What's New at STRAW.COM
& Crystal Palace Yarns
Free Knitting Patterns, Yarn
News and More
This started as a "scratch pad" for me to
keep track of what I was working on, but I realized that return visitors to STRAW.COM
would find a list of changes and additions helpful in finding what was new. The
earliest entry in 'What's New?' is from Dec. 1995 when this web site first
opened. This web site is maintained by Susan Druding. [ last addition made to page:
28 February, 2011 ]
This page is What's New for All
Want to go back in time
and read earlier "What's New" Entries?
- they are all still here, back to 1995.
Click HERE to start going back in time.
December 24, 2006 - Bamboozle
has arrived and has begun
shipping to shops that placed early orders. Here's a new pattern
for a lovely lace panel tunic in Bamboozle.
The lace panel runs down the sleeves as well and the front.
A classic look in our new bamboo yarn.
The 21% elastic fiber will help it hold its shape, too.
Free Bamboozle tunic
pattern is here.
December 22, 2006 - a new colorway added to the felted,
Diamond Elegance bag by Terry Ross and a new way
to add the strap with I-cord and grommets.
This bag combines 4 yarns:
Taos, Merino Stripes, Fjord and Blippity.
See details in the free
December 21, 2006 - a richly colored baby-toddler pullover
combines one color of Taos with 3
solid Aran colors.
All in extra-soft wool. A wonderful change from baby pastel colors!
The free baby -
toddler pullover pattern is here.
December 18, 2006 - a new colorway for our popular English Garden Bag
- felted with Taos and Aran wool yarns.
Here's a version with soft blues and lilac and a printed berry color
of Aran Print for the floral embellishment.
See the yarn colors for #3
The free pattern for the
English Garden felted bag is here.
17, 2006 - a feminine Camisole top in Bunny Hop.
Bunny Hop feels so good against
your skin, and it's not just for babies!
This Camisole in Bunny Hop uses 5-7 balls in 3 sizes.
The Free Pattern is here.
See the 11 new colors
coming in Bunny Hop in early 2007 here.
December 10, 2006 - Bunny Hop with it's
makes a soft gansey pullover for a baby or toddler,
sized from a 22" to 28" chest. (1-2 yrs range).
The free pattern
for this Bunny Hop Gansey is here.
Dec 8, 2006 - A simple shaped, box style jacket knit in
100% wool in striated colors. The softness of Taos
will make this a favorite jacket for wear in all seasons.
The free pattern for this Taos
Jacket is HERE and includes
the stitch chart for the Knit and Purl stitch texture pattern.
December 5, 2007 - Easy and fun to make for holiday gifts (either as the gift or
to put a small gift inside) are these mini-felted bags using
Taos alone or with added novelty
yarns such as Popcorn and
Fizz shown here.
Here are a few of the possible variations -
see details of stitch
count and How-to knit these felted mini-bags HERE.
Thanks to Marge Okuley for knitting the samples
for the 5 bags shown above.
December 3, 2007 - a sleeveless shell in CPY's soft
Aran Print Wool
(use a print color as shown or choose one of the
solid Aran or
Aran Marl color
combinations-they all knit at the same gauge.)
The detail of the diagonal cable separates the
center of St st and the side panels of
Rev St st for added interest.
free Aran shell pattern is here.
November 30, 2007 - A new version of the popular
sweater is on our site. This one comes in a range of sizes
and is a drop shoulder style, and a little easier to knit
than the original raglan style pinwheel.
The new Drop Shoulder Taos is HERE
The original Raglan Pinwheel Taos is
Don't miss the 4 new colors for Taos
November 28, 2006 -
A bell-sleeved lace top in rayon-cotton blend, Waikiki -
layer a similar or contrasting color tank top under it.
This lightweight top has a faintly retro 70s look to it,
but is as modern as today.
Free Pattern for this Lace Top
18, 2006 - Check out our new Sock Previews Page
to see some of the marvelous sock patterns and photos coming to this site
Click here for the Sock Previews
Crystal Palace Yarns is proud to be a distributor for
Ann Norling Sock Patterns
- see the pattern details HERE
November 18, 2006 -
Big Felted Iceland
Striped Bag -
You can knit this bag up quickly - a great gift idea.
Embellish it with a flower, a holiday theme,
add I-cord or purchased strap or handle -
there are SO many colors of Iceland
to pair up for this project!
November 14, 2006 -
Bunny Hop is not just for babies!
Here's a soft, classic woman's design to knit in Bunny Hop.
The angora blend is so comfy to wear.
The Free Pattern for
this Bunny Hop pullover is HERE.
Also, see the 11 new colors for Bunny Hop
due early in 2007 -
Click HERE to see the new colors.
