Archive for the ‘Yarn’ Category
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.
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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,
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Hear Ye, Hear Ye,
All you New England Knitters! Check out the details below of the 4th Annual I-91 Yarn Crawl! Sounds like a weekend of fun, mystery and prizes galore!!
Please post your positive reviews here so we can live vicariously thru you!
Click here for the Map of the Participating Yarn Shops:
new england I 91 shop hop poster_2014
Twelve local yarn shops located along I-91 from Putney, VT to Branford, CT have
joined together for the Fourth Annual I-91 Shop Hop! A shop hop is a fun way to
visit new and interesting yarn shops in a defined geographical area.
The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.
All participating shops will be open from 10 am-6 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and
12 pm-5 pm on Sunday. Please note, many shops normally offer extended hours on
Thursday evenings and will do so during the Shop Hop.
The Mystery Tour
This year the I-91 Shop Hop will take you on a Mystery Tour. Each shop will hand out
an exclusive clue to the Mystery Knit Project. Collect all 12 and see what your knitting
needles can produce.
The Knitty Gritty Details
Within this passport you will find a dedicated page for each participating shop. As you
visit each shop, be sure you have the back cover stamped to show that you have visited
that shop. If you visit all 12 shops on the Shop Hop, you will be entered to win the Grand
Prize. When you receive your final stamp, the shop will tear off your back page and you
will be entered into the drawing. The drawing will take place on Monday, June 30, 2014.
Fabulous Grand Prize: $600 in Gift Certificates & More!
The Grand Prize will consist of yarn, books, tools & accessories from many of our wonderful
suppliers, PLUS a $50 gift certificate from every shop participating in the Shop Hop.
Two Incredible Runners-up Prizes, Too!
In addition to the Grand Prize, there will be two smaller prizes consisting of six $50 gift
cards to some of the participating shops along with a selection of yarn, tools, books and
accessories from some of our great suppliers!
Each shop will have a daily raffle drawing of items donated from many of our wonderful
suppliers. You are entered into the daily raffles by visiting the shop that day and completing
an entry form. You do not have to be present to win the daily raffle. New this year: on
Sunday afternoon each shop will take all raffle tickets from the weekend and draw one
winning ticket. The winner receives a Ball Winder & Swift.
The Fun Doesn’t Stop When the Shop Hop Ends!
Hold onto your souvenir Black 2014 Shop Hop Bag. Not only is it
great for all of your yarn shopping excursions throughout the year,
it will be your ticket to 10% savings on Saturday, March 15, 2015.
Stop by any of the participating shops and show your bag at checkout
for 10% off your purchase! Certain exclusions may apply.
Have Fun. Drive Safely. Good Luck! MYSTERY TOUR
Category Accessories, Free Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Uncategorized, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: facebook, hand knitting, hand knitting yarn, Plymouth, Plymouth Yarn, plymouth yarn company, summer, yarn shop, Yarn Shops,
Friday, June 13th, 2014
Summer is a really fun time to knit crafty, smaller projects. Portability is key- especially if you are taking a road trip, going to the beach, or just having a picnic. To spice up your summer, try this patriotic coaster for the fourth of July designed by Joanne Turcotte of The Knitter’s Edge. The coaster may look familiar, because we already having a matching hot pad pattern!
Fantasy Naturale, our 100% cotton, was used for both designs. We love Fantasy Naturale for its washability (it won’t shrink in the wash because it is mercerized!) Fantasy is also a quick to knit aran weight gauge, which means you can be finished with your crafty crafts in no time. Click on the photos to enjoy our free patterns, and have a happy holiday! –Vanessa
F338 Flag Hot Pad
F572 Flag Coaster
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Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Long striping yarns have so many possibilities. Take our Grignasco Revel, for instance. Revel is a single-ply roving that softly transitions from color to color. Whether you are making a classic garter stitch cowl or working in a modular form, this yarn is so pleasing to the touch. We think this yarn is perfectly blended with 85% Baby Alpaca for a plush drape and 15% Merino Wool for smooth stability. Revel drapes the best in your most delicate of knit and crochet patterns. We’ve even blended it with our luscious mohair/silk blend for a truly textural cardigan.
Revel and Kid Seta or Kid Gloss Pattern 2656 designed by Cia Bullemer
For this month, I have designed a new triangular kerchief in Revel. The mini shawl requires only 1 ball of yarn and an evening or two to make. Worked all in garter st, the kerchief is worked modularly from the center triangle. You won’t need to be an expert to make this- knowledge of the knit stitch as well as simple decreases and increases are all that is required. Please enjoy my newest design! –Vanessa
Revel Modular Kerchief
Download the pdf
Approximate Blocked Dimensions:
40” wingspan x 20” deep
Revel: 1—50G ball, shown in color 19 Purple/Red
Gauge: 21 sts, 29 rows= 4” in garter st (k every row) on US Size 7 (4.5mm) needles after blocking.
Needles/Notions: 2- US Size 7 (4.5mm)- 24” circular needles or size to obtain gauge, 3 st markers (m)
The shawl is worked in modular pieces, starting with Part 1 and ending with Part 6.
