), Thank You Note (2), Grumpy Old Sailor (2)

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I CALL SHOTGUN!

The question every knitter agonizes over…. what knitting to bring on a trip? How about The Stateline KAL!

While the rest of this week is filled with shipping, dyeing and all other things Plucky, by the time the first of the week rolls around Bob and I will have packed up the car and headed out for a little (ok a lot of) multitasking road trip. And, because we don’t do things in small doses, this trip will cover a couple thousand miles, include our cameras and bear repellent, some road trip knitting and all things trunk show related (among other to-do’s on our list!) as we make our way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On August 25th, if you’re in the neighborhood, please join Hayley and I at Knit on Pearl (145 W Gill Ave, Jackson, WY) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as we knit a little, chat a lot and help you in any way we can!

 

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But, we can’t have a road trip without a travel project! Bob usually handles most of the driving chores, leaving me to navigate and knit for miles and miles…. miles of roads and miles of yarn.

 

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Cachet, Hudson. 4 Skeins.

 

Anybody up for a KAL?

I’m hoping you will knit Stateline with me. This is a brand new Plucky pattern for a crescent shaped shawl, worked in your favorite worsted weight yarn. There are lots and lots of ways to knit Stateline. It is stunning when knit all in one color, but it is also a perfect “Mix Those Bases” project! And, the pattern even offers three different cast off methods, letting you choose between an I-cord, a picot edge or a simple elastic bind off.

If you would like to join our KAL, all you need to do is purchase the pattern and share your knitting progress!

The solid version of the Stateline wrap uses four skeins of your favorite Plucky worsted weight yarn. For the multi base/color wrap, you need one skein for the first band and two skeins of each for the second and third band – so 5 skeins total. You might already have the perfect yarns in your stash. But, if you’re not able to stash dive for everything you need, please keep an eye on the Plucky Reserve shop as I will be loading in some skeins for you to choose from and build your own Stateline kit!

Just a note: Personally, I think the following bases will get you the best FO. Snug Worsted, Cachet, Primo Aran, Scholar (either version) or Traveler Aran. Though, please feel free to use other bases such as Bello Worsted, Primo Worsted, Lodge Worsted, Trusty, etc. They will be lovely! Just not quite and fluffy/woofy/squishy as those suggested above.

Let the planning begin! I’ll cast on for my Stateline at the crack of dawn on Monday. And, I will be sure to post lots of progress photos as the miles fly by. And I’ll be sure to use the hashtag #pluckystatelinekal and #roadtrippinwithplucky (remember that one?!). But, did I forget something….? Yes. PRIZES! Let’s have KAL prizes! We will open an official STATELINE KAL thread, where we can all post our progress photos and chat like crazy about our projects. When you set up your Stateline project page in Ravelry, please use the tag “pluckystatelinekal”. And, don’t forget to use #pluckystatelinekal on any Instagram photos. This is going to be so much fun…. it will be like we are all on this adventure together!
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On August 31st, we will randomly choose winners. Whether you are finished or not, as long as you have tagged your project page or an IG photo, and the pattern is in your library, you could win a pretty awesome Plucky Prize. And, let’s have a grand prize for the first person to post a photo of their finished Stateline in the KAL thread!

I am delighted to have you all on this road trip with me. Anyone have any favorite audio books?

Happy Trails!

xo
s

It’s Monday

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Scenes from the weekend

Hello and hap, hap, happy Monday to you! Too perky, too early? Yeah, I think so too.

Good morning… said in my best quiet early morning voice….

Where to start!?

  1. Bungalow update ships. Now that’s exciting stuff!!
  2. The tomatoes are coming in – in a big way! Tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, cheese and a little bit of wine. Don’t you just love those easy summer dinner/not really dinner kind of nights?
  3. Is that a new pattern I spy up there in the collage? It’s been a ages since we’ve released a new Plucky pattern…. something new coming up this week!
  4. Not even sure how I stumbled across this article. I assure you I wasn’t searching google for stirrup pants. I have been shaking my head ever since. I can’t. I just can’t. However, I am looking forward to getting my flannel shirts out of storage….

It’s Monday. We got this, right? Right!

xo
s

 

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Found my colors for #3 above!

La Promenade – A New Cowl!

Introducing La Promenade –
A Plucky pattern

Talk about a quick trip. I was skeptical of all I had on my plate for these six days (four days if you count the two days for travel), but I did it and boy, does it feel good to be home with my guy, my pups, and the crew!  The meet-and-greets, sight-seeing, and shopping were all fantastic, but for me, there’s truly no place like home.

Being that I was determined to pack light and travel with only my carry-on for this short trip, I had to be strategic in my outfit and knitting plans. Because I love (need!) having a cowl or shawl around my neck at all times (really, I do!), and had limited space to pack my favorites, I opted for my new La Promenade Cowl.  Let me tell you, it was the perfect travel companion. Feather light, lofty and airy, I wore it nearly everywhere. Walking here, there and everywhere – La Promenade was my constant companion through it all and, of course, accompanied me while scouring the flea market, visiting Lil’ Weasel and site seeing in Paris.

La Promenade is written for our Spiffy sport weight yarn, and showcases it’s unique structure and loftiness.  Between the pattern dimensions, stitch pattern and the unique qualities of Spiffy, it creates a cowl that is light as air yet substantial enough to provide the cover and structure I adore in my heavier favorites!  La Promenade may certainly be knit in (and be just as lovely!) Cashmere, Traveler, or Primo Sport for a cowl with a little bit more “umph”. As with any yarn substitution, just be mindful that the fiber content of the yarn you choose will alter the final drape and structure of your finished knit.

I am so excited to be able to finally share with you the latest Plucky pattern and my new favorite and so very versatile cowl, La Promenade!  Mine is knit with three skeins of Plucky Spiffy in Grumpy Old Sailor, and is approximately 25.5” wide (51” total circumference) and is about 30” long.  These slightly over-sized dimensions are one of my most favorite (and important!) things about this cowl. It positively floats!

We hope you take La Promenade on your next adventure! So much so, we’re going to make sure you have the opportunity to grab your pattern and cast-on right away!  Until Midnight of Thursday, March 24, 2016, EDT, you may download La Promenade absolutely free with the code TRAVELLIGHT. You may find the pattern in ourRavelry store or via our website.  Simply add it to your shopping basket, apply the coupon code above, and continue to checkout to receive your free pattern.

We hope you enjoy this great, simple yet effective pattern as much as I do!  Be sure to show us on Instagram or in Ravelry how you wear and use your La Promenade with #dailyplucky on IG or tag your project in Ravelry with “dailyplucky“.  I can’t wait to see what adventures you’re up to!

Saving the Best for Last – The Last IG of 2015 is Here!

Can it really be mid-December next week? I keep hearing it, seeing it, and saying it, but I still have a hard time believing it. While we’ve been at the barn with shipping, dyeing and designing, time has been marching right along!

In between packing and shipping over the last few months, we’ve been taking inventory, pulling out some oldies that are certainly goodies and setting them aside for you. I’ve been holding back some fun, saving up for a special time and that time is now – it’s time to pull it all out for our very last IG Update of 2015 (can you believe it?)!

And, to make this update an extra special and fun time, we’re making it a two-part update so as many as possible can join in on the fun! We hope you’ll join us on Friday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m. EST and again on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Plucky Knitter Etsy Shop!

We will absolutely have a healthy dose of our current favorites, too (Snug family of bases, I’m looking at you!). Have you seen the adorable hat Knitterella released this week? Two skeins of Snug or Bulky and you are warm and stylin’ in no time. Hayley and I had so much fun this weekend playing around with some really unexpected combinations of Snug Worsted in our “Conversationalist Hat”. If you want quick and multiple knits out of your single skeins of your favorite Plucky worsted base, this is your hat! Just one 3 skein mystery worsted/aran kit will get you three hats!
There will surely be some seldom seen colorways…Do you remember Cherries On The Mall, Forward In Flats, What A Punk and Top Hat? And, kits! You guys love your kits and we love putting them together for you. It has been a while since we’ve offered pattern specific kits, but we’ll also be sure to have plenty of Mystery kits available for the Conversationalist Hat, Alpine Trail, and Bradway to offer as well!
We’ll have something for everyone in this IG. We’ll have old friends, new friends, sweater quantities, kits, and even some rare single or very limited numbers of skeins of one color on one base. We hope to see you at the update this Friday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m. EST and again on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Plucky Knitter Etsy Shop!

