Spring is almost over – can you believe it? Only about a month to go until summer, and I don’t know if I’m ready quite yet. The weather in the Northwest has been everything from 50 to 90 degrees already, giving us a sample of what looks to be the hot summer ahead. So to keep spring around for just a bit longer (at least in my mind, and on my needles) I made some sweater for my daughters. Want to see?
Celebrate this gorgeous weather with some equally stunning new colors in Stroll Tonal and Stroll Hand Painted! It’s time to dust off your favorite sock patterns, refresh your shawl collection and reorder your queue with the six new Hand Painted hanks and ten Tonal colors.
Socks are my addiction. Throughout the year, I always have a pair on my needles, no matter the weather. They are perfect to travel with, usually only take one skein of yarn, and can be worked on even in the heat of the summer when having a sweater or blanket on your lap would be miserable. Our Hawthorne yarn lines are my favorite; in fact, I can’t remember the last pair I knit that wasn’t in Hawthorne and now we highlight this beautiful yarn in our new collection Toasty Toes!
It’s no surprise that dishcloth patterns are some of the most popular downloads on our site. They’re a fun way to learn and practice stitches, without committing to a whole project at once. If you’re new to knitting, they’re a great way to swatch, while still creating something beautiful and useful for your home. Our Zickzack Dishcloth is perfect for new knitters. With only knits and purls, you can create a lovely dishcloth, and learn to read a simple chart, while making it! Of course, if chart reading seems hard, all the instructions are written out in the free pattern, as well.
So grab your needles (we recommend a size US 7/4.5mm set), some yarn (we recommend Dishie, but Cotlin, Shine, or Comfy would work, too), download the free pattern, and follow Stacey through the steps you’ll need to complete your Zickzack dishcloth, today!
Last week marked the start of our biggest and best tool sale, ever! With savings up to 40% off on over 800 accessories, there is definitely something for every knitter and crocheter. It’s also an amazing time to stock up your craft room with those essentials that just always seem to vanish into thin air (…I’m looking at you, tapestry needles and stitch markers)! But the deals don’t stop at small essentials, there are also handy baskets and boxes for yarn storage as well as cases to keep your needles and hooks happy.
Not sure where to start with so many goodies to choose from? We’ve put together a quick list of out top ten must have tools (all at big time savings)!
1. Kacha Kacha Knitting Counter
The practical solution to the “what row was I on?” dilemma! This cute knitting counter has a name that is as fun to say as it is to use. And with each click, you’ll hear a satisfying “kacha” to let you know that another row is complete. Toss one in your knitting bag with your work-in-progress, and you’ll always be on track.
Happy May! We’re coming up to the unofficial start of summer and we’re all about bright & cheerful colors this month. Check out our latest Keeping Home ebook – the sweet Kawaii Spring Spa Set, a free 3 pattern crochet collection by Kalurah Hudson!
Have you downloaded the Jazz Age Crochet Washcloth pattern yet? I have, and like many people somewhat new to crochet, I was not very confident that I have what it takes to make one. If this sounds like you, fear no more! We have a new video tutorial that will teach you all the key steps to crocheting your very own Jazz Age Washcloth. So grab some yarn (any will do, though the pattern suggests CotLin and that’s what Jenny uses for the video), a crochet hook (we use a 4mm hook, though gauge isn’t so important for a washcloth), watch the tutorial, and complete your very own Jazz Age Washcloth!
Embrace comfort knitting with the six tops in our new collection, Take it Easy! These patterns are perfect for weekend brunches, backyard gatherings, getting tea with a friend, or anytime you want a sophisticated look with minimal fuss. Touches of lace, cables, and delicate mesh keep the knitting interesting while shorter sleeves mean you’ll be able to finish these garments in no time. In the spirit of “springier” weather, I thought I’d share three of my favorite patterns from our fabulous new collection!
In case you missed the start of our one-week wool sale, there’s still time to stock up and save on your favorite woolly yarns. There are over 600 yarns on sale, up to 30% off – and there’s just one more day left to save.