Color Inside Kraemer Yarns
Grey days, winter blues and snowy whites are common in February. Inside Kraemer Yarns, we are bursting with color! Today we will share a few ways you can add color to your projects!
Colorwork Patterns from Kraemer Yarns
Adding color to your knitting or crochet project can range from simple duplicate stitches or stripes to complex multi-color fair isle! Remember, there are no knitting or crochet police! You can start with a solid color project and add color as you see fit. If the pattern is written for multiple colors, feel free to swap out a color or two for the ones you really like! Sometimes, though, you need a pattern to get you started. Shown above are just a few from the ever-growing collection at KraemerYarns.com: (clockwise from top left) Ranch Rose Sweater in Stotts Ranch Worsted, Sporty Stripes Hoodie in Perfection Chunky, Fair Owl Hat in Perfection DK, and Slip Stitch Stripe Hat & Mitts in Perfection Chunky.
Colorwork Projects from Knitters Like You!
Here are a few projects we spotted on Ravelry that are really rocking the color! Shown above (clockwise from top left): Knittingcoach’s Baby Game Day Sweater in Perfection Worsted, shartogh’s Giraffe Vest in Tatamy DK, gypsyyarns’ Randy’s Stocking Cap in Perfection Tapas, kuna13’s Scandinavian Spots in Perfection Worsted, and jannknitt’s Animal House Pullover in Perfection Worsted.
What color combinations are you obsessing over? Do you have a tip or trick to share for working with multiple colors? We’d love to hear from you, leave your comment on this post!
Are you getting swept up in the hustle and bustle with holiday happenings? Today we’d like to share a few last minute gift ideas for using Kraemer Yarns!
Knit and Crochet in Bulky Yarns
Knitters and crocheters are in luck, as big voluminous projects are topping the trend charts and they can be whipped up relatively quickly! Our go-to yarns for those down to the wire projects are Bear Creek and Perfection Super Bulky. Shown above is the Head of the Class headband, a new free crochet pattern, the Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio, and the Superscarves Bulky Cowl by Anna Montgomery (both are free knitting patterns).
Ornaments and decorations make great last minute gift ideas or present toppers! We love browsing Ravelry to see the shared projects there – feel free to join our group! Shown above: CrochetAmy’s Snowman Ornament in Sterling Silk and Silver, Kathom’s Mini Mitten Ornament in Saucon Sock, and Extravayarnza’s Owl Ornaments in Sterling Silk & Silver. Check out our Pinterest board for even more ideas on using yarn in your decorations!
Everyone here at Kraemer Yarns wishes you the happiest of holidays! We look forward to connecting with you in the new year and making lots of project plans!
Are you starting to think about making gifts or decorations for the upcoming holidays? Maybe you work on these projects steadily throughout the year? The team at Kraemer Yarns wants you to enjoy your handmade holiday! In this blog we are sharing a few ideas that work for us!
Use An Easy Care Yarn
For items that may need to be cleaned every now and again, like a blanket or garment, make it easy on the recipient and use a yarn like Perfection! This easy-care yarn is able to be machine washed and dried and is available in a variety of weights. It even comes with a touch of sparkle in Lights! Consider including a gift tag with the item, not just to say To and From, but to include an easy reminder to the recipient of how to care for their gift! On our Holiday Pinterest board, we have several gift tag ideas that are easy to print out at home!
Knit and Crochet Gift Ideas
There are two ways on our website you can find patterns for your next project. First, start with the yarn you would like to use, then click on the “Recommended Patterns” button on the right side of the yarn page. Shown above is the Recommended Pattern page for Perfection Super Bulky. Alternatively, if you know what type of item you would like to make, check out the free pattern page pattern categories to get a filtered view. A portion of the Hats category is shown below. Clicking on the “Yarn Matcher” button underneath the pattern will take you to the called-for yarn page.
Plan Your Time Wisely
November and December can be quite hectic between the regular day to day activities and holiday events. Consider how much time you have to work on the projects you want to make. Knitting and crocheting are supposed to be fun activities, that’s why we do it, right? In a time crunch, you may end up feeling stressed and not enjoy the making of the project.
Stay tuned, our next blog post will spotlight last-minute one-skein wonder patterns and projects!
You may already be familiar with the joys of knitting or crocheting with Kraemer Yarns, but did you know that many of our yarns are also fantastic for weaving?
On Ravelry, the projects woven by user Southernemma have caught our eye. Shown above are her pink Cotton Blend Woven Scarf in Tatamy Tweed Worsted, the Cotton/Bamboo Blend Woven Wrap in Tatamy Tweed DK and Southwest Fiber Company Terra, and most recently the Tennessee Alpaca Merino Woven Scarf that uses Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk and Silver with an alpaca yarn.
