Knitting Patterns, projects and techniques 2014-09-22T20:25:58Z http://knitting.craftgossip.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Giveaway: 3 Leisure Arts Pattern Stitch Booklets]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15280 2014-09-22T20:25:58Z 2014-09-22T20:20:40Z leisure arts stitch booksI’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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leisure arts stitch booksI’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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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Check out the Yarnspirations Look Book]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15277 2014-09-22T17:57:02Z 2014-09-22T17:57:02Z 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, but bear in mind that the links are wrong on all the patterns. Add a /patterns after the .com and a .html after the name of the pattern and that should get you there.

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

[Photo via Yarnspirations.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Knit a Sweet One-Skein Newsboy Hat {Expires Sept. 30, 2014}]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15273 2014-09-19T17:37:50Z 2014-09-19T17:37:50Z newsboy cap free knitting patternThis month’s free pattern download from Sweater Babe is a super cute newsboy-style hat sized for babies up to adults. It uses just one skein of yarn and is a little cuter than the traditional baby hat thanks to the … Read More ...

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newsboy cap free knitting patternThis month’s free pattern download from Sweater Babe is a super cute newsboy-style hat sized for babies up to adults. It uses just one skein of yarn and is a little cuter than the traditional baby hat thanks to the little newsboy style brim.

As usual with these patterns, the free download is temporary (it usually goes for $3.50) so hit the link by Sept. 30 if you’re interested in knitting this one. It might be fun to knit them for everyone in the family for a different take on matching for family photos. Or just knit them for holiday gifts that work for almost anyone.

[Photo via Sweater Babe.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Printable Row Counter Makes Your Notes Prettier]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15266 2014-09-18T19:13:38Z 2014-09-19T13:06:28Z Download a free row/round counter printableSometimes I can find — or actually get up and bother to find — a real row counter when I need one for a knitting project. But usually I just make hash marks on whatever piece of paper/back of an … Read More ...

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Download a free row/round counter printableSometimes I can find — or actually get up and bother to find — a real row counter when I need one for a knitting project. But usually I just make hash marks on whatever piece of paper/back of an envelope is handy.

That’s a perfectly legitimate way to go about your knitting life, but if you want to use something a little cuter, check out this printable from Bubi Knits.

This is great for when you need to count more than one thing, like if you have cables that cross on different rows or you’re counting for a stitch pattern as well as decreases. You can print out multiple sheets and use them to count different things. (Just remember to label them so you know what you’re counting where!)

How do you keep track of rows when you’re knitting? I’d love to hear if you have a different system!

[Photo via Bubi Knits.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Big Sweaters are, Well, Big for Fall]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15263 2014-09-18T19:14:15Z 2014-09-18T19:30:05Z Giant sweaters are in fashion for fall.“Yarn for years” is how Wall Street Journal reporter Megan Hayes described the sweaters seen in collections for this fall (which were shown back in the spring). She notes that giant cowls and roomy sweaters were everywhere to be seen, … Read More ...

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Giant sweaters are in fashion for fall.“Yarn for years” is how Wall Street Journal reporter Megan Hayes described the sweaters seen in collections for this fall (which were shown back in the spring). She notes that giant cowls and roomy sweaters were everywhere to be seen, as well as layers of knits — sweaters and skirts with a scarf and legwarmers, for example.

While knitters certainly would love to dress like that, most of the time you shouldn’t wear all knits all the time, the style experts say. They recommend pairing your knits with sleeker fabrics like leather or lace, and to tone down the volume of a giant sweater with skinny jeans.

Or try what fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell suggests: pair two sweaters of similar or matching colors. Wear one normally and tie the other around the neck. Will that work off the runway? There’s only one way to find out.

What do you think of the trend (back) toward giant knits? Would you knit an enormous sweater for yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

[Photo by Danny Kim for the Wall Street Journal.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Help Knitters Produce a Book Inspired by the Midwest]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15260 2014-09-18T19:14:33Z 2014-09-18T18:46:39Z help fund a knitting book full of midewestern inspirationKnitters Allyson Dykhuizen and Carina Spencer are lifelong residents of the midwestern United States, and they know there’s a lot special about that part of the world (as do I, being born as I was in Iowa).

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help fund a knitting book full of midewestern inspirationKnitters Allyson Dykhuizen and Carina Spencer are lifelong residents of the midwestern United States, and they know there’s a lot special about that part of the world (as do I, being born as I was in Iowa).

