Giving Back to Teton Valley

Dear Readers,

COVID-19 is hitting many of us very hard right now no matter where you are in the world. It’s an uncertain time for many of us with things changing rapidly. While Idaho has been hit relatively lightly compared to many places in the world, our local economy has been severely impacted in order to slow down the spread of the virus in our community.

On March 15, 2020, Grand Targhee Ski Resort and Jackson Hole Resort made the difficult decision to close for the reminder of the ski season to slow down community spread of COVID-19 in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole. Restaurants, bars and hotels have followed suit. This has laid off large amounts of people for an undetermined length of time.

Several organizations had stepped up to help people laid off: Teton Valley Food Pantry, Family Safety Network and Seniors West of the Tetons. These organizations resources are stretched thin to support the surge in need.

To help them out, all proceeds from sales of my knitting patterns will be donated to these three organizations. As of today, I have three patterns available for purchase in my Ravelry Store:

The Heatwave Socks shown in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Sunflower. Yes, this is the same pattern that raised funds for the Australian Red Cross for Bush Fire Relief. An easy to follow pattern with clever use of decreases and increases to create mock cables.

Next, up is the Black Diamond Socks knitted in Teton Knitting Mountain Sock shown in Obsidian. Cables are combined with textured stitches of knit and purl to create a fun but spicer sock for the more adventurous knitter who wants to take their sock knitting to another level.

The latest member of the Teton Knitting family is the Hidden Falls Fingerless Mitts knitted out Season DK. These fingerless mitts are a quick knit that is a great project for the new cable knitter. Shown in Teton Knitting Company Seasons DK in Midnight Velvet, a soft, springy 100% Superwash Merino 4-ply.

Thank you for your support is these difficult times. I greatly appreciate all the messages, purchases from the Etsy Store, likes on Instagram and take time to read blog posts.

Shop Update, A Sale and A Party!

“It’s my party and I’ll dye if I want to, dye if I want to, dye if I want. You would dye too, if it happened to you.”

It’s my birthday weekend, readers. Yes, I did say birthday weekend. Once you get a certain age, you can have more than one day if you so want it. And since this one is the big 4-0, I am taking more than one day.

To celebrate 40 years in this wonderful, crazy world full of fun, yarn, color and mountains, I am throwing a 15% off sale in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop. Now from February 11. No coupon code needed. This includes everything in the Etsy Shop including the sale items.

And just to sweeten things up, I just finished putting up a large selection of dreamy Sky Lace in new tonal colors.

Sky Lace in Mountain Stream.

So come over to the Etsy Shop and help me celebrate. Thanks for being part of the party.

Knitting Pattern: Black Diamond Socks

Baby, it’s cold outside but with all this snow, the skiing is great! Which is just the ticket to fighting cabin fever.

Ready for a challenge now that you’ve got your sock knitting basics down? Ready to take your sock knitting to the next level? Hit the ski slopes in the Black Diamond Socks to show you are the baddest knitter on the ski hill. These unisex socks are knit from the top down on two circular needles. The Black Diamond Socks mix textured diamonds of knit and purl stitches capped with cables to make these spicy without being overwhelming.

As always, my socks patterns are available in several sizes for a variety of foot sizes for either gender. Available in Sizes: Small (7”), Medium (8”), Large (9”)/ 18 (20, 22) cm cuff

Gauge: 32 sts x 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Knits and purls play with cables to add spice while still being an easy to work through pattern.

Yarn: Recommended 1 Skein of Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock. Shown in Obsidian, 100% Superwash Merino, 438 yards per 3.5 oz/100 grams.

Other suggested yarns: Hedgehog Fibers Sock or Malabrigo Sock

Needles: Circular needles. Suggested size US Size 1 (2.25mm) or size to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, row counter, stitch markers, darning needle, cable needles.

Skills: Knit in the round, how to cable, how to read charts, Kitchener stitch.

Download the Black Diamond Socks from my Ravelry Pattern Store and be the envy of everyone on the slopes with these socks.

