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Yarn of the Week – Dale of Norway

DSC_7992Today I have an adorable baby yarn to share with you. Two yarns actually, Both made by the Dale Garn company out of Norway. The first yarn is  Dale Baby ULL which is a wonderful classic fingering weight baby yarn that is 100% superwash merino wool.

DSC_7993Aren’t those super cute baby colors?

IMG_0888_mediumRavelry user redknitz has knit up a super cute pair of Saartje’s Booties and a hat using Baby ULL.

IMG_5712_1__medium2Ravelry user frkbustad has knit up this adorable striped cardigan using Baby ULL. The pattern she uses is not in English, you could easily add stripes to any cardigan pattern. I just love the idea of a little pink cardi with yellow stripes for a baby girl.

IMG_9474_medium2This is my favorite project of all the ones I found knit in Baby ULL, made by Ravelry user HildeHaugen.  The pattern is completely in Norwegian, but  it is so adorable I couldn’t not share it with you. A cute little elf style hat, with a cardigan and matching pants it would be so perfectly adorable on any little person.

But, Baby ULL isn’t the only yarn I want to share with you today. 

Dale Garn Lille Lerke Yarn

 

DSC_8000Dale Garn also makes Dale Lille Lerke yarn – a super soft merino (53%) cotton (47%) blend that is simply to die for.  The colors are subtle, pale pink, blue, white and gray making for a classy finished piece that doesn’t scream for attention.

Lue_og_sokker_baby_medium2Ravelry user Marihona has knit the Lille Lerke yarn up into a super sweet hat and booties set.

2014-06-08_09.47.24_medium2Ravelry User Kikkitull used Lille Lerke to knit up a chemo cap using  less than one skein of yarn and the free Lace Cap pattern by Adrienne Robson. She modified the pattern to use only one repeat of the lace pattern and I think it looks amazing.

photo_2_medium2I dont want you to think that these yarns are only for baby projects! This lovely pink sweater was knit up by Ravelry user Skandi. Using Lille Lerke yarn she designed her own easy raglan pullover using a lace design for the front and back.

UploadedImage_mediumThis gray and white scarf was knit up by Ravelry user pokeystackle and uses Baby ULL, but would look lovely in Lille Lerke too. It is the Array Scarf pattern designed by Shibui Knits and it is a free pattern!

DSC_7994Starting today, all Dale Garn yarn and patterns are 40% off.

 

 

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Yarn of the Week – Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky

Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky

We are starting a new feature here on the Uncommon Threads Blog – Yarn of the week. And this, our first selection is Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky,  a wonderfully squishy bulky weight that is perfect for quickly knitting up hats, cowls and fingerless mitts.

Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky

Ella Rae Lace Merino ChunkyWe love how bright and squishy this yarn is. And how it holds great stitch definition.

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Ella Rae Lace Merino ChunkyBut we don’t just want to show you pretty pictures of yarn. We want to show you what this yarn can do. So we’ve combed through the ravelry projects and found some of the best pieces made with this yarn.

Kate Atherly Sick Day Shawl

Kate Atherley design her Sick Day Shawl ($5 pattern) using 4 skeins of Lace Merino Chunky. It is a quick knit designed to be knit up while you are spending a sick day on the couch.

 

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Ravelry user SoxtoKnit knit this gorgeous version of Purl Soho’s Bandana Cowl using 1 skein of lace merino chunky. It’s a free pattern that really shows off the beauty of the yarn.

 

IMG_5488_medium2Ravelry user ShoelaceSwitcher knit up this version of Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Elm another free pattern, originally done in Noro it looks wonderful in the Lace Merino Chunky.

 

Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky Baby HatRavelry user KaraStanley knit up this simple baby hat using 1 skein of Lace Merino Chunky. She doesn’t list a pattern but any simple baby hat pattern would work, such as Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino Hat for Everyone. Kara Stanley uses a knit 1, purl 1 rib to start the hat giving it extra stretch which is a simple modification for any hat pattern.

 

image_medium2-1Ravelry User EllieLily knit this Pearmain hat ($2.99), designed by Erssie Major using 1 skein of Lace merino Chunky.

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This cowl was designed and knit by ravelry user Luv2Knit4U using 2 skeins of Lace Merino Chunky. She lists the pattern right in the project description: Cast on 110 stitches, garter stitch for 5 rows. Then seed stitch for nine inches. Then garter for last 5 rows, then bind off. Easy, pretty, dreamy color and oh so soft!

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This Hurricane Hat, designed by Andrea Guldin (free pattern), was knit up by ravelry user RosiesYarnCellar and it uses only 1 skein of Lace Merino Chunky.

This bulky/ aran weight yarn will make quick work of any project you have in mind – a great way to crank out a last minute gift in a gorgeous yarn that is soft enough for even the most sensitive skin. Come down to the shop and check it out, and take home a skein 10% off  retail price until 2/7/15.

Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky

 

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