Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Fish parts

I’m thisclose to finishing my Fishbowl Beanie! My daughter has been asking about it nonstop, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to sew the little guppies together this past week. I made all the pieces, but I always procrastinate when it comes to sewing my crochet projects.

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Yellow, pink, and teal guppies

I love how this pattern encourages you to mix and match the different fins and tails to create your own unique guppies! If you’re trying to decide which fins and tails to use, here’s a handy reference so you can see what they all look like.

 

 

Side fins

Tail fins

Back and belly fins

Right now, my project bag has more fish parts in it than a sushi restaurant. I made one fin in each style, which is more than I need for my three guppies, so I’ll have to decide which ones make the cut. Which fins do you like best?

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Fishbowl Beanie

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am crocheting your Fishbowl Beanie! As always, you can share your progress with us here or on Facebook, and if you haven’t started yet, you still have time to get your Fishbowl Beanie kit and make this adorable hat for a special child in your life. Each kit has enough yarn to make 2 or 3 hats, depending on the sizes, so you could even make several for a special trip to the aquarium!

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Love of Knitting in Ireland – Spotlight on the Connemara Marble Shop

While many of the activities planned for Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland center around knitting and fiber, we’re also excited to check out tons of other interesting places that are significant to Ireland’s history and culture.

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Love of Knitting in Ireland

One of these historic places is the Connemara Marble Shop in the town of Moycullen. Here, we’ll learn about the production of this gorgeous stone and shop for one-of-a-kind Connemara Marble gifts.

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The Connemara Marble Shop

Connemara Marble is  over 900 million years old and unique to Ireland. This shop operates the oldest marble quarry, which was first opened in the 19th century. This gorgeous stone has a rich and earthy green color that will make it a fabulous souvenir!

In fact, you’ll have tons of opportunities to snag some wonderful souvenirs during the craft tour. Check out the incredible list of plans that are included in the cost of the trip! Jen and I can’t wait to embark on this amazing adventure, and we hope you can join us because it will be a blast!

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Knit Along Class – How to Knit Seamless Lace Stockings

Since we just finished up the Cape Cod Shawl and we’re between knit alongs at the moment, I thought I’d share some info on a very special, educational knit along, beginning April 30th.

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How to Knit Seamless Lace Stockings is a brand new type of online class. In this course, participants can knit along with the lessons at their own pace. It includes videos, quizzes, and interactive content that help knitters to truly understand the material. If you’ve ever “learned” a certain technique in a crafting class, only to realize you couldn’t replicate the technique on your own, this fun, interactive class is just what you need!

 

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While the knit along runs from April 30th to May 21st, you can access each lesson at any time from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The class includes a detailed, instructional pattern, and designer, Faina Goberstein, will walk everyone through each step and answer questions as they come up.

 

In the end, you’ll be left with a pair of elegant lace stockings and tons of new knitting knowledge, including:

  • Dewdrop decorative cast-on
  • Working with elastic thread
  • Tips for joining in the round
  • Working in the round with your chosen method: double pointed needles, one or two circular needles (all three will be discussed)
  • Reading charts
  • Turning the heel
  • Picking up stitches
  • Making nice decreases
  • Closing the toe

 

You canTibetan Dream 1 Knit Along Class   How to Knit Seamless Lace Stockings use any fingering weight yarn made with wool and nylon, but the sample stockings are knit with Tibetan Dream by Bijou Basin Ranch. This yarn really is a dream to work with!

 

 

 

The 3 week course is only $23.99, so it’s an inexpensive way to stretch your skills while having fun and knitting with a group. I’m especially excited to learn the dewdrop cast on and some tips for picking up stitches. What skills are you most excited to learn in this class?

Click here for more info or to register for How to Knit Seamless Lace Stockings

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Interweave Yarn Fest 2015!

Can you believe Interweave Yarn Fest starts Thursday, April 16th!? If you’ll be near Loveland, Colorado April 16-19, you should definitely stop by and check it out. Yarn Fest is an incredible event where you can buy yarn and notions, learn from knitting and crochet experts in hands-on workshops, and mingle with industry professionals and fellow fiber enthusiasts.

