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k12tog with us! Every month, we’ll feature an accessible, entertaining pattern, and help you find the perfect yarn for it. Join us for a cast-on-abration on the first Monday of each month, and follow along with your friends near and far on our blog, FaceBook, Instagram, and Ravelry. Tag your photos with #k12tog.
This is a free event and there is no need to register, and you are not required to share your projects, though we’d love to see and admire them. There is no requirement to purchase the recommended yarns from us, however we hope you'll choose to support Twisted! Tackle only projects that speak to you, or challenge yourself to complete all 12 with us. Either way, we’re delighted to have you aboard!
If you’d like to peruse our previous months’ projects, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Meet Twisted's featured patterns for the 2018 Rose City Yarn Crawl! Both patterns are available for $6 each either as a download on Ravelry or as a hard copy from Twisted.
Waterside Shawl (knit) - Like light reflecting on water, the colors of this shawl ripple and fade from one to the next. A perfect canvas for your favorite color palette, choose one that evokes sunrise over a river, mid-day on the coast, or any other waterside locale.
Materials: Approximately 1055 yards/965 meters fingering-weight yarn, split between four colors as follows: Color A: 400 yards/365 meters. Color B: 125 yards/115 meters. Color C: 215 yards/195 meters. Color D: 315 yards/290 meters. You'll also need US #4/3.5 mm (or size to get gauge) for working flat and a tapestry needle.
Fish Ladder Cowl (crochet) - Forty miles east of Portland on the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam was built to power New Deal economic development for humans but presented a literally insurmountable barrier for fish. Fish ladders were built to help hundreds of thousands of salmon and other fish make their spawning runs upriver each year. Evoking the stair-step structure of the fish ladders, this cowl uses a triple-crochet stitch and long chains to create a loose, airy, netlike fabric — more suitable for catching well-accessorized humans than speeding salmon.
Materials: Approximately 400 yards/365 meters fingering weight yarn. Size I/9-5.5 mm crochet hook (or size needed to get correct gauge). Tapestry needle.
In April, we'll work together on a FREE cowl pattern by Twisted's own Anna Leander.
This two-color rib and stockinette stitch cowl is the perfect canvas for hand dyed yarns. Satisfying and simple, it makes a perfect gift - especially because you won’t be able to knit just one.
You'll need two colors of sport weight yarn, minimum 200 yards each, in 2 colors. You'll also need US #4 (3.5mm) and US #6 (4mm) 24” circular needles, or size to obtain correct gauge.
This simple stocking hat will brighten your day during Portland’s damp winters. It is a great first hat project with a very forgiving, stretchy fabric and a choice of three sizes.
You'll need 150 (185, 225) yards / 140 (170, 205) meters DK weight yarn OR of both a fingering weight and a mohair. We absolutely love the latter! You'll also need US #2.5/3.0 mm - OR size you need to get gauge - 16”/40 cm circular AND double pointed.
Image © Twisted
Crochet designer Noriko Ho will visit us for our cast on party!
We will join the shops of the
Rose City Yarn Crawl again this year on a Mystery Knit Along! Clue Release Schedule is:
Clue 1: January 24
Clue 2: January 31
Clue 3: February 7
Clue 4: February 14
You'll need two colors of fingering weight yarn, minimum 350 yards each, in 2 coordinating or contrasting colors. You'll also need US #4 (3.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to obtain correct gauge, for the knit pattern; or a size G crochet, or size to get gauge, for the crochet pattern.
We kicked off our year of knit-a-longs with the addictive Tool Box Cowl and one of its designers, Debbi Stone. With stripes and a playful stitch pattern, this is a knit you won’t want to put down. Go stash diving, or pick out a fresh palette of Knitted Wit Smarties or Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails for a unique piece that will be as fun to wear as it is to make.
Materials: 52 yards of 6 different colors fingering weight yarn, for a total of 312 yds. When selecting your color palette, take care that colors used next to each other in progression are contrasting. If you wish to make the longer infinity cowl length, instructions are included for a longer and wider version using 130 yards each of 6 different colors, 780 yards total. US 2½ - 3.0 mm and US 3 - 3.25 mm needles.
We joined the shops of the Rose City Yarn Crawl on a Mystery Knit Along! We knit a fun cowl that uses two different colors of yarn and a number of different stitch patterns, but is still simple enough for the advanced beginner. This pattern is designed for a variegated or bright yarn alongside a more subtle color, so don’t be afraid to try something punchy!
Materials: two colors of fingering weight yarn, minimum 350 yards each, in a neutral color and accent color. Twisted is recommends Twine. Sock., though lots of yarns would be lovely, of course. US #4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to obtain correct gauge. Plus 1 stitch marker and a tapestry needle.
This hat took the Twisted Universe by storm! Almost all the Twistedistas have knit one. Easy and fun to knit in Bulky weight yarn.
Image © Gudrun Johnston
Materials: 130-160 yards bulky weight yarn. Twisted is recommends Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. Another great option is Quince & Co. Osprey (available in-store and by phone only) held along with either Berroco Andean Mist or Lang Mohair Luxe Paillettes. US 9/5.5mm 16-inch and US 10/6mm 16-inch circular needles. And either US 10/6mm set of dpn’s or long circular needle if you prefer using magic loop.
These gorgeous Nettle Mitts by Elizabeth Pedersen (psst - that's Twistedista Liz!) are perfect for spring. And they're a knock out in our recommended yarn, Hazel Knits Entice, a fingering weight, cashmere blend.
