The second episode of Outlander continued to add fuel to my fire as a place to get knitting project ideas!

This episode had a wealth of fingerless mitts and the start of a parade of capes and cowls that I can only image will increase.

If you’ve been reading the Yarnologue for any length of time you already know I’m a little obsessed with fingerless mitt. That made it really hard to restrict myself to five project suggestions for this post.

You can always see more project ideas on my Outlander Ideas board on Pinterest.

Ida mittsThe first notable set of armwarmers in the episode was the simple oatmeal pair that Mrs. Fitzs was wearing. The reached almost to her elbow and just had a hole for a thumb. They would be easy to replicate.

For that simple look I thought the Ida Mitts from the Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine book would be a great choice.

They take just one hank of the wonderful Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine yarn, which is a 40% Wool, 40% Alpaca, 20% Silk blend that is available in over 30 colors, or more if you include Moonshine Trios.

The single pattern is available on Ravelry and through the in-store pattern sale service.

Lace Merino mittsAnother simple set of armwarmers is this Ella Rae Lace Merino pair. The ribbing on the arms makes for a nice fit.

Download the free pattern from our website.

Ella Rae Lace Merino is one of my favorite yarns. The original Lace Merino is a fingering weight, 100% Superwash Merino Wool with approx 460 yards per 100g hank. That’s a lot of yarn!

It is also available in over 60 colors, ranging from variegated, as seen above, to semi-solids.

Mai mittsGetting a little more elaborate, we have the Mai mitts from the Noro book What Can I Knit Tonight?

The bright colors and cute buttons aren’t things Claire would encounter in the 18th century!

This pair uses two skeins of Noro Kureyon yarn, a hearty 100% Wool that is available in over 35 fabulous Noro colorways.

Cabled Arm WarmersDuring the episode, Claire was wearing a pair of brown armwarmers that looked like they had a cable on them. I’m hoping a future episode affords a clearer view.

But that opened the door for more fancy mitts, like these Cabled Armwarmers from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine issue 13.

They take just one ball of the new Debbie Bliss yarn Fine Donegal, a yummy 95% Wool, 5% Cashmere blend with approx 415 yards per 100g balls.

The pattern is sized for S/M and M/L. The magazine has been arriving in local yarn stores all month and the yarn should be hot on its heels.

Mable mittsSticking with the fancy mitts, we have Mable from Louisa Harding’s hardcover book Knits From an English Rose.

This pattern uses two balls of Grace Harmonies yarn for the main section of the glove and one ball of Luzia for the trim.

Considering the fur cowl we’ve already seen Claire wearing, these mitts would fit right in!

That’s what I was able to glean from this week’s episode. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you can find more ideas on our Pinterest board!

Are you enjoying the show as much as I am? Has the series been firing your knitting imagination?

Last Saturday, during the premier episode of the new Outlander TV series, I cast on for the small Vera collar from Louisa Harding’s Luzia book.

IMG_4854Last night, while watching the second episode, I finished the collar!

IMG_4933I mention the TV show again to give you an idea of how quickly this little collar worked up. It took me about three hours to knit. I didn’t knit on it during the week. Now, I did pause the show last night a couple times so I could read the pattern, but it was still a fast project.

IMG_4936Having finished knitting the collar, I had to decide how to close it.

The book suggests 2 meters of satin ribbon for the small version, which I made, or an antique brooch for the large (two skein) version.

Louisa Harding VeraIt was a bit surprising to see how much ribbon I had hidden away. I had high hopes for the wide, purple ribbon, but it didn’t look….right.

IMG_5001Getting the proper ratio between ribbon length and width was important to it looking good. I also found that the more diaphanous ribbons were not flattering. They were too floppy for the dense fur.

I ended up trying a few different closures, including the fancy barrette I wore for my wedding and a fur rose I picked up one year on vacation.

The red, fur rose might have worked on the larger version of the collar, but on my small one it was just distracting.

In the end, I decide the small red ribbon was the way to go.

IMG_4952Of course, there is nothing stopping me (or you) from changing out the ribbon to match my outfit!

I used one skein of Louisa Harding Luzia yarn in color 7-Otter. Luzia is available in 17 colors ranging from natural, neutrals to jewel toned fashion colors.

Luzia was introduced last winter when faux fur was starting as a big trend in the fashion runway shows. That trend is continuing for fall and winter fashion this year.

