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Guernsey Wrap Knitalong

Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood

Join us at the end of the month for our Guernsey Wrap Knitalong! We’ll begin on Sunday, February 26 at knitting circle, which runs from 3-5pm, and meet weekly to work on our wraps. There isn’t a firm end date, but we’ll aim to finish in 4-6 weeks. If you’re unable to join us in the shop, join us on Instagram by using the hashtag #loopknitsguernsey.

Jared Flood designed the Guernsey Wrap for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. It features bands of stitch patterns found on fishermen’s sweaters for a large, rectangular wrap. The pattern is only charted, not written, but it’s a good one to start with if you haven’t knit from charts before.

Guernsey Wrap in Shelter Flannel

Shelter is a light and airy woolen spun yarn. It has a woolly feel and comes in an amazing palette of fleece-dyed tweeds. You’ll need 5 skeins of Shelter and a 32-inch US 8 circular needle to knit the Guernsey Wrap. We made ours, shown above, in the color Flannel.

Other worsted weight options include Blue Sky Woolstok (6 – 50g skeins or 2 – 150g skeins), Fibre Company Cumbria (3 skeins) and Berroco Ultra Alpaca (3 skeins).

When Arbor was released last fall, Flood updated the pattern, so it now includes the instructions for both worsted and DK weight yarns.

Arbor is a smooth, round DK weight yarn. Its 3-ply construction has crisp stitch definition that’s great for knit-purl patterns like the ones in the Guernsey Wrap. You’ll need 8 skeins of Arbor and a 32-inch US 6 circular needle for the project; it’s shown above in the color Degas.

The Guernsey Wrap is a big project, so it’s perfect for a knitalong where we can encourage each other to finish. Hope you’ll join us!

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Knit 4: Pick Your Project

knitting classes

Once you’ve taken Knit 1, 2, and 3 you’ve learned quite a bit about knitting. You know how to: cast on, bind off, knit, purl, knit 2 together, slip slip knit, weave in yarn ends. You’ve used straight needles, circular needles, and double pointed needles. And your list of FO’s (that’s Finished Objects) is growing.

Where you go from here is up to you. In Knit 4, you can pick a project and work on it at your own pace. You’ll have the guidance of one of our instructors, and the company of other beginner knitters like you.

While there are many projects you could make – and we’re happy to help you find the right one – here are a few suggestions.

Favorite Scarves

Favorite Scarves
Each of these 5 scarves uses a classic stitch pattern: garter, seed stitch, 2×2 rib, mistake rib, basket weave. They are a perennial winter favorite because they are fun to knit and make a cozy, textured scarf.

Arranmore Cowl

Arranmore Cowl
The Arranmore Cowl uses seed stitch for a textured infinity scarf. It’s knit entirely in the round on a circular needle.

Amaro Mitts

Amaro Mitts
Amaro Mitts are cozy hand warmers sized for adult men and women. They’re knit entirely on double pointed needles and use increases to form the thumb gusset.

Boneyard Shawl

Boneyard Shawl
Boneyard is a triangular shawl with garter ridges on a stockinette field. It’s knit flat using a circular needle with a long cord. It’s a great project for learning the very popular top down shawl structure.

South Street Pullover

South Street Pullover
The South Street Pullover is sized for babies and kids up to 12 years of age. It’s knit entirely in the round using circular and double pointed needles. This is our most challenging suggestion. You’ll use the skills you have and learn a few new ones too. It’s a great project for learning the top down structure, especially if you plan to knit one for yourself!

Again, these are just a few of the many things you can knit with your newly-acquired skills. Feel free to discuss other options with us. See you in class!

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Knitting Cables with Norah Gaughan

Norah Gaughan returns to Loop on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2017. She’s teaching 4 classes on knitting and designing cables. Read on for the descriptions and sign up today!

Norah is one of knitting’s top designers, teachers, and authors. She served as design director at JCA Yarns and at Berroco Yarns for many years and she is the author of several pattern books.

