Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Little Experience Kits

New at Yarns By Design

The Little Experience Kits for Kids


Video games and other electronic toys might be all the rage, but kids still enjoy creative toys. Arts and crafts are at the heart of The Little Experience. Created in 2002, this UK business has grown from its humble beginnings. It has been nominated for numerous awards and has been the recipient of the Startups Awards Micro Business of the Year.

Parents introducing their kids to The Little Experience will be pleased with the selection that they'll find at Yarns By Design. We have a number of different kits to choose from. These kits are fun and creative and are ideal for both boys and girls.

Are you ready to show your kids a whole new way of having fun? Selecting the perfect toy from The Little Experience is as simple as knowing what your kids enjoy the most. You can stop by or place your order today at the Yarns By Design boutique.





Monday, December 16, 2013

Building Blocks Club


Building Blocks Club
12 Sessions $300/year or $30/month
Begins 01/10 and every 2nd Friday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm
Instructor: Edye

Work through the major knitting skills while creating 12 lovely squares. Master each technique before moving to a more advanced concept in a carefully designed sequence. All techniques are supported with FREE online video instruction for help outside of the class. Gain an abundance of knitting know-how along with 12 blocks to assemble into a sampler afghan.

The class follows the book by Michelle Hunter (KnitPurlHunter.com)


- Includes cost of the book and yarn for all 12 squares.
- Please come in to choose your yarn two weeks prior to the start of the first class so yarn can be selected.
- Pre-registration is required, call today (412-794-8332)!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Knit and Crochet Mittens

YBD is excited to be a participant of Ravelry’s In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

© Fiber Trends

Featuring: Mitten Mania by Lisa Carnahan. Fun mittens match Fiber Trends Berry Cute, Patrick’s Pumpkin and Pineapple Pizzazz hats. Sizes are available from 0-8 years. Knit the pair up with a worsted weight yarn using a size US6 and US8.

© Pandia’s Jewels

Featuring: Bella’s Mittens by Julia Wardell. These mittens are the perfect way to keep your hands stylish and warm during any winter season. Crochet the mittens using 300-320yds of DK weight yarn with a 3.5mm hook size.

Stop by the Yarns By Design boutique to choose from a selection of yarns to make these warm and fun mittens with.

Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive: December 7th - 13th.

Please join YBD to help kids in our local community with our Annual Toy Drive. For each new, unwrapped toy you donate, you will receive a $5.00 OFF coupon on your next purchase of $50/more at Yarns By Design (max 5 toys).


Chinese Auction: During the week of the Holiday Toy Drive, we will host a Chinese Auction. We have lovely donations from Blue Sky Alpacas, Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Plymouth Yarns, Shibui Knits, Spud & Chloe, Trendsetter Yarns and Yarns By Design.

Gift Card Special

November 29th - December 24th


Monday, November 25, 2013

Black Friday & Small Business Weekend

Friday, November 29th from 10:00-7:00pm


November 29th - December 1st
Fri 10:00-7:00pm
Sat 10:00-5:30pm
Sun 12:00-4:00pm


Monday, November 18, 2013

Meet Mrs. Claus

Oakmont's Hometown Christmas and Parade
November 23rd at 5pm, Allegheny River Blvd.
Yarns by Design boutique hours will be extended to 8pm for the event.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Annual Food Drive

Food Drive: November 9th - 15th.

Please join YBD to End Hunger with our Annual Food Drive. For each non-perishable item you donate to YBD’s Food Drive, you will Receive $1.00 OFF your total YBD Purchase (max $15)!

SPECIAL EVENT: You are invited to join us Friday, November 15th from 5-7pm for our Food Drive Event. We will host a happy hour, light snacks and Chinese auction.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Beckenham Scarf

YBD is excited to be a participant of Ravelry’s In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

Featuring: Beckenham Scarf by Moira Ravenscroft
The English county of Kent is renowned for its hard winters. Residents living in towns such as Beckenham soon learn to wrap themselves up well when the northerly winds arrive. Here are two scarves that might just keep them - and you - warm during the deepest of chills.

