Funky Chunky: Just In TIme

Had you planned to hand craft a gift, only to realize that the holiday party is suddenly 5 days away? Where did the time go and what are you going to do?

Never fear. There is still time. Even now.

This is, however, not the time for fine yarns and complicated patterns. You need something quick and beautiful in its streamlined simplicity. We have just the thing. To start with: Funky Chunky (from The Third Piece). This is 100% super soft wool. It is a super bulky weight yarn, but there's nothing else 'bulky' about it. Its construction makes it surprisingly airy and light.

The 'Wheat' colorway of Funky Chunky.

Next, go to Ravelry and grab one of the free patterns from The Third Piece Design Team.or try Susan Mills' cowl from our latest Web-Letter.  'The Beacon Mitts', the 'Funky Chunky Cowl' and both 'The Soho Headpiece' and 'The Soho Turban Hat' require only one skein of yarn. 'The Kendall' calls for two skeins, one for the hat itself and another partial skein for the fun pom pom on top.


Grab your pair of large needles (patterns call for needles from size 11-17), settle into a comfy chair, and cast on. Two hours later (three hours tops) and you can have a super fashionable hand crafted gift to give. Who wouldn't treasure a gift like that?

Patternfish Featured Designer: Susan Mills

Our very own Susan Mills is the Designer of the Month over at Patternfish. Below is part of their recently released interview with her. You can find the rest in the Patternfish Newsletter here.

 We’re so delighted to have Susan Mills, prolific and talented designer and Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns, as our November Designer of the Month. We were interested in her perspectives on designing and her views on the changes that have taken place since she began in the fibre world in 1992.
'Leona' in Mesa, 'Shelburne' in Tiverton Tweed, & 'Albright' in Fresco.
You have had an amazing 20+ year career in the fibre world. Any predictions about how it will change in the next 10? What do you think you will be doing?
I am one of a fortunate few to have made a career in the yarn industry, starting at Classic Elite in 1992, then moving on to JCA and Westminster Fibers/Nashua Handknits. I came back to CEY in 2009.

The internet has completely changed the handknitting industry. Downloadable patterns and YouTube videos to teach techniques have helped spread the popularity of knitting. More people than ever are knitting and that’s wonderful. But, even though more people than ever are knitting, it’s tougher than ever before for LYS's to survive. So much yarn is bought and sold online (and at fiber festivals and other knitting events).

The handknitting industry is certainly not alone in this but ours is a tactile, hands on business that can’t take place completely online. LYSs are vital in creating, inspiring and encouraging knitters, especially new knitters. We’re an industry made up of small companies - CEY has 15 employees yet we’re often considered to be one of the big yarn companies. Yarn companies that only sell directly to knitters and aren’t in yarn shops are profiting at the expense of the LYSs. They are making more money for themselves, but ultimately are not helping the industry to grow and remain healthy.
With a growing interest in slow fashion and handwork of every kind, I think that handknitting will continue to grow and become even more mainstream than it is currently. The proliferation of stores combining knitting and sewing (or other crafts) will help knitting grow in popularity.

I wish I had a crystal ball and could tell where it all is heading, but I hope in 10 years I’m still surrounded by yarn and dreaming up new designs.

'Lacole' & 'Silverdale' in Mohawk Wool, 'Bishop Of Aberdeen' in Liberty Wool Light.
We also wanted to know what the creative director for a major yarn company and pattern publisher actually does. To find out what she had to say, see Susan's interesting insights into the workings of the CEY creative team.

It's Not Too Late To Begin

Have you looked at the calendar lately? It's only 6 weeks until Christmas and Kwanza, 3 and a 1/2 weeks until Hanukkah begins and 7 weeks until New Year's Eve. Whoa. No matter what holidays you celebrate, if your plan is to hand make gifts, it's definitely time to kick it into high gear.

So, let us help you out with these ideas of gifts that there are still time to make. With 6-7 weeks left, the days are getting short so how about a scarf or beautiful shawl? If you're a fast knitter, how about the Walden shrug by Susan Mills in soft and cozy Tiverton Tweed (top left corner below)?


More great gift patterns to knit (clockwise from top right above): Telluride Shawlette in Telluride, Wellington scarf in Camelot, Mohawk Wool Leaf Scarf in Mohawk Wool, or perhaps Lucretia in Liberty Wool Light.

