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Lancaster Hoodie & Giveaway!

UPDATE 6/25/14: Congratulations to winner Kate M! Check your email, Kate M!


Traveling is difficult with a young child. Sleeping is an issue, a weird bed, a new place, new sights, sounds and people. We’re fond of “mini trips,” a 2 or 3 day excursion not too far from the house so we’re not gone for too long. We recently went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home to delicious pretzels, Amish folk, lots of animals and some really beautiful scenery. I knew we’d have about 6 or 7 hours roundtrip in the car, and the husband likes to drive so that means I get some knitting time in. I grabbed a design I had done all the math for and was ready to cast on…

mini road trip knitting

mini road trip knitting

We had a great time in Lancaster, visiting quilting shops, wooden toy shops, eating pretzels, drinking homemade root bear, taking Callum to Dutch Wonderland and checking out the LYS. If you find yourself in Lancaster County, head over to the Lancaster Yarn Shop, situated nicely right in the center of the town of Intercourse. I picked up some locally spun, natural yarn and a hank of something special you’ll hear more about later this summer.


Lancaster Yarn Shop owner Wendy Ellis and I

I am spoiled to have a great local hand dyer, Shalimar Yarns close by over in Maryland. I had some lovely Missy Bulky on hand and knew it was destined for a top down, raglan style child’s hoodie with some fair isle around the midsection. small_sweater1 What I like about this yarn is it’s a bulky, so it knits up fast and beautiful on US 10s. I love the subtleties you can only get from a hand dye and the contrasting colors of blue raspberry and tequila sunrise look great together for either gender. small_sweater2 Topped off with an elf-style hood and chunky buttons easy for small hands to manipulate, this is a cute hoodie for everyone! Sized from 6 months all the way up to 12 years, the wide size range ensures you’ll find the fit you need for all shapes and sizes. small_sweater5Being a top down raglan, you start at the neck, work your way to the end, finish off the sleeves then do the hood last. How adorable would it be to make matching ones for siblings? As always when knitting for kids, if they are old enough to help, let them pick out the colors for the hoodie or the buttons. They’re more likely to wear it if they had some input. Get started now for that “back-to-school” hoodie for the fall!small_sweater7 Named after the county we visited, the Lancaster Hoodie is available for download here.

As always, let’s do a giveaway, shall we? Answer this trivia question (open to readers worldwide) to be entered to win a digital copy of the pattern: About how many Amish people are there living in the US currently?

A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday.

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. mooskers5 #

    270, 000

    June 23, 2014
  2. Shing #

    281,675? Will get the Lancaster Hoodie even if I don’t win so I can make somewhat matching hoodies for my nephew and niece (twins).

    June 23, 2014
  3. curls11 #

    About 281,700 adults and children. In most communities over half of the population is under 18 years of age. Thus, the number of baptized adult church members is likely about 125,000.

    June 23, 2014
  4. Kathleen #

    I would estimate somewhere shy of 300,000 in the US. Wikipedia shows 127 in NC in 2010. That is much less that I would have estimated for my state.

    June 23, 2014
  5. Nashvilleknippie #

    Lancaster IS a wonderful place to visit! It seems there were about 281,695 Amish living in the US according to a 2013 Elizabethtown College report.

    June 23, 2014
  6. Cheryl Zahn #

    I will would guess about 275,000 in 2014. We love visiting Lancaster too!

    June 23, 2014
  7. Anne #

    I would say about 281 700. Thanks for the giveaway, the hoodie is beautiful.

    June 23, 2014
  8. Approx. 281,700 according to multiple reports. Beautiful hoodie! It should be a very popular pattern.

    June 23, 2014
  9. Kate M #

    Slightly over 350,000. I live near Lancaster and we see the horse and buggies all the time. Something pretty cool that you forget some people never get to experience. Thanks for the chance to win this would be so cute for my son!

    June 23, 2014
    • Kate M #

      Oops I meant slightly over 250,000!

      June 23, 2014
  10. Joanne #

    A bit over 250,000. Visited Lancaster a few years back- great memories! We stayed in a cottage along a back road. I just love to watch a working farm! Lots of great eats …

    June 23, 2014
  11. Nancy from Chickasaw Country #

    The number is all over the place and depends on one’s source since this is not a category in the U.S. Census. I have seen numbers which begin at a quarter of a million and up.

    June 23, 2014
  12. Dawn K #

    About 281,675 in the of 2013; current figure about about 295,000

    June 23, 2014
  13. photogmomma #

    Just above 281,000! I loove the hoodie! And I haven’t been to that area since I was her age. How fun!

    June 24, 2014
  14. Natalie warshawer #

    I think there are 265,000 Amish here.

    June 24, 2014
  15. Natalie warshawer #

    I love the pattern and have a great grandson who could use one. I think there are about 263,000 Amish.

    June 24, 2014

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