There has been an enthusiastic response to the sock knit along, which is very exciting. But judging from the flood of questions coming in, there are some important points I glossed over in yesterday’s post.

It seems like it would be easier to try to address them all in a second post, instead of giving the same answer to all the individual comments!


I’m using our Indulgence 6 Ply with Silk yarn. This is a 55% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 20% Silk blend with approx 426 yards per 150g ball.

The suggested sweater gauge is  5.25 sts per inch on a US 3-6 needle. That puts it in the sport weight range. We’ll be knitting the socks at a denser gauge of 7 sts per 1″. I wear these socks in my regular shoes, but some people might consider them more boot socks.

Use our store locator feature to find a local yarn store near you that carries Indulgence yarn.


The socks will be knit in the round. I’m writing the pattern for double pointed needles. You should be OK on two circulars as long as you are already familiar with that method of knitting in the round.

I will NOT be covering magic loop because I don’t use that method and can’t answer questions about it. Other experienced sock knitters might be able to jump in and help out.

I’m using 3 mm needles, which are US2.5. You should use the size needed to obtain the correct gauge of 7 sts/inch (28 sts in 4″).

Skills Needed

Knit, Purl, basic decreases. It will be helpful if you already know how to knit in the round since I’m not there to help you in person.


I’m knitting the sock in my size, which is a women’s shoe size US6, foot circumference of 8″.

I’ll include a second, larger size based on a pair I made my brother, which is a men’s US11 shoe. (For that size I’m totally cheating and using my Sock Wizard program!)

Part of the discussion will be how to tweek the pattern to fit yourself!

Following Along, Joining In

The Knit Along will mainly be hosted here on the blog. You can leave questions in the comment and I’ll answer there, too. That way everyone will be able to see them.

If you are signed up for our weekly email newsletter you’ll receive the blog digest every Saturday evening. There is a “subscribe” box in the right hand sidebar.

I’ll be posting the link to the blog on our Facebook page, of course. I also created a FB event for the Knit Along. You do NOT have to be a member of Facebook to knit along!

I created a Ravelry pattern entry for the Knit Along, too.


Those glorious little knitting projects that we can wear everyday. Relatively quick. Totally portable. Rather scary until you’ve knit your first one.

And always magical every time you do.


See end of post for yarn info

Many knitters are fascinated by the idea of knitting socks, but too nervous to take the plunge on their own.

I’ve seen many people post on our Facebook wall about a desire to learn how to knit socks.

Well, let’s go!

Over the next 5 weeks we’ll knit a sock together.

Why 5 weeks? One week for each part of the sock’s anatomy! I’ll post on Saturdays and you’ll have a week to work through that part of the sock before it’s time to work on the next part.

sock anatomyI’ll post the pattern in pieces as we go along. The pattern will be for a simple, cuff down sock with a heel flap & gusset, and a wedge toe.

Why this style? Because I said so and it’s my knit along. :-D Actually, this is my preferred way of knitting a sock. Since I don’t knit socks toe-up I wouldn’t feel comfortable pontificating on, and asking questions about, that construction method. :-)

Once you’ve knit your first sock you can start experimenting with other construction methods. Many local yarn stores offer classes that cover various sock knitting styles, too.

As we work through the sock I’ll be sharing my personal wisdom developed over years of knitting socks, as well as pointing you toward resources to learn more.IMG_5234


The knit along will start next week (Sept 27) with a discussion of fit and the directions for the cuff.

To get ready, you should gather your supplies and knit your gauge swatch.

IMG_3346I will be using our Knitting Fever Inc brand Indulgence 6 Ply with Silk yarn for my socks.

Indulgence 6 Ply with Silk is a 55% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 20% Silk blend with approximately 426 yards per 150g ball. One ball is enough for a pair of adult socks (as long as you don’t make the leg really tall). I’ve be able to use a single ball to knit a pair of socks for my husband, 10M shoe.

Obviously you don’t have to use the same yarn, but you will probably have better results if you do since the pattern is designed for this yarn.

The socks will be knit in the round. So you’ll want to swatch in the round.

Required gauge is 7 sts x 10 row = 1″ (28 sts x 40 rows = 4″).

While this sock knit along will be aimed at people who either haven’t knit a sock before, or who haven’t knit a sock in a long time, I hope you experienced sock knitters will join in and share your own tips and wisdom in the comments. :-)

Key to the socks in the first photo:

Black socks at 12 o’clock: OnLine Supersocke 100 (Ravelry link)

Two pairs of Noro Silk Garden Sock socks colors s313 and 292.

