New @ Ewe Ewe: Enhanced + Improved Knitting Patterns

 New pattern look at Ewe Ewe Yarns!

New pattern look at Ewe Ewe Yarns!

I'm excited to show you my new pattern design! Our knitting and crochet patterns have had the same layout since I started Ewe Ewe in 2011 and now that we've grown to have over 150 patterns on the line it seemed like a good time to revisit a few things. 

When Ewe Ewe began we mostly sold printed paper patterns and my design focused on being conservative with paper. I'd try to keep most patterns to a single page and only one side of that page if possible! Things have changed a lot in seven years. Most knitters buy their patterns digitally either from our website or Ravelry and that means saving paper isn't as critical. The majority of my knitting friends bring their iPad to knit night and like to have bigger, wordier patterns that focus on clarity rather than concise instructions. 

Encouraged by a fellow designer, I went ahead and reworked our pattern template! There are a lot of changes and I'm excited to show them to you.

 Now Ewe Ewe knitting patterns have larger photos, designer details, helpful info about the yarn and the pattern all in one place.

Now Ewe Ewe knitting patterns have larger photos, designer details, helpful info about the yarn and the pattern all in one place.

The new layout brings a much-requested item -- a larger main photo! What's better than really having a lovely image of what you're knitting. This photo is nearly 4-times the size of the previous patterns. 

I've also color coded each pattern to coordinate with the yarn used for the design. This pattern features Ewe So Sporty merino and that means all the section identifiers are aqua and it also has its yarn identifier in the top right corner on the title page. If you hadn't noticed -- each yarn has its own color now. Ewe So Sporty is aqua, Wooly Worsted is silver, and Baa Baa Bulky is orange. Check out the yarn page and it will all make sense! 

I also added a description of the pattern along with some notes about the designer. It's always nice to learn more about both! 

 Clearer pattern pages at Ewe Ewe Yarns

Clearer pattern pages at Ewe Ewe Yarns

Let's peek inside. As we turn the page the pattern specs like needle size, stitch gauge, and measurement are clearly listed at the top. I've also added a section for notes where we can talk about how the garment should fit or any extra techniques that might pop up in the pattern ahead.

Then we get to the pattern. I went with larger text and a bit wider line spacing to really give your eyes a break. That way you can isolate the instructions you need when you need them. The other great thing that came up was page numbers (even I'm confused why I didn't have those before!).

 Better pattern writing happening over here at Ewe Ewe Yarns

Better pattern writing happening over here at Ewe Ewe Yarns

Along with larger pattern text we also expanded how much we write in the pattern. I don't mean that we've gone for excessively wordy patterns that have a conversation with you, but rather extra info where it might be helpful. I used to focus on writing patterns as concise as possible and sometimes that could bring up questions from knitters. Now we're trying to bring you all the knowledge right here on the pattern.

 Have a pattern question? Email us!

Have a pattern question? Email us!

And to wrap it up -- the last page of the pattern now includes additional garment photos with extra detail shots. Sometimes it's nice to see how a neckline is formed or where a color change happens and we've got you covered. Plus, there's a whole section on how to get in touch with me and Ewe Ewe Yarns in the Say Hello section. There's our Ravelry page, Instagram account (follow us!), or Facebook, and my favorite, Pinterest. Also, if you have a question you can email us at patterns@eweewe.com. It's all right there on the pattern now. Awesome!

The new pattern design is rolling out as we speak. I've updated a few of them including the Sporty Stripe Cardi shown here. Keep an eye out for this new look. Your next Ewe Ewe download might just be one of them!

Want to make the Sporty Stripe Cardi?

This is one of the best patterns on the Ewe Ewe line in my opinion. That's me in the photos and that's my Sporty Stripe Cardi that I have been wearing for 4 years. I love it! I knit it in colors that really work with my wardrobe and now it's my go-to sweater.

Sporty Stripe Cardi PDF Knitting Pattern
7.00

You will want to wear your Sporty Stripe Cardi every day, I know I do! This lightweight, open cardigan features a funky and fun-to-knit stripe pattern with a color accent at the sleeve cuffs. The cardigan is knit from the top down without seams. 

See yarn and needle requirements below.

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Ewe So Sporty Merino Yarn
10.00

Ewe So Sporty yarn is a soft, bouncy sport-weight merino wool yarn. It's perfect for shawls, scarves, baby clothes, whatever you're looking to knit! Ewe So Sporty comes in 20 great colors and has a beautiful stitch definition.

