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2020 Fall Finishing Frenzy, Oct 15 – Nov 21

Do you have a few WIPs that have been in progress too long? How many do you think you could finish in five weeks if you committed to it? Get those projects off your needles while having fun with our knitting community and earning fun prizes!

Our annual Fall Finishing Frenzy starts on October 15 and ends at midnight on November 21. Finishers can share their success at a Zoom party on Sunday, November 22, and prize packets for each person who completes ALL of their Frenzy projects will be sent out that week. Fill out this form to join the frenzy. Any project that is started before October 15 and finished by November 21 counts!

Join our Ravelry group to share progress and participate in weekly challenges. We’ll post a leaderboard to the group each week that tracks each participant’s progress towards their goals!

We’ll also send two e-mail messages per week to registrants with weekly challenges, reminders to share your progress with us, and an updated leaderboard. If you prefer not to use Ravelry, you will get all the information you need from these e-mails.

You can also share your progress with us on Instagram using the tag #nfyfallfrenzy2020. Let’s get those WIPs done!

9th Anniversary Sale, September 24 – 26

Northfield Yarn is celebrating its ninth anniversary! Our annual anniversary sale takes place Thursday, September 24 to Saturday, September 26. Shop the sale online, by calling the store to place a phone order, or stopping in to shop in person.

15% off nine specially selected items

Discounts apply to in-stock items only, with the exception of the Cricket Looms.

Double Frequent Fiber Points! Prizes!

Anyone can join our Frequent Fiber rewards program. During our anniversary sale, rack up points twice as fast — earn two points for every dollar you spend on yarn. When you accumulate 200 points, they can be redeemed for $20 off a purchase of $50 or more!

Spend $35 or more during our anniversary sale and spin our prize wheel to win! If you are shopping online or via phone, join us on Instagram Live on Sunday, September 27 at 2 pm CT to spin the prize wheel virtually!

Spend $50 or more during our anniversary sale and enter to win a drawing of 200 Frequent Fiber Points (worth $20 off a purchase of $50 or more). Two winners will be selected on Sunday, September 27.

Local Yarn Store Day 2020 is Saturday, Sept. 12

This year’s annual Local Yarn Store Day was originally scheduled for April 25.  Due to COVID-19, it’s been moved to this Saturday, September 12! We have a ton of new fall yarns coming in, and some of our favorite yarn companies are supporting us by offering free patterns with purchase.

Berroco LYS Appreciation Week Sweater Kits

Berroco has released three sweater kits featuring their new fall yarns, and you can order them through us this week only! We especially love Gracefield, which is designed for Berroco’s new Mochi yarn. We have a sample of Gracefield and sweater quantities of Mochi in the shop right now! Patterns for these sweaters are free with the purchase of the kit.

Berroco is kicking off a Holiday Sweater Make-along on September 15, so this is the perfect time to get these new kits — or, if you have your eye on a different sweater pattern, you can use code BerrocoHoliday20 to download one Berroco pattern via or Ravelry (enter the code at checkout). Laura will be making Grouse Creek for the KAL with Berroco Millefiori Light and providing support during our Open Stitch.

Free Pattern for New Lowther Cardigan w/ Purchase of Cumbria Yarn by the Fibre Co.

The Fibre Co. is generously giving away a copy of their brand-new all-gender cardigan pattern, Lowther, with the purchase of yarn to make it from your LYS on Saturday, September 12 only! It’s made with Cumbria, one of our favorite worsted-weight yarns, which is available both in the shop and online. You will receive a download code for the pattern with purchase.

Free Blue Sky Fibers Pattern with Purchase of Blue Sky Fibers Yarn

Get one free Blue Sky Fibers pattern with purchase of any Blue Sky Fibers yarn on September 12. A download code will be provided to you at purchase for use on or Ravelry. We have BSF Eco-Cashmere and Organic Cotton available both online and in the shop, and several more BSF yarns available in the shop only. Call to place your order if you can’t stop in!

Free Pattern with Purchase of Malabrigo Yarns

Malabrigo is offering up to five free patterns on Ravelry with purchase of yarn! Download codes provided at purchase.

Free Cascade Yarns Esme Poncho Pattern Just for Stopping In!

Cascade Yarns presents their LYS Day 2020 Pattern, the Esme Poncho! It knits up quickly in bulky-weight yarn — we suggest Cascade 128 or Cascade Ecological Wool, both available in the shop. Stop in to claim your free copy (or, if you’re unable to physically come to the shop, give us a call or send an e-mail!).

August 15 Is Granny Square Day 2020!