This is a neat example of machine knitting where Kraemer Yarns Perfection Lights is used in combination with another yarn as the background. (Photo credit: Machine Knitting Inspiration)
Shown above is Ben’s First Blanket, woven by our Ravelry friend Spunsilver, using the “It’s a Boy” colorway of Tatamy Tweed DK. When you are in need of a coned yarn for your larger machine or handwoven projects, like baby blankets and garments, take a look at our Tatamy / Tatamy Tweed yarn now available in 1lb cones. Tatamy is a cotton / acrylic blend. Of course, you’ll want to treat those special handwoven items with care, you can rest easy knowing that this yarn fine to toss in the washer and dryer!
If you weave a project of any size, we’d love to see your photos! We encourage you to share them with us on your favorite social media channel, we’re on them all: Facebook, Instagram, Ravelry, and Twitter!
Crochet & Knitting for Children
Creating for the next generation goes hand in hand with being a knitter or crocheter, wouldn’t you agree? A blanket or toy is a wonderful way to welcome a new one to the world. A new hat or sweater is like a handmade hug. Here are a few patterns and project in Kraemer Yarns
to inspire you.
Take a look at all the free patterns we have ready to share with you as PDF downloads. For easy reference, they are grouped into a Babies and Kids section, Blankets section, and Hats section. Shown above, left to right, Child’s Mock Cable Sweater, Crochet for Baby* Bootie, Oh Boy, Quick Baby Afghan.
When you use easy-care Kraemer Yarns you can trust that your handknit and crocheted items can be loved and used without adding more laundry chores! Perfection and Tatamy each come in a broad color palette, a variety of yarn weights, and are machine wash & tumble dry! Designers have also used Kraemer Yarns for these reasons. Shown above (clockwise top left): Motif Infant Cardigan with Striped Bonnet in Perfection DK, Darla in Tatamy Tweed, Children’s Mukluk Slippers in Mauch Chunky, and Spanky in Tatamy Tweed.
Projects for children, as gifts or by special request, let you try out a new technique, play with colors and have a finished project relatively quickly. We encourage you to share your projects with us, on your favorite social platform, and inspire others!
Shawl Projects in Kraemer Yarns
Forget sweater weather, it’s shawl season! Knit or crochet, shawls are projects you want to begin now. Changeable weather patterns over the next few months will have you reaching for a shawl time and time again. On KraemerYarns.com, searching for free shawl patterns in lighter weight yarns is easy!
Many shawls feature lace – don’t let that intimidate you, just take it one stitch at a time. Our patterns are suitable to all skill levels. We can see any of these shawls shown above as gifts at a bridal shower or as a Mother’s Day present. Shown above, clockwise from top right:
Which yarns are best for shawls?
Kraemer Yarns makes yarns for every project, from fine fingering weights up through chunky roving style yarn. Remember, there are no knitting or crochet police and you can create beautiful lace with any weight of yarn! As the days become warmer, you might find your project to be more enjoyable when you use a lighter weight of yarn and you can also put it use right away if needed.
Tatamy DK is an easy-care blend of cotton and acrylic, designed with babies and children in mind. Why not make a small shawl for a flower girl, First Communion, or even a Baptism gift? Of course, it is great for adults as well. Belfast is a linen blend yarn where cotton, viscose, acrylic and silk are added to the blend for a beautiful rustic look. The muted colors will add a subtle heathery quality to your project. Sterling Silk & Silver is decadent with a blend of merino, silk, nylon and a touch of poly fiber with an aluminum coating. It is perfect for elegant evening attire and for spoiling that special someone.
Helpful Tips for Shawls
On Pinterest, we’ve curated a board just for Shawls! It has links for even more projects and inspiration, tips on sizing and blocking to help you reach shawl success. Enjoy!
Decorations and ornaments are everywhere you look this time of year. Have you ever thought about knitting or crocheting decorations for yourself or as gifts? Ornaments are a great way to mark a special occasion or start a new tradition. Kraemer Yarns, available in different weights and blends, are great choices to use for these projects that are sure to bring out the smiles as they are brought out each holiday season.
Kraemer Yarns is pleased to offer a variety of free patterns year-round and here we are spotlighting the seasonal ones. The Bethlehem Star Stocking, knit in Naturally Nazareth, features simple cables to create the star and border decoration. The top is knitted flat and then joined in the round to finish off the foot. Our Christmas Ornament Socks, in Saucon Sock, look great decorating a tree, topping a gift, or strung together as garland! Pip the mouse, is crocheted in Perfection DK and is an adorable little guy to add to your tree.
Nicki Epstein’s #08 Felted Wreath, is a festive show-stopper to grace your door or mantle. The Felted Gingerbread Ornament pattern would be adorable as a custom garland or gift tag. If you haven’t tried felting yet, these are great projects on which to experiment with Mauch Chunky. We have even more holiday project inspiration on our Pinterest board, click here to check it out.
We know this is a busy time of year, and we do appreciate when you take a moment to share your projects with us! Getting a notification about your post to our Facebook page, seeing your posts in our Ravelry group, and tagging us on Instagram makes our days merry and bright!
