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According to your Instagram feed, colorwork yoke sweaters are all the rage (thanks, Rhinebeck!). Like this versatile sweater from Tin Can Knits. But it’s not just a fleeting trend. Icelandic sweaters – or lopapeysa as they referred to in Iceland – originated in the early 20th century and have become increasingly popular since. While these knit sweaters were a popular souvenir item for tourists, people are now opting to knit their own. In fact, pattern sales of lopapeysa patterns have increased by 120% over the last 10 years. So if you haven’t jumped on the colorful yoke trend, you still have time. They’re not going anywhere.

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An old sock, like 3rd century old, is turning up clues about the origin of fiber crafts. The sock, found in Eygpt has been studied by scientists to reveal information about its fiber content and color content. While the sock looks to be knit from cuff down with missing heel and gusset elements, researchers were more interested in its ability to shed some light into trade practices and clothing manufacturing processes of the time. Interestingly they found that the sock’s stripe pattern was made from 7 different colors of wool. However, there were only 3 natural colored dyes available. Sounds like some of the magic the Indie Dyers of today pull off.

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The fine folks at Vogue Knitting Destinations have done it again. Happening next year, April 11-14, VKD is hosting Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki, along with Hunter Hammersen, Bristol Ivy and Mary Jane Mucklestone in Portland, Maine. The 4-day event is all about sweaters, featuring classes, presentations, and even a history lesson. And no retreat is without good food, cocktails, and knitting time with friends, and this one checks all the boxes. Space is limited, so secure your place soon!

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CO: Nightshift by Andrea Mowry


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Shift by day, Nightshift by night. Or something like that. Andrea Mowry just released her new pattern, Nightshift, an asymmetrical shawl that features the same stitch pattern and killer blending techniques as her popular Shift Cowl. But unlike its predecessor, Nightshift is knit in a worsted weight yarn. This project is made even more fun by the yarn used to knit it. Pick variegated yarns to fall into a fade, or choose solids to really make the color changes pop.

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