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Hello, and Welcome to Plymouth Yarn's Blog!

You can find Design Details from Vanessa Ewing and Marketing News from Kaelin Hearn - Find out our newest ideas and thoughts. We plan to talk about all aspects of the industry from yarn, knitting, crocheting, design, patterns, etc. If you are looking to purchase yarn, please click the "Find a Shop" link to the right. We are wholesale only. To always be in the loop, be sure to subscribe to our blog by clicking here. We welcome all to join and participate. Let's have fun:)

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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Free Poncho Pattern from Mobile Yarn

Written on August 15, 2016 at 9:32 am, by Allison

I came into the office this morning and found this gem in my email from a cute little shop in Alabama.  The Garter Cable Poncho, by Heidi Sunday, is free for you to download!  The pattern was written for Encore Worsted but as you can see in this picture, it’s beautiful in Dynamo too!  I asked Heidi, the yarn shop owner, if I could share it with you and she said “of course!”.  Everyone needs a poncho…..this summer heat wave will be gone before you know it and the leaves will be turning…..perfect poncho weather.

Enjoy the Free PDF download of the Garter Cable Poncho of the pattern.  Looking for yarn? Don’t forget to check out Mobile Yarn’s website.

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50th Anniversary Drawing Winner Announced!

Written on August 6, 2016 at 8:00 am, by Allison


It’s time to announce the winner of the Plymouth Yarn Company’s 50th Anniversary Drawing!


Richard Power, President (pictured right) alongside Melvin Smith from Roberston Company, Certified Public Accountants drew the winner!


Please join us in congratulating Arabella Perry from Woodbridge, CT. It was an exciting contest with over 1,300 participants. We wish to thank all who entered.

Hand Crafted Artisan Bags from Thailand

Written on July 12, 2016 at 11:50 am, by Allison

Plymouth Yarn Company is working with the hill tribes in Thailand to create unique handmade accessories. These hill tribes have a long tradition of creating hand crafted items having a rich display of unique patterns, designs, and textiles.

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The Hmong Village

The village that creates these items has a small population of about 100 families totaling 500 people. They settled 90 miles from the province of Chiang Mai. The village is rural, and economic opportunities are welcomed by the hill tribe people. The profits support local community projects and enrich the villagers’ lives. They have been producing vibrant fabrics and ribbons for many decades. Plymouth Yarn sought out this hill tribe to bring these beautiful handmade bags and accessories to you. 


The Hmong are known for a wide variety of embellishments such as, applique, cutout, batik, cross-stitch, pom-poms, and tassels. You can see this in many of the artisan bags!

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Plymouth Yarn is also distributing Scissor Fob/Keychains. These are handmade, featuring coconut wood. The tassels are part of traditional hill tribe dress. The women often wear them for various celebrations. Tradition states that throughout the year, single girls make the tassels to wear while they dance at the celebrations. The goal is to have the most tassels to attract future suitors.


Contact your local yarn shop today to get one of these beautiful bags for yourself.

Happy Feet is bigger and better

Written on June 17, 2016 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

Our beloved Happy Feet has an updated look! Happy Feet has been a consistently popular yarn for us at Plymouth Yarn. We have used it throughout the years as a sturdy sock yarn and for comfy lightweight sweaters. Not to mention it is ideal for the very popular fingering/sock weight shawls that everyone seems to be making.

Brand new for Fall 2016, Happy Feet is now available as 100 grams/384 yards a skein. What does this mean? Well, you can make a pair of socks with one skein. Or, that shawl pattern you have been dying to make that requires 100 (or 200) grams? You won’t need to weave in as many ends since you’ll only need 1 or 2 skeins! We added brand new colors (and kept some of the best selling colors) to present a collection of 18 colors; 4 solids and 12 multis.


To celebrate our revival of this classic yarn, here are some fresh patterns we’ve designed- click each photo for more details and photos…

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Pattern 3045 Slip Stitch Hat and Cowl

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Pattern 3016 Crochet Poncho

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Pattern F724 Brioche Stitch Scarf

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F738 Knitted Socks

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Pattern 3015, crochet toddler poncho









Encore and Charity Knitting….Perfect together

Written on May 26, 2016 at 7:58 am, by Allison

Here’s a great little news story out of Idaho Falls, ID about a young man learning to knit and making chemo caps.  Encore is the perfect yarn for these projects.  The Yarn Connection has quite a variety of colors too!

Ask at your local yarn shop about charity knitting projects.  There are so many organizations in need and many knitters and crocheters who want to help.  You guys rock! It always warms my heart to see the amount of good and kind things the makers in this world are doing.  Keep up the good work!


Cabling in Brioche Stitch

Written on May 17, 2016 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

If you saw our previous post and video on how to work Brioche Stitch in the round, then perhaps you are ready to try cabling in brioche?

The cable comes from our free pattern for a cabled cowl using Gina and Galway Worsted.

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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Written on May 3, 2016 at 9:32 am, by Allison

Plymouth Yarn would like to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day!  We are celebrating by giving one lucky person a copy of Vickie Howell’s new book Wee Garter Stitch! This is a collection of must have knits for modern babies and toddlers!.To sweeten the deal, we are also including the Worsted Merino Superwash  for the Round Peg Blanket pattern in the book!

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All you have to do to enter is to comment on this blog, let us know your favorite gift you have ever given or received for Mother’s Day.  You can also enter by sharing this post but you must comment here that you shared it. Winner will be contacted from email associated with your blog comment.  Winner will be picked at random on May 9th, 2016.

BONUS-we will also give 5 second place prizes!  The winners will receive pattern 2913, Cottonation Mother/Daughter Poncho delivered to their Ravelry library.  Winners will be picked at random and contacted for their Ravelry username or email address for delivery on or around May 9th, 2016

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Vickie is also offering Knitmaker 101 & 102, and Crochet Maker 101 & 102 CreativeLive courses, featuring Galway, at a special 25% discount for Plymouth Yarn fans.  Use code VICKIE25 at checkout. Use this link



Brioche in action

Written on April 28, 2016 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

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Brioche stitch (aka Fisherman’s Rib) is a fluffy, thick rib. The concept is simple- yarn over strands are worked together with stitches to create an extra luscious, reversible knit fabric. It is like normal ribbing with a bonus!

When I first tried brioche years ago, I was trying to help out a friend that had started what looked like a simple 1×1 rib scarf. She ended up having to be in the hospital for a couple days, so I wanted to surprise her/cheer her up since I knew she didn’t really like the project she was working on. I thought I knew what she was doing. A couple rows of working plain k1, p1 stitch found me befuddled and confused. Why was her ribbing so full and scarf wider? I hastily ripped out my rows. When I arrived at the last row she worked, a giant question mark might as well have been above my head! There were extra strands of yarn and yarn overs every other stitch. Well, fast forward to now and I am happy to tell you brioche is not only easy but addictive!

There are two steps that tend to get knitters hung up about brioche- how to start and how to end.

I’ve made a video featuring a simple cowl design with brioche stitch in the round. Because I am using two different yarns/colors in the cowl, it is a lot easier to see what you are doing. The yarns are very thick and create a project with a short turn around time. Encore Mega is the solid color, and Cannoli (NEW this year!) is the multi. The combination of the two yarns also creates a reversible project- one side shows Encore Mega more dominantly while the other side shows Cannoli as the lead.

Perhaps you will try your hand at this magnificent and misunderstood stitch? Here is the pdf. Enjoy the video!