December 28, 2010
This Week at
The Knitter's Edge

This is the last newsletter of the 2010 year.  Instead of looking back at how wonderful this year has been for us at The Knitter's Edge, I am looking forward at how exciting next year can be.  I am hopeful and will do my very best to add so many new things to the shop, the classes, and the newsletter, that 2011 will be absolutely amazing!


The first changes you should see will be to the newsletter, my primary method of getting information to all of you. I have big plans:

1. More info on new yarns.

2.  More links to manufacturers' websites for colorcards

3.  More free patterns.

4.  You-Tube Videos- I hope I can pull this one off.

5.  More educational content.



We will be closed on Saturday, New Year's Day. This week, we will be open all of our regular hours other than Saturday. 

Our Mitten Tree


The Mitten Tree will be coming down this week.
But we hope you will continue to knit mittens for the kids.  Winter is barely upon us and we will be accepting and distributing mittens through the end of January.

Serveral people have asked for the patterns for the winning mittens.  Several of the winners were personal designs from the winners, but I will try my best to get the patterns.
Our New Charity Knitting Project


Last January we knitted Hats for the Homeless. I was blown away by the number of hats we collected- 499! What we accomplished had a definite effect on our community.  So much so that Laura Howell- head of our Charty Knitting group- has already received many, many requests for hats for this 2010-2011 winter season.


While we can't know how harsh the weather will be this winter, we can be sure that the need will be greater than last year as there are many more people struggling due to the poor economy.  To put it bluntly, the number of homeless in our community is rising.


I am confident we can make a significant difference once again this year.  I have planned ahead and developed new patterns and have ordered additional yarns.


So through the month of January, I will have a new pattern available each week- if not 2 patterns each week ( I don't want to get in over my head).  We will have suitable yarns available at very reasonable prices, and several samples on display.


This year it has been requested that we have scarves and cowls knit too,  so I will be adding patterns and yarns for those items as well.


This is something we can do for OUR community.  Let's see if we can beat last years numbers!


To get everyone started, we will continue to feature Encore Mega- (the fastest knitting yarn there is) in our swimming pool at a discount price of $5.00 a ball.  Just one ball can make a hat in record time.  You can use these 3 hat patterns for this yarn.  I will also have a new pattern for the next newsletter. so you can spend some time over the New Years Weekend knitting up a hat or two.


One ball Mega hats:  All 3 hats shown here use a 16" circular size 15 plus large double pointed needles for the very top.  All 3 of the following patterns are available at the shop, with the purchase of Encore Mega.


maria's mega hat1.Basic Rolled Brim Hat- great for the absolute beginner- just the knit stitch needed. 












Encore Mega Ribbed Hat2. Ribbed Hat- The simple ribbing gives you a hat that will snuggly fit any head.











Mega hat with Braid3.  Simple Textured Hat-- Very stylish, and if you remove the top braid you get a perfect unisex hat.




New Pattern for you to try

We haven't featured a new pattern for Mochi Plus in awhile.  The last one was a HUGE hit, and we hope this one will be too.


mochi Plus lattice Cowl
2 - 50 g balls of Crystal PalaceMochi Plus

Needles:  16" Bamboo Circular needles in US size 9 or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch in St st 


CO 216 sts. Join, being careful not to twist.
 Place Marker to indicate beginning of row.


Initial Ruffle:
P 1 rnd.

K 1 rnd.
P 1 rnd.
K 5 rnds.

Ruffle shaping:

Next Rnd: *(K2, K2tog) around
Next Rnd:
Next Rnd: *(k2tog) around (72 sts)
Next Rnd:
Next Rnd:

Cowl Body:

Preparation row: *(K12, PM),  around

Lattice Pattern:
Rnd 1:
 *[P1, K2, (K2tog, yo) 3x, K2, P1]; rep from * to eor.
Rnds 2 & 4:
Rnd 3:
 *[P1, K3, (K2tog, yo) 2x, K3, P1]; rep from * to eor.
Work in Lattice Pattern until lattice is ~ 6.5" from cast on edge.

