Book Tour: THE KNIT VIBE by Vickie Howell

Woohoo! I’m excited to be the first stop on Vickie Howell’s book tour! Meet The Knit Vibe, a funky-cool book all about expanding your creativity and living your craftiest life.

The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body & Soul by Vickie Howell

The Knit Vibe: A Knitter’s Guide to Creativity, Community, and Well-being for the Mind, Body & Soul by Vickie Howell

Vickie and Heather on the set of  The Knit Show , July 2017.

Vickie and Heather on the set of The Knit Show, July 2017.

This coffee-table-worthy book is packed with over 200 pages of ways to nurture your creativity, enhance your health and inspire you to find the knitting life you’ve always dreamed of.

This book is packed with stories from makers, community, creative inspiration and tons of knitting and crochet patterns designed by Vickie and a slew of other designers, including one by me!

The Knit Vibe really is a beautiful book and you can tell Vickie poured her soul into bringing us the best all-encompassing knitting book to date.

When talking with Vickie while she was dreaming up and writing this book, she told me she wanted to share her inspirational journey through the knitting world and show knitters how we gather inspiration from all facets of the universe.

I think she did it and I am thrilled to show you my design tucked inside the pages of this magnificent book! 

Meet the Wärme Mitts Knitting Pattern

Wärme Mitts designed by Heather Walpole for  The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell

Wärme Mitts designed by Heather Walpole for The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell

Wärme Mitts are a funky-cool set of log cabin wrist warmers. These little mitts work up in no time and they’re a ton of fun for using colors you love. 

These fingerless gloves are a great introduction to the log cabin style of knitting! Each mitt starts with a small center panel and is worked back and forth. The project is then rotated clockwise and new stitches are picked up to create each adjoining panel.

They’re fun to make and I love how the colors play off of each other. The Warme Mitts use 4 colors of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino wool yarn and we were luck enough to have Vickie curate some yarn kit color combinations just for us!

Take a look at these awesome yarn packs. I can’t decide if I want another set in Hyper Hues or Wärme Tones!

Warme Mitts Wooly Worsted yarn kit from Ewe Ewe Yarns

Warme Mitts Wooly Worsted yarn kit from Ewe Ewe Yarns

How do I get my own Wärme Mitts?

First step: Buy The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell at a yarn or book store near you! It’s also available online.

Second step: Grab a Wooly Worsted yarn kit to knit your own pair!

Wärme Mitts Yarn Kits
Color Combo:
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I hope you enjoy my knitting pattern inside The Knit Vibe along with the entire book. There’s even more that I haven’t mentioned like interviews with Kaffe Fasset, Caitlin Hunter and Bristol Ivy along with projects from designers like Nancy Marchant, Tanis Gray and my friend, Amy Small.

It really is as good as it sounds!

As Vickie says, “Breathe in, knit out.”

See The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell on Amazon

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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 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

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

Ewe So Sporty yarn is a soft, bouncy sport-weight merino wool yarn. It's perfect for sweaters, shawls, scarves, baby clothes, whatever you're looking to knit! Ewe So Sporty comes in 25 shades 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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Basync Brioche Cowls by Meaghan Schmaltz

Meet Basync Brioche. These two new cowls designed by Meaghan Schmaltz are knit in a simple brioche design and are a great starting project for a knitter new to this unique stitch. The cowls abruptly switch the main color and contrasting color at the midway point giving them a stunning graphic quality.

These cowls were designed in Ewe So Sporty yarn specifically for its color choices. Our color pairings are second-to-none! Combine one ball of Sky Blue and one of Sapphire to make the smaller cowl; two balls of Soft Sage and Pistachio for the larger. Or maybe try Vanilla and Black Licorice, Lavender and Indigo, Aquamarine and Teal, Cotton Candy and Red Poppy. There are so many tone-on-tone color combinations that will look great! See Ewe So Sporty yarn >

Basync Brioche knitting pattern features two sizes. The small blue version is the perfect size to throw on to accent an outfit or tuck inside a jacket. It's 24" around and will be so squishy and soft. 

The green version worked in Soft Sage and Pistachio is a generous 61" circumference infinity scarf that can be wrapped two or even three times for a dramatic drape or super cuddly cowl.

Give them a try! Get the Basync Brioche cowl on or on Ravelry. See Ewe So Sporty yarn.

From the top! Seamless top-down sweaters are awesome.

Knitting a sweater might seem daunting but I have a little trick here that makes it much faster. No seams! Top-down sweaters are started at the neckline and are knit in one piece. That means when you bind off your final stitches you're done, no seaming to master!

Check out these cute top-down sweaters knit in Wooly Worsted yarn.

The Zoey Cardigan is a perfect first sweater. There's cute stripes and a fun color accent at the cuffs. Plus, it's open front and that means no buttonholes! You'll want to wear it every day!

Up next is the Pop Your Color Cardigan. This one is a true favorite of mine. This cardigan hits at the top of the hip and has a sweet eyelet detail at the raglan sleeve shaping. This sweater also features a pop of color (see the name!?) at the cuffs and neckline. The sample here is shown in Wooly Worsted merino yarn colors of Charcoal for the body and Pistachio as the pop!

And even though I mentioned it yesterday, I can't not talk about the Pilsner Pullover! This sweater has a wide neckline that gently rolls like the bottom of the sweater. It is worked in once piece and then the pocket is a quick job right at the end. Fun to knit!

See all the Ewe Ewe sweater patterns here.

Find Wooly Worsted at a yarn shop near you or here on our website

Hidden Pocket Pillow pattern by Brenda Castiel

I am in love with this pillow in our Wooly Worsted yarn! Our friend, Brenda Castiel designed this knitted pillow to hide your favorite little goodies right in the chair with you. The Hidden Pocket Pillow has a clean, modern design that will fit every décor. 

Made with an easy textured stitch – just knits and purls – that creates crisp squares with a knot in each center, this pillow features a pocket, where you can keep your TV remote, emergency chocolate(!!), or anything else you want to keep handy. 

I think it would make a great gift, too. Christmas is coming! The pattern uses 5 balls of Wooly Worsted. This is shown in Brushed Silver but I think I'd like it in just about any color because the stitch pattern is so fun.

Dress for Spring!

Even if it's not Spring, it's time to think Spring! Last week Kate Spade New York posted these bright little Pantone chips on their Instagram as what to wear for February. Our colors of Wooly Worsted merino yarn match perfectly! I think it's time to get knitting! 

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