Posts Categorized: Knitting

Magical Mystery Yarn Tour 2017!

We are SUPER excited to announce another round of our mystery yarn club at Pintuck & Purl! It went so well the first time around, and we are hoping that this year will be even bigger and better! The idea behind this club is to give you a chance to knit from six luxury skeins of yarn by way of five gorgeous hand-selected patterns, all knit from September to April (we’ve given you December completely off, because we know that month gets busy!) and all at a huge discount! Along the way there will be gifts and prizes, plus monthly knit nights specifically for club members so we can share our thoughts and tips on the projects we’re all knitting together.

Here’s how it works:

  • We suspect everyone needs a little mystery and intrigue in their lives (and who doesn’t love presents?) so every month starting on September 1st, club members will come to the shop to find a wrapped gift waiting for them. Contained within will be a gorgeous skein of yarn (you can always exchange for a different color within the same line!), a printed pattern, and maybe a little treat just ’cause we love you so much. 🙂
  • We’ve worked hard to find patterns that are both beautiful and will work well with the chosen yarn. We also chose patterns that looked fun to knit, were diverse, and could make a great gift on the off chance that they aren’t to your particular taste. We love them, and we think you will too.
  • We will host a special Friday Knit Night or a Sunday Knit Brunch at (or near) the beginning of each month in the spirit of support and community. 🙂
  • When you come in on the 1st of the next month for your next present, bring your most recent project. Everyone who has completed their project from the previous month will receive a prize!
  • At the end of the 7 month subscription (on or around April 1st), all club members will be entered into a raffle to win a larger prize. There will also be a second raffle for club members who complete all 5 projects by the end of the subscription time frame (if it took you longer than a month for some of them, that’s ok–as long as they are completed by the end of the club, you can be entered into the 2nd raffle).
  • Don’t live close? That’s okay! We can ship your monthly present to you. Just tag us on social media or email us a picture of you with your finished project on or before the day of the next shipment to receive the monthly prize. (Shipping is not included in the club fee.)
  • These projects were chosen to be fun knits for intermediate/advanced knitters and great introductions to different, commonly used skills for advanced beginners–plus there will be lots of support available! If you fall into the advanced beginner category, you will come away from this experience with lots more confidence and greater skill! We will always be here and eager to help if you need anything. The patterns include several different techniques, and will be great to stretch your skills if you’re encountering something for the first time. You can do it!
  • Needles sizes you’ll need: (US) 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 10 1/2

We are also offering an exclusive discount to members on needles and supplies needed for each project. Come join the fun!

For those who are returning from last year, look for your special treat on the first pick-up date!

Sign up at the shop today! Online sign-ups are here!

Swans Island Twisted Cowl

This time of year is tricky. One day it’s warm, the next freezing. It really makes it difficult to dress in the morning, not knowing what will happen within the course of the day, weather-wise. My solution: the knitted cowl. It’s something that can add a nice layer of warmth, and since this one is made from Swans Island Natural Fingering, which is 100% merino wool, it is warm when it needs to be warm, but not too hot. This pattern also works well with this type of spring-or-winter layering technique. It has a nice loose lace-like quality, so it doesn’t feel overly heavy.

Have you knit with Swans Island before? If not, you should give it a try–their yarn is heavenly. And it is made right next door in beautiful Maine. I traveled up there before the shop opened and was completely smitten with their yarn and the people that ran the company. Should you ever be up in the Camden area, please do yourself a favor and swing by their dye house. You will see how they get their array of stunning colors and get a weaving demonstration of their amazing blankets. I feel like I’m overusing adjectives in this paragraph, but once you see and feel this stuff in person, you will completely understand!

The pattern for this cowl was created by one of my instructors. It’s a riff on a traditional lace pattern and really makes this yarn shine. The nice part about the pattern is that you can adjust the dimensions to be whatever you prefer! The pattern as written will use up most of the yardage of one skein of the Swans Island, but if you wanted to use up leftover yarn, this would be a great pattern for that. I love patterns that you can customize yourself. I think the difficulty level is not too high and as long as you can do the required stitches, you should be good to go! We are offering this pattern free with the purchase of one skein of the Swans Island Fingering, which comes in a great array of colors.

Do you have a particular way to dress with this weird spring-maybe-still-winter weather? Are you a layer-er like me? Or is there another way? Do tell!

 

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

From Norway With Love Hat

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

As I post this, the weather is slowly starting to warm up. I don’t know if we are actually seeing the end of winter around here. If I remember correctly, this is the time of year that we all start thinking it is going to get warm because of one or two warm-ish days, but this is just silly. We live in New England—it will snow again. And when it does, my head will be toasty warm with this new shop sample that Jenny knitted up!

We really wanted to have something on the shop floor that was fun, bright and cheery and this fit the bill! The pattern is called From Norway with Love, and it’s by Anna & Heidi Pickles.  If you haven’t seen their line of patterns, they are super cute. But out of all the hats, how could we pass up this adorable multi-color, heart-laden beauty?!?!?!

 

The hat was knit using Cascade 220’s fingering weight yarn. This yarn is 100% wool which is easy to knit, and there are a wide range of colors. The most difficult part of the pattern process was trying to decide on colors for the actual hat! We went with a bright and colorful palette on a neutral background. We also chose to hold the yarn double since the pattern called for a dk weight and this put Jenny right on gauge. The price point on these skeins is very reasonable at five dollars per skein.

