FiberStories: Concentric Cotton

Concentric Cotton was created after the success of it’s worsted weight, baby alpaca counterpart: Concentric.

This 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton, fingering weight alternative is truly a bundle of joy. With a generous 929 yards in each 200 gram cake, just one or two is enough to create nearly any project!

Best of all, this yarn is alluring for multiple crafts as crocheters, weavers and machine knitters will also appreciate the reasonable price point, lack of ends to weave in, and cake put-up for easily usability.

  • 100% Pima Cotton
  • 929 yards per 200 gram cake
  • Approximately 5.5-6 stitches per inch on US 4-6 (3.50 - 4.00 mm) needles
  • Recommended size G (4.00 mm) hook
  • Worsted Weight
  • Winding not required
  • Hand wash, lay flat
  • Designed in Seattle, Made in Peru

Pattern Inspiration




Discover the full color range of Concentric Cotton by HiKoo® HERE.

Accessing Online Events

Our online workshops and events are hosted through the Zoom app. The application can be downloaded on tablets, smartphones, or computers. Please be sure you have a stable, strong internet connection during the workshop. If you have used Zoom in other events, or to virtually visit with friends or family, then you probably know how to use the app!

2 Days Before Class
A few days before the event, you will be provided with login information. Take a moment to check to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version of Zoom on your devics. Did you complete any homework necessary? Gather your materials and make sure they are all in one spot, so you are ready when it's time to learn.


15 Minutes Before Class
You will be able to join the event about 15 minutes before the beginning of the event. Be sure to have your materials kit, as well as paper, pen/pencil, and other notions you think you may need. 

Set yourself up in a quiet location, and if possible, wear headphones. Turn off any television, radio, or other source of sound.


When Class Begins
Each attendee will be "muted" when they enter the room. We encourage you to stay muted, and to utilize the chat room for questions. Our instructors have assistants that will relay questions during the event, and as needed, will call on students to unmute themselves to ask questions.

Classes are only offered live and will not be recorded.

Refunds/Cancelations
Attendees can cancel and get a refund for the workshop portion of a class up until the time sign-in information has been delivered for the workshop. The materials fee is not refundable

Something Isn't Working
Having troubles? Try leaving the event, and then join again. If that doesn't solve the issue, restart your device and rejoin the class. If you continue to experience issues, please call 206-747-7121, or email us hello@makersmercantile.com

FiberStories: CoBaSi DK

The perfect wool-free yarn, CoBaSi DK by HiKoo® features the same blend as it’s popular fingering weight counterpart. This washable yarn is a super-soft option that wont sag overtime, thanks to the inclusion of elastic nylon.

Wether you’re making a large project like a throw or cardigan, or something smaller like slipper socks, the versatility of this yarn is truly endless. Available in both solid and tonal colorways in 50 gram hanks, they’re great for colorwork that won’t break the bank! 

This yarn also comes in a sock worsted weight. Check out CoBaSi and CoBaSi Plus!

  • 55% Cotton, 16% Viscose from Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon 
  • 140 yards per 50 gram hank 
  • Approximately 5 - 5.5 stitches per inch on US 4 - 6 (3.50 - 4.00 mm) needles
  • Recommended size G (4.00 mm) hook
  • DK Weight
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • Made in Taiwan

Pattern Inspiration




Discover the full color range of CoBaSi DK by HiKoo® HERE.

Design Submission Calls

We love seeing your ideas, and welcome design proposals that celebrate creativity, crafting, and learning. 

Patterns that include tutorial supplements (such as videos or photo-step by step guides) are ideal for unique or unfamiliar techniques. 

Submissions

Only digital submissions are accepted. Submissions should be in .pdf format and include the following:

  • Name, address, phone, and email information for the designer
  • Sketch or photos that represent the finished work. 
  • Drawings/schematics to show how the piece is constructed. Pay attention to sizing and proportion. 
  • Specifics of which yarn(s) are proposed for the project
  • Image of a hand knitted swatch in the proposed (or similar) yarn. 
  • Description of the work, including notes on sizing, inspiration, and other information.

