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Flair for Early Fall

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

As we move into the upcoming cooler days, a bit of lightweight fashion is a must for the hands.  Fingerless gloves, or gauntlets are usually more for warmth, but don’t have to be.  Here, we have used Buckingham, a fingering weight baby alpaca/ silk blend which is perfect for these lacey look feminine gauntlets.

Check out the soft palette of colors in Buckingham- from the Bristol Yarn Gallery Collection and Plymouth Yarn.

Buckingham Fingerless Gloves

Buckingham Lace Fingerless gloves

Materials:  1 Hank Buckingham
Size: Approx. 7” around and 8” long.
Gauge:  Size 4 needles: about 7 sts =1” over st st.

Ribbed Lace Gloves ( make 2)
Cast on 40 sts.
Row 1(RS):  K2, *(p2, k2, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1), repeat from * across to last 8 sts, p2, k2, p2, k2.
Row 2:  K2, *(k2, p2, k2, p4), repeat from * across to last 8 sts, k2, p2, k4.
Row 3:  K2, *(p2, k2, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1), repeat from * across to last 8 sts, p2, k2, p2, k2.
Row 4:  Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until total length is about 8”, ending with a WS row.  Bind off in ribbing as set on the previous WS row.    Sew up side seam leaving a 1” gap about 2” from the top for the thumbhole.  Weave in all ends.  Make second glove the same.

Abbreviations:  K = knit, P = purl, yo = yarn over, k2tog = knit 2 sts together, sts = stitches, RS = right side, WS = wrong side.

Enjoy the Fall!


Encore Colorspun

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

We have had some calls regarding some of the colorspun colors.  We have serveral types of Colorspun:

1-Print- some are varigated like 7118


2- Spot prints like 7401


3-   Faded like 7138


4- Self Striping like 7511


5-  Drifting like 7021


I had some samples of a new color 7722 Drifting Shade knit to show how each ball can look slightly different – even from the same dye lot.  So many possibilities from 1 color:

Color 7722

Color 7722 -Sample A

Color 7722

Color 7722 - Sample B

Color 7722

Color 7722 - Sample C

Color 7722 Sample A-B-C

Color 7722 Sample A-B-C

We have been selling the drifting shades for over 20 years.  They are always the TOP sellers in the Encore Colorspun range.  Sometimes the balls look like they don’t match eachother, this is an attribute to the yarns uniqueness.

Knit and be creative, these colors will continue to impress you.

My Life At Plymouth

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Being the newest member of the Plymouth design team, I have a lot of legacy to look up to. I’d like to give a little insight into the workings of the industry! Please follow me on my journey…

During my first day at Plymouth, I felt like a college student again. There were new faces to meet and new places to learn. The whole building was very nostalgic. Years back, I had been to the Plymouth warehouse when my mother and I came to visit. We got the tour and saw all of the antique ball winders and knitting machinery, the pattern room with the intimidating gigantic printers and copiers, the humungous boxes of Encore (Plymouth’s staple), and the inviting staff. It was so great to put a face to a voice.

However this day was special. This would be my new home and workplace. JoAnne had me follow her as I met the staff I would work with. Busily, I hurried along to the color cards shelves. JoAnne carefully plucked cards that I would need for picking out shades and hues. Finally, we sat down and went over lists of yarns we would start designing for. In the fashion industry, as well as the yarn industry, designers always plan at least one season in advance. Spring 2010 promised half a dozen new yarns that needed pattern support.

Sockin’ Sox not just for Socks

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Dottie-  A loyal customer of my local yarn shop designed her own pullover shown here.  When I saw it I knew I had to share it as it demonstrates the versatility of sock yarns.   

Dottie in Sockin' Sox Sweater

Dottie in Sockin' Sox Sweater

Dottie worked in double moss stitch and knitted with Sockin’ Sox- used doubled stranded.  The sweater turned out lovely with a finished weight perfect for the upcoming fall weather. 

Sockin' Sox

Sockin' Sox

When held doubled- Sockin’ Sox works up well at 5 sts =1″ on  a size 7 needle.    Thanks Dottie for showing us a new way to use this great sock yarn.  Check out the color card for Sockin’ Sox- a soft Bamboo/superwash merino/nylon blend sock yarn.


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