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Creative Knitting Summer 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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The Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is chocked full of beautiful knits, six of which are made using your favorite Plymouth Yarns. This issue is on newsstands April 8th but the digital issue is available now! Click here for details.

Won’t the kiddos look adorable in these? Little Sailor Boy and Girl are made using Cleo.

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The Cirrus in Kid Seta….

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The Dayflower scarf made with Sakki
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Nantucket Vest In Jeannee
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Periwinkle in Happy Feet
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Be sure to get your copy before they are sold out! Find a yarn shop in your area here!

Some Booties to Cherish

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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These booties are quick & easy to make with our newest alpaca wonder:

Baby Alpaca Cherish, which is a DK weight 50-50 Blend of Alpaca and Acrylic..that way it has the warmth and softness of Baby Alpaca, plus the durability of acrylic.  GREAT IDEA and it comes in stunning colors too!  I am loving this yarn….made a hat & booties from ONE ball.  I hope you like my pattern, which was told to me by a dear friend named “JJ”, and I am calling them “Dutch” Booties after her.  Thanks JJ.

 

 

”DUTCH” BABY BOOTIES by Heidi Sunday

Size: Newborn (6 months)

Using approx 1 oz Sport/DK weight yarn (Plymouth Baby Alpaca Cherish used in sample)

US Size 2-3 needles, two small stitch holders

Gauge: Approx 5.5-6 Stitches/7 Rows per inch

Abbreviations Used: YO: Yarn Over

SKP: Slip 1 (as if to purl), Knit 1, Pass slipped stitch over knitted stitch)

Cuff:

Cast on 38 (42), leaving a long tail for sewing up.

Knit 6 rows (3 ridges of garter stitch)

Work 3 rows of K1 P1 rib

Eyelet row:K1, (YO, K2tog) around, ending with K1

Work 3 rows of K1 P1 rib

Instep:

K13 (14), put 13 (14) stitches just knitted on holder, K12 (14), put remaining 13 (14) stitches on holder

Working on middle 12 (14) stitches only, work in garter stitch (K all rows) for 18 (22) rows (9 (11) ridges).

Pick up 9 (11) stitches along side, K13 (K14) from holder, turn and K34 (39), pick up (purlwise is best…reach from behind stitch as if to purl when picking up stitch) 9 (11) along opposite side, K13 (14) from holder (56 (64) stitches total)

Knit 10 rows (5 ridges of garter stitch)

 

Heel and toe decreases:

Row 1: K5, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K10 (12), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K5

Row 2: Knit across row

 

Repeat these 2 rows three times: changing row 1 (decrease row) as follows:

K4, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K8 (10), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K4

K3, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K6 (8), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K3

K2, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K4 (6), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K2

 

Bind off and sew back of heel and bottom together. A crocheted chain beginning and ending with a ring of 10-12 crocheted chain stitches can be used for laces. Or, use a braid or piece of ribbon. The cuff can be edged by crocheting: SC, Ch 3, SC, Ch 3, etc

 

Special note to pattern collectors and those with “inquiring minds”: the “baby” is wearing a hat from Ravelry, called Seventh.  Her easy little topdown sweater is Encore Dynamo, Color 2, Plymouth pattern number 2649.
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Neon NOW!!!!!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer

Spring is Springing!

And after our trip across the country to participate in the Spring Show of The National Needle Arts event, we here at Plymouth Yarn are PUMPED! We had a tremendous response for our neon colors in Encore Worsted and our new sock yarn called Neon Now!

After returning from Italy in July on a Yarn Sourcing trip, we witnessed the same about trends. Neon is still wildly out there!  It is hot, it is now, and it is available!

Here are a few examples of neon for color combos.  I love the one below with the black and grey-see how it makes the orange pop but yet not read completely neon? LOVE THAT!

And then putting orange and fuchsia together? Who’d have thought that worked. But it does! Tell us what you do with neon!

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Neon on the runwayThis spring, is all about neon



2013 Count Down of Best Selling Patterns

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Reflection is a common pass-time around this time of year.  Looking back on 2013, we have run a report on what sold the best this year.  Here you have it! In the reflection of the year 2013, we selected the top 13 best sellers.

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#12 2526   Linen Concerto    

#11 2555 EncoreColorspunandWorsted Encore Worsted and Encore Worsted Colorspun

#10 2496 Colorando

# 9 2436 Encore Colorspun

#8 NO26PLYMOPATSN026.zoom.1 Baby Alpaca Grande

#7 2466 Cleo

#6 2514Gina

#5 2437 Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dyed

#4 2515 Gina

#3 1530EncoreWorsted Encore Worsted

#2 1873EncoreChunkyEncore Chunky

#1 2516Gina Gina

 

 

Just Announced-Pantone Color of 2014

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

From the Design Director’s Desk- Cia Abbott Bullemer

This is the color chosen via Pantone the Color Experts. They predict what the colors will be-or do they set the trend-? What follows what? The chicken or the egg…

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Here at Plymouth, we have several different yarns that fill this color range already.  Consider using one of these  for your next cowl, cardigan or baby girl’s cuddly blanket that she will drag around for years to come.  It is just a color that radiates warm sunshine, peace and tranquil emotion.