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I’ll be there helping out on Friday, April 17th, and Jen will be there on Thursday and Saturday. We hope to meet lots of our online friends in person so we can chat about our favorite pastimes together! Here are just a few of the awesome, crafty things you can look forward to:

Marketplace exhibitors

  • Bijou Basin Ranch
  • Brown Sheep Co., Inc.
  • Erin Lane Bags
  • Fancy Tiger Crafts
  • Skacel Knitting
  • Skeindalous Yarns
  • The Buffalo Wool Company
  • The Recycled Lamb

Workshops

  • Crochet Like a Pro with Robyn Chachula – April 16th at 9am
  • Double Hook Crochet with Darla Fanton – April 16th at 9am
  • Brioche With a Twist with Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark – April 16th at 1:30pm and April 17th at 9am
  • Socks: Going Your Way with Kate Atherley – April 16th at 1:30pm
  • Puffs, Posts, Cables and Connections: Designing Tunisian Arans with Darla Fanton – April 17th at 9am
  • Crocheting with Color with Robyn Chachula – April 17th at 1:30pm
  • Tunisian Entrelac with Darla Fanton – April 17th at 1:30pm
  • Fixing Mistakes with Kate Atherley – April 18th at 9am
  • U-turns: Short Rows for Shaping and Pattern with Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark – April 18th at 1:30pm
  • Crocheted Mitered Squares with Mary Beth Temple – April 19th at 9am
  • Double Knitting Cables with Alasdair Post-Quinn – April 19th at 9am
  • Knitting With Beads with Annie Modesitt – April 19th at 9am

I can’t wait to check out the marketplace and sit in on a few workshops, but I’m most excited about chatting with some fellow yarnies! Will you be at Interweave Yarn Fest?

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Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Adjusting the size

I didn’t get as much crochet time as I wanted over the past week, but I did manage to finish everything but the fish on my Fishbowl Beanie!

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Fishbowl Beanie

 

This cute hat is for my daughter, who’s almost 5, so I made it a little larger. If you’re also making one for a bigger kid, adjusting the size is super simple. I followed the instructions for the Toddler size, but after round 8 I added another increase round as follows:

Rnd 9: *Hdc 7, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * 7 more times. (72 sts)

 

Then, I worked even in hdc for a couple inches so I could see if it would be big enough. My kiddo tried it on for me, and we were both happy to see that looked like it would fit perfectly (after finishing the body of the hat, of course)! I followed the pattern instructions from here and had her try it on again before I changed to the tan yarn.

 

Fishbowl Hat brim 300x168 Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along   Adjusting the sizeIt’s about 20″ around and it fit like a glove (or a well-fitted hat), so I changed colors to start the brim. I liked my color change best when I used color B to work a slip stitch and single crochet into the first stitch before single crocheting around. The brim worked up in a flash, and I love the alternating large and small scallops along the edge!

 

Fishbowl Hat grass 300x168 Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along   Adjusting the sizeIn fact, I loved the brim and body of the hat so much that I couldn’t wait to add the seagrass to finish it up. I crocheted three pieces of seagrass, pretty evenly spaced around the hat, and tacked them in place.

 

 

This coming week, I’ll crochet the adorable little guppies to put the finishing touch on this fun project. My daughter can’t wait to wear it, and I can’t wait to see it all come together! If you haven’t started this cute hat yet, you still have time to get your Fishbowl Beanie kit and join me in making one for a special kiddo in your life. It will definitely make them smile!

How is your hat coming along? We’d love to see pictures or updates, so let us know how it’s going here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Cape Cod Shawl Knit Along – Finished!

Finishing a knitting project is always so satisfying, especially when it’s something you’ve been dying to wear! That is certainly the case with my Cape Cod Shawl. With each row I finished, I got more and more excited. I even started thinking about outfits I could pair with it when it was only about half way finished.

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Cape Cod Shawl – garter edging

Finally, I decided my shawl was a good size and started my garter edging. I didn’t quite make the full 24″ in length (probably because I was getting antsy to wear it!), and I started my edging when it was about 21″ long. These easy garter stitches seemed to fly off my needles!