A little, or a lot!, of Luzia is a great way to embrace this trend.

You can see more Luzia projects in the new Eventyr book, which is starting to arrive in local yarn stores now, and the hard cover book Knits From An English Rose, which is already available in stores.

Today’s Great Garment Giveaway will make your feminine heart flutter!

This Louisa Harding dress is one of our favorites.

IMG_20140815_085014 Perfect for an evening with an unexpected summer chill, this luxurious shell is knit up in Simonetta, a 60% Nylon, 26% Kid Mohair, 14% Metallic Polyester blend. (Don’t let the metallic polyester content worry you, it’s not scratchy at all!)

IMG_20140815_085051The lace allows the pleasant breeze while the Mohair keeps the chill away! Easily adaptable for any season, this delicate indulgence will put you at the center of attention all year long.


The sleeves look a little goofy since our dress from doesn’t have arms, and no one in the office was feeling brave enough to be a model. So here’s the picture from the book to give you a better idea of how it looks.

27495This tunic is sized for 32-33 3/4″ bust. The model in the picture is 5’10″, 32″ bust.

The Big Question: How would you wear this pretty tunic to accommodate the current nip of autumn weather?

Leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll select one lucky person to receive this actual item. Winner will be selected and notified (by email) on Tuesday.

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Want to just knit it yourself? This is the Ginerva tunic from the Louisa Harding Simonetta book. Use our Store Locator feature to find a local or online yarn store that carries the Louisa Harding line.

Renowned international knitting brand, Debbie Bliss, has established a new design team Conway+Bliss to target the younger knitter.

The dynamic design collaboration between Teresa Conway and Nell Bliss is launching with 4 FREE downloadable patterns available on the Debbie Bliss website.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Conway+Bliss, aimed at encouraging and introducing new or younger knitters to the craft,” syas Debbie Bliss. “The new brand will combine exciting designs with the classic yarns integral to the Bliss line.”

Nell Bliss is the daughter of Debbie Bliss. Teresa Conway is a graduate of Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University and joined the Bliss team in 2011. Friends for the past 14 years, since they began collaborating Teresa and Nell have had designs featured in Vogue Knitting and Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine and created downloadable patterns.

“We see a growing market for the younger crafter,” says Nell Bliss, “and our aim is to provide fashion led projects for the style conscious knitter.”

Established 15 years ago, the Debbie Bliss brand has achieved worldwide success and this is another exciting chapter in the story of the brand.


Dandelion hat by Conway+Bliss, photo courtesy Debbie Bliss

The Dandelion Hat uses one skein of the new Debbie Bliss yarn Roma for the main portion of the hat. The pompoms are made using two colors of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby yarn.

Roma is a super bulky, 70% Wool, 30% Alpaca blend with approx 87 yards per 100g ball. Knit on US 17 needles, you’ll finish this hat in the blink of an eye!

It’s knit flat and seamed, so it’s great for a beginner who doesn’t know how to knit in the round yet.

Add Dandelion to your Ravelry queue.


Queen B sweater designed by Conway+Bliss. Photo courtesy Debbie Bliss

The fun Queen B Sweater is knit using Cashmerino Baby yarn. The “Bliss” letters are knit using the intarsia method. I like the square neckline on this sweater.

The pattern covers seven sizes from a 32″ to a 44″ bust, with the “standard fit” of 2″ to 4″ of positive ease.

Add Queen B to your Ravelry queue.

Raphael Cowl designed by Conway+Bliss. Photo courtesy Debbie Bliss

Raphael Cowl designed by Conway+Bliss. Photo courtesy Debbie Bliss

The Raphael Cowl is knit using two colors of Debbie Bliss Paloma yarn. This chunky yarn is a soft and cuddly 60% Baby Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool blend. With over 20 colors available, you’ll be able to customize it to your wardrobe.

The cowl is work flat and seamed, which might make it a good choice for an advanced beginner who wants to try out the chevron stitch.

Add Raphael to your Ravelry queue.


Aimee Sweater designed by Conway+Bliss. Photo courtesy Debbie Bliss

The new patterns finish up with the Aimee pullover. This raglan sweater has a wide neck. The sample is shown in two high contrast colors, but you can tone it down (or go more wild) with the wide selection of Paloma colors available.

