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Arranmore Cowl

Arranmore Yarn

Arranmore is a luxurious new yarn from the Fibre Company for the Fall 2016 season. A modern take on traditional tweed, Arranmore combines merino, cashmere, and silk for a soft, textured, and colorful yarn – perfect for winter sweaters and accessories.


We made a simple seed stitch cowl using two skeins in the Odrhan colorway. Arranmore’s heavier worsted weight makes for a quick knit that you can wear right away!



Fibre Company Arranmore Yarn: 2 skeins; shown in Odrhan.

32-inch US9 circular needle.

Stitch marker.

Cast on 151 sts. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: K1, P1 to end.
Round 2: P1, K1 to end.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you have used all but a few yards.

Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in ends. Enjoy!

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Take a Class with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina Bilow

Shaina wearing her Starry Snood design.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13 for four fabulous classes with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina Bilow has over 14 years of knitting experience, including 12 years of experience as a teacher, yarn shop owner, and designer. Her designs have been featured in Tahki/Stacy Charles Publications, Noro Magazine, Interweave Magazine, and Knitscene Magazine. Click here to see them all!

Shaina is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting and Crochet Teacher and a professional knitwear finisher. Patient, encouraging, sweet, and fun, we’re very excited to welcome Shaina to Loop for the first time!


$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 10am-1pm


Learn how fun it is to work stranded colorwork in this workshop! Fair Isle is a color knitting technique in which you work two different colors on the same row or round to create repeated patterns in projects. Think Scandinavian sweaters! In this class, we will make a Fair Isle hat using either a snowflake, skull, heart, or checkered motif (shown above on left). While working Fair Isle in the round, you will learn to knit with your “other” hand and to read simple colorwork charts.

Materials: 2 or 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (about 120 yards of a main color and 50 yards of a contrast color that agree with your motif selection of either snowflake, skull, heart, or checkerboard), size US 7 16” circular knitting needles, size US 7 DPN, stitch markers, and a pen or pencil.

Prerequisites:: Ability to cast on, knit, purl, and work in the round on circular needles.

Homework: Using worsted weight yarn and size 7 16″ circular needles, cast on 90 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in either (K1, P1) ribbing or (K3, P3) ribbing for about 1-1.5” (your desired band width) and bring this to class with the other materials.

Note: if you prefer to work the Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith (shown above on right), please print the pattern, cast on as per pattern and work the ribbing and the increase round. We will start with chart row 1 at class together.

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$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 2-5pm


Brioche knitting is incredibly popular in the knitting world right now. Learn how to work this intriguing “ribbed” stitch during this workshop. Brioche stitch brings a unique cellular texture to knitted items and is perfect for cozy accessories and simple sweaters. We will practice two different techniques of working single-color brioche before beginning another sample in two colors. Pattern ideas to practice your new skills are provided at the end of the class.

Prerequisites: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and size US 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm) knitting needles – one 24″ circular needle. Note: circular needles are necessary for the two-color swatch.

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CHART-OGRAPHY: A knitter’s guide to reading charts

$60 – Sunday, November 13 from 10am-1pm


Learn the language of knitting charts and never shy away from charted knitting patterns again! Not your average chart reading class, we will be coloring, knitting up cables, and starting a lace shawl together.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, familiarity with different knit and purl stitch patterns (seed, stockinette, ribbing, etc.), and some basic knowledge of cables and lace stitches is helpful.

1 ball of medium to light-colored, smooth worsted weight yarn, One pair of size US 7 or 8 needles, One pair of size US 9 knitting needles, Pen or pencil, Lock-ring stitch markers, Cable needle (or a size US 6 or 7 Double-pointed needle), Row counter (if desired), Ruler or post-it notes, Highlighter pens in a few colors.

During this class we will also be starting a shawl. You can practice starting the shawl with the worsted weight yarn you’ll bring to class and size US 9 needles.

If you prefer to start your “actual” shawl rather than practicing, you’ll need at least 250g of a smooth texture, solid or subtly multi-colored or striped yarn (no marled yarns or high-contrast multi-colors). Fingering weight is on a size 4 needle, sport weight is on a size 6 needle, DK weight is on a 7 needle, and worsted weight is on a size 9 needle. You can use whichever weight yarn you prefer or have in your stash.

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$60, plus $25 yarn & bead kit – Sunday, November 13 from 2-5pm


Make this stunning 1920’s-inspired necklace during this class. Learn how to knit with beads, work a special bead cast-on, make short-rows, and how to professionally finish your necklace. These make great gifts!

Prerequisites: Ability to knit and purl.

Materials: Size US 3 knitting needles (either 14″ straights or 24″ circulars), 4 small stitch markers, and a US C/3 crochet hook. Gatsby Beaded Necklace kit (available in-store) for $25 OR 16 yards of sport or DK weight yarn, 130 size #6/0 seed beads, one .75” – 1” button.

Homework: string all of the beads onto the yarn before class.

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Stranded Knitting with Mary Jane Mucklestone

Knitwear designer and teacher Mary Jane Mucklestone will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2, 2016 to teach 3 stranded knitting classes. Read the descriptions below and sign up today to reserve your space!

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand knitting designer who loves to knit, especially with color. She’s the author of 2 new books featuring stranded colorwork; the stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs: The Knitter’s Directory, and Fair Isle Style a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 popular designers. Her first book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages.

