Projects

Here are our current PROJECTS OF THE MONTH for eye-candy and inspiration…
For older projects, please browse our archive here.

June 2021: Brioche Blooms Shawl

Using the stunning and shimmering Essence of Autumn with the Budding Brioche Blooms shawl by Jennifer Shiels Toland. This is a perfect shawl for the spring and summer, adding just enough warmth while still being light, airy and oh so elegant. What really caught our eye with this pattern was of course two colour brioche panels that end with a deep flowering brioche scalloped edge. It is a perfect project for those wanting to try two colour brioche in the flat. Browse our selection of Essence of Autumn here

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May 2021: Angiels Art Embroidery

This May we’ve turned our attention to embroidery. From the beautiful scenes of the Albertan Rockies to our mountain tops here in Vancouver, Angiels Art has crafted a series of DIY Embroidery Kits that have wowed us completely! These kits are a perfect way to jump into embroidery, or diversify your repertoire as a seasoned embroidery veteran– with two embroidery skills of Satin Stitch and French Knots. You can find seven of the Angiel Arts DIY Embroidery Kits at Baaad Anna’s.

Three of the kits available at Baaad Anna’s: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Mount Rundle. Photo permissions granted from Angiels Art Instagram.

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April 2021: Butterfly | Papillon Shawl

We really flew away with our April Project of the Month! Highlighting the colorful Uneek Fingering Yarns, the Butterfly | Papillon Shawl by MarinJaKnits is a gorgeous and detailed piece. The pattern is intended to be used with long transition multi-colorway yarns, like the Uneek Fingering, or with your own placed colored yarns (a great way to use up a yarn-stash!). Using short rows, this shawl creates stained-glass window color pockets to mimic a butterfly’s wings. 

Nadia models her Papillon Shawl.

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March 2021: Chain Hat

For our March Project of the Month, we have turned our hands to crochet with the Chain Hat designed by Svetlana Kochkina! We fell in love with this pattern on first sight due to its stylish design with a focus on wearable texture. With a 4.5mm hook, this hat uses the winding around stitch to create a beautifully textured effect. The Estelle DK is the perfect yarn to start with for this project, but if you choose to use a semi-solid yarn, the variation in the colour really shines through with this stitch technique.

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January 2021: The Super Easy Knit Ribbed Hat

To start off the new year we spotlight one of our favourite go-to first-project, and give a couple other project and yarn suggestions for those early in their knitting adventure. The Super Easy Knit Ribbed Hat by CJ Designs is made with a quick knitting bulky weight yarn offering the opportunity to learn how to practice your knit and purl in the round; and if you wish includes the added challenge of knitting on double pointed needles (though it could be done on a 16-inch circular to avoid this additional new technique). It is knit in a tube and is singed to a point at the end avoiding the need to learn how to decrease, and also allowing it to be a perfect floppy toque. And all this comes with a free detailed step-by-step Youtube video instructions to walk you through the pattern!

 

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December 2020: Slipstravaganza Shawl

For our December Project of the Month we are featuring the Slipstravaganza shawl! We’re closing out the year featuring two of these giant cozy shawls that were knit by Sarah and Gabby, two of our Baaad Anna’s staff members. Slipstravaganza is a shawl pattern by Stephen West (Westknits) that was released this fall as a mystery knit-a-long. For four weeks Sarah and Gabby followed weekly clues and saw their fingering weight shawls grow without knowing what the final shawl would look like. 

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November 2020: Dance With Me Dress

The Dance With Me dress is a free pattern by DROPS Design and this tweedy grey and blue version was knit by Sarah, our store manager. Sarah knit this one up in Americo Original Fine Tweed, a fingering weight yarn. The dress is knit by first working the skirt from side to side using short rows and stripes to create the shaping that gives the swing to the bottom of the dress. After seaming the skirt, you then pick up stitches along the waistband and knit the top of the dress in stockinette with a rounded yoke to finish.

Ann B, a friend of the store, models the Dance With Me dress in Americo Original Fine Tweed.

