Kraemer Yarns has You Covered for Festival Season!

Are you counting down the days to warmer weather and outdoor music festivals? Our new Festival Wear pattern collection features garments and accessories that are perfect projects to start now and have ready before the first act takes the stage.

The patterns in our Festival Wear collections are perfect for your warm-weather travel destinations. Shown above from left to right: Garter Stitch Shawl (free!) in Tatamy Tweed Worsted, Large Boho Bag crocheted in Perfection Super Bulky, and Festival on the Dunes crocheted in Tatamy Tweed DK.

Above, from left to right, First Festival and Festival Halter Top both crocheted in Tatamy DK, and the Lattice Prairie Skirt knit in Tatamy Tweed. The Festival Halter Top is available as a kit if you don’t already have the yarn you’d like to use.

In case you missed it, we’ve even made a doll inspired by our favorite festival fan, Busy Philipps!

Doesn’t she look great in the Festival Halter Top? Do we know anyone who knows Busy? We’d love to get this to her!

Tatamy Yarn for Spring and Summer Projects

Tatamy, our American-made blend of cotton and acrylic, is used in our Festival Wear patterns. Available in Worsted and DK weights, and a Tweed Worsted and Tweed DK, you have a wide color palette from which to choose for your knit or crochet cast on! Shop today and enjoy special Festival pricing, as we've lowered the price of Tatamy for the season.

We can't wait to see your show stoppers and encourage you to share your projects with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry!

Pin this post for your spring and summer project planning!

Beth Aidala
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Short Row Tutorial featuring the Tobyhanna Creek Cowl

Short Row Tutorial featuring the Tobyhanna Creek Cowl

The Tobyhanna Creek Cowl is a new design for Kraemer Yarns by Clara Masessa. You’ll need two skeins of Perfection Chunky, size US 10.5 needles, five 1-inch buttons, and one ½-inch button. This project is suitable for an intermediate knitter or advanced beginner as the pattern includes cables and short rows. Neither technique is difficult, just take it one stitch at a time!


Short Rows Explained

So, what is a short row? The simplest explanation is that you turn your work before you get to the end of the row, then work in the other direction. There are many different variations of short rows and which style you work depends on the desired shape and fabric of the finished item. Short rows are used in sock heels, sleeve caps, and some hats. For the Tobyhanna Creek Cowl, short rows help to contour a curved edge so it sits just right around your neck and shoulders.

Short Rows in the Tobyhanna Creek Cowl

In the Tobyhanna Creek Cowl, you do not begin with the short rows. The first part of the pattern is simple knitting garter stitch with a center cable until you reach the designated length.

When it is time to start working the short rows on the specified rows, the markers you placed to set the cable stitches apart come in handy. Begin by knitting to one stitch before the first marker.

Turn the work (the right side of the work is now facing you), and follow the Short Row instruction to make the yarn over and knit to the end of the row. We are using the yarn over style of short rows and the yarn over is used in the next row to close up the gap that results when you turn your work. In the photo above we’ve exaggerated the gap to make it easier to see.

We are at the edge of our knitting with the wrong side facing. You’ll continue to follow the directions to complete the short row.

Now, back on the right side of the work, the short row is complete! The gap created from turning your work is closed. After a number of short rows are knit you can see the subtle curve emerging in your rectangular piece of knitting.

This diagram, from The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt, shows how repeating a short row pattern will create a curved fabric.

Once all the short-row knitting section is knit to the required length, you continue knitting the following the pattern instructions to complete your cowl.

Short rows are a subtle detail that results in a better fitting accessory. We’d love to see your completed cowl and other short row projects that use Kraemer Yarns. Share them with us in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, or tag us on Instagram!

We hope you’ve found this tutorial useful! Pin it so you’ll have a handy reference!  

Beth Aidala
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The Corner of Knit & Tea

The Corner of Knit & Tea

Knit Me: Kraemer Yarns, Perfection Worsted

A few months ago Kraemer Yarns offered me the opportunity to try their Perfection Worsted yarn. I believe I’ve knitted with Perfection Worsted once before, but I was eager to try more. Kraemer Yarns is a U.S. mill that has been open and continuously running for more than 100 years. They produce sturdy, fine quality yarns and Perfection is their easy care line – perfect for kids!

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Perfection Yarn is the Perfect Choice for Your Next Project

Perfection Yarn is the Perfect Choice for Your Next Project

Crafters looking yarn for their next project have many options. Available in a variety of weights, Perfection is a great go-to choice as a hard-wearing, easy-care yarn with an extensive color palette that will last! Bonus, all Kraemer Yarns are made in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. We source American fibers to support American farmers and workers. As the manufacturer, we can provide our yarns directly to you!

 

Shadow Knit Checkered Hat in Perfection Worsted is a new pattern by Clara Messesa for Kraemer Yarns. Shadow knitting is also known as illusion knitting when you look at the hat from one direction you see stripes, but from another perspective, you see the checkered squares. Pretty nifty, right?

Paula Herbert's Cowl & Snood pattern is a simple, garter stitch cowl, which can be worn as a snood. Did you know that snood is the word for a tubular scarf that sits higher up on the neck and more like a hood? It is attractive and warm, knit flat and seamed in Perfection DK.

Perfection is a great choice for crochet projects too! The Frosty Forest Cowl by Erica Dietz of 5 Little Monsters uses Perfection Worsted and puffy v-stitches to create a nice, squishy texture on this cowl. Four colors arranged from dark to light gives it an ombre type effect. We can’t wait to see the color combinations you select!

