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Planet Purl Newsletter -
February 2011

  • KNITTER'S TRAVEL BLOG: MONTREAL, CANADA
  • SIGN UP TODAY FOR OUR FREE ONLINE SOCK KNIT-ALONG CLASS WITH THE PURLQUEEN
  • MEET DESIGNER AND STAR OF KNITTING DAILY KRISTIN OMDAHL - SHE JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT HER NEW KNITTING BOOK "KNITTING WRAPSODY"
  • SOURCES OF INSPIRATION AND FREE PATTERNS FOR WRAPS, BOLEROS AND SHRUGS
  • "KNITTING PLUS" AND "VINTAGE MODERN KNITS" COMING THIS SPRING ON THE PARTY LINE


Join us Wednesday, February 16th
at 8 p.m. (eastern)
for our next
Planet Purl Happy Hour online
gathering. All knitters and crocheters
are welcome! more info

Knitter's Travel Blog: Montreal, Canada

Montreal Canada Mardi Gras season is in full swing and we're feeling a bit of the French influence. Or maybe it's the influence of drinking too many Hurricanes. Either way, we love Montreal and it's fab yarn shopping. So pour yourself something festive and get in the Mardi Gras spirit as we yarn crawl in Montreal.

Visit the Travel Blog: Montreal, Canada for lots of info, photos and fun!

How is yarn shopping in your town? Create a travel blog and you could win $100 gift certificate to your favorite yarn shop if we feature it in an upcoming newsletter. Learn more

Learn how to say
"do you have this yarn in pink?"
in French

We've translated the most common phrases in 19 languages that you'll need when shopping for yarn around the globe.

Just print your free dictionary from Planet Purl and enjoy your trip!

View Travel Guides


Join us for a live online class and sock knit-along

Learn to knit Toe Up Socks on Two Circular Needles FREE ONLINE CLASS:
"Toe Up" Socks on 2 Circular Needles
a 4-week knit-along series
Tuesdays, March 1st thru March 28th, 2011
at 8 p.m. (eastern)


Sign up for the class

Class Plan and Weekly Activities
Cold feet? Our 4-week "Learn to Knit Toe Up Socks Knit-Along" is just what the doctor ordered. Each Tuesday we will focus on learning a key step in knitting toe up socks, then participants can try out their skills before the class returns to take on the next challenge. We'll start with toes and seamless cast ons, move on to heels, legs and end with a bevy of beautifully stretchy bind-offs.

JANUARY WINNER!

Last month you voted for your favorite home decor knitting book and the top pick was Comfort Knitting and Crochet Afghans by Norah Gaughan, followed by Debbie Bliss Home by Debbie Bliss.

Congratulations to Janice D. who has won a copy of Nicky Epstein's new release Knitting Block by Block. Congrats, your prize is on the way!

You can never have too many! Wrap up the cold weather and welcome Spring with a visit from author/TV star Kristin Omdahl

Knitting Wrapsody with Kristin Omdahl "A Knitting Wrapsody"
With Designer Kristin Omdahl
Thursday, March 3rd at 8 p.m. (eastern)


Crochet designer extraordinaire, Knitting Daily TV star and Planet Purl alum Kristin Omdahl returns to talk about her first knitting book, A Knitting Wrapsody. With 18 designs that wrap, tie and drape, Kristin takes the best of crochet design and creates the look in knitting for those of us who prefer to work with two needles. A really cool addition to the book is the included instructional DVD. It's like having Kristin in the room giving you private lessons! Join us Thursday, March 3rd at 8 p.m. (eastern) to get the inside scoop.

Sign up to get a link to join the event

FREE PATTERN: Summit American Yak Wrap

Check out these recent books (and a few good oldies!) with patterns to wrap you up. Vote for your favorite to win a copy of "A Knitting Wrapsody"


Wrapped in Laced by Margaret Stove
Wrapped in Lace
by Margaret Stove
Cowl Girls by Cathy Carron
Cowl Girls
by Cathy Carron
Knit & Wrap by Nathalie Mornu
Knit & Wrap
by Nathalie Mornu
Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl
Crochet So Fine
by Kristin Omdahl
Nature's Wrapture by Sheryl Thies
Nature's Wrapture
by Sheryl Thies
Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps
Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps
by Vogue Knitting
Knitted Lace of Estonia
Knitted Lace of Estonia
by Nancy Bush
Wrap Style by Ann Budd
Wrap Style
by Ann Budd
Wrapped in Comfort by Allison Jeppson Hyde
Wrapped in Comfort
by Allison Jeppson Hyde




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Enjoy these free wrap, bolero and shrug patterns

New patterns are being posted to Planet Purl each week by designers and yarn companies. Search over 4,300 patterns.



Moebius Wrap
by Caron

FREE PATTERN

Ribbed Slit Shawl
by Red Heart

FREE PATTERN

Silver Darling Warmer
by Be Sweet

FREE PATTERN

Rolled Collar Shrug
by Vogue Knitting

FREE PATTERN

Wavy Design Bolero
by Garn Studio

FREE PATTERN

If you have free patterns to share or patterns for sale, contact us for designer access to our community.


Meet these designers LIVE on Party Line this Spring

Vintage Modern Knits with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley "Vintage Modern Knits"
with Kate Gagnon Osborn
and Courtney Kelley
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
8 p.m. (eastern)


Sign up for the event

We're huge fans of vintage design and are excited to host designers Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, authors of Vintage Modern Knits. Classic, fitted shapes with a modern twist, these are sweaters you'll reach for again and again. Help us welcome them to the Planet Purl family when they join us on the Party Line on Thursday, March 17th at 8 p.m. (eastern).
Knitting Plus with Lisa Shroyer "Knitting Plus"
with Lisa Shroyer
Thursday, April 7th, 2011
8 p.m. (eastern)


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If you've ever picked up a Knitscene magazine, you probably know the name Lisa Shroyer. Editor of the knitting mag and a prolific designer, Lisa is joing us on the Party Line to talk about her new book, Knitting Plus. If you're a curvy girl, or want to knit for a voluptuous friend, this is the "must have" book of the year. So, join us on the Party Line on Thursday, April 7th at 8 p.m. (eastern) to learn Lisa's secrets that she's sharing just with us!

FREE PATTERN: Farrington Pullover by Lisa Shroyer

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