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What's New at STRAW.COM
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Free Knitting Patterns, Yarn News and More
This started as a "scratch pad" for me to keep track of what I was working on, but I realized that return visitors to STRAW.COM would find a list of changes and additions helpful in finding what was new. The earliest entry in 'What's New?' is from Dec. 1995 when this web site first opened. This web site is maintained by Susan Druding.
Want to go back in time
and read earlier "What's New" Entries?
- they are all still here, back to 1995. Click HERE to start going back in time. What's New for 2010 is here.
We have a collection of
March 27, 2013
Read the interview with Carol Alexander, Editor of Crochet! magazine.
She talks about designers, crochet and Crystal Palace Yarns.
March 17, 2012 - A new version of TuTu is here.
It has a metallic beaded-look edge and
reflects the light from the edge of the ruffles. Fun!
TuTu Lamé is pronounced TuTu "Laa - May"
See more photos of TuTu Lamé here.
February 23, 2012 - Do you crochet? You'll want to make this flowered Mochi
Plus scarf or cowl.
The color changes look complex, but they are formed automatically by the slow stripes in Mochi Plus.
The free crochet patterns for the Crochet Flower Scarf is here.
The color range of Mochi Plus is here.
February 16, 2012 - A beautifully sculpted cable design knit in CPY's new CUDDLES Yarn.
The free pattern for the Inner Truth Scarf is here.
The color card for the many colors of Cuddles yarn is here.
Many more patterns for all CPY yarns can be found here.
January 15, 2012 - A fun to knit
and wear TuTu Spiral Hat.
This model uses Merino 5 as the base yarn, but you could also use Cotton Twirl.
The free TuTu Spiral Hat pattern is here.
See all the colors of TuTu here.
December 27, 2011 - Our first two Stitch Red
Projects are up,
free patterns for a Woven Cable Scarf & Fingerless Pocket Mitts in Merino 5 new 'crimson' color.
Free Woven Cable Scarf Pattern is here.
Free Pocket Fingerless Mitt Pattern is here.
November 14, 2011 - New to lace
knitting? Just want a quicker to knit lace scarf gift?
Try the new Mini Mochi Easy Lace Scarf. Just 1-1/2 balls and 4 rows of pattern.
Free Pattern is Mini Mochi Easy Lace Scarf is here
All colors of Mini Mochi shown here
October 11, 2011 - Mini Mochi &
Mini Solid crocheted into a cute jacket &
hat for an 18" doll. This is the 4th doll set available as free patterns on this web site.
The free 18" Mini Mochi Doll Set pattern is here.
See all the colors of Mini Mochi here.
The other 3 doll outfits are here in Sausalito, Mochi Plus set, and Mochi Plus poncho.
August 30, 2011 -
Visit our new Indie Designers
We are introducing a special index of Independent Designers' links to patterns in Crystal Palace Yarns.
These are not on our site, but are available for download for a fee or, sometimes, free.
By supporting these indie designers you help to keep fresh patterns
and ideas flowing and support these hardworking creative yarn artists!
the page is Here: Indie Patterns Page.
September 18, 2011 - An elegant
lace scarf/shawl in Panda Silk.
The pattern is free and uses a chart for the lace.
Uses slightly less than 2 balls of Panda Silk.
The free Panda Silk Chevron Lace Scarf is here.
The full color range of Panda Silk is here.
August 9, 2011 - Merino 5 Slouch Hat with matching Collar.
Aran cables and eyelets make this dressy and fun to knit.
The free hat and collar pattern is here.
The Merino 5 solid color sample page is here.
July 7, 2011 - A simple repeat of a Feather & Fan
stitch makes a lovely scarf in slow striping Mochi Plus.
The undulation of the colors is lovely.
See all the colors of Mochi Plus here.
Here is the free pattern for
this Feather-Fan Scarf
in Mochi Plus here.
July 6, 2011 - CPY's popular Cotton Twirl yarn makes this shawl soft and comfortable for spring-summer wear. Choose one of the printed colors or one of the wide range of fashionable solid colors.
