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Hello, and Welcome to Plymouth Yarn's Blog!

You can find Design Details from Vanessa Ewing and Marketing News from Kaelin Hearn - Find out our newest ideas and thoughts. We plan to talk about all aspects of the industry from yarn, knitting, crocheting, design, patterns, etc. If you are looking to purchase yarn, please click the "Find a Shop" link to the right. We are wholesale only. To always be in the loop, be sure to subscribe to our blog by clicking here. We welcome all to join and participate. Let's have fun:)

Trend alert: Skinny Scarves

Written on April 7, 2016 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

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

Written on March 24, 2016 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

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

Written on February 29, 2016 at 9:39 am, by Allison

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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!

Written on January 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm, by Allison

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

Happy Holidays From Plymouth Yarn!

Written on December 23, 2015 at 10:24 am, by Allison

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

Written on November 23, 2015 at 10:34 am, by Allison

 

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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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Plymouth Yarn’s Quick Gift Guide

Written on November 19, 2015 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!

But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.

BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!

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Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball

F651 arequipa worsted 2

Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball

F616 baby angel 3

Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan

F641 Perlina

Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball

f620 kid gloss cowl 2

Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn

F548 encore chunky tweed

Encore Chunky Tweed 2-3 ball slipper socks

f688 mushishi big 2

Mushishi Big 2 skein hat (crochet!)

F586 grande hand dyed 3

Baby Alpaca Grande Hand Dyed 1 skein hat

F517 Baby Alpaca Magna

Baby Alpaca Magna 1 skein headband

F607 Encore Mega Colorspun

Encore Mega Colorspun 2 ball cowl

Mushishi Big Boot Toppers- a new yarn + free pattern

Written on November 4, 2015 at 9:38 am, by Vanessa

With the Fall season upon us, I want to tell you about a new exciting yarn we have at Plymouth.

Mushishi Big is a lofty wool silk blend with long stretches of color. The variations of white silk slubs throughout the softly spun woolen are whimsical and provide depth to this multi-faceted chunky weight.

(Psst, this is a BIG brother to our popular yarn, Mushishi.)

I designed a pair of boot toppers that feature a variation of a stitch called the “Umbrella Stitch.” The undulating nature of the stitch creates a stylish curvature around your calves. The bottom ribbed part of the boot topper will fit snuggly against your legs and provide extra cushion and warmth. It is important you bind off with a nice stretchy method- I like “Jeny’s stretchy bind off” or “tubular bind off” method. Do you have a favorite stretchy bind off method?

I think these would look equally cute with a pair of cowboy boots. Enjoy this free pattern using our new fall yarn!

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Plymouth Pattern F687

 

Fort Wayne Fans! Win a Class at the Annie’s Craft Festival

Written on October 26, 2015 at 8:45 am, by Allison

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Are you planning to attend the Annie’s Craft Festival in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend 10/30 through 11/01?  Annie’s and Plymouth Yarn would love to give you the chance to attend a class for free! One lucky winner will win a class! The Festival will be located at:

Fort Wayne Indiana
Grand Wayne
Convention Center

In order to enter for your chance to win, please comment on this blog (only if you will be attending the festival in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend) what you are most looking forward to seeing or learning at the festival. Plymouth Yarn will provide Annie’s with your first name, last name and email address. You will be receiving your free class award directly from Annie’s via email. You may enter once a day.  Contest closes 2pm EST on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015. 

There are two classes sponsored by Plymouth Yarn:

Crochet: Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Sponsored by Plymouth Yarns hosted by Ellen Gormley

Knitting: Knit Crocodile Stitches Sponsored by Plymouth Yarns hosted by Lena Skvagerson

You can find these and all of the classes that will be held during the festival right here.

While we would love for you to choose a class sponsored by Plymouth Yarn, you can have your pick from any, that aren’t already sold out, of course.

Good luck and happy knitting/crocheting/weaving/spinning!

 

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I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Written on October 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm, by Allison

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It’s that time of year again! Just 4 days left until the 5th birthday of  I Love Yarn Day! The Craft Yarn Council is calling for all fiber friends to #stitchitforward by teaching at least one person how to knit, crochet, weave or spin.  It only takes a few minutes to share your love of yarn with another person and chances are, they are going to love it too! Post your projects across facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!

To help you share your love of yarn, Plymouth Yarn is giving away one of it’s biggest prizes ever! One lucky winner will receive FIVE that’s right- FIVE, cowl kits containing our best selling yarns!

To Enter:  Comment on this blog post with 1. Your favorite yarn shop. 2.  Your favorite Plymouth Yarn  3. Your favorite place to knit/crochet/weave or spin.  You must include all 3 to be eligible for the grand prize.  Winners will be notified on October 19th via email.  One runner up will receive one Baby Alpaca Grande Cowl kit.

Here are the fabulous cowl kits that are included in the Grand prize.  They would all make fantastic gifts. Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Download the patterns here and run to your local yarn shop to get the yarn. Free pattern links are located under each picture.

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Click here to download Encore Mega F607

 

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Click here to download Gina F430

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Click here to download Galway Sport F635

 

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Click here to download Baby Alpaca Grande F297

 

Click here to download Homestead F637

Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.