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Take a Class with Kate Atherley!

Kate Atherley

We’re very excited to welcome Kate Atherley to Loop for the first time! Kate’s an author, designer, technical editor, and teacher who lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s the author of several books including Beyond Knit and Purl and Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet.

Kate is Knitty‘s Lead Technical Editor and does freelance technical editing. She’s an experienced teacher, offering classes in her local shops and across the US and Canada.

Kate’s teaching 5 classes that’ll get your fall knitting off on the right foot; just click on the name below to register!

Stranded Colorwork for Beginners
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 9:30-11:30am

Short Row Skills
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 12:30-2:30pm

Expert Tips & Best Methods
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 3-5pm

Brioche Knitting
$90 – Sunday, September 11 from 9am-12pm

Designing Your Own Custom Fit Socks
$90 – Sunday, September 11 from 1-4pm


PLEASE NOTE: The fees for Kate’s classes are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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New Brooklyn Tweed: Shelter Marls!

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Brooklyn Tweed yarns are carefully considered and thoughtfully executed. Whenever they add something new, it’s always exciting. This fall, Shelter has an addition to it’s palette: marls! Three lovely neutrals, narwhal, newsprint and caribou, are now available to add more texture to your Brooklyn Tweed knits.

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When we got our advance shipment, the newsprint colorway won my heart in an instant! I cast on for a new Georgetown sweater that night, and I am now working my way through the back. The marl adds depth and interest to this simple stockinette cardigan. It will be perfect for layering on top of tees, tunics and dresses all winter long.

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Since one is never enough enough, especially when it comes to Shelter sweaters, I have a few ideas for the narwhal & caribou colors too! At left is Michele Wang’s Bedford, a pullover that would be so cozy in narwahl that you would wear it everyday. In the center is Fort by Jared Flood, a handsome sweater that I would love to see in the caribou color on my fella. On the right is Julie Hoover’s Hudson, which let’s face it would look amazing in any colorway. It looks like I may be headed for an all-marl fall!

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Baby Knits Classes

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer

Baby knits are some of our favorites because they help us celebrate a very special time in our lives. We want to welcome these newest additions to our friends and families with gifts that keep them safe and warm.

Our new Baby Knits Classes will take you through the process of making three fantastic baby gifts: a bonnet, a cardigan, and booties. With each you’ll learn new knitting techniques and have beautiful clothes to give.

Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer

Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer
Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer
Small Things Bonnet by Carina Spencer

Carina Spencer’s Small Things Bonnet is a great pattern that comes with 2 hat styles – a rounded bonnet and a pixie hood – and 2 closure options – a button or i-cord ties. I knit the pixie hood for a friend’s baby and loved making it; I loved seeing on their little boy even more.

I used Blue Sky Worsted Cotton, which is the yarn we’re recommending you use. It’s super soft organically-grown cotton, so it’s perfect for tiny, fragile heads. And it comes in an amazing range of colors. You can use any comparable worsted weight yarn, however, for yours.

The pattern is sized for infants, toddlers, children, and adults – you could make them for the whole family!

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer
Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer

The Small Things Sweater has the same beautiful details as the Bonnet on a double-breasted cardigan. Again, Worsted Cotton is the perfect yarn in either or matching or complementary color. Knit from the top down with a built-in edging, it’s available in 7 sizes from newborn to 2T.

Baby Booties by Loop Staff

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I wanted a pair of booties to go with this set, so Kathy and I worked out this pattern together. They’re made seamlessly in the round on double pointed needles. Once you’re familiar with the pattern, you can knit a pair quickly, making them perfect for a last minute gift.

Click here to see the current schedule for these classes and join us in knitting for little ones!

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6 Simple Knits to Keep You Cool This Summer

Quince & Co Kestrel & Sparrow

Linen is a cool, crisp fiber that’s wonderful year-round and especially good for summer wear. This season we’ve brought in 2 linen yarns from Quince & Co: Kestrel and Sparrow.

