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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Knitted Wet/Dry Mop Cover

Tired of buying refill pads for your wet/dry mop? Knit one instead! Added to Knitting Miscellaneous Projects

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Crochet Tab Top Curtains Pattern

I need curtains for my den. The windows face the backyard, so no privacy concerns -- just looking for something to add color, dress up the windows, and you know, pull the room together. A tall order for mere window decor, I know, but then, I found this pattern for Crochet Tab Top Curtains. I love the way the three colors blend together. It's gotta help pull this multi-use room together!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Blonde Bombshell Knitted Doll Dress

Honestly, a fun and flirty dress to knit for Barbie dolls, though it does bear a passing resemblance to film femme fatale of yore. Added to Doll-making and Knitting projects

Categories: Doll-Making, Knitting and Crochet
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day Crafts - Gifts and Decorations

Candy Cane Hearts - Use up leftover mini candy canes in this fun craft

XOXO Jar - Environmentally savvy crafting, using a recycled jar and craft supplies that you probably already have around the house.

Sweet Heart Crochet Pattern - So cute! Crochet a few for a garland.

Crochet Box of Chocolates - Hee hee! Couldn't resist this one!

Beaded Heart Candleholder - Fun, no pattern needed design

Painted Valentine Hanging Plaque - Pretty enough to display year-round

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Candle-making, Holiday Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Painting, Recycled Crafts, Valentine's Day Crafts
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Mittens, Mittens, Mittens!

Happy winter! It is very cold here, so naturally my thoughts turned to mittens... and hot cocoa. Let's talk about mittens first - here's a great group of all things mitten-ish!
By the way, homemade cocoa is really easy and delicious!

Have a wool sweater that is too worn or outgrown to wear again? Turn it into Mittens, Cut and Sewn from Shrunken Sweaters. It is an easy project to machine or hand sew. Added to Sewing Projects and Recycled Crafts

Walk in the snow with your sweetie and keep warm holding hands with the Lovers' Mitten Added to Knitting Projects

These Crochet Mittens are designed for a women's size small, though you can modify them. They're crocheted in parts and then crocheted together. Great way to use up leftover yarn. Added to Crochet Projects

Ultra-practical, though a bit challenging, Broad Street Mittens, turn into "hobo" gloves when you need to get keys out of your purse, put on chapstick, etc, etc. Added to Knitting Projects

Protect your fingers from hot drinks and keep them extra warm, too when you knit a Coffee Sweater Added to Knitting Projects

Rather stay inside and get some crafts done? Me, too! Cross-stitch these Gingerbread Man Mittens for a sweet gift. I think this chart would also work up nicely in plastic canvas for a Christmas tree ornament or package decoration. Added to Needlecrafts Projects

While you're keeping the homefires burning, enjoy this cute video of Martha Stewart making Monster Mittens with a chatty first-grader who steals the show.
Close the video to view the directions and pattern. Added to Sewing Projects

If your kids always lose their mittens, perhaps they'll hang on to them if you turn them into puppets with these animal and people puppet knitted additions. Added to Knitting Projects

Most little girls will love these Bunny Hat and Paw Mittens. Too precious! Also great for a cold weather Halloween costume. Added to Sewing and Halloween Projects

The inevitable lost mitten can be turned into cute puppets using felt and fabric glue. Added to Kids Crafts and Recycled Crafts

Finally, when it's just too cold to go outside, keep them busy with mitten-themed activities. Added to Kids Crafts Categories: Halloween Crafts, Kids Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Needlework, Recycled Crafts, Sewing
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crochet Clothespin Angel

Crochet this cute Clothespin Angel for your Christmas tree or for nice little Christmas gifts. Added to Christmas Crafts and Crochet Patterns

Categories: Christmas Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Crochet Beaded Popcorn Garland

Add a homey and unique touch to your Christmas decorations by crocheting a Beaded Popcorn Garland. Great use of leftover yarn and beads. Added to Crochet Patterns and Christmas Crafts

Categories: Christmas Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Stylish Crochet Simple Tunic Pattern

Crochet this stylish Simple Tunic for the winter months. Advanced pattern, but so great-looking! Added to Crochet Patterns

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Find Local Yarn Stores - Knitmap.com

So simple - so handy - enter your zipcode, city or address, and see a map and list of local yarn shops. Try it today at Knitmap.com Added to Knitting

