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Red Barn Yarn Project and Pattern Inspiration

Though the weather outside may still feel like summer, the magazines that come to the mail box and the popular patterns on Ravelry are showing the early signs that fall is coming. Red Barn Yarn® would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few patterns that we think would look particularly nice in our yarns.

Accessories are a great choice to work on this time of year. If the weather is still hot they do not create a large pile of yarn on your lap and they work up quickly! The Age of Brass and Steam shawl and Autumn in the Ozarks are each currently available on Ravelry as a free download. Red Barn Yarn® Powder River is a perfect dk-weight choice for these patterns and one skein of yarn (with 260 yards in a skein) would be enough to make a small shawl or the fingerless mitts!

Sweater weather is sure to be here before you know it, so if you prefer to start on a sweater here are a few we think are fantastic! Pepper, Salt and Chili is a easy-to-knit seamless top down sweater. The semi-solid grey with the pop of red is wonderful; we could see this in Red Barn Yarn® Worsted! The Lady Sunnyside is another choice for our Worsted in a simple yet detailed and very classy cardigan. The Fretwork Pullover, in the new Vogue Knitting, took our breath away with the cablework. This design calls for a dk yarn – Red Barn Yarn® Powder River maybe or our Raw Wool & Silk would create a showstopper of a sweater.

How are you knitting your way through the end of summer and start of fall? Let us know on our Facebook page, share your Red Barn Yarn® projects with us on Ravelry or leave us a comment here!

 

Embrace Color

What colors catch your eye? If you are drawn to subtle semi-solids, bright, intense colorways or fun variegated colors there is a Red Barn Yarn colorway for you. In today’s blog, we’d like to share a few thoughts for working with those colorway variations while making the yarn work for you and your project.

ScarvesVariegated yarns are so tempting with all the colors they contain, but what works best to show off those colors? Your choice of knitting pattern and stitch pattern can make all the difference. Here we have shown a selection of scarf patterns designed by Tanis Gray; each are worked in Red Barn Yarn Worsted. From left to right: Pamplemousse, Fluvonia, Tobermory Bay, and Petipa.

Keep in mind that Red Barn Yarn yarns are uniquely hand crafted and even  skeins of yarn that are dyed in the same dye pot can end up with different saturations of color. To help avoid unwanted pooling or flashing, you may want to alternate skeins while knitting or crocheting. Of course, you do not have to do this. You may find you love the results! Ravelry and Pinterest provide great visual inspiration; we were quite taken with jdeshera’s Lace Cap and CottageYarn’s Totally Biased cowl. How have you embraced color with Red Barn Yarn in your projects? We look forward to hearing about it and seeing your results!

Sparkle Season

Sparkle season is here, be it in glitter that decorates ornaments and cards, sugar crystals on cookies, twinkling lights, or even the sun shining on freshly fallen snow. We love a little bit of sparkle in our yarn too, and we want to share a few projects and patterns that use the sparkle variations of Red Barn Yarn yarns.

Wraps and shawls are wonderful accessories during the cooler seasons. From left to right: Flit & Flutter by Anne Kuo Lukito, Pinwheels & Vines Wrap by Catherine Pettiti, and Hartigan Wharf by Tanis Gray. Each of these use Llama Sparkle; Hartigan Wharf also uses our Worsted and Loopy Mohair. You can purchase these patterns via Ravelry download.

We love seeing our yarns worked up for yourself or as gifts.  Here are a few that caught our eye, and are certain to be eye-catching with the subtle sparkle! From left to right: Mori-neko’s Sparkly Mitts in Sock Sparkle, lvs2run’s Holiday Cowl and SmileyMuffin’s Sparkle Fingerless Gloves, both in Llama Sparkle. The patterns that are used in all three of these projects are available for free.

Most of all, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday full of sparkle and shine! Cheers to a wonderful New Year and many more wonderful projects! Please feel free to share your projects in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page and inspire others.

Think Mink!

Today we’d like to tell you a bit about Red Barn Yarn’s Mink yarn. Mink yarn is different than any other fiber you may have tried. As a gentle introduction we have a few one-skein project suggestions to inspire you!

A mink ranges in size from 12-18 inches in body length, with a tail that is 6-10 inches long and they weigh between 1-3 pounds.  They are smaller than an otter and look similar to a ferret. Mink hairs are short, but soft and warm. Their fur is brushed and then gathered to be spun into yarn, much like angora from rabbits.

Red Barn Yarn’s Mink is a light fingering weight yarn with a generous 325 yards per 50 grams. That’s plenty of yardage for multiple projects.  We are looking forward to working with more local yarn shops to host Minkstravaganza, an exclusive and exciting trunk show centered on our 100% Mink yarn. Shown above is a peek at the Flamenco Shawl, designed by Therese Chynoweth,  is a great one-skein pattern that is offered free with purchase. This small lace pattern is great for new lace knitters.

We recently spotted these new patterns on Ravelry, all of which call for Red Barn Yarn Mink.  Sharon Mooney has three patterns for purchase, the Mink & Pearls ornament, Gather Ye Rosebuds cowl, and the Luxury Beaded Pocket Square. The Dew On the Vine cowl is a Cassie Ogel design, also available for digital download via Ravelry.

As we mentioned, the yardage is generous in each skein. Ravelry user jewels9’s Tourmaline Mink Shawl used one skein of mink yarn with Lorna Miser’s Lace Rims Shawl pattern to create a gorgeous project! We encourage you to share your projects with us in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or even tag us in a Tweet!

Beautiful Boucle

Have you had the chance to experience a boucle yarn yet? Boucle comes from the French word “boucler” meaning “to buckle or curl”. This type of novelty yarn is one you recognize when you see it; you can observe loops of similar size, ranging from tiny circlets to larger curls, along the length of the yarn. To make bouclé, at least two strands are combined, with the tension on one strand being much looser than the other as it is being plied; the loose strand forms the loops and the other strand is the anchor. Red Barn Yarn offers a variety of boucle yarn: Loopy Mohair, Curly Locks, Big Boucle, Boucle Sparkle, and Silk Boucle.


Boucles are great for adding texture and interest to your projects, where simple stitch designs will allow the natural beauty show. When held together with another yarn, you will find it is a bit easier to work the stitches. Perhaps these projects will inspire your next project. Bunnyknitter’s Miffy bunny, above left, looks cute and cuddly and just ready to be pet. In the center are czernakralik’s Fluffy Bunny Slippers that truly capture a vintage feel. You can also use boucle as an accent on your colorwork in a pattern, in a manner similar to embroidery, shown above right.

Boucle is not limited to small projects such as those, here are a few that caught our eye on Ravelry! The softness of this yarn is perfect for next-to-skin garments and accessories. Cuddle your little one in a sweet little bear jacket like Cubby. As the holidays get closer each day, why not take care of a few special people on your gift list with a luxurious scarf similar to sarahmontie’s Italian Scarf? This Tomtom Jacket knit by dalynn1997 is just precious and so cozy!

Love of Knitting has a great new kit for sale for the new “Under the Mistletoe” stole pattern and the Red Barn Yarn Big Boucle and Silk Ribbon with which to make it. This is a wonderful accessory to make now and be dazzling at your holiday parties! How have you brought boucle into your projects? We would love for you to share them with us on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!