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Archive for August, 2010

Bright & Graphic Tights for Fall!

August 23rd, 2010

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New York Magazine‘s fashion blog, The Cut, recently featured a fun slide show of bright, textured, and graphic tights–a trend that seems to be catching on for the fall. (Click here to visit the slide show.)

Well, with the introduction of 7 new colors this year to our Sock-Ease line, as well as dozens of patterns for leg warmers and socks added to our website, there are a ton of options for an enterprising knitter or crocheter to capitalize on the look and make her own!

Here are just a couple of the options:

(If you’re looking at this blog post on the website, click on the slideshow to move to the next photo. If you’re viewing this blog post in your e-mail and you’re having trouble with the photos, please click the title of the blog post to view the slide show on the website.)

Find the patterns at (must be logged into to view):

What is your favorite fashion trend for fall? Leave a comment and let us know!

You Never Know When You Might Learn Something New About Yarncrafting

August 20th, 2010

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While I was on vacation last week, I went to a lecture on health and wellness. During the lecture I noticed a woman crocheting in the audience, and I instantly felt right at home. Her name was Elaine (pictured right), and I couldn’t wait to ask her all about her project. When I asked, I was extremely happy to find out that she was crocheting preemie hats for a local charity. Charity yarncrafting has always been near and dear to my heart and I truly appreciate all of those who donate their time and energies to such worthy causes.

Elaine even shared a little fun fact with me: Did you know that while crocheting hats for babies, a preemie hat should be the size of an orange and a full sized baby hat should be the size of a grapefruit?

It really is amazing that you never know when you might learn something new about crafts you thought you knew well!

What interesting knitting & crochet tips and tidbits have you learned unexpectedly? Leave a comment and tell us!

Are you looking for a yarncrafting charity to donate to? Check our Charity Connection database for local, national, and international organizations.

Make Big Stitches Your Friend

August 19th, 2010

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Like many knitters & crocheters, when August rolls around, I’m already thinking about what to make for fall. Taking a cue from designer/model Mandy Coon–whose fall collection includes oversized, bold, stockinette stitch arm warmers (left) and scarves–I thought it might be fun to make some oversized items that are quick to knit or crochet up!

I took a quick browse through the Lion Brand Pattern Finder to pull up some oversized patterns for inspiration.

Here’s a list of just a few of the patterns that I found (Click the highlighted text to see the pattern on; must be logged into to view patterns):

  • Knit Fall River Scarf: big stockinette stitches make this simple scarf bold; very similar to Mandy Coon’s look.
  • Knit Jumbo Cable Scarf: eight strands of Vanna’s Choice held together and worked as one makes for a really huge statement.
  • Crochet Whoosh Scarf: seven strands total, give this V-stitch scarf a really chunky, graphic look.
  • Crochet Glam Statement Scarf (right): I love how this glittery scarf/wrap gives a pop to any outfit!
  • Knit Triple Play Scarf: not for the faint of heart, this scarf takes “oversized” to another level.
  • Crochet Bubblegum Scarf: big bobbles are made with five strands of a shocking fuchsia make for a lot of look.
  • Knit Dobbs Ferry Cowl: made with three strands of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, this cowl makes a strong statement, but also very wearable.

As you can see, with just a couple of strands of yarn held together and worked as one strand, you can get a totally graphic look out of even the most basic stitches.

Via The Cut.

Have you experimented with multiple strands of yarn? What do you think of big, bold statement pieces like this?

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FAQ: What is Fair Isle Knitting?

August 18th, 2010

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Fair Isle knitting, also known as stranded knitting, refers to color work that is a repeating pattern worked over a group of stitches and rows. What separates Fair Isle from intarsia and other color work techniques is the stranding on the back.  Here’s a quick example that I worked up using the houndstooth chart from this pattern.
Fair Isle front
Here’s a close up of the stranding on the back. Because my floats are short, I didn’t have to twist them.
Fair Isle back

Curious about what you can make with Fair Isle knitting? Here are just a few examples:
Fair Isle patterns
Clockwise from left: Limelight Stirrup Socks, Pemberly Tam, and Cloudsong Cowl.

Want more information on Fair Isle knitting? Click here to read our FAQ.

Keep Track of Your Measurements

August 17th, 2010

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Whenever I start a new garment, I find myself double and triple checking my measurements.  I ask myself, “What was the measurement on that last sweater?” and eventually spend the few seconds it takes to remeasure my bust and waist.  The only trouble is that sometimes it’s awkward to take measurements in public, so I can never commit to a new sweater without a little planning.  Plus, it’s silly that I remeasure myself every time I start a sweater, even when my measurements remain consistent.  I finally decided I needed to write down my measurements and keep them somewhere accessible. Our friends at BurdaStyle have a fabulous downloadable personal measurement card.  The card includes all the important measurements, and you can print it, fill it out and keep it with you wherever you go!  To download it, just go to their size chart page and click “Download Card” (on the right in the “BurdaStyle’s Personal Measurement Card” box).

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