Our version of this hat is extremely warm, perfect for those days of shoveling mountains of snow. With the yarn held double, plus the floats inside from the colorwork, this hat will keep your head toasty warm.

At first touch, it seems like this yarn would be itchy to wear, but I haven’t had a problem with it while I have been wearing it. Those that are more sensitive might want to do a sensitivity test (I usually rub it on the inside of my wrist) to see if it will work for them. If you feel it might be too much, you could also knit this in Swans Island Ecowash merino wool, which would be super soft. Even though you could knit this out of anything, I love the natural breathable qualities of wool. Wool for the win!

This is the perfect project for those last days of winter or for those who like to plan ahead.  Have you made this pattern or tried Cascade 220?  Tell us all about it!

 

Acadia Easy Folded Poncho

Have you ever felt The Fibre Co.’s Acadia yarn? It is a luscious mix of merino, baby alpaca, and silk, and it is heavenly. I do feel like I say that about all of our yarns, but I guess I wouldn’t stock them if I couldn’t be obsessed with them. Right? If I am just meh about a yarn, it usually doesn’t make the cut to be in the shop. If you have been in the shop, you know we don’t have a huge space so we need to be VERY picky about what we bring in.

We brought in this yarn a little less than a year ago (March was when it arrived) and we didn’t knit up any shop samples until after we got back from the TNNA (June!). We had sold a few skeins, but we knew that once people saw it knitted up they would fall head over heels in love with it like we did. Then came the herculean task of finding a pattern. Someone suggested the Easy Folded Poncho pattern from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and it was like a match made in heaven.

I convinced Jenny, our sample knitter (not yet full employee at the time!), to put down her own projects and whip this up before fall. And whip it up she did! We chose the Driftwood color, since my secret plan was for this to eventually end up in my closet and that is the color I wanted! Ha! Jenny knitted the cowl version, which required about seven skeins. If you wanted to do this without the cowl, you probably only need six skeins. If you are thinking of knitting the poncho sans-cowl, I just want to tell you that the cowl is my favorite part.  It is warm and soft against the neck and I think it makes the poncho look a little more finished. If you don’t take my advice, however, I have no doubt your poncho will still be just as lovely.

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography

The best part about knitting this pattern in this yarn is that the drape of the yarn is amazing. The pattern comes in one size and everyone who has tried on the shop sample (all shapes and sizes) has looked amazing in it.  This yarn is magical, I tell you. The finished poncho is light yet warm enough for spring and fall or even those chilly nights in the summer. If you layered up underneath (remember we are in snowy,cold NH), I don’t see why you couldn’t wear this all year long.

The pattern is pretty easy to knit. It is all stockinette, so it’s perfect for watching a movie and keeping your hands busy, and construction isn’t difficult either. The downside of this pattern is that it is a very long pattern. If you are a true beginner I would be mindful of not burning yourself out on such an endeavor, unless you realize what you are getting into and take your time. The money and time will be worth it when it is done, but just be aware and maybe don’t make this your first or second project. 😉

Have you knit with Acadia before? Are you as obsessed as we are? Or are you one of the knitters of the nearly 3,000 finished versions of this pattern? If so, tell us!

Foxfield Hat in Cumbria Worsted

Foxfield Hat in Cumbria Yarn by Pintuck and Purl

Winter is here! We are gearing up for a storm in the Northeast tomorrow, so I thought this would be a perfect time to share a quick, easy pattern from The Fibre Company. This is their Foxfield Hat knitted with their Cumbria Worsted yarn in the Castlerigg colorway, which is a beautiful grayish purple. This yarn is 60% Merino, 30% Masham wool,  and 10% Mohair in a generous 238 yard skein. The yarn was “inspired by England’s stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys” and the color range speaks perfectly to that interpretation. The colors are subtle and muted, but in a very earthy and slightly rustic way.

Foxfield Hat by Pintuck and Purl

The yarn is a pleasure to knit with. I currently have two projects on my needles, one with Cumbria (a Christmas present that I am frantically trying to finish) and a Lopi (the rough Icelandic wool) sweater. Whenever I go back to the Cumbria, it is like wrapping up in a warm and soothing blanket. Blocking this yarn makes the fabric even softer than what you would imagine from the yarn’s fiber recipe and rustic look.

Foxfield Hat by Pintuck and Purl

The pattern comes with two different stitch options for two different hats. We chose the smaller stitch pattern, for a softer (and quicker) finished project. I am dying to make the bobble version (now that I have conquered the bobble in one of my current projects–I will share after the gift-giving takes place). I think this hat would also be great with a pom pom added to the top. There was plenty of leftover yarn to be able to do that, but instead we decided to knit up a matching pair of mitts (to be blogged about soon!). So cozy!!

Foxfield Hat by Pintuck and Purl

I think this is my new favorite winter yarn. After I am finished with my current WIP, I am hoping to put a sweater in Cumbria in my queue. If you are searching for a rustic looking, yet softer feeling worsted weight yarn, you should give this a try. Make a hat (or two!) to try it out and then I am sure that you will fall in love as well!

Cumbia Worsted by The Fibre Co. Castlerigg

All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography