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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Aquila is a quick knit slouch hat that showcases our Dip Dyed yarn to its best effect. Three simple stitches used in this hat - Twisted Rib, Garter and Stockinette - each cause a slightly different pattern to magically emerge from the Dip Dyed skein.
Knitting: Cardigan
The Bellatrix Cardigan combines our dk weight variegated Dip Dyed and solid Washable Wool yarns to stunning effect. This cardigan progresses from a solid border of Midnight blue Swans Island Washable Wool into an engineered band of our self-patterning Dip Dyed merino, resolving in solid ivory at the shoulders. Enjoy watching as various patterns...
Knitting: Cowl
The Circinus Cowl is aptly named after a constellation as well as the Latin word for compass - a tool used for drawing circles. This circular cowl has simple stripes of two colors but appears more complex thanks to the crafty colorwork of our Dip Dyed yarn. Mix one “big dipper” and one “little dipper” in the same shade worked in Stockinette str...
Knitting: Poncho
Columba is the perfect piece to throw on after yoga or whenever you are in need of a comfy yet chic coverup. Everyone that sees this piece wants one! Our new Dip Dyed yarn does all the work, creating interesting textural patterns as you knit in simple Stockinette stitch with a bit of rib here and there. We’ve used two coordinated shades of our ...
Knitting: Pullover
Crisp engineered stripes worked in Reverse Stockinette take on a modern slant in our Lyra pullover. The simple boxy sweater with a bateau neck and dropped shoulders is easy to knit and easy to wear. A solid ground is worked in our oh-so-soft organic Washable Wool yarn while coordinating blue and grey stripes come to life in our new Dip Dyed Col...
Knitting: Pullover
The Orion pullover has graphic appeal featuring two strategically placed bold stripes flanked with a contrasting border. Simple Garter and Stockinette stitches allow the intriguing patterns to emerge as you knit the Dip Dyed wool yarn stripes . Grounded with a field of solid ivory colored Washable Wool, this simply shaped boxy pullover has cris...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Beanie, Toque
Worked in the round in simple garter stitch, our Pegasus Hat and Fingerless Mitts have a decidedly modern feel. There’s something about Garter stitch that just makes it a perennial favorite. Bold stripes of our Dip Dyed dk merino are outlined with the crisp solid bands of our Washable Wool dk.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Perfect for on-the-go knitting, Polaris knits up quickly with just a single skein of Swans Island’s Dip Dyed merino wool. For anyone who needs a quick gift or just wants a project that doesn’t require too much brain power, the Polaris Hat fits the bill. Worked in 2 x 2 ribbing in the round, our Dip Dyed merino creates its own stunning colorwork...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
For an updated take on the classic garter stitch blankie, look no further than the Pyxis Baby Blanket. All you have to know is the knit stitch to be able to create this stunning baby gift. Three colors of our Dip Dyed yarn create a beautiful pattern remiscent of traditional ikat textiles, while four oversized pompoms at the corners add a dash o...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Try out our Swans Island Dip Dyed yarns with this free pattern for the charming little Theta Handwarmers. Use the same color twice with very different effects. Knit in simple garter stitch, half of each mitt is knit with a “ big dipper” (that’s mostly color and a bit of white) and the other half is knit with a “little dipper” (that’s mostly whi...
Knitting: Scarf
The loftiness of our Dip Dyed organic merino worked in Fisherman’s Rib gives the Vega Scarf an irresistably lush texture that you’ll love to snuggle into on chilly evenings. We’ve used two tones of our “big dippers” together here to create a scrumptious sea of blue punctuated with points of white, like stars against a midnight sky.
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1 skein Swans Island Natural Colors Collection, fingering weight, 100% Organic Merino Wool (100 gms, 525 yds each)
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Knitting: Pullover, Beanie, Toque
The hat and sweater are written as an introduction to Intarsia-in-the-Round. Be brave! This Shark won’t bite.
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Piece is worked seamlessly from the top down. The back neck is shaped by working back and forth using short-rows. After the neck shaping, the Yoke is worked in the round, increasing stitches every few rounds while the Fair Isle pattern is worked, and then ending with several rounds of raglan increases. When the yoke is complete, the Sleeves an...
Knitting: Cardigan
The body is worked back and forth in one piece on a circular needle to the underarm, then the fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulders. The sleeves are worked flat, and are approximately 4” longer than usual to accommodate a thumb opening. Work the first and last stitches of each row in St st for edge stitches. When decreasing, wo...
