Thursday, October 30, 2014

Village Yarn Shop and Brownie Knits Schedule

I have all the final details for the Brownie Knits events at The Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville, Indiana. I hope to see you there!

Brownie Knits Trunk Show from November 3rd unit the mid- to end of November.
The Village Yarn Shop
209 South Main Street
Zionsville, IN 

November 6th from 5-8 pm 
Designer Meet & Greet

Button Up Honey Cowl or Slouchy Honey Hat Class
November 15th from 10 am to 12:30 pm

Flossie Hat Class
November 15th 1:30 to 4 pm

Both classes will include instructions for the specific projects and a general question and answer session. For those interested in continental knitting or magic loop, you can get instruction on those techniques and apply them to these projects! (Must have a basic knitting knowledge already.) Class size is limited. Please call 317.873.0004 to sign up or swing by the shop.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brownie Knits Podcast Episode 2 is LIVE!!!

Show Notes:

Welcome to episode 2 of the Brownie Knits podcast! In this episode, we talk about some finished projects, new designs, an epic shopping trip, and have some class announcements. AND...our first ever giveaway winner is announced!

Lady Louise Infinity Cowl by A Knitter's Life
Crackerjack Cowl by earthchick
Bandana by Knit One Crochet Too

New Brownie Knits designs:
Slouchy Honey Hat available in Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy
Windows of Light Jar Covers (FREE on and in Ravelry)

Bird Leg Bags
Turtle Purl Yarns in Snow White
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Modern Fair Isle
Opal in Honey

The Brownie Knits trunk show will be at The Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville, IN from November 3rd, 2014 until mid to late November. There will be a meet and greet from 5-8 on November 6th and classes are on November 15th. Watch the video for all the details!

Don't forget to join the Brownie Knits Ravelry board and comment on the Introductions thread to register for the next giveaway! I have also started a thread with all the details about the Block Blanket along for 2015.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Windows of Light Jar Covers -- FREEBIE !!! Crochet Pattern

How about a little something free for the week?!? Here you go. This is a freebie crochet pattern for jar covers. You can download the file from or on Ravelry.

Some relaxing crochet and the calming glow of candlelight is headed your way when you make the Windows of Light Jar Covers! All you need is some leftover sock weight yarn, a jar, and a candle to make the covers and add a touch of color to your home d├ęcor. A trio of covers can be made in one evening, so you can switch out covers for the seasons! Package them with some candles and they make great gifts for all your friends! 

Yardage: 145 yards/132.5 meters of fingering weight yarn (total yardage for trio of covers) 
Sample knit out of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in colors Ophelia and Hollyhock (395 yards/361 meters; 100% superwash merino) 

Gauge: 5.5 dcs / 3 rounds = 1 inch, unblocked and not stretched 

Hook: US D/3 (3.25mm) 
or size needed to get gauge

Jars: 12-, 8-, and 4-ounce quilted crystal Ball® jelly jars; 2.-inch diameter x 5.-inch tall (large jar), 2.- inch diameter x 3.-inch tall (medium jar), 2.-inch diameter x 2.-inch tall (small jar) 
Yarn/tapestry needle 

Directions are given to fit 2.-inch diameter jars. However, you can use any size jar you desire by following the notes throughout. If you select a larger jar, you will need additional yarn. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Slouchy Honey Hat: New Pattern Alert!!!

I know I say this every time, but I really am SUPER excited about my newest design. The Slouchy Honey Hat pattern just came flowing out on the needles and I loved making it. Here's all the info and you can get the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy, or my Etsy shop. (For those of you in the Indianapolis area, I will also be teaching this hat [along with the Button Up Honey Cowl] as a class on November 15th, 2014 at the Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville, IN. Would love to see you there!)

The stylish Slouchy Honey hat features a deep rib brim to keep the hat snug on your head and your ears warm. The honeycomb pattern in the body of the hat looks visually complex, but is simple and enjoyable to knit. A quick decrease at the tiptop gives a gathered look, with the option of adding a playful pom-pom as an accent. This hat is full of fun and perfect for fall and winter weather! Grab two contrasting skeins of your favorite DK or light worsted yarn and sit down for a knit!


