Archive for the ‘Patterns’ Category

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How to Make a Ruffle Scarf

July 25, 2012

Scarves knit or crocheted out of ruffle yarns have been all the rage this year, and they’re easier to make than you might think. Check out this video, demonstrating with Katia Triana:

The technique is basically the same, even if you’re using Rowan Kidsilk Creation…
Kidsilk Creation

…or Tinseltown…
Tinseltown

…or Tecido Trico.
Tecido Trico

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July Local Design of the Month

July 2, 2012

We’re keeping it LOCAL! Each month in 2012 we’ll feature a pattern for a beautiful accessory (think hat, scarf, mittens, bag, etc.) designed by one of our talented folk from the Northland!

Join us and receive a 15% discount off of your materials for the month when you bring in your finished project from the previous month.

head kerchiefs
This month, we’re featuring Katie Viren’s Head Kerchiefs, a pattern that has three different stitch patterns for head kerchiefs to keep your hair back in this warm summer weather. There is a lace one, one using “walking stitches” and one with a simple celtic knot cabled into a purled background. They all start at the point and feature knit in ties. The edges have very little roll. Katie uses a couple of different increases throughout both for effect and variety.

They can easily be made for just about any head size. Just stop 1 1/2 to 2 inches short of the head circumference before making the ties. Katie suggests a firm yarn with no stretch so that the scarf does not “grow” on you, like a cotton or linen, though some of the testers used softer yarns that seemed to work fine.

We decided to play with yarn selection for our samples, using a different yarn for each. The green one in the lower left is Elsebeth Lavold Twice Tweed, the fuscia one in the lower right is Frog Tree Ewetopia, and the top one is Louisa Harding Delphine.

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Knitting on the Beach

June 12, 2012

johnny
Knitting at the Beach last year was fantastic! With anywhere from one to fifteen people showing up, it was always a pleasure and great company. This year I’m personally going to focus on a beach knitting project. I will be knitting Johnny (the pirate) at the beach. A few years ago I knit a pirate doll for the Tall Ships celebration. The doll was raffled away when the celebration ended. The proud new owner does let him visit, but I think it’s time to knit one for the shop.

People have asked for a class on these dolls from the book Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards & Fairies by Annette Hefford. Well, this is your chance. This is not a formal class, but since this is the project I will be working on at the beach, it would be a good opportunity for anyone who wants to try knitting one of these dolls to get some focused help, free of charge. Knitting at the Beach will start Tuesday, June 12, at Brighton Beach, and continue every Tuesday through August 28th. I get down there around 6 pm and stay until sunset. Park at the end in the gravel lot. Take the path in the woods and walk about a block toward the beach. You will find us enjoying the breeze on the rock deck.

~Kathy

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June Local Design of the Month

June 1, 2012

We’re keeping it LOCAL! Each month in 2012 we’ll feature a pattern for a beautiful accessory (think hat, scarf, mittens, bag, etc.) designed by one of our talented folk from the Northland!

Join us and receive a 15% discount off of your materials for the month when you bring in your finished project from the previous month.

Cherry Blossom Season

This month, we’re featuring the Cherry Blossom Season fingerless mitts by Susan Lund. These simple, comfortable mitts are a lovely solution for those times when the weather outside is sweltering, but the AC indoors is set to “deep freeze.” They are perfect for rainy spring days, cool summer nights, or any other time you need just a little extra warmth. You can knit them up in a single weekend using just one skein of your favorite yarn.

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Jo’Elle’s Trade Winds Shrug

May 30, 2012

Trade Winds

Congratulations to our very own Jo’Elle Galo, whose Trade Winds Shrug design was published in the Summer issue of Crochet! magazine. We are so proud of her!

Want to work on your very own shrug with the guidance of the (now famous!) designer? Jo’Elle is offering a class beginning on Monday, June 18. See our class listings for full details.

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May Local Design of the Month

May 11, 2012

We’re keeping it LOCAL! Each month in 2012 we’ll feature a pattern for a beautiful accessory (think hat, scarf, mittens, bag, etc.) designed by one of our talented folk from the Northland!

Join us and receive a 15% discount off of your materials for the month when you bring in your finished project from the previous month.

May LDotMThis month, we’re featuring the Sirius Ski Hat by Boreal Knits. This warm ski hat was designed in the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais. The dog is a Faroe Islands motif and the snowflake is Norwegian. The pattern calls for a sport weight yarn, but we used Cascade 220 at a tight gauge for our sample.

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Closed on Easter Sunday

April 4, 2012

Yarn Harbor will be closed on Sunday, April 8th. Happy Easter to all those who celebrate!

Looking for something quick to put in the Easter basket? Try these Felted Woolly Bunnies from Mary Mayhew. Cheryl was able to get five bunnies out of a single skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted and had a great time making them!

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