Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missed out on Missoni at Target? Knit your own ripple scarf free pattern!

Missoni has never been bigger! Their launch at Target yesterday, sold out in hours and clogged their web servers. Missoni has a funky-chic look using interesting color combinations and lots of chevron stripes.

Why not knit your own "Missoni" reminiscent scarf? 
This free knitting pattern uses 1-skein of Knit One Crochet Too's Ty-Dy Cotton or Ty-Dy Wool yarn.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Eco-Friendly Market Bag!

Now you can knit your own reusable market bag! Make a few, stow them in your car so they are always ready  for a trip to the grocery store, quick-mart, or farmers market. 

This Terrific Tote Knitting Kit includes the yarn and instructions to knit a market bag. It features Kollage Corntastic (made from real corn fiber) and an open lace pattern that easily expands to whatever you put in the bag.

View Kollage Terrific Tote Knitting Kit

Sunday, September 11, 2011

How-to make a Silk Needle Felting Scarf!

This year at TNNA, my sister who is more bookworm-than-knitter came to help at the show. She went crazy over Pagewood Farm's Silk Needle Felting Scarf Kit
No knitting is required to make this beautiful silk scarf! Each scarf is adorned by needle felting bits of yarn and wool roving onto the scarf. Add a little, add a lot...the choice is up to you!

Below are lots of pics and a "how-to needle felt" video. Enjoy!

Here's what you need to needle felt this scarf - Pagewood Farm Silk Scarf kits include: silk rectangle, a package of tinkerbell mohair fluff, a bit of yarn, and felting instructions. You will also need a needle felting tool and a foam square.

I did my scarf as a weekend project. No more than 5 minutes into working on my scarf, my 11 year old couldn't wait to jump in and give it a try. She loves needle felting, too! We kept it out all weekend. Both adding little bits whenever we walked by - so much fun!

Watch a "how-to video" on needle felting. It's so easy and relaxing to do!

Sunday night, I couldn't wait to try on the finished scarf!
Angel never misses out on a photo-op!

A few days later, my daughter and I gave this scarf to our friend, Denie. She loves it, too!
Want to make your own needle felted silk scarf? Shop Pagewood Farm Silk Scarf Kit

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Classic Shades Hug for Japan Scarf

My completed Hug for Japan Scarf using Universal Classic Shades yarn
Recently I posted about the Dan Doh Hug for Japan Scarf designed by Yumiko Alexander. It's so pretty, I just had to knit one myself. I knitted this one using 1-skein of Universal Classic Shades yarn. I love the results! The scarf started and ended with the same color. 

What did I think of this knitting project?
It knits up quickly. The scarf is knitted lengthwise in stockinette stitch. You start with 200 stitches, decrease down to the center, then increase again for the other curly side. When you bind off, you'll whip stitch the corner stitches together at one end to create a keyhole. Weave in the yarn ends and you're done! Fun project!

What I used to knit my Dan Doh Hug for Japan Scarf:

Friday, September 09, 2011

Splash! A Knitting Fish Tale!

I've discovered another knitting addiction - and this one involves tiny knitting!
I just got Anna Hrochovec's Teeny Tiny MochiMochi book filled with miniature knitted creatures that fit in the palm of your hand. The projects take less than an hour to knit. So I've spent the past few nights knitting up a creature. Then I strategically place it in my daughter's room so she discovers it when she wakes up.

Here are my projects from the last two nights:

  • I made the mermaid complete with long locks and a seashell bikini top! 
  • And, I made the goldfish with mondo bubbles! 
Needless to say, my daughter loves these little creatures and so does Senor (our real goldlfish)!
All of my MochiMochi creatures were knitted using Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hot Knitting Posts: See our Top 10 List!

What articles do other knitters love to read on our blog? 
Here's a list of our 10 most popular knitting posts. 
Guess what? They are all free knitting patterns!

