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Exclusive Free Friday Pattern!

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


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!

0599_Cammello Merino ball

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.

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

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


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.

Luck of the Irish Giveaway Rules

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


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:


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


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


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


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.


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

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


Free Knitting Pattern- Homestead Christmas Stockings Trio

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

F775 Homestead 2

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.

F775 Homestead 3-001

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

F775 Homestead 4












Visit These Yarn Shops Small Business Saturday for a Great Deal on Plymouth Yarn!

Written on November 22, 2016 at 9:06 am, by Allison

Small Business Saturday

After waiting in all those long lines on Black Friday, wouldn’t it be nice to visit your favorite yarn shop and get the supplies you need for those special gifts (or the gift you give yourself)?   Shop small at one of these shops this Saturday, November 26th and get a deal too!  Plymouth Yarn is sponsoring a fabulous promotion for your Small Business Saturday shopping!


Visit one of the shops listed below and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December!  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 26th.  Get to your yarn shop early for best selection. Contact the shop for hours. This offer is available in store and only at the shops listed below.  See shop for further details.

Mobile Yarn, Mobile, AL

Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, Tucson, AZ

The Yarn Mart, Little Rock, AR

Stitches in Time, Bellflower, CA
Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts, Fair Oaks, CA
The Slipt Stitch, Hawthorne, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Yarn del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA
ImagiKnit, San Francisco, CA
Yarning for You, San Marcos, CA
Cast Away and Folk, Santa Rosa, CA

Ewe & Me A Yarn Boutique, Colorado Springs, CO
Lambshoppe, Denver, CO
The Sitchin’ Den, Estes Park, CO
FiberSpace, Sterling, CO

The Yarn Basket , Branford, CT
Pamela Roose, Middletown, CT
In Sheeps Clothing, Torrington, CT
The Yarn Barn, LLC, Woodbridge, CT

A Stitch in Time, LLC, Jacksonville, FL
Knit or Knot, Jupiter, FL
Sheep Thrills, Lauderhill, FL
Raging Wool, Inc, Pembroke Pines, FL

Yarn Rhapsody, INC, Gainesville, GA

The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID

Closeknit Inc, Evanston, IL
Ideas Studio, La Grange, IL
Elemental Yarn, Plainfield, IL

In A Yarn Basket, Bloomington, IN
Yarns Unlimited, Bloomington, IN
River Knits, Lafayette, IN
Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center, South Bend, IN
Sheep’s Clothing, Valparaiso, IN

Knitting Next Door, Ankeny, IA

Fiber Frenzy, Berea, KY
Crafty Hands, Bowling Green, KY
Native Twist, Mount Sterling, KY
Knit On!, Newport, KY

Yardgoods Center, Waterville, ME
The Yarn Sellar, York, ME

Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center, Merrimac, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Craftworks, Northboro, MA
Dee’s Nimble Needles, Wapole, MA
Knitscape, Worcester, MA

Cloverhill Yarn Shop, Catonsville, MD

Have You Any Wool?, Berkley, MI
The Knotted Needle, Gross Point Woods , MI
The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe, MI
Stitch in Time, Howell, MI
The Elegant Ewe, Menominee, MI
Gloria’s Happy Hooker, Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Utrinkets, LLC, Brainerd, MN
Silver Creek Cabin, Buffalo, MN
Lila and Claudine’s Yarn & Gifts, Mahtomedi, MN
Mary Lue’s Yarn & Ewe, Mankato, MN
Nadelkunst, New Ulm, MN
Knitting from the Heart, Woobury, MN

Hearthstone Knits, St Louis, MO
Knitorious, LLC, St. Louis, MO

Pam’s Knit n’ Stitch, Great Falls, MT
Back Porch Quilts, Livingston, MT

ImagiKnit Yarn Shop, LLC, Omaha, NE

New Jersey
Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, Cape May, NJ
Woolbearers, MT Holly, NJ
Knitapestry, Ridgewood, NJ

Pioneer Yarn Company,Minden, NV

New York
Spinning Room of Altamont, Altamont, NY
Cornwall Yarn Shop, Cornwall, NY
Yarn Cupboard, Jamesville, NY
April’s Yarn Basket, Maryland, NY
The Knitting Store, Oceanside, NY
Knitting Cove and Yarn Shop, Port Jefferson, NY

North Carolina
Friends & Fiberworks, Candler, NC
Cozy, Inc, Durham, NC

Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
The Yarn Shop, Columbus, OH
Rabbit Hutch, Englewood, OH
Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
Knit Wit Knits, Salem, OH

L & B Yarn Company, Norman, OK
The Gourmet Yarn Co., Oklahoma City, OK
Get Stitchin’, Tulsa, OK

Soft Horizon Fibers, Eugene, OR
The Knit Shop, Eugene, OR
Knitty Gritty Yarn Store, Lebanon, OR
Oregon Knitting Company, McMinnville, OR
Fiber Rhythm and Craft Design, Portland, OR
Knitting Bee, Portland, OR
Mill End Store, Portland, OR
Apples to Oranges, Silverton, OR

The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA
Kid Ewe Knot, Bridgeville, PA
The Ball & Skein Shop, Lititz, PA
The Knitting Cottage, Waynesboro, PA

Bliss Yarns, Brentwood, TN
Yarn Asylum, Clarksville, TN

Fleece, Dallas, TX
Holley’s Yarn Shop, Dallas, TX
Yarn and Stitches, Dallas, TX
The Sated Sheep, Dripping Springs, TX
Fiber Circle Yarn Shop, Farmersville, TX
Jennings Street Yarns, Fort Worth, TX
West 7th Wool, Fort Worth, TX
Merribee Needle Arts, Houston, TX
Twisted Yarns, Spring, TX