In our inaugural blog post, we put the spotlight on Perfection. Perfection is a great all-purpose yarn available in 57 colors and 4 weights. If you are looking to add a little something extra to your projects this season, without breaking the bank, consider the 12 sparkle colors of worsted weight Perfection Lights!
The touch of sparkle in Perfection Lights Worsted makes it a fun choice to use for holiday ornaments, a glamorous accessory, or as an accent in combination with the 67 colorways of Perfection Worsted! Shown above (left to right) are Ravelry user DagmarEir’s Pink Stripe Mittens in Fluff Lights and Kiss Me, the Emerald City hat pattern by Leeana Gardiner (wouldn’t it be a great choice for Ivy Lights or Holly Lights?), and the crochet Fall Shawl and Christmas Sweater ornaments would also be fun in Perfection Lights. Those last two are free patterns available from Kraemer Yarns. We invite you to share your projects in Kraemer Yarns with us on your favorite social channel, just follow the sidebar links!
Cabin Fever Pattern Books
Need a pattern? If you have browsed the Kraemer Yarns free patterns and still not finding just the right pattern, take a look at the selection of books from Cabin Fever. From baby and toddlers, to hats and socks, and even plus sizes, there is a Cabin Fever pattern book to help you out! Many of the designs call for Kraemer Yarns. We are pleased to be a distributor of these books, so be sure to ask your local yarn shop when you are shopping for your next Kraemer Yarn project!
Alpaca Yarn: Valuable & Respected Fiber
Did you know that Alpacas have been bred for fiber for thousands of years? The imperial Incas clothed themselves in garments woven from alpaca and many of their religious ceremonies involved the animal. The number of alpacas they owned was a measurement of wealth! Today’s fiber artists, knitters and crocheters need only to look to Kraemer Yarns’ Alpaca Handknitting yarns for an affordable luxury to use in their projects.
Alpaca Yarn Characteristics
Kraemer Yarns’ Alpaca Handknitting yarn, available in DK and chunky weights, still has the soft luxury of alpaca with the added stability of merino wool. The Alpaca fiber comes from the North American Alpaca Co-op and the yarn has a smooth, buttery feel. Garments knit from this yarn will be soft, cozy, and warm. Have you added this yarn to your Ravelry stash yet? Join us in the Kraemer Yarns Ravelry group to share your projects and plans for your Alpaca Handknitting yarn!
Alpaca Pattern and Project Inspiration
If you are looking to craft for yourself or for a gift in the upcoming holiday season, Kraemer Yarns has a variety of free patterns ready for you! Shown above, clockwise from top right: Alpaca 3 button Shawl, Cafe Stole, Chunky Fingerless Mitts, Horizontal Cable Hat, Aran-Inspired Vest, and Cafe Cowl. From accessories to garments, the catalog includes options for all skill levels. For even more pattern and project inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards, or feel free to share your #kraemeryarns projects on Instagram and Facebook!
Meet Mauch Chunky
Wool, as roving or spun yarn, has so many wonderful qualities and uses. In this blog post, we would like to spotlight Mauch Chunky, available as yarn and roving. We hope to inspire you to try a new project with this versatile fiber!
Fun for Felting!
Mauch Chunky was created with felters in mind. This is a yarn that felts easily and beautifully, so be sure to use it intentionally! As a roving it is an excellent choice for needle and wet felting. The Gentle Arts shop shared this customer project with us. Lourdes used Mauch Chunky yarn to knit the Colors of the Wind pattern. Then it was machine washed to felt the bag and the embellishment design was added with needle felting. On Instagram, we spotted Traci’s needle felted octopus. We love seeing all these projects and encourage you to share them with us!
Chunky Knits are Warm Knits
Mauch Chunky yarn is certainly not limited to felted items! Garments made from Mauch Chunky are warm and perfect for winter weather. The Warming Hearts set calls for 8 colors, and with 57 different colorways at your fingertips, you will have as much fun playing with color as the recipient will have wearing it! Start now on stockpiling those holiday gifts or indulge in a larger, warmer project such as the Arrowhead Poncho, right on trend for this fall! Take a look at the Free Patterns for Mauch Chunky page for even more ideas!
Roving for Hand Spinning & Spinzilla
Spinzilla is a week-long spinning event in October. There is friendly competition to see which team can spin the most yardage while raising money for the Needle Arts Mentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow. Kraemer Yarns is proud to support this event, now in its third year. Whether spinning on a team or going rogue, you do not want to be in short supply of spinning fiber! Mauch Chunky Roving is available in one pound bags of your favorite color! From September 15 through October 15, use the coupon code SPINZILLA to save 20% on any roving from Kraemer Yarns when you shop through our Shopatron site. Note: the coupon code must be in all caps! Enjoy this Spinzilla Stock Up Sale!
Don’t forget, Mauch Chunky yarn & roving is always available to you to purchase online with free shipping!