Norah’s most recent book, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, is a must-have for every knitter’s library. It contains more than 150 new cable stitch patterns, how to design your own, and how to mix and match cables in a knitting pattern, 15 new patterns for wraps, sweaters, and accessories, and photography by Jared Flood.

We’re thrilled that Norah is able to visit us again. Don’t miss this chance to experience a class with her!

Cabled Hat

$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 10am-1pm
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Design a cabled hat without the hard work part. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class, and learn how to complete your hat by following pre-written design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat or beret. All three styles can be knit seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed. Experience reading charts is helpful, but if you’ve never done it before, you can learn it here.

The variety of charts will include a range of difficulty so intermediate or advanced knitters can forge ahead and take on a more challenging chart while beginners can keep it simple.

Homework: Test your yarn to make sure it makes an attractive, firm fabric at 5 sts / inch. Bring your blocked swatch to class.

Materials: Approximately 200 yds of worsted weight yarn – gauge 20 sts / inch. Needles to get gauge + 2 sizes smaller, your choice of straight, 2 circulars or double points. Two circulars are recommended so you can learn the method of seamless knitting using 2 circular needles at once. Cable needle or dp needle to use as a cable needle

Knitting 2 Sided Cables

$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 2-5pm
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Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Materials: Worsted weight wool in a light or medium color. Needles to match the yarns + cable needle or dpn.

Cabled Cloche

$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 10am-1pm
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Learn some of Norah’s favorite techniques while knitting her cabled cloche and customizing it for yourself. You can knit it as shown in the photo or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

Materials: 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, US 7 & US 8 needles, cable needle or dpn, and stitch markers.

Make It Your Own – Patterned Yoke

$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 2-5pm
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Do you love knitting from the top down? Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho or even sweater without having to do the hard part? Join designer Norah Gaughan for this fun hands-on workshop. Begin by choosing from the variety of textures or cables Norah has designed and practice on a cowl. Learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s ‘fill in the blanks’ template.

Materials: Bring a variety of knitting needles for knitting swatches with worsted or bulky weight yarn. Grab Sizes 7-10 so you’ll have the right needle for both ribbing and the pattern stitch. You’ll need both 16 and 24″ lengths. Bring a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.


PLEASE NOTE: Non-refundable pre-payment is required to reserve your space. Please make sure you can make the class when you register.

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Amaro Mitts

The Amaro Mitts are a simple pair of hand warmers that use color-blocking for a touch of color. They are made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a bouncy DK-weight yarn that’s soft and warm. Perfect for keeping the cold at bay!

Arbor is Brooklyn Tweed’s first worsted-spun yarn, so it has a round, smooth finish. It’s spun from a finer wool fiber than the others, so it’s softer too. And it’s a 3-ply yarn, which gives it a great stitch definition and bounce.

The Amaro Mitts pattern includes two sizes, women’s medium and men’s medium. We used colors Gale & Alizarin for the women’s mitts and Porter & Gale for the mens. To make your own, you’ll need two skeins of Arbor, each in a different color.

The pattern is free with the purchase of two skeins; it’s available for purchase individually too.

The Amaro Mitts work up quickly, making them a great gift too!

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Mountain Laurel Yarn Company Trunk Show

Mountain Laurel Yarn

Join us on Saturday, January 28 from 12-4pm when Mountain Laurel Yarn Company will be here with their beautiful breed-specific yarn and a trunk show of samples. Mountain Laurel is a local, women-owned small business – we’re very excited to welcome them to Loop!

Mountain Laurel’s yarns are made with locally-sourced fiber and milled here in Pennsylvania. Some of the yarns they’ll be bringing include: CVM/Silk blend, BFL, Shetland, Romney Corriedale, and Merino. They also have a beautiful luxury blend yarn of Merino, Cotton, Linen and Silk!

