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


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© Heidemarie Kaiser


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

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

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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

Soundtrack by Olive Knits

Soundtrack by Olive Knits

Our friend and talented designer Marie Greene is back with another 4 Day Knit Along! This pattern drops (see what we did there?) on July 1st, and we know that you will want to have your yarn and needles ready when this fun KAL kicks off!
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the pattern, so Kyle & Kim have already knit theirs!

Kim decided to go bold with color and used HiKoo® Kenzie in color 1009 with Schoppel-Wolle Edition 3 in color 2361.

Kyle’s sweater is knit with two colors of HiKoo® Kenzie, colors 1007 & 1017.

We are excited for you to cast on with us! And we know you love a great sweater kit as much as we do, so we created a Soundtrack Sweater, Build Your Own Kit coupon, providing savings of 15%!

Select your favorite two colors of HiKoo Kenzie, or one color of HiKoo Kenzie and one color of Schoppel-Wolle Edition 3 in the quantity necessary for you to knit your sweater. Upon checking out, use code: Soundtrack4dayKAL and you’ll receive your 15% discount. Need needles? No problem, we’ve included the skacel Rocket 2 [squared]  and Turbo by addi needles in the sizes needed, as part of the discount.

IMPORTANT NOTE! 
In order to offer specially priced kits in sweater quantities, we have had to use codes, rather than a set price.  This enables us to offer the kit that allows you to buy the amount of yarn needed for your project.

Unfortunately our system only allows you to use one code at checkout. If you would like to order several items that have different codes assigned, please place separate orders for each code. Also, please put in the notes that you have one (two, three) orders placed, and that we should ship them together. We are happy to do so. If your combined orders total more than $50, and you paid shipping on any of the orders from the same day, we will refund your shipping charges on each order. Please allow a few days for this to happen. 

Yes, this means a few more steps for you (and us!) but we want to offer as many discount opportunities as possible, and for now, this is the best we are able to offer with our current system.

Soundtrack Sweater sizes & yarn quantities:

Main Color

  • 32″ = 6 balls
  • 36″ & 40″ = 7 balls
  • 44: = 8 balls
  • 48″ & 52″ = 9 balls
  • 56″  & 60″ = 10 balls
  • 64″ = 11 balls
Contrasting Color

  • All sizes 2 balls

Circular needles:

  • 16″ US size 3 (3.25mm)
  • 12″  US size 3 (3.25mm) & US size 5 (3.75mm)
  • 24″- 40″  US size 4 (3.5mm) & US size 5 (3.75mm)

Color Inspiration!

Click on the images below for more details.

And now…Marie Greene Live!

We are excited to announce a FREE, live, interactive interview with Marie Greene on Saturday, June 20th at 2pm PST. If you are planning to knit along with us (and why wouldn’t you be planning to join?) sign up (it’s free!) and we’ll send you a link to join in on the fun.

Marie will be sharing tips and tricks and giving us all of the yarny details! Space is limited,  so sign up today!

And knowing us – there will be party favors – so don’t be late to the party!
Yes please – I want to Zoom with Marie Greene!

POSTPONED: Whidbey Pullover Design Contest

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POSTPONED

Whidbey Pullover Design Contest

 

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your interest in our Whidbey Pullover Design Contest in collaboration with Bellish. After much in-house discussion, we have decided to postpone this design contest indefinitely.

With Stay At Home orders still in effect for much of the country, and the world, we want to ensure everyone who has the desire to participate would also have the ability to obtain the yarn. This is not currently possible for everyone, and we are aware of this.

We look forward to re-introducing an event like this in the future and hope you will join us then.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to Kyle at Kyle@makersmercantile.com for assistance.

