The Plucky Post: May 2015

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The Plucky Crew and I warmly welcome you to the first edition of The Plucky Post!

You, our dear friends and customers, are constantly sparking our creative juices at Plucky, and we are excited to share some of our inspirations (so many things inspire us and it’s not always just yarn!), ideas, tips, recipes, and, of course, our love of contests in this new monthly newsletter designed and written with you in mind.

CLICK HERE to download the first edition of The Plucky Post,


Warmest regards,
sarah sig

Stitches South After Party!

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Friday, May 8th 9:00 AM EST & 8:00 PM EST in the Plucky ETSY Shop!
It’s time for the Stitches South After Party Instant Gratification update!

The IG update will be full of creative and fun possibilities for warmer weather knitting! Many bases and colors that are perfect for jumping right into your favorite Spring Forward pattern as well as many of your tried and true favorites (some bulky will be there, sweater, SNUG bulky and many more).

I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it is to see the new WIPs and FOs from the Spring Forward collection pop up in the threads. What a thrill! In fact, I am getting super excited about casting on my own Stripe Parade (really hoping that happens soon!) and my Beehive has been great fun to knit! I think everyone should treat themselves to a Hazy Morn cowl! Oh, and you would absolutely love a Tide Chart. It is sort of my dream pullover because it’s reminiscent of a comfy sweatshirt, but better! I have two that have been knit up in Sounds Like A Carnival – one a little more fitted and one the next size up for that cozy sweatshirt feel. And all those Lake Effect cardis already on your needles, look at you guys go!!

But it wouldn’t be truly festive without those mystery kits!!! I’m thinking Spring Fever mystery kits (8 skeins of assorted fingering weights – #mixthosebases!!!) would be a fun addition to the 6 skein tasting menus and our other mystery offerings.

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The After Party IG update will be Friday morning, May 8th at 9:00 am EST and, because I would hate anyone to miss out on the party, again at 8:00 pm EST Friday evening in the Plucky ETSY Shop.

Please note that the IG update is ready to ship and will begin shipping on Tuesday, May 12th. Please also remember that it takes a little extra time to get it all out the door. Those mystery kits take us a while – we love to match them up to you as well as we possibly can – all the while trying to add in something unexpected (so fun!).

So please join us in the update chatter thread in the Plucky group on Ravelry on Friday morning (and again Friday evening) where we will be chatting away!

The Plucky Shindig!

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The Plucky Knitter Shindig 2015
Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

It’s Shindig Sign-up Time!

The Plucky Shindig is a homecoming party for the Plucky Knitter community, a gathering of all the friends you’ve made (both in-person and online) and of course, the perfect time and place to bond with your fellow knitters and fiber loving folks. We so look forward to welcoming you all from near and far to learn, to shop, and to play together (photo booth, fashion show and karaoke anyone?!).

Sarah and the crew will be stocking the Plucky marketplace to the gills with all your favorite colors and bases (plus at least one or two new bases and countless new colors)! Hayley, Sarah and the fellas will also be standing by to help with color selection, project pairing and general merriment!

Improve your skills with technique classes from top professional instructors in the knitting industry. Amy Herzog, JC Briar and Lorilee Beltman will inspire you in the classroom.

Below you will find all the details and there’s also lively discussion in the Plucky Knitter group at Ravelry. Won’t you please join us, we’d love to have you!

With warmth and gratitude from your grateful hosts for making the Shindig so fun and our community so special,

Sarah & Lorilee
Shindig Coordinators



Closest airport: Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR). Shuttles and taxis are easily arranged for the 20 minute trip downtown. A rental car is not needed.


Guests make their own reservations. Rate is $129 per night plus taxes for a guest room with two queen beds. The same rate applies whether 1, 2, 3 or 4 guests are in the room. Once successfully registered for either a class or the Shindig, you will receive an email with the link and phone number for reserving a hotel room in our block of discounted rooms. We will open up the block to everyone within a few days after registration by announcing it in the Ravelry forum. Mosts guests will book for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Add a night before or after for the same rate.