Final Ruffle:
Knit 2 rnds
Purl 1 rnd. 
Next Rnd:  *(Kfb), around.
Next Rnd:
Next Rnd:
  *(K2, Kfb), around.
Next Rnd:
K until 2nd ruffle is almost the length of initial ruffle.

P 1 rnd. BO loosely purlwise.

Finishing:  With a crochet hook or tapestry needle, draw yarn through each loop on needle and drop off. Pull snuggly. Weave in all ends on reverse side so they do not show. (A crochet hook does this very rapidly.)

Blocking:  Gently dampen the cowl. Roll in towel to remove excess water. Now on a thick towel, lay the cowl flat, ensuring that each ruffle is also flat all over. Cover with 2nd towel and allow to dry fully.


New Products

New products from Knit Happy

knit happy Bag

These new tote bags come to us from Knit Happy- a new wonderfully fun company full of surprises.  These totes are very reasonably priced and have a very classy plaid lining inside. 





Knit Happy journalHere we show the new journals from Knit Happy.  They are made from 100% recycled material.  The paper has a bit of a rustic look.  Again, very reasonably priced.



The new year will bring with it many new products.  Stay tuned.  the best is yet to come!
So what is on sale???

Specials for This Week: 
RIVIERA- 20% off
RivieraRiviera is the largest knitting yarn we have. It is drenched with color and amazingly soft considering how big it is. The cowl shown here is a quick project to work up with just one hank of Riviera. Pattern is free with purchase.
Dare Cowl
DARE- 20% off
Dare is a 2 part yarn- part cable part fur.  One hank- and its a large hank- will knit up quickly to make this scarf shown below.  You can also make a great cowl.  Pattern is free with the yarn purchase.
Dare Scarf
Sax bags- 40% off  
Sax bagThese great bags- with a luxury look and great large interior are now 40% off.  These bags make terrific  gifts for yourself, or for a fellow knitter.  Many colors to choose from.  These bags can be used as a purse or as a knitting bag- your choice!


JUST REDUCED!!!  NOW 40% off!!!

Make a fast scarf in less than 1 hour- all for only %6.00 or less.
Make a fast scarf in less than 1 hour- all for only or less. 100% nylon- washable & dryable.
Remember the Starry Scarf Kits- Only $10.00-- 2 balls of Stars- glitzy yarn plus one ball of Encore DK in a matching color.  With one strand of each held together, knit up a 60" long scarf in no time flat.
This Week's Class List

Week of  December 28 - January 1 
TUESDAY  - December 28
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting  w/ Kathy
10:00 - 12:00 -General Knitting with Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - General Knitting with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Eileen
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting w/ Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Linda J
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda Miller
6:30 - 8:30 - Washcloths on the couch  w/ JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30-  Crochet with Lisa
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda J.
WEDNESDAY -  December 29
10:00 - 12:00 - Knit & Crochet with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
4:00 - 6:00 -Knitting with Eileen & JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting w/ Eileen
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with JoAnne
6:30 - 8:30 - Knitting for Beginners with Jean
THURSDAY - December 30
10:00 - 12:00- Beginning Knitters' Class w/ Eileen
10:00 - 12:00 - Washcloth class with JoAnne
10:00 - 12:00-- Kid's Clinic with Marilyn
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting  w/ Eileen
3:30 - 5:30 -- Charity Knitting Time
 6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Linda Miller
6:30 - 8:30 - General Knitting with Diana
FRIDAY - December 31
10:00 - 12:00 -- General Knitting with Pat
1:00 - 3:00 - General Knitting with Pat
SATURDAY - January 1
Happy New Year!
Why is Encore so great?

