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Marge Simpson working at Plymouth today!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Posted by Cia Abbott Bullemer


Make this easy Marge Simpson wig.  Using the pattern attached, work until the hat is 16″ or so, randomly adding cables, then finish the crown as written.  Stuff with quilt batting and you got it!  I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega color # 133, 2 balls!  You will have Homey all a-gog!


Margesimpson and red queen 2013 halloween


Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I refuse to admit that I am behind on my Christmas knitting so I’m celebrating Halloween a little extra this year.  I have severe carpal tunnel that has been plaguing me .  Surgery on righty has been completed, lefty is going under the knife in just a couple of months.  Knitting has been slow going and crochet has been a little easier for me.  That being said….here are some things that make me happy about Halloween.

This guy hangs out at the Destin Yarn Shop, Miramar Beach, FL 850-650-0006.

This guy hangs out at the Destin Yarn Shop, Miramar Beach, FL 850-650-0006.

Encore Worsted color 1008

It’s time for Encore Worsted color 1008 to shine

Jan Lewis’ Free Pumpkin Pattern on Ravelry


Encore Worsted.  Click on link above for free download

Encore Worsted. Click on link above for free download

and one more thing I love about Halloween-this sweater! Free download is available at

Encore Worsted free pattern!

Encore Worsted free pattern!

Maybe next time I’ll be willing to admit that Christmas is less than 9 weeks away.




Meet Kaelin Hearn + DK Merino Fingerless Mitts

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

I’d like to introduce Kaelin Hearn, our new sales rep for Eastern Pennsylvania and New York. Kaelin began working at Plymouth in 2004 right out of high school and worked around her college courses. She started out in the warehouse, packaging and sorting shipments. Soon after, Kaelin began working on our computers and formatting patterns. She also assisted at photo shoots, contributing her fashion sense to our garment stylings. Some of you may know Kaelin from talking to her on the phone in customer service about yarn shop orders or pattern questions. She was our go-to girl!

Her passion and eagerness to learn about yarn, design and sales shined. In the spring of this year, Kaelin began her journey as a sales rep. Having great customer service and a big heart has helped guide her into her new role. She is an asset at Plymouth. I personally love consulting with her on yarn and pattern trends. She enjoys hosting trunk shows for Plymouth and contributing any knitting trends to the designers and the Plymouth customers.

Kaelin is great at helping guide shops to incorporate the best creative, functional, and current trends into the shops. She is very unique if she isn’t knitting or searching for new designs she is spending time with her very big family or fishing on the weekends.


Kaelin is modelling my newest design. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pattern that I like to come back to, again and again. Alas, the criteria for such a pattern is high for me.

Here is a working list of some of the must haves for that perfect pattern:

1. Quick to knit, must take 1-2 days to make, no more than that!

2. It must keep my attention- something that isn’t just boring stockinet or garter.

3. Should require only 1-2 skeins. Bonus if it is only 1 skein. I need to use up those impulse buy skeins I get when I go yarn shopping! (You know what I am talking about- they call your name… and you don’t know what to do with them but you can’t just leave them on the shelf!!)

This brings me to my newest design- Twisted Column Mitts.

These mitts meet all of these requirements for me! They only took me one evening to make.  They have a simple cable that adds interest. Lastly, they only require one skein of bouncy, washable and durable DK Merino Superwash.


What are your requirements for that perfect pattern?

Happy Knitting!! –Vanessa

DK Merino Superwash Fingerless  Mitts

Download the pdf

To Fit: Ladies Size Hands
Approximate Circumference: 6 ½”, without stretching
Length: 7 ½”

DK Merino Superwash:
1—50G skein, color 1100 Honeydew
Gauge: 22 sts, 32 rows= 4” in st st on US Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles, 26 sts, 32 rows= 4” in Twist Columns on US Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles.
Needles: US Size 6 (4mm) DPNs, 2 stitch markers, cable needle.

Twist Columns (Worked over 20 sts)
Round 1: P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Round 2: same as round 1.
Round 3: P1, k2, p3, C3B, p2, C3F, p3, k2, p1.
Round 4: P1, k2, p3, k3, p2, k3, p3, k2, p1.
Round 5: P1, k2, p2, C3B, k1, p2, k1, C3F, p2, k2, p1.
Round 6: P1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1.
Round 7: P1, k2, p1, T3B, k2, p2, k2, T3F, p1, k2, p1.
Round 8: (P1, k2)3x, p2, (k2, p1)3x.
Round 9: P1, k2, T3B, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, T3F, k2, p1.
Round 10: P1, k4, (p2, k2)2x, p2, k4, p1.
Round 11: P1, k1, T3B, (p2, k2)2x, p2, T3F, k1, p1.
Round 12: P1, k3, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, k3, p1.
Round 13: P1, T3B, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, T3F, p1.
Round 14: P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Rep these 14 rounds for pattern st.

