Pink Part IV-The Final Installment

Here we are at the end of October, and the end of our Pink Scarf project. Didn't this month go by fast?

Pattie has been especially inspired by this project, Grace is her third pink scarf! This is one of those versatile scarves, knit in Summer Set, that we think would work well for men or women with its understated textured pattern. Keep the fringe for some pizazz or leave it off for your favorite guy! Either way, its a sophisticated simple knit (please note that clicking the pictures will begin the download.)

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Our next scarf, the Catskills scarf, was designed by Heather.

I chose Magnolia for my project because I LOVE this yarn. I had knit the Royal Empress Shawl as soon as the yarn and the pattern where available and just loved how the yarn worked up and the feel of it passing through my hands. I jumped at the opportunity to knit with it again! I knew I wanted to make a scarf cast on lengthwise as they always seem to work up faster for me, in my mind anyways. I started flipping through stitchionaries, toyed around with a few swatches and settled on one that I could tweak a bit. My intent in decreasing stitches as I progressed was to have a crescent shape scarf. However what I ended up with were peaks opposite the soft scallop of the cast-on edge. I love the end result and how knitting with the best laid plans can sometimes pleasantly surprise us.

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Thank you for downloading and knitting these projects; we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. And whether you knit them in pink or black, purple or brown; for yourself or as a thoughtful holiday gift, we hope you keep our original sentiment in mind. We have two survivors in our midst, so commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month was especially resonant for us, but cancer is an indiscriminate disease that affects us all, and the only way to fight it is through research and early detection. So, in these final days of October, we hope you contribute to the fight and remember your favorite charity. Stay tuned for an e-book compilation of all our pink scarf patterns soon!

Cheers to our health and our knitting!

Weekend Ravelry Roundup


So many gorgeous CEY projects on Ravelry right now! Here are some of my favorites for this month-a wedding shawl that is both elegant and contemporary, a delicate keyhole neck sweater, a fun and funky kid's cardigan, an absolutely drop-dead cabled sweater knit in a yarn from our Luxury Division (I'd love to get my hands on that!) and a brilliant emerald Hemlock Ring...

Presenting our very first Ravelry Roundup!

Gleek's Muir, knit in Silky Alpaca Lace


Marnie's Bijou, also knit in Silky Alpaca Lace.




Ulli's Ella Funt, knit in Fresco.


Crackyarn's Oscar in Posh.


LindsayKoehler's Hemlock Ring, knit in Waterlily.



Keep up the inspiring work!

Pink Part III

Welcome to the third installment of the Pink Scarf Project, our tribute to breast cancer awareness month! This week, our two scarves come from Cheryl and Andi, our Hub Mills Store employee/knitting phenom and our customer service guru.

Our first scarf, designed by Cheryl, is knit in Wool Bamboo and employs a provisional cast-on. If you're not familiar with this technique, take a look at our tutorials section of the website and knit away!

I was working on Hope from the Classic Elite Sanctuary pattern book when we were told about the pink scarf project.While working on the ribbing, I thought it would make a nice scarf and I loved working with Wool Bamboo.I just changed the ribbing a little to make it reversible and added a little ruffle to each end. And voila! My first design.

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Next is a scarf from Andi Clark. You might recognize her name from one of her many published patterns, or perhaps from our Staff Allegoro Project, where her knit lace edging sparked many readers' creativity. This simple reversible lace scarf knit in Silky Alpaca Lace dresses up any outfit, and I think her inspiration to hold the yarn double is easy to relate to for many knitters.

I love knitting lace. But lace yarn is too thin for me to comfortably handle. What to do? Double it! This scarf is knit with two strands of Silky Alpaca Lace. With two strands, you can use a large needle and the knitting flies. I picked this pattern because it is reversible. It’s an easy pattern, but you have to pay attention to it. Once done, block the life out of the scarf and it will be beautiful!

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Pink Part II--Let's Hear it for the Boys!

We got some feedback last week about male breast cancer awareness, and this week are devoting our attention to the men who suffer and have suffered from this disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, 1,970 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 390 others will lose their lives to it.

Our focus in October, like so many other organizations from Dannon Yogurt to the National Football League, is on women and breast cancer, partly because it is personal for us.

Though our scarves are pink, we encourage supporters to knit them in a rainbow of colors. Here are two scarves that are adaptable to male or female wearers—and when you knit one with your favorite guy in mind, remember the male breast cancer victims who have endured in the shadow of their female counterparts.

First, a bias garter stitch scarf from Judy knit in Alpaca Sox, a fingering weight yarn available in a wide spectrum of beautiful solid, kettle-dyed and hand-dyed colors.

