Knitting http://knitting.craftgossip.com Patterns, projects and techniques Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:26:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Knit a Patch Full of Pumpkins http://knitting.craftgossip.com/knit-a-patch-full-of-pumpkins/2014/10/01/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/knit-a-patch-full-of-pumpkins/2014/10/01/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:26:05 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15344 Knit a patch of pumpkins with these free patterns.Now that it’s October, fall is really here and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. So you might as well have one on your knitting needles too, right?

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Knit a patch of pumpkins with these free patterns.Now that it’s October, fall is really here and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. So you might as well have one on your knitting needles too, right?

The good news is there are lots of really cute options for knit pumpkins on Ravelry and elsewhere, so you can knit up a whole wooly pumpkin patch in different styles and colors if you like.

Natural Suburbia has a really cute, simple and quick (though all those words could probably be used for all of these) little pumpkin that’s a whole 13 rounds long. You can probably knit it in less than an hour!

The Curly Purly Pumpkin Pattern is a great one because you can knit it with any yarn you happen to have around. Pick corresponding needles (or go down a needle size to make the fabric a little firmer for stuffing), cast on 35 and you’re ready to go.

Knit Picks’ Spice and Clove Pumpkins are available as knit or crochet patterns, and they’re kind of nice because they are more of a harvest orange rather than a Halloween orange (much like my Pumpkin Spice Knit Bowl, by the way).

Anne Mancine’s Funky Pumpkins look great in novelty yarn, but you can use whatever yarn you have on hand for these rustic beauties.

Jordana Paige made pretty felted pumpkins for Knitty, which you can stitch up in two different sizes. Another cute felted option comes from Joy Jannotti.

And Jan Lewis’ Autumn Pumpkins are a nice simple pattern worked in the round with an I-cord stem and a garter stitch leaf. Cute!

Have you ever knit a pumpkin? I’m really thinking about it now!

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Are You Ready for Sweater Weather? http://knitting.craftgossip.com/are-you-ready-for-sweater-weather/2014/10/01/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/are-you-ready-for-sweater-weather/2014/10/01/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:36:40 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15339 Are you ready for sweater weather? Take the quizYou probably know by now that I am not a huge fan of BuzzFeed, or Internet quizzes, but I couldn’t resist sharing this quiz to help you determine if you’re ready for sweater weather.

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Are you ready for sweater weather? Take the quizYou probably know by now that I am not a huge fan of BuzzFeed, or Internet quizzes, but I couldn’t resist sharing this quiz to help you determine if you’re ready for sweater weather.

I’m pretty sure you don’t need a quiz to know if you are or aren’t, but it’s still kind of fun.

You get a point for every statement you agree with, ranging from things like “Seeing my breath create a little cloud of fog fills my heart with JOY” to “I wish I could live inside a sweater.”born ready for sweater month

It will surprise no one that my quiz results determined I was born ready for sweater weather.

If you’re ready but your knit sweater wardrobe is a little lacking, I’m going to hook you up with some great project ideas and advice through the month. For now I’d love to know if you’ve knit sweaters before and if you have any questions you’d like me to answer this month.

Or, do you have a favorite sweater pattern? Share it!

I’m excited to focus on sweaters with you this month. Let’s dive in and get cozy.

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A Headload of Hat Patterns http://knitting.craftgossip.com/a-headload-of-hat-patterns/2014/09/30/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/a-headload-of-hat-patterns/2014/09/30/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:18:32 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15328 a few great hats for fall and winterIn the latest installment of Sarah Cleans Out Her E-mail, I bring you a collection of great hats to knit for fall and winter from some great yarn companies. Enjoy!

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a few great hats for fall and winterIn the latest installment of Sarah Cleans Out Her E-mail, I bring you a collection of great hats to knit for fall and winter from some great yarn companies. Enjoy!

From Lion Brand Yarn:

The Lacework Hat is a fun season-spanning design, because the openwork gives you some airflow on warmer days, but the weight of the yarn adds warmth.

For a much warmer choice, the Amelia Earflap Hat is a great option. Worked in wool on big needles, this is a quick project, too.

The Vintage Glam Turban may be a little more about looking good than keeping warm, but it looks really cool and it’s just a long rectangle of knitting that you can fashion how ever you like to make a turban (and you can always sew in place when you find a style you like).

