What to Make: Cara striped sleeveless tee

Welcome to our weekly feature, What to Make Wednesday! The yarns here at Ewe Ewe are so versatile and I love to share ideas about what you can knit with them.

Cara  sleeveless tee knitting pattern by Amy Christoffers on Ravelry

Cara sleeveless tee knitting pattern by Amy Christoffers on Ravelry

It’s totally time to think about a fresh tank for spring and summer! I found the Cara tee knitting pattern by Amy Christoffers and I think it seems really relaxing to make and even better to wear.

Cara  a-line tank top knitting pattern by Amy Christoffers

Cara a-line tank top knitting pattern by Amy Christoffers

Cara has a great a-line shape creating a slight flare from the natural waste to the hip making it easy and breezy. I love it paired with the model’s casual jeans, too!

I browsed around on Ravelry and there are lots of cute color combinations. I like the vanilla and pink and the same thing in reverse! You could also do vanilla with purple stripes or what about classic black and white.

Ewe So Sporty yarn from Ewe Ewe would work perfectly for the Cara top. You can go with the great original and use Vanilla as your main color and Sky Blue as the contrasting color stripes. Or try that pink option!

Or maybe you’d like a tonal look. A Lavender top with Iris Blossom stripes? An Aquamarine top with Soft Sage stripes.

You could try a more classic look like Vanilla with rich Red Velvet stripes. What about a preppy Wheat and Midnight Blue top? I could do this all day!

Choose your color combo: Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty Merino yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: 32(36-40-44-48-52-56-60)“ 

Fitting notes: This garment was designed with approximately 2—4” of ease. Please take this into consideration when selecting your size..

Yarn Amounts: Using Ewe So Sporty merino yarn
MC: 4(5-6-7-7-8-8-9) balls (shown in Vanilla)
CC: 1(1-2-2-2-2-2-3) balls (shown in Sky Blue)

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Cara — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty merino yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Enjoy knitting your new project using Ewe Ewe yarn!


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
Color Combo:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

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! 💗💗


Pin now to have a reminder!

Sporty Forty KAL details

Sporty Forty KAL details


Double the Fun KAL: The Shift Kickoff + Section 1

Hello! Welcome to the start of our two-project knit along! It's a wild one where we'll be working The Shift cowl on Tuesdays and Guildenstern t-shirt on Thursdays. I'm here with the start of our Double the Fun KAL and Section 1 of The Shift by Drea Renee Knits.

I chose to make mine in the Misty Moss color way using Ewe So Sporty merino in colors Teal, Pistachio, and Wheat. I think it seems like such a wearable combo for my redheaded self. Plus, the colors kind of match the shades in the original pattern!

The Shift: Section 1

Getting started on The Shift cowl isn't too bad. We start with a quick increase and then jump right in to the project. It starts off line-by-line so it's easy to keep track of where you are. If you have trouble with the M1R and M1L here's a link with all the photos and a great reminder about how to remember which is which. 

The next important thing to keep in mind is the differences between "with yarn in front" (wyif) and "with yarn in back" (wyib). These two terms can sometimes trip up a new knitter but it's really easy to use and can give some fun results. The biggest thing about these two terms is that they relate to the row you're knitting. It doesn't matter if it's the right side (RS) or wrong side (WS) – it's just the front or back of the needles as they sit in your hands.

Having the yarn in front or the yarn in back is just like moving your yarn for knitting or purling on the same row. Our yarn is in the back to make a knit stitch and then we bring it to the front to make a purl stitch. If you keep that in mind you'll breeze through this first section!

Keep working until you have 50 stitches on the needle. That's all the knitting we have for this week! You can work ahead if you'd like but I'll be back on Tuesday, July 24 to work on Sections 2, 3, and 4. Be sure to check-in to say hello!


Check in, encourage others, have fun!

Heather and Meaghan are here to answer any questions you might have about these projects and how a knit-along works. We hope you'll join us on this summertime knitting adventure!

We'll check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #DoubleTheFunKAL and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns and @notsorryknitter on Instagram now! 

Email us if you have any questions! (We're just a click away.)

Announcing the Double the Fun KAL: We love them both so let's knit them both!

I am so shocked by the results of my summertime knit-along poll. In the first 24 hours we received 140 responses and the tally was even.

TOTALLY EVEN! 70 of you voted for The Shift and 70 voted for Guildenstern. Amazing!

Left:  The Shift  by Andrea Mowry. Right:  Guildenstern  by Cory Ellen Boberg

Left: The Shift by Andrea Mowry. Right: Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg

I know I love both of these patterns and I'm so thrilled that YOU love them, too. It made me start thinking -- should we knit them both? Should we KAL both of these projects?

I ran the idea past Meaghan. Do you know Meaghan of The Unapologetic Knitter? She's my lead designer here at Ewe Ewe and has designed some spectacular pieces like the Wander Which Way and the Sporty Stripe Cardi. Anywho -- Meaghan said "Let's host them both and let's host them together!"