5 sts / 6.25 rounds over St st = 1 inch, on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

Adult S/M (Adult L/XL)
Circumference to fit: 19-21 (20-23) inches
3 inches of negative ease

250 yards of DK weight yarn in main color
150 yards of DK weight yarn in contrasting color
Samples knitted out of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Dahlia and Weathered Frame and William Morris and Hosta Blue

US 5 or 6 16- or 20-inch circular for brim
US 6 or 7 16- or 20-inch circular for body of hat, or size needed to get gauge
US 6 or 7 DPNs for decreases
Use a longer needle if you prefer Magic Loop technique
For the brim, select a needle one size smaller than needle used to get gauge.


Pom-pom maker (optional)
Stitch marker
Tape measure
Yarn/Tapestry needle

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brownie Knits and The Village Yarn Shop!

Hello everybody!!! I'm very excited to share that The Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville Indiana will be hosting my trunk show in November. I will also be hanging around on the evening of 11/13 to meet knitters, catch up with the local knitting scene, and answer questions about my designs. We are still finalizing plans for Saturday 11/15, but it looks like I will be teaching two classes that day. Super excited to drive down the road a bit and deliver the trunk show! Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Button Up Honey Cowl Pattern on Knit Picks!

Hi everybody! The Button Up Honey Cowl pattern is now available from Knit Picks. You can get the pattern, yarn, and everything else you need from the site at this link. They are running a 10% off the entire site right now if you enter the code extraten. I'm biased, but I think these cowls would make great holiday gifts.

My favorite sample version of this design uses Knit Picks City Tweed DK.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brownie Knits Podcast Episode 1

Hi everybody! Episode 1 of the Brownie Knits podcast is up on YouTube! The video is linked here and the the direct link to YouTube is here.

Show notes:

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Brownie Knits podcast. In this episode I share some needlefelted pumpkins, zebra socks, and a few new Brownie Knits designs. We also take a trip to the pumpkin patch! 


Pumpkin Needlefelting kit (for the small pumpkins) from Sheared Bliss

Vanilla Socks (toe up and afterthought heel) pattern by Carle' Dehning (free in Ravelry)...I used Regia Zoofari yarn for the zebra print.

Delphia Cowl by Brownie Knits, available for purchase in Ravelry and from Also available on Craftsy and the Brownie Knits Etsy shop.

BRAND NEW!!! Button Up Honey Cowl by Brownie Knits, available for purchase in Ravelry and from Also available on Craftsy and the Brownie Knits Etsy shop.

Pumpkin patch is Russell Farms in Noblesville, Indiana

Remember to join in the conversation on the Brownie Knits Ravelry board and introduce yourself to enter the October/November 2014 giveaway!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Button Up Honey Cowl: A New Pattern from Brownie Knits

The Button Up Honey Cowl is the perfect accessory to keep your neck cozy! Knitted in the round, the cowl features a honeycomb pattern in the main body of the neck and a Stockinette stitch panel to display some decorative buttons. The pattern provides instructions for both fingering weight and DK weight yarn and works great for men and women. You never use more than one color in a round, so the knitting is fun and fast! Grab two coordinating yarns, some buttons, and your needles and settle in for a little knitting. The pattern is available on the site, as well as in Ravelry, Craftsy, and the Brownie Knits Etsy shop. 
Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Yardage: 200 yards/183 meters of DK or 250 yards/229 meters fingering weight yarn for the main color and 100 yards/92 meters of DK or fingering weight yarn for the contrasting color

Peppino and Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

3 to 5 buttons in any size

Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted and Knit Picks Stroll Tweed

Gauge: DK weight version: 5 sts / 7.5 rounds over St st = 1 inch Fingering weight version: 6.5 / 10.5 rounds over St st = 1 inch

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Knit Picks City Tweed DK

DK weight version: US 6 (4mm) or US 7 (4.5mm) 16- or 20-inch circular 
Fingering weight version: US 3 (3.25mm) or 4 (3.5mm) 16- or 20-inch circular or size needed to get gauge

Note: This cowl is designed to be loose fitting on the neck. If you prefer a snug fit to the neck, adjust your needle size down one size.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Boo Pumpkin

During a recent visit with my in-laws, my MIL saw my little needle felted pumpkins and was nice enough to give me some roving she had and wasn't going to use. I immediately thought that I wanted to make a HUGE white pumpkin. I followed the same concept as for the little ones, but just on a larger scale. It turned out to be about 10 inches in height and, well, it is bigger than my head! I love it!!!