Giving handmade gifts is supposed to bring joy to both the giver and the receiver, isn't it?. So, if you're going to give handmade, start now with a visit to your local yarn store and cast on. We want you to enjoy making the gift just as much as your loved one will enjoy wearing it.

Designer Rachel Henry

Did you see the free Valais Blacknose Sheep Mittens pattern in yesterday's Web-Letter #418? They're an adorable knit by designer Rachel Henry. The cute little sheep are added last, so these would also be fun in 3 contrast colors with bright stripes as the focal point. Two layers of knitting thick, these mitts use soft Fresco which ensures that they will be warm and gives you nearly forty colors to choose from.



Rachel is a prolific designer and has written many other popular designs for our CEY Web-Letter and pattern books. She has a head for colors, construction, and how the two combine to make interesting stitch patterns really pop. Both her Flying Colors Wrap and Flying Colors Cardigan were released in our 'All Seasons' pattern book. See how masterfully she combines printed spaced dyed colors and a solid in both Alpaca Sox and Liberty Wool Light below. All this while raising her 3 sons (currently 10, 13 & 16) and traveling with her border collies Gromit and Clewe for agility meets. She and Gromit placed 6th out of 132 teams at Cynosport World last week. Congrats, Rachel!


Cardigan in Liberty Wool Light and Wrap in Alpaca Sox.



Designers tend to have parts of the process that they're especially good at. Having spent a little time with Rachel, it's clear that she has skills in all areas of design. Still, it's the way that the math of both shape and lace construction seem to come to her naturally that strikes me the most. She says, "I would say my MIT education informs my knitting in important ways. One thing they teach, above all else, is how to take an unknown subject and dive in headfirst, consuming information and making it part of your own knowledge base. New yarn, technique and ideas are exciting...I'm rarely intimidated by something I don't yet understand". I think this all shows in the ease with which she seems to master lace motifs and then frame them in beautifully shaped wraps and scarves. Wavelength and Kudzu Shawl both sprung from her creative mind.


Here is Wavelength in Alpaca Sox, and Kudzu Shawl in Cerro.

Rachel's patterns span the seasons. Love Lane is a great for the warmer weather, while her Braided Cable Vest can be paired with ever thicker layers underneath to span from early fall right though the deep cold of winter weather.


Love Lane in Provence, and Braided Cable Vest in Chalet.

Since her talents can be applied to so many different kinds of creative pursuits, you never know what she's got just around the corner. That means it's always a treat to see what she'll come up with for the next new design.

Sasha

Sometimes knitting friends choose to knit the same things. It often happens at the LYS where I go on Saturday mornings. The interesting thing is that even though these knits are made from the same design, they come out different. Individual.

When we set out to make something, there are so many choices to be made. What will we knit? What color (or colors)? What notions will be used? And lastly, how will we wear it?

So, let's say you're going to knit our new 'Sasha' poncho. Here it is on Hayleigh knit up in the naturally undyed Steel and Charcoal colorways of Chalet. The warm tone of the wood buttons really makes them pop and she's right in style with her denim button-up and jeans.


Now, how can you make 'Sasha' your own? The colorblocking and the buttons. Being the focal points of this elegant poncho, what choices you make in those areas will have a big impact. Did you know that Chateau is the same luxurious fiber mix of alpaca and bamboo as Chalet? The only difference is Chateau's richly dyed hues. So feel free to mix and match these two airy yarns when choosing your color combo for this poncho.

These yarns are chunky weight, which belies how light and airy they feel knit up. Once the knitting and blocking is done, it's time to sew on the buttons. Because they are large buttons and will be framed by the contrast color tabs, I think that what you choose can make a big difference in the overall look. Don't let that make you feel pressured. Instead, let it give your own creativity a place to shine.


Then, let's put Sasha together with different buttons and style options to get a feel for what's possible. For an ultra feminine look, you could choose large abalone flower buttons, a flowy dress and a faux pearl necklace to top it all off. So pretty.


Wanting a more casual look? How about pairing Sasha with a mid-length denim skirt, blue henley t-shirt and buttons in variegated neutral tones that match your main yarn color? This would be great for everyday errands and an easy way to add polish to any outfit.


 I love how the buttons add one more pop of personality to your own individual style. There are truly so many places that the ease and versatility of Sasha will make it just the right thing to wear.



