July 2019 Knit Along with Franklin Habit

Franklin Habit's Counterpane Pillow Knit-Along 
Featuring Zitron Herbstwind 

Join us for Franklin Habit’s Counterpane Pillow Knit-Along featuring Zitron Herbstwind, a fantastically soft extrafine Merino wool from Tasmania. We know you love Franklin's patterns as much as we do, and joining this knit-along is easy:

1.) Purchase the pattern on Ravelry HERE, and join along using existing stash, or handspun yarn. 

2.)  Purchase a minimum of 3 balls of Zitron Herbstwind in the color(s) of your choice, from Makers' Mercantile, now through the end of July. Enter your Ravelry ID at the time of purchase and automatically receive your digital copy of the pattern when the KAL kicks off on July 5th. 

The Counterpane Knit-Along starts Friday July 5, 2019.  Get your supplies now!

Project

The Counterpane Pillow is worked in pieces, and then joined together with simple finishing. Five buttons complete the cover. 

This project requires knitting knowledge including: knit/purl, simple increasing/decreasing, and finishing; all on straight or circular needles. 

Need buttons? Enter code COUNTERPANE at checkout to receive 15% off buttons for your Counterpane Pillow!

Materials

Materials

Zitron Herbstwind 

1-color Pillow: 3 balls of one color

2-color Pillow: 2 balls C1, 2 ball C2

3-color Pillow: 1 balls C1, 1 ball C2, 1 ball C3

Finished Size

12” (30.48 cm) high x 12” (30.48 cm) wide

Needles

addi US 3 (3.25 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular, or size needed to obtain gauge 

Gauge

24 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Notions

Yarn

Zitron's Herbstwind - a fantastically soft extrafine Merino wool from Tasmania.   Learn more about this fantastic yarn!

Fiber Content

100% Tasmanian Merino Extrafine

Yardage / Weight

50 grams

Approximately 181 yds (165 m)

Gauge

US 5-6 needles

5 - 6.75 stitches per inch

Care Instructions

Superwash, dry flat

Tutorial Videos

The Chilly Dog May 2019 Knit Along Week Four

Having fun with the Line Drawing Knit Along with Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog?

The fourth week is all about the heel and Ellen has provided a video to help you out.

Don't forget to join us on the Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Discussion Group!

Want more info on the KAL or Zitron Art Deco Yarn?  Check out our KAL Information.

Still need your yarn or other supplies?  Check out Makers' Mercantile!

Monster Along with BeLinda Creech

June 2019 Monster Along with Belinda Creech

BeLinda Creech's "Monster"  Make-Along ...
Featuring Makers’ Mercantile exclusive Kinky Yarn

BeLinda Creech is hosting June’s Makers’ Mercantile KAL

Join educator and toy-maker BeLinda Creech for the June Makers' Mercantile Monster-Along! Using Kinky Yarn, she will provide ideas and encouragement as you craft your very own monsters. All it takes is 1/2 of a coil of Kinky Yarn, a little felt, some buttons, and your inner child! We can't wait to see everyone's creations!

Want the pattern for free? Purchase Kinky Yarn now through 6/30, and receive a download code for the pattern for free!

The Line Drawing Knit-Along starts Saturday June 1st, 2019.  Get your supplies now!

Project

Monster Along with BeLinda Creech

Toymaker BeLinda Creech handcrafts fiberarts “creechures” in her Kentucky studio. When showing her work at craft fairs and galleries, patrons comment “wow!” or “This is so amazing.. can I take a photo?” They love the imagination involved in crafting a toy but not many realize that the “making” of a toy is almost as magical as the giving it away.

In this Monster-Along, we're going to make a toy and talk about why it matters.

BeLinda took her little Sharpie monster to knitting class yesterday and her students loved him. They talked about how cute he was and how he fit in their hands just perfectly and how he felt so good to hold. Guess what? All that stuff really matters to her. She loves seeing smiles, and making people laugh, and having a moment of joy. The size of the monster and its simplified features are part of what help it to be an ideal first toy for you to make (either alone, or with your little one).

For her, the most ideal toys come from imagination, and aren’t tied to culture or television shows. These special creatures provide the chance to create an identity as well. What name might you choose? Does he like popcorn? Beets? Does he live in the air conditioner because he likes how the wind blows through his fluffy body?

The best part? It's not just kid stuff. While BeLinda teaches children both in schools and at an art studio, many of her favorite customers are grown-ups who look at something she made and it sparks interest in their inner child.

Let’s make a new friend. Maybe it's for you, or a kid...or a grown-up friend that needs a little joy. BeLinda will be on Ravelry all June long to cheer you on in your project so come join the conversation there and feel free to ask questions.

Schedule

Join BeLinda and your fellow Monster-Makers in the Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Group Page. This forum provides a space for you to share progress, stories, and ideas as you bring your monsters to life. 