Here are some projects they’ll be bringing for us to see!

Mountain Laurel Yarn Cardigan

Hope you can join us!

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Spinning with Jillian Moreno

Join us January 20, 21 & 22, 2017 for a weekend of spinning with Jillian Moreno! We’ll kick off the weekend with a book signing and spinning circle on Friday evening. Then join us Saturday for a full day class based on Jillian’s new book, Yarnitecture, and on Sunday for two half-day classes. Read on for details!

Jillian’s been spinning – and knitting, crocheting, weaving, and being generally crafty – for many years. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Ad Manager and Catalyst of Knitty Magazine. She’s a regular contributor to Ply Magazine, and currently sits on the editorial board. Jillian teaches spinning across the country – and now, right here in Philadelphia!


Yarnitecture Book Signing & Spinning Circle

FREE! – Friday, January 20 from 5-7:30pm

See the designs from Jillian’s latest book, Yarnitecture, in person. We’ll have copies here for sale, which Jillian will be happy to sign for you. Bring your wheel and join us for a little spinning time together!

Yarnitecture : Building Exactly the Yarn You Want

$185, includes fiber for class – Saturday, January 21 from 10am-5pm (includes a 1-hour lunch break)
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Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand? Do you always spin the same yarn? Do you have a dream yarn you just can’t make happen? Are you unhappy with what happens to the colors when you spin a variegated top or roving? Do you love your handspun yarn, but don’t like how it looks knitted?

In this class, we’ll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top — yarn you’ll love to knit with. Together we’ll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch.

We’ll start by talking about the blueprint for a yarn, the yarn vision. We’ll break yarn down into all of its parts. We’ll build your yarn’s foundations by exploring fiber breeds and preparations. The walls – they’re the different drafting and plying methods we’ll work with. Finally, the roof goes on as we manipulate variegated top and roving to get the colors you’ve chosen just the way you want them.

All along the way you’ll get tips to keeping your yarn’s end use or yarn vision in mind and your yarn consistent. This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with!

Twist and Ply: The Difference Ply and Twist Direction Make to Your Knitting

$90, includes fiber for class Sunday, January 22 from 10am-1pm
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Have you ever knit with your handspun and something just wasn’t right? Maybe your cables were floppy or your lace wasn’t open enough? The answer may lie in your chosen ply. The answer may also lie in the direction of twist and your style of knitting, or a combination of both.

In this class, we’ll spin and knit while exploring the effect ply and have on knitted fabric.

Together we’ll answer these questions:

• What makes cables pop?

• How to ply for open lace

• What about singles for knitting?

• What is chain plying good for?

• Why use more than 2 plies?

• Does the way I knit add more twist to my knitting or do I lose twist?

• How do I compensate for twist loss or gain in yarn?

We’ll also discuss the effects fiber breeds and blends, preparation, and woolen and worsted drafting can have on plying.

Cheaper by the Dozen: Twelve Ways to Spin Variegated Top

$90, includes fiber for class – Sunday, January 22 from 2-5pm
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How many ways are there to spin a variegated top?

You are only limited by how fast you can spin. This class will take you through at least a dozen ways to work with variegated top. In this fast paced class we’ll explore spinning variegated tops to combine and blend colors for stark contrast or beautiful subtlety.

You’ll spin yarns and knit samples that will show the effects of changing the color flow on variegated fibers. You’ll learn ways to keep your yarn colors exactly the same as your fiber braid. You’ll learn the whys and how-tos of combining multiple variegated tops.

In this class we’ll explore:

• Mixing colors with plying

• Blending colors through drafting at the wheel

• Mixing 2 or more braids

• The easiest way to choose multiple braids to mix for a hat or for a sweater.

• How yarn size, fiber prep and your drafting style affects variegated yarns.

This class will give you a better idea of how braid in hand looks after it’s spun and knit After you spin in this class you’ll never look at your stash the same way again.