New books for knitters and crocheters.

For the past couple of months, we’ve been all about the new yarns, but new books have been coming in, too. Read on for a peek at the latest publications to find a home here at the shop.


Faina Goberstein and Simone Merchant-Dest have compiled a wide variety of slip-stitch patterns in their newest book, The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting. Look here for sweater and accessory patterns, as well as stitch patterns you can apply to your own designs.


Romi Hill’s New Lace Knitting is a collection of patterns for sweaters, scarves, hats, shawls, and more, all decorated with the kind of lacy openwork that Hill is best known for.


I noticed two of our favorite fingering weight yarns put to use in this collection, both of which are excellent for lace knitting: the “Williwaw Cardigan” in Shibui Staccato, and the “Fallen Leaf Shell” in Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering.

Poetic Crochet, by Sara Kay Hartman, is full of crochet garments inspired by classic poems. Hartman also makes use of a favorite Shibui yarn: Shibui Silk Cloud.


Come by the shop to treat yourself to a new book!

Knitted Knockers.

A knitter friend of ours came in some months ago seeking Cascade Ultra Pima for a special project. We’re nosy, so we asked, “What are you planning to make?” Her answer surprised us: Knitted Knockers. She went on to explain that Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors, and our surprise turned to delight. What a good, kind use of one’s knitting time.


Ana has since been making bunches of them, and enlisting her knitter friends to do the same. She’s offered to be a liaison between our shop and the UNC Cancer Center, delivering Knitted Knockers collected here at the shop before October 25th.


Here are the first of our collection, knit by Marian in Cascade Ultra Pima. There are a variety of free patterns available on the Knitted Knockers website, so whether you prefer to knit in the round on double points or use magic loop, knit flat and seam, or crochet, there’s a Knitted Knockers pattern for you.


The knit patterns call for Cascade Ultra Pima, a dk weight 100% cotton that comes in a wide range of colors.

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Because crochet is inherently thicker than knitting, the crochet pattern calls for Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, a sport weight version of the same soft, smooth cotton.


Come by to pick out some Cascade Ultra Pima or Ultra Pima Fine to make a pair of Knitted Knockers yourself, and bring the completed pair to the shop by October 25th, 2015. See you there!

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet just landed at the shop!


The Fall 2015 issue features sweaters inspired by the tailored fashions of the 1960’s.


I also spotted a series of patterns crocheted in bulky weight yarns, which are sure to work up quickly–just the thing for winter holiday gift-giving, which it’s high time to begin planning.



Come by the shop to peruse the latest publications and plan your next project!

New books for all.

We’re halfway through our Annual Inventory Sale, and folks have been taking advantage of our 15% discount in many different ways. Some are stocking up on their favorite needles, others are snapping up Cricket Looms (which are now temporarily out of stock!), and still more are planning ahead for holiday gift-making, while there’s still plenty of time to start and complete those gifts. Here’s another idea: treat yourself to a few new books this month, for a book is another kind of indulgence, one that can instruct and inspire.


Over the past few weeks, we’ve received new publications for all kinds of crafts. For weavers, 100 Pin Loom Squares shows the many possibilities of Schacht’s Zoom Loom.


For crocheters, we have two new titles. Colorful Crochet Lace is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of brightly colored crocheted garments and accessories in openwork patterns.


Honk! Beep! Vroom! is a book of crocheted toy vehicles with wheels that actually turn.


Knitters, meanwhile, should peruse Sheryl Thies’ Slip-Stitch Knits, and Amy Herzog’s newest book, Knit Wear Love.


Knit Wear Love is a collection of basic sweater shapes in a range of gauges, with lots of useful tips about modifying those basic shapes to make unique sweaters that suit your personal style.



Come by the shop to check out the latest publications, and do so during July to shop our entire inventory at 15% off!


Just a reminder–all sales are final on discounted items; there can be no exchanges, returns, or special orders. Thanks!

New crochet publications.

This week brought two new publications for crocheters, a book and a magazine.


The Summer 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet features crocheted dresses and other warm-weather garments, along with a spread of crocheted floral arrangements and wedding accessories.


Quick Crocheted Accessories is a new collection from Sharon Zientara, full of patterns that require just one, two, or three skeins of yarn. I spotted a familiar yarn in this colorful shawl, the self-striping Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.


