Thursday, November 12, 2015

Knitting gifts for knitters this holiday season

If you are looking for a knitting gift for your wife, mother, husband, good friend, or good friend who's a knitting buddy, too, Ann Hood's new anthology of knitting stories, life intertwined while knitting, is one of the best gifts. "Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing about Knitting." Just one of many gifts for people who enjoy crafting and supporting handmade artists.

         and there's more...More goodies are available on Etsy, all handmade                                      in the United States....

Knit and crochet hats needed for overseas US troops

A little late to the post for this Veterans Day, but the need continues long after the celebration to honor present and past vets ends. Late last night Classic Elite Yarns tweeted and jarred my memory about charity hats for soldiers. There is a continuing need for warm hats for our US troops and hat patterns are readily available to crochet and knit in the round or on straight needles. Wool or natural fiber, alpaca and merino, only for overseas troops, please. And Warmth for Warriors wants you to include a tag with your email address and yarn content. Visit here for more info.

Completed hats and monetary donations are always welcome. Charity knitters and crochet artists may already have an organization which collects hats for soldiers, the one below, Warmth for Warriors, has collected over 40,000 over the years. Mail your completed hats to:

Warmth for Warriors
P.O. Box 353
Rudyard, MI 49780

Knit hat patterns

Crochet hat pattern

For more information please visit the Warmth for Warriors website.

More hat patterns here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

'Handbrake' cowl pattern sales support cancer research

"Let's put the 'Handbrake' on cancer!" is the slogan for a fundraising campaign organized by Dan and Kay Jones, a British couple who knit together and air delightful podcasts from their Darlington, UK, home on YouTube. 100% of the sales from their new unisex cowl knitting pattern, "Handbrake," goes to support cancer research as Dan has recently achieved survivor status. The pattern will cost you less than a cup of coffee! And as of this writing, over 700 have been sold in just a few days into this fundraiser.

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Outlander" inspired knitting and crochet patterns

From cowls to shawls, gauntlets and fingerless mitts, STARZ's new "Outlander" series has inspired many a knitting and crochet designer to write. And most Outlander-inspired patterns use worsted or bulky yarns.

A pattern for Claire's shawl on "Outlander" has been published just this week.The shawl pattern requires 400 yards of worsted weight yarn and uses a US 17 (12mm) needle.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bunny hat knitting pattern is Easter treat

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You can knit this Easter bunny hat in a couple of days. The hat pattern is written in several individual sizes from three months to two years and fits right over the head, no ties, just like a balaclava hoodie. And best of all, this little rabbit hat suits girls or boys, depending on the color yarn you choose for knitting. I chose this tweedy pink as it complemented the worsted ribbed baby jacket below - and knit this funny bunny hat for our eight month old granddaughter.

I used some stashed soft and furry Reynolds Frisky for the inside of the ears. A little pricey, but white angora will work just as well. A US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle worked fine with these yarns.

This adorable Easter bunny hat knitting pattern is written for DK and worsted yarns by Angie of Thistledew Fiber Arts.

The 10-page pattern is well written with several explanatory knitting technique photographs. If you have any trouble, just message Angie. The designer has requested that the pattern be used for personal use only.

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 Baby's sweater pattern is a free pattern as well, you'll find the link here: Ribbed Baby Jacket

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Funny Bunny Hat Pattern link.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Luscious infinity scarf for spring

Know you are all wondering if, indeed, spring will ever come. Perk up your spirits with an easy infinity scarf knitting pattern in a lovely spring colorway. I chose this scrumptious baby alpaca chunky by Cascade Yarns, 2 skeins from my yarn stash, color 634, which is a lovely lilac or lavender. It's a free pattern and although very easy, the knitted fabric is interesting on both sides.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

New knit baby bonnet pattern - Criss Cross Applesauce

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My new knit baby bonnet pattern is a traditional design for modern babies. Lovely and warm because of its quilted stitch pattern, knitting pattern is written in two size for newborns to 4 mos, 14-15 in., and 5 months - 9 months 15-16 inches. Criss Cross Applesauce is knitted from side to side using a US 6 (4.0mm) circular needle with i-cord ties and a feminine little ruffle. Download the three-page pattern now on Ravelry or Etsy. I used Louisa Harding Grace - Silk and Wool, which made this little bonnet the perfect soft and luxurious gift a brand new baby deserves.