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Plymouth Yarn’s Quick Gift Guide

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!

But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.

BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!

F603 stella jacq

Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball

F651 arequipa worsted 2

Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball

F616 baby angel 3

Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan

F641 Perlina

Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball

f620 kid gloss cowl 2

Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn

F548 encore chunky tweed

Encore Chunky Tweed 2-3 ball slipper socks

f688 mushishi big 2

Mushishi Big 2 skein hat (crochet!)

F586 grande hand dyed 3

Baby Alpaca Grande Hand Dyed 1 skein hat

F517 Baby Alpaca Magna

Baby Alpaca Magna 1 skein headband

F607 Encore Mega Colorspun

Encore Mega Colorspun 2 ball cowl

Mushishi Big Boot Toppers- a new yarn + free pattern

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

With the Fall season upon us, I want to tell you about a new exciting yarn we have at Plymouth.

Mushishi Big is a lofty wool silk blend with long stretches of color. The variations of white silk slubs throughout the softly spun woolen are whimsical and provide depth to this multi-faceted chunky weight.

(Psst, this is a BIG brother to our popular yarn, Mushishi.)

I designed a pair of boot toppers that feature a variation of a stitch called the “Umbrella Stitch.” The undulating nature of the stitch creates a stylish curvature around your calves. The bottom ribbed part of the boot topper will fit snuggly against your legs and provide extra cushion and warmth. It is important you bind off with a nice stretchy method- I like “Jeny’s stretchy bind off” or “tubular bind off” method. Do you have a favorite stretchy bind off method?

I think these would look equally cute with a pair of cowboy boots. Enjoy this free pattern using our new fall yarn!

f687 mushishi big 5 f687 mushishi big 2

Plymouth Pattern F687

Plymouth Pattern F687


I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015


It’s that time of year again! Just 4 days left until the 5th birthday of  I Love Yarn Day! The Craft Yarn Council is calling for all fiber friends to #stitchitforward by teaching at least one person how to knit, crochet, weave or spin.  It only takes a few minutes to share your love of yarn with another person and chances are, they are going to love it too! Post your projects across facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!

To help you share your love of yarn, Plymouth Yarn is giving away one of it’s biggest prizes ever! One lucky winner will receive FIVE that’s right- FIVE, cowl kits containing our best selling yarns!

To Enter:  Comment on this blog post with 1. Your favorite yarn shop. 2.  Your favorite Plymouth Yarn  3. Your favorite place to knit/crochet/weave or spin.  You must include all 3 to be eligible for the grand prize.  Winners will be notified on October 19th via email.  One runner up will receive one Baby Alpaca Grande Cowl kit.

Here are the fabulous cowl kits that are included in the Grand prize.  They would all make fantastic gifts. Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Download the patterns here and run to your local yarn shop to get the yarn. Free pattern links are located under each picture.

F607 encore mega colorspun
Click here to download Encore Mega F607


F430- picture

Click here to download Gina F430

F635 galway sport 3
Click here to download Galway Sport F635


Unregistered RawShooter essentials 2005 1.1.2 bld 14
Click here to download Baby Alpaca Grande F297


Click here to download Homestead F637

Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Pitti Immagine Filati July 2015

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

At this years Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.  Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Terry Phillips along with his lovely wife, sales rep, Jennifer, arrived to splashes of color in all sorts of interesting mediums.  Stuffed animals, traffic cones, and multicolored smoke were just a few ways they were displayed.

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They met with long time friends and the folks who make that decadent Baby Alpaca and beautiful Galway. group mitchell

There was emphasis on natural fibers spun into luxury yarns.  The colors were earthy and regal. sweater orange dress

It was a long, hot week and Plymouth Yarn is excited to develop new products to share with you in the coming months.

Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!

Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!

Slip-Stitch Knits Giveaway!

Friday, June 26th, 2015

We are happy to share a giveaway hosted by Martingale Publishing!  Check out their new book Slip-Stitch Knits by Sheryl Thies, with 12 lovely designs, 5 of which use your favorite Plymouth Yarns!


Head on over to Martingale’s blog for your chance to win!  Here are just two of the beautiful Plymouth designs that you can find in the book….

Jeannee, 2 skeins.   one in color 1 and one in color 57

Jeannee, 2 skeins. one in color 1 and one in color 57

FINALS B1302 copy.indd

Encore Worsted. 1 skein each in colors 688 and 240



Ojo De Dios Chunky- KAL and giveaway!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Ojo De Dios Chunky using Gina Chunky by Plymouth Yarn

Photo credit of Harper Point Photography/Interweave Knits

I am pleased to announce the release of my new shawl knitting pattern, Ojo De Dios Chunky. Plymouth Gina Chunky self stripes into modular-motif triangles. The seamless triangles form the border of the shawl. A v-shaped garter stitch body is picked up and knit afterward. Some of you may know of my original, “little sister” shawl, which is the original Ojo De Dios knit in Plymouth Gina (a worsted weight).  I really enjoyed re-designing this shawl concept. Since this is knit in a chunky weight,  you’ll be able to knit at a faster pace. I think it took me 3 evenings.


