Archive for the ‘Yarn’ Category
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Choosing Yarn for YOUR Sweater
Yarn choice is arguably the most important part of planning your sweater but how do you know which yarn is suitable for your sweater? Lets look at a couple factors that will affect the yarn you choose to make your sweater.
1. Who Are You Knitting For
The first thing you’ll want to consider is who you are knitting this sweater for. Think about where they live, is it warm or cool? Where will you (or they) wear this sweater? Is it going to be for your next dinner party or for backpacking through the mountains. Once you have an idea of who will wear it and where they will wear it you can choose a yarn that will be suitable.
The next thing you’ll want to think about is how much time you have to take care of your new favorite sweater. Do you want to take the time to hand wash or would you prefer to have a machine washable yarn? If you would rather have a machine washable yarn, look for superwash wool or cotton yarns. If you were thinking of using something a little bit more luxurious but want a sweater that is easy to care for, try using buffalo yarn as it can be machine washed and dried! If you are knitting for children, washable is probably a good option.
3. Fiber Content
The type of fiber you choose will greatly affect the feel and warmth of your sweater. Animal fibers like wool, alpaca and cashmere tend to be warm and soft to the touch. Plant fibers like cotton, bamboo and hemp tend to be cooler on the skin but great for those who are allergic to some animal fibers. To get the benefits of different fibers try using a blend.
This is my favorite part of choosing yarn for my next sweater! Take a look at your wardrobe before you go to buy yarn and find something that will work with the clothing you wear most often. There is nothing so exciting as getting to wear your new sweater all the time! When you buy your yarn be sure that all of the skeins are from the same dye lot so you don’t end up with a section of a slightly different color. If you are using a hand dyed yarn with a lot of color variation, try alternating skeins every few rows so that your color blends nicely. One last thing to consider when you are choosing a color for your yarn is skin tone. Be sure that the yarn you choose compliments your skin tone so that you will look fabulous in your new sweater!
The last thing you’ll need to think about when you are choosing yarn for your sweater is how much you are comfortable spending on yarn. My advice is, don’t skimp on yarn. You will be spending a lot of time and energy to create your sweater, choose a fiber that matches the care you have taken to create the sweater. The nicer the fiber, the more you will want to wear it. On the other hand if this is your first sweater and you are just testing the waters of sweater knitting maybe an inexpensive yarn would be prudent.
If you’d like to learn more about choosing the perfect yarn for your sweater, download our free Sweater Planning Guide. In this guide we talk about choosing a suitable yarn, how much yarn to buy and how to plan a sweater that you’ll love!
Click here to download
This guest post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this month as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love, in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30daysweater.com/plymouthyarn and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot! See you in October!
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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.
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.
What are your requirements for that perfect pattern?
Happy Knitting!! –Vanessa
DK Merino Superwash Fingerless Mitts
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To Fit: Ladies Size Hands
Approximate Circumference: 6 ½”, without stretching
Length: 7 ½”
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
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Plymouth Sales Reps, Yarn | Tags: Tags: cable knit, dk merino superwash, fingerless mitts, free knitting pattern, plymouth design, plymouth reps, plymouth yarn company, yarn company staff,
Monday, October 14th, 2013
I’m sure by now you have seen Creative Knitting’s beautiful All Season Throws issue released in August. It’s an amazing edition full of gorgeous throws that are perfect for every occasion. Plymouth Yarn can be found throughout the entire magazine in 14 different designs ranging from beginner to expert. Each and every one of them would make a perfect gift or treasure for yourself if you don’t want to share! Take a look at your favorite Plymouth Yarns featured in these pictures below. Photos courtesy of Creative Knitting Magazine.
Woven Ribbon in Encore Worsted
Star Bright in Jeannee Worsted
Seeds & Leaves Throw in Worsted Merino Superwash
Sand Dunes Throw in Encore Chunky
Patchwork Trio Afghan in Encore Worsted
Pastel Pinwheel in Dreambaby Dk
Make It Mitered in Boku
Lillies and Lace in Jeannee DK
Laced-Up Cables Afghan in Galway Chunky
Field of Green in Baby Alpaca Grande
Easy Modular Blocks in Coffee Beenz
Bright Baby Squares in Encore Chunky
Braided Vines Throw in Encore Mega
ZigZags & Cables in Encore Worsted
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Friday, October 11th, 2013
I Love Yarn Day….As opposed to what??? Who would dare say the opposite even out loud!!?
Even people who don’t knit/crochet/spin/weave/needlepoint walk into a Yarn Shop and are in awe of the beauty. The colors, the textures, the creativity just oozing out of every corner can make almost anyone swoon. Believe me, I have taken my husband into shops and when he comments about it, I know I am not half crazy.
So when you find yourself in a slump, doldrums, or caught between a rock and a loss of the next project, step into you LYS or better yet the next yarn shop down the street for variety, and see what transpires! Look over the shelves of yarns, gadgets, and then peruse the books. OH! The Books!!!
