Holiday KnitWit News


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Welcome to the Holiday 2014-2015 season at KnitWit Yarn Shop, featuring some new gift-making project ideas! We have spent these past few months testing patterns to make sure the directions are easy to understand and the yarn options widespread!

We’ve found some quick-to-knit hats for both the guys and gals on your list, some new fun cowl patterns, and a versatile fingerless glove pattern knit out of a scrumptious new yarn. Details can be found below!

In the yarn department we have a new shipment of Merino DK from String Theory  (for those of you wanting to make the ever-popular Honey Cowl) and Malabrigo Rasta and Mecha are in the cubbies for those of you looking for the hand dyed look in your holiday gifts. Cascade Yarn’s Magnum, Ecological Wool, and 128 Superwash have all arrived creating an abundance of color in the shop! And we just got in a “new to us” yarn called Simplinatural by HiKoo, a worsted-weight alpaca/merino/silk blend.

Another new arrival is Carrie Bostick Hoge’s book “Madder Anthology 1“. We were so lucky to have her trunk show last month and now we have hard-copies of the book here in the shop. So many beautiful patterns accompanied by beautiful photography – a “coffee table” book with patterns you will enjoy knitting. 

We also have an exciting book signing event involving several local designers coming up on December 6th! See below for more details.

And, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Knitting,



Gift-Making Inspirations

The Gridiron hat is a great woman’s or men’s hat pattern that uses bulky-weight yarn. Amy knit these up in Quince & Co’s Osprey and Malabrigo Mecha.

The Snappy hat is also a great unisex hat pattern that uses aran-weight yarn and features some simple cable work. These two are knit up in Berroco’s Vintage Chunky (but you could also use Quince & Co Osprey or Malabrigo’s Chunky).

The Landscape Cowl by Cecily Glowick MacDonald is a perfect project for Done Roving’s latest “Gradient” yarn cake. You just need one cake to knit it up and it really shows off the slowly changing colors.

These fingerless mitts are from the classic book Weekend Knitting and the pattern is written for three different yarn weights. These were knit up in the new Simplinatural by HiKoo, a beautiful baby alpaca/merino/mulberry silk blend – so soft and so warm!

This Arctic Circle cowl uses 2 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Tundra. It would make a beautiful gift for someone special on your list!

The Mio Brio Cowl is a quick knit that uses either a skein of Berroco’s Brio or a skein of Berroco’s Mojo (as photographed). We knit up “version 2″ which is the plain infinity style (version 1 is a moebius).

Upcoming Event: Dec 6

We are so thrilled to announce that on Saturday, December 6th from 1-3pm Carrie Bostick Hoge, Bristol Ivy and Cecily Glowick McDonald will all be here at the shop for a book signing event for their newest collaborative book, Elements. Stop in to say hello to these talented designers and purchase your own signed copy of this beautiful collection! And maybe treat yourself to yarn for a special project just for you!

Weekly Events
Thursday Open Knitting

Open Knitting is available Thursday nights from 4-6 pm! Please join us as we sit around the back table and work on our projects.

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    KnitWit Yarn Shop is honored to be Quince & Co.'s original flagship shop.
    We carry all 37 original colors and 4 heather colors of bulky Puffin, chunky Osprey, worsted Lark, sport weight Chickadee, and
    fingering weight Finch. KnitWit also has Tern: Quince & Co.'s wool/silk blend, in fingering weight, as well as beautiful 100% Belgium
    linen yarn: Sparrow. Owl, the newest addition, a wool/alpaca blend is also on the KnitWit shelves.

    Quince yarns are made primarily from US-grown wool. The wool is spun and dyed in Biddeford, Maine, just 20 minutes south of Portland.
    They come with their own line of simple yet sophisticated patterns. For the whole Quince story,
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    If you're not in Portland, Quince yarns may be ordered through their website.

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