We appreciate your understanding and wish you well,

  • The Makers’ Team

April 2020 Knit Along with Franklin Habit

 

The Temple of Flora Wrap, knit with Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy Cotton, was inspired by time spent wandering along among the ancient Roman ruins of Ostia and Herculaneum. Brilliant colors shimmer, shatter, and disappear across a field of geometric mosaic knitting. The pattern includes several other skill-building techniques such as chart reading, short rowing, and a simple (but optional) crochet edge detail. The piece is designed to sit comfortably on the shoulders through a shaped neck edge and an unusual bat-wing construction. If you’re a knitter who enjoys a bit of a challenge in pursuit of a beautiful finished object, join Franklin Habit in making your own Temple of Flora. As always, Curious Knit-Along with Makers’ Mercantile offers online support including videos; extended illustrated discussions of technique, history, and design; plus the fellowship of a supportive and enthusiastic community.

Project

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Get the Kit

As always, our Curious Knit-Alongs are designed for the knitter who is looking to learn a little bit more about the history of knitting, the structure of knitted fabrics, and techniques they may not yet have encountered. All this, plus the fellowship of a friendly and supportive group moderated by the designer.

The KAL begins April 10th, and the adventure will continue through May 8, 2020.

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Shown in Version A Colorway

Join the Knit-Along and spend time with other makers in the forum. Franklin will add witty instruction and guidance as the KAL progresses. If the kits have sold out, or if you’d like to use different colors or yarn, use the links below to purchase kit components (while supplies last).

Materials

                                                                                   

                  

 

Materials

Zauberball Crazy Cotton100% Organic Cotton 230 yds / 100g ball

Version A (Sample) Sold Out C1: 2368, 2 balls; C2: 2367, 3 balls

Version B C1: 2367, 2 balls; C2: 2368, 3 balls

Version C C1: 2392, 2 balls; C2: 2366, 3 balls

Version D C1: 2390, 2 balls; C2: 2366, 3 balls

Version E C1: 2391, 2 balls; C2: 2392, 3 balls

Finished Size

74″ Wingspan x 34″ High

Needles

addi® US 4 (3.50mm) 24” (60cm) long circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge

20 sts and 40 rows = 4” in garter stitch

Notions

24 Locking-Ring Stitch Markers

About 8 yards of plain, light-colored worsted-weight scrap yarn

Measuring Tape

Scissors

Tapestry Needle

Yarn

PLEASE NOTE: 

Every ball is unique.Not all colors shown will be found in all balls.

Zauberball Crazy Cotton

Fiber Content

100% Organic Cotton

Yardage / Weight

230 yards / 210 meters per 100 gram ball

Gauge

US 2 – 6 (3.00 – 4.00 mm) needles6 stitches per inch

Care Instructions

Hand wash, dry flat

 

Q&A with Bellish!

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Hello Makers!

If you haven’t already heard, there’s a new app for iOS that generates sweater patterns for free called Bellish!

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This revolutionary app allows the user to feel like a designer by offering multiple points for customization! Choose from different necklines, sleeve lengths, body lengths, and textures – all available in a variety of gauges with new options added regularly!

Ready to learn more? Check out our Q&A with Bellish Knitting below!

Makers’ Q&A: Bellish!


Q)
 How did the idea for Bellish come to be? 

A) Bellish began with the idea of creating digital tools for knitters. These days we use our smartphones and tablets for so many of our daily tasks, and it was a natural next step for us to ask if there might be a way to make those devices more useful for knitting. As knitters, ourselves, we wanted to create a dynamic, personalized knitting experience that went beyond what was possible with a PDF. 

 

Q) We love knitting sweaters, which is why Bellish is so appealing! Are there plans to eventually expand the offerings beyond the realm of sweaters?

A) For the time being, the focus is on enhancing the sweater knitting experience to the fullest. We’re building a robust library of options, with new sweater styles, yarn weights and embellishments underway (we add new features almost every week).  It’s certainly a possibility that we’ll add other kinds of knitting projects down the road as Bellish grows and evolves with the feedback of our users. 

 

Q) What is your favorite feature that’s included with the Bellish app?

A) There’s a real sense of immediate gratification when you’re able to customize your design in real time and see the textures and colors transform right before your eyes. Of course, we love the digital tools in the app: the row highlighter, stitch/row counters and clickable stitch checkpoints, but we think the absolute best thing about Bellish is that it makes it easy for any knitter to bring their sweater ideas to life. We’ve loved watching knitters use Bellish as a starting point and then add their own creativity to the mix.


