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! 💗💗


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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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


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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Cute as a button!

Knitter Donna just finished up the Little Coffee Bean Cardigan using Wooly Worsted. Doesn't it look adorable? Donna used Worsted in Chocolate, Saffron and Aquamarine, such a beautiful color combo! The pattern is a free download by knitting designer Elizabeth Smith.

Click here to view the pattern. 

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Elizabeth Smith {Knitting Designer Interview}

Say hi to Elizabeth. Hi, Elizabeth! Elizabeth is a knitwear designer and she has made some adorable projects with our yarn Wooly Worsted. Today we get a little peek inside her creative mind to see what inspires her to design such cute knitting patterns. 

The Stats, please:
Name: Elizabeth Smith
Company: The Brown Stitch
Website: www.thebrownstitch.com
Are you on Ravelry? Click here to see my pattern index.

Let's get started. How long have you been knitting?
It’s been just about 10 years now. My mom taught me to crochet first, in my early 20’s or so, and then I picked up knitting a few years after that and haven’t really stopped since! My whole life though I’ve always loved doing different kinds of hand crafts. One of my first jobs as a teenager actually was at a rubber stamp craft store in Connecticut (making cards, scrap books, that kind of thing). There’s just something about creating something with your own hands that I’ve always been drawn to.

I agree! I love to work with my hands as all knitters do. So when did you become a knitwear designer?
Well I published my first pattern about 4 years ago on Ravelry, and since then have just continued to work at it. So it’s been a gradual journey where along the way I’ve learned a lot and I continue to learn so much with every design idea I pursue.

Design is a process and we really never stop learning. What got you started as a knitwear designer?
I was really drawn to designing knitting patterns first because I love knitting and it’s been such a passion in my life, but also because of the combination of creativity and math. I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to analyzing numbers… I actually love making Excel spreadsheets!


Wow, I can't say I do! Tell us more...

So being able to combine the creativity of designing with analytical math problem solving was something that really appealed to me and inspired me to learn how to create my own patterns. I started by learning as much as I could in my spare time—reading books like Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti and Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker were two of my go-to books in the very beginning. From there I just learned as I went along – I started with some accessories, then baby sweaters, then adult sweaters. There were (and still are!) a lot of designs I worked on that never actually made it into a published pattern. But I’ve tried to never let the “bad ideas” get me too disheartened. I’d just learn from it and then try again.

Your designs are really cute. What is your inspiration?
Yarn itself is a huge inspiration for me. And since I’m lucky enough to have one of my jobs at my LYS, KnitWitYarn Shop in Portland, Maine, I get to surround myself with wonderful inspiration every week. I have a bunch of cork boards hanging up at home in my office space with inspiration from everywhere I guess—fashion, different kinds of whimsical fabrics, swatches, home décor pictures. And now with Pinterest I have lots of virtual corkboards too! In general I love a combination of rustic, retro and modern. Anything visual that combines those things is usually something that inspires me. It’s one of the things I really like about your Wooly Worsted yarn actually—although your colors are very modern there is something kind of retro about them as well.

I love that our yarn inspires you! Color is my favorite and it inspires all my knitting designs. Do you have a favorite pattern you designed?
Hmm, that’s a tough one! Usually whichever pattern I’m currently working on is my favorite in that moment, so it’s always changing. My Little Coffee Bean Cardigan, although I wouldn’t consider it my favorite design I've done, I’d probably consider a favorite pattern, just because it was one of my first patterns and it’s been enjoyable to see on Ravelry how many people have enjoyed knitting it up (it’s at about 1850 finished projects now-that’s so crazy to me!). It’s also been really nice to read how many knitters have used this pattern as their first sweater project. I know how intimidating knitting your first sweater can be so it’s nice to know that this pattern helped some people reach that knitting milestone!

Congratulations! The Little Coffee Bean Cardigan is a great basic sweater and it looks so cute knit Wooly Worsted. Do you have a favorite yarn?
It would be too hard to pick one yarn as my absolute favorite because it’s always changing! I do tend to lean towards worsted or heavier yarns and natural fibers like merino or alpaca.

I guess it's good that Wooly Worsted is a worsted weight merino. We're a perfect match. :) What have you knit with Wooly Worsted?
I’ve knit a slouchy hat (one of the samples in my Hat Season pattern) and the Easy iPad Sweater. I love how your yarn looks with stripes so that has been one of my favorite ways to knit with it.

I love the Easy iPad Sweater! Your color combo is so fun and sophisticated. Plus I love that it's sized for the iPad and iPad Mini! What else are you up to? Do you have any new patterns coming out?
Earlier this week I just released Lilac Trail, a DK-weight vest and a week or so before that I released NewCanaan, an infinity-style cowl with instructions for fingering, sport, DK, worsted or bulky-weight yarn. I’ve been busy swatching a lot lately and experimenting with a new asymmetrical vest idea but we’ll just have to see what happens with that!

Are you wearing NewCanaan Cowl in your photo? That would look great in Wooly Worsted! Those all sound great. So one last question, I love to swag out my knitting. What's your favorite knitting accessory?
Definitely knitting project bags! I have all kinds of bags in different sizes and I usually wind up using my knitting bags as regular everyday bags too. I have a "Zuma" Namaste knitting bag that my mom gave me years ago that is definitely a favorite of mine. I also recently got one of the new large tote bags from Yarn Pop that I really love. They have some great, whimsical fabrics to choose from and I just can't resist a bag with owls on it...

Thanks for the chat, Elizabeth! It was great to meet you and happy knitting! 

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