Mitt (make 2)
CO 40 sts, divide the sts onto 4 DPNs. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM. Work in 1×1 rib (k1 st, p1 st) for 10 rounds. Beg working in twist columns pattern. Work 22 rounds twist columns pattern- end having worked round 8 of twist columns.
Thumb: Work round 9 of twist columns across 20 sts, pm, m1 twice by picking up the bar between the 2 sts with the left hand needle from front to back, k this st tbl, pick up the same bar with left hand needle from back to front and k this st (2 sts inc’d.), pm, work round 9 of twist columns across 20 sts.
Next Round: Work next round of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, k to m, sl m, work next round of twist columns across 20 sts.
Inc Round: Work next round of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, m1, k to m, m1, sl m, work next round of twist columns across 20 sts. Rep the last 2 rows until there are 12 sts in between the m- end having worked round 5 of twist columns.
Next Round: Work round 6 of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, p across 12 sts in between m, sl m, work round 8 of twist columns across 20 sts.
Next Round: Work round 7 of twist columns across 20 sts, remove m, BO in k the 12 sts for the thumb, remove m, work round 7 of twist columns across 20 sts. 40 sts on needles. Work in twist columns pattern as established for 4 more rounds- end having worked round 11. Then work in 1×1 rib for 7 rounds. BO in rib on next round. Make another mitt. Weave in all ends.

©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company. 101413vle

ABBREVIATIONS: beg= begin(ning), BO= bind off, C3B= sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k2, k1 from cable needle, C3F= sl 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front, k1, k2 from cable needle, CO= cast on, dec= decrease, DPNs= double pointed needles, inc= increase, m1- make one, pm= place marker, p = purl, rem= remain(ning), rep= repeat, RS= right side,  sl= slip, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, T3B= sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k2, p1 from cable needle, T3F= sl 2 sts to cable needle and holt to front, p1, k2 from cable needle, tbl= through back loop


Friday, October 11th, 2013

I Love Yarn Day….As opposed to what??? Who would dare say the opposite even out loud!!?

Even people who don’t knit/crochet/spin/weave/needlepoint walk into a Yarn Shop and are in awe of the beauty. The colors, the textures, the creativity just oozing out of every corner can make almost anyone swoon.  Believe me, I have taken my husband into shops and when he comments about it, I know I am not half crazy.

So when you find yourself in a slump, doldrums, or caught between a rock and a loss of the next project, step into you LYS or better yet the next yarn shop down the street for variety, and see what transpires!  Look over the shelves of yarns, gadgets, and then peruse the books.  OH! The Books!!!

This leads me to a few we have found inspiring!  Martingale and Plymouth are doing a cross promotion.  Check out their website.  We will be having a contest.  To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post.  (One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday October 15th!)  The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for any book from Martingale of your choice.  Then head to Martingale and see what Plymouth  will be giving away on their website!  Cool?! Yeah, cool!!  This one is my fave!  Check it out:

Martingale - Successful Lace Knitting (Print version + eBook bundle)

Nice, huh?  So, reply to our blog entry and you will be automatically entered into our random drawing for the Martingale gift certificate.  Then go to Martingale’s website and see how you can win a great pattern and yarn from Plymouth!   We will announce the lucky winner of the Martingale gift certificate on Tuesday the 15th of October (since Monday is Columbus Day!).


Twitter I Love Yarn Day Giveaway!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


We are so happy it’s almost  I Love Yarn Day! Head on over to our twitter page on October 11th to win some yarn!

Here’s what you have to do…..

1. Knitters and crocheters-tweet and tell us your favorite local yarn shop!
You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn,  you can also use #ILoveYarnDay.
For example: @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILovePlymouthYarn or @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILoveYarnDay.

2. Yarn Shops-tweet and tell us your favorite Plymouth Yarn!
You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn,  you can also use #ILoveYarnDay.  Feel free to hastag your shop too!
For Example: @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILovePlymouthYarn or @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILoveYarnDay

One yarn shop will win 10 balls of Encore Mega in I Love Yarn Day themed colors

Knitters and Crocheters, You can win one of 4 prizes that include 2 skeins
of a quick project and pattern, great for the holidays!