Two pairs of Indulgence 6 Ply socks in discontinued colors.

The prototype sock for the KAL!

Edit: Answers to key questions in Planning Part 2 blog post!


Shiver me timbers! September 19 is being International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Maybe it’s the grog, but it slips my scurrilous brain until it rolls in like the tide every year.


Don’t worry. I can’t keep that up for long and I’m stopping now. LOL Still, this day tickles my funny bone and I thought it would be fun to try and find pirate themed projects among our offerings.

It was tricky, since most of our patterns are sophisticated and stylish, but I did pull it off!

31282It’s probably the puffy sleeves, but the Heron pattern from Louisa Harding’s Sorrela book looks great for swashbuckling!

Heron is knit using a combination of Grace Wool & Silk and Grace Hand Beaded yarns. The collar, while quite pretty, is optional, which tones down the pirate aspect of the pretty vest.

You can see a version without the collar in the book preview.

29301Pirates are known for wearing slouchy hats, right? Think Mr. Smee from Peter Pan.

The Man’s Slouchy Hat from the premier issue of Noro Knitting Magazine fits the bill! It is knit using two colors of Noro Kureyon yarn.

Find the pattern on Patternfish.

Bailey_hero_small2Pirates are also known for wearing stripes for some reason. Or is that sailors? Anyway, the Bailey Boatneck Pullover from Juniper Moon Farm seems appropriate, if only because it has “boat” in its name!

Bailey is knit using two colors of Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine yarn, which is available in over 30 colors. You might be interested to know it is sized from XXS through 4X! You can outfit your entire pirate crew with this pattern.

30024If you just want to bring the seaside into your home, go for the Anchor Floor Pillow from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine issue 4.

30025There is also a matching Nautical Throw.

The digital version of these two patterns are sold as a set. You get both patterns in one PDF so you only have to purchase one version.

Both projects would be super yummy if knit using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn. You could also try Ella Rae Phoenix yarn, if you are looking for a cotton.

I found more patterns inspired by Talk Like a Pirate Day. Rather than overwhelm you in a blog post, I created a Pinterest board to collect them (because that is my new “thing” now.)

Heave to, and have a shipshape weekend!


Between the approach of Halloween, my series of blog posts about projects inspired by the Outlander TV series, and return of many of our favorite TV shows, have ourselves all fired up about matching projects to our evening entertainment.

Our customer service rep Joanna was especially inspired, so Karen and I challenged her to pull together some ideas we could share with you (especially for shows with which I’m not familiar!).

jess cardiganA new season of the FOX TV show “New Girl” starts tonight (Sept 16.). Joanna tells me the garments on this show are colorful and trendy.

The Jessica Day Cardigan Collection

jess cardigan 2Jess wouldn’t be complete without her staple cardigans. Rain or shine, hot or cold, Jessica Day has a cardigan for every occasion. Pick your favorite cheery colors and cast on a Jessica Day essential for the Premiere Sept 16th!
164169The Three-Quarter Length Cardigan This beautiful cropped carding was designed by Jenny Watson using KFI Luxury Collection Cash Fine yarn. The pretty lace pattern is used on the front AND back of the cardigan, which covers five sizes from 32/34″ through 48/50″ bust.

Cash Fine is a 70% ExtraFine Merino Wool 30% Cashmere blend yarn with approximately 355 yards per 50g hank that is available in 15 colors.

Add the Cropped Cardigan to your Ravelry queue.

149982The Tasteful Boatneck Cardigan is from the Noro Spring Into Summer book. It is knit using Noro Aya yarn, a lovely 50% Cotton, 35% Silk, 15% Wool blend with approximately 148 yards per 50g skein that is available in 12 color ways.

Add the Boatneck Cardigan to your Ravelry queue.

GAMBREL-heroThe Colorblock Cardigan is represented by Gambrel from Juniper Moon Farm. Designed by Caroline Fryar this simple sweater has three stitches dropped down the spine for some extra visual interest.

Sized from XS to XL, this sweater is knit using the wonderful Juniper Moon Farm yarn Findley, a 50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk blend with approx 798 yards per 100g ball. All sizes take just one ball each of two colors. With over 40 colors available you’ll be able to make a unique garment.

Add Gambrel to your Ravelry queue.
The Cropped Cardigan gets funky with this unique garment from the Araucania Mini Knits book by Jenny Watson.

A more structured shrug style garment, it will knit up quickly because of it’s small size.

