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, it's a free pattern until Easter Monday and 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.

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.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Knitting Paris Fort unites support for freedom of speech

At the request of many French knitters, Lisa McFetridge has again contributed another knitting design in support of freedom of speech. Her hat pattern, Paris Fort, like Boston Strong, joins Je Suis Charlie, and is free, but Lisa asked that you make a small donation, or whatever you can to Reporters without Borders, a French-based worldwide organization that supports journalism and free speech. For more information on Lisa's wonderful hat patterns for freedom of speech, please follow this link.

courtesy Lis McFetridge, used with permission

Friday, January 16, 2015

Je Suis Charlie hat pattern made available for EU knitters

European Union (EU) knitters now have access to downloading the Je Suis Charlie hat knitting pattern via LoveKnitting.com. Please follow this link to purchase with 100% percent of the cost going to UNICEF less VAT.
It took me about two days to knit this one. The pattern is well-written for both skull cap and slouch hat styles with several options for top features. Happy knitting!

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