Sporty Forty KAL starts today!

Today’s the day we cast on our Sporty Forty shawls. And it’s also Elizabeth’s 40th birthday!

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Sporty Forty  shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Sporty Forty shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Palm Beach Vibes yarn kit  for the Sporty Forty shawl

Palm Beach Vibes yarn kit for the Sporty Forty shawl

We have some helpful tips and tricks to get you started on your Sporty Forty shawl. The shawl features increases and stitches that are great for a beginning knitter or someone more advanced looking for a fun, relaxing project.

From Elizabeth, “When I was designing Sporty Forty, my goal was to use simple techniques so that the piece would not only be fun to make but also simple and relaxing. The kind of project you can curl up with at the end of a busy day, or enjoy working on while you’re binging on your latest Netflix obsession. “

Sounds perfect! Let’s get started.

Download your pattern if you haven’t yet. Grab a yarn kit if you’d like to knit this project!


Sporty Forty uses 2 types of increase techniques in order to create its shape. Yarn-overs (YO) are used on either side of the center stitch on right-side rows and the knit-front-and-back (kfb) technique is used on either end on both right-side and wrong-side rows.

How to work a knit front-and-back (kfb) in knitting

A kfb is an easy way to increase 1 stitch and looks especially well when worked in Garter Stitch (knitting every row). If you have never worked a kfb before, check out the photo tutorial below!

How to work a knit front-and-back (kfb) in knitting

How to work a knit front-and-back (kfb) in knitting


How to work a yarn-over (YO) in knitting

One of the most straight-forward types of increases used in shawls are yarn-overs (abbreviated “YO”). In Sporty Forty, I used YO’s on either side of the center stitch – it’s both an easy way to add stitches (which is what helps to shape the shawl), as well as provides a pretty eyelet detail (and in keeping with the “Forty” theme, I made sure there would be 40 eyelets down either side of the center of the shawl!).

YO’s are easy to make, but one little stumbling block can happen…

In this piece (and many other similar types of shawl/kerchiefs), you have a single center stitch that has markers on either side, and a YO is worked before the first marker and after the second marker on every right-side row.

What can be tricky about this is that when you work that first YO, and then you slip your marker, you have to be a little careful that as you knit that single center stitch, that the YO you are creating doesn’t slide over the marker, causing there to be an extra stitch in the center.

If you have never worked a YO in this way before, being aware of this potential issue and paying extra attention at this step can help you avoid possible issues and future ‘tinking’! Below is a photo tutorial that demonstrate this step in the process and might be especially helpful if you are new to yarn-overs:

How to work a yarn-over (YO) in knitting

How to work a yarn-over (YO) in knitting

Now you’re all set to knit your Sporty Forty shawl! Be sure to check in and say hello by either leaving a comment here or tagging #SportyFortyKAL on social media. We’d love to see your project!

Sporty Forty Knit-Along Details:

Elizabeth and Heather are hosting a fun, easy-going KAL starting on Elizabeth's birthday and ending on Heather's. Grab a kit and join in the fun!

KAL Kits + Pattern go live: Friday, March 1. Read the details.
KAL Start Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
KAL End Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Get the pattern: Sporty Forty by Elizabeth Smith – on Ravelry

Get the yarn: We put together 8 yarn kits to work with this shawl pattern and guess what?! They’re $40! See the color options for the Sporty Forty yarn kits below.

Have a question? Contact us.

Thank you from Elizabeth and Heather. We hope you enjoy knitting with us to celebrate our big birthdays. Check back here to follow along! 💗💗


Socks on Saturday: These Socks Are Bananas! 🍌

Each Socks on Saturday highlights a sock pattern that you can use to knit yourself a pair of socks with Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn.

These Socks Are Bananas  by Emma Kerian on Ravelry

These Socks Are Bananas by Emma Kerian on Ravelry

No, seriously, these socks really ARE bananas! Aren’t they the cutest things you’ve ever seen?

If you’re here it’s probably because you like quirky knits as much as I do – I have a whole pattern category dedicated to them! But when I came across These Socks Are Bananas on Ravelry their cuteness stopped me in my tracks. Bananas! Come on!

These Socks Are Bananas  free knitting pattern on Ravelry

These Socks Are Bananas free knitting pattern on Ravelry

I think you could do a few adorable color combos in Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn. Above is similar to the original design and uses Vanilla for the background, Citrus Pop for the banana, Saffron for the stems and Brushed Silver for the heel, toe and cuff.

These Socks Are Bananas  project on Ravelry by  rebelheart77

Or maybe you want to go totally crazy cute and knit colorful pair of wild banana socks. Yes, you do!

What if you did a Berry background, Citrus Pop bananas, Forest Fern stems and Iris Blossom accents?