Complete Bamboozle Color
Card samples shown - Click HERE
November 8, 2006 - Our new bamboo yarn,
will be arriving in December and we are busy getting patterns
ready for the arrival. Here's a fun sampler pullover in Bamboozle.
This would make a great Knitalong or for teaching stitch patterns
as it is an easy pattern with minimal shaping,
the various stitch patterns make the pattern fun.
With 31 different colors coming in Bamboozle
you could make many color combinations, too!
The free pattern for this
Bamboozle Bobble Sampler is here.
October 31, 2006 - Knitters have been using and
our Cotton Chenille for more than 20 years!
We began adding printed colors last spring and
they are popular and mix well with many of the
solid colors in the huge palette of Cotton Chenille
(There are now 70 colors of Cotton Chenille!)
Solid colors are here
Printed colors are here - including 7
new prints already in stock.
October 30, 2006 - Another grandmother-knit baby blanket.
A baby blanket is a perfect project to pick up
when you just want to knit and not worry about pattern details.
This one is half Bunny Hop and
half our new 55% bamboo yarn,
Bamboozle. Bamboozle will be
here in December,
but if you can't wait you can knit it all in Bunny Hop.
pattern for knitting the baby blanket is here.
October 24, 2006 - Knit yourself a holiday themed sweater
and try beading a motif. Meringue
is a soft, merino blend yarn
and knits quickly at 4 sts/inch. Designer, Sandi Rosner, has included
3 different charts for the beading: a snowflake, a tree or a star.
We show in blue yarn with silver beads, but try a red with gold beads
or many other color combinations.
The free Meringue Beaded Sweater
pattern is HERE.
The 3 charts for the beading
October 23, 2006 - we are excited about our
new 55% bamboo (plus cotton and a little elastic fiber) yarn,
Bamboozle. Here's a lovely, soft project -
a sleeveless shell with a cable in the center.
The feel is wonderful.
Bamboozle will arrive in December -
see a preview here.
The free pattern for this
sleeveless, cabled shell is here.
October 19, 2006 -
A Preview of one of our two new Sock Yarns - Panda Wool
(there is also a Panda Cotton coming).
Panda Wool is 46% bamboo - 43% wool - 11% nylon
and will be available in 20 luscious colors - 11 solids and 9 prints.
See sample photos and a sock knit
from Panda Wool HERE.
October 18, 2006 -
CPY's Cameo is 80% merino wool + 20%
the round yarn structure gives it wonderful definition
for stitch patterns and cables. This V-Neck Pullover
features a center cable that splits to frame the V-neck
and cable trim on the sleeves.
The Free Pattern for this Cameo
V-Neck is here.
October 17, 2006 - A new colorway
for one of our popular felted bags -
this Diamond in the Rough bag uses
(self-striping) and Fjord.
Joanne of Superior Knitting Patterns, Michigan
added a felted strap with beads to her version.
The Free Felted
Diamond in the Rough Bag Pattern is here.
The INDEX to all our free felted bag
patterns is here.
October 15, 2006 - Crème
(CPY's wool-silk yarn)
makes wonderful garments and is a joy to knit.
Here is a cabled sleeveless shell with an interesting
center panel (not for beginning knitters though).
Here is the free Shell
pattern. check the
Free Patterns list sorted by Yarn type
Crème patterns, too.
October 10, 2006 - Terry Ross does it again - another
great felted bag.
This Diamond Elegance Bag in sandy colors -
and we are preparing a 2nd one in bold colors to show you soon, too.
The free pattern for
knitting and felting this bag is HERE.
The bag has an interesting "button hole" trim that felts into a great looking
The bag combines Taos, Merino Stripes, Fjord and one ball of Blippity.
We are considering making a kit for this bag in 2 or more colorways
- let us know what you think of
October 5, 2006 - Take a peek at one of the new yarns coming for
Spring 2007 (which will arrive toward end of 2006,
we won't make you wait until spring!).
BAMBOOZLE - 55% bamboo, 24% cotton, 21% elastic nylon
- all Bamboozle colors
Bamboozle Patterns are
here - more Bamboozle patterns are coming.
October 1, 2006 - Two Needle Baby Hat -
for those who prefer not to use circular and DP Needles,
here's an easy hat to knit on Single Points and sew one seam to finish.
It's knit with our new Bunny Hop, super soft yarn and
takes less than one ball to knit.
Free 2 Needle Baby
Hat pattern is Here.
Sept 24, 2006 - Knit a Bunny Hop Side Wrap
to match the Bunny Hop blanket just below and to the left.
This little beauty is suitable for either sex baby
and with all the colors of Bunny Hop
you can go wild and bright with "non-traditional" colors or with pastels.
