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The Academic Year is Nearly Here! 9 Back to School Patterns

July 31st, 2015

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The smell of fresh erasers, wood shavings, and crisp mornings — for most, it can only signify one thing. It’s almost time to head back to school!

For some, it’s a bittersweet time, sending their little ones off to kindergarten for the first time. For others, there’s a sense of nostalgia as their teens head off to their final high school years. The first day of school is a special time for both parents and their children — why not make a special gift beforehand? Show school pride by making hats in team colors; send them off with healthy snacks in a personalized lunch bag.

Gather the school supplies and set your student up for success with these fantastic back to school patterns!

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Crochet Home Team Hat made with Hometown USA® Crochet Boutique Laptop Sleeve made with Cotton-Ease® Crochet Drawstring Backpack made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
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Knit/Felted Acorn Pencil Case made with Vanna’s Choice® and Fishermen’s Wool® Knit/Felted Lunch Bag made with Vanna’s Choice® and Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Senior Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Wee Vest made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet House Colors Scarf Bookmark made with Wool-Ease® Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan made with Cotton-Ease®

 

Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along Week 5: The Finishing Touches!

July 29th, 2015

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Just a few weeks ago we all joined together along with Lion Brand Yarn to begin our Summer 2015 Crochet Along!! The Sabrina Tunic was voted by the fans as the project we would all be making. I was so excited; it was my first choice too. We gathered our supplies, made gauge swatches, stitched a beautiful yoke, started the body and now here we are… Ready to put on the finishing touches!!

Below is my finished Sabrina Tunic! I absolutely love it and I know I will be wearing it over and over again. Vanna’s Glamour® gives this fashionable piece just the right amount of sparkle, while remaining very comfortable to wear… I can’t wait to see yours too!!

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This week you will be finishing up any remaining rows of the body. Remember, before you start the bottom edging try on your garment and make any length adjustments you want! I followed the directions exactly and mine fits perfectly. I think one of my favorite parts of crocheting my own garment is that you can adjust it and make it custom to your own style. So if you want it longer or shorter… Go for it!!

Next, you will you will finish your edging… I love the way this decorative stitch pattern using all the colors finished off my tunic!! I think the edging might be my favorite part of this pattern, simple yet elegant!! Below is a close up picture of my edging, this would also make a great boarder around an afghan… What do you think??

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Once you finish the edging you will work on the armholes and the neckline to complete your Sabrina Tunic!! Both the armholes and the neckline finish up very quickly!! Before I added the neckline rows, my neckline was a bit loose; the stitching made it work out just right!! The last step after you weave all your ends in is to block your garment; there are several methods you can use… Steam Blocking and Wet Blocking are my two favorites. Blocking will make your garment smooth out and give it a nicely finished shape! You can find instructions for blocking by doing an internet search.

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Once I was done and tried on my Sabrina Tunic, I was very impressed with the fit… I hope your project turns out just as nicely!! Make sure you post your project pictures over on Ravelry so we can have a chance to see them all! I have loved working with Lion Brand throughout this project; they have wonderful yarns and great patterns too!! Make sure to check out all their yarns right here on the website… They will ship it directly to you and you will find some yarns that are not available in stores!! Thank you all for participating in this year’s Summer Crochet Along!! I hope to see you around the crochet community!!!

Happy Crocheting!!
Elena


Elena Ramshaw HuntAbout Elena Ramshaw Hunt:I’m an avid crocheter and yarn-a-holic! My Grandmother taught me the art of crochet when I was 10 and as a young woman the bug really caught me. With 40 years of crochet experience, I have taught and shared my love of crochet to many people in my community and in 2013 I began Beatrice Ryan Designs (named after my grandmother) where I design free crochet patterns including my Amazing Grace Free Crochet Pattern Series that is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.I live in a small Northern California mountain community. I have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful Grandchildren! I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant for a Forest Products Company and I love to spend my time with my family, crocheting and gardening.

 

Your Next Summer Knitting Project: The Calypso Cardigan

July 28th, 2015

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calypso_titleaOur good friend and knitter-extraordinaire Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular summer sweaters — the Calypso Cardigan — and loved it for it’s amazing versatility. Made with Modern Baby®, Kristy shows you how to style it in a variety of ways and makes alternate color suggestions too … let’s hear from Kristy!