We hope we’ve provided some fun ideas for your TV viewing projects!

The National Needlearts Association has teamed up with Woman’s Day magazine to wrap some yarn around this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The October issue of Woman’s Day magazine, which goes on sale Sept 9, includes an article with “several ideas for easy and affordable ways to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one option is to ‘knit or crochet a chemo cap’.”

And that’s where the yarn comes in!

TNNA has two free chemo cap patterns on their website.


Raspberry Beanie, knit. Photo from TNNA

The Raspberry Beanie, by Lauren Sanchez, is a knit hat using worsted weight yarn. Add it to your Ravelry queue.


Sweet Slouch, crochet. Photo from TNNA

Sweet Slouch, by Amy Gunderson, is a crochet hat using fingering (sock) weight yarn.

The idea is you make one of these caps, then bring it to your local yarn store, where they’ll either send the donated caps to TNNA or a local organization that collects chemo caps. Of course, you can also give it to someone you know, or a charity of your choice!

There is more information in the magazine and on the TNNA website.

We’ve been pondering which yarns to suggest since we learned about this hat drive. Usually people are told to make chemo caps using a soft, acrylic yarn because it is easy care. Some people might be allergic to animal fibers, too. I’ve also heard skin can become sensitive, which is another reason soft yarn is important.

However, I was recently reading a thread about chemo caps on Ravelry that contradicted those rules. Some cancer survivors who posted wrote that they preferred natural fibers because the chemo treatments gave them hot flashes and acrylic hats made them feel clammy.

I think it all comes down to everyone being different, which makes variety the way to go!

For the knit hat, which has a gauge of 5 sts/inch you can try:

Cozy softCozy Soft Solids from Ella Rae. This 25% Superwash Wool, 75% Acrylic blend yarn has approx 213 yards per 100g ball and is available in 40 colors! It’s machine washable and the wool content helps the fabric breath. If you want to make a wild hat, take a look at Cozy Soft Prints.


If you want to play it safe and avoid animal fibers, you’ll be interested in Babe from Euro Baby. This 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic blend is very soft and machine washable. Each 50 gram ball has approx 180 yards and it is available in over 50 colors, ranging from pastel to primary and self-patterning, too.

Superwash classicIf you want to go the other direction and embrace natural fibers, take a look at Ella Rae Superwash Classic yarn. This 100% Superwash Wool has approx 220 yards per 100g ball and is available in over 90 colors!

Phoenix DKAnother all natural fiber option is Phoenix DK, also from Ella Rae. This buttery soft 100% Combed Mercerized Cotton yarn has approx 273 yards per 100g hank. It is available in 36 colors ranging from primary colors to neutrals.

For the crochet cap, which calls for sock weight yarn and a gauge of 20 dc in 4″, we didn’t come up with as many acrylic options. We’ve focused on lovely, soft yarns for our suggestions.

Lace MerinoElla Rae Lace Merino is a buttery soft, 100% Superwash Merino Wool with approx 460 yards per 100g hank. This yarn has good twist and a lot of spring. It is wonderful to work with and wear! Lace Merino is available in over 60 colors, which include semi solids and variegated. You’ll be spoiled for choice!

huascoHuasco yarn from Araucania is another great 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool. It has approx 450 yards per 100g hank and is available in over 40 colors ranging from hand-dyed variegated colorways to semi-solid colors.

Supersock neonFinally, OnLine has a variety of Super Sock colors available. Shown here are the new Neon colorways, which will look great as either a hat or socks!

I hope this has given you some ideas of the wide variety of yarns you can use for a chemo cap. For more tips, check out this blog post I wrote a few years ago.

Remember to look for the October issue of Woman’s Day magazine for more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and visit The National Needlearts Association website for information on sending in your caps!

According to fall fashion reports, knit hats with fur pompom are a must have this year. Happily, as knitters and crocheters, we don’t have pay too much money for a boring hat just because it has a designer label on it!

You can make ourselves unique hats that you can’t find it stores! And we’ve got you covered.


Happy Cap from Euro Baby is a brand new yarn this season. The yarn is packaged with a color coordinated pompom already included!

Happy cap needles and pins

Happy Cap at Needles ‘n Pins Yarn Shoppe

Needles ‘n Pins Yarn Shoppe in Wisconsin already has Happy Cap in stock. Contact the store to snap some up (608) 883-9922!

One skein will make either a child or adult size hat.

Purple_blurredAren’t the colors great? Knit on a US 15 needle, these hats will work up quick.

Download the free Happy Cap Beanie pattern.