One Skein Wonders For Babies

The wonderful One Skein Wonders Series has a new book: One-Skein Wonders for Babies by Judith Durant. The book is chock-full of beautiful patterns for babies, each using just one skein of yarn (no surprise!). Included are patterns for booties, hats, blankets, clothing, and even toys.


My contribution is a cute little bib, Tutti Frutti, done out of Classic EliteYarns Seedling. This is perfect yarn for a bib; it is an environmentally conscious, machine washable organic cotton with wonderful texture and softness. Seedling is a great choice because it's absorbent and retains its color intensity well. I chose to use a hand paint for visual interest and added pockets to catch any runaway bits of food.

The bib is a quick and easy knit that would make a great gift for that special baby. Have fun choosing a silly button!


Also using Seedling is an adorable Octopus toy, Acht the Octopus by Rachel Henry. Check it out on page 232. Rachel says, “Little Lovey (or Kleine Acht, as I like to think of her), is made of Seedling Hand Paint. It’s a quick project with very little sewing - something of a novelty in the world of hand-knit toys.”


I was very excited to start knitting when my copy arrived; I hope you will be too. Please support your LYS and shop for the book there first.
Tonia Barry

Fall Is In The Air

It has begun to be chilly enough in the Northeast to throw a lightweight cardigan on at night while I curl up in a favorite chair to knit. This means that changing leaves and cooler temps are just around the corner.

In keeping with this time of year, the magazines are releasing a new crop of patterns to take us from Fall into early Winter. These fresh new ideas from designers are now ripe for the picking.

Photo by Harper Point Photography
The 'Zigzag Wanderer' is a timeless knit worked up in neutral shades of organic Mohawk Wool. A slightly oversized shape gives the pullover a modern appeal while also making it a comfortable wardrobe staple. Designed by Laura Grutzeck, this pattern is found in the Fall 2015 issue of Interweave Knits.

Photo by Harper's Point Photography
Knitscene's new Fall issue showcases Liberty Wool Light in the 'Brigitte Headband'.  Designer Avril Lang was inspired by Brigitte Bardot. It will take you one skein each of two contrasting colors to work up the garter stitch chevron stitch pattern and have this wide headband ready before the weather that calls for keeping your ears warm has arrived.

Photo by Harper Point Photography
Front and center on the cover of this year's Interweave Knits Gifts is bulky weight Wynter in Erica Schlueter's 'Sampler Stole'. The combination of different stitches making up this shawl keeps things interesting. It also really allows this soft alpaca and wool yarn to shine. It comes in colors ranging from dusty teal to crimson, so coordinating it with your winter coat will be easy.

Photo by Harper Point Photography
With eight natural undyed shades of Vista to choose from, the color combinations for Patty Lyon's 'Houndstooth Cardigan' keep multiplying. Classic shaping and traditional houndstooth give this cardigan staying power. Yet in neutral tones and with such clean lines, it leaves plenty of room for your own style to shine through.

We love seeing what our yarns turn into when magazine editors allow talented designers like these to add their ideas to the mix. Don't you?

The Debate

I have walked into more than one local yarn shop and found myself in the middle of 'the debate'. It's a discussion with passion on both sides about the perks of cardigans versus the pros of pullovers. We knitters and crocheters are known for having strong preferences and this is no exception.

In our new book Emerald Isle, 'Skibbereen' makes both sides happy by including the option to make this sweater as either a casual pullover or a five button cardigan, both knit in the tonal shades of Big Liberty Wool.

'Skibbereen' as either a pullover or a cardigan, by Susan Mills
No matter which sweater style is your preference, 'Skibbereen' has the great details that we all love in hand knits. First there are the pockets. Topped with ribbing and set into the sweater fronts, the pockets on both the cardigan and the pullover are cozy and convenient.


The textural Seed stitch adds interest to the sweater both in front and in the back. I love how the tonal shading of the Big Liberty Wool looks in this stitch. To tie it all together, the sleeves are worked in Seed stitch from the shoulders down to the ribbing at the cuffs.


The classic shaping of both the cardigan and pullover versions of 'Skibbereen' will make either of them a welcome addition to your fall wardrobe. Which side do you fall on in the pullover versus cardigan debate?

Emerald Isle

We knitters know that if you want to get that new piece done in time to wear this fall, the knitting must begin soon. With that in mind, we've just released a new book of patterns, Emerald Isle, all ready for you to whip up something to wear this coming season.

