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Let's knit more mittens!

  Hi all,  Please join us for the next Community Knitting meeting on Wednesday, September 13, from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library. The September pattern is mittens (pattern HERE ). We have collected many hats, and they are always welcome, but we could really use some more mittens to give out in December. Diana knitted the sample pictured above, and instead of the bulky weight yarn, she used 2 strands of DK weight. Feel free to play around with combinations of yarns to get something approximating bulky weight (e.g., 3 strands of fingering weight, 1 strand of fingering weight and 1 strand of worsted weight). We do recommend using wool and not acrylic for mittens because it stays warm when wet. It doesn't need to be machine washable - any wool will do. Anything from 9-10.5 double point needles will work for this pattern.   If you detest double points, click back to THIS POST from July to get a mitten pattern that's knit flat and seamed. It's
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August: Cowlapalooza

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, August 6 from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library.  For August, we have SIX free cowl patterns that you can knit. Pick one or two, or knit them all! They are:  1. Oats by Tin Can Knits 2. Just Try It by Susan Ashcroft 3. Convertible Biking Cowl by Cris Dvic (can be knitted in a solid color, no image) 4. Cable and Seed (Giselle adapted my hat pattern from a few months ago to a cowl) 5. Simple Yet Effective by Tin Can Knits 6. Mistake Rib Cowl by Purl Soho You can go to the links above or pick up a printed copy at the August meeting. All of the patterns use worsted weight yarn, and you should generally be fine with US 7 or 8 (4.5-5 mm) 16 inch circular needles. If you don't have enough of one color, you could colorblock or stripe and use up some leftovers. In addition, we received a large yarn donation from Sister Carmen, so come and stock up for future Community Knitting projects! Hope to see you there. 

July mittens: knit flat!

  In July we will be knitting mittens - flat! These mittens are a nice alternative for people who would rather not knit in the round on double points. You will need about 50 grams of worsted weight yarn and US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles. You'll need a darning/blunt needle to seam them up at the end. Wool is best for mittens, but use what you have. Remember you can always use a thinner yarn held double. Join us on Wednesday, July 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library.   The pattern (free from Yarnspirations) is below - just click on the photos to enlarge. 

Kittens in June

Hi all,  In June we will be knitting a new toy Roxana designed for us - a kitten. If you’ve had trouble with the bear pattern, give this one a try - it’s a little easier. We are meeting at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library on Wednesday, June 14 from 3:00 to 4:30. You will need to bring approximately 1 ounce of worsted weight yarn and a few yards of sport weight yarn, and US#6 (4 mm) needles. The pattern is posted as an image below. To make it larger, just click on it.  

Vest and hat pattern for May

  I have May’s vest and hat pattern earlier than promised! The pattern is courtesy of Roxana, and it’s very beginner-friendly, even if you’ve never knit a garment before. Roylene made the sweet sample pictured above. This month I’m just posting the two pages of the pattern as images here in the post. To enlarge them, you should just be able to click on the image.  Can you wait until tomorrow to cast on? I can’t!

May meeting

 Hi all - our next meeting will be this Wednesday, May 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library. Our traditional May project is a sweater or vest. This year you can make Roxana’s sweater pattern from last year or a new vest and hat pattern. The vest/hat will be available in hard copy at the meeting, and I will post/send out a link to the online pattern soon after the meeting. For the vest and hat, you will need approximately 7 ounces of worsted weight machine washable yarn and a US 7 or 8 (4.5 - 5mm) 16-20 inch circular needle.  Future meetings will also be the second Wednesday of the month, same time and place. Hope you can make it!

April cables (or not)

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, April 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library. Our project is a child's hat that you can make with or without cables. You'll need about 2 ounces of worsted weight yarn, US size 7 or 8 (4.5-5mm) 16 inch circular and double point needles, a cable needle if you are working the cable version, and 8 stitch markers, one unique for the beginning of the round. You can find the pattern HERE . Hope you can make it!