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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.

 
 
 
 
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One + One

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knitter in possession of two skeins of yarn, must be in want of a striped shawl.”

 

I may be misquoting the first line of Pride and Prejudice, but I would argue that if Jane Austen were a knitter today this is exactly what she’d say. Striped shawls are very on-trend and we’ve got the perfect free pattern for you.

 

The Old and New Shawl uses just two skeins of DK weight yarn and is from Iris Schreier’s latest book, One + One: Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets. Pair a variegated skein with a semi-solid for a similar look to this sample:

 

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Download your free copy of this pattern here: Old_and_New_Shawl_free_pattern, or store it in your Ravelry library.

 

Be sure to grab your copy of One + One: Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets and cast on today!

 
 
 
 
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Doodle StitchingAdmit it: We’re all guilty of gifting the last-minute, generic card stuffed with some cash as a holiday present—or, if we are feeling fancy, a special Hallmark card with a cash holder—and then feeling the shame of being thoughtless. Well, this holiday season why not give a thoughtful homemade gift, instead? And, there is no other author ready for the challenge than Aimee Ray.

 

The latest installment in her successful Doodle Stitching series is the Holiday Motif Collection arriving in stores this month. Loaded with 20+ projects and over 300 new and original motifs, there are tons of great embroidery ideas and templates focused on the holidays, and other festive seasons as well. To celebrate the release of this wonderful new collection, here’s a look at some of the projects from the book:

 

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There are over 20 projects with step-by-step instructions.

 

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Following the basics and projects, holiday-themed motifs follow for quick transfers.

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Also included are other holiday themes, such as New Year’s and Valentine’s Day patterns.

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Be sure to order your copy of Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection today to get a jump start on your holiday crafts!

 
 
 
 
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One + OneWe published One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets last week and Iris Schreier was kind enough to take a few minutes to chat about the latest addition to this series.

 

How did you develop the idea for the One + One series?

I love the concept of the One + One books in general, because they give you project ideas for combining 2 unrelated skeins of yarn that could be completely mismatched.  Many people are often interested in a larger project that uses 2 skeins of yarn, and here’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to use 2 skeins together, whether in interesting slip stitch patterns, a layering look, double-knitting, or simple striping.

 

What can readers expect out of the latest installment to the series?

The latest installment includes some contemporary designs that are brand new, and will be fun for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced knitting.  The book has something for everyone, with 29 projects that cover a huge range of designs and silhouettes.

 

What influenced your designs in this book?

As always, my designs are influenced by the yarns and I love the softness and drape of the lovely luxurious Artyarns yarns used in the pieces, as well as the spectacular colors that make them pop.

 

When you’re designing what comes to mind first—the yarn or the idea for the pattern?

When I design for a new yarn, I have to basically gain an understanding of the yarn for which I am designing, and I live with it for a while–swatching, blocking, ripping, over and over, until I am happy that the design takes best advantage of the yarn.

 

What project do you have on the needles right now?

I am working on a cardigan with a cable/lace collar top-down with a new yarn, Merino Cloud, which is 80% Merino/20% Cashmere.  Also on a shawl version of the September Knitalong.

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What project from this book are you planning to cast on soon?

Personally I really need to make the very, very easy and lovely Versatile Neck Hug, because it will be so much fun to knit using the soft and delicious Silk Mohair, but even better, this is the ultimate hoodie/cowl for winter, and I know I I will get great use out if it.  It can be folded down to nothing in my bag, and slipped on for protection from the cold.

 

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Iris, that WIP cardigan is looking super fantastic on you and thank you so much for chatting today!

 

Check out all of the patterns in One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets on Ravelry and be sure to order your copy today.

 
 
 
 
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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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An Ode to Cephalopod Yarns

July 18, 2014, 16:36 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

On Tuesday, July 15th, Sarah Eyre, co-owner of Cephalopod Yarns, announced the immediate closing of her beloved hand-dyed yarn business. For fiber lovers everywhere this news—and the unfortunate reasoning behind it—sent a ripple of mourning throughout the community. We mourn the only way a fiber lover knows how—we find the last existing skeins and stash up immediately.

Cephalopod Yarns’ final trunk show is taking place right now at KNIT Long Island in Roslyn, NY, so obviously a pilgrimage was born!

A bounty of delicious fiber came home with us, but don’t worry—we left plenty for the rest of you:


 

Sarah herself will be at KNIT Long Island on Monday, July 21st, for a fitting denouement to a brand that will be sorely missed. For location and store hours, visit KNIT Long Island’s website.