The event and classes will be sold in an update on the Plucky Knitter blog at 8:00 pm eastern time on Sunday, May 3.

Free for everyone – $0
Without registering or paying for anything, all guests may participate in:

  • Entrance to the Plucky Knitter Market on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Play time in the Photo Booth on Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Karaoke and snacks on Friday night from about 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Demonstration/presentation of by JC Briar on Saturday morning.
  • Access to the block of discounted guest rooms at our host hotel, available after registered guests reserve their rooms.

Shindig Package- $330
You may purchase one registration, or two if buying for you and a friend.

Shindig registration includes:

  • Early access to discounted rate for hotel guest rooms.
  • Swag bag upon arrival.
  • Early entrance to the market starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • Friday night Dessert and Fashion Show Reception. Participate in the fashion show, or just sit back and enjoy.
  • Saturday evening banquet, door prizes, and presentation by Amy Herzog.

Does not include:

  • classes
  • hotel
  • transportation to and from event

Classes – $90 each

Full class descriptions are found below. There are seven choices. Classes are limited to 20 participants each. Morning session is held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Afternoon session is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please be careful to watch the class schedule so you do not double-book yourself. You may buy one or two seats each in one or more class(es), so as to be certain you can sign up with a friend. Remember to allow yourself free time to relax and enjoy your friends and the rest of the event.

Class registration includes:

  • Early access to discounted rate for hotel guest rooms.
  • Early entrance to the market starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • The class


Your Paypal receipt from the Plucky Knitter is your registration confirmation.

It is important to add Lorilee Beltman <> to your email address book so that communications regarding hotel reservations first, then other items later in the coming months, will be received. We will use your PayPal email for this initially, then you’ll have an opportunity later to provide an alternate email address.

We will be attempting to contact confirmed Shindig and Class registrants within 24 hours to provide you with a link and phone number for making hotel room reservations in our reserved, discounted block of rooms. That email will come from

Once you have received your Paypal confirmation from the Plucky Knitter, please go ahead and reserve a room. We will open up the block to everyone in the Ravelry forum within a few days after registration, so please do not delay.

Friday morning session options:

Amy Herzog | Knit to Flatter
JC Briar | Hook Hocus Pocus

Friday afternoon session options:

Amy Herzog | Mindful Modifications
JC Briar | Slick Set-in Sleeves

Saturday morning session options:

Amy Herzog | Sweaters, Deconstructed
Lorilee Beltman | Professional-Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast On

Saturday afternoon session option:

JC Briar | Wedge Shawl Design

Class Descriptions:

Knit to Flatter with Amy Herzog (FRI AM)

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Amy Herzog | Knit to Flatter
Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description: Consider these two truths: Your body has an inherent shape that will persist throughout your life and any weight changes, which forms a visual impression to the rest of the world, and clothing can change the way that shape looks, based on a few simple principles. Knitting yourself clothing that makes you look and feel gorgeous is all about figuring out what shape you have, what impression you want to give, and then picking patterns or designing ones that will follow suit. Amy will show you how in this engaging class.

Skills required: All levels welcome.

Materials: Measuring tape. Bring/wear a snug-fitting top.

Homework: none

Hook Hocus Pocus with JC Briar (FRI AM)


JC Briar | Hook Hocus Pocus
Location: Atrium Room

Class Description: Maybe you’ve used a crochet hook to bind off, or to pick up a dropped stitch. But have you used one to join pieces together? To cast on provisionally? Or to stabilize an edge and provide a place from which to pick up stitches? Learn all of these techniques, plus embellishment, decorative edgings, and more.

Skills required: Basic knitting experience; no crochet experience

Materials: Smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn in two or more colors; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; crochet hook roughly US size G (4mm)

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends:

Homework: Using yarn of a single color, make three swatches as follows: Cast on 20 sts. Knit in stockinette for 4” (10 cm). Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 24” (60 cm) tail.

Mindful Modifications with Amy Herzog (FRI PM)

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Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description: It’s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you’re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:

  • Bust darts of all kinds
  • Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
  • Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
  • Neckline modifications
  • Armhole, bicep, and sleeve cap mods (overview)

This class is aimed at intermediate knitters, or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator. Students should feel comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.

