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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

3016 happy feet 2

Pattern 3016 Crochet Poncho

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Pattern F724 Brioche Stitch Scarf

F738 happy feet 100

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!

 

 

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.

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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

Visit These Yarn Shops For a Great Deal on Plymouth Yarn November 28th!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Shop small at your local yarn shop this Saturday, November 28th!  Plymouth Yarn is sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping!

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Visit one of the shops listed below and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 28th.  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.

Alaska
Alaskan Yarn Company,  Homer, AK
A Flyin’ Skein,  Seward, AK

Alabama
Yvie’s,  Alexandria, AL
Yarn Boutique By Mitsie,  Decatur, AL
Mobile Yarn,  Mobile, AL

Arizona
Grandma’s Spinning Wheel,  Tucson, AZ

California
Stitches in Time,  Bellflower, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Knit Wits,  Paradise, CA
Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop,  Placerville, CA
Ewe-Baa Street Yarns,  Redding, CA
Rumpelstiltskin,  Sacramento, CA
Needlecraft Cottage,  San Diego, CA
Dharma Trading Co,  San Rafael, CA
Purlecsence Yarns,  Sunnyvale, CA
Zoe’s Knit Studio,  Tarzana, CA
A Major Knitwork,  Van Nuys, CA

Colorado
The Stitchin’ Den,  Estes Park, CO

Connecticut
A Stitch in Time,  Bethel, CT
The Yarn Basket,  Branford, CT
New England Yarn and Spindle,  Bristol, CT
Creative Fibers,  Windsor, CT
The Yarn Barn LLC,  Woodbridge, CT

Florida
Sew & Quilt Shop,  Bunnell, FL
A Stitch in Time,  Jacksonville, FL
The Yarn Shack,  Kissimmee, FL
Sheep Thrills,  Lauderhill, FL
Yarns & Things,  Milton, FL

Georgia
Knitter’s Knitch,  Blairsville, GA

Hawaii
Aloha Yarn,  Kaneohe, HI

Iowa
Knitting Next Door,  Ankeny, IA
The Sheep Baatique,  Cedar Falls, IA

Idaho
Knit-N-Crochet,  Coeur D’Alene, ID
Alpaca Direct,  Hayden, ID
The Yarn Connection,  Idaho Falls, ID

Illinois
Idea Studio,  La Grange, IL
Elemental Yarn,  Plainfield, IL
Wool and Company Simple Gifts,  St. Charles, IL

Indiana
In A Yarn Basket,  Bloomington, IN
The Fiber Closet,  Rockville, IN

Kentucky
Crafty Hands,  Bowling Green, KY

Louisiana
Yarn Nook, LLC,  Lafayette, LA
The Needlework Vault,  New Orleans, LA

Massachusetts
Stitch House,  Dorchester, MA
Iron Horse Inc., Natick, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Yarn Basket,  Mashpee, MA
Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center,  Merrimac, MA
Northampton Wools,  Northampton, MA
Suzi’s Fiber Cat, South Grafton, MA

Maryland
Tempting Ewe,  Yarns Catonsville, MD

Maine
Yarn Sellar,  York, ME

Michigan

Have You Any Wool, Berkley, MI
Beyond the Rainforest,  Grand Blanc, MI
Wool and Floss,  Grosse Point, MI
Old Village Yarn Shop, Plymouth, MI
The Little Yarn Shoppe,  Saginaw, MI
Gloria’s Happy Hooker,  Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Minnesota
Utrinkets, LLC,  Brainerd, MN
What in Yarnation!,  Cannon Falls, MN
Double Ewe Yarn Shop,  Circle Pines, MN
Mary Lue’s Yarn & Ewe,  Mankato, MN
3 Kittens Needle Arts,  Mendota Heights, MN
Needlework Unlimited,  Minneapolis, MN
Old Creamery Quilt Shop,  Randall, MN

Missori
Treasure Chest Yarn Shop,  Mexico, MO

Montana
Camas Creek Yarn,  Kalispell, MT
The Cultured Purl Yarn Shop,  Libby, MT
Back Porch Quilts,  Livingston, MT

North Carolina
The Needlecraft Center, Davidson, NC
Chix With Sticks,  Lenoir, NC
Elle’s Yarn Stash,  Wilson, NC

Nebraska
Imagiknit Yarn Shop,  Omaha, NE

New Hampshire
Covered Bridge,  Amherst, NH

New Jersey

Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Jubili Beads & Yarns,  Collingswood, NJ
WoolBearers,  Mt Holly, NJ

New York
Village Yarn Shop,  Granville, NY
The Yarn Cupboard,  Jamesville, NY
Knitty City,  New York, NY
April’s Yarn Basket,  Oneonta, NY
Knitting Cove and Yarn Shop,  Port Jefferson, NY

Ohio
Fiber Addiction,  Chardon, OH
Silk Road Textiles,  Cincinnati, OH
Knit Wit Knits,  Salem, OH
RaeMarie Yarns,  Vermilion, OH

Oklahoma
Gourmet Yarn Co.,  Oklahoma City, OK

Oregon
Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design,  Portland, OR
Nitro Knitters,  Portland, OR
Oregon Worsted Co,  Portland, OR
Knitting Bee,  Portland, OR
Creative Beginnings,  Seaside, OR

Pennsylvania
The Knitter’s Edge,  Bethlehem, PA
Kid Ewe Knot,  Bridgeville, PA
Marty’s Quilt Shop,  Lewistown, PA
The Ball & Skein Shop.  Lititz, PA
The Knitting Cottage,  Waynesboro, PA
Y-Knot Knit,  Yardley, PA

South Carolina
Beads and Yarn,  Lexington, SC

South Dakota
Framing and Fibers,  Rapid City, SD

Tennessee
Yarn Asylum,  Clarksville, TN
Rainbow Yarn & Fibers,  Germantown, TN
Yarniverse,  Memphis, TN
The Knaughty Knitter,  Murfreesboro, TN

Texas
The Sated Sheep,  Dripping Springs, TX
Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio,  Grand Prairie, TX
Yarnivore,  San Antonio, TX
Twisted Yarns,  Spring, TX

Utah
Hemstitched Heirlooms,  Bountiful, UT
Knit Unique,  Logan, UT
Needlepoint Joint, Ogden, UT
Heindselman’s Yarn,  Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep,  Sandy, UT
Kamille’s,  West Jordan, UT

Virginia
Peaceful Heart Alpacas,  Fancy Gap, VA
Yarn Cloud,  Occoquan, VA

Washington
Allyn Knit Shop,  Allyn, WA
Yarn Folk,  Ellensburg, WA
Rainy Day Yarns,  Gig Harbor, WA
The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique,  Olympia, WA
Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame, s Redmond, WA
Bad Woman Yarn,  Seattle, WA
Local Yarn Shop,  Sequim, WA
Sew EZ Too,  Spokane, WA

Wisconsin
Thunder Willow Community Arts,  Hudson, WI
Yarns by Design,  Neenah, WI
Northwind Book and Fiber,  Spooner, WI

Wyoming
Ewe Count,  Cheyenne, WY
Cowgirl Yarn,  Laramie, WY

Canada
Georgetown Yarn and Crafts,  Georgetown ON

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