10th Anniversary Giveaway #1

by Craig on October 1, 2014

As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, we’re having a giveaway every week this October. To enter, just leave a comment with your answer to this week’s question. We’ll select one entry at random and send them a yarn-tastic prize!

Giveaway #1 Question: What’s your favorite project you’ve ever knit or crocheted, and why?

Track Jacket

My favorite is the Track Jacket I made myself with Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn. The fit is great, it’s really comfortable, and the blend of cotton and wool is not too hot or cold, but just right. I wear it all year round.

Leave your answer below by the end of Sunday, October 5 for your chance to win!

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It’s Our 10th Anniversary!

by Craig on October 1, 2014

It was 10 years ago this month that Loop began as an online-only yarn shop. I launched LoopYarn.com from a spare bedroom in my home that I’d outfitted with wall to wall shelves and piled high with yarn. From that morning to this one, your support, enthusiasm, and encouragement has kept me – and all of us at Loop – going.

Thank you.

We appreciate your business and look forward to many more years of bringing you beautiful yarn and inspiring ideas!

We’ve reached this milestone because of you, and in celebration, we’ve come up with a few ways to show you our appreciation. Read on for all the details!

With thanks,
Craig

Free Patterns
You’ll receive a free knitting pattern with every yarn purchase this month.

You can choose from select patterns when you shop in-store. If you’re shopping online, we’ll surprise you!


Weekly Giveaways
Every week in October, you’ll have a chance to win a yarn-y prize by answering a question about your knitting. One randomly-selected winner will receive an extra-special yarn gift!

Keep an eye on the blog for the first giveaway!


Meet Jared Flood
We know you love Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, Loft, and their many gorgeous designs, so of course, we’re thrilled to have its founder Jared Flood at Loop during our 10th Anniversary celebration.

Join us on Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 4pm to meet Jared. The BT Fall 14 Trunk Show and all of the patterns will be here for you to see in person. Hope to see you!


Support Breast Cancer Research
To raise money for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, we’ve created a special kit for our Darby Cowl that includes yarn in one of two shades of pink, the pattern, and a pink beaded bracelet from Chavez for Charity.

10% of the kit sales will be donated to The Foundation. Click here to get yours!


Thank you, thank you!
We’re so grateful for your continued support, I hope you’ll join in the fun of our anniversary celebration!

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Madelinetosh Home & Cowl

by Laura on September 24, 2014

HOME

It’s officially autumn, and what better way to welcome a new season than with a brand new yarn from Madelinetosh! Home is the latest addition to the Tosh family, and we love it already.

Irresistably soft, this superwash merino wool sports Tosh’s signature colors at a fast knitting 2.5 stitches per inch. Due to the lofty ply, Home knits into a surprisingly light fabric given it’s chunky stature! Knit it on a US 10-13 needle, depending on desired density & drape.

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As soon as Home arrived, I thought that it had COWLS written all over it! I brought 2 skeins home and cast on for a simple seed stitch cowl. I knit at a leisurely pace and it was easily completed in a weekend.

The Home Cowl is lightweight and warm with an exciting combination of texture and color. This soft ring of fabric will look chic now with a jean jacket, and be super cozy tucked into your puffy coat this winter. Be ready to knit a few more, though, because your best friend, your sister and your mom are going to want one as well!

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Here’s the pattern- enjoy!

HOME COWL

Materials:
2 skeins Madelinetosh Home, shown in cardinal
US 11 32″ circular needle

Finished Size:
9.5″ tall, 42″ circumference

Gauge:
2.5 sts/inch in seed stitch.

Cast on 95 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Round 1: K1, P1

Round 2: P1, K1

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you have a few yards left of your 2nd skein.

Cast off loosely in pattern.

Weave in ends. Get cozy!

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Loop’s New Look

by Craig on September 22, 2014

Loop has a big birthday coming up and sometimes as you get older, you need to make a change. Maybe you can relate. For us, that change is a new look, which we’re thrilled to release this week!

