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Z Wraps Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap Giveaway!

Z Wraps Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap Giveaway!

We’re always looking to make small changes to become more environmentally friendly around here. Things like metal straws, reusable snack bags, and adding a curbside compost service are just some of the small changes we’ve made. This year, I’m ditching soaps and shampoos in all […]

First Night Hat

First Night Hat

Ever have one of those skeins of yarn that is just so beautiful, that you agonize over what to make with it? This yarn, Fibre Co Cumbria, is a lovely 90% wool, 10% mohair, and my absolute favorite shade of yellow that goes perfectly with […]

Another New Knitting Pattern: Good Tidings Hat

Another New Knitting Pattern: Good Tidings Hat

I’ve released another new hat pattern! Good Tidings is another adult-sized colorwork hat knit in 2 colors of Malabrigo Rios. You can take 50% off this pattern, and any other in my Ravelry store, by using the code NEW at checkout. This code will work until the end of December. All eligible patterns are here: Melissa LaBarre’s Ravelry store

New Knitting Pattern: Winter Blooms

New Knitting Pattern: Winter Blooms

My newest knitting pattern is up on Ravelry and it’s 50% off until December 4th. Winter Blooms uses 2 colors of beautiful Malabrigo Rios, using under 1/2 a skein of each before the pom pom. I used the blue pom pom maker from this set […]

New Pattern: BABY Hiker’s Cardigan!

New Pattern: BABY Hiker’s Cardigan!

Finally, a baby version of my Little Hiker’s Cardigan is available today! It, and all of the patterns in my Ravelry store is 42% off for the rest of March for my birthday sale! No code required. Eligible patterns can be found here. Much like […]

Tutorial: Make Your Own Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

Tutorial: Make Your Own Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

We love reusable beeswax food wraps around here. They’re the perfect plastic-free way to tote your pb & j to work, preschool, or playgroups. And, it turns out, it’s pretty easy to make a simple beeswax-only version, too.

To make your own, you’ll need:

-an oven

-a cookie sheet (one preferably reserved for crafts, or this purpose)

-parchment paper

-scissors (I like to use pinking shears)

-a hunk of beeswax

-a grater

-paintbrush

-100% cotton fabric

Preheat oven to 195 degrees f.  Cut your fabric to desired sizes (we use our 12″x 12″ and 9″x 9″ wraps the most). Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and place single piece of fabric on top. Grate beeswax and distribute evenly on top of fabric.

Place cookie sheet in oven and set timer for 6 minutes. When timer goes off, check to see if all beeswax is melted (if not, give it another 1-2 min). Remove from oven and use paintbrush to distribute beeswax evenly across fabric (fabric may look lighter in areas that are not adequately coated). Peel fabric from parchment before completely dry, and lay elsewhere to dry. It should be ready to use in minutes! (Note to self: turn off oven)

You can hand-wash or rinse your wraps after each use. Ours have lasted us for over 6 months already!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Peaks and Summit Hats

(because someone always asks about the boots, they are Keens) My little family of 4 has been passing around a cold this week, and we’ve been glued to the couch and our hot water bottles. I’ve been all about the instant-gratification knitting, and WEBS’ Valley […]

The Knitted Hat Book

Interweave has just published a lovely new collection of hats in The Knitted Hat Book, and my pattern for the Scoop Brimmed Hat is included in the collection! I wanted to design a hat that worked for transitional weather too, so I chose an allover […]

Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Now that Weekend Wraps has been released, our publisher has shared one of the patterns from the book for free, and it happens to be one of mine. I thought I’d share it here, too, for my readers! The sample was returned to me in the spring, and I was able to wear it to a few preschool pick-ups before the weather turned too warm. Now that we’re experiencing cool mornings and evenings again in Massachusetts, it’s making its way back into rotation. You can find it on Ravelry here.

 

This is a quick knit in Berroco Peruvia Quick! Enjoy!

 

GETAWAY PONCHO by Melissa LaBarre (me!) from the book Weekend Wraps (Interweave, 2016)

Poncho begins at cowl neck and is worked in garter stitch with two decrease rounds to the neck. The body is then worked in stockinette stitch, shaped with yarnover increases along the center front and back and finished with a garter eyelet trim.

Stitch Guide
Garter Stitch worked in the round (any number of sts)

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for garter st worked in the rnd.

Stockinette Stitch worked in the round (any number of sts)

Knit every rnd.

Cowl Neck

With shorter cir needle, CO 98 sts. Place marker (pm) for beg of rnd, and join for working in rnds, being careful not to twist sts.

Work in garter st until piece measures 8″ (20.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Dec rnd: K3, k2tog, *k8, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—88 sts rem.

Cont even until piece measures 10″ (25.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Dec rnd: K2, k2tog, *k7, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—78 sts rem.

Cont even until piece measures 12″ (30.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Body

Set-up rnd: K39, pm for center front, knit to end.

Body Shaping
Change to longer cir needle when there are too many sts to work comfortably on shorter cir needle.

Inc rnd: K1, yo, knit to 1 st before m, yo, k1, sl m, k1, yo, work to last st, yo, k1—4 sts inc’d.

Next rnd: Knit.

Getaway Poncho Knit PatternRep last 2 rnds 33 more times, then rep inc rnd once more— 218 sts. Piece should measure about 20″ (51 cm) from cowl along center front.

 

Bottom Trim

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * around.

Rep last 2 rnds 6 more times.

BO all sts pwise.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block piece to finished measurements.

 

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Bright Spot

Sometimes, those little leftover bits of special yarn beg to be knit up into something special. I’ve been hoarding my worsted-weight Plucky Knitter leftovers, for just this kind of thing. Meet Bright Spot, a worsted-weight fair isle hat that is a great use for those […]