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NEW Pattern: No Bad Weather Sweater


Recently we launched Aimee Alexander’s latest pattern. No Bad Weather is a yoked colorwork sweater. Knit in an aran (heavy worsted) yarn and seamlessly in the round, it is a quicker knit and perfect for late fall and winter.

To celebrate this sweater, we will be kicking off our fall KAL on Sunday, September 14th.  This KAL will be hosted in the Polka Dot Sheep Publications group on Ravelry. Along with the support there, we will have a tutorial, progress reports and show and tell here.  For those of you who are local to the Shoppe. There is a three session class that is filling fast, sign up for class at the bottom of this post.

No Bad Weather features subtle feminine shaping. The waist is slightly contured. The back is lowered a bit by the use of short rows. The yoke and shoulders are also shaped by short rows for a better fit on your upper body. It is easily worn with a light under layer.


No Bad Weather Sweater Details

Pattern available on Ravelry (no need to be a member to purchase pattern)

Sizing (Finished Chest Circumference) 0-3” (0-7.5cm) of positive ease recommended
33 (35.5, 38, 41, 44, 46, 49) inches
84 (90, 96.5, 104, 113, 117, 124.5) cm

Yarn: Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight
Designed for and shown in PDS Worsted by Polka Dot Sheep
Main Color: 750(800, 850, 925, 1000, 1050, 1100) yards / 685 (730, 780, 850, 915, 960, 1010) m
Contrast Color 1: 20 yards / 18 m
Contrast Color 2: 50 yards / 46 m (shown in white)

Gauge (after wash and block): 18 stitches and 28 rows to 4”/10cm in Stockinette stitch using larger needles

US 8 / 5.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

US 6 / 4.0 mm
24” / 60 cm circular for body and yoke
16” / 40 cm circular for collar
Double pointed needles for sleeves (or your preferred choice for small circumference knitting)

It is very important that you knit an adequately sized gauge swatch; then wash and block it as you normal would. Row gauge is important to this design as stitch gauge. If your row gauge is off, your yoke will not fit properly. So check both measurements well.

PDS Worsted is the ideal yarn choice for No Bad Weather. It shows hand dyed or kettle dyed yarns well. Other recommended yarns are Malabrigo Rios (similar look to PDS Worsted) or Malabrigo Worsted.  As stated above, row gauge is important so as you choose your yarn be mindful. Many yarns may knit at a gauge of 18 sts to 4” yet have a greater row gauge. At least that is my personal experience. Look for a slightly heavier worsted or one classified as aran weight.

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KAL Details

Start Date: Sunday, September 14

End Date: Sunday, November 16

Ravelry KAL thread and details

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So join us and knit your own No Bad Weather Sweater!

Do anyone know what inspired the No Bad Weather name? First, it is the name of a climbing route in Utah (as well as a few other places I found when googling the name). The other inspiration is the saying “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Actually this saying varies with the substitution of inappropriate for bad. The other interesting fact I found out when google researching the saying that multiple countries claim it. What all these countries have in common is that they have territory within the Arctic Circle like Norway, Finland and Russia. I think that moral of this story is that people from cold countries need good clothing for cold weather.

Any way you look at it, this sweater is perfect to warm you up.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.


September 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm 1 comment

Possibilities in over 25 Colors

Whoa, where did April go? It seems like we have all been very busy. But much of it has been behind the scenes. I would love to share with you some of the results of that work.

Welcome to Across the Pond!

We teamed up with Dagmar Mora, a favorite designer of ours. She is from Scotland and is known for her innovative fingerless mitts and glove designs. She has many lovely accessory designs.

IMG_7321_medium2Across the Pond is written for three sizes: neckerchief, shawlette and shawl (small, medium, large). Knit end to end, Across the Pond using 1 (2, 2) skeins of PDS Sport.  The pattern has both written and charted instructions.

Here is a broader view of the lace pattern and overall shape.

IMG_7364__1__medium2Across the Pond is shown in PDS Sport Azul Maya in the shawlette (medium) size.

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Welcome to Waterton!

Another new pattern is a design from Aimee Alexander, Waterton. Waterton shawlette is an elegant combination of eyelets and garter stitch. It is also knit in PDS Sport, shown in Azul Maya.


Shawlettes of this type are very popular in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe. They are a relaxing knit that yields a very wearable article.

Waterton College

Get Pattern buttonYou may be wondering why I mentioned a number of colors in the title of this post. It was totally a coincidence that both the Across the Pond and Waterton were knit in the same color. But in fact we have over 25 colors of PDS Sport. A few colors that are currently proving to be popular are Inspiration, Juneberry, and Platinum. I am sure we have a color for you.

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See all currently in stock colors of PDS Sport!

There is still time to join our PDS Yarns Kickoff KAL contest! Remember you can enter for free by posting in the Kickoff KAL General Chat thread on Ravelry. All the details are here.

We are off to TNNA show this weekend. This is the trade show for the knitting, yarn, and other needlearts. Looking forward to being inspired and meeting new people in the knitting, crocheting and yarn world.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

May 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

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