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Archive for September, 2012

12 Adorable Baby & Toddler Sweaters for Fall

September 30th, 2012

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Whether you’re thinking ahead to the holidays or you’re just looking to make something for the child in your life, a sweater can be a rewarding quick-to-knit-or-crochet project for fall.

“Quick?” you’re wondering. Yup! Since baby and toddler garments are quite a bit smaller than adults’, they are pretty fast to make (and they are a great way to practice garment construction).

Here, I’ve selected 12 of our favorite knit & crochet patterns in 4 styles: Easy, Breezy Classics; Fit for a Princess; Fun Patterns & Textures; and Preppy Favorites.

Easy, Breezy Classics

Image of Baby Kimono Image of Neck Down Cardi Image of Pram Parade Sweater Set
Crochet Baby Kimono Knit Neck Down Cardi Crochet Pram Parade Sweater Set


16 Fun Knit & Crochet Patterns for Halloween!

September 28th, 2012

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Amigurumi Happy PumpkinNow that it’s the end of September, we’re in a “Fall” state of mind, and many of us are already thinking about plans for Halloween.  Since Halloween is still about a month away, there’s plenty of time to begin crafting a costume, gifts for the kids, and even home decor.  I thought I’d share some fun patterns with you so you can get your needles and hooks ready in time!

(Click here for Amigurumi Happy Pumpkin pattern)

Halloween Apparel, Costumes

Pumpkin Hat & Booties Set
Keep the little ones warm in this cute knit and festive Pumpkin Hat & Booties set.
Can D. Corn Bib
Is the baby too young to head out for trick or treating? This Can D. Corn bib is the perfect Halloween accessory so baby isn’t left out of the fun! Click here for bibs in other styles.
Capelet of Invisibility
The Capelet of Invisibility can easily transform into a cape for a Little Red Riding Hood outfit.  Check out Vanna’s Glamour in Red Stone or Ruby Red.


Styling Makes All the Difference: How One Project Can Be Worn Many Different Ways

September 27th, 2012

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Many a clever knitter & crocheter has discovered that one project can do double-duty with different styling. For instance, our Knit Grande Wrap pattern can be work many different ways:

For more ideas about how to turn one project into several different looks, check out these blog posts:

Do you have a favorite styling trick for a knit or crochet project? Share it in the comments!

7 Stress-Free Steps to Making Your Holiday Gifts This Year

September 25th, 2012

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7 Stress-Free Steps to Making Your Holiday Gifts This YearIf you’re planning to make some or all of your holiday gifts, now is a great time to start planning. It may seem early, but the beginning of fall is the perfect time to get started if you’ve got a long list or you love to make complex projects. These seven steps will help you organize your crafting, figure out which projects to make and get it all done in time. No need to stress!

Step 1: Make a List (and Check it Twice)

Start your holiday projects off by making a list first. Include all the people you’d want to make things for, and then check it to highlight the people you are definitely giving a handmade presents. Take a good look at each name to think about the sort of gift that they might enjoy the most, and make notes about possible gifts to purchase instead. As time gets tight, it’s always good to have a gift-giving back-up plan just in case your projects aren’t finished in time.

Step 2: Pick Out Projects

Choose patterns that you’ll enjoy making, or pull out all those patterns you’ve wanted to make and never had time for. You can always make one for yourself in January! You don’t need a complicated pattern to make a gift special, small details like cables or colorwork make simpler projects look impressive.


Back to Basics: How to Knit a Scarf in 3 Easy Steps (with Videos!)

September 21st, 2012

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Already an old-hand at knitting? Why not share this blog post with someone who’s looking to learn and give the gift of yarncrafting to someone new?

The first project that most knitters and crocheters take on is a scarf. This is because it’s a nice long rectangle that allows you to practice your basics.

If you’re a beginner, sometimes it can be helpful to have each step broken out for you. So first off, check out our Beginner Scarf pattern on I’ve chosen it because it’s a super-bulky yarn (thick yarn = quick project), it’s acrylic (a fiber that has bounce or “give”), and because it’s a beginner-level pattern (meaning that we don’t use any abbreviations in the pattern).

You’ll see that the directions for making the scarf are (1) to cast on, (2) work in garter stitch (in other words, knit every stitch in each row), and (3) then cast off.

See the videos below to see how to do each of these steps.

How to cast on

Tip: Once you’ve cast on the number of stitches stated in the pattern, keep the needle with the stitches in your left hand and you’re ready to knit!

How to knit

How to cast off

Tip: Once you’ve cast off, you can weave the tail (the yarn left after cutting) into the fabric so that it’s hidden.

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