This leads me to a few we have found inspiring! Martingale and Plymouth are doing a cross promotion. Check out their website. We will be having a contest. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post. (One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday October 15th!) The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for any book from Martingale of your choice. Then head to Martingale and see what Plymouth will be giving away on their website! Cool?! Yeah, cool!! This one is my fave! Check it out:
Nice, huh? So, reply to our blog entry and you will be automatically entered into our random drawing for the Martingale gift certificate. Then go to Martingale’s website and see how you can win a great pattern and yarn from Plymouth! We will announce the lucky winner of the Martingale gift certificate on Tuesday the 15th of October (since Monday is Columbus Day!).
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Thursday, October 10th, 2013
We are so happy it’s almost I Love Yarn Day! Head on over to our twitter page on October 11th to win some yarn!
Here’s what you have to do…..
1. Knitters and crocheters-tweet and tell us your favorite local yarn shop!
You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn, you can also use #ILoveYarnDay.
For example: @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILovePlymouthYarn or @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILoveYarnDay.
2. Yarn Shops-tweet and tell us your favorite Plymouth Yarn!
You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn, you can also use #ILoveYarnDay. Feel free to hastag your shop too!
For Example: @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILovePlymouthYarn or @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILoveYarnDay
One yarn shop will win 10 balls of Encore Mega in I Love Yarn Day themed colors
Knitters and Crocheters, You can win one of 4 prizes that include 2 skeins
of a quick project and pattern, great for the holidays!
Winners will be chosen at random on Monday October 14th and notified by direct message if available.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Uncategorized, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: crochet, crocheting, Encore, encore mega, hand knitting yarn, I love yarn day, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, twitter,
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
We are happy to be a sponsor of the:
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You can try Plymouth Yarn’s Baby Alpaca Grande a great hand knitting yarn.
We have well over 50 colors available in solids and melange.
Baby Alpaca Grande is also available in Tweed, Hand dye, Hues and Glow. The yarn is just beautiful, soft and voluminous.
Give it a try, it is not to late to begin.
Visit Noble Knits to find out more information on purchasing the yarn.
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Friday, September 27th, 2013
It’s Yarn Crawl season and if one of these events is happening in your area, you should surely make the time to go!
Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
Ending September 29th
Denver, CO area
Yarn Along The Rockies
September 26th-29th 2013
San Diego, CA
San Diego Yarn Crawl
September 27th-October 6th 2013
Charlotte, NC and surrounding area
Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
October 4th-6th 2013
Greater Boston Yarn Crawl
Friends & Fun Yarn Crawl 2013
October 5th & 6th 2013
New York, NY
NYC Yarn Crawl
October 11th-20th 2013
Hill Country Yarn Crawl -the best little yarn crawl in Texas!
Yarn Shops-if there is a crawl in your area, please leave it in the comments.
Please email yarn crawl info to Plymouth Yarn! We’d love to share your event!
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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Post by Cia Abbott Bullemer
Now that we have had a few nights in the 50′s, it makes me stop and think about all 4 of my baby girls (granddaughters) and their need for warmth and Nonnie lovin’! (This little one isn’t mine, but feels similar when I get to hold her!).
A few years ago, (actually probably 10!) I took a class from Nicky Epstein in Encinitas CA at Common Threads. She was teaching edgings from her Knitting Over the Edge book. Well, the simplicity and the brilliance of the corkscrew tassel has followed me thru the years.
Hence the cute “pompom” corkscrew tassels for this cute hat. It is shown here on our little model, Gianna. She is the granddaughter of one of our excellent test knitters. Watch her grow up with us. She is a dream baby to work with as well. Always in a good mood and very tolerant of the multiple wardrobe changes!
Back to the hat! It is made with a new yarn that Plymouth is showing for this season. It is called Baby Beenz. Our Jelli Beenz has been such a success over the years that we came to the conclusion we need Baby colors!!! And here it is! We love the fiber content’s durability wash after wash after wash.
Feel free to ask for it at your LYS and print off this free pattern. Trust me, you will make it over and over again as well as the corkscrew tassel!!!
F527 Baby Beenz Corkscrew Hat Pdf Download
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Friday, August 16th, 2013
It’s no secret- I love wool. I adore it all year round- when it is 90 degrees outside I sit in the air conditioning and knit knit knit! Nothing compares to the bounce and body you get from wool- whether knitting stockinette stitch, fairisle, and (a personal favorite of mine) cables.
Wearing wool, however, makes me super itchy. I have been blessed (ha…) with super sensitive skin. I can’t wear many wools next to my skin because of this. I was so excited when I discovered that the Grignasco line had a beautiful yarn with cotton and wool– Springfield Vintage. Imagine your favorite, most comfortable shirt- breathable, easy to wear, and holds its shape. Springfield Vintage offers this and more! It is a tightly spun dk weight that is smooth, soft, and has a slight sheen. The colors of the yarn resemble a worn vintage item with subtle color variation.