The pattern features a strongly graphical design which is just perfect for a man’s scarf. The grey scarf is worked in a soft worsted-weight merino wool, while the green version uses a super-warm chunky yarn. The patterning is completely reversible so it doesn’t matter which side shows as the breezes start to blow.

We suggest to work this pattern with Berroco Vintage Chunky which is an Acrylic/Wool/Nylon blend with 130 yards (4 skeins). At the Yarns By Design boutique, we have a large selection of colors in the Vintage Chunky to choose from for your project.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Flutterby Chunky

Flutterby Chunky by James C. Brett is a new chenille incredibly super soft and affordable yarn in sweet baby pastel colors. This machine washable, super bulky yarn is perfect for baby items and oh-so-snuggly! Below is an example of the adorable pattern support available at the Yarns By Design boutique. We also carry all of the colors available in Flutterby Chunky.

Stop by the Yarns By Design boutique to see our sample made up of #174.








Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Caribou & Simplicity by HiKoo

New at the Yarns By Design boutique are these adorable cuddly critters knit with HiKoo's Caribou and Simplicity. We have all of the neutral colors available to begin your Caribou Critter today. Stop by the boutique to get started.

Caribou by HiKoo is an incomparably soft, fluffy yarn which will be an instant favorite in your knitting basket. With 93 yards and suggested needle of US 9-11, this versatile super bulky yarn is perfect for fuzzy toys, cozy baby blankets and elegant faux fur garments alike. Keep the knitting simple and let the yarn do all the work!

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Simplicity by HiKoo is a value yarn that is an excellent choice for afghans, children's wear, and anything else that get's daily use. This machine washable wool blend feels like butter in your hands while knitting, but is a true "work horse" of a yarn.

© skacel

Caribou Critters designed by CiD Hanscom, are awe-dorably cuddly and cute! Made out of the super-soft Caribou, and durable Simplicity by HiKoo, they will remain intact after hours and hours of cuddles!

The pattern includes instructions for all three animals - dog, bear, and monkey.

© skacel

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Acadia and Savannah by The Fibre Co.

Acadia is an absolutely beautiful, completely original and custom designed 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed in the duotones The Fibre Co. are known for, creating incredible depth of color. We have chosen two free patterns that will show off these wonderful fibers while working on an original design. Stop by the Yarns By Design boutique to choose from our wonderful selection of colors.

Savannah is a beautiful and rustic spun 2-ply yarn with a crisp yet soft hand. The unique blend of fibers are spun and then kettle dyed, and the different way the fibers absorb the dye creates a beautiful depth of color with subtle heathered tones. Additionally, Savannah is spun and dyed in the U.S.A., and we are proud to play a small role in supporting local textile mills here in Pennsylvania.

Ritalin Cowl by Shelley L Brander

Shelley designed this Ritalin Cowl because her mother insisted she was hyperactive. It’s perfect for ADD knitters. Just when you get tired of a stitch, or a color, wheeeee here comes a new one! Shelley also wanted to show off the amazing range of colors in Acadia from the Fiber Company.

© Yarns By Design

© Shelley @ Loops Yarn Blog

Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn

A combination of two of Kate's favorite things. Traditionally-inspired shapes and techniques with a modern twist, and triangular neckwear with limitless styling possibilities, the leaf motifs in the body of Springtime Bandit evolve into lacy chevrons and the end result is a warm, soft accessory. Designed to show off the slubby texture and next-to-skin softness of this fiber, it’s the thing to reach for when the weather turns cool.

© Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Yarns By Design is a participant of Ravelry's In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

How it works:
YBD can search for patterns available through this service and YBD sells them to customers through the boutique. The pattern will be printed, emailed or saved to the customer’s Ravelry library.

Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

Ishbel is a simple shawl pattern that can be worked in two sizes and two different yarn weights. The smaller, fingering weight version makes a cosy but pretty scarf while the larger, lace weight version can be worn as a scarf or draped elegantly around the shoulders. The solid stockinette centre lends simplicity to the design and adds extra warmth when knitted in thicker yarn. Ishbel is edged with a beautiful vine pattern and finished with elegant scalloped points.

© ysolda

© ysolda

Yarns By Design suggests knitting this cardigan with Malabrigo's Silky Merino. We are very excited to have the Silky Merino newly available to our customers along with the wide range of Malabrigo Yarns already filling our shelves. This single ply silk and merino blend is absolutely stunning and combined with the Malabrigo softness you know and love. A subtle sheen gives depth to the gorgeous kettle-dyed colorways making Silky Merino the perfect choice for high fashion projects and dressy accessories. Yarns By Design has a selection of the signature colors to choose from.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In-Threes: Baby Cardigan

Yarns By Design is a participant of Ravelry's In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

How it works:
YBD can search for patterns available through this service and YBD sells them to customers through the boutique. The pattern will be printed, emailed or saved to the customer’s Ravelry library.

In-Threes: Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich

This pattern was written by a woman expecting her third girl...hence the name of her sweater "In Threes: A Baby Cardigan." This pattern is considered an easy and quick knit. I hope to begin my sample for the boutique as I complete my current project.

This is designed to be an open, loose-fitting garment and there are approximately 2-4 inches of ease built into the body as designed. Some knitters prefer to knit a size smaller with extra length for a snugger fit, while others choose to knit as designed, allowing children to wear the garment to the maximum age and beyond. 

© cabinfour

Yarns By Design suggests knitting this cardigan with Malabrigo's Rios. Rios is a worsted weight merino superwash yarn with 210 yards from Malabrigo. This fiber retains the signature softness of the Malabrigo Worsted yarn, but is also machine washable. Available in many of your favorite Malabrigo colorways, Rios is a versatile and durable yarn you can use for just about any project! Yarns By Design has a selection of the signature colors to choose from.

© thegoodwitch

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Trillian Shawlette

Yarns By Design is a participant of Ravelry's In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

How it works:
YBD can search for patterns available through this service and YBD sells them to customers through the boutique. The pattern will be printed, emailed or saved to the customer’s Ravelry library.

Trillian Shawlette by Martina Behm

"Trillian“ is the leading female character in Douglas Adams‘ great book „The Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy“. She‘s a mathematician and astrophysicist, and if she took up knitting, no doubt she would enjoy the unusual construction of this shawlette: You start knitting at one corner, adding wider and wider rows, thereby forming a long, narrow, slightly asymmetrical triangle. Just perfect for wrapping around your neck several times or hug your shoulders with a little warmth. Due to the shallow-but-long shape, you will get something useful to wear, no matter how much yarn you have. The garter-stitch center is perfect for showcasing a beautiful hand-dyed yarn, because it makes the colors flow into each other naturally. The fishnet-lace border on both short sides of the triangle adds just a bit of femininity without being frilly. Manageable even for beginning knitters.

© Maltina

© Yarns By Design

Yarns By Design suggests knitting this shawlette with Schoppel's 6 Karat Cat Print. The lustrous blend of virgin superwash wool and silk is a glimmering hand-painted gem by the color geniuses at Schoppel. Perfect for delicate shawls, lacework and more, this luxurious yarn is a treat. Yarns By Design has all seven of the beautiful colors to choose from.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dream Club & Knit Club

It is the time of year to register for a club at YBD. Both the Dream Club and Knit Club will provide a season of creativity, that will engage both your mind and body. When one knits socially, the benefits are great. One increases their social skills and establishes friendships that can last a life-time. Besides the obvious advantage of creating useful articles and garments, knitters enjoy a host of health benefits both physical and psychological. Register with a friend and you both will receive $5.00 off (please mention offer).

Dream Club:
The Dream Club features the Dream-In-Color yarns in colors only available to club members. Even though the yarn, color and pattern are a surprise (it's part of the fun!), we can tell you that there will be a variety of yarn weights and fiber blends featured throughout the course of the club.