Here's the specs:

Fiber: 100% fine merino wool, superwash
Yardage: 145 yards / 132 meters to 50g
Gauge: 6 sts to 1" in on size US 4 needle.
Care: Wash your finished garment inside out in cool water. Tumble dry low if desired or reshape and lay flat to dry.

See Ewe So Sporty knitting and crochet patterns >

Price is per skein.

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Little Coffee Bean Bulky baby sweater by The Brown Stitch

 Little Coffee Bean Bulky easy baby sweater knitting pattern by The Brown Stitch

Little Coffee Bean Bulky easy baby sweater knitting pattern by The Brown Stitch

Elizabeth Smith has done it again! The designer behind The Brown Stitch knitting patterns has created the Little Coffee Bean Bulky Baby Sweater with matching hat. This cute, simple design uses 3 balls of Baa Baa Bulky washable merino yarn – one for each color. This pattern is perfect for a beginner knitter looking to branch out into their first sweater! 

 Little Coffee Bean Bulky baby sweater and hat set by Elizabeth Smith

Little Coffee Bean Bulky baby sweater and hat set by Elizabeth Smith

The sweater is knit from top down so which means there are no seams! Knit it with your own color choices or try it like the sample – shown in Pistachio, Vanilla, and Brushed Silver Baa Baa Bulky yarn by Ewe Ewe.

 Close up of Little Coffee Bean Bulky baby sweater knitting pattern in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn

Close up of Little Coffee Bean Bulky baby sweater knitting pattern in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn

The Little Coffee Bean Bulky sweater and hat pattern is available on The Brown Stitch website and on Ravelry.

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Local Yarn Shop Day {new pattern SNEAK PEEK!}

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Have you heard about Local Yarn Store Day? Also known as LYS Day, this event is going to be a ton of fun! It's all about getting in your favorite store and supporting why they're there. The community that a local yarn shop provides is unmatched with other retail stores or finding yarn online. April 21 is a new holiday to show your favorite LYS how much you love them.

You know I love my Ewe Ewe yarn shops. Having managed a yarn store for three years, I have a great understanding of what it takes to create a welcoming environment day in and day out. These shop owners what you to have a great experience every time you come to their store and Ewe Ewe is here to help. Meet our LYS Day exclusive design... Ewe So Summer! 

Ewe So Summer shawl from Ewe Ewe

YASSS! Look at that shawl, queen! It's so fabulous, isn't it? Let's look some more.

Ewe So Summer is designed by The Unapologetic Knitter using Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe. It's a great pattern that uses slipped stitches and a modified seed stitch to create tiny transitioning pockets of color. Pretty perfect!

Plus, it's edged with a beautiful picot bind off. 

The new Ewe So Summer shawl will be available starting Saturday, April 21 through local yarn stores and ONLY local yarn stores. Kinda cool! So what does that mean? It means you'll need to head in to a brick and mortar store to get this new design (and hopefully the yarn to knit it!).

Where can I get this project?

We are excited to announce that these shops will be promoting the Ewe So Summer shawl and Ewe So Sporty yarn for LYS Day on April 21:

The Salty Sheep, Swansboro, NC
Wildfiber Studio, Santa Monica, CA
Yarn Kandy, Little Rock, AR
Gosh Yarn It!, Kingston, PA
Fiber Heart, Dysart, IA
Knitty Gritty, Syracuse, NY
...have you any wool?, Berkley, MI
Stash, Corvallis, OR
The Tinsmith's Wife, Comfort, TX
Revival Yarns, Athens, GA
Sticks & Strings, Lansing, MI
Apricot Yarn, San Diego, CA
Park Avenue Yarns, League City, TX
Jessica Knits, Scottsdale, AZ
Yarn Shop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Twisted Yarns, Spring, TX
Monarch Knitting, Pacific Grove, CA
Yarn It & Haberdashery, Grandview Heights, OH
Ewe and Me ...a yarn boutique, Colorado Springs, CO
The Hillsborough Yarn Shop, Hillsborough, NC 

Great Yarns, Raleigh, NC

Gather Here, Cambridge, MA
Stitch Point, Greensboro, NC
Four Purls, Winter Haven, FL

I will keep updating this list as we get more shops. But! The Ewe So Summer pattern will be available at ANY yarn shop not just ones that carry Ewe Ewe Yarns. Ewe So Summer can be purchased through a yarn store on Ravelry beginning April 21.

Here's all the details:

What: LYS Day new pattern Ewe So Summer! (Available in-store only.)
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Where: At a participating local yarn store. See list of all Ewe Ewe yarn shops >
Why: Because yarn stores are awesome!

Questions? Comments? Let me know in the comments below!