Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Baby Cardigan

Baby items are a frequent request here in the shop - many knitters want to make blankets, sweaters, booties or hats for new little loved ones.

Beth came by the other day with a pattern she wanted to knit for a friend as a shower gift. The pattern was In Threes: A Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich. If you are not familiar with it check it out as it is a great pattern. You can buy it in the shop through Ravelry In Store Sales.

It is a short sleeve cardigan and goes from size 0-6 months to age 5 which is a generous size range for a pattern like this.

Beth chose a Spud & Chloe Sweater in Turtle 7514 for hers and after she left I chose Spud & Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream 7500 to knit for my cousins baby Charlotte. I am doing the 12 months size so that she will get to wear it for more than a minute. So far it has been a very fast knit and I am excited about adding some fun buttons. My progress is pictured below:

I think this will become a staple pattern in my repertoire as it really is such a great design. You can knit it a size larger so they can wear it like a tunic style vest and grow into it. Spud & Chloe Sweater is a great yarn choice as it is machine washable (and if you forget it in the dryer it should be ok). A great combination that makes a great sweater!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Favorite Patterns

We all have our favorite patterns that we love to make as gifts or for ourselves (we tend to give knits away that we love to wear). I have compiled a list below of a few of my favorite patterns.  These are great projects to make for someone special.

The Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland

This pattern was the #1 pattern on Ravelry last year and it was designed by our friend, Antonia! I have 2 on display at the shop and have knit at least 5 of these as gifts and have one for myself. This is a great beginner to intermediate pattern that really can be done with almost any yarn.

This is a free Ravelry download.

The Baby Beanie & Mittens by Blue Sky Alpacas

This baby hat pattern is so cute! The sizing is perfect for a newborn baby and the design is reversible which takes out guesswork. It looks great on wee ones and works up so quickly on a size 7 needle.

The accompanying mitten pattern is also very cute and perfectly sized - great for a baby born in a cold climate.

This pattern is available in the shop as well as on Ravelry here.

#106 Outer Baby Blanket by Leslie Scanlon
This baby blanket pattern is definitely a shop favorite. It is knit in Spud & Chloe Outer (machine wash & dry) yarn on a size US 15 needle so it can be finished pretty quickly. I have made and gifted 2 of these and we have another in the shop on display. I highly recommend this blanket as it makes a beautiful gift.

This pattern is available in the shop as well as on Ravelry here.

Cast Away Cowl by Patricia Scribner

I designed this cowl to use one skein of Cast Away from the gorgeous Knit Collage. I love this yarn and wanted a cozy cowl that is easy to put on during the cold winter months. The yarn has a soft and beautiful melange of colors in a hand spun thick & thin hand spun texture.

Ravel it here!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Patricia's Yarns Annual Sheep Sale!

Stop in Patricia's Yarns between now and Christmas and help families in developing countries. For $1, you can purchase a paper sheep, write your name on it, and we will hang it up! All proceeds will benefit Heifer International, a non-profit that helps impoverished families by purchasing livestock and agricultural goods. For every $120 we raise, we will be able to purchase a sheep for a needy family. The gift of a sheep is a wonderful way to share the warmth of the holiday season! Knit, Crochet, Create... Love!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Merry Mondays Are Back!

Why shop Cyber Monday when you can shop "Merry Mondays" at Patricia's?  Patricia's Yarns is open every Monday in December, noon to 6 - starting Monday December 1st. Special discounts, deals, treats, and raffles too! Knit, Crochet, Create... And shop local!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Twelve (Weekend) Days of Christmas!

The Twelve (Weekend) Days of Christmas starts Saturday, November 15th!
Once again, join us for the Twelve (weekend) Days of Christmas! From now until the day Saint Nick dons his red scarf, Patricia's Yarns will be celebrating! Every Saturday and Sunday will be like receiving a new gift in your hand-knit stocking. One Saturday might bring a sale of your favorite yarn and the next might be that perfect project you've been hoping to make. Some days we might offer sweet treats from our fav Hoboken shops and others offer a glass of bubbly. So join us for some holiday cheer!
To sign up for our Twelve (weekend) Days of Christmas, simply "like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter. We will make announcements each weekend day. We can't promise you a Partridge in a pear tree, but we can promise you purls.

Happy Holidays!


Friday, November 07, 2014

A new pattern: the James Cowl (for AHC awareness)

A new pattern: the James Cowl (for AHC awareness)

I am honored to share the above post by my friend Margaux. She was a fixture in the shop for many years and although she now resides in New England she is still here in spirit and visits as much as she can.

This beautiful cowl pattern is for her son James to raise money and awareness for AHC. I think we should do our part too so Patricia's Yarns is hosting a Knit-A-Long (KAL) to show our support. As she says, it is a 2-3 day project so perfect timing for quick holiday gifts!

How to get involved.

1. Buy the pattern from Margaux

2. Come to the shop with the pattern and choose your yarn and get 25% off as my way to say thank you for supporting Margaux!

3. Cast on and knit either with us at the shop or at home - wherever you choose.

4. Come in sporting your newly finished cowl between now and 11/30 and have your photo taken so we can make a photo collage of support for Margaux & James (& Jim & Baby).

Easy peasy! I am making mine out of Toboggan... what will you choose?

(Margaux & her sweet baby James)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rhinebeck 2014


Every year Patricia's Yarns takes a bus trip to Rhinebeck for the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival. And this year didn't disappoint! The weather was perfect for wearing hand-knits and the fairgrounds were beautiful and packed with artisan vendors. 

Our bus ride along the New York Thruway.

A Margaux (a.k.a. Tentenknits) Selfie!

We caught up with Jackie from Soak

And the animals are soooo cute!

Balling yarn on the bus...

It was a beautiful day to get out of the city. We look forward to you joining us next year!  Knit, Crochet, Create... In Rhinebeck!