We love to connect with you in our Facebook group, Ravelry group, or on Instagram. Share your Perfection projects and inspire others! We stand behind every skein and hank of our yarn. If you are ever not satisfied with the quality of our yarn, we will provide you with a full refund.

 

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Cozy and Colorful: Blankets in Kraemer Yarns

Blankets are practical projects that can build skills and mark occasions but do require a big time investment. We have many blanket and afghan patterns to choose from for all skill levels. Knit or crochet, match the local weather and temperatures or to tie together your home decor, we have the perfect yarn for your chosen project: Perfection! This easy-care, machine washable, wool-acrylic blend is available in Chunky, DK, Worsted, and Super Bulky weights. You can even add a touch of sparkle! The color palette is extensive and to top it all off, this yarn is proudly made in the USA!


Temperature Blankets

There are a number of patterns that incorporate tracking a daily data point be it the high or low temperature, percentage of cloud cover, or even your mood. One of the best features of this sort of project is that your finished item is truly unique to you!

(top) Daily Temperature Blanket by Clare Thornley and Temperature Blanket (crochet) by MB Stitches.

(bottom) Persian Dreams Worsted by Jenise Hope and Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis

 

Skill Building Blankets

The Janet’s Garden CAL will take place throughout 2019. In this crochet-a-long, each month designer and host Jessie will provide you with the new stitch patterns and instructions. Work along with her each month and by December you will have an elegant square blanket in Perfection DK!


We’d love to hear from you and see your project progress throughout 2019. Share your Kraemer Yarn projects with us on Facebook, Instagram, or in the Ravelry group.

Beth Aidala
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Arrowhead Poncho - Staci Perry - VeryPink Knits


This pattern and yarn kit from Kraemer Yarns is deceptively simple – it’s just two rectangles! Knit in bulky yarn, it’s a quick project that is also good for knitters who want to give cables a try for the first time.

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Janet’s Garden CAL Month One

Janet’s Garden CAL Month One

The Janet’s Garden CAL will take place throughout 2019. We will be making an elegant square blanket. The blanket will utilize many stitches, giving you a chance to increase your crochet knowledge while creating a beautiful work. This first post will tell you all you need to understand how the CAL works and to get ready to make your blanket.
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Frosty Forest Cowl

Frosty Forest Cowl

Frosty Forest Cowl
I recently had the opportunity to try out some yarn from Kraemer Yarns, their Perfection Worsted yarn. Worsted weight is by far my favorite yarn to use. I love the drape and detail you can get with thinner yarns and enjoy working with them occasionally but I always feel like it takes forever to finish a project. I love the quickness of projects made with bulky yarns, but feel like I am somewhat limited on the detail and types of projects I can make. So although I enjoy working with all weights and types of yarns, worsted weight is definitely my go to yarn weight.
Beth Aidala
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PERFECTION WORSTED FROM KRAEMER YARNS – REVIEW

PERFECTION WORSTED FROM KRAEMER YARNS – REVIEW

Sometimes you just need a good, go-to yarn that comes in a million colors, is easy enough to launder that you can gift it to anyone, and isn’t a zillion dollars. That’s where Kraemer Yarns’ Perfection Worsted comes in. It’s one of those yarns that has a good combination of wool and acrylic that gives makers many of the advantages of wool yarn. However, the acrylic adds some softness into the mix while also making the yarn more affordable to buy and easier to wash than something that’s, say, 100% wool. The big thing that separates Perfection Worsted from the pack of other wool/acrylic blends (since there are definitely a few out there) is that it’s made in the United States with American wool.
Read on for the nitty gritty about this yarn. :)

 

Beth Aidala
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Planning Your Projects for 2019

Are you considering your project plans for the coming year? We’ve spotted many knitters and crocheters participating in #MakeNine2019 on Instagram. The Make Nine challenge is meant to be a low-pressure make along throughout the year. With the abundance of patterns, kits, and yarns available from Kraemer Yarns, there is plenty of inspiration to guide your choices.

We started here:

It’s ok to be specific too:

Top row: Wide Load Tote, Marvelous Mittens, Easy Bed Socks

Middle: Fly, Eagles, Fly, Mother Earth Wrap, Knit for Baby

Bottom: Ribbed Boho Purse, Roving for needlefelting or spinning, Autumn Magic Crochet Wrap

Project Idea: Blankets

Why not go big with a multi-color blanket? There are a number of great patterns that are worked in pieces, perfect to work on over the course of a year. In addition to our own blanket patterns, several patterns on Ravelry caught our eye. Our yarn choice? Perfection! This easy-care, machine washable, wool-acrylic blend is available in Chunky, DK, Worsted, and Super Bulky weights. You can even add a touch of sparkle! The color palette is extensive and to top it all off, this yarn is proudly made in the USA!

From left to right: Daily Temperature Blanket (knit) by Clare Thornley, Temperature Blanket (crochet) by MB Stitches, and Persian Dreams Worsted by Jenise Hope.


No matter the size of your project or the length of your “to-make” list we hope you have fun! Let us know how those projects are progressing on Ravelry, in our Facebook Group, and on Instagram!

Beth Aidala
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How to Attach Sleeves on a Sweater Ornament

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Giveaway! Kraemer Yarns Gilgamesh Cowl Kits

This week we have a giveaway of SIX Gilgamesh Cowl Kits from Kraemer Yarns!

The Gilgamesh Cowl Kits can be found here. Kraemer Yarns is currently running a promotion for 20% off for orders over $15. Use the promo code “Thanksgiving” at checkout from November 21 – 26, 2018. One use per customer.

You can add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here.

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