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Fall Preview Friday: Chunky Knits

August 29, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

There’s nothing I love more than instant gratification knitting. Chunky yarn + chunky needle = Chunky Knits.

 

Chunky Knits ($19.95, October 2014) by Ashley Little is a collection of 31 knitting patterns from 18 designers all using bulky and super-bulky yarns and is coming to a bookstore near you! There’s plenty to choose from to help you stay warm and toasty and to keep your home feeling snug and cozy this winter.

 

The Cozy Cable Hat and Mitten set by Vanessa Ewing works up quickly and is the perfect last-minute cold weather set to knit up when the temperature drops. If you’re a cable lover like me this one is going straight to the top of the knitting queue.

 

 

Snuggling up under a warm blanket with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and watching hours of Netflix is my idea of a perfect evening. Still need to knit yourself a toasty throw? The Honeycomb Throw by Ashley Little is your go-to pattern.

 

 

I come from a family that firmly believes in the old adage “waste not, want not.” That glass jar from last night’s pasta sauce would make a great drinking glass, pen cup, vase, or [fill in the blank], but it’s not the prettiest, right? No problem. The Jar Cozies by Megan Mannell will dress up any old jar. You can even make a matching set!

 

 

Knitting with bulky and super-bulky yarns is also great for gift knitting, so pre-order your copy of Chunky Knits today and jump start your holiday knitting plans.

 

About the author:

Ashley Little is a writer and editor who left her job at Martha Stewart to freelance in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She has her hands in all kinds of crafts, from knitting to crocheting and sewing. When she’s not crafting, she’s eating peanut butter, listening to Paul McCartney, and playing ukulele—sometimes all three at the same time. You can see what Ashley is making on her blog, TheFeistyReadHead.blogspot.com.

 
 
 
 
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The third volume in the One + One series by Iris Schreier brings you 29 patterns of wraps, cowls, and capelets that can all be made with just two skeins.

I like to think that the ancient dilemma “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” can apply to patterns and yarn. When I walk into an LYS I’m often, nay, always overcome by gorgeous fibers that lead to impulse buying.

I negotiate with myself—“A sweater quantity is just too much without a pattern in mind. I’ll just buy one skein to give it a try. Just one.” Has this ever happened to you? If so, please check out One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets (September 2014). Your stash will thank you.

The patterns in this collection are perfect for those orphan single skeins you’ve collected. With a little creative combination you can pair two skeins to make the Sheer Rounds Shoulder Capelet by Laurie Kimmelstiel.

 

The stockinette rounds are knit with DK yarn held double while the sheer garter rounds use only a single strand.

The Elena Shawl by Jennifer Wood uses two skeins held double throughout to create an elegant feather and fan lace shawl that sits gracefully on the shoulders.

The Lace Muse Wrap by Lisa Hoffman combines one fingering weight and DK weight skein to produce a lace wrap with sparkly stripes.

The inventive patterns in this collection are made for stash busting, but they also don’t deter from a little stashing up as well.

Pick up your copy of One + One: Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets today!

 

Author bio:

Iris Schreier is the founder of Artyarns, a company that has built its reputation on producing luxurious, sophisticated, hand-dyed yarns of the highest quality. Taught by her mother, Iris has been knitting since she was about six years old. She has always been drawn to decorative and fanciful types of projects and is known best for her unique designs for modular knitting, lacework, and reversible knitwear. Iris is the author of several Lark books, including Exquisite Little Knits (with co-author Laurie Kimmelstiel), Modular Knits, Lacy Little Knits, Iris Schreier’s Reversible Knits, One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs, and One + One: Hats. Visit her Facebook page and see her designs and yarn on her website.

 
 
 
 
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Crochet Boutique: Hats — Free Pattern

August 20, 2014, 15:13 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

While I was walking through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Sunday I spotted it—the leaves are starting to turn here in NYC. Yes, it’s still mostly green everywhere, but once you see the first leaves you know that fall is not far behind. That means it’s time to pick up that crochet hook, prepare for the coming cold, and Crochet Boutique: Hats by Rachael Oglesby is the perfect book to restart your fall stitching.

 

I love a brisk fall day, but I don’t love an early sunset. The Neon Pom is the perfect antidote for those of us who will inevitably feel sun starved by winter. We can make our own sunshine, so download your free copy of this pattern here: Neon Pom pattern

 

 

Pre-order your copy of Crochet Boutique: Hats and keep your eyes on this space for a fun giveaway in the coming weeks. Hint: there’s Madelinetosh involved. Yes, I’m excited!

 
 
 
 
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Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures

August 12, 2014, 14:16 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

I couldn’t wait to try my hand at a few of the projects in our new August title: Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures: 30 Projects to Copy, Cut, and Fold by Hiroshi Hayakawa.

 

The book contains an array of delightfully cute and spooky paper monsters and creatures that would make a perfect craft project for Halloween. I really enjoyed making the Baby Alien, Black Cat, and Trash Can Robot projects (picture below!) and look forward to making more to use as table decorations for Halloween parties this fall.

 

The project instructions and templates for the Baby Alien, Black Cat, and Trash Can Robot projects, plus a few others, are available on our FREE STUFF page. Try some out and share a picture of your projects with us in the comments section!

 


Get your copy of Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures today by ordering here, and get a jump start on your holiday decorating!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Crochet Boutique Hats

August 01, 2014, 14:31 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

How does that saying go? “You can never have too many [fill in the blank].” Friends? Shoes? I daresay that accessory loving stitchers everywhere would say HATS. Hats are the perfect instant gratification project to use up those single/double skeins in your stash and to practice a new-to-you technique.

Coming in September, Crochet Boutique: Hats will give you 25 more reasons to say “you can never have enough hats!” From berets and beanies to caps and hoods, designer Rachael Oglesby has created something for everyone. There are patterns for women and men, for beginner and adventurous stitchers, and for those who are new to crochet there’s a handy guide that illustrates basic stitches.

 

I love the look (and the name!) of the pineapple stitch and am already planning out my outfits for the Pineapple Beret.

 

 

Granny squares are a classic and the Granny Square Beanie is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary with its slouchy shape.

 

 

I think the Bear Cub Beanie speaks for itself. Cute overload?

 


Want more? Pre-order Crochet Boutique: Hats today!

 

Rachael Oglesby is the bestselling author of Crochet Boutique (Lark) and the talented designer and crocheter behind softspoken, the blog and popular Etsy shop (where she’s a recurring featured seller and has sold over 2,000 items). Rachael’s work has also been sold through Modcloth and boutiques both nationwide and globally. She lives in Columbia, SC. Learn more about Rachael at rachaeloglesby.com