August Classes: Knitting and Crochet

July 28, 2014

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and we’re finally knitting on the beach. Knitting for the winter is always an option, but a nice, lightweight project is even better. With four weeks left of the summer, check out the classes below to see what you might.

Knitting 101
Learn the basics of knitting while making yourself a hat! If you’ve never picked up a pair of needles before, or if you just need a refresher, this is your class. We will cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew up a seam. From here the possibilities are endless.

Thursday, August 14, 21, and 28. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Foxy & Wolfie

Foxy A wild little friend to adorn your little one’s head and add some whimsy to his or her winter wardrobe! The beanie is knitted in two colors in one piece, using the intarsia in the round wrap and turn method. You will also learn Alice Yu’s shadow wraps short rows technique. This is such a cool way to produce a totally adorable hat.Wednesday, July 30, and August 6 and 13. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Behmathon: Three Shawls from Martina Behm

Hitchhiker Have a favorite skein of fingering weight yarn, and waiting for the perfect project? Pick the Hitchhiker, Trillian, or Lintilla to show it off! Using garter stitch and an interesting, yet simple construction, Martina Behm’s patterns are a great introduction to knitting shawls. In this class, we will learn the different techniques that go into Behm’s patterns, including short rows and working with a recipe. 

Thursday, August 7, 14, and 21. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Kids’ Knitting Workshop
We’ll meet every day for a week to help people from 8 years to about middle school age learn to knit. If you have mastered the knit stitch we can move on to purl, cast on, bind off, and read a pattern. Let Jean know what you’d like to learn and we’ll go as far as you can in five lessons.

Monday through Friday, August 18 – 22. 10 – 11 am. $25.

Tussa Tank TOp
This tank can be worn all year round. It works well in a light cotton or silk blend. We will learn some basic shaping and use a series of simple stitches. Materials: 1400-1700 yards Dk or fingering or sock weight yarn, size F crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, and Tussa tank top pattern (available at Yarn Harbor).

Cost: $40
Monday, August 4, 11, 25, and September 8. 10 am – 12 pm. $40.

Did you find something you like? Call or stop in or register online!


July Colorwork Project: Mystery No More

July 26, 2014

The final clue of the Knit Purl Hunter’s Progressive Needles Mystery KAL came out yesterday and it turned out to be a quick clue to finish!

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This pattern was a lot of fun to work on; between the colorwork and cables, we couldn’t be bored. The corkscrew cables aren’t nearly as hard as they look, but at the same time, it is still a challenging project. (This probably isn’t the best pattern to learn colorwork on, though it’s a great project to work up to.)

We are still smitten with HiKoo Simplicity and it was a wonderful yarn to use for this hat. With all of the colors available, there are hundreds of possibilities of color combinations. Have you checked out what other people have done?

Michelle Hunter’s instructions for this pattern were very clear. If something didn’t quite make sense, there were video and image tutorials and links to show step-by-step what to do.

Remember, you have a chance to win a set of Addi Clicks from Skacel, so make sure to get your entry in! If you haven’t started your hat, there’s still time–the contest is open through August 15.

What did think about this hat?



July 19, 2014

Kathy is camping, so we’re having a sale! Stop by and get 15% off the Stephen & Steven Tour yarn from Three Irish Girls and MadelineTosh.

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Come in and get your unique colorways before they’re gone!


Skacel Trunk Show

July 11, 2014

Not only does Skacel make the wonderful Addi needles, they also do yarn and patterns.  On Tuesday, the Skacel Trunk Show arrived and there are so many beautiful garments. We have a mix of tops, shawls, baby and child items, and socks in a CoBaSi, Gradient, and Simplicity. Here’s a sneak peak, but make sure to stop by to see (and feel) them all!

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If you haven’t started the Knit Purl Hunter Knit Along and want more information or help picking out colors, we’re happy to help you out. And if you are knitting along, stop by or upload a picture of your project to Ravelry or Facebook to show it off.

Have a good weekend!


Are you ready for a Mystery KAL?

July 6, 2014

Knit Purl Hunter is doing a mystery hat KAL in the month of July with HiKoo Simplicity yarn. We are completing this hat for our Monthly Colorwork Project and would love some company! The first clue came out on July 3, but it isn’t too late to join.