Baby Alpaca Grande color 834 Baby Alpaca Worsted color 8620, Cleo color 139, DeAire color 7713, Dynamo color # 3, Encore color 958 or color 458, Eros color 7107, Galway 132 or 177, Gina color 1 or color 8, Heaven color 55, Jeannee Worsted color 25, Johanne color 10, Kudo color # 54, Oh My color 9624, Pasea color 1014, Toria color 56, Whitney color 2001, Worsted Merino Superwash color 64 and Sahara color 1312.

Is that enough to choose from?

 

Small Business Saturday Special Offer

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from The Plymouth Yarn Company! We are sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping! Visit one of these shops on November 30th and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off their next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 30th.  Get to your yarn shop early for best selection. Contact the shop for hours. This offer is available in store and only at the shops listed below.  See shop for further details.

Yarns Downtown, Trussville, AL
Unraveled Yarn and Gifts, Florence, AL

Phoenix Knits, Phoenix, AZ

Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts, Fair Oaks, CA
Lofty Lou’s, Placerville, CA
Yarn del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA
Needle in a Haystack, Montrose, CA
A Major Knit Work, Van Nuys, CA
Heartstrings Yarn Studio, Chico, CA
The Wool Lady, Temecula, CA
Raincross Fiber Arts, Riverside, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Navarro River Knits, Fort Bragg, CA

Fiberspace, Sterling, CO
The Recycled Lamb, Golden, CO
The Stitchin’ Den, Greely, CO
Serendipity Yarn and Gifts, Buena Vista, CO
YarnWest, Evergreen, CO

Yarn Barn, LLC, Woodbridge, CT
Creative Fibers, LLC, Windsor, CT
Creative Fibers, Windsor, CT
The Yarn Basket, Branford, CT
Knits & Pearls, Avon CT

The Knitting Loft, Washington DC

Stitches with Style, Newark, DE

Knit’n Knibble, Tampa, FL
Needlecraft World, Kissimme, FL
The Knitty Gritty, Vero Beach, FL
Elegant Stitches, LLC, Miami, FL
A Stitch in Time, Jacksonville, FL
A Stitcher’s Haven, Plantation, FL

Needle Nook, Atlanta, GA
The Yarn House, Watkinsville, GA
Rare Purls, Duluth, GA

Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IA

The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID

Blue Beaker, Ottawa, IL
Woolly Lamb Yarn Shop, Chicago, IL
Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IL
Knitting Etc, Orland Park, IL
Gene Ann’s Yarn, Barrington, IL

River Knits, Lafayette, IN

Special Things Yarn Shop, Utica, KY

Tealou & Josephine, Hammond, LA

The Good Good Sheep, Princeton, MA
Yarn’s End, Hanover, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Metaphor Yarns, Shelburne, MA
Marji’s Yarncrafts, Braintree, MA

The Yarn Spot, LLC, Wheaton, MD
Vulcan Rest Fibers, Chesapeake City, MD

Crazy Moose Fabrics, Greenville, ME
The Yarn Sellar, York, ME

Basketful of Yarn, Clarkston, MI
Yarns to Go, Alpena, MI
My Craft Room, Troy, MI
Artisan Knitworks, Farmington, MI
Knotted Needle, Grosse Point Woods, MI
Nautical Yarn, Ludington, MI
Ivelise’s Yarn Shop, St Joseph, MI

Amazing Threads, Maple Grove, MN
The Yarn Garage, Rosemount, MN
Yarn Harbor, Duluth, MN
3 Kittens Needlearts, Mendota Heights, MN

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, Louisiana, MO

The Yarn Basket, Petal MS

Wild Purls, Billing, MT

Yarn Charm, Lincoln, NE

Yarn and Fiber Company, Derry, NH
Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, Portsmouth, NH

Woolbearers, Mt Holly, NJ
The Stitching Bee, Chatham, NJ
Yarn Crafters, Freehold, NJ
Fiber Arts Studio, Cape May, NJ

Knit One Needlepoint Too, Monticello, NY
Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts, Plattsburgh, NY
Carol’s Crafts, Rome, NY
The Yarn Connection, Campbell Hall, NY

The Yarn Shop, Columbus, OH
Knots – Knitting on the Square, Chardon, OH
Busy Beaver Arts n’ Crafts, Beavercreek, OH
Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
Sally’s Shop, Wadsworth, OH