Skills required: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories

Materials: none

Homework: none

Slick Set-in Sleeves with JC Briar (FRI PM)


Location: Atrium Room

Class Description: Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can’t beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach, or to design according to your measurements.

Skills required: Experience knitting sweaters

Materials: Smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn (400 yards, if you want to complete the class sample sweater); US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge of 20 sts = 4” (including dpns, two circs, or a long Magic Loop circ if you wish to knit the lower sleeves in the round; otherwise, straight needles are fine); clip-on stitch markers; smooth, contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook roughly US size G/6 (4 mm)

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends: Sweater, Primo Worsted

Homework: Knit the back and right front of a child-size cardigan from the top down as follows:


Back: Cast on 50 sts firmly. Keeping selvedge sts in stockinette (do not slip the first st of every row), work even in stockinette for 4¼” (11 cm), then increase 2 sts every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1 » 58 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.


Right front: Holding the back with its RS facing you, pick up and knit 13 sts from the back’s cast-on edge, starting at the right armhole edge and extending for 2½” (6.5 cm) across the right shoulder. Work even in stockinette for 5 rows, then increase 1 st at the neck edge every RS row 6 times as follows: knit to last st, M1, k1 » 19 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then cast on 6 more sts at the end of the following RS row » 25 sts. Work even in stockinette until the right front measures 4¼” (11 cm) from its initial pick-up row, then increase 1 st at the armhole edge every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to end of row » 29 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.

Sweaters, Deconstructed with Amy Herzog (SAT AM)

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Location: Atrium Room

Class Description: Even if the fit of your sweater is perfect, how much you love your finished garment depends on a lot of different things! In this class, we’ll talk about the three main things to consider when you’re planning a sweater: Silhouette, fabric, and stitch patterning.

Some individual topics include:

-How sweaters are constructed: Overviews of the different construction styles, what they’re good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.

-What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and “read” a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers

-Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a “good” fabric, and how do you match it to design elements?

-Where is it easy to “add in” stitch patterning to your sweater? What are the consequences of adding stitch patterning in terms of shaping, gauge, and fabric?

Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let’s talk sweaters!

Skills required: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; this class is great for the prospective sweater knitter, the new sweater knitter, and the intermediate sweater knitter alike.

Materials: The homework swatches and a tape measure.

Homework: Please bring a few good-sized (4–6”/10–15cm square) swatches to class. They can be out of anything you like, in any gauge you like.

Professional-looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast On with Lorilee Beltman (SAT AM)


Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description: Learn to knit professional-looking cuffs and hems without crochet hook, waste yarn, or sewing. Class begins by learning Judy’s Magic Cast On. We proceed to knit in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast on can look like. Next we use JMCO to work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot, without waste yarn nor sewing down bulky edges. Then create the professional and tidy tubular cast on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn nor crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new “go-to” skills for provisional starts, and for sweater, hat and mitten cuffs. You’ll feel very clever.

Skills required: experience with knit, purl, and ribbing

Materials: 50 grams of worsted weight yarn. Yarn must be a multi-ply wool, smooth, and colored lightly enough to see well. Yarn must not be single ply, acrylic, fuzzy (no mohair), splitty, dark, nor thinner than worsted. One slippery circular needle 32″ long or longer in a size US 6 or US 7. Oneadditional circular needle of similar size. Gauge is not critical for class.

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, Lorilee recommends: Sweater, Primo Worsted

Homework: None

Wedge Shawl Design with JC Briar (Sat PM)


Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description:

Stunning shawls are often formed of lace “wedges,” sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of two wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of three or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer’s shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings, and a “spine” to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you’ll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Skills required: Experience knitting lace and reading chart

Materials: fingering-weight, DK-weight, or laceweight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; clip-on stitch markers; a small scrap of contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook; pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided); stitch dictionaries (optional)

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends: Primo Fingering, Sweater, Feet, Lace

Homework: None