FiberStories: Edition 3

Gerhard Schoppel, yarn designer extraordinaire, active knitter and owner of Schoppel-Wolle, developed this yarn based on his experience knitting garments. Creator of the Zauberball series, Mr. Schoppel knew that the colorways of his well reknowned Zauberball Crazy were loved by sock knitters and shawl knitters alike, but they wanted more – they wanted something a bit thicker to knit garments and accessories with... so he took out the nylon and made the yarn pure Merino. He also thickened up the twist in order to create a heavier weight – a borderline Sport and DK weight, a more requested option for sweaters and accessories.

The color options, although not as vast as the Zauberball line, now has 14 colors. Two were added this season. The balls are put up in 50g, enabling you to buy many colors to mix and match for items such as the ZickZack Scarf  by Christy Kamm and The Shift by Andrea Mowry – two favorites of knitters!

Lest we forget those of us who crochet! Edition 3 is also an excellent choice for those who crochet!  With the yarn doing all the work of changing the colors, even simply granny squares look amazing!

Edition 3, not only being super soft, is a superwash as well, making it suitable for children’s items! Baby hats can be created with one ball, and small sweaters with as few as 3.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 164 yards per 50 gram ball
  • Approximately 6 stitches per inch on US 2.5 - 4 (3.00 - 3.50 mm) needles
  • Recommended size E (3.50 mm) hook
  • Sport Weight
  • Winding not required
  • Hand wash, lay flat
  • Made in Germany

  • Pattern Inspiration

    © Christy Kamm

    FiberStories: Concentric Cotton

    Concentric Cotton was created after the success of it’s worsted weight, baby alpaca counterpart: Concentric.

    This 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton, fingering weight alternative is truly a bundle of joy. With a generous 929 yards in each 200 gram cake, just one or two is enough to create nearly any project!

    Best of all, this yarn is alluring for multiple crafts as crocheters, weavers and machine knitters will also appreciate the reasonable price point, lack of ends to weave in, and cake put-up for easily usability.

    • 100% Pima Cotton
    • 929 yards per 200 gram cake
    • Approximately 5.5-6 stitches per inch on US 4-6 (3.50 - 4.00 mm) needles
    • Recommended size G (4.00 mm) hook
    • Worsted Weight
    • Winding not required
    • Hand wash, lay flat
    • Designed in Seattle, Made in Peru

    Pattern Inspiration




    Discover the full color range of Concentric Cotton by HiKoo® HERE.

    Accessing Online Events

    Our online workshops and events are hosted through the Zoom app. The application can be downloaded on tablets, smartphones, or computers. Please be sure you have a stable, strong internet connection during the workshop. If you have used Zoom in other events, or to virtually visit with friends or family, then you probably know how to use the app!

    2 Days Before Class
    A few days before the event, you will be provided with login information. Take a moment to check to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version of Zoom on your devics. Did you complete any homework necessary? Gather your materials and make sure they are all in one spot, so you are ready when it's time to learn.


    15 Minutes Before Class
    You will be able to join the event about 15 minutes before the beginning of the event. Be sure to have your materials kit, as well as paper, pen/pencil, and other notions you think you may need. 

    Set yourself up in a quiet location, and if possible, wear headphones. Turn off any television, radio, or other source of sound.


    When Class Begins
    Each attendee will be "muted" when they enter the room. We encourage you to stay muted, and to utilize the chat room for questions. Our instructors have assistants that will relay questions during the event, and as needed, will call on students to unmute themselves to ask questions.

    Classes are only offered live and will not be recorded.

    Refunds/Cancelations
    Attendees can cancel and get a refund for the workshop portion of a class up until the time sign-in information has been delivered for the workshop. The materials fee is not refundable

    Something Isn't Working
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    FiberStories: Boots

    If you’re in the market for the look of a hand-dyed yarn, look no further than Boots from Schoppel-Wolle! Made from a blend of wool, cotton and nylon, this yarn is the perfect blend for socks, garments, shawls and more!

    The shawl House Down Boots is a great example of this yarn’s versatility as it combines both knitting and crochet techniques, and blocks like a dream with just steam!

    Pro Tip: To protect the hand-dyed beauty of this yarn, we suggest testing your preferred blocking method on a swatch which uses all colors to assess colorfastness before doing so on your final piece.

    • 44% Superwash Wool, 42% Cotton, 14% Nylon
    • 437 yards per 100 gram hank
    • Approximately 7 stitches per inch on US 0 - 1 (2.00 - 2.25 mm) needles
    • Recommended size B (2.25 mm) hook
    • Fingering Weight
    • Winding required
    • Hand wash, lay flat
    • Made in Germany

    Want to dye your own? Shiloh is the exact same yarn base as Boots, which means you can dye your own colors, and then combine your handiwork with the colors already available! You can find this wonderful undyed yarn HERE just waiting for your colorful inspiration.


