close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Debbie Bliss Cotton DK (and a Wee Washcloth Pattern)

We have the bright and sweet Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in the shop again! This beautiful matte cotton is great for many kinds of projects...blankets, sweaters, baby things, washcloths. 
Sally was inspired to cast on a little cloth using the shop favorite grellow, and the finished project is so soft. This sort of thing would make such a lovely house warming present or baby shower gift.
Here is the simple little pattern for this cute cloth.

Using a US6 needle, cast on 34 stitches. 
Work 5 rows of stockinette. 
Row 6: knit 5, purl 24, knit 5. 
Row 7: purl 5, knit 24, purl 5.
Continue with rows 6 and 7 for 35 more rows.
Finish with 5 rows of stockinette and cast off!

Sally reports that there is enough yarn in one ball to add about and inch in width and length, which would be about 4 or 5 additional stitches and about 6 or 7 rows.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Eye Candy

Summertime in Portland...does it get any better? We are settling into a slightly more relaxed pace around the yarn shop, and it seems like our knitters and crocheters are as well. Whether you are sitting on the porch, in the garden, or in the park, we hope you are always working away on little projects. Our summer hours are happening right now, so be sure to plan accordingly before you stop in to see us!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


How about another hat?
The gorgeous Bough uses just one skein of Cumbria from The Fibre Co. We have a nice batch of pretty colors, but the grellow is certainly a shop favorite. The pattern is available on Ravelry, but we are happy to help you buy it in the shop. A little cabling, a nice pom pom,a gorgeous yarn...can't go wrong!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Eye Candy

The Tahki Cotton Classic has a new look! But the rich and shiny colors are as fabulous as you remember.
The shelves are well-stocked, so now is the time to get your favorite shades for summer sweaters, hand towels, baby blankets...whatever sounds fun!

Friday, June 9, 2017


Tomorrow, June 10, is World Wide Knit in Public Day! There are events all around the world for knitters to meet up and knit and show the confused public that we are everywhere. Most groups are open to knitters, crocheters, beginners, stitchers, whatever! We are an inclusive group of fiber enthusiasts. It looks there are many groups creating items to be donated, so that's cool, too!
If you're in Portland, here are a few of the meet-ups you might attend:

Knit in the Pearl

SCRAP PDX Knit in Public

Sellwood Knitting Society Knits in Public

Northwest Wool's WWKiP in Support of the Alzheimer's Association

The Oregonian has a few more listed in Portland, including one at Director Park in the Pearl and one at Fremont Park in Overlook.
Grab your closest project (and maybe a rain coat), and find a meet-up near you!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

JaggerSpun Zephyr Lace

We have JaggerSpun Zephyr in the shop! This classic lace merino and silk blend has been around for a long time, but I think this is the first time we've carried it. Each 50g skein is over 500 yards of true lace weight, perfect for heirloom lace shawls or featherweight sweaters. 
I used a very similar yarn to make a wedding shawl for a dear friend years ago. It wasn't quite fine enough to slide through her wedding ring, but it turned out so beautifully. I am not normally a lace knitter, but that heirloom piece was really wonderful to knit and give.

If lace weight yarns are not your thing, you can also hold this beautiful stuff along with heavier yarns to add a cool marled look. You could also double the yarn (with one or two colors) to achieve a lofty and squishy DK or worsted weight, depending on your needle size. This is such a gorgeous yarn. No wonder it's been a classic for so long!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Eye Candy

Look at the improved Schoppel-Wolle Gradient! We re-wound the balls into cakes so you can see the whole color range without having to dig into the ball. This yarn has the signature slightly-felted texture that I love from Schoppel. This is the yarn we used for our Gradient Cowl, a blog freebie from a few years back. Come find your favorite colorway!

