We thought the long summer days would be a great time to practice and hone some of your knitting skills on a small and portable project. But it’s summer, there’s places to go, and lots of exciting things to do and see, so a boring staid project just won’t do! How about a project that lets you choose your own adventure?
A part of the pattern will be revealed here on the blog each week during the month of July, and with each new part you can choose from multiple options. Change it up with different cast ons, brims, and stitch patterns for hundreds of possible combinations. Use 1, 2, 3 or 4 colors! Keep it simple and solid, add cables, or add a splash of color with stripes or our fair isle pattern!
Join us for the Choose Your Own Adventure – Hat KAL here on the WEBS Blog in July! One pattern. Hundreds of possibilities. Cast on July 5th.
Wow, what a run of exciting new patterns. Between our Spring 2016 catalog that came out in March, new patterns for Haydenville and Longmeadow in April and all new designs for Goshen and Southwick in May we’ve introduced 13 brand new patterns to you in the last 3 months! On the off chance that you have missed any of these beauties we thought we’d pull together a little recap.
And don’t worry! We have even more exciting new designs ready to reveal in June! Here’s a sneak-peek at some of the featured yarns and Indie Designs you’ll see, but we’ll also release our Summer Valley Yarns Catalog with over 20 additional new patterns. Get your needles ready, you’ve got a lot of knitting in your future!
And if you love Longmeadow or Stockbridge stock up now! Sadly, both of these yarns have been discontinued and once our current stock is sold through, it’s gone forever.
Our Anniversary Sale is coming to a close tomorrow! We’ve had two full months of incredible deals on yarns for knitters, crocheters and weavers, as well as needle and hook sets. With just over 24 hours before these sale prices end you have one last chance to shop these deals and build your stash for summer and even holiday knitting!
Southwick is another longtime favorite in the Valley Yarns line. And with almost 10 years of pattern support you have over 25 dedicated patterns to choose from! (just click on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page on our website to see them all)
Bamboo and Pima Cotton combine in this slinky, worsted weight yarn for finished projects that have incredible shine and drape. A versatile color palette gives you great options for gradients and colorwork, or solid projects with textured stitches that will really pop. The yarn has a fantastic lustre and the colors are richer with more depth because of it.
I’ve always liked the wide striping ripples of the Paradise Pond Cowl, I’m also a big fan of our Northampton so it was a winning combo all around. I work in an office, in a building that houses our retail store, education department and classrooms, and marketing departments, and there are very few times a year when it’s actually a steady comfortable temperature. I love winter and adore being able to bundle up, but I don’t necessarily want to be wearing wool just to ward of the chill of the AC in the summer. I dug through our pattern archives and decided that this cowl worked in Southwick would be perfect, and I was right! I used 3 balls of #26 Classic Navy for the main body, 1 ball of #22 Teal for the stripes, and 1 ball of #21, Blue Mist for the edging. I didn’t have quite enough of the Blue mist left for the edging and I liked the look of the 3 colors used for the original. I also moved up to a slightly bigger hook. I used an H, the pattern called for a G, but I wanted to make sure the stitches could move around and the resulting fabric wouldn’t be too stiff. It worked beautifully and I’m super happy with the finished cowl. The whole project, 5 balls, cost me only $26.95!
With over 8 years of great pattern support you have a full range of project choices from knit or crochet! Pictured above is a selection of my favorites.
And don’t miss Greta’s review of Southwick from our Youtube Channel You can find reviews of many of our Valley Yarns, great technique tutorials, product reviews and extra special tidbits! What will you knit with Southwick? One of our original patterns or one originally intended for another yarn? Tell us all about it in the comments!
This week I thought I’d share some of my favorite yarns from the Anniversary Sale this year. I knit and crochet but these yarns are versatile enough to be perfect for both and they all make great stash yarns for future, unknown projects!