An important note:
Since all of the yarn available in Friday’s & Sunday’s update (and all other subsequent RTS or IG updates) has been carefully inventoried, dyed, and is ready to be shipped the following Tuesday, we will no longer be able to accommodate requests for cancellations or changes of orders. Please be absolutely certain that you fully intend to purchase and receive any yarn you check-out with from the update. It is administratively very difficult and impedes shipping times to allow for these changes. Thank you for your understanding!

If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our Updates in the FAQs found HERE. Also, be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter and go to our Plucky Knitter app so you are always up-to-date on events and news.

Warmly,

Plucky’s Progressive Pattern Sale!

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Each week, beginning Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 27th, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Plucky patterns and placing them on sale. A specified set of patterns will be available for one week at 25% off using a specified coupon code.

The patterns featured have been chosen to fit a particular theme. We think each of them works well for quick knits, perhaps a gift to keep those you love warm (or yourself!) and well, it’s just a fun way to wrap up 2015 and show our appreciation to you!

Be sure to check back here at the blog and in our HQ thread in our Ravelry group each Monday in December to find out which patterns will be offered (there may even be a brand new pattern or two!) and the special discount code!

Without further ado, we’re excited to offer 8 of our favorite colorwork projects for this first week:

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Add any one of the patterns to your cart via our Plucky Knitter Design’s Ravelry store and apply the coupon code before check-out to receive 25% off.  Be sure to stay-tuned for a new set of Plucky favorites to be offered next Monday!

Happy Knitting!

 

A Multiple Choice Update!

We love gradients. We love cowls. We love choices! This update is going to feature all 3!Are you a gradient lover too? If you are, we have an exciting new design to share with you. Michele Wang’s new cowl, Wollman Rink is a perfect fit for working with gradient color schemes.  This slip-stitch colorwork cowl has quickly become a favorite of mine.  Do you have a blanket in mind but you want to add extra colors and skeins to build on a gradient you’ve already put together?  Or are you just ready to cast-on all of the new hats and gorgeous sweaters coming out for the winter season?  You can!  Here are the nuts & bolts of this update:

  • (5) color (6 skein) fingering weight kits for Michele Wang’s brand new Wollman Rink Cowl will be available.
  • (5) skein Gradient kits in fingering, sport, worsted or bulkier bases. We like options!
  • Pre-order any quantity you’d like of the available colors and bases that are in the kits. Basically, it’s a regular Blog update, too.
  • And to top it off it will be a 2-part update, at 2 different times so as to accommodate as many as possible.

We are so excited about Wollman Rink, with its color play, gorgeous texture and timeless good looks, reminiscent of the venue for which it’s named. Whether you lace up your skates and take to the ice or watch from the sidelines with a steaming mug of something hot, Wollman Rink is the perfect accessory.

To help Michele celebrate the release of her pattern and upcoming Gauge and Tension Plucky trunk show this weekend, Hayley and I have put together a collection of fingering weight kits that we think are particularly fun and promise to be ever so pretty.  Choose from gradients or play with color to create your own perfect cowl.  The pattern will be available in Michele’s Ravelry shop beginning Friday, November 6 and she’s even offering 10% off through Sunday!

And, we’ve heard your requests for more gradient kits, and we are happy to oblige!  In addition to the fingering kits, we will also have sport, worsted and bulkier (5) skein kits available.

I think it bears repeating that every color and base available in a kit is also available for pre-order in the quantity you want!  Do you need a Quadri to go with your Wollman Rink?  Pick up an extra skein of Bello Worsted or Snug Worsted, or even Scholar, and you’re good to go!

Before every update, please be sure to pop into the wishlist thread to let us know what colors and bases you are shopping for.  This is such a great starting point for us in putting together update offerings of bases, single colors, collages and gradients.  Then, we will post them in the locked update thread so you can easily scroll through to see what combos are speaking to Hayley and me!

Please join us on Friday, November 6 at 12 p.m. EST and again on Sunday, November 8 at 8 p.m. EST on the Plucky Blog for this multiple choice update!  Here’s a recap of what you will find:

Wollman Rink Cowl kits:

  • (6) skein fingering kits. Each kit will contain (2) skeins of a MC, (4) different skeins of CCs, in the same base and will be the needed yardage to knit Wollman Rink. Please note that the pattern is sold separately, in Michele’s Rav store with a 10% discount Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.

Bases available:

  • Cashmere
  • Feet
  • Oxford 2.0
  • Primo Fingering
  • Single (on back-order but available)
  • Snug Fingering

Gradient Kits

  • (5) skein gradient kits.  Each kit will contain 5 different colors, on the same base, forming a gradient for a project(s) of your choosing.

Bases available:

  • Each of the fingering bases noted above as well as
  • Bello Worsted
  • Cachet
  • COZY
  • Primo Sport
  • Scholar (original)
  • Snug Worsted

Standard Pre-Orders

  • Any of the listed colors, on any of the listed bases, in any amount you want! No need to limit yourself to one of the kits that we build; here is a chance to gather a sweater quantity of your choice, or select single colors to knit hats for the family.

This is going to be a fun one!  An important note:  This is one of the last blog updates that will ship prior to 12/23/2015.  If you’re looking for yarn to gift or gifts to knit, now’s your chance!  If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our Blog Updates in the FAQs found HERE. Also, be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter and go to our Plucky Knitter app so you are always up-to-date on events and news.

Warmly,

Shetland Trip and Two New Hats

As amazing as Shetland was, it feels so good to be home! Hayley and I are happy to be back home with our boys (both human and canine!) and sleep in our own beds. It seems fall officially arrived while we were away, too!

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We are adjusting back to our timezone and have already been busy prepping for the update on Sunday evening/Monday morning. It’s due time for a full-scale, pre-order update and I wanted to be sure to share the “souvenirs” we brought back for you!

We are happy to share with you two new (and FREE!) hat patterns inspired by our time in Shetland. We hope you’ll enjoy these quick and simple knits as much as we have! So, without further adieu, here are Marled Hat and Lerwick Roofline!

Marled Hat: A hat recipe for playing with color and texture. Choose two of your favorite Plucky worsted bases, knit them held together on large needles and the result is a thick, cushy, marled fabric, suitable for the entire family. This recipe can be easily adjusted by choosing varied bases and needle sizes, or casting on more or less stitches. Keep those noggins warm!

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Lerwick Roofline: The picturesque town of Lerwick sits amidst rolling green hills dotted with hardy sheep and bold, stocky ponies. After a day spent wandering the hills of Shetland, the stone cottages of this coastal town offer a warm and welcoming glow, inviting you to come sit and knit a while. Inspired by the adorable Baa-ble Hat I knit in preparation for Shetland Wool Week, this pattern is our postcard home of our fond memories of Lerwick.

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Crewbie – There’s A New Kid In Town

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Summer isn’t quite over yet and although we’re in full prep mode for fall (Shindig and other exciting plans!), we are still celebrating summer with our latest addition – Crewbie!

That’s right – Crewbie. Rhymes with Drewbie and is the namesake of our favorite “little brother”, Drew! He rolls his eyes and blushes when he hears it, but we know he loves it! If you’ve met Drew at the Shindig or one of our shows, you’ll understand why the name is so befitting.

Crewbie, little brother of Crew, is going to be hard-working, structured yet soft and will hold it’s shape thanks to the cotton/wool blend, just like Crew!

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Colorways available so far. Like to see more? Head on over to the wish list thread!

We are so excited to see a new twist on some already great fingering weight patterns using Crewbie. Here are a few we think will be great!:

Stripe Parade – the cotton in Crewbie will heather the colorways “just so” for that beachy-end-of-summer-look sweater you’ll pull out year after year…

Lake Effect – this fingering weight cardi will be an excellent transitional piece into the fall months when it’s not quite cold enough for a jacket but you need to ward off the chill.

Adrift – have a decadent pair in Bello?  knit a utilitarian yet still soft pair with Crewbie!