Winners will be chosen at random on Monday October 14th and notified by direct message if available.


30 Day Sweater Challenge and Baby Alpaca Grande

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

We are happy to be a sponsor of the:

30 Day Sweater Challenge

Click the above link to find out more details.

You can try Plymouth Yarn’s  Baby Alpaca Grande  a great hand knitting yarn.

NK 30 Day

We have well over 50 colors available in solids and melange.

Baby Alpaca Grande is also available in Tweed, Hand dye, Hues and Glow.   The yarn is just beautiful, soft and voluminous.

Give it a try, it is not to late to begin.

Visit Noble Knits to find out more information on purchasing the yarn.


sign up to our RSS feed.  We will be posting more information about how to win free stuff!!! Free pattern give away…coming soon!!!!




Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Please join us in welcoming Britt-Marie Brehmer to our Sales Team, for the Northern California territory and Nevada.

Britt Image

Her Bio:

In Sweden, where I was born, knitting and sewing was part of the weekly curriculum in 3rd grade. That’s where it all started for me. It has been a joyful hobby throughout my life, and after years of working with my husband in our Software Company, and children all grown up, I decided to take my love for textiles to the next level. I’m thrilled to be part of the Plymouth Team, and surround myself with people that share my passion. Weaving, cooking, baking and gardening also have a place in my heart.

You can find Britt-Marie on Ravelry. 

Here are some of her most recent projects:

Baby Alpaca Aire:

BAAknit-24_medium2 BBAknit-25 BAAknitting BAAknitting-5_medium2 BAAknitting-4_medium2

Baby Alpaca Magna:

BAMknit-22_medium2 BAMknit-21_medium2


Bamtaknit-29 Bamtaknit-27_medium2

We are happy to welcome you to the Plymouth Yarn family and wish you much success in your territory!


Baby Girls

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


Post by Cia Abbott Bullemer

Now that we have had a few nights in the 50’s, it makes me stop and think about all 4 of my baby girls (granddaughters) and their need for warmth and Nonnie lovin’! (This little one isn’t mine, but feels similar when I get to hold her!).

A few years ago, (actually probably 10!) I took a class from Nicky Epstein in Encinitas CA at Common Threads.  She was teaching edgings from her Knitting Over the Edge book.  Well, the simplicity and the brilliance of the corkscrew tassel has followed me thru the years.

Hence the cute “pompom” corkscrew tassels for this cute hat.  It is shown here on our little model, Gianna.  She is the granddaughter of one of our excellent test knitters.  Watch her grow up with us.  She is a dream baby to work with as well.  Always in a good mood and very tolerant of the multiple wardrobe changes!

Back to the hat!  It is made with a new yarn that Plymouth is showing for this season.  It is called Baby Beenz.  Our Jelli Beenz has been such a success over the years that we came to the conclusion we need Baby colors!!!  And here it is! We love the fiber content’s durability wash after wash after wash.

Feel free to ask for it at your LYS and print off this free pattern.  Trust me, you will make it over and over again as well as the corkscrew tassel!!!

F527 Baby Beenz Corkscrew Hat Pdf Download



Vote in Our KAL Poll on Ravelry

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Don’t forget to vote in our Knit A Long post on Ravelry.  Join the Plymouth Yarn Group today, cast your vote.  We will be getting started in August and you’ll get all the details then.  I will share one secret….there will be prizes involved!

Encore heather pic-1

Pitti Filati 2013 Fashion Trends

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

During the week of July 4th, Plymouth Yarn’s Marketing Manager, Christine and Design Director, Cia traveled to Florence, Italy for the Pitti Filati trade show. This event is “the main international event for the knitting yarn industry, a research lab and an observatory on global lifestyle trends.” They met with some of our current suppliers, visited some new ones and toured halls full of gorgeous designs.  Our team is working hard to bring these new products to yarn shop shelves in the upcoming seasons.

Bold colors were everywhere!

Bold colors were everywhere!

Creative color work

Creative colors and design work

Classic beauty and elegance

Classic beauty and elegance

Love the fur and fringe details!

Love the fur and fringe details!

Delicate sparkle and softness

Delicate sparkle and softness

Beautiful bows and braids!

Beautiful bows and braids!

Of course there are fun and funky looks too!

Of course there are fun and funky looks too!