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Archive for March, 2013

Last Minute Easter Projects

March 19th, 2013

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Spring is just around the corner, but there is still time to get some last minute Easter patterns under your belt in anticipation of the season. I’ve rounded up a few for you. What will you be making to fill baskets or celebrate spring this year?

Image of Cute Cabled Lamb  Image of Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy
 Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy


Advanced Crochet Techniques Part Three: Textured Stitches

March 18th, 2013

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Crocheters, are you craving more ways to add texture to your projects after last week’s post on crochet cables? The options for adding texture to your crochet work are seemingly endless, but I’ve rounded up a few good options here for this week’s advanced crochet techniques feature.

For starters, have you used our StitchFinder in the Learning Center? It’s a really awesome tool for when you want to learn a new technique or motif without necessarily tackling a whole larger project. Some of the sampler squares and motifs even make for perfect practice projects that can ultimately be stitched together in a sampler throw or pillow. I rounded up four of the best StitchFinder tutorials for adding texture to crochet.

 Post Stitch Spoke Wheel Motif Popcorn Sampler Square


Discover the Stories of Patterns

March 17th, 2013

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We all have knit and crochet projects that remind us of a time and a place where we were making that particular project–some happy, some not, but each one is a story that we recall each time we look at that project. If you’re not already familiar with it, Pattern Journal is our monthly newsletter where we share (fiction) tales of the secret lives of patterns.

This month, writer and blogger Selma Moss-Ward joins us to tell the latest story of a pattern. Selma is a freelance writer who combines her love of writing and of knitting in columns, stories, and blog posts. Selma is also an active classical musician, and the caretaker of five wonderful pets. She lives with them and her husband in Rhode Island.

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In the meantime, Selma shares these photos with us from a recent trip:

My sister lives across the street from this beautiful park in the Echo Park section of LA, and when I visit her I walk with her and her dogs (two dobermans) every morning.  We were in a section of the park where there’s a teaching garden/arboretum for children, and I suddenly saw this flower that someone attached to a tree.  Yarn bomb flower in Elysian Park, LA


Celebrating National Crochet Month: Enter Our Colorful Granny Square Giveaway!

March 15th, 2013

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As you know, it’s National Crochet Month, so we’re celebrating with great patterns and inspiration all month long!

Today, we’ve teamed up with our friends at St. Martin’s to bring you a great giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a copy of 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet PLUS 3 balls of our colorful Kitchen Cotton yarn! It’s a bright and cheerful way to kick off the spring season!

Colorful Granny Square Giveaway

Crochet Granny Squares Giveaway!

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FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will each get the prize. But as an added bonus, you can check out an exclusive pattern from the book by clicking here right now!

Good luck!

Please note: Comments left on this blog post do NOT count as entries. Please click on the link above to enter.

Update (3/25): The winners are…

Nancy Ulland, Christine McFadden, Amanda Carpenter, Elsa Pimenta, and Luna Nichols! Congratulations! We’ll be in touch shortly to get your prizes to you!

7 Knit & Crochet Projects for Spring

March 15th, 2013

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After a somewhat gloomy start to the week here in NYC, I really started to crave spring and things that were bright and cheery.  I also began to think about what my next project will be now that the weather is slowly warming up; so I decided to search for some bright patterns that were perfect for transitional and warmer weather.

Below, I’ve included a few patterns that have definitely got me in the Spring mood.  I simply adore the Child’s Sun Top in Cotton-Ease, and I love the Sunnyside Cowl, which only requires on skein of LB Collection Silk Mohair; it’s the perfect for cooler mornings and evenings. Take a look at the patterns and find some inspiration for Spring!

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Summer TunicCrochet Summer Tunic
Fiesta DishclothCrochet Fiesta Dishcloths
Kitchen Cotton
Sun and Sea Shawl
Knit Sun and Sea Shawl
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton
Sunnyside Cowl
Knit Sunnyside Cowl
LB Collection Silk Mohair

Cotton Sun Hat
Knit Cotton Sun Hat
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton

Child's Sun Top
Knit Child’s Sun Top

What are your favorite projects to work on during the warmer months? Share with us in the comments?

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