Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy Naturale’
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
Category Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Yarn | Tags: Tags: american flag, coaster pattern, crafts, Fantasy Naturale, flag, fourth of july, joanne turcotte, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, summer knitting, the knitters edge,
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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!
Pattern F203 PDF Download
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.
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company. Design by Linda Jones & JoAnne Turcotte. All rights reserved.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: bear, cotton, Easter, Fantasy Naturale, Free Pattern, mercerized cotton, Plymouth Yarn, toy,
Friday, December 30th, 2011
Most people will make a New Year’s Resolution for 2012. We want to lose a few pounds, save more money, drink less coffee and be more organized. But what are your New Year’s Knitting Resolutions? I’d like to share a few of ours with you, along with the resources to help you accomplish them!
1. Knit for yourself! Now that you have the feeling back in your fingers from the last-minute-holiday-crunch knits, sit down and find a pattern that you want for you. Even if it’s as simple as a new scarf. Think of the time you will have to fit in knitting for yourself. If you only have an hour or two a week, think of a spring or summer shawl so when you are done your project, it will be the right season to use it. Here are a few to consider….
2. Make a gauge swatch. I am notorious for not following my own advice on this one. I often go blindly into a project. I learned my lesson just a few weeks ago while making a Christmas gift for my niece. I switched a yarn in a pattern for a slouchy hat. There were very few differences between the two yarns, fiber content and put-up were the only things that jumped out at me. My slouchy hat ended not fitting my niece but fitting my husband and I can’t talk him into wearing a purple hat with a touch of glitz. Check out this article from knitty.com on the importance of and how to knit a gauge swatch.
3. Use your stash! I tried to use my stash this year for all of my holiday knitting and will try to continue to do so. I ran out of masculine colors and only had to purchase a few balls! I am left with mostly baby yarns so I am hoping for a very long, cold winter so I will get news in the spring that I have some babies to knit for. I am going to use some for charity but I will get to that later in this post. There are some wonderful things you can do with those one or two skeins you picked up. If you have 100% wool, felt, felt, felt! Small coin purses, small bags, small bowls and headbands. Have a baby or wedding shower to attend? If you have cotton, consider washcloths. I have one that a friend made me almost 10 years ago. It was in my wishing well at my bridal shower and it may be the only linen that hasn’t needed to be replaced! Hats are a great way to use up the stash too. Here are some pattern ideas you can try.
4. Finish the projects you start. I’ll admit it, I have 3 wips in my inventory for about a year now BUT I also started and finished at least 20 others this year. Will I ever finish those other 3? Hopefully, maybe, well, I can’t answer that question. There are some great reasons why this should be a resolution you keep. First is if you get to the end and realize you need just 20 more yards, it may be impossible to track down the dye lot. Second is while I always try to have a couple pairs of needles in each size, they do me no good if they are tied up in a project I’ve been procrastinating on, then I am off to buy another set or borrow from one of my many knitting buddies. Which isn’t so bad I guess as I get to see all the new arrivals at my LYS. Third is the most obvious, that baby will grow right out of that sweater you started. I am going to choose my projects more carefully and think ahead to make sure I have the time and supplies I need to complete them. Try looking up your patterns on Ravelry and get real world tips, advice, materials lists and pictures of finished products.
5. Knit for Charity. I know so many of you are already doing this and it’s such a wonderful opportunity to use your talents. I send scarves to a local homeless shelter. I can get them done in one or two nights while I’m watching t.v. and it’s a great way to use your stash. Check with your local yarn shop, they will likely have a program set up for donations of all sorts. Here is a list of just a few organizations we have had contact with….
Bob’s Blankie Brigade
Hair Flair for Hope
Stitching for America
6. Use your technology! Did you know there’s an app for that? Use your smartphone for more than Angry Birds! I use my iPhone for everything. There is a free app (called Needles) for cataloging your needles so you know what you’ve got on hand. It can also direct you to the nearest yarn shop when you are on the go! Vogue Knitting and Knitting Daily are available too. YouTube is a great resource for how to videos on just about everything. I’ve used it to learn a new stitch and how to knit with the new ruffle yarns. You can also find yarn reviews there. I can’t talk about technology without mentioning Ravelry. If you haven’t joined yet, get on it! It’s a fantastic resource for everything yarn, patterns and the people who love them.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and the gang here at Plymouth Yarn wish you a very Happy New Year.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Video, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: charity knitting, crochet, Encore, fall knitting, Fantasy Naturale, felted, Free Pattern, Galway, hand knit, hand knitting, mercerized cotton, needles, Plymouth Yarn, plymouth yarn company, stash, Vogue Knitting, washcloth, wool, Yarn Shops,
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
I hope this beautiful summery knit inspires you to finish or jump start your summer knitting!