The free Baby Kimono
pattern is here
- sizes for 6 months to 2 years.
September 20, 2006 - Make a baby in your life
or coming to your life a cozy Bunny Hop blanket.
This diamond stitch pattern blanket uses 6 balls
of microfiber-angora blend Bunny Hop.
The free pattern
is here and knit at 4.5 sts/inch
will progress at a nice rate of knitting speed!
Sept 19, 2006 - Baby Booties with Pom-Poms
are a great gift and you can make a pair with
one ball of Merino Stripes. The pair will come out charmingly
different due to the slow change of color
in the self-striping Merino Stripes.
The free Pom-Pom
Booties pattern is here.
Sept 18, 2006 - A fun Baby Hat pattern in Bunny Hop
made as a tube with a small size at one end and
a larger size at the other. This means you can reverse the ends
and turn the hat around when the baby's head gets too big
for the smaller end. Bunny Hop is super soft and cozy and
has many fun color combos possible.
The free Reversible
Baby Hat pattern is here.
September 17, 2006 - The new edition is due any minute
of the Complete Idiot's Guide to
Knitting & Crochet by Barbara Breiter.
A very useful reference, it also includes many
samples and patterns knit using CPY yarns.
Explore Barbara Breiter's www.Knitabit.net
web site, too.
A lovely short-sleeved pullover knit in
our new wool-silk (60/40) combination.
The overall pattern is not hard to knit,
and makes an elegant looking sweater.
The pattern is free with a chart for the
pattern - available HERE.
Sept 5, 2006 - We have just updated the 4 PDF pages of photos of Purse
we are offering - Suggested retail prices per pair are $7.50-$10.50 in 81
different style and color combinations.
Click here to go the link to the
PDF color pages of purse and bag handle photos.
September 3, 2006 - A lovely capelet
from our new Aran Marl 100% wool yarn
- worked from a chart on circular needles.
Chart is given in PDF format for
This is an intermediate-advanced pattern,
not recommended for beginning knitters.
August 31, 2006 -
New Colors Added to Fizz -
colors especially chosen for Hawaiian Lei makers.
2 prints and 2 solids.
Click here to see full size version of the
These colors are in stock now.
August 29, 2006 -
a new colorway of our
popular English Garden Bag,
The bag uses felted Taos, Aran and Aran Print. Designed by
This version has a deeper color background and
floral embellishments use a printed color of Aran Print.
August 26, 2006 - a dressy short-sleeve top
knit in CPY's Crème
A combination of eyelets and wandering stitches
with pouf bobble trim makes a striking, stylish top.
The free pattern for this
Eyelet Panel top is here.
August 25, 2006 - a soft feeling, textured
ribbed pullover for men
knit with our new Sequoia wool-alpaca blend.
(Of course a woman could wear this sweater as well).
The free Sequoia pattern is here.
August 24, 2005 - BeBop's new colors
not only is BeBop fun for trim and accenting,
but the Lei Makers
have discovered it works very well
in the Hawaiian Crocheted Yarn Lei. All these
colors are now in stock!
See the sample strip on the
BeBop page HERE.
August 17, 2006 - Cameo (our merino wool
- nylon blend tubular yarn)
has wonderful stitch definition due to the round profile of the yarn.
In this Shell Stitch Shawl it puts that to elegant use
with a sculptured surface as a result.
The free Cameo Shawl Pattern
- Warning to All Sock Knitters!
After many years of selling Crystal Palace Bamboo DP
Needles to Sock Knitters
we have decided these same sock knitters need to have
Crystal Palace Bamboo Sock YARNS!
Coming Soon --- TWO Bamboo Sock Yarns from CPY
1: A blend of Bamboo + Wool + Nylon
2: A blend of Bamboo + Cotton + Nylon with a little elastic fiber
Coming Soon -
New Knitting Notions
Click to see the photos
August 14, 2006 - Here's an intriguing Cover-Up Sarong knit in
wear it slung around your hips or around your shoulders
(see photos with the pattern for different ways to wear it).
It'll turn heads, that's for sure!
the trim and cord are knit with one ball of Party Ribbon -
and think of the myriad color combinations you can make
with combining Waikiki and Party!
The free pattern for the
Waikiki Sarong is here.
August 12, 2006 - Make some quick gifts for
friends in cold climates -
Sasha the Splashy Serpent is not only good looking,
but she'll help keep winter heating bills down by blocking drafts under doors
- knit and felt with one ball each of Iceland and Splash.
Many, many color combinations to choose.
The easy, fast pattern is here (on
size 19 needles).
