Let's start with that I keep calling this pattern Stovepot by mistake! Is that even a word?! Like a new way to say a pot for a stove...maybe. Regardless of what I keep calling this project, I loved every minute of knitting it. I'm sure you know of Tin Can Knits and if you don't, you really should. Alexa and Emily are not only super talented, but have all sorts of lovely free patterns to choose from, stunning collections that you want to knit one of each of, really helpful tutorials, and most, if not all, of their patterns come in a wide range of sizes from baby all the way up to men's in their unisex designs.

Hubby asked (he doesn't ask often) to have me knit a hat and mitts set for a co-worker's first born. He even requested the color brown or blue, which means he was actually paying attention when chatting with his friend! I decided on Cacao in Big Sister. The hat and mitts whipped up so fast and I used just over half a skein (54g). What a sweet baby gift! It may have to be my new go to.


Pattern: Stovetop (not pot!)
Designer: tincanknits
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Big Sister
Colorway: Cacao
Note: The mitts were a free pattern here that I altered to match the hat.

Happy Knitting!



secret santa

It's a 'Secret Santa' discount! The holidays are upon us and we've been working hard behind the scenes to get our next color palette live online for you. If you live close by, you may have seen the Fresh Palette at Knit Fit or maybe at Tolt Yarn & Wool. We're prepping to take pictures of the fresh blues and greens in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime I thought it might be fun to do a discount and a bit of teaser. Introducing the...


Here is the hidden link to find these lovelies. The fun part is that you don't get to see the colors yet!! It's a Secret Santa surprise! I can tell you that they are all blue, green or a mix of blue-green. I think we've done a good job naming them, but can I just say that it was definitely the hardest palette to name thus far. The page is organized exactly the same like our Raw Palette and the darkest colors start at the top and work down the page to the lightest of the bunch. The columns from left to right are as follows: blues, blue-greens and greens. Alright, that's all you're getting!

The best part is that we are offering a 15% off discount while you wait patiently to see the actual pictures go live. Enter the coupon code: secretsanta from now until the end of January 6th, 2015 (at midnight Pacific) during checkout and you will receive 15% off of your Fresh Palette order. Plus, you'll still receive free shipping on 3+ skeins in the US. So, hurry over and have fun choosing!

Happy holidays, my friends!

-Ve, Big Sis



I have a freebie pattern to share with you today! I'm so thrilled about how this turned out. I had this design in my head for a very long time and I knew I wanted it to be simple, yet interesting in its construction. I believe that I have succeeded.

This easy pullover can be worn vest-like (as shown in the pics) or as a shorter sleeved drop shoulder sweater without an undershirt. I like both, but the day we were shooting was a chilly one! And, ladies and gents, there are no short rows. The sweater gauge, drape and unique construction is built to create the beautiful curved longer back hem line naturally.

I love everything about this garment... the linear vertical lines of the ribbing pattern are slimming, the boxy shape of the sweater hides a multitude of sins, the color is our Sea Salt (a fav), the project uses Big Sister the DK weight (nuf said), and it's knit on 9's, my friends, it not only flies, it falls off your needles.





Pattern: mimic
Designer: me
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Big Sister
Colorway: Sea Salt
Modeled by: Jasmine, my sweet and photogenic daughter

There's a cute story behind the name too. I used a knit one below "brioche" method to knit the ribbing pattern. Now, I'm not sure whether this pattern is a true brioche or not, and I kept calling it "fake brioche" around the Tolt shop and my knitting friends, who could not confirm whether this stitch is or is not a brioche stitch. Well, I didn't want to call the pattern 'fake', so mimic it is!

I hope you enjoy the freebie. It's available for free download on Ravelry. The yarn can be found in our shop.

Hugs & stitches!




The ladies over at Tolt requested a beaded project earlier this year, and so what's better with beads?! A shawl, of course. Now, I'm not one for too sparkly, but I do love a subtle bling when the mood strikes. I put together this simple shawl pattern for a class I now teach at the shop, and folks have been asking for me to post it on Ravelry. So, here it is... named lovingly after my mama.





Pattern: jana
Designer: me
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Little Brother
Colorway: Cracked Pepper
Modeled by: Janey

I hope you enjoy the simple pattern. Hugs & stitches!


firsteveryothkal winners!

Thank you so much to all the participants of the First Ever YOTH KAL! I truly enjoyed seeing all of the lovely projects finished in our yarns. It's gratifying in a way I can't even explain. I spent part of the month knitting up a freebie design project that I will be sharing with pics very soon (hopefully from Mexico, while we are here vacationing). For now, here are the 5 winners (Ravelry names):

1) djcarlson
2) myrrh78
3) jacktastic7
4) we3fergs
5) SweetBeej

I will be contacting the winners shortly via Ravelry message with details on how to collect your prizes. Thank you again for the great kick off KAL. Happy knitting!