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Quick & Easy Halloween Crochet Cuties

Fun for beginner crochet or quick gifts, make a Quick and Easy Halloween Ghost or Candy Corn Pattern. Added to Halloween Crafts and Crochet Patterns

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Felted Cat Basket Knitting Pattern

Scroll down for photos of these lovely and useful Knitted Felted Cat Baskets. Added to Knitting Patterns

Categories: Knitting and Crochet, Pets Crafts
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Rainbow Waves Crochet Afghan Pattern

Use up some leftover yarn and crochet a colorful Rainbow Waves Afghan. Added to Crochet Patterns

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Amigurumi! Super Happy Crochet Cute Pattern Book

Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute I just picked up this cheeky and cheery crochet book, and it made me a smile a bunch. Not just because the projects are so so cute and quirky -- the patterns are well-written, too. Plus, they use inexpensive, available-everywhere worsted weight yarn. What's not to love?

The patterns do range in complexity, they start out easiest with some adorable edibles. The first project is a carrot. You may never have known that you wanted to crochet a carrot, but I advise it. First, it's darn cute, and second, it will help you learn how to do amigurami, which just means oddly cute crochet items usually done in a tight gauge and crocheted in a round.

The carrot, strawberry, cheeseburger and even the fish skeleton, are warm-ups for the cuddly animals. I'm very partial to the piglet. The big eyes and colorful polka dots are just too charming. Of course, the fawn will touch the heart of any Bambi-watching loyal American, it's really that nice.

The final and most difficult section is the humanioids. Choose from a cat, a monkey, a rabbit, and a girl bear. They've got cute outfits that are both a challenge to crochet and a joy to customize. The possibilites are endless for creating your own unique twist.

Definitely the best book that I've seen in the cuteness craze that is Amigurami.

Categories: Crafts Book Reviews, Doll-Making, Knitting and Crochet
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Be proud and go Knit in Public on June 14. Host your own event or find one in your area. Added to Knitting Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Prayer Shawls Patterns - Crochet and Knitting

Here are several patterns for Prayer Shawls - Crochet Patterns and Knitting Patterns. Added to Crochet and Knitting Patterns Categories: Knitting and Crochet, Pets Crafts
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Vintage Crochet Miss Hawaii Doll Outfit Pattern

Surprisingly cute, crochet a vintage Miss Hawaii doll outfit, complete with lei and "grass" skirt. Added to Doll-Making and Crochet Patterns Categories: Doll-Making, Knitting and Crochet
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Crochet Dog Booties

Save this pattern for Crochet Dog Booties for Christmas gifts for the little dogs on your list. Added to Crochet Patterns Categories: Knitting and Crochet, Pets Crafts
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Monday, May 19, 2008

American Flag Socks Knitting Pattern

Get ready for Memorial Day with these cheery American Flag Socks. Added to Knitting Patterns and Patriotic Patterns Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Kool-Aid Yarn Dyeing

Fully illustrated directions to dye yarn using Kool-Aid packets or other drink mixes. Creative! Added to Knitting and Crochet

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Knitted Baby Hoodie Blanket Pattern

Here's a great new baby gift because 1) it's washable, and 2) you can customize lots of ways. Added the Baby Hoodie Blanket to Knitting Patterns

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Embroidered Crochet and Knitting Patterns

From the PBS Knit and Crochet Today are a few patterns featuring embroidery stitches on crocheting and knitting. It creates a stunning look. My favorite is the Snowflake Afghan. Added to Crochet and Knitting Patterns

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Caution Tape Knitted Scarf

You may know someone who this unique scarf is perfect for, and you'll know it when you see this Caution Tape Knitted Scarf Added to Knitting Patterns Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Knit Pocket Vest

Perfect for early spring weather in the Northeast US (windy and cold), knit this cosy zippered vest with pockets in a weekend. This pattern also comes in kids sizes. Added to Knitting Patterns.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Crochet Baby Birdie Mobile

Awww - Know anyone expecting? You simply must crochet this Baby Birdie Mobile! Added to Crochet Patterns and Baby Crafts.

