Over Thanksgiving, I was able to find a bit of time (between the cooking, cleaning and eating) to work on my beautiful Convertible Cashmere Sweater and the front is now finished! The petal stitch pattern has created such a lovely fabric and I can already tell that my sweater will keep me toasty and comfortable this winter.
I’m eager to start crocheting the sleeves next and I think the simple single crochet ribbing will be the perfect complement to the lacy front and back. Lion Brand’s LB Collection Cashmere yarn truly is a dream to work with! It seems that I can’t wait to work on my project a little every night because I love the way this yarn feels in my hands.
How is your sweater coming along? Did you also find a bit of time to crochet during the busyness of Thanksgiving?
Our Winter 2013 Issue is now on sale, and it is jam packed with stylish and fun projects. It was really tough to choose a handful to highlight for you here, but here are several (of the many) designs we can’t wait to stitch up.
If you’re looking for a fast and beautiful gift idea, the Raspberry Tart Scarf is the project for you! Crocheted with bulky yarn and a lacy stitch pattern, it will work up in a snap and make a great present for several people on your list.
Are you in the mood to make a gorgeous textured sweater? The Winter Frost sweater would be the perfect garment to keep you cozy in this chilly weather. Crocheted using post stitches, the front and back panels are truly stunning.
For him, the Classic Letterman Sweater pairs a vintage vibe with a modern, fitted shape. He’s sure to stay warm and smartly dressed with this cardigan.
For the little darling in your life, the Happy Holiday Cape and Hat is a precious set that will instantly make the season a bit merrier. Crochet these pieces in no time, and give them as a gift that will be admired by the whole family.
Finally, the Frozen Falls Throw is an easy and elegant afghan you’ll love to make. Whether you drape it over the couch in the living room or crochet it for a new baby, it’s bound to keep your loved ones warm and toasty.
Take a look at all of the fabulous patterns in our Winter 2013 Issue. You’ll definitely find a few (or a dozen) that you can’t wait to make!
I love how gentle and faint the snowflakes are on the Subtle Snowflakes Hat. I had a gorgeous ball of Tracie Too by Imperial Yarns in color Sweet Plum that I knew would be perfect for my new hat. This pattern is easily knit using only knit and purl stitches and the way the pattern lines up makes it pretty easy to keep track of the pattern rows. This hat was a fairly quick knit and I love the finished look.
After I finished my hat I thought about how this pattern would look if I knit the pattern in two colors, replacing the purl stitches with a second contrasting color. I found a wonderful dark blue tweed and a cream yarn in a similar weight my stash, I cast on using these two new colors.
In this picture you can see how different the snowflakes look.
I really like the two-tone look, however, there are a few places where the strands between stitches are quite long. To ensure that my tension stays even, I twisted my yarns every fourth stitch (approximately) to keep the stranded yarn from becoming to tight or loose.
I am excited to see how this Fair Isle version turns out.
Marly Bird’s Winter Wonderland Hat from the Holiday 2012 Issue of Love of Crochet is a wonderful gift idea. The lacy stitch pattern combines with the bulky yarn for a quick project that is sure to impress. The fabric is substantial enough to keep you warm, yet airy enough to ensure you don’t overheat. The small brim truly sets off the design and gives it the perfect finishing touch.
Everyone needs a stylish hat in the wintertime, and this beauty definitely fits the bill! I chose yarn in the lucky recipient’s favorite color for a personalized gift.
How is your holiday crocheting coming along? We’d love to hear some of your favorite quick handmade gift ideas, so feel free to share your thoughts here on our blog or on our Facebook page. Happy crafting!
We will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow here in the U.S., and we are excited to spend the day with our friends and families. We love taking this time to reflect on the people we are thankful for, and we want you to know that YOU are one of them!
To thank you for reading and supporting Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet, we will be giving away these darling notions cases by della Q. At 5″ x 3.5″ when folded, they are small enough to be stashed in any project bag and the perfect size for storing yarn needles, stitch markers, and short crochet hooks.
On Friday December 6th, we will randomly choose 9 crocheters and 9 knitters to receive these lovely prizes. Here’s what you need to do for a chance to win.
- Like Love of Knitting or Love of Crochet on Facebook. We’ll randomly choose 9 of our friends from each page, so feel free to like both pages to double your chances.
- Share this post with your friends on Facebook. There are plenty of prizes to go round, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving we are encouraging everyone to share this opportunity with those you love.
That’s it! Happy Thanksgiving, thank you for being part of our online crafting community, and good luck!
We here at Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. If you find yourself in the mood to make a crafty project for Turkey Day, we have a fun and festive idea any yarn lover will enjoy.
Our Art Director, Kathy, made this clever turkey using knitting needles, 2 cakes of yarn, and a bit of tape. The best part is that she also created a template so you can print the face and feathers to make one yourself! This would be a great project to create with all of the kids at your Thanksgiving dinner, and we think crafty activities like this make family time extra special.
From all of us here at Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet, Happy Thanksgiving!
The first time I knit the Crazy for Color Cap I failed to check my gauge and I missed the part of the instructions to increase my stitch count after the ribbing. Either of these mistakes could have created a problem, but both of them together produced a finished hat that is tiny. Luckily, I have a 6 year old niece and this hat fits her head perfectly. (Please don’t tell her I didn’t knit it for her in the first place, she thinks I am the best Aunt ever because of this cap.)
The second time I knit this hat, I checked my gauge and I paid much closer attention to the instructions. This time I ended up with a cap perfectly sized for my daughter, knit in a color combination she loves (she should, she picked it).
If you are looking to stretch your knitting skills this Thanksgiving weekend, try knitting this fun, easy, and free hat pattern, but be sure to check your gauge and don’t forget to increase your stitch count!
Knit with amazingly soft yarn and size 8 needles the Ruffled Ponytail Topper is a quick and fun knitting project. The main fabric is an easy rib and with only two decrease rows I found I never needed to change from a circular needle to double points. If you have wanted to try knitting a hat but have been worried about using double pointed needles, this simple project is a great place to start.
For this week’s quick crocheted gift idea, we are excited to share a beautiful free pattern from our website. The Chocolate neck warmer is worked using post stitches, and the result is a thick ribbed fabric that almost looks knitted! You can crochet this versatile accessory in one day, then add unique buttons to put the finishing touch on the project and personalize it for the lucky recipient.
You can wear this neck warmer with the buttons in the front or on the side, and it is the perfect size way to stay cozy without adding a lot of bulk. The best part is, this beauty stitches up fast enough that you can make one for several of your favorite people.
What are some of your favorite projects to gift? Stop by our blog again soon because you can look forward to a new crocheted gift idea from us every week throughout the holiday season!
Finishing a knit project is always such a proud feeling, and I am beyond excited to show off my new Vintage Rose Top from our Fall 2013 Issue of Love of Knitting!
This past week, I picked up stitches along the neckline and sleeves to add my ribbing and truly put the finishing touches on my sweater. I had such a good time knitting along with you, and I hope to see pictures of your finished projects as well. Remember, you can email your photos to us at email@example.com or share them on our Facebook page.
Keep an eye here on our blog because we will be starting our next Knit Along very soon. We had a tough time deciding on only one project from our Winter 2013 Issue, but we think you’ll be excited to see what we’ve chosen to knit. Until next time, happy crafting!