Northport – When in doubt, knit a hat! You can never have or gift too many! I am 100% certain I must have a Northport in Crewbie – I mean, I love my Fly Swatter in Crew, & I love to play with color…yes, this one must happen! Perhaps colorwork isn’t what you’re wanting these days, what about this cute new pattern Stones On The Beach or the Hermaness hat? Perfect!

Plaits & Pines – what do I always say…?!  Mix those bases!  How about a Plaits & Pines with Crewbie & Bello … really play on the way the colors take to the different fibers/bases and make those cables POP!

To round out the family theme and to #mixthosebases, a Hayley’s Comet would be great! Pick a skein of Crewbie and let it play with any of the other Plucky Fingering weight bases in a Hayley’s Comet for textural interest or let it sub in for another base to create that oh so perfect and soothing gradient.

And, because hats are always a good idea (to knit. to wear. to gift.) I thought I might include a little something to jump start your Fall knitting! Off Grid is our newest Plucky hat pattern. This hat will be perfect for transitioning from early Fall into “I must wear a hat now” season. It’s a shoulder season hat! For this update, orders that include a purchase of Cachet, Primo Aran, Scholar, Snug Worsted or Traveler Aran will receive a digital copy of Off Grid! Oh, and I think we should also include the pattern in ANY order over $50!

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If you are new to Plucky, please be sure to read through the ‘New To Plucky FAQ’ thread for a full explanation of how the updates work. Also, please feel free to pop into the ‘Your Plucky Concierge’ thread and ask away. We’re happy to help!

Go ahead, grab a skein or two or five of Crewbie and give it a go! However, Crewbie won’t be the only guy at this party on Friday, August 7th at Noon EDT and again on Sunday, August 9th at 8:00 PM EDT here on the Plucky BLOG. Here is the full list of bases that will be attending this two-part update. Bases available:

Bello
Bello Worsted
Cachet (Cashmere Aran)
Cashmere
Crewbie
Crew
Feet
Primo Aran
Primo Fingering
Primo Sport
Scholar
Single
Snug Fingering
Snug Worsted
Sophisticate
Traveler Aran
Traveler Sport

xo,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

Double The Fun!

Double The Fun!

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Shatsu in Steelhorse Cashmere

Double your knitting pleasure, double your knitting fun….you guys have spoken!  We just couldn’t decide which to debut first – Shatsu, the perfect tee from Michele Wang or the scrumptious Multiplicty wrap by Amy Miller. Whether you are an accessory knitter, a garment knitter or equal opportunity knitter, we have your bases covered. We are so happy to offer two kits in one update!

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Multiplicity by Amy Miller, is a wrap that just begs to be knit more than once! Hayley’s already planning her second! My mind is spinning with two color combos and multi-colored eye popping possibilities. This pattern is a textured triangle and is written in a variety of size, base and color work options. And, I am happy to report that Multiplicity is that magic project…  fun to knit, great conversational knitting and a gorgeous FO when done!

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Hayley’s Multiplicity. Cashmere, multi-color, size small.

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There goes Ox, napping with the knits again.

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Shatsu in Dive Bar, Plucky Single

The Shatsu Tee, by Michele Wang, is destined to become a wardrobe must have! Knit in a heavy fingering or sport weight, this tee promises to work on every body shape under the sun! And, Shatsu knows no season. You can wear it as a lighter weight shell in the warmer months over a tank and yoga pants (which I have done and love it) or layer it over a button down (flannel or plaid for me please!) or long sleeved tee (stripe tee would be super cute!) when the temperatures drop.

Just a few of the bases available so far for Multiplicity & Shatsu:

Multiplicity:
Bello
Cashmere
Feet
Primo Fingering
Single
Snug Fingering

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Shatsu:
Cashmere
Primo Sport
Traveler Sport
Single
Snug Fingering

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Please join us at 8:00 pm Eastern on Sunday, July 19th and again on Monday, July 20th at 9:00 am Eastern right here on the Plucky Blog for a double the fun update.

Shatsu and Multiplicity will have a drop down menu for the base and the colors of your choice. And, you can be sure that Hayley and I will have some pretty kicky mystery kits up our sleeves for those who want a Multiplicity surprise. I hope you will take a few minutes to pop into the Wishlist thread and let us know what colors are calling your name!

Keep an eye on the Update News & Announcements thread for the final list of color kits and options that will be offered  and if there is something you would love to see, please be sure to post in the Wishlist thread and we will do our very best to make it happen! Oh, and I almost forgot…we will have 2 skein Multiplicity kits and just a few Shatsu kits in the 3 and 4 skein sizes as ready-to-ship!!!

Happy Knitting,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

The Week Ahead –

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Good morning & a very happy first Monday of Spring to you all!

You know those moments when you see or hear something and the first thing you can think of doing is to grab your phone and text or call someone, because you just have to share?! That is sort of the way I have been feeling lately, but it’s not possible to call all of you. So, how about you eavesdrop on a conversation between Hayley and me?

Me: Holy buckets have I got something to tell you. I have been swatching. A LOT!

Hayley: Really? For what?

Me: For fun and for science! You know those new designs we’ve been talking about? Well, there’s trying out different bases, so many stitch patterns, different needle sizes, mixing bases (you know how I feel about that!), textures and color mash ups, and generally turning things on their ears.

Check this simple lace pattern out in Snug Fingering. Don’t forget you promised to knit one up in CREW!

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Hayley: No wonder you’ve been quiet and not posting many FO’s lately.

Me: YES! Several of them are almost ready! That hat, that solid and/or multi color wrap pattern almost done! And that club thing we’ve been talking about…. oh, not ready to share that one yet.

And, we have that kit from Michele Wang – Verdea – that will go live at the end of the week/weekend. One of us, not sure which yet, needs to be camera ready for some modeled shots tomorrow! Bring your lip gloss!

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Hayley: Oh man…..

Me: Oh, and one more bit of news…All the Fellas will be out the door over the next day or two – it’s early, love it when that happens!

Do not forget your lip gloss tomorrow!

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Snug Worsted. Good Old Days

Amaryllis

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You guys! I am having the best time watching the photos of your WIPs and FOs from All Bundled Up pop up in the group!  It delights me to no end to see how you have embraced the patterns from ABU and are making them your own.  So many of you have been really stretching your skills, reaching for things that just a short time ago were not in your knitting repertoire.

Fair Isle is a case in point. Last January, I decided to expand my knitting repertoire and try my hand at stranded knitting. I had always been a little intimated by it (those floats!) but knew I had to jump in with “both hands” so to speak!  At first it felt a little weird and it was slow going. But, I’m glad to say I did it. And now it thrills me no end to see so many of you doing the very same thing! Your Northport’s are amazing! If you are still on the fence about trying out Fair Isle knitting and haven’t quite worked up the courage to start a Northport, may I suggest that you start out and test your skills with Amaryllis. This is the perfect starting point! Amaryllis is worked in a worsted weight yarn and is less than 20 rows of colorwork. That’s totally doable, knits up lightening fast and the results are great! In fact, I love the knit so much that I’m thinking of making a third one in Scholar.

And the color possibilities – they are endless! It’s Friday – are looking for a quick instant gratification weekend project?! Amaryllis is just the ticket! Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

 

ABU – The Update!


Shop Update, Sunday, January 11th, 8:00 pm EST & Monday, January 12th 9:00 am EST

This Sunday’s Blog Update is going to be so fun because it will be driven by what you have asked for. Not only will it be full to the brim with the bases and the colors you have asked for, it will also have kit offerings.You were kind enough to vote in a poll in our group on Ravelry and tell me the color kits you wanted to see in an update this weekend! And, the wishlist thread has been on fire. Thank you for taking the time let me know what you want.  So, let’s talk about a couple of our top vote getters!
Your enthusiasm for Sugarloaf has really put a smile on my face. This cowl is such an unexpected mix of lace and ribs, knit in a bulky weight yarn, then all tied together with the pop of a third color.  Because you voted in our poll in the Plucky group on Ravelry for Sugarloaf kits (kits available in SNUG only), I have put together some combos that I think will look smashing. But, I am pretty sure that you have some color combo ideas too!  A Sugarloaf kit in Snug may be the starting point for you.  Or, maybe you are thinking of using a different base?  Maybe going down a couple of needle sizes and casting on extra stitches?  I couldn’t agree more!A few Sugarloaf Options (and of course a mystery option!) as follows:





Once I began to post teaser photos, before the actual launch of All Bundled Up, it became apparent that Frostline was going to be a favorite. And, that was before the thermometer took a nose dive this week! Wrapping yourself in a worsted weight shawl is one of the best ways I know of to ward off a chill!  You might choose a subtle and sophisticated gradient for your Frostline kit, or something eye popping and guaranteed to brighten the dreariest winter day.

