Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dolce Handknits

Dolce Handknits Arcadia Cowl Knitting
Dolce Handknits knitting patterns are an outstanding selection of knitting patterns created by Kim Dolce. Kim was inspired to create these stunning and original patterns by yarn she found in shops in London, and by the beautiful items that were once knitted by her mother. Her patterns feature a youthful, creative and modern twist on the art of knitting.

Dolce Handknits are the perfect form of creative expression which features elements of simplicity of repetition of knitting techniques, with enough challenges to keep the process of knitting interesting. Dolce Handknits are cherished handmade knit items that can be passed down as heirlooms to future generations.

In the creation of her Dolce Handknits knitting patterns, Kim Dolce takes into consideration modern appeal as far as fashion and wearability go. Fashionable knits made from these patterns never look antique. Items that can be made from these patterns range from sweaters to shawls to adorably creative and fun slippers, to gorgeous and warm sweater dresses.

Patterns to make stylish Dolce Handknits can be found in fine yarn shops, or they can be found and downloaded on the internet. Using everything from easy knitting techniques to challenging techniques to keep the process of knitting them interesting, Kim Dolce has achieved just the right blend of simplicity and challenge.

Patterns can be found for such wonderful items as car length coats to fingerless gloves. The creativity in these patterns is unmatched by any other knit patterns available. With such a chic and classy sense of style, Kim Dolce has gone above and beyond in bringing the most stylish patterns to hobbyists that love to knit.

Gone are the days of grandma's knitting, and here to stay are the days of creating useful and wearable and very stylish knit items. Heirloom quality is only a matter of stitches away. Kim Dolce's designs are classy, sophisticated and youthful. And creating them provides that rare combination of challenge and intrigue along with straightforward design that Kim Dolce is famous for.

Great items can be made for any season of the year. Make a gorgeous crochet tank for warmer weather, or create a beautiful car length coat and fingerless gloves for cold winters days. Patterns are even available for marvelously warm blankets, or make some whimsical dog toys from the beginners pattern collection to thrill your favorite pooch. With such a stellar variety of designs and patterns there is sure to be something wonderful just waiting to be created for any taste.

There are a brilliant variety of patterns to make women's items, but there are also some wonderful patterns to make beautiful sweaters for men as well. Knitters that are proficient at just about any skill level will find a wonderful wearable heirloom quality pattern to knit. Dolce Handknits knitting patterns are available at many great fine yarn shops. With such a brilliant selection of designs available, knitters will always have a pattern that they are currently working on, and another pattern in mind for a future project.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's a Wrap! Spring Knitting Fashion Forecast

It's a Wrap! Spring 2012 Fashion Forecast:  Knitted cowls, wraps, and shawls continue to appear on the ready-to-wear market for spring. Wear them for warmth, for style, and for an added pop of color. 

Now knit your own! This collection of cowls, wraps, and shawl knitting patterns and kits all have one common theme - they are loaded with texture and style - lace, ruffles, and lots of interesting stitches.
We love that they are an easy way to spruce up your wardrobe. Most of them are simple and quick to knit and require little more than a ball or two of yarn!  

It's a Wrap: Our Favorite 12 Shawls, Wraps, and Cowls to Knit Now!

  1. Olgajazzy Mizutama Polka Dot Shawl Knitting Pattern
  2. French Press Knits Lansing Cowl Knitting Pattern
  3. Ewe Ewe Caramel Corn Cowl Knitting Pattern
  4. Fickle Knitter Wild Lettuce Wrap Knitting Pattern
  5. ShibuiKnits Draper Shawl Knitting Pattern
  6. Pagewood Farm Elizabethan Ruffled Collar Kit
  7. Fickle Knitter Monica Lace Shawl Pattern
  8. Fickle Knitter Fleurdelise Lace Shawl Knitting Pattern
  9. Olgajazzy Miura Cowl Knitting Pattern
  10. Fickle Knitter Honey Pot Shawl Knitting Pattern
  11. Grace Akhrem Seaweed Scarf Knitting Pattern
  12. Shibui Mix No. 3 Shawl Knitting Pattern

Friday, February 24, 2012

Stay Warm and Look Stylish

Kollage Feed Your Creativity
Winter is the time to get out hats, mittens and scarves. Knitted scarves are a versatile fashion accessory that can be worn with virtually any outfit. Getting the perfect winter scarf makes staying warm and stylish easy. Beautiful scarves can be created by following scarf knitting patterns or by purchasing scarf knitting kits.

