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In The Making at Rita Mae Yarns......

Inspiring our customers with new ideas for knitting is what we do best at Rita Mae Yarns. 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 Spring and plan your next project with us. 

All patterns can be researched on Ravelry. Join us below for a review of what’s happening at the knitting community at Rita Mae Yarns.


Christina Collins

Exploration Station by Stephen West is a top down semi-circle shawl begining with my favorite Westknits shortcut rows and yarn overs followed by two-color brioche ribbing, slipped stitches, stripes, and finally a beautiful chevron border. Shown here in 4 colors of Rita Mate's yarn, Christina enjoyed the playful knitting journey of this fantastic shawl during our recent KAL.

 Mary Catherine

The Soldotna Crop is a top-down circular yoke sweater that features stranded colorwork. Caitlin Hunter designed this sweater with Portland’s unpredictable spring weather in mind. I look forward to layering this little top over linen dresses as well high-waisted skirts and pants. The design can easily be lengthened if crops aren’t your style, instructions are included in the pattern. This design is simple enough for an adventurous beginner, yet still engaging for advanced knitters. Best of all, the cropped length and sleeveless style make this a super quick and gratifying project. The body length is easily adjustable, keep in mind changes will alter the yardage required.

The Soldotna shown was knit by Mary Catherine McKee. Mary Catherine knit this project with Rita Mae's DK! It is a great weight for this crop top.


Check out Joan in her Silverleaf by Lisa Hannes. This is a lovely shawl featuring a beautiful leaf lace which is framed by garter stitch and fine eyelet lines. This piece will be a fantastic, light accessory for Joan's lifestyle wardrobe as a fast-paced retiree.

This pattern is worked on the bias in an asymmetrical triangular shape makes it fun to knit and easy to wear. A favorite at Rita Mae's.

The pattern contains both fully written out as well as charted instructions for your ease of reference.

We hope you enjoy this pattern as much as we do!

Mary Catherine

Does this hat look familiar. It seems like people wearing the same style hat this year. It is the perfect unisex hat with the perfect amount of slouch! It also convertts into a messy bun hat very easily. The pattern is available on Ravelery, Copy Cat CC Beanie, by Emily Ingrid.



Trish is a new knitter and just finished her first hat! Her gauge is on point and has picked up knitting very quickly. She did a 1x1 ribbed hat that we created here in the shop. She used bulky weight yarn for this project. We love it!


Fancy Nancy is her name and snappy cowls are her game. Introducing The Shift, by Andrea Mowry. We love this pattern! It is mosiac knitting at its finest. Nancy chose three contrasting, sport weight Zauberballs to complete this project. Stop in to try this cowl on, you will fall in love.


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 Rita Mae. Joan is starting the Falden today in Rainwater (right). 



We are happiest in a hand knitted sweater. 

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. 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. Kits for this pattern <html> <div> <blockquote type="cite"><a href=""></a></blockquote> </div> </html>



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. 


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. 


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



Knitting away on her sweater Dark and Stormy by Thea Coleman, in preparation for spring. This is Sharon's most accomplished project to date. Stay tuned for addtional updates on her progress. 



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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