Archive for January, 2014


2014: A Year of Colorwork

January 27, 2014

We are well into 2014 and this year’s Project of the Month theme is off to a great start! We are featuring a colorwork project each month. With so many colorwork patterns–hats, mittens, sweaters, and socks–you’ll never get bored with this series.

In January, we are celebrating the Inspira Cowl, a free pattern that features corrugated ribbing and gradual color-changing yarns. The Inspira Cowl is a great start if you’ve never done colorwork and want to learn or if you need a simple refresher project. Yarns such as Noro, Mochi, Pasea, Gina, Boku, and Kauni work great for this project! And no matter what, you’ll get a project that is uniquely yours!

Inspira Cowl photo 3

Not sure about your colorwork skills? Jen is offering a two-hour workshop on this cowl on February 7, 6 – 8 p.m.


February Classes: Crochet

January 25, 2014

Perhaps crochet is more your style! Check out our February crochet classes below.

Crochet 101: Dishcloths

Learn five of the basic stitches used in almost all crochet. Chain, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, and Shell stitches will be taught and practiced. This is a great class for anyone who is looking to get back to crochet but wants a refresher, or for someone who has never picked up a hook and wants to start at the beginning.

Friday, February 7, 14, and 21. 10 am — 12 pm. $30.

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, February 10. 1 — 3 pm. $15.

Cowl Neck Poncho

Keeping a draft off your neck and shoulders lets your whole body stay warmer. I keep one of these at my desk. This is worked top down, so you can make it as long as you’d like. It is a simple design and can be done by even the most beginner crocheter.

Monday, February 3 and 10. 6-8 pm. $20.

Turtle Shell Hat

Monday, February 3 and 10. 10 am – 12 pm. $20.

Fingerless Gloves

Learn to make these simple gloves, one of the most popular accessories for people of all ages from teens to adults. They are fun to make and easy to learn. You will learn how to single crochet in the round and add a thumb gusset.

Monday, February 3. 1-3 pm. $15.

Leg Warmers

These leg warmers are great to keep that chill off during our many months of cold weather. They can be made of many different colors or striped any way you like. They would make a great, quick gift for any girl in your life who likes to sport some of the hottest fashion trends. This is a simple construction so anyone can learn how to do it, even a new beginner.

Monday, February 24. 10 am – 12 pm. $15.

Reversible Scarf

In this class we will use a simple technique to make a scarf that is a different color on each side. You’ll like it so much, you may decide to use it on other items as well. Students can explore this scarf in both a worsted weight and a sock weight, achieving two very different results.

Monday, February 24. 1-3 pm. $15.

Do any of these classes tickle your fancy? Click here and sign up!


February Classes: Knitting

January 24, 2014

Welcome to the beginning of the new quarter’s classes! There are a variety this month, from hats to feet and everything in between, so make sure you sign up early!

Knitting 101

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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!Thursdays, February 13, 20 and 27. 6-8 pm. $30.

Kids’ Knitting Workshop

Kids 8 years old to middle school can learn to knit or advance their skills in a workshop setting.Saturdays, February 1, 8, and 15. 10-11 am. $20.

Basic Mittens

Make your first pair of mittens! You’ll learn how to use double-pointed needles with this pattern by Minnesota designer Theresa Gaffey that is sized from a child’s 2 to an adult XL.Before you know it, you’ll be able to make mittens as gifts to keep all of your friends and family warm!Mondays, February 3, 10, and 17. 6-8 pm. $30.

Boot Toppers

Boot toppers are a cozy way to add a little color to your winter uniform. Three patterns are available for you to choose from, a cabled version, a lacy version, and a striped version. Just be warned – once you start making these, you may not want to stop! If you can knit and purl, you can make these toppers.Tuesdays, February 4, 11, and 18. 6-8 pm. $30.

Cowboy or Cowgirl Cowl

Choose between a lacy Cowgirl or a more textured Cowboy Cowl. This lovely cowl/kerchief combination is knit from the top down and fastens with buttons and crocheted button loops. Techniques used are simple lace repeats and crochet finishing.Tuesdays, February 4, 11, and 18. 5:30- 7:30 pm. $30.

February Lady or Baby Sweater

>With over 12,000 projects on Ravelry, this is a popular pattern! A grownup version of EZ’s February Baby Sweater, the “FLS” is a highly customizable top-down raglan with a swingy lace body and figure-flattering shape. It’s a great first sweater project, but it also has enough interest for those knitters with more experience. In this class, you may choose to knit either the baby version or the adult version.Wednesdays, February 5, 12, and 26. 6-8 pm. $30.

