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Catch of the Day

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Do you like to fish? Do you like to crochet? Do you like to crochet while your friends are fishing? Here’s your chance to be a master angler and come home with a fish every time! Your crochet hook is your rod and Galway is your line.  There is no messy bait to contend with either!

This little cutie came across my desk via email the other day.

Wal, the tiny fish

Wal, the tiny fish

His name is Wal and he is the brain child of the vary talented Stacey at freshstitches.com.  For this tiny fish, she used about 60 yards of Galway in color 154 and just 5 yards of the white, color 8.  After I met Wal, I visited the website and met lots of other cuties.  You can purchase Wal and Stacey’s other “Amigurumi” patterns here.  There are also free patterns available here.

Stacey loves to hear from her customers and you can reach her just about any way imaginable!

stacey@freshstitches.com

FreshStitches on facebook

Find Stacey on  twitter

Stacy Trock on Ravelry

FreshStitches Etsy store

Find items featuring her adorable crochet amigurumi designs at CafePress

Buy the 5 star rated book Cuddly Crochet on amazon!

Ciao from Italy! Pitti Filati Tour

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

This week, our Marketing Director, Christine had the opportunity to visit the Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.

Beautiful views in Florence

Beautiful views in Florence

another beautiful sight

another beautiful sight

Christine with our agent, Peri

Christine with our agent, Peri

This event demonstrates the latest innovations in yarns, yarn technology and stitch design.  You can see all of the newest fiber trends on the horizon in some of the pictures below.

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Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

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Exquisite detail

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Lots of great hats to be seen

Lots of great hats to be seen

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We also wanted to share the color trend chart.

I'll take one in every color!

I'll take one in every color!

With over 100 yarn brand representatives in attendance, it proves to be one of the most diverse and exciting events we attend.
The show’s focus this year is in ethical quality.  Fiber prices are higher than we have ever seen.  This directly influences all of our choices. Plymouth Yarn Company strives to keep the quality you deserve and the affordability you crave. These decisions are difficult ones and we have discovered some fabulous fibers!

The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!

The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!

Knit & Crochet unite!

Knit & Crochet unite!

You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!

You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!

Keep any eye out for new colors in some of your favorite yarns.  We are also considering two new beautiful yarns from Peru and just wait until you can feast your eyes (and needles) on Mushishi Black. We would like to announce that coming soon…Plymouth Yarn will be the exclusive distributor for Grignasco Knits in the United States!

For more photos of Christine’s adventure, please visit our facebook page.

Free Pattern Friday!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The tribe has spoken and Baby Alpaca Ultimo is the yarn with the most votes in our free pattern poll.  You click, we listen.  You will love this cowl in all it’s beautiful, cuddly, super chunky goodness! Since it’s knit on a size 13 needle, you can make it this weekend while sipping on some lemonade in the backyard.  If your thinking about your holiday knitting projects, this will make a wonderful gift. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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BABY ALPACA ULTIMO
Cabled Cowl

Approx. Finished Measurements: 20” tall  x 20 around”
Materials:  Ultimo- 2 hanks
Gauge:  8 sts = 4” in garter st on size 13 needles over st st.
Needles:  Size US 13 knitting needles.

Loosely cast on 50 sts
Row 1, 3, 5:  K1, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 2, 4, 6: P1, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 7:  K1, p1, k1, p1, cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1,  cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1, cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 8:  As row 2.
Row 9: As row 1.
Row 10:  As row 2.
Repeat rows 1-10 until total length is about 20” long, or desired length, ending with row 2.
Bind off.  Sew the cast on edge to the bind off edge.  Weave in all ends.

Cable 12 back:  Place 6 sts on a cable needle, hold in back, knit the next 6 sts, knit the 6 sts from the cable needle.
©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company. 032511jbt

Here are some other Baby Alpaca Ultimo patterns available at your favorite yarn shop that sells Plymouth Yarn.

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The Royal Wedding Shrug

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It has been just a couple of months since The Royal Wedding and still all eyes are on Kate Middleton (her official last name is Mountbatten-Windsor; I’ll stick with Middleton for now!). She has such a wonderful sense of style and grace.  The future queen has become a fashion icon, as well as her sister, Pippa.  I always peek in the fashion magazines to see what they are wearing.