And the Seed Banded Slouch Hat is adorable and a great way for a newer knitter to practice different stitch patterns, and come out with a hat that doesn’t look like it was knit by a new knitter.

classic elite hats

And from Classic Elite:

The Purl Dot Hat is a really cool concept that came about by playing with the notion of purling stitches in a contrasting color on a background of Stockinette Stitch. I love the effect, which almost looks like beading. And I happen to have some leftover Color by Kristin…

For those looking for something a little fancier, the Leaf Lace Hat is a great choice. It’s a beret style hat with a wagon wheel increase pattern that opens up into leaves. Really pretty, and I love the muted color the sample was knit in. Who knew purple could be a neutral?

Have a favorite hat patten you’d like to share? Add it to the comments.

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Get a Jump on Halloween Crafting with a Free eBook from Red Heart http://knitting.craftgossip.com/get-a-jump-on-halloween-crafting-with-a-free-ebook-from-red-heart/2014/09/30/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/get-a-jump-on-halloween-crafting-with-a-free-ebook-from-red-heart/2014/09/30/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:11:57 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15324 check out this free halloween pattern book from red heartMy daughter usually knows just what she wants to be for Halloween months in advance, but this year she’s given me no warning (I have an Elsa costume in reserve, just in case).

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check out this free halloween pattern book from red heartMy daughter usually knows just what she wants to be for Halloween months in advance, but this year she’s given me no warning (I have an Elsa costume in reserve, just in case).

But if you’re already making plans for Halloween costumes and decor, you need to check out Red Heart’s Trick or Treat pattern ebook. This collection has 16 projects — both knit and crochet — for little trick or treaters.

Crochet a “snow princess” dress or a knight costume, or knit a “flower princess” dress and cape or a hat fit for a mummy.

There’s also a wee witch hat and dress for the baby who still wants a little Halloween fun.

Treat bags shown in crochet would also be pretty easy to adapt for knitting, so check it out if you’d like to craft something for your little monster this year.

[Photo via Red Heart.]

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Knitwear is an Art Form at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum http://knitting.craftgossip.com/knitwear-is-an-art-form-at-londons-fashion-and-textile-museum/2014/09/29/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/knitwear-is-an-art-form-at-londons-fashion-and-textile-museum/2014/09/29/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:30:38 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15320 knitwear on exhibit at London's textile museumIf I lived anywhere near London at all, I would have to take some time in the next few months to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum, which is running an exhibit called “Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood” through January 15.… Read More ...

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knitwear on exhibit at London's textile museumIf I lived anywhere near London at all, I would have to take some time in the next few months to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum, which is running an exhibit called “Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood” through January 15.

The exhibit features knitwear from throughout the 20th century, ranging from 1920s Chanel to knits inspired by punk and pop culture.

Just looking at the pictures on the exhibit website makes me swoon a little bit. The shapes, textures and colors in these designs are just amazing.

The exhibit was the subject of a piece on the Guardian’s fashion blog, in which the author said visiting the museum made her want to get her out knitting needles. I understand the feeling.

In all the exhibit has more than 150 pieces from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, including some rare pieces like Chanel cardigans, 1930s swimwear and pieces from Missoni and other famous knitwear names.

The blogger writes, “Whether machine-produced for the general market or hand-knitted during wartime rationing, the garments on display give a sense of the emotional investment that went into their creation.”

I think that sums up a bit of how and why we knit, regardless of what we’re knitting or for whom. It’s a passionate, emotional investment of our time and energy. We want to put good thoughts and feelings into our work that can somehow be felt by people looking at or wearing them.

But she also notes that in fashion, knitwear is often looked down on. It’s the hope that exhibits like this (and an earlier one featuring the stunning work of Kaffe Fassett) and the work of knitters like us will make more people realize that knitting really is a work of art.

[Photo via the Fashion and Textile Museum.]

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Giveaway: Knitting for a Cure http://knitting.craftgossip.com/giveaway-knitting-for-a-cure/2014/09/29/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/giveaway-knitting-for-a-cure/2014/09/29/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:42:50 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15317 enter to win a copy of knitting for a cureOctober, as we all probably know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Kay Meadors has a lovely little book of patterns called Knitting for a Cure, full of 18 projects to offer support and encouragement to people in treatment, … Read More ...

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enter to win a copy of knitting for a cureOctober, as we all probably know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Kay Meadors has a lovely little book of patterns called Knitting for a Cure, full of 18 projects to offer support and encouragement to people in treatment, survivors and loved ones who have been touched by breast cancer.

The projects are all worked in shades of pink and many use the awareness ribbon as a motif, but of course these same projects could be worked in other colors to highlight different causes or diseases.

