Some of my favorite garments to crochet are shawls, or wraps if you prefer to call them that, because of how easy they are to throw over your shoulders whenever there’s a slight chill … and that’s why I’m extremely excited to announce this great giveaway, courtesy of Stackpole Books and Tammy Hildebrand:
Crochet Wraps: Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand features 18 original designs for you to try for yourself or make a gift just in time for Mother’s Day! We’re selecting 3 lucky winners who will receive a copy of the book, as well as enough LB Collection® Silk Mohair to make the Purple Passion wrap, a pattern we’ve made available to our readers here.
Contest ends May 7th, so enter now and good luck!
With spring finally here, we’re ready to start fun and colorful patterns like this Geometric Afghan made with Heartland, which was one of our most popular patterns in March. Today, we’re featuring some of the top patterns from last month, and by the looks of it, it seems that many of you might be working on afghans.
In addition to seeing afghans, it’s nice to see that people are still fond of the District 12 Cowl Wrap, and seeing the popularity of the Emily Bronte Topper inspires me to write the next “Great American Novel” while wrapped in Homespun® (wouldn’t that be a cool story to tell).
Check out the rest below and start adding to your crafting wishlist!
|Crochet Ripple Afghan||Knit Animal Talk Throw||Knit Traffic Talk Throw|
It’s really adorable to see your child and their furry best friend get excited over anything and everything. Whether it’s some fun at the park or a drive to Grandma’s house – these two are an inseparable pair!
|Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Easter Island Statues; model wearing knit Oversized Fishermen’s Sweater|
Last year, we asked Nathan Vincent to design several larger-than-life sculptures that could be associated with seven yarn techniques or, as we like to call them, “yarn wonders.” Revealed at the Craft and Hobby Association show earlier this year, these sculptures were presented as Lion Brand’s 7 Wonders of the Yarn World. Each yarn wonder was represented in our fashion show, displaying the variety of ways you can use and wear each one. We started with textures (Stonehenge) and stripes and chevrons (Mayan Ruins). Our third Wonder of the Yarn World, the Moai statues of Easter Island, represents timeless and awe-inspiring cables.
According to Creative Director Adina Klein, cabling may look complicated and mysterious but it’s actually a very easy stitch to pick up. This collection of cabled-designs features classic and timeless pieces that you can coordinate with any wardrobe.
We presented several designs that range from classic cabled afghans, to more modern takes on the Fishermen’s sweater. The garments featured were made in a variety of yarns like Heartland, Heartland Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Choice®, and Vanna’s Glamour®.
Below you can see a selection of some of the designs featured. Find your own cable inspiration and use this classic technique to make something new and modern.
|Knit Cabled Hat
Knit Fitted Cable Pullover
Knit Neutral Cabled Afghan
|Knit Striped Cable Hat
Knit Oversized Fisherman Sweater*
|Knit Weekend Ribbed Hat
Knit Cozy Textured Pullover
Knit Studio Afghan
|Knit Ribbed Poncho*|
*Pattern(s) coming soon
After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here — which means Easter is just a few weeks away! While this often means buying marshmallow Peeps and hunting for candy-filled eggs for children, crafters are starting their Easter and spring-related projects.
Living in New York, this is the time of year when I like to walk down 5th Avenue and see people show off the crazy-fun hats they made just for the “Easter Parade” — traditionally, this time of year was when Victorian churchgoers use to show off their best hats, jewelry, and clothes after church. The event is similar to red carpet movie premieres and award ceremonies you see on TV.
Whether you are crafting for children or yourself, it is a good excuse to think of cute bunnies, sheep, and bright colored eggs. Here are a few inspirational projects to put in a child’s Easter basket or decorating your home.
|Over Easy Eggs||Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny||Knit Little Lamb|
|Crochet Chickadee Potholder||Knit Little Bunny (Check out Selma’s post about making this cute critter)||Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy|
Heartland has been one of our most popular yarns because of its soft and silken make, so we decided to make a super bulky version for people to make their projects bigger and better!
