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CustomFit KAL in January and February

December 16, 2014

Are you ready to start your first sweater? Or at least ready jump right in? Have you ever made a sweater and then it didn’t fit?

Well, Yarn Harbor has the solution for you! In January and February, we will be doing CustomFit Knit-Along. Creator Amy Herzog is known for her designs that flatter and are easily modified and her book Knits that Flatter, is a great resource (check it out in the shop!.

When Herzog developed CustomFit, a sweater pattern generator that tailors to your measurements, gauge, and yarn size, it was a huge leap forward with the design process. With a gauge swatch and your measurements, CustomFit creates a completely custom sweater, leaving no math for you to do.

If you are an intermediate knitter and comfortable with the basics of knitting, increasing, and decreasing, but  want some extra help, take the workshop! Meeting Wednesdays in January (7, 14, and 21), February (4 and 18), and March (4), take as many workshops as you want.  Sign up 48 hours before each Wednesday class to reserve your space! The more you take, the more you save! Pricing is $60 for all six, $45 for four sessions, and $15 for each single session.

January is the time to start your knitting goals for the year. Is a sweater on your to-do list? If so, KAL with Yarn Harbor!



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?


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!


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?


March Project of the Month: Matrushka Mittens

March 7, 2014

March has brought another wonderful colorwork project: Maatuskat by Niina Laitinen.

Maatuskat by Niina Laitinen

Though the pattern instructions are in Finnish, all you really need is the chart for this free pattern! Plus, the charts–one for the palm and one for the matrushka doll, are easy to follow.

These lovely mittens call for worsted or aran weight yarn and knit up into a dense, warm fabric. The mitten on the left uses Brown Sheep Nature Spun, while the one on the right utilizes Peace Fleece.

Come in and see these great mittens for yourself!


February Colorwork Project of the Month

February 6, 2014

The great thing about colorwork is the variety of available patterns! And since we’re still in the throws of winter (no matter what the magazines think), a hat is a fantastic and practical project to make.

photo Say hello to the “Let’s Do the Cha Cha Cha” hat from Cottage Creations! This pattern is in the Caps for Kids… and Grown-ups too booklet and if you flip through it, all of the patterns are named after dances. If that doesn’t get you moving and grooving on the most boring of days…

We made our version of this hat from two skeins of Brown Sheep Nature Spun (and I think there is enough leftover to do another one). The gray and purple still show off of the zigzag stripe, but the subdued colors tone down the movement of the pattern. The pattern is  well-written, so even if you aren’t an expert colorwork knitter, you can still make it.

What are your favorite colors to use for color work hats?


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.

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