Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps – Are you ready to ruche?

I cast on the hat for my Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps last Friday while hanging out on my front porch enjoying the gorgeous fall weather.

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I have my stitch marker, and I’m ready to join and start working in the round.

 

I used a simple knitted cast on and joined to work in the round. Then I began my garter edging, which will give the hat a casual but polished brim.

 

 

 

As I knit the brim, I realized that I hadn’t done anything in garter stitch in a while. I think we take the texture of this stitch for granted because it’s usually the first one we learn when we start knitting, but the rhythmic waves of yarn really are soothing.

 

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I’m ready to ruche!

 

The garter section went pretty fast, and then I worked a few rounds of stockinette to get to a point where I could begin my ruching.

 

 

I had never ruched my knits before, but after reading our Beginner’s Guide in the Fall 2014 Issue and checking out our helpful ruching picture tutorial, I felt confident. In fact, my first attempt came out perfectly! I chose to pick up purl stitches 9 rounds beneath my live stitches. The pattern recommends 8-10, and I’m a fan of splitting the difference.

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Here, the orange marker is the beginning of my round, and the green one is on the stitch I’m about to ruche. I didn’t need to mark my stitches to do the ruching, but I’ve marked this one so you can follow along and see where this stitch goes. I’ve turned my work to the wrong side so you can get a better look at what’s happening.

 

 

 

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Using my left needle, I picked up the marked purl bump 9 rounds beneath my next live stitch.

 

 

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Here, I’ve turned my work back to the right side.

 

 

 

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I transferred the picked up purl bump to my left needle so I could knit it together with the next stitch.

 

 

 

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I removed the green marker to knit the picked up purl bump with the next stitch.

 

 

 

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I love the cool, gathered effect the ruching creates, and I REALLY love how easy it is!

 

 

 

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Check out the wrong side of my hat. The purl bumps I picked up and ruched are elongated , but these strands won’t be visible.

 

 

 

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The ruching kept me engaged, while the easy stockinette was fun to work on as I watched TV. It wasn’t long before I was ready for the crown shaping.

 

 

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I just finished up my hat, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all. I can’t wait to wear it!

 

 

Did you start the hat first, or did you go right for the boot wraps? If you haven’t started knitting this trendy set yet, grab your Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps kit today and join us in the knit along! Don’t forget to share your pictures and experiences with us here, on Facebook, or on Instagram. We love how our knit alongs keep us connected as a crafting community even though we are miles apart!

 

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Gingerbread House Stocking Knit Along – Coming soon!

If you’ve seen the Holiday Knits 2014 Issue of Love of Knitting, you have probably fallen in love with the Gingerbread House Stocking. Calling this stocking cute is an understatement because it is beyond adorable!

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Jen, our Editor-in-Chief, will be making this stocking for our holiday knit along, and we hope you’ll join in on the fun! By making it together, we can motivate and help each other along the way to ensure we all finish our stockings before Christmas.

 

 

To get the same wonderful look as the sample photographed in the magazine, you can get your very own Gingerbread House Stocking kit! The kits contain the pattern and the 3 main colors of yarn used in the project. Use small amounts of scrap yarn to make your bobble gumdrops and put your own unique spin on your stocking. We will be starting our stockings on October 17th, so order your kit today so you’ll be ready to cast on with us!

This darling project is perfect for adults and kids alike, and the gumdrops and “frosting” designs offer creative ways to make each stocking special. Who will you make this stocking for?

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Sonoma Shawl Crochet Along – Pesky puffs

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I started my Sonoma Shawl on Friday the 19th – twice. This gorgeous accessory took me a couple tries to get going because I had some trouble with my puff stitches. However, I LOVE the textured look they create, so … Continue reading

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Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps – Let the knit along begin!

I’m beyond excited to start knitting my Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps from the Fall Issue of Love of Knitting! The KeNZie yarn by HiKoo has been calling my name ever since I got it, and I’m itching to get it on my needles.

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Can you blame me? Just look at how soft and inviting it is!

