What’s Hot at Twill

Not quite sure what to knit? Want to join in on some of the fun at the shop? Here's what's hot right now: The Japanese Knot Bag is a clever and elegantly minimal way to secure your day-to-day necessities, or even your knitting supplies--the bag can double as a yarn bowl! Knitted in one piece and felted in the washing machine, this project was featured in out Christmas in July project list, and Sandy has already fashioned one for herself. You can use two strands of Lettlopi held together, or go bold with a colorful Noro yarn. We recommend in particular either Obi or Kureyon AIR. The Gryer Shawl is another lovely selection from the Christmas in July list. We have one here in the shop knit in Feza Harvest Worsted, but you could choose from any of the colors of Ella Rae Superwash Merino, Madelinetosh Vintage, or Rowan Pure Wool Worsted to make a shawl that's soothing to knit and comforting to wear with its squishiness and thicker-than-average weight. This project is suitable for an advanced beginner, and makes a good introduction to skills such as changing colors and knitting I-cord. Isabell Kraemer, who designed the aforementioned Gryer Shawl, also designed the Beloved Berlin cowl. Knit in 3 colors of fingering-weight yarn, Beloved Berlin is a good beginner project, and easy enough that you can work on it during social gatherings. What's not to love? We love the Molly Scarf (so much so that we put it on the Christmas in July list!) and we think you will, too! The sample at the shop was knit with Noro Tennen, but the pattern pairs very well with other variegated or self-striping yarns such as Noro Kureyon or Noro Silk Garden. With just four rows--well, really just two rows each repeated twice--this makes a great first short-row project. We're even teaching a Santa's Helper class for this, if you're intrigued but not yet confident enough to start it on your own! We're here to help. Kate's Poncho is a wonderful thing to have in the transition between seasons when it's not quite cold enough for a jacket, but still chilly. Sandy made one for the shop in Madelinetosh Vintage, though you could just as easily use Feza Harvest Worsted, Ella Rae Superwash Merino, Lettlopi, Zealana Heron... possibilities abound! Knit in one piece from the top down, Kate's Poncho is suitable for advanced beginners. Antiquity is a sweet fingerless mitten pattern from the Christmas in July project list that takes just 50 grams of sport- or DK-weight yarn. Jen knit a sample for the shop in Madelinetosh DK, but the pattern would work just as easily in a solid such as Rowan Pure Wool DK or Zealana Cozi. The Fiddlehead Mittens are a delightful sport-weight project suitable for adventurous colorwork beginners who have previously done some stranded knitting. Sandy knit her pair in Rowan Felted Tweed, and we have kitted this project here at the shop. For $55, you get your choice of a main color of Felted Tweed, your choice of 5 10-gram mini-skeins for the contrast colors, and enough cashmere and royal alpaca blend for the inner lining. We have a whole list of KALs planned for Rowan Felted Tweed DK , a wool and alpaca blend with colors to suit everyone's tastes. Mercedes is knitting the Svenson pullover--tweed and cables pair very nicely! Don't much fancy knitting cables? SigrĂșn is a seamless pullover inspired by traditional Icelandic lopapeysur. We have a large range of colors to choose from here at the shop. For knitters who aren't in the mood for cables or advanced colorwork, Parnell is an ultra-chic striped pullover that is worked flat, and is the most beginner-friendly of the Felted Tweed KALs. Need a quick-to-knit project? The beginner-friendly, Venetian Blind capelet uses just two skeins of Noro Kureyon for a super-bulky, colorful capelet. The Blended Scotch Mitts are a sweet and simple Fair Isle mitt that would pair well with Rowan Felted Tweed, or Ella Rae Rustic Lace held double. These would make a good introductory colorwork project! We're big fans of Isabell Kraemer's designs here at Twill, and the Chasse pattern is now exception. Don't let the call for a laceweight yarn like Ella Rae Rustic Lace intimidate you--the patterns has lots of garter stitch, and the lace is both written out and charted. The Ratjetoe armwarmers are a great way to indulge in a diversity of techniques: Fair Isle, lace, and stripes--oh my! We have many colors of Rowan Felted Tweed at the shop that you can choose from.