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!

Stockings and ornaments.

We’ve had lots of requests for stocking patterns lately, as knitters prepare for the holiday season not only with gift-making, but also with hand-stitched decorations. We had only a few stocking patterns to offer, so we went hunting for more. Here’s what we found!



From Leisure Arts, we found one collection of knit stockings and another of beaded knit ornaments. We also reordered a favorite book of stockings from Storey Publishing, reprinted in paperback: Gwen Steege’s Knit Christmas Stockings.


For crocheters, there’s this collection of snowflakes, which would make lovely winter decor, indeed.


We also found a great single pattern from Churchmouse that shows how to knit and embellish stockings in three sizes: wee, medium, and jolly big.


Keep your eye on the blog for more from Churchmouse, and come by the shop to plan your holiday stitching!

Show and tell: anniversary edition, part 1.

This week, as we celebrate the shop’s anniversary, we also celebrate the community of knitters and crocheters who have supported us over the years. We always love to see what you’re making with HYS yarns, and I love to take photos of your beautiful finished pieces to share here on the blog. I’ve amassed a big stack of them over the past couple of months, enough for three blog posts! Here’s the first batch.


Karen knit this “Yipes Stripes Cowl” in a class here at the shop, using five colors of Plymouth Galway in shades of orange, brown, and green. Then she used her leftovers to knit another. And another! With each cowl, Karen rearranged the color placement, showing just how different the same five colors can look depending upon how they’re laid out.


One of the great things about being in a class is that you can see up close how the same project looks in different colors and yarns. Sherri was in the same “Yipes Stripes” class with Karen, and knit this cowl with five shades of Mirasol Qina, a soft blend of alpaca and bamboo.

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This next project also came out of a class here at the shop, one that focused on knitting fair isle tams. Check out Judy’s beautiful “Midnight Sun Tam,” knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift!

DSCN3672Katherine is a gifted knitter, crocheter, and teacher here at the shop. She recently brought in a new sample for an upcoming class, the “Summer Dawn” cowl, crocheted in Fibre Company Meadow and Savannah.


Perfect for beginning crocheters looking for a next step, Katherine’s upcoming “Summer Dawn Crochet Cowl” class will teach how to crochet in the round and read crochet symbols and charts. Read all about it on our “Classes” page, where you can sign up if you like!


Thanks to everyone who starts and shares their projects here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop; we feel so honored to be a part of your creative process!

Interweave Crochet, and a few new books.

The Fall 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet is here!


In this issue, you’ll find garments and accessories that use many different crochet colorwork methods. The patterns within are decorated with all manner of stripes, intarsia, tapestry crochet, and Tunisian stranded colorwork.



There’s also a handy article on colorwork management, teaching how to work with multiple colors at once–a must for many of these patterns.

DSCN3543Look to the teacart at the shop for the latest crochet books and magazines, but don’t stop there; we have plenty of older titles on the bookshelf with patterns, techniques, and other inspiration. For example, we recently added this trio of crochet booklets for children’s garments, noticing a gap between our baby and adult patterns.


Megan Kreiner’s Bathtime Buddies also arrived at the shop recently, filled with patterns for crocheted sea creatures. If stitching toys and stuffed animals is right up your alley, be sure to check this one out, along with our other amigurumi books.


Browse them all at the shop!


We’ve been anxiously awaiting our new Fall yarns, which should start arriving any minute now, but the deliveries this week have been small–one magazine after another, it seems!


Our third new magazine this week is CrochetScene, a special issue packed with crochet projects: bags, shawls, vests, lace tops, skirts, pillows, baskets, and more.



The lacy poncho above was crocheted with Fibre Company Meadow, making a lightweight openwork fabric.


For new crocheters, there’s a tutorial showing how to make one of the most fundamental crochet motifs, the granny square, followed by a series of patterns that riff on this simple shape.


Crocheters and crocheters-to-be, come take a look at this new magazine for project ideas!


If you’re inspired to learn to crochet but don’t know where to start, look no further than our class schedule; we’ve got a Beginning Crochet class coming up in September. See you at the shop!

For crocheters.

Two new titles came in this week, speaking directly to crocheters: the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet, and a new book, Reversible Color Crochet.


Interweave Crochet came in this week full of ideas for summertime stitching.


With a focus on openwork and lace, this issue of Interweave Crochet features patterns for tops, shawls, jewelry, and more, including a tutorial on joining to crochet in rounds.


Laurinda Reddig’s Reversible Color Crochet shows a new technique for what might be described as crocheted intarsia. Reddig’s fabric, though, is identical on both sides, without the messy-looking wrong-side you can get with knitted intarsia.


Reddig gives clear guidance for how to work with multiple colors at once, and shares patterns for quilt-blocks that can be combined for unique crocheted afghans.



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

Crochet accessories and knit lace: two new books.

Two new books from Interweave have found a home at the shop: It Girl Crochet and New Vintage Lace.


It Girl Crochet boasts 23 patterns for crocheted accessories, from hats and mitts to scarves, cowls, and shawls. I spotted some HYS yarns as I flipped through the patterns; a hat in Mirasol Nuna, a shawl in Malabrigo Lace, and another in Shibui Silk Cloud.




Andrea Jurgrau’s New Vintage Lace is a collection of knitting patterns inspired by traditional lace doily patterns.


I was particularly impressed by the amount of information up front about the materials and design of garments like these, including detailed discussions of different fiber types and their various attributes, kinds of beads and how to apply them, gauge, swatching, blocking, and more.



The patterns are lovely, as well, with many familiar yarns at play; a hat in Malabrigo Silky Merino, and two shawls in Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb.




Come by the shop to peruse the latest books and magazines, including It Girl Crochet and New Vintage Lace–you’ll find them on the teacart. See you there!