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Whether you’re going to the beach or the mountains or just staying home, there’s nothing like having a new project – or two – at your side!

We’re at the height of summer, so there’s plenty of time for a top in a cool cotton or a new shawl in a beautiful hand dyed fingering weight yarn.

If you’re really on top of things (and I’m not, though I wish I was), get a jump on your holiday gift knitting and save at the same time!

Everything in-store & online is 15% off – even already marked-down items. Use promo code JULY4 online. And remember, US shipping is only $5.95 and FREE on orders over $75!

HOLIDAY HOURS
The shop schedule for the holiday weekend is:

Thursday & Friday – open 11am to 6pm.
Saturday – closed.
Sunday – open 11am to 4pm.

Of course, the online shop is always open!

PLEASE NOTE: The sale applies to in-stock merchandise only. We’re unable to make prior purchase adjustments or to issue rain checks. Sale ends 7/5/15 at 11:59PM EST. All sales final.

New Shop Sample: Hiawatha

by Craig on June 23, 2015

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Tonia Barry's Hiawatha Vest Pattern

Laura recently finished knitting the Hiawatha Vest in Classic Elite’s Firefly yarn. It’s a wonderful, three-season layering piece – wear it with a tank dress for a little extra coverage at air conditioned summer events, or use it to dress up jeans and a long-sleeved tee in the fall and early spring.

The long draped fronts create a soft, flattering line and the reverse stockinette on the collar is a smart detail.

Classic Elite Yarn's Firefly

Firefly is blend of viscose and linen that makes a finished fabric with soft sheen and wonderful drape. It comes in warm and cool neutrals, soft mid-range tones, and rich shades.

Hiawatha Vest detail

This was a simple knit with clear directions – perfectly suited for poolside knitting! You can knit it with an open or closed back style. Laura knit the 36-inch size, closed back version with 6 balls of Firefly in silver.

Sized for 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inch busts, you’ll need 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls of Firefly for the corresponding size and US 5 needles to knit your own.

Choose your shade of Firefly and get the pattern here!

Drea’s Shawl

by Craig on June 18, 2015

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Drea Shawl

We love Koigu KPPPM for their ingenious color combinations. And we love Madelinetosh Tosh Sock for their glorious glazed colors. Use them together and it’s magical!

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Drea’s Shawl is a simple, garter stitch triangle. It uses one skein of KPPPM and one skein of Tosh Sock for a shawl that’s packed with color!

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DREA’S SHAWL

SIZE
48 inches across top, 22 inches down center

YARN
Main Color (MC) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock [100% superwash merino wool; 100g/395 yds]: 1 skein.
Contrast Color (CC) Koigu KPPPM [100% merino wool; 50g/175 yds]: 1 skein.

NEEDLE
24-inch US5 (3.5mm) circular needle.

GAUGE
5 sts = 1 inch in garter stitch.

ABBREVIATIONS
m1r make one right; lift the bar between the stitch you just knit and the next stitch on the left needle from the back and knit it.

PATTERN
CO 3 sts with MC.

Row 1: With MC, knit.
Row 2: With MC, k1, m1r, knit to end.
Row 3: With CC, knit.
Row 4: With CC, k1, m1r, knit to end.

Rep rows 1-4 until 135 sts on needle. Break CC yarn.

Cont with MC only, rep rows 1 & 2 until 175 sts on needle.

Bind off and weave in ends.

Laylow Knitalong

by Craig on June 11, 2015

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Laylow by Shannon CookOur next knitalong will be Laylow by Shannon Cook. It’s a beautiful crescent-shaped shawl made with garter and dropped stitches.

We’ll begin on Sunday, June 21 and end on Sunday, July 26. There are 3 yarn options available at 25% off – and if you post a picture of your completed Laylow by the last day, you could win a $25 gift card to Loop!

Laylow Shawl

Laylow has a wingspan of 51 inches and is 19.5 inches deep – large enough to wear over your shoulders, yet light enough to wrap just around your neck.

Laylow was designed with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock – one of our favorites! Tosh Sock is 25% off now through 6/28/15 – you’ll need two skeins, each in a different color, for Laylow.

I’ve really been hankering to use Koigu KPPPM. We recently received some new colors, which are really calling to me. So Koigu will be an option too, and is also 25% off.

And, because I’ve met several knitters lately who can’t work with wool, Hikoo Cobasi, will be the third option for Laylow – at 25% off as well. Cobasi is a blend of cotton, nylon, bamboo, and silk. It was developed as a non-wool sock alternative, but it makes a fabric with beautiful drape too.

Laylow Shawl

All three yarn options – Tosh Sock, Koigu KPPPM, and Cobasi are 25% off through June 28, 2015. Use discount code LKAL, if you’re shopping online. Click here to see them all.

The knitalong will begin Sunday, June 21. If you’re local, cast on and knit with us in the shop from 2-4pm. If you’re not local, join us in our Ravelry group. Post a photo of your finished Laylow by the July 26 and you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift card to Loop!

I hope you’ll join us!

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Studio Baby by Kate Oates

Studio Baby is a new pattern & kit for our Studio yarn. Designed by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers, this little pullover is comfy enough for everyday play, but with a little flair at the shoulders & elbows for your stylish baby.

Kate has a designed an extensive collection of knits for kids called Tot Toppers. She has 4 boys of her own – that’s Eliot modeling the Studio Baby – giving her an insider perspective on what knits are just right for boys!

Studio Baby Pullover

Studio is our soft, bouncy sport weight yarn made from US wool that’s spun and dyed in Pennsylvania. 100% superwash merino makes Studio a smart choice for baby knits, and the watercolor shade is a bright, cheerful take on the classic blue for boys.

Studio Baby is knit from the top down with textured patches at the shoulders and elbows. The sleeves are set in seamlessly, for a more streamlined, structured look, and there’s a button closure at the back of neck for easier dressing. Your babe will wear this for good long while, due to the extra length built in to the sleeves and body.

Eliot in Studio Baby Pullover

We have Studio Baby Kits made up in 3 sizes: small for newborns, medium for 6 months-2 years, and large for 4 years.

Each kit contains the pattern, Studio in watercolor and a mini skein of canvas for the shoulders and elbows.

If you’d just like the pattern you can purchase a digital download or a printed copy.

Summer Knitalong: Melodia

by Craig on May 6, 2015

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Melodia by Janina Kallio

For our next knitalong, we’ll be making Janina Kallio’s Melodia. It’s a crescent shaped shawl that’s worked from the top down in garter stitch and decorative eyelets. Simple and beautiful, it’ll be great for an easy summer project.

I’ve been adding Janina’s patterns to my queue for a while now. I like almost all of them, and Melodia seems a good place to start.

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I’ll be knitting with Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light, although I still haven’t picked a color. They’re all so beautiful! If you’d like to use it too, it’s 10% off now through Sunday, May 17, 2015. If you’re shopping online, just enter the discount code MELKAL. If you’re shopping in the store, just let us know it’s for the knitalong.

The knitalong will officially begin on Sunday, May 17. All you need to do to knit with us is visit the knitalong thread in our Ravelry group and say you’re in. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, please join me in the shop that Sunday from 2 and 4pm and we can cast on together.

Since many people go away for Memorial Day, we’ll plan to finish Melodia by Sunday, June 14, which is 5 weeks. Post a picture of your finished shawl in the knitalong thread in the Loop Group by that day and one randomly-selected knitter will receive a $25 gift card!