Categories: Baby Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Lil Lamb Steel Wool Holder Crochet

Crochet a cuteLil Lamb to hold lots of things - scrubbie, earrings, paper clips, jellybeans, etc. Added to Easter Crafts and Crochet Patterns

Categories: Easter Crafts, Holiday Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Crochet Striped Kids Hoodie Sweater Pattern

This adorable crochet striped kids hoodie sweater pattern is for sizes 2, 4, and 6. Added to Crochet Patterns.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Crochet Peacock Buffet Scarf

Looking for a challenge? Crochet this stunning vintage peacock pattern, in crochet cotton. Added to Crochet Patterns.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Loom Knitting Instructions

If you've wanted to try one of those peg frame looms for knitting, here's a great set of Loom Knitting Instructions Added to Knitting and Crochet Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Knit and Crochet One Skein Hat and Scarf Patterns

Thoughtfully, Joann craft stores has provided both knitting and crochet patterns for a cosy One Skein Hat and Scarf. Both are in pdf format. Added to Crochet and Knitting patterns.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Knitted SquiPod iPod Cozy Pattern

Hee hee! Keep your iPod toasty this winter with this amazing Knitted SquiPod iPod Cozy Pattern. Added to Knitting patterns.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Crochet Christmas Card Ornament

Here's a quick and easy project - Crochet Christmas Card Ornament Super for beginner crocheters. If you left the back blank, they could also be perfect for gift tags. Added to Christmas Crafts and Crochet.

Categories: Christmas Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Crochet Snowflake Afghan

Make this Crochet Snowflake Afghan now, and you can use it throughout the winter. It's cheery and cozy. Added to Christmas Crafts and Crochet.

Categories: Christmas Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, August 13, 2007

Crochet Apples Pattern

Crochet these cute little apples for your favorite teacher. Added to Crochet patterns.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

One Skein Wonders - 101 Yarn Shop Favorites Crafts Book Review

One Skein Wonders One Skein Wonders - 101 Yarn Shop Favorites

Everyone has orphan skeins. Leftover yarn too pretty or interesting or costly to give away. I keep mine in a nice basket, though it's usually overflowing. Sometimes, I wonder why I can't let them go find new homes where they won't be ignored. Sometimes, I feel a little guilty about the clutter of miscellaneous balls of yarn.

Now, I've shed my guilt, and I have a new purpose in my knitting life, thanks to one adorable book, "One Skein Wonders - 101 Yarn Shop Favorites." You, too, can let go of your orphan yarn and make socks, hats, scarves, baby sweaters, belts, jewelry, arm warmers, purses, and much more.

Need a quick gift or an interesting challenge? It's easy to match your orphan (or new) skein to a pattern. The 101 patterns are sorted by yarn weight and type:

  • Bulky Weight Yarns
  • Heavy Worsted Yarns
  • Worsted Mohair Yarns
  • Worsted Weight Yarns
  • Sport Weight Yarns
  • Fingering Weight Yarns
  • Novelty Yarns

Oh, did I say buy new yarn? It's just one skein... Maybe some cashmere. Or is that fun novelty yarn calling your name?

With so many patterns in one book that use just one skein or less, there's something for almost every type of knitter:

  • Coaster set
  • Hats
  • Baby Sweaters
  • Shawls
  • Bags
  • Purses
  • Headbands
  • Socks
  • Collars
  • Caps
  • Gift Bag
  • Shells
  • Shrugs
  • Cell Phone Carrier
  • Flowers
  • Ponchos
  • Ice Scraper Mitt
  • Mittens
  • Tea Cozy
  • Booties
  • Cowl
  • Home Decor

Browse the 101 patterns by yarn weight or by photo. The table of contents is sorted by yarn weight and color photos are together in the middle of the book. Each photo lists the page number of the pattern. The patterns have small photos of the item for reference. The book is very easy to use and fun to leaf through. See a sampling of free patterns from the book's website.

Yarn shops across the US contributed the patterns, which shows in the diversity of styles, yarns, and skill levels. If you enjoy yarn shops like I do, you'll appreciate the listing and descriptions of all yarn shop contributors. Maybe I can visit one or two on my travels here and there. Must keep this list handy!

If you need to brush up on a technique or two, a handy glossary with diagrams is included.

Overall, a lively and fun knitting book with a diversity of patterns in yarn type, skill level, and complexity. Enjoy!