Knit on US 13 needles, you might even finish knitting it in time to wear this winter! This sweater is sized to fit bust 32-34 (36-38, 40-24)”

Add Aimee to your Ravelry queue.

Stay up to date with these new designers by liking the Conway+Bliss Facebook page, following them on Instagram, or following them on Twitter.

Of course, we’ll also be bringing you more information here on the Yarnologue and our own Facebook page as appropriate!

Contact your favorite Debbie Bliss retailer to get the yarn for one of these fun new designs.

While there is something to be said for having a pattern book with a theme and beautiful photography, many people enjoy being able to pick and choose which patterns they want to own.

Ella Rae is one of the brands we represent that has embraced this trend. For the first time this year all the Ella Rae patterns were available as individual leaflets, rather than in pamphlets of several patterns.

Recently, we started digitizing some of the patterns and making them available through the Ravelry in-store pattern sale service. This allows you to go into your favorite local yarn store and buy the digital pattern at the same time you buy the yarn for your project.

Some stores will print the pattern out. Others will email it to you. If you have a Ravelry account you get a link to add the pattern to your library.

It really opens up your buying options, and allows stores to dedicate more of their precious floor space to yarn!

Stores have to sign up for the service, so ask the staff at your favorite store whether or not they participate.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been adding Ella Rae patterns that came out at the beginning of this year to the system and thought you’d like to know about them.


The Phoenix DK collection includes hats and beanies for this beautiful, 100% Combed, Mercerized Cotton yarn. This is a great yarn for during the summer months, or anytime you’re looking to avoid animal fibers.

See bigger pictures of the projects.

163463These four hats all use the same basic pattern, but are changed by using different colors and patterns.

See all the Phoenix DK  yarn colors.

ER5The Cozy Soft collection includes these four adorable sweaters. They are all sized from 3 months to 5 years! You’ll get a lot of use out of these patterns, especially considering two of them are pretty unisex.

Cozy Soft yarn comes in both Print and Solid colors. Both versions are 25% Superwash Wool, 75% Acrylic with approx 213 yards per 100g balls, so they are interchangeable in the patterns.

ER CS boyEven better, Cozy Soft yarn is machine washable! Cold, gentle cycle and you should still let it air dry flat. It’s a great yarn for busy parents who don’t have the time (or inclination, ahem) to hand wash the items you knit and crochet.

ER8Sticking with garments for children we come to these adorable sweaters using Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky yarn.

These patterns are sized for toddlers and older, with most of them ranging from 1 year to 10 years (the yellow zippered vest in the bottom right tops out at 8 years). Many of the smaller sizes take just 2 hanks of yarn!

163480Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky is a soft, 100% Superwash Merino Wool with approx 121 yards per 100g hank. Since this is a superwash yarn (meaning the wool has been treated to make it less likely to felt) you can machine wash it on a cold, gentle cycle. (Heat and agitation are what you want to avoid.) Again, air dry flat.

Browse more Lace Merino Chunky patterns.

ER9Stepping down in yarn weight, we come to Lace Merino Worsted and a number of attractive scarves and wraps.

163477This adorable pullover is sized from 1 to 10 years. The smallest size uses just 2 hanks of yarn!

163478This Lilly of the Valley wrap takes 4 hanks of yarn, but it would be well worth it. This is an attractive, and cozy, way to chase a chill. The pattern looks easy to memorize, too.

Lace Merino Worsted is a 100% Superwash Merino Wool with approx 218 yards per 100g hank. It is available in over 50 colors ranging from variegated to semi-solids.

Browse more Lace Merino Worsted patterns.

ER6As you can see, the patterns for Lace Merino DK include a mix of garments and accessories.

The vest in the top left is a really lovely garment. The front design is created using slip stitches, which the back is just plain stockinette. It’s a good mix of challenging and soothing.

163488This yellow cardigan is just too cute. I wish it came in adult sizes, but it’s just sized from 3 to 10 year.

Lace Merino DK yarn is available in 30 colors. This yarn is a 100% Superwash Merino Wool with approx 302 yards per 50g hank.

Browse more Lace Merino DK patterns.

ER7Last, but not least, as the patterns for the original, fingering weight version of Lace Merino yarn.