There are lots of shawls and scarves in the book as well as hats, mitts, pillows and other items for the home.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, October 5. If you have a breast cancer story you’re willing to share I’d love to hear it. Or tell me your favorite cause to bring awareness to, through knitting or otherwise.

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing. Good luck!

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Washcloths Shaped Like Animals, Because, Why Not? http://knitting.craftgossip.com/washcloths-shaped-like-animals-because-why-not/2014/09/26/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/washcloths-shaped-like-animals-because-why-not/2014/09/26/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:49:16 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15308 A dozen ways to clean up with knit animal washcloths. You're welcome.Yesterday I saw the latest pattern in the Knit Picks 52 weeks of dishcloths collection. Called Bear With Me, it’s a adorable little center out circle colored and embellished to look like a bear! I almost can’t even stand … Read More ...

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A dozen ways to clean up with knit animal washcloths. You're welcome.Yesterday I saw the latest pattern in the Knit Picks 52 weeks of dishcloths collection. Called Bear With Me, it’s a adorable little center out circle colored and embellished to look like a bear! I almost can’t even stand it.

While it would probably have been enough just to share that one with you, I decided to head to Raverly, thinking surely some other creative souls have knit washcloths to look like animals.

Why, yes, my friends, they have.

Behold and get your needles ready for some cuteness.

Fish: Check out Lucia Tedesco’s Fish, which comes in two sizes for washcloths or other fun; cheezombie’s Flappy Flounder from Knitty (it has knit eyes!); and Flat Fish from Royal Redneck.

For more water-loving animals, try the Froggy Bath Puppet from brileyknits or Soapy the Soap Turtle by RosebyAny. So cute!

Birds: the Owl Puffs by Jenna Krupar can be left unstuffed to make a washcloth, or try the Owlie Soap Sack (scroll down the page a bit) from Live Lovely.

Wildlife: One Giraffe in a Million by Julie L. Anderson is really cute and could be made into other animals, and while the Grr washcloth from Alice Bell in Knitty isn’t really shaped like a lion, it does have an awesome loop stitch mane.

If you like your animals a little tamer, there’s always the Bunny Blanket from Lion Brand Yarn, which could be worked in cotton as a washcloth with a built-in toy; and the Kitty Bath Mitt, also from LB.

If your kid still thinks bathtime is boring after all that, I just don’t know what to say.

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Catching Up on Cowls http://knitting.craftgossip.com/catching-up-on-cowls/2014/09/25/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/catching-up-on-cowls/2014/09/25/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:41:58 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15304 It seems like all of a sudden I have a ton of knitting patterns in my email that I want to share with you, so I’m going to be doing a few fall and winter project roundups over the next … Read More ...

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It seems like all of a sudden I have a ton of knitting patterns in my email that I want to share with you, so I’m going to be doing a few fall and winter project roundups over the next week or so. I’d love it if you wanted to share some of your favorite patterns in the comments, too.

First up, cowls, because I really want to knit one this weekend. I have a large supply of Berroco Brio left over from my book and I almost can’t stand it. It’s such pretty, big, fluffy stuff and it’s super fun to work with, so I think that’s going to be on my needles soon.

If you’re in the market for a new cowl pattern for fall (or, heck, for spring in the Southern Hemisphere) here are a few great ideas.a few great free cowl patterns from Lion Brand Yarn

From Lion Brand Yarn

  • This Simple Mobius Cowl is made with a pretty silk yarn (see, great for spring, too) with a simple elongated stitch pattern. It’s even worked flat and seamed so it’s a great option for a newer knitter.
  • The Daybreak Cowl looks complex because there are lots of stripes, but it uses mostly one normal sized skein of yarn as well as a collection of mini-balls. Cute and economical!
  • The Level 3 Knit Cowl has a strange name but it’s a cute cabled and textured knit cowl that’s a pretty small project with a lot of interest packed in. (It’s called level 3 because that’s the skill level, which in LB’s case means easy+.)
  • And the Tweed Cowl is a super easy one skein project for newer knitters. Worked in basketweave in the round, it’s quick and easy for knitters of all skill levels.

free cowl patternsClassic Elite Yarns recently featured a striped cowl in its newsletter. Worked in two different kinds of yarn, and three different colors of each, this project is really interesting and the vast majority of it is just straight stripes, so it’s pretty easy, too.

