06/01/17: 100% Cashmere. Cashmere!

We’re so excited to present our June selection for Camp GYI’s Summer of Luxury…

Cardiff

Cardiff Cashmere Classic is a 100% cashmere DK weight yarn from Biella, Italy. We have ten – 10! – colors in stock. It is AMAZING.

Sample it yourself at our Summer of Luxury Yarn Tasting this Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Sample one of our tasty watermelon coolers, too.)

This year at Camp GYI, there are no camp projects to sign up for, no required purchases, no deadlines. Just beautiful, beautiful yarn. Treat yourself to some of the world’s finest fibers and save 10% on each yarn all month long.

I have Cashmere Classic on my needles right now for a pair of Lace-Back Fingerless Gloves* from Churchmouse, and it is absolute heaven to work with.

*Take a class for beginning lace knitting using the Lace-Back Fingerless Gloves pattern. Saturday, June 24th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., $30. Call to register soon!

 

 

 

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05/29/17: Come glamping with us.

Customers have been asking, “Are you doing Camp GYI this summer?” Better! We’re going glamping!

palm tree hammockCamping + glamour = glamping!

Looking ahead to a fifth season of summer camp, we knew Camp GYI was ready for a fresh, updated look, and the idea for a Summer of Luxury was born. This June, July, and August, we will feature three new sumptuous yarns – all indulgent treats for your needles and hooks.

Pamper yourself with the world’s finest fibers and work with these beautiful yarns on relaxing, easy projects. We’ll start each month with a yarn tasting. You’ll meet that month’s yarn while sipping a summer cooler and seeing a “fashion show” of pattern ideas. Watch your email inbox for the first “reveal” on June 1 and join us on Saturday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. for June’s Summer of Luxury Yarn Tasting.


I usually debut a new shop sample only after it’s finished, but here’s one that is just too beautiful to wait! Two skeins of Malabrigo Lace are all you need. Yes, I said “lace,” but it’s knit on US 6/4mm needles in easy stockinette, perfect for an adventurous beginner. The result is a spectacularly soft fabric, as light as air. The entire project comes in for under $20, and Gina Bonomo’s Alla Moda pattern is free.

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Wanda created more gorgeous fabric with some of the last of our Shibui Linen. The free pattern is Summer Poncho by Susan Whitmore. Stunning! There’s a bit of Linen left, and it’s still on sale – buy 1/get 1 half-price – if you’d like to make a Summer Poncho like Wanda’s for yourself. (Other yarn options might be Fibre Company Luma or Berroco Modern Cotton for a slightly cozier cover-up.)

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With Alice’s pairing of solid royal purple with a variegated (both Alegria from Manos del Uruguay), Stephen West’s Dotted Rays* has never looked so regal.

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So many ways to wear this beauty.

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Recently, we had a bit of a sock population explosion. Now it’s the hats’ turn. Peggy used our shop pattern Which Way Hat* and Berroco Vintage. Would you believe this is her very first hat and only her second FO ever? Not a stitch out of place!

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Another first that doesn’t look it: Karen’s Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Both Karen and Peggy can be very proud of their “firsts” and we look forward to seeing many more from each!

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Joanne’s an avid and accomplished hat knitter, always up for a new challenge. She made quick work of the Origami Top Hat* from Lori Versaci.

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And she made this cool striped ribbed beanie with leftovers of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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Hats just might be the #1 summer take-along project. They’re fast and portable and stack up quickly for gift-giving season. What’s your favorite hat pattern?

Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It! 

05/26/17: Sale this weekend!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (1)

Stock up for the summer and save on all your purchases on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27!

Frequent Buyer points will be awarded on qualifying purchases but may not be redeemed. All sale and clearance purchases are final. No returns accepted for refund, credit, or exchange on items purchased prior to sale. Special orders not discounted. Yarn winding service available after sale. TELEPHONE CREDIT CARD ORDERS ACCEPTED.

05/18/17: Summer classes, one and done.

We’ve lightened our classes for summer! In just one session you’ll get a complete overview of the pattern, all techniques will be explained and/or demonstrated, then you’ll cast on and get started. Call 570-287-9999 to register by phone.

