Basic Mini-Sweater Ornament

Mini-Sweater with Fair Isle color work

Jorstad Creek
Basic Mini-sweater Pattern by Kerry Graber

Materials:    Sock Yarn

Needles:      US #1 or #2

Notions:       Safety Pins, darning needle


 Body from the bottom up

  1. Using knitted-on cast-on method, cast on 32 stitches and divide on to 3 needles.
  2. Join by knitting one round in K1P1 rib, careful not to twist. Knit 3 rounds in ribbing.
  3. Change to stockinette, Knit around until the tube measures 2” from the beginning, (the cast-on row). (Optional – begin adding color work or texture stitches at 1”)
  4. Divide stitches on to two needles evenly – 16 stitches each.

Chest and Neck Yoke

  1. In stockinette knit 4 rows or about ¼ “ from the point you divided the stitches.
  2. With right side facing knit 5 stitches. Turn. Knit 6 rows for the right-side shoulder. Slip stitches on to a safety pin and leave a 3” tail.
  3. Slip the center 6 stitches on to another safety pin.
  4. Join the working yarn at the right edge of the remaining 5 shoulder stitches and knit 6 rows. Slip stitches on to a safety pin and cut yarn leaving a 3“ tail.
  5. Repeat steps 5 through 8 for the back.
  6. Slip front and back set of shoulder stitches back on to needles. Using a three-needle bind off, join the shoulders front and back.

Neck Rib

  1. Starting on the left side of the neck pick up 4 or 5 stitches.
  2. Slip the back 6 stitches from safety pin on to a needle.
  • Pick up the right stitches, then slip the front stitches on to a needle from the safety pin.
  1. Now you have all the neck stitches onto three or four needles, knit around in K1P1 ribbing, 3 rows. Bind off.


  1. Pick up 14 or 16 stitches around the sleeve opening and knit around until sleeve measures 1.5” long. (Optional – Add any colorwork or texture on the 5th or 6th) Switch to K1P1 ribbing. Bind off.
  2. Repeat for other side.

Finish by sewing in ends and block

Instead of using intarsia you can knit the basic plain sweater and then duplicate stitch with contrasting yarn to make embellishments like stars or an evergreen tree.


Star Pony free pattern

Make this simple knitted hair band to embellish your summer “up doo”.




Yarn:  Jorstad Creek “Moonstruck” – 100% Tencel DK or any yarn with sparkle or shine in a DK weight!

Needles:  US# 7 double pointed needles, set of 4

Embroidery Needle for finishing.

Elastic Hair Band used for pony tails.

Gauge:  Not important! Yes, this is one of those rare times you don’t need to use a swatch…


Using the long tail method cast on 30 stitches with two double pointed needles. Distribute the cast on stitches on to three needles (10 stitches each).

Join by knitting in the round, being careful not to twist. Knit three rounds of stockinette.

Round 4: *K2tog, YO*; repeat star to star to the end of the round.

Rounds 5 through 14: Knit

Bind off in Knit with medium tension.

Turn the knitted tube inside out. Place the elastic hair band around the tube centering around the middle of the piece. Fold the picot flap over the bind off edge to make the star, and using an embroidery needle whip stitch the flap down to the knitted fabric, sealing in the elastic hair band. You’re done!

Countdown to December

Countdown cover

We know what happens …

You’ve promised a scarf, a shawl, a hat, or pair of socks, maybe a pair of mitts as Christmas gifts.  Now it is December and you wish you had all that time from last summer to get started on your gift knitting!

We’ve got you covered! We are going to get you started months ahead with fantastic knitting projects. You will complete them in time to enjoy the Holidays without that panic of last minute gift making!

Not only will you have fun, but you can enter each month in a drawing to get a gift from Jorstad Creek! Participate in two activities each month, get them “stamped” (marked off by us), and we will enter you into a monthly drawing.  Get your passport stamped with any 8 (or more) activities before the Holidays in December and we will enter you into a grand prize drawing.

Let’s work together to make the Holidays stress free and fun this year!

Get the offical hard copy of the passport at the Jorstad Creek Studio. You can also download a pdf version of the Countdown to December Passport Final Countdown Passport and print it out at home – tell the printer to print double-sided and flip on the short edge! 

You must register your participation with us by sending us an email so we can enter you in the drawings. 