Please join us for this two part update on Sunday, January 11th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on the Plucky Blog and again Monday morning, January 12th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern as we bring you a pre-order update, filled with your favorite bases and colors.  And, yes, some new colors too!  Shown above are a sampling of the kits, and there will be more to come. Keep an eye on the Update & Announcement thread as I continue to add collages and post the final colorway list for the update.

Bases available will be:
Bello
Bello Worsted
Crew
Oxford
Primo Aran
Primo Worsted
Primo Sport
Primo Fingering
Scholar
Snug
Snug Worsted
Sophisticate
Sweater
Traveler Aran
Traveler Sport
Trusty

Your enthusiasm for the All Bundled Up collection has been so heartwarming. We cannot thank you enough!

Warmly,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

North Port

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We started the planning for the collection way back in July – we still cannot believe it’s finally here and I can’t begin to tell you how much your enthusiastic and very warm reception to our new collection means to us so I’ll just say THANK YOU!!!  Now it’s time to begin sharing details, inspiration and ways to make the All Bundled Up projects unique to you!

Today, let’s talk about Northport.

Northport is a fingering weight Fair Isle hat. One of the great things about Fair Isle is that it uses very small amounts of contrast colors, that when knit up produce an interesting fabric that tells a story. Our Northport tells of endless lake effect snow showers (so it seems) and frost in the air.

This pattern is the perfect example of not necessarily needing to follow the color placements and suggested base to the letter. One of our sample knitters reports that she has no idea what precise bases or exact colors she has used in knitting her Northport. She keeps a bag of all those little leftovers from other projects (don’t we all and aren’t they fun!), sorted only by weight.  So, for quite some time she has been putting all the left over Feet, Primo Fingering, and Bello into one container of fingering yarns and as she would come to an element in the chart that needs a new color, she just looks into the scrap bag for inspiration.  She might may have wanted to use pink as her big snowflake, and she may spy four different pinks in that bag. Base?  Not sure.  Plucky color?  Who knows – maybe Miss Manners? Maybe it’s Mini Skirt. Talk about knitting by the seat of your pants!

Of course if that’s a little too zany for you, we have provided details of colors used in our knits shown above on the North Port pattern page or, maybe you like one of the colorway sets shown below. But, just maybe, you have been inspired to dig into your leftovers!

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Looking ahead –

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The excitement…. it is killing me!

Now that we have all put 2014 to bed, I don’t know about you but I am ready to settle in and surround myself with warm and cozy knitting. To just be quiet (well as quiet as it gets around here anyway). I want something that will put a little twist into my classic! I want something that will set my creative wheels turning! And, I really want to feel the joy and anticipation of trying to decide what to cast on first – I mean next – no first!

Shoot. Did I just give you a hint of what is coming on January 5th? I said choices didn’t I? Oh my, it is getting so hard for me to keep this a secret!

Well, it’s back to the finishing touches for me, as well as some snuggle time with Sam and Ox. Secret keeping is NOT an easy business! But, there’s only three more days that I have to keep my mouth shut and then it’s the big reveal. I sincerely hope you are all ready to treat yourself to something special, because you deserve it!

With warmth & our very best wishes!
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Hayley’s Comet & Saugerties

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These last couple of weeks of the year are always a little crazy for most, reflecting back on the year and wrapping up year-end details. We’re busy at the studio doing just that, wrapping up 2014 and looking ahead with anticipation to the new year. We hope you’ll join us at our blog on Sunday for a Plucky party – the last update of the year – featuring not one, but TWO kit options AND pre-orders for your favorite colors and bases.  AND for our friends near and far, it’s a two-part update – Sunday evening and Monday morning!

This will be the inaugural pre-order blog update since the launch of our new website this week. We’re very excited (and maybe a little twitchy!?)!  If you haven’t seen the new website yet, please have a look around and maybe you’ll find a few Plucky Swag items in our shop (they are ready-to-ship and we’re offering free shipping on the swag!!)!  Here’s a quick peek at what will be available on Sunday and Monday with more in depth details below:

4-skein kits for Hayley’s Comet:  Thank you so much for the excitement for our latest pattern release!  We love the possibilities with this one!  You’ll have 9 color combination options and 1 mystery option in your choice of Bello Fingering, Primo Fingering, Feet, and Oxford
Saugerties kits: You’ve seen a sneak peek in the Plucky group and we are so excited to offer this cozy shrug from Jill aka Knitterella!   You’ll have 10 color combinations to choose from in Plucky Scholar
Pre-orders in your choice of 10 bases & 25 colorways!

Here are a few more details about each of the offerings coming up on Sunday!:

 

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Hayley’s Comet
Hayley’s Comet was released in Ravelry earlier this week and we are so excited to offer you 10 different pre-order kit options across the Plucky fingering-weight bases!  This asymmetrical triangle is a fun and easy knit with so many color possibilities.  The resulting shawl reminded us of the tail of a comet, thus the name, and wraps just right around your neck or shoulders and will be perfect for keeping away the winter chill.  The pattern is available as a separate purchase via Ravelry.

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Saugerties Shrug
It’s no secret that Plucky loves how Jill has married her passions for graphic design and knitting!  She has us smitten with her latest design, Saugerties Shrug.  A bold, geometric motif adorns the edge of this oversized and o-so-cozy shrug.  Knit in Plucky Knitter’s luscious Scholar, this worsted weight design is a pleasure to knit and wear! Saugerties is a one-size shrug using 6 skeins of Scholar – 4 of the main color and 2 of the contrasting color.  We are offering 10 color combinations on Scholar for you to choose from!  The pattern PDF will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours after the update and will be a Plucky exclusive until April 20, 2015.  For these Saugerties Shrug kits only, Jill has included a bonus pattern, the Saugerties Hat!  With the leftover Scholar from the shrug, you’ll be able to make this cute hat to match.  A perfect set!  One caveat about Saugerties kits…we are currently low on Scholar and more is en-route so Saugerties kits will ship separately and later than your Hayley’s Comet and other Pre-Order items from this update.  Saugerties can be expected to ship mid-February if all goes according to plan.

Good Ole Pre-Orders!
We simply couldn’t call it an end-of-the-year party on the Blog without offering a plethora of choices for pre-order!  We’ll be offering the following 10 bases in 25 colorways!:
Primo Fingering
Bello Fingering
Oxford
Cashmere (limited amount)
Sophisticate
Traveler Aran
Trusty
Scholar
Snug Worsted (this base will also be delayed slightly – we’re in the same boat with Snug Worsted as we are with Scholar)
Feet

Seth has been hard at work, prepping the blog with all of the buttons and options.  We’ve featured a few of the color options here but for the latest, up-to-date colorways and kit combinations available for this update, come visit us in our Ravelry group in the Update News thread and New and Announcements thread.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, 12/21/14 at 8:00 p.m. and Monday, 12/22/2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Plucky Blog!  Orders from this update (with the exception of Saugerties Shrug kits and SNUG Worsted) will begin shipping January 29, 2015.

Warmly,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

Corvina

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We are so excited to share with you a brand new sweater from Michele Wang. Michele’s designs are always classic, timeless and gorgeous. And, Corvina is all that! From her studio in NYC, Michele has been designing knitwear for years and every one of her patterns has been a crowd pleaser. I am over the moon to share with you Mishi2x’s newest design as an exclusive Plucky kit!

Corvina is a worsted weight pullover sweater, worked in a figure flattering chevron stitch pattern, with stockinet and seed stitch detailing and +4-6” of ease. Corvina is a worsted weight pullover sweater, worked in a figure flattering  chevron stitch pattern, with stockinette and seed stitch detailing and +4-6” of ease, knit flat, from the bottom up, and seamed together. As always, Michelle’s patterns are beautifully written, making them a great choice for the less experienced sweater knitter or even the first time sweater knitter!