See all the Cotton Twirl colors here.
The free Cotton Twirl Ruffled Shawl pattern is here.
July 3, 2011 - knit a pair of Sausalito socks
trim the cuffs with a crocheted lace (lace is optional).
These were designed by Sharon Stone
of Three Stitchers Yarn Shop in Texas.
See the free Lace Trimmed Sausalito Sock pattern here.
See all the colors of Sausalito here.
June 27, 2011 - A crocheted 18" doll set (jacket
now available for Sausalito.
The Free Crochet Doll Pattern is here
See all the colors of Sausalito here.
June 1, 2011 - Is there a baby girl in your
If so, here's a wonderfully cute and stylish baby dress
to knit from soft, cozy Cotton Twirl yarn.
Pick any 2 colors from the wide range available
and knit up this little cutie.
The free Cotton Twirl "Arella" Baby Dress pattern is here.
See the wide range of Cotton Twirl colors here.
April 23, 2011 - Make an outfit or a poncho for an 18" doll (eg. American Girl or Madame Alexander size). We have 2 Mochi Plus projects: a jacket & hat or a poncho & beret.
Here is the free pattern for the jacket & hat
Here is the free pattern for the poncho & beret
See all the Mochi Plus colors here.
April 22, 2011 - Here's another fun fishy to add to your collection.
The new fish is a trout shape and knit with
Mochi Plus in 'rainbow trout' color.
The earlier Cotton Twirl 'sunfish' is here.
The free Mochi Plus Trout Fishy is here.
The colors of Mochi Plus are here.
April 20, 2011
See early views of 4 New Yarns for Fall 2011
Mendocino - merino wool/nylon slow striping 2 ply worsted weight
Monaco - bamboo blend, slow striping (a non-wool blend)
Moonshine - kid mohair blend - metallic highlights
TuTu - a wide ruffling ribbon
March 12, 2011 - Deep, soft ruffles accent this Mochi Plus Ruffled Shawl.
The design is written for both average size and X-Lg.
The color shown in Mochi Plus is 'Rainbow Trout" #608.
The free pattern for the Mochi Plus Ruffled Shawl is here.
The colors of Mochi Plus are here.
March 4, 2011 - Merino 5 makes a cute, useful pair of fingerless mitts that include a buttoned pocket to make carrying change, key or other small item easy to stash. Only 2 balls of Merino 5 needed. Merino 5 comes in many solid + print colors that can be combined.
The free Pocket Mitt pattern is here.
The solid colors of Merino 5 are here
The printed colors of Merino 5 are here.
February 26, 2011 - Knit this cute Cotton
Twirl fish for the child or
fisherperson in your life. Soft and cuddly.
The little bit of elastic nylon in Cotton Twirl
will help it keep its shape, too.
Free Pattern for FISHY is here.
Choose your fish color from the wide range of Cotton Twirl colors here.
February 21, 2011 - Cotton Twirl is perfect for a hugging shrug,
the small amount of elastic helps the shrug hold its shape.
This is the woman's version of the smaller girl's shrug.
A great pair of mother-daughter or little sister-big sister shrugs.
Many new colors of Cotton Twirl are coming to choose from - see
All the colors of Cotton Twirl here.
The free Shrug pattern is here.
January 20, 2011 - Soft and Stylish cabled cowl
- knit with cozy Chunky Mochi.
When you have a yarn that feels so good next to your skin,
you'll love this around your neck.
The free pattern for the Chunky Mochi Cowl is here
See all the color choices of Chunky Mochi here.
January 16, 2011 - Crochet a
wonderfully soft baby afghan
with Mochi Plus and a solid color version, Plus Solid.
The free crochet pattern for Mochi Plus Rainbow Dream is here.
The colors for Mochi Plus are here.
The colors for Plus Solid are here.
December 11, 2010 - Keep a loved one's ears warm
(or your own)
with a cozy, soft, deep brimmed Mochi Plus hat.
