The holiday season is here and the New Year is approaching quickly. We here at Love of Knitting invite you to treat yourself with the gift of some new skills before 2014. The Daily Craft TV is now offering several new knitting classes for your inspiration and enjoyment. Did you fall in love with the Pearl Shawl from our Holiday 2013 Issue, but you need that special boost of crafting confidence that only an instructor can provide? You can now take a helpful, step-by-step online video course with Ashley Briggs to walk you through the process of knitting this heirloom quality shawl!
The Daily Craft TV offers tons of intriguing online courses that will teach you valuable knitting skills you can apply to many different projects. Click over and see all the fun things you can learn!
The cold, icy weather kept me indoors for most of the past weekend, and I was able to get quite a bit of my holiday crocheting finished. By Sunday evening, I was pretty tired from my marathon crafting session, but this time my crochet hook tuckered out before I did! I was mid-stitch when my poor hook unexpectedly snapped in two. I promise I wasn’t abusing it, but I must admit that it probably broke from sheer exhaustion.
I tried to repair it with a bandage and I was able to finish the project I was working on, but I think it’s time to invest in a new one (maybe metal!). The whole situation made me laugh, but I also felt a bit of pride thinking that I outlasted my trusty H hook.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has worked a hook into the ground! Have you ever experienced a crafting mishap like this?
This past weekend, I did not get as much knitting time as I would have liked (do we ever really get as much knitting time as we would like?), but I did find time to work on two hats.
First, I worked on my Subtle Snowflakes Hat and made enough progress that I have finished the snowflake pattern. I really love how this pattern looks in two-color Fair Isle and I am so pleased that I decided to make a second version of this easy hat. All that is left is the crown shaping and I expect to have that done this week.
For my fourth “hat-spriation” hat, I decided to make the Organic Twist Hat. I selected a super soft cashmere and wool blend yarn in a deep, rich, navy-blue color. I wanted this hat to have a more dramatic finish than the original, so I decided to use a light grayish-blue color to offset the darker blue.
The pattern was easy to memorize, which made it surprising that I had difficulty keeping track of my slipped stitches. Sometimes it is the easiest patterns that throw us for a loop! I also found that I had a hard time trusting that my “dangling” stitch would still be hanging there, patiently waiting for me to knit it. To alleviate my fear and make sure my dropped stitch would not unravel, I tucked a split stitch marker into the stitch. This maker took away my worry that the stitch would disappear and made it easier to pick the stitch up and put it back on the left needle when it was time to knit it. I made my hat 1″ longer than the pattern called for, as I wanted my finished hat to cover the ears of the wearer and I still have the crown shaping left to complete, but I am really pleased with the finished look. I know my lucky recipient will enjoy wearing this cozy hat once it’s finished.
Don’t you love giving handmade gifts? I truly feel that the recipients appreciate the extra time and thought that goes into making something just for them. We have something that will make your knit or crocheted gifts even more special – cute and clever gift tags from Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet!
Our talented Art Director, Kathy, created these tags just for you. They are the perfect, crafty complement to your handmade gifts, and they are sure to make your loved ones smile at the extra attention you put into packaging their presents. Download them today, and get a head start on wrapping your gifts this year!
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!