Tutorial: Using Circular Needles and DPN for Decreases in the Round

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Special thanks to Mark Rougeux for this knitting tutorial.   An article I wrote in July, 2014 prompted a reader to ask about decreasing using circular needles. Nicole Vieu wrote, “I would love a tutorial on using double pointed needles or magic loop for making a hat! I can knit in the round but I have been hesitant to make a hat in the round because of the decrease, I usually make them flat and stitch them together!” Nicole inspired me to write this particular article. I … [Continue reading...]

Into The Woods: 13 Crochet Afghan Patterns

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As we enjoy these last days of summer and look forward to autumn, we're reminded of the beauty of the woods. Leaves change color on the trees and nature is more still, more peaceful. Who wouldn't want to bring some of that beauty into their home? The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. - Robert Frost The woods have long been a symbol of adventure and danger, as in fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood. (I'm really excited for the … [Continue reading...]

Spinzilla 2014

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If you’ve ever knit with handspun yarn, you’re well aware of the unique charm it brings to your knit (or crocheted) pieces. Whenever I’m knitting with handspun yarn, I always happily think about the farm where the animal was raised or where the plant was grown. Although it may be a little more expensive, the […]

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Leisure Arts Crochet Pattern Books: Reviews and Giveaways

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There are so many different places these days to get your crochet inspiration from and find your patterns. Aside from the internet (sites like AllFreeCrochet) and online-only digital magazines (I Like Crochet), good old fashioned books remain a popular source for many knitters and crocheters to find their next project. The nice thing about books […]

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Lounging Around: 20 Crochet Patterns for Lazy Days

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Sometimes all you want is a lazy day at home. The best way to enjoy downtime at home is on the couch in your most comfortable t-shirt, probably with your latest crochet project in your lap. You can be even more comfortable with these lazy day patterns–all of which can be crocheted, of course! My […]

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Sweet Tooth: Crochet Cupcakes and Sweet Treats

Sweet Tooth: Crocheted Cupcakes and Sweet Treats

For those of you who know me, you know that I have a massive sweet tooth. After eating something salty I need something sweet. After eating something healthy, I need something sweet. No matter what time of day it is or regardless of the situation I am always craving chocolates and cookies. Because of the […]

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Falling for Autumn: Knitted Scarf Patterns & More

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Every year, I fall in love with autumn all over again. Of course I’m always sad when summer comes to an end, but there’s something about fall that captivates and enchants me year after year. Maybe it’s the ever-present scent of a lingering bonfire, maybe it’s the way the wind makes the trees sway, maybe […]

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Amamani: Crochet Puzzle Ball Patterns

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I am sure you have heard of crochet amigurumi patterns before (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals). The word amigurumi is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. We have so many cute crochet amigurumi patterns to choose from; see […]

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7 Perfectly Peacock Afghan Patterns

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Peacocks are such elegant birds. At the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin, the peacocks just strut around freely like they’re hot stuff — and they are! Who can resist the colors and patterns on their feathers? They are truly one of nature’s loveliest designs. Here are some interesting facts about peacocks from National Geographic Online […]

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For The Lazy Knitters: 25 Simple Knitting Patterns

For The Lazy Knitters: 25 Simple Patterns

My favorite part about knitting is that you actually produce something. At the end of of a project, you always have something complete and tangible to show your hard work. However, you don’t always want to put in grueling hours of labor. After a long day of working at the office or chauffeuring the kids […]

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