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.
The 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.
Even 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.
Sticking 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!
Ella 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.
Stepping down in yarn weight, we come to Lace Merino Worsted and a number of attractive scarves and wraps.
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.
As 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.
This 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.
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.
My 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!
Do you prefer digital patterns or print patterns? Or do you use them equally?