|I have been a big fan of slip stitch colorwork for a long-time. It allows you to create wonderful, geometric designs that look so much more complex than they really are! In fact, awhile back, I demonstrated our Fallen Leaves Scarf and its lovely slip stitch pattern on Knitting Daily TV (video at the right; if you’re viewing this blog post in your email, click on the title to see the full article online).|
What I love about slip stitch colorwork is that you only work one color in each row (no changing colors, no stranding) and that even a novice knitter can take it on. All you need to understand is:
Want to try slip stitch knitting for yourself? Here are some of my favorite patterns from LionBrand.com:
Everywhere I turn in New York City, I see beautiful knit and crochet accessories with super thick stitches. Stores like Anthropologie, Gap, and H&M are highlighting the chunky stitch trend. By combining super bulky (category 6) yarns with thick needles and hooks, you can work up these fun accessories in a flash. Best of all, they’re fast enough that they make easy holiday gifts! Here are some great patterns for trendy accessories.
|Knit Ribbed Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick||Openwork Crocheted Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick|
|Easy Rib Knit Hat in Hometown USA||Crochet Unisex Slouchy Hat in Hometown USA|
|Knit Snow Day Mitts in Da Vinci||Crochet Touchdown Wristers in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick|
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Jen, one of our staffers at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, adapted our Cream Circle Washcloth pattern to create a bathmat. The original pattern used Cotton-Ease® (a worsted weight yarn) and a size H crochet hook to produce a washcloth that measured 5″ in diameter. But after seeing our new Zpagetti (a super bulky weight yarn) hit the shelves, she had to try it. Simply by using this yarn in conjunction with a larger hook (size Q) She was able to create an adorable bathmat.
Jen followed the pattern almost exactly (only substituting single crochets for slip stitches in the final row) and used two cones of Zpagetti yarn. Once you become comfortable with substituting yarns of different weights you might want to try it on garments as well. I suggest you start by reading our 5 Articles to Help You Make a Sweater That Fits & Flatters article.
There’s still plenty of time left to knock out handmade projects for those on your holiday gift list. There’s even time to knit or crochet some of these items for upcoming Hannukah gifts. So, to help you make some crafting decisions, I have included a round up of some of our fast finish patterns suitable for men and women. Since these projects require either one or two balls, they’re extremely portable – allowing you to knit or crochet on the go!
Crochet Family of Beanies
Crochet Home Team Hat
Knit Solstice Hat
I’ve noticed that in December knit and crochet types divide naturally into two camps:
If you’re in Camp One, congratulations. You might want to keep quiet.
If you’re in Camp Two, what are you doing reading this? Have you looked at the calendar?
The calendar is looking at me, because I’m in Camp Two. I am always in Camp Two. I have standing reservation for a Lakeside Cabin with En Suite Bath in Camp Two.
It’s my own fault. Each year, in early summer, I lay out a plan. I decide who is going to get knitted gifts, and what they’re going to get. My plan looks something like this:
Notice that this is a short list of small projects. I do not propose to knit lace shawls for the mail carrier, the mechanic, and all the bartenders who have flirted with me during the previous fiscal year. Two hats and a scarf, to be completed by Thanksgiving. A novice could pull that off and still have time for matching mittens.