Hemstitched Heirlooms, Bountiful, UT
Knit Unique, Logan, UT
Needlepoint Joint, Ogden, UT
The Wool Cabin, Salt Lake City, UT
Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Carodan Farm & Wool Shop, Chincoteague, VA
Needles in the Haymarket, Haymarket, VA
Dances With Wool, Midlothian, VA
Baa Baa Sheep, Norfolk, VA
Wool Workshop, Roanoke, VA
Yarn Explosion, Roanoke, VA
Knit Wits, Virginia Beach, VA
The Yarn Club, Virginia Beach, VA
The Red Thread, Warrenton, VA
The Flying Needles, Williamsburg, VA
Knit One Purl Two, Winchester, VA

Handknits, INC, Brattleboro, VT

Allyn Knit Shop, Allyn, WA
Northwest Yarns, Bellingham, WA
Town Square Fabric & Yarn, Burien, WA
Yarn Folk, Ellensburg, WA
Great Yarns, Everett, WA
Rainy Day Yarns , Gig Harbor, WA
Sheep’s Clothing, Kennewick, WA
Acorn Street Yarns, Seattle, WA
Tea Cozy Yarn Shop, Seattle, WA
Sew E-Z Too, Spokane, WA

West Virginia
Bluefield Yarn Company, Bluefield, WV
Kanawha City Yarn, Charleston, WV
Yarn and Company, Elkins, WV
Needlecraft Barn, Morgantown, WV
Firefly Fibers, LLC, Beaver Dam, WI
ThunderWillow Community Arts, Hudson, WI
Northwind Book and Fiber, Spooner, WI
Intertwined, Two Rivers, WI


Ewe Count, Cheyenne, WY
Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY
Cowgirl Yarn, Laramie, WY

Giving Back Giveaway

Written on November 17, 2016 at 8:49 am, by Allison


This time of year, so many of us are busy finishing holiday gifts. Some of us, like me, are just getting started. But what is important over the holidays and the chilly winter days is the knitting and crocheting we are doing for charity. At Plymouth Yarn, a cause near and dear to our hearts are chemo caps but, there are so many in need. Lap blankets, baby hats and blankets, helmet liners for our soldiers, prayer shawls and the list goes on.

Plymouth Yarn wants to hear about your charity projects. What are some of your favorite items to knit and crochet for your area? Where do you see the most need? We are avid supporters of charitable giving and would like to reward one lucky commenter for all of their wonderful work. We have just one prize this time…a copy of Dora Ohrenstein’s new book Top-Down Crochet Sweaters, Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit, featuring the Isabel Sweater in Bio Sesia 5 (photos courtesy of Storey Publishing and Melinda di Mauro on Ravelry) and 10 balls of organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 to complete the project!

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The book is full of elegant and classic designs. You can also buy your own copy here and see Dora’s designs on Ravelry.

How to Win: please comment on our blog about your charity knitting/crocheting and tell us your favorite item to make for charity. One person will be chosen at random to win the book and the 10 balls of Bio Sesia 5 needed to make the stunning Isabel sweater. Contest is open from now until November 28th, 2016. Winner will be picked November 29th, 2016 and notified via email provided with comment. US residents over 18 years of age only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family are not eligible.

You can also check out the Ravelry group Crochet Insider where they are doing a Top Down CAL for the book!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday season.

October Sweepstakes for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Written on October 7, 2016 at 8:12 am, by Allison


Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Many of us have been touched by this disease.  Getting mammograms regularly can reduce your risk of dying from breast cancer.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plymouth Yarn wants you to remember to get your mammogram. Comment on our blog and tell us you are getting yours! 3 random comments will be chosen to win this Cabled Pocket Scarf kit featuring our warm Galway Worsted yarn in Palest Pink!


Sweepstakes Rules
Open to US residents 18 or older only. Valid email required to post reply or comment. Winner will be chosen using random number generator October 28th 2016 and notified via email. No purchase necessary. Contest valid 10/07/16-10/28/16. Duplicate entries will be deleted. For a list of winners, please send self-addressed stamped envelope to Plymouth Yarn Company, 500 Lafayette St, Bristol, PA 19007.

Autumn Bliss Collection by Lena Skvagerson

Written on September 12, 2016 at 9:44 am, by Allison

The nights are cool, the sun is going down earlier and the leaves are just starting to change in Pennsylvania.  Summer was a blast but I am ready for another knitting season for sure! I found right where I’m going to start with Lena Skvagerson’s Autumn Bliss Collection launched by Annie’s Signature Collection last week.  There are so many fabulous knits and crochet designs that there is something for everyone.  Lena used Plymouth Yarns in several of her designs and many are available with video tutorials and with kit options!  You can get the patterns on Annie’s website and get started right away!


Morecambe Bay Cardi Knit Pattern in Encore Tweed


Nituna Shawl Crochet Pattern in Arya Ebruli


Navajo Stole Crochet Pattern in Encore Worsted


Moonstone Poncho Knit Pattern in Arya Ebruli


Hoodie Cardigan Crochet Pattern in Encore Worsted


Dalidio Topper Crochet Pattern in Fiore


Chinle Hat & Cowl Knit Pattern in Artist


Big Time Vest Knit Pattern in Encore Mega


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