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Christmas in July Day 6: 4 Classic Knit & Crochet Patterns for Men – Easy Too!

July 20th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Gifts for Men to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

It’s July and you’re enjoying the warm summer weather, but as a crafter, you know what’s just around the corner. Before you know it,  December will be here and the list of people you want to give a handmade gift to will be long! Do yourself a favor and get started now.

Below are some free pattern ideas and other resources for you to consider when it comes to knitting or crocheting for the men in your life this upcoming holiday season.

Be sure to check out the list for more ideas under the patterns!

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Crochet Brunch with Friends Scarfie
Level: Beginner (Level 1), Basic stitches including increasing, decreasing and finishing skills.
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Knit Simple Hat
Level: Easy (Level 2), Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
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Knit My Victory #Scarfie
Level: Easy (Level 2), Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
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 Perfectly Simple Crocheted Hat
Level: Easy (Level 2), Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

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Christmas in July Day 5: 4 Luxurious Projects You Can Make with LB Collection® Yarns

July 19th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Gifts to Start Working on Now!Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

I like to think that all of my handmade gifts are very special. They’re unique and come straight from the heart! But there are always a few people on my list that are really extra special and I want to go above and beyond for them— my best girlfriend that has seen me through thick and thin, my grandmother who’s given me plenty of knitting tips, or my aunt who sends me the best recipes. I really want to make these ladies something special.

That’s when I turn to the LB Collection®! The LB Collection® yarns include luxury fibers like Baby Alpaca, Silk, and even Cashmere. And you don’t have to break the bank! You can take any gift to the next level with these beautiful yarns. Here are a few projects you can make with the LB Collection® for a very luxurious gift!

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Knit Seed Banded Slouch Hat
Made with LB Collection® Cashmere
Crochet Cardiff Cowl
Made with LB Collection® Angora Merino
Crochet Lace Petal Shawl
Made with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers and Hat
Made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino

Christmas In July Day 4: Prayer Shawls–A Gift Of Comfort

July 18th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Prayer and Healing Shawls to Start Working on Now!Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

Gift giving time usually evokes a festive occasion. But when the holidays roll around, it’s not always a happy time for everyone.  For those who have experienced loss or health problems during the year, a gift is also an opportunity to tell someone that they are in your thoughts and you support them through all the ups and downs of life.

These six shawls are all beginner or easy.  The best thing about creating simple, repetitive patterns is that they tend to be relaxing to knit or crochet, so not only will the recipient feel good about getting one of these shawls, but you’ll find them soothing to make!

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Knit Comfort Shawl made with Homespun® Crochet Simply Sublime Shawl made with Homespun® Knit Neutral Slant Shawl made with Scarfie®
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Knit Heartfelt Shawl made with Homespun® Knit Tender Shawl made with Homespun® Crochet Serene Comfort Shawl made with Homespun®
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Knit and Crochet Tea in the Parlor Shawl made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Crochet Two Color Shawl made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Crochet Scalloped Shawl made with Homespun®

Christmas in July Day 3: 6 Matching Sets to Knit and Crochet for the Holidays!

July 17th, 2015

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6 Matching Sets to Knit and Crochet for the Holidays

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

Matching sets make wonderful handmade holiday gifts. They are just the thing for when you want to make more than a scarf for someone, but maybe you aren’t sure of their size or you don’t feel ready to take on a more complex garment. All of these projects are rated EASY, which means they feature basic stitch patterns and simple construction – perfect for beginners!

If you’re not sure what to make, a hat & scarf combo is always a great choice. Choose a yarn that the recipient will love for a gift that easily coordinates with their wardrobe. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try something like our Rectangle Cardigan & Cowl and use the accent color from one piece to create a matching accessory.

Want something a little more grand? Our Neck’s Best Thing series is made for matching! Each of these projects start with a scarf and finish with an afghan. Make both as a set that will keep your loved ones warm at home and on the go. Try the crochet Color Blocks Afghan & Scarf or the knit Neutral Slip Stitch Afghan & Scarf pictured below, and find even more ideas HERE.

