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Out Now – Creature Feetures!

March 03, 2016, 12:00 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

For all the tiny toes in your life, we have the cutest collection of crocheted baby footwear! Creature Feetures: 30 Crochet Patterns for Baby Booties offers a wide selection of funky footwear, with clear step-by-step photography, in sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months, and all from a variety of popular crochet designers and curated by Kristi Simpson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See if you can resist cuteness of this magnitude:

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Happy Pub Day to Crochet Geometry!

March 01, 2016, 10:00 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

crochet geometryToday is the official release of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s newest book, Crochet Geometry.  We’re thrilled with his latest collection of 15 new crochet patterns inspired by geometric shapes. There are cardigans, pullovers, shrugs, and wraps to fit and flatter every body type from sizes small to 5X.

We tip our crocheted hats to Shannon not only for a stellar new design collection, but for his ALA Booklist starred review! An excerpt of the full review that will appear on March 15th:

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“Mullett-Bowlsby (Designer Crochet, 2015) more than proves his chops in crochet design in his latest book that is sure to appeal to the fibercraft audience…The only issue? That there are just 15 designs. More, please.” –Booklist

Please be sure to check out Shannon’s previous book, Designer Crochet, featuring 32 crochet patterns for a complete new wardrobe, again in sizes small to 5X.

Shannon is a master at the flattering fit and the Publishers Weekly starred review agrees with us:

“Contemporary crocheters will be delighted and grateful to have Mullett-Bowlsby’s guide to creating drapey, stylish garments without any of the bulk so often associated with their medium.” –Publishers Weekly

It’s never too early to begin stitching for a stylish spring wardrobe. Pick up your copy of Crochet Geometry today at any of the following retailers!

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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Introducing Crochet Geometry!

February 26, 2016, 16:40 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

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“…the designs in this book are a beautiful collaboration between geometry and art.”

–Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

 

These first few words from the Introduction of Crochet Geometry perfectly capture the essence of this collection. From the author of Designer Crochet, I am thrilled to present a brand new collection of 15 fashion forward crochet garment patterns each brilliantly inspired by a geometric shape. The results are accessible garments and accessories with minimal or no shaping, maximum drape, and that are all immediately wearable. All patterns are available in sizes S to 5X!

 

The patterns are divided into four sections: Shrugs, Cardigans, Pullovers, and Wraps. Here’s a sneak peak within each section.

The Sleeve Shrug transforms the simple rectangle into a perfect layering piece to adorn a sleeveless dress for a formal occasion or even a tank top and jeans for a casual night. The feather and fan lace elevates this shrug to a whole new level.

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The Half Circle Cardigan combines the best of circles and triangles to create a showstopping layering piece with dramatic radiating lines to capture any eye. This piece can be worn at least two ways, but your imagination is the limit!

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The T-Top is one of my personal favorite garments in this collection and features a beautiful basket weave design in a figure flattering design. Here we show this pullover modeled in a size Small and in a 3X.

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Finally, the Mainsail Wrap is a wearable and trendy take on the quadrilateral. You can wear this piece right side up or upside down—each way creates a dramatic neckline that you can pin closed or wear open and relaxed.

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Patterns include charted and written-out instructions, schematics with detailed measurements, and a section of special techniques with photo tutorials for the common techniques used throughout the book including the knotless starting chain, locking mattress stitch, duplicate stitch, and end cap finishing stitch.

 

Crochet Geometry officially publishes on March 1st, but some stores have copies available to purchase immediately! To purchase or pre-order, check out the links below.

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

IndieBound

 
 
 
 
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Scenes from Vogue Knitting Live – New York

January 19, 2016, 10:25 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

Vogue Knitting Live – New York has come and gone and here are some of my favorite moments from the weekend.

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Just a few steps past registration and we’ve had our first celebrity sighting—Arne & Carlos! L-R: Carlos Zachrison, me, Lark assistant editor Deborah Stack, and Arne Nerjordet.

 

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My first purchase at Vogue Knitting live is unfailingly from Jill Draper Makes Stuff. Jill can always spot me a mile away in a bright green sweater, although surprisingly I walked away with a sweater quantity of her Windham yarn in a lovely dove grey color called Mourning Dove. I think I have shocked Jill for daring to leap outside of my green safety net.

 

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The most satisfying moment of the weekend was delivering the very first copy of More Lovely Knitted Lace (publishes on April 5th and you can preorder your copy here) to our author Brooke Nico. My camera didn’t capture it, but moments before she was jumping for joy! Fans will remember her first book Lovely Knitted Lace.

 

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Drive-by yarning. I loved seeing so many wonderful gradient options in the marketplace and this set is from Ewetopia.

 

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Marsha of One Geek to Craft Them All combines the best elements of geekdom with fiber necessities. Are you a Whovian in need of a tiny notion bag? She has what you need.