Beginner and expert knitters can benefit from obtaining scarf knitting patterns. These can be found in books or by searching online. Most patterns found online are free, but knitters may need to pay for more complex or unique patterns. Patterns range from simple to very intricate designs. Before beginning any project it is important to carefully read the instructions and gather the appropriate materials. It is vital to purchase enough skeins of yarn from the same dye lot to ensure there will be an ample amount to complete the project. Yarn is dyed in large batches and each batch is issued a dye lot. Choosing yarns from different dye lots will create small variations in the color which is not recommended. Knitters following a pattern should always create a small test swatch to ensure it meets the measurements listed on the pattern.

Simple scarf knitting patterns are recommended for beginners. These patterns are easy to follow and usually require only one type of basic stitch. Simple scarf knitting patterns won't make busy or intricate scarves, but will allow a beginner to follow a simple pattern. With so many fun yarns available today even simple scarf knitting patterns can look dazzling. Fuzzy yarn and mosaic are great for knitting scarves and easily hide any imperfections.

Scarf knitting kits can be an excellent way to get children and teens interested in knitting. They are also perfect for beginners or those exploring knitting as a new hobby. Scarf knitting kits are affordable and contain all the materials needed to create a darling scarf. Most kits have easy to follow directions which allow users to complete the project in a matter of hours or days. This can be very gratifying for a beginner and will encourage them to continue to use their skills.

Whether a scarf is created using a pattern or a kit it is fun for the person who knitted it to wear it out and about. When others see a unique scarf they will be want to admire it and the compliments will pour in. Hand knitted scarves can make a great gift for family members and friends during the winter season. Others will love the gift or a warm and stylish scarf.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Crochet a Rag Rug Tutorial

I love having a rug in front of my kitchen sink. It's that added touch that make my kitchen feel a bit cozier. When putting away my holiday rug a few weeks ago, I pulled out my regular (no seasonal) rug and to say it's looking a bit worn is putting it mildly. 

I found a few cute rag rug tutorials on Pinterest, but none that were exactly what I wanted. So, I decided to create my own how-to video. I started this project yesterday, so you can see how fast it is to create.

Step 1: Gathering the Materials
You can use whatever fabric you want! I wanted mine to match my kitchen, so I took a quick trip to the fabric store and selected a yard or two of fabrics I liked. When selecting fabrics, it's more important to select colors you like rather than pattern. Unless the patterns are small, you won't be able to see them anyway. 

You don't have to spend a lot (or any) money to make this project, you could use what you already have around the house! Ideas for fabric/scraps:
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Men's shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Old pj's
  • Denim jeans
  • Thrift store or garage sale finds
  • Old curtains
  • Remnant fabrics
  • Dishtowels
Step 2: Preparing the Fabric
Now that you've gathered your fabric, you'll need to cut it into strips. I place my ruler a little bit from the edge, then snip the fabric at 1 1/2" increments. 

Then rather than cutting the strips, I rip them! Ripping is much easier and faster than cutting, it's more accurate, and it makes a very satisfying sound. I also like the rustic look of the torn edges.

Here is a pile of my torn strips. Some tutorials suggest you join all the fabric strips and wrap them into fabric balls so they are ready to use before you begin the project. My approach is a bit unorthodox, I don't like to prepare all my fabric ahead of time. I tear up about a dozen strips, then crochet a little bit, then rip some more fabric, and so on...then I can change fabrics as I go. 

Joining the strips
It's a lot easier to join the strips before you crochet them. This method of joining allows you to crochet along as if you are working with one unending strip of fabric. No yarn ends to weave in later, I love that part.
Here's how you join the strips of fabric:
Cut a small slit into each end of the fabric strips.

The slit only need to be wide enough for a strip of fabric to slip through. I make mine about 1" long. To join the strips, we'll call this green strip, Strip A.

Now, slide Strip A, through the slit of Strip B.

Then, slide the other end of Strip B through the slit of Strip A and pull the entire strip through the slit.

