Skill Building Shawls

In the recent Love of Knitting: Knit Accessories issue, the collection of patterns allows for the knitter to use a small project to learn new skills and techniques. Click here to purchase your hard copy or digital edition of the magazine. Three of the patterns use yarn hand-painted by Red Barn Yarn! These shawl patterns are great summer projects as they are portable, lightweight, and can be put to use right away to keep summer breezes or air-conditioning chills at bay.

The Wimbledon Shawl is a wonderful introduction to incorporating texture in your knitting. The shawl is knit in two sections – a cabled section to represent the racquets, and a lace section to represent the netting. The instructions include both written and charted directions. Don’t let the cables or lace intimidate you – each technique is an intentional manipulation of your knitting. Cables are simply switching the location of stitches and lace can be thought of as intentional holes! Red Barn Yarn is pleased to offer yarn kits in Wimbledon and U.S. Open colorways, click here for the details!

 Peaches and Cream is a lace shawl pattern in Llama Sparkle. This worsted weight yarn beautifully sets off the Lily of the Valley lace pattern. Working lace in a heavier weight yarn can be great as a first lace project as you’ll be able to really see your progress! Stitch markers are a key material in the making of this shawl; they are used to mark each side of the center back stitch.

 

 

If you are ready for a more involved lace project, consider the Colliers Wood Shawl. This pattern is worked in the round and the clever trick of changing needle sizes creates a flutter at the edge. The yarn is Black Pearl Fingering, hand-painted by Red Barn Yarn, a luxurious 50% pearl, 50% Tencel blend. In creating this shawl, you will have the opportunity to use lifelines, work from written or charted instructions, and finish with a picot bind off.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with these skill building shawls this summer! Let us know how it is going for you by leaving a comment on this blog post, over on our Facebook page, or in our Ravelry group. We’ve also put together a Pinterest board of “Helpful Advice” you will want to check out!

Game, Set, Knit

Over the last few years, knitting has been brought up in tennis conversations; did you notice? In 2011, Conor Niland of Ireland, served up a few caps for the innocent hat project. A woman was spotting knitting at a center court match during Wimbledon in 2012. This year, Red Barn Yarn is happy to continue this trend with the Wimbledon Shawl!

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Found in Love of Knitting’s Knit Accessories issue, the Wimbledon Shawl is composed of three sections. Each represents a different element in a tennis match, making this piece a creative way to show your love of this classic sport. Click here to be taken to Love of Knitting’s website, where you can purchase the issue that contains the Wimbledon Shawl.

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This shawl can also be done in red, white & blue, if your tournament of choice is the US Open! Red Barn Yarn has put together kits for this pattern (yarn only!). If you are interested in ordering a kit, please send an email to info@redbarnyarn.com. Payment is processed through PayPal at this time. An invoice will be sent to the email address provided in the order. Each kit includes 2 skeins of Red Barn Yarn Worsted (1 each Amethyst and Tennis Net, or 1 each Holiday Red and Flag Blue) and 20 yards of the “net strap” yarn. The kit price is $55.00, S&H is $5.00.

We hope you enjoy the tournament, indulge in strawberries and cream with Pimms, and enjoy building your skills while you knit the Wimbledon Shawl!

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A New Love of Knitting Mystery KAL

knitQDo you enjoy a good mystery in the summer? Red Barn Yarn has teamed up with Love of Knitting once again in a Mystery Knit Along! Last year’s mystery involved Red Barn Yarn Worsted in variegated colorways and cables; click here to view the project. This year, these exclusive kits contain our lovely Lace yarn and the beads you will need. The pattern is revealed as the mystery unfolds. Each clue is sent to your inbox in the Love of Knitting newsletter starting June 10; we hope you will join in the adventure!

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The goal of the mystery knit along is to have fun, try something new, and ultimately end up with a wonderful finished object! The clues are sent out every other week, so you can work at your own pace. Maybe this will be your first time to work with laceweight yarn or beads? Over on our Pinterest boards we have gathered a few tips, tricks, and advice for working with lace and beads that you might find useful as well as boards full of project inspiration.

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As you work through each of the clues, we would love to hear about your experience and see photos! We welcome your pictures and posts to the Red Barn Yarn Facebook page, Red Barn Yarn Afficianados Ravelry group, or even tag @RedBarnYarn on Twitter! Enjoy the mystery!

Light Layers

This year, the Spring season has brought with it highly changeable weather across the country! This can sure wreck havoc on planning your outfit for the day! A smart and fashionable move can be to dress in light layers and Red Barn Yarn is happy to bring you an assortment of project inspiration!

AprilVestsCables are not just for heavy winter sweaters! The Sideways Cable Vest, in Red Barn Yarn Worsted, will keep the Spring breezes at bay when you go out for a walk or to run errands. If you prefer a non-wool option, you might be drawn to Red Barn Yarn Llama Sparkle in the Women’s Open Vest pattern.

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We’ve also been keeping an eye on the Ravelry to see what other knitters are making. We would make the following pairings: Brightwood (from the latest Twist Collective) in Raw Silk & Wool, Hitofude Cardigan in Sock Sparkle, and Watson in Lace Glow.

Let us know what makes your list of light layers – comment here on the blog, over on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!

Red Barn Yarn Presents Shrugs for Spring

Customizable Shrug by Lorna Miser

Are you as ready to welcome Spring as we are? Changing out the winter woolens is as refreshing as feeling the sunshine again. Spring can still have chilly moments and shrugs are perfect accessories for this time of transition.

Sunflower Shrug by Carla Willingham

Do you have a shrug in your wardrobe yet? Cozy yet versatile as it can be dressed up or dressed down, a shrug is perfect over a shirt, tank, or dress. It has the comfort of a shawl but it stays on without a pin and keeps your arms warm also. It’s also a great gift because the sizing is very forgiving.

Two-Skein Shawl (Shrug Variation) by Catherine Petitti

Here we have shared a few of our favorite shrugs in Red Barn Yarns. Don’t forget, Red Barn Yarn participates in Ravelry’s In-Store Pattern Sales program! If your local yarn shop has opted-in to this feature, you can buy it through them and the pattern will be added directly to your Ravelry library!

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From left to right: Ribbed Lace Bolero by Kelly Maher, Sagebrush by Hanna Breetz, and
Shetland Shorty by Gudrun Johnston

Shrugs are great portable projects that take less time than a sweater, or even a vest! We took notice of these free patterns on Ravelry and think they would look great in one of your favorite Red Barn Yarn yarns. We wouldn’t shrug off a chance to see your shrug projects! Share your work with us and other Red Barn Yarn fans in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!