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Friday’s Felted Freebie

Friday, August 12th, 2011

As a few of you might know, I am a huge fan of felting.  I talked about it earlier this week on Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page.  Of course, my choice felting yarn is Galway.  With over 120 colors in it’s catalog, you can felt a bag to match every outfit! Here are some pictures of my favorite felted patterns.  You can find them at your local yarn store or you can find a shop on our website.

Just a couple of our many Galway felted patterns

Just a few of our many Galway felted patterns

Enjoy this free pattern for a small felted bag.  I like to use these as gift card and cash gift holders.  I also have made a couple for my niece for Easter, and a wedding.  It’s very versatile and quick.

Pattern F319, Galway 2 Color Felted Bag

Before Felting

Before Felting


After Felting

After Felting

Gauge: 10 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch before felting, done on a size US 13 needle; yarn used double stranded.
Materials:  2 skeins Galway—1 MC, 1CC.  Before starting- double strand each color by dividing balls in half.
Needles: 24”-Size 13 needles, double pointed needles- size 11 or 13.
Finished Size:  Approx. &” wide, 4” deep, 6” tall, not including handles.

NOTE:  Make handles first and set aside.  Use remaining yarn for the purse.
NOTE:  Use double strand of yarn throughout.

Handles:  With CC
Using double points- cast on 6 sts, leaving a long tail.  Work in I- cord on the 6 sts.  Work I cord until total length from beginning is 14”.  Bind off leaving a long tail.  Make second handle the same.  Set aside.

Body of Purse:
With the circular needle and CC, loosely cast on 20 sts.  Knit 22 rows.  Bind off loosely.  Change to MC, and pick up 21 sts along each long side and 11 sts along each short side: 64 sts.  Place marker.  Begin working in st st in the round (knit every round) for 8 rounds, ending at the marker.  **Change to CC and knit 4 rounds.  Next round: Change to MC and knit, picking up the back of the sts 4 rows below (first row of CC), and knitting them together with the st on the needle to make a large lump.  Work 8 rounds total in MC, repeat from ** 2 times more (3 CC ridges total).  Continue with the MC working: purl 1 round, knit 1 round, purl 1 round.  Bind off loosely knitwise.  Weave in all ends.

Sew the 2 handles along each long side- centered, with the ends about 5” apart.  FELT THE BAG AND LET DRY.
After felting:  Stretch over a box which is just slightly larger than purse to stretch the purse as it dries.
I-cord:
Work I- cord on the 6 sts as follows: **Knit across the 6 sts, then without turning needle, slide stitches to other end of the double pointed needle, wrap yarn around back of stitches and continue knitting from **.  Repeat this process until desired length is reached.

Felting:
Set the washer to hot wash, cold rinse, and lowest water level.  Add a small bit of laundry soap, not detergent.  Do not put anything else in the machine with the purse- things can get tangled in the handles and can distort them.  Check on the purse every 5 minutes.  Felting could take 20-25 minutes or so.  Keep setting back the timer to make the wash cycle longer.  When desired felting is achieved, rinse and spin lightly.  Spinning can set in creases.  Remove purse, stretch it over a sturdy box slightly larger than the purse.  Straighten handles.  Brush to remove excess lint or shave with a disposable razor.  Let dry, which may take up to 2 days.

©2010 Plymouth Yarn Company.  052510jbt

We would love to see pictures of your Galway felted creations.  You can post them on our Facebook page, contact us or email them to me, allisonp@plymouthyarn.com.

If you can dream it, you can felt it……..

Vogue Knitting’s Fall Issue Hits Newsstands August 23rd!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Check out this Worsted Merino Superwash sweater pattern featured in the fall issue of Vogue Knitting.

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Photo by Rose Callahan

Designer: Pat Olski
For Sizes: X-Small (Small, Medium, Large)
Amounts: 5 (6, 7, 8)hanks in #36 green, Worsted Merino Superwash.