This design uses just two balls - choose a slow stripe color of Mochi Plus
and combine it with a solid color of Plus Solid as we did here,
or make it all slow stripes.
The free Mochi Plus hat pattern is here
The colors of Mochi Plus are here
The colors of Plus Solid are here
December 10, 2010 - Exciting new
yarns and new colors in continuing yarns are on tap for 2011.
Check our Online Yarn Cards to see the newest:
Sausalito - new 2 ply slow stripe
Mini Mochi and Mochi Plus - 4 new slow stripes (in stock - now here)
Cotton Twirl - 7 new colors (in stock - now here)
Panda Cotton - 6 new colors (in stock - now here)
Panda Silk - 5 new colors (in stock - now here)
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monthly email with news of new patterns, yarns,
links to items of interest and occasional contests to win CPY Yarns.
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Sept 26, 2010 - A wonderful 1 ball hat knit with Chunky Mochi
- make several in different colors for your favorite pre-school children!
Soft and colorful.
See all the Chunky Mochi colors here.
The free Dragon Rib Child's Hat Pattern is here.
Sept. 11, 2010 - Have fun knitting this charming hat
for the child in your life!
So many colors of Squiggle are available that you can
make a unisex or boy's color combo just as easily.
Here Squiggle is combined with Merino 5 as the base yarn.
The free Squiggle Cupcake Hat pattern is here.
See all the Squiggle colors here.
Sept. 11, 2010 - Knit this charming bolero
styled jacket in Cotton Twirl
- even the largest size (48") uses only one bag of Cotton Twirl.
The 10% elastic nylon in Cotton Twirl helps it to hold its shape,
unlike most cotton jackets.
The free Bolero Jacket Pattern is Here.
The color range for Cotton Twirl is here.
August 30, 2010 - Here's the perfect
project to try out a ball
(yes, only one ball) of our new Chunky Mochi.
This neck cozy will keep you warm under a jacket or coat
and since you can knit one in an evening you can make
them in several colors or give as gifts.
The free Chunky Mochi Neck Cozy Cowl pattern is here
See all the colors of Chunky Mochi here.
August 22, 2010 - an easy mini-shawl to knit in
Chunky Mochi on big needles. Add a shawl pin or just
drape on shoulders. It uses 3 balls and
knits up quickly on size 13s.
The free Triangle Shawlette Pattern is here
See all the colors of Chunky Mochi here.
April 26, 2010 - Crocheters,
If you like the Mini Mochi Flower Garden Shawl,
now you can make one with Mochi Plus.
With this aran weight yarn, the project will go faster
and look just as stunning as the original version.
The Free Mochi Plus Flower Garden Wrap pattern is here.
The color card for Mochi Plus is here.
February 11, 2010 - Cotton Twirl makes a
lovely soft baby blanket.
Here's an easy squares pattern. Perfect for knitting while visiting
or watching a movie on TV.
The 10% elastic nylon in Cotton Twirl means it won't stretch out of shape.
Many colors are available, both prints and solids.
The Free Baby Squares Blanket in Cotton Twirl is here.
The wide color range for Cotton Twirl is shown here.
February 9, 2010 - Mochi Plus makes wonderfully soft knits
and this baby blanket won't disappoint.
It's fun to knit at a quick gauge and the color changing effects are lovely.
The blanket uses 7 balls of Mochi Plus at a sug. retail cost of under $60.
The free Mochi Plus Parquet Squares Baby Blanket is here.
See all the colors of Mochi Plus here in slow stripes and here in solid colors.
February 7, 2010 - A Cotton Twirl hat to fit
everyone in the family from toddler to adults.
The gentle elastic (10%) in Cotton Twirl means the yarn "remembers"
and doesn't sag or stretch out of shape.
The free Everyday Stripes Ribbed Cotton Twirl hat pattern is here.
The color range of Cotton Twirl is shown here.
Index linked to many free sock patterns
Visit it here
To read all of "What's New" items from 2010 - Click here