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How to Style a Rectangle Wrap

January 16th, 2013

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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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Fair Isle Favorites: 9 Patterns to Try Stranded Knitting

January 10th, 2013

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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 Knit Chance of Flurries Hat Knit Glamorous Fair Isle Hat
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 Knit Tablet (iPad) Fair Isle Tech Vest Knit Limelight Stirrup Socks
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 Knit Colorful Fair Isle Throw Knit Fair Isle Capelet
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!

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Introducing Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year!

January 7th, 2013

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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.

Emerald: Pantone Color of 2103

Left to right: Hometown USA in Grand Rapids Green, Homespun in Pesto, Jiffy in Country Green, and Martha Stewart Crafts Alpaca Blend in Meadow Green.

What do you think of this trend? Will you be using Emerald in your yarncrafting projects this year?

Different Yarn, New Look!

December 21st, 2012

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Casey baby bootiesHave 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?

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On Trend: Chunky Stitches

December 11th, 2012

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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 Openwork Crocheted Cowl
Knit Ribbed Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Openwork Crocheted Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick


Easy Rib Knit Hat Crochet Unisex Slouchy Hat
Easy Rib Knit Hat in Hometown USA Crochet Unisex Slouchy Hat in Hometown USA


Knit Snow Day Mitts Crochet Touchdown Wristers
Knit Snow Day Mitts in Da Vinci Crochet Touchdown Wristers in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Want even more chunky stitch ideas? Be sure to check out this post by our friend Jen that highlights her favorite chunky stitch patterns.