June ShannaJean Club Kit: Rainbow Cowlette!

In recognition of Pride Month, we have a special new kit in the shop. The ShannaJean Club is a collaboration between designer Shannon Squire and dyer Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit. Their adorable June kit features one full skein of Knitted Wit Fingering (400 yards) and a set of rainbow-colored Sixlet Gumballs mini-skeins (45 yards each; 270 yards total).

The kit comes in two color options (Shannon and Lorajean), and each kit is $58. Kits are available in our online shop.

Lorajean colorway: a full skein of Fingering in Black Rock Candy, paired with Gumballs in: Liberally-Bleeding Heart, Sweet Potato Pie, Pollen, Oscar the Grouch, Not the Tealest, & Clematis.

Shannon colorway: a full skein of Fingering in Bespeckled Silver, paired with Gumballs in: Haute Pink, Glazed Over Carrots, Moonglow, Cat Eyes, Aquamarine, & Foxglove.

Shannon has designed a cute cowlette just for this kit called “In Season, ” available June 1. The pattern can be purchased separately from the kit on Ravelry (kit is YARN ONLY). If this cowlette isn’t your style, Shannon has an amazing collection of other patterns created specifically for Knitted Wit rainbow mini-skeins.

KAL Kick-off with Lorajean & Shannon on June 6!

We’re kicking off a month-long KAL using the June ShannaJean kit on Saturday, June 6 at 11 am CT, when Shannon and Lorajean will join our Open Stitch to knit along with us and talk about their collaboration on the club, their annual National Parks yarns and make-along, and more. Make In Season or any of Shannon’s mini-skein patterns using the kit and join in the KAL! Support and chat for the KAL will be provided during our regular Saturday Open Stitch times in June. Register here to join the weekly Open Stitch mailing list, or register here to get Zoom login information for just the chat with Shannon and Lorajean.

June 2020 Knitted Wit National Parks Yarns

Each month this summer, Knitted Wit will release 4 new colorways inspired by 4 of our National Parks. These colorways will only be available at local yarn stores (LYS’s) and we hope that your LYS is Northfield Yarn! Due to the limited availability of these yarns, we will not have the National Parks yarns available for online purchase, but you can place your order over the phone by calling the shop Monday through Saturday, between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm CT at (507) 645-1330.

Our June National Parks yarns are available in DK and Sock.

  • Knitted Wit DK: 100% superwash merino. 280 yards/4 oz, $26
  • Knitted Wit Sock: 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon. 420 yards/4 oz, $28 

June colors: Pinnacles, Hot Springs, Indiana Dunes, and Theodore Roosevelt

Read about these parks and see Knitted Wit’s color inspiration photos on their blog!

Free patterns with purchase! Jody’s Bobby’s Socks pattern is free with the purchase of Knitted Wit DK, and Brianna’s Bias Knit Cowl is free with the purchase of Knitted Wit Fingering, Sock, or Pixie Plied (Knitted Wit Birds & Bees Pixie Plied limited edition colorways are available online). We will send you a Ravelry download code for these patterns with your order or, if you prefer, we can include a paper copy or e-mail you a PDF.

4-Day KAL Pattern Release: Soundtrack!

Marie Greene’s cozy new unisex 4-Day KAL sweater pattern, Soundtrack!

It’s the 2020 Olive Knits 4-Day KAL pattern release day! This year’s pattern, Soundtrack, is available on Ravelry or the Olive Knits website at a discounted price of $8.00 until June 15. Cast-on date is July 1, so you have plenty of time to pick your yarns and swatch!

See our May 5 post about the KAL for our yarn picks and swatches. Want a color palette similar to Marie’s sample sweater? We recommend Arranmore Light by the Fibre Co. in Finian and Meara, or, for a summery version, Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort in Yarrow and Denim.

Soundtrack’s simple yet eye-catching design is inspired by the grooves in a vinyl record. To help you get into your groove while knitting, the Northfield Yarn staff put together a collaborative Soundtrack KAL Spotify playlist that is as eclectic as we are! Our theme for the playlist was “songs about music or records.” We hope you enjoy it.

Don’t miss our live Zoom chat with Marie Greene on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 pm CT. It’s free to join, and everyone’s welcome! Marie will talk about the KAL and this year’s design and answer any questions you have.

Get Ready for Olive Knits 4th Annual 4-Day KAL!