One Skein Wonders - 101 Yarn Shop Favorites

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Knitted Baby Boy Outfit

Adorable baby boy outfit to knit. It's sized for a one-year old. Take my advice - don't wait to make it if you have a little one to knit for - my 6 month old baby is 20+ pounds and 28 inches. He's wearing 12 month sizes now. Added to Knitting and Baby Crafts

Categories: Baby Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Amigurumi Cat aka Amineko

Amigurumi is a Japanese style of crochet that is done in rounds to make cute items. An amigurumi cat is also called an amineko. Enough vocab - trust me, it's cute and fun. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Lion Brand Yarn speaker program available for NY area clubs

Thought I'd pass on this interesting opportunity. Sounds great!
The Lion Brand Yarn company (http://www.lionbrand.com) today announced a new guest speaker program for knitting and crochet clubs in the New York, Tri State area that have 50 or more members. The worlds largest home knitting and crochet yarn manufacturer is offering their Vice President as a guest speaker to qualified organizations, free of charge. Topics include: Fashion trends in knitting and crochet, new yarns, products and services. Each talk includes gift packets and coupons for club members. Lion Brand also donates the yarn samples used for each talk to each club for use in charity projects.

"This new speaker program gives us a unique opportunity to not only share the latest trends in hand knitting and crochet, but also get feedback from people who actively knit and crochet." said Jack Blumenthal, Vice President of Lion Brand Yarn. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to give back to the community of knitting and crochet enthusiasts."

Knitting and crochet clubs interested in participating in the Lion Brand guest speaker program, need to have at least 50 members and be located in the New York Tri state area to qualify. To schedule a speaker engagement, clubs should contact Jack Blumenthal at Jack@lionbrandyarn.com . Each club is encouraged to include detailed information about their organization. Availability is on a first come first served basis and each club must meet the minimum qualification requirements.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Crochet Halloween Treat Bags

Cute beginner project to crochet drawstring treat bags for Halloween in pdf file format. This pattern would be great favors for other occasions in different colors, too. Added to Crochet and Halloween Crafts

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Friday, February 23, 2007

Crochet Edge Fleece Baby Blanket

Stitch a quick and thoughtful baby gift by crocheting an edging on a soft fleece blankie (pdf). Added to Baby Crafts and Crochet.

Categories: Baby Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Friday, February 09, 2007

Beaton's Book of Needlework from 1870

The Gutenberg Project lists thousands of out-of-copyright books online for free download. I found this gem from 1870 - "Beaton's Book of Needlework." It includes illustrated directions and patterns for embroidery, tatting, crochet, knitting, and several other obscure lacemaking and needlework arts. Added to Crochet and Knitting and Needlework.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet, Needlework
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Knitted Pleated Skirt

Unique pattern to knit a short pleated skirt. Added to Crochet & Knitting.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Crochet Coin Purse

Quick and easy coin purse to crochet in chenille yarn. It's a cutie. Added to Crochet and Knitting

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Crochet Hoop Earrings

Several variations with this unique pattern to crochet onto hoop earrings. Use beads or not, plus a fuller version, too. Great way to use up bits of crochet thread. Added to Crochet and Jewelry-making.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Knitting and Crochet
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Knitted Baby Earflap Hat

Winter's coming and here's a cute way to keep their little head nice and cosy. This baby earflap hat looks like it will stay on their head, too. Added to Knitting and Baby Crafts.

Categories: Baby Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, September 25, 2006

Men's Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern

A member of our message boards is looking for men's pullover sweater patterns. I found a fisherman's cable sweater pattern. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Sock Monkey Hat and Scarf

Knit a cute hat and scarf for your sock monkey. Added to Knitting and Crochet.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Crochet Purse Necklace

Easy enough to touch young girl to crochet, and sweet enough to make yourself as a quick gift. It's a cute necklace purse. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Knitting - Two Needle Cabled Cast On

Need a little help learning to cast on? Or a neat way to cast on many stitches? Try the 2 needle cabled cast on method. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Crochet Socks

Now crocheters can make warm and cosy socks for the winter with this clever pattern. Added to Crochet and Knitting

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Review The Happy Hooker Crochet Book

The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller

Humble crochet is due for a resurgence. I know, I've said it before, but this book of modern crochet certainly shows it. The patterns in this book are fresh and different. If you're an experienced crocheting, you will be happy buying this book for the shapely sweaters, cool hats, unique baby items, and other interesting patterns.

