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
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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


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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Socks on Saturday: Stripe It to Me

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Welcome to our new blog feature, Socks on Saturday! Since Ewe Ewe Yarns now has Fluffy Fingering in the merino yarn lineup we can make all the wonderful socks you can imagine. Yay!

Each Socks on Saturday will highlight a sock pattern that you can use to knit yourself a pair of socks with Fluffy Fingering yarn. Today we’re starting with our latest collaboration with Meaghan Schmaltz of The Unapologetic Knitter.

Meet Stripe It to Me:

Stripe It to Me socks knitting pattern  featuring Fluffy Fingering yarn

Stripe It to Me socks knitting pattern featuring Fluffy Fingering yarn

These adorable Stripe It to Me socks are knit from the cuff down. They highlight the contrast between a neutral (shown in Wheat) and a pop of color (shown in our new Iris Blossom!). The color work is simple since it’s all worked with stripes and slipped stitches, no pesky stranded knitting in these!

Stripe It to Me is a great pattern to knit for men or women. Choose 2 colors from our new fresh palette of Fluffy Fingering merino yarn.

Try Fluffy Fingering in Iris Blossom with a hint of Brushed Silver. Or what about Citrus Pop with amazing Berry stripes?! Both combinations are great in my opinion. Take a look at the color palette below to choose your favorite colors. You’ll need 2 balls of the main color and 1 of the contrast color.

Fluffy Fingering  merino yarn by Ewe Ewe

Fluffy Fingering merino yarn by Ewe Ewe

Get the Stripe It to Me Knitting Pattern + Yarn

Fluffy Fingering Merino Yarn
10.00
Color:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

Download Stripe It to Me socks knitting pattern here or on Ravelry.

Find Fluffy Fingering Merino Yarn here on eweewe.com or find a local yarn store near you!

Remember to grab 2 skeins of your main color that shows in the cuff, heel and toes, and 1 skein of the contrasting stripe color. Enjoy your new socks!


7 Best-Selling Knitting + Crochet Patterns

7 Best-Selling Knitting + Crochet Patterns from Ewe Ewe Yarns

7 Best-Selling Knitting + Crochet Patterns from Ewe Ewe Yarns

7 years ago I started Ewe Ewe Yarns with 7 colors of Wooly Worsted and a big dream – I wanted to own my own yarn company and build a business that I loved – and somehow here we are! Thank you for your years of support and emails of encouragement. I've enjoyed growing this business more than I ever thought I would!

I'm excited to continue Ewe Ewe for another 7 years or maybe more. Take a look at the knitting and crochet patterns that have topped the charts here at Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Cheers to 7 years!
💗 Heather


TOP SPOT: Sweet Pea Baby Blanket

Sweet Pea Baby Blanket knitting pattern

Sweet Pea Baby Blanket knitting pattern

TOP SPOT: The Sweet Pea Baby Blanket is the all-time #1 best-selling pattern at Ewe Ewe Yarns and you can see why! It's simply breathtaking and when knit with Wooly Worsted washable yarn it's easy-care for new parents. Any baby would love to have it! 
Pattern: Sweet Pea Baby Blanket
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn

BEST HAT: Family of Hats

Family of Hats knitting pattern

Family of Hats knitting pattern

BEST HAT: This trio of hats has one for everyone! Family of Hats uses 1 ball of 2 colors of Wooly Worsted yarn for any size. Choose two colors that you love and watch them fade from one to the other with chunky progressive stripes. 
Pattern: Family of Hats
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn

BEST CROCHET: Wearever Wrap 

Wearever Wrap crochet granny square shawl

Wearever Wrap crochet granny square shawl

BEST CROCHET: Nothing shows off the magic of crochet like granny squares. The Wearever Wrap is big half-granny that shows off your favorite color palette in a funky and modern way. 
Pattern: Wearever Wrap
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn

BEST MITTS: Quick Cable Wrist Warmers

Quick Cable Wrist Warmers knitting pattern 

Quick Cable Wrist Warmers knitting pattern 

BEST MITTS: Cute and fast! The Quick Cable Wrist Warmers are as fun to knit as they are nice to wear. These squishy fingerless gloves are knit with 2 balls of Wooly Worsted which means you can wash them whenever you need! 
Pattern: Quick Cable Wrist Warmers
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn

BEST SWEATER: Zoey Cardigan

Zoey Cardigan knitting pattern

Zoey Cardigan knitting pattern

BEST SWEATER: Seamless, top-down, easy to knit and easy to wear. The Zoey Cardigan will be one you'll grab over and over in the winter. It's so soft in Wooly Worsted yarn so knit it in colors you love. 
Pattern: Zoey Cardigan
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn

BEST BABY ITEM: Easy As ABC Baby Sweater

Easy As ABC top-down raglan baby sweater knitting pattern

Easy As ABC top-down raglan baby sweater knitting pattern

BEST BABY ITEM: After the blanket above, our next best baby item is the Easy As ABC Baby Sweater. This adorable top-down raglan is perfect for a quick gift Plus, in Wooly Worsted washable yarn it's easy to throw in the washer and dryer! 
Pattern: Easy As ABC Baby Sweater
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn

BEST SCARF: Happy Cowl

Happy Cowl infinity scarf knitting pattern

Happy Cowl infinity scarf knitting pattern

BEST SCARF: To infinity and beyond! The Happy Cowl is a generous circle scarf that features a pretty spiral rib pattern. Knit this project in a color that matches your fall wardrobe and you'll wear it all the time!
Pattern: Happy Cowl
Yarn: Wooly Worsted merino yarn


Do you want to knit a Carbeth Cardigan with me?

Carbeth Cardigan  knitting pattern by Kate Davies

Carbeth Cardigan knitting pattern by Kate Davies

Have you seen the Carbeth Cardigan on Ravelry? Every time I browse the top knitting patterns I am enchanted by this sweater. I think it looks so cute and wearable. I can easily imagine myself throwing it on over a t-shirt and jeans and running out the door.

Carbeth Cardigan  knitting pattern by Kate Davies

Carbeth Cardigan knitting pattern by Kate Davies

The Carbeth Cardigan is gauged for bulky-weight yarn which means it would work PERFECTLY with Baa Baa Bulky yarn from Ewe Ewe! We can even make it in that same Saffron color that's shown in the photos. 😍 Or any color of Baa Baa Bulky for that matter. Take a look at the yarn.

What do you think? Should we knit a Carbeth Cardigan together this month? It would be such a quick-knit and a perfect transition piece for your wardrobe. Take the survey below and if I get enough YES votes then I'll get all the info together and pick a start date.

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