Multiple submissions are welcome, but please send one submission per email. All submissions should be emailed to Hello@MakersMercantile.com - use "Design Submission" as the subject line, and include the theme (ex: Design Submission - Soaring). 

Acceptance and Payment

Once your proposal is accepted, we will create a contract outlining the terms of acceptance. Unless otherwise noted, we license for exclusive rights for use in print, electronic, or otherwise. 

Payments are made shortly after the sample and pattern has been submitted. Samples become the property of Makers' Mercantile.

Current Calls for Submission

Makers' Mercantile is accepting submissions for the calls listed below. If your idea does not fit into one of our current themes, feel free to submit it as well!


Sock of the month | Ongoing

Our Hat of the Month packages are sent out each month. to subscribers. Each month, they receive:

  • Delicious yarn (often exclusive!) for the month's project
  • Exclusive knitting pattern
  • Invitation to join our monthly discussion KAL group in Ravelry
  • ...plus whatever else we decide to include! You never know what treats await!

We are actively accepting proposals for original hat patterns for our monthly subscription boxes. 


Sock of the month | Ongoing

Our Sock of the Month packages are sent out each month. to subscribers. Each month, they receive:

  • Delicious yarn (often exclusive!) for the month's project
  • Exclusive knitting pattern
  • Invitation to join our monthly discussion KAL group in Ravelry
  • ...plus whatever else we decide to include! You never know what treats await!

We are actively accepting proposals for original sock patterns for our monthly subscription boxes. View monthly unboxing videos HERE.


Soaring | Spring / Summer 2021

Comfortable in our nests, we sometimes need a gentle nudge to take that first step. Pull back the curtains, open the windows, and discover today's beauty.

  • Streams of light through morning clouds
  • The woven texture of twigs that create a bird's home
  • A colorful plume of feathers
  • Textured stitches of knits, purls, and cables
  • A feather drifting across the peeling paint of an old park bench
  • Gentle breezes and the sound of children playing in the distance


Submissions are due by Sunday, September 6, 2020

Getting pattern updates in Ravelry

When a pattern is updated in Ravelry, purchasers often get a notification (either by email, or by private message). Updates are used to deliver the pattern and/or updates to everyone at the same time. There are a few ways to check for updates.
First, check in your library. Go to Ravelry, then choose Library from the drop down menu under the my notebook tab on the top right.

In the library, you’ll find records on the left of all the Ravelry related purchases you have made. See that button on ours that says 1 update available? Find that button in your account, and click it.

You’ll be led to a list of patterns that have been updated, along with a history of messages from the designer (or whoever did the updates). Click on update now to get the latest version of that pattern.

What if you didn’t associate your Ravelry ID with your purchase? Well, if the email you used is the same as the one connected to your Ravelry account, those patterns can be updated too!
Click on your avatar in the top right corner of the page, then choose purchases.

Then click on Purchase Finder and enter the email address you used when purchasing an item from Ravelry. A link will be sent to connect that purchase to your Ravelry account.

If for some reason an update isn’t working for you, and you purchased a pattern from Makers’ Mercantile, send us an email and we will do our best to help you.

2019 Holiday Wishlist

We know that buying gifts can sometimes be a daunting task... especially when the gift is for a crafty maker. You might have no idea what to get for them, and that leaves you with options like "bath robe" or "blender"...

Here's a list of some of our favorites of this season. 


Sock of the month club

This one is a gift that gives all year long. Starting in January, we send out a monthly subscription box that includes yarn and pattern to make a pair of socks. More than that, we host a KAL group for the projects in Ravelry.

Oh! We also will be including other goodies in the packages... each month it's something different! 

The subscription box can be canceled at any time with a simple email to hello@makersmercantile.com - click "Learn more" to learn all the details about this club. 



addi FlexiFlips 8 inch set

We crafted a full set of addi® FlexiFlips for the much-loved maker in your life. Made specifically for North America, these specially designed 21cm circulars (3.5" tips with 1" cord) rest comfortably in the hand, and act as flexible double pointed needles. Easy to use, stitches are simply distributed over two needles, and then knit with the third - resulting in only two needle changes per row. ​

This full set includes all 11 sizes, so you'll never be without the perfect needles, and when you order the full set at our great low price, you get the fabulous FlexiRoll … the only needle case designed specifically for the addi® FlexiFlips, free!