I love a good one skein project and Frosted Leaves from Louisa harding is just that! A simple, repeating leaf motif with a garter stitch border that shows off the stunning self-striping colors of Amitola Grande, this pattern is one I keep in the last minute gifts folder. Not only is it a free pattern but the yarn is a heavy worsted weight and one skein completes the project. During the sale that means this whole project only costs you $17.49! Amitola Grande is a single ply yarn with a blend of 80% wool and 20% silk, you get warm fluffyness from the wool and strength and shine from the silk, and there are some gorgeous colorways here.
I’ve made several projects with yarns from Mrs. Crosby and Train Case is one of the best. A blend of superwash merino, nylon and Outlast – that futuristic rayon fiber technology that continuously interacts with your body to moderate your temperature and keep you from being too hot or too cold. The future is here! not only that but it’s machine washable. The hand dyed colors of this yarn are just stunning and sometimes you really need to just let them take center stage. And sometimes you need a project that has lots of visual interest when finished but doesn’t take a lot of brain power in the making, I can’t keep track of a complicated project and pay attention at my daughter’s softball game! The Color Affection Shawl is just the right fit, lots of easy-peasy garter stitch and simple stripes to keep you going without too much effort, and the result is a stunning shawl!
The Jo Sharp yarns are just some of the classiest yarns I have in my stash. Silk Road DK Tweed is an incredible blend of 85% wool, 10% silk, and 5%cashmere in earthy, organic tones with pops of tweedy color. The two-ply structure and fiber blend knit up into a fabric with a beautiful hand and great drape but it still has a good amount of body. I love this yarn for garments. I am also a big fan of versatile patterns and the Wide Collar Vest and Cardigan pattern is just that. Take your pick of a cropped cardigan or a longer vest, both with generous lapels. The vest seems like the kind of layering piece that I would wear a lot! Loose and casual with a tshirt and jeans around the house, or more tailored and belted with dress pants and a button down shirt for the office.
Finally, Berroco Ultra Alpaca is one of the first yarns that I stashed and I keep finding ways to use it, it’s just that good. With over 40 incredible colors, in soft heathered solids from striking jewel tones to classic neutrals, there’s color for almost every project you can imaging. The Avocet B sweater, a free PDF, is one that’s been in my queue for a long time and this might just be the right time to cast on. An incredible comfy cardigan in all-over garter stitch, I might just live in this one!
So there you have 4 of my favorite yarns from the May portion of our Anniversary Sale. What are some of your favorites and what plans are you hatching for them?
Everytime I turn around we have a brand new Valley Yarns pattern or a new Yarn and I think it can’t get any better than this. And then it does! This past week Bromley arrived and I can’t stop dreaming about ways to use it.
Let me tell you about this yarn. Two gently spun singles are loosely plied around one another for a yarn that works beautifully at a DK weight when knit a bit on the loose side and as a sport weight if knit a little tightly. This stuff is so soft! The cashmere is, cashmere, with all the inherent soft-as-a-cloud-ness that you would expect. The super kid mohair brings 2 important qualities to the yarn, a fiber that takes the dye differently than the cashmere base for a more deeply heathered look and an underlying shine to the finished yarn. There’s a faint shimmer to this yarn, an almost opaline quality.
Once I swatched this beauty I knew that I wanted to wear it next to my skin, a lot! I wear fingerless mitts at work almost every day to keep my hands warm while I’m at my desk and I remembered the Orchid Mitts pattern for our now discontinued Northampton Sport. This yarn and pattern were made for each other! I’m working with the #09 Natural and the #18 Willow and I am enjoying every stitch. I can’t wait to finish these so I can wear them while I make more pairs! I only need 2 balls of Bromley to complete the pair and at just $13.99 a ball, that means I have a gorgeous pair of mitts for only $27.98!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, everybody deserves a little cashmere in their life! Which Valley Yarns are you working with? Tell us in the comments.
With the warm days of Spring rolling in it’s tempting to think only of tank tops and cute summer shorts but those chilly May nights will remind you right quick that it’s not quite time to be without an extra layer or two.
The new Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns is that perfect layer! A roomy sweater with 3/4 length sleeves, and it’s namesake vertical bands of stockinette and textured stitch patterns, that’s worked from the bottom up and seamed for structure. Being a little longer than usual, hip length, makes this pullover a comfortable and casual, mid-season layering piece.