Knitting: Cardigan
The body is worked in one piece from the top down in four blocks
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The piece is worked seamlessly from the top down. The back of the boatneck is worked back and forth using German short-rows, and then the yoke is worked in the round with raglan shaping until the yoke is complete. The Sleeves and Body are divided and the Sleeves are placed on hold while the Body is worked to the bottom edge. The Sleeves are wor...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
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Sweater is worked in separate flat pieces, then sewn together. A circular needle is suggested to accommodate the large number of back and front stitches. Do not join; work back and forth in rows.
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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Mitts are worked from the fingers to the elbow with increasing is accomplished by changing the needle size as mitt extends from the fingers to the arm.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
A free sock pattern for the new Swans Island Washable Wool Collection Sport Weight yarn.
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A lovely cabled hat is the perfect match to the popular Swans Island Snowdrift Cowl.
Knitting: Cowl
This cozy cabled cowl can be worn long or doubled up for extra warmth. Knit with just two skeins of Natural Colors Merino Worsted it’s a great accessory project that won’t take too long to knit. Pattern stitch is charted only.
Knitting: Pullover
Mom’s and Dad’s version can be found here: Daelyn pullover
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This airy and feminine infinity loop is a wonderful springtime accessory. Drape loosely around your shoulders as shown, or double it up around your neck for a bit more warmth on those early spring days. Rows of easy to work Feather and Fan stitch create concentric circles of texture that get farther apart as they near the edges of the piece - l...
Knitting: Pullover
This cute boatneck is perfect for a cool summer day on the water or just out about town. Knit seamlessly from the top down, it has a classic styling that works well on boys girls alike. The body and sleeves have bands of engineered rugby style stripes. A clean minimal neck trim and “broken rib” cuffs and hem finish off this cute kid’s pullover.
Knitting: Cowl
Traditional cabled braids and plaits meet architectural increases, decreases, and ribbing in this cozy and sculptural cowl.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The shape of the lace pattern in this triangular shawl reminded us of a row of old-fashioned kites. This is an intricate lace pattern, but not a traditional one! Worked in our fingering weight merino, this design uses clever drop stitch construction in an unexpected way.
Knitting: Pullover
Inspired by classic cabled Aran fisherman sweaters, this updated version may just become be your next “go to” sweater. A graceful cable panel adorns the front, while a single cable extends the length of the sleeve and up over the saddle, raglan shoulders, the slightly boxy silhouette gives a casual, comfortable fit that works equally well on a...
Knitting: Hats - Other
The front of this cozy hat has a central panel with seven different cables making for loads of textural interest. The back side has a simple twisted rib texture. Our Swans Island woolen spun yarn gives great stitch definition to this quick project.
Knitting: Cowl
A luxurious assortment of various simple cables builds to a crescendo at the center of this cowl then fades into simple stockinette at both sides. Worked in the round, this cozy cowl is a great “sampler” on which to practice your cablework techniques.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Reminiscent of the textured motifs found on traditional Guernsey sweaters the patterns on this shawl are simple and clean. A purl stitch arrow pattern adorns the background of simple stockinette.
Knitting: Cardigan
This simple raglan cardigan deserves to be a staple in every knitter’s wardrobe. Worked in one piece from the top down, the sweater features reversible front borders and elegant shaping. Faux raglan, back and doubled side seams add visual interest. The optional longer sleeves include thumb openings which make the cuffs function like built-in f...
Knitting: Pullover
Inspired by traditional Aran sweaters, but simplified to the essentials, this sweater is a great introduction to cable work. This simple bottom-up raglan pullover features a striking woven cable panel down the center, while the back and sleeves are just simple stockinette. The knitting on Breakwater will keep you interested, but not overwhelmed...
Knitting: Pullover
Traditional fisherman sweaters told a unique story about each family and town they represented. This modern take on the classic Aran sweater brings old-time knitting traditions into the twenty first century. A suble hourglass shaped silhouette and a graceful, wide neckline make this cabled classic decidedly feminine. A reverse stockinette groun...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Inspired by the intricate braiding and continuous knot motifs found in Celtic art, these mitts feature a panel of braided cablework up the back side of each hand, framed by simple stockinette stitch. These mitts are a quick knit with enough detail in the cables to keep things interesting.
Knitting: Pullover
This modern, everyday pullover features a slightly rounded hemline with a singular row of eyelets defining the subtle A-line shaping at each side. Worked in our hand-dyed organic merino Natural Colors yarn in fingering weight, this versatile sweater has excellent drape and is wonderfully soft. The lightweight stockinette stitch and graceful ope...