KNITTING 101
Learn how to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off. All materials provided in class. Participants receive 10% New Knitter Discount for all purchases made that day.
Saturday, June 3; Saturday, July 8; Saturday, August 26; 9:00-10:00 am
Fee: $15

Dotted_Rays2DOTTED RAYS by STEPHEN WEST
This arched shawl begins with only a few stitches. Easy to work garter stitch short row wedges add length, and yarnover increases expand the size of the shawl quickly. Built in I-cord edges outline the entire shape for a clean finish.
Materials: 720 yards fingering weight yarn; 40” US 6/4mm circular needle; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, June 3; 2:00-4:00 pm

04.28.17.11SOPHIE THE RABBIT by YSOLDA TEAGUE
Make a sweet stuff-as-you-go rabbit toy knit without seams or sewing on double point needles. Sophie has long floppy ears and legs that are easy for little hands to hold onto. Learn the pinhole cast-on to work from the center out and how to pick up stitches from the middle of fabric. (Prior experience working with DPNs needed.)
Materials: 220 yards sport/DK weight yarn; US 3/3.25mm double point needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $40
Saturday, June 24; 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Lace-Back_GlovesLACE-BACK FINGERLESS GLOVES
by CHURCHMOUSE YARNS & TEAS
These little hand-warmers are the ideal way to learn about lace. Pattern includes three different lace patterns, worked over fewer than 20 stitches, with varying degrees of difficulty to suit your experience. Knit flat, they are seamed with mattress stitch. Lace is presented in both text and chart form.
Materials: 120 yards sport/DK weight yarn; US 2/2.75mm straight or circular needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, June 24; 2:00-4:00 pm

Baby_SocksFIRST CUFF-DOWN SOCK
You’ll make a half-size practice sock in this 4-hour workshop, learning everything you need to know about sock anatomy as you go. All basic sock techniques will be covered, including stretchy cast-on, turning the heel, and seaming the toe closed. Pattern provided.
Materials: 100 yards worsted weight yarn; US 6/4mm double point needles.
Fee: $50
Saturday, July 8; 11:00 am-1:00 pm / Lunch / 2:00-4:00 pm

297_bulky_hat2BULKY EARFLAP HAT/BULKY FOLDED BRIM HAT
by DIANE SOUCY
A simple hat with two different clever brim options. Choose to make ear flaps or a comfortable folded brim. Both techniques will be demonstrated.
Materials: 125 yards bulky weight yarn; US 10/6mm 16″ circular and double point needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, July 15; 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Flax2FLAX by TIN CAN KNITS
Knit seamlessly from collar to cuffs, Flax is a great first sweater project. You’ll make a baby size to master all the techniques needed to knit top-down adult sweaters.
Materials: 300 yards worsted weight yarn; US 6/4mm and US 8/5mm 16” circulars and double point needles in each size; copy of pattern.
Fee: $40
Saturday, July 15; 1:00-4:00 pm

CANCELLED / RHEINLUST by MELANIE BERG
Rheinlust is an asymmetrical shawl knit tip to tip. The first half is true lace knitting, with pattern rows on both the right and wrong sides. The second half is easy garter stitch.
Materials: 950 yards fingering weight yarn; 32″ US 4/3.5mm circular needle; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, July 22; 11:00 am-1:00pm

NEW ADDITION: RAVELRY ROUNDTABLE
Our resident Ravelry.com guru, Stephanie Hogan, returns for another of her popular Ravelry Roundtable sessions. Bring your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, ready to login. Learn about the latest Ravelry features as well as the basics of getting the most out of this invaluable website.
Free!
Saturday, July 22; 2:30-3:30 pm

Baby_SocksFIRST TOE-UP SOCK
If you’ve made cuff-down socks before, you’ll find knitting toe-up has several advantages, including the ability to try a sock on as you go. You’ll make a half-size practice sock in this 4-hour workshop, from casting on with Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on to finishing with a stretchy bind-off for the cuff. Either 2 c

ircular needles or the Magic Loop method with one longer circular may be used. Pattern provided.
Materials: 100 yards worsted weight yarn; (2) 24″ US 6/4mm circular needles or (1) 32″ US6/4mm circular needle.
Fee: $50
Saturday, July 29; 11:00 am-1:00 pm / Lunch / 2:00-4:00 pm