It’s a great yarn to go to for soft-to-touch garments, quick afghans, and plush accessories. Check out a few of our recent knit and crochet patterns using Heartland Thick & Quick® below:
|Knit Ski Lodge Cap||Crochet Ripple Afghan||Knit Deep V Cabled Vest||Crochet Flower Power Hat|
And the winners are Susan N. of Lindenhurst, Sally N. of Fennville, Carol L. of Hillsdale, Sheila W. of Sumner, Margaret E. of Millinocket, and Jennifer M. of Oceanside – you will be notified shortly! Congrats and thanks to all who entered!
A doll is often a child’s best friend – dolls are good listeners and they’re even better at keeping secrets. To celebrate Nicky Epstein’s latest books, we have an excellent giveaway that your child and her best friend will love!
Both of Nicky’s books feature 25 patterns and outfits (fitted for an 18-inch doll) that any child will love for playtime dress-ups and tea parties.
We’ll be picking 6 lucky winners to receive a copy of their choice, either Knit for Dolls: 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls or Crochet for Dolls: 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls! Each winner will also receive a package of Bonbons to accompany one of two Lion Brand patterns featured in each book: the Modern Masterpiece (knit) or the Cowl and Critters (crochet).
As crafters we have a secret relationship with math — whether you realize it or not! You keep count of your rows, use numerical sequences to determine patterns, and you read a knit and/or crochet pattern code as good as any web designer reads html.
In honor of Pi Day, the day we irrationally celebrate this irrational number, I’ve collected our favorite mathematically themed patterns:
|Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Motifs (Inspired by hyperbolic curves)||Knit Geek Mittens (For those who love opensource software.)||Knit Pi Socks (Uses irrational number to dictate the striped pattern.)|
|Knit Escher Seahorse Afghan (Inspired by Escher’s tessellations.)||Knit Anamorphosic Fibs (Socks knitted in a Fibonacci sequence)||Knit Pythagorean Triangles Hat (A hat made up of Pythagorean right triangles, right down to the decreases.)|
*Note: Some of these patterns require a Ravelry account. Make sure you are signed up or create a free account to access.
My mother is a nurse in the neonatal department at a hospital in Boston, and is reknowned for knitting and crocheting gifts for her newborn patients. Like my mother, I have inherited her desire to craft whenever someone I know is expecting a bundle of joy. My go-to pattern is the Hooded Baby Blanket made with Pound of Love® yarn. The popcorn stitch pattern makes it very simple to make, but still incredibly detailed.
Plus, I love using this yarn because the name sounds like you are literally infusing love into your future project. Here are three versions that I’d like to share with you today:
|A charity item for a local drive that collected handmade
items to send to those affected by the tsunami
in Japan in 2011. To keep it simple, I removed the hood.
(Plush toy was not included)
|Her father is a big fan of the Superman franchise,
so I chose the superhero’s iconic logo to put on the back.
Trimmed with Baby’s First in Twinkle Toes, and the logo
was a combination of Baby’s Wool in Sunflower and
Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet.
|A good friend of mine recently had a baby boy
and wanted something playful he could grow into.
I decided to make it look like a dragon pelt,
making the blue scales out of Baby’s First in Bluebell.
What’s your favorite baby item to make? Share with us below!
Sometimes when we craft we have other things on our mind. Things that contribute to thoughtless mistakes like: forgetting a row, dropping a stitch, forgetting to change needles, etc. Honest simple mistakes . . . and they can happen to the best of us. Before giving up and calling it quits, take a look through When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters by Marion Edwards and Ahza Moore. It’s a great read and it remind us that even though bad things happen, you can easily correct them.
Providing helping hints and advice, this book is great for all levels of knitters — this updated version also features six great patterns to try!
We’ve partnered with Taunton Press to bring you an excellent giveaway: we’ll be picking 3 lucky winners who will each receive a copy of When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters!
Contest ends March 14th, so enter now and good luck!
Winners will be notified by email!