September Surprise!

by phyllis


September Surprise



We're riding the cusp of Labor Day this weekend, and that means that Fall is almost officially here.  With  the kids back to school and many of our friends back from vacation, it's beginning to feel like it,  anyway. Since it's  the official "start" of knitting season in the city we thought it fitting that we begin this posting with news of the Surprise we promised in our last newsletter.

New Knitty City "Rewards" Program


Knitty City has initiated a   Rewards Program for Knitty City customers.  Zach (aka "the guy behind the counter") and Pearl have been busy developing a plan for those of us who like to knit a lot!  The sytem is simple and the rewards are many - so what could be better? 

Here's how it works: 


We give you a KC Rewards Card on which you fill in your name, phone number and email.

Every $20.00 spent, earns one "star " per our unique handy-dandy  KC star-puncher.

Every fully "starred" cards (showing ten $20  purchases) earns you 20% off on your next transaction

Things to Keep in Mind:

While partial amounts (i.e.$19.98)  do not  qualify, you earn one "star" for every $20 spent.

                   All merchandise qualifies, but not purchases made with a credit  or gift card.                               ( do earn "stars"  when you buy a gift card)

Cards must be presented at time of purchase to qualify.

Classes, private lessons & gift cards are not eligible for the 20% discount.

       When redeeming, the 20% discount is maximum discount allowed, including already discounted items. (No multiple/cumulative discounts given)

Be sure to stop by and make sure to get  your Knitty City Rewards Card today!

                 Yarn News

Our Yarn of the Month for September is  Berroco.  All of our Berroco yarns are 10% off and, boy, do we have some beauties, including new ones.  A long-standing favorite of many of our customers, Berroco yarns give great value and style thanks to their creative director, Norah Gaughan.  Let's begin with one of their newest; BRIO.  Meant to be worked on a large needle, it knits up quickly and yields a big effect. Each brilliantly dyed colorway of this thick and thin wool blend is infused with glittering metallic strands that are completely soft to the touch. Take a look at some of these colors - and that's just a small part of the Brio color story. We have more to show you, in store.

Knitty City  has  lots of new stock and colors in some of our favorite "standard" Berocco yarns, including: Lodge, Borealis & Flicker.  In addition, we are holding a special Berroco Yarn Tasting on September 7th, from 2-6 PM.  Stop by and take a turn testing out the new yarns and choosing a new (or favorite) color to play with while you're there.

Other Yarn News

You remember Lang's Mille Colori, sock yarn, don't you?  So many people like this yarn that when it came out in a Baby (fingering) weight and a bulkier weight, we decided to carry that, as well.   Lang is also the producer of Balou and Forte as well as some gorgous pattern booklets - all of which we happily present to you.  Ask one of us to show you  some of hese lovely European beauties when next you are in. While you're at it, don't forget about "Souk", the new silk and wool yarn from Cascade which we wrote about n the last newsletter.  It's worth a touch.  Cascade's Venzia's new Fall colors are also on the shelf. 

Rowan Yarns tend to inspire the classicist in everyone and their fall selection is no exception.  We have Alpaca Colour, Lima Colour, Kedsilk Haze Eclipse, Thick 'n Thin and a new Angora Haze yarn that is pure femininity.   Be sure to ask to see the garment sample on that one.  In addition, there are new fall colors in for Big Wool, Cocoon, Lima  and Kidsilk Haze.

News Flash

A last minute shipment of Cephlapod's "Bugga" just arrived. 

Hurry, this stuff lasts about as long as ice cream on a hot day!


Fall's Color Bounty

And  those of us who love Lorna's Laces, will  want to check out the new season's colors for  Helen's Lace, Shepherd Sock, and Shepherd Worsted.  Sweet Georgia has new colors for their  Tough Love Sock, and Superwash Worsted and for the truly sensitive souls who can't abide wool,  we just added to our collection of cotton yarns with a new one from Blue Heron, a mercerized fine weight cotton ideal for a spectacular  shawl or a soft and wondrous baby's blanket.   

We stock a number of Skacel Yarns (they distribute a lot more than just needles).  Take a look at  one of  new Fall Colors for Reggae Ombre.  Can't you picture this in a bright blanket or a wonderful pair of arm warmers? On a size 8 needle, it will knit up fast as well as happily!.

