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Annie’s Autumn Glow Collection!

Written on September 15, 2017 at 9:11 am, by Allison

Photo courtesy of Annie's

Photo courtesy of Annie’s

It’s time for another edition of Annie’s Craft Store’s lookbook! Whether it’s knit or crochet, Annie’s has something for everyone in their Autumn Glow Collection.  There are 5 designs made with your favorite Plymouth Yarns! Of course you want to make them all but let Plymouth and Annie’s help you get started with a giveaway. One lucky winner will get to chose a pre-selected knit or crochet kit! All you need to do to enter is comment on our blog and tell us your essential knitwear piece for the Autumn transition.  Giveaway is open from 9/15/17 through 9/30/17. You will receive the pattern via digital download from Annie’s and Plymouth Yarn will send you the required yarn. See terms and conditions below.

You will be able to chose between the Sirimiri Cardi, crocheted with Encore DK color 389.

Sirimiri Cardi by Jill Hanratty

Sirimiri Cardi by Jill Hanratty

Or for our knitters….made with Encore Worsted 389 is the Forevermore Poncho!

Forevermore Poncho by Che Lam

Forevermore Poncho by Che Lam

 

Other designs in the Autumn Glow collection include:

Golden Grove Cardi by Jill Hanratty. Crocheted with color 460 in Encore Worsted

Golden Grove Cardi by Jill Hanratty. Crocheted with color 460 in Encore Worsted

Hilltop Tunic by Che Lam crocheted with color 560 in Encore Worsted

Hilltop Tunic by Che Lam crocheted with color 560 in Encore Worsted

Moss on a Twig by Lena Skvagerson knit with color 87 in Woca

Moss on a Twig by Lena Skvagerson knit with color 87 in Woca

Giveaway rules: To entertell us your favorite transitional garment by commenting on this blog from 9/15/17 through 9/30/17.  Plymouth Yarn employees and their immediate family are not eligible. Contest is open to US residents 18 or older only.  Valid email address is necessary for  both contest entry and electronic pattern delivery directly from Annie’s Craft Store.  Yarn will be delivered from Plymouth Yarn to valid US addresses only. All entries must be received by 11:59pm on 9/30/17.  Multiple entries will be disqualified.  One winner will be chosen October 2nd, 2017 by random number generator and notified via the email provided.  Winner can chose either the knit Forevermore Poncho kit or the crochet Sirimiri Cardi kit. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

Happy September! Fall Knitting has Begun!

Written on September 8, 2017 at 11:47 am, by Allison

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Summer flew by this year!  The other night, I had to slip a jacket on before I went outside.  Just a week or two ago, I was in the pool! While I’m not ready to say goodbye to warm summer nights with friends, I am ready for some new inspiration and projects! Our designers have been busy all summer and our team has been attending photo shoots all over the area preparing to bring you new and fabulous designs.  You may have seen a few pictures on our facebook page of the gang at a photo shoot.   Fall trends are showing Americana themes and vintage styles.  Mid-length skirts are on the runway right now and they pair so well with a traditional boyfriend or Icelandic sweater.

Encore Chunky Tweed pattern 1949 available at your local yarn shop

Encore Chunky Tweed pattern 1949 available at your local yarn shop

Homestead pattern 2953 available at your local yarn store

Homestead pattern 2953 available at your local yarn store

Boots are everywhere, these boot toppers are a must have!

 

Galway Sport knit and crochet free pattern download

Galway Sport knit and crochet free pattern download

Don’t forget to grab a jacket before heading out the door! One of my favorite crochet patterns is this Encore Worsted Granny Hoodie from Knit and Crochet Now! TV/Annies.

Photo Courtesy of Tammy Hildebrand

Photo Courtesy of Tammy Hildebrand

Or try this Encore Worsted Draped Cardigan, free!

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Happy Fall!

Back to school countdown!

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:10 am, by Allison

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We have just about a month here until the kiddos are back in school. We’ve even had a couple of cool evenings.  EEK! I’m not ready for summer to be over yet, it feels like it just began! I have been working on lots of small projects. I’ve found some great patterns on Ravelry to make for some of my favorite kids so they can go back to school in style with a little something made just for them. Here are just a few of the things I’m working on….these are just some fun, quick projects that you can easily get done before the first day!