 

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The Lexicorp Superkits are on my to buy/to make list!

 

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We stopped by Nicky Epstein’s table to see the newest dolls and accessories from Enchanted Knits for Dolls. Here is Ms. Epstein with Lark assistant editor, Deborah Stack.

 

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No night is complete without a little knitterly competition. In celebration of Carol Sulcoski’s new book Knitting Ephemera , Vogue Knitting Live hosted a Knitting Trivia Night/Cocktail Reception. From L to R are: co-host Chris Vaccari of Sterling Publishing, Maria Novilla of the Subway Knits podcast, designer Lily Chin, Cynthia – round 1 fan winner obscured behind Lily Chin, designer Amy Detjen, designer Franklin Habit, and co-host and author of Sock Yarn Studio , Lace Yarn Studio, and Knitting Ephemera, Carol Sulcoski.

 

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Winner Franklin Habit accepts the knitting needle tiara and scepter of stockinette for being a font of knitterly knowledge!

 

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Thanks for the fun photo booth, Lion Brand!

 

Until next year VKL! We’ll keep warm in our handknits in the meantime.

 
 
 
 
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Winter has finally breathed its last, frigid gasp and spring is really here! Crocuses are in bloom, trees are budding, and it’s time to shed those winter coats for some lighter layers.

 

The patterns in Designer Crochetby Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, are constructed with lightweight yarns, so if you’re looking for fashion forward crochet projects using lace, superfine, fine, and lightweight yarns, look no further.

 

The Beginner Cardi is a staple for every wardrobe and can really be worn in any season as a layering piece.

 

Beginner Cardi

 

The Motif Maxi Skirt is a showstopper piece that will take you from spring to summer in style.

 

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The Sleeveless Hoodie is great as a jacket, a vest, a light layer, you name it.

 

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Wear it as a tank on a hot day or dress it up as a shell under a blazer or cardigan, the Solid Tank is another staple for every wardrobe.

 

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Every pattern contains instructions for sizes small to 5X and with 32 patterns to choose from there is plenty to choose from for most shapes, sizes, and styles. Designer Crochet is out now, so pick up your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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Tis the Season coverI think many of us can agree that Christmas is like the Super Bowl for crafters—this is the pinnacle of our crafting season! Handmade gifts, ornaments, decorations, and cards, oh my!

If you love Fa la la la Felt and working with craft felt we’ve got the perfect book for you—‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y.

This adorable sequel to Fa la la la Felt has 42 brand new felt projects so you can deck your halls with holiday joy.

 

 

Can The Sweet Treat Ornaments by Mollie Johanson be any sweeter?

 

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The Pretty in Pink Poinsettia Wreath by Suzie Millions is a statement piece to dress any door in holiday style.

 

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The Snow Bunnies Miniature Tree Skirt by Kathy Sheldon adds charm to any tiny tree.

 

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The Caroling Bird Stocking by Laura Howard hits all the high notes.

 

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Dress up any gift card with the Holly Gift Tags & Gift Card Sleeve by Jennifer Jessee.

 

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This is just a small preview of all the holiday whimsy you’ll find in ‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y. Pre-order your copy today!

 

Photos by Susan Wasinger

 
 
 
 
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Lark Crafts DIY: Operation Easter Knitting

April 03, 2015, 10:07 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

Are you the resident crafter in your family? It’s definitely a badge of honor, but when you’re running late on that Easter basket it turns last-minute crafting into an art form!

 

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For my niece’s Easter basket I decided to go with a different approach—I wanted something cute and fun, but also useful.

 

Step one: the Bag-sket!

Instead of a traditional basket I decided to make her a reusable bag using Laura Spradlin’s “Grrlfriend Market Bag” free pattern on Ravelry. I used a solid color for the base and handles and a variegated color for the body to produce a bright, fun, machine washable, reusable bag/basket. A bag-sket!

 

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You’ll be starting at the bottom, center of the bag and working up. Here’s a helpful tutorial for Emily Ocker’s cast-on from New Stitch a Day. It was my first time using this technique, so a tutorial was essential for me.

 

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Step two: the Easter bunny!

No basket is complete without a furry bunny friend to deliver the holiday goodies. I opted for Susan B. Anderson’s “Rabbit” pattern, which is another free Ravelry download.

 

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My bunny tail turned out slightly huge, but I say go big or go home and this giant pom helps this guys stand up straight. Win-win!

 

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Susan also created an absolutely essential video tutorial on embroidering faces to a knitted toy, just the thing I needed to create a simple, but adorable face on this little fella.

 

Step three: the final touch—a carrot!

Easter bunnies get hungry too, y’know? I had a tiny bit of time left so I decided to make a little something for him to nibble on while waiting patiently for Easter Sunday.  I used Emily Ivey’s “Carrot: It’s Good for You” pattern, again another fun, free Ravelry download.