Each Thursday, a new clue for the Progressive Needles Knitalong will be released and at the end, you’ll have a cool hat and a chance to win a set of Addi Clicks. Wait! What? A set of Addi Click needles? YES! Skacel is sponsoring this KAL and if you submit your project, you are entered for a chance to win.

Want to join?

Here’s what you do:

  1. You’ll want two contrasting colors of HiKoo Simplicity (two skeins of the main color and one of the contrasting). We have so many colors to choose from at the shop!
  2. Bookmark Knit Purl Hunter so that you can get the newest clue every Thursday. There are also helpful tutorials and tips!
  3. Join the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry to chat with others about the KAL and check out other color combinations. Share your project with the Knit Purl Hunter group and the YH Ladies group so we can see what everyone is doing (because we’re curious, not nosy! Well, maybe a little bit.).
  4. If you want to enter to win the Addi Click set, the rules are at Skacel.

photo (11)If you just want to knit along, great! We’ll post pictures of our progress here and you can  check on the hat in-person at the shop.

Our main color will be the 038 Seattle Sky (guess who picked this one) and the contrasting color will be a lovely mint green (colorway 009 Aqua Mint).

We already cast on Clue #1. Beautiful so far!


July Classes: Knitting and Crocheting

June 28, 2014

July is just around the corner and the fresh crop of knitting and crocheting classes is here! What are you interested in?

Dangercrafts: Knit a Monster

Penelope the Empathetic Monster, Daphne and Deliliah the Momma & Baby Monster, or Maddox the Mischievous Monster are just a few of your choices in this class where we’ll all knit up adorable (and only slightly scary) knit monsters. You choose your pattern from Rebecca Danger’s Etsy shop (via Ravelry) and we’ll knit up our own monster community.

Wednesday, July 9, 16, and 23. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Traditional Christmas Stocking

This traditional Fair Isle style Christmas Stocking is knit from the top down in the round. You can easily personalize your stocking; this pattern has 17 motifs to choose from. An afterthought heel is used. Skills used or learned: two-color Fair (continued) Isle type knitting, afterthought heel, reading simple charts, and kitchener stitch.

Thursday, July 10, 17, and 24. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Toe-up Sock with an Afterthought Heel

Used to a cuff-down sock construction and want to learn a new technique or two? Have a special (perhaps self-striping) skein of sock yarn, but don’t want to “waste” any of it? Then this is the class for you! We will discuss patterns vs. recipes, learn two cast-on techniques, the construction of the perfect-fitting sock, afterthought heels, and Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Please note that this class is not for beginning sock knitters and there will be homework between classes.

Thursday, July 17, 24, and 31. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Foxie & Wolfie

Fox' A wild little friend to adorn your little one’s head and add some whimsy to his or her winter wardrobe! The beanie is knitted in two colors in one piece, using the intarsia in the round wrap and turn method. You will also learn Alice Yu’s shadow wraps short rows technique. This is such a cool way to produce a totally adorable hat.

Wednesday, July 30, and August 6 and 13. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Crochet 102: Simple Hat
This is a great short sweater that can be worn all year long. In summer you can wear it over a tank top or light dress and in winter you can wear it over a long sleeve shirt. It is made with sock or fingering weight yarn so it is light and easy to work on during the summer months. We will learn some basic shaping and easy stitches. Come have fun in this class and at the end you can do a fashion show.

Monday, July 14 and 21. 6 – 8 pm. $20.

Simple Shell Scarf

Learn how to crochet a quick scarf with a beautiful lace-looking design. This scarf looks very intricate and will make others think you spent lots of time crocheting, but in reality it is a simple pattern to learn and repeat. It would make a great gift for someone.

Monday, July 14. 1 – 3 pm. $15.


See a technique or a project that will complete your summer? Sign up by calling, stopping by, or register online!


June Color Work Project of the Month

June 9, 2014

Have you seen the adorable color work project this month?

Das Monster LeggingsWith the monster trend in full swing, adding a cute monster face to the bum of leggings fits right in! These Das Monster leggings by Hrönn Jónsdóttir, are fantastic for babies and tots.  Plus, the pattern is free!

You make the creative choices with the face  and the colors for the stripes. In fact, the designer states that she is “completely confident about your ability to make up your own color arrangement.” How cool is that?

For this sample, Jen used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, a superwash yarn that is wonderful to work with and growing in popularity here at Yarn Harbor.

What colors would you combine?


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