August 9, 2006 - Make a School Colors Pillow using a pair of our
many colors of Cotton Chenille for your favorite
college-bound student (or high school colors, too!)
Here's a free pattern for making
with doubled Cotton Chenille on size 10 needles.
August 5, 2006 - Any little girl would love the soft feel of this
easy-to-knit Cotton Chenille Jumper.
Make one in a solid color or in one of the newer
printed colors of 100% Cotton Chenille.
The free girl's
jumper pattern is here.
Aug 2, 2006 - Here's a variety of easy stitches arranged
in bands across a sweater that is made unique with using
our new TAOS striated color spun 100% wool yarn.
Any of the wonderful color combinations and softness of Taos
will make this a lovely sweater. See the
complete color card here for Taos.
The free Sleeveless Sampler Shell
pattern is HERE.
Taos has been shipped 2 weeks ago to shops all over the USA.
Check our Shop List to find a store near you
- or check our Online Shops if you don't
have a LYS.
July 22, 2006 - A knit-lengthwise Shetland Lace
Scarf in Kid Merino.
Knitting holding Kid Merino double on size 10 needles means a lovely
lace project in a quick knitting format.
Make these Shetland Lace Scarves in different colors
as gifts for approx. $11 retail cost!
The free Shetland
Lace Scarf pattern is HERE.
July 22, 2006 - Choose one of the 14 different Merino Stripes
colors (each has 3 colors "built-in" and self-striping) and knit this vest
with a striped colors effect that happens with
no yarn changes needed.
The free pattern to knit this
V-Neck Curved edge Vest in
Merino Stripes is here.
July 21, 2006 - We now have a Blog!
- Angela, on our staff, has been a Knitter-Blogger for some time and asked if
she could launch the
Official Crystal Palace Yarns
Blog - and we said "Go for it!" It'll be a place to
exchange information, learn news in more detail and follow links to learn more
about knitting. We hope to share projects knit with CPY yarns from knitters. I'm
planning a "Knit Block of the Month" project to share interesting stitch
patterns in perhaps Cotton Chenille or Fjord translated from Japanese knitting
stitch pattern books (my latest intrigue is figuring out how to read Japanese
pattern charts and you'll be seeing these soon on our site for complicated aran
and lace patterns, too.) [In case you didn't know the origin of the word "blog"
is is short for "Web Log" - for a
history of blogging
see this site.]
July 16, 2006 - A super soft and
cozy baby blanket
in CPY's new
Meringue yarn - a frothy blend of merino wool, fine acrylic
and elastic fibers for "memory". This blanket combines 2 print + 2
of Meringue for a unique, soft color look.
There are colors which would
work equally well for a boy's or an "unknown sex" child, too.
Free Baby Blanket Pattern is here.
July 9, 2006 -
Our list of free knit, crochet, felted bags and purses has gotten so long
that I've set up a new, separate Index to these patterns.
We have several new bags to publish in the coming week - so check back!
The New BAG and PURSE Free Pattern Index
and check out our New
Purse Handles, arriving in August.
July 7, 2006 - Terry Ross has designed a super bag in our new
with vine and leaf details in
stunning bag will hold a lot!
The D-shaped handle is from our new
Bag Handle Collection.
The subtle and beautiful color effects are achieved by
combining a single color of Taos striated dyed wool with
4 different solid colors of Aran wool. The feel of the bag is very
Here is the
Free pattern for this wonderful Carpet Bag.
We are considering making this English Garden bag into a kit,
let us know if this sounds interesting.
July 3, 2006 - A stunning jacket knit on the diagonal
new TAOS striated-spun wool.
The look is "Missoni-like" stripes in an easy-to-knit design.
The free Taos jacket
pattern is here and uses
only 8-12 50 gr balls of Taos for Small through X-Lg sizes.
Meringue is CPY's new
Merino wool blend yarn with gentle elastic fibers
added to give the knitting "memory" and a soft, airy feel and look.
Here is a side-to-side knit pullover with a subtle texture.
You begin knitting at one cuff and knit across the sweater.
The result gives flattering vertical stripes of texture.
The Free pattern
for this Meringue Pullover is here.
Meringue has arrived and began shipping to shops the first week of
1, 2006 - Knit
handbags are all the rage on the runways of the fashion world.
We knitters can make our own fashion statements!
Here's a roomy, fun bag to make with CPY's
Instructions include how to adapt to different sizes of handles,
Scrunchie Bag Pattern is here.
June 20, 2006 - A lovely small lace project - a
that uses only one ball of Kid Merino. Knit on size 10 needles, it goes quickly and
would make a wonderful gift. Or make one for yourself and one to
There are so many Kid
Merino colors to choose from
- and at a cost of under $7 you'll want to make more than one!
