Erin Gates of Lizzy Knits reached out to me and wondered if we might do some collaborating … so we did! She sent me some of her wonderful knitting patterns, and I sent her some of our alpaca yarn. We both agreed to promote each other and Erin has quite a following, so that is super exciting, and I am happy to team up with another small business owner! The first pattern I knit was Erin’s Tidal Beanie. I used our bulky weight Snuggle Yarn in the color Tan Heather, one skein will do it. I am very new to knitting cables and must say I’m a little less awkward than I was at first. I love the dimension and texture that cables add to a project. Of course, an Alpaca Pom Pom was the finishing touch!
Knitting Kit – Forget Not Mitt Kit
Looking for a Spring knitting project? While cooler seasons are known to be the height of knitting and crocheting, many of us know that knitting and crochet season never really ends. With warmer temperatures, we might opt not to be covered in super bulky alpaca wool yarn, but rather enjoy lighter yarns and smaller projects. Today I wanted to share the Forget Not Mitt Knitting Kit with you, along with all the pretty color combinations available. The pictures below are from Ravelry, and all the fingerless mitts were made using this kit.
Free Knitting Pattern – Simple Autumn Mittens
Usually I crochet, but I saw this knitting pattern for Simple Autumn Mittens by Halldora J on Ravelry and thought I just must share it. I love the feminine, lacy, pattern … don’t they look super soft and wonderful?
Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Alpacas and Llamas
We’ve been raising alpacas for quite a few years, and now suddenly they’ve become popular! They seem to be everywhere, and on everything. There are some darling knitting and crochet patterns for alpacas and llamas, as well as purses, backpacks, finger puppets, pillows, hats and mittens, shaped like or adorned with these magical creatures!
Some still mistake alpacas for llamas, and vice versa. The size difference between alpacas and llamas is obvious, but the other distinct difference is their ears. Alpacas have smaller, spear shaped ears and llamas have larger, banana shaped ears. Find out more by reading 6 Differences Between Llamas and Alpacas by Modern Farmer.
Free Knitting Pattern – Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf
This Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf is a pattern I like to use when teaching people how to knit. This pattern is from the Purl Soho website. I have adapted the pattern to use with our bulky Snuggle Yarn from the Alpaca Yarn Company, and big needles, so fewer stitches are needed when casting on than what is written in the original pattern.
Consisting of knits and purls, the mistake rib stitch is a great beginner stitch. Super easy to remember, the stitch pattern is just a one row repeat, perfect for enjoyable knitting that you don’t have to think much about. The mistake rib stitch produces a lofty, squishy fabric and though it may look complicated, it’s surprisingly easy to knit!
FREE Knit and Crochet Patterns – Go Green!
In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day I’ve made a few items out of the colorway Group of Greens – Snuggle Yarn by The Alpaca Yarn Company. There are two FREE patterns, one a crochet pattern and the other a knit pattern.