I just love this Minions Tablet/iPad cover by Stana D. Sortor, photo courtesy of Stana D. Sortor.  Free Ravelry Download. Some yarn choices for this one could be Encore Worsted, Jeannee Worsted, or Galway Worsted just to name a few.

Minions tablet or I-pad cover by Stana D.Sortor

Minions tablet or I-pad cover by Stana D.Sortor

How about a pencil case to go with it?  This Minion Pencil Case by Debbie Colon is just the thing! Free crochet Ravelry download. Photo courtesy of Debbie Colon.

Minion Pencil Case by Debbie Colon

Minion Pencil Case by Debbie Colon

Don’t worry, we have your older children covered too! Gina Worsted, Encore Worsted, Jeannee Worsted and Galway are some of the yarns we suggest you try with these patterns

Mobile Device Cover by Rebecca Langford, photo courtesy of Little Monkeys Crochet 2015.

Mobile Device Cover by Rebecca Langford

Mobile Device Cover by Rebecca Langford

How about an Easypeasy Pencil Pouch by HandmadeHandsome? Photo courtesy of HandmadeHandsome

Easypeasy Pencil Pouch by HandmadeHandsome

Easypeasy Pencil Pouch by HandmadeHandsome

This is an apple my son would not want to give to his teacher but as long as he doesn’t throw it out….he would love to open his lunch box and find it on his apple! It’s a Pokéball Apple Jacket by Fallon Cortis, photo courtesy of Fallon Cortis, made with Galway.

Pokéball Apple Jacket by Fallon Cortis

Pokéball Apple Jacket by Fallon Cortis

Here are some must haves for your college-bound student.  Toss these in their box and let them know that mom always wants them to feel warm and loved.

Those football games get chilly! Keep ’em warm with this Team Colors Reversible Cabled & Ribbed Scarf by Beverly Tilton made with Encore Chunky, photo courtesy of Beverly Tilton.

Team Colors Reversible Cabled & Ribbed Scarf by Beverly Tilton

Team Colors Reversible Cabled & Ribbed Scarf
by Beverly Tilton

How about a hat to match? Made using Encore Worsted….Team Colors Beanie by Jennifer Lopez, photo courtesy of Jennifer Lopez.

Team Colors Beanie by Jennifer Lopez

Team Colors Beanie by Jennifer Lopez

Keep their toes warm in the dorm with Warm and Cozy Socks
by Linden Down.  Photo courtesy of Linden Heflin.

Warm and Cozy Socks by Linden Down

Warm and Cozy Socks by Linden Down

And finally, in Encore Dk Silly Socks by Karen Hodge! Photo courtesy of by K2Karen on Flickr.

Silly Socks by Karen Hodge

Silly Socks by Karen Hodge

Christmas in July!

Written on July 18, 2017 at 8:20 am, by Allison

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We are only 22 weeks away from Christmas and 20 weeks until Hanukkah begins.  I am guilty of not starting projects until October and staying up until the wee hours of the morning in the days before the holiday.  I’m even guilty of knitting under my desk at work (don’t tell the boss). One thing I do now is plan….my brother always wants an Alpaca scarf, my niece always wants cowls. my sister, whom I love dearly, is my challenge.  I think she does it on purpose. She always wants sweaters with cables, lace, or stitches that require practice before I apply them to the garment!

We have some fabulous new designs that would make up into cherished, keepsake gifts.  If you’re not a knitter/crocheter but love one….consider a kit.  The real way to your fiber worshiping friend’s heart is with yarn! Your local yarn shop can help guide you in the right direction.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Free Pattern F803 Cuzco Cashmere Fingerless Mitts

Free Pattern F803 Cuzco Cashmere Fingerless Mitts. Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere make these mitts warm, soft and so decadent.  Save these for the “nice” people on your holiday knitting list! You can find these kitted in many of your favorite yarn shops.

