Rectangular shawls and wraps are so fun and easy to make, but did you know how versatile they are? The possibilities are endless! Check out our 7 favorite ways to wear the Crochet Maple Shade Wrap in this quick styling video.
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The new year is the perfect time to learn a new skill, and colorwork is a great place to start. Fair Isle knitting, also known as stranded knitting, is my favorite technique for adding colorwork to a project. With this technique, you carry your unworked yarn behind your working yarn to create floats. Click here to find out more about Fair Isle knitting.
|Knit Snow Day Cap in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick||Knit Change of Flurries Hat in Alpine Wool||Knit Glamorous Fair Isle Hat in Vanna’s Glamour|
|Knit Three Color Cowl in Vanna’s Choice||Knit Tablet (iPad) Fair Isle Tech Vest in Wool-Ease||Knit Limelight Stirrup Socks in Wool-Ease|
|Knit Colorwork Sweater in Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend||Knit Colorful Fair Isle Throw in Wool-Ease and Amazing||Knit Fair Isle Capelet in Wool-Ease|
Looking for more Fair Isle inspiration? Click here to view all of our Fair Isle patterns. Happy knitting!
Each year Pantone, the leading color authority, announces the hottest shade of the year. The big color for 2013 is Emerald, a rich, cool shade of green. In the words of Pantone, Emerald is “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Personally, I love how serene and calming this shade is, and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my yarncrafting! Want more Emerald in your crafting, too? Here are our favorite Emerald yarns for the coming year.
What do you think of this trend? Will you be using Emerald in your yarncrafting projects this year?
Have you ever substituted in a different yarn than the one called for by the pattern? I’m a bit of an obsessive substituter, so when I saw the gorgeous Rainbow Spots shade of Casey, I just had to knit some baby booties for my cousin’s new baby girl! The only question was which pattern to make. Ever since it was posted, I’ve loved the Ruby Slippers, so I knit a quick gauge swatch, got the right needle, and away I went! The only adjustment I made was leaving off the button band since these booties are for a very tiny baby. Overall, I’m thrilled with how they came out, and I hope little baby Ally is, too!
Isn’t it amazing how a different yarn can make the pattern look totally different?
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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