Gathered Cardi in Fantasy Naturale- 8 skeins
Hand Knit by Rosann
Raglan sleeve shaping with wide seed stitch borders on the sleeve and the fronts add simplicity. The gathering adds a youthful, flirty feel.
Design by Cathy Carron, pattern can be found at Vogue Knitting’s website or in Knit.1 Issue of Spring/Summer 2008.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Fantasy Naturale is one of Plymouth’s staples and has been in our family of yarns for years.
This 100% mercerized classic yarn has a lovely, crisp sheen. With a cheerful color range, our aran weight holds up exceptionally well to daily wear.
I particularly enjoy the Multis- the color blends are very unique and rarely seen duplicated. Many of these color are fresh and slightly exotic! I find them ideal for baby gifts for the expectant mom.
You can view our pattern ideas and see what we’ve been inspired to design with this versatile cotton.
Elizabeth knit this classic double breasted jacket using our pattern.
Plymouth Pattern C135
Size 6-9 months- 3 skeins of Fantasy Naturale
Monday, May 25th, 2009
Happy Memorial Day to all! I hope many of you were able to get outside and enjoy some wonderful weather- maybe even a cook- out. Most of all- I hope you did something enjoyable to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer!
I spent the weekend as I have every Memorial Day weekend for the past 10 years – with my daughter at a large Dance Competition in Lancaster PA. The weekend always gives me some much needed knitting time. Since small easy projects are the best for me to work on in the subdued lighting of the resort’s large auditorium, I took yarn for a top down baby sweater, and matching bibs. I got the baby sweater done to the point where I needed to sew up the sleeve seams (can’t do that in the dark) so I started a bib. What I love about these small projects is that they are very portable, very easy, and very fast to knit.
Since the weather is getting warmer, I choose Fantasy Naturale for my weekend knitting project. This cotton is a wonderful hand knitting yarn- available in many colors, quite affordable, and easy to care for. Fantasy Naturale is a mercerized cotton with a cabled twist. It knits up best for adult garments at 4.5 sts to the inch, but also works very well at 4 sts to the inch, which is where I like it best. The more open gauge lightens the fabric for a baby garment.
The baby sweater pattern I used is the top down cardigan available on our Plymouth website under free patterns. I added a bib using the pattern included here. I started a small one to go with the smallest size sweater, and might make a coordinating one in the larger size too.
Hope you enjoy this pattern- small projects make for great summer knitting.
Finished Size (Approx): 5 x 7 (8 x 10)”.
Materials: 1- 100g hank of Fantasy Naturale. Shown in color 6399 (9951); 3 small buttons.
Gauge: 18 sts = 4” on a US 7 needle over st st.
Needles: US 7, or size necessary to obtain given gauge.
Cast on 25 (35) sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Row 1(RS): Knit.
Row 2: K5, P15 (25), K5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 – 13 (20) more times.
Knit 6 rows.
(RS): K8, and place these 8 sts on a stitch holder. Bind off to last 8 sts, K8.
Working on the 8 sts on the needle: Work button strap.
WS: K5, k2tog, k1. Turn, knit back.
WS: K4, k2tog, k1. Turn, knit back.
WS: K3, k2tog, k1. Turn, knit back: 5 sts remain.
Knit for 42 (46) more rows. Bind off.
Reattach yarn to 8 sts from the stitch holder.
Work buttonhole strap
Shape as for button strap, working the shaping rows as RS rows. Work 8 rows of garter st.
Make buttonhole as follows: K1, K2tog, YO, K2. Continue in garter st, working 2 more buttonhole rows every 14th (16th) row- always on a right side row. Once 42 (46) rows of garter st are complete, and strap is same length as buttonstrap, bind off. Weave in all ends. Attach 3 buttons along strap as same intervals as buttonholes. Bib can be buttoned at different lengths.
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company. Design by Linda Jones & JoAnne Turcotte. All rights reserved.