Archive for the ‘Yarn’ Category
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
This is one of my favorite times of the year. Perhaps most of you would not agree if
1) you are snowed in until April
2) your garden looks like a slushy, sad mass of brown or
3) the holiday season is over and it feels like the doldrums are kicking in.
BUT for me, I absolutely love the freeing feeling of no-obligation-to-knit-gifts February!!!
Which brings me to a quick little treat you might make for yourself or (if you happen to not mind still knitting gifts) for a sweet friend.
F606 Traveling Cowl by Joanne Turcotte
Joanne Turcotte’s Traveling Cowl takes one lovely skein of our Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed. Choose from 5 fun speckled colors, or try a variegated from our collection.
I think it could be a weekend project?
Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Lately we see a trend of using interesting dye techniques with easy to knit patterns. The simple patterns show off the yarn in the best way- making sure that the specialty of the dyers handiwork is paramount.
Our Happy Feet Splash yarn is just that- a fun sprinkle dyed yarn with speckles of many different colors throughout. Shown below in a design by Sue Hilger. The color is best described as… blue oreo! Sue’s design is a nice garter and yarn over circular scarf, with a fun twist at the end- you get to drop stitches on purpose! Check out all the cool splash colors and designs we have in Happy Feet Splash… Then, download Sue’s free Happy Feet Splash Circular Scarf pattern.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
We have several designs to share in the newest Creative Knitting, which is on newstands today!
Encore Mega Helicat mat by Lena Skvagerson
Gina Widling Cowl by Patty Lyons
Cleo Simple Washcloths by Lisa Carnahan
Riflessi Cowl by Sandi Prosser
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Magazines, Yarn | Tags: Tags: 2015, adriafil, Cleo, creative knitting magazine, encore mega, gina, hand knitting, Lena Skvagerson, Lisa Carnahan, patterns, patty lyons, Plymouth Yarn, riflessi, sandi prosser, spring,
Friday, December 5th, 2014
There is something very special happening at the Delaware Museum of Natural History! Designer Sharon Silverman has lead her team to create a beautiful and unique yarn bomb experience.
Our favorite component has to be Yarnboa! This cuddly snake is over 40 feet long and constructed mostly of Plymouth Yarns! Almost 9000 yards of yarn were used for this creature which was created to celebrate the museum’s exhibit Titanboa:Monster Snake. The snake is filled with used newspaper and plastic bags. Sharon plans to reconfigure the crocheted creations into blankets, which will be donated to the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester. You can meet her at the museum on Sunday December 14 from 1-3 pm. The Titanboa exhibit will run until January 25th, 2015.
Sharon has been creating beautiful yarn bombs for some time now, you can see some examples of her amazing work on her facebook page. Here are a couple other creations you can see at the museum located at 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, De., 19807.
Category Design/Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Uncategorized, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: charity knitting, crochet, delaware museum of natural history, facebook, hand knit, Plymouth Yarn, Sharon Silverman, Titanboa, Yarn, yarn bomb, Yarnboa,
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Our Galway Worsted weight yarn has been in the Plymouth family for a long time. I remember being a teenager, working at my mom’s yarn shop, and selling galway during the felted bag craze. Fun times! It was the perfect yarn for most projects- a durable, 4-ply (feltable) worsted weight with many colors and excellent yardage (210 yards for 100 Grams, to be exact.) It was well loved for fairisle projects, cabling, and held up well to pilling and wear. Oh! And who remembers Galway in a hank?
We’ve expanded the Galway yarn in more than one direction recently. I’ll talk about only one today…..but stay tuned for a smaller (hint hint) Galway version in my next post.
Galway ROVING! Galway Roving is new to Plymouth- it is a singly ply bulky weight yarn that knits up at 2.5 sts= 1″ on a size 15 (10mm) needle.
We love it for chunky weight accessories and outdoorsy kind of knits.
Please enjoy the free pattern for this drop stitch cable cowl. It requires only 3 balls and an evening or two to make. The cowl is worked flat and then stitches are dropped to make a looser, less dense fabric. The ends are then sewn together to make a cowl-loop. Super fun and stylish! Download the free pattern
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Yarn | Tags: Tags: cable, cowl, drop stitch, Free Pattern, galway roving, hand knit, knitting, orange cowl, Plymouth Yarn, super bulky, vanessa ewing, worsted weight,
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
I love garter stitch. It’s reversible. It’s squishy. It’s easy to stripe with.
