This time of year, so many of us are busy finishing holiday gifts. Some of us, like me, are just getting started. But what is important over the holidays and the chilly winter days is the knitting and crocheting we are doing for charity. At Plymouth Yarn, a cause near and dear to our hearts are chemo caps but, there are so many in need. Lap blankets, baby hats and blankets, helmet liners for our soldiers, prayer shawls and the list goes on.
Plymouth Yarn wants to hear about your charity projects. What are some of your favorite items to knit and crochet for your area? Where do you see the most need? We are avid supporters of charitable giving and would like to reward one lucky commenter for all of their wonderful work. We have just one prize this time…a copy of Dora Ohrenstein’s new book Top-Down Crochet Sweaters, Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit, featuring the Isabel Sweater in Bio Sesia 5 (photos courtesy of Storey Publishing and Melinda di Mauro on Ravelry) and 10 balls of organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 to complete the project!
The book is full of elegant and classic designs. You can also buy your own copy here and see Dora’s designs on Ravelry.
How to Win: please comment on our blog about your charity knitting/crocheting and tell us your favorite item to make for charity. One person will be chosen at random to win the book and the 10 balls of Bio Sesia 5 needed to make the stunning Isabel sweater. Contest is open from now until November 28th, 2016. Winner will be picked November 29th, 2016 and notified via email provided with comment. US residents over 18 years of age only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family are not eligible.
So many of us just love our hats and with the Cleo Summer Tam you don’t have to wait for cool weather to wear them! Made using 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton this hat is an adorable addition to your collection. Knit it on your way to the beach and wear it that night! This is your chance to win the Plymouth Yarn Cleo yarn to make it too! Comment here on our blog and tell us your favorite summer knitting project. Several winners will be chosen at random Monday, June 1st. You can download the pattern here for free.
My 9 year old son was given the task of picking out my Mother’s Day gift all by himself with his very own money this year, for the first time. I have to say, he did very well. I received an array of nail polishes in every shade of blue (my favorite color) imaginable and a beautiful orchid. He’s growing into a sweet young man, that’s for sure. I adore and treasure all of the homemade picture frames, pipe cleaner flowers and finger painted works of art from the past years but I think the fact that he really put thought into my gift that made it so very special to me. I honestly thought I’d end up with a Lego set!
For three lucky ladies out there, we have the gift you really wanted! All you have to do is win it! This beautiful Bio Sesia 5CROCHET cardigan kit, pattern 2804, comes in so many sizes it will fit and flatter just about every mom. The luxurious, 100% organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 is super soft with a beautiful drape. It will be your spring/summer/fall go-to coverup for that night around the fire pit with mommy drinks after the kiddos are asleep!
Would you like a chance to win this kit? Just comment on our blog with the best or “it’s the thought that counts” gift you’ve ever received for Mother’s Day. Not a mom? You can play too! Tell us the best or worst gift you ever gave your mom/teacher/Grandmom/Aunt.
Colors will vary. Winner chosen at random on or about May 15th 2015.
Happy Star Wars Day! It’s the first week of our Crazy for Cotton Giveaway! Like and share the post on Facebook you will. A chance to win market bag pattern 2287 and the Fantasy Naturale yarn to make it you will get!
Winner will be notified by inbox message on facebook (please be sure to check your other folder!) May 8th. Several prizes available, colors will vary
Don’t have facebook? No worries….comment on this post with your favorite Yodaism or your go-to Fantasy Naturale project and you too will be eligible to win! Blog entry winners will be notified via email on May 8th. Winners chosen at random.
This installment of the holiday knitting guide brings us to a casual, quick knit scarf yarn, Passion Nette. I like to think of this one as your everyday scarf yarn. This cotton/acrylic blend has a relaxed drape and a soft, natural feel against your skin. It’s available in 8 versatile colors that will coordinate with anything in your wardrobe.
Are you looking for a great summer sweater? Do your friends & family always try to steal your knitted garments? This may just be the giveaway for you.
Up for grabs, we have a Covington Jacket. It’s short sleeved, 100% mercerized cotton and perfect for summer. Not only will you get the garment, already made, but you’ll also receive the pattern and enough yarn to make another.
Pattern 1974 This is the garment you will receive.
Pattern also includes instructions for longer length
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We will contact the winner on or about July 6th via direct/inbox message.
Peter Cottontail is about to embark on his bunny trail. This time of year, I like to create smaller or lighter projects that I can throw in my bag and take to my son’s baseball games. This little bear was my project last weekend.
The pattern calls for Fantasy Naturale, and I used the same colors listed. There is a huge color selection with Fantasy Naturale so the possibilities are endless and it’s so easy to customize. I found that because of the mercerized cotton , the bear was soft, smooth and cuddly. I know my little guy will love it (he’s 6 so don’t dare tell his friends he still likes to sleep with a bear!)
There is just enough time to knit a keepsake gift for that special little boy or girl in your life. You can tuck it right in their Easter basket after the bunny puts all those sweets in!