We have selected five bases for this kit, giving you the choice of several looks for your Corvina. Bello Worsted and Primo Worsted will give your finished sweater a soft and lovely drapey feel, perfect for those times you want something light, airy and luxurious. Or, you might choose to knit yours in Sweater or Trusty if you are looking for a bit more structure. Perhaps Snug Worsted is just what you have been waiting for (that’s right, SNUG WORSTED!!!). This brand new Plucky base will give your sweater all the luxury and drape of a cashmere blend with just a wee bit more heft than Bello Worsted. Whatever base you choose, your FO is going to be lovely!!

Please join us on the Plucky Blog Tuesday, October 14th for a two part update at 9:00 A.M. Eastern and 8:00 P.M. Eastern as we proudly offer the Corvina sweater kit. As always, we will watch the Wishlist thread to see what color you need for your Corvina! We will post the final color options in the Colorway Groupings and Kit thread prior to the Update, so keep checking to see if your color is on the list!

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Shown above in Bello Worsted, Signature Cocktail

Corvina Grays

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Corvina Brights

As always, I will keep a close eye on the wish list thread to see what colors you need for your own Corvina! You will be able to view the final colorway listing in the Update thread on Ravelry.

When: Tuesday, October 14th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Where: At the Plucky Blog
What: Corvina Kits in Bello Worsted, Primo Worsted, SNUG Worsted (BRAND NEW!), Trusty & Plucky Sweater
Cost: Kit pricing has been made available via this Google Sheet

Please note: The update on Tuesday is a pre-order and will ship the week of November 24th. And, as with other kits, Corvina is an exclusive Plucky kit and will remain as such for the next four months. The pattern PDF will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours after the update concludes.

The finish line

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Good morning and happy Monday!

We are almost there, and can you see the finish line? I can! Some of you have FO’s (several!) and some of us have our heads down, working furiously, still with an eye toward the last few minutes of Plucktember. As you work, I hope you can hear us all cheering for you and urging you toward completion. You can do it!!!

As a last little thank you to all the participants and spectators, I would like to offer all the official Plucky patterns to you for free until tomorrow night at Midnight (Eastern time). A few of them have always been free and some will still have the price beside them (and a few of them are Tanis Gray for Plucky Knitter – Thank you Tanis! Kendrick , Featherbelle , Ebb–Flow , Vigilante). But, when you hit the “buy” button, the pattern will automatically go to your library and not charge you through Paypal. I hope you find something you like and are ready to sit back, relax, and make October a month where you knit at a more leisurely pace and cast on with abandon!

You have all been terrific!

 

 

 

Sweater Weather Is Here!

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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!

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Haberdasher

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
Feet
Single
Oxford
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.

Gauge
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.

Notes
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.

Camilla

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Shown in Plucky Bello. After Dark, Fondant, Milk Maid & Tiny Bubbles

I am so excited to be able to share with you the newest design from Gina House (a.k.a. SleepyEyes) and her first design for Plucky. When photos for the Camilla Shawl arrived in the studio, my mind began to race with the color and base possibilities. Knit in a single color, Camilla will be subtle yet dramatic. Or, you may want to play with multiple colors (3, 4, or even bind off with a 5th color perhaps?!), accentuating the lace. Whichever fingering base you choose, your Camilla will be gorgeous!

And what is better than debuting a new kit? How about a new kit AND a new custom Plucky base?! OXFORD is in the house and would be a fantastic choice for your Camilla Shawl.

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If you choose Oxford for your Camilla, your finished shawl will be a light and lofty, blocking out a bit larger than if you knit it in one of the other fingering bases. And the juxtaposition of the more rustic (but still very luxurious – 25% cashmere after all!) spin of Oxford and the ladylike Camilla – well I just think it’s a match made in pattern/yarny heaven!

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The Camilla kit will be offered on Thursday, July 24th at Noon Eastern on the Plucky Blog. Seth (good old Seth!) will set up drop down menus for all of the Plucky fingering bases (Feet, Primo Fingering, Bello, Single and Oxford) and I will be putting together the color options for him to set up as well.

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Pay no attention to my dyeing attire, just had to show Camilla + Oxford in all their glory – Thank you Gina for such a lovely design!

Please keep an eye on the locked color thread for kit choices and pricing and be sure to post your thoughts in the Wishlist thread. We will email you the pattern within 48 hours of your purchase of a kit.

Thank you and happy knitting everybody!
s

P.S. Please note: Not all color combinations will be available across every base. The kits will be chosen based on how each individual base takes color. There will be kit offerings that are available in Primo Fingering, Feet, Single & Bello only. THEN there will be kits available in all bases, INCLUDING Oxford. They will be marked accordingly.

Cabeladabra

Hana Collage USE

Shown in Primo Aran – Fat Fish Blue

Hanna has designed a beautiful V-neck sweater, filled with magical twists and turns, all designed to bring your eye up to the very flattering neckline.

This sweater is worked almost seamlessly from the bottom up, featuring set-in sleeves with short row sleeve caps and a series of double decreases for neckline and armholes. Cabeladabra is a fast knit with impressive details and is stunning worked in either Primo Aran or Scholar.

Please join us at 8:00 a.m. AND 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 2nd – right here on the blog.

Again, Cabeladabra is available in both Primo Aran and Plucky Scholar in 32 lovely colorways. Something for everyone!

Hana teaser

Shown in Plucky Scholar in Oatmeal

Hana Sweater

Hanna The Blues

Bold Move – The Colorways

Bold Move collage

As promised, here are the kit options for Sunday evening’s Bold Move kit update. Have fun! 

MC show at left and CC on right.

BOld Move Bold Bold Move Contrast Bold Move Fairy Tales BOld Move Granola BOld MOve Hitch Bold MOve Just this once Bold MOve Kicky Bold Move Make a Scene Bold Move Many Talents Bold Move Monarch Bold Move Original Bold MOve Special Occasion  Bold MOve Spring Thaw Bold MOve Stateroom Bold MOve Travel in Style Bold Move UnderstatedBold Move LIttle Bohemia Bold Move Well SpokenBold Move l2Bold Move SashayBold Move A LIttle Romance

One Bold Move

Bold MOve Green Full

One Bold Move deserves another.

With this incredibly flattering skirt, Lorilee is inviting each of us to make a bold move.  For her, the inspiration for this design came from her own bold move across the country.  For many of us, this skirt will offer a chance to try something new and imaginative.  That certainly will be a bold move for most of us.

As anybody who has had the pleasure of taking a class from Lorilee or of knitting one of her stunning designs knows, her pattern writing skills are extraordinary and her explanations are spot on.  Now she brings us a design that works across the board for all body shapes and sizes.  The pattern contains instructions for modifications that will insure a good fit. The vertically stranded purl stitch columns allow the skirt to move freely and flatter a multitude of body shapes and sizes.  I have had the privilege of seeing Bold Move on many shapes and sizes and I have to say – it looks fantastic on everyone!

The kit (pattern & yarn) will be available right here on the Plucky Blog this Sunday evening, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

Bold MOve Green Back

Bold Move Original Hem

Bold Move Original Full

 

Snow Day #47,892

 

ground hog day

Anyone else feeling like they’re living in ‘Groundhog Day‘?

Just when we get the deck shoveled off or the dyeing area at the studio somewhat cleared of snow (ha! not really, more like just when we get a path shoveled) and then manage to sneak in one little walk for Sam & Ox or a dye run or two, Mother Nature lowers the boom again. And again.  AND AGAIN.  Here on the west coast of Michigan we are in for a full day of snow.  Flights have been cancelled, the plans for the day have been shelved and there is a run on the beer and wine at the grocery store. I feel like a pot of this or this or this may be in order today… with a batch of these for good measure.

so long agoSeems like ages ago….

So, let’s make lemonade out of snowballs, shall we?:

#1.  It’s Saturday.  That means we will be all shoveled out by the time Monday rolls around. I think. And, if the weather clears up as it is supposed to, I may be able to get a re-do on today’s to do list.

#2.  This snow day is giving me the opportunity to compose some info/ramblings that have been rolling around in my head for a while now.  I want to write about each of the Plucky bases. What I love about each base, what I think they are each suited for, as well as suggest a few patterns that I think are perfect for that base or are a few of my personal favorites. Sort of a love letter to each of the bases. After all, there is a reason that each one is on the Plucky menu and, I’d love to share that information with you.

