Books / Patterns
A wide variety of Books and Patterns for knitting.
Classics Churchmouse patterns
Classics Churchmouse patterns
“Mmm . . . tweedy warmth.”
They say that if you keep your pulse points warm, you’ll stay warm all over. These tweedy cuffs prove that theory nicely. And you can turn the cozy quotient up or down for outdoors or in. Pick a colorwork chart, an edging, then finish as little cuffs, fingerless gloves or full mittens. Add color choice to the mix and the possibilities are infinite!
“Add casual chic to your boots.”
Ribbed from top to bottom, our woolly cuffs give you the look of thick cozy socks, but fit nicely into your boots. Smooth stirrups keep them seated. Worked in the round, boot cuffs are a nice, easy 'warm-up' before you tackle your first pair of socks.
“It's like a really elegant sweatshirt.”
Our favorite poncho transcends the trends. It's easy to knit (just one long stockinette rectangle), easy to finish, and easy to throw on. Whether knit in a humble tweed or luscious alpaca, with a cowl or without, you'll see why this is a Churchmouse favorite!
“Purl welts for a sculptural effect.”
We noticed that some knitters were knitting the cowl from our Churchmouse Classics Easy Folded Poncho separately and that gave us an idea. Why not double the cowl's circumference for an infinity loop that you can wear long and elegant, or twist double for twice the cozy? We added purl welts for a sculptural effect. And, while we were at it, we two-toned it for clever reversibility!
“It'll be the most versatile piece you own.”
Our friend Annabella Serra rarely knits from a pattern. She just takes off and makes it up as she goes! We love this cowl she created—with its lavish length and unexpected switch from rib to stockinette—and she was kind enough to share it with us. Knit in a sublimely soft pairing of Alchemy hand-dyed yarns, it’ll be the most versatile piece you own.
“The knitting is a walk in the park.”
This subtle diagonal stitch pattern is akin to K2/P2 ribbing, but the rhythm ‘walks’ over by one stitch every other row (or round) for a subtle, reversible texture that’s easier than it looks. The handsome muffler has tailored slip-stitch selvedges. The cowl is worked on larger needles for a softer drape.
“Harmonize a hundred colors. Or quietly play tone on tone.”
Linen stitch has a way of harmonizing even the most disparate colors. Our friend Mimi Hepler first created this scarf to use up all her precious Koigu leftovers—18 different colorways! So for our scarf we chose three skeins of Koigu that combined as many different colors as possible. But it’s equally beautiful in subtle shades. In fact, we haven’t seen a bad combination yet! That’s the magic of linen stitch. Heck, it’s even beautiful on the ‘wrong’ side.
“Two gauges, two colors . . . too cool!”
Our love affair with linen stitch continues—this time using two high-contrast colors for crisp zigs and zags, or two closer colors for tonal shading. We started with a soft fingering-weight yarn and then took it all the way to a lace-weight yarn to mimic the breezy sigh of a fine woven scarf. Aaah . . .
It folds up to nearly nothing . . . perfect for travel.”
Wear this sheer seamless loop as a long, endless scarf, or twisted double as a cowl, or around your shoulders as a wrap. We’ve knit it on the bias so the edges don’t roll and it sits nicely on the shoulders. Light as air, it folds up to nearly nothing, and is equally talented at dressy and casual—the perfect piece for travel.
Made with a double strand of a favorite lace-weight mohair and silk blend, you'll have fun playing with color, mixing with ombré shading, or crossing the color wheel for graphic punch. For the scarf, we mixed four solid colors—two at a time—to create shaded color blocking. For the wrap, we played with four softly self-striping colorways—sometimes with themselves, sometimes with each other—so no two pieces will ever be alike. You'll just have to make another one.
“Nice around the house . . . terrific for travel.”
Inspired by a pair of socks entered in our "Koigu & You" customer show, we designed these little one-skein slipper socks for the 2009 LYS Tour. They make great gifts as they’re easy to fit and don’t take a lot of yarn. They’re nice for around the house. And terrific for travel. Our staff loves to wear them with clogs.
“Learn the fundamentals of what makes a knitted skirt work.”
This is the first skirt Carol Lansinger designed for us. It's a favorite in her classes and amongst our staff. We like to wear it casually with legging and boots, or dress it up a bit. We show a sporty 16" length and a suit-ier 19" length but you can make it any length you like.
“One size to flatter every body.”
The Modern Wrapper walks the line between cozy and chic, snuggly and sleek; an oversized piece designed with thoughtful details to fit well and stay on the shoulders in a softly draping fabric to flatter every body. Wear it around the house, or dress it up a little for town. We mixed a strand of tweedy wool or smooth alpaca-blend fingering-weight yarn with lace-weight mohair on nice big needles for luxurious drape and a quick knit. Customize the fit by adjusting sleeve length.
The cuffs are surprisingly warm and practical. Make a pair to peek from under your coat sleeves, grab your wellies and go for a walk! Don a pair of fingerless gloves for knitting outdoors or texting on the go. Or keep your precious knitting digits toasty and fully covered with the adorable and festive mittens!