June 19, 2006 - Here's a sparkly evening bag knit, not felted,
with Deco-Ribbon, Little Flowers and Popcorn.
It's a non-felted version of our earlier felted Triangle Bag
here to see original).
Not only is this a great looking bag (you can knit it in 2 sizes),
but it includes a tutorial in using the Magic Loop, Closed cast-on
Thanks to Terry Ross for designing both these bags.
The free pattern
for this Triangle Evening Bag is here.
June 18, 2006 - Coming for Fall
2006 - A collection of
acrylic Purse and Bag Handles for
your knitted, felted and crocheted bags. Handles will be
packaged in pairs in a wide variety of styles and colors -
retail prices will range from approx. $7.50 to $10.95/pair. More
details and photos of all styles soon. Shops should inquire re.
wholesale prices. Here
is a 3-page PDF file showing the 51 different purse handles
which will arrive in late August.
June 17, 2006 - Here's an easy Bolero
Vest to knit in our
new TAOS, striated
100% wool. It uses only 3 balls in Sm and Med and
4 balls in Lg and XLg so the cost will be in the $24-$32 range
Taos is new for Fall 2006 and the first shipment will arrive in
The free vest pattern is here.
June 14, 2006 - Knit and felt these cozy slippers with Fjord wool.
Cathy Campbell has written the pattern for a wide range of foot
It's like knitting socks, but at 4.5 sts/inch.
The Free Felted
Slipper Pattern is here.
2, 2006 - Four new colors of Squiggle are now in stock.
Use Squiggle to add fun to any project - knit, crochet or felted.
The texture and look is unique. The new colors coordinate with other
CPY yarn colors, of course!
Strawberries-Limes, Blueberries-Grapes, Kiwi-Mangos and
See the four new colors of
May 27, 2006 - What a cute way to give a small gift.
Use this 4" x 4" mini-bag for a Christmas gift and hang it on the
Or use baby colors for a shower gift and tuck in a wee item
such as a pretty pacifier, baby spoon or teething toy.
You can knit one of these with half a ball of Iceland
(or 1/4 ball each in 2 colors)
and felt it. Trim with a fun button or pin.
The Free Pattern
for the Mini-Bag is Here.
And, Yes, you can felt the bleached
white color of Iceland just fine.
We get asked this a lot.
May 26, 2006 - 6 New Colors of Kid Merino
4 new luscious prints and 2 solid colors. These are
coordinated to go with other newly added colors to the
CPY Collection: Kiwi-Mangos, Strawberries-Limes,
Blueberries-Grapes and solid colors Sand & Vine Green.
See all the new colors
May 23, 2006 - A fun scarf to make by knitting on
and changing direction every 13 rows.
This soft, bouncy feeling scarf is knit with our
new Meringue Merino wool blend with elastic fibers.
Meringue will arrive in June -
see all the Meringue
The free Zig
Zag Scarf pattern is here.
22, 2006 - This smashing stole or afghan pattern
is an easy-to-lace pattern called "Crest of the Wave"
and holding Waikiki +
Kid Merino together
a wonderful soft fabric with great color effects possible.
pattern is here for the Stole or Afghan.
Mary 20, 2006 - A cute little bean-shaped bag to felt with
Musique body and
Musique is a blend of wool, acrylic and cotton
and felts with a unique texture and surface look.
Bag Pattern is here.
May 19, 2006 - With more than 70 colors of
and 34 colors of Waikiki
there are an amazing
number of color combinations you can use
to make this hat. Great for a woman or a man.
The hat uses just one ball each of Cotton Chenille
and Waikiki - the
Free Knit Hat Pattern is here.
An easy-to knit ribbed hat combining Fjord with Kid Merino
matches the yarn combo used for our earlier
Fingerless Gloves (Wrist Warmer) pattern.
The pair makes a great gift duo.
And so many color combinations are possible!
The free Ribbed Hat
pattern is here, the
Wrist Warmers are
May 12, 2006 - A
Peppermint Striped felted bag
made with Iceland. Trim it with red and green
ribbon and use it as a Christmas bag
- or carry it any time of the year!
May 6, 2006 - When we took this cropped cardigan out of the box
we all ooh'd and ahh'd. It's so pretty and lightweight.
It uses only 4-5 50 gr balls of
and 1-2 balls of Merino
Frappe for the trim.
Knitting with Merino Stripes is so much fun,
watching the colors change as you go with this self-striping yarn!
At a retail cost for a medium size of approx. $40 you'll
want to make two in different color combinations!
The free pattern
to knit this cropped cardigan is here.
All colors of Merino Stripes are in stock now.
