Friday, March 24, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Springtime

Spring is finally here! To celebrate this first week of spring, here's are some seasonally named patterns to jump start your springtime crafting.

The Spring Market Mod Scarf by Megan Meyer is a wonderful way to add color to any outfit.



Keep your hands warm on those still chilly days with the Spring Bloom Mitts by Rachel Atkinson


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Cardis

It's that time of year when there is so much variation in temperature! Sometimes it feels like summer is almost here, others we're back in our winter woolens. A new cardigan is the perfect way to be ready for whatever weather the day might bring.

A lace design is a great to way to keep sweaters lightweight. Surry Hills by Maria Magnusson (Olsson) is a button-up cropped design.


Hot Chilli Shawl Cardigan by Heidi Walsh can be worn open or closed with your favorite shawl pin.



A waterfall cardigan in airy lace-weight yarn is another great option for spring layers. Try the Sága Cardigan by Meilindis at www.meilindis.nl


Even bulky weight yarn can be airy in an open pattern.The Ladies Baggy Cardigan by Laura Eccleston works up quick.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

February Classic Review: Miss Babs

Yummy Southern Comfort


This month, we are thrilled to feature Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarn and Fibers, a woman owned and operated business, which prides itself on "finding joy in hard work, supporting each other, and sharing tears and laughter".
 
We're including Miss Babs' Yummy Sport Weight for our subscribers. This bouncy and round yarn is a 100% superwash merino, 3-ply sport weight in rich semi-solid colors. With oversized hanks containing 5.2 ounces, two luscious skeins are being sent your way for a total of 670 yards of delicious, smooshy yarn-y goodness!


Left to right: Stargazer, Gloriosa, Lotus, Wild Keet



Left to right: Faded Ink, Blue Mussel, Suspense, Dark Shale


For our crochet pattern this month, we are featuring KT and the Squid Katy Petersen’s Topelt Shawl, with its beautiful scalloped lace trim.


The Yeseria Shawl by knit designer Katy H. Carroll showcases graceful, lacy knit arabesques.


Loom knit designer Amanda Pratt joins us for another box with the Cabled Tree Pillow. You can find it on our blog here.


Total Value of This Box $67.49
2x skeins Miss Babs Yummy 3-Ply Sport $29
Knit Pattern $6
Crochet Pattern $3.49

Friday, March 10, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Go In A New Direction

There's more to knitting and crocheting than just working in rows and rounds. These patterns will have you thinking outside the box with their unique modular construction.

The Pole Dance Socks by Hypercycloid Designs are worked in flat strips without any seaming.



The Woven Circles Trivet by Adaiha Covington might look complicated, but this woven affect is easy to achieve.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: The Long and The Short Of It

The first time I learned short rows in a knitting class, the instructor referred to it as "the magic moment". And that's exactly what short rows are for- turning flat fabric into shaped objects or switching directions for an interesting look. It's still one of my favorite go-to when choosing a new pattern. Here's are some free pattern ideas to give short rows a try.

Short rows are a great way to create biased fabric and look wonderful with variegated yarns. For knitters, try the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer,



Achieve the same look in crochet with the Slip Slope Scarf by Vashti Braha.

 
These mitts by Sybil R use short rows to shape from the thumb out to create a radial pattern. Check the knit version Starburst Mitts or the crochet version Sparkler Mitts.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Sock Review: Manos Del Uruguay

We're spreading joy with every stitch!


This month, we joyfully feature Manos del Uruguay, a women’s collective of Uruguayan handcrafters working together to produce beautiful Fairtrade yarns. Every hand dyed skein gets signed with the name and village of the artisan who produced your yarn. Manos' tonal colors were originally
the result of heating yarn for dyeing in large, iron kettles over wood fires. Since then, the dying process has been refined to provide consistency of color without losing what has become their trademark.



Alegria is Spanish for “joy” and this 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon blend is a joy to work with! With a super-soft hand, lots of spring and resilient wear, it's perfect for socks and garments. Each skein has 100 grams with 445 yards of yarn and will quickly become your favorite pair of socks!


Top (bright): Carmine, Cactus Flower, Turmeric, Tahiti
Bottom (muted): Foil, Petal, Wedgwood, Eggplant

Designer Adrienne Fong joins us with her pattern Some Enchanted Evening, a twisting and turning lacy design.



Total Value of this Box $30
Manos del Uruguay Alegria $24.50
Pattern $5.50

Friday, February 24, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Operation Sock Drawer

Yarnbox Socks is the perfect way to build up your sock drawer with a new skein of sock yarn each month. Looking for perfect pattern for that skein of sock yarn? Try some of these recently released patterns!

The Sugar Frost Socks by Marianne Heikkinen are a simple texture pattern that would work great with variegated yarns.


Cables always look great with high twist sock yarns. Cabernet Cabaret by Michelle Leanne Martin is our new favorite.



These crocheted Basic Socks by Jesscrafting are worked in worsted weight yarn for a great pair of house socks.


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