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I Love Yarn Day 2017 Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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The Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day is celebrating it’s 7th year! On October 14th, get out there and teach someone to knit, crochet weave or spin! This is such a fun concept! Share the love of your craft with others.  You can check out the Craft Yarn Council’s website for great resources on learning the craft! Once you teach someone to cast on….who knows where they could go! As you well know, once you catch that knitting or crochet bug, it’s all over.  Plymouth Yarn would love to help you in your journey to teach a newbie! Comment on this blog and you could win any 2 of our Cuzco Cashmere, Incan Spice or Reserve Sport kits, 1 for you and 1 for a friend! Tell us about your favorite yarn shop or knitting group so that other folks, just like you, can discover somewhere new! Five lucky people will win two of the following kits (chosen at random, colors may vary)…

F794 Incan Spice. Pattern is free to download!

F794 Incan Spice. Pattern is free to download!

F803 Cuzco Cashmere. Pattern is also free to download!

F803 Cuzco Cashmere. Pattern is also free to download!

Share your projects with us! Use hashtags #plymouthyarn and #iloveyarnday on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

F782 Cuzco Cashmere. Pattern is free to download!

F782 Cuzco Cashmere. Pattern is free to download!

3156 Cuzco Cashmere. Pattern is available at your favorite yarn shop through Ravelry Pro.

3156 Cuzco Cashmere. Pattern is available at your favorite yarn shop through Ravelry Pro.

3136 Reserve Sport. Pattern is available at your favorite yarn shop through Ravelry Pro.

3136 Reserve Sport. Pattern is available at your favorite yarn shop through Ravelry Pro.

Giveaway rulesTo enter– tell us your favorite yarn shop or public knitting group (please include city and state of the location) by commenting on this blog from 10/10/17 through 10/20/17.  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 contest entry.  Yarn will be delivered from Plymouth Yarn to valid US addresses only. All entries must be received by 11:59pm on 10/20/17.  Multiple entries will be disqualified.  Approximate prize value is $100.  Five winners will be chosen October 23rd, 2017 by random number generator and notified via the email provided.  Must respond to notification email by 10/31/17 or prize is forfeited. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

 

 

Fun Halloween Projects!

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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I knit all year ’round but consider this week the official start to knitting and crochet season. I love seeing all the fall projects that pop up.  Pumpkins, spiders, and clowns are everywhere!  There are several Halloween inspired free crochet projects collected on Confessions of Crafty Witches facebook page (and some yummy recipes too) to get you started. They feature a raven, shrunken heads and a Chucky doll!

Here are some fun pattern finds where you can use your favorite Plymouth Yarns!

How adorable is this Candy Corn Hat? Free pattern and photo courtesy of Sarah Sagaser/sarahlou on Ravelry.

Candy Corn Hat by Sarah Sagaser

Candy Corn Hat by Sarah Sagaser

Still one of my very favorite Halloween patterns is our Encore Worsted Pumpkin Sweater! Free download. 

Free Pattern F466 in Encore Worsted!

Free Pattern F466 in Encore Worsted!

You can find this Skull Sweater pattern (#2129) made with Encore DK at your local Ravelry Pro shop.  Don’t know if you have a local shop? Check the find a shop feature on plymouthyarn.com

Pattern 2129 available for download only at your favorite Ravelry Pro shop

Pattern 2129 available for download only at your favorite Ravelry Pro shop

 

Annie’s Autumn Glow Collection!

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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!

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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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!

F473 WEB Encore Worsted

Happy Fall!

Back to school countdown!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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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!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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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!

The Ultimate Guide to Wearing Knits Between Seasons

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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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!

    • Linaza is beautiful blend of Alpaca, Linen and Tencel.  You’ll get just a hint of warmth and plenty of softness with the Alpaca.  When tencel is blended with wool, it brings softness and drape; blended with cotton or linen, it promotes the bounce and sheen in the fiber.
Pattern 3106

Pattern 3106

Pattern 3038

Pattern 3038

      • Kid Gloss is perfect for any season but especially in between seasons because of it’s mohair and silk blend. Mohair doesn’t conduct heat and provides good insulation. It readily absorbs and releases moisture, moving perspiration away from the skin for evaporation so it’s ideal in hot and cold weather. Silk is naturally absorbent. This allows it to regulate temperature well, no matter what the season.
        Pattern 2770

        Pattern 2770

        Pattern 2795

        Pattern 2795

        • Cotton is the king of transition. It’s fabric that allows the skin to breathe. Cotton can easily absorb body moisture and help keep you dry. It is also able to draw heat away from your skin, keeping you cool and comfortable in hot weather. Check out some of the other benefits of cotton here.  Plymouth Yarn offers a variety of organic, mercerized, Egyptian and cotton blends.  Anne, Cleo, and Kimera just to name a few. One of our favorite, all season, scarves is the ZickZack by Christy Kamm made with Kimera.  Throw it in your bag in case you get chilly.  It’s so versatile.

          Free Pattern F668

         

 

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

Friday, March 10th, 2017

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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

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Knitting Pattern- Homestead Christmas Stockings Trio

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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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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