It’s that wonderful time of year again- a mixture of joy and panic for the holiday season. What do I mean by this? Specifically, the joy of seeing family, eating pies, cakes and delectables; all the while listening to the sounds of the season. In contrast, panic settles in because I may have under-budgeted my knitting and crafting time (ha! whats new?!) Thus, I begin to realize I may have to forgo one of my many gift-giving ideas.
With that being said, there is a truly special gift you can give that will be used every year, since it doubles as useful and ornamental!
I present…the obligatory Christmas Stocking.
Truly, a stocking can be made year-round, yet I always find myself in the mood to knit them this time of year. There is nothing quite like a handmade stocking, and they can be customized to suit your holiday theme in your home. Imagine hot pink and orange for a modern-colorful Christmas, or cream and brown for a rustic-lodge kind of Christmas. This is a large part of why we craft, isn’t it? Customization.
So, even if your knitting list seems daunting and never-ending… imagine the smile you can give to yourself year after year when you unearth the ornaments and baubles from your holiday decorating stash trove, to find a Christmas stocking that you took the time to make for your home and family.
Our Christmas Stocking Trio is knit in Homestead, a true aran 100% wool. It blocks wonderfully, so even if your intarsia colorwork skills aren’t quite where you’d like them to be, you can steam the stitches and they will all uniformly move into place. You can mix and match the colors of Homestead Tweed, too, for a rustic addition. One skein of each color is needed for any one of the stockings.
This pattern is a gift from Plymouth Yarn Company to you…wishing you happy and safe holidays.
This time of year, so many of us are busy finishing holiday gifts. Some of us, like me, are just getting started. But what is important over the holidays and the chilly winter days is the knitting and crocheting we are doing for charity. At Plymouth Yarn, a cause near and dear to our hearts are chemo caps but, there are so many in need. Lap blankets, baby hats and blankets, helmet liners for our soldiers, prayer shawls and the list goes on.
Plymouth Yarn wants to hear about your charity projects. What are some of your favorite items to knit and crochet for your area? Where do you see the most need? We are avid supporters of charitable giving and would like to reward one lucky commenter for all of their wonderful work. We have just one prize this time…a copy of Dora Ohrenstein’s new book Top-Down Crochet Sweaters, Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit, featuring the Isabel Sweater in Bio Sesia 5 (photos courtesy of Storey Publishing and Melinda di Mauro on Ravelry) and 10 balls of organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 to complete the project!
The book is full of elegant and classic designs. You can also buy your own copy here and see Dora’s designs on Ravelry.
How to Win: please comment on our blog about your charity knitting/crocheting and tell us your favorite item to make for charity. One person will be chosen at random to win the book and the 10 balls of Bio Sesia 5 needed to make the stunning Isabel sweater. Contest is open from now until November 28th, 2016. Winner will be picked November 29th, 2016 and notified via email provided with comment. US residents over 18 years of age only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family are not eligible.
Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!
But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.
BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!
Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball
Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan
Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn
Were you one of the lucky ones to visit the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop shops earlier this month? Well the numbers are in and 1150 people started the hop over the four day event! 403 of these fine folks visited every participating shop. Each one saw and average of 680 customers come through their doors. The best part is however, over 3100 pounds of food was donated and $22, 000 was raised for area food shelves. Plymouth Yarn was happy to donate towards giveaways and door prizes for the 8th annual event. Thank you so much for shopping this wonderful shop hop. Once again, if you talk to my boss, tell him I need to be there next year.
I found this awesome crochet pattern when peeking into our designer’s office. I’m making mine in white Goldrush for my newly remodeled beach theme bedroom. I already bought my jars and battery operated candles! Enjoy the pattern and be sure to share your finished products with us on facebook, twitter and ravelry! We love to see projects!
Pattern – F540 Gold Rush Candle Jar Covers PDF Download MATERIALS
1 cone of Plymouth Gold Rush
Crochet hook 3.25 mm GAUGE
Jar # 1 (shown on right): 6 DC = one inch. Check when you have done a few rounds of the tree pattern that it fits properly around the jar.
Jar # 2 (shown on left): 1 shell and 1 DC = one inch. Check when you have worked a few row of the shell pattern that it will fit properly around the jar.
BEGIN– BASE FOR BOTH JARS:
Ch 2. Work 6 SC into the first chain stitch. Sl st into the first SC st that you made.
Ch 1. Do not turn but work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and then continue working 2 SC into the next 5 SC. Sl st into the first SC. (12 SC.)
Ch 1 (It may be helpful to put a pin into this ch after each round so that you know where each round beg. Skip over this ch when joining rounds.) *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into the next SC. Rep from * 5 times. Skip over the ch 1 and sl st into the first SC of the round. (18 SC)
Ch 1, Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 2 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (24 SC)
Ch 1, *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 3 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (30 SC)
Cont in this manner working an extra SC between each inc (2 SC in the same st). When you have 8 SC between the inc, the bottom of the jar will be finished. (60 SC), This completes the base. Jar #1 (shown on the right)
The rest of the jar cover will be worked in blocks and spaces.
Space: DC, ch 2, skip 2 sts.
Block: 3 DC.