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Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/9Pgy3f9urCk

Get the pattern: http://lby.co/1MsydBg
Get the yarn: http://lby.co/1ggX6Uk

 

Flattering Sweater Styles For Women Of Every Age

July 28th, 2015

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sweater_07272015Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. She is a regular contributor to the Notebook.

As we get older our bodies change. The clothes I wore in my 20s and 30s wouldn’t suit me now and they wouldn’t fit. But, why should I scold myself because the clothing I wore years ago no longer flatters?

As knitters and crocheters, we’re privileged.  Rather than settling for something cloned and off the rack, we can select customizable designs, choose yarns in colors we love, and craft sweaters that are gorgeous, practical, and absolutely right for us.

That’s where Lion Brand comes in.  There’s an abundance of great designs in the huge Lion Brand pattern database, and so many are flattering to women of a certain age.  Each pattern keys to a perfect match of Lion Brand yarn, so guesswork about gauge and fit is minimal.

I’ll highlight some of the Lion Brand designs I’ve discovered.  They’re comfortable, crafted in lovely yarns, and range from easy to moderately challenging.  All are absorbing to work and beautiful to wear.  When you wear them, you’ll feel attractive and relaxed, as well as accomplished, delighted, and in control of your fashion destiny!

Let’s consider two cardigans, knitted and crocheted.  The knitted Seaside Kimono Cardi requires only 5 skeins of Fishermen’s Wool®.  Its basic shape is squared and loose, but dense cables at the wrist, collar, and lower edge create a gentle blouson that complements many different figures.  The cardigan’s natural tones and rich textures convey an elegant, slightly ethnic sensibility that’s great with jeans, a simple dress, or a skirt.

The crocheted Retro Swing Cardi, in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, packs a lot of style into a quick project.  Done with a large hook, it works up swiftly into a gentle A-line jacket that floats over the torso.  This design is great for petite figures, as it doesn’t overwhelm.

There are many reasons to favor cardigans, as they’re easy to slip on and off, and useful if you like to layer.  Much as I enjoy cardis, though, the Level Two Knit Pullover really captured me.  I love the dropped shoulder of the loose, yet sculpted design.  I love the textural interest of the front and sleeves, and the adorable band collar.  For such a sophisticated pattern, it’s hard to believe the skill rating is “easy.”  I can’t wait to knit it in several different colors!

 

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Knit Seaside Kimono Cardi made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit and Crochet Retro Swing Cardi made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Knit Level 2 Pullover made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®

 

 

 

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Dunfallandy Heirloom Baby Afghan Made with Pound of Love

July 27th, 2015

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Inspired by stonework found in Dunfallandy, Perthshire, Scotland, designer Terry de Roulet created this gorgeous baby afghan which features cables that turn horizontally and meet – a seemingly impossibly feat!

Using Pound of Love®, she wanted to make a machine-washable heirloom baby blanket that baby fingers and toes couldn’t get trapped in and it looks like she succeeded:

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We all fell in love with this afghan as soon as we saw it and we’re so pleased to tell you that this is a FREE pattern, available through Knitty.com.

:: Pound of Love® comes in 16 different colorways – color seen here is Denim. ::

 

 

It’s a Wrap! 12 Days of Gifts To Finish by the Holidays!

July 27th, 2015

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Over the last 12 days of Christmas in July, we’ve shared over 75 of our favorite projects for holiday gift-giving! From prayer shawls, to children’s afghans, patterns for men, and Christmas home decor, we made certain to offer plenty of patterns to cover everyone on your list.

Best of all, these patterns are all FREE and available to save or look up any time on our PatternFinder. With projects for all skill levels of knitting and crocheting, we hope you’ve found inspiration to get started on your holiday gifts early this year.

Here’s our full Christmas in July gift giving guide. Pin your favorites for easy access, and don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest too! Share a handmade item with a loved one!

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Day 1: Hats Day 2: Scarves & Cowls Day 3: Matching Sets
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Day 4: Prayer & Healing Shawls Day 5: Gifts featuring LB Collection® Yarns Day 6: Gifts for Men
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Day 7: Gifts for Kids Day 8: Home Decor Gifts Day 9: Gifts for the Hostess
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Day 10: Stockings Day 11: Stocking Stuffers Day 12: Gifts featuring Scarfie

When you finish your holiday crafting, wrap your handmade masterpieces with our Artisan Gift Wrap! 6 of our most beautiful patterns have been transformed into bold and stately wrapping paper. From brightly colored prints, to jewel tones, and a sophisticated neutral, there’s a design to suit a variety of aesthetics. Get yours HERE!

