Heathered Happiness Hat – Take two

Have you ever knit a pattern that you were sure you had memorized only to realize that not only did you not have the pattern memorized, but what you were knitting wasn’t even close? That happened to me recently while I was knitting the Heathered Happiness Hat. I knew that I was having difficulties remembering the pattern, but I didn’t realize how far off I was until I was three pattern repeats in. Although I am delighted with hat attempt 2a 300x154 Heathered Happiness Hat   Take twohow well the pattern turned out, I still need to make a Heathered Happiness Hat following the proper chart. I was also delighted to realize that the Heathered Happiness kit contains enough yarn to make two hats, and I have started on my second one.

 

I am thrilled to announce that after knitting 3 repeats, I am knitting the correct pattern this time.

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What about you? Are you knitting along with us? If not, it’s not too late, order your Heathered Happiness kit and make your own hat (or two).

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See it. Try it. LOVE it! – The verdict is in…

We’ve had a great time learning new skills and sharing our experiences with you in our See it. Try it. Love it! posts! Getting familiar with new techniques has been humbling for us all, but it’s been truly inspiring to branch out and challenge ourselves in different ways. Now that we’ve spent some time with our projects, we’ve all reached our own verdicts about the skills we’ve learned.

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Jen picked up Tunisian entrelac fairly easily. Her only doubt when she began was about her hook size, and after trying two smaller sizes, she decided she likes the results best with the first hook she chose. Although Tunisian entrelac works up a bit slower than other crochet projects, Jen’s love for the amazing Autumn Entrelac Shawl is encouraging her to keep on stitching! She has also come up with a few other fun projects to create using this technique.

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Check out our works in progress!

 

Kathy is getting the hang of the knit stitch and can finish a row of knits in a heartbeat! Her frustration sets in when she needs to incorporate purling into her work, so she is considering making a garter scarf or dishcloth like many of us did when we first started. After that, she is eager to try the purl stitch once again. Now that she has finished about 6″, the beautiful pattern in her Palisades Scarf has started to emerge, inspiring Kathy to eventually master both knitting and purling.

 

 

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Yarn time!

 

Danielle is excited about how quickly her Charcoal Neckwarmer is working up! She’s a pro at the single and treble crochet stitches, and now that she understands these two, she is confident that she could easily get the hang of other stitches as well. She is still experimenting with different ways to hold her hook and yarn so she can comfortably maneuver them, but she consistently finishes a couple rows per day because she loves the lacy look of her project so much.

 

 

The Ocean Breeze Placemats and Coasters have really sparked my interest in Tunisian crochet! The stripey effect created by changing colors on the left side is so cool, and I now understand why I kept losing stitches when I first started (the last stitch of the forward pass was hiding from me). After learning to change colors in the middle of a row, I’m wondering if my new skills would help me learn to knit intarsia. Do I spy another See it. Try it. LOVE it! in our future?

We hope our experience has inspired you to tackle that technique you’ve been thinking about! If you need a little bit more motivation, check back with us soon because we’ll be featuring a GIVEAWAY for all of the brave crafters who are ready to expand their knitting or crochet skills.

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It’s Make a Hat Day! – Knit and crochet patterns just for you

Today is Make a Hat Day, and we can’t resist an excuse to do one of our favorite things! If this fun quasi-holiday has inspired you to make a brand new hat of your own, check out these gorgeous patterns for even more crafty inspiration.

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Knitters, I hope you’ll join me in making the Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps for our fall knit along! This updated version of the classic stockinette hat is ruched during the knitting for a unique, textured look. Be sure to grab a Ruched Hat and Boot Wrap kit to get the same beautiful finish as the set photographed in Love of Knitting. The yarn is both soft and sturdy, and it will be amazingly comfortable for fall and winter.

 

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If you’ve been eager to expand your stranded knitting skills, the Heathered Happiness Hat is just what you need! The fingering weight of the yarn creates a smooth, professional looking fabric you’ll be proud to show off. Knit along with Jen, and get your own Heathered Happiness kit to make your yarn selection simple. You’ll fall in love with this fabulous fiber!

