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Encore Worsted

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Encore, our most popular yarn to date, is loved by all!


Encore Worsted

Yarn Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool
Yarn Gauge: 5 sts = 1″/US8 needle
Yarn Length: 200 yds/100g ball

The softest, most versatile yarn in the whole yarn market, Encore Worsted is known by name nationwide. Boasting over 150 colors, this is the go to yarn for any project. Our durable blend of Wool and Acrylic is machine washable and dryer safe. Babies, Kids, and Adults can wear this yarn comfortably.

Our patterns are immense for this yarn- it is so versatile in many, many designs from the simply stockinet to the advanced cabling patterns.

JoAnne, our Creative Director, has been designing easy blankets for babies, kids, teens, and adults. Her secret to quick knitting? Use Encore Worsted double stranded with size 13 knitting needles for an effortless, rewarding result! You can find these pattern books, #636, #638, and soon to be released #644 at a yarn shop near you.

One of our knitters, Laurie, has made a toy dog using Encoreencore-worsted-dog-21. pattern information is available here

FINISHED: Plymouth Yarn Online Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Welcome to the first Plymouth Yarn Online Scavenger Hunt!
Here’s how it works:
Fill out the quiz below using your knowledge about Plymouth Yarn Company and find extra clues all around our website, Complete all the answers correctly and be entered in a drawing to win one of 25 knitted and complete Baby Alpaca Brush shrugs. Just like this:

N045 Baby Alpaca Brush Shrug
Baby Alpaca Brush Shrug, Pattern N045

The contest ends Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12pm. Mailed entries must be received by December 15, 2009. Winners we be announced on our blog on Monday, December 21, 2009. So go, take the quiz and give it your best shot! Good luck!

If you’re having problems viewing the quiz in this window, you can click here.

Plymouth Yarn Online Scavenger Hunt Terms & Conditions

1. No purchase required
To enter, complete the form online from the Plymouth Yarn Company located here: Entries must include your name, complete address and zip code, phone number with area code, and email address. Entries may be submitted by mail by sending completed entry form by first class mail, postage affixed, to: Plymouth Yarn Online Scavenger Hunt, 500 Lafayette Street, Bristol, PA 19007; or by fax by sending completed entry form to: 215-788-2269. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than December 8, 2009 and received by December 15, 2009. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, stolen or postage due mail or entries. All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

2. Winning
Entries must be correct and complete. Winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by email. The random drawing is final and binding in all matters relating to the contest. By entering, participants agree to these official rules.

3. Prizes
One prize will be awarded to 25 winning participants: A complete and knitted shrug resembling Plymouth Yarn Pattern N045. The prize will be mailed to the mailing address of each winner provided in the entry. Approximate retail value $300. No substitutions, cash equivalents or transfer of prize permitted except at sole discretion of the sponsor; in which the sponsor has the right in its sole discretion to offer a different garment or prize of equal value. All taxes and any other expenses not specified above are the sole responsibility of the winner.

4. Eligibility
Contest is open to residents of the United States or District of Columbia, and are 18 years of age or older by November 24, 2009. Employees and sales representatives of Plymouth Yarn Company, Inc. and any members of the immediate family (mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

5. General Conditions
By accepting the prize, winners release and discharge, and agree to hold harmless the Plymouth Yarn Company, Inc., their affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents from any and all liability or damage due in whole or part from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize, or participation in this contest. Contest void where prohibited. Prize may not be transferred or substituted for a prize of equal or lesser value. All taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner. By accepting prize, winner agrees, where lawful, that the Plymouth Yarn Company may use winner’s name, likeness, biographical information, voice and statements attributed to winner for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration.

6. For names of winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by December 31, 2009 to: Plymouth Yarn Company Online Scavenger Hunt, 500 Lafayette Street, Bristol, PA, 19007. Contest sponsored by the Plymouth Yarn Company, Bristol, PA 19007.

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Have a Poppin’ Good Holiday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Poppin’ is a yarn that is at its best during the holiday knitting season.  With this yarn you can whip up a fun scarf in an evening.

Use size 7 or 8 needles, cast on 8 – 10 sts using a backweards loop cast on and knit- using 1 flat area for the first and last st of every row, and working 2 sts in each flat area in between. 

Knitting With Poppin'

Knitting With Poppin'


Cast on an even amount, using the backward loop technique—1 st per straight area between pops.  Knit every row- working  1 st per straight area between pops for the first and last st of every row, and 2 sts per straight area between pops for every stitch inbetween (so work 1-2-2-2-1 for 8 sts, 1-2-2-2-2-1 for 10 sts).  Bind off working 1 st per straight area between pops.