And from Tahki Stacy Charles, there’s the simple and stunning Simona Cowl, which is just ribbing but worked in cashmere and fine merino, it will feel anything but ordinary. And for those who like their cowls a little chunkier, there’s the Anastasia Cowl, worked in two colors in Double Moss Stitch. It’ll knit up in a jiffy to keep you warm and fashionable or as a great holiday gift.

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Leafy Mittens to Knit for Fall http://knitting.craftgossip.com/leafy-mittens-to-knit-for-fall/2014/09/25/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/leafy-mittens-to-knit-for-fall/2014/09/25/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:25:25 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15301 celelbrate fall with these leafy mittensNow that it’s fall, you might be thinking about the need to keep your body warm as the weather gets colder. If it’s cool in the fall where you live, you’ll want to knit up a pair of Falling Leaves Read More ...

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celelbrate fall with these leafy mittensNow that it’s fall, you might be thinking about the need to keep your body warm as the weather gets colder. If it’s cool in the fall where you live, you’ll want to knit up a pair of Falling Leaves Mittens by Kat from Just Crafty Enough.

I love that she found a self-striping yarn that goes through all the colors of the fall leaves (which she made work by cutting out some sections) and they just look really warma nd cozy.

Are you knitting anything special for fall? I need to get started on my daughter’s gloves! I’d love to hear what you’re working on.

[Photo via Just Crafty Enough.]

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Practice Your Mitering Skills on a Simple Washcloth http://knitting.craftgossip.com/practice-your-mitering-skills-on-a-simple-washcloth/2014/09/24/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/practice-your-mitering-skills-on-a-simple-washcloth/2014/09/24/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:19:13 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15298 learn to knit mitered squares with this washcloth patternKnitting mitered squares is a really fun knitting technique that looks a lot more complicated than it is. All you’re really doing is strategically decreasing at the middle of the project to make it into a square.

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learn to knit mitered squares with this washcloth patternKnitting mitered squares is a really fun knitting technique that looks a lot more complicated than it is. All you’re really doing is strategically decreasing at the middle of the project to make it into a square.

Once you’ve tried it you’ll come up with all sorts of uses for it.

I’ve got a rundown on the basics from Kara Gott Warner over on my About site, but you can also just learn how to do it by knitting a simple mitered square project like this washcloth from the Chilly Dog.

Use any cotton yarn you’ve got handy and take a few minutes to stitch this one up and you’ll be a master of miters in no time.

Have you ever knit mitered squares? I’d love to hear what you do with them!

[Photo via the Chilly Dog.]

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Fun Ways to Find More Time to Knit http://knitting.craftgossip.com/fun-ways-to-find-more-time-to-knit/2014/09/24/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/fun-ways-to-find-more-time-to-knit/2014/09/24/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:05:32 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15294 Learn to knit while walking, and other great ways to make time for knitting.Now that fall is officially here in the northern part of the world, I know we’re all planning a lot of great knitting projects and hoping for more time to knit.

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Learn to knit while walking, and other great ways to make time for knitting.Now that fall is officially here in the northern part of the world, I know we’re all planning a lot of great knitting projects and hoping for more time to knit.

But knitting time doesn’t just happen; sometimes you have to make it happen.

I have a pretty good list of ways to find more time for knitting over at About, which includes the sage advice to never watch TV without knitting in your hands. That’s how I get a lot of my knitting done (even though we only watch about an hour a day).

But I also love this list of 28 ways to find extra knitting time from Elizabeth Bagwell over at LoveKnitting. I’ve only done a few of these, but they’re all pretty sound. I particularly like the idea of experiments in housekeeping.

What do you do to make more time to knit? I’d love to hear your tips!

[Photo via LoveKnitting.]

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Great Ways to Weave in Ends http://knitting.craftgossip.com/great-ways-to-weave-in-ends/2014/09/23/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/great-ways-to-weave-in-ends/2014/09/23/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:51:33 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15287 Use duplicate stitch to weave in ends (and other tips).I confess I’m not great at weaving in ends. Sometimes it’s hard to decide exactly where to put them, or it can get tricky in colorwork knitting to hide them in the right places. And I suffer from end creep. … Read More ...

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Use duplicate stitch to weave in ends (and other tips).I confess I’m not great at weaving in ends. Sometimes it’s hard to decide exactly where to put them, or it can get tricky in colorwork knitting to hide them in the right places. And I suffer from end creep. A lot.

Jane Richmond is clearly much better at weaving in ends than I am, and she shared her tips and tricks at Very Shannon as part of her summer sweater knitalong.

You should click through and check out all her tips, but her hidden ends are basically worked in duplicate stitch, which is a great way to do it.