  1. Free Knitting Pattern Friday - Features 12 free knitting patterns!
  2. Easy Diagonal Scarf- A 1-skein free knitting project.
  3. Plymouth Vizions Yarn - Our hottest yarn for spring knitting + a free scarf pattern
  4. Theodora Shawl - Large triangular shawl free knitting pattern
  5. Sweet Caroline - Free baby blanket knitting pattern
  6. One Ball Lace Scarf - Surprise! Another free pattern
  7. Rustic Tweed Cowl - One ball free knitting pattern
  8. One Ball, Quick Knit Cowl - Features Ironstone Sherpa Wool
  9. Rustic Lace Scarf - Free 1-skein knitting pattern, lacy open scarf on super chunky yarn
  10. Knit Someone A Hug - Dan Doh Knitted Hug Scarf 1-skein free pattern

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Crazy for Cowls: Our Top 10 Cowl Knitting Patterns

Confession time! I have an's knitting cowls! 
Why do I love to knit cowls? 
  • Cowls are quick knitting projects.
  • They only require a few balls of yarn.
  • Cowls are knitted in-the-round, so no seams to sew.
  • They can be worn a variety of ways.
  • There are so many cowl patterns that I have to knit!

Want to Knit a Cowl: Our Top 10 Cowl Knitting Patterns

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

5 Reasons to Love Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Why I love HiYa HiYa Interchangeable Knitting Needles

  1. Hiya Hiya *giggle* the name is so much fun to say, you can't help but smile
  2. Speed knitting - Hiya Hiya creates top quality steel needles that allow your stitches to glide like none other
  3. Pretty packaging - Each set of Hiya Hiya needles comes wrapped in an elegant brocade case with tie closure
  4. No key knitting - Some interchangeable sets require a key to change needle tips, not Hiya Hiya. It's easy to change tips, simply unscrew and replace with other tip sizes. The transition between the cables and the tips is smooth.
  5. Lots of options available - Hiya Hiya needle sets are available in two sizes; Small US 2-8, Large US 9-15. Also, sets are now available in two needle tip lengths: 4" or 5". (To find out which needle tip length you should choose, read below).
Choosing Needle Tip Lengths:  4" or 5" 

The difference between the needles is just personal preference. 
We just introduced the 5" length a few weeks ago because we had several requests for them.
Some knitters find it difficult to work on a circular needle tip that is only 4" long, so they go with the 5".
I personally prefer the 4" because I like to work on a lot of small projects such as stuffed animals, hats, mittens. I find with the 4" needles it allows me to work in a tinier round than with the 5" needles.

Shop Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Knitting Needles 

Monday, September 05, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern: Wooly Stripe Scarf!

We love Ewe Ewe Yarns! Not only do they make an amazing washable Merino wool yarn, but they keep coming out with free knitting patterns!

This one is called the Wooly Stripe Scarf. You knit an easy garter-stitch striped scarf lengthwise, then braid the ends. 
Perfect for a beginner or if you want a relaxing "no think" knitting project. So cute!

Free Knitting Pattern: Wooly Stripe Scarf
Designed by Heather Walpole 

Sizes: Small (Large) 
Completed Measurement: 46 x 3" (69 x 3") not including braided ends. 

You will need:
Using Color A cast on 200(300) sts, then cut yarn leaving approximately a 12" tail. 
  • Row 1: Knit across row leaving a 12" tail at the BEGINNING and END of the ROW. 
  • Row 2: Repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 3: Change to Color B and repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 4: Repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 5: Change to Color C and repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 6: Repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 7: Change to Color D and repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 8 Repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 9: Change to Color E and repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 10: Repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 11: Change to Color F and repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 12: Repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 13: Change to Color G and repeat Row 1. 
  • Row 14: Repeat Row 1. Repeat Rows 1-14 one more time. 
  • Last 2 Rows: Change to color A and repeat Row 1. Bind off. 
  • Using tails at one end, grasp three strands and make a braid. Continue making braids across the end. If you have an extra tail or two, weave in yarn ends. 
  • Repeat at other end of scarf. Wear your new scarf with any outfit and look fabulous!