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Get in the Spirit for Mardi Gras!

February 4th, 2013

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Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and the colors that mark Fat Tuesday are starting to pop up everywhere. If you still want to show off some Mardi Gras spirit, there is plenty of time for quick-to-knit or crochet projects, striped with some of these great color combinations below:

vannas For the boldest, most traditional version of the carnival colors, Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green, Mustard and Eggplant packs a serious punch. If you really want to make a statement (and stay warm!) on Mardi Gras, I recommend the “Geaux Tigers Hat” pattern, substituting Kelly Green for the Purple colorway. Click here for the pattern. You can also make wrapped bangle bracelets in minutes flat and be ready to go whenever the celebration takes you. Find the pattern for wrapped bangles here.
If you’re looking for a slightly earthier version of the traditional tones and the opportunity to work some wool into the mix, Wool-Ease in Cilantro, Mustard and Eggplant will do the trick. Even a beginner knitter will be able to come up with a beautiful, festive creation with the easy Cold Harbor Scarf pattern featured here. Want to crochet instead? A quick and easy striped crochet scarf pattern can be found here. woolease

babysoft Is there a Fat Tuesday baby in your family? Even the littlest members of your family can enjoy the bright colors of Mardi Gras with Babysoft in Pistachio, Lemon Drop and Lavender. Speedy fingers (with the help of a size N hook!) might have the time to work these great baby tones up into one of my all-time favorite blanket patterns, the Pom-Pom Blanket, which you can access here, or, if you’re pressed for time, the adorable knit hat from this Stripes & Pom-Poms Baby Set, available here.
With 57 colorways, it’s no surprise Homespun has a handful of rich options within the Mardi Gras-themed color palette. My personal favorites are the Olive, Golden, and Gothic colorways, which are really luscious and gorgeous. There are more than 400 patterns available for Homespun on the Lion Brand website, giving you plenty to choose from, but I recommend the no-knit, no-crochet Paper Box Vases, found here, or, if you have 5 1/2 hours to spare, this pattern for the 5 1/2 Hour Throw. homespun
kitchencotton If you’re looking for some quick home decor ideas, Kitchen Cotton in Snap Pea, Citrus and Grape will make up a dishcloth, goody bag or even a striped market bag fit for a king or queen. Click on each item to be directed to their respective patterns. The best idea of all? Wrap your new dishcloth around a piece of delicious king cake and send it my way!

Bonus pattern idea: If you’re heading out to a masquerade party, take some time to crochet a festive mask for the occasion! Two great patterns can be found here and here. Enjoy!

  • Elaine

    Love this!! Downloaded all the patterns and can make the mask before Mardi Gras (2/12/13). I’m a NOLA girl so I love the combination of purple, green and gold!

  • melodie

    PURPLE!!!!!!!!!!! I love the colors Blue PURPLE & green

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