Dartmouth Yarns
..because it's always sweater weather in Nova Scotia!
122 Portland St.
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia B2Y 1H8
(902) 422-YARN

Shop Hours
Tues, Wed, Fri,  10 am - 4 pm
Thursday 10am - 6 pm
Saturday. 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday noon - 4 pm

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Fringing the Surrey Shawl

Fringing the Surrey Shawl

Want a little more help with finishing the fringe on the Surrey Shawl (get the free download from Ravelry here)?  See the video here.

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Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Surrey with the Fringe on Top

The first Dartmouth Yarns pattern to be published on Ravelry is a hit.  It is an easy, but fashionable, knit in garter stitch.  The special treat is that you knit in the fringe and easily unravel it when all the knitting is done.  The pattern is a free download until the end of June, and you can get it HERE.  Also, be a dear and favorite or add the pattern to your queue on Ravelry (this helps push us up in the rankings).  Then check out all the gorgeous yarns you can use for the shawl; the pattern works with any gauge, any yarn, and you choose how much to use.  One 100g skein of fingering yarn--like Fleece Artist, Cascade Heritage, or any sock yarn--works great!  We'll have more patterns in the coming months--watch for opportunities to be a test knitter.

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Felting Kits

Felting Kits

A new kit that makes it easy to get started needle-felting!  Each kit contains everything you need (except the scissors) to make 3 little flower brooches. This would, also, be a great way to spend fun time with your son or daughter. Kits are $15 each and colours vary.  

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Felting Kits

Felting Kits

A new kit that makes it easy to get started needle-felting!  Each kit contains everything you need (except the scissors) to make 3 little flower brooches. This would, also, be a great way to spend fun time with your son or daughter. Kits are $15 each and colours vary.  

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Delight Sock

Delight Sock

Introducing Delight Sock--superwashed merino/nylon sock yarn hand-dyed by Mineville Wool Project. We have 14 different colourways, each one brighter and more beautiful than the next. Delight-ful for socks, of course, but imagine these colours around you neck and shoulders! 115g, 345m each and only $15.95/skein. Don't wait to get your favourite.

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Finishing Cotton Yarn Ends

Finishing Cotton Yarn Ends

As days warm up, we are more likely to be knitting and crocheting with cotton and other plant-based yarns.  Depending on the pattern you are working, you may find yourself with a few yarn ends that don't stay where you put them.  Unlike wool yarn, plant-fibres don't stick to each other.  It is common for the yarn ends to fray and to wiggle their way to the right-side of your garment. Oh no!

These photos are of the finishing of the Vanier V-neck Sweater, crocheted in Cascade Ultra Pima dk.  The technique described for securing the yarn ends works in any knitted or crocheted project, as long as the yarn is a plant-fibre (cotton, linen, bamboo, or rayon).  The plant-fibre can be blended with a bit of synthetic or animal fibre--just test first to make sure it is strong enough and stays secure.

First, see how the 100% cotton yarn tends to separate and fray after just one blocking?  Over time, this end will likely work its way from the wrong-side to the right-side, and no one likes that.

So here's one way of dealing with those pesky cotton ends.  Start with the tail trimmed to just 3" or 4".  It doesn't have to be too long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a tapestry needle to weave the end just one-half inch away from the very edge of the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remove the tapestry needle and twist the yarn tail to open up the plies. Separate the yarn into 2 strands.  In this case, the Ultra Pima has 4 plies, so I separated into 2-ply strands. Depending on the yarn you are using, separate into two halves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the tapestry needle or a crochet hook (my tool of choice), pull one strand under and through just one stitch.  Now, the strands are on either side of a stitch. This anchors the knot you will tie in the next step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tie the two strands together using a simple overhand knot.  Pull the knot very tight. Take care to prevent either strand from puckering the crocheted or knitted fabric.  Tie another overhand knot and, again, pull very tight.  The tighter you pull, the smaller and more durable the knot will be. You may need to test your yarn to see how much stress it can bear.  Ultra-pima, and most cotton yarn, is very strong and can take a very tight knot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use sharp scissors to trim both yarn strands very close to the knot.  If you made a tight knot, it will stay tied for the life of your garment.  If you are uncomfortable that the knot will come untied, you can put a drop of Fray-Check (a liquid available at most fabric stores) on the knot. It, basically, glues the knot together.

Can you see the knot in the picture?  Give this technique a try next time pesky cotton or plant-fibre ends are getting the best of you.  You can see the finished Vanier V-neck Sweater in the shop.

 

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Vanier V-Neck WIP

Vanier V-Neck WIP

Here is the Vanier V-neck Sweater, crocheted with Ultra Pima sport. I've assembled the TWO pieces of the sweater (this is the easiest crochet project ever), gave it a quick block, and now nothing left but dealing with the pesky, cotton ends.  Plant-fibre is so slippery, dealing with the ends can be a bother, but I have an app for that.   Watch for a post on this soon! (The Vanier V-neck is a free download from Ravelry.)

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Nirvana Shawl Kit

Nirvana Shawl Kit

So happy to introduce our new Nirvana Shawl kit. So versatile--glamour or casual. Easy, open lace makes it perfect for cool summer evenings, while the mohair boucle adds just enough warmth around your shoulders. We like the fringe, but it is optional, of course. The kit contains the easy-to-follow pattern and 120g of gorgeous yarn, hand-dyed by the artists at Mineville Wool Project. Limited availability, and only $21.95/kit.

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Mother’s Day Scarf

Mother’s Day Scarf

This is the pattern we originally published two years ago before Mother's Day.  This would be a great crochet pattern for the beautiful Flyss, fingering-weight, silk/linen yarn from the colour-artists at Handmaiden Fine Yarns.  Click here to download the .pdf.  Enjoy!

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Portuguese Yarn

Portuguese Yarn

This is the 100% Portuguese wool sock yarn from Retrosario. I've been practicing Portuguese knitting technique on the Stormy Sky shawl by LifeisCozy. The olive wood has a lot of traction & I tend to knit much tighter than usual with Portuguese style. More practise may loosen me up.

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