Both yarns are made with Belgian organic linen and spun in Italy. Kestrel is a ribbon yarn, a knitted tube, that can be knit on a needle as large as a US 10. Sparrow is smooth yarn that can be knit with anything between US 2 and US 6 needles. Both yarns will create fabric with beautiful drape and luster.

Two fun facts about linen:
1. Linen gets softer as you wear and wash it, so your projects will only improve with time.

2. Stockinette stitch edges in linen will hardly curl. Several of the garments below are knit without ribbed edgings or hems.

Projects for Kestrel

Pam Allen's Davis Pullover in Kestrel Yarn
Davis by Pam Allen uses only stockinette stitch for a comfortable top with a wide, boxy body and fitted sleeves.

Pam Allen's Morning Glory Cardigan in Kestrel Yarn
Morning Glory by Pam Allen is an open cardigan with a simple lace motif on the front edges and 3/4 sleeves.

Alicia Plummer's Hudson cowl.
Hudson by Alicia Plummer makes for a fun summer accessory with color blocking and a little texture.

Projects for Sparrow

Pam Allen's Forsythia tank top.
Forsythia by Pam Allen takes a simple tank to the next level with color blocking and pockets.

Carrie Bostick Hoge's Lena Tee.
Lena Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge is a simple tee with cap sleeves and garter stitch at the yoke and split hem.

Carrie Bostick's Brise Cardigan
Brise Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge has an open front and is knit entirely in stockinette stitch for a soft, easy fit.

Kestrel and Sparrow are available in-store with a selection of patterns, including Hannah Fettig’s Knitbot Linen. Follow these links to see more designs for Kestrel and Sparrow.

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Liz Gipson Weaving Trunk Show + Demonstration

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Weaving Trunk Show + Demonstration
Friday, June 17 from 6 to 8pm: FREE!

Come see what weaving’s all about! With a rigid heddle loom like Schacht’s Cricket, you can weave scarves, placemats, table runners, and much more – and in less time than it takes to knit or crochet. And you can use the same yarn you’d use for knitting, in fact, weaving is a great stash buster! On Friday night, Liz Gipson will demonstrate how to set-up and use a rigid heddle loom and have the samples from her book, Weaving Made Easy.

Liz Gipson is one of weaving’s top – if not the top – rigid heddle weaving designers and teachers. She has a degree in wool science and has worked in the industry at companies like Schacht Spindle and Interweave. She’s appeared on PBS, The DIY Network, and HGTV. Liz is the author of Weaving Made Easy, which was recently revised and updated. Now working on her own, Liz designs weaving patterns and teaches rigid heddle weaving. We’re very excited to welcome her to Loop and hope you’ll join us for an evening of weaving!

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This Week at Loop: Thursday, June 9

Stephen West Brioche Class

Westknits Trunk Show and Meet & Greet with Stephen West: Friday, June 10 from 5:30-7pm – FREE!

Come say hi to Stephen tomorrow night and see all his latest designs in person!

New In-store

Quince KestrelQuince + Co Kestrel: 100% organic linen, worsted, 50g / 76 yards.


Quince SparrowQuince + Co Sparrow: 100% organic linen, fingering, 50g / 168 yards.


Sweet Georgia BulletproofSweet Georgia Bulletproof Sock: 50% superwash merino wool, 15% silk, 15% mohair, 20% nylon, fingering, 100g / 437 yards.


Debbie Bliss Stitch MugsDebbie Bliss Stitch Mugs


Upcoming Classes

tapestry weavingTapestry Weaving, Saturday, June 11.


Spinning YarnIntroduction to Spinning, Saturday, June 11.


Granny Square BlanketLearn to Crochet, begins Wednesday, June 22.


Upcoming Events

Weaving-Made-Easy-Low-Rez-283x300Liz Gipson Weaving Trunk Show & Demonstration: Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm.


Schedule Change

The shop will be closed on Sunday, June 12. Otherwise, our summer hours are:

Tuesday through Friday, 11am-6pm / Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm / Monday, closed.

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