    Pattern Inspiration


    Discover the full color range of Boots by Schoppel-Wolle HERE.

    FiberStories: CoBaSi DK

    The perfect wool-free yarn, CoBaSi DK by HiKoo® features the same blend as it’s popular fingering weight counterpart. This washable yarn is a super-soft option that wont sag overtime, thanks to the inclusion of elastic nylon.

    Wether you’re making a large project like a throw or cardigan, or something smaller like slipper socks, the versatility of this yarn is truly endless. Available in both solid and tonal colorways in 50 gram hanks, they’re great for colorwork that won’t break the bank! 

    This yarn also comes in a sock worsted weight. Check out CoBaSi and CoBaSi Plus!

    • 55% Cotton, 16% Viscose from Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon 
    • 140 yards per 50 gram hank 
    • Approximately 5 - 5.5 stitches per inch on US 4 - 6 (3.50 - 4.00 mm) needles
    • Recommended size G (4.00 mm) hook
    • DK Weight
    • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
    • Made in Taiwan

    Pattern Inspiration




    Discover the full color range of CoBaSi DK by HiKoo® HERE.

    FiberStories: Cotton Ball

    Talk about summer comfort! Long-staple organic cotton is harvested in Greece and brought to Schoppel's factory, where it is spun and dyed in shadow colors. The processes used are environmentally friendly and use less water than traditional dyeing methods. 

    Whether crocheted or knitted, Cotton Ball has an amazing drape. The finer stitches create a wonderfully simple, polished fabric. We love the Easky top designed in this yarn by Anna Maria Busch! Its simple construction provides a playground for the subtle color variations to dance across each row of stitches. 

    What will you make with this wonderful yarn? We can't wait to see your creations. Remember to tag us in social media @makersmercantile when you share your finished objects!

    • 100% Long Staple Cotton from Greece
    • 459 yards per 100 gram ball
    • Approximately 7 - 8 stitches per inch on US 0 - 2 (2.00 - 3.00 mm) needles
    • Recommended size D (3.25 mm) hook
    • Fingering Weight
    • Winding not required
    • Machine wash, lay flat
    • Made in Germany

    Pattern Inspiration


    © baggel

    © Heidemarie Kaiser


    Discover the full color range of Cotton Ball by Schoppel-Wolle HERE.

    Design Submission Calls

    We love seeing your ideas, and welcome design proposals that celebrate creativity, crafting, and learning. 

    Patterns that include tutorial supplements (such as videos or photo-step by step guides) are ideal for unique or unfamiliar techniques. 

    Submissions

    Only digital submissions are accepted. Submissions should be in .pdf format and include the following:

    • Name, address, phone, and email information for the designer
    • Sketch or photos that represent the finished work. 
    • Drawings/schematics to show how the piece is constructed. Pay attention to sizing and proportion. 
    • Specifics of which yarn(s) are proposed for the project
    • Image of a hand knitted swatch in the proposed (or similar) yarn. 
    • Description of the work, including notes on sizing, inspiration, and other information.

    Multiple submissions are welcome, but please send one submission per email. All submissions should be emailed to Hello@MakersMercantile.com - use "Design Submission" as the subject line, and include the theme (ex: Design Submission - Soaring). 

    Acceptance and Payment

    Once your proposal is accepted, we will create a contract outlining the terms of acceptance. Unless otherwise noted, we license for exclusive rights for use in print, electronic, or otherwise. 

    Payments are made shortly after the sample and pattern has been submitted. Samples become the property of Makers' Mercantile.

    Current Calls for Submission

    Makers' Mercantile is accepting submissions for the calls listed below. If your idea does not fit into one of our current themes, feel free to submit it as well!


    Sock of the month | Ongoing

    Our Hat of the Month packages are sent out each month. to subscribers. Each month, they receive:

    • Delicious yarn (often exclusive!) for the month's project
    • Exclusive knitting pattern
    • Invitation to join our monthly discussion KAL group in Ravelry
    • ...plus whatever else we decide to include! You never know what treats await!

    We are actively accepting proposals for original hat patterns for our monthly subscription boxes. 


    Sock of the month | Ongoing

    Our Sock of the Month packages are sent out each month. to subscribers. Each month, they receive:

    • Delicious yarn (often exclusive!) for the month's project
    • Exclusive knitting pattern
    • Invitation to join our monthly discussion KAL group in Ravelry
    • ...plus whatever else we decide to include! You never know what treats await!

    We are actively accepting proposals for original sock patterns for our monthly subscription boxes. View monthly unboxing videos HERE.


    Soaring | Spring / Summer 2021

    Comfortable in our nests, we sometimes need a gentle nudge to take that first step. Pull back the curtains, open the windows, and discover today's beauty.

