We’ve gotten a good start on the Petunia Peplum top from our Spring Issue, and we are now finished with the ruffle. I realized something wonderful when I knit my first few rows after casting on – I love the cable cast on! Not only was my first row of knitting looser and easier to work than with other cast-on methods, my edge has turned out beautifully firm as well. I also love how the stockinette fabric rolls at the bottom, creating a bit of extra frill for the ruffle.
These long rows were a great way to zone out and get lost in the repetitive movements of simple stockinette, but I’m excited to decrease across my next row so I can start progressing faster on this darling top. The Weekend DK yarn by Berroco is creating a gorgeous fabric that will be both comfortable and easy-care, and my little one is extremely eager to wear it.
How is your project coming along? We’d love to see pictures or hear updates as you make this adorable set by designer Sheryl Thies, so feel free to share your progress on our Facebook page or here on our blog. Until next time, happy knitting!
Taking a cue from the Spring 2014 Issue of Love of Knitting, I took a bit of time to organize my yarn stash yesterday. As I sifted through my collection, I found a few skeins I had forgotten about – including one that had somehow transformed into a tangled mess of yarn. Actually, I have a feeling it ended up that way because back when I was making something with it, I pulled my working yarn from the center, letting it slowly become a hollow shell of its formerly plush self. Then, I must have stuck this poor, snarled skein into my yarn closet, leaving it to become more knotted and twisted over time.
After finding this tangled skein, I decided that even though it was only a small amount and wasn’t very expensive, I couldn’t bring myself to toss it. After all, it was my fault it ended up this way. Determined, and with nothing else to do that evening, I sat down and began the tedious task of untangling this poor mess of yarn.
As I unknotted lengths and lengths of yarn and wound it into a ball, I realized that I truly didn’t mind doing it. There was something constructive and soothing about taking a crazy, jumbled mess and winding it into a neat and useful ball of yarn. I like to think that this says something about me being a very orderly (hah!) and patient person, but perhaps the feeling of yarn running through my fingers is really what made this job enjoyable for me. In any case, my poor tangled skein is now wound into a tidy ball and ready to be used, and this is a win for any crafter.
This experience got me thinking – I can’t be the only person who enjoys untangling yarn! Are there any crafty tasks that others seem to dread (weaving in ends, turning a heel, seaming), but you secretly enjoy?
If you’ve had your eye on a few books in our Crochet and Knit Shop, now is the time to treat yourself to those crafty resources! From now until March 12th, we are offering 10% off all books if you enter the promo code BOOKSALE at checkout.
Subscribers to our free e-newsletter have already gotten a heads up about this sale, and they will be getting clues about our National Crochet Month Giveaway as well! Click over and subscribe today so you don’t miss out on these informative updates, deals, and free patterns.
National Crochet Month is just beginning, and we’d like to share a few crafty ways to celebrate. Of course, every stitch you make during the month of March can be considered a mini-celebration of this wonderfully addictive craft, but we invite you to do something special – just for fun.
Try joining a Crochet Along! We will be making the Raspberry Tart Scarf from our Winter 2013 Issue, beginning on March 14th, and we hope you take this opportunity to crochet along with us and make this beautiful, lacy scarf.
Learning a new skill is also a great way to celebrate. Have you always wanted to try Tunisian crochet? Check out this convenient video course from the Daily Craft, and learn how to make the darling Pinwheel Blanket from our Summer 2013 Issue of Love of Crochet!
Finally, we officially give you permission to splurge on some gorgeous yarn this month! We know there are tons of fabulous fibers to choose from, so check out our 52 Weeks of Yarn reviews for a helpful starting point. If you’re eager to learn more about some of our favorite fibers, be sure to check out our Spring 2014 Issue when it goes on sale, March 25th.
We know this is only the tip of the iceberg, and there are countless ways to celebrate National Crochet Month! How will you celebrate?
March is National Crochet Month, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by learning a new skill. Knitters and crocheters alike can take their fascination with fiber to the next level by learning to spin their own yarn! In this helpful online video course with instructor Kim Stone, you’ll learn how to recognize different types of roving and spin it into your own custom-made yarn.
Make your next project extra special by adding to your crafting skills and expanding the meaning of the word “handmade.”
We’ve cast on, and we’re ready to knit the Petunia Peplum Top and Bag from our Spring 2014 Issue. This was the first time I used the cable cast on method, and I must say – I’m a fan! At first it took some concentration to make sure my stitches weren’t cast on too tightly, but after a bit of practice this method is a lot like the knitted cast on method. I found the only difference to be that instead of inserting your right needle into the first stitch on your left needle to cast on, you insert it between the first and second stitch as shown below on the left side. I also found it helpful to place stitch markers every 20 stitches so I wouldn’t lose track as I counted.
I’m making this top in a size 4, and I can’t wait to get started. Are you knitting this darling set with us? What colors did you choose, and who are you making it for? We’d love to hear from you or see pictures of your project as you go, so stop by our Facebook page and let us know how it’s going!
March is National Crochet Month, and we’re celebrating with 4 exciting giveaways! Every Friday in March, we will be showing our appreciation for YOU, our wonderful fellow crocheters, by giving away books, yarn, and products. For a chance to win, all you need to do is follow us on social media and check out all the fun things we’re up to. We’ll give away crafty prize packages on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, so follow us today to be sure you see the giveaway posts.
We’ll randomly choose our winners on the following Monday mornings, and we hope to see you on all 4 sites so you can quadruple your chance of winning! Good luck!
Have you been interested in learning to knit but put off by the fear of pesky dropped stitches? The Knook combines the best of both knitting and crocheting into one fun and easy-to-learn craft. There’s no need to worry about your work unraveling if a stitch falls and because this method allows you to knit with a crochet hook, you get the added benefit of using a tool you’re already comfortable with !
This beginner’s set includes everything you need to learn to knit using a trusty hook. In the kit, you’ll get 3 knooks, 4 super simple patterns, and a helpful how-to book. Grab the Knook Beginner Set for Kids for a great way to craft together as a family.
One reason we all love knitting is that there is always something new to try, learn, and master. Whether it’s a different stitch pattern or technique, learning a new skill is fun and rewarding. We know that mastering an unfamiliar technique can be challenging as well, and we are here to help!
Our Basic Knitting Instructions (under Learn How to Knit) provide you with free picture tutorials to guide you through a variety of techniques ranging from basic skills to more specialized instructions. Does your pattern call for a different cast on or bind off? Check out our handy tutorials, and we’ll walk you through the process.
We will continue to add to our library of helpful knitting instructions, so stop by to see all the new skills you can learn. We’d love to hear the techniques you’re interested in learning, so visit us on Facebook or comment here on our blog to let us know!
Since this is the final week of American Heart Month, we want to remind you about Knit Red, a wonderful book by Laura Zander featuring 30 stunning red projects donated by renowned knitwear designers. These generous designers also share their personal stories about heart disease, as well as useful heart health tips.
Read our full review of this inspiring book in the Winter 2012 Issue of Love of Knitting. Also, be sure to check out our review of Crochet Red in the Spring 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet, on sale March 25th.