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
With its richly cabled pattern, the Rangeley pillow is the perfect project to show off the beautiful stitch detail our new All American Collection yarn offers. A two piece buttoned back allows you to insert and remove a pillow easily. The square shape lets you focus on working intricate cables without worrying about shaping.
Knitting: Hats - Other
Similar to our Turk’s Head Loop only smaller in scale, the Sebago hat is loaded with awesome cabled texture. The alternating large intertwined cable and small double cables are worked in the round. Our All American wool / alpaca yarn gives this pattern great stitch definition with a sufficient dose of soft slouch.
Knitting: Cowl
The wonderful smocked texture of this stitch is deceptively easy to knit. Worked with just knit two, purl two ribbing and wrapped stitiches on alternating rows this one skein project will be finished in no time. Our All American Rambouillet alpaca blend yarn gives great stitch definition and is surprisingly soft next to your skin.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Taking its inspiration from the classic Turk’s Head knot, this shoulder wrap features twined “ropes” of cable joined to form an infinite loop. Our All American Collection yarn gives such great stitch definition we just can’t get enough of these cables. This loop is large enough to wear as a shrug or drape it loosely for a luxurious and cozy cowl.
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Knitting: Cardigan
Kathy Zimmerman put her mastery of cables to good use in this classic cardigan. Knit in our washable merino wool, this cardigan works great for work or weekend. An elongated rib extends into the body and segues into a tiny cable twist on the bodice area. We’ve shown it here without buttons and left to hang open , but you may choose to add a row...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
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Knitting: Pullover
Beachcomber Pullover is worked in our buttery soft 50/50 merino/tussah silk yarn in sport. It features an all over lace pattern with a deep V-neck and a longer tail in the back. It’s next to skin soft for wearing over a cami, or equally stylish layered for 3 season enjoyment.
Knitting: Earflap Hat
This cute little hat will keep your bunny snug and warm. Using just one skein of our easy to care for organic washable DK yarn, this hat will work up quickly for a last minute gift.
Knitting: Cowl
Our Lattice Cowl knits up quickly in either one (for the short version) or two (for the long) skeins of our ultra soft merino bulky. Ridges of alternating Indian Basketweave stitch and Garter stitch create a beautiful texture on this cozy cowl.
Knitting: Pullover
Namaste Pullover is perfect basic with a little intrigue. A simple yarn over and rib pattern goes up each side and is echoed on the sleeves. Worked in the round in our buttery soft Merino/Silk sport weight yarn.
Knitting: Vest
We loved the idea of a hooded vest for early fall and Therese Chynoweth has come up with this gorgeous interpretation. Allover cables meander up from the edge into an allover cabled hood that really sets this vest apart. A diamond cable and bobble pattern frames the placket to add even more knitting fun.
Knitting: Convertible Gloves
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Knitting: Cowl
The Vineyard Cowl is a quick knit, using less than one skein of our naturally dyed merino in fingering. Knit back and forth on straight needles and sewn up the back. Or continue with another skein and knit to scarf length.
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Knitting: Cardigan
Stunningly simple in design, the Venus Cardigan will become an instant wardrobe staple. Knit in 3 pieces in basic stockinette, the front is finished off with a simple ribbed neck detail. You can let it drape gracefully open at the front, or fasten with a pin.
Knitting: Legwarmers
Help keep those cute little legs warm with these adorable petite leg warmers! A tiny cable runs up the side of each leg and matches our Aspen mitts for mom. Knit in our organic washable merino in sport weight, these are lightweight, cozy and itch free.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Our Aspen Mitts sport a tiny cable twist up the back of the hand that blossoms into an allover pattern at the edge. Knit in our soft organic washable merino, they are perfect for everyday indulgence.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This adorable little bear is both a loveable toy as well as a tiny security blanket. She is modeled after a favorite “lambie” blankie that two of my sons adored as toddlers. The bear head and arms are knit and stuffed, and then her skirt simply becomes a small square blanket - not the kind you wrap up in but the kind that tiny hands can grasp ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque, Animal Toy
Made with our soft washable organic merino, this set makes a wonderful, quick gift. Pair any of our pastel colors with one one of our classic neutrals for sophisticated stripe combinations. There will be enough yarn left after you knit the hat to make this sweet little cat as well. His striped sweater is designed to match the hat, and his simpl...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Our charming little blankie is just the right size for babies on the go! We love this little knitting project as it doesn’t take forever to complete and doesn’t need as many skeins as a “regular” sized baby blanket. We’ve shown it here in our soft organic merino/alpaca but were so smitten that we made it again in our washable wool (because, bei...