 

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Check out the Hudson River Trail Hat from our Knit Accessories 2014 Issue. This issue has several more stylish hats to choose from, but the chunky yarn and easy cables make this unisex style a must-have. If you start now, you may even be able to finish this trendy hat before Make a Hat Day comes to an end!

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New crocheters, we have the perfect beginner hat for you. The Vintage Hat from the Fall 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet is a lacy style you’ll adore. Experienced crocheters will fall for this easy design as well, and this is another project you can finish before the sun sets today.

 

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If you love using stitches in creative ways, the Rocky Mountain Sunset Hat and Cowl will be calling your name. The woven look on the brim looks impressive but is easy to achieve – don’t you just love patterns like that? I can picture wearing this beauty on a hike in the mountains or on a chilly outing with friends in the city.

 

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Stitch up a cute Cupcake Hat for a child in your life, and make their day a little bit sweeter. The bobbles and ribbing make this piece so adorably realistic that you just might have a craving for dessert after making it. If you do, you should definitely treat yourself! After all, it is a holiday. icon smile Its Make a Hat Day!   Knit and crochet patterns just for you

 

Are you celebrating Make a Hat Day? Which of these fun patterns do you have your eye on?

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Disney’s Frozen Kits – Quilt and no-sew blankets

Today marks the first snow of the season here at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office! While we’ll miss the warm days of summer, this early snow has us thinking about the holidays. Love of Knitting’s Holiday Knits 2014 Issue hits newsstands on September 23rd, and some of us have started planning our holiday crafting.

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An early snow inspires us to get crafting!

 

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The dusting of snow on the ground also has us thinking of snowmen! Do you want to build a snowman? Our sister publication, Love of Quilting, is offering fun kits featuring all of your favorite characters from Frozen! I’ve dabbled in sewing, and I’ve been playing with the idea of making my first quilt. My daughter would jump for joy if I made her the Sisterly Love Quilt, so I may take the plunge and give quilting a try.

 

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If you aren’t ready to take on a full quilt, Love of Quilting is also offering 3 no-sew blanket kits that would make wonderful gifts! I’m a big fan of the No-Sew Olaf Blanket, and the fleece is a dream to work with. It cuts without fraying and is incredibly warm, so it will be just the thing for the extra cold winter the forecasters are predicting.

 

Which blanket are you most excited about? Are you ready to give quilting a try, or are you leaning towards the quick and easy no-sew styles?

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My One Hour Cowl is finished!

I’ve finished my beautiful One Hour Cowl just in time for the arrival of crisp, fall weather here in Colorado! This pattern was so much fun to crochet, and the Chunky yarn by Misti Alpaca makes it truly luxurious.

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I’m excited to wear my One Hour Cowl for the first time!

 

Since I’m not a big fan of sewing pieces together, I seamed my cowl using slip stitches through both my last row and my beginning chain. This gave me fewer ends to weave in, and I like the result a lot!

I’m in the beginning stages of planning my holiday crafting, and this quick and easy accessory would make a perfect gift. I have a few crocheters on my list, so I may even get them One Hour Cowl kits in their favorite colors. That is – if I can resist making the cowls for them myself! The yarn is so plush and cozy, it’s a real treat to work with!

 

The pattern is included in the kit, or you can get it in the Crochet More Issue of Love of Crochet. This issue is full of stylish patterns, all using 3 skeins or less. That means you can stretch your yarn budget and make even more awesome projects!

Have you finished your cowl yet? We’d love to see pictures! Show us how your One Hour Cowl turned out here on our blog or on Facebook. Then, if you’re ready for another fun crochet along, be sure to get the Fall 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet and be ready to make the gorgeous Sonoma Shawl with me on September 19th!

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Mystery Knit Along 2 – Solved – Three Wishes Dandelion Shawl

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Last week, we sent out the final clue in our second Mystery Knit Along. We wanted to give all of you knitting along with us time to finish your own knits before we posted pictures of the finished project. This … Continue reading

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Yarn Along the Rockies – Colorado yarn crawl 2014!

