We have a public service announcement: Father’s Day will soon be upon us! The day to honor dad this year is Sunday, June 19 and this week we aim to answer the eternal question What do Dad’s want? on their national day of celebration. Is it a tie? A wallet? A key chain? We think it’s something more personal; a gift that not only shows you love him, but that you also know what he loves, too!
Enter: our color customizable Hometown USA® afghans. It’s a simple project:
Happy crafting, Happy Father’s Day, and please share your projects with us!
|Knit Cabled Afghan||Hometown USA®||Crochet Rise & Shine Afghan|
Did you know that May 13-15 is National Pet Adoption Weekend? In celebration of the thousands of animals who will get lucky this Friday the 13th weekend, we’ve rounded up your favorite patterns to make for four-legged friends! From toys to sweaters to beds, these quick-make projects will warm human, feline, & canine hearts alike. Make one for your companion or for an animal in need of some TLC today!
|Crochet Casual Friday Dog Sweater made with Heartland®||Crochet Curl-Up Cat Bed made with Hometown USA®||Knit Hunter’s Urban Dog Sweater made with Scarfie|
|Crochet Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®||Knit Modernist Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Prospect Park Pretzel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Coney Island Frank Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Kent Street Bagel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Knit Cat Bed made with Fettuccini®||Crochet Poet Dog Sweater made with Homespun®||Crochet Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy made with Wool-Ease®|
|Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®|
Want to see patterns for other furry critters? Let us know below!
Want to knit a sheepdog? Or an elephant, rabbit, bear, or skunk? Go for it! I began knitting toys decades ago, for myself as much as for special kids. Lately I’ve been knitting toys for my grandchildren. Knit a sweater for a toddler, and she’ll outgrow it in a season. Knit a stuffed animal for a toddler, and she’ll have a forever friend.
The second rule: Assume that the toy will not look exactly like the pattern illustration. Just as expectant parents have a vague idea of how their newborn will look, so too do knitters have a general sense of a project’s outcome. But stuffed animals, like kids, have characters independent of the creator, and they always become distinctive selves. I promise that you’ll be delighted by the uniqueness of your knitted pet.
Recently, when I made the Knitted Farm Animals Sheep Dog, I observed my rules, and I’m completely in love with the result. Sheep Dog is knitted in black and white Vanna’s Choice® acrylic worsted. Even though I carefully followed the instructions, he definitely has his own look, different from the pattern photo. Why?
Unlike many toy designs, Sheep Dog is knitted on straight needles, rather than double points. Sheep Dog has twelve flat pieces that are sewn together. That’s significant sewing, and his face is embroidered, too. (Here’s a tip: leave six inches of yarn attached to each piece after binding off, and use it for seaming.) The extra steps required by the sewing, as opposed to the fewer steps required by knitting in the round, impact the toy’s appearance.
Since Sheep Dog’s face is embroidered—except for his nose, which is a very small knitted triangle—each knitter will impart her own sewing “signature” to his features. That’s the main reason his individual look is guaranteed. Gauge, and density of stuffing, will also affect Sheep Dog’s appearance. I stuffed Sheep Dog somewhat loosely, to impart a floppy “Beanie Baby” look. Additionally, I didn’t strictly follow the designer’s instructions for sewing Sheep Dog’s ears or tail, because I wanted him droopy.
Sheep Dog took about a weekend to knit and assemble. If you’re the kind of knitter who likes swift results, toys are good projects. Just be aware that you might have a hard time surrendering your knitted pets for adoption.
You only need one ball of Shawl in a Ball to create a gorgeous shawl. But did you know that you could make a beautiful cowl from one ball? This self-striping yarn means that making a colorful cowl is absolutely effortless!
Shira modeled the Misty Haze Cowl and showed off a few ways that she likes to wear it!
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Bunnies and baskets and eggs- oh my! With Easter right around the corner, you might be thinking there isn’t time to finish any DIY yarn crafts- but there is! The key to a handmade holiday? Keeping it small. It’s all about the accessories, and with these 9 little patterns you’ll be cracking open the homespun festivities in no time.
Try our crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket for an adorable spin on your Easter morning, or knit the Bouncy Bunny Sock as a cuddly friend for your little one. For a mess free (and hook & needle free!) alternative to dyed eggs, scramble up some Over Easy Eggs.
You’ll be hopping from one project right to the next in no time- enjoy!
|Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket made with Vanna’s Choice®||Craft Over Easy Eggs made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby||Knit Bunny Dog Costume made with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Knit Little Lamb made with Wool-Ease®||Crochet Easter Basket made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny made with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy made with Wool-Ease®||Knit Bunny Hat made with Modern Baby®||Knit Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter made with Wool-Ease®|