Basic Cabled Hat

Basic Cable Hat_edited Are you comfortable knitting in the round and ready to take the plunge into the exciting world of cables? Cables are fun and addicting once you learn how to do it. In this class, learn the basics on this unisex cabled beanie. We learn how to make cables and read a chart, while discussing how to read any cable chart. With these skills down, you’ll have a hat that will be the envy of your friends and family.Thursday, February 6 and 13. 6-8 pm. $30.

Inspira Cowl Workshop

Using long color repeat yarns and a stranded knitting technique in corrugated rib, colors shift over a staggered rib pattern. This is a good first colorwork project.Friday, February 7. 6-9 pm. $15.

Antler Hat

kjh Learn to work in the round and machine felt while making a truly adorable hat. This sweet and whimsical pattern uses fairly bulky yarn so you should be ready to frolic through the forest with your hoofed friends in no time!Friday, February 7, 14, and 21. $30.

Mobius Cast-On

moebiuscowl Don’t believe the myth that twisting your join creates a Moebius. A twisted cast-on has a full 360 degrees of twist, while a Moebius has half that. Come discover the difference learning Cat Bordis magic moebius cast on. You will receive a pamphlet full of different cowls to choose from.Saturday, February 8. 6-8 pm. $15.


Knit from the bottom up, mukluk slippers can be made in any size from infant (often called booties at this size) to X-large.

Thursdays, February 20 and 27. 6-8 pm. $20.

Do any of these classes tickle your fancy? Click here and sign up!


2014 Ravellenics

January 6, 2014

We are one month away from the Sochi Opening Ceremonies! Are your crafting hands ready for the 2014 Ravellenics?

If you’re new to the Games, this crafting challenge coincides with the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics on February 7 and ends with the Closing Ceremonies on February 23. But what do we do instead of bobsledding and skiing? We keep warm and challenge ourselves to start and finish a project—big or small—during those two weeks.

Want to participate?

  • Pick a pattern that will challenge you! A sweater? A Pi Shawl? A scarf? A cowl? What would stretch your skills during these two weeks? Remember, this is a personal challenge; pick what works for you.
  • Sign up in the shop before Friday, February 7, and get 15% off supplies for your project. (Sign-ups after this date or submitted only online will not be eligible.) All supplies must be purchased at this time.
  • Join Team Yarn Harbor 2014 on Ravelry and tag your projects teamyh2014 to share your glory with your teammates!

Opening Ceremonies: Cast on at 10:00 a.m. Duluth time on February 7 (not before!). Join us at the shop any time during the day or at the Pajama Party from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Get your “second wind” and more encouragement on Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can do it!

Closing Ceremonies will be on Sunday, February 23. Finish up at Yarn Harbor (noon to 5:00 p.m.), post to the Ravelry thread, and celebrate your victory!

More information will follow, so keep an eye out here, Ravelry, and Facebook. If you have any questions, let Katie G. (ladykay on Ravelry) know. Can’t wait to start!


Ravelry in Review: Hat Edition

January 3, 2014

Ravelry offers so many options for projects and sometimes it gets a bit daunting. In the Ravelry in Review section, we’ll find some patterns that are right for you!

This week? It’s hats! These projects are great for learning new techniques or practicing skills and you’re guaranteed to actually finish them. (Cold heads are great motivation–you can surely get these done by Monday!)

Novice: Graham Hat by Jennifer Adams

This textured, reversible hat is much easier than it looks! Using 220 yards of worsted weight yarn, the broken rib adds visual (and knitting) interest to this slightly slouchy hat. It’s a perfect knit for a last-minute gift. Malabrigo Rios or Cascade Eco Duo would be great to use for this.

Intermediate: Molly by Erin Ruth

This slightly slouchy hat’s cables pop as they continue up through the descreases! Using between 200 and 236 yards of worsted weight yarn, the textured background adds a bit of interest instead of the standard stockinette. This is another knit that goes fast but isn’t boring. Cascade 220 or Brown Sheep Nature Spun would be great for this hat!

Advanced: Lina by Johanna of Joko Knits

Need a new take on the traditional cabled hat? Try this one! Twisted stitch cables make this a challenging, but fun knit and keep you on your metaphorical knitting toes. Plus, the cables align perfectly with the ribbing and decrease beautifully while keeping the pattern. This hat takes DK or light worsted weight yarn–Peace Fleece DK or Rowan Felted Tweed anyone?

An added bonus is that all of these patterns are free! Which one will you cast on?

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