If you haven't crocheted, or have just crocheted a little, this book is a comprehensive primer on exactly how to do it, how it differs from knitting, and what you need to get started. Not much is necessary, and there's a great explanation of different yarns and hooks.

Though I grew up with crochet, I enjoyed reading about the history of crochet and what types of item crochet makes best - lacy items and sturdy items, but not stretchy ones.

Crochet, through the years, has been taught from person to person. It's probably easiest to learn from someone else. But, if you can learn from a book, this book may be the one. The instructions are conversational and full of little tips. Different methods of holding the yarn and creating the basic stitches are also explained.

The instructions chapters start with a chain stitch, move into single crochet, then into types of double and triple crochet. Adding yarn, increasing and decreasing are also demonstrated. Fancy stitches like shell, popcorn, ribbing, spike stitch, and even granny squares are explained. Tapestry and filet crochet are shown, along with the afghan stitch. The instructions finish with all the info you need to finish a project - joining pieces, seaming, buttonholes, blocking, and more. It is very comprehensive!

Let's talk patterns. The designs are from a variety of the new breed of pattern designers, and they vary a bit in their styles. There are more than 40 patterns, sorted by category. Each pattern lists the weight of the yarn used, which is nice to see.

The scarves and shawls patterns are nice, and the hats are cool enough for teenagers and boys. The bags and totes are unique and mostly retro-modern.

I really liked the clothing in the Spring & Summer and Fall & Winter sections. The summer tops, halters, tanks and t-shirts, are very cute, and similar to what I've seen in stores. The often-requested crochet bikini is vintage style, and includes a carrying bag. The Fall and Winter sweaters are not boxy, and do not look homemade. Your favorite guy might even wear the jolly roger sweater. The "Unseamly Sweater" is shaped through changing stitch patterns. The only seams are at the underarms and armholes.

Patterns for accessories include a wide corset belt, fluffy bunny slippers, wire jewelry and more. Home, gifts and baby items are rather miscellaneous. The sock monkey baby set is a nice change from traditional baby layettes, while still being very cute.

Crocheters of all levels can find something to enjoy in this book. The instructions and reference are valuable to have on your shelf, and there are probably a few patterns for everyone. I even enjoyed reading it.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Knitted Fur-trimmed Baby Hoodie

Fun knitted sweater jacket sized for babies 9-24 month. Added to Crochet and Knitting and Baby Crafts

Categories: Baby Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Apache Tears Afghan Pattern

Nice afghan pattern with alternating stripes. The stitch is pretty enough to make it in a solid color, too. Added to Crochet patterns.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Knitted Plastic Bag Tote

Here's another take on this frugal project, a tote bag knitted from recycled plastic grocery bags. Added to Knitting.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Crochet Plastic Bag Tote

No one will know you crocheted this tote from plastic grocery bags unless you tell them. Then, they'll want one. Added to Crochet .

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Crochet Jacket

Here's another request from our message boards - a crochet jacket. Added to Crochet and Knitting patterns.

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Vintage Crochet Bikini

I found this cute vintage crochet bikini for someone on our message boards. Added to Crochet & Knitting.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Crochet Baby Booties

Cute little booties made mostly with double crochet. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Guideposts Knit for Kids Project

Knit a sweater for a child that needs one. Guideposts magazine provides the free pattern and distributes the sweaters around the world. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Review - Michael's Book of Needlecrafts

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts- Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery

Well, this is a big book! More than 300 pages of knitting, crochet and embroidery. Truly, it is three books in one.

Each section begins with a comprehensive set of instructions for that craft. Large drawings show the stitches and other details. The knitting section covered one of my pet peeves - what if I can't get the yarn they use in the pattern? An article gives tips and ideas to make good substitutions. Each pattern has a color photo and sometimes a few. The patterns have summary info at the beginning - skill level, sizes, supplies and tools needed. I have one quibble with the book - the table of contents is very short and doesn't provide a list of the patterns. The patterns are listed in an appendix at the back.

The knitting patterns are varied. All the standards are included- afghans, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters and vests. Other patterns include a dog sweater and collar, Ipod holder, purses, wire jewelry, and purses.