She shows how to work in ends on both the knit side and the purl side, using contrasting and matching yarn, so you can see how to do it and also see how much you can’t really see it when it’s done.

In addition she has a great visible way of weaving in ends that gets them out of the way but makes them really easy to pull out if you find you need to rip up the knitting at some point.

How do you weave  in ends? I do sometimes do the duplicate stitch method but have never gotten into the habit of doing it all the time. Maybe I need to try harder!

[Photo via Very Shannon.]

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Knit a Sweet Sweater for Your Little Pumpkin http://knitting.craftgossip.com/knit-a-sweet-sweater-for-your-little-pumpkin/2014/09/23/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/knit-a-sweet-sweater-for-your-little-pumpkin/2014/09/23/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:37:35 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15284 Look at Vickie Howell's sweet Scardey Cat Cardi!Now that I’m not working on a book any more, I’ve been making it up to my daughter by knitting her some stuff for a change. And I’m pretty sure if she saw Vickie Howell’s newest pattern, the Scardey Cat Read More ...

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Look at Vickie Howell's sweet Scardey Cat Cardi!Now that I’m not working on a book any more, I’ve been making it up to my daughter by knitting her some stuff for a change. And I’m pretty sure if she saw Vickie Howell’s newest pattern, the Scardey Cat Cardi, she would want it to go to the top of the to-knit list.

This cute striped cardigan is sized for kids aged 2, 4 and 6 and is worked from the top down with short sleeves (if you live somewhere cooler you could always make longer sleeves).

The cutest detail of all, though, is the little patch pockets shaped like cats. Adorable.

Vickie’s version is worked in black and white, but I happen to have some magenta and gray in that yarn (book leftovers, naturally) that would be really cute, too.

[Photo via Vickie Howell.]

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Giveaway: 3 Leisure Arts Pattern Stitch Booklets http://knitting.craftgossip.com/giveaway-3-leisure-arts-pattern-stitch-booklets/2014/09/22/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/giveaway-3-leisure-arts-pattern-stitch-booklets/2014/09/22/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:20:40 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15280 Congratulations to Teresa!

I’m a sucker for a good pattern stitch dictionary, and I’ve got way more of them on my shelves than you’d expect for a person who sticks to basic stitch patterns most of the time.

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Congratulations to Teresa!

I’m a sucker for a good pattern stitch dictionary, and I’ve got way more of them on my shelves than you’d expect for a person who sticks to basic stitch patterns most of the time.

But these books can be a lot of fun for inspiration, and this week I’ve got three little booklets by Rita Weiss from Leisure Arts and the Creative Partners, LLC, that are sure to inspire some swatching and fun knitting projects.

One winner will receive a copy of each of these three books:

Each book offers big pictures and written instructions for each stitch pattern. Each pattern takes up a full page (or more, with some) so you get a good look at how the stitch pattern looks over several repeats.

These would be great as blocks for a throw or to make a full afghan, or incorporate them into other projects.

If you’d like a chance to win these, leave a comment on this post by the end of the day Sunday, September 28. I’d love to hear how you incorporate different stitch patterns into your knitting projects, or if you’re a stitch pattern book hoarder like I am!

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing, and good luck!

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Check out the Yarnspirations Look Book http://knitting.craftgossip.com/check-out-the-yarnspirations-look-book/2014/09/22/ http://knitting.craftgossip.com/check-out-the-yarnspirations-look-book/2014/09/22/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:57:02 +0000 http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15277 check out the yarnspirations lookbook for fallThe people at Yarnspirations clearly got the memo that big knits are in this year, because their look book is full of them.

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check out the yarnspirations lookbook for fallThe people at Yarnspirations clearly got the memo that big knits are in this year, because their look book is full of them.

The book includes 13 knitting projects and 5 crochet projects, and virtually all of them are big in scale.

For instance there’s the Ease Pullover with coordinating scarf, a big, boxy pullover worked in moss stitch. The Strand-tastic Cowl is a bulky knit worked with a roving style yarn in a stranded pattern where the floats are on the outside of the work. And the Simply Garter Cowl is exactly that; worked in huge yarn it will be finished in no time.

There are some projects with a slightly smaller scale like the Hi Lo Pullover, a pretty, heavily cabled pullover with a hi-low hem. I also like the Folksy Yoke, a roomy cardigan with fair isle flowers and other designs.

You can check out the lookbook on issuu.

See anything you like? I’d love to hear about it!

[Photo via Yarnspirations.]

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