Books @ Knitty City

Fall is one of the most exciting seasons for new yarns and new books as well.  This year is an especially "rich" one with titles and designs from some of the most talented designers in the world of knitwear.  Come in and see:
-Fair Isle Style by Mary Jane Mucklestone
-Scarf Style 2 by Ann Budd
-Knitting Architecture by Tanis Gray

Fall Magazines In!

Interweave Knits Magazine - Fall
Interweave Holiday Gifts 2013
Vogue Knitting - Fall
Rowan Fall - #54

Events @ Knitty City
Metropolitan Knits Book Signing Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8 PM
Melissa Wehrle (long time friend of Knitty City) will be joining us for a signing of her new book


Saturday, September 28, 2012
Class on Seamless Knitting & Techniques

Learn the Art of Seamless Knitting , Shaping and Stitch Placement
with Designer/Authors  Simona Merchant-Dest & Faina Goberstein
Simona & Faina will teach  shaping techniques that focus on unique shaping
and stitch placement options with full sized garments from the book.
Full-size garments from the book will be on display and part of our discussion.
Book signing to accompany class;Call the store for time, cost and knit-prep instructions.


A Celebration of All Things Koigu!


Sunday, September 29 - 12-4 PM

Rhonda Fargnola will be here to showcase and discuss Koigu's magic.

Other Dates of Note:
 Kid's club starts w/of September 10:  After-School Classes held Tues, Wed and Thurs for kids 7+.Call store or get details on  blog @

Book Club: September 26, 6-8 PM - "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quinlan

Nancy Ricci Fashion Show: September 30 @ LaCasita Yarn Shop,  253 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY. Time: 7-9 PM; Tickets: $30.00

NYC Yarn Crawl:  October 5,6 (Saturday & Sunday)
Knitty City will be celebrating  our  5th Year as a Yarn Crawl Sponsor with a Kick Off Event on Thurs., October 3rd, from 6-8 PM
Join us and meet Nick and Marianna of Nooch Fibers, a locally dyed yarn that we've just begun to stock. 

Interested in Getting Away From It All?

If you're the type that loves a trip and meeting other like minded people, (who doesn't?), we thought you should know about The Round House Knitter's Retreat hosted by Metaphor Yarns.   They dropped off some information about a neat little event in Colrain, MA that they are hosting this December!. Go here:   to find out all about it.


Keep an eye out for the next newsletter - coming in about a week.  We'll be doing an interview with a young new yarn producer whose work we think you'll really appreciate - and she's local. 

'Til then don't forget to keep knitting and, when you're not, stop on by and say Hello. 

Just don't forget to bring your latest project along with you.

-Pearl & the Knitty City Team














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August in NYC!

by phyllis



We're Not Having a Heat Wave This week!

August in NY and the weather is cooperating by sending us a little  balmy summer weather.  Close your eyes and you may  feel the winds of change in the air - especially here on the west side.  Not that we're trying to rush the season, mind you.  We know we have quite a bit of warm weather in front of us.  That's why we're intent on keeping our Incredible sale going through the end of August!  Here are the details:

 The Incredible Summer Sale @ Knitty City

We have a great  selection of Dream in Color Yarns, including Smooshy & Baby at 40% off.  In addition, there are  other high quality brands, including a Rowan Kid Silk Haze Ribbon yarn which knits up into a fabulous boa or scarf..
Plus....You might want to get a jump on your fall and winter projects  with some of our outstanding single skein sale yarns --perfect for hats,  gifts, mittens, scarfs, etc.  This sale is on-going through August.

August's Yarn of the Month

Knowing the reality of summer in the city, we thought that lace would be the   ideal  answer to summer heat, so we've put all lace yarns on sale for the entire month of August at 10% off.    Cotton yarns are also on sale all month at 10% off. 

Summer Reading (and Inspiration) 

Knitty City has long  been known for its great collection of knitting books, and, we want to share the wealth. Right now, all of our books are on sale at @ 25% off through the end of this month.   Now's the time to snap up the best in both classic and current titles.  Since the August Book Sale is in effect, you might also wish to snap up one of the Lace Weight Classics that include titles such as "Victorian Lace Today"  and  "A Gathering of Lace".