I think crochet has become a hot craft, and the authors seem to agree. The crochet patterns are interesting and modern. Even though the arm warmers done in a fuzzy yarn look like hairy arms. And the Santa's stocking is rainbow-striped and has individual toes... I liked all the rest very much. The baby clothes look cute and probably work up quickly. The patterns also include hats, ponchos, purses, sweaters, tops, a backpack, pillow, shawl, and a jacket to name a few. The beach cover-up was stylish, and the crochet trim for a store-bought top was different.

The embroidery instructions are comprehensive. Many types of stitches along with bead embroidery, ribbon embroidery and hardanger are illustrated. Most of the projects are embellishments for pre-made items. They range from elegant to quirky and fun. Embroidered jeans and beaded tops are popular now and both are covered here. Many types of items go under the needle - mittens, napkins, pillows, purses, paper, sweaters, towels, and tote bags. A few of the purses are handmade, with the patterns included. The embroidered greeting card and scrapbook embellishments add dimension to your papercrafts.

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts - Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery is a very solid and worthwhile book for your library. If you're already involved in one of the crafts, it's a great way to learn the others, while getting a good set of patterns.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Knifty Knitter Resources

Have you tried needle-less knitting? These round looms are very popular. See what you can make with these resources. Added to Knitting.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Knitted Bunny Doll

Cute Bunny Doll is perfect for Easter or anytime. Added to Easter Crafts and Knitting . Categories: Easter Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Thursday, March 16, 2006

How to make a Spool Knitter

Here's a great way to introduce kids to knitting. First, let them make their own spool knitter. Directions for using it are at the bottom of the project. Added to Knitting projects.

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Crochet Doll Face Potholder

We've had several requests for this pattern in our forums. It's a nostalgic pattern you may remember from Grandma's kitchen. Added to Crochet projects.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

How to Teach Crochet

Great directions and simple pattern to help anyone learn or teach crochet. Added to beginner crochet section of Crochet page Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, January 23, 2006

Free Dollhouse Crochet and Knitting Patterns

Miniature knitting and crochet patterns for your dollhouse. Right now, they have candy canes, a snood, a square doily, a skirt, and a baby bonnet listed. Added to Crochet and Knitting and Dollmaking pages.

Categories: Doll-Making, Knitting and Crochet
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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Crochet Dog Poncho

Not your usual dog sweater. Kick it up a notch with this cute poncho. Added to Crochet and Knitting, in the Pet patterns in the Crochet section. Categories: Knitting and Crochet, Pets Crafts
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Monday, November 14, 2005

AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review - New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want

New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want
by Vickie Howell

I hesitated to review a knitting pattern book, since I cannot vouch for each pattern and patterns are essentially the book. But this book suprised me and charmed me. There are 25 projects for children. No sweaters and scarves, just costumes and toys and silly things for kids.

The projects are mostly beginner to intermediate. They're rated by how much time needed to complete the project. Here's some of the patterns included:

  • Fireman hat
  • Mermaid outfit
  • Unicorn hat
  • King's crown
  • Tool set with pouch
  • Super kid cape
  • Ancient Egyptian outfit
  • Knight costume
  • Pirate bath set
  • Alien tooth fairy pillow
  • Robot jammie bag
  • Hawaiian oufit
  • Viking costume
  • Sleeping bag

This book assumes that you can knit. The first chapter shows special techniques like felting (used in a wizard's hat) and how to knit i-cord. You may recognize the author from Knitty Gritty, a knitting show on DIY Network.

Ready to knit something unique for the kids in your life? I think you'll be pleased with this wonderful book.

New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Lion Brand Yarn Ponchos Auctions for AmeriCares


The Lion Brand Yarn Company (http://www.lionbrand.com) listed 27 charity, poncho auctions on eBay this week. Each of the auctions feature a one-of-a-kind, hand-made, poncho that was worn by a member of the studio audience at the September 13th, 2005 taping of the new "Martha" TV show in New York. Winning bidders will receive a poncho, an 8" x 10" photo of the Lion Brand staff wearing the ponchos on the set of the Martha show taping and a letter from Lion Brand certifying that the poncho was worn at the September 13th 2005 taping of "Martha" in Manhattan. Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Crochet and Knitting page updated

Updated all the links on the Crochet and Knitting page. Added lots of new projects and reorganized all of the patterns. I've listed the knitting projects first, then the crochet projects.