A richer color traditional sock is possibly your banana of choice. Try a Vanilla background with Saffron bananas, Forest Fern stems and Charcoal accents. Tasty!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn and choose a combo that you love.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: Adult Medium (Adult Large)  

You’ll need:
– Background: 1 ball of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn
– Bananas: 1 ball of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn
– Stems: 1 ball of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn
– Cuff, heel, toe: 1 ball of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: These Socks Are Bananas – FREE on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Happy Socks on Saturday!


Bonus matching mitten pattern!

U-Pick Mitts  cherry, banana, apple, and avocado mittens knitting pattern

U-Pick Mitts cherry, banana, apple, and avocado mittens knitting pattern

Emma Kerian has also designed a set of mittens with these bananas! The pattern is called the U-Pick Mitts because it also has charts for cherries, apples and avocados. What!

If you decide to knit the mittens, too, you’ll need 2 balls of Fluffy Fingering in your main color and 1 ball of any contrasting colors you choose.

Pattern: U-Pick Mitts – on Ravelry
Yarn: Fluffy Fingering merino yarn by Ewe Ewe


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What to Make: Split the Distance cowl by Meaghan Schmaltz

Welcome to our new weekly feature, What to Make Wednesday! The yarns here at Ewe Ewe are so versatile and I love to share ideas about what you can knit with them.

Split the Distance  cowl knitting pattern

Split the Distance cowl knitting pattern

Look at all the texture on this cowl!

Split the Distance is a knitting pattern that creates big arrows with just a change in knits or purls.

Such a cool effect.

Split the Distance  knitting pattern on Ravelry

Split the Distance knitting pattern on Ravelry

Split the Distance is designed by Meaghan Schmaltz and offers two sizes.

Make a close fitting cowl or a longer infinity scarf.

Infinity scarf knitting pattern called  Split the Distance . Great for Wooly Worsted yarn from Ewe Ewe.

Infinity scarf knitting pattern called Split the Distance. Great for Wooly Worsted yarn from Ewe Ewe.

This design works perfectly for Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted Merino yarn. You’ll love how this yarn really makes those stitches pop!

Choose Sky Blue to knit a project like the sample or pick your favorite shade!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted merino yarn. There’s 25 colors so the possibilities are endless!


How much yarn do I need?

Finished Measurements: Small (Large): 8 inches tall by 25 (62) inches circumference. 

Yarn Amounts:
Small: 2 balls Wooly Worsted yarn in 75 Sky Blue or color of your choice.
Large: 4 balls Wooly Worsted yarn in 75 Sky Blue or color of your choice.

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Split the Distance — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted merino yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Enjoy knitting your new project using Ewe Ewe yarn!


Introducing the Sporty Forty KAL with Elizabeth Smith!

Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole and designer Elizabeth Smith

Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole and designer Elizabeth Smith

Look who’s turning 40!

Elizabeth and I realized that our birthdays are just days apart and we’re both turning THE BIG FOUR-OH.

What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a collaboration between Elizabeth Smith and Ewe Ewe Yarns!

Sporty Forty  shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Sporty Forty shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth designed Sporty Forty, a heart-shape-inspired shawl, with Ewe So Sporty Merino from Ewe Ewe Yarns. Her wonderful design skills are highlighted in this shawl with a simple garter stitch, surprising pops of color and an easy eyelet border edge. 

Isn’t it great? Look at those little hints of color happening. How fun!

Sporty Forty knitting pattern designed with Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe

Sporty Forty knitting pattern designed with Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe

To celebrate this great new collaboration (and our big birthdays!) we decided to have a birthday knit along. It’s a fun way for friends to have some birthday fun while being on opposite sides of the country. I hope you’ll join us!

Sporty Forty Knit-Along Details:

Elizabeth and Heather are hosting a fun, easy-going KAL starting on Elizabeth's birthday and ending on Heather's. Grab a kit and join in the fun!

KAL Kits + Pattern go live: Friday, March 1.
KAL Start Date: Tuesday, March 12.
KAL End Date: Wednesday, March 20.

Get the pattern: Sporty Forty by Elizabeth Smith – on Ravelry

Get the yarn: We put together 8 yarn kits to work with this shawl pattern and guess what?! They’re $40! See the color options for the Sporty Forty yarn kits below.

Sporty Forty Yarn Kits
40.00
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Quantity:
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Get Elizabeth’s pattern on Ravelry. Buy Sporty Forty >

Thank you from Elizabeth and Heather. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our big birthdays. Check back here follow along! 💗💗


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Sporty Forty KAL details

Sporty Forty KAL details


Socks on Saturday: Galiano Socks cable knitting pattern

Each Socks on Saturday highlights a sock pattern that you can use to knit yourself a pair of socks with Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn.