Stitch Block Close Up

# 3.  I brought Bello Worsted home from the studio last night so that I could cast on for the Stitch Block Cowl.  I’m about five inches in and CAN NOT put this project down.  I am already planning an outfit around this because thanks to the snow, I have a good chance of having this finished and ready to wear at Stitches!

Stitch Book Cowl

That’s all for the moment.  Back to my snow day knitting, email catch-up and soup making. Happy snowy Saturday everyone!

Just another manic Monday

ox face

….wish it were Sunday…..

The secret to trudging through and, dare I say it…. enjoying chilly temperatures is to wear wonderful knitted items and to keep moving (no Carhartt’s today but almost) and that is exactly what we are doing today. We are hustling! Between now and the end of the year we have loaded up the calendar with so many fun things. So, here goes a little review of what’s coming up between now and the end of the year:

Tomorrow, November 26th is the release of the new Plucky sweater kit featuring Babycocktails pattern, Brandied Cherry. What color will you make?

November 29th will be signups for the new Grey Club with FREE SHIPPING!

Dec 4th we will be releasing the new sweater kits from Jimiknits, offered in both Sweater and Primo Worsted.

The week of Dec 18th will be the cashmere update!

AND one more Instant Gratification – featuring lots and lots of mystery kits – update with FREE SHIPPING!

Here at the studio we have lots more to work on before the end of this crazy, wacky, never-a-dull-moment year. Of course, I can’t give you exact details yet, but I can whisper a few little hints.

We are getting so close to actually being able to launch the new website and it is going to be zingy and fun!

We are so very close to a new building. I haven’t been divulging much at all about said building as we’ve had way too many false starts…. so that is all I will say for now except we have workmen (one or two hired and two or three related to us), with hammers in their hands, waiting for the go ahead …. stay tuned….

The new photo database is coming along so nicely. This is a tool I’ve have been working on that will allow you to cut, paste, collage and play to your hearts content. Plucky paint – I mean yarn – chips if you will. I know you have already been spying some of the new photos and I have been spending my evenings editing and labeling. This project has been a personal joy for me and is moving along quite nicely.

Hayley and I have been making our travel plans for Stitches West in February and drawing out our booth design plans and, of course, planning on what we will be bringing (NEW COLORS! NEW BASES! NEW KITS!). Ryan and I have been mapping out dyeing schedules between now and February to ensure that we are able to bring everything AND the kitchen sink.

The Shindig plans are going to knock your socks off! Details very soon.

Are you excited yet? The entire Plucky team (Hayley, Ryan, Drew, Tiffany and Rebecca) sure is!! But, before all that happens, we will be taking a little time off at the end of the year to enjoy our families and some down time and then it is back to full speed ahead.

In closing, we thank you…. so so very much and we hope everybody finds a little extra time during this upcoming long weekend to spend time with those close to you, doing what you love.

Warmly,
Sarah

Telling Time & Time To Tell!

How can it be that the closer we get to the end of 2013, the faster the days are flying by? Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that we were wearing our flip-flops and running the fans at full speed? Wow. We are more than half way through November already! I have no choice but to face the fact that time really DOES fly when you are doing something that you love.

We have so many exciting things to look forward to…

Surprise November

Later this week we will have the surprise update! We will give you 24 hours notice of the exact day and time window, so watch the update thread for details. This update will include the five colors that you voted for (as shown above). All five colors will be available on Primo Fingering, Primo Worsted, Sweater, Bulky and Traveler Sport and remember – they are ready to ship!

brandied cherry spoilerPhoto courtesy Babycocktails

Cozy is back in stock and it’s time to celebrate! November 26th will bring the much-anticipated release of kits for the new Babycocktails sweater pattern, Brandied Cherry. Thea has already posted a few teaser photos for this awesome cabled design and I know lots of knitters are chomping at the bit to get this one cast on!

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Friday, November 29th will be the signups for the new Gray Club. And, as if Grays weren’t exciting enough, I have decided to make this a free shipping signup!

Gakusei SpoilerPhoto Courtesy JimiKnits

December 4th will be the release of a new exclusive sweater pattern from our friend Jimi at Jimiknits. The cardigan is designed in Plucky Sweater and the kits will be offered in both Sweater and Primo Worsted. This promises to be great fun, as Jimi always has something out of the ordinary up her sleeve! I have a sample knit up here at the studio and I am smitten!

Then….. sometime during the week of December 18 we will have a cashmere update. I haven’t decided on the exact date yet, but I promise to give you lots of advance notice. Cashmere just feels like a great way to wind down the year and give yourself a little treat, don’t you think?

And, because you asked so nicely, we will be working in another small IG update with free shipping before the end of the year that will feature many mystery kits. Again, I promise to let you know as soon as I lock in the date!

I could go on because there are some other very fun things in the queue…. A sweater in traveler sport that I just adore. Two new accessories that will feature Bello Worsted and then a knit skirt that, I kid you not, will knock your socks off and so much more. But that’s enough for the day because well, time does not stand still and I’ve got to go dye some yarn.

Thank you so much and happy Tuesday!

 

Ashburn

It seem ages ago, but remember how much I loved knitting Nangou? So imagine my unending delight when Melanie offered to work up another one of her clever designs in Plucky. It’s time for Ashburn!

Turn heads in Ashburn, an eye-catching triangular-esque shawl with asymmetrical flair. Ashburn uses garter and slipped stitches to create a subtle medley of texture. Then, an endless combination of color choices lets you be as demure or as bold as you like. Having trouble choosing? Melanie says make more than one—it knits up quick!


Shown in Barely Birch, Two Drifters & Sticky Toffee. Picture courtesy Melanie Berg


Get a load of that texture!


Shown in Corduroy, Milk Maid & Before You Go Go

Designed in three colors of Plucky Bello, this shawl is perfect for having some fun with color, too!  And, please do not hesitate to whip up an Ashburn in Primo Fingering or Plucky Single as well. All would be just darling and a fantastic marriage of yarn and pattern.

You know how we love to give you options so the Ashburn will not only be offered in Bello, but also Primo Fingering AND Plucky Single. Here’s a peek of just a few of the colorway choices that will be available:

Here are the details you need to get your exclusive kit!:

Where?:  At the Plucky blog (www.thepluckyknitter.com)
When?:  Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
What?:  3 color kits (you will receive one skein of each color listed in your chosen kit) available on Bello, Primo Fingering or Plucky Single (1 skein of each colorway) as well as the exclusive pattern and shipping anywhere in the world!

How Much?:
3 Skein (one of each color) Bello kit – $119
3 Skein (one of each color) Primo fingering kit – $98
3 Skein (one of each color) Plucky Single – $89

Thank you so much for your interest – we wish you a great day!

Bees To Honey

Bees to Honey ~ A Shawl kit from Amy Miller & The Plucky Knitter.
Plucky Bello, a quick to knit stockinette body, and a beautiful lace edging combine to make this a truly decadent shawl!

Shown in Pollen & High Cotton

Designed to use two colors of Plucky Bello (oh, the cashmere!), this shawl is perfect for having some fun with color, too!

You don’t have to stick with just Bello on this one though.  We love to give you options and this kit is going to be offered in Primo Fingering, Plucky Single (yay! It’s back!!) and if you want a big, soft warm hug to wrap yourself up in for the cooler months, how about Traveler Sport?  If you use up all four skeins in your Traveler Bees to Honey kit, you will have a shawl measuring roughly 120″ in wingspan and 48″ in depth. How’s that for big and cozy?!

Here’s a peek at a few of the colorway choices that will be available:

Here are the details you need to get your exclusive kit!:

Where?:  At the Plucky blog (www.thepluckyknitter.com)
When?:  Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. AND again at 6:00 p.m. EDT
What?:  2 color kits (you choose 2 from the available colorways to create your kit, 1 skein of each colorway) available on Bello, Primo Fingering, Plucky Single or Traveler Sport (2 skeins of each colorway). Multi color kits consisting of 7 skeins will be available.  These will be pre-assembled and you will NOT need to choose the colorway.  Available in Bello, Primo Fingering, and Plucky Single only.