Poppin' Scarf

Poppin' Scarf

Poppin Scarf:  

Use 1 or 2 balls depending on how long and wide you want your scarf to be. Using the backward loop technique for casting on, cast on 8 or 10 sts.  Knit every row until almost out of yarn.  Bind off. 





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King George

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Another one of our favorites is King George


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.


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

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Cowl in Encore Boucle

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Ok, we all agree that the Cowl is this year’s scarf.  Whether long or short- it is indeed a fast project for this Holiday’s gift giving.  I have talked about the ultimate yarn for cowls- Baby Alpaca Grande.  But for those on a limited budget- I have an idea:  Use a less expensive, but interesting yarn.  Here is a quickie pattern using 1 ball of Encore Boucle.  This member of the Encore family of fine yarns will give you dazzling colors and texture at a very low price.

Here Nancy, a customer at my LYS, sports a cowl she whipped up in an evening.


 Materials:  1  –100g ball Encore Boucle
Needles:  16” US 15 needle, marker.
Size:  Approx. 22” x 10”
Gauge:  3 sts =1” over st st.
LOOSELY cast on 55 sts, Place marker and join, making sure not to twist the sts.
Begin pattern:
Round 1:  Knit.
Round 2:  *(K3, p2): repeat from * around.
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until almost out of yarn, ending with a Round 2.
Bind off LOOSELY knitwise.   Weave in all ends.

©2009  Plymouth Yarn Co.

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Baby Bunny

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Today I’d like to talk a little bit about our yarn, Baby Bunny.


Baby Bunny is a lovely blend of 60% Pima Cotton, 30% Modal, and 10% Angora
Yarn Gauge: 5 sts=1″ / US 7 needle
Yarn Length: 109 yds/50g ball

I’ve knit with this yarn and it has such an incredible feel- like nothing I’ve knitted before!
This yarn has a soft halo that makes it look like a little rabbit. The cotton adds a great stitch definition which would make any cable or lace design stand out with ease.

If you take a look at the color card, you can easily see why this is a perfect yarn for babies and kids. The colors are a mixture of pastels with a touch of mid tones. Also a gorgeous yarn for adults that want to feel warm and snuggly, yet sophisticated and lovely!

One of our knitters, Candace, has made a little baby sweater using the white colorway-



(Pattern from Knitty, 2008 designed by Alison Green Will)

For more patterns using Baby Bunny, click here

I hope you feel inspired to try Baby Bunny for yourself

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Jean’s Grandkids

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I love sharing these pictures and stories with you.

Jean's 3 Grandkids

Jean's 3 Grandkids

Jean knit up these cute sweaters for her darling grandchildren.  The yarn used is Adrifil Knit Col.  Click here for color card. The solid color is Encore.

She  has 1 more grandchild on the way.  I am sure Jean is busy knitting for the new baby too!

Jean purchased this yarn at her local yarn shop:

Swisher’s Yarn Basket



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Happy knitting to all!   Thanks again, Jean,  for the beautiful picture and allowing us to share!

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Cowl pattern as promised

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

 2 weeks ago I promised to post a cowl pattern and finally- here it is.  These things are definitely “This Year’s Scarf”.  They can be fast to knit, using simple repetative stitch patterns and use very little yarn so they are a perfect way to try that luxury fiber you have been drooling over. 

The one posted here has been an absolute favorite at my local yarn shop.  Even newbie knitters are quick to pick up the easy stitch repeat and are on their way to instant gratification with this weekend project. 

Baby Alpaca Grande is a perfect yarn for this cowl- soft and warm around your neck, with beautiful drape.  Please try this pattern- it requires only 1 hank of this Plymouth Classic.  I will have another pattern for you soon too.


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Materials:  1- 100g hank- Baby Alpaca Grande.
Size:  About 22” around, about 10” long.
Gauge:  12 sts = 4” using size US 11 needles over st st.
Needles: US 11- 16″ circular; 1 stitch marker.

With the 16” circular needle, loosely cast on 60 sts.  Place marker and join in the round, taking care not to twist the sts.
Round 1:  Knit 1 round.
Round 2:  *(YO, k2tog); repeat from * around.
Repeat ROUND 2 until almost out of yarn, ending at the marker. Bind off loosely. Weave in all ends.

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