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October 6, 2008

Where to Shop for Knitting Wool

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If you are interested in buying some knitting wool, whether you are planning to make a sweater or some doilies, you are going to need to know where you can shop for knitting wool. Because knitting is such a popular activity and always has been, there is definitely no lacking in terms of selection here.

However, there are a few places in particular that you are going to want to check out if you want to get high quality knitting wool for an affordable price.


Anyone looking for yarn of any style or color should check out the Wool-Tyme Company. They feature alpaca, angora, and mohair wool as well as baby yarns, cotton yarns, eyelash yarns, ladder and ribbon, novelty yarns, and even a selection of silk, linen, and bamboo.

Not only that but they even have a variety of patterns to choose from, so you may want to browse through this selection to find a pattern that you can use, whether you already have an idea on what you want to create with your knitting or not.

Simply Wool

Another wool company that offers quite a vast and comprehensive selection is Simply Wool. An online company, they offer rowan yarns, rowan pattern books, sidar yarns, sidar patterns, baby knitting, knitting needles, bamboo needles, and also crochet tools and materials.

They have every color you could possibly imagine and for great prices as well, so you can have fun with your knitting and not have to worry about going broke just to buy a couple bundles of wool.


There is also Needlenook, which is a fantastic company to check out if you are looking for knitting wool. They too offer knitting patterns, so the process can be as quick and convenient for you as possible because you can choose a pattern that you love first and they will advise you as to which wools you are going to need to create it.

Keep in mind that these are certainly not the only retailers offering knitting wool and so just take a bit of time, browse through the available selection and choose the company that you prefer. Knitting can be a very fun and enjoyable hobby, and the best part of all is that you end up with beautiful creations that you can treasure for yourself or give out as gifts to your family and friends.

Learning to knit is easy, just make sure that you start off with a smaller, easier knitting pattern and then work your way up as you start to get the hang of it.

4 Play Sideways Gloves Knitting Pattern

Filed under: pattern — iceyarn @ 6:46 pm
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Hello everyone 🙂
After such a good response to the 8-ply Sideways Gloves I decided to post the pattern for the 4 ply (fingering weight, sock yarn, baby wool) version here for free for everyone else to use. The gloves pictured are made in Noro Self Striping Sock Yarn.

gloves green

gloves green

So here it is:

4 Ply Sideways Gloves

Sizes: S (M, L)

1 pair 3.25mm (U.S. size 3, U.K. size 10)
Approx. 50 grams 4-ply, fingering weight or sock yarn. (Note this project looks really great when made in variegated or self-striping yarns)
Yarn needle to sew pieces together.

25 stitches over 10cm (4″) in garter stitch. If you have more stitches, use a larger sizes needle. If you have less stitches, use a smaller size needle.
It is a good idea to check your tension again with each different type of yarn that you choose to make a pair of gloves from.

Cc/0 (Cable Cast On): Insert your right hand needle between first and second stitches on your left hand needle and knit 1, placing the new stitch on the left hand needle. Continue working between the last 2 stitches on the left hand needle until you have the desired amount of stitches.
Inc (Increase): Knit into the front and back of the stitch, making an extra stitch.
Ssk: Slip first stitch on left hand needle onto right hand needle purl wise, k1, pass the first stitch back over. Therefore decreasing a stitch.
K2tog: Knit 2 together.
R (Reinforce): Bring yarn to the front as if to purl the next stitch. Slip the next stitch purl wise to right hand needle, take yarn to the back of work. Return the slipped stitch back to the left hand needle without working it, bring yarn to the front again.

You will begin at the little finger edge and work across to the thumb.

Make 2 the same:
Cast on 48 (50, 52) sts (using Cable Cast on method).
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Inc in first st, knit to end.
Row 3: Knit to last 2 sts, inc in next st, k1.
Row 4: Knit to last 16 (17, 17) sts, R, turn.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 8: Ssk, knit to end.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: Cast off 12 (13, 15) sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 19 (20, 22) sts. Knit across all sts.
Row 11-19: As for Rows 1-9.
Row 20: Cast off 16 (17, 19) sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 19 (20, 22) sts. Knit across all sts.
Rows 21-29: As for Rows 1-9.
Row 30: Cast off 20 (21, 23) R, turn. Cc/o 15 (16, 18) sts. Knit across all sts.
Rows 31-39: As for Rows 1-9.
Row 40: Cast off 25 (26,27) sts, R, turn, k1. Cc/o 12 (13, 14) sts. Knit cast on sts, k2 R, turn.
Row 41: Knit.
Row 42: Inc in first st, k16 (17, 18) , R, turn.
Row 43: Knit to last 2 sts, inc in next st, k1.
Row 44: K21 (22, 23), R, turn.
Row 45: Knit.
Row 46: K23 (24, 25), R, turn.
Row 47: Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 48: Ssk, k23 (24, 25), R, turn.
Row 49: Knit.
Row 50: Cast off all sts.