For those of you still in summer knitting mode or wanting to begin on next season’s fall fashions… you’ll love my newest design. My pullover is a romantic off-the shoulder, top down raglan. The cinched in cable-smocked waist ties in with the cables cascading down the raglan shaping. An easy to wear piece for the end of the summer into fall.
Springfield Vintage Women’s Top Down Raglan
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To Fit Ladies Size: S, (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Approximate Finished Chest Measurement:
35 ¼”, (38, 42, 44 ¾, 48 ½, 52)
Length: 19 ½”, (21, 22, 23, 24, 25)
Springfield Vintage: 6, (7, 8, 9, 10, 11)—50G balls, color 9626 Powder Blue
Gauge: 22 sts, 30 rows= 4” in st st on US size 6 (4mm) needles, 9 sts= 1 ½” in cable pattern on US size 6 (4mm) needles.
Needles: US Size 4 (3.5mm)-24” circular, US Size 6 (4mm)- 24” & 32” circular needles & size 6 (4mm) double points, 4 st markers (m), stitch holders, cable needle, Thin elastic in a clear or matching color to the yarn- approximately 30 yards.
Cable Pattern (Multiple of 7 sts + 2)
Rounds 1, 3, 4 and 5: P2, *k5, p2; rep from *
Round 2: P2, *sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to back, k1, sl the last 3 sts from cable needle onto left hand needle, placing the last st on the cable needle to the front- with the working yarn to the left of the st, k3, k1 from cable needle, p2; rep from *
Round 6: P2, *k5, p2; rep from *
Rep these 6 rounds for cable pattern.
Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Pullover is worked in the round from the neck down.
With smaller 24” length circular, CO using long tail method and 1 strand of elastic with the Springfield Yarn, 154 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM.
Rib Round: *K1, p1; rep from * around. Rep this round 3 times more. Cut and secure the elastic.
Switch to larger 24” circular.
Raglan Setup: K10 (top of sleeve), pm, work 9 sts in cable pattern, k49 sts, work 9 sts in cable pattern (front), pm, k10 (top of sleeve), pm, work 9 sts in cable pattern, k49 sts, work 9 sts in cable pattern (back).
Increase Round: *K1, m1, k to 1 st before m, m1, k1, sl m, work 9 sts in cable pattern, k1, m1, k to 10 sts before m, m1, k1, work 9 sts in cable pattern, sl m; rep from * once more—8 sts inc’d. 162 sts.
Next Round: K across all sts, working the next round of the cable pattern across the cable sts.
Rep the last 2 rounds 14, (17, 21, 24, 28, 32) times more – Switch to longer circular needle when necessary.
112, (136, 168, 192, 224, 256) sts inc’d.
274, (298, 330, 354, 386, 418) sts total-
40, (46, 54, 60, 68, 76) sts for each sleeve +
97, (103, 111, 117, 125, 133) sts for each front and back.
Separate Sleeves from Body
(remove m as you get to them except the beg of the round m. The cables will now be divided in half and become part of the sleeve sts.) unknit 5 sts from previous round- placing these sts back onto the left hand needle, *Sl next 50, (56, 64, 70, 78, 86) sts onto a st holder for sleeve, CO 10, (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) sts onto right hand needle, k87, (93, 101, 107, 115, 123) sts; rep from * once more. 194, (210, 230, 246, 266, 286) sts on needle. Cont to work in st st for 12 ¼”, (12 ¾, 13, 13, 13, 13).
Dec 31, (33, 32, 34, 33, 32) sts evenly across next round. 163, (177, 198, 212, 233, 254) sts.
Beg working in cable pattern across all sts.
When cable pattern measures 2 ½”, BO all in k on next round loosely.
RS facing, Sl 50, (56, 64, 70, 78, 86) sts from the st holder onto double points, rejoin yarn & pick up and k 10, (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) sts from the underarm section- placing a m in the middle of the underarm sts to mark center of underarm. 60, (68, 78, 86, 96, 106) sts.
Beg working in st st, dec 1 st before and after the underarm m every 5th, (4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd) round 5, (6, 8, 10, 10, 12) times. 50, (52, 56, 62, 66, 76, 82) sts.
Cont to work in st st until sleeve measures 4 ¼” from Separate Sleeves from Body.
Rib Round: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Rep this round for 2 ¾” BO all sts in k on next round loosely. Rep for the other sleeve.
Weave in all ends. Block to measurements.
©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company. 081613vle
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Friday, July 26th, 2013
Don’t forget to vote in our Knit A Long post on Ravelry. Join the Plymouth Yarn Group today, cast your vote. We will be getting started in August and you’ll get all the details then. I will share one secret….there will be prizes involved!
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