May 3, 2006 -
easy-to-knit little felted bag using 2 colors of Fjord.
The slip stitch pattern makes an interesting color pattern
after felting. With the pairs of colors in Fjord of
solids + coordinating printed colors,
you can make several in different color schemes.
An Index of
Free Felted Bag Patterns is HERE.
May 2, 2006 - It's not too early to think about knitting
for Christmas projects, is it?
Here's a very
easy scarf to knit lengthwise on big needles
- 2 colors of Iceland + the new "Christmas" color of
Knit on size 15 needles, it's a fast project.
May 1, 2006 - An
easy Shrug knit
with Deco-Ribbon and
Knit in a single piece and folded over
to form the armholes. Easy for anyone to knit.
4-5 balls of Deco-Ribbon and 1 ball of Splash
for trim - approx. $34-$40 retail cost (Sm, Med, Lg)
April 30, 2006 - a
cute little felted bag
The triangle shape makes it have a
roomy bottom space, too.
April 29, 2006 - A
unique felted bag,
felted in Fjord wool.
This 15" bag will make a fun bag
for holding knitting needles and yarn
Or, put your favorite baguette in it!
April 26, 2006 - We are about to post 7 new
Felted Bag projects
in a variety of our yarns: Fjord,
Merino Stripes, Nubbles, Fling and Blippity.
Here is a PDF
file of what is coming in a week or two!
April 24, 2006 - A new addition, we'd be interested if
you find this useful,
is that we are beginning to add Adobe PDF file versions of
patterns to make
printing them out easier. Printing out directly from the Web pages means
a lot of extraneous material on your printed pages.
You'll see an addition of the Adobe Reader logo:
at the bottom right of each pattern to which we add a PDF version.
Our patterns are still free and we do not ask you to register or
to give us your email address or mailing address in order to use
our free patterns.
But, we do of course, appreciate it if you use our yarn to knit them.
Here is an example of a pattern for which we have done this -
Cameo Unisex Aran ver. 2
April 18, 2006 - Vest for babies, 6 months to 24 months.
This Baby Vest
is knit with soft, velvety
Cotton Chenille and trimmed with an ultrasoft Kiddo collar.
Many color combinations are possible!
April 17, 2006 - the sample card for the
(60% wool/40% combed silk)
is now posted. This new classic silk blend yarn
will arrive in early July. We'll be posting photos
of sweater patterns which will be available in Crème soon.
April 15, 2006 - Here's a perfect gift item -
Case knit and felted in Fjord.
(Or make it as an iPod cozy).
Fun to make, knit up several and felt them
at the same time. Each one uses less than a ball,
so you could make 3 from 2 balls of Fjord.
Using one of the 13 printed colors
of Fjord makes
a wonderful, mosaic effect in the finished felt
as you can see in this case made with the Fall Herbs color.
Big thanks to Sandi Rosner of Knitting Workshop in
Sebastopol, CA for sharing her pattern with us!
April 13, 2006 - A
very easy ear
headband knit with the new CPY
Meringue yarn (see color card here).
Meringue is a new yarn for Fall - a blend of Merino wool,
acrylic and elastic nylon fibers. (similar to Lycra).
The elastic fibers allow the yarn to have memory.
Meringue has a soft, frothy feel that is quite wonderful against the
This yarn will be popular even for those who normally don't like to wear
April 12, 2006
Asymmetrical Deco-Ribbon Jacket
combines 3 colors of Deco-Ribbon.
Here are 4 new
colorways from which to choose.
April 11, 2006 -
Seven New colors added to Merino
for Fall 2006 The shipment arrived in May.
April 6, 2006 - A soft and velvety
knit in Cotton Chenille. Sizes 6 months - 2 years.
The body is a solid color and the accent trim uses
a new, printed color of Cotton Chenille.
The free pattern is here
for the baby cardigan.
We will add a child-sized version of
this cardigan pattern later this spring, too.
5, 2006 - If you liked the
Blippity + Cotton Chenille
in the original pink and green combination,
see the 2 new color combinations we have just knitted.
New color combos are
here at bottom of original pattern page.
March 30, 2006 -
NEW Yarn Sample Cards for our Natural Fiber
Yarns for Fall 2006 are going up on the site - many are in place already,
click to see each one: Aran,
Taos - some yarns also have scans of
actual balls, you will see links at the top of the page for these. We will also
have 2 new yarns: Bunny Hop (a mix
of microfibers and rabbit angora) and Meringue, a mix of Merino wool, acrylic and elastic
fiber (similar to lycra) - we'll have sample cards up soon. A total of EIGHT
new yarns for Fall.
March 24, 2006 - A great combination!