Erika beret by Louisa Harding. Photo by Stephen Jessup

For a more elegant look, consider one of Louisa Harding’s hat using her Luzia yarn. The Erika beret, above, is in the new book Eventyr. It is knit using Luzia and Akiko yarn.

The Lucille hat uses Luzia for the crown and Grace Wool & Silk for the ribbing. Photo by Stephen Jessup

The Lucille hat uses Luzia for the crown and Grace Wool & Silk for the ribbing.
Photo by Stephen Jessup

The Lucille hat, from last year’s Luzia book, uses Grace Wool & Silk for the cuff.

When making a pompom using Luzia, Louisa suggests holding it along with a more traditional yarn like Akiko or Grace Wool & Silk to give the pompom more stability.

Get those needles clicking and be ready to keep your head warm in style!

You can find more ideas on our Fashion Trends vs Knitting Patterns Pinterest board.

Let me start by saying it was really hard to keep this blog post under control. It turns out we have a lot of really cute cape and capelet patterns in our arsenal.

Instead of flooding you with a ton of pictures, I’m going to highlight my favorites and just link to the pretty ones that are more elaborate. You can always see more ideas on our Outlander Ideas Pinterest board, too. (I’ve added several new cowl ideas to Pinterest since my cowl blog post on Saturday.)

Of course my capelet mania is a result of that adorable purple number Claire was wearing during the boar hunt. I have been eagerly awaiting seeing it in action and I’m happy it received so much screen time.

My husband came into the room while I was, essentially, rewatching the episode in slow motion in order to get a good look at it! The things we do for our art.

Eugenia capeletI think the best match is the Eugenia Cape from Juniper Moon Farm. It is knit using their beautiful Moonshine yarn, which is available in over 30 colors, including a couple nice shades of purple.

The Eugenia Cape has the collar, like Claire’s does, and clean lines which echo the simplicity of Claire’s.

You might also be excited to hear that it is sized from XS to 3X. Juniper Moon Farm has you covered!

You can buy the single pattern on the Juniper Moon Farm website, on Ravelry, and at local yarn stores that participate in Ravelry in-store pattern sales.

QC Rustic tweed capeMy next choice is this lovely Queensland Collection Rustic Tweed Capelet. This is a little more practical than Claire’s since it offers more coverage, but you can always try to shorten it. Substitute a tie for the button and you’re good to go.

The Rustic Tweed Cape is a free pattern on our website.

Queensland Collection Rustic Tweed yarn is a lovely 63% Wool, 27% Alpaca, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose with a suggested gauge of 4.5 sts/inch. It is available in over 20 colors, including two shades of purple.

Ok, this is where I start veering off track.

Lana Gatto capeHear me out on this Lana Gatto pattern!

The capelete collar is knit separately, then attached to the sweater with a row of single crochet. If you look at the inset picture, the cape is split. Just turn it around to imitate Claire’s!

I like this simple design of this Lana Gatto pattern, which I think is in keeping with the one in the show. You’d have to noodle up a tall collar, or just run with it as is.

The Feeling Capelette Tunic is a free pattern on our website.

Lana Gatto Feeling yarn is a luscious new 70% Extrafine Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere blend with approx 153 yards per 50g ball. You totally want this yarn close to your skin.

Noro picot shawletteI can’t decide how much of a stretch this Noro Picot Edge Shawl is from the original inspiration.

While it is small like Claire’s it’s obviously both more colorful and more elaborate. But we have to keep in mind that I’m trying to find garments inspired by the show and not exact replicas!

The Picot Edge Shawl is in the new hardcover book “Knit Noro 1-2-3 Skeins“. As the name implies, it’s full of projects that take just a few balls of yarn. The shawl uses two balls of Noro Koromo yarn, a lovely 39% Cotton, 35% Wool, 26% Silk blend. You might remember I just used Koromo to knit my Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top.

Those are my top contenders for the easy route to knitting your own capelet inspired by Claire’s. Links to other pretty capelets follow!

Fiddlers Green by Louisa Harding from the Daisy book.

Kiku Capelet by Louisa Harding from the Akiko book.

Phoenix Capelet by Ella Rae.

Pleated Cowl from Knit Noro 1-2-3.

Dragon Scale and Cable Capelet from Noro Magazine issue 4.

Are you as in love with the purple cape Claire wore as I am?



Sorry if you stopped by earlier in the week looking for my ideas from episode three. I was out of town for the weekend and only watched the episode last night. Thank goodness for DVR technology, right?

