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Andokides Jacket


My newest pattern, the Andokides Jacket, is named for the painter from Ancient Greece who is credited with the invention of the red-figure pottery style.

A few months ago IJK and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art so she could do research for her IB extended essay. Going to an art museum with Izzy is always a joy. She is truly in her element when she is surrounded by art, and if it's ancient art - even better. On this day we spent most of our time in the Greek and Roman Galleries. Although the research she was doing was focused on Ancient Greek sculpture, I couldn't tear myself away from the red figure and black figure pottery. I had a colorwork jacket in mind, but couldn't quite settle on a design for the colorwork sections. When I saw the delicate embellishments on the Greek pottery I knew I'd found my inspiration.

Andokides 3

The Andokides Jacket is worked from the bottom up, in the round. The sleeves are worked separately and joined to the body at the yoke. The front edges are steeked and garter stitch front bands are added. Don't fear steeks. Most of my test knitters hadn't steeked before and several reported that the steeks were fun and not nearly as difficult as they'd thought. I give instructions for steeking in the pattern and there are also many excellent on-line tutorials.

Andokides Jacket 4

I used Cascade 218 Superwash for my version of this design. It's a great choice for the price and it comes in a wonderful range of colors. Test knitter Linda used Quince & Co. Osprey. I love the colors she used. Knit Picks also offers several yarns in appropriate weights.

Andokides Jacket

Andokides Jacket

Sizes: XS[S, M, L, XL, 2XL] Shown in XS
Finished Measurements: Bust - 34.75 [38, 42.75, 46, 50.75, 54]”
Gauge: 15 sts & 21 rows = 4” in stockinette blocked.
Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 128 yrds/117m per 3.5ox/100g skein
MC: Charcoal #900, 7[8, 9, 9, 10, 10] skeins
CC 1: Ruby #893, 1[2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
CC 2:  Black #815, 1[1, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
CC 3: Doeskin Heather #1926, 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 1] skeins
Needles: US 10/6mm 32” circular
one set US 10/6mm DPN’s
or size to obtain gauge (See “notes” about needle size)
Other Materials: 6[6, 7, 7, 7, 8] toggle buttons, leather strips or other cord to form loops for toggles, Place Markers (PM), Scrap Yarn in two colors, Tapestry Needle, Sewing Thread in a contrasting color and in a color close to the MC, Sewing Needle, Sewing Machine*, 3 yards of grosgrain ribbon in color to match MC (optional)

*there are several ways to re-enforce a steek. Not all of them require a sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine a quick internet search for “steek” will yield tutorials for many other options.

Price: $6.50 US

Thank you to my test knitters: Linda, Stephanie, Momoko, Emily, Carrie, Melissa, Kim, and Diana

North Jersey Yarn Crawl

If you live in the area and are free this weekend, come on out to the Northern Jersey Yarn Crawl.

On Sunday I'll be hanging out at my friend Justine's store, Angelfire Studios. I'll have samples of my designs and would be happy to suggest yarns at Angelfire that will work well with them. Stop by to say "hi' and check out the gorgeous selection of yarns that Justine carries in her store.

I'm hoping to head over to Angelfire on Saturday too. Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens will be there signing copies of their new book Vintage Modern Knits. The designs in this book are fantastic. I'm looking forward to picking up a copy this weekend.

Hope to see you this weekend!

And since I'm not one to have a photo-less post, here's a sneak peek at a new design that will be available early next week.

Sneak Peek



ETA: Thanks for your interest. All of the yarn has been claimed. Keep an eye on this spot. I'll be offering more soon.

I love my stash. I really do. When I pull it all out to admire I fall for each skein all over again. There is so much potential in each those little balls of wool or cotton or bamboo or silk or cashmere or whathaveyou.

The problem is when I design I try to use only yarns and colorways that are currently available. I know knitters who make my patterns are much happier when I do. I'm not always successful, but I do try. Honest.

So it is time to destash some well loved yarn that I know I will never use.

If you see something you'd like, send an email to throughtheloops at gmail dot com. First come, first severed. If payment is not made in 24 hours I will offer the yarn to the next person on the list.

  1. Put "DESTASH" in the subject line.
  2. The prices below do not include shipping, so include your mailing address so that I can calculate shipping. I will choose the least expensive option to your zip code via USPS.
  3. Include the email address you use for PAYPAL. I will send you a bill through PAYPAL. Please pay within 24 hours or I will offer the yarn to someone else.
  4. I have priced these yarns very well. Please don't try to negotiate.
  5. These yarns are only availble in the lots as shown. I will not break up the lots. Several of them are sweater quantities.
  6. As you can see from the photos some of the balls of yarn are a little untidy. They are not knotted, but I would be happy to wind them into yarn cakes for you if you'd prefer. Just be sure to let me know in your email if you'd like that done.

My home is pet-free & smoke free.

I have tried very hard to accurately represtent the colors. However please note that monitors do vary.

I have linked each of these yarns to the yarn page on Ravely if you'd like more information and to get ideas for projects.

  Araucania Nature Wool


100% Wool

5 balls - 220 m/240 yds, 100g each

color #27

worsted weight


DB Aran Tweed


100% Wool

8 balls - approx 100 m/109 yds, 50g each

color #20004

Aran weight


Skye Tweed


this is the leftover yarn from Dr. G's Memory Vest

100% Wool

3 balls plus one partial ball - 110 yds, 50g each (partial ball is 28g)

color #20004

worsted weight


JOY Cashmere Lace


I had two skeins of this. I used the first for my (long lost) Swallowtail.

