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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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Paintbrush Mitts

Paintbrush Mitts

Paintbrush Mitts are striped hand warmers made with our super soft Studio yarn. They’re perfect for a little extra warmth anytime you need it. Knit in the round with an after-thought thumb, they work up quickly and easily.

Paintbrush Mitt ColorsLoop Studio in Cadmium, Smock, Landscape, Smock, and Watercolor.

Our mitts are made with the colors Cadmium and Smock. We’ve made kits for them in this and two other color combinations: Landscape and Smock, and Watercolor and Smock. Click here to see the Paintbrush Mitt Kits.

Studio Collection

The Paintbrush Mitts are the third accessory we’ve knit with Studio. They’re pictured above with the Gallery Hat and the Portfolio Scarf. Follow the links for the patterns, and click here to shop for Studio!

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Winter Classes

Happy New Year! I hope the last days of 2013 were filled with warmth, good cheer and lots of wool. If you’re anything like me, you knit a LOT but there were still some projects you never quite got to knit! Maybe you were reticent to try a new technique on your own, or weren’t able to make the time to get started. Either way, there are projects you love just waiting to be knit!

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Let’s change that in 2014! Make time for yourself and your knitting and join us for a class this winter. We’re making sweaters, socks, mittens and cowls. We’re crocheting, cabling and knitting on double points! It’s all happening right here at Loop, surrounded by cozy, colorful yarn with other adventurous crafty souls! Sounds like a good way to spend a chilly winter night, doesn’t it? I think so too!

To register for a class, please call 215-893-9939 or stop by the shop! See you soon!

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October Knitalong: Cruiser Mittens

Now that cooler weather is in sight, it’s time to think about how we’ll keep warm in winter. So for October’s Knitalong, we’ve chosen Cailyn Meyer’s Cruiser mittens. They’re just the thing to keep our hands toasty warm! Knit in the round with ribbed cuffs and featuring a cable motif on a stockinette background, they’re great for both women and men.

Cruiser by Cailyn Meyer

The Cruiser pattern is free. Click here to download your copy.

For our Cruisers, we’ll be using Rowan Creative Focus Wool, a wonderful blend of wool and alpaca. It’s hearty yet soft, great for everything from hats and scarves to sweaters and blankets. For Cruiser, it has the stitch definition to make the cables stand out and will feel soft and warm on your hands.

As the October Yarn of the Month, Creative Focus Wool is 10% off through October 31, 2012.

The Knitalong begins on October 1. To join in, just visit the Knitalong thread on Ravelry. Post a photo of your finished mittens by the end of the month and you could win a $20 gift certificate to Loop!

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Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Trunk Show

We have a trunk show of Brooklyn Tweed knitting patterns for Shelter yarn in the shop. Here’s what you can see when you stop in. Click on the photos for more information about the knitting patterns.

Topiary Scarf or Wrap by Brooklyn Tweed
Topiary
Rosebud hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Rosebud
Ninian hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Ninian
Nero scarf by Brooklyn Tweed
Nero
Muir hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Muir
Huxley vest by Brooklyn Tweed
Huxley
Flint mittens by Brooklyn Tweed
Flint
Broome hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Broome
Bedford pullover by Brooklyn Tweed
Bedford

The trunk show will be in the shop until November 20. Stop in and take a look!

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Swans Island Fingerless Mitts

Swans Island Worsted yarn is spun in Maine from certified organic merino wool. It’s hand dyed in small batches using non-metallic mordants and natural dyes like indigo, madder root, weld and other plant materials. Once knit and blocked, the resulting fabric has the luxurious feel of cashmere.

Swans Island Worsted Yarn Fingerless Mitts

For my first project with Swans Island Worsted, I made a pair of fingerless mitts with the color Indigo. I followed a free knitting pattern called Handed Yes, Fingered No – Mitts that Fit by Ellen M. Silva. They have a handsome stitch pattern that was easy to knit and left- and right-facing thumb gussets for a snugger fit.

Swans Island Worsted Yarn Fingerless Mitts

The mitts fit perfectly and feel fantastically soft. I made one alteration to the pattern and that was binding off the thumb stitches after the gusset was formed. I like the extra range of motion it gives my thumb.

I used less than one ball of Swans Island Worsted for the pair of mitts. There was enough yarn leftover, in fact, that I could’ve closed in the fingers and thumb and had mittens.

Because it’s certified organic and made with natural dyes, Swans Island Worsted yarn is more expensive than your average wool. The knitting and wearing experiences are so good, though, that I think it’s worth treating yourself.