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Brioche in action

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Brioche stitch (aka Fisherman’s Rib) is a fluffy, thick rib. The concept is simple- yarn over strands are worked together with stitches to create an extra luscious, reversible knit fabric. It is like normal ribbing with a bonus!

When I first tried brioche years ago, I was trying to help out a friend that had started what looked like a simple 1×1 rib scarf. She ended up having to be in the hospital for a couple days, so I wanted to surprise her/cheer her up since I knew she didn’t really like the project she was working on. I thought I knew what she was doing. A couple rows of working plain k1, p1 stitch found me befuddled and confused. Why was her ribbing so full and scarf wider? I hastily ripped out my rows. When I arrived at the last row she worked, a giant question mark might as well have been above my head! There were extra strands of yarn and yarn overs every other stitch. Well, fast forward to now and I am happy to tell you brioche is not only easy but addictive!

There are two steps that tend to get knitters hung up about brioche- how to start and how to end.

I’ve made a video featuring a simple cowl design with brioche stitch in the round. Because I am using two different yarns/colors in the cowl, it is a lot easier to see what you are doing. The yarns are very thick and create a project with a short turn around time. Encore Mega is the solid color, and Cannoli (NEW this year!) is the multi. The combination of the two yarns also creates a reversible project- one side shows Encore Mega more dominantly while the other side shows Cannoli as the lead.

Perhaps you will try your hand at this magnificent and misunderstood stitch? Here is the pdf. Enjoy the video!

 

 

Happy National Hat Day! Free patterns inside!

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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

I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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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.

F607 encore mega colorspun
Click here to download Encore Mega F607

 

F430- picture

Click here to download Gina F430

F635 galway sport 3
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.

Creative Knitting Spring is out today

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

We have several designs to share in the newest Creative Knitting, which is on newstands today!

creative knitting spring 2015

Encore Mega Helicat mat by Lena Skvagerson

Encore Mega Helicat mat by Lena Skvagerson

Gina Widling Cowl by Patty Lyons

Gina Widling Cowl by Patty Lyons

Cleo Simple Washcloths by Lisa Carnahan

Cleo Simple Washcloths by Lisa Carnahan

 

Riflessi Cowl by Sandi Prosser

Riflessi Cowl by Sandi Prosser

 

 

 

 

Twitter I Love Yarn Day Giveaway!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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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.

 

An Oldie But Goody!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

How about a quick & easy afghan that is wash & dry, and just downright beautiful?   I hope you like it.

feather and fan mega afghan

Feather & Fan Mega Afghan

Encore Mega Afghan PDF Download

Measurements: Approx 40” x 55”

Materials: 12 Balls Encore Mega, size 17 (or 19 if you are a tight knitter) 32″ circular needles

Pattern repeat is a multiple of 18 (i.e. 36, 54, 72, etc.), plus 4 stitches for border.

Cast on 94 sts.

Rows 1-6: K 92, then work border as follows: bring yarn to the front as if to purl (YF), then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.

PATTERN:

Row 1: K2, K2tog 3 times, *(YF, K1) 6 times, (K2tog)6 times, repeat from * until 8 stitches remain, then K2tog 3 times, last 2 stitches: border as above.

Row 2: K to last 2 stitches, YF then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.

Row 3: same as row 2

Row 4: K 2, P to last 2 stitches, YF then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.

Repeat rows 1-4 until almost desired length. Then do row 1 of pattern, 5 rows of Garter Stitch (K every row, continuing border), then bind off and get cozy.

Is Knitting Easy?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

“Is knitting easy?”…This is a question I get asked often.  My son plays at least one sport every season so this means mommy gets lots of time to sit and knit.  On the rare occasion a coach may ask me to help out when they are light on parent helpers, but after seeing me try to throw a baseball to a catcher from second base, coach tells me I can go back to my knitting.  A couple of the moms have asked if I could teach them.  With all of the time we spend at practices and games, we could knit entire wardrobes!

I am going to baseball practice tonight loaded up with Encore Mega and needles, for the students of course.  After I get them started, I am going to pull out a skein of our new yarn, Scandalicious and get to work.  I am excited for them to see what they can do after they have their basic stitches down.

Scandalicious

Scandalicious

What I love most about some of these ruffle yarns is that it just takes one skein and a couple hours and you have something that looks like a masterpiece.  Don’t get me wrong, I have knit many a complicated pattern but since I am showing folks new to the craft, I want to wow them and Scandalicious will surely do that.  It is a very versatile yarn.  You can follow the instructions below, in both knit and crochet,  for  the scarf .  But since it’s been flowing into the shops, some of the customer have shared their ideas and projects with me.  I saw a great cowl made by sewing two lengths of it together and a shrug made from cutting off the ends and using the tube as the sleeve!  Let your imagination run wild with this one and beginner knitters can look like they’ve been at it for years! Share your pictures with us on facebook, twitter or pinterest!

F415

F415

F415 PDF Download

SCANDALICIOUS
Scarf
Needles & Hook:   Size 7 needle, Size H Hook
Knit Scarf – Shorter, heavily ruffled version
Length:  about 36-40”

1.    Unfold the ribbon.  Fold the ending piece over about 4 inches.  The original cast on sts will go through both thicknesses.
2.    Cast on 3 sts by sticking needle through the top edge of the netting from right to left.
3.    Turn the needle.
4.    Insert the needle in to the most left hand st, pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off the needle.  Insert needle into middle st , pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off of the needle.  Insert needle into the most right hand st, pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off of the needle.
5.    Now there are 3 sts on each needle.  Let the original 3 sts drop off of the needle.
6.    Turn needle and repeat steps  4 & 5.
7.    Continue repeating steps 4 & 5 until most of skein is used.  At the end, fold the last piece (about 4”) over for the final set of sts so you will knit through both thicknesses.   Without turning, bind off just before the end – pulling the middle st over the left hand st, then the right most st over the remaining one.  Use a small piece of yarn to anchor the last st in place so it will not unravel.

Longer, less ruffled version:
Length:  about 55”.

Work as for the shorter version, casting on and working 2 sts instead of 3 sts.
Crochet  Scarf
Length:  About 55”.

1.    Unfold the ribbon.  Fold the ending piece over about 4 inches.  The first sts will go through both thicknesses.
2.    Loop over crochet hook.  Go out about 2” and loop over crochet hook again.  Repeat for a 3rd loop on the hook.  Pull the 3rd loop through the second loop, then the second loop through the 1st loop.  Only 1 loop is on the hook now.
3.    Go out about 2” and loop over crochet hook again.  Repeat for a 3rd loop on the hook.  Pull the 3rd loop through the second loop, then the second loop through the 1st loop.
4.    Repeat step 3 until most of skein is used.  At end, fold over last 4” or so and work through both thicknesses.  When final loop is left on needle, Use a small piece of yarn to anchor the last loop in place so it will not unravel.

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