CO 4 sts. K6 rows in garter st, do not turn on last row. Instead, pick up and k3 sts along the side edge of the piece, pick up and k4 sts along the CO edge—11 sts total on needle.
Row 1 (WS): K2, pm, k4, pm, k3, pm, k2.
Row 2 (RS): K2, sl m, m1, k to m, m1, sl m, k1, m1, k to m, m1, sl m, k2—4 sts inc’d. 15 sts on needle.
Row 3: K across all sts.
Rep the last 2 rows 23 times more—92 sts inc’d. 107 sts on needle.
Next Row (RS): K2, remove m, m1, k to m, m1, sl m, k1, m1, k to m, m1, remove m, k2—4 sts inc’d.
111 sts on needle. Cut yarn, leaving a 4” tail for weaving in, and set aside (leave the sts on the circular.)
With the second circular needle, CO 3 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K across all sts.
Row 2 (RS): K2, m1, k to end—1 st inc’d. 4 sts on needle.
Rep last 2 rows 27 times more–27 sts inc’d. 31 sts on needle.
(In this part, you will be joining part 1 and 2 tog. With WS of both parts facing, transfer Part 1 sts to left-hand tip of needle holding Part 2 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K30 sts of Part 2, k2tog, joining last st of Part 2 and first st of Part 1, turn.
Row 2 (RS): K to end of row.
Row 3 (WS): K30, k2tog, joining last st of Part 2 and first st of Part 1, turn.
Rep the last 2 rows 53 times more, end having worked row 3 (a WS Row)—you will end 1 st before the center m of part 1. Sl all sts back to first circular needle. Cut yarn (leaving a 4” tail for weaving in) and set aside.
CO 3 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K across.
Row 2 (RS): K to last 2 sts, m1, k2—1 sts inc’d. 4 sts on needle.
Row 3 (WS): K across.
Rep last 2 rows 26 more times—26 sts inc’d. 30 sts on needle.
(In this part, you will be joining Part 4 with Parts 1, 2 and 3.)
Row 1 (RS): K to m, m1, remove m, k1, ssk joining last st of Part 4 with first st of the original Part 1, turn.
Row 2 (WS): K to end of row.
Row 3 (RS): K30, ssk joining last st of Part 4 with first st of the original Part 1, turn.
Rep the last 2 rows 53 times more, then work row 2 (a WS Row) once more.
31 sts from Part 5, 31 sts from Part 3, and 1 st from Part 1 rem on needle. 63 sts on needle.
(You will now be making a center diamond with Parts 5, 3, and 1.)
Row 1 (RS): (Remove m when you get to it) K30, sl2, k1, p2sso, k30—2 sts dec’d. 61 sts on needle.
Row 2: K all sts.
Row 3 (RS): K to 1 st before center st, sl2, k1, p2sso, k to end of row—2 sts dec’d. 59 sts on needle.
Rep the last 2 rows 28 times more—56 sts dec’d.
3 sts rem. K 1 row. Sl2, k1, p2sso- cut yarn and draw through last st.
Weave in all ends and block.
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ABBREVIATIONS: beg= begin(ning), BO= bind off, CO= cast on, m= marker, m1= with left hand needle, pick up the bar between left and right needle from front to back, knit this stitch through the back loop, pm= place marker, p2sso= pass 2 slipped stitches over, p = purl, RS= right side, sl = slip, SSK = slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, tbl = through back loop, tog = together, WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Yarn | Tags: Tags: alpaca, hand knit pattern, hand knitting, kerchief, merino, modular, Plymouth Yarn, revel, self striping, shawl, vanessa ewing,
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer
OK, I don’t know about you, but this winter has been beyond brutal, beyond excessive-just down right wrong!
Well, here in Pennsylvania, we can finally say it is Spring with almost 100% certainty. So of course, my knitting brain decided it was time to work up something pastel-y, something simple so I can look up from my knitting and something that will take the not-quite-warm chill off my neck. A cowl, of course. My favorite and essential accessory of choice. (Free Pattern attached below).
We just brought in a new lace weight mohair blend. OOOOOH! Wait till you see it, feel it and work with it. It is called Plymouth’s Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed (monochromatic color ranges in the Hand Dyed) from South Africa. The composition of it is mainly SUPER Kid Mohair. Which means the mohair’s micron count is even finer than kid mohair resulting in an even softer hand. Mulberry silk is a silk fiber coming from a silkworm that eats only mulberry leaves. One of the unique benefits of Mulberry Silk is that it is 100% natural, odorless and hypoallergenic. Mulberry silk is so desirable because of its shine and fluidity. Take the super kid and blend it with mulberry silk and you have Kid Gloss!
Another study I am working on is Gradation Knitting. Working with 2 strands of yarn and switching different color strands to produce an easy transition of color ranges. They play on colors was fun…so fun I want to try more combinations!
Here is the pattern. We are just getting it in front of your favorite shop owners. Ask for it!
F567 KID GLOSS GRADATION COWLpdf dowload
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