Category Archives: Patterns

My Favorite Crochet Book of All Time

Book Sale is on! Do you love new knitting and crochet books? I love them. I find so much inspiration in books, whether they be collections of sweaters and accessories, books on new (or old) techniques, or books about...nonsense. I love making nonsense! By that, I mean mostly impractical items to keep or give away but that are pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of people who see them. When I found in Twinkie Chan's newest book, "Crochet Abode a la Mode", I started making just that. It might be my favorite craft book ever, and so far, I've made four projects from it. Check them out!

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A closer look at Knits for Everybody!

Our new Knits for Everybody pattern collection is our answer to any knitter's age-old quest for basic patterns that fit virtually everyone on their knitting list. No more scouring the internet or your library of books, this pattern collection has everything you need to knit simple hats, mittens, socks, slipper and pullover sweaters in both fingering and worsted weight yarns from newborn to men's XXL sizes. Pretty stellar, huh? Read on for more pictures and descriptions of each pattern!

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Season Shifting Knits Pie Crust Shawlette
Season Shifting Knit Projects

Independent Designer Project Round Up Summer is definitely winding down... the days are shorter, the evenings a bit cooler, and the kids are back in school. Whether this makes you happy or sad, autumn is just around the corner. In preparation for the leaves turning colors and pumpkin-spice flavored everything, I thought I'd do a little round up of season shifting knit projects from Independent Designers to help us transition from lazy summer days to crisp fall nights.

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No Place Like Home

Dorothy was definitely imagining a room full of cozy blankets, plush pillows, and sweet knit home decor when she clicked her ruby shoes together and whispered "There's no place like home!" Decorate your abode with our new No Place Like Home collection, the patterns divided into three distinct styles: Farmhouse Flair, Southwest Style and Lodge Living. There's something for every aesthetic and skill level in this sure-to-be-classic collection.

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City Tweed Sale!

My favorite luxury yarn, City Tweed is our featured yarn sale for the month of August! A blend of dreamy alpaca, and soft merino with distinctively rustic tweedy neps makes this the perfect yarn for sweaters, blankets, and oh-so-giftable accessories. Don't even get me started on the drape (hint: it's fabulous). You can save 20% on your order of City Tweed this month and, if you need an excuse, holiday gift-knitting is right around the corner! With introductions out of the way, it's time to check out some amazing patterns in both City Tweed DK and HW.

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Creative Color: Our New 2016 Fair Isle Collection

Crazy for colorwork? Say "hellooooo!" to our new 2016 Fair Isle collection: Creative Color! This collection is an explosion of gorgeous autumnal jewel-tones, impressive motifs and utterly wearable knits. Newcomers to Fair Isle can try their hand at one of the classic accessories while experienced knitters have plenty of intricate sweaters to choose from for their next knitting challenge. Today we'll be looking at three of the stunning pullovers from this brand new collection.

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9 Things We’re Loving for July

Summer is officially in full swing (even if we're getting a cloudy day here and there still)! And for this month, we were inspired by all things nautical, weekend trips to the beach and stripes on just about everything. Check out a few of our favorite things that we're loving for July - we hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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Summer Yarn Sale and Pattern Inspiration!

Our summer yarn sale is a great time to order some new-to-you yarns or to replenish your stash at a discount! Today, I'll be featuring a few of my favorite yarns in our sale plus patterns that would be perfect for each lovely skein. The Gramcrackers Mitts by Alyssa Copp in Wool of the Andes Tweed make the perfect accessory! Rustic tweedy nepps really shine in this simple pattern. Shown here in Rabbit Heather, I think they would look incredibly stunning in a dark color like Wellies Heather (on sale for $3.14/50g ball). I've knit three sweaters in this incredibly rugged-yet-soft yarn and have become a total super fan-girl for Wellies Heather.

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Last Chance for June Monthly Yarn Sale – The Big Cozy!

June is coming to a close (what, already?!?) which means you only have a couple more days to save 20% on The Big Cozy, our super soft, super bulky yarn! The Big Cozy is a perfect yarn for quick projects - I love to use it for a break from fiddly projects or when I just want to zone out watching a tv show or two. And with a blend of superfine alpaca and highland wool, it's a delight to work with as well! Just grab a pair of supersized needles or hooks and a skein or two and you'll have a completed project in no time.

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Joyful Lace

The flowers are blooming and the days are getting warmer which means it must be time to break out the lace knitting! Lightweight, versatile and oh-so-classic, lace shawls are the perfect accessory to knit and wear. Our new Joyful Lace Pattern Collection is an exquisite compilation of 15 lace designs, just the thing to inspire you to dip into your lace yarns. We'll take a deeper look at three of my favorite patterns from this collection, including the shawl in our brand new Luminance Yarn!

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