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Thank you for all of your kind blogiversary wishes.  The past three years have been an amazing ride thanks to all of you.

Ulmus Drape

My new shawl pattern "Ulmus" is now available.
The body of Ulmus is created with a simple two row slipped stitch pattern, alternating two colors of Malabrigo Sock, or any fingering weight yarn.

Ulmus Point

The shawl is edged with a delicate lace pattern, worked entirely in one of the two colors used for the body.

Ulmus Edge

This is a great stash busting project for those of us who have overindulged in sock yarn.  If you can't find just the right combo in your stash, treat yourself and buy new yarn.  If you haven't tried it yet, Malabrigo Sock is a pleasure to knit with.  As we have come to expect from Malabrigo it is oh so soft.

Ulmus Macro

A huge thank you to my skilled test knitters Caryl, Mai & Julia.

Ulmus Full  


Sizes:  S, M, L

Finished Measurements:
  [33, 46] 68” across top edge, 14.5[19.5, 31]” from center back to bottom point, blocked.

Needles:  US 5 (3.75mm) or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge:  20 stitches = 4”(10cm) in slipped stitch pattern

Yarn:  Malabrigo Sock Yarn, 100% Superwash Merino, 440 yards per 4 oz. Skein. 
Color A:  Abril 1 skein. 
Color B:  Indiecita 1 skein (Possibly 2, I had only a few yards left.)

Additional Materials: 

Crochet Hook Size 4mm
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn
Place Markers

Price $6.00 US

Three Already?

Through the Loops turns three this month.  It is so hard for me to believe it's been that long!  I've met so many amazing, inspiring, brilliant, generous, beautiful people through this blog.  It's impossible to imagine my life without it.  Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments.  I wish I had the time to reply to each of them.  Know that I read and cherish every one.

Carries Beret

To celebrate and say "thank you", I have designed a new beret pattern.  Narragansett is free with the purchase of any of my other patterns from now until May 15th.  When you purchase a pattern you will receive two downloads, the pattern you bought and Narragansett.

Narragansett & Tea

This beret has been on one or the other of my girls heads since I bound off.  It went to New England with us on the "Great College Hunt of '09" last week.  DD#1 models it here as she excitedly discovers that Tealuxe sells "Bubble Tea".

Narragansett & Pip

DD#2 wore Narragansett as she read "Great Expectations".  She loves to wear her berets all day long, indoors and out. 

Narragansett Slouch

Narragansett Beret

Yarn: Any light worsted weight - I used handspun

Needles:  US 5 & 8 (or size to obtain gauge)

Size:  Will fit any head 20-22" or you may work it at a tighter gauge for a smaller head

Go to my pattern store to purchase any pattern and get the download for the Narragansett pattern along with the purchase.

See the pattern on Ravelry.

Thank you again for all of your support & kind comments!

Drunk on Jelly Beans

Bunny in the Bowl

If you need to amuse yourself today make a bunny.  Christine Mantiz's pattern is fun, fast and very adapable.  I plan to make a few more in various sizes and with varying ear shapes.

Bunny Sands Tall

Bunny Head & Beans

Collapsed on Beans

You can even make him a scarf.

Bunny With Scarf

Just don't let him overindulge on jelly beans.  It's not a pretty sight.

Collapsed with Scarf

More details on Ravelry.

(All photos by DD#1 - IJK)

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, originally uploaded by throughtheloops.

Wishing a happy Easter to those who celebrate! Happy spring to everyone else.


Thank you for all of your kind comments on my new shawl design, Ulmus.  The pattern should be ready soon - test knitters are working on it.

While you wait, I've got another something new.  I designed this sock for the Plucky Knitter Classics sock club.  I'm now able to make it available to the public.

Althea Full 

Named for sports legend Althea Gibson.  These socks are worked from the toe up on two circular needles with a short row heel.  Twisting cables become the stems of jaunty leaves that border the top of the sock, giving the sock a classic, feminine look.



Finished Measurements
Heel to toe: customizable
Circumference at leg and foot:  7”/ (19)cm (relaxed) will stretch to fit up to a 9.5" foot & leg.

Yarn:  Plucky Knitter MCN FingeringWeight  80/10/10 Merino Cashmere Nylon - 385 yards/352m per100g Skein.  Colorway:  Damsel. 1 skein.

  U.S. size 2.5/3mm - 2 sets of 24” circular needles or size to obtain gauge 
Stitch marker
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

:  34 sts and 43 rows = 4"/10cm in Stitch Pattern

Price:  $6.00 US

See them here on Ravelry.

A New Something

Slipped Shawl

I've just finished the new design above.  It is a triangular shawl worked with Malabrigo Sock yarn (much too lovely a yarn for the feet in MHO).  The body of the shawl is worked in a slipped stitch pattern and the border is lace. 

Shawl Close

The pattern is out with test knitters and should be ready soon. 
I've also got a new sock pattern coming in the next week or two as well as a little surprise pattern to help celebrate the third anniversary of Through the Loops.  More details on that in the next day or two.

Ulmus Slipped Shawl

Pattern:  "Ulmus" coming soon.

Yarn:  Malabrigo Sock

Colors:  Indiecita & Abril, 1 skein of each

Needles:  US 5

See it on Ravelry