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?
|Knit Cute Cabled Lamb||Crochet Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy|
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|
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!
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!
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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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|Crochet Summer Tunic
|Crochet Fiesta Dishcloths
Knit Sun and Sea Shawl
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton
Knit Sunnyside Cowl
LB Collection Silk Mohair
Knit Child’s Sun Top
What are your favorite projects to work on during the warmer months? Share with us in the comments?
Okay, so maybe you haven’t heard of National Ear Muff Day, which just passed yesterday, but if you’ve been anywhere near a secondary school math classroom in the last decade–or have math nerd friends like I do–you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Pi Day. The Reader’s Digest Version? It’s March 14–3/14–and Pi, the irrational number that is related to the circumference and diameter of a circle, is approximately equal to 3.14, though the decimal places are though to go on forever. You can learn a little more about Pi here, or you can just dive in to some of the fun mathematical-themed knitting and crochet patterns I found on Ravelry to celebrate Pi.
|Knit Irrational Scarf by Anne Bruvold||Knit Pi Digits Scarf by Christina J|
|Knit Pi Dish Towel by Shannon Servesko||Crochet Amigurumi Pi by Alicia Kachmar|
Knitting teacher and author Heather Lodinsky joins us for another article on the wonderful world of cables. Click here to read her previous blog post on knitting cables.
Creating cables with yarn may conjure thoughts of knitting—but did you know that this magic twisting of stitches can be worked in crochet? Last month, we explored how cables in knitting are created by the use of a cable needle to change the order of stitches and to shape the resulting left or right twist of the cable. The first time I saw a crochet cable pattern, I thought there must be a complicated technique to “twist” stitches that were already worked. In knitting, cables are made rearranging the order of “live” stitches (ones that are not bound off, or finished). So, with the exception of the one loop on your crochet hook, how do you create a cable with stitches that are already finished? The answer lies in how you work each stitch and in which order they will be worked in a given row.
In celebration of National Crochet Month, I’ll be featuring advanced crochet techniques each Monday on the Notebook. Missed last week’s feature on Tunisian crochet? Check it out here.
No matter what you call it–colorwork, tapestry crochet, fair isle, intarsia, jacquard or otherwise–the art of working a design into the fabric of a crocheted product simply by changing colors is a skill that never gets tired. Though intarsia has long been popular in Scandinavian-inspired knitwear, especially sweaters in rich neutrals, it is a method that lends itself to nearly any personal style, from formal and traditional to the fun, “geeky” project a friend is doing with the logos of favorite video games. Whether you seek to create a colorful abstract jacquard pattern or really want a blanket with your favorite sports team’s logo stitched in, learning colorwork is the way to get there.
As difficult as it may look, the great news about colorwork–which is most typically called tapestry when talking about crochet–is that it’s a relatively easy skill to learn, and only requires the patience of changing colors multiple times and following a chart as opposed to a typical pattern.
|All you have to do to change a color mid-row is to crochet your stitch except for the last yarn over and pull through.|
|The last yarn over will be with your new color, and you’ll pull that color through the two loops left on your hook from the previous color.|
|Once you’ve linked that new yarn in, you’ll continue crocheting as you had previously.Just don’t forget to weave those ends in as you would any other end to ensure your treasured project doesn’t unravel!|
Now that you know the basics of how to change colors in crochet, take a look at some of these crochet blocks from stitch finder that will put those skills to work!
As we head into spring, there are more days when you need to start and end the day with a light sweater, but you may want it to be something easy to throw on and off as necessary. That, to me, is quintessential shrug weather. Relatively quick to knit or crochet, they’re great projects for “just because” gifts. Make one for your best friend, your mother, your goddaughter, or your niece. Whip one up for your little girl, your sister, or your coworker.
Whether their style is earthy and simple, a little glitzy, or fancy, we have patterns that are just right for them.
|Crochet Acorn Shrug||Knit Crowded Cable Shrug||Knit Sparkling Shrug|
|Knit Stockinette Stitch Shrug||Crochet Glittery Shrug||Simple Crochet Shrug|
This is a guest post from Vanna White.
I imagine that most people think my everyday life is glamorous because I’m on TV six days a week wearing beautiful gowns. But the fact is that my days are typically devoted to my two teenage children and doing errands like shopping for yarn (yes, I like to buy it in the stores) at my local craft store. Here is a story from a typical day last week.
I took my daughter, Gigi, to the DMV to take her drivers test. As I was waiting for her to pass I walked by a lady crocheting. She recognized me and came up to me and asked me to sign the label on the ball of yarn she was working with. I was thrilled to see that it was a ball of Vanna’s Choice!! She was so excited! Not only did that incident make my day, my daughter passed her exam too! Yeah!
Want to hear more about Vanna? Click here to watch our series of interviews with her at her home!
It’s National Crochet Month, and I’m going to be highlighting some advanced crochet techniques on the blog every Monday in March. Today, I wanted to take a look at some great patterns that utilize the afghan stitch or Tunisian crochet. If you’ve never heard of Tunisian crochet before, you might be surprised by the technique. Like knitting, you’ll keep all of your stitches on your hook at once while doing Tunisian crochet, which is why you’ll generally use a longer hook that’s specific to this style. It looks like a hybrid knitting needle and crochet hook, with a long shaft, an end-cap on one end and a hook on the other. The simple Tunisian stitch creates a sturdy, dimensional canvas that’s perfect for embroidery or crocheting on top. To learn more about Tunisian crochet, check out the About.com guide.
Once you’re ready to get started, you can try your hand at some small, simple projects, like cuffs or a headband crocheted in Bonbons, or you can dive in to an entrelac afghan or sampler stitch throw in the beautiful colorways of Vanna’s Choice to practice all of your newly-learned stitches.
|Tunisian Crochet Cuffs||Tunisian Crochet Headband||Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Tote|