Friday, June 2, 2017


Cascade Fixation is freshly back in the shop. This cotton/spandex blend is great for projects where you need a little extra stretch in your yarn. It's a popular choice for baby hats and socks, especially for the tiniest and most sensitive of humans.
I'm thinking this would be great for some little footie socks for the summer, or maybe socks for the wool-sensitive in my life. Or maybe a hand knit swim suit. Just kidding :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Travel Projects

Right before I departed for the Memorial Day weekend, I was scrambling about in a mad rush trying to find a good travel project... something small and packable involving minimal equipment, easy-to-memorize instructions, no swatching, and very little planning. This time, I ended up with a hat. But I know this won't be the last mad scramble for a suitable project. So, I want to arm you all (and myself) with some ideas. Since it was a hat that saved my day, let's start with a good hat project.

Did you all know that we have started listing some of our best-loved patterns for sale on Ravelry? Most of them are small, one-or-two-skein projects that will totally fit the bill for a travel project. Melissa's Snowed In Slouch Hat is a great place to start. It's knit with Berroco North Star, a bulky chained alpaca yarn that is as soft as fluffy clouds.
You'll need a few circular needles, US7 and US11, and some double-points for the top. (I do not consider DPNs good travel companions, so I would probably save that part until I returned home. But that's just me. Same goes for the pom pom.) For me, this sweet slouchy hat fits the bill for a perfect travel project: small, two balls of yarn, only two circular needles, and easily-memorized instructions. Perfect.

We even have a lovely supply of little project bags in the shop for you to keep it all safe and contained in your bag.
Whether you are traveling far and wide this summer, or just need a nice easy project for a trip to the park or a sit-down in the garden, the Snowed In Slouch might be just the thing!

Stay tuned for more ideas...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Eye Candy

How about a little Noro intarsia pillow cover for your weekly eye candy?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Linen Season

I love wearing linen garments. Linen is so airy and breezy and easy to wear...really the prefect thing for summer. Linen yarns, however, are often not so perfect. I know a lot of you knitters and crocheters don't care for the rough feel of pure linen in your hands as you work, but I think you are going to like Cascade Hampton.
This cotton/linen blend reminds me a but of Cascade's Ultra Pima, but with a matte finish and more drape. Our current color palette is really tropical, and I'm particularly loving the blues and neutrals together.

This is a new yarn, so there are not a lot of projects on Ravelry to show off yet. Some really pretty scarves and shawls, especially nice for those who don't wear animal fibers. A few Ravelers have used Hampton to create Heidi Kirrmaier's Sunshine Coast, a great choice for this yarn. I have been thinking about this new pattern called Summer, and I'm thinking Hampton might be just perfect for it. It looks like the warm weather is upon us. Time for linen!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cashmere Queen

How about this pretty cashmere? The Cashmere Queen is a merino/cashmere/silk blend from Schoppel. This cool yarn is just as soft as you'd expect, but with a really cool almost-felted texture that Schoppel does so well.

Sally is using two balls to create the Purl Bee Lovely Ribbed Cowl in a super simple 2x2 rib. She will block this out aggressively to flatten out the rib a bit and create a nice drape.
I was also smitten with this pretty Fields of Wheat cowl I found on Ravelry. It looks like the knitter did fewer repeats than the original (free) pattern calls for, so she was able to get a nice length with one ball.
We have a lovely earthy, springy color range in stock, and I think you will all really love this stuff. But, fair warning from the yarn label...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Eye Candy

This sweet little sweater is gracing our shelves right now. It's knit up using Plymouth DK Merino Superwash, a lovely superwash in some great colors. Stop in and say hi!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fiora Kerchief

Take a look at this cute little kerchief that Sally whipped up for us. She used just one ball of Lang Fiora, and the pattern is free when you purchase the yarn. Fiora is a cotton/rayon/acrylic blend, and the colors are really gorgeous knit up.
It's often hard to tell what you'll get when you start working with unusual yarns like this, but I was pleasntly surprised when I saw this little kerchief wrapped around the Gingham Gal's neck. We don't usually go in for a lot of novelty yarns anymore, so when we do, you know it's going to be a good one.

Stop in and let us know what you think of this new beauty!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summer Home Dec!

