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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Celtic cable teapot cosy pattern for cozy teatimes

There's nothing better than a hot cuppa' anytime. For first thing in the morning, at elevenses, and always at three in the afternoon, here's a classic teapot cosy pattern that will brighten every teatime, a St. Patrick's Day celebration with it's Celtic Irish cables knit all the way around, or knits up a great house gift for your favorite tea-lover.

Cozy up with your knitting, some scones or cakes, enjoy this free pattern from an ancient pamphlet handed down long ago without a cover.  The teapot cozy fits a 5-6 cup teapot and can be lined as well.


Monday, July 18, 2016

A new fish hat pattern for Phish fans

The famous fish hat knitting pattern has been rewritten by J.G. Miller and just posted as a free pattern download, July 2016. The original, an immediate success with Phish fans and avid fishermen alike, has some new techniques and a livelier finished look than the first dead fish hat pattern.

Miller has turned the tail around and used short rows for a vertical finish with fins that stand out, just like a swimming fish. Fans of the Burlington, Vermont-based music group, Phish, went crazy over the first "alive or dead fish hat" and I am sure they will be very pleased to know the fish hat pattern is this time "alive and well."



Sunday, July 17, 2016

Crochet bridal shawl free pattern creates everlasting wedding memory

How extraordinary it would be to knit or crochet a bridal shawl for that special bride on her wedding day. This shawl pattern called "Spring Blooms" is crocheted and the free pattern is offered by Red Heart. It's just stunning on this happy bride, and would look equally beautiful in color for her bridesmaids at a chilly fall or spring wedding. A free pattern download is available in English or Spanish. Follow the links below.










Friday, July 15, 2016

Weaving Wellness supports moms of sick children at Hasbro

Weaving Wellness has arrived in Newport, Rhode Island via a New Jersey resident and hardworking charity caregiver, MaryJanine L. "Stay Strong" totes are being put together for moms of sick children at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence. Knitters and crocheters are being asked to provide prayer shawls for those caregivers of Hasbro's patients. Please read on to find out how you can help RI's sick children and their moms in this charity knitting and crochet project.




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Slouchy hat patterns, knit or crochet, free and easy

LuluknitsNYC on EtsySlouchy hats are popular because they are easy to wear, very comfortable; make quick knitting and crochet projects with these free slouchy hat patterns. This hat pattern design is by Lea Kobasyashi, LuLu’s Handknits NYC, who has some sweet hand knit slouchy hats for sale on Etsy as well. Check out Lea's handiwork at the link below. For her free hat pattern, please read on. It's available in German and Italian as well as English.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stunning shawl patterns for the ages

German knitter, Ute Nawratil, has recently designed two shawl patterns whose FO's are certain to be cherished as works of art. One, she says is quite easy, knit with flowers and the butterfly stitch; the other, a mass of colorful triangles, designed specifically for short gradient yarns like Schoppel-woole Zauberball sock yarn. She's used about three balls of yarn to create her "Linientreu," knitting from the top-down, using short rows, no sewing up needed.

Stunning, to say the least, the finished shawl pictured here is by Wollbine on Ravelry.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Baby knitting patterns to 5T with 3 skeins or less

3 Skeins or Less: Modern Baby Knits, is a new knitting pattern book you will turn to time and time again for charming baby patterns that won't break the bank to knit. With a generous size range up to 5T, there are twenty-three knitting patterns for boys and girls: sweaters, blanket patterns, toys, and hats. This brand new knitting magazine collection is so well laid out, with bright and shiny photos, stitch guides, easy to read and understand schematics and charts, clear enough even for the newest knitter. For mothers, it promises to be the one and only baby patterns book you will need until your child grows out of size 5T. For cherished baby gifts, there are so many wonderful choices as your girl or boy grows into toddler sizes.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Princess Grace top-down baby sweater knitting pattern

First published in 1956 by Woman's Day, the Princess Grace baby sweater has become quite the icon knitting pattern for newborn babies. It was the top-down baby jacket pattern Grace Kelly knit for her first born Princess Caroline.



The Princess Grace baby sweater is knit with fingering or sock yarn. KnitPicks offers a palette of 150 colors of 3-ply wool yarn, $3.59, 50 g, 231 yards per ball. Here is the
Princess Grace of Monaco baby sweater knitting pattern for Princess Caroline.
Click through for free baby pattern in its entirety.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Monster butt pants baby pattern

This amusing free pattern for Monster pants with mouth and teeth to cover diapers are knitted longies with face for toddler and baby pattern for girls and boys and such a great knitting project and gift for babies and toddlers. Perfect for either sex, depending on your choice of yarn colorways.
Monster butt pants
Hrönn Jónsdóttir fell in love with them when she saw these pants several years ago being knit by an Icelandic knitter at a knit-a-long in Iceland. She asked if there was a pattern, and the knitter who was knitting regular baby pants with mouth and teeth said she did not have one. So Hrönn created her own pattern, which she calls Das Monster Butt. Hrönn is a very talented and creative knitter born in Iceland and now living in Sola, Rogaland, Norway. These baby pants are very Scandinavian / European in design motif, as are all of Hrönn's knitting designs. Pattern follows.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Very easy baby blanket knitting pattern

