Archive for the ‘Valley Yarns’ Category

The Oblique Hat

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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We’ve had a few, brief previews of Summer weather here in New England, and it’s got us all thinking about smaller portable knitting projects, because let’s face it, there’s no way we’re going to stop knitting just because the thermometer is topping out in the 90’s!

The Oblique Hat from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Evie Scott has designed the fantastic Oblique Hat for Valley Yarns in our super versatile Huntington yarn. Not only is this a stylish, and truly unisex hat, but it’s available in 4 sizes, with instructions for knitting the beanie style shown, or adding some depth for a slouchy version. The super stretchy band of ribbing seamlessly flows into an architecturally inspired spiral. A simple two-stitch cable twists upwards in columns to the crown, a great time to practice cables without a cable needle!

The Oblique Hat from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With a veritable rainbow of over 2 dozen solid colors to choose from Valley Yarns Huntington is a perfect choice for hats for the whole family. Extremely soft and machine washable this yarn has beautiful stitch definition and longevity. Who will you knit an Oblique Hat for, and in what color?

Be sure to check out all the new patterns from Valley Yarns here, (psst, the patterns for our new catalog are up already!). Tell us which one is your favorite and what kinds of designs you’d like to see  in the comments.

Valley Yarns: Spring Pattern Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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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.

New Designs for Spring 2016 from Valley Yarns - details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our Spring Catalog featured the Tulip Pullover in Stockbridge, the Sieberi Shawl in Longmeadow, the Leaves and Lines Afghan and the Grayson Baby Set in Haydenville, The Tink Cardigan in Sunderland, the Marguerite Scarf in Leyden and the Anemone Mitts in Goshen. A bright cheerful collection of knits for Spring from our own Valley Yarns Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky!

New Designs for Spring 2016 from Valley Yarns - details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Then we partnered with some wonderful Indie Designers for a spate of all new pattern in April and May. Three gorgeous tops in Longmeadow, Ascending Leaves, the Easy Day Tee, and the Rose Sorbet Tank, the New Hope Pullover and All Dressed Up Stole in Goshen, the Vertical Pullover in Southwick and the Honza Baby Blanket in Haydenville. We asked these designers to let the yarn inspire them and boy did it!

Fresh New Designs from Valley Yarns in June - details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

Valley Yarns Southwick

Friday, May 27th, 2016
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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)

Get to know Valley Yarns Southwick! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

Get to know Valley Yarns Southwick! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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!

Get to know Valley Yarns Southwick! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

top l-r: Pincushion Moss Shawl, Blue Mist Cardigan, Nakota Cardigan, Fiddle Head Set

bottom l-r: In the Loop, Beveled Silver Wrap, O’Quinn Cowl, Vertical Pullover

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!

Introducing Valley Yarns Bromley

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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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.

Valley Yarns Bromley on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

Valley Yarns Bromley on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

Vertical Pullover

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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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 Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

The Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

Introducing Valley Yarns Pocumtuck

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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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.

Valley Yarns Pocumtuck on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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!

Valley Yarns Pocumtuck on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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.

All Dressed Up Wrap

Monday, May 16th, 2016
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Not only is our Valley Yarns Goshen part of our May Anniversary Sale but we’ve also got exciting new designs in this yarn for you, and the All Dressed Up Stole is the newest!

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Drape this stole loosely over your shoulders and secure with a bright shawl pin over a floral summer dress, or let it hang long and loose with a stylish belt for a more tailored look. This piece is a truly versatile addition to your wardrobe that works as a perfect extra layer in Spring and Fall.

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, the All Dressed Up Stole takes advantage of the silky drape of the yarn for a garment with beautiful fluid movement. With 25 colors to choose from you could go with an understated neutral like the sample, which was knit in #26 Steel, or add a bright splash of color to your summer wardrobe with #12 Lake or #10 Green Apple. Which color is calling your name?

Valley Yarns Goshen

Friday, May 13th, 2016
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Whether you’ve been a loyal fan of Goshen since it debuted back in 2007, or you’re just discovering it this Spring, there couldn’t be a better time to get this yarn on your needles or hook!