SweetieWray’s Yarn Shop, Watonga, OK

Nancy Williamson Framing and Fibers, Clatskanie, OR
Middleford Yarn, Medford, OR

Stash, Ardmore, PA
The Lamb’s Wool, Lansdale, PA
Yarns By Design, Oakmont, PA
The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA

Knit-N-Purl, Myrtle Beach, SC

Rainbow Yarn & Fibres, Germantown, TN
Mountain Hollow Farm, Tazewell, TN
Loopville, Knoxville, TN

Nancy’s Knits, Houston, TX

Kamille’s, Where Friends Wind Up, West Jordan, UT
Hemstitched Heirloom, Bountiful, UT
Heindselman’s, Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Fancy Gap, VA
Baa Baa Sheep, LLC, Norfolk, VA
Never Enough Yarn, Winchester, VA
Wool Becomes Ewe, Monterey, VA

Allyn Knit Shop, Allyn WA

Magpie’s Cottage, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY

Aberdeen’s Wool Company, Ontario, Canada

Hey Yarn Shops! Small Business Saturday Happenings

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th!  There are so many benefits to shopping small.

  • Money you spend in your community usually gets put back into your community.   Shop owners are more likely to use that money to purchase from other businesses in the community.
  • Small businesses are 250% more likely to donate to local charities than large or big box businesses. That’s just good for everyone!
  • Local businesses are usually owned by the people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and want to invest into the community’s future.
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  • It’s better for the environment.  Less transportation = less waste
  • THE BEST customer service

I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.

So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.

HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th.  You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on.  We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!

 

Because I Love This….

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I saw this cowl on the neck of our designer Cia in the office a few months back and I just loved the look of it.  I made her take it off and let me try it! I can’t normally wear the bulkier cowls but I love making them as gifts.  This Angora Cowl is for someone like me.  It has a beautiful drape, warm without being bulky and the colors chosen just work so well together.  Did I mention it’s Angora? This would also be beautiful made with Angora Glitz.  So grab that holiday list and check off a name or two with this design!

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F507 Angora Cowl pdf

ANGORA
“Brighten Up Winter” Cowl
One Size Fits All -24” in diameter

Materials: Angora – 2 balls Color A #779 fuchsia;  2 balls Color B #3000 lime; and 1 ball Color C #3007 orange; 10g each ball
2 yards of Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge:  18sts and 22 rows= 4” in st st on US size 8, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 8 needles, and tapestry needle.

Stitch Pattern:
Row 1(RS) Knit
Row 2: (WS) Purl
Row 3: (RS) Purl
Row 4: (WS) Knit

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern
With Scrap yarn, cast on 45 sts.
Next Row, and Color A, start with Row 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work in *Color A for 3 Repeats of Stitch Pattern.  Change to Color B for 3 Repeats, the Color C for 1 Repeat;
rep until piece measures approx 24” ending with Color C on Row 4 for last repeat.  Leave sts on needle.
Unravel Scrap yarn and slip live stitches on second needle.  Graft together the cast-on stitches with the last stitches using the Kitchener Stitch.  (See directions below)

Kitchener Stitch:
Break yarn leaving a 2 yard tail. Hold 2 needles parallel in left hand with points facing out.
1St: Bring threaded needle thru front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
2nd: Bring threaded needle thru back st as if to knit and leave st on needle.
3rd: Bring threaded needle thru first front st as if to knit and sl this st off needle.  Bring threaded needle thru next front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
4th: Bring threaded needle thru first back st as if to purl, sl this st off, bring needle thru next back st as if to knit, leave this st on needle.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all sts are used.
Weave in all ends.

©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company.  011413cab

Marge Simpson working at Plymouth today!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Posted by Cia Abbott Bullemer

F021 GUSTO 10 HAT

Make this easy Marge Simpson wig.  Using the pattern attached, work until the hat is 16″ or so, randomly adding cables, then finish the crown as written.  Stuff with quilt batting and you got it!  I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega color # 133, 2 balls!  You will have Homey all a-gog!

 

Margesimpson and red queen 2013 halloween

 

Meet Kaelin Hearn + DK Merino Fingerless Mitts

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

I’d like to introduce Kaelin Hearn, our new sales rep for Eastern Pennsylvania and New York. Kaelin began working at Plymouth in 2004 right out of high school and worked around her college courses. She started out in the warehouse, packaging and sorting shipments. Soon after, Kaelin began working on our computers and formatting patterns. She also assisted at photo shoots, contributing her fashion sense to our garment stylings. Some of you may know Kaelin from talking to her on the phone in customer service about yarn shop orders or pattern questions. She was our go-to girl!

