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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Don't Get Taxed!

by phyllis




Just because it's April l5th, doesn't mean it needs to be stressful.  Many knitters, organized souls that they are,  have probably taken care of the pesky business of taxes and almost all  will tell you that the very smartest and best way to relax is to make something!  That's why this blog - and Knitty City - is here.  To  tell you about, some of the  things we have on hand to help you do just that.



As many of our friends already know, we just love new yarns.  In fact, we think that one of Pearl's goals in life is to seek out the best and the beautiful in the yarn business, and spring time is no exception as she pursues her endless quest.  Just in, besides the usual complement of new Malabrigo yarns and new Madeline Tosh yarns, are some fascinating new fibers.  Here a bit about our two latest:

Ancient Arts is a company that specializes in high quality yarns that are dyed responsibly.  Most recently, they have partnered with The Meow Foundation, which supports feline health and humane care.  For every skein of yarn that is sold from this collection, they make a donation to benefit stray and abandoned cats in need.  You can be a part of this effort by purchasing yarn, and by learning more about the Meow Foundation and the important work Meow does in our communities.  Here's just a sampling of some of the lovely yarns we recently received in the store:


Who here thinks that knitting is only for wearing?  Some of the most striking home furnishings and textiles are knitted, and we decided to get on the bandwagon with this new yarn from The BagSmith.  Working with Ohio alpaca breeders and local mill Morning Star Fiber, BagSmith has created a new yarn specifically for creating rugs, cushions, blankets and really luxurious wraps:  BUMP!

We have the yarn and  pattern book  (BUMP! VOL. 2) that will show you some of the wonderful things you can make with this soft, yet sturdy, yarn:  Rugs, Cushions, Log Cabin Throws.  Expand your knitting repetoire and your horizon with BUMP!


Some of you stopped by to meet Amy Herzog last week when she was at the store to sign her new book: "Fit to Flatter".  We were (and are) all smitthen with Amy and so is that well respected Editor on yarn and all things knitting, Clara Parkes.  Read her excellent review on Amy's book here:                    Then turn around and come right down to the store today to get your own copy.

 Use Amy's insights and discoveries to make sure everything that you knit for yourself (or others) flatters.


Another "Essential" Book from Sally Melville

What’s the number one mistake that knitters make? They follow a pattern exactly! In this comprehensive guide to sweater construction, acclaimed knitting instructor Sally Melville reveals the secrets to creating or modifying a pattern so the finished project looks and fits exactly how you want it. 

Thanks to Sally's talent for demystifying knitting, the next time you see a pattern that you fall in love with, you can modify it to suit your body and your tastes.  Knitting Pattern Essentials is one more contribution to our passion that Sally can claim - along with her original books on the Garter Stitch and the Purl Stitch.  If you ever get a chance to hear her lecture on "Why we Knit", you owe it to yourself to attend.  She's as good a speaker and writer as she is a designer - and that's saying a lot!



"Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, so we're taking part in it by asking you to bring  your daughters and/or  sons to Knitty City!    Nothing beats teaching a child a craft - It helps facilitate the learning process and many schools are now incorporating it into their curriculum.  Bring your child in that day and we'll have something special for him or her.


Mother's Day Promotion

We have a soft spot in our hearts for all moms, and since Mother's Day is coming soon (May 12) , we thought we'd like to do something to honor her, so here it is:  Write a letter to your mom - wherever she may be.  It an be an online note, or a regular 'ol snail mail letter.  Make it 100 words (or less) and send it to Pearl.  She'll read it and give the winner a special gift card to Knitty City.  The final day for all submissions is  April 30, 2013.  If you do regular old l mail, send it to Pearl, c/o Knitty City, 208 w. 79th St., NYC 10024.  Email should be addressed to

Upcoming in the Month of May

Mark your Calendars for these  Events @ Knitty City

May 2, Thursday, 6-8 PM

           Tricia Malcolm (VP/Editorial Director of SoHo Publications) will be presenting the Vogue Crochet Magazine that goes on Sale this month. Tricia  will be bringing selected items from the magazine and talking about what goes into creating a special issue focusing on crochet.  She always does the best presentations, so come on in - have a bite of something - and let a publishing pro tell you how its done.


Easy Stitches for Inpatient Knitters

With Edie Eckman

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Bored with stockinette and garter stitch, but too busy for something difficult? Let Edie Eckman, author of scads of books (most recently:  Connect the Shapes) teach you  quick-and-easy stitch patterns that will keep your interest alive --and allow you to watch the ball game at the same time!  A knowledge of knit and purl stitches is required as are materials for the class, which will be held at the local St. Agnes Library Community Room (3rd Fl)  on 81st & Amsterdam . 

Call for details today! Cost: $60.00


The Insouciant Sock with
Cat Bordhi.


Saturday, May 18


Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters

This is only the second time Cat Bordhi has visited New York, and heaven knows when she will be back.  So get in on this class today!  Cat will teach  you how to create a portable Personal Footprint - a pattern  which will carry all the information you need to knit yourself perfectly fitting socks anywhere you go. These socks are knit 100% in the round, with no rows or purling. There are no short rows, no stitches to pick up, no gauge calculations, no gussets, no heel flaps, and no grafting. The method is described in detail in Cat's book, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, which you will need to have for this class.  Please note:  Knitty City is offering this book at 25% off if you need to buy it  Cost of 7 hr. class: $100.00.  Call for details on class materials and experience level required.

 This class is limited to 25 people, so make sure you get on the list, today. This class will be held at the St. Agnes Library (81st & Amsterdam) 3rd Floor Classroom.  

Special Staff Pick
Phyllis's   Choice for mid-April

I love knitting for kids!  It's fast, fun and no matter what you make, it's bound to look great since the wearer is so cute!

So, when one of our favorite knitting friends (June)  sent me the gift of a knitting pattern, I got right to it, and made this darling little jacket which is perfect for the oh-so changeable month of April.  The first one went to my friend's daughter and the next one is for a little girl who is looking forward to her First Birthday next month.

Here's the Ravelry  link to this adorable little knit:

I used Plymouth Yarn's Encore in a beautiful blue Green. You'll find it on the back shelf  - to the left of the doorway to the back room.   For a size 2 it took all of 2 skeins - a bargain at twice the price.  The leaves were done in a contrasting bright spring green.   

Happy Spring Everyone - Finally!


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