Berroco North Star Yarn Review

Hello NobleKnitters! It's Donna, I'm the Knitting Doctor here at NobleKnits. Today I'm going to be sharing with you a chunky yarn from Berroco, it's called North Star. I like to think of it as an Icelandic-type yarn because of the feel of the fiber and the lightweight characteristic. 

Again, this is a chunky yarn and it's going to knit up on a US 10.5 needle at a gauge of 3.75 stitches per inch. Now it is 92% alpaca and 8% nylon. That 8% nylon is going to give you a lot of substance and bounce to off-set the overall softness of that alpaca. You're going to get the best of both worlds with this one! 

Let me show you a little bit about the construction of this yarn. It is done a little bit differently than your normally plied yarns. Let's see if I can pull a strand here and give you a good look at that. Ok, so this fiber is actually manufactured or milled with a chain construction. So it looks like somebody went in there with a little crochet hook and just hooked you some chains. What that's going to do is when you knit with this it's going to give you a lot of loft and bounce. The little air pockets in this yarn are going to give you a lot of lightweight softness and warmth, so it's going to trap the air.

I would choose this for sweaters, especially Icelandic models, a cowl, hat, mittens, oh gosh..even you know, a really great warm and cushy throw. Picture yourself with that throw in front of a fireplace. 

Ok, two color families here. There are the browns and tans - we have a medium brown, a tan, and a winter white. And then we have the grays. There's charcoal, to medium gray, and light gray.

Again, this is North Star. It is going to be your favorite cold weather fiber for knitting cold weather gear. Thanks so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video please give us a thumbs up, comment, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

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Yarn Review: Schoppel Pur Wool

Hi Noble Knitters! It's Suzanne with NobleKnits.com. I'm here to showcase a brand new yarn we have, it's called Pur yarn. I just had to show it all to you today because of the beautiful colors. It's a 100% wool yarn. The yardage on it is 163 yards. The needle that you'll use is a US 10.5 and it's a bulky weight.

It's a really cool yarn because it's a single strand and it's felted. So, it's really soft, really lightweight, and it knits up beautifully. It would be great for making a scarf. There's a free pattern on our website for a cowl. Check out the NobleKnits.com website. Please like and comment below.

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Happy knitting!

Retromantic Fripperies Knitting Needles Gauges

Hi Noble Knitters! This is Donna, the Knitting Doctor here at NobleKnits.com. Today I'm here to share one of my very favorite knitting accessories with you. They are needle gauges made by a company called Retromantic Fripperies. They are made out of wood and we have some really traditional motifs. One of my favorites is Margaret the Cat and we have a traditional Fleur de Lis. Here's some more Stitch on Wheels, a traditional Sheep, a beehive (also known as a bee skep), and an "&" symbol keystroke

These are all very generously sized, gift for the knitter. Let me show you how they are used. I have a knitting needle and I'm not sure what size it is. So, you'll need to find a hole where the needle tip fits snuggly. So I'll keep moving to smaller holes until the needle fits snug. At a 10.5 I have wiggle room. So I move down to a size 10 hole and the needle fits so I know, that is the needle size. 

Very useful tool! Again, perfect gift for the knitter, gift for a knitting friend or guild member, and absolutely for yourself! These are from Retromantics. Here are the full size and they also come in a key fob (travel) size. Here's our Margaret the Cat in the smaller size. She is the perfect size to fit on the chain that I have for the Retromantic Ruler necklace. It is a four inch ruler - very useful for checking your stitch gauge. The necklace hits at just the right spot, so I'd absolutely at my Margaret Travel needle gauge to that necklace. 

These are all available at NobleKnits.com, thank you so much for viewing.

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Say Hello Baby! with our Soakbox Baby Knitting Kit

Product Review: Soakbox Erika Knight Baby Knitting Kits

Product Review: Soakbox Erika Knight Baby Knitting Kits

Looking for a  perfect little baby project that you can knit in a weekend or less!  Or maybe it's a shower gift for a Mother-To-Be knitter!  Well, look no further. Here it is . . The Soakbox Baby Knitting Kit. The kit includes two patterns for baby so you'll be able to choose which project you want to knit. You can make either a pair of baby striped leg warmers or a baby striped hat.

Each kit will arrive with  2 balls (60 yds. each) of Erika Knight "Blue Yarn", 2 knitting patterns, and bottle of SOAK to take you thru many delicate sudsings.

SOAK is pretty amazing too!  It's a no-rinse wool wash that you can use either in your washer (he) or handwash.  A little goes a long long way. I've have mine for almost a year and yes, its a 3 oz.size, too!

The scents are also nice and crisp, not in the least overpowering and yes, there is a scentless one too.

Each Soakbox color combo is a different scent.  Shown from left to right:

  • Fuschia/Peach - Yuzu Scent
  • Green/Yellow - Fig
  • Blue Violet/Natural - Lacey
  • Grey/Winter White - Scentless
  • Orchid/Lavender - Celebration

There will be plenty of yarn to knit either a soft traditional hat or the very popular and practical legwarmers. The pattern is simple to read and to knit.

Sizes included in the kit:

  • 0-3 months
  • 3 - 6 months
  • 6 - 9 months

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Happy knitting!

Flowering Herb Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Flowering Herb Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Flowering Herb Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Looking for a pretty layering piece? This scarf/wrap is perfect for special events, evenings out, or even as a wedding cover up. The Flowering Herb scarf is a light and lacy crochet pattern with lattice body and flower edge. The project features Llamalini yarn, a tweed llama/silk/linen blend.

Completed Scarf Measures: 9½" wide x 70" long

You will need:

Gauge: 13 sc x 16 rows = 4” 

Happy crocheting!

Diagonals Tee Free Knitting Pattern

Diagonals Tee Free Knitting Patterns

Diagonals Tee Free Knitting Patterns

Knit a seemless tee featuring FibraNatura Llamalini yarn. It's knitted in the round from the bottom up and has a pretty yoke collar with slanted lace pattern. Best of all, it's a free pattern!

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)  

Completed Measurements:

  • Hip: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58)" 
  • Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)" 

You will need:


Needle: US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 24” circular needle, set of dpns or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holders

Gauge: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4” in St st

Asymmetric Shawlette Free Knitting Pattern

Asymmetric Shawlette Free Knitting Pattern

Asymmetric Shawlette Free Knitting Pattern

Designed by Amy Gunderson, this pretty little shawlette features FibraNatura Llamalini yarn. It's a soft, tweedy yarn that's perfect for spring and summer knitting. The shawlette features a garter stitch body accented by a gentle eyelet lace edge. It's knitted using short rows.

Completed Shawlette Measures: 15" high at center x 60" wide at top edge

You will need: 

Gauge: 13 sts x 24 rows = 4" in garter st 

Happy knitting!

Ellery Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Ellery Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Ellery Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Here's a cowl that will keep your interest! Ellery is a highly textured cowl featuring sections of faux cable and eyelets. This reversible project uses Llamalini tweed yarn. Perfect for wearing now, Llamalini is a llama, silk, and linen blend yarn.

Completed Cowl Measures: 8" wide x 50" circumference