 

 

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I whipped up my gauge swatch this morning, starting with size 6 needles as suggested in the pattern. The resulting fabric was just a smidge too tight, so I knit a few rows of garter stitch so I could remember where I changed needles and gave it a go with size 7s.

 

With this size, my gauge is just right. I’ll be casting on my hat later today, and I hope you’ll join me in making these trendy accessories! Get the same gorgeous yarn along with the pattern by ordering your own Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps kit. Check out the beautiful color options and find the perfect hue for you! If you’ve never ruched your knits before, don’t worry! We’ll be knitting this project together, and you’ll have plenty of support in learning this fun technique.

Have you started yet? Share pictures with us on Facebook or Instagram so we can cheer each other along! We can’t wait to see your Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps, so visit soon!

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Heathered Happiness Hat – A happy error

If you have been following my saga about the Heathered Happiness Hat, you know that I recently, accidentally, made up my own version of this fabulous 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 caught my error before I was too far in, after knitting three repeats (12 rounds), I decided that was too much knitting for me to rip back and decided to carry on in the new, slightly altered pattern. I am delighted with how well the pattern turned out, but after completing my new version of the pattern I still needed to knit Heathered Happiness Hat following the proper chart. I was thrilled to realize that the Heathered Happiness kit contains enough yarn to make two hats, and after paying close attention to the pattern, I was thrilled when I reached the crown shaping.

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I love that this pattern includes a detailed chart for the colorwork in the crown shaping, and I was surprised at how quickly I was able to finish the knitting.

 

 

 

I am really pleased with my finished Heathered Happiness Hat, but have to admit that I also really like my new version of the pattern, and I suspect you will too.

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Because I like my “error version” so much, we are offering this pattern as a free bonus pattern to everyone who purchases a kit for the Heathered Happiness Hat. Just send us a picture of your kit or a copy of your order, and we will send you a PDF chart for the new pattern.

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AND – I have to tell you I was ecstatic when I finished the second hat and realized I still have two good sized balls left.

 

I weighed my first hat, then my second, and then the balls, and based on all of the different weights, I am nearly certain that I have enough yarn left to make another version of the hat as well. I think I might make a child size hat this time – but that means you can get 3 hats out of one kit!

(Excellent use of the postage meter scale – don’t you agree?)

If you have never knit Fair Isle before, this hat is a wonderful place to start. The longest float (space between stitches of the same color) is only three stitches, making it easy to keep your tension even. With three hats to practice on, you will be a Fair Isle expert in no time.

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, or three!).

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National Alpaca Farm Days 2014 – Sept. 27th and 28th

Are you looking for a fun fall activity this weekend? Why not visit an alpaca farm and get to know the cute animals that give us one of our favorite fibers? National Alpaca Farm Days is a fabulous event for the whole family, and many locations offer gorgeous alpaca yarn spun right there on farm! That means you can take a moment to gush over yummy yarns while the kids watch an educational demonstration and learn about farm life.

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Until then, get your alpaca fix by checking out Baby Twist by Alpaca with a Twist. This super soft DK weight yarn is a real treat!

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Also, check out the beautiful Caroling Cape from the Holiday Knits 2014 Issue of Love of Knitting for an example of how stunning this fiber looks when it’s worked up.

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Crocheters, we have an amazing alpaca accessory for you too! The One Hour Cowl from Love of Crochet‘s Crochet More Issue is a divine project that really shows off the beauty of this fabulous fiber. The One Hour Cowl Kits contain the pattern and two hanks of an alpaca yarn you’re destined to fall in love with.

 

 

Wouldn’t it be amazing to make one of these fun projects with yarn you purchased directly from the farm? Who in your family do you think would get the biggest kick out of National Alpaca Farm Days?

 

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Charity Spotlight – Little Hats, Big Hearts

The American Heart Association is preparing for 2015′s American Heart Month by collecting red knit or crocheted hats to be donated to babies born in February in participating hospitals. This inspiring project, Little Hats, Big Hearts, will raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

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To participate, send red yarn or a handmade red hat to the American Heart Association’s office in Chicago. Be sure your donation meets the requirements described on their site because cute bows and beads can be hazardous to little ones. For this project, simpler is better!