Materials

Materials

1 coil of Kinky Yarn

Finished Sizes

Approximately 9” from hand to hand, and 8” head to toe, 2” thick 

Needles

Gauge

12 sts + 24 rows in 4” garter stitch

Notions

Tapestry Needle, Stitch MarkerTwo (2) buttons or safety eyes, scrap felt, embroidery thread, ¼ cup vinegar, Polyfill or other stuffing, scissors

Skill Level

Intermediate

Yarn

Kinky Yarn - This fun yarn comes pre-knit in a 12 stitch tube (not an i-cord) and is ready to dye. Keep it coiled and place it in dye for an unusual effect, or open the coil and dip it all the way in a dyebath. Depending on your process, the yarn might have light spots where the fibers are compacted in the knitting. It's easy to dye this yarn, AND it's easy to get professional results, no matter your level of experience. 

Fiber Content

100% Superwash Wool

Yardage / Weight

200 grams
133 meters / 147 yards

Gauge

12-16 sts and 20-22 rows = 4" on US 10-13 (6-9.0 mm) needles

Care Instructions

Hand Wash Cold, Dry Flat

The Chilly Dog May 2019 Knit Along – Week Three

Having fun with the Line Drawing Knit Along with Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog?

The third week is all about the toe and Ellen has provided a video to help you out.

Don't forget to join us on the Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Discussion Group!

Want more info on the KAL or Zitron Art Deco Yarn?  Check out our KAL Information.

Still need your yarn or other supplies?  Check out Makers' Mercantile!

The Chilly Dog May 2019 Knit Along – Week Two

Having fun with the Line Drawing Knit Along with Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog?

The second week is all about the foot and Ellen has provided a video to help you out.

Don't forget to join us on the Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Discussion Group!

Want more info on the KAL or Zitron Art Deco Yarn?  Check out our KAL Information.

Still need your yarn or other supplies?  Check out Makers' Mercantile!

The Chilly Dog May 2019 Knit Along – Week One

Ready to get started on the Line Drawing Knit Along with Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog?

The first week is all about the leg and Ellen has provided a video to help you out.

Don't forget to join us on the Makers' Mercantile Ravelry Discussion Group!

Want more info on the KAL or Zitron Art Deco Yarn?  Check out our KAL Information.

Still need your yarn or other supplies?  Check out Makers' Mercantile!

May 2019 KAL Line Drawing Socks with The Chilly Dog

May 2019 Knit Along with The Chilly Dog

May 2019 Knit Along with The Chilly Dog

The Chilly Dog's "Line Drawings"  Sock Knit-Along ...
Featuring Makers’ Mercantile exclusive Zitron's Art Deco 

Ellen Thomas (a.k.a. the Chilly Dog) is hosting May’s Makers’ Mercantile KAL 

May 2019 Knit Along with The Chilly Dog

Join Ellen Thomas of The Chilly Dog for the May Makers’ Mercantile Knit-Along! Featuring Zitron Art Deco, the pattern is written in needle neutral terms so you can use your favorite small circumference knitting method. Ellen will be using addi FlexiFlips in the companion videos.

Want the pattern for free? Purchase Zitron Art Deco at Makers’ Mercantile now through 5/31, and receive a download code for the pattern for free!

Or purchase the pattern and use the yarn of your choice!

​The Line Drawing Knit-Along started Thursday, May 9, 2019.  Get your supplies now!

Project

May 2019 KAL Line Drawing Socks with The Chilly Dog

Line Drawing Socks - featuring Zitron Art Deco yarn

Line Drawing Socks is a top down sock with an afterthought heel
and 4 Point, or 4 Corner, shaping at the toe and heel. (Psst... that means no Kitchener stitch.)

We'll be making our socks with Zitron Art Deco yarn. It's self-patterning, so the colorwork magically emerges as you knit.

Ellen will be demonstrating the skills on her bamboo addi FlexiFlip needles, but the pattern is written in needle neutral terms, so if you are already a sock knitter you can use your favorite addi double pointed needles (dpns) or circular needles.

Schedule

Segment

Date

Intro

May 2, 2019

The Leg

May 9, 2019

The Foot

May 16, 2019

The Toe

May 23, 2019

The Heel

May 30, 2019

The pattern will be available at Maker's Mercantile and remember to connect with other knitters on Maker's Mercantile Ravelry Group Page. The forums let knitters of all skill levels participate ... it's like having a knitting tutor 24/7!

Videos

Ellen Thomas has created videos to go with each week.  Watch and enjoy your Knit Along!

Materials

Materials

1 x Zitron Art Deco, Shown in #01

Finished Sizes

Adult XS (S, M, L, XL)

• sock foot circumference 7 (7 ., 8, 8 ., 9) inches

• sock foot length 8 . (9, 9 ., 10, 10 .) inches

• sock leg height from floor to top of cuff 
         10 . (10 ., 10 ., 10., 10 .) inches

Needles

2.75 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge, 
addi FlexiFlipsdpns or circular needles

Gauge

32 sts x 40 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

Notions

Yarn

Zitron's Art Deco - You'll love working with this self-patterning sock yarn!  Make a simple sock to let the yarn shine or spice it up with something more advanced!  Made by Zitron, this yarn is not only Superwash, but also super-soft.  Grab a ball today to transform your next project into something brilliant. 

Fiber Content

80% Virgin Wool, 20% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

100 grams. 
400 meters / 437 yards

Gauge

34 stitches & 50 rows = 4" on US 2 - 3 (2.5-3.0 mm)

Care Instructions

Machine Wash or Dry Clean, Dry Flat, Iron Low Heat, No Bleach