Across_Pond2ACROSS THE POND by ANDREA MOWRY
This stylish two color cowl looks more complicated than it really is. The trick is mosaic knitting and giving the piece a twist before seaming the live stitches at each end together with the Kitchener stitch.
Materials: 400 yards main color plus 200 yards contrast color sport/DK weight yarn; US 5/3.75mm and US 6/4mm 24” circular needles; copy of pattern.
Fee: $30
Saturday, August 26; 11:00 am-1:00 pm

10.28.15.01OOPS: FIXING MISTAKES
Learn to recognize the structure of good knit and purl stitches so you’ll know what to do when one goes wrong, including how to pick up dropped stitches, un-knit, rip back, and remake incorrect stitches. Small amount of pre-class homework required.
Materials: 100 yards worsted weight yarn; US 8/5mm circular needles; “GYI fixer” or small crochet hook.
Fee: $30
Saturday, August 26; 2:00-4:00 pm

DESIGN YOUR OWN CLASS: Private Instruction
What would you like to learn? Design your own private lessons in knitting or crochet. You pick the project and/or the techniques. Register for a single hour-long lesson or save when you purchase two or more classes, which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times. Want to work on the same project with friends? Groups of up to 3 can be accommodated at the same time.
Fees: 1 class – $15; 2 classes – $27.50; 3 classes – $40


GOSH YARN IT! CLASS POLICIES
To register or for more information, telephone 570.287.9999 or email info@goshyarnitshop.com

  • With the exception of Knitting 101, basic skills are required for all our knitting classes. You must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. If you’d like help mastering the fundamentals before taking a class, please attend a Knitting 101 class.
  • 72 hours advance notice required for both class registration and withdrawal.
  • Unless otherwise noted, materials are not included in class fees.
  • In-stock supplies for all classes may be purchased by class participants at a 10% discount. (We really appreciate your buying all your class supplies from us!)
  • Purchase supplies and wind yarn prior to class. If this is not possible, please arrive in plenty of time before session begins to do so. A yarn winder and swift are available for student use.
  • Bring notions with you to class, including scissors, round and locking stitch markers, small crochet hook, and darning needle.
  • Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due when you sign-up.  We accept reservations by telephone with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • A pre-paid class fee will only be refunded if more than 72 hours advance notice is given that you are withdrawing.  If fewer than 72 hours notice is given, a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space in the class with another student.
  • Gosh Yarn It! reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes that do not meet the required minimum enrollment of 3 students; class fees will be refunded or may be used to register for future classes. Any class cancelled due to inclement weather will be re-scheduled.

05/15/17: Linens & things.

Attending baby showers this summer? Our Guernsey Baby Blanket would make a wonderful, welcome gift. Our directions turn Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap* into a stroller blanket (30×30″) and are free with your in-store purchase of the original pattern. Our sample was knit with 3 skeins of worsted weight Modern Cotton by Berroco, keeping the project under $30. It’s a bright and shiny machine washable Pima cotton/Modal rayon blend that both babies and parents will love all year long.

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For a larger wool-blend blanket, try Berroco Vintage Chunky. It’s also machine washable and just as snuggly soft. It will knit up quickly with a few repeats of the pattern eliminated (based on your gauge) on US 10.5-11 needles.

New Yarn Alert: Solo Lino from Lana Grossa is a blend of 80% “recycled” linen and 20% linen flax. If no linen yarn has ever won you over, get ready! It has already stolen our hearts. It is labeled a DK weight for US 4-6, but we swatched up as far as a US 8 and loved the fabric it made at every gauge. Summer garments in Solo Lino will feel and look cool, with the drape and luster of silk. But it would also be ideal for warm weather shawls and scarves, such as the popular Summer Scarf.

