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Quick Knits Project Notes Week 4: Tweed and Stripes

Posted by Odessa Reichel on

This week we have two colourful projects and 3 yarns for our Quick Knit of the Week. You can find them all here and read on for all of our tips and pattern suggestions. Rico Baby Dream DK, Rico Baby Classic DK and BC Garn Loch Lomand are all 20% off until shortly before 10 AM November 30th when we switch over to a new Quick Knit.

Mona knit the Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits out of BC Garn Loch Lomand. It's a really nice wooly tweed yarn that is also organic. It comes in some lovely colours with a noticeable tweed fleck throughout that adds some intrigue to your projects.

It has a lofty twist that makes it extra squishy. It's great for all kinds of knitted things, but it's especially nice for mittens, hats and other warm accessories. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while working on the Barley Hat.

  • This hat is perfect for knitters of all skill level. It's part of Tin Can Knits' Simple Collection full of patterns that are great for knitters new and old.
  • This pattern has an excellent photo tutorial from Tin Can Knits that you can find here if you need some visual aids or expanded explanations.
  • Mona knit the largest size using just under one ball. If you're planning to make it a little more slouchy/longer for the larger two size, we recommend getting a second ball.
  • If you don't like the garter stitch and just want a plain hat, its easy to just knit all the way around instead of alternating knitting and purling on rows in the garter panel after you finish the ribbing.
  • You could also get a second contrasting colour and do the ribbing and make a pom pom with it if you want to make it a little more whimsical.
  • When picking a size and you're between sizes we recommends knitting the lower size as this hat is pretty stretchy.
  • This hat is a great pattern to make lots of, everyone needs a basic hat! It makes a great gift or even a matching family set.
  • It is an aran weight yarn, but because it's so lofty it also can replace a worsted weight yarn for accessories without changing the size much as it just squishes down and creates a more dense fabric.

Some other patterns that would work well with Loch Lomand are:


Our other Quick Knit project is the In Threes Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich which Odessa knit up in Rico Baby Dream DK. We've also included Rico Baby Classic DK in the sale because it has a nice range of solid colours that would look nice in this sweater.

It's a really nice pattern written for baby through kid's size 5. It is knit back and forth from the top down with some garter stitch details in the yoke and simple cast off sleeves. Here are a few tips.

  • While this pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, we've knit it in the slightly lighter DK weight yarn with success. If you find your fabric is a little loose, try going down a needle size.
  • The Rico Baby Dream DK is so soft to the touch and its fun self patterning style makes this sweater look like an impressive knit.
  • This sweet sweater grows really well with its recipient. It's a style that looks really great a little longer and looser and still looks good as the child grows as a bit more of a cropped coverup, so if in doubt, go up a size.
  • If you're familiar with knitting sleeves, it's really easy to put the sleeve stitches on waste yarn instead of casting them off and then adding sleeves, but make sure you've got some extra yarn for that!
  • This sweater will take 2 balls for all sizes in the solid Rico Baby Classic DK and 2-3 depending on size for the Rico Baby Classic DK. It's a bit more than a one skein project but it works up pretty quick and makes a great gift for wee ones.
  • Feel like colour blocking? Knit the yoke in a solid colour and the rest of the sweater in another!

We came across SO many cute little sweaters that would also work with these yarns, so here are a few of them:

Hopefully you've found some inspiration and check back next week for more Quick Knits!