Devlin and Kildare by Tian Foley
Devlin and Kildare are great pieces for when there's just a bit of chill beginning to form in the air. The vented sides of Devlin, and the lightness of the Inca Alpaca it's knit of, make Devlin a perfect layering piece.  Kildare is knit in Mohawk Wool, whose organic shades result in neutral pieces that can easily be mixed and matched with most of your existing wardrobe.

Kilkee and Dungloe by Tonia Barry
Cast on now and as the chill in the air gets a little more intense, these could be waiting for you to cozy up in. The relaxed boxy shape of Kilkee is modern. The positive ease also makes it everyday comfortable. The bulky weight yarn means that you can go quickly from start to finish. Casual with jeans, or dressed up with a fitted skirt, you're sure to get a lot of mileage out of this pullover and its striking side cables.

I always want the option of wearing my fall jacket just a few weeks longer before pulling out the bulkier winter one. Do you? Wrapping a warm scarf like Dungloe around your neck will extend 'light coat weather' by keeping your neck and upper body a bit more toasty. Knit up in our new bulky weight, Big Liberty Wool, the tonal shades add even more depth to the textural stitches.

Kinlough by Edith Murphy and Clifden by Tonia Barry
By the time it's downright cold outside, you'll be more than ready for snowball fights and sledding with the Kinlough mittens. The fibers in the Big Liberty Wool mix team up to make these mittens both warm and durable. To keep the bitter cold off your neck? Clifden's double layers of cables will keep you snug as a well dressed bug in a rug, even in the deepest chill.

With such a varied assortment of yarns represented, in so many lovely jewel tones and natural shades to choose from, the hardest part may be limiting yourself to casting on just one project from Emerald Isle. Then again, who says you have to limit yourself?


Two Right Sides

Although the weather is still balmy, it's time for us, as knitters, to begin creating the things we will want to wear when the chill in the air arrives. Each fall, I am drawn to the thought of a new scarf. When I find a scarf with two beautiful sides, as opposed to having an obvious wrong side that might be exposed, I feel especially motivated to begin knitting one up.

Lacole in Ava and Marvel from pattern book 'All Seasons'
The versatility and reversibility of Lacole (from our pattern book 'Winter Lace') offer up so many possible cozy ways for it to be wrapped and worn. The width of Marvel makes it a cross between a wrap and a scarf. Firefly's drape pairs perfectly with the airy drop stitch pattern of this scarf, which is also reversible.

Haystack from 'Autumn Leaf' and Wabasha from 'Classic Fall'
Organic Mohawk Wool is lovely against the skin, and it has great stitch definition making the lace of Haystack really pop on both sides of the scarf. The twist of Wabasha is that the center cables are reversible. It's an easy technique with plenty of star power! Shown above, on the right, in the softly heathered Stream colorway, this year's new saturated colors of Avalanche would be a great fit for this scarf as well.

So, before the nip has already returned to the air, pick a new scarf for yourself and cast on. I've got mine on the needles already.


Happy 10th Anniversary to Knitscene

Ten years ago, an Interweave editor and the heads of three yarn companies sat in a West Coast hotel room hashing out the details of a new kind of knitting magazine. One of those people was our very own Betsy Perry (owner of Classic Elite Yarns). The result? Knitscene was born, 'a magazine for knitters who can't get enough of knitting' (according to the Editor Note in the very first issue).

#43 La Gran Pom Pom Scarf by Kristin Nicholas

 Lots of things have come and gone in the knitting world since 2005, but CEY's flagship yarn La Gran which was featured in the premiere issue is still going strong. This yarn was featured in two of the first Knitscene patterns. One of these is the 'La Gran Pom Pom Scarf' that was spotlighted as the free pattern in our Web-Letter this week.

#05 Tweed Jacket by Leslie Scanlon
The other is the #05 Tweed Jacket, a lovely mix of La Gran and Inca Alpaca. With one strand of mohair and two strands of alpaca held together as you knit, the fabric created is interesting and unique. How would you mix and match colorways to create a fabric all your own?