Knit in Valley Yarns Southwick, a 52% Pima Cotton/48% Bamboo blend, this pullover will last through a lifetime of wear and the surprising shine from the bamboo means that your stitches won’t lose definition over time! With 20 colors, from bright and cheerful to muted neutrals, there’s a color of Southwick for everyone.
Be sure to check out all the new patterns from Valley Yarns here. Tell us which one is your favorite and what kinds of designs you’d like to see in the comments.
Seats are going fast in our Color Theory Class with the amazing Amy Hendrix of Madelinetosh! If you can make it to the class you can join us for a meet and greet, please register so we know how many to expect.
The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 23–26th. Get your passport now and plan your weekend!
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I’m so excited to share our newest yarn with you! Valley Yarns Pocumtuck is a 100% Cashmere yarn in a super versatile DK weight and in 24 bold and modern colors.
I am an admitted fiber snob, most of the time, and I was gobsmacked by the incredible softness and squooshyness of this yarn. It has a cable plied construction which helps to give some strength to the yarn and lends the stitches a crisp definition without making the hand of the yarn too crunchy or stiff. I’m not sure if there’s a staff member here who didn’t take a few skeins home this week and immediately cast on with hooks or needles!
Our Design Manager Kirsten pulled together two lovely colors for a beautifully unisex pattern, the Petra Cowl, and it’s FREE! Just two skeins of Pocumtuck and an incredibly simple stitch pattern, worn in reverse, gives you an accessory with bold architectural lines and a surprisingly lush feel that’s perfect for anyone on your gift list. Everybody deserves a little cashmere in their life! How will you work Pocumtuck into your project plans? Tell us in the comments.
Our Anniversary Sale isn’t just for knitters looking to stock up on stash-building workhorse yarns! Each year we have quite a selection of unique yarns that are perfect for garments and accessories with incredible texture and color, and these yarns are often an excellent addition to the weavers stash.
Tempo from Filatura Di Crosa works up into wide stripes of color, but these stripes are no plain-jane solid colors! The yarn is made from 3 plys, one is a two-ply, multicolored print with nubby tweedy bits, wrapped with two different colored thick-thin plys that gradually change color. While that seems like a lot happening in one yarn it results in a muted blending of colors that give your knits a sophisticated yet rustic quality. And, it’s a cotton blend so it’s perfect for warmer weather! Working with 2 colors of Tempo, and creating wedges with short rows, the Boticelli Top is an interesting but not overly complicated pullover to knit. Interchangeable front and back are seamed at the sides and shoulders for a reversible top that is eye catching and comfortable.
Another great cotton yarn for summer is Schachenmayr Tahiti. This fingering weight yarn has beautiful color shifts in variegated shades and it’s totally machine washable! Just 4 balls of this yarn knit into the gorgeous Sundowner Shawl. The pattern is FREE and you can choose from two sizes. This yarn would also make a beautiful warp yarn for a shawl or scarf with a gradient effect!
With subtle, tonal colors and a shifting series of fibers, the chainette or woven tape-like construction of Classic Elite Yarns Sanibel lends textural interest to even the simplest stockinette pieces. The Lady Londonderry capelet is a lovely layering piece for when it’s not quite warm enough to wear your favorite summer dresses but you just can’t wait! Worked from the bottom up in a classic feather and fan stitch, this little piece features a wide rib neckline and a button closure for a fun retro look.
Also from Classic Elite is Santorini, the same base yarn as Sanibel but in a cheerful array of variegated colors. Put the two together for fun accessories with tons of colorful drama. Nonamesset scarf does just that with modular knit triangles that are joined as you go!
And don’t forget that I mentioned the weavers! These yarns create beautiful texture and color in your weaving. Here you can see we’ve used them as weft yarns paired with a simple warp of Juniper Moon Farms Zooey, a gorgeous linen blend.
So how will the colors and textures of these yarns inspire you? Tell us in the comments!