Vogue Crochet.

Another Spring magazine has found its way to the shop: Vogue Crochet is here.

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This issue is full of crocheted garments and accessories, from sweaters and jackets to tunics and shawls.

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I also spotted some helpful technique articles: one on crocheted edgings, and one showing how to increase and decrease in pattern to shape crocheted pieces.

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Come by the shop to take a closer look at this issue of Vogue Crochet. You’ll find it on the teacart among the latest books and magazines. See you there!

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet has arrived!

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This Spring 2014 issue is full of crochet accessories and garments, many of them in fine, lightweight yarns and stitched in openwork patterns for warm-weather wear. I was particularly impressed by the garments in this issue, for adults and children alike, and spotted some familiar yarns, too–an elegant sweater in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, and another in Fibre Company Acadia.

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Look for this issue of Interweave Crochet on the teacart among the latest publications!

Two new books for crocheters.

We keep the newest books and magazines on the teacart in the front room, which is a table you’ll see right when you walk into the shop, covered in the latest publications. Here are two new books for crocheters that have made a home on the teacart these past few weeks: Modern Baby Crochet and The Big Book of Crochet Stitches.

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Stacy Trock’s Modern Baby Crochet is a collection of crocheted nursery accessories, from pillows and blankets to mobiles and toys.

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Trock has the patterns organized thematically by color, a pleasing way to showcase these sweet stitches. Most patterns call for worsted weight yarn; the soft and machine-washable Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted would be a great choice, with its wide range of solid colors.

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Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss’s Big Book of Crochet Stitches is the crochet stitch dictionary we’ve been looking for.

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With crisp color photos and over 350 stitch patterns to swatch and design with, The Big Book of Crochet Stitches is something like the Barbara Walker Treasury of crochet.

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From bobbles to chevrons to fans, shells, and picots, The Big Book of Crochet Stitches includes all manner of crochet stitch patterns in a wide variety of textures. Flip through it when you’re looking for inspiration, wanting to try something new, or designing your own scarf, shawl, or blanket.

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Come by the shop to check out these new titles, and plan your next crochet project!

New books from Leisure Arts.

Leisure Arts is a publishing company that specializes in accessible how-to books on a wide range of crafts. We recently stocked up on some knitting and crochet books from Leisure Arts, from the very basic skills to more advanced techniques like entrelac and cables.

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With Leisure Arts publications, you can count on clear diagrams and photos to illustrate the techniques in question, along with some patterns that make use of those techniques.

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We also got a book on crocheted snowflakes, having just wrapped up a popular class on the subject, and a book of simple children’s sweater patterns.

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Pick the Pieces, by Lorna Miser, is a collection of patterns, but also a collection of pattern elements: different sleeves, collars, pockets, necklines, etc. Miser encourages you to mix and match those elements to create exactly the sweater you want in sizes 6 months – 6 years.

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Come by the shop to check out the latest books and magazines, and plan your next project!

Back in stock: Ewe Ewe.

Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted has become a staple here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, admired for its softness, easy-care, and steadily growing selection of solid colors. Ewe Ewe’s pattern support covers a range of projects, from baby blankets to small accessories to adult sweaters, a variety of garments that show the versatility of this plush yarn. Last week, we received a large box from Ewe Ewe, nearly doubling our inventory of the stuff, and bringing every missing color back to this basket.

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Anne and I have used Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted for two shop samples. Anne made two “Boston Whaler” hats with just two skeins of Wooly Worsted, inverting the colorway for the second hat. The pink-on-indigo version stayed here at the shop, while the indigo-on-pink hat went to her granddaughter, of course.

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Now that Ewe Ewe comes in 20 colors, there are plenty more color combinations to play with, which of course is what I found myself doing as Rosi and I unpacked the yarn.

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Ewe Ewe has lots of other patterns that call for two colors or more, including the “Easy as ABC Top-Down Raglan Baby Sweater,” the “Layer Cake Cowl,” and the newly released “Fireside Wristlets,” a free pattern for simple ribbed mitts. If you’re not in the market for a baby hat, but you still want to play the Ewe Ewe color-combining game, consider these!

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Our second Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted sample is the “Wearever Wrap,” a colorful triangular shawl that I crocheted in just a few afternoons at the shop. When I saw the sample “Wearever Wrap” at market in June, I knew I’d like to make one for the shop, and selecting six colors was half the fun.

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I used an H hook (5 mm), which was smaller than recommended in the pattern, and still it blocked out to a nice, generous size.

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Come by the shop to flip through the Ewe Ewe pattern binder, admire Wooly Worsted in all 20 shades, and plan your next project!

Rustic Modern Crochet.

The first Interweave publication of the new year has arrived, bringing inspiration for new crochet projects.

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Rustic Modern Crochet, by Yumiko Alexander, is a collection of crochet garments, from scarves and hats to tunics and wraps. Alexander uses unusual and unexpected stitch patterns throughout, and a range of yarns from lace to bulky weight.

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Come by the shop to take a closer look at Rustic Modern Crochet and peruse our sizable collection of knit and crochet pattern books. Here’s to new projects in the new year!