Muckle Mitts

Mary Jane travels the world studying traditional knitting techniques and learning about the history of the craft. She’s a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She’s taught all over the world – we’re thrilled to finally have her here at Loop!

$150 – Tuesday, November 1 from 10am to 5pm (includes 1-hour lunch break)

Let Mary Jane introduce you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting. In this technique class, you’ll learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends and finishing techniques.

This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique. We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.

Skills covered: left handed, right-handed and combination style stranding.

Prerequisites/Experience: Knowledge of knitting and purling and how stitches are mounted on the needle; knitting in the round.

Supplies to bring: 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn – make sure the colors have high contrast, 50-100 yards each. 16-inch circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US7 (4.5mm), one set of dpn in US 7 if making a hat. Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle. Paper and pencil for notes.

Homework: On smaller needle cast on 84 stitches. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. K1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 10am to 1pm

Explore what makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions by examining color choices and classic motifs used in stranded knitting. You’ll learn techniques for tacking down extra long floats found in many motifs, the Norwegian purl, and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects.

Technique Requirements: Two Color Knitting class or some experience with color work

Prerequisites/Experience: Knitters should be comfortable with knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles, some colorwork experience essential.

Supplies to Bring: Two or more colors of DK weight yarn, 100% wool preferred. Needles, 16-inch circular, the smallest size recommended on the ball band, and another one or two sizes larger. You won’t finish your hat in class, but to do so you’ll need a set of dpns in your larger sized needle.

Homework: With smallest needle, Cast on 84 stitches and knit one row.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 5pm

Begin designing with Fair Isle motifs by starting with a hat. In this design class a you’ll be given a basic hat pattern with multiple options for you to pick and choose to make it your very own.

Experiment with color! Go wild and even invent your own pattern motifs – MJ will show you how! Lots of individual attention with group participation encouraged.

Prerequisites/Experience: This design class is for intermediate knitters. You’ll need to know how to knit/purl; cast on/bind off; several methods of increasing/decreasing; working stranded colorwork in the round; chart reading; and have knit several stranded color work accessories.

Supplies to bring: 3-8 colors of worsted weight yarn, 100 – 150 yards each of two high contrast colors and 20-50 yards of additional colors, 16-inch circular needles in US6 and US7, one set US7 dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle, stitch markers, calculator, graph paper and a pencil for taking notes. Colored pencils if desired.

Homework: Choose which size you’d like to work on. Our target gauge is 20 stitches per 4 inches, but we’re really making a sample shaped like a hat, and the size your resulting hat is bound to fit someone you know, or you can donate it to a worthy charity. For our class, fit is less important than what we are learning. Sizes: S (M, L) = 16 (19, 22) inches.

On smaller circular needle, with color of your choice, cast on 72 (88, 104) stitches, join for working in the round taking care not to twist. Work K1,P1 rib for one round. If you know you would like a ribbed brim continue for as long as you would like your ribbing to be, at least an inch. Other options would be different rib patterns, corrugated ribbing, moss stitch etc.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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Baines Cowl

Baines Cowl

Baines is a new cowl pattern that uses our Studio Plus yarn. It’s made in the round with alternating sections of garter stitch and an easy lace pattern.

Baines Cowl, close up

Studio Plus is a 3-ply yarn, so it’s squishy and bouncy, and it gives Baines that same feel. At 60 inches around and 7.75 inches tall, you can really wrap yourself up in Baines when it’s cold, which, thankfully, it will be again soon!

Baines Cowl, open

To knit Baines you’ll need 2 skeins of Studio Plus (ours is shown in Sketchbook) and a 40-inch US 9 circular needle.

The pattern is free when you purchase 2 skeins of Studio Plus. You can also purchase it individually by clicking here.

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Liverpool Yarn Trunk Show

Liverpool Yarns

Join us Saturday, October 1 from 12-3pm for a visit with Liverpool Yarns!

Liverpool is a Philadelphia company owned by Erika Flory and Colleen Puckett. Working with other women-owned businesses, they produce wool yarn from local Shetland sheep that’s spun in Pennsylvania, and original designs created especially with these unique yarns in mind.


Shetland sheep come in a wide range of colors. Liverpool doesn’t dye the fleece, so the different colors are naturally occurring and vary from year to year, making them even more special.

Erika and Colleen will bring us a selection of their beautiful yarn and all of their garments for you to see and try on in person. Please come join us!

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Meet Arne & Carlos!


Norwegian knitting sensations Arne & Carlos will be here on Wednesday, September 21, 2016!

From 2-5pm, learn stranded knitting in the round in their Norwegian Wrist Warmer class (follow the link to sign up!).

Then join us from 5:30-7pm to meet and chat with Arne & Carlos! There’s no need to RSVP – just come on in!

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are designers and textile artists, best known for their craft books and their colorful designs. They are inspired by Scandinavia’s long design history and their life in rural Norway.

Arne & Carlos have published several best-selling books including 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos, Norwegian Knits with a Twist with Arne & Carlos, and Knitted Dolls by Arne & Carlos. We’ll have a selection of books available for purchase; Arne & Carlos are happy to sign them for you!

Please join us in welcoming Arne & Carlos to Loop!