Makers' Apothecary Candles

Our 8oz. candles are hand-poured by a small business in Kentucky and feature pure, natural soy wax, clean-burning cotton wicks, and non-toxic scents.

More than just a candle, each Makers' Apothecary candle features a secret hidden deep inside. After the candle has burned enough to reveal the package, Carefully retrieve, and then open the foil to reveal a handmade stitch marker!

Each candle will burn approximately 40-50 hours. Consider making a gift package with candle, yarn, needles, and some treats for a well-rounded gift!


Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting

Imagine being told you have to stop knitting because of discomfort in your hands, arms, neck, or back. Imagine the sense of frustration and the longing to get the needles back in your hands. Imagine the lingering doubt you might have when you can pick them up again: “What was I doing wrong after all these years of knitting?” “Will I get hurt again?” “Will I have to stop knitting forever to make this pain go away?” Maybe you’d like to be a faster, more efficient knitter, or a knitter who produces more projects, but you’re not sure what’s getting in the way.

This book will help you understand the ergonomics of knitting so you can improve your safety, efficiency, and productivity in knitting. You’ll learn to identify ergonomic risks that contribute to injury and reduce knitting efficiency. Throughout the book, you’ll be provided with activities and guidance to improve your knitting ergonomics so you can knit more confidently and comfortably. Through instruction in stretches, exercise, and self-care, you’ll also learn how to manage the discomfort common to knitters before it becomes an injury, and how to recognize when it’s time to seek help from a health-care professional.

Join me in this unique knit-along that will help make a more comfortable, lifelong knitter out of you.


Sheep Herd Tote

Hand printed on 100% Cotton w/ cotton handles
13"x15"

Machine Wash Cold/Warm inside out, Hang to dry, Iron on Back

Each bag is printed by hand and may have slight variations which adds to the charm and beauty. The handmade nature of the bag assures that each one is individually unique.
Use at the grocery store, farmers market, library, or anywhere! Great as gifts for others and yourself!


Hanging Circular Needle Organizer

Double sided hanging circular needle organizer with 17 available slots. Each slot includes a clear window for your custom size. One side is denim, and the other side is natural. Measures approximately 8" wide x 32" long. Made exclusively for Makers' Mercantile by DellaQ. At the base of the organizer is a zippered pouch, plus one more bonus slot for oversized needles!


addi click turbo interchangeable needle set

addi Click Interchangeable Turbo Needle Set is one of the most popular interchangeable knitting needle sets on the market. They feature some of the best joins out there with a lifetime warranty! We love the addi Click Sets and know them inside and out. If you have questions on anything addi make sure to contact us, we are happy to help you figure out which set is right for you. The addi Click Interchangeable Turbo Needle Set system provides 10 different sizes of addi Turbo® tips (3.50 mm, 3.75 mm, 4.00 mm, 4.50 mm, 5.00 mm, 5.50 mm, 6.00 mm, 8.00 mm, 9.00 mm, and 10.00 mm), three different lengths of our new, extremely pliable blue cords (24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. The tips will remain secure until you change them, thanks to the Clicks' revolutionary locking mechanism!


Kinky Yarn

100% Superwash Wool
200g / 133 meters / 147 yards
12-16 sts and 20-22 rows = 4" on US 10-13 (6-9.0 mm) needles

... but why is it in a coil? This fun yarn comes pre-knit in a 12 stitch tube (not an i-cord) and is ready to dye. Keep it coiled and place it in dye for an unusual effect, or open the coil and dip it all the way in a dyebath. Depending on your process, the yarn might have light spots where the fibers are compacted in the knitting. We think the undyed spots are super cool.  After the yarn is rinsed and dry, you'll pull the tail and work right from the coil. The kinky texture will add dimension to your work. Want a smoother finished project? Block the project and it'll relax just for you. 