Waikiki & Kid Merino held together. They make a soft, textured
yarn with a wonderful soft feel and knitters tell us that the pair make a great
feel for knitting work, too. We will have more projects coming with this Cozy
Combo of yarns. Here is
a Ruffle Trimmed Waikiki + Kid Merino Pullover in sizes from Small to
XXLg. Many color combinations are, of course, possible with this great pair of
March 22, 2006 -
Fjord Mosaic Stitch Jacket -
this slip stitch pattern is not difficult to do
and the results are smashing!
The jacket combines 1 printed color and 3 solid colors of
Fjord (our new smaller version of
Iceland soft wool)
March 19, 2006 -
CRÈME - our new 60% wool + 40%
combed silk yarn is
due for Fall 2006. (first delivery expected in early July)
Here are the scanned colors (and 4 more colors due soon). I wish you could
feel it and see the luster in person! A luxurious yarn at an affordable price.
(If you are a longtime CPY yarn buyer, you'll recognize the name
"Crème" from one of our most popular silk-wool yarns of the past.
This is a close copy of our old favorite!)
March 18, 2006 - Make a super soft 90% merino wool
scarf with only one ball of
knit lengthwise on circular needles (size 11).
form their own unique stripe pattern
with no effort
and great results.
The easy free pattern is here.
At a cost of approx. $8 retail or a little less you
can make one in every color combination.
March 16, 2006 - DAISY Needles are coming in
smaller sizes: US 5, 6, 7, 8
both Single Points and Double Points. Our shipment is due
in early June. As
more and more knitters are asking for smaller needles
to knit at classic
gauges, we are expanding the DAISY range.
And, CPY is adding several natural
fiber classic yarns for Fall 2006
to "go with" the needles, too.
March 8, 2006 -
crocheted into a unique 'Booklet Scarf' -
made with just 3 balls, each a different color.
March 7, 2006 - A peek at the future of Fall yarns for 2006 - I am
starting to get scans of the new, natural fiber yarns coming for Fall up on the
site. We have several gorgeous 100% wools coming, Crème - a 40% silk/60%
wool, a washable baby yarn with angora and much more. See here:
TAOS, striated-color spun feltable 100% wool
and Aran 100% Wool - Printed. The
Aran wool will also come in coordinated solid colors and an
version (marl means twisting of different colors strands together). Watch for more coming soon.
March 2, 2006 - Six new colors of Merino Stripes
are here now (April 5, 2006).
Click HERE to see all 6 new
colors of Merino Stripes.
February 25, 2006 - Want to make
a great looking and cozy
feeling baby blanket? Here's a diagonal knit
pattern using Cotton Chenille in 8 colors,
held double on size 11 needles.
The free baby
blanket pattern in
Cotton Chenille is
February 23, 2006 - Fingerless gloves knit flat
and sewn are fun to knit
and a great project for new knitters who want something that
fits everyone easily and make great fashion accessories.
Here is a pattern for
Cameo Fingerless Gloves w/ a Ruffle
- they use 2 balls and knit up quickly on large needles.
Cameo is 80% merino wool.
Don't miss the Fingerless Gloves in Fjord + Kid Merino
with photo and link down lower right on this page, too.
February 18, 2006 - A scarf in a classic style
suitable for a man or woman.
Cameo, a merino wool blend, is an all-season yarn.
The easy 2-ball
Cameo Faggot Stitch scarf pattern is here
- see all the colors for Cameo
February 13, 2006 - Two patterns in one:
Cameo Cabled Vest sized for either a child or an adult
(we call this Father-Son, but it could be Mother-Daughter just as easily).
Lots of sizes written for this vest pair!
The Free Cameo Cable Vest Pattern :
Adult sizes here
Cameo is our new 80% merino wool/20%
nylon yarn with just the right amount of elasticity.
February 11, 2006 - Our new
(a smaller version of 100% wool Iceland)
makes a soft, textured "Squared Pullover"
in sandstorm color.
The free pattern for the Fjord pullover is here.
February 10, 2006 -
Knit this gorgeous
Merino Stripes Triangle Shawl
in the miter square technique. The photo shows the
smaller version, it is sized for Small and Large.
Thanks to the self-striping colors of Merino Stripes yarn,
you have no need to change colors as you knit.
The Small version takes only 7 balls of Merino Stripes [approx
retail cost under $60]
and the Large uses 10 balls. See
the colors for Merino Stripes here.
And, we have 6 new colors coming for Fall, too!
February 6, 2006 - Looking for an
Here's a fun pair of
knit flat and then sewn.
VERY easy and great for gifts of make several pairs
for yourself in different colors.
These are knit in our new Fjord 100% wool
combined with Kid Merino. Soft, warm and cozy.
