What to Make: Dancing Santa Hat

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.

Dancing Santa Hat knitting pattern  by Amber Darling for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Dancing Santa Hat knitting pattern by Amber Darling for Ewe Ewe Yarns

A Santa hat seems like an obvious thing to wear around the holidays but what about a hat FULL of Santa hats? Yes, please!

I love to knit quirky things because they make me happy when I’m making them and they make others laugh when they see them. Dancing Santa Hats fits right in there with its adorable little hats on a hat.

This easy color work hat knitting pattern fun purl bumps for the brim and bobbles as a topper to give the beanie some great texture and dimension.

Knit in Baa Baa Bulky yarn from Ewe Ewe, this hat works up so fast! You can knit in a full festive color combo like Red Poppy, Pistachio and Vanilla or go for the original with a Brushed Silver backdrop.

See all the colors: Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: Kid (Small Adult, Large Adult)

Measurements: 15¾ (18¾, 22)" circumference; 9 (9½, 9½)" high excluding pom pom

Yarn requirements: 3 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn; 1 skein each.

How to find the pattern, yarn and join the KAL

Pattern: Dancing Santa Hat — on Ewe Ewe Yarns
Dancing Santa Hat — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.


How to check knitting gauge in the round

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It’s time to start a sweater (we’re making Ursa on our latest knit-along) and you know you want to check your gauge but the sweater is knit in the round. Since we won’t be turning our work and we’ll only be knitting this gauge might be a little different than normal.

As a knitter, I know that my tension is different when I purl than when I knit and since this project will be worked mostly in the round and I won’t be purling much I’d like to make sure I’m getting the stitch count the designer recommends.

I’ve put together some photos on how to knit and block a gauge swatch in the round.

How to Check Knitting Gauge in the Round

Yarn and needles for a gauge swatch

Yarn and needles for a gauge swatch

Step 1: Cast on

Step 1: Cast on

When knitting any swatch you want to start with the exact yarn the project will be made in and the same needles you plan to knit the sweater with. Variations on either of these items can result in a different gauge.

For the sweater I’m knitting I need a gauge of 11.5 stitches over 4 inches. I will have 20 stitches on size US 11 (8 mm) needles for this swatch.

Cast on normally. DO NOT TURN.

Slide stitches to the other end of the needle

Slide stitches to the other end of the needle

Hold working yarn to the back creating a long float

Hold working yarn to the back creating a long float

Now for the strange part! SLIDE your stitches to the other end of the needle so the front of the work is still facing you.

Hold the working yarn from the ball across the back of your hand and knit into the first stitch. Continue knitting across the row. This will create a long, loose float of yarn across the back of your work.

DO NOT TURN. Slide work back to the other end of the needle always keeping the knit side facing you.

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

After a few rows this is what the piece will start to look like. You can see the knit side of the work on the left and the wrong side or purl side in the right photo.

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

How to trim a gauge swatch knit in the round

How to trim a gauge swatch knit in the round

When the swatch reaches a good height bind off as normal.

Flip the swatch to the wrong side and (YIKES!) cut the floats so the swatch opens flat.

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Here’s my swatch. It looks crazy, doesn’t it?! All of those edges seem like they could just fall off but they don’t. Just be gentle.

Next we need to block the swatch. In a small bowl I added a touch of Soak wash and cool water. Submerge the swatch and leave to rest for 15-30 minutes.

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Remove the swatch from the bath and gently lay it out on a towel.

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Fold the towel over the swatch and lightly roll the towel pressing the water from the yarn.

On a dry towel straighten the swatch, leave it to rest and dry completely.

I block my knit swatch just like I plan to block the finished sweater. I don’t pin a swatch if I don’t plan to pin the sweater.

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

When the swatch is dry it’s time to measure the stitches. Exciting stuff for a knitter!

I like to use a stiff ruler and gently lay it across a row to count the stitches. I also measure in several locations around the swatch to be sure that one row wasn’t a fluke.

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

And here we are! Count the Vs of each knit stitch as one stitch. My swatch is measuring 11.5 stitches across 4 inches just like the pattern asked for.


I hope you’ll join me for the Ursa sweater knit-along starting on Thursday, August 1, 2019! Here’s the details:

  1. Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

  2. Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

  3. Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

  4. Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, Ravelry group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.


Heather's Happenings: July 29, 2019

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Hello! It’s me, Heather, owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Welcome to my weekly feature on the Ewe Ewe blog about living a creative life. Here you’ll find a few things that have inspired me lately. I love to knit and crochet but I also enjoy gardening, cooking and photography. I’ll chat about where I’m knitting, what I’m cooking, and much more!

Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, Long Beach, CA

Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, Long Beach, CA

Yarn shop visit: Alamitos Bay Yarn Company

This week I was on the road and visited Alamitos Bay Yarn Company in Long Beach, CA. This adorable yarn store is situated in a beautiful marina with cool ocean breezes. I was enchanted right as I got out of my car! The staff was friendly and the shop is well-stocked.

I got chatting with some knitters at the workshop table and even went for coffee with one! She and I sat and knitted at the coffee shop for almost an hour. I love that about knitting — we always have something to talk about!

If you’re in the LA area, I’d highly recommend a visit to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company to get a knitting fix.


How to Clean Your Closet in 15 Minutes

How to Clean Your Closet in 15 Minutes

Around the web: How to Clean Your Closet in 15 Minutes

Do you end up with a pile of lightly worn clothes at the end of the bed or a clutter of shoes in front of the closet door? I totally do!

I found this great article about how to address an overwhelmed closet in just 15 minutes. There are great tips in here about how to divide up the time and tackle each section to get your clothes organized again!

