The smell of fresh erasers, wood shavings, and crisp mornings — for most, it can only signify one thing. It’s almost time to head back to school!
For some, it’s a bittersweet time, sending their little ones off to kindergarten for the first time. For others, there’s a sense of nostalgia as their teens head off to their final high school years. The first day of school is a special time for both parents and their children — why not make a special gift beforehand? Show school pride by making hats in team colors; send them off with healthy snacks in a personalized lunch bag.
Gather the school supplies and set your student up for success with these fantastic back to school patterns!
|Crochet Home Team Hat made with Hometown USA®||Crochet Boutique Laptop Sleeve made with Cotton-Ease®||Crochet Drawstring Backpack made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®|
|Knit/Felted Acorn Pencil Case made with Vanna’s Choice® and Fishermen’s Wool®||Knit/Felted Lunch Bag made with Vanna’s Choice® and Fishermen’s Wool®||Knit Senior Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Wee Vest made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet House Colors Scarf Bookmark made with Wool-Ease®||Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan made with Cotton-Ease®|
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|Our good friend and knitter-extraordinaire Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular summer sweaters — the Calypso Cardigan — and loved it for it’s amazing versatility. Made with Modern Baby®, Kristy shows you how to style it in a variety of ways and makes alternate color suggestions too … let’s hear from Kristy!|
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Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. She is a regular contributor to the Notebook.
As we get older our bodies change. The clothes I wore in my 20s and 30s wouldn’t suit me now and they wouldn’t fit. But, why should I scold myself because the clothing I wore years ago no longer flatters?
As knitters and crocheters, we’re privileged. Rather than settling for something cloned and off the rack, we can select customizable designs, choose yarns in colors we love, and craft sweaters that are gorgeous, practical, and absolutely right for us.
That’s where Lion Brand comes in. There’s an abundance of great designs in the huge Lion Brand pattern database, and so many are flattering to women of a certain age. Each pattern keys to a perfect match of Lion Brand yarn, so guesswork about gauge and fit is minimal.
I’ll highlight some of the Lion Brand designs I’ve discovered. They’re comfortable, crafted in lovely yarns, and range from easy to moderately challenging. All are absorbing to work and beautiful to wear. When you wear them, you’ll feel attractive and relaxed, as well as accomplished, delighted, and in control of your fashion destiny!
Let’s consider two cardigans, knitted and crocheted. The knitted Seaside Kimono Cardi requires only 5 skeins of Fishermen’s Wool®. Its basic shape is squared and loose, but dense cables at the wrist, collar, and lower edge create a gentle blouson that complements many different figures. The cardigan’s natural tones and rich textures convey an elegant, slightly ethnic sensibility that’s great with jeans, a simple dress, or a skirt.
The crocheted Retro Swing Cardi, in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, packs a lot of style into a quick project. Done with a large hook, it works up swiftly into a gentle A-line jacket that floats over the torso. This design is great for petite figures, as it doesn’t overwhelm.
There are many reasons to favor cardigans, as they’re easy to slip on and off, and useful if you like to layer. Much as I enjoy cardis, though, the Level Two Knit Pullover really captured me. I love the dropped shoulder of the loose, yet sculpted design. I love the textural interest of the front and sleeves, and the adorable band collar. For such a sophisticated pattern, it’s hard to believe the skill rating is “easy.” I can’t wait to knit it in several different colors!
|Knit Seaside Kimono Cardi made with Fishermen’s Wool®||Knit and Crochet Retro Swing Cardi made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®||Knit Level 2 Pullover made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®|
Inspired by stonework found in Dunfallandy, Perthshire, Scotland, designer Terry de Roulet created this gorgeous baby afghan which features cables that turn horizontally and meet – a seemingly impossibly feat!
Using Pound of Love®, she wanted to make a machine-washable heirloom baby blanket that baby fingers and toes couldn’t get trapped in and it looks like she succeeded:
Over the last 12 days of Christmas in July, we’ve shared over 75 of our favorite projects for holiday gift-giving! From prayer shawls, to children’s afghans, patterns for men, and Christmas home decor, we made certain to offer plenty of patterns to cover everyone on your list.
Best of all, these patterns are all FREE and available to save or look up any time on our PatternFinder. With projects for all skill levels of knitting and crocheting, we hope you’ve found inspiration to get started on your holiday gifts early this year.
Here’s our full Christmas in July gift giving guide. Pin your favorites for easy access, and don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest too! Share a handmade item with a loved one!
|Day 1: Hats||Day 2: Scarves & Cowls||Day 3: Matching Sets|
|Day 4: Prayer & Healing Shawls||Day 5: Gifts featuring LB Collection® Yarns||Day 6: Gifts for Men|
|Day 7: Gifts for Kids||Day 8: Home Decor Gifts||Day 9: Gifts for the Hostess|
|Day 10: Stockings||Day 11: Stocking Stuffers||Day 12: Gifts featuring Scarfie|
When you finish your holiday crafting, wrap your handmade masterpieces with our Artisan Gift Wrap! 6 of our most beautiful patterns have been transformed into bold and stately wrapping paper. From brightly colored prints, to jewel tones, and a sophisticated neutral, there’s a design to suit a variety of aesthetics. Get yours HERE!
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