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Christmas in July Day 12: One Ball of Scarfie is All You Need to Knit or Crochet a Great Scarf!

July 26th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Gifts to Start Working on Now!Our newest bulky weight yarn is Scarfie, a soft and lofty wool blend yarn with enough yardage to knit or crochet a full length scarf – really, one ball is enough for one whole scarf which is very useful when you’re planning out gifts … which you’re doing, right?

While working with Scarfie, you’ll see a unique self-striping ombré effect emerge (ombré is everywhere!), with gradual shading from one color to the next. The ombré pattern is a sophisticated and tonal blend of solid and heathered hues.

You’ll adore working with Scarfie to knit and crochet stylish garments, accessories, afghans and of course, scarves!

Here are some of our favorite patterns from the new Scarfie collection, each a perfect gift for someone on your list. Scarfie has your back!


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Crochet Effortless Hat & Cowl Set One Ball Crocheted Scarfie Crochet Diagonal Shaded Shawl
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Crochet Pero Poncho Knit Free Spirit Topper Knit Neutral Slant Shawl
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Knit Checkerboard Rib Scarf Crochet Duo Tone Throw Crochet Openwork Scarf

 

Christmas in July Day 11: 6 Stocking Stuffers You Can Finish Before Fall!

July 25th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Stocking Stuffers to Start Working on Now!Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

Stocking stuffers are my favorite gifts to give! I love surprising my friends and family with little gifts that I can personalize in their favorite colors. These projects are a fun place to practice techniques that you might be trying for the first time like colorwork or embroidery. Yarns like Bonbons and Vanna’s Palettes lend themselves perfectly for stocking stuffers or make small gifts by stash-busting! Making gifts is a great excuse to make room in your stash for new yarn.

Even though these small gifts might not take long to complete, I like to get started early! I can throw a small project in my purse and work on it when I’m on the train or in the waiting room. It’s a great way to get my holiday knitting and crocheting done without any effort! No need to stress about quick gifts in those hectic days after Thanksgiving!

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Knit Snowflake Gift Bag
Made with Bonbons and Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Kisses Pouch
Made with Bonbons
Knit Purl Stitch Headband
Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
Crochet Gala Clutch
Made with Bonbons
Knit Bows for Headbands and Barrettes
Made with Bonbons
Crochet Heart Keychain
Made with Kitchen Cotton

 

 

Lola Loves Everything About Christmas in July … Well, Almost Everything …

July 24th, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus …

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Color Pop Felted Knit Stocking — Made with Fishermen’s Wool®, Pelt and Bonbons Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy — Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes Knit Tree of Life Afghan — Made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Ice Princess Throw — Made with Homespun®

For more great Christmas in July patterns, “>click here.

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Christmas in July Day 10: Deck the Halls with these Stockings!

July 24th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Hats to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

For those who love the winter holidays, there always seems to be a few decoration items they treasure the most. Among mine are a vintage tree topper — which has continued to survive winter after winter since the early ’80s — and a glittery monogrammed stocking from the year I was born. Though I may not remember that Christmas as vividly as my parents do, it’s heartwarming to have a tangible way to reconnect with memories of Christmases past.

Stockings aren’t exactly gifts (they’re more like gift holders), but they’re a piece of the holidays that can be passed down from one generation to the next. A handmade stocking is a true treasure and can be personalized to reflect your family’s memories.

These stockings range from traditional to more modern — make a few to match your holiday decorations, or have fun mixing your family’s favorite colors into individual stockings!

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Knit Festive Tree Stocking
Make one with WoolSpun®
Knit Pop Felted Stocking made with Pelt, Fishermen’s Wool®, and Bonbons Knit Festive Snowflake Stocking
Make one with WoolSpun®
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Crochet Striped Colorburst Stocking made with Vanna’s Choice®, Bonbons and Romance® Crochet Snowflake Holiday Stocking made with Fun Fur® and Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Sparkly Stocking made with  Vanna’s Choice®, Bonbons and Romance®

 
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