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We love all things Madelinetosh and know you do too. One of our wishes for Loop in 2014 was to have our own custom color of Madelinetosh. We imagined a blue the color of water reflecting a tree lined river bank.

After a fun collaboration with the Tosh dyers and a careful final selection, we are pleased to introduce our official Loop color, Susquehanna!

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We wanted to call our color a name with a little local flavor and the Susquehanna River fit the bill! This mighty river flows through South Central Pennsylvania, creating the border between York & Lancaster County, PA. Susquehanna means Oyster River in Lenape and I love oysters. Name picking done!

Reminiscent of rippling water, Susquehanna sparkles and shines in Tosh Merino Light’s stunning single ply construction. With signs of spring cropping up all around us, a wrap in Tosh Merino Light is just the right weight for the warmer days ahead!

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Not only do we have our own Tosh color, but Loop staffer Erika Flory designed Rivulet, a special shawl just for Susquehanna.
Erika’s design echoes that feeling of winding waterways. It’s the perfect accessory for down the shore or up at the lake house. Knit neck down with a knitted on border, Rivulet is suitable for adventurous beginners.

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Rivulet takes just 1 skein of Susquehanna! A copy of the pattern will be included free with every purchase of Tosh Merino Light in Susquehanna! If you just want the pattern, it can be purchased for $6.00 here.

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Knitting Classes with Barb Brown

by Craig on March 13, 2014

Knitwear designer Barb Brown will visit us for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014. Her specialty is colorwork and sock knitting – Barb’s the author of Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary – and she’ll be teaching classes about both.

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A few of the projects from Barb’s book, Knitting Knee-Highs. Click for larger image.

Barb is a lifelong knitter – we’re really looking forward to learning from her. Read on, then call us to register!

HEEL FLAP IN THE ROUND
$45 – Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 1pm

Do you love the fit of the regular heel flap, but hate picking up stitches? Would you like to knit your stranded patterns right to the bottom of the heel, but hate purling with two colors?

In this hands on class, you will knit a mini sock, working your heel flap in the round. No flat knitting, no picking up stitches. You will also learn how to convert your favorite sock pattern into this format. A little bit of math is involved, so bring a pocket calculator if you have one.

Three shaping options will be discussed and samples displayed. Pick one to knit in class, and take home the instructions to try the other two. Handouts with worksheets, instructions and patterns will be provided.

Skill level: aimed at knitters with a knowledge of the knit and purl st. and knitting in the rnd

Homework: With size 5 (3.75mm) dpns, cast on 36 sts. Join in rnd. Work 6 rnds of *k1, p1* rib. Knit 3 rnds plain.

SWING KNITTING AND OTHER FANCY PANTS STITCHES
$45 – Saturday, April 26 from 2 to 5pm

Skills required: knowledge of knit and purl sts.

Make both ends of your needles work for you. Add color and colored texture to your heel flaps the easy way. Use the Swing Knitting technique for simple 1 row stripes and slip stitches; from 2 and 3 color moss stitch to vertical stripes and dots. Never work with more than one strand of yarn at a time, and avoid sewing in those 100 ends.

Once you’ve sparked up the heel flaps on your socks, knit a scarf from your bits of left over yarn, decorate the yoke of a sweater or knit a fringed stranded pattern shawl. Endless possibilities will occur to you.

In this hands on class, you will learn the basic technique, then play with your yarn and try the more complicated looking but easy textures and stripes. In addition you will learn to spark up your knitting with some fancy, yet easy stitches. Perfect for dressing up a pair of Plain Jane socks or basic sweater.

Picot cast on’s, “button hole” stitch edgings, ribbons, weaving and much more. You will be working small samples of the stitches.

Handouts of the techniques will be provided so you can play and practice at home.

This class is aimed at any skill level of knitter, from beginner to highly experienced.

Materials: small amounts (golf ball size leftovers) of fingering (sock) yarn in various colors. High contrast between colors is required. DPN appropriate for this weight of yarn.

FACING FAIR ISLE FEARS
$90 – Sunday, April 27 from 10am to 5pm, includes 1 hour break for lunch

Do you fear stranded color knitting? This hands-on class will teach all the basic skills required to knit your own lovely sweater, with confidence. You will complete a small class project, which includes practicing:

Carrying two colors using two hands, left hand, and right hand
Corrugated ribbing
The “rules” and how to break them
Options for finishing
You will cut a steek, and learn how and where to use one.

We will also discuss tips on choosing color, making your own charts, stranding in sock knitting, and tips and tricks to make your knitting easier. Appropriate (and not so appropriate) yarn choices will be explored. We will discuss some of the stranded knitting traditions around the world. Samples will be shown, including a child’s sweater from the 1930’s, and stranded socks.

Handouts on techniques will be provided, as well as a patterns for stranded socks, and a tote bag.

