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July's Yarn of the Month comes to us from our home state. Kraemer's Tatamy and Tatamy Tweed Worsted are made right here in PA! And that's one of the reasons we picked it for July. With the Fourth of July being a big Summer holiday, the American theme seems to play a big part in all things July. So we wanted to feature an American made yarn. Also, being that the temperatures often soar, and the humidity gives even those of us with moderately straight hair extra frizz, a cotton and acrylic blend seems the way to go this month.

So what can we tell you about this yarn? It's a great worsted weight summer yarn available in many great colors. The Tatamy Tweed yarns have specks of color wound into the yarn plies, while the Tatamy does not. This makes for some easy color matching and pairings. Both are also very easy to care for, as they're machine washable! They are great yarns for summer tops, warm weather items, and household goods.

Can't think of what to make with either of these yarns? We've seen them used for a beachy Flax Sweaters (by Tin Can Knits), market bags, dishcloths, summer T's, and baby blankets. Kraemer's got a number of patterns available on their website, including this beautiful top (photo left). Click here for the pattern.

Personally, I like the speckles of Tatamy Tweed. They make the yarn fun without the overwhelming worry about puddling or pooling of colors. And if you can coordinate a Tweed version with the same color in the Tatamy Line, it makes an interesting, yet subtle contrast.

When picking a pattern for this yarn, keep in mind that it is a cotton blend and doesn't have quite as much memory as wool. But as you can see from the photo, it really shines in simple textures, like the ribbing and details of this sweater, and (not pictured) in the garter panel of the Flax Sweater sleeves.

Honestly, I'm not a fan of cotton yarns. I know why so many you prefer them, but as someone who can still get cold in the midst of a heat wave, I'm a wool girl. However, if I need a cotton yarn, this is my go-to. There's enough acrylic to keep it from hurting my hands during stitching, and the colors are bright, fun (I love the names!), and keep my project interesting.

The recommended gauge is 16-20 stitches over 4" using US 7 - 9 knitting needles. Each ball is 100 g / 3.5 oz and approximately 180 yards. Both Tatamy and Tatamy Tweed are 20% this month. So check your pattern queue and stop in and pick up the color you need for your next summer project.

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