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October 2020: Vested Interest

This month we are featuring a squishy, warm, hug of a sweater vest called ‘Vested Interest’ that was knit up in Cascade Yarns Cloud, a chainette worsted weight yarn, that you may not be familiar with yet. The Vested Interest vest is a pattern from a Sugar Bush Yarns collection called ‘Canadian Warmth’ that features 11 beautiful patterns that will keep you warm all winter. With easy to follow instructions the vest is knit in sections (back, front right, front left) and then seamed before adding the neckband, armhole bands and pockets.

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September 2020: Baubles Shawl

We took a little break for August but we’re back with our September project of the month! This month we are featuring the Baubles shawl by Andrea Mowry (available through Ravelry or Andrea Mowry’s website), knit up in beautiful Earl Grey Fiber Co fingering yarn that you can find in the shop.

This shawl uses four skeins of fingering weight yarn (two skeins of main colour and one skein each of your contrast colours), with the perfect amount of leftovers for socks and a hat or maybe a fun marled project to use up the leftover yarn. Baubles is an engaging knit for beyond beginner knitters and will keep you on your toes with a combination of lace, brioche, garter stripes, and baubles. 

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July 2020: Sailing Sweater

Our July project of the month is the Sailing Sweater designed by Canadian designer Beckie Paul, whom some might recognize as the dyer for Shirley Brian Yarns! Gabby, our community coordinator, knit this rust coloured summer version in local indie favourite Vegan Yarn’s Pakucho worsted cotton. The Sailing Sweater is knit in two identical horizontal pieces, from cuff to cuff, that are blocked and then seamed together. Once the seaming is done you pick up and knit the cuffs (no sleeve island!) and you’re all done. It’s a perfect summer evening sweater and we’re predicting it will fit right in with all our fall and winter knits too.

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June 2020: Cluran Shawl

This month we are featuring this light and breezy Cluran Shawl, knit up in three colours of Sarah Elizabeth Fiber Works Easy Ecowash. The Cluran Shawl pattern is designed by BC local, Nat Raedwulf of Wolf and Faun Design and calls for 825-900 yards of fingering weight yarn and recommends using three colours. With one main colour and two contrast colours, you can customize your shawl to emphasize the light, dark or variegated yarns as you choose. Sarah Elizabeth, of Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works, knit the Cluran pictured here in her Easy Eco Wash fingering yarn in colour ways ‘Sky’, ‘Peaches in the Valley’, and ‘Sunshine Dance’. 

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May 2020: Soldotna Sweater

This month we are featuring the Soldotna sweater! A cropped, short-sleeved colourwork sweater, intended for DK weight yarn that is easy to knit and easy to wear. A great handmade wardrobe building block, the Soldotna sweater is a pattern by Caitlin Hunter (Boyland Knitworks) that is written for a cropped length but can be lengthened as desired. This one up in our super soft Chester Knits sport yarn. The pattern calls for four skeins of the Chester Knits sport, which knits up perfectly to meet the gauge in the pattern (which is DK). The Chester Knits sport is 100% superwash merino and comes in 283 y (259m) skeins. You can of course swap Chester Knits out for any of our DK weight yarns in the online store.

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February 2020: Downhome Shawl

The Downhome Shawl features Hue Loco’s Backyard Chicken sets! The Hue Loco sets, from yarn dyer Nicole Clark, from Boulder, Colorado, are based on the colours found in various species of common backyard chickens. Of her many yarn offerings, one of our favourites are sock sets (one full 100g skein with two coordinating 20g mini skeins). Socks are one way to use these sets but a simple shawl with an allowance for a few good colour pops would work as well and Alicia Plummer specifically designed her Downhome Shawl to work specifically with Hue Loco’s Backyard Chicken sets! 

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January 2020: The Love of Spiders

The Love of Spiders is a gorgeous colourwork shawl that showcases any two colours chosen, and is described by the designer Melanie Berg as a whimsical knit inspired by Charlotte’s Web, a beautiful story about finding love, growing up, and saying goodbye.

The delicate spiderweb lines are made with slipped stitches, as is the two-color section meant to evoke Charlotte’s 514 children ballooning in the wind. This creates a beautiful stitch pattern without the need to work two strands of yarn at a time. A great beginner colourwork that is knit down and out from the center of the top edge with increases at the center and sides, finished with a garter stitch border.

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For older Projects of the Month, please browse our archive here.