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Cabling in Brioche Stitch

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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.

F729 gina and galway worsted 2

 

Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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  https://www.creativelive.com/instructor/vickie-howell

 

 

Brioche in action

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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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!

 

 

Trend alert: Skinny Scarves

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

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.

f702 nettle grove 2171 stiletto 2746 cashmere passion F609 wmsw hand dyed scarf 2 (2)F419 eros II

 

Gale for two

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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.

Gale and Mini Gale by Alicia Plummer

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.

Gale and Mini Gale by Alicia Plummer

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.

Gale and Mini Gale patterns can be found on ravelry.

Leap Year Traditions-The Yarn Edition

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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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!

Perlina Lacey Fingerless Gloves

Encore Worsted Fingerless Gloves
WEB F236 solid
Baby Alpaca Grande Fingerless Gloves

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Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts

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Happy National Hat Day! Free patterns inside!

Friday, January 15th, 2016

To celebrate National Hat Day, we decided to have a crazy, freebie Friday blog.  Here are picture and links to Plymouth Yarn’s favorite (and free) hat patterns.  Enjoy! CLICK ON PHOTOS for patterns. 

EtaBeta F666

EtaBeta F666

Fiore F679

Fiore F679

Galway Roving F704

Galway Roving F704

Mushishi Big F688

Mushishi Big F688

Perlina F692

Perlina F692

 Baby Alpaca Magna

Baby Alpaca Magna F622

Baby Beenz F629

Baby Beenz F629

Encore Mega Colorspun F645

Encore Mega Colorspun F645

Yarnimals KNIT Owl F654

Yarnimals KNIT Owl F654

Baby Alpaca Grande F706

Baby Alpaca Grande F706

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!

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Plymouth Pattern F687

Plymouth Pattern F687

 

I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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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.