KNITTING PROJECTS ADDED

  • Baby Five Hour Poncho
  • Fiesta Tea Set
  • Ladder of Life Socks
  • Chocolate Shrug
  • Vertical Stripe Scarf and Hat
  • Carnaby Throw and Pillows
  • Knit Cabled Bookmark
  • Cottage Tea Cosy
  • Top Down Seamless Pants for Barbie
  • Sock Monkey Socks
  • Chile Pepper Socks
  • Eyelet Rib Socks for Little Girls
  • Dishcloth Shawl
  • One Hour Scarf
  • Fingerless Mitts
  • Cat Costume
  • Art Deco Knitted Doily
  • Lace Dressing Gown
  • Candy Cane Knitted Ornament
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • Easter Finger Puppets
  • Rosette Button Purse
  • Fuzzy Heart Pillow
  • Easy Knit Hat
  • Pig Potholder
  • Ocean Waves Placemat
  • Newborn Adjustable Hat
  • Silverware Holder
  • Easy Knit Shawl
  • Nautical Eye Glass Case
  • Knit Shoe Laces
  • Barbie's Basic Tube Dress
  • Free Online Kntting Videos
  • Simple Slant Shawl
  • Preemie Set Baby Gift Set
  • Baby's Hooded Bath Towel
  • Basic Baby Socks
  • Knitted Santa Baby Bib
  • Daring Diva Halter
  • Diamonds Halter
  • Child's Poncho
  • American Flag Socks
  • Mock Cable Socks
  • Men's Socks
  • Red, White and Blue Pin
  • Teddy Bear
  • Barbie Sweater Set
  • Easter Egg Baskets
  • Snowman Shelf Doll
  • Poncho with Optional Hood
  • Fisherman Poncho
  • Off the Shoulder Sweater
  • Basic Bean Bag
  • Knitted Angel Baby Blanket
  • Grace Cardigan
  • Bear Claw Throw
  • Quick and Easy Knit Vest
  • Mandarin Jacket
  • Leg Warmers
  • Sock Calculator

CROCHET PROJECTS ADDED

  • Woven Squares Afghan
  • Freedom Poncho
  • Scalloped Fashion Doll Poncho
  • Lacy Crocheted Basket C
  • alla Lily Pin
  • Envelope Purse
  • Bridal Baubal Choker
  • Crocheted Penguin Ornament
  • Miniature Crocheted Basket
  • Triangle Evening Purse
  • Crocheted Three Wise Men
  • Zebra Print Shoulder Bag
  • Spring Blossoms Picture Frame
  • Christmas Door Knob Cover
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Angel Wreath
  • Christmas Card Ornament
  • Ski Hat Ornament
  • Angel Bear Ornament
  • Log Cabin Square
  • Filet Heart Afghan
  • Ducks in a Row Square
  • Crossover Square
  • Wagon Wheel Square
  • Plaid Afghan
  • Easter Eggs
  • Towel Topper
  • Coupon Holder
  • Skillet Handle Cover
  • Filet Dad Bookmark
  • Holly Napkin and Candle Rings
  • Pillsbury Doughboy
  • Red White and Blue Bookmark
  • Picot Basket
  • Double Row Beaded Socks
  • Animal Finger Puppets
  • Wagon Wheel Shawl
  • Ruffled Sock Edging
  • Embellished Crochet Jeans
  • Crochet Linen Belt
  • Diamond Crochet Belt
  • Crochet PDA Case
  • Round Motif Afghan
  • Crochet Butterfly Bag
  • Lace Top
  • Understanding Crochet Patterns
  • Crochet Stitch Guide
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Angel Pin
  • Shamrock Square
  • Filet "Noel" Wallhanging
  • Remote Control Cozy
  • Thread Crochet Ornament Cover
  • Basket/Vase
  • Six Hour Sweater
  • Acorn
  • Fringed Shawl
  • Crochet Shrug
  • Daisy Apron
  • Beginner Crochet Block
  • Cascade Afghan
  • Crochet Hearth Rug
  • Spring Baby Outfit
  • Jewelry Bag
  • Crocheted Curtains
  • Easy Slippers
  • Crocheted Sneakers
  • Crocheted Socks
  • Shells Plant Hanger
  • Beaded Post Earrings
  • Beaded Frame Fridgie
  • Fashion Doll Sun Hat
  • Beaded Spring Choker
  • Spider Cat Toy
  • Filet Crochet Tutorial
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