Q)
We love how the Bellish app can allow knitters to fall in love with a yarn, then make a pattern around it. Based on your testers, what’s been the most exciting pairing of yarn and pattern you’ve seen so far? 

A) Knitters loved having the ability to create their sweaters based on the yarn they already wanted to use (rather than trying to find the perfect pattern, and then looking for the right yarn to go with it). One of our testers said that she had yarn in her stash from a friend of a friend’s mom, and it had been sitting dormant since the 1980s. The Bellish app made it possible to finally turn that yarn into the exact sweater she wanted it to be – she said that her friends were very impressed that she finally found a use for it.

One of the other things our testers have really liked about Bellish is being able to open the app while they’re at the yarn shop. They can stand right there in front of the yarn they fell in love with, and – with a few clicks – design a sweater to go with it, and know exactly how much they’re going to need.

 

Q) With any idea that blooms into reality, there’s always something to discover along the way. What’s been the most surprising feedback you’ve received from the beta testers and users so far?

A) Two things really stood out for us. First, we wondered how knitters would feel about seeing an illustration of their pattern rather than a finished photo. But when you think of each knitter as an individual designer of their own project, it makes sense that they would start with an illustration and then bring the sweater to life on their needles – our beta testers loved that process. Second, we were very curious about the skill level of the knitters who would find Bellish most useful. Would it resonate more with beginners? Experienced knitters? We had thousands of beta testers and the feedback was so interesting: it was almost exactly a 50/50 split between those who felt Bellish was perfect for beginners, and those who felt it was designed especially for experienced knitters. We were thrilled to see that Bellish is providing an inspiring and worthwhile experience for knitters, regardless of their skill level. It’s a fun, creative resource for any knitter!

 

Ready to download the app and give it a try?

CLICK HERE to download Bellish

Use the hashtag #MakersBellish to show us your progress on social media!

Czech Buttons

One would presume that Czech Glass buttons are made in the Czech Republic, but doing so would be a mistake. You see, after WWII, many Czech families who had been making glass buttons for centuries in the traditional Czech way, moved to Southern Germany. And with them, they brought their button-making knowledge. Although thousands of button making families migrated to Germany after the war, less than 100 of these families are still making buttons. With cheaper labor available just about anywhere in the world, this time-honored tradition is now limited to less than 100 families in Germany. However, the families that remain, still make these buttons using the same techniques their ancestors used, and in some cases, even the same equipment!

It all begins with very large rods of glass.  These rods are heated in a furnace with an open flame.  The temperature of the furnace needs to be anywhere between 1500 and 1800 degrees to melt the glass, depending on what kind of glass is being used.  Once the glass is beginning to melt, the buttons can be formed.  


This is done with a special tool, that holds a mold in it.  The mold can be interchanged so that you can create different shapes and impressions with the glass.  

This is actually a very quick process, and dozens are made every minute – even by hand. BUT, this is just the beginning of the process! Once the buttons are formed, they need to be annealed properly – this is the process of cooling down the glass at a very slow speed, so that it will not easily break in the future. This is one step that is not usually performed properly in countries where imitation Czech Glass buttons are made.  Thus, the cheaper buttons tend to break far more than a button properly annealed in the trained hands of a professional.  

Once cooled, the buttons need to be separated – this is done with a two small, round, very sharp circular blades – think of a can-opener, it is similar to that.  After being separated, each individual button will need to have the edges smoothed out, which is done on a grinder.  Not until the button is perfectly smooth, is it ready to sell.

Once cooled, the buttons need to be separated – this is done with a two small, round, very sharp circular blades – think of a can-opener, it is similar to that.  (photo) After being separated, each individual button will need to have the edges smoothed out, which is done on a grinder.  Not until the button is perfectly smooth, is it ready to sell.

Makers’ Mercantile carries Czech Glass buttons – made in Germany, just like this.