Photo credit of Harper Point Photography/Interweave Knits

The design is part of a collection of 5 accessories that feature motifs in Interweave Knit’s newest e-book. Designs are from Grace Akhrem, Quenna Lee, Paula B. Levy and Daniela Nii. Just click the link to purchase your copy. You can also purchase a kit for the shawl from Interweave.

Now that I’ve introduced you to the new design……I want to announce I will be hosting a KAL (knit-a-long) and giveaway for my shawl on ravelry in the Plymouth Yarn Group.

ojo chunky shawl KAL

To Participate in the KAL:

  • Start date: 7.1.2015
  • End date: 7.31.2015 11:59 pm EST
  • Purchase the Motifs E-book from Interweave
  • We recommend using our Gina Chunky yarn. It is a great singly-ply self-striping yarn that has crisp, vibrant and unique colorways.

To Participate in the giveaway:

  • Post in the KAL thread that you are joining us, mention what Plymouth yarn you will be using. (must use a Plymouth Yarn to participate in the giveaway) See retailers near you or purchase the kit through Interweave.
  • Create a ravelry project page and post a clear photo of your finished shawl.
  • Complete the shawl by 7.31.2015 11:59 pm EST.
  • Must be over 18 years old and live in the USA Or Canada.


Everyone who completes the above requirements will be entered into our drawing at the end of the KAL.

The giveaway is a surprise and will be revealed at a later date. (Hint: There will be multiple winners!)





Columbus TNNA Highlights

Monday, June 15th, 2015

We had a great time at the TNNA show in Columbus this year.  There was lots of love to be had for our new fall yarns. It was great to see so many of you at our booth and we are looking forward to a successful year and hope that you share all of your projects with us on our social media outlets.
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Memorial Day Hat Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


So many of us just love our hats and with the Cleo Summer Tam you don’t have to wait for cool weather to wear them! Made using 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton this hat is an adorable addition to your collection.  Knit it on your way to the beach and wear it that night!  This is your chance to win the Plymouth Yarn Cleo  yarn to make it too!  Comment here on our blog and tell us your favorite summer knitting project.  Several winners will be chosen at random Monday, June 1st.   You can download the pattern here for free.

Need ideas for summer knitting? Check out our Short and Sweet Summer Knitting Board on Pinterest for inspiration.

Free Baby Hat Pattern and Giveaway!

Monday, May 18th, 2015



It’s just about summer time here in Bristol.  It’s hot and humid during the day but the evenings are still slightly cool.  If you have a wee one, it’s still nice to cover their sweet, little heads on those cool nights by the fire pit or during a walk on the famous boardwalks of the Jersey shore.  Plymouth Yarn has them covered!  Pattern F597, made using Sesia Bimbo,  a soft cotton rolled brim hat is just perfect for those nights.  It’s available in 6 beautiful, baby friendly shades.  We want to celebrate this yarn and the season by sharing the pattern and giving 5 lucky winners the yarn they need to make it!  The hat is available in sizes preemie to 6 months.  To be eligible to win, comment on our blog, or share the post on facebook, retweet and tag us on twitter, or you can even pin this post on pinterest.   Winners will be chosen at random on or about May 26th 2015.

Win What You Really Wanted For Mother’s Day

Monday, May 11th, 2015



My 9 year old son was given the task of picking out my Mother’s Day gift all by himself with his very own money this year, for the first time.  I have to say, he did very well.  I received an array of nail polishes in every shade of blue (my favorite color) imaginable and a beautiful orchid.  He’s growing into a sweet young man, that’s for sure.  I adore and treasure all of the homemade picture frames, pipe cleaner flowers and finger painted works of art from the past years but I think the fact that he really put thought into my gift that made it so very special to me.  I honestly thought I’d end up with a Lego set!

For three lucky ladies out there, we have the gift you really wanted! All you have to do is win it! This beautiful Bio Sesia 5  CROCHET cardigan kit, pattern 2804, comes in so many sizes it will fit and flatter just about every mom.  The luxurious, 100% organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 is super soft with a beautiful drape.  It will be your spring/summer/fall go-to coverup for that night around the fire pit with mommy drinks after the kiddos are asleep!

Would you like a chance to win this kit? Just comment on our blog with the best or “it’s the thought that counts” gift you’ve ever received for Mother’s Day.  Not a mom? You can play too! Tell us the best or worst gift you ever gave your mom/teacher/Grandmom/Aunt.

Colors will vary.  Winner chosen at random on or about May 15th 2015.