    • Streams of light through morning clouds
    • The woven texture of twigs that create a bird's home
    • A colorful plume of feathers
    • Textured stitches of knits, purls, and cables
    • A feather drifting across the peeling paint of an old park bench
    • Gentle breezes and the sound of children playing in the distance


    Submissions are due by Sunday, September 6, 2020

    Getting pattern updates in Ravelry

    When a pattern is updated in Ravelry, purchasers often get a notification (either by email, or by private message). Updates are used to deliver the pattern and/or updates to everyone at the same time. There are a few ways to check for updates.
    First, check in your library. Go to Ravelry, then choose Library from the drop down menu under the my notebook tab on the top right.

    In the library, you’ll find records on the left of all the Ravelry related purchases you have made. See that button on ours that says 1 update available? Find that button in your account, and click it.

    You’ll be led to a list of patterns that have been updated, along with a history of messages from the designer (or whoever did the updates). Click on update now to get the latest version of that pattern.

    What if you didn’t associate your Ravelry ID with your purchase? Well, if the email you used is the same as the one connected to your Ravelry account, those patterns can be updated too!
    Click on your avatar in the top right corner of the page, then choose purchases.

    Then click on Purchase Finder and enter the email address you used when purchasing an item from Ravelry. A link will be sent to connect that purchase to your Ravelry account.

    If for some reason an update isn’t working for you, and you purchased a pattern from Makers’ Mercantile, send us an email and we will do our best to help you.

    FiberStories: Kimono

    An ideal yarn for between-season garments, Kimono by Zitron is made of  3 plies of Mulberry silk wrapped around a core of Merino wool. It is available in a number of wonderful colors, and works up to reveal gorgeous textures in both knitted and crocheted projects.

    More than just a pretty yarn, Kimono is also manufactured in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, product class 1. That means it tests free of harmful substances, and is ideal for next-to-skin projects for anyone (including babies!)

    All Zitron yarns are:
    • Manufactured in Germany
    • Guaranteed mulesing-free (that is, no wool-bearing skin is removed)
    • Yarns and dyes are certified in accordance with Oko-Tex Standard 100 Product Class 1
    • Baby saliva resistant
    • Absolute top quality in their segment
    • Manufactured in accordance with the most stringent environmental and social standards
    These statements are confirmed and vouched for by:
    Marita & Klemens Zitron, Atelier Zitron
    Michael Thierling, Textilfarberei Hischhorn

    • 54% Merino New Wool, 46% Mulberry Silk
    • 328 yards per 100 gram hank
    • Sport Weight
    • Made in Germany
    • Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry

    Pattern Inspiration





    Discover the full color range of Kimono by Zitron HERE.

    August, 2020 MKAL with The Chilly Dog

    The Chilly Dog Logo

    Solacer Wrap MKAL

    Ready for a relaxing, rewarding project? Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog is hosting our next knit-along, and we couldn't be more excited to share the details (well, some of them) with you!

    That's right, this time it's a mystery! Working with Popcycle by HiKoo, the Solacer Wrap is designed to be meditative, and Ellen's calm, clear presentation of both pattern and technique promises to deliver a stress-free experience. 

    Knit along with the group as we progress week to week and the project is slowly revealed. We assure you that it's a lovely finished object, and that once complete, it is ideal for those cooler nights and mornings that are just around the bend.

    Timeline

    Each week, the Solacer Wrap MKAL pattern file will be updated to include the following sections: 


    Friday, July 31 – Sections 1 and 2 are released
    Monday, August 3 – Section 3
    Monday, August 10 – Section 4
    Monday, August 17 – Section 5
    Monday, August 24 – The complete pattern file is released, and photography is updated on the pattern file.

    The pattern will be updated with the first clues revealed on
    July 31, 2020 at 9am Pacific!

    Solacer Wrap MKAL

    Join the Conversation

    Share your project progress with fellow Makers' in our Ravelry group HERE, and on social media using the following hashtags:

    #SolacerWrapMKAL
    #MakersMercantile
    #TheChillyDog

    The Kit

    Each kit contains everything you need (except time!) to make this gorgeous wrap, including: 

    • 3 hanks of Popcycle by HiKoo
    • 20" or 24" long addi Natura Bamboo fixed circular size US 4 (3.50 mm)*
    • Five (5) locking stitch markers
    • Download code for the Solacer Wrap MKAL pattern
    • Makers' Mercantile drawstring project bag
    *Depending on availability

    Materials

    Materials

    Popcycle by HiKoo®

    (3) hanks

    Finished

    Size

    12 1/2" wide

    x 66" long,

    after blocking

    Needles

    US 4 (3.50 mm)

    20" circulars

    Gauge

    25 Stitches x 31 rows

    = 4" in Stockinette 

    Notions

    • 5 Stitch Markers

    • Measuring Tape

    • Scissors

    • Tapestry Needle