Check out the Vogue Knitting Fall 2011 Fashion Preview today!

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.

A little something for Mom

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and what wonderful day it is to celebrate your Mother, Grandmother and any mother figure that may be in your life.   My husband has been asking me for over a week what do I want for mother’s day?  So for days I wondered what gift could you give to that special woman in your life to show her how much she is loved?  Hugs and kisses form our little ones are truly the best gift ever!   Then it dawned on me, a hand knitted hand bag.  I love handbags and have a great assortment at home.  But the one thing I am missing is a hand knitted handbag for myself.  I always get caught up knitting for everyone else that I never finish any projects for myself.  So I decided that I was going to finally pick a pattern and  knit myself a knitted handbag.   I sent my husband out to the store to pick up all the items I was going to need and told him that was what I  wanted.  Along with a few hours of quiet time, so I may finish my handbag.  I am choosing to do pattern P593.  I love the summer look of this pattern.  If you are interested in finding out how to get this pattern, please click the link to find a yarn shop in your area.

What was your favorite hand knitting project?  Whether it was for yourself, your friend, mother or grandmother.  I would love to know what projects are being made for the special people in your lives :)

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From all of us at Plymouth Yarn Company, Inc., to every Grandmother, Mother, Aunt and Daughter.   We want to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!!

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The finest fixer upper!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I’ve heard about yarn being used for various things other then knitting or crocheting.  For things like hair on a doll, as a piece of string to hold a little porch tree straight, arts and crafts and even a hair accessory.  When I received this link the other day it totally blew me away.  It showed me a whole new use for yarn,  something I would have never dreamed of ……  A pothole filler!!  Yes that is correct a pothole filler.  What a terrific and funky idea!   Just think of how great, some of our cities could look with pretty yarn, used to fill in the cracks that nature leaves us with.   No patterns needed just some yarn and a little time.   :)   What an interesting way to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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With Earth Day right around the corner it is time for us to remember that every little bit helps.   As I was searching the internet for Earth Day activities in my local area, I came across a cute poem I wanted to share:

Everyday is Earth Day, If it’s cold or wet or hot pitch in to save the planet it’s the only one we’ve got.

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Snuggle Knit Bunny

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Spring has sprung here at Plymouth Yarn.  With the Easter season upon us we are reminded of warmer weather soon to come.  This is the time of year when the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the sun is shinning.  So I was thinking what another great idea for Easter.  An adorable hand knit bunny.  This pattern is made using the Dreamin yarn.  How much fun would it be to give your little ones a hand knit basket made from Galway and this snuggle bunny from Dreamin.  Contact your local yarn shop to purchase pattern 1795.

Knit Bunny

Knit Bunny

Pattern for Easter Basket

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

I have to share a wonderful project knit with Galway.  What a great gift for your kids on Easter morning.  Just a few hours and you can knit this beautiful pattern.

p512duckNot a hard knitting project to complete before the holiday.

Pattern P512

Using our Galway yarn and you can accent with any novelty yarn.

Consider this pattern for a gift for your favorite little one on Easter Sunday.

Knitting for the holidays is always fun.

Enjoy.

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

Baby’s Boutique Cardigan

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Baby Boutique is the perfect baby yarn for Kathy’s cardigan–

Knit in size 1-2 years in Baby Boutique

Love the football buttons!

Knit in size 1-2 years in Baby Boutique, it took 6 balls of blue, and 1 each of white and brown.

The traditional cable pattern makes this a great staple garment for any child. I like how the hoods’ cable detail adds a sporty finish.

View more patterns for Baby Boutique

Alpaca Leaves

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Baby Alpaca DK never looked so pastoral in DivineGift’s leafy scarf-

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4 balls of Baby Alpaca Dk in color 402

The pattern repeat was doubled to create a wider scarf. The alpaca drapes well when knit on size 7 needles in lace stitch.

Brooke Nelson’s design has a matching hat and fingerless mitts as well.