The deadline for sending hats is January 15, 2015, so you have plenty of time to get started. This project would be a great way to get a group of charitable crafters together to raise awareness about heart disease and heart defects in both children and adults.

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See it. Try it. LOVE it! GIVEAWAY!

All of us here at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office recently learned some crafty new skills in our See it. Try it. LOVE it! challenge. We had so much fun expanding our knitting and crochet horizons, we want to encourage you to do the same. If there is a skill or technique that has always eluded you, now is the time to tackle it! Give it a shot, and enter to win a crafty prize package full of YARN and other goodies!

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To enter

  • Follow Love of Knitting or Love of Crochet on Instagram and check out a photo of the awesome prize there.
  • Take a picture of yourself starting one of our super fun patterns with a technique you’ve been dying to try. Use the hashtag #SeeTryLove so we can find your pic!

We’ll randomly choose our winner on October 8th, so you have plenty of time to get your materials and summon your crafting courage. Good luck!

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Sonoma Shawl Crochet Along – Let’s get started!

I’m all set and ready to start my Sonoma Shawl! The puff stitches in this beautiful accessory give it such a wonderful texture, and I can’t wait to begin. I hope you’ll grab a copy of our Fall Issue and join me in making this fun project!

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This rich yellow reminds me of autumn leaves.

 

These 3 skeins of Lion Brand’s LB Collection Superwash Merino have been tempting me ever since I got them, so I’m excited to “dig in” to this soft yarn later this evening. While I love the luscious purple shawl featured in the magazine, I decided to go with the yummy Dijon color because it just screamed fall to me. This stunning yarn is also machine washable, which makes it ideal for those of us who love easy-care fibers.

 

 

 

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I can’t wait to get this soft yarn around my hook!

 

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and we here at Love of Crochet are always happy to help if you encounter any questions or tricky parts. We’d love to see pictures of your Sonoma Shawl, so visit us on Facebook or Instagram and share your experience with us. Until then, happy crafting!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide – Kits for hand-knit gifts!

It’s hard to think about the holidays when we are still enjoying beautiful, sunny weather, but if you’re knitting handmade gifts for the people on your list, it’s time to start planning. Don’t let the holidays sneak up on you! These handy kits will make your holiday knitting easier than ever, and your friends and family will adore these fabulous designs.

Under the Mist Holiday Gift Guide   Kits for hand knit gifts!

 

Knit the Under the Mistletoe stole for a dear friend, and she’ll love showing it off at elegant restaurants and parties! It pairs perfectly with a little black dress for a playful accessory that’s both fun and sophisticated. The boucle yarn is hand-painted so you can effortlessly create the striped pattern without changing colors. Each kit also includes silk ribbons to fashion the beautiful tie.

 

 

Racer Striped Jacket Holiday Gift Guide   Kits for hand knit gifts!

 

For him, the Racer Striped Jacket is a wardrobe essential! The texture and zipper give this piece a professional look that is casual with the perfect hint of style. Available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large, there is a kit for nearly every guy on your list.

 

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I’m definitely getting a Nordic Star Slippers kit! From the Fair Isle pattern to the comfy shape, this pair will be a welcome gift for several of my nearest and dearest. At the unbelievable price of $24.99, these slippers will be a much higher quality than any you could purchase at the store.

 

Socks for the Family Holiday Gift Guide   Kits for hand knit gifts!

 

Speaking of amazing deals, we still have a few Socks for the Family kits in baby, toddler, and children’s sizes. Hand-knit socks are always touching gifts, and kiddos and parents alike will appreciate them for a long time. You’ll definitely appreciate the price because these kits are a steal!

 

If you have a fellow knitter on your list, remember that kits also make wonderful presents. For more fabulous gift ideas, be sure to pick up a copy of Love of Knitting’s Holiday Knits 2014 when it hits newsstands on the 23rd! With all of these stunning patterns, the only question is – which ones are you putting on your wish list?

 

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