Every month from September 2013 until March 2014 (minus December), we will offer a unique colorway paired with a pattern specifically created to showcase that month’s yarn.

Dream Club Membership is $250 for 6 months (yarn & pattern are included). Pre-registration is required, space is limited.


Knit Club:
The Knit Club also meets monthly and focuses on improving our knitting techniques and skills. Edye will meet with the students to pick out the selection of projects for the season. Each student will learn how to take measurements for the perfect fit. This club is great for the students whom want a more in-depth course on knitting.

The Yarns By Design Knit Club is a Members Only Club that will meet monthly from September - April (no December meeting). Club Meetings are one Tuesday (5:15-6:45pm) or Saturday (11:00-12:30pm) of every month.

Each month you’ll have lots of fun, receive exclusive boutique offers & discounts throughout the 2013-2014 season, receive 10% off on purchases the night of the club, receive 20% off the fiber needed for the monthly project, learn a new technique and knit a project using that month’s technique.

Club Membership is $100.00 for 7 months. Pre-registration is required, space is limited.



Call the Yarns By Design boutique to register today (412-794-8332).

Monday, September 9, 2013

Habu Textiles Wrapped Silk

Anna by Julie Weisenberger

Anna is knitted sideways from cuff to cuff with big needles. This makes her a quick and seamless knit with a very open, net-like fabric. You begin at the cuff of one ribbed sleeve, continue across the body in reverse stockinette stitch with an asymmetrical hemline and end with the second ribbed sleeve. Anna is great over a tank or t-shirt to add coverage without adding too much extra warmth.

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Wrapped Silk by Habu Textiles is a great fiber to knit Anna with. 4 strands of fine merino is wrapped in super fine silk. Because it is wrapped, not plied, the colors show in a very subtle way in between each other. Has a good stretch. At the Yarns By Design boutique, we have every color available.

© YBDoakmont

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cedar Leaf Shawlette

Yarns By Design is a participant of Ravelry's In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

How it works:
YBD can search for patterns available through this service and YBD sells them to customers through the boutique. The pattern will be printed, emailed or saved to the customer’s Ravelry library.

Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos

A beautiful, crescent shaped, little shawl that drapes beautifully around your shoulders and looks absolutely stunning wrapped around your neck as a scarf. The curved shape of the shawl is created through the use of short rows. The leafy border is knit on once the body of the shawl is completed.

© veronika

Yarns By Design suggests knitting this shawlette with Nashua's Creative Focus Linen. The lustrous blend of cotton and linen is an amazing deal with 220 yards per skein! You'll enjoy working with it and wearing the finished project. This blend shows off stitch patterns beautifully. YBD has an array of bright colors to choose from.

© YBDoakmont

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Zitron Unisono

Yarns By Design is a participant of Ravelry's In-Store Pattern Sales Program.

How it works:
YBD can search for patterns available through this service and YBD sells them to customers through the boutique. The pattern will be printed, emailed or saved to the customer’s Ravelry library.

Hitchiker by Martina Behm

Garter stitch. It‘s simple, its warm and squishy, stretchy and reversible and it makes any variegated, hand-dyed sockyarn really shine. So here‘s Hitchhiker: It is a narrow, slightly asymmetrically shaped triangular shawlette that can be wrapped around the neck several times. The ends are long enough to tie it with a knot. One of the short sides of the triangle features a saw-tooth border that evolves naturally during the knitting and gives the shawl its unusual shape. Because the knitting starts at one end, you can stop anytime, bind off and end up with a useful neckerchief, shawlette or shawl. A perfect project to relax in between more complicated ones, also very suitable for beginners and young knitters.

© Martina

Yarns By Design has the perfect fiber for you to knit this project with, Zitron Unisono. This new fiber to the YBD boutique infuses extrafine merino with aloe and jojoba oil. Your hands will be super happy as you are knitting, and your skin will thank you as you wear the finished project.

Below are a few of our favorite colors which are available at the YBD boutique.