Image © Elizabeth Pedersen
May marks the 2nd Anniversary of this super-local pattern! The Twistedistas love bright, handknit anklets paired with our clogs and slip-ons. Our recommended yarn is Victory Sock from Knitted Wit. Keep it simple with one color, or give your socks extra pop with a couple of Smarties. These little bundles of Victory Sock are just what you need to mix things up. Designer Mara Catherine Bryner will join us at the Cast On Party to celebrate!
Image © Mara Catherine Bryner
Materials: Fingering/sock weight yarn, approximately 200-350yds. Twisted recommends Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock. You’ll also need a set of US 1/ 2.25mm double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Book People is a lovely asymmetrical sideways triangle shawl featuring easy mindless alternating panels of eyelets and garter! Fun and quick to knit, and a lovely delicate thing to wear around your neck.
Image © Softsweater Knits
Materials: 437 yards (400 metres) of fingering weight yarn. We're recommending Blissful Knits Platinum Sock. NOTE: While the pattern calls for 437yds, our test knitters advise you to pick up a 2nd skein to safely complete your shawlette. You'll also need a set of 3.5mm (US 4) circular needles in at least a 24” (60 cm) cord. Or whatever size needles it takes you to get gauge. Last but not least, don't forget pins and wires or whatever other tools you prefer to block your shawls.
This new free pattern is hot off the presses from Twisted. It's our homage to the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. Knit it in July so you're sure to be ready!
The Earth and Moon each cast three shadows (umbral, penumbral, and antumbral) that drift across us to cause different kinds of eclipses. This seed stitch cowl pattern blends three colors of lace weight yarn to create a shifting gradient fabric. It’s a quick knit - worked flat then either seamed or grafted.
Materials: The easiest way to get the materials for this free cowl pattern is by picking up a Shifting Shadows Cowl Kit from Twisted. Otherwise, you'll need around 400 yards in EACH of 3 colors of lace weight yarn. We're recommending Malabrigo Baby Merino Lace. Note that each of the 3 colors needs to be wound into 3 roughly equal balls. You'll also want to pick up US #9/5.5 mm needles for working flat (or size you need to get gauge - either straight or circular will do). Last but not least, don't forget some scrap yarn, a tapestry needle, blocking wires or pins, and a spare needle or stitch holder.
A boxy and airy sleeveless summer top, Otherside is knitted up quickly at a loose gauge. The stripes add just the right amount of interest to this shirt, making it a perfectly wearable addition to your everyday wardrobe.
Otherside is worked flat in one piece, starting at the front hem. Stitches are bound off in the middle of the row for the neckline and casted on again in the next row. Then the back is worked top-down.
Image © Melanie Berg
Materials: You'll need fingering weight yarn, ideally linen. Check the pattern for sizing/yardage - it ranges from 482 - 810 yds for the main color and 130 - 234 yds for the contrasting color. We're recommending Quince & Co. Sparrow. While Quince doesn't permit retailers to sell their yarns online, phone and email orders are a-ok! So if you can't stop by the shop just give us a call or shoot us an email to place your order. You'll also need US 7 - 4.5 mm needles for working flat (either straight or circular will do).
Because we all need a little nudge to knit during these hot hot hot summer days, September's K12tog pattern is another freebie - this one designed by Twistedista Arwen Golden. This design alternates simple ribbing with columns of slipped stitches for a very stretchy, very versatile hat. It’s the perfect mix for heavily variegated yarns.
Materials: The pattern is available as a free download from Ravelry. You'll need either 275 or 375 yards (depending on whether you'll make an adult small or adult regular) of fingering weight yarn. We recommend 1 skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle... because SPARKLES. And don't forget a set of 16" circular needles and double points - the pattern suggests 2.5 mm (US 1.5) though of course that will depend on your gauge. Round it out with notions: stitch markers, a darning needle, and blocking supplies (optional).
Image © Twisted
Curl up in this plush, oversized cowl on chilly days. Furrow’s simple stitches make for easy knitting, and a gentle bell shape — achieved by decreases within the moss stitch segments — makes styling effortless. Knit in Shelter to 18” tall, the cowl drapes and folds elegantly, but it can be shortened if you prefer less volume or wish to use a smaller amount of yarn. Pair it with a Furrow Hat for a matched set of accessories.
Materials: The pattern is available for sale from Twisted either a single pattern download with free printed copy or as part of the book Woolens - or it is also available for download directly from Ravelry. You'll need 480 yards of worsted weight wool yarn - we definitely recommend 4 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. And don't forget two sets of circular needles - the pattern suggests 24" 5 mm (US 8) and 24" 3.75 mm (US 5) though of course that will depend on your gauge. Round it out with notions: stitch markers, cable needle, darning needle, and blocking supplies (optional).
Image © Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed
Part cowl, part shawl, part poncho... whatever this is we LOVE it. And it looks fabulous on everyone who tries it on. In a heavenly soft bulky weight yarn it'll knit up into your new favorite accessory before you know it!
Materials: The pattern is available for sale from Twisted - or it is also available for download directly from Ravelry. You'll need 340 yards of bulky weight yarn. We're recommending Malabrigo Mecha. Plus 24" and 16" circular needles - the pattern suggests 9mm/US 13, though of course that will depend on your gauge. Don't forget notions: 4 stitch markers, a darning needle, and blocking supplies (optional).
Image © Laura Aylor
Image © Andrea Mowry