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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.
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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.
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        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.

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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.

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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Free Poncho Pattern from Mobile Yarn

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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.

Enjoy the Free PDF download of the Garter Cable Poncho of the pattern.  Looking for yarn? Don’t forget to check out Mobile Yarn’s website.

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Happy Feet is bigger and better

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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.

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To celebrate our revival of this classic yarn, here are some fresh patterns we’ve designed- click each photo for more details and photos…

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Pattern 3045 Slip Stitch Hat and Cowl

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Pattern 3016 Crochet Poncho

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Pattern F724 Brioche Stitch Scarf

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F738 Knitted Socks

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Pattern 3015, crochet toddler poncho

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Encore and Charity Knitting….Perfect together

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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!

 

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.

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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!