Now, the strips are joined. I like how the ends link together. It adds a nice bit of dimension to your rug having a little tuft of fabric sticking up here and there. 
Just keep joining the strips like that to create a long piece to work with. I join a few pieces, crochet for a bit to see how it's working up, then change fabric, work a little more, etc.

Crochet the Rug
Using a size P/11.5 mm crochet hook, chain 33
  1. Beginning in the second chain from the hook, work 1 single crochet in each chain across (32 single crochet stitches).
  2. Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 single crochet in each single crochet across (32 single crochet stitches).
  3. Repeat #2 until rug reaches desired length.
  4. Cut fabric leaving approximately a 6" tail. Pull tail through last loop. Weave in yarn ends.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bling! Sequin Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

Classic and sophisticated with a bit of bling! This beautiful keyhole cabled scarf is created using two colors of Rozetti Contessa Yarn which is dappled with sequins. 

Completed Scarf Measures: 5.5 X 48"

You will need:

Free Scarf Pattern: Mohair Mountain

Love an easy, no think knitting project? Then you'll love the Mohair Mountain Scarf. Not only is it a perfet project for a beginner knitter, but it's great for when you want to just relax and knit: tv knitting, waiting in the kids pick-up loop, doctor's office, on the train, hanging with friends, etc. 

Mohair Mountain changes shades as you knit, so the completed results are beautiful.

Completed Scarf Measures: 59 x 7"

You will need:

Rozetti Spectra Yarn + Free Pattern

If you like Rozetti Marina, you'll love new Rozetti Spectra yarn! This ruffle yarn has the same lovely wide web as Marina, but with an added row of fun bubbles. The bubbles provide a bit more stability and pop to this fun to knit yarn. View all colors of Rozetti Spectra 

Completed Scarf Measures: 64 x 3"

One-Skein Spectra Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Simplistic Beauty of Chic Knits

Chic Knits Basic Chic Hoodie Knitting Pattern

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced knitter you will want to look at Chic Knits knitting patterns. Chic Knits provides a wide array of modern knitting patterns from hats and scarves to beautiful sweaters.

Chic Knits hat patterns make wonderful gifts for the holidays. The knitter can enjoy cold winter days, sitting by a warm fire knitting a homemade gift from Chic Knits many knitting patterns.

Children, teenagers and adults will love Chic Knits sweater patterns with the wonderful array of choices. What could be better than choosing your own Chic Knits pattern for a beautiful warm sweater, custom knitted just for you.

For the beginning knitter, choosing Chic Knits scarf patterns will assure an easy introduction to the beautiful and satisfying art of knitting. The Chic Knits scarf patterns are perfect for holiday gifts. The amateur knitter can easily make beautiful scarves in different colors and wool's for everyone on her gift giving list.

If you are an experienced knitter, take a look at our Chic Knits sweater patterns. There are many beautiful patterns to choose from, vests, sweaters, sweater jackets, and hoodies. Why not knit a matching sweater, scarf and hat set? Chic Knit hat patterns are fun and affordable.

Knitting is a relaxing pastime on cold winter days or rainy summer days. Listen to your favorite music while you get lost in the wonderful world of knitting. Feel a sense of accomplishment as your knitting project emerges into one of our very beautiful Chic Knits hat patterns.

What a wonderful way to say I love you to a friend or loved one by knitting something personal just for them. Knitting is an art, an expression of the knitter's creativity and Chic Knits knitting patterns helps the knitter express herself in making beautiful items for herself or her friends.

Enjoy the warmth of a beautifully hand knitted sweater made exclusively for you from a Chic Knits sweater pattern. Each hand made sweater is unique and made just for you by your knitting friend.
Homemade knitting gifts are personal and treasured gifts.

Enjoy learning the art of knitting by starting now with an easy scarf pattern or as an advanced knitter choose a more complex sweater pattern. Either way you will be excited to create a beautiful knitted work of art. Knitting is a satisfying and relaxing way to create beautiful gifts for yourself and others.

New! Woolpets Needle Felting Kits

Meet the Woolpets! These adorable little kits allow you to have a lot of felting fun. Each Woolpets kit comes beautifully packaged in a Chinese takeout style box - perfect for gift giving. Kits include wool, felting needles, and all the supplies you need to create these fuzzy friends except a foam felting block (sold separately).

