Thursday, September 25, 2008

In which the possibilities are almost endless

Normally a random shipment of patterns might not make the news here at Hanks, but we think these are pretty important because they answer a lot of questions that we get here at the shop.

New patterns

Easy Knit Baby Blankets Collection 1 answers the question "I want to knit a quick baby blanket or two, need an easy pattern, and want something that will go quick". This pattern has three different very basic patterns in it and uses a worsted weight yarn (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, Dream in Color Classy, or Dark Horse Fantasy would be great yarns for these patterns).

Baby Basics has a pattern for two different hats and two different booties, both of which come in newborn and 6 month sizes. Four patterns for the price of one? Sign me up! This knits up great on a DK or Sport weight yarn, such as Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport, Malabrigo Silky Merino, or Aslan Trends Glaciar Del Cielo.

Adult Basic Sock is a fantastically easy pattern for new sock knitters. The pattern is written for three different gauges (fingering, DK/sport, and worsted) and will fit anywhere between a 9-inch to a 13-inch long foot.

Crib-Blanket-Afghan 1 is similar to the other baby afghan patterns mentioned, but with six different designs that you can knit in five different gauges at any of three different sizes... you could run out of people to knit for before you ran out of combinations.

Easy Knit Baby Blankets Collection 2 is the next step up from Collection 1 mentioned above. While simple enough that new knitters could still pick them up without stress, these three patterns are lacier and yet still knit up quickly on worsted weight yarn.

Head Huggers answers the question "I want to knit hats for everyone in my family, do you have a pattern for that?". Why yes; yes, now we do. This pattern has sizes for infant, child, teen, small adult, and large adult-- and as all the patterns are adaptable to four different gauges, you could use anything from a fingering or sock weight yarn up to a worsted weight yarn. Again, you could run out of people with cold heads before you ran out of combinations to use.

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