This yarn is a soft, 100% Superwash Merino Wool with approx 460 yards per 100g hank. Did you see that? 460 yards! That’s a lot of yarn. It’s great for garments and accessories. The solid color hat patterns use just one hank of yarn.

163484My favorite from this group is this pretty Multicolored Lace Wrap. The shade in the colors is achieved by working two row stripes of three different colors.

Considering Lace Merino is available in over 60 colors, including semi-solids and variegated, you’ll be able to create almost endless combinations!

Browse more Lace Merino patterns.

You can add any of these patterns to your Ravelry queue by checking on the designer page for Ella Rae or the designer page for Leanne Prouse.

Do you prefer digital patterns or print patterns? Or do you use them equally?

Did you enjoy the first episode of Outlander on Saturday night?

The fact that I’d watched it on-demand earlier in the week didn’t stop me from watching it again!

IMG_4854I gathered together what I thought I’d need for a comfortable evening and settled down to enjoy.

There wasn’t much knit-wear in this episode, but I didn’t notice most of the Highlanders were wearing tams! One even had a pompom on his hat.

If that wasn’t perfect inspiration for finding knit and crochet patterns, I don’t know what would be. Of course, the tam and beret patterns I’m going to highlight are much more colorful than the hats being worn by the men who found Claire, but isn’t that half the fun?

Debbie Bliss Fair IsleThis attractive Fair Isle beret is from the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. It is knit using six colors of Rialto 4ply yarn.

I like the multicolored pompom.

Buy the digital pattern on Ravelry.

Debbie Bliss baby tamYou can get your baby in on the act with this sweet little beret. It’s from the new Debbie Bliss book Cashmerino Aran, which has 11 patterns for children.

As you can see, it’s knit using two colors of the popular yarn Cashmerino Aran, which is available in a slew of colors.

Louisa Harding EiffelSticking with the pompom theme, check out the Eiffel beret from Louisa Harding’s Amitelle book. This pretty topper takes just one ball of her beautiful Amitola yarn.

This lovely yarn is an 80% wool, 20% silk blend that is available in 16 colors.

Noro Crochet tamIf you prefer to crochet, you might enjoy the Swirly Tam from the hardcover Crochet Noro book.

I like how the strong lines lend a sense of movement to the hat without interfering with the lovely Noro colors.

The Swirly Tam is crocheted using one skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.

Add the Swirly Tam to your Ravelry queue.

Noro ayana beretAnother great Noro beret is the cable edged Ayana beret from the “What Can I Knit Tonight?” book by Jo Allport.

It takes two skeins of Noro Kirara yarn, a 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, 10% Angora blend. I used Kirara to knit my Metalouse Shawl.

Worked in the shades of green shown, this might be the best beret so far for blending in with nature!

Mirasol beretFor a more subtle look, check out the Paqu Pura beret and shawl from Mirasol designed by Claudia Wersing.

The set takes three hanks of Mirasol Paqu Pura yarn, a lovely 100% Peruvian Alpaca yarn that is available in over 15 colors.

Add the Paqu Pura Beret and Wrap to your Ravelry queue.

I added a few more beret ideas to my Outlander Ideas board on Pinterest. We have so many nice beret patterns, it was hard not to flood the board pins!

IMG_4859In the mean time, I actually made some good progress on my Vera cowl from the Louisa Harding Luzia book. I might even finish before the next episode on Saturday.

You can use our Store Locator feature to find a local yarn store near you that stocks any of the patterns I’ve highlighted. You’ll see online store results, too.

What did you knit or crochet while you were watching the Outlander premier?

First of all, how it is August 8 already?! Goodness, the summer is flying by!

It’s hard to believe this is our sixth garment in The Great Garment Giveaway.

Everyone who has adopted a retired sample garment so far has been very excited. Donna, who won last week, sent us an email gushing about the fine craftsmanship and how well it fits her.

We’re excited these sweaters are finding good homes! I think you’ll agree that this week’s sweater is a real beauty.


Make a statement! Blend this classic stitch with a modern outfit — match this tunic with flats and leggings and you’ll be set for your outdoor parties this summer.

Knit up in Mirasol’s Asikita (85% Pima Cotton 15% Baby Alpaca), it has a nice drape and an airy openwork pattern.

IMG_20140807_162940Measurements: 26 1/4″ shoulder to hem, 15 1/2″ along bottom edging, 18 1/2″ shoulder to shoulder.