Knitting: Pullover
The Juniper Sweater is a classic top down raglan sweater with thoughtful details to make it special. The boatneck and lightweight yarn make this a wonderful addition to any child’s Spring wardrobe. Different options for the hem make this sweater appropriate for a boy or a girl, and the buttons can be worn in the front or the back.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
What could be cuter than this tiny teddy bear cap for the newest member of your family? Just knit basic stockinette in the round to create the simple cap. Then add two round teddy bear ears on top and voilá - you have the perfect handmade shower gift! You can knit this sweet gift in just a few hours or if you yourself are the soon-to-be mommy, ...
Knitting: Pullover
The classic French Mariner sweater is scaled down here for our pint sized model. This sweater is knit in four easy, flat pieces that are seamed together. An overlapping boat neck style makes for easy on and off, when energetic little ones don’t have time to fuss with constricting clothes. Slits at the side seams also allow for unlimited running...
Knitting: Onesies
It has recently been brought to my attention through comments left to me by concerned knitters that the drawstring closure near the feet could pose a possible hazard. Please feel free to modify the closure with snaps, or other suitable, non hazardous method.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This sweet little hat is done in just one skein of our new organic washable merino baby collection yarn. Melissa designed this hat to match her adult version, Douglas Fir.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
This lovely little blanket is knit with our lovely organic washable yarn, perfect for baby heirlooms. Make the smallest size for a car seat cover up or go larger for maximum coziness.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The name says it all. A Very Simple Hat is classic and versatile. Whether you’re gathering wood for the fire or winning the snow ball fight it’s a quick and easy knit. Perfect beginner project!
Knitting: Cardigan
New England prep school chic goes small scale with this classic shawl collared cardigan. Make this sweet unisex style in your favorite school colors or in lovely neutrals as shown - an enduring classic for your speqcial little person.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Our easy to knit Aries Shawl has a lovely drape to it. It’s so lightweight you can wear it wrapped around your neck as a scarf or over shoulders on a cool summer evening. Knit on extra large needles, this great beginner project only uses one skein of our naturally dyed merino/silk lace weight yarn. The open stockinette ground stitches create th...
Knitting: Cowl
The hourglass texture of our Ava cowl gives a nod to the Art Deco era. Let it drape around your neck or wear it in the evening, simply stretched around your shoulders for a sophisticated alternative to a wrap. Knit in the round, this little project moves along quickly with just enough interest to capture your attention. Our Sophia Mitts have a ...
Knitting: Pullover
Baby doesn’t have to look babyish in this classic, cozy pullover. When knit in one of our organic yarns it’s soft and warm enough to fall asleep in. The Baby Regiment mimics our men’s version with scaled down simple stitch detail running up the center of both saddle shoulder sleeves. A clean roll neck keeps things simple for baby. This is a gr...
Knitting: Pullover
Like our men’s version, the Bienvenue Women’s Pullover embodies simplicity. This classic, clean style will become your “go to” sweater. Knit in the round in basic stockinette stitch, this classic sweater will be a wardrobe favorite for you, or whichever family member chooses to borrow it from your closet. Rolled hems, cuffs and neckline keep it...
Knitting: Cowl
Ward off the chill in style. Our Brooke Cowl is adorned with a classic Nordic snowflake pattern, worked in a simple 2 color stranded technique. The continuous loop is worked in the round and is shown here worn doubled up. Want a pair of fingerless mitts to coordinate? Look no further than our Brooke Mitts. One skein of each color will make both...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Don’t be cramped in your mittens. Go fingerless! Leave your fingers free to knit, text, or pursue other creative endeavors, while your hands and wrists stay toasty and fashionable at the same time. Our Brooke Mitts are worked in a simple stranded colorwork technique. Designed to coordinate with our Brooke Cowl, these mitts work up in just a few...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Sometimes the hat stays on all day. This hat moves right from the cast on edge into an interesting allover lace pattern, giving it an informal roll at the bottom. Our boho-chic hat can be worn slouchy or snug around the ears. You won’t want to take it off.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Everyone that sees these simple mitts says “Oh - can those be mine?” It’s funny how sometimes the simplest things can evoke such a response! I made these three sets using tonal color combinations of our classic Natural Colors merino. You could have fun mixing any of our naturally dyed merino colors or add in one of our versatile neutral blends ...
Knitting: Cardigan
Eleanor is a simple, seamless cardigan featuring an all-over fun-to-knit smocked textured pattern. The contrast of the ribbed sleeves gives a modern feel to this versatile piece. Knit a bit longer than usual, the sleeves can be turned up at the cuff or left long to keep your hands warm on a chilly day. Curl up by the fire to enjoy knitting or r...