 

 

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Perfect shawl weather!

I wore my shawl as soon as I bound off and wove in my ends – I couldn’t even wait to block it first. Actually, I did block the tip of my shawl to get it to stop curling, but the rest looks wonderful already. I may break down and block it one evening, but I’m not in a hurry.

I can already tell this will be my go-to shawl this spring. The weather here in Colorado has been gorgeous, and the bright, cheerful, and sunny color of this shawl looks great with my favorite spring jackets and tops. I like to wear it as a cowl, wrapped around my neck with the point in the front, but sometimes I drape it over my shoulders when I’m lounging around at home.

 

Have you finished your Cape Cod Shawl yet? I’d love to see pictures of your finished projects, so share them with me on Facebook or email them to me at mail@loveofknitting.com. If you weren’t able to join in on the knit along, you can still get your kit in either yellow or jade and make this fun accessory. I bet it’ll be come your go-to shawl too!

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Love of Knitting in Ireland – Our trip is getting closer!

Spring is here, and while I’m excited about the flowers and warm weather, I’m also excited because that means we’re one season closer to our craft tour in Ireland! I’ve never been to Europe, and I can’t wait to experience the rich culture of Ireland through the lens of my favorite pastime.

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Even though November 6th still feels so far away, now is the time to plan for this adventure. Most of the activities are included in the price of the trip, making your planning hassle-free.

Here are just a few of the fabulous experiences included:

  • A visit to the stunning Rathbaun Farm where we’ll make traditional Irish scones and bottle feed adorable lambs
  • A tour of Kylemore Abbey, a historic church surrounded by breathtaking gardens
  • A trip to the extraordinary Cliffs of Moher (AKA the Cliffs of Insanity for Princess Bride fans)
  • A visit to the Connemara Marble Shop and Celtic Crystal Factory where we’ll see Irish gemstones and master carvers at work
  • A panoramic tour of Dublin, the Irish capital, and Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland
  • A visit to a family-owned textile shop in Avoca
  • An outing to the Knitting and Stitching Show, Ireland’s premier craft event
  • Knitting workshops from local Irish instructors
  • Free time for you to explore the sites that interest you most!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all to connect with other knitters and experience this amazing country together! Jen and I hope you can join us on Love of Knitting‘s craft tour in Ireland because it’s going to be a blast. Which part are you most excited about?

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Learn to block your knits for a professional finish!

Until a couple years ago, I always ignored the short little word, “block,” in the finishing instructions at the end of my knitting patterns. I wasn’t quite sure what it meant, and my knitting was finished, so I felt like blocking must not be very important. It wasn’t until I joined the Love of Knitting team that I finally broke down and decided to block my first project.

After I saw the amazing difference blocking made in that first project, I was instantly converted! The stitches looked smoother and more even, and my lace pattern opened up to show off all the increases and decreases I worked so hard on. Basically, blocking is an easy finishing step that makes a huge difference in the look of your finished project.

 

Blocking 300x300 Learn to block your knits for a professional finish!Now, after spending all those hours knitting a pattern, I’m happy to take a little extra time to block it and really let the stitches shine. However, there are several different ways to block a project depending on the fibers in your yarn. Knowing which blocking method to use is as important as knowing how to wash and care for your finished item. That’s why I’m so excited about the Blocking Techniques for Knitting webinar, tomorrow at 1pm EST!

 

 

In this webinar, we’ll learn

  • How to choose which blocking method to use
  • How to wet block, steam block, and spray bottle block
  • How to use tools such as blocking boards, wires, a tailor’s ham, seaming rolls, wooly boards, and more
  • How different fibers react differently to blocking methods
  • How to avoid common blocking mistakes that can ruin your garment
  • How to block unusual shapes as well as shaped garments

If you’re new to blocking, or have tried it but weren’t happy with the results, this webinar will walk you through several easy methods of blocking your knits. Sheryl Thies, the course instructor and a talented knitwear designer, will also teach us all about the properties of different fibers.