Spring Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazines

It’s hard to realize that spring is right around the corner but it is. And now is the time to start planning spring knitting & crochet projects for the warmer months. Find your spring/summer project in our selection of Spring/Summer issues of Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine.

Spring/Summer Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazines are the perfect start to planning your spring knitting/crochet projects.


Each issue of Rowan Knitting & Crochet magazines features dozens of knitting/crochet patterns that are both timeless yet fresh designs from some of the biggest designers in the industry such as Kaffe Fassett, Kim Hargraves, Louisa Harding, and Martin Storey. Rowan offers something for all skill levels and tastes from elegant lace wraps to complete the look of a sundress, to fun wearable top for your favorite pair of jeans, or a colorful cardigan that is perfect for layering on cool evenings.

Rowan 59
Rowan 51

Each issue features page after page of beautiful photographs of each design photographed in stunning British settings. Along with beautiful patterns, there are feature articles about knitting and crochet techniques to increase your knowledge and skill set. Rowan Knitting & Crochet magazine is a treasure of color, inspiration and knowledge. It’s no wonder people collect them and knit/crochet from issues for years to come.

Rowan is legendary for having the best in house pattern support for their collection of yarns in the industry. With an encyclopedia of pattern support for classic yarns such as Kidsilk Haze, Baby Merino Silk, Felted Tweed, Summerlite, Calmer, Creative Linen, Pure Wool and many more in a stunning palette of colors to fit any taste.

Don’t miss out on our spring/summer collection of Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine today! Find our complete selection of Rowan Knitting & Crochet magazines in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop along with our selection of other Rowan Yarns Pattern books.

Etsy Shop Update: Seasons DK

Today’s Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop update features our Seasons DK, a beautiful, bouncy, squishy yarn in beautiful tonal colorways.

Season DK is a 4-ply superwash merino in 231 yard skeins, just the perfect amount for hats, gloves, scarves in a single skein. Seasons DK is also perfect for sweaters, wraps and blankets. Typically dye batches are 3 skeins but I have the ability to go up to 6 skeins in a batch if you need more for a larger project. Just contact me via the contact button in the upper right hand corner of the Etsy Shop to let me know if you need larger amounts.

Australian Red Cross update: A flock of Heatwave Sock purchases have happened this weekend. I’ll send a new donation over to the Red Cross this coming Friday. Thank you so much for your support. We are doing awesome. My next sock pattern is on the needles.

Heatwave Socks Update

So this morning, I was able to send the first donation to the Australian Red Cross because of your help. I’m rounding up to the nearest $5 plus covering the transaction fees so your support goes as far as possible. Thank you so much for making this possible and helping Australia during this tragedy.

Let’s keep this going as long as possible! I’ll keep you updated with the total amount we have donated so far and keep designing and knitting new patterns to put up in my Ravelry shop. I have lots of ideas for new sock, fingerless gloves and hat patterns running around in my head! The hardest part is deciding which one comes off the needles next!

Find the Heatwave Socks in my Ravelry Store and keep your eyes peeled for new patterns. Every stitch counts!

Knitting Pattern: Heatwave Socks for Australia Red Cross

Fellow knitters, as many of you are aware, Australia is suffering from cataphoric bushfires that have burned 23,000 square miles to date, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and millions of animals have perished in the fires. The fires have spread so quickly that people have had to flee to the beach for the Australian Navy to rescue them.

The fires have become a global disaster. Smoke from the fires has spread over 9,000 miles to South America. Temperatures have hit record highs in Sydney and Perth. There is little relief for Australia in sight. Australia is in the middle of a devastating, multi-year drought with little rain in forecast and two more months of fire season to go.

Australia needs our help. National resources are strained to capacity. The Australian Prime Minister has called up the national army to help fight the fire and help people evacuate, other countries are sending firefighters and supplies to help fight them.