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From the Solo Lino Filati Lino pattern booklet…

Solo Lino Collage

There’s still plenty of time to join this month’s KAL for Carolyn Kern’s snappy new design Multi-Pane Mittens*. Get the pattern free this month with your yarn purchase. Carolyn’s sample is done in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, but Berroco Ultra Wool and Vintage would also be great choices for these stranded mitts. Read all about the knit-along and get tips from Carolyn herself (including a mini tutorial for that clever afterthought thumb) in our KAL discussion thread on Ravelry.

Multi-Pane Mittens - Afterthought Thumb

One of the (many) things to love about hand-knit socks is the ease with which they can be custom fit to the wearer’s foot. High arch? Narrow foot? Slender calf? No problem! The two pairs below are Bonnie’s original creations in Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. This pair is for someone with a very wide foot, ankle, and calf…

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…while this pair fits an average foot but has an extra-long ribbed cuff.

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Never made socks? Probably you’ve never worn hand-knit socks, either? Once you do, you don’t go back! Take our top-down and toe-up sock classes this summer and find out what you’ve been missing.

Deb needed a light layer for a wedding outfit and made a wonderful pattern choice in Silver Frost* by Bonnie Sennott in Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud.

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The designer herself calls the yarn combination “airy and light, yet deliciously cozy and warm.” Couldn’t have said it better.

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Deb chose a shade of Silk Cloud just a bit paler than the Cima, which created beautiful textural depth. So elegant!

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

 

 

04/28/17: Pashmina. Check.

Gosh Yarn It! has a bucket list. A list of “wish we had…” yarns, and one right near the top has just been checked off: Pashmina from Madelinetosh.

It is glorious stuff – a soft, glowing blend of merino wool, silk, and cashmere. With a little help from designer Antonia Shankland (of Honey Cowl fame), who is wise in the ways of all things tosh, we now have a clever 8-color palette of Pashmina. “Clever” because the colors can be mixed and matched in seemingly endless ways, as well as being easy to wear solo. For a limited time, save $10 when you buy 3 skeins and $5 when you buy 2. Pashmina is labeled a sport weight, but plays well with patterns calling for fingering and DK weights, too. That is, if you can bear to unhug it long enough to wind it!

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Designer, GYI teacher, and NEPA native Carolyn Kern has a spectacular new design available on Ravelry, Multi-Pane Mittens. She invited GYI to participate in the pattern launch by hosting a KAL in May. Yes, we said, yes!

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The link above to the pattern page and this one to Carolyn’s blog have all the details you need to make these stunning mitts. You can get the pattern directly from Carolyn for 50% off through May 1 or get it for FREE from us when you buy your project yarn by Tuesday, May 16. The KAL will run though May 31, with Carolyn moderating the discussion thread in our Ravelry group. If you have some experience with stranded knitting (or are a very adventurous newbie) you will love making these mitts. Can’t wait to see the color combos you choose!

Spring seems to be a great time to be a sock yarn. We have three new sock knitters, all in the space of the last month. Sock knitting is having a moment just now at GYI, thanks in no small part to these (and more) fantastic colorways of Opal yarn, both self-patterning and solids.

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First up, Brigid’s cute low-rise socks, made with the perennially popular Silver’s Sock Class pattern by Kristin Bellehumeur.

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Next, Joan’s beauties with a longer cuff.

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And here is Libby’s pair, which, unaccountably, match perfectly right up until the toes.

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To keep up the momentum, our summer class schedule will feature both top-down and toe-up sock instruction. Socks are the ideal take-along vacation project, after all.

Our March/April KAL for Melanie Berg’s Void* is winding down. Now comes the fun part, seeing the finished shawls! Gina’s is done in Berroco Modern Cotton. She says she has found a new yarn to love.

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Sharon chose Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok for her cozy Void and added her own touches to the pattern, working the garter stitch border with stripes and an I-cord of alternating colors.

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Sharon’s no stranger to the Semi-Swedish Hat from Paula Berman. For her latest version, her yarn pick was Ultra Wool from Berroco.

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Wanda is rapidly transforming all her WIPs into FOs. This amazing Summit was knit in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy. The designer is Mandie Harrington, and the pattern is free. What’s in your unfinished pile?