Knitting: Cowl
Substitute a knit row for the first row of pattern for an easier removal of the provisional cast on.
Knitting: Scarf
This light as air scarf will take you from a cold winters day, wrapped around your neck to a cool summer evening draped over your shoulders. Best of all if only takes one skein of our lace weight yarn to make this lovely scarf.
Knitting: Feet / Legs - Other, Boot Cuffs / Toppers
These boot toppers cover your lower leg like a sock, only without the foot part! You can wear them straight as show here, or if you put them inside out, you can fold over the top to create a cuff. These cozy toppers will keep your legs super warm while adding an element of style to your winter wardrobe.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf combines two colors (one end of each) of our naturally dyed merino/silk lace weight yarn. The simple repeat of openwork stitches keep it feminine while adding a layer of comfortable warmth. Choose two neutrals as we have shown on our model, or try your own color combination.
Knitting: Cardigan
Modeled after a favorite basic we admired in a magazine, this wardrobe staple will serve you well year after year. A twisted rib construction creates a gentle shawl collar which is worked in as you go along leaving minimal finishing to do at the end. We’ve added one great vintage button to finish off this classic cardigan.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
When a Nor’Easter hits New England it’s time to batten down the hatches. Our Nor’Easter hat can withstand the heaviest of weather. Knit with a cozy, simple rib construction this hat has a snug fit. The rolled up brim keeps ears toasty with a double layer of soft merino wool. The Nor’Easter looks great on guys or gals.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Dress up the winter drab with our feminine Picot Hat. Cute little bobbles adorn the edge of this charming hat. Work a few rounds of simple eyelet and then move right into a shaped stockinette section for the crown. Finish it off with a sassy little sprig on top. An interesting and portable little project, the Picot Hat is fun to make and more f...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Fashion follows function. Warm AND pretty and these feminine fingerless mitts give you the freedom that mittens and gloves don’t. With ribbing on the palm side and an hourglass stitch texture on top, the Sophia Mitts make a fun project that’s a quick knit. You may also consider making the Ava Cowl for a wonderful matching set.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Fashionably reach for your wallet or your keys with our Sparrow Mitts. Pretty enough to wear out to tea, our Sparrow Mitts are feminine and functional. The interesting all over cable pattern reminds us of the tracks of a little bird. Combine Sparrow Mitts with our Timberline Hat for a matching set.
Knitting: Pixie Hat
The sight of this sprightly hat perched atop your cherub’s noggin is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face! This hat is worked in a simple garter stitch that has been turned sideways. Short row shaping is used to create the whimsical point on top of this little cap. I can only imagine what inspired thoughts such a hat might bring into the he...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The Timberline Hat has a wonderful allover cable texture that resembles the lines of evergreen trees growing at the top or our favorite local mountain. Combine the Timberline Hat with our Sparrow Mitts for a matching set.
Knitting: Pullover
Did you ever have a favorite sweater in your closet? Unaffected by the whims of fashion, this basic v-neck was the go-to fave of a friend of ours. We took her classic oldie and reinvented it here for all to enjoy. The cropped, boxy silhouette just skims the top of your pants. Stockinette stitch knitting, a simple V neckline and set in sleeves a...
Knitting: Animal Toy
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Knitting: Cowl
One of my perenniel favorites, the basketweave stitch is really a “tromp l’oeil” technique that only uses knits and purls but appears to create an over and under woven texture. I think it appears much more complex than it truly is. This version puts a new twist on the whole concept: the stitch pattern is still worked in traditional back and for...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Headband
I made these fingerless mitts on a not-too-long car ride last winter and was able to wear them when I arrived at our destination! For this quick and easy project all you need is one skein of our bulky merino and some dpns. After the mitts, you’ll still have enough yarn left to make a headband if you like. Both pieces start with two by two ribbi...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Eyelet increases and subtle striping make the Elyse Shawl a very pretty wrap! Finished measurements are about 46 inches along the longest edge and about 18 inches along the center spine.
Knitting: Tee
This pretty pullover is a lovely update to your basic everyday t-shirt. A clean turned under hem and princess seam shaping give this top a fitted, feminine silhouette. An arc of pointelle graces the front neckline with a single line of pointelle continuing around the back neck. Simple set-in cap sleeves complete the polished look. Our organic y...
Knitting: Cardigan
There’s just something about garter stitch that makes it the perfect choice for a classic baby cardigan - clean, simple, and easy to knit. This basic cardigan is worked back and forth in rows so that the only stitch you need to know is “knit”. The rippled ridges of garter stitch create a cozy texture without overwhelming the little person who w...