Materials: bag of white roving, needle felting needles in a larger gauge and a finer gauge, 50 yards of 100% wool, needle felting pad

I followed the instructions from Sheared Bliss for the "body" of the pumpkin. Then, I grabbed some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes out of my stash and felted that on the pad until the pieces were shaped like a stem and leaves. Then I felted those in place. The Big Boo Pumpkin has joined the Kanouse pumpkin patch!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rays Crackerjack Update

The end of baseball season meant sadness for Patrick, but it also meant that I could finish up his Crackerjack cowl. This is a conceptual project. Basically, you pick out four colors of a yarn and assign them to Home Win, Home Loss, Away Win, and Away Loss. From there, you decide how long you want the cowl to be and divide that by the number of games and that tells you what to do. You can get the pattern and worksheet from Ravelry for free.

I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in...
Home Win Betty Draper's Blues
Home Loss Farmhouse White
Away Win Cobalt
Away Loss Doctor Zhivago's Sky

Needle size US 7

I did put in a special slip stitch for the game with a grand slam by Kevin Kiermaier. (Can I say he made watching all those baseball games MUCH more enjoyable? What a cutie!) Excuse the fan in the photo and I promise to snap better photos of this project as we are out and about in the natural sun. It is really handsome!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Socks: Can You SEE Me Now?

In August I finished up these socks and then failed to post about them! I'm sure not to be missed in these bright socks. This little pair followed the newest trend in NOT matching up your socks. Although, I admit that was not the intention. I knit the first sock following my normal stitch count, cuff down, and gusset/toe decrease. Then I pulled apart the ball to match up my color for the second sock. All went well in the start of the cuff and then there was a knot and a tie on in the middle of the ball that COMPLETELY changed the order of the colors for the rest of the darn thing. So, I went with it and accepted that my colors wouldn't match. Then, I was distracted by my oncology tests and results and, well, totally changed up the gusset and toe without realizing it on the second sock. (Your mind really does go elsewhere when you are knitting and thinking about stressful things.) I still ended up with the correct stitch counts in the key places, but I took a different road to get there. They both fit well and I made the leg portions on these a bit higher than I normally do. Nice and cozy and they will be in use soon!

Right now my sock knitting is this pair of zebra print socks. 

These socks are a bit different for me because I'm trying out toe up and an afterthought heel. The pattern is Vanilla Socks by Nurturing Fibers and the yarn is Regia Zoofari in color 5868. (You can find the yarn for purchase at Simply Socks online.) I can really see the appeal of knitting socks this way. After the quick toe portion, it is lots of just knitting without thinking. Sure, there are a few minor things here and there, but they are just a few rounds. The rest is turn off the brain and enjoy! I'm curious about how trying it on and fit will work around the leg portion, but that's what the first pair is all about... 

These socks are also special in a few other ways. The most important being that they are a zebra print and will be the socks I wear for NET Awareness day on November 10th. I hope that you will join me in wearing some zebra that day to bring awareness to neuroendocrine tumors and cancers. 

AND...I've been wanting to knit a pair of socks during IU basketball season that will reflect the outcome of the games. I knit PK a Crackerjack cowl (blog post coming soon) for the Rays baseball season and wanted to do the same for me, but not a cowl. I think with toe up and afterthought heel socks, I can make this happen. My zebra socks will tell me exactly how many rounds I need to fit my foot. I can then divide that by the number of games to figure out how many rounds I will need per game to reflect a win or loss. Then, I will knit the heels to be one of each color. Can't wait to cast those on!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Follow Brownie Knits on Instagram

I love photos because there is not a better way to share knitting and crochet projects when you are miles away from others who craft. Earlier this year I joined Instagram and have become addicted to checking it each night. Personally, I find it inspirational to see not just other knitting projects, but to learn and see all the other things that interest people. If you are on Instagram, follow me! I'm @brownieknits.

Kiki says come follow us on Instagram to see cute pictures of her, too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tea Time and Pumpkins

Fall is a time for tea, knitting, and pumpkins! At least, that is how it is around the Kanouse homestead. The number of pumpkins in our house in October and November is a bit insane, but they are my favorite fall decoration.

Smells of fall...

The tea tray all ready to go!

I needlefelted these little pumpkins with the kit I bought from Sheared Bliss at the Wool Gathering. My favorite is the little white one. I pulled out some sample roving I had from TNNA and felted that up, too. (Thus, the blue pumpkin.)

This rug was hooked years ago when I tried to add another hobby to my day. In the long term it didn't stick, but I love this little guy and he sits on the dining room table each fall...surrounded by other pumpkins, of course! What is your favorite fall decoration?