The Big Question: We think leggins and flats, but how would YOU wear this pretty top?

Leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll select one lucky person to receive this actual item. Winner will be selected and notified (by email) on Tuesday.

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Want to just knit it yourself? This is the Kaw Kaw top from Mirasol book 28 Asikita by Jane Ellison. Use our Store Locator feature to find a local or online yarn store that carries the Mirasol line.

Crochetscene 2014 magazine, from Interweave Crochet, is due in stores August 12. That’s next week!

The patterns are already up on Ravelry, and it looks like an interesting issue.


Crochetscene 2014, Harper Point Photography

We were especially delighted to see this pretty top designed by Moon Eldridge.

The Lottie Top is crocheted using Noro Taiyo Lace, a 50% Cotton, 17% Wool, 17% Nylon, 16% Silk blend. The sample in the magazine is shown in color #1.

The Lottie Top is sized 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)” bust circumference. For many of the sizes you just need 2 balls of Taiyo Lace!  Quantities 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.

I like the way the Noro color changes follow the lines of the top. The butterfly sleeves are a fun touch, too.

Be sure to look for the magazine and yarn at your favorite local yarn store.

Add the Lottie Top to your Ravelry queue.

Have you seen the new issue of Knit Simple magazine? It started arriving in stores at the end of July.

KSF14CoverIt is full of both knit AND crochet patterns. There are a slew of nice hats, which is perfect time for both the arrival of cold weather as well as the start (continuation?) of gift stitching time.

Crocheters can sink their hooks into this pretty purple number.


Knit Simple Fall 2014, photo by Paul Amato for


Knit Simple Fall 2014, photo by Paul Amato for

Item name: Simple Crochet Hat
Designer: Mari Lynn Patrick
Yarn Information: Rialto DK by Debbie Bliss
For sizes: Adult Woman
Amounts: 2 balls in #61 Purple

It’s worked top down in double crochet. You’ll be able to try it on as you go! Working double crochet using an H hook means it should move along at a good clip, too.

Add the Simple Crochet Hat to your Ravelry queue.

Knitters will be interested in this cool, hooded cowl.


Knit Simple Fall 2014, photo by Paul Amato for

Item name: Hooded Cowl
Designer: Mari Lynn Patrick
Yarn Information: Akiko and Luzia by Louisa Harding
For sizes: One-Size
Amounts: 6 balls of Akiko in #002 taupe (A) 4 balls for cowl only
1 ball of Luzia in #4 teal (B)

It’s worked in fisherman’s rib, which makes a nice squishy fabric, and the hood is buttoned on. The Luzia trim adds a fun touch, and keeps you on trend for fall fashion.

Add the hooded cowl to your Ravelry queue.

Ask for the magazine and yarns at your local yarn store!

I finished knitting my Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top on Wednesday.

IMG_4799But then I had to weave in ends, block it, and get someone to take my picture, which is why I’m not telling you about it until now.

The pattern calls for five skeins of Noro Koromo yarn for the size I made, but I used just four. There wasn’t much left!

Koromo is a 39% Cotton, 35% Wool, 26% Silk blend. The high cotton content makes it soft and the silk added interesting texture.

IMG_4792After I dropped the sweater in a tub full of cold water, I decided to look at the care instructions on the ball band. Oops! The label recommends dry cleaning. It was too late by then, so I proceeded with a normal cold soak with gentle squeezing to get the excess water out.

I was also concerned that the finished sweater looked a little short for my taste, so I gently stretched it to get more length when I set it out to dry.

IMG_4813The finished sweater was so cute, I had to take several selfies when I was supposed to be walking the dogs.

IMG_4820This was a fun and quick top to knit. It took just 21 days from start to finish! The finished sweater is very flattering, too. At least I think so. The only thing I’d change would be the positioning of the decreases on the sleeves. I think I’d spread them out a little more to minimize that poof.

IMG_4828Cheers! It’s always a good idea to celebrate once you finish a big project!

You can find the pattern for the Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top in the second issue of Noro Knitting Magazine. Add it to your Ravelry queue.

If your local yarn store doesn’t have any print issues in stock, the pattern is available through the Ravelry in-store pattern sales service.

You can also buy the single pattern on Patternfish.

See more projects using Koromo yarn.