Meaghan and Heather ready to KAL!

Meaghan and Heather ready to KAL!

So here we go! We're going to knit both of these adorable projects at the same time. Heather will host The Shift cowl and Meaghan will host the Guildenstern shirt. We'll knit them at the same time over the course of the next few weeks. Choose one or the other and let's have good time!


Announcing: Double the Fun KAL!

The Shift  cowl by Andrea Mowry

The Shift cowl by Andrea Mowry

The Shift details

The Shift is a sport-weight cowl with an asymmetrical triangle edge. This is an accessible project for knitters of all skill levels. It's a little smaller and lighter for summer knitting and we'll be ready for cooler weather when it comes back. The color changing will be fun and we've put together some fun color combination ideas. 

Techniques: We'll go over mosaic knitting, increasing, decreasing, and lots of other tips.

Pattern: The Shift by Andrea Mowry. Download on Ravelry >

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty merino yarn, 145 yards. 2 balls of 3 colors needed.
Find a local yarn store to get your yarn. If you don't have a store nearby, check out color kits here or choose your own color combo on the yarn page

Color combo ideas shown below. Click here to view kits >

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) 24" circular knitting needles. (Note: The pattern calls for a size US 5 needle but knowing my Ewe So Sporty yarn we will be knitting on a smaller needle to reach the gauge the designer recommends.)

Hosted by: Heather

The Shift Timeline

Now: Get your yarn! Download the pattern on Ravelry >

Tuesday, July 17: Kickoff + Cast On! Start with the setup and work Section One.

Tuesday, July 24: Sections 2, 3, 4.

Tuesday, July 31: Sections 5, 6, 7.

Tuesday, August 7: Binding off and blocking.

Tuesday, August 14: Seaming and styling!


Guildenstern  by cory ellen Boberg

Guildenstern by cory ellen Boberg

Guildenstern details

Guildenstern is a sweet striped top with an ombre color effect and split hem. The original pattern is knit flat but Meaghan will show you how to modify the design to knit this project in the round! Knitting a project like this in the round means it will go faster and we won't need to seam the sides. 

Techniques: Knitting in the round, jog-less stripes, increasing, checking gauge in the round, and more. 

Pattern: Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg. Download on Ravelry >

Sizes: Finished size (at full bust): 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches.
To wear with 1-4” positive ease at full bust. Shown in 38" finished size, on 36" full bust.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty, 100% merino, 145 yards. 
Find a local yarn store to get your yarn. If you don't have a store nearby, check out color kits here or choose your own color combo on the yarn page.

Required Yardage:
Color A: (Black Licorice) - 150 (185, 205, 245, 275, 300, 345) yards, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls
Color B: (Charcoal) - 180 (225, 250, 300, 340, 365, 420) yards, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls
Color C: (Brushed Silver) - 180 (225, 250, 300, 340, 365, 420) yards, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls
Color D: (Vanilla) - 130 (155, 175, 210, 235, 255, 295) yards, 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) balls

Color combo ideas shown below. Click here to view kits >

Needles: Size 3 US (3.25 mm) 32 - 40” (81 - 102 cm) circular needles
   Size 6 US (4 mm) 24 - 32” (61 - 81 cm) circular needles
   Size 3 US double-pointed needles
   or size to obtain correct gauge.

Supplies: Tapestry needle, one stitch marker, 4 locking stitch markers.

Gauge: 24 stitches and 32 rows / 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette on larger needles, after blocking.
   Swatch using Color D.

Guildenstern Timeline

Now: Get your yarn! Download the pattern on Ravelry >

Thursday, July 19: Gauge swatch and cast on! Work the hems separately.

Thursday, July 26: Joining in the round, placing markers, slipping stitches, Body Stripe section 1. 

Thursday, August 2: Body Stripes sections 2 and 3.

Thursday, August 9: Neckline front and back. Shoulders.

Thursday, August 15: Sleeve edging and blocking.


Check in, encourage others, have fun!

Now's the time to choose your colors and get your yarn. Heather and Meaghan are here to answer any questions you might have about these projects and how a knit-along works. We hope you'll join us on this summertime knitting adventure!

We'll check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #DoubleTheFunKAL and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns and @notsorryknitter on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email us if you have any questions! (We're just a click away.)

The Shift or A Shirt? Choose our next KAL!

Our Carbeth Cardigan KAL has been a ton of fun. Let's make a lighter project in July using Ewe So Sporty yarn from Ewe Ewe. Which one should we choose? 

The Shift cowl by Andrea Mowry.  View on Ravelry >

The Shift cowl by Andrea Mowry. View on Ravelry >

Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg.  View on Ravelry >

Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg. View on Ravelry >

We can make The Shift cowl by Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits or we could go for a cute summer top with Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg of indie.knits. 


Ready to choose our next KAL?

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