Free Pattern F767 Worsted Merino Superwash Cabled Edge Shawl. This one is perfect for the girl who has everything. Whether it's a night out on the town or a trip to the mall, this versatile and beautifully detailed shawl is a must for any wardrobe.

Free Pattern F767 Worsted Merino Superwash Cabled Edge Shawl. This one is perfect for the girl who has everything. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a trip to the mall, this versatile and beautifully detailed shawl is a must for any wardrobe.

Free Ravelry download, the Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright made with Homestead or Homestead Tweed is sure to keep your boys warm while they shovels the snow. Photo courtesy of Yarnman on Ravelry.

Free Ravelry download, the Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright made with Homestead or Homestead Tweed is sure to keep your boys warm while they shovels the snow. Photo courtesy of Yarnman on Ravelry.

Free Ravelry download, the "Trust Me, Harry" Hat and Cowl by Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs can be made with your favorite worsted weight. They chose Coffee Beenz but Galway, Encore Tweed or Encore Worsted would be a great fit too! Photo courtesy of Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs

Free Ravelry download, the “Trust Me, Harry” Hat and Cowl by Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs can be made with your favorite worsted weight. They chose Coffee Beenz but Galway, Encore Tweed or Encore Worsted would be a great fit too! Photo courtesy of Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs

Free Ravelry download, this crochet One Skein Basket by Diane L. Augustin is perfect for putting your gift in. This one is designed with Fantasy Naturale and can be used for about 101 things! Photo courtesy of Diane L. Augustin.

Free Ravelry download, this crochet One Skein Basket by Diane L. Augustin is perfect for putting your gift in. This one is designed with Fantasy Naturale and can be used for about 101 things! Photo courtesy of Diane L. Augustin.

Of course, Christmas is not complete without stockings! Get started now and you’ll have time to make all three!

Free pattern download F775 Homestead Stocking Trio.  Create memories with these family heirlooms this this. Young and old alike will cherish this special gift!

Free pattern download F775 Homestead Stocking Trio. Create memories with these family heirlooms this year. Young and old alike will cherish this special gift!

Exclusive Free Friday Pattern!

Written on May 26, 2017 at 9:08 am, by Allison

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Get your exclusive free pattern, Camello-Merino Baby Hat by Marina Shumway!

Baby Cammello Merino Hat

Baby Cammello Merino Hat

 

Our sales rep Warren’s wife, Marina, loves new Cammello-Merino so much, that she just had to make something with it! Lucky for us, they have two beautiful sons who don’t mind modeling some knitwear! This is Marina’s original design and we adore it! It only takes one ball so you can make yours this weekend!

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Cammello-Merino comes in 10 lovely colors and it’s moderately stretchy, so it works well in colorwork and cabling.  We can’t help you find a model as adorable as Peter but you can try!

 

Baby Cammello Merino Hat PDF Download

By Marina Shumway

Size: Fits head size 15” to 18”
Babies 6 to 12 months
Yarn Requirements: 1 Skein of Plymouth Cammello Merino color #0025
Needles: US # 4 16” circular needles and a set of double pointed needles in the same size or different size to obtain gauge.
Supplies: Stitch marker; tapestry needle.
Gauge: 28 sts = 4” in stitch pattern

Stitches and Abbreviations Used:
CO: Cast on
BO: Bind off
K: Knit
P: Purl
K2tog: Knit two stitches together as one.
Ssk: slip the next2 stitches to the right-hand needle one at a time as if to knit: return them back to the left-hand needle one at a time in their new orientation: knit them together through the back loop.
Tw2: Take the working needle and insert it into the 2nd stitch on the main needle knitwise, wrap the working yarn around the working needle and pull the working yarn through the stitch (leave stitches on the main needle). Take the working needle and insert it into the first stitch knitwise, wrap the yarn around the working needle and pull the working yarn through the stitch, slide both stitches off the main needle.

