Friday, August 31, 2012

Fall Knitting Projects For The Family

Scarf Knitting Kit
With Fall right around the corner, scarf knitting kits have become one of the most popular new crafting trends of the season. Crafters are beginning to download more and more simple scarf knitting patterns from the Internet in order to craft gifts for their friends, family, and coworkers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Fall Knitting Trend: Shawl Patterns!

Shawls and wraps remain a favorite among knitters and that trend doesn't seem to be slowing down for Fall 2012. There are so many new wraps that are full of texture, lace, cables, and interesting stitch patterns.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rooster Yarns

Rooster Yarn
If you love to knit and perform other crafts at home with yarn, then you know the importance of having high-quality yarn on hand with you. Inferior products seem to fade and break easier, leaving you with an inferior product that just isn't going to last very long. So when you are looking for a good kind of yarn, it is important to make sure it is the very best. This is possible with Rooster Yarns. Rooster Yarns is one of the best yard brand options available, so if you are going to spend time creating a home knit product, you might as well use the very best yarn available to you. This way, it is going to stand the test of time and look as good several years down the road as the day you made it.

The yard brand options out there are limitless, and you probably have seen a large amount of yarns for sale with different prices. Although the reduced price of yarn might seem more appealing at first, you don't want to just go with what is less expensive, you want to go with what is going to hold the color and what is going to not break and become frayed when you move or wear it. With the Rooster yarn brand, you don't have to worry about this, as it is always going to look the very best, no matter how often it is touched or worn.

If you're looking for beautiful colors that are able to go with just about anything, look at the Rooster yarn brand. Whether you want a beautiful sugared almond or a deep sea blue, you'll find the very best yarn through the selections. Of course, with the different yarn collections, you can go from bold and bright to more muted tones, depending on what you’re looking for. When it comes to the muted tones. The Almerino Aran Alpaca Blend option might just be best for you. Alpaca, which is similar to a lama and found throughout South America, these dyes are more subtle and don't demand too much attention, although the overall color scheme is rather beautiful and showcases just about every color tone you're looking for.

The Rooster Yarns Baby Rooster Machine Wash line is great, because after you create the clothing and are ready to have it worn, you don't have to worry about it becoming wet or needing cleaning, as you just have to toss it into the washing machine. This machine wash safe clothing is perfect for any knitting project, so whether you're creating something for yourself or knitting clothing for a new born baby, the color selection and arrange of options available for you through this yarn line might just be what you're looking for.

No matter what you're looking to create or what you're looking to knit, the Rooster Yarn collection is perfect for you, as it provides high quality material without the ever high prices, all with yarn made to last and hold its color.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How to Find Beginner Knitting Patterns

Beginner Knitting Pattern
Knitting is a hobby that has been around for generations and offers an unlimited potential of getting creative while being relaxed and comfortable simultaneously. If you are looking for a new hobby to fill your time or if you are seeking a way to create clothing, blankets, and other crafty projects, knitting may be an ideal fit. When you are new to knitting, you can look into finding beginner knitting patterns and guides to help you with creating the project you have in mind.

What is offered with Beginner Knitting Patterns?

There is a wide variety of beginner knitting projects available to choose from depending on the time you are willing to dedicate to the finished product as well as the level of difficulty. When you find a pattern to use for your knitting project, it will include all of the necessary materials including the yarn and needles required to finish the craft. The pattern will also detail step-by-step instructions on how to fully complete the pattern with the necessary tools.

Some easy knit patterns also include "wrap cable" information including patterns and charts to help with better understanding whether to knit, purl, or use different types of knots when you are working with different crafts. Beginner patterns for knitting are often extremely detailed to help get you acquainted with knitting terms, methods of stitching, and various techniques that are useful when following patterns.

Types of Knitting Patterns Available

Beginner knitting projects range from creating basic knit caps and hats to designing your very own knit slippers. Basic wraps for fall weather, mitts for the winter, and even knit bags for shopping are all possible when you use easy knit patterns made specifically for those who are new to knitting. Other basic designs for knitting projects include creating shawls, pillows, and even clutch purses. Different patterns for scarves are common for beginners as well, giving you a perfect accessory for any outfit. Hat patterns are common as caps and even for toddlers and children when you are first learning to knit and if you are looking to start smaller.

How to Shop for Knitting Patterns

Once you are ready to begin shopping for beginner knitting patterns, you can do so by browsing a local craft store or even from home. If you prefer to have a larger selection of patterns available for beginners, browsing online is ideal. When you choose to shop online for easy knit patterns and patterns for knitting that are specifically made for beginners, you can easily search by category or by using specific keywords to find a pattern that works for you.