#06 Neck Warmer by Emily Bixler
Inca Alpaca is another long running CEY yarn. The softness of this yarn makes it ideal for anything that will cozy up against your skin like the #06 Neck Warmer, also from the premiere issue of Knitscene. Two strands of alpaca are held together as you knit giving you ever so many possibilities of color combinations.  Choosing two similar hues will result in a tonal look. Picking two contrasting hues to hold together gives more of a tweedy feel. My favorite patterns are the ones like these that give us, as knitters, enough room to let our own personal choices really shine.

Congratulations to Knitscene on the last 10 years and here's to many more to come! We at CEY are so glad to be part of the magazine that "brings you the stuff of knitters' dreams. Now wake up and get clicking!".


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Sing, Sing a Song

In music, one guitar is not like the next.  Each has its own distinct tone. But it is not just the instrument playing the note which determines the sound. The way the note is actually played makes a world of difference in what we hear.

In our newest pattern book, Sing, the yarns are like different instruments. The drape of Bella Lino, the squish of Sprout, the merging color tones of Mesa and the versatile fiber mix of Song all play their own tunes in the knit pieces.

It's the way these yarns are 'played,' the details of novel construction and the chosen stitches themselves that really make the patterns ring out loud and strong.

'Unforgettable' a 3/4 length sleeve cardigan in Song.


The textured yoke of 'Unforgettable' elevates a classic raglan cardigan to something memorable. This pattern uses our new yarn Song whose cotton and wool combo make this a great knit for humming through from late summer into early fall.

'Stand By Me' by Susan Mills in Bella Lino.

The unexpected construction combined with an airy lace stitch in 'Stand By Me' allows the self-striping Bella Lino to shine. It also duets with the lightness and drape of the yarn to compose the beautiful flow of the sweater fronts.

'Heart of Gold' in Verde Collection Sprout.

See the way that 'Heart of Gold' shines a little spotlight on the soft texture of Sprout? And the large eyelets dotting the upper body work in beautiful harmony with the top down construction.

It's the extra touches that cause a lilting melody to get stuck in our heads and become a part of our day.  For me it's the details of patterns like these that make me want to knit them and then urge me to keep them at the top of the playlist that is my closet for years to come.

Inspiration

It is always exciting to see how a magazine editor or an independent designer will envision one of our yarns being used. Recently CEY yarns were featured in three different patterns in three new magazine issues.

First, we saw the Bartram Vest by Cassie Castillo in Interweave Knits Summer. Look how they've taken the natural, undyed shades of Mohawk Wool and set them in the great outdoors. What a perfect match!

Photo by Harper Point Photography. Copyright Interweave.
Next up Interweave Crochet revealed the Lattice Lace Shrug by Lei Wilkins. The drape of Firefly is such a perfect fit with this flowing vest. They must have had Firefly's light-catching sheen in  mind, knowing that it would really pop when this piece is in motion.

Photo courtesy of Interweave.
Most recently, Veera Valimaki's Multi-Directional Cardigan was released in the Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting. The softness of Inca Alpaca matches the softness of the setting, and is put to good use in this two color piece. There are so many possible color combinations. Would you choose a tone on tone combination or two colors with a stronger contrast?

VOGUE Knitting Early Fall 2015. Photo by Rose Callahan.
As much as we are moved by the vision of the editors and designers on these magazine pages, it is the next step that is our favorite. Now you, the knitters and crocheters, will choose your colors and make the patterns your own. Seeing what you come up with inspires us the most.

A Favorite Sweater

There are certain things that we are always on the lookout for: perfectly fitting jeans, truly comfortable shoes, and a go-to sweater.  You know the cardigan I'm talking about.  It fits like a hug. It looks good enough to run about town in. It goes with everything and it always makes the wearer feel better than the moment before it was put on.

It's a lot to ask of a sweater, but isn't this the dream we have for each new cardigan project? We keep it at the back of our minds as we're carefully choosing a pattern, then picking the perfect yarn in just the right color.

Seedling Hoodie by Tonia Barry in color Steele Blue.

CEY designer, Tonia Barry, recently designed her own version of the perfect go-to sweater.  She made sure to include all her go-to sweater requirements. It's hooded, worn with a bit of positive ease, and knit up in Seedling, a beautiful organic cotton.  Her pattern was featured in last week's CEY Web-Letter.