Episode 103 “The Way Out” was good for character development, but thin on knitwear inspiration, if you ask me.

Claire’s brown arm warmers make another appearance, but I still haven’t seen a good view of them to twig the pattern.

The knitwear stand outs were the two fabulous cowl Claire wears for much of the episode.

One is a lush fur cowl that might actually be a capelet. I read online somewhere that it is mink(!), but I don’t know for sure whether or not that is accurate.

In any event, it’s a dense, short fur that might be hard to replicate through knitting. That is the cowl that led me to knit the Vera Collar from the Louisa Harding Luzia book.

IMG_4952Another option for imitating the fur cowl would be the Painted Fur 3-in-1 Design from our KFI Luxury Collection line.

Painted fur 3As you can see, it’s quite lush and cuddly. It takes 2 skeins of our Painted Fur yarn, which is a soft, 90% Polyamide, 10% Polyester blend available in 10 colors.

Download the free pattern.

For something a little more wild, check out the Faux Fur Shawl (free pattern).

Faux Fur shawlThis pattern uses two skeins of Faux Fur from Euro Yarns. This yarn is super soft and cuddly! Last year I made a pillow cover using one skein and size 19 needles. My husband has commandeered it for his couch pillow.

If you want to tone down the fur, check out the Painted Fur Cowl (free pattern) instead, which just has a fur trim.

Painted Fur CowlThe main yarn for this cowl is Juniper Moon Farm Marlowe, which is a smooshy, 50% Merino Wool 50% Silk blend available in over 15 colors.

The other cowl featured was that voluminous, chunky, chocolate colored garter stitch one Claire wears for the half of the episode.

The big, visible stitches give me the impression that cowl was knit using US50 needles. They might have even held two strands of yarn together to get that large size.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t own US50 needles. I just don’t knit projects at that scale so I haven’t invested in a pair. I also have to wonder how heavy it is when you’re wearing it.

Instead, I’ve focused on more practical cowls using super bulky and chunky yarns.

Paloma snoodThis garter stitch snood in the new Debbie Bliss Roma book seems this a perfect, practical substitute for Claire’s cowl. It takes just one skein of the new yarn Roma, a 70% Wool, 30% Alpaca blend with a suggested gauge of 2.25 sts/inch on US17 needles.

You would totally finish knitting the cowl in a weekend.

Roma is available in 16 colors, including a lovely chocolate brown! Not big enough? Use two skeins instead.

Mirasol TatuAlong the same lines is the Tatu cowl from Mirasol book 27. This is an older book, but you should still be able to find it in stores.

The Tatu cowl takes one skein of Mirasol Ushya yarn, a yummy 98% Merino Wool, 2% Nylon blend with a suggested gauge of 2.5 sts/inch on US15 needles.

The book has a garter stitch and a seed stitch version of the cowl. I knit the seed stitch version two years ago (gasp!) as a thank you gift for a friend. It worked up quickly and I didn’t really want to send it away (but I did).

Ushya is available in over 25 colors. New for this season is Ushya Suya, which features tonal, variegated colors. The two yarns should be interchangeable in patterns.

Superstar cowlFor an option with a bit of bling, check out the new, lacy Superstar cowl. Queensland Collection Superstar yarn is a 63% Polyester, 15% Acrylic, 11% Wool, 11% Nylon blend with a suggested gauge of 4 sts/inch on a US10 needle. Although this yarn has no animal fiber, it has a mohair-like halo. It’s really fun and works up into fast projects.

In December I knit a one skein cowl (with cables!) in 2 1/2 hours using Superstar.

Ranging even further from my garter stitch inspiration, I found this great Long Snood pattern on the Debbie Bliss website.

White-Scarf-_1-2It’s knit using her Paloma yarn, a delicious 60% Baby Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool blend with a suggested gauge of 3 sts/inch on US15 needles. If cables aren’t your thing, you could always use Paloma to replicate Claire’s garter stitch cowl.

The last pattern I’ll highlight is the Mega Garter Stitch Shrug (free) from Ella Rae.

Ella Rae Mega ShrugAlthough this is a great project that works up quickly using just one skein of Mega yarn, I think the yarn is getting harder to find. But you never know! Ask at your local yarn store and you might be pleasantly surprised.

I will leave you with this great Tartan Cowl from the Fine Donegal book from Debbie Bliss. It’s totally unrelated to the two simple, brown cowls Claire wore during episode 103, but it’s still pretty fabulous!

Debbie Bliss Tartan cowl

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.