Interweave Crochet & Celtic Cable Crochet.

The past week or so brought two new publications for crocheters: the Fall 2016 issue of Interweave Crochet and a new book, Celtic Cable Crochet.


This issue of Interweave Crochet is full of cardigans, cold-weather accessories, and even a smart houndstooth bag.


Both publications feature cables, a technique I’m far more used to seeing in knitted garments than crochet.


Crochet is a craft that can do far more than it is sometimes given credit for, however, and new magazines and books continue to open our eyes to the possibilities.

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Come by the shop to see what’s new, and to plan your next project, whether knit or crochet. See you there!

Show and tell: Isager.

Time for more show and tell! Many of the knitters and crocheters who start their projects here at the shop bring them back when they’re done to show us their work, one of the most interesting and gratifying parts of our job as yarn-shopkeepers. When I’m able, I like to photograph those projects to share here on the blog, and I’ve amassed quite a collection of photos over the past month or so. Last week, I shared finished sweaters, but I confess, I was saving one for today’s post, because it overlaps with today’s theme: Isager.


Here’s Shelley’s incredible “Spring,” knit in Isager Spinni, a lace weight wool. Knit modularly, with each square building on the last, “Spring” features lace and intarsia, making this lightweight pullover a real labor of love. I admired Shelley’s color choice back when she first made her selection, but it’s even more impressive in the finished piece, those playful, colorful squares popping out against the larger neutral blocks.


Shelley was kind enough to lend us her sweater for a little while, so if you hurry in, you might catch it hanging on the wall.


Here’s another amazing piece knit in Isager Spinni: Annmarie’s “Rock Island.” She made this during a recent lace class here at the shop, and we were all blown away by how carefully she knit and blocked it. Well done, Annmarie!



Speaking of classes, this shawl is the subject of an upcoming crochet class. Katherine crocheted her “Transposition” with Isager Alpaca 2, a soft and fuzzy blend of merino and alpaca.


Join her class to learn the basics of triangular shawl construction, crochet pattern- and chart-reading, shell stitches, and blocking. Head to our Classes page to read all about it and sign up!


Sandra came in the other day to pick up some yarn she ordered at our recent Isager Yarn Tasting, and tucked in her bag was her “Stole,” knit in Isager Alpaca 2. She made an abbreviated version, in just 5 colors, but it’s the perfect size for carrying about in case of chilly air-conditioning.


Thanks to these knitters and crocheters for sharing their work with us, and for starting their projects here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! We look forward to seeing your newest creations, and watching your ideas come to life on your needles.

Handwoven and Vintage Crochet.

Two new magazines arrived at the shop this week: Handwoven and Vintage Crochet.


Handwoven’s theme this issue is celebration, featuring handwoven gifts and home decor for special occasions, made on a variety of looms.


There are also interesting articles to read, one on Colonial coverlets, and another on rituals from around the world involving textiles.


Vintage Crochet is a special issue from Interweave that focuses on the rich history of crochet, featuring articles and tutorials on traditional techniques, along with contemporary patterns informed by those techniques.

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Look for Handwoven and Vintage Crochet here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, among the latest publications for all manner of fiber arts!

New crochet books.

We’ve been acquiring a great many new and exciting crochet books of late, so many that they overwhelmed the teacart, where we usually show the latest publications. Wanting these new books to shine, I carved out a new display space just for the latest crochet books and magazines, so if crochet is your craft, come by and take a look!


Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin are the designers behind The Crochet Project, whose aim is to create beautiful modern crochet patterns using the loveliest natural fiber yarns.


CoopKnits Socks Yeah! is one of those yarns, and Scrace and Goldin’s Crochet Yeah! book revolves around it.

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We have three of their four books in stock at the moment; the fourth sold out before I could even blog about it!


We carry very few yarns from Classic Elite, but their new crochet booklet was too good to pass up. We’re happy to help you find substitutes for the yarns called for if they’re not among our collection.



Come by the shop for crochet inspiration!

New books for crocheters.

As I wrote a few days ago, the teacart is the showcase for the latest books and magazines here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Two new books for crocheters recently found a home on the teacart, full of inspiring patterns and some familiar yarns.


Kristin Omdahl’s Continuous Crochet is all about working seamlessly to crochet garments with minimal finishing.


Robyn Chachula’s Vintage Modern Crochet marries traditional crochet lace techniques with a modern sensibility, and collects patterns in this vein from a variety of designers.



I spotted two Shibui yarns in play; the “Carefree Pullover” above shows Shibui Linen worked up in filet crochet, and the “Fidelma Motif Shawl” below shows Shibui Silk Cloud in the Irish lacy rose motif.


Come by the shop to browse for crochet inspiration and plan your next project!

Show and tell: neckwear.

Along with daydreaming about future projects, trying new techniques, and deciding between colors, show-and-tell is one of the predominant activities here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Now and then, I like to bring this activity to the blog, sharing finished projects that started their lives as yarns on our shelves. Today, let’s look at cowls and scarves.