At The Knitter's Edge, we sell a great deal of Encore- Encore Worsted, Encore Tweed, Encore Chunky, Encore Boucle, and Encore Mega!  Just to name a few.  We do love this yarn- but why?
Encore is a very reasonably priced wool blend great for afghans/throws, baby garments, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, sweaters and much more. It has great pattern support from Plymouth and fabulous stitch definition for textured patterns. Encore is a wonderful substitute for patterns calling for worsted weight wool.  At the gauge of 4.5-5 sts to the inch, it is in a range where there is a multitude of patterns available.  This Acrylic/wool blend is machine washable and dryable for very easy care.  If you have not yet tried an Encore product- please do so soon.  I believe you will be pleased.

Countdown to Christmas

The Countdown to Christmas is over, and I hope you all enjoyed the 23 free patterns available through this long project.  Please stop by this week to see the Advent calender one last time and pick up any of these patterns that you need.  All are free with the yarn purchase.  They will still be available after this week, but right now all are still shown together with the actual garments.  This is the best and last time to see them all at once.
This last pattern was made into kits for you- and for only $10.00 you can make up a fast and easy to knit scarf- for youself or for someone else.  Many kits still available- when they are gone- they are gone.  Get one now.

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Countdown to Christmas! 
Starry Scarf

Ok- this is the last pattern!  This great super soft scarf is a fast knit on size 15 needles.  It is a mixture of sparkly STARS and Encore Dk for body.  We have kitted this project to speed things up for you- $10.00 for a kit!  This scarf is about 6" wide and 70" long.  Perfect for wrapping around your neck or as a fast gift.

 We have several colors available. 
Highlights of upcoming classes and projects

PLEASE REMEMBER all classes are $6.00- Cash only please

General Knitting classes - work on your own project if you wish!

This week our classes are mostly our standard fare, with the exception of Marilyn's Thursday morning Kids Clinic.  Next week we will start our new bevy of classes, including some new times, new teachers, and new projects.



Wednesday afternoons- 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Knitting time with JoAnne & Eileen- Open to Knitters of all levels

Let's finish up some mittens
maplewood mittens
Cabled Cuff Mittens

Many of us have knit mittens for the kids- for our mitten tree.
Well now its time to knit some mittens for ME!!  I have 2 great patterns as well as a very simple beginners pattern. If you want to knit mittens- these 2 class times are for you.  Bring double pointed needles size 6.  Worsted Weight yarn available at the Shop for either mittens.
Join us on Wednesday afternoon.  NOTE:  Bring size 7 straight needles for a real beginners pair.


Tuesday evening 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Crochet with Lisa- 
This may be Lisa's last class, so come and crochet a bit with her before she is off to the midwest.  We will miss her.

Thursday December 30-- 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Special Holiday Kid's Clinic with Marilyn
Marilyn will hold a special Knitting Clinic for Kids on Thursday morning December 30.  SIGN UP NOW!!

 Washcloths on the Couch class on Tuesdays- 6:30 - 8:30 PM  and Thursday mornings 10:00 - 12:00 PM
sunflower coasterThis week's cloth will be a choice of several mug rugs.  These small projects knit up in a flash and take little yarn.  Bring small balls of left over colors plus a pair of size 7 needles.  We will have fun knitting up some special coasters for the New Year's.  Here we have a sunflower coaster made with yellow and white, but any color pair would work.  Included will be a pattern for a matching washcloth.  But I have several patterns to choose from.








WOW!  Look whats in the Pool!



ENCORE MEGA -- Only $5.00 a ball!
Free patterns available!
 MegaEncore Mega 
Encore Mega has been our favorite yarn for ultra fast knitting.  Absolutely perfect in every way for the Hats for the Homeless project-  low price, wool content for warmth, easy care, and super fast knitting. 
Many patterns are available now- scarves, hats, cowls, and several more will be coming very soon in the next few newsletters.  Stock up now!
Click on these links for the Encore Mega Colorcards.  Not all colors are available, but most are.
Encore Mega Solid colors:

Encore Mega Variegated colors:

Stock up now on Encore Mega for Hats for the Homeless!
In Closing...

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Check out our extensive list of classes- all at just $6.00 per class.
I know you will find something you will enjoy...and remember- there is never a commitment- try one class, or several- your choice.
JoAnne Turcotte
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Bethlehem, PA. 
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