Category Archives: crochet

Stars + Stripes Blanket

The idea for Tucked In, a collection of crochet afghans designed by everyone here at the office had me reaching for four of my favorite Wool of the Andes Superwash colors and immediately crocheting up a storm of test swatches before we even finished outlining the concept! After the first hour, I knew I wanted to do a mixture of granny squares and granny stripes, all that was left to do was to work out how Brass Heather, White, Clarity and Cadet would work together throughout what would become the Squares + Stripes Blanket.

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Little Projects

I always try to keep a small project on my hooks or needles as a sort of crafty "palate cleanser" while I'm working on intense, long-term projects. I've noticed that it helps to keep me motivated and excited about those big pieces if I can take a mini break and finish something else quickly. My newest favorite mini knit is Purl Soho's free Garter Flap Hat (teeny tiny baby sized).

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The Oh-So-Sweet Marguerite Dishcloth

Traveling is a fantastic time to catch up on crafting time. This last spring I visited New Jersey to watch my sister participate in the Special Olympics USA Games. The long plane ride, countless bus trips, and hours of train adventures all paid off with a glorious pile of completed projects.

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Free Patterns Galore!

You may have noticed, in addition to our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths series, we've been releasing a lot of free patterns from outside designers lately! So many cute patterns too - we themed the recent ones around good gifts for children and babies.  We're constantly searching for great free kids patterns, in both knit and crochet, so we're so excited to have so many lovely patterns on the site now.

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Dancing Shells Crocheted Dishcloth

Creating the dishcloth patterns over the last 10 months for the 52 Weeks of Dishcloths has been fun and a challenge for me. I decided experiment with new stitches whether it be knit or crochet. I also have always loved texture, especially 3D texture. The Dancing Shells Dishcloth, made with Dishie, was the perfect choice for a new look in crochet!

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Chroma Granny Stripe Crochet Cowl

I LOVE taking two radically different Chroma colors, pairing them up and then working stripes until both skeins run out. I especially like how Chroma looks in a Granny crochet stitch, each little 3dc cluster is a slightly different color from the last and the gradual fade between colors is wonderfully mesmerizing.

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Fruity Loops Dishcloth

Start your day off right with a dishcloth of deliciously intense fruit flavors. Made with whole cotton fiber and lightly sweetened, Fruity Loops makes dish washing fun, and is a complete source of rainbow cheer.

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Knitting (and crocheting) with Chroma

So have you seen our new Chroma yarn colors? We've had the samples in the office for several months and we've been dying to show them to you! I think these are my favorite batch of colors we've put out - both the neutrals and the super cheery brights.

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Junior, The Cloud Pillow

During the book sale, I reviewed the book Amigurumi at Home by Ana Paula Rimoli. I toiled over which pattern I would crochet - the teacup rug, the tooth pillow, the dog or cat footwarmers? In the end, the pattern I chose wasn't any of the projects I highlighted in that post. I made a cloud pillow, and I named him Junior. Made in all single crochet, he was the fastest and most fun project I've made in quite some time.

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