Round 1: Ch 5. skip 2 SC (this counts as a DC and 2 ch, forming your first space.), 1 space, *1 block, 4 spaces , rep from * 2 times, 1 block, 2 spaces, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Round 2: Rep Round 1.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a DC), DC in each DC and 2 DC in each space, (20 blocks) sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Rep Round 3. When you finish the round, sl st into the top of the ch 3 in the previous round.
Round 6: Ch 5, *3 blocks, 2 spaces, rep from *2 times, 3 blocks, 1 space, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 7 and 8: Rep Round 6.
Round 9 and 10: Rep Round 1.
Round 11: Work 20 spaces around. Fasten off. Jar #2: (shown on the left)
Beg shell pattern as follows:
First round: Ch 3 (counts as a DC) *skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, 1 DC in the next SC. Rep from * 8 times. Skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, sl st into the top of the ch 3 that beg the round.
All other rounds: Ch 3, 5 DC in the top of the shell in the previous round, 1 DC in the 1 DC in the previous round. End each round by working a sl st into the top of the beg chain of the previous round. When shell pattern measures 3.5” (about 10 or11 rounds), fasten off.
I saw this cowl on the neck of our designer Cia in the office a few months back and I just loved the look of it. I made her take it off and let me try it! I can’t normally wear the bulkier cowls but I love making them as gifts. This Angora Cowl is for someone like me. It has a beautiful drape, warm without being bulky and the colors chosen just work so well together. Did I mention it’s Angora? This would also be beautiful made with Angora Glitz. So grab that holiday list and check off a name or two with this design!
“Brighten Up Winter” Cowl
One Size Fits All -24” in diameter
Materials: Angora – 2 balls Color A #779 fuchsia; 2 balls Color B #3000 lime; and 1 ball Color C #3007 orange; 10g each ball
2 yards of Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge: 18sts and 22 rows= 4” in st st on US size 8, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 8 needles, and tapestry needle.
Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern
With Scrap yarn, cast on 45 sts.
Next Row, and Color A, start with Row 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work in *Color A for 3 Repeats of Stitch Pattern. Change to Color B for 3 Repeats, the Color C for 1 Repeat;
rep until piece measures approx 24” ending with Color C on Row 4 for last repeat. Leave sts on needle.
Unravel Scrap yarn and slip live stitches on second needle. Graft together the cast-on stitches with the last stitches using the Kitchener Stitch. (See directions below)
Break yarn leaving a 2 yard tail. Hold 2 needles parallel in left hand with points facing out.
1St: Bring threaded needle thru front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
2nd: Bring threaded needle thru back st as if to knit and leave st on needle.
3rd: Bring threaded needle thru first front st as if to knit and sl this st off needle. Bring threaded needle thru next front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
4th: Bring threaded needle thru first back st as if to purl, sl this st off, bring needle thru next back st as if to knit, leave this st on needle.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all sts are used.
Weave in all ends.
See this cutie! One of our sales reps decided to try out the Dr Zhivago hat by CiD Hanscom Designs. Made with just one skein Passion Fur Yarn and the pattern is found on Ravelry. It just happens that her model was this adorable little guy who braved wearing the hat for long enough to snap the pictures! What a trooper!
With only 75 days until Christmas and 58 days until the start of Hanukkah, it’s time to start that knitting and crocheting. Follow our blog over the next several days for quick and easy projects for everyone!
Today we will cover Joy Ruffle. With this great ruffle yarn, available in 4 solid colors and 6 multicolored shades, you can have a scarf made in a night. It will make the perfect teacher, coworker, hairdresser, or babysitter gift. I made tons of ruffle scarves for the last Holiday season and tied them around the gifts for the gals in my family.
Check out some free patterns you can use with this gorgeous yarn on Ravelry!
It is officially the unofficial end of summer. Labor day is one of my favorite holidays as it celebrates the American worker, which is me! A big thank you to Matthew Maguire and Peter J. McGuire, labor union officials who first proposed the holiday back in 1882 as a day of rest and celebration for workers and their families. I’ll gladly take a 3 day weekend, I have one UFO that needs tending to, a grill that is begging for some steaks and a blender just waiting to make some margaritas. We always stay close to home, trying to visit our swim club as much as possible before they lock the gate for the final time on Monday 8pm.
For the first time, my son is dreading this weekend, or at least the end of it. Now he’s a second grader, aware that back to school means homework, early bedtimes and tucked in uniform shirts. No more weeknight outings to the movies or miniature golf. I’m excited to meet his teacher and wondering if she’s a knitter.
Early bedtimes for the kid means uninterrupted knitting time for mommy. My goal over the next few weeks is to master crochet. I am a novice and I am ready to change that. There is way too much fantastic crochet out there that I am missing out on. I would like to replace my holiday knitting with crochet this year. Click here for one of the many videos I will be using as guide this weekend.
Make sure you call your local yarn store this weekend too. Many of them have received their fall orders and are having some amazing sales. If you get to your shop, check out some of our new yarns like Gina, Sakkie and Pasea, the hottest sellers right now.
Sakkie Crochet Pattern 2364, call your yarn shop for details
That’s right, I said it. Holiday gifts. Don’t shoot the messenger.
It’s that time of year again folks! Let’s start thinking about those holiday projects. My request list has grown over the years, probably because I’ve been outed by this very blog! Now everyone knows I knit. Boy, are they lucky that I love to do it, and my husband works the night shift!
So shine up those needles, wind up the hanks and grab your patterns, it’s yarn o’clock.