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Goshen is a worsted weight blend of 48% Peruvian Cotton, 46% Modal, and 6% Silk that is milled and dyed for Valley Yarns in Peru. These long smooth fibers are blended together to enhance each other’s durability, strength and shine resulting in a yarn that has incredible stitch definition and longevity. This yarn is super resistant to pilling! The shine from the silk and modal, which is a rayon fiber made from recycled tree-based cellulose, really makes your stitches pop. Whether you’re making cables or an allover textured pattern with your stitches this yarn will showcase them beautifully.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This unique mix of fibers also lends an incredible smoothness to the yarn that not only feels silky to the touch, but actually feels cool against your skin, making it perfect for warm weather projects. My older daughter is a big fan of wearing beanies all year long and she loves my hand knits hats, but she’s not a fan of wool hats in the summer.  So I dug through our collection of Valley Yarns patterns and landed on the Embers hat. Originally knit in Amherst, this hat has a fantastically easy to remember 2 row repeat. You could easily knit this hat in one color for a beanie with great texture, but the magic really happens when you introduce a second color! While this may look like a complicated stitch pattern, or one that involves slipped stitches, you are only knitting with one color in each round and there are NO slipped stitches, just knits and purls! I chose the Green Apple and Seafoam colorways of Goshen for a subtle tonal quality. I used the same size needle called for in the pattern and knit to gauge. in the end I used less than a full skein of each color and used what yarn remained to make the pom pom.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

l-r top: Hen Plaid Wrap, Winter Lake Henley, Goshen Crocheted Jacket, Park Pullover l-r bottom: Twilight Short Sleeve Sweater, New Hope Pullover, Anemone Mitts, Purlless Pullover

We’ve showcased Goshen in some of our most popular Valley Yarns patterns over the years. If you’re looking for everyday knit tops, accessories with a pop of color or cozy wraps, you’ve found the ideal yarn. What will you knit with Goshen? One of our original Goshen patterns or one intended for another yarn? Tell us all about it in the comments! Pick up a few skeins of Goshen today and give it a try. It’s part of our Anniversary Sale through May 31st, meaning you get each skein for only $2.79. That’s right, you could knit the Embers Hat for less than $6.00, or splurge a little and grab a bag, 10 whole skeins, for only $27.90!

New Hope Pullover

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
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One of our newest patterns from Valley Yarns is the New Hope Pullover designed by Nadya Stallings. Knit in Goshen, our worsted weight, cotton/modal/silk blend, this a-line top is cozy enough for cool Spring evenings but cool enough for breezy, Summer beach days. Broad rolling waves fill the cable panels of this warm weather sweater, and the set in sleeve construction helps to give it structure and stability without hampering the flow and drape of the fabric.

The New Hope Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Pair this with jeans and chunky boots for a weekend hike or toss it on over your favorite shorts and tank when a cool breeze kicks up. Shown here in crisp summer white it would be equally stylish in classic Navy, a neutral like Fawn or Linen, or add a pop of color to your wardrobe with Green Apple or Persimmon.

We asked Nadya to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

When did you learn to knit? 

I learned to knit, when I was 10. And it was not my mother who taught me, although she was doing all kind all crafts, but I was stubborn enough to not let her. Instead, I watched a TV show (in Russian) , called “Magic Yarn Ball”. That is how I learned to cast on the stitches, and I just kept doing it until I could without even looking at my needles.

What prompted you to start designing?

Since I grew up with  just a few magazines that could give me some ideas of knitting, and not much else, I just was making them up for my own needs and desires. I had no feeling that it would be called “designing”! I moved to USA and looked through all those knitting magazines, I thought: “I know I could do this kind of work!’, but I just did not know how to approach the editors. In 2009, I was laid off, and very soon after that I received a catalog with announcement that they accept independent designers’ submissions. So, I went on-line, made my first submission and dared to send it out. Surprisingly, it was accepted!

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?

Inspiration comes from everywhere: watching TV, fashion shows, other designers’’ work, very often from some words, or music, and nature. Sometimes (more often) I come up with just a detail, an element, and try to figure out what silhouette would work with it. Very often, I develop a few variations of the design because I think the general idea would be good for them all. I tend to design garments with a bit more challenge,  it makes the design work more interesting. Besides, I wear my garments, my daughter and granddaughter do too!

Tell us about your design aesthetic.

I admire people who dress themselves thoughtfully. I keep this in mind while designing, too. I do love vintage, but not being old-fashioned. I love to discover new color combinations that bring joy to my eyes. My recent favorite is the combination of different shades of brown with different shades of blues. And I love to design dresses and skirts! Or, at least the tops that are styled with skirts.