New for fall, our lovely DK Merino Superwash makes an effortless triangle scarf. Styling triangular scarves is fun. You can wear the point in the front with the ends doubled around your neck (like a kerchief) or you can wear the point to the back, having the ends tied loosely in the front. Or you can wear the point on your shoulder, and pin the ends in place with your favorite shawl pin.
We have brand new colors in stock of DKMSW, so check them out. There are lots of color combinations to match with coats. –Enjoy! Vanessa
Download the pdf
DK Merino Superwash Triangle Scarf, shown in colors 1133, 1132, 1131
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
No matter where you live, there is sure to be a yarn event somewhere near you over the next couple of weeks. Since there are so many, we’ve decided to list as many as we can right here in a neat little post. Click on the links for each event for more detailed information. Have fun and happy knitting!
September 5th -20th The 7th annual Yarn Discovery Tour has begun with hundreds of fiber enthusiasts starting to crisscross Northeast Ohio
September 12th 6:30-8:30 pm The Knitter’s Edge in Bethlehem, PA will be tasting the newest and finest yarns of The Plymouth Yarn Company
September 13th-21st Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9 day yarn crawl with a Passport Tour of 24 participating yarn shops across the front range of Colorado.
September 13th-21st Gather your friends together and have a fun time as you visit great yarn shops and vie for a chance at terrific prizes at the 8th annual Atlanta Shop Hop
September 18th-21st San Diego Yarn Crawl. Come join in on a fun and exciting yarn crawl in San Diego, California. Meet lots of friendly shops and alpacas. Then shop for lots of exciting new yarns.
September 19th-21st North Country Fiber Fair Watertown, SD. The mission of the North Country Fiber Fair is to host an annual event, on the 3rd weekend of September, that provides educational and marketing opportunities for producers, fiber artists and consumers of natural fibers
September 19th & 20th Indiana and Illinois Fall Bus Shop Hop.
September 26th-28th The Western Connecticut Yarn Council presents the Fiber, Friends and Fun Yarn Crawl! 7 shops and 3 fiberlicious days of fun!
October 10th-19th The 8th annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl, the best little yarn crawl in Texas! Ten fun-filled days crawling your way through 13 yarn shops around and about central Texas.
October 21st-26th Central Kansas Yarn Hop The Central Kansas Yarn Hop lets you gather your friends and support local yarn shops across central Kansas. Shop local!
I’m sure this is just a fraction of the many wonderful yarn related events happening, comment below or contact us if you’d like us to add your event.
So get in your car and go! There are great prizes and new yarn discoveries just waiting for you in your local yarn shop.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, TNNA, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: crochet, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, shop hop, Yarn, yarn crawl, yarn tasting,
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Swatches swatches swatches. I’ve got tons of swatches. But what do you do with them after you get your gauge information? I usually take my swatches and place them on an O ring, and hang them up for future reference. It’s almost like a time capsule when I looks through them– some were for sweaters, some for cowls, other were just to see how the yarn would perform. Since I’ve got an abundance of swatches (as I am sure most knitters do- especially if you are making something to a specific size!) I thought it would be so cute to make a little patchwork blanket. Some yarns I used in my swatch blanket are Monte Donegal, Baby Alpaca Grande, Worsted Merino Superwash, Baby Alpaca Aire.
Separate your swatches by singling out a nice color palette. Don’t color shame yourself– buying similar colors is now a good thing!
I’ve got 12 swatches, each of which are 6″ x 6″. It’s ok if your swatches are all different weights, as long as they are relatively the same size.
Block your swatches.
Weave in any ends. Apparently I don’t weave in my swatch ends very often!
Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.
Thread your tapestry needle and whip stitch each square together using. Go ahead and skip sts to produce an even finish.
All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!
Category Yarn | Tags: Tags: baby alpaca aire, Baby Alpaca Grande, homestead, knit blanket, monte donegal, patchwork, Plymouth Yarn, repurpose knit, swatches, worsted merino superwash,
Friday, August 1st, 2014
Late summer is wonderful for gardeners. Usually by August, summer’s bounty of herbs, fruits, and veggies have sprouted, been picked, and tasted. The bittersweet part of late summer, living in the northeast of the United States, is that my potted plants time outside is dwindling.
