Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Knit A Long in Progress

We have a shop knit a long going.  Anyone is welcome and I would love to get pictures and comments from others who decide to give this project a try.  The project, a knitted bear from a vintage knitting book (1910)  is adorable and in some places a tad challenging.  I am in the process of retyping the instructions so they are a little more readable.  For now you can email me  for a pdf version for your knitting pleasure. I am working on getting it translated to text or attached on the webpage.

The materials needed for this bear are stated in the pattern but among the three of us participating in the shop knit a long have selected three different yarns.  I am using Cascade 220 in brown, Barbara is using Cascade 220 superwash in white and Julianne is using a lace weight in a lovely pastel blue.  We have already learned that we should opt for a smaller needle size than expected because you want your stitches to be quite dense.  If in doubt opt for a smaller needle size.

If you don't feel like picking out your own yarn or buying full skeins for the small amount needed to knit up this bears foot pads, eyes and nose let me know. I am putting together kits for a brown, black or polar bear.  The cost will be $25.00.  You will get a cool PVC bag to keep your yarn clean and tidy while knitting.  a set of circular needles (size 7 U.S.), two small buttons for eyes, a copy of this vintage pattern, and enough yarn to finish the project.  The brown bear comes with black contrasting yarn, the black with brown yarn and the polar bear has black contrast yarn just for his face.

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