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Free Pattern, Put a Bear in The Basket

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

Pattern F203

Pattern F203

FANTASY NATURALE
Stuffed Bear

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.

Marilyn’s Anna Cowl – Knitting Project Detail at Jimmy Beans Wool

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Beautiful Mushishi cowl posted by Jimmy Beans Wool.

Marilyn’s Anna Cowl – Knitting Project Detail at Jimmy Beans Wool.

Wonderful, Wearable, Washable Whitney. Free Pattern Too!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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.

Whitney

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!

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F386

WHITNEY
Baby Bib
F386 Whitney Baby Bib PDF Download
Size:  1 size
Materials:  1- 50g ball Whitney; size 7 needles,
1 button.
Gauge:  4.5 sts =1” over garter st.

Bib:
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.

Make Strap:
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.

©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company.
All rights reserved.  092011jbt

Freebie Friday with Camino Alpaca!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Just in case you haven’t yet, meet Camino Alpaca.

Camino Alpaca

Camino Alpaca

I know many of you love it already because we are sending orders for it left and right!  This 98% Alpaca, 2% Nylon blend is a soft and wonderful yarn.  The color palate includes both brights and neutral shades that have been dyed using a tricolor injection method.  Our customers are telling me it’s the perfect Alpaca to use in projects for men because of the colors and composition of the yarn.  Check out our color card here.

So I asked some of our facebook fans what they most wanted to see a free pattern for today and Camino Alpaca was the clear winner.  Give your favorite yarn shop a call and get started this weekend! You can also try F412 PDF Download for easy printing.

Pattern F412

Pattern F412

CAMINO ALPACA
Berry Stitch Hat
To Fit: Adult
Circumference: 21”
Materials: Camino Alpaca: 3—50G skeins, color 102
Gauge:  16 sts, 21 rows = 4” in st st on size 8 needles, 4.75 sts= 1” in Berry Stitch on size 8 needles.
Needles: US Size 8-16” circular, size 8 double points, stitch marker

Berry Stitch (Multiple of 4 sts)
Rounds 1 and 3: Purl
Round 2: *(k1, p1, k1) into next stitch, k3tog; rep from *
Round 4: *k3tog, (k1, p1, k1) into next stitch; rep from *
Repeat these 4 rounds for pattern.

HAT: With size 8 circular, loosely cast on 96 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker. Work in 2×2 ribbing for 6 rounds, increasing 4 sts evenly across last round. 100 sts.
Begin working in Berry Stitch.
When hat measures 8” from cast on edge, purl across next round, decreasing 16 sts evenly. 84 sts.
Round 1:  *(p5, p2tog); repeat from * (72 sts).
Round 2: purl
Round 3:  *(p4, p2tog); repeat from * (60 sts).
Round 4: purl
Round 5:  *(p3, p2tog); repeat from * (48 sts).
Round 6:  *(p2, p2tog); repeat from * (36 sts).
Round 7:  *(p1, p2tog); repeat from * (24 sts).
Round 8:  *(p2tog); repeat from * (12 sts).
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company. 093011vle

New Year Resolutions

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….

knitforyourself

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.

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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….

Chemoclothes.org

Bob’s Blankie Brigade

Project Linus

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.

Joy-full Knitting and Glorious Free Patterns!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

You can tell the holidays are right around the corner. The phones are ringing off the hook in the office, the fax machine is practically smoking and email boxes are bursting at the seams. I am more excited this year then ever before. Why, do you ask? Well, it’s the new Joy collection of yarns we have been shipping to our shops. I finally was able to get a ball of each and I whipped the scarves up in no time this weekend. I wanted to share the yarns and patterns with you. Call your favorite local yarn shop TODAY because everyone is telling me it’s flying off the shelves.

First we have Joy Metallic. It’s a super quick knit full of ruffles and sparkly goodness. It’s perfect for New Year’s Eve out on the town or with a pair of blue jeans.

Joy Metallic

Joy Metallic

Free Pattern

F390

F390

Joy Metallic Scarf

F390 Joy Metallic PDF

Scarf

Materials:  1 hank.
Approx. Finished Size:  4” x 48”
Needles:  Size US 10.