Also on Sale:  Magazines dated prior  2013 are on sale for $2.00 each, but please note that this does NOT include: Rowan, Koigu, Interweave's Knit Wear and Interweave's Special Interest Issues: Jane Austen Knits, etc.

Fans of Selvedge Magazine will want to snap up any/all Selvedge Issues @ $5.00 each!


New Yarn @ Knitty City

Knitty City is very proud to announce that we are now carrying

Cephlapod's Skinny Bugga!

Fingering Weight Skinny Bugga has the drape needed for lace yet is sturdy enough for a gorgeous pair of socks. This lush blend of merino, cashmere and a touch of nylon is perfect for any lightweight project your heart desires, and it shows stitches with crisp definition.  Hurry in for this one, too.  We have a finite supply of a much-in-demand yarn and you know how fast  that goes at Knitty City!

Other August  News!

The Knitty City Book Club will meet on Thursday, August l5, from 6-8 PM.

 This month's selection:  Beautiful Ruins

We'll be back soon with some new and exciting news for September!

In the meantime, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and look for us on our new  Pinterest Page!


Looking Ahead!



Metropolitan Knits Book Signing 

Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8 PM

 Melissa Wehrle (long time friend of Knitty City) will be joining us for a signing of her new book


The Art of Seamless Knitting Class

Saturday, September 28

Author's Simona Merchant-Desi and Faina Goberstein will be on hand to teach the Art of Seamless Knitting.  They will  be explaning how to convert flat patterns to circular techniques with 12 classic, beautiful projects suitable for all ages. Check in with Zach or Pearl for exact time on September 28!

Book signing, too!






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Good Golly! It's a Sale @ Knitty City

by phyllis


Spring was aptly named this year since springs were overflowing along with just about everything else   in the city.
Knitty City even had its own Spring - winding its way through our basement.
Not to worry, however!  Thanks to our  intrepid team, we didn't miss a beat, but we did decide it was a good time for a make-overl
So, in anticipation of our renovation, beginning July 14th and running through July 28th, when we will be closed for business,
Knitty City is throwing a humdinger of a sale!

The above graphic explains it all, but if you have any questions, just pop in over the weekend.
We bet you won't be able to resist the sale.
Even if you have your own river of yarn already, we'll  be glad to see you and say Hi!

And,  just in case you happen to come see us, we invite you to scope out our newest addition from Neighborhood Yarns.

This is "Loft", a sumptuous blend of mohair and silk that coordinates beautifully with any of Neighborhood's  wool yarn colors.

Hey, it can't hurt to just look, right?

Please remember, Knitty City will be closed on July 4th.
Happy Independence Day everyone!.

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Knitting Soars High - Even in the Heat

by phyllis



Well, the temperature/humidity index  may have soared last week, but it doesn't mean that your knitting has to plummet.  It's the perfect time to begin your vacational (is there such a word?) knitting plans.   We suggest you start with one of the  newest additions to our impressive inventory of yarns:


This lovely line of yarn comes in a variety of weights (worsted, sport & fingering) and wondrous colors.  To top it off, it's also our Yarn of the Month (YOM) and is 10% off all month. Here's a quick look at  just a few of their colors.  You have to pop in to get a real sense of the marvelous assortment and variety of colors we have on hand....and, on Saturday, JUNE 8, please come to the store and meet Karida Collins, Neighborhood Fiber Co. owner.  She'll be discussing the trunk show of knits that we'll have in the store. We look forward to sharing her enthusiasm for all things knit and beautiful with all of you.



Hooray, Hooray 

Outdoor Knitting is in Order on a (almost) Summer's Day!

World Wide Knitting in Public Day

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2:30-4:30 PM


Bryant Park

Join us as we, once again, celibrate the craft and the people who make knitting the  joy it is for so many. We'll be meeting in Bryant Park, just like last year - near the statue of Gertrude Stein.  This year, we will be setting up tables for the Crochet Guild and Big Apple; if you'd like to have a group there, we'd be happy to set up a few more.  Just let us know ASAP.