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Over the summer, we reflected on who we are, what we do, and how we’ve changed over the years. We created, considered, reviewed, and discussed lots and lots of possibilities until we arrived at a look that suits us – bold, bright, modern, and fun!

Our new look contains a richer vocabulary of visual elements (I got that phrase from our amazing graphic designer!) so we can express ourselves in different ways at different times. It’s like having a shawl for every occasion!

We’re feeling revitalized, renewed – and ready for the future. Amazing what a little change can do!

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Jared Flood & BT Fall 14

by Craig on September 11, 2014

Jared Flood Meet and chat with Jared Flood and see the sweaters and accessories from the BT Fall 14 Collection in person on Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 4pm.

You don’t need to sign up or make a reservation, just come on in!

Jared is a blogger, designer, photographer, and the founder of Brooklyn Tweed. He’s captured the hearts and imagination of knitters since he began blogging in 2005. He continues to inspire us with his American sourced and milled yarns, Shelter and Loft, and the knitwear designs created by him and his team.

Jared Flood Sweaters

Two new designs by Jared Flood: Howser (l) and Backbay (r).

The BT Fall 14 Collection consists of 16 sweaters and accessories inspired by fisherman sweaters. As Jared describes it:

From lush, gansey-patterned wraps to a show-stopping cabled sweater coat, we’ve tried to include a little something for everyone, with projects ranging in skill level from adventurous beginner to advanced.

Jared Flood Hats

Hats designed by Jared Flood: Skiff (l) and Hutchin (r).

The digital knitting patterns for this collection are available online for immediate purchase. We’ll have beautiful printed copies in the shop when Jared visits, which he’ll be happy to autograph for you.

I hope you’ll join us for a fun and inspiring afternoon!

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Casting On

by Craig on September 8, 2014

We had our first Technique Demonstration this weekend, the topic was casting on. We discussed two tips for the long tail cast on, the knitted cast on, the cable cast on, and the twisted German cast on. I’ve made videos of each of them and posted them below for your review and reference.

As with so many things in knitting, there are many ways to cast on. We teach the long tail cast on in our classes, which is a fantastic cast on for a clean, elastic edge. I use it 100% of the time, unless a pattern calls for another way. But if you find you prefer one of the other ways, there’s no reason you can’t use it instead. Give these a try and see what works best for you!

LONG TAIL CAST ON TRICKS

– For a large number of stitches, instead of guessing at the length of the tail, hold both ends of the yarn together and make a slip knot. Place slip knot on needle and cast on as usual. With each end leading to the center of the skein, you’ll have plenty of yarn for all of your stitches.

– For a thin contrast colored edge, hold the ends of two different colors of yarn together and make a slip knot. Cast on as usual with the contrast color on your thumb and the main color around your finger.

KNITTED CAST ON

– Make a slip knot and place it on your left hand needle. You don’t need to leave a long tail, just 6-8 inches.
– Knit the first stitch as usual, but instead of transferring it to the right hand needle, by inserting the left hand needle into the stitch from the far, or right, side.
– Repeat until you have the number of stitches you need.

CABLE CAST ON

– Make a slip knot and place it on your left hand needle. You don’t need to leave a long tail, just 6-8 inches.
– Knit the first stitch as usual, but instead of transferring it to the right hand needle, by inserting the left hand needle into the stitch from the far, or right, side.
– Insert the right hand needle in between the first two stitches and knit as usual; instead of transferring the new stitch to the right hand needle, transfer to the left hand needle like you did before.
– Repeat until you have the number of stitches for your pattern.

TWISTED GERMAN CAST ON

– Start the same way you would for the Long Tail cast on.
– Put the tip of your needle under both strands of yarn on your thumb, from the outside, in toward your palm.
– Bring the needle down through the loop on your thumb and back towards you.
– Catch the yarn coming from your index finger from the top.
– Bring the needle down through the smaller loop formed by the twisting strands from first step.
– Drop the yarn off your thumb and tighten the stitch.

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