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You can find Design Details from Vanessa Ewing and Marketing News from Cia Abbott Bullemer - 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:)

Small Business Saturday Special Offer

Written on November 27, 2013 at 8:50 am, by Allison

Happy Thanksgiving from The Plymouth Yarn Company! We are sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping! Visit one of these shops on November 30th and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off their next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 30th.  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.

Yarns Downtown, Trussville, AL
Unraveled Yarn and Gifts, Florence, AL

Phoenix Knits, Phoenix, AZ

Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts, Fair Oaks, CA
Lofty Lou’s, Placerville, CA
Yarn del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA
Needle in a Haystack, Montrose, CA
A Major Knit Work, Van Nuys, CA
Heartstrings Yarn Studio, Chico, CA
The Wool Lady, Temecula, CA
Raincross Fiber Arts, Riverside, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Navarro River Knits, Fort Bragg, CA

Fiberspace, Sterling, CO
The Recycled Lamb, Golden, CO
The Stitchin’ Den, Greely, CO
Serendipity Yarn and Gifts, Buena Vista, CO
YarnWest, Evergreen, CO

Yarn Barn, LLC, Woodbridge, CT
Creative Fibers, LLC, Windsor, CT
Creative Fibers, Windsor, CT
The Yarn Basket, Branford, CT
Knits & Pearls, Avon CT

The Knitting Loft, Washington DC

Stitches with Style, Newark, DE

Knit’n Knibble, Tampa, FL
Needlecraft World, Kissimme, FL
The Knitty Gritty, Vero Beach, FL
Elegant Stitches, LLC, Miami, FL
A Stitch in Time, Jacksonville, FL
A Stitcher’s Haven, Plantation, FL

Needle Nook, Atlanta, GA
The Yarn House, Watkinsville, GA
Rare Purls, Duluth, GA

Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IA

The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID

Blue Beaker, Ottawa, IL
Woolly Lamb Yarn Shop, Chicago, IL
Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IL
Knitting Etc, Orland Park, IL
Gene Ann’s Yarn, Barrington, IL

River Knits, Lafayette, IN

Special Things Yarn Shop, Utica, KY

Tealou & Josephine, Hammond, LA

The Good Good Sheep, Princeton, MA
Yarn’s End, Hanover, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Metaphor Yarns, Shelburne, MA
Marji’s Yarncrafts, Braintree, MA

The Yarn Spot, LLC, Wheaton, MD
Vulcan Rest Fibers, Chesapeake City, MD

Crazy Moose Fabrics, Greenville, ME
The Yarn Sellar, York, ME

Basketful of Yarn, Clarkston, MI
Yarns to Go, Alpena, MI
My Craft Room, Troy, MI
Artisan Knitworks, Farmington, MI
Knotted Needle, Grosse Point Woods, MI
Nautical Yarn, Ludington, MI
Ivelise’s Yarn Shop, St Joseph, MI

Amazing Threads, Maple Grove, MN
The Yarn Garage, Rosemount, MN
Yarn Harbor, Duluth, MN
3 Kittens Needlearts, Mendota Heights, MN

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, Louisiana, MO

The Yarn Basket, Petal MS

Wild Purls, Billing, MT

Yarn Charm, Lincoln, NE

Yarn and Fiber Company, Derry, NH
Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, Portsmouth, NH

Woolbearers, Mt Holly, NJ
The Stitching Bee, Chatham, NJ
Yarn Crafters, Freehold, NJ
Fiber Arts Studio, Cape May, NJ

Knit One Needlepoint Too, Monticello, NY
Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts, Plattsburgh, NY
Carol’s Crafts, Rome, NY
The Yarn Connection, Campbell Hall, NY

The Yarn Shop, Columbus, OH
Knots – Knitting on the Square, Chardon, OH
Busy Beaver Arts n’ Crafts, Beavercreek, OH
Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
Sally’s Shop, Wadsworth, OH

SweetieWray’s Yarn Shop, Watonga, OK

Nancy Williamson Framing and Fibers, Clatskanie, OR
Middleford Yarn, Medford, OR

Stash, Ardmore, PA
The Lamb’s Wool, Lansdale, PA
Yarns By Design, Oakmont, PA
The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA

Knit-N-Purl, Myrtle Beach, SC

Rainbow Yarn & Fibres, Germantown, TN
Mountain Hollow Farm, Tazewell, TN
Loopville, Knoxville, TN

Nancy’s Knits, Houston, TX

Kamille’s, Where Friends Wind Up, West Jordan, UT
Hemstitched Heirloom, Bountiful, UT
Heindselman’s, Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Fancy Gap, VA
Baa Baa Sheep, LLC, Norfolk, VA
Never Enough Yarn, Winchester, VA
Wool Becomes Ewe, Monterey, VA

Allyn Knit Shop, Allyn WA

Magpie’s Cottage, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY

Aberdeen’s Wool Company, Ontario, Canada

Hey Yarn Shops! Small Business Saturday Happenings

Written on November 25, 2013 at 10:06 am, by Allison

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Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th!  There are so many benefits to shopping small.

I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.

So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.

HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th.  You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on.  We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!

 

Because I Love This….

Written on November 5, 2013 at 11:01 am, by Allison

I saw this cowl on the neck of our designer Cia in the office a few months back and I just loved the look of it.  I made her take it off and let me try it! I can’t normally wear the bulkier cowls but I love making them as gifts.  This Angora Cowl is for someone like me.  It has a beautiful drape, warm without being bulky and the colors chosen just work so well together.  Did I mention it’s Angora? This would also be beautiful made with Angora Glitz.  So grab that holiday list and check off a name or two with this design!