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Kate on her wedding day, wearing a beautiful shrug

Stylish sisters

Stylish sisters

A few days ago, designer Angela Juergens posted a picture of her Royal Wedding Shrug/Bolero finished project on Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page.

Angela's Shrug

Angela's Shrug

I absolutely fell in love with it and found myself on a mission to find out what I could about the pattern.  I was delighted to find that it was made with and written for Plymouth’s Angora yarn which has been a favorite of mine since the first day it landed in our office.
Angela designed the pattern for Absolute Knits on Ravelry where it is available for purchase.

Soft & Delicate detail

Soft & Delicate detail

You can find Plymouth’s Angora at your favorite yarn shop that carries Plymouth products.  If you need help locating a shop, you can use the “Find a shop” link at plymouthyarn.com or give our office a call and we will be more than happy to find one for you.
I Googled Kate Middleton’s wedding day attire and found that Angela hit a home run.  She captured the delicate and sophisticated qualities of the original.  It’s almost like Plymouth’s Angora was made for this shrug!  Check it out on Absolute Knits on Ravelry for the details and you’ll want it too!

If you are looking for a variation of the shrug with short sleeves, Plymouth’s Design team has taken care of that.

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

You can order pattern 2210 from your favorite yarn shop or contact our office for more information.

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2011 featuring Covington

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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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!
http://www.vogueknitting.com/vk360.aspx

This edition hits newsstands March 8th

This edition hits newsstands March 8th

More Naturale

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I hope this beautiful summery knit inspires you to finish or jump start your summer knitting!

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Gathered Cardi

Gathered Cardi in Fantasy Naturale- 8 skeins

Hand Knit by Rosann

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.

Sweet Caroline

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

From our new spring line, Sweet Caroline is perfect for spring/summer. This is 100% worsted weight cotton with a variegated twist.

Hand Knit by Paola in size 12 months

Baby Kimono, Hand Knit by Paola in size 12 months

The pattern for the baby kimono, designed by Erika Flory, can be found here. Paola used 5 skeins of color 4181.

See our other patterns using Sweet Caroline

Cashmere Cardi

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

This is the year of the cardigan- but not just any cardigan. The big trend is to have a button-less cardigan with swing and drape.

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Hand knit by Megan in Ecco Cashmere

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"Whisper Cardigan" from Interweave Knits Spring 2009, Design by Hannah Fettig

This fabulous little cardigan uses our Ecco Cashmere. It’s a soft, environmentally friendly laceweight cashmere in a lusciously natural palette. Want to see more ideas for this yarn?

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Baby Alpaca DK

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Baby Alpaca DK is a great lightweight yarn for the winter. The luxury of supersoft baby alpaca can be yours without the heaviness of a worsted or chunky weight.

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Yarn Content: 100% Baby Alpaca
Yarn Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1″/US6 needle
Yarn Length: 125 yds/50g ball

I’ve known this yarn for a long time, being an avid alpaca fan. I’ve knit several sweaters using BAD, including a cream bunny all-in-one and a tri-colored ladies pullover. The ease of knitting this is remarkable, and would be a great yarn for a beginner who wants to try their hand at a little luxury.

Here are a few of my favorite quick knits using Baby Alpaca DK. I’m thinking Christmas presents!

Plymouth Pattern IN55
Plymouth Pattern IN55, 2 balls
Baby Alpaca DK Scarf by Jen, 3 balls

Baby Alpaca DK Scarf knit by Monica, 3 balls

Baby Alpaca Wristers by Jen

Baby Alpaca Wristers knit by Jen

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Plymouth Pattern IN99, 1 ball for hat, 2 for scarf

King George

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Another one of our favorites is King George

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Yarn Content: 45% Baby Alpaca, 45% Merino, 10% Cashmere
Yarn Gauge: 4.5 sts = 1″/US 7 needle
Yarn Length: 105 yds/50g ball

This yarn has a wonderful hand. Great stitch definition, perfect for cables and colorwork. With its delicous blend of alpaca, merino, and cashmere, who could resist?

There are newly expanded colors from this year, all sophisticated and warm in hue. (My favorite being color 2878- taupe!)

Our patterns range from blankets to jackets. This is the type of yarn you will want to keep close to you on those crisp mornings and chilly nights.

Kelly-Ann has made a gorgeous pair of cabled gloves, using only 2 balls, in color 1042.

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Pattern is from, “Knitting New Mittens and Gloves” by Robin Melanson

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