February 5, 2006 -
Party + Blippity Hat pattern
that matches the corkscrew scarf and Flirty Bag
posted a few days ago. See photos of the bag and
scarf a few items below on the right.
This crocheted hat would make a perfect Chemo Cap
if you know someone going through chemotherapy, too.
February 4, 2006 -
A bag and Capelet in Cameo wool blend.
There is a matching Capelet pattern, too.
The free Cameo Cable Bag pattern is
The Cameo Cable Capelet pattern
February 1, 2006 - 6 New Printed
on the way for our KIDDO yarn.
See the full size scans for them on
the Kiddo Sample Card page here.
February 1, 2006 - A striking
combination of shrug and matching hat knit
in CPY's new Cameo yarn and trimmed with BeBop -
the model here knit in Roses colorway.
The shrug is a long-sleeved version of the
we posted earlier in January.
Instructions are included for a Knit Flower trim.
The free knit pattern for the
Shrug, Hat and Knit Flower is here.
January 30, 2006 -
Here is the new color card for Cotton
for the first time: 16 Printed Colors of Cotton Chenille! And
6 new solid colors, too. Due in April 2006.
The pattern for the easy
washcloth is here.
January 28, 2006 - Do you crochet?
Here is a set of 3 Flirty Accessories: A hat
(which also would be a wonderful Chemo Cap pattern,
a bag (see photo at right) and a corkscrew scarf.
All made with our Party Ribbon and Blippity trim.
The free crocheted
handbag pattern is here.
The free corkscrew crocheted scarf is here
January 27, 2005 - Here's a large
scale mitered block vest
to knit with self-striping Merino Stripes.
Knit with the blue jeans color, it makes a great look
to combine with jeans for
The free mitered vest
pattern is here.
January 25, 2006 - This Deco-Ribbon
Shrug caused a lot of comment at the recent show in San Diego. The pattern
includes directions for the Knit Flower fastener, too.
The free Deco-Ribbon
Shrug pattern is here.
January 17, 2006 - Newly updated PDF
pages of thumbnail
patterns for CPY Free Patterns for Shrugs and Capelets is here. See
all the PDF files on this PDF Pattern
Thumbnails Index Page.
January 15, 2006 - We are on a roll
with many new patterns.
Here's a really cute striped knit purse made of Cotton Chenille and
by Dawn Leeseman. You could make it match the
V-Neck Vest below
or the Cardigan Hoodie
Vest made in this same combination of yarns.
The free knit purse
pattern is here.
This will knit up quickly with just 2 skeins of Cotton Chenille
and 2 balls of Blippity for an approx. cost of $32.
(and, a surprise is coming soon - printed colors of Cotton Chenille!
Check back in February for samples.)
January 15, 2006 - We do not have a
lot for crocheters here
and we thought it was time to get some fun crochet projects up
- this is the first of two (the next is a Party-Blippity set: a bag, hat and
Here is a hat and bag in Deco-Ribbon trimmed with Popcorn.
The free crochet patterns are here:
the Hat and
If you make both, you'll only need
4 balls of Deco-Ribbon and one ball of Popcorn
[approx. cost to make this set: $30.00]
January 14, 2006 - Here's a 2nd fun project
Cotton Chenille with the new Blippity yarn.
a deep-V neck vest. There are 4 colors of
Cotton Chenille used so the front and
back are each
made of totally different colors
(of course you may make them the
same if you wish).
Wear it alone, or over a tank top or chemise.
Here is the free
pattern for the V-Neck Vest.
The other Cotton Chenille + Blippity combo is
seen below on the left,
a cardigan vest with Hoodie,
that pattern is here.
January 14, 2006 - Our designers have
all been intrigued with figuring how to best show off the subtle self-striping
of our Merino Stripes yarn. Marilyn Turner has come up with a gorgeous
effect by using 2 different colors of Merino Stripes in a simple slip stitch
pattern and playing one against the other. This long jacket (or call it a short
coat?) is stunning and even the man who came in to install our new VISA machine
and saw it on a table asked about it!
Here is the free pattern
for this Merino Stripes Slip Stitch Jacket.
January 9, 2006 - Cotton Chenille
Blippity are used to knit this
Hoodie Vest -
the vest bottom is pure Cotton Chenille
and the hood is Blippity.
The free pattern for
the vest is here.
I recently got a Nikon D50 SLR digital
and am having a fine time taking photos. I had some questions about where and
how we store our yarns and so I've put 4 photos up for you to see
HERE of the CPY Warehouse.
(You'll see that we keep a big inventory of yarns to keep our shops supplied.)
To read more of "What's
New" items from 2005 - Click here