It looks like the weather might be taking a turn for the sunny this week. We have declared it home dec weather! Also, summer is a great time to learn some new techniques. Let's start off with a fun short row pillow class.
Emily will walk you through the magic of short rows to create this beautiful pillow using three balls of Noro Kureopatora. Short rows have so many uses. If you've ever shied away from a pattern because of short rows, now is the time to learn! Once you have it mastered with this fun pillow, you will be able to use short rows for garment shaping, design features, color manipulations...all the applications! Her class starts in a few weeks, so give us a call or stop in to sign up.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eye Candy

...neutral alpaca edition. The addition of Imperial Yarns means we get this gorgeous alpaca, too.
Our Back 40 is 200 yards of sport weight alpaca in natural alpaca-y shades. You'll want to handle this stuff yourself to fully appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Imperial Yarns Columbia

We are so excited to welcome Imperial Yarn back into the shop! We have a few stunning samples for you to try on and oggle. The Arrowhead Cardigan above is a serious project, and the results are certainly impressive. Colorwork, steeks...all the fancy techniques in this one. The Essential Sweater Dress below is a much simpler knit, but the look is gorgeous, too. This one can be knit as a dress or tunic with either a cowl neck or a hood.
The Raindrop Bag is very cool, with its elaborate cables and ample size. The bag is lined with fabric, so it's nice and stable. All of these beauties are designed and knit with Columbia, a soft and squishy 100% wool yarn, grown in Eastern Oregon.
We have a small range of colors for now, but I'm hoping that we will see more Imperial Yarn soon. If you love local yarns, stop in and take a look!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Eye Candy

There's a basket of Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton in the shop. There's not a lot, but the colors are so good. You only need one of each shade to make a Purl Bee Chevron Baby Blanket
I've made two! The pattern is really fun, and the yarn is amazing. Need a baby gift? This could be your go-to.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Sale Tower

The sale tower is currently full of this gorgeous stuff. The Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran has been discontinued, but what we have in the shop is ready to be yours at 40% off. Cables, colorwork, good ol' garter stitch...this yarn can do it all. It's still knitting weather, friends. Be prepared.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Make Happy with Lykke

I've seen this gorgeous interchangeable set from Lykke Crafts popping up on Instagram and blogs lately, so I was thrilled when Sally decided to carry them in the shop. Look at these beautiful birch needles!
The case that comes with the set is really lovely, too. It's a grey sueded denim with a pocket for all the bits and bobs that you need for interchangeables. This set includes US sizes 4-17, with two 24" cords, two 32" cords, and one 40" cord.

We are also carrying the regular circulars in this beautiful driftwood line. I have not had the pleasure of using these needles yet, but I look forward to hearing what you all think of them. Any of these beauties would make lovely gifts for yourself or your favorite knitter!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Eye Candy

Back in March, I showed you the beginnings of our slight obsession with the Paper Bag Hat. There's a finished product in the shop for you to see, and I think you'll like it, too. It's a free pattern on Ravelry, and we have had great luck with the Spun Right Round Sport Sock. Check out the great speckles and colors of this yarn!
I think I'm ready to jump on the bandwagon, too. Maybe we still have some Bug Jar left for me!

Friday, April 28, 2017


Three and a half years since we first talked about it on the blog, the Noromania Blanket is still a hot topic at Close Knit. This pattern is so easy and fun to knit. It's all garter stitch, two rows of one color and then two rows of another. It's also very adaptable to your personal taste. Some folks have made theirs with all neutral Kureyon, some use one unifying color and add in splashes of other shades, some use just two colorways throughout, and some crazy people just knit whatever pops out of the knitting basket next!
It seems like we talk with knitters daily who are anxiously awaiting our next shipment of Noro Kureyon. It's your lucky day! Our shelves are full of a lovely range of colors.
Come on in and get it while the selection is good. And if you're working on a blanket, consider adding some photos to the Ravelry pattern page to inspire other knitters!