Even if you are not able to drop into the Studio very often, you can earn “virtual stamps” by ordering one of the kits or other projects from the passport – just contact us at Passport holders enjoy special discounts on projects in addition to monthly specials that are open to all as we Countdown to December!

Here’s what you can look forward to for July.


Flower-shaped felted coasters in this clever free “Java Flower” pattern.

Kits available in Kodiak single ply in 5 colors. Felt these clever coasters as a gift set! The pattern is free on Ravelry at 

Java Flowers knit up in Jorstad Creek Kodiak, a feltable Alpaca/wool/silk – $24.00 for mini skein kit needed to make a full set.

Simple Christmas Stocking from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Get started early! Kits available in Camano in solids, multis, and accent colors. Make a striped “Pippi” version, or choose a medium or large in brilliant colors. Later on in the gift-making season we will show options for embellishing your stocking! Pattern is available from Churchmouse at

Three versions of the basic stocking knit in Camano, our superwash Merino single-ply, from left the small, large, and “pippi” version.

Christmas Tree Ornament of the Month

This Stitch Nation pattern by Debbie Stoller is a free download from Redheart. It’s the perfect ornament to start our Countdown adventure. We supply the yarn at our Studio, you bring your needles and knit the ornament! The cost is a voluntary donation for supplies!  Follow this link to the downloadable pattern:

This Stitch Nation pattern by Debbie Stoller is a free download from Redheart.


We’ll be back with another blog post to highlight the projects for August, talk some more about our knit-along sweater project (starts on August 6), and give you an update on the Countdown. Subscribe to the blog to get notice of our updates!

Happy gift knitting!


Jorstad Jaunts and Studio Celebrations

IMG_1901 (002)The Jorstad Creek Dye Studio is a place that morphs from day to day. Sometimes it is a place to create beautiful things. Sometimes it is a place to learn, celebrate, console, or meet up with a friend. I often call it my “public living room.” We love our comfy couch (there are those who have been known to nap on it from time to time!) and find it to be the most pleasant place to spend a morning or liesurely afternoon.

Sunset Gradient

One afternoon earlier last week we brought food and cider from our neighbors, the FishTale Pub, and lifted a glass to commemorate an accomplishment of a friend. Surrounded by beautiful woolie braids and yarn, it seemed like the perfect place to be happy with a group of friends.

When people first enter the doorway of our studio often we see them stand stock still, a bit dumbfounded by what they see. The building isn’t easy to find, and the front door can be elusive. So when a person steps from a rather rough and tumble parking lot into our little wonderland of color they are a little perplexed. This is the “Jorstad Effect.” Local people gaze at us a glassy-eyed and ask, “How long have you been here?” “About three years.” And next they say, “How could I not know you are here all this time?”

I think of about a thousand different things I could say.  “We only appear in this location every three years, kind of like Brigadoon?” Or “You’ve crossed over a dimensional threshold to another world inhabited by color?” The fact is the Studio is one of those places that you find because you stumble upon it, or someone tells you about it. We don’t advertise in the newspaper (many reasons, ask me about it sometime), so we spend our meager advertising budget on Facebook. And we count on visitors to be amazed at our little warehouse that we’ve turned into a knitter and spinner’s Shangri La.

Barbara shows off her handspun and handknit sweater from Jorstad Creek in “Three Forests” colorway.

If you come to find Jorstad from out of town you can find us when you “Google” or search “Safari” on your iphone. We’re also in a yarn shop directory for yarn tourists. In a way it can be easier to find us if you are traveling here from out of town – local people don’t think to search “yarn store” in their own burg. I confess I am conflicted about the Studio being labeled a yarn store, due to the fact it just doesn’t quite fit the formula. We make most of our products here, or we do essential pieces of the process in making what we offer retail and wholesale to other stores. But we also have classes, knitting needles, needle-felting supplies, bags and stitch markers by local artisans, and now buttons!


The Studio is a multi-faceted place, and it has to continue to grow and change because we aren’t just a great stop on your summer travels (the pub next door is a great place to park the non-knitters among your group), but it is also part of a local community, this downtown Olympia, with its arts, colorful characters, craft brew, wine, cholocate, traditional music, farmer’s market, boats, and foodie destinations. Folks are passionate about the quality of life here, and having thriving local yarn sources are part of this ever-changing northwest town on the shore of the Salish Sea. That’s Puget Sound for those unfamiliar.