Knitting Instructions: Spread open the mesh. Turn sideways so that the glitter effect is at the bottom. Cast on 8 sts across the top edge using a size US 10 needle. Knit through the top edge openings – one opening per stitch. Knit every row.

Next up we have Joy Prism with it’s sweet ruffles and delicate loops of sparkle. The color palette will go with everything in your wardrobe.

Joy Prism

Joy Prism

Free Pattern

F391

F391

Joy Prism
Scarf
F391 Joy Prism Scarf PDF Download

Materials:  1 hank.
Approx. Finished Size:  4” x 55”
Needles:  Size US 9.

Knitting Instructions: Spread open the mesh. Turn sideways so that the prism effect is at the bottom. Cast on 7 sts across the top edge using a size US 9 needle. Knit through the top edge openings – one opening for the first stitch of every row, then skip a track hole each time for the other stitches of the row.  Knit every row.

2011 Plymouth Yarn Company.  092711jbt

Last but not least, we have Joy Rainbow.  Lots of beautiful ruffles in feminine color combinations without the sparkle.

Joy Rainbow

Free Pattern

F392

F392

Joy Rainbow Scarf

F392 Joy Rainbow Scarf PDF Download

Materials:  1 hank.
Approx. Finished Size:  3” x 48”
Needles:  Size US 10.

Knitting Instructions: Spread open the mesh. Turn sideways so that the rainbow effect is at the bottom. Cast on 6 sts across the top edge using a size US 10 needle. Knit through the top edge openings – one opening for the first stitch of every row, then skip a track hole each time for the other stitches of the row. Knit every row.

2011 Plymouth Yarn Company.  092711jbt

If you would like a little guidance on how to knit with ruffle yarn, you can check out Plymouth Yarn‘s YouTube page and view the “How to knit with Joie de Vie” video as the instructions are similar.  Always knit through the top edge with the effect at the bottom.

I hope you have as much fun as I am with our Joy collection of yarns, keep your eyes peeled for new additions to the line.  Have you made scarf already with one of these yarns?  Come visit our facebook page, post a picture and tell us all about it.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

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Thank you so much to all of you who serve, served and offer support to those in the armed forces.  In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to share this free helmet liner pattern.  There are many fine organizations that take donations of these liners and send them to the troops.  Ask at your local yarn shop or church to find one in your area.

American Flag

The ideal liner would be made from a soft 100% wool as synthetic fibers can not be warn by Marines in combat zones.  The perfect yarn for this is Galway and the preferred colors are 9 (Black), 152, (Brown), 155 (Dark Tan), 751 (Grey), or 704 (Charcoal).

GALWAY WORSTED

Helmet Liner and Matching Cowl

Helmet Liner PDF Download

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Size:  Hat is sized to fit an adult head.
Finished Measurements:  22” around
Materials:  (1) 100g ball Galway Worsted for Hat or Cowl.
One ball will make 2 hats. 1 ball will make 1 cowl
Only cowls & helmet liners made from 100% wool will be accepted. Acrylic yarn melts at high temperature and is unacceptable for this project.
Color must be appropriate to the military: tan, brown, gray, olive, or black.
Size US 8 -16” circular needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Size US 8 double pointed needles for top of hat.
1 stitch marker
Gauge:  18 sts = 4” in St st

HAT:
With circular needle, loosely cast on 90 sts. Being careful not to twist, place marker and join.
Rnd 1-5: K1, P1 rib around.
Continue St st until piece measures 5” above ribbing.
Shape Top
Change to double pointed needles when necessary.
Rnd 1: *(Knit 8, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Photo by Penelope Taylor

All even Rnds 2-8: Knit.
Rnd 3: *(Knit 7, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 5: *(Knit 6, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 7: *(Knit 5, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 9: *(Knit 4, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 10: *(Knit 3, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 11: *(Knit 2, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 12: *(Knit 1, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 13: *(K2tog); repeat from * around.