Galiano Socks  designed by Tracie Millar of Knit.sleep.repeat

Galiano Socks designed by Tracie Millar of Knit.sleep.repeat

I’ve had cables on the brain this week so this beautiful pair of socks leapt right off the page at me! Galiano Socks are designed with a gorgeous stag-horn cable down the middle of the sock to really make them memorable.

Galiano Socks  knitting pattern on Ravelry

Galiano Socks knitting pattern on Ravelry

Tracie Millar designed these socks while on vacation because while their a cable pattern she says there are “a lot of cruise rows” in between the cables so you can really kick back and enjoy just knitting. While the pattern may look complicated but there’s a lot of just knits and purls on each pattern repeat.

Green yarn on  Galiano Socks

Green yarn on Galiano Socks

The Galiano Socks would look fabulous in ANY color. The original looks like a nice Brushed Silver but this other Forest Fern pair has me thinking I could knit some for my husband! What do you think?

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn and choose a combo that you love.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: S, M, L to fit approximately 7, 8.5, 9 inch foot circumference  

You’ll need: 350 - 459 yards of Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.
2, 2, 3 skeins of Fluffy Fingering yarn in the color of your choice.

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Galiano Socks – on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Happy Socks on Saturday!


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Chilly Headband + Mitts Cable Knitting Pattern

Chilly Headband + Mitts  in Wooly Worsted yarn by Ewe Ewe

Chilly Headband + Mitts in Wooly Worsted yarn by Ewe Ewe

Oh, I love a good new project. The Chilly Headband + Mitts are here and they’re fabulous! Look at those amazing matching cables.

Chilly Headband + Mitts  designed by Makenzie Alvarez for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Chilly Headband + Mitts designed by Makenzie Alvarez for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles designed this beautiful set using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino yarn. Makenzie is known for her cable knitting patterns and she brings those skills on this headband and wrist warmer set!

I checked in with Makenzie for a little Q&A and to dig a little deeper about her passion for making cable knit projects.

Designer Interview with Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles

Heather: How did you fall in love with cable knitting?

Makenzie: For me it was love at first cable! The added element of creating the cable and watching the elegant dance of stitches crossing knitwear in a beautiful yarn brings them to life; a process I am always inspired by and will never tire of.

Chilly Mitts  designed by Makenzie Alvarez

Chilly Mitts designed by Makenzie Alvarez

Heather: We can get such an amazing texture by moving the stitches around with a cable needle. Why did you choose Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn for the Chilly Headband + Mitts project?

Makenzie: When it comes to designing I am always hunting for yarns that have good stitch definition and that will enhance the cable work. The beautiful twist and color palette of the Ewe Ewe yarn lines has the best of both and it is a delight to knit with!

Heather: I agree! I love the way stitches pop in Wooly Worsted. I think it’s unbeatable (but then again, it is my yarn so I might be biased.)

Chilly Headband cable knitting pattern designed by Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles

Chilly Headband cable knitting pattern designed by Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles

Heather: What’s coming next at Hanks and Needles?

Makenzie: Many new things are happening this year. I am jumping in to garment design and adding a lot more accessory patterns including one that many fans have been requesting; my Viking Gloves in Ewe So Sporty yarn from Ewe Ewe.

Heather: I can’t wait to see those new gloves! We’ll have to get together and chat again about your inspiration for that pattern when it launches. Thanks for taking few minutes to chat with me today!

Keep up with Makenzie on her website hanksandneedles.com, on her very active Instagram, and on Ravelry.


About the Chilly Headband + Mitts

Throw your hair up and slip on this soft merino cable headband. Keep your hands warm while your fingers are free with a matching pair of cozy mitts. The headband and mitts feature a bold, fun cable that really stand out when knit with Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino yarn.

Where do I get the Chilly Headband + Mitts knitting pattern?

Instructions for both the headband and mitts are included on the same pattern. You can download it at the locations below.

On eweewe.com: Chilly Headband + Mitts PDF Knitting Pattern

On Ravelry: Chilly Headband + Mitts Knitting Pattern

How much yarn do I need for the Chilly Headband?

Headband: Size: 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide x 20" length (51 cm)
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted, 95 yards, 1 skein, Wheat or color of your choice

How much yarn do I need for the Chilly Mitts?

Mitts: Sizes: Small (Large): 7.25 (7.75)" / 18.5 (19.5) cm circumference and 20" / 51 cm length
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted, 95 yards, 2 skeins, Wheat or color of your choice

Where do I find Wooly Worsted yarn?

Right here on this website: Wooly Worsted merino yarn.

Find a Ewe Ewe Yarn Store near you: View stockists.

What color Wooly Worsted yarn should I choose?

Your favorite one! The Chilly Headband + Mitts sample was knit using Wooly Worsted in Wheat but the simple beauty of this design means any color will work perfectly. Choose one to match your coat or pick a bright one to stand out!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino yarn and choose the one you love.

Wooly Worsted Merino Yarn
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