Friday, February 17, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Make it Colorful

There are plenty of different techniques to add a splash of color to your projects. Here are a few free patterns to find your favorite!

Stranded knitting has many traditional regional variants. The Lotus Mittens by Heather Desserud are a modern twist on traditional Norwegian designs.


Brioche uses tuck stitch to create columns of color. Give it a try with the Brioche Basic Beanie by Marilynn Blacketer.



Stripes are an easy way to add color to your project. The Tea House Wrap by Alexandra Tavel can be easily modified to add and many stripes as you like.


Intarsia paints a picture with yarn. The Rock-a-Star Baby Blanket by Crochet Kitten uses this technique to add a motif image and monogram. 



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

January Classic Review: Elemental Affects

Spring into a New Year!



In the desert landscape of the Coachella Valley, hand-dyer Jeane deCoster creates a beautiful range of breed-specific yarns for Elemental Affects. Using fiber from American family-owned ranches, she sets out to produce yarns that touch the feelings of knitters and evoke an emotional response.



Cormo breed yarn contains a long-staple, lustrous, and springy wool that is soft against your skin. And, when spun with the right amount of twist, resistant to pills. With lots of stretch, this yarn is great for garments! The 3-ply worsted weight version has 250 yards in a 4 ounce skein, giving you 500 yards of stretchy, springy yarn for the perfect project.



Top: (bright) Cerise, Royale, (either) Raspberry Ice, (muted) Sage
Bottom: (muted) Clove, Pacifica, Cornflower, Storm

Our creative featured designers have two great projects this month. Knit designer Sara Lucas created a great cold-weather layering piece with the Stolen Sleeves poncho fusion.

 


Crochet designer Beth Major went big with the Entwined Cable Scarf featuring chunky twisting cables.


Total Value This Month $68.50
2 skeins Cormo Worsted: $30
Knit Pattern: $5
Crochet Pattern: $3.50

Friday, February 10, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: DK Beauties

We love DK yarn. It's the perfect mid-weight yarn that suits just about any item! Here are a few free patterns we love that use that wonderful weight:

The Burlesque Shawl by Rhiannon McCulloch is the perfect way to showcase two complementary colors of yarn.


DK yarn is also perfect for thicker, quick knit socks. The Colonel Mustard socks by Erin L. Black are a classic ribbed design.


The Vanier V-Neck Tunic by Jennifer Ozses uses DK yarn to make a lacy topper that works up quick.



This Yenni Slouch hat and boot topper set by Rebecca Langford is a perfect one skein project. 



Need some DK yarn? We recommend Mitu by Rauma Garn, Hither by Crave Yarns and Reluxe Lite by Jade Sapphire: all available in the Overstock Store at Yarnbox!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Keep Motivated!

Did you make a New Year's resolution? Have you stuck with it? It seems like February is when we get a bit less resolute. Here are some craft ideas to keep you motivated to accomplish those goals!

It seems like every year we want to exercise and get back in shape. Maybe this New Year, New Yoga Mat Bag by The Yarn Engineer will help keep you going to class every week all year.



Did you resolve to stash bust? This pretty New Year Scarf by Isabel Martins is a great way to quickly bust through a skein or two.



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Sock Review: Yarn Fairy and the Pixies

A Fairy Dusted Fantasy!



We got up to some mischief this month with Yarn Fairy and the Pixies. Dyer Wendy McDonnell creates a beautiful range of super saturated hand-painted skeins we're featuring on Imp Sock, an 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon blend. These colorful concoctions have oversized 113 gram skeins with 433 yards of yarn to whip up a magical creation.

We featured a selection of 10 fun variegated colors ranging from the super colorful to rich and moody


Top: (Brights) Pheonix, Julia, Final Frontier, Rainwilds. (Either) Plum Varieties
Bottom: (Muted) Victorian Valentine, Seabreeze, Dark Ops, Viking, Paris

Wendy McDonnell also designs patterns and runs mystery knit-alongs through her blog. She created the Beady Sock to show off her hand painted yarn. This textured design looks great with or without beads!

 

Total Value $27
Imp Sock $22
Pattern $5

Friday, January 27, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: It's the Year of the Rooster!

Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year so we're celebrating the year of the rooster with some fun designs!

The Chinese Lantern Cowl by Nina Leon is a fun textured bulky project.



Celebrate the holiday with a little Chinese New Year Doll by Stephanie Lau.



The Fortune Cookie by Kristen McDonnell is a clever way to include a little message for good luck in the coming year.


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