Come by the shop to browse the latest books and magazines, and to plan your next crochet project!

For crocheters.

The last couple of weeks have seen a trio of new publications for crocheters here at the shop.


The Spring 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet features a range of projects, from blankets and bags to sweaters and skirts.


Kristin Omdahl’s Crochet So Lovely is all about crocheted lace. She covers lace motifs and allover lace patterns, as well as how to achieve a lacy look by playing with gauge.


I spotted some familiar yarns in this book in the form of two tunics: one in Fibre Company Meadow, and another in Alchemy Silken Straw, pictured above.


Boho Crochet is a colorful collection of crocheted home goods and accessories. It looks like a great source of patterns and inspiration for crocheters of all levels, with guidance to help beginners make sense of unfamiliar stitches and techniques.


Come by the shop to browse the latest books and magazines, and pick one or two for your own crochet library! See you there.


More for crocheters.

It’s rare that a week goes by without a new magazine or book popping up here at the shop. This week, our three newest publications are all for crocheters: one book and two magazines.


Brenda K.B. Anderson’s Crochet Ever After is a whimsical collection of crochet projects inspired by classic fairy tales.


Patterns for scarves, cowls, slippers, bags, and more are grouped by the kind of characters that inspired them: heroines, fairy princesses, witches, and the like.


Crocheted sock patterns can sometimes be hard to find; flipping through Crochet Ever After, I spotted this handsome pair, made with longtime HYS favorite, Malabrigo Sock, a springy fingering weight merino in beautiful hand-dyed colorways.



The current issue of Interweave Crochet has plenty of sweaters inside, just the kind of project you might like to hunker down with this winter.

DSCN3988Rohn Strong’s top-down “Frisco Cardi” is also made with Malabrigo Sock, making for a lightweight garment.


Make It! Crochet is a new Interweave publication, filled with small projects that are friendly and accessible for beginner crocheters: hats, scarves, and the like.



Make It! Crochet also features a helpful article on crochet symbols and stitch diagrams, which can sometimes feel like a hurdle to reading crochet patterns. Don’t let them intimidate you–let this article be your guide.


Come by the shop to peruse these latest crochet resources, along with our ever-growing collection of knitting magazines and books. See you there!

New crochet books.

We got three new books this week, all for crocheters.


Tracy Lord’s Big Book of Granny Squares is full of variations on the classic crochet motif, combining colors, textures and stitch patterns for 365 unique squares.

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Also new this week: Cozy Toes for Baby and The Big Book of Little Amigurumi, featuring adorable crocheted slippers and stuffed critters, respectively.


Come to the shop to browse our books and plan your next project; look for the latest publications on the teacart in the front room. See you there!

Vogue Knitting and Interweave Crochet Home.

The winter magazines are still pouring in, and the two latest are Vogue Knitting and Interweave Crochet Home.


Vogue Knitting features patterns for cold-weather garments and accessories, along with a brioche lace tutorial from Nancy Marchant.

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I always like to see what Meg Swansen’s Vogue column covers; this issue, it’s provisional cast-ons, a handy technique.



Interweave Crochet Home is a special issue on crocheted home accessories, from blankets and pillows to coasters, placemats, baskets, and more.

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Knitting and crochet make very different fabrics, and in many cases, I think crochet is particularly well-suited to home goods. It can be sturdy and structural–essential for something like a rug–and tends to go somewhat faster than knitting, making a big project like blankets or curtains less daunting.

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Come by the shop to see these and other new magazines! See you there.

Churchmouse patterns.

We’re delighted to announce that we now carry single patterns from Churchmouse!


Churchmouse Yarns & Teas is a yarn shop in Washington state with an impressive line of knit and crochet patterns, from garments and accessories to home decor and baby things.


Many Churchmouse patterns are simple, and I mean that in the best way–the kind of “simple” that lets beautiful yarn take center stage, and ensures that knitters and crocheters find success and satisfaction in their finished pieces.


One Churchmouse pattern has been particularly popular here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop: the “Easy Folded Poncho.”


For a couple of months now, we’ve had one on display knit in Acadia, Fibre Company’s distinctive DK tweed. The stockinette fabric shows off Acadia’s silk slubs, making a special garment that’s easy to knit and wear.


Come by the shop to browse the single-pattern binders, and remember Churchmouse patterns when you’re seeking reliable uses for spectacular yarns. See you there!