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The Luxe Look For Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans

August 24th, 2015

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The Luxe Look for Less: 9 Autumn Coats and Cardigans
We admit it — we like to fawn over designer wear in magazines and blogs just like any other fashion-savvy person. As yarncrafters, however, we know some looks are just a few skeins away from being ours! When we spotted this Stella McCartney wrap-front cardigan, we immediately loved its high-low hem and chunky knit.

Get the look for less with a few of our coat and long cardigan patterns! Stay sleek and chic with shades of greys or mix it up with self-striping brightly colored yarns — either way, you’ll turn heads this season.

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Knit Glamour Jacket made with Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Eclectic Entrelac Cardigan made with Vanna’s Choice® and Unique Knit Teddy Vest made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick & Quick®
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Knit Riding Jacket made with Country® Crochet Top-Down Jacket made with Amazing® and Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Level 2 Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
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Knit Helio Poncho made with Homespun® Knit Chillingworth Cabled Long Cardigan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Open Knit Cardigan made with Gold Leaf®

Your Next Project for Fall: 9 Colorful Cowls!

August 20th, 2015

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Your Next Project for Fall: 9 Colorful Cowls!
We’ve been exploring color theory lately and asked our Facebook fans what their favorite color was. As it turned out, most of our fans loved deep jewel tones like purple, burgundy, and forest green — all beautiful, rich colors that feel right at home as the season changes to fall. If asked, I’d honestly have a hard time pinning down a single color as my favorite. My bedroom is drenched in blush pinks and deep fuchsias, but my closet is filled with a range of blues.

Lately, I’ve been having a moment with yellow. At first, I introduced small pops of yellow into my life, like when I made a simple knit hat using Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Toucan. It was a safe choice — heathered grey flecked with pops of neon yellow. Then I moved onto mustard yellow; I didn’t own a single yellow item of clothing until I found myself drawn to a button down blouse in this hue. My last knitting project was a shawlette made from LB Collection® Angora Merino in Nectarine — its friendly tone toes the line between deep yellow and mellow orange.

We all need a little color in our world. While we may proudly sport our favorite color from head to toe, some colors need slight introductions into our lives. Looking ahead to fall, when the leaves change into a range of maple reds and buttery yellows, why not add some color to your knit and crochet projects? Cowls are quick projects, and break up the monotony of neutral-colored cold weather gear. Here are nine of them, each showing off colors in their own way:

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Knit Lyndhurst Cowl made with Amazing® Knit Firefly Cowl made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Tweed Stripes Cowl made with Tweed Stripes®
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Crochet Time Out Cowl made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Candy Color Ripple Cowl made with Amazing® Knit Two Color Cozy Cowl made with Unique
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Crochet Stitch Sampler Cowl made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Knit Cabildo Cowl made with Hometown USA® Knit The Art of the Cowl made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Cashmere

9 Crochet Pieces to Add to Your Fall Wardrobe!

August 17th, 2015

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9 Crochet Accessories to Add to Your Fall Wardrobe!
Crochet garments and accessories have been spotted everywhere throughout summer this year, and the look is carrying over to fall. We’ve seen crocheted pieces in fashion magazines, in clothing stores, and on our favorite celebrities. Isn’t it rewarding, then, when you realize you’re capable of making your own crochet pieces to wear?

Introduce this trend into your everyday wear by adding crocheted accessories to your wardrobe — it’s not time for sweaters and pullovers just yet! Small clutches can be swapped out for times when you don’t want to carry a large purse; wristers are the solution to cold hands at the office. Now’s the time to crochet a capelet or cowl that can easily transition into colder months.

Adding small pieces like these are a subtle way to dress up your outfits. Best of all, it’s handmade by you; let your unique pieces stand out this season and stay fashionable, friends!

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Crochet Bridesmaids Purse made with Vanna’s Glamour® Crochet Mock Rib Cowl made with Heartland® Crochet All Season Wristers made with Sock-Ease
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Crochet Scalloped Lace Cowl made with Vanna’s Tapestry Crochet A Touch of Warmth Cuff made with Alpine Wool Crochet Moon Water Clutch made with Vanna’s Sequins
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Crochet Collared Capelet made with Homespun® Crochet Cozy Striped Wristers made with Vanna’s Palettes Crochet Warming Trend Wristers made with Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Ode to Summer Hat by Ruth Brasch Made With Vanna’s Choice

August 16th, 2015

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Don’t you just love this hat? Ruth Brasch says, “Ode to Summer is a very stretchy hat that features a textured lace stitch as well as a lace flower panel that covers 25% of the hat. This hat will fit snuggly on the head of the wearer, and is fantastic for children as it stretches with growth!”

Made with Vanna’s Choice®, the paid pattern includes suggestions to create a slouchy hat as well!



This pattern is available for $5 via Ruth’s Ravelry page.

:: Vanna’s Choice® comes in 71 different colorways. ::


Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Patterns Inspired by Almost Famous

August 8th, 2015

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7 Patterns Inspired by Almost FamousShaggy hair, flared jeans, and classic rock — drenched in the mellow vibes of the early 1970s, Almost Famous is one of my absolute favorite films. It wasn’t until I watched it recently that I noticed I was drawn to the costumes more than ever.

Although the film follows a fifteen-year-old boy as he finds himself on tour with a rising rock band, the women of Almost Famous are perhaps the most notable — and most interesting — characters. As for their wardrobes? Simply stunning.

I’d always specifically envied the closet of Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson. Her bohemian curls paired well with her uniform of cropped shirts and flared jeans; her suede and fur coat is one of the most iconic pieces from the film.

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Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous Knit Tie Front Vest made with Homespun® and Fun Fur®

It wasn’t until one scene where she dons a dramatic fur cap that I noticed something…

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Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous Knit Simple Hat made with Pelt

I’d pinned this Lion Brand pattern a while back so I could make it for winter. Had I been subconsciously inspired by Penny Lane?

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Fairuza Balk as Sapphire in Almost Famous Knit Soft Touch Cardigan made with Romance®

This feathered bolero shrug that Sapphire wears is over the top glam, with a bright color palette. While it makes a great costume, toning it down with neutral colors makes it a more wearable option. Get the texture effect with Romance® yarn, and use it a statement piece for your next party!


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Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller in Almost Famous Crochet Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Even non-rock star characters get a fantastic wardrobe. Frances McDormand’s flowery tops and housecoats clash wonderfully with her strong role as the protagonist’s harried mother — “Rock stars have kidnapped my son!” This vivid housecoat is crocheted — a very on-trend piece for the 1970s — and features beautiful bell-shaped sleeves. Our Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat gives it an updated silhouette.

Have you ever made a garment based on a costume you’ve seen in a movie or TV show? Let us know! Below are a few of my picks for more patterns inspired by Almost Famous:

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Crochet Granny Square Coat made with Unique Knit Tapestry Panel Coat made with Heartland® Crochet Inside Out Circles Top made with Bonbons