Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Put entrelac knitting on your "to learn" list

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Entrelac knitting creates a beautiful basket-weave pattern of knitted stitches and can be created flat or in the round. Online 'how to' entrelac youtube videos and online courses are available for your convenience. But you don't have to be an expert knitter, because simple knit and purl stitches, k2tog and p2tog, and picking up stitches are all you need to know. Choose a yarn like Noro Silk Garden, which is variegated and has long color repeats for a quilted look of many colors and stranded knitting. You can also use solid colors to obtain the basket-weave fabric with the free scarf pattern below. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Knitting gifts for knitters

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.

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 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.

Claire's 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 hoodie for our eight month old granddaughter. And it's the perfect match for the ribbed baby jacket.

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, Criss Cross Applesauce. Lovely and warm baby hat because of its quilted stitch pattern, knitting pattern is written in two sizes for newborns to 4 mos, 14-15 in., and 5 months - 9 months 15-16 inches. More info:

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 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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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Je Suis Charlie hat pattern by Boston Strong designer

In the wake of overwhelming tragedy of the terrorists strikes in Paris, Lisa McFetridge, knitting designer of the Boston Strong hats and scarves, has created the Je Suis Charlie cap pattern to honor the murdered journalists and defy all those who seek to stifle freedom of expression. The hat pattern is available now to the knitting community outside the EU, but due to VATMOSS, will be available shortly to EU knitters via 100% of your donation goes to UNICEF.  Lisa has done beautiful hat designs for many special projects that in turn raise funds for charities around the world. Please find out more about her endeavors here and download the #JeSuisCharlie hat pattern.

photo used with permission, Lisa McFetridge 2015

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