Free Knitting Lessons in the Park


The following Tuesday, June l8, from 1:30-3:00 PM, we  begin our annual Learn to Knit Meet-Ups in Bryant Park.  Every Tuesday, throughout the summer months,  we teach the craft to all who wish to learn. We supply yarn and needles - both of which need to be returned to us at lesson's end.  (If you already know how to knit, bring along your current project and  hang  out with us.)   We will be  making squares for blankets for this year's recipients:  Blankets of Love.  This volunteer effort was organized to create blankets as gifts for young people who are transitioning out of foster care and into mainstream living.  Donated squares are crocheted into wonderful blankets like this: 


 PS:  If you have any yarn you would like to donate, the organization has told us they'd be pleased to take any sport weight washable wool or wool blends. They use it for crocheting together  the many squares they collect for this worthy effort.  Let us know and we'll be glad to tell you how to do it!


Some Additional June Events

 Mark your calendars, if possible, for the following:

Subway Knits Maria @ Knitty City


Thurs. June 6, 6-8 PM

Come and meet this intrepid traveler  and charming woman who has lived and  traversed all over the world and is thrilled to call NYC home.  Always seen knitting on the subway, she's also an avid chef, teacher and a  recent graduate of a Master's Program in Special Education (Hunter), a  pod-caster and blogger.  Devoted to knitting and the creative world, she's sure to be someone you'll want to get to know.  Do it here this Thursday evening.  Check her efforts  at

Special Dates in June

Crochet for Knitters w/Maxine Levinson

Sat., June 15, 12-2 PM

Fee: $40.00

A reprise of Maxine's class for knitters who want to learn crochet basics.  Learn a super neat way to seam, create pretty edgings and make button loops - even if you don't currently know how to crochet.  The only thing you need for class is 3 knitted swatches and a crochet hook suited to the yarn.  (We always have crochet hooks for sale.)

"Care to Knit"

Thurs, June 20, 6-8 PM


Join this  group of knitting enthusiasts who knit for a special cause. 

For more information on this group, please contact Maggie at


Brromstick Lace w/Lisa Daehlin

Saturday, June 22, 1-4 PM

Fee:  $60.00

Join  designer, creator Lisa Daehlin  and  learn the basics of this special and unique lacemaking  technique.  Included in the class are the ins and outs of increases and decreases, a crucial step towards garment construction and pattern design.  Broomstick is easy to learn (provided Lisa's at the helm, of course) and is admired for its beauty and drape in garments and blankets.    Participants must  know how to make a chain and single crochet stitch.  Supplies Needed for Class: crochet hook (size g or h), size 50 plastic knitting needle, one ball of dk or worsted weight yarn (light colored and smooth).  Supplies can also be purchased at store.

Exciting New Books

Spring time normally sees the arrival of new books since the designers and publishers like to give us new "grist for our knitting mills" for  summertime projects and fall planning.  This spring was no exception and here are the newest books just in:

East Coast knitwear designer, Melissa Wehrle, has created a collection that perfectly reflects the rhythm  of city life. From a chunky cabled sweater and hat to a beautiful tunic and gossamer cardigan, Melissa's designs are shaped, expertly finished, and ready to be shown off on the street. They feature a variety of construction and finishing techniques and are classic - like the city they appear in! 

Nicky does it again - only this time it's for the dolls we all love.  She  has created 25 playful, fashion  patterns for 18-inch dolls. The enchanting pieces  include everything from tops and pants to dresses skirts, and coats—even a lacy princess gown! Adorable accessories (hats, headbands, scarves, purses, mitts, and socks) complete this cutest-ever wardrobe - all by Nicky.  Note to the practical among us:  Not only are they adorable, they are perfect stash busters, as well. Come over to the store,today and pick this special little book up - we expect to sell out fast!


You don't need us to tell you that crochet has made its way back onto the fashion scene in a huge way and is comfortable for both day and night wear.  Award-winning designer Doris Chan helps you get more out of crochet with these contemporary and endlessly adaptable patterns that work with a variety of different looks, personal styles, and body shapes. Doris's style aesthetic is as modern  as her ideas. This book is a stunner!


Well, that's about it for the moment - but only for the moment.  We'll be posting on our usual social media and there's always our newsletter, which will be coming out next week.  To sign up, go to - or, better yet, just drop by the store, say hi to one of us and sign up there.  We're always happy to see you.




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It feels like Spring, again!

by phyllis


Have a Great Weekend!

 Despite the changing weather and the sometimes hot, sometimes cold days we have been enjoying, we think it's safe to say that Spring has arrived on the Upper West side.  How can we tell?  Birds, Trees, Glorious flowers, Lots of Green - All sure fire ways to say that warmer days are here with more to come. 