Nancy Mills shows off her beautiful cardigan from Jorstad Creek Kodiak in speckled colorway. We added needles to our stock of hand crafted stitch markers by local artisan Linda Pang.

I wrote about change in a previous blog post, and how we were making adjustments to meet new expectations, and we have. The Studio now has permanently expanded our hours to include Thursdays from Noon to 5 p.m.  You will find Pam and Heather at the Studio ready to help knitters find a new project, pattern, or fiber, or to get help with knitting questions.

What’s the Summer Looking like for Jorstad Creek?

In addition to our classes planned for the rest of May and June (see Class Schedule page), we have some “Jorstad Jaunts” that take us into July.

Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, Oregon. On June 28 the Studio is closed as we pack up most of our inventory and open a pop-up store at the Market at the Linn County Expo Center. This is a “sheep show” with live sheep, sheering, judging, and a sheep-to-shawl event. Classes and a market place with a spinner’s circle is also part of the festivities, find out more at  Lots of great farm and ranch booths are there selling their homegrown and crafted products, too. These events are important opportunities to support and sustain small land-holders who raise fiber animals and love what they do. We focus on outreach to new customers and returning friends who may not come north to Olympia to find us. The location is a beautiful drive south of Portland.

Stitch and Pitch at Safeco Field in Seattle. Thursday July 26 at 7:10 pm. Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals. We welcome the Northwest Yarns group to Safeco field, all the way from Bellingham to join us at our pop-up booth on the concessions deck. They sponsor our booth, and we show our appreciation for the support! You will find me and my crew ready to help you find something special directly from our Studio to this fun event.

We’re planning more events and trunk shows, and we’ll let you know when and where you can find us as dates are solidified. In the meantime thank you to everyone supporting our company, we love the feedback and appreciate the effort you make to find us wherever we go. Hope to see you soon! Kerry





Spring Class Schedule is here! Email to register.

Overdye Saturdays in April 7, May 5, June 2 – 11 am to 3 pm. Free with donation to Great Steppe Fiber Project!

Bring your tired old unloved skeins! With your input we’ll do our best to make them beautiful and fresh again. Donation to Great Steppe Fiber Project is appreciated.

doodle cake“Doodle Cakes” – April 21, 9 am-12 pm – Cost $95 per student includes 2 undyed blanks. Doodle shawl class available on April 24 at the Ewe and I Yarn Shop in Chehalis, taught by Sherri Hruby, designer!

Instructors Kerry Graber and Madison Wallace

Yarn blanks are pre-knitted pieces you can paint with long stretches of color, and then knit into a new design. We set you up with four knitted blanks and your choice of colors. Then we’ll show you the possibilities of applying dyes to the blanks! For knitters who want to knit two color patterns with a gradient background, or experiment with long color pieces.  This technique offers many creative possibilities for weavers to dye unique warp or weft. This technique works to produce a yarn suitable for the Doodle Shawl.

scarvesBotanical Print Workshop with Hilary Grant – April 29th, 9 am to 4 pm $210.00. Five silk scarf “blanks” included.

This is our second time offering this amazing and fascinating class “ecoprinting.”

Inspired by nature and using natural materials, learn to print on silk scarves. Students print on five scarf blanks and will be able to take them home at the end of class. Intriguing method of transferring very detailed images of leaves and vegetation onto silk! Limited to 8 students.

spindleBeginning Drop Spindling – May 19th – 9am -12pm – $75 per student. Learn to spin yarn!

This is the first step to learning how to make yarn. If you are considering diving into spinning with a wheel, we recommend starting with a simple spindle. We’ll show you how! Spindling is a portable craft you can take with you anywhere. Beginner spindles available for sale. Class instructed by Madison Wallace and Leanna Saplan of Spinners Anonymous.

Hand Painted Skeins with Low Acid Dyes – May 26, 9 am to 12 pm. Cost $95 per student includes 4 skeins of undyed wool yarn

Instructors Kerry Graber and Madison Wallace

Learn the art of hand painting skeins of wool or silk yarn with non-toxic low-acid dyes. We set you up with four skeins of undyed yarn and all the colors you can think of, show you different techniques of applying dyes to the yarn, and set you loose to create!

This is a fun session where the studio staff deal with setup and cleanup, you get to experiment with color. Get a glimpse of what we do to create our own colorways, and come away with beautiful hand dyed skeins of yarn.