Pictured above are my aloe vera plant and cactus. These two plants can’t take the bitter cold. I will be bringing them inside to stay cozy warm with me. To give them a little refresher for the indoors, I have designed a cozy for them in our Cleo cotton. Cleo is a mercerized cotton, which means if you happen to get a little dirt on them, the cozies can be machine washed. The cozies took only an ounce of yarn– which is incredible because if you use 2 colors, you can essentially make 3 cozies out of 2 skeins. I’m also loving the linen stitch I used for the cozies. It has this really neat woven look. Not to mention, when you stripe with linen stitch the colors muddle together. Below is the pattern I used for the cozies. You can easily customize the size of your cozy by following a simple multiplication explained in the pattern. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Linen Stitch Plant Cozy
Download the pdf
To Fit: Small Potted Plant
2 ½” tall x 8” circumference
Cleo: 1—50G skein each of 2 colors,
we used color 172 with 170, and 138 with 139
(please note- each cozy weighed 1 ounce each so you could essentially make many of these for your other pots or share with friends!)
Gauge: 25 sts, 37.5 rows = 4” on size US 7 (4.5mm) needle in linen st.
Needles/Notions: US Size 7 (4.5mm) DPNs, 1 st marker (m).
Linen St (Odd # of sts)
Rnds 1, 3, 5: MC: *K1, sl1 wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rnds 2, 4, 6: MC: *Sl1 wyif, k1; rep from * to last st, sl1 wyif.
Rnds 7 and 9: CC: *K1, sl1 wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rnds 8 and 10: CC: *Sl1 wyif, k1; rep from * to last st, sl1 wyif.
Rep these 10 rnds for pattern.
Designate which color you’d like to be the main color (MC) and contrast color (CC).
With smaller DPNs and MC, CO using long tail method 47 sts. Join in the rnd and pm.
Work 2 rep of the 10 rnd linen st pattern (20 rnds total). Then work rnds 1-5 once more.
BO in k on next rnd with MC. Weave in all ends.
To widen- measure your pot and multiple by 6.25. Then, round that number up to the nearest odd number. That is your cast on amount.
ABBREVIATIONS: beg= begin(ning), BO= bind off, CC= contrast color, CO= cast on, cont= continue, MC= main color, m= marker, pm= place marker, p = purl, rem= remain(ning), rep= repeat, rnd=round, RS= right side, sc= single crochet, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, wyif- with yarn in front
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Every knitter and crocheter knows how precious and special our yarns can be to us. In fact, I consider myself an official collector! But after you make something with that oh-so-special yarn, there is usually some bits and bobs leftover that are too hard to toss. There’s got to be a way to use the scrap, right? Right! Our tutorial will give you some ideas to embellish chains to add new life to your jewelry.
What you will need:
- necklaces chains with large holes for the needle/hook to fit through.
- crochet hook took fit necklace chain and/or tapestry needle to fit through chains. My hook size was 2.5mm
- scraps of yarn- a couple yards of each will do the trick. We used Grignasco Sahara and Gold Rush
To make the chain version, simply thread your tapestry needle with yarn. Start at either end of the chain. Proceed to go up and then down every other chain.
Try not to pull the yarn too much or else the yarn will bunch up oddly. Continue threading the whole chain. Cut the yarn, leaving tails to tie in. Knot into place and weave in ends.
To make the crochet version, I used 2 strands of yarn Gold Rush yarn held together. You can use just one. Start at either end of the chain.
Begin working in single crochet through each chain across. Once you work the first row, Chain 1, turn. Then work 3 single crochets in each single crochet across to the end of the row. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.
If you were wondering about the crochet flower on my necklace, I bought it that way! But of course you can make your own stacked flowers! Here is a tutorial I found that looks very similar to my necklace.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Yarn | Tags: Tags: chain st, craft, crochet, embellish, grignasco sahara, necklace embellishment, plymouth gold rush, Plymouth Yarn, tapestry needle, Yarn, yarn weaving,