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.

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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,