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Yarn Over Coffee is the official blog of Yarn Over.  We sell a range of American-branded knitting yarns, needles, pattern books, crochet supplies, spinning wheels, weaving looms and equipment.  We have a store based in Brisbane – 1/265 Blaker Road, Keperra (behind the Grovely train station), Brisbane, Queensland, 4054.

We also run a large range of classes and social groups, either of an evening or on Saturdays. See our Calendar for more info.

Come on in and see us for all your yarn and fibre needs!  We are open – Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 4pm and Saturday – 10am to 2pm.  EFTPOS available and plenty of free parking.

Crochet Vintage Baby Dress – Free Pattern

Today in the shop we had a lovely little visitor – Amanda, who is 10 weeks old:

She kindly modelled our newest store project – a vintage baby crochet dress. It was made using our Brown Sheep Cotton Fine – 4 ply, but you could use any 4 ply cotton – even our lovely and soft 4 ply Baby Alpaca from Indiecita.

Free Vintage Baby Crochet Dress – PDF Pattern:

Vintage Baby Crochet Dress – 4 ply – Free PDF Pattern

Season 12 Dr Who Scarf – Cascade 220 Superwash

The original Dr Who Scarf colour combo in Cascade 220 was found on the wittyknitter.com site, but it is no longer running. However, thanks to the internet’s Wayback Machine, there is a png copy of the colour scheme available in the Cascade 220, and specifics on number of rows etc…

All we have done is substitute Cascade 220 colours for our own choices in Cascade 220 Superwash. Use our colour choices in the lovely Cascade 220 Superwash machine-washable wool and Witty Knitter’s colour chart to knit your own light worsted weight Dr Who Scarf from Season 12!

Cascade 220 Superwash Colours:

220: 9463B – Gold – substitute 220 Superwash – 877 Golden

220: 9488 – Christmas Red Heather – substitute 220 Superwash – 1922 Christmas Red Heather

220: 2453 – Pumpkin Spice – substitute 220 Superwash – 858 Dark Ginger

220: 9499 – Sand – substitute 220 Superwash – 1961 Camel (x 2)

220: 8885 – Dark Plum – substitute 220 Superwash – 880 Marionberry

220: 9459 Yakima Heather – substitute 220 Superwash – 865 Olive Heather (or 1912 which is now discontinued, but may be able to get some on Ravelry or EBay)

220: 9473 Gris – substitute 220 Superwash – 900 Charcoal

Please note that our colour choices have been based on the actual color card from cascade, as their website colours are not entirely accurate in real life

Dr Who Scarf – Customer Project

Lorelle has finally finished her Season 12 – Dr Who Scarf!

She used our Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport (5 ply) in the following colours – knitted on 3.5mm in garter stitch, one ball of each colour:

Red Fox Goldenrod Charcoal Wood Moss Saddle Tan Spiced Plum Chocolate Kisses

The scarf is 230cm long and 27cm wide

You can find the Brown Sheep yarn on our website – here. The Dr Who Scarf pattern is available – here.

Or you can save this image below:

New ‘Scrub-It!’ yarn from Mary Maxim – sample and project ideas

Just finished working up a sample dishcloth in the new Mary Maxim ‘Scrub-It!’ cotton yarn.

I used almost one ball of Orchid colourway. The finished cloth measured 8 and a half inches square and I did it in garter stitch (knit every row) – I cast on 33 stitches on 5mm needles (US 8). I just kept knitting until it was square!

Here’s a close-up of the texture of the resulting fabric. It is very stretchy and flexible. the Scrub-It is a cotton tape yarn with a fine fringing along one side:

We only have Orchid in stock at the moment, because it is a new yarn, but more colours are coming shortly, or you can pre-order your own on our website!

What else could you do with this yarn?

1. A sew-on fringing on a cute summer girls’ dress or top 2. A whole snuggly blanket (if you have the time and LOTS of balls of Scrub-It!) 3. Child’s toy – knitted or crocheted 4. A fun and funky edging on a pillow

What would you do with your Scrub-It yarn? Why not post your comments below?

New Customer Project – Christmas Stocking

One of my regulars, Maureen, sent me this picture of her Christmas stocking knitted for a new grand-child coming soon:

She used 2 different brands of wool purchased from my store – Patons Classic Wool in Cream (on sale!), and Cascade 220 Quatro in Pink Cameo and Blue (discontinued and also on sale!)

You can find this adorable pattern on Ravelry.

New Shop Display Project

If you run a small business, you will know how hard it is to get things done! I have been working on this crochet ruffle scarf for 4 years now and finally it is finished! You know how it is, life gets in the way, other projects and new yarns take precedence and older projects get shoved aside, right? This year I made a promise to myself to finish all of my WIPs. This one is the first cab off the rank – lol! And 2014 is almost over. :)

Anyway, the pattern is a free crochet one from Patons USA/Spinrite Yarns. The yarn is Patons Lace – and I used a plain cream one called Vintage along one side and the variegated/self-striping colour is Sachet – purples and greens with some white. It is surprisingly warm and very lightweight as the yarn is a blend of acrylic, wool and mohair. It also works up very quickly as you crochet in double-trebles for most of it.

Patons Lace also comes in a Sequin version if you prefer some bling and this would be great in this scarf too.

You can buy this yarn from our website online.

New 2014 Aunt Lydia’s Thread Catalogue

Coats and Clark, makers of Red Heart yarns and Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Threads, has just released a PDF catalogue of their latest threads and colours.

If you’d like to order anything, you can order Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread #10 on our website, but if you need anything else, you can order it over the phone: 07 3851 2608.

Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Catalogue 2014

Bobbiny T-Shirt Yarn – new in-store and How to Make Your Own T-Shirt Yarn!

New in store this week – Bobbiny T-Shirt Yarn from Poland!

This lovely soft yarn comes in 120 yard rolls and is a mix of 98% cotton and 5% lycra.

If you want to make a super-quick gift and have very little time to do it, then purchasing pre-made t-shirt yarn is the best way to go.

BUT if you’re a creative soul with a little more time on your hands, why not try making your own t-shirt yarn?

This super-helpful video from Naztazia.com shows you how to make your own t-shirt yarn using 2 methods:

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

FREE Knitting Pattern – Waikiwi Sock Yarn

Do you love to knit socks? At Yarn Over, we carry a great range of Waikiwi sock yarn from New Zealand. Waikiwi is a lovely blend of merino, alpaca, possum and nylon. It gives great stitch definition and is long-lasting due to the nylon content. It makes a lovely warm sock that is beautifully soft on your feet.

You can purchase Waikiwi online at our store.

You will need two balls for an average pair of women’s socks, 3 if you’re knitting for a man.

To download your free cabled sock pattern, please click on the link below:

Free Pattern – Waikiwi cabled socks – N1181

Noro ‘Obi’ Cowl – Store Project

I just finished a super-quick knit in the new ‘Obi’ yarn from Noro.

Just 2 balls is all you need of this bulky/12 ply blend of wool, silk and mohair. I used Colourway 3 which is the same one used in the magazine.

The pattern is from the latest issue of the Noro magazine – we are out of stock until next week but have some more copies coming in soon!

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