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What was New at STRAW.COM & Crystal Palace Yarns
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.

We are no longer maintaining this page, but since there are interesting "historical" things here, we leave it up.

   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.





November 2015

Allegro Bands of Lace Cowl is knit with 2 sizes of Allegro (Lace & Aran).
Here is the free pattern.

We have LOTS of new patterns published at no charge for the 3
sizes of Allegro.
HERE are all the Allegro patterns.






Panda Pearly Scarf




August 10
A scarf in our Panda Pearl yarn, knit with the Tunisian Knit Rib stitch. 
The pattern stitch is a two-row repeat that is fun to work up and produces
a soft and drapey scarf with a handsome tailored look.
See all the Panda Pearl colors Here



April 3, 2014

Some great new patterns up in the 3 sizes of DANUBE - soft and tweedy, slow striping yarn - in DK, Aran and Bulky weights.
This new Diamond Cowl is just one of the collection of Danube patterns - see all of them listed here:  DANUBE PATTERNS


Check out the new yarns for Winter-Spring 2013-14 HERE
The new patterns sorted by Yarn Type HERE
New patterns list HERE
New Indie Patterns HERE


Kathleen Dress

June 2013
A darling dress for a little girl, knit with two very different gauge yarns
(Panda Cotton and Cotton Twirl) to form ripples in the bands of pattern.
The pattern is free here on our web site.

Free Pattern is here.

Carol Alexander Interview



March 27, 2013
Read the interview with Carol Alexander, Editor of Crochet! magazine.

She talks about designers, crochet and Crystal Palace Yarns.



Check the Yarn pages to see New Yarns and New Colors for Spring 2013


Mendocino Shaped Shawl

July 10, 2012 - Mendocino makes a lovely shaped shawl where
the slow stripe effect moves across the softly draped shawl.
The free Shaped Shawl Pattern is here.
The colors of Mendocino are here.



TuTu Spiral Hat

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.



Cuddles - Inner Truth

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.



TuTu Spiral Hat

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.


Merino 5 Woven Cable Scarf

Merino 5 Pocket Fingerless Mitt


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.





Mini Mochi
Easy Lace Scarf

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


Mini Mochi 18" Doll Set - crocheted


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.






Panda Silk
Chevron Lace Scarf

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.



Slouch Hat + Collar

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.


Feather-Fan Scarf in

Mochi Plus

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.




Cotton Twirl Ruffled Shawl

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.






Mochi Plus 18" Doll Patterns
Jacket + Hat & Poncho + Beret

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.



Mochi Plus Trout FISHY

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.


Mochi Plus Ruffled Shawl

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.


Cotton Twirl FISHY

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

Cotton Twirl Woman's Shrug

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.



Chunky Mochi
Buttoned Cabled Cowl

January 20, 2011 - Soft and Stylish cabled cowl with buttons
- 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.


Crocheted Rainbow
Dreams Baby Afghan

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.




Dragon Rib Hat
for Kids

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.



Cupcake Squiggle Hat

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.




 Index linked to many free sock patterns
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To read all of "What's New" items from 2010 - Click here