Rosi knit this cowl with the delightful Shibui Staccato, a fingering weight blend of merino and silk. She designed it herself, a soft and stretchy moebius decorated with a reversible texture pattern.


Katherine crocheted this “Vega Crochet Cowl” as a sample for her recent class on the subject. It looks great in the self-striping Plymouth Gina, and many of her students followed her lead, selecting different colorways in the same yarn. I can’t wait to see how they all come out!


Here’s Judie in her beautiful “Starshower,” knit in Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering. One doesn’t fully appreciate the clever shaping of this cowl/shawl hybrid until one sees it on a person, rather than hanging on a hanger as my sample “Starshower” does. Inspired to knit one of your own? Consider signing up for Katherine’s upcoming “Starshower” class to have guidance and camaraderie as you stitch.


I knit this “Rockcliffe” scarf as a sample for the shop, inspired by our recent Cumbria Collection Trunk Show. This is my second time working with Fibre Company Cumbria Worsted, a soft-yet-toothy yarn that I absolutely adore, especially for projects like this one where sharp stitch definition is required. The texture patterns were fun and engaging, but not too complicated; I think this would make a great introduction to chart-reading, especially paired with Kelbourne Woolens’ tutorial, “Working from Charts: Knit/Purl Patterning.”


Here’s Peggy’s completed “M.1” scarf, knit in Shibui Maai, one of the softest yarns in the shop, in my opinion. This is a gift for her husband, and it looks smart in “Suit,” a blue somewhere between navy and cobalt.


Thanks to all the knitters, crocheters, weavers, and fiber artists who start their projects here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. We love seeing what you’re making! Keep your eyes on the blog for another round of show-and-tell soon. In the meantime, see you at the shop!

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet has arrived!


This, their 10th anniversary issue, features a variety of crocheted accessories and garments, from shawls and jewelry to tunics and cardigans.


The shawl above was crocheted in Fibre Company Road to China Lace for a buttery soft, lightweight fabric.IMG_1324

I happen to think that crochet is particularly well-suited to blanket-making; here’s a nice specimen from that department.


Look for Interweave Crochet on the teacart here at the shop, amongst the newest books and magazines for crocheters, weavers, and knitters. See you there!

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet is here!


Patterns in this issue are inspired by the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water.


The textured sweater above was crocheted in Malabrigo Arroyo, a sport weight superwash merino wool hand-dyed in rich variegated colorways. The playful armwarmers below are made with Fibre Company Acadia, a tweedy dk weight blend of merino, alpaca, and silk.


You’ll find Interweave Crochet on the teacart here at the shop, surrounded by the latest magazines and books for crocheters, knitters, and weavers. See you there!


Recent books.

Over the past few weeks, a couple of new books have arrived here at the shop, each with its own unique tone.


Courtney Spainhower’s Family Friendly Knits is full of practical garments and accessories for children and adults, and has a rustic, wholesome look. Look here for tweedy sweaters for fall and winter, practical pieces for layering in transitional seasons, and colorful cold-weather accessories.


These “Choose Your Own Adventure” hats are knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, a favorite yarn of mine that we now have in more colors than ever. I love that this pattern encourages the knitter to improvise a bit when it comes to the color choice and assignment, stitch pattern, and other elements, like Latvian braids and pom-poms. Choose your own adventure, indeed!


Marlaina “Marly” Bird’s Cold Weather Crochet is a beginner-friendly collection of brightly-colored crocheted garments designed to keep you warm. If holiday gift-making is your aim for this year or next, look here for a variety of casual crocheted hats, scarves, cowls, and mitts. The hat below is made with Berroco Ultra Alpaca, a yarn you’ll find in abundance here at the shop. If you’re looking to dig into a larger project, there are a couple of colorful afghans here, too.


Anne Podlesak’s Free Spirit Knits is a collection of designs inspired by the American Southwest, which means warm desert earth tones punctuated by bright turquoise and purple, hats and shawls inspired by cactus and agave plants, and colorwork informed by the Navajo rug-weaving tradition.


The shawl above is knit in Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, a perfect choice for a gently draping fabric. Look for it in the fingering weight section here at the shop, and look for the latest books on our teacart as you come in. See you there!

Interweave Crochet Accessories.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories is here!


Crochet Accessories is a special issue published annually, a longer-than-usual magazine with extra patterns and articles. We especially love this particular issue because it features an article on one of our friends and knitters, Kathleen, who organized an outrageous crochet fashion show and fundraiser for the local radio station here in Hillsborough.


Crochet Accessories also features patterns, of course, and perhaps with holiday gift-making in mind, they’re sorted not only by type but by the length of time it takes to make them.



This textured “Bobbles to Infinity Cowl” is crocheted with Shibui Maai, a lofty chainette yarn. All in-stock Shibui yarns are 10% off during our Friends of Shibui Trunk Show, so hurry in before November 24th, 2015, if this catches your eye!


Look for Crochet Accessories on the teacart, where we keep all the latest books and magazines here at the shop. Come by to browse for inspiration and to find all you need for your next project!