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12 Weeks of Gifting – Free Hue Shift Afghan Pattern!

Week 5 of our 12 Weeks of Gifting and we have a treat for you! This week, our freebie is probably our most popular pattern ever. If you haven’t got your copy yet, now is the time to get the Hue Shift Afghan!

Hue Shift Afghan - Free Afghan Pattern until Oct 31 2016 at knitpicks.com

It’s easy to see why this pattern is so popular – it’s beautiful way to play with color and the mitered squares are very addicting to knit. Since it uses Brava Sport, there are endless combinations of colors. We’ve included three additional colorways with this pattern – such as the pretty Soft colorway shown below.

Hue Shift Afghan - Free Afghan Pattern until Oct 31 2016 at knitpicks.com

All of use here absolutely love this pattern – I made my own version of it last year in fact!

Hue Shift Afghan - Free Afghan Pattern until Oct 31 2016 at knitpicks.com

I decided to knit mine in Mighty Stitch Worsted instead so it’s a bit bigger (it’s about a 60″ square, while the original is a 50″ square) and used a bit more yarn (about skein and half of each color, plus 3 for the border). I used colors similar to the original rainbow version and I just love how it turned out. The squares are so much fun to knit – garter and stripes are my favorite! If you’ve never done mitered squares, we have a great little tutorial to get you started. And best of all – there is very little seaming (my nemesis), as you are creating four panels of twenty five squares where, as you finish one square, you are picking up stitches for the next. Then four panels are then seamed together and the border is picked up. You’ll be finished in no time!

Hue Shift Afghan - Free Afghan Pattern until Oct 31 2016 at knitpicks.com

I can’t recommend this pattern enough. Be sure to download your version quick as it’ll only be free for one week only!

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Hue Shift Afghan – Free until Oct 31
Brava Sport
Mighty Stitch Worsted

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The Winter Blues Have Arrived!

I’m embracing the long winter months ahead with a delicious wintery blue Brava project. Like most everyone, I have a major crush on any rainbow palette – be it a full-on Crayola extravaganza or a subtle monochromatic transition. I was delighted when we expanded our Brava acrylic worsted palette to include just the perfect hues for my dream crochet blanket.

Brava Blues
Aren’t they gorgeous? In case you’re wondering, they are as follows:
Left to right: Marina, Cornflower,Peacock, Tidepool, Silver, Dove Heather, Clarity, White

Brava Blues

Brava Blues

I’m planning on doing a chevron pattern, like this one. Should create a lovely, wave-like effect!

What is your favorite set of colors? Any particular rainbow combinations you favor?


Knit & Crochet in Public Week: Knittin’ Out in the Open

Crafting started as something fun to do once in a while, like during a rainy day or on the odd vacation weekend. I have a few memories of making massive collages of tiny horses cut out of magazines, or sorting through a giant jar of buttons.

That was all before I picked up a pair of knitting needles late in high school. From that moment on I needed to craft. It became a lifestyle. I knit in class, on the bus, during movies, on car rides to the store and especially in parks on nice days. Today I always have a larger project to work on at home and a smaller portable project to work on when I’m out in the fresh air and I noticed during this past round of craft shows that I always love picking up purses and tote bags but my first thought was always “hmmm… how much knitting can I fit in here?” 20130610_0051

I’m not making a statement with my public craftitude, instead I’m simply keeping busy and working through my stash no matter where I am. I do get a little thrill whenever a stranger asks what I’m making or even just correctly identifies whether I’m sewing, knitting or crocheting (conversely, I HATE it when someone asks what I’m sewing when I’m clearly knitting… sheesh!).

I think the project that has spent the most time out and about with me is my Hue Shift Afghan. I bought the yarn after I saw the finished blanket when it came through the office, well before I even shot it for the catalog! I couldn’t WAIT to get started!

Well, almost exactly one year later I just finished weaving in the last end. It is by far my most long-term project and one of the least portable but I wanted to finish it so badly that I wound up lugging it around with me for the past five months.

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Now it’s officially done (complete with a photo!) so now the space in my purse for projects is freed up and I’m definitely at a bit of a loss for what to start next! I think I’m due for a few toys or mittens. Lately I’ve been grabbing a ball of yarn and a crochet hook instead of reaching for my circulars when I head out on a date or to a coffee shop. I love how portable and quick Amigurumi or granny squares can be!