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Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio made with Modern Baby® Crochet Color Blocks Afghan & Scarf made with Heartland® Crochet Granny Square Hat & Scarf made with Bonbons
Knit Hat & Scarf Set L40400a Knit Afghan & Scarf Set L40639 L40640 Knit Cowl & Cardigan Set L40690a
Knit Docklands Hat & Scarf made with Heartland® Knit Neutral Slip Stitch Afghan & Scarf made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan & Cowl made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Tapestry

Christmas in July Day 2: 6 Knit and Crochet Scarves to Give!

July 16th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Scarves and Cowls to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

As a first time knitter or crocheter, you usually want to pick something simple, yet satisfying for your first project. Scarves have become the go-to for beginners as they learn stitch techniques, counting rows, and all the little nuances we love about crafting with yarn.

One of the first pieces I ever made as a gift was a scarf for my younger sister. Made in stockinette stitch with a gorgeous turquoise roving yarn, it was a relatively quick project. My only issue was that I’d also started on a scarf for my mother (among other projects), and I couldn’t tackle the two before the holidays came around! In the end, my sister unwrapped the scarf on Christmas, and the other scarf is somewhere in my stash (sorry, Mom!)

My advice: own your skill level, and manage your time wisely. If you know you won’t have a lot of time on hand to make multiple gifts, don’t take on a lot at once. Work through more complex patterns way ahead of time and save the easy stuff for closer to the holidays.

This year, I’ve got my eye on another quick and simple project — the Hudson Seed Scarf! I’d love to try my hand at a new stitch, and I’ve got plenty of time to make it before the cold weather rolls in.

Thinking of gifting a scarf to someone this year? Check out my suggestions below!:

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Knit Textured Cowl made with Landscapes® Knit Florida Sun Circle Scarfie made with Hometown USA® Knit Hudson Seed Scarf made with Fishermen’s Wool®
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Crochet Easy Pocket Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Infinity Cowl made with Homespun Thick & Quick® Crochet Brompton Abbey Cowl made with Heartland®

 


Christmas in July Day 1: 6 Hats to Make for Friends and Family!

July 15th, 2015

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Christmas in July: Hats to Start Working on Now!

Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

The only people I have made hats for are my nephews and my niece why you might ask? Well, because every hat I make I really want for myself. I find hats the easiest and ultimate fun knitting project because they range in skill level and allow you to get your project done really fast! A perfect holiday gift for anyone!

I have picked out a bunch of hats that I think are some good gifts for the stylish, laid back and everyday friend. Always read through the pattern and make sure you are able to do all the stitches. And if you see a knit pattern chances are we might have something similar in crochet. Hats are fun and a great way to spruce up your winter look.

1) Easy Eyelet Hat – This is a great pattern and uses our new yarn Textures® but, you can always substitute another worsted weight yarn.  Whenever I show this hat off at guilds they love it! It has that slouch effect so definitely for your friend who has slouchy hats galore!

2) I like this Aviator Earflap Cap because it’s unisex and is a simple pattern. This hat is for the friend who doesn’t want too much going on around their face.

3) I happen to know the person who designed this Easy Tam and I have seen many variations of it.  It’s like a piece of artwork.  (Maybe make this one for yourself!) Definitely allow time for this one because of the color work but, it’s totally worth it in the end.

4) I still have yet to make this Vintage Glam Turban. It’s a real easy one, too! For your very stylish friend who is always looking “together,” this is perfect!

5) I know from personal experience the Woolspun Level 3 knit hat is a great way to work on cables! That was my first cable hat and I was pretty impressed with my finished project.  It worked up really fast and is a great all day accessory.

6) This Amelia Earflap hat is for your friends who are forever cold!  Give them this hat for the holidays and they will be nice and toasty as it uses LB Collection®. Natural Wool.