To help the Australian Red Cross provide assistance to the people evacuated, I have designed the Heatwave Socks, available in my Ravelry Store. All proceeds from the sale of this pattern will go to the Australian Red Cross.

Heatwave Socks in Mountain Sock Shown in Sunflower.

Thank you so much for helping out in any way. Together we can make a difference for Australia one stitch at a time.

Knitting Pattern: Drifting Snow Cowl

This one has been in the works for a while. While suffering a night of insomnia, I found myself on Ravelry going through page after page of cowl patterns. Some cabled, some colorwork, some with lacework, all beautiful and just the perfect quick knit to fight off the winter chill. My fingers were itching for needles and yarn as I scrolled through the pages. With the first snow flakes of winter, I had been considering casting on a scarf of my own. But scarves and I have a love-hate relationship on a good day. A scarf is either too long or too short, leaving a gap. The ends get tangled in my hair, my jacket, my shoulder bag. I have never quite figured out what to do with the ends; try to artfully tie them around my neck, tuck them into my coat, or what?

But cowls are perfect. Cowls are winter cold worst enemy; they perfectly cover up that expose bit of neck and ears from your winter jacket without getting tangled in the long ends of a scarf that you never know how to tuck in. You can wear them slouchy around your neck, pull them up to your nose or cover your head like a hood. The possibilities are endless!

After looking at all the cowl patterns, I was ready to dive into the Teton Knitting Stash with needles in hand to cast one on immediately. But of course, as lovely as everyone else’s cowl patterns are, I had to knit up my own pattern. So out of the stash a lovely skein of Mountain Sock in Oxbow Bend in one hand with my trusty Japanese stitch dictionaries in the other. I immediately had a stitch pattern that blended cables over a background of textured knits and purls in mind as this particularly stitch pattern had thwarted my attempts to use it in a sock pattern for Mountain Man. Alas, Japanese knitting stitches rarely have names, just a number assigned to them.

Drifting Snow Cowl in Mountain Sock in Oxbow Bend.

With a simple but elegant border of moss stitch, the stitch pattern of overlapping cables with the textured knits and purls works seamlessly together. Knit on a US Size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle, this knits up quickly and the pattern works well for either men or women. This one is long enough to scrunch around your neck or pull up to cover your head.

The Drifting Snow Cowl knits up fantastic in solids, tonals or a kettled-dyed multi such as Oxbow Blend. This probably is not the pattern to pull out a bright, multi-colored handpainted skein.

So keep yourself or someone you love (but hey, the holidays are over, time for selfish knitting for yourself after taking care of everyone for the holidays. We won’t tell on you.) the Drifting Snow Cowl to ward off the winter chill.

End of the Year Sale

2019 has been quite the year at Chateau Teton. From building the yarn barn, from mixing all the dyes and the first yarns coming out dye pots. It’s been magically crazy as I play with new yarns and color combinations to develop my style of dyeing.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. When you start something new, you feel like you are walking a tightrope across a canyon, wondering if this project is going to work, are you headed the right direction, will people enjoy your work, and on and on.

In celebration of your support and to finish the year with a bang, there is a 20% off sale in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop on all regularly priced yarn and knitting pattern books now through January 4, 2020. No minimum purchase necessary.

There are new plans for 2020 that are still in the works. One of the great joys of dyeing is getting to meet you, the fiber artist, to talk with you, see what you are creating and hearing what you enjoy working with and looking for in your fiber journey. I am exploring which fiber fairs and knitting events that are feasible for me to attend within the Pacific Northwest in 2020. Keep checking back as I announce show dates.

The ideas for knitting projects have not stop coming. I have a few more projects that just came off the needles that I need to write up the pattern, find test knitters and get pictures taken. Don’t worry, they will make it up to the website very soon. More ideas are coming to me nearly daily. There isn’t enough time to knit and dye everything that comes to my head!

So keep your eyes peeled for more knitting patterns, show updates and shop updates in 2020! I am looking forward to seeing and hearing from you in 2020!

Thank you for support Teton Knitting Company!