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Knitting for Covenant House

To help make the holidays a little brighter for kids at Philadelphia’s Covenant House, we’ll be knitting and crocheting them hats, mittens, scarves, and baby blankets. If you’d like to help us, you can join us at Knitting Circle on Sundays from 3-5pm to work on your donation or drop them off any time during store hours.

Covenant House has been helping homeless youth in Philadelphia since 1999. They “work to help homeless, runaway, trafficked and at-risk youth escape the streets forever and transition to a life with stable housing, a solid educational foundation, and sustained employment.” You can read more about Covenant House and their work on their website.

Most of Covenant House’s clients are 18-21 years old, so please size your knits accordingly. You’re welcome to use any pattern you like – pick an old favorite or try something new! You can also use any yarn you have, although yarn that’s machine washable will be easier to care for.

For every item you donate, you’ll get a chance to win a $25 gift card to Loop. Hats and mittens earn you 1 chance, scarves earn you 3 chances, and baby blankets earn you 5. We’ll draw one winner at the end of November and one at the end of December, so you’ll have plenty of time to participate.

We’re also collecting items from Covenant House’s wishlist, so even if you don’t have time to knit, you can still participate. Here’s a list of things you can donate:

for Boys and Girls
Gift Cards for Movie Theater, Target, Walmart, Grocery Stores, $5 McDonalds
Sketch Pads
Soap (sensitive skin)
Winter Jackets
Playing Cards

for Boys
Hygiene gift sets (Axe, Old Spice, etc.)
Pajama pants
*Clothes Can range in size from S-XL But mainly M and L and should be in Black/Blue/Gray*

for Girls
Nail Polish
Lip Gloss
Bath & Body Works
Flat Iron
Hair Care Products
Toys (Ages Infant through 12)
Infant Carriers
Infant Seat Covers

Please note that they are asking for new items only, nothing used, at this time. For every non-knit item you donate, you’ll receive a chance to win a gift card too!

We all know how good it feels to wear something you knit and to receive a hand knit gift. Just imagine how good it will feel if no one’s ever made something for you. That’s what we can give these kids by doing something we already love to do.

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Spinning Circle – November 5

Join us for our first ever Spinning Circle! This Saturday, November 5 from 2-4pm.

Bring your wheel or your drop spindle and come spin the afternoon away.

This isn’t a class, just a time to gather with other spinners; however, if you’re curious about spinning, feel free to drop in and chat with us about it.

Please RSVP if you can, but you’re welcome to drop in too!

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A Certain Darkness in Canopy Fingering


It’s time to start layering, and the snuggly softness of Canopy Fingering definitely needs a place in your Fall wardrobe. A simple shawl with a pretty edging, A Certain Darkness by Sylvia McFadden is the vehicle for that incredible coziness!


Canopy Fingering is a luxe blend of baby alpaca, merino and bamboo. The alpaca & merino are super soft and the bamboo adds drape and a touch of shine. The fabric knits up light and warm; just what you’re looking for in chilly weather!


A Certain Darkness is worked sideways and on the bias, creating a triangular shape in a unique way. Mostly stockinette with a few garter ridges along the way, this design is finished off with a pretty picot edge.

To make this, you’ll need:

4 skeins of Canopy Fingering. We used the Red Ginger colorway.
US 4 32-inch circular needle

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An Evening in Old City

Join us for a evening of shopping, coffee drinking, and knitting at Select Shop 215, 41 S. 3rd Street, on Thursday, November 3 from 4-8pm.

We’ll be there with colorful yarn and a free pattern for a quick and easy knitted coffee cozy. As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing better than having your own unique cozy to keep your hands protected, plus they make great holiday gifts!

Bring your own US8 (5mm) double pointed needles (or 40-inch circular needle if you prefer a magic loop) or borrow some of ours at the event. While you knit and shop, you’ll enjoy delicious drinks from HubBub Coffee.

About twice the size of Omoi, its sister store on Pine Street, and located among Old City’s stellar boutique shopping scene, Select Shop 215 expands Omoi’s philosophy of thoughtful, useful goods for everyday life.

With a more indulgent selection of must-have items for home comfort, gift giving, and personal style, you’ll find home textiles, coffee and kitchen ware, jewelry and fragrance, accessories, and new additions to their expertly curated stationery assortment.

It’s the perfect place to jump-start your holiday gift shopping!

HubBub Coffee was brewed up with a creative spirit and an ambitious objective – to connect people through coffee. They combine the highest quality coffee products with unique locations, where the focus is on the coffee and the experience. Stop by one of their cafes in Radnor, Center City, or West Philadelphia for a steaming hot coffee or fresh cold brew.

You’ll enjoy delicious HubBub coffee while you shop and knit!

Please let Select Shop 215 know that you’ll be joining us; click here to send them an email. Feel free to drop in that night, however, even if you don’t RSVP. Hope to see you there!

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Arranmore Cowl

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 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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