They’re working on a project with a bunch of other midwestern designers called, appropriately enough, Midwestern Knits. The book will feature 12 or 13 designs inspired by the history and culture of the midwest and using yarn from local producers.

Essays will be included in the book to explore the inspiration behind each design as well.

The project is being funded by a Kickstarter, and there’s about a week left to contribute if you’d like to see this book become a reality. There are all sorts of great thank yous involved, from free pattern downloads to kits, or even having a sweater knit for you. All pledges of $25 or more include a copy of the book when it comes out, which is expected to happen next fall.

I hope you’ll check the project out and give if it moves you.

[Photo via Kickstarter.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[WIP Wednesday: The Choose-Your-Own Adventure Scarf]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15257 2014-09-18T19:14:57Z 2014-09-17T21:17:04Z WIP Wednesday: Choose your own adventure scarfAbout a month ago I told you about a knitalong Yarnspirations is doing in support of its United yarn. I decided to do it just for fun, and because I have a little time for fun knitting right now, since … Read More ...

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WIP Wednesday: Choose your own adventure scarfAbout a month ago I told you about a knitalong Yarnspirations is doing in support of its United yarn. I decided to do it just for fun, and because I have a little time for fun knitting right now, since I’m not working on a book any more.

I’m actually working on a couple of things right now, but this is one WIP, and I’m actually a bit behind, because I’m still on week one’s clue and week two was just released. But I’m almost ready.

(I’m also cheating because I’m not using Yarnspirations yarn. This is Color by Kristin, which I picked up because it was literally right beside me when the first clue came in. These are leftovers from my book; thanks Classic Elite!)

I like the idea of this project and the little story that goes with it is fun. But I’m pretty much picking all the intermediate pattern stitches because they are the most interesting.

What are you working on? I’d love to hear about it! You can also share pictures on my Knitting Facebook page or tag me on Instagram.

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Red Heart Launches New Website]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15252 2014-09-17T20:00:42Z 2014-09-17T19:53:55Z red heart revamps websiteRed Heart recently launched a redesigned website that is prettier and aims to make it easier for you to find the knitting and crochet patterns (and yarn information) you want.

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red heart revamps websiteRed Heart recently launched a redesigned website that is prettier and aims to make it easier for you to find the knitting and crochet patterns (and yarn information) you want.

RedHeart.com provides more than 2,300 free knitting and crochet patterns for both the beginner and experienced knitter or crocheter, so everyone can find inspiration.  There are also hundreds of video tutorials to help learn different stitches. You can browse patterns by most popular or recently added, as well as searching key words.

The company’s blog is also more prominent, which is nice. It’s a good place to learn about knitalongs, charity projects and other fun stuff. You can also see the items recently pinned on Pinterest, which is fun.

“The re-launch of RedHeart.com is a project we worked on passionately,” Alyson Bell, marketing director for Coats Crafts North America, said in a news release. “We wanted to make it easy for our consumers to navigate the site and find inspiration, as well as being able to shop for everything needed to get started.”

I’d say it’s a big improvement and will certainly keep visitors engaged and browsing through the patterns.

See anything you like? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

[Photo via Red Heart.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Get Ready for the Holidays with a Knit Table Runner]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15249 2014-09-16T18:52:38Z 2014-09-16T18:52:38Z Knit a table runner before the big food holidays!I’m still quite in denial about the fact that the fall and winter holidays are coming on quickly, but if you’re ready to get crafting for the big food events of the season, purl3agony has got you covered with her … Read More ...

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Knit a table runner before the big food holidays!I’m still quite in denial about the fact that the fall and winter holidays are coming on quickly, but if you’re ready to get crafting for the big food events of the season, purl3agony has got you covered with her beautiful Lace and Cable Table Runner.

As if that description isn’t enough, it also includes panels of eyelets up the sides where you can weave a novelty yarn (or ribbon) through for a little bit of color and shine. I actually thought it was beaded when I first looked at it, because the yarn she chose has a bit of sparkle.

It’s probably a good idea to have some experience with cable knitting and beading before you tackle this one, because there are a variety of stitch patterns on each row so you’ll need to pay attention to what you’re doing. But the work would be well worth the effort for a lovely addition to your table at holiday meals, or even just to highlight your everyday table decor.

[Photo via purl3agony.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Knit Up Some Quick Handwarmers from Blue Sky Alpacas]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15246 2014-09-16T18:26:03Z 2014-09-16T18:26:03Z an easy handwarmer pattern from Blue Sky AlpacasSpeaking of easy cable knitting patterns (as I was yesterday), here’s another great, free, quick, exceptionally useful project that’s great for holiday knitting or just for you if you happen to work in a cold office and want to … Read More ...

