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
6.99

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
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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.

NOTE: We are eagerly awaiting our fall yarn order and are currently out of stock on 85 Lavender and 90 Vanilla. We hope to ship these colors by 9/9/19.

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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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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 unapologeticknitter.com or on Ravelry. See Ewe So Sporty yarn.

Sarah Jo Burch {knitting designer interview}

I love to work with new designers for patterns here at Ewe Ewe. Sarah Jo and I met on Instagram and we hit it off. She has designed a huge range of garments – including the Refuge cowl which I went bonkers over – and I wanted to know more about her story and design philosophy. Read through her inspiring words and see her latest design in our yarn!

Tell us a little about yourself.
Name: Sarah Jo Burch
Ravelry: SarahJoKnits
Blog: www.sarahjoburch.blogspot.com 

How long have you been knitting? 
I learned to knit when I was 15 by taking a class at my local yarn store (shout out to Handheld in Fayetteville Arkansas!), then got a job there when I was 18. I really benefited from being around so many talented and experienced ladies who were so generous with their help and advice.

What was your first design?
My first design was my prom dress, just a few months after I started working at the yarn shop. It was a simple boatneck tank dress. I added some eyelets at the back to weave a ribbon through for waist-shaping and then I used increasing needle sizes to make the skirt flare. From the knee down I worked a leave pattern that became all lace by the floor-length hem. 

I was (and still am) captivated by the way that sticks and string can produce wearable garments. I love creating things with intuitive design that don't require an advanced degree in knitting to figure out. 

How did you turn knitting into a career?
A dream I had from early on was to learn about the design world from the publisher's perspective so that I could be a better designer. Then when I was 21, I had the opportunity to spend a summer in Cleveland interning with designer/publisher Shannon Okey, and the next year I spent about 4 months in New York City as the yarn editor for Soho Publishing (that's Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Sixth&Spring Books) while their yarn editor was on maternity leave. 

Do you have a philosophy for your knitting and designs?
There's never a point at which someone can know it all, so everyone benefits from the collective knowledge of the knitting community, even the non-knitters. That community inspires my designs - it's a shared love of the colors and textures and techniques, combined with a desire to contribute something to those who've given so much to me!

In the twelve years I've been knitting, I've seen so much of knitting's potential for good like the way that learning to knit can empower someone. Whether it's by giving them an income, a creative outlet, or a way to give back, I love what knitting stands for and the community it creates. The generosity of knitters is constantly amazing, from those who donate finished garments to those who give their time to encourage others, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Now I'm blessed with two tiny models and a sweet husband who finds my knitting obsession endearing rather than annoying, and doesn't mind circling the parking lot one more time so I can finish my row.

My latest design is the Stacks children's sweater designed in Ewe Ewe's sport-weight yarn. I got the name "Stacks" from rows of library books. We love going to the library and bringing home piles of brightly illustrated pictures books – simple but something we can all enjoy. That's my hope for this pattern, something a busy mom can make and a busy baby can happily wear.

See the pattern here.

Urchin For Love Hat Pattern

This new design by Meaghan Schmaltz is so gorgeous! It's called Urchin For Love because look at the top, it looks like a beautiful, organic sea urchin.

The hat is knit in our Ewe So Sporty yarn and it shows off the twisting cables beautifully. The hat can be knit as a beanie or a slouch hat with a soft, natural drape. Both options are available on the pattern.

And instead of the usual jagged edge on a ribbed hat, the Urchin For Love hat features a rolled hem. The addition of this simple element adds a refined and finished edge.

So pretty!

Visit socalmeaghan.com to get the pattern and see the specs or view it on Ravelry.

Browse our Ewe So Sporty merino yarn here.

Grab a pint with me!

I wish you could! I live in San Diego county and the big thing here is craft beer. It's everywhere! And you know, breweries get chilly. I designed the Pilsner Pullover sweater to be warm, cute and casual. It has a little flair but not too much. Check it out, that's me, Heather. Hi!

When I'm not running Ewe Ewe Yarns I love to go beer tasting. There's always good food and fun people to talk to and while I like to wear my knits, I don't want to look like that-crazy-girl-that-knits-all-the-time. I like my knitting to be basic and classic with a little twist, just like the yarn itself

Pilsner Pullover knitting pattern pocket detail

The Pilsner Pullover features two colors of our Wooly Worsted yarn, color block sleeves and the cutest little accent pocket. I love that pocket! It's more of a mock-pocket since it's only about an inch deep ...because who needs more bulk on only one boob? Am I right? Ha! 

The Pilsner Pullover is a top-down raglan sweater that is sure to be your next great basic sweater. Take a look at the knitting pattern here and the Wooly Worsted merino yarn here.

Find a Ewe Ewe yarn store near you and get started!