Monday, March 24, 2014

Easter Patterns

Easter's late this year, so you have a little extra time to knit or crochet something cute for someone special.

I looked at the patterns offered by various yarn companies and couldn't choose which ones to present to you. So I will list the links to the Easter patterns and let you browse to your heart's content.

Lion Brand Easter Patterns

Lion Brand Yarn had three pages of patterns for knit, crochet, and loom knitting. There are lambs, bunnies, Easter eggs, hats and baskets.

Image of Easter Basket  Image of Cute Cabled Lamb

Red Heart Yarn Easter Pattern

In addition to the sorts of patterns offered above, Red Heart Yarn has place mats, baby cocoons, Children's wear, and little hens that fit around a plastic Easter egg.

Mama Hen Cozies   Cottontail Bunny Cocoon & Hat

Bernat - Caron Yarn Easter Patterns

Bernat only has a few patterns, but they are cute.

Don't forget to check with,, and

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Some Recent Crochet Projects

If you need some ideas to get your inspiration flowing, here are a few recent projects you might enjoy.

Prayer shawl
This one was started in the center using a fan stitch. Each color was added to both sides to make it balanced.

Lap robe
This was done with granny squares using a K hook. There are 48 squares in the finished piece and a final round of black on the outside.

Granny ripple afghan
Fast and easy project. For instructions, this is one possible link:

This pattern originally was Tunisian crochet. The squares were actually worked in single crochet, chain. A row of V-stitch was worked around each square, then a round of single crochet and finally a round of double crochet.

This is Tunisian entrelac worked with a N or P hook. The larger size hook makes the weave a little looser than normal Tunisian simple stitch. It doesn't curl as much as the tighter stitched one would.
Here is the pattern:  If you need to see how the stitches are made, has videos of how to work Tunisian crochet.

Happy crafting,


Monday, March 3, 2014

Four New Books for Yarnies


The New Crochet: A Beginner's Guide with 38 Modern Projects by Marion Madel is laid out in lesson form with projects to help a beginning crocheter learn new stitches and techniques. Some of the projects include a scarf, hat, sweater, purse, legwarmers, shawl, and decorative flowers.

50 Knitted Gifts for Year-round Giving: Designs for Every Season and Occasion Featuring Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted is presented by the editors of Sixth&Spring Books. This book is for knitters. There are projects for each holiday from a chocolate Easter bunny hat to spiderweb boot toppers. Lots of cute and useful ideas in this book.

Crochet Slouchy Beanies & Headwraps Leisure Arts LA-5939

Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps by Lisa Gentry has 10 patterns for some popular slouchy hats and 3 cute headwraps. If you know someone who got a new coat and needs a new hat to go with it, this book has patterns that will make you the popular crafter in your family/neighborhood.

Crochet Love: 27 Sweet & Simple Zakka-Inspired Projects by Jenny Doh shows how to work up small projects like finger puppets and fish mobiles, lacy trim for knee-high stockings and egg rattles for babies, a crowns for the little ones and crocheted rings. 

There's something of interest to almost any knitter or crocheter. Come and pick up the craft book that sounds the best to you.

Happy crafting,


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Database for Crafters!!

To everyone in Indiana who likes crafts or DIY projects - Good News!!

INSPIRE has added new sections. One has instructions, plans, tips, videos, and ideas for every kind of household project from plumbing to building a shed. I think I saw plans for constructing your own house, if you are that ambitious. Our shelver asked about building a guitar and I found him information on what kind of finishing varnishes to use.

Now, on to the really good stuff! Crafters - Wow!

Sewing, knitting and crochet have topic areas with smaller individual sections including patterns, instructions, and videos. The sidebar had a list of ideas for St. Patrick's Day. Other choices for crafting include beading, paper crafts, Chinese knotting, braiding, model building, kid's crafts, home and garden, performing arts, and a section each for indoor and outdoor recreation.

Got a bored child? Check around in this database (free from your state and library) and you will transform that child into a busy and entertained one.

All you have to do is click on a few links:
1. Go to
2. Click on the long bar at the bottom of the home page - Online Resources
3. Look at the choices and find INSPIRE (lower right).
4. Near the top of the page, under the tab that says "Advanced Search", click on the link that says "Search by database".
5. A long list shows up. It is in alphabetical order. Go down to "Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center" or "Home Improvement Reference Center".
6. Once you get to that page you can find ideas and follow links to your heart's delight.

By the way - did you notice all of the other treasures of information contained in INSPIRE as you went by them to get to these two choices? When you have picked your craft or project, hit the back arrow a couple of times and look through all the information you can access when you need it.

Happy crafting,


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Keeping the Furries Warm

The weather this winter isn't fit for small dog or puppy. So today I will post a few patterns for doggie sweaters.

Image of The Romantic Dog Sweater

Lion Brand Yarn has this one right on the front page today. I might leave the heart off of the sweater. But then again, in the temperatures we've had this winter, another layer might be a good idea after all.

Image of Proud Puppy Dog Sweater

This one is knit in self-striping yarn.

Image of Turtle Dog Costume

And this one is knit in a "turtle" pattern.

Red Heart Yarn offers these choices - all free:
Holiday Dog Sweater

Dog Sweater

Just in case you love granny squares, here's one for your dog too:
Dog's Crochet Granny Square Sweater

I wonder why none of these dogs is sitting in a snowy yard. Just a thought.

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine Coasters

Maybe you're planning a Valentine party or you might have a sweetheart you would like to impress. Here's a crochet pattern from Red Heart for a quick and easy heart-shaped coaster to make your table cheery.

Valentine Heart Coaster

Make them in any color you wish. They'd make great party favors. And - just a thought - do you know anyone in the hospital or a nursing home who might enjoy one or two of these?

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz

Two New Books

Knitters, we have a new book for you entitled Warm Mittens and Socks: Dozens of Playful Patterns and Skillful Stitches to Knit, Crochet, and Embroider by Eva Trotzig.

I glanced through the book and found something that will make almost anybody happy. Warm hands and feet sound pretty good this winter.

Crocheters, this one's just for you. Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women's Heart Health by Laura Zander has 30 patterns for sweaters, hats, cowls, jackets, and other assorted goodies. Each pattern is shown in red, but can be worked in the color of your choice.

You can currently find both of these books in the New Book section.

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz