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Slouch & Ruched Sky Bound Hat Alternative Finishes

Below are All About Yarn’s alternative finishes for our 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl Sky Bound Hat pattern by Kathleen Fajardo. Enjoy!

Slouchy Style

To make this hat a little more versatile, block the finished Sky Bound hat in the same fashion as a Tam or Beret.  

Soak hat in warm water with a bit of wool wash such as Eucalan. Remove hat from water and gently squeeze out excess water. Place hat in a bath towel and roll up. Press firmly to remove all remaining water from hat. Hat will be slightly damp. 

With a 9” dinner plate, insert plate into inner side of hat and gently center the plate so that the opening at the brim will be centered over one side of the plate. If desired, with a yarn needle and extra yarn, thread yarn on needle through bottom edge of brim and gently pull the yarn to help keep the brim opening in shape and secure. Once hat is dry, place jauntily on head and enjoy!

Ruched & Flowered Style 

For a sweet feminine look, the Sky Bound hat can be ruched and embellished for added style. 

To start, block and dry hat the same as Slouchy Style.

With a 12” length of same yarn used for hat and a yarn needle, thread yarn onto needle. Choose one of the vertical “seams” of the hat and insert needle at start of “seam” right above brim. Alternating back and forth over rows, thread yarn upwards for 6 inches. Then, going back in the opposite direction, thread yarn back toward starting point. Remove needle and leave a tail for both the starting and ending points. Pull gently on both tails to create the ruching making it as loose or tight as desired. Tie both ends together, fasten off and weave in ends.

Add desired embellishment at the base of the ruching.

For a quick and simple addition, use this crochet pattern to make a cute flower.  Use the leftover self-striping yarn used for the hat.

Simple Crochet Flower

Supplies:

Pattern:

Chain 5.  Sl st into beginning chain to form ring.

Ch1, sc10 st into ring. Sl st into first sc.

Ch1, in next sc work the following, *(hdc1, dc1, trc1, dc1, hdc1), sl st in next sc*, rep from * to * to end of round.

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail, pull tail through final loop. Weave tail through the back side of flower following the ring stitches until tail is opposite the beginning chain tail. Use both tails to secure flower to bottom of ruching on hat.  Fasten and weave in ends.

If desired, add a button to the center the hat for added decoration.

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Creating a Family Heirloom
April 15, 2013, 11:40 am
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Manon's STOCKINGS

We love seeing our customer’s finished projects and wanted to share a special one with you today. The stockings on the right were made by one of our on-line customers, Manon from Dorval.

Manon purchased the Sarah James: Multi Motif #820 Christmas Stocking pattern, from All About Yarn, earlier this year to make for her daughter-in-law. As you can see, she very creatively modified the pattern to feature many of her daughter-in-law’s favorite sporting activities, including hockey sticks and a colorful golf scene. On the sole of the stocking Manon knit a bright yellow star to signify that to the family her daughter-in-law is a star–it’s that just wonderful!

Manon was so inspired after finishing the first stocking that she decided to make a second one for her son as a surprise. His stocking features his favorite hockey team (the Montreal Canadian team), him jogging and watching his local football team, as well as, his love of dogs.

These stockings are sure to become treasured family heirlooms–thank you Manon for sending us photos and the story behind your lovely project!

We hope that Manon’s creativity has inspired you as much as it has the flock here at All About Yarn. Thanks for reading!



Tie-Dyed Onesie Kits from Twisted Sisters
April 14, 2013, 11:00 am
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Tie-Dyed Onesie Kits from All About Yarn in Tigard, Oregon

We’ve got NEW COLORS and a FRESH SUPPLY!

Check out these adorable Hand Dyed Baby Onesie Kits from Twisted Sisters. Each kit costs $29.00 and contains the following items:

  • one skein of Oracle yarn (60% Superwash Merino Wool / 40% Bamboo)
  • a matching tie-dyed onesie
  • a digital pack of 10 baby patterns that feature Oracle (we email you the patterns once you’ve purchased the kit)

The onesies range in size from 6 to 24 months.

These babies are going like hot cakes–so come in and snag one (or more) before they’re gone! We also have in stock additional skeins of each Oracle colorway, as well as, coordinating Oracle solids for your knitting pleasure!



Sequin Heaven: POLARIS from Rozetti Yarns
December 17, 2012, 2:00 pm
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PolarisBallsWPPolaris Yarn from Rozetti

Polaris is a delightful wool blend yarn adorned with soft sparkly sequins. It comes in a variety of colorways, ranging from classic black and white solids to colorful self-striping blends. The sequins have been knit right into the yarn, providing a beautiful combination of matte and shine.  Polaris is a perfect yarn for lace, textured garments, sweaters, shawls, and even baby garments.

  • 65% Acrylic / 31% Wool / 4% Payette
  • approximately 192 yards (50 grams)
  • Gauge: 5.25-6 sts per inch on US 5-7 needles, DK weight yarn

Love the yarn, but aren’t sure what to knit or crochet with Polaris? Check out these FREE downloadable patterns from Rozetti:

polaris scarf pattern FREE



Need a Gift Idea? Visit All About Yarn’s Hat Kit Station
November 6, 2012, 12:53 pm
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We’ve got a number of stylish hats for men, women and children to choose from at our Hat Kit Station. Each kit contains the following items: a pattern, yarn enough to make chosen hat, a gift bag and matching tissue paper (blue or pink).

These kits make gift giving super easy and fun. Just pick out a style of hat you love, or you think your friend or family member will like, and either give the kit as a gift to a knitter or make the hat yourself and simply wrap in the provided gift bag and tissue paper.

Prices per kit vary depending on the type of yarn used and range from $14.00 – $19.95.



Staff Spotlight: Kathleen Fajardo
October 4, 2012, 11:52 am
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Kathleen Fajardo

All About Yarn’s first staff spotlight features the very creative Kathleen Fajardo, a woman with a true passion for fiber arts, teaching and travel.

Kathleen was born in New Hampshire and later moved to Southern California, where she met her wonderful husband. Upon his graduation from CalTech, the couple moved to Beaverton to start their life together. They now have their hands full with two sweet and precocious children, a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.

Sweetwater Shawlette

As a child, Kathleen was mentored by her grandmother, Nana Fernandez, in the ways of crocheting. This led her to the art of embroidery and later her aunt Maria taught her how to quilt. Before Kathleen’s daughter was born, she fell in love with the  “smooth professional look of the knit stitch” and thus decided to experiment with knitting. From the first click of her needles she was hooked for life.

After her son was born, a lovely acquaintance invited Kathleen to join the knitting group PDX Knit Blogger. It was through this group that she was introduced to All About Yarn and eventually joined our little flock as a teacher and staffer.

Since then, she has designed and published many personal patterns, some of which can be found on Ravelry and on her blog Busy Digits. Kathleen’s lovely design Pasarela, a casual and comfy shrug pattern, was recently published in Judy Becker’s book Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Also look for her gorgeous Sweetwater Shawlette pattern (which she designed for the 2012 Rose City Yarn Crawl) in the crawl’s upcoming e-book.

One of Kathleen’s current projects from Ann Budd’s Book of Patterns. She chose the ultra soft, mohair blend CaraCara as her yarn for this project.

One of Kathleen’s passions is teaching others the art of knitting. She keeps busy here at the shop with her weekly knitting class, monthly techniques workshops and bi-annual needle felting classes. Through an online job opportunity with Morgaine Wilder of Carolina Homespun, Kathleen also works 3-4 trade shows a year, where she demonstrates how to operate looms, hand spindles and spinning wheels (skills she was introduced to by the PDX Knit Blogger group).

Treasures from Manchester

Kathleen and her family have had the opportunity to travel and see many places around the world, such as Australia, New Zealand (the wool capital of the world) and most recently Manchester England, a “city rich in history” according to Kathleen. While visiting she got to watch a demo of the textile machinery used during the high point of cotton production in England. She said “the demonstration really highlighted the danger both children and adults endured at this time to make cotton textiles…items we all now take for granted.” One of her adventures took her to the local yarn shop called Purl City Yarns, where she purchased several British-made yarns. She reports that they also carry a nice selection of local indie dyers, specifically The Natural Dye Studio who produced a specialty yarn (which Kathleen of course purchased a skein of) in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Kathleen also had the chance to visit the Design and Craft Center, a wonderful community of artists who share a studio space and sell their wares directly to patrons of the arts. Kathleen was happy for the opportunity to purchase a work of art directly from one such artist. She said Manchester was a wonderfully inspiring place to visit, with an art culture reminiscent of Portland’s.

Back home, Kathleen is looking forward to creating something special out of her British yarns. She is “so pleased to work in a city with such a strong fiber community, constantly surrounded by new patterns and products,” and feels “lucky to have direct access to so many wonderful local dyers and designers.”

In closing, we want to thank Kathleen for sharing a bit of her history with us. She is one of our local treasures and we are the lucky ones to have the chance to work with her and watch her creative mind at work.

Kathleen in the process of designing a new pattern. Inspired by the beautiful colors of Litoral Sparkle, she plans on creating a tri-color neck wrap. Check back to see a photo of her finished design!



Yarn Spotlight: Ric Rac
March 26, 2012, 11:59 am
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For those of you still hankering to make a Marina-like scarf, check out Ric Rac from Berroco, a fun new ruffle yarn that is sure to please! Ric Rac works up incredibly fast with dramatic results. Plus, each skein includes a free pattern for a lovely spiral scarf on the inside of the yarn label and only takes one hank to make! Check out this video to learn how to knit or crochet your very own bewitching Ric Rac scarf today!