Interweave Crochet & Crochet Accessories.

Looking for crochet inspiration? Check out the teacart at the shop, where we show the latest publications, and you’ll find two magazines on the subject.

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Crochet Accessories is an annual special issue from Interweave packed with patterns for hats, mitts, cowls, scarves, shawls, wraps, and other accessories. The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet has a nice selection of accessories as well, along with vests, jackets, and sweaters for adults and children alike.

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I was particularly intrigued by these two colorful shawls. The striped one is worked in Tunisian crochet, and calls for lace weight yarn–wouldn’t it be lovely in Isager Alpaca 1, Fibre Company Meadow, or Shibui Cima?

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Come by the shop to pick up a magazine, and be inspired to pick up a hook and start stitching. See you there!

Granny Square Flowers.

We recently placed a big book order, filling in holes on our shelves where favorite books should be. Restocking old books isn’t nearly as exciting as ordering new ones, though, so we tend to get at least one new publication with every order. This time, it was a crochet book that caught our eye: Granny Square Flowers.

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Granny Square Flowers is a collection of 50 botanical crochet motifs, along with essential granny square techniques and projects that make use of them.

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Charts as well as written instructions are given for each granny square, and the construction, gauge, and seaming techniques are paired with clear photos and descriptions.

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Come by the shop to take a look! See you there.

Show and tell: shawls and wraps, Swans Island, capes, and caps.

We love it when knitters and crocheters come to the shop with finished garments to share. It happens even more frequently than I can pull out my camera to document these projects; still and all, I have a beautiful bunch of show-and-tell photos to share here today. I hope you find them as inspiring as we do!

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Margie knit this incredible lace cape in about three weeks, a testament to her perseverance and to the pleasures of lace-knitting.

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There are times in life that call for simple, soothing projects, and times when we’d rather work on challenging projects that keep us thinking as we stitch–this belongs to the second category. The pattern is “Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern,” from the fantastic Victorian Lace Today, and the yarn is Isager Tvinni.

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Katherine is a teacher here at the shop, offering a variety of project-based classes for knitters and crocheters alike. Above is her Guernsey Wrap, knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. I love this pairing of yarn and pattern; the 50/50 blend of wool and alpaca is structured enough to show the texture patterns and soft enough to drape gently in this generous rectangular shawl.

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Many of Katherine’s students are knitting their own Guernsey Wraps in Ultra Alpaca, too, though I know that one is working with Fibre Company Canopy Worsted–I can’t wait to see all these Guernsey-Wraps-to-be!

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Katherine also brought in her Belle Epoque shawl, a crochet design by Kira Dulaney. Katherine’s shawl is crocheted in Baa Ram Ewe Titus Shades, a special yarn for a special project.

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Last week, Chris came in wearing this cuddly cowl she knit in Swans Island Organic Merino Worsted. The pattern is “Anna Cowl,” a loop scarf long enough to wrap twice around one’s neck, and decorated with lace and garter stitch. From the provisional cast-on to a careful blocking, Chris did a great job, and finished her cowl just in time for cold weather. Look for the “Anna Cowl” and other patterns for Swans Island yarns in the Swans Island pattern binder.

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Rosi has been working with the Swans Island Organic Merino Worsted, too. She used it to design and knit this stunning aran sweater with the guidance of Janet Szabo’s “Follow-the-Leader Aran Knit-along Workshop.” Swans Island is a great yarn for cable patterns; this sweater really shows the yarn’s sharp stitch definition, as well as the knitter’s precision and attention to detail.

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Just as I anticipated, Anne’s third grandchild hat was on and off the needles in no time. A variation on “Wurm,” a free Ravelry download, this whimsical little hat is knit with String Theory Merino DK, with embellishments in Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK.

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Thanks to everyone who starts, works on, and shares their projects at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! We love to see what’s coming off your needles and hooks.

The newest books.

Right as you walk into the shop, the first surface that’s likely to catch your eye is covered in books and magazines.

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It’s an antique teacart, which also holds our swift and ball-winder. When we refer to “the teacart,” that’s what we’re talking about–the place for the newest knitting and crochet publications. Every week, if not every day, some new book arrives and we make room on the teacart, rearranging things, shelving what’s been out for a few weeks. Lately, we’ve been inundated with new publications, faster than this blog can keep up! Here are some of the latest publications:

  • Extreme Double Knitting, by Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh Designs for a Classic Technique, by Mary Jane Mucklestone
  • 50 Yards of Fun: Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn, by Rebecca Danger
  • Knitting in Circles, by Nicky Epstein

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  • Mollie Makes Crochet: 20+ Cute Projects for the Home, Plus Tips and Tricks
  • Beastly Crochet: 23 Critters to Wear and Love, by Brenda K.B. Anderson

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  • Scarf Style 2: Innovative to Traditional, Fresh Designs to Knit, by Ann Budd
  • Knitting Architecture: 20 Patterns Exploring Form, Function, and Detail, by Tanis Gray

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Come by the shop to peruse these newest books, and our not-so-new books, too! There’s a lot to choose from, and we hope you find inspiration there. See you at the shop!