Her passion and eagerness to learn about yarn, design and sales shined. In the spring of this year, Kaelin began her journey as a sales rep. Having great customer service and a big heart has helped guide her into her new role. She is an asset at Plymouth. I personally love consulting with her on yarn and pattern trends. She enjoys hosting trunk shows for Plymouth and contributing any knitting trends to the designers and the Plymouth customers.

Kaelin is great at helping guide shops to incorporate the best creative, functional, and current trends into the shops. She is very unique if she isn’t knitting or searching for new designs she is spending time with her very big family or fishing on the weekends.

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Kaelin is modelling my newest design. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pattern that I like to come back to, again and again. Alas, the criteria for such a pattern is high for me.

Here is a working list of some of the must haves for that perfect pattern:

1. Quick to knit, must take 1-2 days to make, no more than that!

2. It must keep my attention- something that isn’t just boring stockinet or garter.

3. Should require only 1-2 skeins. Bonus if it is only 1 skein. I need to use up those impulse buy skeins I get when I go yarn shopping! (You know what I am talking about- they call your name… and you don’t know what to do with them but you can’t just leave them on the shelf!!)

This brings me to my newest design- Twisted Column Mitts.

These mitts meet all of these requirements for me! They only took me one evening to make.  They have a simple cable that adds interest. Lastly, they only require one skein of bouncy, washable and durable DK Merino Superwash.

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What are your requirements for that perfect pattern?

Happy Knitting!! –Vanessa

DK Merino Superwash Fingerless  Mitts

Download the pdf

To Fit: Ladies Size Hands
Approximate Circumference: 6 ½”, without stretching
Length: 7 ½”

Materials:
DK Merino Superwash:
1—50G skein, color 1100 Honeydew
Gauge: 22 sts, 32 rows= 4” in st st on US Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles, 26 sts, 32 rows= 4” in Twist Columns on US Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles.
Needles: US Size 6 (4mm) DPNs, 2 stitch markers, cable needle.

Twist Columns (Worked over 20 sts)
Round 1: P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Round 2: same as round 1.
Round 3: P1, k2, p3, C3B, p2, C3F, p3, k2, p1.
Round 4: P1, k2, p3, k3, p2, k3, p3, k2, p1.
Round 5: P1, k2, p2, C3B, k1, p2, k1, C3F, p2, k2, p1.
Round 6: P1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1.
Round 7: P1, k2, p1, T3B, k2, p2, k2, T3F, p1, k2, p1.
Round 8: (P1, k2)3x, p2, (k2, p1)3x.
Round 9: P1, k2, T3B, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, T3F, k2, p1.
Round 10: P1, k4, (p2, k2)2x, p2, k4, p1.
Round 11: P1, k1, T3B, (p2, k2)2x, p2, T3F, k1, p1.
Round 12: P1, k3, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, k3, p1.
Round 13: P1, T3B, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, T3F, p1.
Round 14: P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Rep these 14 rounds for pattern st.

Mitt (make 2)
CO 40 sts, divide the sts onto 4 DPNs. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM. Work in 1×1 rib (k1 st, p1 st) for 10 rounds. Beg working in twist columns pattern. Work 22 rounds twist columns pattern- end having worked round 8 of twist columns.
Thumb: Work round 9 of twist columns across 20 sts, pm, m1 twice by picking up the bar between the 2 sts with the left hand needle from front to back, k this st tbl, pick up the same bar with left hand needle from back to front and k this st (2 sts inc’d.), pm, work round 9 of twist columns across 20 sts.
Next Round: Work next round of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, k to m, sl m, work next round of twist columns across 20 sts.
Inc Round: Work next round of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, m1, k to m, m1, sl m, work next round of twist columns across 20 sts. Rep the last 2 rows until there are 12 sts in between the m- end having worked round 5 of twist columns.
Next Round: Work round 6 of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, p across 12 sts in between m, sl m, work round 8 of twist columns across 20 sts.
Next Round: Work round 7 of twist columns across 20 sts, remove m, BO in k the 12 sts for the thumb, remove m, work round 7 of twist columns across 20 sts. 40 sts on needles. Work in twist columns pattern as established for 4 more rounds- end having worked round 11. Then work in 1×1 rib for 7 rounds. BO in rib on next round. Make another mitt. Weave in all ends.

©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company. 101413vle

ABBREVIATIONS: beg= begin(ning), BO= bind off, C3B= sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k2, k1 from cable needle, C3F= sl 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front, k1, k2 from cable needle, CO= cast on, dec= decrease, DPNs= double pointed needles, inc= increase, m1- make one, pm= place marker, p = purl, rem= remain(ning), rep= repeat, RS= right side,  sl= slip, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, T3B= sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k2, p1 from cable needle, T3F= sl 2 sts to cable needle and holt to front, p1, k2 from cable needle, tbl= through back loop