Guest Post on Made in USA Challenge

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Photo Credit: Mountain Meadow Wool Yarns

I have a guest post today on a great blog, Made in USA Challenge. I’m talking about American sourced and spun yarn companies, including lots of links to purchase some amazing yarn. Please check it out. Thanks!

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Neon Knits

The neon trend has been around for awhile now. But unlike the neon trend of my youth, this time around it is a lot more subtle. Rather than wearing 3 or 4 neon colors at once, people are choosing one pop of neon. I really like the look of neon paired with white or gray. I have been knitting a lot of baby items lately (my little man is due in 12 weeks!), but my next project will be something for me. I am really tempted to throw in a little neon. Here are some of my inspirations.

Brioche Cowl from the Purl Bee – FREE Pattern

Neon Knit

Neon – Pattern available on Ravelry

Yellow and Gray Chevron Sweater – from Madewell.com but basic pullover pattern

Crossroads Hat – Pattern available on Ravelry

Neon Triangle Pillow

Yarns to try:

Edison Bulb by Madelinetosh

Pop Rocks by Madelinetosh

Citron by Cascade Yarns

Highlighter by Manos del Uruguay

Shocking by Manos del Uruguay

Oceana by Madelinetosh

Baby Dino Sophisticate

I recently cast off on the super cute Baby Sophisticate cardigan. This was actually my second Baby Sophisticate as I frogged my first attempt. This sweater is part of a gift set that includes the Dino Cap I finished a while ago. My first attempt at this sweater was in green and orange to match the hat, but I just didn’t like the color combo in sweater form. I learned a lot of techniques with this project, and I am really happy with how it came out.

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Some of my mods:

  • My gauge did not match the pattern, so I cast on an additional 10 stitches.
  • I slipped the first and last stitch knitwise on each RS row, and purled all stitches on the WS. I found that this gave my knitting a more consistent look with the slipped stitches. This method is known as the English Method. I learned about it here.
  • When I knit the cuffs on the sleeves, I used Kathryn Ivy’s method for knitting jogless garter stitch in the round. Super easy and gave a more professional look to the sleeves.
  • I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind Off. Easy to learn and works great!

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Rather than just assuming I knew how to do some knitting techniques, I decided to google everything to see if there was something I was missing. Here are the new techniques that I learned while knitting this project:

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Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Green and Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gray Heather
My Ravelry project: Baby Dino Sophisticate