Instructions:
CO 96 sts, place a marker and join being careful not to twist the stitches. Knit the next 5 rounds.
Then work the next 5 rounds as follows:
(K1, P1) x 48
Then work the stitch pattern as follows:
Rounds 1 (and all odd rounds): *K4, P1, Tw2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Rounds 2 (and all even rounds): *K4, P1, K2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round

Continue alternating rounds 1 and 2 until you have worked 5 ½ “ from cast on edge and have finished working an even round, at this point:

Start Decreasing as follows (switch to double pointed needles when the work becomes too tight to fit around the circular needle)
Round 1: *ssk, K2, P1, Tw2, P1, K2, K2tog, P1, Tw2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 2: *K3, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 3: *ssk, K1, P1, Tw2, P1, K1, K2tog, P1, Tw2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 4: *K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, k2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 5: *ssk, P1, Tw2, P1, K2tog, P1, Tw2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 6: *K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1, K2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 7: *ssk, Tw2, K2tog, P1, Tw2, P1. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 8: *ssk, K2tog, ssk, K2tog. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 9: *ssk. Repeat from * to end of round

Finishing:
Cut yarn leaving an 8” tail, thread it onto a tapestry needle and sew it through the remaining stitches twice. Pull tight to close the hole at the crown. Bring the tail to the inside and weave it in. Weave in any remaining ends.

 

©Marina Shumway, 2017

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Wearing Knits Between Seasons

Written on April 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm, by Allison

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Spring has sprung…..well sort of.  It was chilly this morning but in just a couple of hours, I’ll be switching on the fans and opening the windows here in my office.  This is my favorite time of year weather-wise but it’s so hard to figure out what to wear. It tough to look fabulous when you are shivering or worse, overheated and sweaty!  Soon enough, we’ll be on the beach in Adriafil’s Kimera Sarong  but until then, here are some tips to get you through the transition.

It’s all about the fiber! Plymouth Yarn offers the best fiber blends for spring weather!

Pattern 3106

Pattern 3106

Pattern 3038

Pattern 3038

 

Pattern 2984

Pattern 2984

You have your fibers….now, how are you wearing them? We love layers this time of year. The key to layering is not to overdo it. No more than 3 layers. You don’t want to look like you are trying to avoid paying the carry-on luggage fee on a flight by wearing everything at once! Try a cotton cami with a light sweater like this one in Linaza.

Pattern 3030

Pattern 3030

Pastel hues are just what you need for spring. Think of a backyard garden this time of year, lavender & yellow crocus, pink buds on the cherry tree and fresh green grass should be your inspiration. aagarden
If you aren’t quite ready to put away favorite warm sweaters just yet, there’s a solution for that. Wear your favorite cable knit sweater with crop pants, boyfriend sweater with a skirt or pair your favorite sweater with shorts!

 

 

Plymouth Yarn is a premium yarn company that supports the knitting community with a wide variety of seasonal knitting patterns and free knitting patterns. We love to share our passion for high quality yarns and patterns with the loyal knitting community that we have been participating in for over 50 years.

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Luck of the Irish Giveaway Rules

Written on March 10, 2017 at 9:44 am, by Allison

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Check out Plymouth Yarn’s  facebook page from 3/13/17 through 3/17/17 for a chance to win a KnitCol kit,  everyday!  Colors may vary from picture. Like the post and comment to win.  Specific comment instructions will be on the daily post. Contest will post at 6 am daily and run until 11:59 pm on day of the post. One winner will be chosen(2 winners on 3/17/17) at random, using random number generator, for the pictured kit and one runner up will win a baby sock kit (pattern F193).  US residents over 18 years of age only.  Winner will be notified within 10 business days via facebook inbox message. Winners must respond to facebook inbox message within 30 days of initial contact. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Comments on this blog are not eligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

KnitCol kits and dates of giveaway are as follows:

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Kit 1, pattern 1147, 3/13/17 prize

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Kit 2, pattern F757, 3/14/17 prize

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Kit 3, pattern 2623, 3/15/17 prize

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Kit 4, pattern 1236, 3/16/17 prize

 

2 Prizes available! Pattern 1558, 3/17/17 prize

2 Prizes available! Pattern 1558, 3/17/17 prize

Daily runner up prize, pattern F193

Daily runner up prize, pattern F193

 

 

 

1, 2 & 3 Skeins…See Plymouth Yarns in Creative Knitting Special Issue

Written on February 23, 2017 at 11:11 am, by Allison

My hands are still recovering from all my holiday gift knitting so I was so happy to see the Creative Knitting Special Issue, 1, 2, & 3 Skein Solutions.