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1) Crochet Easy Eyelet Hat made with Textures® Bonus: Matching Scarf 2) Crochet Aviator Earflap Cap made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® 3) Knit Gretchen’s Easy Tam made with Heartland®
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4) Knit Vintage Glam Turban made with Vanna’s Glamour® 5) Knit Level 3 Knit Hat made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® 6) Knit Amelia Earflap Hat made with LB Collection® Natural Wool

BONUS:

How could I not put a pattern for a cat hat — your cat needs a holiday present too!

I want to know what hat catches your fancy, which one do you plan on making? Let me know in the comments below.


6 Quick and Easy Patterns: Make Something for Yourself or for Baby!

July 13th, 2015

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Looking through Ravelry and various crafting blogs is always such a pleasure, because you come across so many creative and talented people. These sources are great places to find inspiration for projects you want to work on, or new skills to learn and master. So today, I’m happy to share six projects made in our supremely soft cotton yarns, LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo and Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton, by various designers and bloggers.

Check out the patterns below, which includes an adorable pouch to keep your accessories in, and precious designs for the little one(s) in your life.

Crochet Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch by Moogly
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Crochet Cotton Bamboo Headband by Jessie At Home
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Easy Knit Baby Hat by Gina Michele
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
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Beginner Knit Fringed Baby Booties by Mama in a Stitch
Nature’s Choice
Organic ®Cotton
Baby Yoda Hat by Elapine
Nature’s Choice
Organic ®Cotton
Baby Crochet Bath Set Pattern by Petals to Picots
Nature’s Choice
Organic ®Cotton

 

 


We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Granny’s Shining Star Square by Beatrice Ryan Designs

July 12th, 2015

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Did you know that our Sabrina Tunic Crochet-Along leader Elena Ramshaw Hunt is also a talented designer?

It’s true! Using Vanna’s Choice®, she designed this bright and starry granny square, perfect for a sampler afghan:


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This is a FREE pattern, available through beatriceryandesigns.com.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Magenta, Kelly Green and Mustard. ::



9 of June’s Most Liked Patterns!

July 6th, 2015

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There’s nothing quite like finishing up a project, stepping back, and admiring your handiwork. Perhaps that’s why our two 5 1/2 Hr Afghans were the top patterns in June! These projects both used bulky yarns, which certainly help when you want a pattern to work up quickly. Their simplicity makes for a fast and easy project — and a beautiful housewarming gift!

Our Yarn of the Month for June — Babysoft® — provided a lot of inspiration for those of you knitting gifts for babies and toddlers. The bright pastels of this yarn collection created a variety of combinations perfect for little ones!

Lastly, airy shawls were a huge hit. These pieces are the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe. They provide the right touch of flair to any outfit, and keep us warm when the summer breeze gets a little chilly!

Below are the top patterns for June. Even as the weather warms up, we hope you’ll keep knitting and crocheting pieces for you and your loved ones!

 

 

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Crochet 5 1/2 Hr 2 Strand Afghan made with Homespun® Crochet 5 1/2 Hr Neutral Tones Afghan made with Hometown USA® and Homespun® Knit Semi-Tropical Shawl made with Cotton-Ease®
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Knit Checkers Baby Blanket made with Babysoft® Crochet Summer Sonata Shawl made with Vanna’s Glamour® Crochet Quick Lacy Ripple Afghan made with Hometown USA®
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Crochet Lace Petal Shawl made with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Crochet Brilliant Colors Baby Throw made with Babysoft® Crochet Pink V-Stich Baby Throw made with Babysoft®

Have a Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2015

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Happy 4th of July! We’ll be celebrating with barbecues, watching the fireworks, getting together with friends and family, and decorating with Red, White and Blue. We wish you a safe and enjoyable day.

Celebrate the day with a few U.S.A.-inspired patterns!:

9 Patriotic Patterns for Independence Day!

Lola Gets Crafty for the Fourth … Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Yarn!

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes With These Flag Day Patterns!

 

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