F507 Angora

F507 Angora Cowl pdf

ANGORA
“Brighten Up Winter” Cowl
One Size Fits All -24” in diameter

Materials: Angora – 2 balls Color A #779 fuchsia;  2 balls Color B #3000 lime; and 1 ball Color C #3007 orange; 10g each ball
2 yards of Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge:  18sts and 22 rows= 4” in st st on US size 8, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 8 needles, and tapestry needle.

Stitch Pattern:
Row 1(RS) Knit
Row 2: (WS) Purl
Row 3: (RS) Purl
Row 4: (WS) Knit

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern
With Scrap yarn, cast on 45 sts.
Next Row, and Color A, start with Row 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work in *Color A for 3 Repeats of Stitch Pattern.  Change to Color B for 3 Repeats, the Color C for 1 Repeat;
rep until piece measures approx 24” ending with Color C on Row 4 for last repeat.  Leave sts on needle.
Unravel Scrap yarn and slip live stitches on second needle.  Graft together the cast-on stitches with the last stitches using the Kitchener Stitch.  (See directions below)

Kitchener Stitch:
Break yarn leaving a 2 yard tail. Hold 2 needles parallel in left hand with points facing out.
1St: Bring threaded needle thru front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
2nd: Bring threaded needle thru back st as if to knit and leave st on needle.
3rd: Bring threaded needle thru first front st as if to knit and sl this st off needle.  Bring threaded needle thru next front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
4th: Bring threaded needle thru first back st as if to purl, sl this st off, bring needle thru next back st as if to knit, leave this st on needle.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all sts are used.
Weave in all ends.

©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company.  011413cab

Marge Simpson working at Plymouth today!

Written on October 31, 2013 at 9:58 am, by Cia

Posted by Cia Abbott Bullemer

F021 GUSTO 10 HAT

Make this easy Marge Simpson wig.  Using the pattern attached, work until the hat is 16″ or so, randomly adding cables, then finish the crown as written.  Stuff with quilt batting and you got it!  I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega color # 133, 2 balls!  You will have Homey all a-gog!

 

Margesimpson and red queen 2013 halloween

 

Happy Halloween!

Written on October 29, 2013 at 8:03 am, by Allison

I refuse to admit that I am behind on my Christmas knitting so I’m celebrating Halloween a little extra this year.  I have severe carpal tunnel that has been plaguing me .  Surgery on righty has been completed, lefty is going under the knife in just a couple of months.  Knitting has been slow going and crochet has been a little easier for me.  That being said….here are some things that make me happy about Halloween.

This guy hangs out at the Destin Yarn Shop, Miramar Beach, FL 850-650-0006.

This guy hangs out at the Destin Yarn Shop, Miramar Beach, FL 850-650-0006.

Encore Worsted color 1008

It’s time for Encore Worsted color 1008 to shine

Jan Lewis’ Free Pumpkin Pattern on Ravelry

 

Encore Worsted.  Click on link above for free download

Encore Worsted. Click on link above for free download

and one more thing I love about Halloween-this sweater! Free download is available at plymouthyarn.com

Encore Worsted free pattern!

Encore Worsted free pattern!

Maybe next time I’ll be willing to admit that Christmas is less than 9 weeks away.

 

 

 

30 Day Sweater Challenge

Written on October 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm, by Allison

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

Baby Grandfather
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.
2. Care

Handwash Machine wash
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

Alpaca Smile
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.
4. Color

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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!
5. Price

Price
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!

Meet Kaelin Hearn + DK Merino Fingerless Mitts

Written on October 15, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa

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.

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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.

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What are your requirements for that perfect pattern?

Happy Knitting!! –Vanessa

DK Merino Superwash Fingerless  Mitts

Download the pdf

To Fit: Ladies Size Hands
Approximate Circumference: 6 ½”, without stretching
Length: 7 ½”

Materials:
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

Plymouth Yarns in Creative Knitting, All Seasons Throws

Written on October 14, 2013 at 8:57 am, by Allison

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

Woven Ribbon in Encore Worsted

Star Bright in Jeannee Worsted

Star Bright in Jeannee Worsted

Seeds & Leaves Throw in Worsted Merino Superwash

Seeds & Leaves Throw in Worsted Merino Superwash

 

Sand Dunes Throw in Encore Chunky

Sand Dunes Throw in Encore Chunky

Patchwork Trio Afghan in Encore Worsted

Patchwork Trio Afghan in Encore Worsted

Pastel Pinwheel in Dreambaby Dk

Pastel Pinwheel in Dreambaby Dk

Make It Mitered in Boku

Make It Mitered in Boku

Lillies and Lace in Jeannee

Lillies and Lace in Jeannee DK

Laced-Up Cables Afghan in Galway Chunky

Laced-Up Cables Afghan in Galway Chunky

Field of Green in Baby Alpaca Grande

Field of Green in Baby Alpaca Grande

Easy Modular Blocks in Coffee Beenz

Easy Modular Blocks in Coffee Beenz

Bright Baby Squares in Encore Chunky

Bright Baby Squares in Encore Chunky

Braided Vines Throw in Encore Mega

Braided Vines Throw in Encore Mega

ZigZags & Cables in Encore Worsted

ZigZags & Cables in Encore Worsted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I HEART Yarn Day GIVEAWAY!

Written on October 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm, by Cia

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:

Martingale - Successful Lace Knitting (Print version + eBook bundle)

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!).

 

Twitter I Love Yarn Day Giveaway!

Written on October 10, 2013 at 10:28 am, by Allison

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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.