It's easy to dye this yarn, AND it's easy to get professional results, no matter your level of experience. 




Schacht Cricket 10" Loom

The Schacht Cricket Loom is compact, capable, and cute! The Cricket is made of high-quality, unfinished apple plywood and hard maple, and each comes with an 8-dent reed (sorry, no substitutions). Included are a threading hook, warping peg, table clamps, two shuttles, and two balls of yarn. At only 11 in x 18 in x 6 in and just under four pounds, it is truly portable. The 10 inch weaving width gives plenty of room to make a variety of projects without sacrificing portability. This loom is an ideal size for a new weaver of any age. As of April 2010, the Cricket has been redesigned with the ratchet gear and dog on the outside of the loom to make it even easier to adjust tension. Additional reeds, pick up sticks, and other accessories for the Cricket are available.

The Cricket series looms are a great way to get started weaving. Don't let their small size fool you! These looms are fun and versatile to use, and all Schacht looms are made with pride in the USA with high quality craftsmanship and materials in Boulder, Colorado.  These portable looms are great for teaching weaving classes for adults and children. They are fairly simple to setup and are small and inexpensive enough that students can take the looms home between classes.

The Schacht Cricket was a craft finalist in the prestigious 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. When you purchase a Schacht loom you know you're getting a well-designed tool built by craftsman who are dedicated to weaving.


artfelt kit - holey scarf

Even with holes, this scarf will keep you warm. The holes give this scarf an eclectic look while the multi-colored roving add in a pop of color that will go with a lot of different wardrobes.


addi Rocket 2 [Squared] circular knitting needle

Meet the addi® Rocket2 Squared, a line of square shaped circular needles with the same speedy addi® Turbo finish and featuring the beloved addi® Rocket tapered tips. 


Sizes are listed in approximate US sizes -AND- exact metric sizes for your convenience. All addi® needles are manufactured to exact metric sizes.


Knitting Abbreviations

Reading a knitting pattern and not sure what an abbreviation means?  Here is our helpful list!

"                         inch(es)
alt                     alternate
approx           approximately
beg                  begin/beginning
BO                  bind off
CO                  cast on
CC                   contrasting color
circ(s)             circular
cont                continue
cn                    cable needle
cs                    center stitch
dec                 decreas(e)(ed)(ing)
dpn(s)           double pointed needle(s)
inc                   increas(e)(ed)(es)(ing)
k or K             knit(ting)(s)(ted)
K2tog            knit two together
Kfb                  knit into front and back of stitch (increase)
LH                   left hand
mkr                marker
M1                  Make one (increase)
MC                  main color
mm                  millimeter(s)
or P              purl(ed)(ing)(s)
patt                 pattern(s)
p2tog             purl two together
pm                   place marker
psso                pass slipped stitch over
rem                 remaining
rnd(s)             round(s)
RS                    right side
sl                      slip(ed)(ping)
slm                  slip marker
skp                  slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over (one stitch decrease)
ssk                  WYIB, slip two stitches one at a time as if to knit, place back onto LH needle, knit tbl (one stitch
                         decrease)
ssp                  WYIF, slip two stitches one at a time as if to knit, place back onto LH needle, purl these 2 sts
                         together (one stitch decrease)
sk2p               slip one as if to knit, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over the knit 2 together (2 stitch decrease)
st(s)                stitch(es)
St st                stockinette stitch
tfl                    through front of loop(s)
tbl                   through back of loop(s)
tog                  together
w&t                (wrap and turn) Bring yarn to front as if you are about to purl, slip one stitch purl-wise. Turn work
                          to other side. Strand of yarn is now in back of work. Bring yarn to the front, slip one stitch back to
                          right needle. Continue to knit or purl the next stitch as instructed.
WS                  wrong side
WYIB             with yarn in back
WYIF             with yarn in front
yfwd               yarn forward
yo                     yarn over

A special thanks to Kyle Kunnecke of Kyle William for providing us with these helpful abbreviations.