As knitters, we all have different opinions about what our go-to sweater needs to be. When I saw Tonia's hoodie, I could see her perfectly wrapped up in this cozy piece. And while I adore this cardigan, my own dream sweater might be a little different. Would it have a hood? Long or short sleeves? Is it snug enough to be layered under a jacket or cozily oversized? Would it be a neutral color or some shade that really pops?

Indian Summer by Tonia Barry, Derby and Sheburne by Susan Mills
There are probably as many different kinds of go-to sweaters as there are knitters who knit them. But then again, how we love to wear them. Do you know what yours looks like?




Forecast for summer

June is one of my favorite months. Here in New England summer has truly arrived! But one of the best parts are the crisp warm days with limited humidity and comfortable, cooler nights. However……. as we all know, weather is fickle!

Our newest pattern collection, Forecast, has plenty options to help cope with changeable weather and blasting AC.

Fahrenheit, knit in Soft Linen – a great trans-seasonal yarn – has long sleeves making it perfect for cool nights.

Fahrenheit knit in Soft Linen
Ozone can be worn buttoned up to ward off any drafts, or open as a nice layering piece. It’s knit in Classic Silk, a versatile and soft cotton/silk blend.

Ozone knit in Classic Silk
Wavelength is a beautiful wrap – wear it over a sundress when the sun starts to set. Make it in Bella Lino for a crisp, cool linen finish, or if you are thinking about taking this piece into the fall season, try Alpaca Sox. Both have beautiful colorway choices, in hand dyed and kettle dyed effects.
Wavelength in Bella Lino
Wavelength in Alpaca Sox
Seedling, 100% organic cotton, is a comfortable layer for wearing next to your skin. Choose to make a chic cropped version of Stratosphere or, for a go-to summer cardigan, opt for the long sleeved version.
Long Sleeved Stratosphere in Seedling
Short Sleeved Stratosphere in Seedling
 Have fun creating one (or more!) of these versatile designs from Forecast as you enjoy all that summer brings!

Summer Knitting

I am lucky enough to live near a beach; actually many beaches. And I love to knit when I sit on the beach. There is something special about the soothing nature of the rolling waves, and the yarn easing its way through my fingers and making stitches on my needles.

But beach knitting can’t be just anything. I remember a long time ago working on a very complicated colorwork vest, one that required a lot of yarn on bobbins. That was a challenge in any location, much less a breezy, sunny, sandy locale. And I don’t really like working with heavy yarn when I’m on the beach. But a lightweight wool is fine, and cotton and cotton blends are perfect.

As I begin to plan my summer knitting, I’m thinking about choosing two projects: one that takes a little thinking and needs constant attention, like this
Greta in Wrap It Up
And one that is more mindless, for when I’m on the beach with other people, or when it’s a windy day.

Nereid in Seaside Village
Since it’s going to be hard to narrow down my choices, I might have to plan for more than two projects. After all, there is also knitting while watching baseball, or by the pool, or at the cottage in the woods – or just knitting in the summer when there is nowhere to be but home!

Do you knit at the beach or when you are camping in the mountains? Or in some other type of relaxing vacation setting? What is your summer knitting strategy?

5 Reasons Why Knitters Love Scarves and Shawls



Giuliana in Villa from Wrap It up 1506
1. Scarves and wraps are usually quicker to knit than a sweater. And knitters love to start new projects! The sooner you finish a project, the sooner you can plan and start the next one.

2. Since they are quick to finish (see above), you can shop for yarn more often. 

3. No finishing. With rare exceptions, most wraps are done when then knitting is done. Weave in a few ends and it’s ready to wear. No tedious seaming, ribbing, or buttons to sew.

4. They always fit. Nothing is more disappointing to a knitter than working for months on a sweater only to finish, try it on and discover it isn’t a great fit. If you wanted to wear a sweater that isn't flattering, you could save yourself a lot of time and go buy one.

5. They make great gifts.  For knitting and non-knitting friends alike, handmade gifts are the best – and a scarf always fits (see #4 above!).

A quick glance at favorite projects on Ravelry confirms that wraps are very popular. Our May pattern collection, Wrap It Up, is all about wraps. From rectangular scarves and stoles, to triangular and circular shawls, in garter, chevron, ridges, and lace and eyelets, Wrap It Up has a wide and diverse selection.


As always, our printed books have a scratch-off code for a download of the entire collection. Or you can purchase individual designs as pdf downloads. Click on the cover below to see all the projects in the book.

Wrap It Up 1505