This Saturday, August 15, is the 7th annual Granny Square Day, a celebration of one of the most loved and recognized forms of crochet. Founded in 2014 by Susan Regalia, the event is now hosted by Simply Crochet magazine. Read Simply Crochet’s Granny Square Day 2020 blog post for five free crochet patterns that have been released for this event, information about how to participate on Instagram, and more.

Back in 2014, Susan noticed that the little squares on Instagram looked a lot like the patchwork arrangement of a classic granny square blanket. She asked crocheters to post pictures of granny squares online and the first virtual granny square afghan was created. Other hookers soon caught on to the concept and so Granny Square Day was born – bringing the worldwide crochet community together in a celebration of design and color.

Granny squares have traditionally been the realm of crocheters, but there are also plenty of examples of granny squares that are knit. You’ll find some knitting patterns in the resource list provided below.

Granny squares don’t even need to be square, as some of the examples in our list will show! The general construction method of working in rounds can be tweaked to form other shapes, before being joined together. Granny squares are extremely satisfying little projects that are easy to toss into a project bag, ready to work on no matter where you are. The supplies don’t take up much space, and once you’ve learned the basics, you often won’t even need to refer to a pattern!

On August 15th each year, people from all over the world will post pictures of granny squares on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms, using the hashtags #grannysquareday or #grannysquareday2020 (and you can also add the hashtag #northfieldyarn so we can find your creations, too). By the end of the day there are so many photos of squares that when you view these photos, virtual blankets are created!

Kelbourne Woolens Granny Square Projects

One of our favorite yarn companies, Kelbourne Woolens, hosts Crochet Summer every year (coincidentally, this event also started in 2014!). Check out their 2019 Crochet Summer round-up blog post for a peek at last year’s creations. Their free Granny Square Day pattern, the Sub Rosa Earrings, can be whipped up in an afternoon using Kelbourne Woolens cotton/linen Mojave yarn. This pattern is a riff on KW’s clean-lined Sub Rosa sweater (Ravelry link), which features a double column of granny squares on the front.

Kelbourne Woolens latest Year of Gifts kit, the Hosta Slippers, are also cleverly constructed from granny squares!

Granny Square Resources

Here are some resource links for learning more about Granny Squares and Granny Square Day, as well as patterns and lots of tutorials for basic to more complicated Granny Squares. Enjoy!!

Gathered How
Basic Granny Square patterns and much more about Granny Square Day 2020

What to Do with Crochet Granny Squares
Granny squares don’t always have to be used for blankets and afghans.

Basic Granny Square (Crochet)
A free Ravelry download for (as the name suggests) a very basic granny square.

How to Knit a Granny Square (Knit)
A free Ravelry download. Not all Granny Squares need to be crocheted!

Not-Quite-a-Granny-Square (Crochet)
A free Ravelry download for a fancier granny square. The pattern uses post stitches to create a non-traditional granny square with a lovely motif.

Granny’s Cloth Revamped (Knit)
Another free Ravelry download for a knit granny square.

365 Days of Granny Squares (Crochet)
There are lots of pop-ups & adds on this site and the patterns are not necessarily free, but there are some good YouTube tutorials that are inspiring, including ways to combine & attach squares together.

Pinterest “Granny Square” board
Fun Pinterest board with lots of examples of knit & crocheted granny squares.

Online Classes Available Through Our Partner, Sweetgeorgia!

One of the things we’ve missed most since COVID-19 business shutdowns and social distancing began in March is hosting in-person classes in our shop. We had many knitting, crocheting, weaving, and dyeing classes lined up for this spring and summer that we were forced to cancel. Since it looks like social distancing guidelines will prevent us from holding in-person classes for the foreseeable future, we’ve begun exploring ways to offer education online. We’re experimenting with moving some of our most popular classes to Zoom, and we are also excited to announce that we’ve become an affiliate of the School of Sweetgeorgia!

Regular customers will know that Sweetgeorgia is one of our favorite yarn dyers — we have a rainbow of colors of their Tough Love Sock, Superwash DK, Superwash Worsted, and Party of Five mini-skein sets in our store. To support their LYS stockists during this time, Sweetgeorgia has offered local yarn stores the opportunity to become affiliates of their recently-launched School of Sweetgeorgia (SOS). By becoming an SOS member, you are supporting Northfield Yarn, Sweetgeorgia, and your own skill-building and community connections.

School of Sweetgeorgia membership includes:

One of the things we’re most excited about is the variety of weaving, spinning, and dyeing classes available to SOS members. Prior to the March shutdown, we had enormous interest from customers in classes related to these crafts.

Support Northfield Yarn by becoming a member using our affiliate link!

After clicking on our affiliate link, click the pink “Sign Up” button on the School of Sweetgeorgia homepage to enroll. Membership starts at $19/month and can be paid monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Curious? Sample Sweetgeorgia’s FREE online courses to see if SOS is for you.