Finished Size (Approx): 5” x 9”
Materials: 1- 100g hank of Fantasy Naturale (MC) and (CC), small pieces of black yarn for face. Shown in colors 7360 (MC) and 5398 (CC).
Gauge: 18 sts = 4” on a US 7 needle over garter st.
Needles: US 7, double pointed and straights. Crochet hook size E. Polyfill stuffing, stitch holder.
Beginning at head: Use double pointed needles & MC.
With MC, cast on 25 sts. Work in the round. Knit for 2½”.
Next row: *(K3, k2tog); repeat from * around: 20 sts. Knit 2 rounds even.
Next round: *(K4, M1); repeat from * around: 25 sts. Knit 1 round even.
Next round: (K8, M1); 3 times, end k1: 28 sts.
Knit even in the round for 3”.
Next round: K14, place remaining sts onto a stitch holder, or spare needle.
Leg: Working on 1 set of 14 sts only in the round: knit for 2½”. Next round: (k2tog) around. Cut yarn, pull through remaining 7 sts. Pull up tight and fasten. Reattach yarn to remaining sts, repeat as for 1st leg. Sew up crotch area.
Stuff Bear legs. Sew a seam across top of legs to allow them to bend. Stuff Body. Sew up across head.
Ears (Make 2): Using straight needles, & MC, cast on 4 sts. Knit 1 row. Next row: P1 M1, p2, M1, p1: 6 sts. Work in st st for 1½”, ending with a purl row. Next row: K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1: 4 sts. Purl 1 row. Bind off. Fold ear in half with purl side out. Sew in place. With small bits of black yarn sew on eyes, nose, mouth.
Arms (Make 2): With double pointed needles & MC, cast on 10 sts. Work in the round for 2”. Next row: (K2tog) around: 5 sts. Cut yarn, pull through remaining 5 sts. Pull up tight and fasten. Stuff Arm. Sew up cast on edge and sew that edge to side of bear. Repeat for other arm. Wrap yarn around neck area to accentuate neck.
Vest: With straight needles & CC, cast on 30 sts. Work in garter st for 1½”, ending with a WS row. Next row: Divide: Knit 7 sts, BO 1 st, Knit 14, BO 1 st, K7 sts. Working on last set of sts only, knit 2 rows. Decrease 1 st at beginning of next row and every following alternate row 4 times total: 3 sts. Continue even until length from underarm is 1½”. Bind off. With WS facing, reattach yarn to center back sts Work even until total length is same as front. Bind off. With WS facing, reattach yarn to remaining 7 sts. Knit 2 rows. Decrease 1 st at end of next row and every following alternate row 4 times total: 3 sts. Continue even until length from underarm is 1½”, same as other front. Bind off. Sew up shoulder seams. Make 2 chains with crochet hook for ties in front, sew in place.
Bow tie: With straight needles & CC, cast on 8 sts. Knit for 7 rows. Bind off. Wrap a strand of yarn several times around the center to draw it in. Tie off. Run a strand of yarn behind the bow, through the wraps. Use this to tie around back of neck. Weave in all ends.
Are you still wearing your scarves and trusty cowl when you leave for the office in the morning? I did take the fingerless gloves out of my pockets. We are ready for Spring! I will finish up my last warm and fuzzy WIP this weekend then I will count all the little sprouts in my garden, maybe even buy some mulch. Of course, I’ll be waiting at least a couple of weeks until my husband gets all my gardening tools out from behind the snow blower and shovels in the shed. So since I know I’ll be waiting, I have a little project in mind and wanted to share with you.
Let’s talk about Whitney, which is new this spring. Whitney is an aran weight 91% cotton, 9% nylon blend and available in 16 rich colors that are just perfect for so many projects. Whether you are using it for babies, kids, adults or home accessories, you will not be disappointed.
Here is a great project to get you started. I’ll be making a bunch of these bibs as there is always a baby coming and mom can never have enough. What a special gift this bib will make. That’s why you need to make at least two, one to use and one to cherish! Visit your favorite yarn shop and ask for Whitney today!
Loosely cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K2, yo, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 45 sts.
Begin decreasing as follows: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat this last row until you have 26 sts left.
Next row: Bind off 20 sts, knit to the end of the row: 6 sts left.
On the 6 remaining sts, knit every row for 7”.
Make buttonhole: Next row: K1, k2tog, yo twice, k2tog, k1.
Knit 7 more rows even.
Work buttonhole row, followed by the 7 plain knit rows- twice more for 3 buttonholes in all. You will be ending with 7 knit rows. Bind off on next row. Sew on a 1” button as shown in photo. You have 3 length adjustments possible with the 3 buttonholes. Weave in all ends.
Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2011, photo by Paul Amato
Designer: Theresa Schabes
Yarn Information: Plymouth Yarn Company Covington
For Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Amounts: 6 (7, 8, 10) skeins in #2001 white
Check it out on VK 360!