Knitting: Cowl
Nearly as light as a cobweb, this airy long loop is a breeze to knit. Simple tiny bobbles line both edges and are scattered symmetrically throughout the fabric. The lace weight yarn is knit on a larger-than-usual needle size giving the stockinette stitches a very open, elegant feel. This cowl has the flavor of lace, without any actual “lace” kn...
Knitting: Cowl
Pattern calls for one skein of yarn. One skein is 550 yds. Will use approximately half of the skein. Blocking is required.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Whether texting a friend, checking your email, or picking berries for your favorite dessert, our Blackberry Mitts are fun to wear and perfectly practical for everyday use. Keep your wrists and hands warm while leaving your fingers free to do the important stuff. Fun and quick to make, you can wear your first pair while you are busy knitting a s...
Knitting: Scarf
Just enough to take the edge off cooler weather, our Full Harvest Scarf offers warmth and classic style for everyone. While the basketweave stitch appears complex to the untrained eye, you will know that it is actually just a clever combination of mere knits and purls. A joy for the knitter…as well as the lucky wearer.
Knitting: Cardigan
Oversized comfort with a touch of urban edge, the Sullivan Street cardigan reminds us of Sunday mornings in the city. This versatile piece is great for a late brunch and an afternoon of browsing in a favorite book store, or simply hanging out at home. The oversized cardi has turned-back ribbed cuffs, slits at the sides and an allover lace patte...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
This classic baby blanket has the look of the traditional stripe patterns found in our Swans Island blankets. A simple linen stitch is used throughout to impart a woven look to the face of the fabric. The back side of this fabric has an equally interesting texture that looks like seed stitch, so there really is no “right” or “wrong” side. After...
Knitting: Cardigan
Inspired by the long time favorite cardigan of a friend, the Chelsea will be a workhorse in your sweater wardrobe. The slight A-line shaping to the body gives this piece a very gentle swing. A plain stockinette stitch ground is framed with simple seed and garter stitch borders at the hems, cuffs, and plackets. Worked here in a neutral beige, t...
Knitting: Neck / Torso - Other
Not your average scarf, this knit version of a classic bandana is just a big triangle that can be worn “frontwards” or “backwards” — you choose. Simply tie in back of your neck with the point in front and the triangular piece will fill the gap left by your open jacket quite nicely. Wear it with the point in back and fasten in front with a casua...
Knitting: Cowl
This chunky cowl is sure to keep the winter winds at bay. The close fitting design gives you the coziness of a turtleneck sweater with the flexibility to take off the neck part when you go indoors. Knit with just one skein of our bulky merino, this project is quick and fun to make. You might think, “A close fitting turtleneck in wool — eww, itc...
Knitting: Neck / Torso - Other
If you are ready to move up from basic garter stitch rectangular scarves, this project might be just the thing for you. Worked side to side, most of the knitting is done in simple garter stitch. You’ll just need to learn a few new basic stitches to increase and decrease and you’ll be on your way to making this very cool bandana. Tie the triangl...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Like ripples on the water after a pebble is tossed in, the stripes on this hat create a pattern of concentric circles. With just two skeins of our worsted yarn, you can create this version and a second version as well. (See page two for a completely different stripe pattern!) This basic hat is worked in the round and shaped with four triangular...
Knitting: Pullover
If you are looking for a really basic pullover, this is the one. If you want to make something simple and classic, you can’t go wrong with this sweater. A friend of mine asked for a basic crew for her son, something that looked like the other basic crew he had outgrown, but loved early and wore all the time. So we made this. I had both of my ow...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This clean and simple hat features a band of graphic snowflakes with a nod to classic Nordic-inspired designs. A basic garter stitch band creates the edging. If you are just beginning or want to try some easy two-color knitting, this project would be a good place to start. Knit in the round, you carry the floats across the back of the work, thr...
Knitting: Scarf
This extra long scarf is knit on extra large needles so it works up quite quickly. With an “old school” look, this scarf goes with just about anything. The jumbo Fisherman’s Rib stitch has a thermal effect, but is still loose enough that you might wear this in the early fall or late into the Spring. Worked with two strands of fingering held tog...
Knitting: Pullover
Katherine Hepburn might have worn a sweater like this — elegant, and just a bit sporty. The Olympia Pullover is one of those basic sweaters you’ll reach for again and again. Refined, classic and simple; like a Greek column. The two by two rib construction gives your curves a slight hug but the weight of the bulky yarn lets this garment hang wit...