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It’s full of beautiful patterns for your head, body and home! Great stash buster projects. 30+ quick knits in one magazine. With so many fabulous designs, you’re going to want to get the e-edition and laminate your physical copy, you will use it over and over again. You can get it on newsstands now and the digital edition is available on Annie’s website. Here are our favorite Plymouth Yarns in their designs…..

Infinity & Beyond Cowl by Sarahlois Wilson

Infinity & Beyond Cowl, Baby Alpaca Grande
by Sarahlois Wilson

Ruffles to the Max by Beth Whiteside

Ruffles to the Max, Baby Alpaca Brush
by Beth Whiteside

Leaning Diamonds Tank by Patty Lyons

Leaning Diamonds Tank, Nettle Grove
by Patty Lyons

Just a Couple of Skeins Cardi by Britt Schmiesing

Just a Couple of Skeins Cardi, Linaza
by Britt Schmiesing

Wrapped in Lace by Meghan Jones

Wrapped in Lace, Mushishi
by Meghan Jones

Little Jane Slippers by Amy Niezur

Little Jane Slippers, Encore Mega Colorspun
by Amy Niezur

Mary Jane Slippers by Amy Niezur

Mary Jane Slippers, Encore Mega Colorspun
by Amy Niezur

Modern Cubist Baskets by Lena Skvagerson

Modern Cubist Baskets, Encore Chunky
by Lena Skvagerson

Fiore looks fabulous in all of Lena's headbands!

Fiore looks fabulous in all of Lena’s headbands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth Yarn Holiday Hours

Written on December 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm, by Allison

Peace on Earth. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness

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Plymouth Yarn Company Holiday Hours

Mon Dec 19  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tue Dec 20  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 Wed Dec 21  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thu Dec 22  8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Fri Dec 23  8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Mon Dec 26 – CLOSED

Tue Dec 27  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Wed Dec 28  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Thu Dec 29  8:00 AM – 4:300 PM

Fri Dec 30  8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Mon Jan 2 – CLOSED

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Free Knitting Pattern- Homestead Christmas Stockings Trio

Written on December 1, 2016 at 8:00 am, by Allison

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It’s that wonderful time of year again- a mixture of joy and panic for the holiday season. What do I mean by this? Specifically, the joy of seeing family, eating pies, cakes and delectables; all the while listening to the sounds of the season. In contrast, panic settles in because I may have under-budgeted my knitting and crafting time (ha! whats new?!) Thus, I begin to realize I may have to forgo one of my many gift-giving ideas.

With that being said, there is a truly special gift you can give that will be used every year, since it doubles as useful and ornamental!

I present…the obligatory Christmas Stocking.

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Truly, a stocking can be made year-round, yet I always find myself in the mood to knit them this time of year. There is nothing quite like a handmade stocking, and they can be customized to suit your holiday theme in your home. Imagine hot pink and orange for a modern-colorful Christmas, or cream and brown for a rustic-lodge kind of Christmas. This is a large part of why we craft, isn’t it? Customization.

So, even if your knitting list seems daunting and never-ending… imagine the smile you can give to yourself year after year when you unearth the ornaments and baubles from your holiday decorating stash trove, to find a Christmas stocking that you took the time to make for your home and family.

Our Christmas Stocking Trio is knit in Homestead, a true aran 100% wool. It blocks wonderfully, so even if your intarsia colorwork skills aren’t quite where you’d like them to be, you can steam the stitches and they will all uniformly move into place. You can mix and match the colors of Homestead Tweed, too, for a rustic addition. One skein of each color is needed for any one of the stockings.

This pattern is a gift from Plymouth Yarn Company to you…wishing you happy and safe holidays.

Download Pattern Here

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