We are excited to announce that Northfield Yarn is participating in Olive Knits’ 4th Annual 4-Day KAL! Each summer, designer and author Marie Greene of Olive Knits invites knitters to join her in making a sweater more quickly than they thought possible. Read her 2019 blog post about the history of the KAL for more information!

This year, Marie has designed a brand-new, unisex sweater pattern that will be released on June 15. The KAL kicks off on July 1. We will slowly be sharing details about the KAL over the next month. First up: our yarn picks and swatches for Marie’s top-secret design!

Pattern Details

Skill Level: Advanced beginner

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Finished Measurements for Bust/Chest Circumference: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in, with zero to 4” of positive ease recommended

Yarn and Gauge: This pattern recommends a DK or light worsted weight wool, knit to a gauge of 21 st and 31 rows in 4 in/10 cm on a US Size 5/3.75mm needle in stockinette stitch, blocked.

Yardage

Main Color — 900 (1000, 1100, 1188, 1283, 1360, 1442, 1528, 1620) yards

Contrast Color — 175 (187, 200, 212, 229, 243, 257, 273, 289) yards

Our Yarn Picks

Northfield Yarn has selected four DK-weight yarns, each a bit different in texture and fiber content, that we think will make wonderful sweaters. 

Arranmore Light by the Fibre Co. (80% Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Silk); 328 yards/100 grams

This tweedy, luxurious yarn will knit up into a warm and classic sweater. Swatch shown in Glenveagh Castle (main color) and Meara (contrast color).

Luma by the Fibre Co. (50% Merino, 25% Cotton, 15% Linen, 10% Silk) ; 137 yards/50 grams

This soft, luminous yarn is certified organic and makes a great all-season garment. Swatch shown in Blue Dusk (main color) and Shadow (contrast color).

Sueño by HiKoo (80% Merino, 20% Rayon from Bamboo); 255 yards/100 grams

This smooth, machine-washable yarn has excellent stitch definition and drape.  Swatch shown in Plum (main color) and Grey Heather (contrast color).


Sylvan Spirit by Green Mountain Spinnery (50% Wool, 50% Tencel); 180 yards/57 grams

This delightfully sheepy, single-ply yarn is lightweight and lofty. Swatch shown in Sterling (main color) and Agate (contrast color). 



Get ready for the KAL at our live Zoom event with Marie Greene!

Join a live Q&A with knitwear designer and author, Marie Greene, for a chat about the 4th Annual 4 Day KAL. We’ll discuss your best yarn options for this year’s sweater, color ideas, and more! A special time just for Northfield Yarn customers has been scheduled for Friday, May 29 from 7:00 – 7:30 pm. Register here to receive information about how to join!

“Rift” Marl-Along with Mojave by Kelbourne Woolens

We are so excited to join Kelbourne Woolens and designer Jacqueline Cieslak to host a Rift sweater knit-along featuring one of the newest yarns in our shop, Mojave. This KAL features a simple, easy-to-knit sweater with a creative twist: two colors of Mojave are marled together to create a quick project that is all your own. 

Our Suggestions for Marled Color Combinations

We knitted up swatches using the colors of Mojave that we have in stock at the shop, which are a bit different than the swatches that Kelbourne Woolens created. We encourage you to create your own combinations, too! Check out Kelbourne Woolens’ blog post about swatching for Rift using two colors of Mojave held together for tips.

We have two neutral colors in stock, Natural and Smoke Grey, that can be paired with any of our bright colors to give a more toned-down effect. We especially recommend Smoke Gray paired with Raspberry and Natural paired with Seafoam Green. Both Smoke Gray and Natural would also pair beautifully with Sky Blue.

Choosing a Size for Your Marled Rift Sweater

Rift is designed for a finished bust measurement of 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72) inches. To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 6-12” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.  

Kelbourne Woolens has organized the sizes into four groups corresponding with the following finished bust sizes and yarn requirements:

• XS / 3 skeins per color / 40″

• S / 4 skeins per color / 44, 48, 52″

• M / 5 skeins per color / 56, 60, 64″

• L / 6 skeins per color / 68, 72″

Click here to buy the pattern and find more information on yardage requirements and sizing.

Join Kate and Courtney from Kelbourne Woolens for a Rift Marl-Along Cast-On Party!

Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley from Kelbourne Woolens will be hosting a Cast On Party on the Kelbourne Woolens Instagram page, on Friday, May 22nd, at 6:00 pm (CDT). NO registration is required. Just click the link – https://www.instagram.com/kelbournewoolens/ – to go to their Instagram page for the live event.