Who can make the Woolpets? They are a perfect project for almost any fiber lover. It's a great project for older children, tweens, teens and adults love them, too! Not a good project for younger children, the felting needles are extremely sharp.

What can I create with a Woolpets kit? Kits are available in the following friends:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Photo a Day Challenge - Day 19

Day 19 - Something You Hate to Do
I hate to clean the garage! I spent most of the day cleaning it and these are all the boxes I have to cut down.

What is this photo all about? February Photo a Day Challenge

Saturday, February 18, 2012

February Photo a Day Challenge - Day 18

Day 18 - Drink
This is my favorite. Ice cold and in a can!

What is this photo all about? February Photo a Day Challenge

We Love: Yarn + Cookies + Soldiers!

New! Cookies for Soldiers Campaign
From now through February 29th, 2012, for every $50+ purchase you make at, we will donate a box of Girl Scout Cookies on your behalf to soldiers serving overseas!

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Photo a Day Challenge - Day 17

Day 17 - Time
This is where I check the time the most. On my iPhone! 
My screen saver is a photo of some of my favorite yarns - Knit One Crochet Too's Crock-O-Dye yarn.

Late for the game, but I'm still in!

February Photo a Day Challenge!
Yes, we are more than half way through the month, but I just discovered this Photo a Day Challenge and it looks like so much fun! It was created's genius! I'm in. So you'll be able to follow my photos here on the blog, on twitter, and even on pinterest
Does it sounds like fun to you, too? Join me!

Sign up for the FebPhotoaDay Challenge

Now, I'm off to post today's photo..."time."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Debbie Macomber + Cashmere + Free Pattern = Bliss!

Debbie Macomber Cashmere Fleur De Lys Yarn is amazingly soft! It feels great to knit and wonderful against the skin. Carol J. Sulcoski's Garter Ribbed Cowl is the perfect way to enjoy knitting with this yarn.  The best part, it's a free knitting pattern!

Completed Cowl Measures: 28 x 12"

You will need:
Skill Level: Easy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What to Knit in 1/2 Hour? Puzzle Scarf!

Got a half hour to spare? 
Knit a quick and easy scarf using Wisdom Poems Puzzle Yarn. It's a self-striping yarn that changes color as you knit.

Completed scarf measures: 4.5 X 96"

You will need:

Beautiful self-striping shades of Poems Puzzle Yarn

Thursday, February 09, 2012

6 Reasons You'll Want to Knit Shibui Mix!

Shibui Mix is a new way of thinking about selecting yarns and knitting projects. Our friends at ShibuiKnits have created Shibui Mix to encourage you to have fun choosing yarn. In fact, selecting yarn is one of my favorite parts of the knitting process. 
Old way of thinking about yarn: Looking at a pattern and saying, "Oh, it calls for worsted weight yarn...that's all I can use." 
New way of thinking about yarn: Shibui Mix suggests mixing it up! Take a fingering weight yarn and a dk weight yarn, use them together to get a worsted weight, or use two light dk weight yarns to equal a worsted weight, and so on. By mixing different yarns and weights to create the recommend weight, you've now open up your yarn possibilities ten-fold. You can also mix fibers and colors to create your own unique look.

To help you get started, ShibuiKnits has created Shibui Mix
It's a collection of 6 modern, easy to knit and wearable patterns that encourage yarn mixing. They hope you'll use the projects as a launch pad for how you think about selecting yarns. Mix it up!
Shibui Mix No. 1: Pullover Knitting Pattern

Shibui Mix No. 2: Pullover Knitting Pattern
Yarn Mix: 2 strands of Shibui Silk Cloud Yarn
Shibui Mix No. 3: Shawl Knitting Pattern

Shibui Mix No. 4: Wrap Knitting Pattern

Shibui Mix No. 5: Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Shibui Mix No. 6Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

What to knit? Avery Cowl Free Knitting Pattern!

Another free knitting pattern featuring The Fibre Company's Acadia yarn! We love the duo-tone rustic appeal of Acadia yarn. It feels great against your skin, too, since it's a blend of Merino/Baby Alpaca/Silk fibers.