What did you love about the Valley Yarn you worked with?

I love to touch it, it feels so natural. I love to look at them, because the colors make me happy. I love how smoothly stitches slide from one needle to the next, and  I love its drape.

The New Hope Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

Valley Yarns Goshen is an ideal yarn for warm-weather knits! With it’s unique blend of fibers you get the sturdy durability of cotton, the memory and softness of modal , and the incredible shine and drape of silk. This versatile yarn feels cool against the skin but is squishy and cozy when knit into bouncy fun cables! What color of Goshen will you choose when you knit the New Hope Pullover?

The Rose Sorbet Tank

Monday, April 25th, 2016
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With summer just around the corner now is the perfect time to get to work on a beautiful and fun new piece for your wardrobe. The Rose Sorbet Tank by Krystalle Diaz is knit in our scrumptious Valley Yarns Longmeadow, a blend of cotton and microfiber that is ideal for warm-weather knits. This lovely and delicate tank starts as a top down shawl, so you get the beautiful centered lace panel, and is then joined in the round to complete the body of the piece. Top it off with a couple quick straps and you’ve got a super cute summer top!

The Rose Sorbet Tank from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and designer and where you can get a copy of the pattern  on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

We asked Krystalle to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

When did you learn to knit?

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I learned to knit when I was 12, from a book I begged my mom to buy me from the fabric store.  I had always admired knitting and wanted to learn, but something about that day- maybe the book cover featuring happy kids making these fantastic sweaters- made me actually want to sit down and learn!  I convinced her to get me a crochet hook, a pair of knitting needles, the book, and a cheap ball of acrylic, and began a six month journey of frustration and constant giving up.  Those six months include the time it took to read the book, get the guts to start, tear out my swatches, and repeat the cycle for about a month, a long break in between of stuffing everything into the corner of my bedroom, and getting it out again to suddenly find that everything “clicked”!  I could cast on 20 stitches and knit the same number without accidentally decreasing or increasing for a full square, I could purl and knit, and I could increase and decrease!  After that it was just a natural progression of trying new things to knit.

What prompted you to start designing?

I can’t ever follow directions.  I don’t think I ever followed a pattern.  My first garment was only loosely based off a shrug in a pattern book I have- I used the pattern to determine my cast on number, then promptly proceeded to ignore almost everything else.  I still wear that dress every year, and except for some awkward bunching at the sleeves, which I did block out eventually, it is a beautiful and serviceable garment. I’m not sure how I got onto crazy things like lace and such- probably my love of shawl knitting.

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?

I’m always doodling designs in several sketchbooks.  When I do decide to actually make on a reality, it typically starts with the yarn, then a gathering of a inspirational images, which can be anything from fashion photographs to nature photography, depending on the design.  I will usually doodle several ideas on the sides of a page, then sketch the final concept and put notes on it. Then I swatch, keeping detailed notes on my computer, and eventually I will turn that swatch into a finished piece.

Tell us about your design aesthetic.

I never thought about it until now, but it’s quite feminine and classy.  I love 80s, Victorian, and roaring 20s fashions especially, and emblems and inspirations from these constantly creep into my designs, whether in the stitch pattern or the silhouette.  I think there may also be something of a seaside cottage look to the designs I’ve actually published and made available, too- something very nature-y but decidedly boutique-like.

What did you love about the Valley Yarn you worked with?

I have deliberately avoided working with plant fibers the entirety of my knitting and crochet repertoire, unless they are blended with silk or wool.  So working with Longmeadow was a learning experience, since it is a microfiber and cotton blend.  And much to my joy, I did not hate it!  I was surprised by how soft it was, and that it did not hurt my hands as I knit with it.  It had good stitch definition, which for me is always a plus, given my lace and cable obsession.  The only real hurdle I had to conquer was blocking- I had to steam block my design to get it to even out and lay flat, but I did enjoy seeing the transformation take hold.

The Rose Sorbet Tank from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and designer and where you can get a copy of the pattern  on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

In bright beachy colors, like purple haze and willow, Valley Yarns Longmeadow is a wonderful yarn for light layers. Knit the Rose Sorbet Tank and wear it with a strappy sundress, or a cami and shorts and stay cool and stylish all summer long! Which color will you choose?