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Jane is keeping an eye out for the stork flying over NEPA, headed toward New York. She’s ready for his delivery with this adorable Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekirk. The hat is Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan from Julie Taylor. The on-trend speckled yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK.

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This little fellow had been off my needles for some time, waiting for me to thread some embroidery floss into a tapestry needle and give him eyes, nose, and a mouth. The pattern is Ysolda Teague’s Sophie*. There’s a Sophie class coming this summer if you’d like your own beach bunny!

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Shown below, an in-progress shot of my “pattern hack” of Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap*. I’ve written up my modifications for a Guernsey Baby Blanket, and they’ll be available for free at the shop with pattern and yarn purchase. I used 3 skeins (627 yards) of Modern Cotton and, like Gina, loved working with it. I’m already planning my next Modern Cotton project, a little girl’s top-down pullover for – maybe you already guessed? – a sample for another of our upcoming summer classes!

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If you want to start edging your knitting with the elegant slipped stitch technique I used on my Guernsey Baby Blanket, check out this tutorial from designer Alina’s blog The Gift of Knitting.

Note: All patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

 

03/30/17: Inspiring FOs.

03.24.17.08If this picture of our shop sample of Stephen West’s Dotted Rays* looks familiar, you must be getting our emails. Or maybe you saw it in the “What’s New?” discussion thread in our GYI group on Ravelry. The yarn is Evolution, a gradient cotton/acrylic blend from the English company Wendy. We are loving how it works up, so comfy and soft. It’s plied to shade gradually from color to color, so all the work is already done for you. But what you’ll love is that it comes pre-wound in a center pull-out box, a shawl’s worth of yarn – 657 yards – for just $25! There are four colorways left in stock. Be sure to visit soon before Evolution is sold out.

03.20.17.15Here’s another picture featured in an email, a shot of Malabrigo Lace. Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, one of our favorite design sources, has just debuted five new patterns, one of which we think is absolutely perfect for Lace and absolutely perfect for summer knitting, the Polka Dot Scarf*. Shown below is the narrower of the pattern’s two sizes, which takes 890 yards. Full disclosure: to get something so light and breezy, there will be blocking wires or lots of pins involved, but it will be so worth it.

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A Tale of Two Sweaters

On the very same day last week, Steven brought in his Donegal Sweater*, and Portia brought in her El Greco sweater. Both patterns come from the pages of Interweave Knits magazine. Steven’s was designed by Moira Engel for the Winter 2017 issue. Portia’s El Greco is by Quenna Lee from the Fall 2016 issue. Steven’s yarn is a jewel blue Ultra Wool by Berroco. (And it took him just 16 days to knit.) Portia used a velvety burgundy Woolstok for hers. Something else they have in common: they are both masterpieces of knitting!

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Above, Steven’s Donegal Sweater with photos of it in Knits.

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Even the back is amazing. Below, Portia’s El Greco, shown hanging because it’s too small even for our mannequin to model.

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Check out the cables of stockinette entwined with garter. Wow.

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A Tale of Two Wraps

Bonnie finished her Guernsey Wrap* in hand-dyed madelinetosh Tosh Vintage. She shared it with us about a week after Brigid completed hers in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Here is Bonnie’s beauty…

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…and below, Brigid’s Guernsey Wrap*. Yes, it was included in the last post, but if seeing these two Wraps together doesn’t make you want to cast on immediately for one of your own, I don’t know what would. Gorgeous!

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If you’re not a wrap-wearer, take heart. Jared Flood has a very similar Guernsey Triangle*, below.  I’m also writing up an adaptation of the Wrap to make a Guernsey Baby Blanket. The pattern will be free with purchase of yarn at GYI after April 1.

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I’ll wrap this post up (sorry, couldn’t resist) with another project hot off Brigid’s needles. Presenting the first FO of our March/April KAL for Melanie Berg’s Void* shawl, Brigid’s Berroco Modern Cotton Void…

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Modern Cotton has great stitch definition, a bonus with an overall textured pattern like Void.

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Love, love, love this!

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Note: All patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!