Huge thanks to Audrey Bernhard and Cheryl Lavenhar, co-owners of KNIT Long Island, for welcoming us to their store and letting us roam free. It was our first trip, but it will definitely not be our last!

(Pro Tip: Audrey hinted that Sarah may be bringing some additional remaining stock on Monday. This is not to be missed.)

 

Written by Connie Santisteban and Deborah Stack.

 
 
 
 
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It already feels like we’re approaching peak summer heat, but don’t worry! You don’t have to put your knitting away until Labor Day. There are plenty of yarns and projects that you can keep knitting all through the summer months, even if you don’t have air conditioning.

I’m the author of the Lark Crafts book, Sock Yarn Studio. Inside my book are over 25 different knitting patterns specially designed for sock yarn.

What’s the big deal about sock yarn? Well, it’s one of the lightest weights of knitting yarn they make. Because it’s lightweight, it’s especially suited for knitting in warmer weather. Instead of having thick yarn that sits in your lap in a big heavy pile and makes you perspire, sock yarn is thin and lightweight, and you can make an entire project with just one skein. You can also find lots of sock yarns that contain plant fibers, like cotton, silk, tencel and bamboo – fibers which are naturally cool.

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The first section of patterns in Sock Yarn Studio features projects that take only one skein of sock yarn, and many of them are small projects that knit up relatively fast. For example, the Lisatra Cowl is a pattern knit up in a blend of silk and wool, with a fun lacy pattern.

 

 

Another great pattern with lacy stitch work is the Vert Cap, designed by Hunter Hammersen. (I’m especially partial to this one because my daughter is the girl modeling the cap in the book!)

 

 

If you’ve ever wanted to try entrelac, the Thornapple Wristers are another fun project with a single strip of entrelac on each wrister – just enough to get the hang of it but not so much that it’s overwhelming. Elizabeth Morrison designed these wristers and they look fabulous when you knit them in a yarn with slowly morphing colors, like the Crystal Palace Sausalito used in the sample.

 

 

I’ll even fess up and tell you that I knit a couple of the projects in the book during the summer, in smaller bites. The Lizalu blanket is made from oddballs of leftover sock yarn. Even though it ends up as a big blanket, it’s knit in strips. I took the strips for the blanket with me all over the summer that I worked on the book.

 

 

I knit strips in the car, during a Phillies game, at cookouts, even on the beach. The strips are easy to work even if you’re not paying really close attention (or sipping a wine spritzer by the pool!) and you can knit a bunch of strips, use up leftover balls of yarn, and then join them when the weather gets a little cooler.

So dig out your copy of Sock Yarn Studio (or order it if you haven’t yet!) and find a great project in lightweight yarns to keep your needles clicking all through the summer. Cheers!

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Carol Sulcoski is a former attorney turned knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer and teacher. She is the author of several knitwear pattern books including Sock Yarn Studio and Lace Yarn Studio, coming in Spring 2015 from Lark Crafts. For more information—or to buy some of her scrumptious yarn—visit www.blackbunnyfibers.com.

 
 
 
 
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Cute Crochet World giveaway!

July 03, 2014, 09:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

Free book and project giveaway! To celebrate the recent release of Suzann Thompson’s new book, we are giving away three free copies of Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More, along with one of three delightful motifs from the book: a Martian, a vintage television, or a gingerbread couple.

With Cute Crochet World, learn to crochet more than 50 different motifs, like scrumptious cupcakes and colorful crayons. With designs that fall into 6 different categories, including seasons, home, food, and critters, Thompson’s delightful and colorful collection has something for everyone. These adorable and quirky projects are great for embellishing fashion and home accessories or making jewelry and ornaments. You can even use them to customize stationary. The perfect size for crafting on the go, Thompson’s creations are fun and simple to make, with detailed instructions and a number of photographs.

Suzann Thompson has crocheted and knitted since childhood. In junior high, she earned a fortune (of several hundred dollars) by crocheting and selling granny-square handbags. However, she later chose writing and designing over mass production. The author of Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden (both Lark), Suzann also teaches and writes about crochet, knitting, and polymer clay. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dublin, TX. Follow her on Instagram at @cutecrochetworld.

 

ENTER TO WIN:

A copy of Cute Crochet World

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Either a Martian, vintage television, or gingerbread couple

 

Just leave a comment from Thursday, July 3 to Friday, July 11 and 3 lucky craft winners will be chosen to win our Lark gift giveaway!