This class is aimed at knitters with experience of knit and purl sts.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Full payment is required to register for Barb’s classes and is not refundable unless the class is canceled. Please call us at 215-893-9939 to register!

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Erika’s Harvest Cardigan

by Laura on March 7, 2014

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The Loop staff is deep into a bout of Tin Can Knits Fever; all of their patterns just look so good! First Craig & I knit ourselves Flax sweaters and then Kathy knit a baby Flax. Now Erika has knit their brand new design, Harvest. She used Malabrigo Rios in Porcion and it looks wonderful!

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You may be familiar with Rios’s single ply sister, Worsted Merino (which would also make a lovely Harvest cardigan!). Rios is made with the same super soft wool used in Malabrigo’s Worsted Merino yarn with 2 important twists – it’s plied and it’s superwash! This makes it a great choice for easy to wear, everyday sweaters like Harvest. Vibrant and rich, the hand dyed hues create an irresistible palette!

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Harvest is knit top down, but using a very interesting construction technique. You start by knitting the back of the collar, then picking up stitches along the edge and continuing through the yoke and knitting the sweater all in one piece. Did I mention Harvest is a free pattern? It is! Pretty nice, eh?

Awesome job, Erika! I have to add this cardigan to my queue STAT!

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Hine Sweater

by Laura on March 2, 2014

One of our most enjoyed pastimes in the shop is show & tell for finished projects! There’s nothing quite like the triumph of casting off, weaving in those ends & holding up your new knit saying, “Look what I made!”.

Hine in Classy Yarn

Craig recently completed this adorable sweater, called Hine (pronounced hee-nay). He says he loved it for the sweet lace sleeve and the shoulder button detail. And he managed to finish up in just 2 nights during a recent snow storm- that always feels good, doesn’t it?!

Hine Sweaters Finished Hine sweaters from Ravelry users clockwise from top right: eversosmall, krissie, mysweetsabina & ummashin.

Look at all these cute kids & their sweaters! Hine is knit top down, with lace panels for the sleeves, and a button closure at the shoulder. Layer this over a long sleeve tee, add a ruffly skirt & leggings and your little one is ready for spring!

Craig knit his with Dream in Color Classy Yarn in the cool fire colorway. Classy is a super springy superwash merino, hand dyed in deep rich hues. Each skein has 250 yards and 100 grams. Craig knit the 1 year old size with just one skein!

Dream in Color Classy Dream in Color Classy in fierce scarlet, cool fire, amber glass, spring tickle & lunar zazzle.

Hine is sized for girls age 1 to 6. And it’s written for 3 yarn weights: DK, light worsted, and heavy worsted. Also check out Tama, a handsome version for boys.

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Lovely Knitted Lace Preview

by Craig on February 23, 2014

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You can now see all 16 designs from Brooke Nico’s new book, Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables online. The book will be released on March 4; we’ll have copies in the shop for Brooke’s March 8 visit.

Lovely Knitted Lace Designs

Lovely Knitted Lace has a great variety of projects: shawls in several shapes, a hat, a bolero, jackets, a shirt, and a pullover. And reading the design descriptions, the constructions are simple and clever with lots of new things to try.

After you’ve seen Brooke’s new designs, check out the classes she’s teaching on Saturday, March 8 and prepare for some fun lace knitting!

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I Heart You.

by Laura on February 13, 2014

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Here we are in the middle of another snowstorm and it’s the day before Valentine’s Day! If you are anything like me you may have left the Valentine’s shopping until the last minute. Thank goodness Craig came up with this adorable little heart pattern. Now I can make a sweet Valentine’s gift and have my snow day knitting all rolled into one!

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We used Koigu Mini skeins to knit our hearts, but any fingering weight yarn will do. I love the idea of tucking these into a shirt pocket, hanging them in a window or on the doorhandle or making a necklace for your favorite little one.

Please enjoy our free pattern to make your own hearts! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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MATERIALS
Koigu Mini or fingering weight yarn

NEEDLES + NOTIONS
Size 2 dpns
Locking stitch marker
polyfil stuffing

CO 6 sts. Slide 3 sts to a second dpn. Fold in half so needles are parallel to one another with working yarn coming from back needle, stitch on the right.

Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *Kfb, kfb, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: *K1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 5: Knit.

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail and set aside.

Rep leaving yarn attached.

Knit across the front needle of the set with the working yarn attached, then across the stitches on the front needle of the second set. Work across stitches on back needle of the same set and continue to rem needle fro first set.

Round 7 & 8: Knit.
Round 9: *K1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 10: Knit.
Round 11: *K1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 12: Knit.
Round 13: *K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 14: Knit.
Round 15: *K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1; rep from * to end.
Round 16: Knit.
Round 17: *K1, ssk, k2tog, k1; rep from * to end.

Add polyfil through the opening.
Cut yarn leaving 6 inch tail. Thread through rem sts, draw tightly, and into heart.

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