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I have two inspirations for my Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf. My sister, younger by exactly one year, has survived breast cancer for 6 years and, so far, is cancer free. Also, my late husband’s mother survived breast cancer for over 50 years with no recurrence. Two very remarkable women. These are two of the good stories.

My scarf is very versatile and can be knit in a many of the other Alpaca Sox colors that would be good to remember the men who have been touched by the horrible disease. It can also be knit in other yarns that come in colors that represent other Cancer groups. Just follow the same instructions changing needles size to accommodate the yarn.


My thoughts and prayers go out for all who have been touched by ANY kind of Cancer.

Next, this 3x3 ribbed scarf is cozy and warm in La Gran, and easily adaptable in over 45 colors!

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Pattie designed it, and says, " I have been working here at least 100 years and of all the yarns that come and go, La Gran is my favorite!"

Please support research, and those working towards a cure, for all forms of cancer if you can. We are confident that any donation you make to these causes, no matter how small or large, will be greatly appreciated. For more information about the CEY Pink Scarf Project and to see other patterns in the collection, visit our Web-Letter.

Vogue Knitting Live--There's Still Time!


Vogue Knitting Live

If you thought you missed your chance to rub elbows with the biggest names in the industry, you were wrong. These classes are open for now, but might not be for much longer...
You have two opportunities to work with Jil Eaton, the knitter/writer/designer behind MinnowKnits and the new book, Knitting School. These classes, though focused on specific projects, are excellent ways to learn complicated techniques and result in adorable hats, suitable for children or adults!

Elf Cap Workshop
Class Code: F2JE-3, Friday 1:30-4:30 and again on Saturday
A workshop for a darling pointed baby cap with tassel and earflaps worked in Jil Eaton MinnowMerino doubled on single pointed needles. Knitters will learn seed stitch, cables, finishing and single crochet cords.



Twizzle Top Workshop
Class Code: ST1JE-3, Saturday 8:30-11:30
A workshop for a charming beret knit from the top down on five needles in 100% Jil Eaton CottonTail. Knitters will learn to work with dpns, I-cord, I-cord bind-off and embellishment. The pattern will be provided, but knitters should bring their own yarn and needles. The hat can be sized through adult, but in the workshop the infant size will be worked in order to cover all necessary techniques.




Short Row Beret
Class Code: SN1VA-3, Sunday 8:30-11:30
Veronik Avery, the dynamo behind St. Denis yarns and some seriously awesome patterns (not to mention her book, Knitting 24/7, which seriously expanded my Ravelry faves list) is teaching a class about how to harness the power of short rows. Short rows are usually reserved for shaping garments by adding length in controlled areas, but they can also be used decoratively. Join Veronik in knitting this new pattern—the yarn and pattern will be supplied—where we’ll both knit and discuss the possibilities of short rows for decorative uses.

Summer Hours Jacket
Class Code: F1CBY1-6, Friday 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-4:30
The Summer Hours Jacket, designed in Provence by Cris Bylsma, is a tour de force of cables, textures, shaping, dropped stitches and details, details, details. Each piece even has different combinations of patterns. Learn the construction of each piece, reading and compiling the charts, custom sizing, working with dropped stitches, finishing details and many secrets along the way as you create a fabulous jacket of your own.

Pink.

It's a color that symbolizes...what? When we knit sweaters and hats and blankets for expected little girls, this is the color that we most often reach for. For us it signifies femininity and dainty, girly things--cotton candy and Easter eggs and delicate spring flowers.

This month, however, pink is strong, pink is persevering, and pink is sometimes a matter of life and death. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it's a topic we take personally here at Classic Elite. Your Web Letter this week is a tribute to our survivors, and the patterns we designed are salutes to their strength of will and soundness of body. This month we'll be bringing you a celebration of all that is girly with our Pink Scarf Project--four weeks of free scarf patterns in recognition of those who walk among us and those that have gone before.

To lead us off, we have Betsy in her beautiful Waterlily cowl sharing her story and her design. Happy knitting!

"I have a confession to make – when I set out to do a “pink scarf,” I was feeling a knitting crunch. I just wasn’t sure I had time for a whole scarf! And I do really like something small and close to my neck in the colder months. So I cheated a little bit and did a neck warmer/cowl. It’s knit in the round, in wonderful, squishy, merino Waterlily. A quick geometric stitch pattern, repeated just twice, and voila! A great add-on to slip over my winter wardrobe. And it’s a nice little pop of color too. Enjoy!"

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