Bring extra undyed skeins if you like! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring rubber gloves (the dish washing kind).

Limited to eight students per class to make the most of the experience.  

Ply Your Yarn Singles with a Spindle – June 2nd – 9am-12pm  Class Fee: $40 – sign up for both the beginner spindle class and this plying class, get the plying class discounted to 30!

So you learned to spin yarn singles, now what? Come to this class and learn the two basic ways of plying your spun singles. We will demonstrate how to turn your singles in to a 2 ply and 3 ply yarn. Please bring spun singles and your spindles and be ready to make beautiful plied yarn. Class instructed by Madison Wallace and Leanna Saplan of Spinners Anonymous.

Hand Painted Skeins with Fiber Reactive Dyes -June 9,   9 am to 12 pm. Cost $95 per student includes 4 skeins of undyed wool yarn

Instructors Kerry Graber, Madison Wallace, and Pam Ring

Learn the art of hand painting skeins of cotton or other plant fiber yarn with non-toxic fiber-reactive dyes. We set you up with four skeins of undyed yarn and lots of colors, show you different techniques of applying dyes to the yarn, and you get to play with color.

If you’ve wanted to try dyeing cotton blend, linen, bamboo, or other plant fiber yarn we show you how we do it.Again, we deal with the set up and clean up, you just get to have fun and create!

Beginning Wheel Spinning – June 15th and 16th 9am-11am. Cost $75.

Have a wheel but don’t know how to get started? Want to try wheel spinning?  In this two-part class, we will provide the basics for setting up your wheel properly and then the techniques for drafting and plying for a knittable or weavable yarn. Limited number of wheels for loan, please make arrangements prior to class. Fiber for spinning is provided as part of the class fee. Class instructed by Madison Wallace and Leanna Saplan of Spinners Anonymous.

Changes at the Studio

In November here in Olympia we said goodbye to a Knitting hub and institution, local yarn and fabric store Canvas Works. This past year has seen many long established yarn stores close, sometimes due to financial stress after a long slog through the recession, and sometimes due to life changes for the owners. Canvas Works was strongly supported by loyal customers and we know that financially the business was strong. An opportunity came along to sell their building and move on to other things. We’re all grateful for the many years in the community!

Knitters are a fiercely loyal bunch. I shared a few tears and sad moments with distraught customers who shared with me their anxiety about a future without their special store. Canvas Works was also my place to buy needles and get inspiration for many years! When I started the Jorstad Creek Studio I talked with my friend Amy at Canvas Works who said unequivocally that more yarn in the community was good, it would help us all to bring more visitors to Olympia and continue growing the knitting movement. I will always be grateful for that word of encouragement!

You see it was not my intention to open the Studio for retail business. My plans were to grow my wholesale client list and have a place other than my backyard and basement to make beautiful yarn and fiber. However a condition of getting a business license in Olympia for the Studio’s location included the requirement to have a retail component. So when we opened to the public in July of 2015 we set up a retail display and knitter’s lounge. We established limited hours for welcoming in retail customers and embarked on building up a presence in the knitting community.

Over the past two and a half years many local and out-of-town knitters have found us tucked away as we are between two parking lots, a busy pub, and an apartment building. I am so grateful for the loyal support, the new friendships, and the volunteers that helped us through some critical moments. While the Studio is a welcoming place, it is the people who make it special. My heart is full!

Change can be hard, so how do we make it easier? How do we carry on with resilience? And how can the Studio be a positive part of positive change? I have grappled with this, talking to friends, employees, business partners and colleagues.

In the near term we are expanding retail hours for the holidays. In addition to our regularly established hours on Tuesday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays, we’re staying open on Friday evenings until 8 pm and adding Sunday hours from 1 to 5 pm. Once past the holidays we will evaluate expanding to more days or hours for 2018.

More permanently we are adding a supply of ChiaoGoo knitting needles. We’ve added needle felting wool to our fiber selection and in the coming weeks we will supply needle felting tools. Our class offerings for knitting, crafting, and dyeing will also be expanded as we identify more instructors and instruction needs.

We’re also thinking about better signage and other changes that would make us more visible!

With optimism I hope 2018 brings more crafters to our little corner of the world and that they will fall in love with our Studio. One way or another we hope our fellow knitters find a way to carry on with our beloved craft. We wish for you the best of the holiday season from all of us at Jorstad Creek! Kerry

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