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The Linus shawl is one of those simple projects that works well in a variety of yarn weights. We've had a sample in our shop in the past, and for this summer, Liz worked up a new version with one skein of Brighton Beach, a sport-weight linen/cotton blend.

Knit at the upper end of the suggested needle size on a US5, it creates a drapey summer fabric that is perfect for taking the chill off a summer evening. It could easily be made larger by adding a second skein. The free pattern is available on Ravelry.

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This may be the perfect time to teach a young one to knit by knitting a garter stitch square, and with a few basting stitches, you turn that square into a bunny!

This free pattern on Ravelry has been around for a while but we thought it was a good time to make some ourselves and share the pattern. You can use some stash yarn, but if you use dishcloth cotton, you can simply undo the basting stitches (after the Easter holiday) it will have a second purpose in the kitchen!

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Fluttery is a new slip-stitch cowl by another local designer, Reah Janise Kauffman. It is knit up in the must luxuriously soft yarn called Mayu by Amano Yarns. Because the alpaca in this yarn is "royal" alpaca, it does not have any of the "guard" hairs associated with alpaca that gives alpaca a somewhat fuzzy look and can also cause it to itch some people. The royal alpaca, combined with mulberry silk and cashmere, give this yarn luster and a more spring-like look - a great choice for accessories for this time of year. The Fluttery Cowl uses only one skein of Mayu, and is free with the purchase of this yarn.

Reah Janise moved to Belfast about 18 months ago. A long-time knitter, she made the leap into designing knitwear through curiosity and a desire for a challenge. After having knitters ask about designs she’d created, she transitioned into pattern writing, having them tech-edited to ensure clarity and accuracy before posting to Ravelry.

Since moving here, she’s worked up some designs for us as well as Good Karma Farm. She is a member of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and is working on a Master Knitter certificate. TKGA’s digital magazine, Cast On, has published two of her patterns and she is in the throes of finishing a third, which will be published in their summer 2021 issue. You can find her at the shop most Wednesdays.

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