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Happy Feet

Monday, March 5th, 2012

sharing with you a very first pair of socks, made with Happy Feet #25.happy-feet-socks-imagehappy-feet-socks
Sock on!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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….

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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.

Knitting 101, REALLY?????

Monday, December 12th, 2011

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.

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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.

Fashion Show

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We were very happy to be part of the Vogue Knitting recent Vogue Knitting Live event.

Minnesota State Fair-Oh How I Wish I Was There!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I wanted to wish a big congratulations to Linda from Kelley’s Quality Sewing Center in Rochester, MN.  She entered her Boku Mitered Square Afghan in competitions at the Minnesota State Fair.  Linda won both the sweepstakes for  Afghan Knitting and the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild.  She also won the blue ribbon for Best Wool Article.  The pattern she chose is 1063 and Linda used 5 different colors of Boku.

Mn State Fair

I have always heard such fabulous things about the Minnesota State Fair from many of our yarns shops who have participated over the years.  This year, it ran from August 25th to September 5th, in St Paul.  The fair was first held in 1859 and has been held every year with only five exceptions due to war and a polio epidemic! It hosts dozens of competitions for everything from needle crafts and canning to hogs and dairy products.  Not to mention all of the great exhibits, rides and food.  It is the second largest fair in the United States.  Many of our yarn shops were there. This year’s total attendance was 1, 769,872!  I really think I should be there next year, reporting live.  We’ll see if the boss will go for it!

You can get pattern 1063 at your favorite yarn shop that sells Plymouth products, or give Kelley’s Quality Sewing Center a call at 507-288-9051.  Visit their website here and like them on facebook to keep up to to date with all the latest news.

Congratulations again Linda, what a beautiful afghan!

Bazinga Bel et Bon Mitts

Friday, August 19th, 2011

For those folks who don’t already know, I LOVE BAZINGA! This super bulky, wool/acrylic blend has colorways that are to dye for.  It knits up quickly and can be used for so many different projects.

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Our friends at Double Ewe Yarn Shop in Circle Pines, MN love Bazinga too.  The owner of the shop, Kelly Judson, has created a darling set of mittens that can be knit in your choice of fingerless or full cover.

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Kelly is offering a free download of the Bel et Bon Mitts pattern through Ravelry and on the Double Ewe Yarn Shop website.   You can also check out Kelly’s blog.  But if you are in the Circle Pines area, be sure to stop by.  The gang at Double Ewe would love for you to visit.  Check out their website for shop hours, classes and more.  You can also check them out on their facebook page.

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Is there a Bazinga project you would like to share? What else are you working on? We love project pictures! Please visit Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page and share your photos and stories.

August at Plymouth(free pattern link too!)

Friday, August 5th, 2011

August is always an exciting time here at Plymouth YarnNew yarns are arriving and fall orders are leaving.  I love when customers call and thank us for all the boxes of beautiful yarns. We use this next week or two to get ready for the upcoming season.  We kicked it off yesterday with our employee breakfast.  After breakfast, we took advantage of the beautiful weather to snap an employee photo or two.

The Plymouth Gang

The Plymouth Gang

Dick Jr, Butch and Betty

Dick Jr, Butch and Betty

Some of those new Plymouth yarns you might see in your favorite local yarn shop include

Bazinga

Bazinga

You can find the Bazinga color card here

Stiletto

Stiletto

You can find the Stiletto color card here

DeAire

DeAire

You can find the DeAire color card here

Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

You can find the Holiday Lights color card here

I love this time of year also because I get to chat about Christmas knitting projects with everyone.  Usually, there is a lot of Encore colors 1386 and 54 heading out the door and I’m excited to use Holiday Lights in some of my projects this year.  It has the same gauge and about the same yardage as Encore Worsted.  Log into Ravelry today and download this free Encore Christmas Stocking pattern (hint- you can also use Holiday Lights).

Encore Worsted Christmas Stocking Pattern F167

Encore Worsted Christmas Stocking Pattern F167

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, Happy knitting & crocheting!