How Much?: 
2 Skein (one of each color) Bello kit – $83
2 Skein (one of each color) Primo fingering kit – $69
2 Skein (one of each color) Plucky Single – $63
4 skein (two of each color) Plucky Traveler sport kit – $124
7 skein (seven color) Bello – $264
7 skein (seven color) Primo Fingering – $215
7 skein (seven color) Plucky Single – $194

Thank you so very much for your interest and and excitement for this kit. It’s so adorable and what a fun knit. You’re going to love it!

Making A Memory – A Plucky Pattern

making a memory

My first design. Well, let’s just call it my first original hat pattern. I do not consider myself a designer at all (How I love working with designers. Absolutely one of my favorite parts of my job). I’m just a rabid knitter of hats (and other things, but especially hats) who knows what I like and thought it would be a festive way to mark the occasion.

Making a memory front silly

NO idea why I am gazing at Hayley. We kid and make fun of each other. We do not gaze. 

Making a Memory. A lightweight hat that is just the right topper (with just the right amount of slouch) for strolling the streets of Paris… which may never happen again. Or, perfect for covering up a bad hair day…. which happens all the time.

Making a Memory is 25% off until Wednesday at Midnight Eastern with the code ‘HomeSweetHome’

But wait, there’s one more!

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Passage Couvert. A little heavier weight hat knit up in three different Plucky yarns in both child (12″ to 16″) and adult size (18″ to 22″). Options. Who doesn’t love options!?

Passage Couvert now available! 25% off until Wednesday at Midnight as well using coupon code: Wheretheheartis

It’s so good to be home!

James Pattern

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a manual download and will be processed manually. You will receive the pattern PDF in your email within 24-48 hours of your purchase. Thank you!

James Pattern

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Use this button to buy the James Pattern (no shipping). This will be delivered via email. Please note that this is a purchase of the pattern only, no yarn is included.




James~

James Full beach

Shown in Traveler Sport, colorway Brooch

Much like its namesake, James is sure to be a classic!  This beautiful new pullover of Amy Miller’s (featuring Plucky Traveler Sport) combines style and comfort – not always an easy feat!

James Side

Top down and in the round, James uses short rows to shape the neck and increases to flare the body – it’s as fun to wear as it is to knit!  The pattern uses short rows at the neck, so while it requires a bit of focus in the beginning it is an easy knit once the yoke is complete.

James is the perfect match for Traveler Sport; the A-line shaping drapes beautifully with the soft, silkiness of Traveler.  Gently skimming along the body, showing off the best features of the pattern, yarn, and wearer!  If cashmere is your cup o’ tea, Plucky Primo Sport will work just as beautifully for the pattern, too.  This is the sweater to wear when you want to look your best for a casual occasion or works as the perfect canvas for dressing up for a night out on the town.  James doesn’t have to be reserved just for beaches and BBQ’s.  Think pencil skirts and ballet flats or tights and boots for fall. It really is a blank canvas!

Are you ready to get your hands on this exclusive kit (pattern included)?  Be right here at the Plucky blog at 9:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 to pick your base, Traveler or Primo Sport and your colorway.  All orders will ship according to our pre-order policies (leaving the studio on/about September 9th) and just in time to add to your fall knitting repertoire.

Sample of some colorways available (many more to come!):

James neutral

James browns

James prickly

james brooch

James miss

 

 

 

Cassis, Monomania & Totes – Oh My!

Plucky Update Time~
Sunday, August 11th, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

 

Hello and a very happy and sunny Saturday to one and all!

I can scarcely believe that August is well underway.  Time flies when you’re having fun!  And boy, have we been up to some fun!  We have some incredible projects for you to shop for including (but of course not limited to!) a revamp of a classic sweater, a new pattern that quickly became a smashing hit and don’t forget Plucktember (here’s another chance for you to grab an exclusive tote bag)!

Join us tomorrow, Sunday, August 11th, at 8:00 p.m. EDT, here on the Plucky blog for a pre-order update!  All orders will begin to ship in accordance with our pre-order shipping policy on September 6th.  We’ll have an incredible assortment of bases and colorways available for you to choose from, so start planning your fall knitting projects now! Here are a few ideas to get you started (just in case you need a few more for your queue):

Revamp of a Classic
Remember Thea’s Cassis?  The perfect, casual, go-to of a cardigan for those late summer evenings when the cicadas get louder and the weather turns cooler. Here we have Cassis, Part II knit up in Primo ARAN (which means it will practically fly off the needles!). This time with long sleeves and a shorter body. Pick your favorite Plucky colorway and plan to knit that cardigan that goes everywhere with you this Fall.


Thea’s pattern is available for purchase in Ravelry.  Colorway shown is Oatmeal on Plucky Knitter Primo Aran.

Monomania!
Did you miss out on Ann Weaver’s kit for the incredibly popular Monomania sweater?  Just can’t wait for the release of the pattern to cast on from your already carefully chosen colorways from your Plucky stash?  Here is your chance to purchase the pattern and put together your very own kit!

The pattern will be for sale as a stand-alone item during the update tomorrow evening. Please refer back to the last kit offering for inspiration ideas and also chat away in the color description thread or the Monomania chatter thread in the Plucky group.  Ann stands ready to help put kits together with the offerings available in Sunday’s update. You may remember that the original kits were offered in Plucky Feet but just imagine the possibilities in Primo Fingering and oh, dare we say…Bello?  Or, mix it up!  Our fingering weight base really do play so well together.

Please note: While not all colorways from the last kit offering will be available in Sunday’s update you can get really close and/or be inspired to try something new!

Plucktember – It’s less than a month away!
Here’s your chance to order an exclusive Plucktember tote bag.  These were so well received in our last update and we want to be sure that everyone who wants one has an opportunity to get one!  We’ll have a button on the blog update for you to make sure you get yours.

New Colorways
So, what’s going to be available tomorrow? We wondered when you were going to ask!  The list of colorways is a pretty impressive one with 50+ colorway options at last count, including 11 brand-spanking new ones all available on the following bases:

Primo (Fingering, Sport, Worsted, & yay!  Aran is back!)
Bello
Trusty
Feet
Sweater
Lace
Rustic
Bulky
Traveler (Sport and Aran)

Thank you so very much and have a fantastic weekend!

 

Cassis, Part II

cassis montagePhotos courtesy Thea Colman

Thea’s done a little revamp of one of our first – and favorite –  BabyCocktail – Plucky sweaters!  Cassis.

In cozy Primo Aran this time, with longer sleeves and a shorter body, this versatile cardigan is a classic fall staple that will fly off the needles in no time.  The same great details as the original – a reversible collar that can be worn folded back or draped inward, a casual shape that can be pinned shut or worn open, and a distinct but simple lace panel on both the fronts and back.   It’s a quick, seamless knit that you’ll end up reaching for again and again.

The pattern has been updated to include both worsted and aran numbers, plus directions for both body and sleeve lengths.  And anybody who purchased the original version through Ravelry will have automatically received an email from Ravelry to download the updated version into their library.  Think of it as a bonus for being a Ravelry member!

Great timing too as you’ll be able to get yourself a sweater quantity of Primo Aran at the next Plucky update this Sunday evening, August 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Knitters Curiosity Cabinet – A Giveaway

Contest is closed. Winners are: Baljinder & Spork. Thank you, everyone, for playing along and thank you, Hunter for a gorgeous collection!

Have you all seen Hunter Hammersen’s Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet: Volume II?  If you haven’t yet, you need to take a look!  Hunter has compiled another incredible collection of socks and accessories. A knitter’s interpretation of a curiosity cabinet of years gone by.  Hunter takes inspiration for this volume from vintage butterfly prints and transforms them into beautiful textures, cables, and lace.  Her interpretations are nothing short of stunning and her attention to detail is remarkable.  This book belongs in your knitting collection – you won’t be disappointed!

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I was absolutely enamored by the designs Hunter created with Plucky Feet and Primo Worsted.  The Delias Eucharis Sock in Plucky Feet is stunning (yes, that’s it on the cover – Plucky Feet made the cover!). Look how crisp the cables are! Her other design featuring Plucky is the Delias Eucharis Hat in Primo Worsted. My love for a great knitted hat is pretty well documented so of course this one caught my eye first. Hunter’s pattern coupled with Primo Worsted will make for the perfect, instant gratification, weekend knitting hat!