Knitting: Neck / Torso - Other
The ever popular bandana takes a new slant when it’s knit in a crisp basketweave texture. Our new favorite neckwear, this simple piece is so fun to knit you’ll want to make more than one. The triangular scarf starts at the bottom point and works its way up. We like wearing it tied in the back, bandana style, but you could also tie it in front. ...
Knitting: Throw
For those of you who have dreamed of owning a Swans Island blanket, we offer this pattern as an opportunity to create your own heirloom. Designed to simulate the look of our famous woven blankets, this throw is actually knit. The entire piece is worked in linen stitch, a slipped stitch pattern where the yarn is carried in front of every other s...
Knitting: Cowl
From the pattern: “Knit in the round, Sasha starts and ends with a bit of simple garter stitch. The easy lace pattern in the center reminds us of Gothic arches.” Pattern is both written and charted.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
It is also available in hard copy from Jimmy Beans Wool.
Knitting: Scarf
Knit with organic merino, it is soft enough to wear close to your skin. A loose gauge gives this scarf luscious drape. Since it is knit on larger than usual needles, the knitting just flies! One skein is all you’ll need to make this pretty spring scarf.
Knitting: Scarf
Exquisitely fine in its craftsmanship, this scarf is a true classic. With impeccable attention to detail and a fine drape, this piece elicits “oohs” and “aahs” wherever it goes. Not for the faint of heart, this scarf has very fine linen stitch borders and a main field of double brioche stitch. This is not a quick and mindless knit. But if you h...
Knitting: Animal Toy
Knitting: Cardigan
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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Charmingly simple without being too sweet, these easy fingerless mitts are nice for early spring when there is still a chill in the air. A simple knit-and-purl texture spirals around the mitts in a diagonal pattern, growing organically from the cuffs. This creates a nice effect on one side of the mitts where textured stitch meets plain stockine...
Knitting: Pullover
I made this classic boatneck pullover for my daughter when she was just a newborn baby, 14 years ago! I reknit the same garment in our Swans Island organic merino fingering, and this classic style still looks just as cute. (Not on her of course!) If you want a classic garment that can be worn by a baby boy or girl, this is a good choice and can...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This fun little hat is so quick and easy to knit it makes a great baby shower gift. Worked in classic garter stitch, it is knit in the round—plain and simple. Made with just one skein of our bulky, super soft, organic merino wool, this hat will keep baby toasty warm and top off those adorable chubby cheeks just perfectly.
Knitting: Cowl
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
When you cross a full length opera glove with a fingerless mitt you get a touch of glam without any pretension. The Greensleeves pattern is knit in a simple allover lace pattern. These extra long mitts can be worked to fit snugly at the upper arm or, with just a bit of slouch. By simply decreasing needle sizes two times, the changes in gauge ach...
Knitting: Cowl
One of our sales reps designed this simple, easy to knit cowl while traveling between the many shops she visits each year. This versatile piece is easy and fun to knit. Make the single loop version with only one skein of bulky or is you prefer to wrap up in a double layer of loops, make the longer version with two skeins. Either way, the knitt...
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
This lovely coat is simply elegant. A ground of stockinette stitch is outlined with generous borders of seed stitch at the cuff, hem and placket edges. A dramatic sweep at the hem tapers to a slender waistline, giving this piece a very feminine fit. The amazing thing about the Swans Island Coat is that, other than two tiny joins at the underarm...
Knitting: Pullover
Katherine…deceptively simple, yet delightfully interesting. Not your ordinary V-neck, this sweater is loaded with elegant detailing. Shaping at the “princess seams” creates an hourglass silhouette. A branch of pointelle graces each cuff and the back hem. Single strands of pointelle define the neckline and shoulders while subtle shaping creates...
Knitting: Mittens
These charming mittens have a vintage flavor. Knit in a close fitting silhouette, the rib pattern has subtle shaping at the wrist to help ensure a snug fit while simultaneously producing a subtle wishbone pattern at the cuff. To make sure these vintage mitts function seamlessly in a modern world, we’ve added an option to put in one or more smal...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Like a stalwart seaman depicted in an Andrew Wyeth painting, this traditional cap has a certain rugged appeal. This hat is inspired by the classic government issue caps given to Navy sailors. The watch cap historically provided a simple and functional cap that could be worn by everyone. It is designed with a rolled up brim up to provide extra w...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This cap has a classic shape that looks great on just about everyone. Make it in a larger size for a bit of slouch at the top as shown in this photo, or make it smaller for a snug, classic beanie fit. For the no frills, basic cap, try Version A. For just a bit of pizazz, try Version B as shown on our model. We’ve given you several ideas for simp...