Finishing: Place 2 pieces together, matching the thumb and fingers up, and using a flat seam, sew your 2 pieces together to make one glove. Repeat with remaining 2 pieces to make 2nd glove.
Don’t rush sewing up your glove pieces. Steady, even stitches will really enhance the look and comfort of your finished gloves.

If you have any questions, queries, need assistance to complete your gloves or find an error, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I’ll gladly help where I can 🙂

Copyright is held by the author (SharaLambethDesigns). Copyright remains that of the author at all times. The pattern is for personal use only. Reproduction of this pattern in anyway (electronic, email, photocopying, transcribing etc) is strictly prohibited, except with the explicit permission of the author. Please do not sell the pattern or the finished product that is made using this pattern without permission of the author, as this is a direct infringement of the copyright laws protecting this pattern.
If you do want to sell the gloves you make using this pattern at a market, craft fair or in your online store please do ask, as in most cases I will give permission 🙂
And please feel free to make as many pairs of gloves as you can, to donate to your local charities.
Happy knitting!

August 28, 2008

Debbie Bliss Yarns

Filed under: Yarn Manufacturers — iceyarn @ 9:32 am
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Debbie Bliss makes nearly 20 different kinds of yarns, from simple cotton and wool knitting yarns to blends featuring alpaca, cashmere and silk. The yarns are all classic, allowing you to knit up items that will become heirlooms. The site includes information about Bliss’ books, one free pattern and information about overseas distribution.

August 27, 2008

Crystal Palace Yarns

Crystal Palace has around 50 different types of knitting yarn, including several 100 percent wool yarns and wool blends. They also have many unusual knit-alongs, railroad yarns, tape yarns and other fun products. Several yarns can be purchased undyed for those who like to dye their own. Site includes many patterns and a list of stores.

August 26, 2008

Cascade Yarns

Filed under: Yarn Manufacturers — iceyarn @ 9:01 am
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Cascade manufactures nearly 50 different varieties of knitting yarn, including hand-dyed wools, striping sock yarns and fun eyelash and other novelty yarns. Cascade also distributes Di.Ve, Bollicine, King Cole Yarns and Madil Yarns. The site includes a store locator and some free patterns.

August 25, 2008

Burr Oak Farms

Filed under: Yarn Manufacturers — iceyarn @ 9:07 am
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Located in Dresser, Wisconsin, Burr Oak produces yarn from its white and gray sheep. They sell natural colors as well as hand dyed yarn and yarns dyed with Japanese indigo.

August 24, 2008

Blue Sky Alpacas

Filed under: Yarn Manufacturers — iceyarn @ 9:27 am
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Blue Sky is the ultimate in luxury, offering more than 30 colors of sport-weight alpaca yarn, as well as alpaca silks and merinos, bulky wools, dyed cottons and more. They also have a line of organic cotton yarn in natural colors or made with natural dyes. The site includes a handful of free patterns and a store locator.

August 23, 2008

Black Water Abbey Yarns

Made in Ireland, Black Water Abbey yarns are 100 percent wool and come in worsted and fingering weights. Order yarn, kits or patterns direct from the company (based in Colorado), or check the community calendar for upcoming events where you can buy the yarn in person.

August 22, 2008


Filed under: Yarn Manufacturers — iceyarn @ 7:22 am

Berroco manufactures more than 60 varieties of knitting yarn, from novelties to silk, wool, cotton and nylon blends, as well 100 percent wool, 100 percent merino and 100 percent rayon yarns. The site includes free patterns, a store locator and a free newsletter.

August 21, 2008

Farm Yarn

A British manufacturer of natural alpaca knitting yarns, Farm Yarn personally selects the wool to be made into their yarn, which comes in several natural and tweed colors.

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