Join me on Wednesday, April 8th at 1pm EST to learn all about blocking! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live event because with your registration you’ll also get access to an archived version after the webinar takes place.

Do you block your knits? If so, what are some questions or concerns you’ve encountered?

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Sock knitting month!

This month, we’re celebrating one of our favorite portable projects – socks!

Hand-knit socks are always such a treat. Just knowing my toes are wrapped in all that luscious yarn makes me feel so pampered. When I’m lounging around the house (probably knitting), thick socks are perfect for keeping my feet warm and making me feel cozy and snug. Then, when I’m out and about, handmade socks are like my own fancy little secret underneath my shoes.

In honor of Sock Month, I’d like to share a few sock patterns from my queue with you.

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Starter Socks

 

I’m a pretty inexperienced sock knitter with only one pair under my belt so far, so the Starter Socks will probably be the next pair I cast on. These comfy socks are just what I need when I’m relaxing on the couch watching movies and eating popcorn. Plus, they’re worked in worsted weight yarn, so I can have them finished in a jiffy!

 

 

 

 

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Lazy Weekend Socks

The Lazy Weekend Socks are another fairly easy pattern knit in worsted weight yarn. The contrasting color on the toe and heel give them a cute and classic look, and the ribbing from the cuff is continued down the top to give them a little texture. They’re sized for both men and women, so these will make a fabulous go-to gift pattern.

 

 

Corinthian Sock knitting month!

Free Corinthian Sock Pattern

 

Who can resist a free sock pattern? It’s even better when it has cool cables like the Corinthian Socks! This fun pair is knit in fine yarn, so you can wear them anywhere your day might take you. With three sizes available, they’re also a great candidate for gifts.

 

 

 

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Papaya Pompom Socks

 

 

Spring is in full swing, and the Papaya Pompom Socks are perfect for warm weather. The subtle lace ribbing along the top gives them a little flair, and the pompoms on the sides are adorably retro! They’d look so fun peeking out from the tops of your sneakers.

 

 

 

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Socks for the Family Kits

 

We can’t leave out the little ones, and our handy Socks for the Family kits are sized for babies, toddlers, and kids! Each kit contains the pattern and all the yarn you’ll need to knit these simple socks. I get all gushy even thinking about the tiny baby socks, so imagine how everyone would react seeing these cuties at the next baby shower you attend. Starting at only $4.80, these kits are easy on the budget too.

 

 

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Sock Month by casting on a new pair! Whether you’ve never knit a sock before, you’re a novice like I am, or you’re a sock-knitting fiend, we have a pattern to inspire you. Tell us which pattern you’re working on (or thinking about) here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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Fishbowl Beanie Crochet Along – Starting today!

I can’t wait to grab my hook and start my Fishbowl Beanie later today! I’m making this adorable hat for my 4 year old daughter, and she got the biggest smile on her face when I showed her the picture. Who can blame her? This pattern will brighten up any day.

 

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Fishbowl Beanie

 

Although this cutie is sized from Preemie to Toddler, I may need to make it a little larger because my girl is not exactly a toddler anymore (*sniff*). However, that’ll be pretty easy, and I’ll explain the process next week just in case anyone else is making this hat for a bigger kid.

 

 

 

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Ready to crochet!

I whipped up my gauge swatch earlier today, and I realized that my gauge with an H hook was slightly tighter than the pattern calls for. I got 14 stitches in 4 inches instead of 13 stitches like the pattern requires. I went up to an I hook and got the right gauge, but I liked my fabric with the H hook a little better. Since I’ll be altering the size anyways, I decided to go with the H hook even though it made my gauge a bit tighter.

 

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Crocheted with my H hook

I hope you’ll join me in making a Fishbowl Beanie for a special child in your life! This adorable project comes in a handy kit, making the yarn selection easy. The best part is that each kit has enough yarn to make 2 (or maybe even 3) hats, depending on the size!

 

 

Share your progress with us here, on Facebook, or email us at mail@loveofcrochet.com to let us know how it’s going. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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