Hunter has graciously given us copies of her beautiful book to share with you all!  We have two copies of The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet: Volume II to give away and we’re going to make sure you receive a skein of Plucky Feet and a skein of Primo Worsted to knit her gorgeous patterns!  This will be just in time for you to join the Delias Eucharis Knit-a-long that Hunter will be hosting in her Ravelry group for the month of August!

So, here is what you need to do:

Head to TKCC Vol. II’s Ravelry page or the book’s site and let us know which pattern strikes you the most and, just for kicks, tell us what you’d put in your curiosity cabinet or collections you may have. And, no, yarn cannot be your answer, that’s just a given!

Leave your comment here on the blog and be sure to give us a way to contact you (email or Ravelry name)!  We’ll pick (2) winners at random on Wednesday, July 24th at Noon Eastern.  Each winner will receive a copy of The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet: Volume II, as well as one skein of Plucky Feet, AND one skein of Primo Worsted.

Rolling Rock ~

Thea and I have been at it again – it’s time for another Babycocktails/Plucky collaboration!

Love that girl. We have the best time working together. Brainstorming, talking drape, fit, color, old men’s sweaters, cocktails and generally just talking over each other because we both get so excited about ideas and projects – we just can’t keep our mouths shut.


Sporty yet feminine and oh so flattering (that lace panel in the back – what a great design element!), Rolling Rock is the perfect toss on and go sweater. But enough of me trying to describe Thea’s design, here’s what she has to say:

Rolling Rock is a light Henley-style pullover, seamlessly knit from the top down, using the contiguous shaping method at the shoulders.  This shaping method provides the look of shoulder seams and sleeve caps, without the actual seaming!  I wanted to play with the idea of a lace panel sweater in a different way than it had been done before, so the lace appears on the back only and has a unique shape to the panel that allows it to remain separate from all the shaping.  Plus, this lace motif is called bottle lace, so it was the perfect match for a BabyCocktails/Plucky knit, yes? 

The Henley neckline is also a little different than usual.  A faux button tab at bottom is short rowed to create a nice overlap and the neck above the tab is shaped so the collar naturally falls open and ends nice and low on the neckline.   A classic shape, a semi-classic neckline, and some eye catching detail on the back make for a versatile knit that’s fun to work up. 


Colorway shown: Back 40, Traveler SportColorways available:


Once again, we have put together a whole rainbow’s worth of Plucky Knitter/BabyCocktail kits, so you can custom order a sweater’s worth of Traveler – or maybe Primo – Sport in the color of your choice, and download the pattern at a kit discount price.

Specifications:
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, 325 yds per skein. OR Plucky Knitter Primo Sport (both options will be available)
1000(1100,1200,1300,1400)(1500,1600,1700,1800, 1900)yds. Color shown is Back 40.
Sizing: 32.25(34.25,36.5,39.5,42.75)(44.25,46.5,48.75,52.25,54.5)” Actual finished bust size. Shown with 2.5” of positive ease.
Gauge: 5.5 sts, 8 rows per 1 in stockinette. In lace, each 10 st repeat = 1.5” wide, about 1.5” tall.
Needles: US#4/3.5mm (long circs for the body, DPNs or short circs for sleeves)

Kits will be available Sunday, July 14th at 6pm Eastern Time on the Plucky BLOG and will remain open while inventory remains. We have worked diligently to ensure we are able to fill the shop with as many kits as possible, both in terms of inventory on hand ready to dye, as well as processing time to get the kits to you as quickly as possible. All sweater kits will ship according to our pre-order policy and you will receive an email with the coupon code to download your discounted pattern directly from Thea (a.k.a. Babycocktails).

Thank you very much and best wishes for a great weekend ahead!

 

Monomania!

Monomania has sold out at this time. We will have more kits at a future date. Details to come. Thank you!!!!

It’s time for some chevron/colorwork mania! Introducing Monomania!

Monomania will debut as an exclusive kit from Weaver Knits & The Plucky Knitter, which will go on sale right here on the Plucky BLOG tomorrow, Friday, July 12th at 9 a.m.! There will be over a dozen color combinations (19 at last count!) from which to choose, with more to come in the future.

This kit is available in Plucky Feet only at this time. That is the yarn used in the design and suggested for its crisp stitch definition and memory.

Please note: This is a pre-order item and ships according to our pre-order policy. You will receive a coupon code to download your PDF copy of Monomania. You will not receive a hard copy of your pattern.

Yarn requirements!
890 (1040, 1320, 1530, 1830) yds of PLUCKY FEET:
260 (300, 380, 440, 530) yds in A;
240 (280, 360, 420, 500) yds in B;
200 (230, 290, 340, 400) yds in C;
90 (230, 290, 330, 400) yds in D.

A note from Ann Weaver, designer: The pattern includes instructions for an elbow-length sleeve version and a three-quarter-length sleeve version. Yardage given is for the three-quarter-length sleeve version. The elbow-length sleeve version requires 40 fewer yards of B.

I wanted to make a lightweight cardigan that used an allover large chevron pattern in several colors; I wanted this to be the sort of cardigan you could wear with everything and the sort of pattern that you could make multiple times, using different yarn and color combinations.

All the shaping in Monomania is accomplished without interrupting the chevron pattern. Because the increases and decreases for each size are different, the 37-page pattern includes line-for-line instructions for each size. All sizes have been test knit and tech edited to ensure that this project is not only clear and easy but also a lot of fun to knit.

For a few months, not a day went by when I was not thinking about chevrons and working toward my goal of a full-on chevron sweater that looks good on a wide range of figures and lends itself to all manner of color combinations, from subtle ombre to stark contrast. Here’s the result. Enjoy!

For more information, see the Monomania thread in the Plucky group on Ravelry and on Ann’s blog. Everyone is getting super chatty talking color choice/placement, size, ease and more. Have fun!Thank you for your enthusiasm for this kit. What a happy riot of zigzagging color!

P.S. Check out the Flickr photo stream for more color options.

Alight ~

I’m so happy to let you know that kits for Amy’s gorgeous sweater, Alight, will be available for sale tomorrow morning, Friday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on the Plucky blog.

Please note: The kits will include yarn (all kits will be available in Plucky Sweater), pattern (PDF download only) and shipping (a nominal flat shipping rate of $6 for all kits regardless of size of order). Kits will range in cost from $131 to $251 depending on size. The full list of colorways will be available in the post tomorrow morning as well.

Alight is simply lovely and so very classic and flattering. But, here, let’s have Amy tell us more….

Among the many things I love about my best friend Beth is the fact that she is one of the strongest women I know. Sure of herself and confident, she meets challenges head-on and with no mincing around. For her birthday, I wanted to design a sweater that properly captured her bold personality and elegant, clean style.

Alight is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed for a structured look. The seed stitch trim flows into a small collar, the lapels are trimmed with a stylized candle flame stitch. The waist shaping and slightly flared sleeves give the sweater a trim, figure-conscious silhouette and this simple sweater is easy to modify to suit your particular figure.

Please choose a size for Alight based on your upper torso (sometimes called the “high bust”) rather than your full bust, as this will ensure a good fit in the shoulders. Should you need additional room in the hips and/or bust, vertical shaping darts are a great choice for this mostly Stockinette sweater. As always, we’ll discuss modification questions in the Amy Herzog Designs ravelry group if you’d like help achieving a custom result.


Final Measurements:

Bust measures: 30½ (32¾, 35, 37, 38½, 40¾, 43, 46½, 51, 54½)”/77.5 (83, 88.5, 94, 98, 103.5, 109, 118, 129.5, 138.5) cm

Length from hem to shoulder: 21 (21¾, 22¼, 22¾, 23½, 24, 24½, 25¼, 26, 26½)”/53.5 (55, 56.5, 58, 59.5, 61, 62, 64, 66, 67.5) cm

Featured Materials:

The Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater [90% merino; 10% nylon]: 270 yds/247 m per 100 g hank, shown in color Barn Door: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) hanks

Gauge: 22 sts & 30 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch, blocked. Recommended needle size of US 6/4 mm.

Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright Amy Herzog 2012 and used with permission. Technical editing by Elizabeth Sullivan.