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an easy handwarmer pattern from Blue Sky AlpacasSpeaking of easy cable knitting patterns (as I was yesterday), here’s another great, free, quick, exceptionally useful project that’s great for holiday knitting or just for you if you happen to work in a cold office and want to keep your hands warm in a stylish way.

LoveKnitting has a free pattern for cabled handwarmers from Blue Sky Alpacas. They feature a single large cable down the center back of the glove, and the rest of the pattern is ribbed, so they should fit a range of sizes and be pretty darn quick and easy to knit.

And Blue Sky Alpacas’ yarn is just lovely, so this is a great excuse to try it out if you haven’t already (or use some heavy worsted from your stash; I won’t tell).

LoveKnitting requires free registration to download patterns, but it’s a small price to pay for all the cuteness they share.

[Photo via LoveKnitting.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Project Spotlight: Mustard Scarf]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15240 2014-09-15T18:58:36Z 2014-09-15T18:51:28Z my mustard scarf by Jane Richmond.One of the things I miss since the redesign at About.com (and it’s lovely, so I can’t complain much) is that there’s no longer a blog component so there’s not a place where I can share what I’ve been working … Read More ...

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my mustard scarf by Jane Richmond.One of the things I miss since the redesign at About.com (and it’s lovely, so I can’t complain much) is that there’s no longer a blog component so there’s not a place where I can share what I’ve been working on or projects I’ve finished.

So I thought maybe I’d try bringing some of that over here, and that I’d start by telling you about a pattern I knit over the weekend.

Jane Richmond’s Mustard Scarf is a free Ravelry download that I must have downloaded a long time ago. But I came across it again last week, and when I was feeling a little tired of another project I’m working on I decided to cast this one on.

It calls for 150 meters, or about 164 yards of yarn, but I used less than a ball of Knit Picks City Tweed (color Jacquard, a ball the company gave me to sample years ago) and ended up with a bigger than called for project without using all the yarn (which is 123 yards). So depending on your gauge you can use less, or just make a smaller scarf if you like.

The project is eyelet rows alternating with knit rows (or, if you’re like me and your hands just purl on the wrong side without being asked, purl rows) and is just a big rectangle. You sew a button off to one side and use that to help hold it on your body. The fun thing is that it’s worked with medium/worsted weight yarn but size 15 US (10 mm) knitting needles, so it takes no time at all.

I cast on after my daughter went to bed Friday night and was done in time to wear it to a neighborhood gathering Saturday evening (excuse the Instagrammed look of the picture). I like it because it’s part scarf and part cowl, and was just the right size to be a scarf for my daughter when it got a little cooler than we expected. She may never let me wear it again. The good news is I can make another one super quick.

See the details of my project on Ravelry.

What are you working on? I’d love to hear about it.

 

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Master Cables with This Cute Hat]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15237 2014-09-15T02:12:48Z 2014-09-15T16:52:23Z This easy hat is a great way to learn cable techniquesI think sometimes people get intimidated about learning new skills because they don’t want to have to work with something new on a really big project that might be too difficult or frustrating.

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This easy hat is a great way to learn cable techniquesI think sometimes people get intimidated about learning new skills because they don’t want to have to work with something new on a really big project that might be too difficult or frustrating.

(That’s why I really want my next book to be a whole bunch of knitting skills but only scarves, because who’s scared of a scarf?)

That’s also why I like this pattern from Classic Elite Yarns. The Cable Top Cap by Susan Mills is a cute little beret, and it’s worked from the bottom up so it starts out just like any other hat you’ve ever knit.

The cable portion is at the top and helps make the great star/floral motif at the top, but the great thing is it’s only 14 rounds of the project. That’s enough to get comfortable but not too much to get overwhelmed, I think.

And even if you’re totally good with both hats and cables, this would be a great project for fall and winter, or even for gift knitting, don’t you think?

[Photo via Classic Elite Yarns.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Giveaway: Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15231 2014-09-15T01:50:46Z 2014-09-15T13:40:00Z seamless knits giveawayIn the northern part of the world we are clearly into sweater knitting (if not quite sweater wearing) season, so I thought it would be appropriate this week to give away a book that has some quick to knit sweaters … Read More ...