Another great indicator are the fibers that are now appearing at Knitty City.. 

New Yarns In Store

Jade Sapphire


Jade Sapphire's cashmeres and cashmere blend yarns are  the ideal all weather fiber.  Come in and take a look at one of their newest:  Sylph.  It's perfect for coolish spring nights.  The yarn drapes like a dream and is  perfect for  your lace trimmed hand-knits or your simple cardigans or throws.

These are just 3 of the lovely colors we have in - Stop by to see more.  You might consider the little lace piece that graced the cover of the newest Knit Wear for this yarn. 

(If so, be sure to do a guage swatch in lace before deciding on the size and the  amount of yarn you will need.)


Yarn of the Month!

All Handmaiden and Lana Grossa Yarns are on sale  at 10% off for the month of May.


New Books In Store!

Assume any identity that strikes your fancy - or make someone you love a goofy gift!!  All it  takes to make smiles  is one of these 20 fantastic knitted disguises! The hilarious and fun-to-do projects include beards, moustaches, and different hairstyles (Mohawk, pigtails, even a bald head). It's the perfect idea book for Halloween, costume parties, or whenever (or whoevery) you want to turn into someone else for a little while.  Great way to use up any spare yarn, too - and who doesn't have some of that?

Spring means new lambs - human ones, too.  So if you or someone you love has a new baby in the family, you'll want to pick up this book and get to the business of making one of the blankets you will find there.  The folks at Cascade Yarns turn out great yarns as well as great patterns, and in this book they have harnessed the design power of the best in the biz to bring you 60 wonderful blankets to knit or crochet. We stock the yarn (Cascade 220 and 128 Superwash) and the book.                                You provide the talent and the taste and everyone is happy - especially baby! 

Events This Spring!

May Events

Easy Stitches for Inpatient Knitters

with Edie Eckman

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Let Edie Eckman, author of  Connect the Shapes, teach you  quick-and-easy stitch patterns that will keep your interest alive.  We still room for a few more. Call for details today. Fee: $60.00

The Insouciant Sock
with Cat Bordhi

Saturday, May 18

Learn to knit your own customized pair of socks from one of the finest designer/teachers in the business.

 This class is limited to 25 people, and requires Cat's book for class.

KC  is offering the book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters,  at 25% off to all those taking Cat's Class

          Cost of 7 hr. class: $100.00. 

Call store for details on class materials and experience level required.

This class will be held at the St. Agnes Library (81st & Amsterdam) 3rd Floor Classroom. 

"Cares to Knit"

The next meet up will be on Thursday, May 23, 6-8 PM.  If interested in joining this group, you can contact Maggie at or  turn up at their next meet-up at the store on the 23rd of May.

And Make Sure to not forget to  Attend this Free Event!

Karin Strom @ Knitty City

Thursday, May 30, 2013

6-8 PM

Karin Strom, Editorial Director of Interweave Knits, will be presenting the latest issue of KNIT WEAR, their annual special issue devoted to contemporary and wearable knitting designs.  Karin will be bringing garments from the issue itself and letting us in on the story behind the compilation of this issue. 

June Events

World Wide Knitting In Public Day

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2:30-4:30 PM

Join us as we, once again, celbrate the craft and the people who make kntting the passionate joy it is for so many. We'll be meeting in Bryant Park, just like last year - hear the statue of Gertrude Stein.  This year, we will be setting up tables for the Crochet Guild and Big Apple; if you'd like to have a group there, we'd be happy to set up a few more.  Just let us know.

The following Tuesday, June l8, we will begin our annual Learn to Knit Meet-Ups in Bryant Park.  Every Tuesday, we teach the craft to all who wish to learn. (If you already know how, you can just hang  out with us and knit.) .    We're making sqaures for blankets for this year's recipients:  Blankets of Love.  This volunteer effort was organized to create blankets as gifts for young people who are transitioning out of foster care and into mainstream living.  Donated squres are crocheted into wonderful blankets like this:

PS:  If you have any yarn you would like to donate, the organization has told us they'd be pleased to take any sport weight washable wool or wool blends. They use it for crocheting together  the many squares they collect for this worthy effort.







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