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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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!
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!
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
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!
Scarves don’t have to be heavy and cumbersome. A new trend that I’ve noticed in ready to wear is adorn your spring and summer wardrobes with fashion scarves. The scarves can be skinny, about 3″ wide, though I have seen some wider scarves that are about 7″ wide. They all have one thing in commong- they are lightweight and wispy. They are knit looser than you normally would knit the fabric, which creates a lot of drape, and keeps the scarves from being too overwhelming.
Here are some skinny scarf designs that we have designed at Plymouth. Click the photo to be taken to the pattern.
Ponchos are such a hit lately! We love Alicia Plummer’s Gale so much, and we were thrilled to see she made a Mini Gale for little ones.
Both ponchos use the same construction- a boxy body with sloped shaped shoulders. A stunning turtleneck is the icing on the cake for this trendy poncho/pullover. The sides feature buttoned “armholes”- a neat construction choice for a no fuss wardrobe piece.
The ponchos are knit using Plymouth Homestead– a great aran weight choice for the perfect drape. Homestead is 2-ply wool that comes in solid and natural heathers. We love it because it has incredible yardage (191 yards per 100 grams skein) as well as being warm enough to chase the early spring chill.
Traditionally, February 29th is the day that a woman can ask a man to marry her. Sure, times have changed but this tradition isn’t so bad. In some European countries, such as Denmark, tradition says any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. In Finland, it changes to fabric for a skirt. If it landed me some beautiful fingerless mitts, I might not mind having those instead of a husband some days! Here are some fun and free patterns to celebrate these traditions. Enjoy!