On The Needles

Inspiring our customers with new ideas for knitting is what we do best at Uncommon Threads. The knowledge base of our knitting community is vast and we would like to share some of our current projects, either in progress and others which have been finished. Pattern names and designers are listed, as well as yarns used for your ease of reference.  Get ready for Fall and plan your next project with us. Our Fall Class Schedule is available with several Knit Alongs forming now. 

All patterns can be researched on Ravelry. Join us below for a review of what’s On The Needles of the knitting community at Uncommon Threads.


October, 2018

One summer day a customer came into the shop requesting help in recreating a sweater pattern from one that she loved. It was from one of the popular chain stores. Cathy was up for the challenge and drafted a pattern. Once the yarn had been spun, our customer began to knit a new sweater for fall.

Soon she realized it was a lofty project and reached our for assistance. Cathy to the rescue, creating the sweater below in a matter of a few weeks. A perfect fit for sure, everyone fell in love with this creation. 

Nancy joined us for an afternoon of knitting and conversation about York and the surrounding area. Nancy's is from California. Her son is a freshman at Penn State. 

September, 2018

LYNN is mastering color work. Also an artist she loves seeing the new patterns unfold.



Vanessa loved this asymmetrical mosaic shawl which is named for Jane Jacobs, a community activist who led the charge to protect Washington Square Park from Robert Moses’s “urban renewal” project. Under his plan 5th Avenue would have been extended through the park, destroying the beloved space we know today.

The Jane Jacobs shawl by Kristen Kapur, inspired Vanessa to select yarn from Backyard Fibers during our recent trunk show to complete her project. What a fabulous knit this! Vanessa is prepared for her fall festivities in this stunning piece. 

August, 2018


Flat White by Casapinka, is a worsted weight pullover using 2 contrast colors for a Scandinavian type yoke design.  This is one of the four Fall  KnitAlong Pullovers and is a quick moving project on larger needles!   

Anaashah, a pattern by Jennifer Steingass is written for fingering weight yarn; however I am using Remix Light, which is a sport weight. The colorwork yoke on this pullover is more complex, has longer floats (yarn carried across stitches) and requires a fair amount of concentration to follow the chart. Alpaca Fine by Berroco, CoBaSi (non wool fingering,Urth  Harvest or Wonderwool fingering would be great options for this project. Remix Light, Roslyn and Longwood Sport would also work with adjustments to gauge and size. After completing the yoke this is lots of mindless  knitting in the round for a very wearable addition to any wardrobe. 


Knitslong; Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge. The open neckline and sport weight yarn make this a great sweater for transitional seasons. I am using Remix Light for the main color and a self striping yarn for the branches. The colorwork is pretty simple and the chart is easy to follow; great introduction to stranded knitting! 


What have we here? Cathy has been so busy this summer as she has knit this Swing Knitting masterpiece; the Butterfly/Papillion Shawl thru to completion. 


She has done her homework and she is ready to share her knitting knowlege with us. Sign up for the three-part class today, which begins September 4th! Scamper in to pick out your colors.


Where is Sharon? At the beach of course, knitting away on her sweater Dark and Stormy by Thea Coleman, in preparation for fall. This is Sharon's most accomplished project to date. Stay tuned for addtional updates on her progress. Our fall sweater knit along to begin in October is forming now, call for details.  

July, 2018


Diane is excited for a new skein of Primrose yarns as she works on Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry. This could easily become your favorite shawl. Relaxing garter stitch with endless possibilities. It would be great knit in one color, but it is even better when one color melts into another. 

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Fall is quickly approaching as we turn our focus to mittens and fingerless mitts. Enjoying a Saturday am class, with knitting lasting into the afternoon to finish one mitt! 

June, 2018


Just off the needles, is the Gradient Garter Wrap designed by Ann MacDonald Kelly. It is a simple garter stitch wrap with knitted on fringe, alternating a solid with a gradient. The resulting wrap is eye-catching and cozy. 56-60 inches is a perfect length with the scarf stylings of Joan. Scheduled blocking of the fringe is for October. 


Always a gala event when a project is finished and this time is no exception. Dawn and Dana collaborated on color selection and Dawn could not be happier with her Local Yarn Shawl. This was a speedy knit along!


Rhonda is the fastest sweater knitter this side of the Rockies! Just wrapping up her Comfort Fade Cardie, she is strategizing on her next sweater Fog Cutter. Where is the finisher, we have ends to weave in.


Dana has been extremely busy commuting from Richmond to York to support WellSpan with their new computer systems. However she does fit in plenty of time to knit. Below is the Casapinka's Local Yarn Shawl, in Wonderwool's Socky gradient kit shown in Mixed Berries.


Joan, a recently retired school teacher is knitting with Primrose making Casapinka's Local Yarn Shawl (left). Joan has a great eye for color and Primrose suits Joan's style perfectly. It is always exciting to see the magic of Primrose's yarn come to life. 

Backyard Fibers is a favorite here at Uncommon Threads. Joan is starting the Falden today in Rainwater (right). 



We are happiest in a hand knitted sweater. We currently have ten individuals who are participating the Sweater Club's Spring Season knitting event. 

Carol is doing a basic sweater for her winter wardrobe. Stillwater, by Marie Greene which is a quick and easy knit. Carol is using Cascade 220. 


Barb enjoys the process of test knitting for one of her favorite designers, Lisa Hannes. Barb partnered with Pam, owner of Wonderwool to create a beautiful selection of colors that would compliment this pattern (kits featured on our website). Traces in the Sand features a lovely twisted stitch pattern that adds a beautiful texture to this shawl. Pattern shown below using Wonderwool Socksy in the Coastal colorway.