 

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Mine turned out a liiiiittle ridiculously huge, but what bunny doesn’t love a huge meal?

 

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(Optional) Step four: bunny scarf

If you’re worried that your bunny will get cold I recommend knitting up a tiny scarf with whatever sport weight yarn scraps you have lying around. Here’s what I did:

–Using any cast-on method, CO enough stitches until you reach 4” (10cm).

–Knit 8 rows

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–Tie on a few strands to each end for fringe

 

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Quick, cute, and warm. :-)

Now throw in some sweet treats and your bag-sket is ready to go!

 

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Happy Easter from the Lark family to yours!

 
 
 
 
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Spring Preview Saturday: Designer Crochet

October 25, 2014, 14:00 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

The key to building a hand crocheted wardrobe is lots of planning and I’m here to give you as much advance notice as possible so you can clear your queue, wind your yarn, and prepare for some fantastic new patterns coming your way this spring! I’m delighted to announce Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style (April 2015) by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby with gorgeous photography by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby. This dynamic duo is the pair behind Shibaguyz Designz.

 

Whether you’re a size XS or a 5X, these patterns are made for you. Crochet fans can expect an array of stunning designs from an elegant knee length duster to a curve hugging off-the-shoulder dress to a floor sweeping lace skirt. Wardrobe essential pieces like a basic open front cardigan and pullover to matching winter accessory trios make this the perfect single book to build your hand stitched closet from scratch.

 

Every pattern is chock full of notes and schematics to ensure a proper and flattering fit for sizes XS through 5X and the book includes detailed step-by-step photos to teach you important skills like how to set in a sleeve or sew in a zipper.

 

Marvel at some of our favorite designs below and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Cloaked Hoodie

 

 

Drape Front Cardigan

 

 

Hooded Wrap Vest

 

 

Maxi Skirt

 

 

Off the Shoulder Dress

 
 
 
 
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Join us for a Chunky Knits Knit-a-long!

September 26, 2014, 18:11 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

Chunky Knits cover (3)Fall is officially here, we’ve entered jacket season, and in about five minutes, it’ll be hat season. Don’t be left out in the cold! Join us for a Chunky Knits knit-a-long (KAL) to make the Button-Up Slouchy Hat and stay warm in the coming months.

 

If you missed it, you can download a free copy of the pattern here.

 

Between the months of October and March slouchy hats are my daily wardrobe staple. I hate it when my ears get cold, so I typically pick my hat patterns based on potential ear coverage. That makes the Button-Up Slouchy Hat perfect for me. See how toasty her ears are?

 

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Fellow Lark editor, Deborah Stack, will be joining me for this mini KAL journey and it’s a notable one for her:

 

“For my entire life, I have struggled to wrangle my curly hair into any sort of order. After many failed attempts to style a hand-knit hat many years ago, I’ve built up the courage to try again. I always wanted a jaunty red hat and a stashed skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky in Cardinal seemed to fit the bill.

 

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While picking up the heart buttons at my LYS, a gorgeous skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky caught my attention. I couldn’t let this incredible yarn sit alone in the sale bin. Now my worries have extended far beyond how to stuff miles of unruly curls into a knitted hat–I need to pick a color!”

 

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As for me, I’ll be casting on with The Plucky Knitter’s Plucky Bulky in the color Hop Diggity and using these adorable bicycle buttons from the famed Jennie the Potter. The yarn was a gift from a dear friend who deeply understands my penchant for green fiber and the buttons are my first purchase from my very first NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. I’ll be proudly wearing this hat and displaying these buttons in Rhinebeck next month, so they’ll finally come full circle.

 

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What are your yarn and button plans? Do you have a color preference to help Deborah decide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Next week we’ll show you work-in-progress shots.

 

Chunky Knits by Ashley Little will be available starting on October 14th, so be sure to pre-order your copy.

 
 
 
 
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Chunky Knits: Free Sneak Preview Pattern

September 19, 2014, 19:26 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

Chunky Knits cover (3)What’s not to love about fall? Pumpkin spice lattes, fall foliage, and the handknits finally come out of storage to keep us warm once again. The morning air is turning crisp here in New York City and you know hat weather will be upon us soon.

 

Kick off your fall knitting with the Button-Up Slouchy Hat by Amanda Lilley. Here’s a free sneak preview pattern for you from the forthcoming book Chunky Knits by Ashley Little, publishing on October 14th.

 

Free Download: Chunky Knits – Button-Up Slouchy Hat

 

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I’m definitely eyeing my stash for just the right yarn and buttons to cast on. I think a knit-a-long will be in order soon. Stay tuned!

 

In the meantime, pre-order your copy of Chunky Knits today.