Read How to Clean Your Closet in 15 Minutes


Easy White Asparagus

Easy White Asparagus

What I’m cooking: Easy White Asparagus

Do you see a seasonal type of produce at the grocery store and wonder what to do with it? I do that all the time and this week I decided to figure out how to cook one!

I took the leap and bought a special bundle of white asparagus. I did a bit of research and decided to cook them with this Easy White Asparagus recipe that adds salt, lemon and butter to the cooking liquid. Since white asparagus has a much more delicate flavor than green asparagus, the addition of those elements lightly seasoned the bundles to a delicious result!

Make Easy White Asparagus


Working on a tutorial for checking knitting gauge in the round.

Working on a tutorial for checking knitting gauge in the round.

What I’m working on: Ursa Knit-Along

The #BaaBaaUrsa KAL starts this week! I’m really looking forward to making this sweater so I have something fresh and new to wear when the weather starts to change. Right now I’m busy putting together a blog post about how to check your gauge when knitting in the round and I should have that done for tomorrow.

If you’d like to join the Ursa sweater knit-along, check out the supply list here.

I hope you have had a creative week. Leave me a comment to let me know what you’ve been up to!

💗 Heather


Ursa KAL: Supply Buy

Get your Ewe Ewe yarn and supplies to knit the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Get your Ewe Ewe yarn and supplies to knit the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Want to knit the Ursa sweater pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak? We’re knitting it with our own Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn. Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need to knit this sweater.

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Ursa Sweater Supply List:

Baa Baa Bulky Merino Yarn
20.00
Color:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

Pattern: Ursa — on Ravelry.

Yarn requirements: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn, 132 yards, 100g.
(4, 4, 5) [5, 6, 6] {7, 7, 8} skeins.

Finished Measurements: (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66} inches at bust

Sizing notes from the designer: To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 2-6” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size.

Needles: US 11 (8 mm) 32” (if making sizes 34-46) or 40” (if making sizes 50-66) circular knitting needles.
— US 11 (8 mm) double-pointed needles for sleeves (or small circumference knitting method of your choice such as magic loop or 2 circulars).
Note: The pattern calls for size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) knitting needles but I got gauge on US 11 (8 mm) needles. Be sure to check your gauge before starting the sweater!

Notions: 7 coordinating stitch markers, 3 contrasting stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn for holding stitches, darning needle for finishing.


I hope you’ll join me for the Ursa sweater knit-along starting on Thursday, August 1, 2019! Here’s the details:

  1. Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

  2. Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

  3. Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

  4. Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, Ravelry group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.


What to Make: Born to Be Warm Cable Wrist Warmers

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.

Born to be Warm  wrist warmer knitting pattern by Heather Walpole for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Born to be Warm wrist warmer knitting pattern by Heather Walpole for Ewe Ewe Yarns

How about a quick pair of cable wrist warmers! I love the Born to Be Warm mitts because they are so fast to knit and they don’t require a cable needle. Woohoo!

The stepped cable stitch pattern is fun to knit and keeps you moving right along.

sstrait649’s Born to Be Warm project on  Ravelry

sstrait649’s Born to Be Warm project on Ravelry

Born to Be Warm mitts are worked in the round up to the thumb hole and then you work a few rows back and forth to make the opening. My friend Sally at …have you any wool? in Berkley, MI did a great job on her Brushed Silver pair! I love her photo where you can really see the graduated cables and the thumb opening.

Did I mention these wrist warmers are a 1-skein wonder? They are! Grab your favorite color of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn – 17 to choose from! – and whip up a pair now so you’re ready to walk the dog on a chilly autumn morning.

17 colors of  Baa Baa Bulky merino wool  yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

17 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns


How much yarn do I need?

Size: 8.5” long x 8.5” circumference.

Note from the designer: If you’d like to make these mitts smaller consider using a size US 10 needle instead of the recommended US 10.5.

Yarn requirements: 1 ball of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn

How to find the pattern, yarn and join the KAL

Pattern: Born to Be Warm — on Ewe Ewe Yarns
Born to Be Warm — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

What color will you choose?!


What to Make: Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak

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.

Ursa  sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak

Ursa sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak

Meet the Ursa sweater! The designer, Jacqueline Cieslak describes this as a “bear of a sweater – chunky, bold, snuggly, fierce,” and I totally agree! I love details on this cropped pullover and I am dying to knit it for myself.

I think it looks so fun to make and even better to wear. I can imagine throwing it on over a tunic and leggings or maybe a long sweeping dress just like Jacqueline. It’s so cute!

Ursa  sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cielsak on Ravelry

Ursa sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cielsak on Ravelry

Ursa will knit up perfectly using Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn. My friend Jesse at Knit One, Crochet Too started one in Sky Blue and, let’s be honest, I totally got cast-on-itis when I saw this photo:

Ursa  sweater in  Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn  from Ewe Ewe Yarns

Ursa sweater in Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

GAH! Don’t you just love it? I want it. The accent stitches really pop and the sweater looks like the squishy dressed-up sweatshirt of my knitting dreams.

I’m going to make Ursa and I hope you’ll join me for a new knit-along!

Ursa KAL Dates and Details

Ursa will be fast to knit and we can get it done in just a couple of weeks! Here’s the plan:

Wednesday, July 17: Announce the KAL!

Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!


How much yarn do I need?

Sizing notes from the designer: To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 2-6” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size.

Finished Measurements: (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66} inches at bust

Yarn requirements: (4, 4, 5) [5, 6, 6] {7, 7, 8} skeins of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn

17 colors of  Baa Baa Bulky merino wool  yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

17 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

How to find the pattern, yarn and join the KAL

Pattern: Ursa — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.

What color will you choose?!