Fellow yarnies in Colorado – are you ready for Yarn Along the Rockies? From September 13th to the 21st, 24 awesome yarn shops across our beautiful state are participating in this fun annual yarn crawl.

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Visit all 24 shops for a chance to win one of the 5 grand prizes, but don’t worry if you can’t make it to all of them. Each shop will have an individual drawing for their own prize basket, so be sure to enter at each one. Each shop has also designed a One-Skein Accessory Collectable pattern, so don’t miss out on these quick and stylish projects!

The Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet team will be participating in the yarn crawl and visiting some shops in our area. We hope to see you out and about in support of our favorite local yarn shops!

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Trick and Treat Bags – Halloween crochet kits

Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes one of my favorite holidays – Halloween! The kid in me loves dressing up, eating sweets, and playing fun fall games, while the crafter in me loves putting together creative decorations and costumes.

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Showing off her Pumpkin Treat Bag

 

Last year, I made my daughter the darling Pumpkin Treat Bag, featured in the Fall 2013 Issue of Love of Crochet. She adores this bag. She has played with it throughout the seasons and is eager to use it when we go trick-or-treating again this year. It seems that this cute pumpkin is the gift that keeps on giving because it has become her go-to Halloween bag. I had a great time crocheting this smiling jack-o-lantern, and I’m going to make another treat bag for my nephew this fall.

 

 

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The perfect addition to any costume!

 

The Frankenstein Treat Bag or Mummy Treat Bag would be a great addition to a spooky monster costume, and the kits make your yarn selection a breeze! They contain the pattern and all the yarn you need to make the Trick and Treat Bag of your choice. You’ll even have some yarn left over for your next project.

 

Do your kids have their Halloween costumes picked out yet? Whatever they choose, put a crafty finishing touch on their outfits with one of these fun bags! They’ll use it for years to come, and it’s sure to get plenty of compliments when they’re trick-or-treating. Which kit is screaming your kiddo’s name?

 

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Sonoma Shawl crochet along coming soon!

I am head over heels for the Sonoma Shawl from the Fall 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet! The fun puff stitches give this triangular shawl amazing texture and dimension, and the way they are arranged creates a cool geometric pattern. I’m excited to be making this fantastic accessory for our fall crochet along, and I hope you’ll join me so we can make it together!

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The yarn is LB Collection Superwash Merino by Lion Brand, and it’s a soft, 100% merino DK weight you’re going to love. The original sample was crocheted with Wild Berry, a rich, juicy color. There are a LOT of colors to choose from, but after much deliberation I decided to go with Dijon. I’ve been on a yellow kick lately, and this pretty, earthy tone was calling my name.

 

 

We’ll start our Sonoma Shawl crochet along on September 19th, so get your yarn today and be ready to crochet this beautiful shawl with us! What color is calling your name?

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Crochet Along – My One Hour Cowl is nearly finished!

My stitches seem to fly off my hook when I’m working on my One Hour Cowl! I knew this project would be a fast one because of the chunky yarn and big hook, but it’s working up even quicker than I expected.

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Almost finished!

I have a few other projects in the works right now, and this one is my favorite of the bunch. I work on it when I need to relax and take a break from the others. If I make a mistake and get “mad” at one of my other works-in-progress, the One Hour Cowl is always there to cheer me up and restore my crafting confidence!

 

The stitch pattern is simple enough that I can always pick up right where I left off, even if I haven’t worked on it in a few days. I had it memorized pretty quickly, so now I’m on autopilot as I make my One Hour Cowl. I LOVE patterns that allow me to watch my favorite show or chat with a friend as I crochet.

Also, I can’t stop petting the fabric I’m stitching up! The combination of the plush alpaca yarn and the cushy stitch pattern creates an amazingly soft texture. I’m really looking forward to cowl weather, and I think it’s just around the corner for us here in Colorado!

How is your cowl coming along? If you haven’t already, grab your One Hour Cowl kit today. You’ll swoon for this yarn and the easy but beautiful stitch pattern!

 

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