This Avery cowl has a pretty lace stitch pattern and it's knit in the round. That's my favorite thing about cowls - they are knit in the round, so I get to cast on and get going, no turning and no seams to sew!

You will need:

Monday, February 06, 2012

Knitting News from Ewe Ewe Yarns!

We learned a lot about Ewe Ewe Yarn's founder, Heather Walpole at TNNA last month. Fiber Story TV also took interest - their video is at the bottom of this post.

What is the concept behind Ewe Ewe Yarns?
I wanted to create fun to knit projects for adults and kids in a fresh modern color palette. Ewe Ewe focuses on small, portable knitting patterns that knit up quickly. Most of the projects make great gifts and they are all fun to work on.

Meet Wooly! the adorable sheep adorning every ball of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted Yarn

Do you have a yarn?
Yes, we created Wooly Worsted Washable yarn. It's a 100% Merino Superwash and it's easy-care machine washable. The colors are bright and stay true when you wash them. Our slogan is: knit it. wash it. love it. And we have an adorable little mascot sheep mascot. His name, of course, is Wooly. He's on every label of Wooly Worsted Washable yarn.

Layer Cake Cowl knitting pattern - New for spring from Ewe Ewe Yarns
What new patterns are arriving for spring?
Our spring patterns focus on our concept of quick, fun to knit projects. We have a bunch new patterns available including a cowls, a children's hat and more on the way. View Ewe Ewe patterns
Also, we have a lot of free knitting patterns available on our blog.

Watch the entire Fiber Story TV video featuring Ewe Ewe Yarn's Heather Walpole at this year's TNNA show.

See something you like? Get it at, we carry the entire line of Ewe Ewe patterns and yarn

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Fibre Company Acadia Yarn Free Shawl Pattern!

Acadia is a beautiful new rustic yarn from The Fibre Company. I love it's soft tweed colors and heathered effect. What really caught my eye was this pretty shawl knitted in two shades of Acadia. It's a garter stitched body with a triangle shape, then trimmed with a striped border and aspen leaf lace edging. The colors of Acadia are meant to coordinate so well together, it's hard to decide which two colors to use!

You will need:

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Story of a Beginner Knitter: Part 1

This is the first blog post in a series as we follow a new knitter through her first project! We'll share with you the progress of her project and any questions and issues she may run into as a new knitter.
Meet Kathy. 
She's a new knitter, but she's not new to the yarn world. She works in customer service at NobleKnits. If you called us, you may have spoken to her on the phone and if you placed an order online, she probably had a hand in getting out to you. Kathy does know how to crochet, but her real crafty passion has been in cake decorating. I've seen many amazing icing topped creations she's whipped up for family and friends. She even teaches decorating classes at a local craft store.
Kathy has been contemplating her first knitting project for some time. With the help of our in house knitting expert, Donna, Kathy chose a pattern and the yarn to get started.

New Knitter
Kathy has never knitted a stitch before, so we were surprised when she chose a sweater as her first project. But what we found out quickly was that when Kathy starts something she really dives in and tackles it.

Selecting the yarn and pattern
The knitting pattern Kathy chose was Plymouth Bazinga Jacket Pattern. She fell in love with a yarn we feature on, Ironstone's Sherpa Print. It'a a variegated chunky boucle yarn. Since it has a gauge similar to the Bazinga yarn called for in the pattern, Donna gave the okay and helped Kathy get started. 

Casting on and getting started
To begin, Donna cast on the first two stitches so Kathy could see how it's done. Then Kathy cast on the rest of the stitches onto straight needles. At the beginning of the first knitting row, Donna showed her how to knit the first stitches, then Kathy completed the row. They followed the same pattern for the purl row. She stayed and knitted with Donna close by in case their was an issue, but as Donna proudly told us, "Kathy's a natural! She took to it right away!"

Checking gauge
Donna helped her check her gauge and found that the gauge was on track. They moved her on to circular knitting needles and sent her off knitting.

Later that day, Kathy photographed her progress. It looks like after less than one day of knitting, she's really moving along.

We invite you to post comments and words of encouragement to Kathy
We'll check in with Kathy as she moves through the rest of her first project!

Do you have a story about your first knitting project? Share it with us!