100% Cashmere

1 hank - 500 yds

color mixed greens (label says: Item #: Cash06-010)

lace weight




100% Superwash Merino

10 balls - approx 130 m/142 yds, 50g each

color #0054

worsted weight


  Cotton with a Twist


70% Cotton 30% Rayon

6 balls - approx 78 m/85 yds, 50g each

color #8316 (can't find the color name) 5 hanks (one is wound)

color #8358 Horizon 1 ball (wound)

worsted weight


  Fingering Wt Bamboo

UNIDENTIFIED BALL - needs a good home

This yarn would make a lovely summer shawl

Best guess is that this is bamboo with a subtle metalic thread throughout

1 balls - 222g - yardage estimate is 350-400 yards

color: mix of soft greens & blues

fingering weight


  Blue Sky Organic Cotton


100% Cotton

2 balls - 150 yds, 100g each

color #83

worsted weight


  Cascade Pima Tencel


50% Pima Cotton 50% Tencel

5 balls - 100 m/ 109 yds, 50g each

color #1693

worsted weight


Clepsydra Hat - and an ebook

Clepsydra Hat & Mittens 2

For a long time I've wanted to make a hat to wear with my Clepsydra mittens, but I just didn't have enough of the yarn that I originally designed the mittens with. Back in December I finally took the time to order yarn to remake the mittens  along with enough for the matching hat. I've been all about the neutrals lately so I chose Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Steal Cut Oats with Winter White for the contrast trim.

Clepsydra Hat
As with the mittens the hat starts with a cabled icord brim. Stitches are picked up around the icord, then the hat is worked in a twisted cable to the crown. The alpaca yarn makes it extra warm and Berroco offers such an exquisite range of colors in their Ultra Alpaca line that you may be compelled to make more than one set. After seeing Margene's orange Clepsydra mittens recently I've been dreaming of a set in that color of my own.

Clepsydra Top

Clepsydra Hat

(ravelry link)

Sizes: S/M[M/L
Measurements:  19[21.75]”relaxed circumference at brim, 8[8.75]” deep
Gauge: 22 sts & 28 rows=4”(10cm) in Clepsydra cable pattern, blocked
Yarn: About 140[160] yards of MC & 30[40] yds of CC, Worsted weight. Shown in Berroco Ultra Alpaca;  50% Wool, 50% Alpaca; 215 yds per 100g skein; MC: Steel Cut Oats #6214, 1 skein CC: Winter White #6201, 1 skein
Needles: 1 set of 5 US 6/4mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge
Additional materials: Scrap yarn, 1 place marker, cable needle (CN), tapestry needle

Price: $6.00 US

This pattern contains both charts and written instructions for the twisted cable stitch pattern. At the suggestion of my good friend and test knitter extraodinairre, Karen, I color coded the cables on the charts to make them easier to read. Thank you Karen.

Clepsydra Hat & Mittens cover

If you'd like to purchase the Clepsydra Hat and Mittens patterns together I've created an ebook.

Price for the ebook: $9.00 US


If you're the sort who doesn't like to have a cold neck or ears, then Roebling is the hat for you.

Roebling Slouch Lace
The twisted rib brim is gently shaped with short rows to dip down low in the back and cover your neck and ears.

Roebling Slouch Lace 3

Isn't that color amazing? It's Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK Weight yarn, in Cobalt. Truthfully it is more beautiful in person. I'm never able to quite capture rich colors like this with my camera.

If you're not the sort who goes for lacy designs, or you're looking for something a bit more unisex this pattern has that too.

Roebling Stockinette Side
The stockinette version works very well with handspun - in this case 11 wpi yarn that I spun from Hello Yarn's 100% BFL fiber. The colorway was Smudge. I couldn't resist buying this colorway for two reasons. As we all have come to expect with Adrian's colors, it is gorgeous. Add to that Smudge was my sweet bunny's name. Of course it would work well in any DK weight yarn - solid, variegated, semisold. Stockinette is very inclusive that way.

Roebling Stockinette Side Close

A close up of the short row shaping on the brim.

  Roebling Stockinette Back

Roebling Slouch Lace 2

Don't you think Sofie was having a good hair day that day? Oh, what I'd give for locks like those. To think of the perms I'd give myself in the 80's and all she has to do is wash it and add a bit of product - Sheesh.


(Ravelry Link)

Sizes: One Size

Measurements:  20” circumference at brim, will fit up to 24” head

Yarn: Approximately 185 yards DK weight yarn. Shown in Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK, 100% Merino, 260 yds/238 m per 115g skein, Color: Cobalt, 1 skein

Gauge: 21 sts & 28 rows = 4”/10cm on larger needles. in Roebling pattern, blocked

Needles: 1 set of 5  US 7/4.5mm DPN’s 1 set of 5 US 8/5mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Other Materials: 8 place markers, tapestry needle


Sizes: One Size

Measurements:  20” circumference at brim, will fit up to 24” head

Yarn: Approximately 175 yards DK weight yarn. Shown in handspun yarn. Fiber from Hello Yarn, 100% BFL, 11wpi,  Color: Smudge

Gauge: 22 sts & 31 rows = 4”/10cm on larger needles. in Roebling pattern, blocked

Needles: 1 set of 5  US 7/4mm DPN’s 1 set of 5 US 8/4.5mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Other Materials: 8 place markers, tapestry needle


Price (both versions are included in the pattern): $6.00 US

Thanks to Karen for test knitting!