FINISHING
Cut yarn leaving an 8” tail.  Using a yarn needle, thread tail through remaining sts.
Pull tight and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Cowl:  (NOT SHOWN)  With the same circular needle loosely cast on 108 sts.  Work in K2/p2 ribbing for 9”.  Bind off loosely in ribbing.  Weave in all ends.

©2010 Plymouth Yarn Company.
All rights reserved.

Read all about it…Worsted Merino Superwash

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Plymouth Yarn’s Worsted Merino Superwash yarn is the perfect choice for projects for the entire family.  It feels amazingly soft against the skin, washable, versatile and shows wonderful stitch definition.  It really is perfect for all knitting and crocheting projects.

We are excited that this yarn is featured in two magazines this month and wanted to share the stories with you.

Knitscene’s first-ever Winter 2011 issue delights with a collection of 22 must-have knits.  You can see the Wragby Cardigan color 29 by Carol Feller on newsstands October 25th.

Knitscene Winter 2011, Photo by Brad Bartholomew

Knitscene Winter 2011, Photo by Brad Bartholomew

You can make the outfit complete with this flirty skirt in the Fall 2011 Knitter’s Magazine, K104.  The entrelac and old lace skirt, an intermediate design by Gwen Bortner was made with Worsted Merino Superwash‘s color 6.

Knitter's Magazine Fall 2011 K104

Knitter's Magazine Fall 2011 K104

Custom Fit Knit Jackets

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I have a tough time knitting garments for myself, some parts are short, some parts are round, well you get what I mean.  If you are like me, you’re always busy knitting a gift for this baby and a hat for that charity, but that beautiful yarn in your stash that you know would make the most gorgeous jacket, still sits there, waiting for the perfect pattern to come along.  The time has come!

Jean Frost, a recognized master of hand knit jackets,  has created a fabulous collection of custom-fit, hand knit jackets.   Isn’t it time that you could knit for your body and not the industry standard?  With Custom Fit Knit Jackets you can turn your measurements into dimensions.  From casual to couture,  this is like 3 books in one.  The first step takes you through the process of measuring for your custom creation, the second is a collection of jackets in 10 sizes and 4 gauges and lastly, it’s a source that helps with the details and finishing of your custom creation.

On page 108, you will find a woven jacket created with Plymouth’s Worsted Merino Superwash(a machine washable, fine merino wool) in charcoal and off white.

A Woven Jacket, Page 108

A Woven Jacket, Page 108

Check out this description from the pattern in Custom Fit Knit Jackets.  Look for it soon in your favorite yarn shop, bookstore, or online retailer.

"Let’s pretend! Slip stitches can fool the eye.  
Here, 2-row stripes appear to be interwoven bands. We chose black and  
white for head-turning, graphic elegance. The Chanel styling and  
simple, hidden-snap closure are perfect for office dressing."

Free Friday Pattern

Friday, September 16th, 2011

It got chilly here in Bristol today.  Time to get into some new projects. Check out this great free pattern for a Coffee Beenz Textured Throw.  It’s quick and easy.  You might even get it done this weekend. Call your local yarn shop today to get started.

F343

F343

COFFEE BEENZ
Textured Throw

Approx. Finished Size:  32” x 32”
Materials:  6 balls Coffee Beenz
Needles:  24” size 13.
Gauge: 10 sts = 4” over st st with yarn held doubled.

With 2 strands of yarn, loosely cast on 84 sts.
Knit 10 rows for bottom border.

Begin pattern:
Row 1:  Knit.
Row 2:  K6, p8, *(k8, p8); repeat from * across to last 6 sts, end k6.
Rows 3-12: Repeat rows 1 & 2.

Row 13: Knit.
Row 14:  K6, k8, *(p8, k8); repeat from * across to last 6 sts, end k6.
Rows 15-24:  Repeat rows 13 & 14.

Repeat rows 1-24–   6 times, then work rows 1-12 once more.

Knit 10 rows for the top border.
Bind off loosely.  Weave in all ends.

©2010 Plymouth Yarn Company.
All rights reserved.  100510jbt

F343 revised Click the pattern number for PDF download