Knitting: Pullover
In French, “bienvenue” means “welcome.” Welcome to a break from complicated patterns and lifestyles. The Bienvenue Pullover embodies simplicity. This classic design was inspired by a friend who asked us to recreate one of her all-time favorite sweaters, a basic roll-neck pullover. Designed for casual, everyday enjoyment, this wardrobe staple i...
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl is begun with a provisional cast-on. The end result is a mirror image of the simple decorative lace stitch pattern on both sides of a garter stitch center panel.
Knitting: Earflap Hat
This hat is waiting for your design details and inspirations to take shape on its ground of simple stockinette stitch. For the more creative enthusiast, it calls out for embellishment – duplicate stitches or experimental embroidery; for the minimalist, just leave it plain. The sample hat features an embroidered snowflake, crocheted edging, and ...
Knitting: Earflap Hat
Contrasting textures are highlighted in this simply shaped hat. High-relief garter stitch provides extra warmth for the ears while the textured linen stitch keeps things snappy up top. Starting with the earflaps, the Snow Bowl Hat is worked from the bottom up, ending in a spiral of structured decreases. A crocheted border and braided ties finish...
Knitting: Cardigan
The Diana Sweater brings a modern silhouette to a classic allover lace style. Designed to hang open at the front, with a gentle sweeping drape, this piece can be worn as an elegant alternative to a shrug for special evenings out or just paired with jeans and a white tee. The allover lace pattern combined with unusual shaping keeps things challe...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Erin is charmingly simple. Starting with a clean rolled edge, this hat spirals to its peak in a manner reminiscent of the swirl of a periwinkle shell or a Turkish minaret. Spiral ridges are created with a simple combination of a slipped stitch, an increase and a decrease. A bit of i-cord at the top, tied into a small knot completes the design.
Knitting: Pullover
The angled relief stitch detail that runs up each sleeve and onto the saddle-shoulders of this relaxed pullover are faintly reminiscent of military service stripes. A slightly tapered silhouette gives this men’s sweater a flattering fit through the waist, while simple garter stitch details up both sides add to the slimming visual effect. Rolled...
Knitting: Earflap Hat
The shaping on this hat reminds us of something a Samurai warrior might wear–simple, functional, a bit daring…just garter stitch in the round, spiraling up to a subtle peak at the top. This marled version is worked by holding 4 ends of fingering weight yarn together, but you could also work a solid version using 1 end of our bulky weight yarn. ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Spruce Head is one of many traditional, small villages that dot the coastline of Maine. Overlooking Seal Harbor, daily life here is defined by Fishermen’s nets and lobster traps – sturdy working tools that intertwine the present with the past. The crisp latticework cable that traverses this hat is reminiscent of these simple implements of daily...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Take one basic hat pattern, add two skeins of yarn and what do you get? Lots of possibilities for a family of fun hats! You can make two “Double Trouble” pom pom hats which boast not 1 but 2 whimsical poms up top and still have enough left over to make the “Sprout” which has a gathered crown with a sprightly little pigtail sprouting out of the ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The clever closure design is what sets this style apart from other shawls and scarves. The fabric is constructed mainly of simple ribbing with one ribbed cable placed in the center to add an element of stitch interest. Two slits worked on either side of the cable at the narrowest point in the wrap allow the wearer to simply tuck one end of the ...
Knitting: Cowl
Simple. Chunky. Scrumptious. This cowl is quick, fun and easy to make. Two skeins of bulky, super soft merino work up super fast to let Clara snuggle you in her soft embrace in just one afternoon! Sometimes known as Fisherman’s rib, this loose airy stitch provides lots of insulating warmth with its interlocking layered construction. Easy to mem...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
A panel of sinuous cables winds its way down the top sides of these fingerless mitts, while a no-nonsense rib helps to keep the underside snug. Reminiscent of a vine tracing its way up a garden trellis, the placed cables are fun and slightly challenging to work. With only a thumb gusset for shaping, these mitts are fairly simple, with just enoug...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
“There is no finer way to wrap a baby than in our classic, incredibly soft, baby blanket knit with our 100% organic Merino wool and your loving hands.
Knitting: Scarf
This classic scarf was inspired by the traditional stripe patterns found in our Swans Island blankets. A simple linen stitch is used throughout to impart a woven look to the face of the fabric. The backside of this fabric has an equally interesting texture that looks like seed stitch, so there really is no “right” or “wrong” side. Any combinati...