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seamless knits giveawayIn the northern part of the world we are clearly into sweater knitting (if not quite sweater wearing) season, so I thought it would be appropriate this week to give away a book that has some quick to knit sweaters in it.

Seamless (or nearly seamless) Knits by Andra Knight-Bowman is a fun little book with 19 patterns for projects — sweaters, tops and vests — that require minimal finishing when the knitting is done. Some are knit from the top down, others from the bottom up, still more with a combination of methods.

Several of these are great first sweater projects, and there are a few that require a bit more skill as well.

I really like that sweater on the cover, but as I noted in my review linked above, these garments are often more cropped than I’d like, so if you check it out or happen to win this giveaway, you might want to bear that in mind and buy an extra ball of yarn to give yourself a little more coverage if that’s something you’re a fan of.

Want a chance to win this book? Leave a comment on this post by the end of the day Sunday, Sept. 22, and I’ll pick a winner at random.

Why don’t you tell me about your sweater knitting preferences if you have them. Top down, bottom up or seamed? Raglan, drop shoulder or set-in sleeve? Pullover or cardigan? I’m loving top-down raglan pullovers right now, but they’re my least favorite to design!

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

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Knitty Deep Fall ’14 is Here]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15228 2014-09-12T18:36:48Z 2014-09-12T18:36:48Z knitty deep fall 2014I always have to smile at the names of collections. It’s not even officially fall yet and the Deep Fall issue of Knitty just went live. But if you want to knit things to wear when it’s truly fall and … Read More ...

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knitty deep fall 2014I always have to smile at the names of collections. It’s not even officially fall yet and the Deep Fall issue of Knitty just went live. But if you want to knit things to wear when it’s truly fall and into winter, you’re going to need to get started now.

If you’re interested you need no more words from me, but I always like to pick a few faves, so here are mine:

Hugga by Carolyn Noyes, described as a neck, arm and hand warmer all in one, it’s a big shrug with extra long arms and holes for the thumbs (and a bit of lace for cuteness).

Emma Nora O’Neil’s Wild Clover shawl, a pretty lace pattern with bobbles for texture that does, in fact, look like clover in flower.

The Krydda lace cardigan by Madeline Nilsson, a long, pretty, top-down cardigan with a bold, pretty lace pattern (love the color on this one, too!).

Kristen Jancuk’s two-color Volteado socks, worked in a fun (and warm) sideways zig-zag pattern.

And Opus the Octopus by Cate Carter-Evans, because, come on, it’s a knit octopus. And it’s completely adorable.

In addition, Franklin Habit shares a story and a pattern for a baby sweater from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, and Miriam Felton talks about joining knit and crocheted motifs into one pretty scarf, among other goodies.

See something you like? I’d love to hear about it.

[Photo via Knitty.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Josh Bennett Profiled in New York Times]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15225 2014-09-11T18:00:27Z 2014-09-12T14:46:30Z josh bennett new york timesI don’t really know what to say about this piece about knitwear designer Josh Bennett in the New York Times. I almost feel like it’s just men knitting season (exhibit A: the actually really nice story in the Wall Read More ...

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josh bennett new york timesI don’t really know what to say about this piece about knitwear designer Josh Bennett in the New York Times. I almost feel like it’s just men knitting season (exhibit A: the actually really nice story in the Wall Street Journal about men knitting at Bryant Park) but I don’t want to sound like Bennett isn’t worthy of a profile in the New York Times.

I will say that I hate the headline “Grandma Never Knit Like This.” I hate even more that the executive director of the Craft Yarn Council apparently invoked grandma, when she should know better. And I hate that photo of him knitting but clearly not knitting because that’s nowhere in the universe of how a person knits (and how are there three strands of yarn?).

The story is interesting in that it takes a different view on men knitting. Here’s a man who has had great success designing for big-name fashion designers, but he doesn’t knit in public. He learned to knit at age 8 and fully embraced it for a week until he thought “boys don’t knit” and stopped for 10 years.

It talks of the cattiness of the fashion knitting industry, the way ugliness can spread on the internet, and the idiosyncrasies of one knitter (no hats, socks or unnatural fibers, no sweater for his partner, even though they’ve been together eight years — the sweater curse does not have time limits).

And I think there’s some value to knitting being talked about in “mainstream” media, so I’ll just leave it at that. If you want to know about Bennett’s current fashion obsessions and favorite shows to watch while knitting, check out his list of five, too.

If you read the article I’d love to know what you think.

[Photo by Deidre Schoo, via the New York Times.]

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