Try this easy baby blanket knitting pattern with worsted weight yarn. It makes a super shower gift, won't cost you much, its a free pattern, and won't take long at all, knit on US size 10.5 (6.5mm) or 11 needles.
Yours truly wrote it several years ago, shower gifts for twins, easy as can be, knits up like a charm. Knit with two strands of yarn, you'll need about two to three skeins of each color, depending on the yardage of the particular yarn. Or knit it up in one solid color.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Knit and crochet dishcloth patterns are cool, quick, and easy


There's no better time than summer to knit or crochet a stash of giftable dishcloths. I sometimes tie them to wine bottles for hostess gifts or easily tuck them away in luggage for gifts while traveling. This apple dishcloth pattern makes a perfect teacher's gift at the holidays. It's a free pattern and the Lily Sugar 'n Cream yarn runs about $1.99 a skein.  Read on for more links.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lace knitting patterns - small steps to reach great heights

Andrea Jurgrau's new lace knitting pattern book reaches new heights with basic small steps: knit, purl, and yarnovers. "New Heights in Lace Knitting" knitting magazine features a collection of 17 gorgeous knitting patterns inspired by the seven major summits of mountain climbing and easier treks to train for the big climbs. Beautifully photographed and strategically organized with techniques and bead placement instruction, please have a look at this extraordinary new knitting pattern book.


Quick knit Fair Isle pullover sized to 5XL

Easy and quick, Mary Jane Mucklestone's "Stopover" Fair Isle pullover sweater pattern is one several knitters are doubling up on, literally creating a Fair Isle "jumper stash."

Kathy Cadigan's Fair Isle stash
Plus-sized to 5XL, the knitting with Ístex Létt Lopi Aran weight yarn is done with a US 10.5 (6.5mm) needle, instead of the usual 7 (4.5mm) or 8 (5mm) needle. This quick knit adult jumper is meant to have a loose, but modern fit, with subtle waist shaping; it's bottom-up in-the-round knitting entirely. Mary Jane knit her first one in just four days at a stopover in Iceland.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Team logo charts for knitting hats and scarves

Knit your favorite fan a hat or scarf with ready-made NFL, MLB, NHL team logo charts and patterns. Download the color diagrams for knitting gifts for hockey, football, and other sports teams and then use a free hat pattern or scarf pattern. Hats and scarves knit flat work the best.


Quick knit heavier socks for boots and clogs

Socks knit on tiny needles are not always the rule. Heavier yarns and larger needles knit up great socks for boots and clogs and are great for wearing year round. There are easy sock patterns that have just enough definition to make your first socks or your umpteenth pair a real joy.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Free crochet scarf pattern

courtesy Girlies-Crochet/ravelry.com
GirliesCrochet has posted a free crochet scarf pattern, called the "Glenda scarf," easy skill level, beautiful for gifts. The free pattern uses DK or light worsted yarn and a US G (6mm) hook.


Easy, trendy hat patterns to knit

Knitting a hat is usually a one skein project, one and maybe a little more for slouch hats, but always easily finished in a weekend. These hat patterns are a few of my favorites, most are free patterns, using different weights of yarn. 
Ribbed slouch hat pattern, courtesy Tania Brown/ravelry.com

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Knit and crochet heirloom baby blanket patterns

Spring and babies have much in common. Carl Sandburg once said: "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." Just as springtime performs its renaissance play starring Mother Nature, it's a joyful time when knitters and crocheters start new projects for mothers and babies.


Kaye Smith has knitted two beautiful baby blankets, which will suit nicely for a christening, bris, or just everyday beauties. She has taken a classic feather and fan blanket pattern and made it even better with accented knitted garter stitch edging.

Quick and easy one skein crochet cowl pattern


The Malabrigo yarn used to crochet the new free pattern "One skein cowl" posted by Little Doolally makes this cowl pattern sing! The colorway is Milonga, worsted weight, hand dyed
courtesy AmyAstle/littledoolally.com
and incredibly soft merino wool. Each 100g skein contains 210 yards. Usually available at about $12.00 a hank, not a bad price for a single holiday gift to be treasured for years.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Charity knitting or crochet for dementia Alzheimer's patients

Dementia and Alzheimer's patients are frequently agitated with fidgety, restless hands. Twiddlemuffs, both to crochet or knit, have been used to minimize that agitation and also provide brain stimulation. You'll find the twiddlemuff pattern links below.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shawl knitting patterns to wear as a triangle scarf or cowl

Who knits in the summertime aside from yours truly? Some knit socks, many knit shawls
with lightweight gauge yarns, easily transportable, and a perfect way to get ahead on your holiday gift list. There are tons of free shawl patterns and many interesting ones for purchase. Shawls are so versatile and can be worn as cowls and scarves as well.
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