Looking online for beginner knitting projects is a way to find the best project for you based on the materials and type of yarn you already have in your possession. You can also view photos of the finished outcome of the project once it has been completed by browsing online; giving you a better idea of the actual pattern you are buying before you make your purchase.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Crea Quick Cap Free Knitting Pattern

A Free Hat Knitting Pattern for you!

Here's a quick knit little hat I worked up this weekend. Adriafil Crea yarn has a very nice striping effect and made for a very fun knitting project. 

Hat sizes: Child (Youth, Adult)

Completed Hat Measures: 16 1/2 (17 1/2, 18 1/2)" Please note this hat has quite a bit of stretch and if made to gauge should fit very well.

Materials Needed 
12 stitches to 4" over stockinette stitch on size US 11 needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Hat Pattern
  1. Cast on 48 (52, 56) stitches on circular needle
  2. Place marker at beginning of round.
  3. (Knit 2, purl 2 - rib stitch) repeat around to marker for 3 rounds.
  4. Work in stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) until hat measures 5 1/2 (6 1/2, 7 1/2)" from the beginning.
  5. Knit onto double pointed needles and begin decreasing as follows
  6. (Knit next 2 sts, knit next 2 stitches together). Repeat around 12 (13, 14) times - to marker. 36 (39, 42) stitches remain.
  7. Knit next round.
  8. (Knit next stitch, knit next 2 stitches together). Repeat around 12 (13, 14) times - to marker. 24 (26, 28) stitches remain.
  9. Knit next round.
  10. (Knit next 2 stitches together). Repeat around 12 (13, 14) times - to marker. 12 (13, 14) sts remain.
  11. Knit 0 (1, 0) stitch. (Knit next 2 stitches together). Repeat around to marker. 6 (6, 7) stitches remain.
  12. Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail. Using a finishing needle, weave tail through remaining stitches. Fasten off and weave in all yarn ends.
Happy knitting!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Shibui Knits Array Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

What to knit with two fabulous yarns from Shibui? Try Array, a lovely textured cowl featuring Shibui Staccato and Merino Alpaca yarns. It uses an easy to knit slipped stitch pattern. Wear it long and loose or wear it doubled for warmth.

Completed Cowl Measures: 12 x 56"

You will need: 
Happy knitting!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Frantic Knitter's Scarf Free Knitting Pattern!

Frantic Knitter's Scarf - Uses one skein of Knit Collage Pixie Dust Yarn
I was sitting here trying to work...all day, the yarn kept looking at me *stare!* demanding me to knit it. I gave in and, less than an hour later, one lovely scarf! This yarn is one of the most indulgent yarns I've ever had the chance to knit. Hand spun in India, Knit Collage's Pixie Dust yarn is lovely spun bobbles. Scattered throughout are bits of complimentary colors and sparkly metallic. The randomness of the glitz and the pops of color combined with the hand spun bobbles makes Pixie Dust seem magical. Oh, and I forgot to mention how soft it is! It's a lovely combination of mohair and wool that feels fabulous to the touch.

What to knit with a yarn that is as thick as your thumb? An open lacy, super chunky scarf. With just 35 yards on the hank, I wasn't sure if I would have enough to make a scarf. I was pleasantly surprised to find that one skein was plenty to make this perfectly sized scarf.

I hope you enjoy the free pattern as much as I did creating/knitting it! 

Frantic Knitter's Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern

Completed Scarf Measures: 4 x 62"

You will need:
Cast on 4 sts
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit one.* Repeat from * to * across.
Row 3: Knit stitches and drop the yarn overs created on the previous row - you should have 4 stitches on the needle when you complete this row.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until only 1 yard of yarn remains. Bind off and weave in yarn ends. Give a gentle tug on both ends of the scarf to allow the dropped stitches to fall into place.
Pixie Dust Yarn, just before winding!
My scarf after just a few minutes of knitting!
Happy knitting!

15 Shades of Grey Knitting Ideas

15 Shades of Grey
What to Knit Now - Simple Silhouettes, Sophisticated Colors 
  1. Heirloom Stitches Babar Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern featuring Universal Classic Worsted Yarn
  2. Westknits Earth and Sky Shawl Knitting Pattern featuring South West Trading Therapi Yarn
  3. Dull Roar Klingy Girl Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern featuring Manos del Uruguay Maxima Yarn
  4. Knitbot Featherweight Cardigan Knitting Pattern featuring Manos del Uruguay Lace Yarn
  5. Fairmount Fibers Shadow Shawl Free Knitting Pattern featuring Manos Serena Yarn
  6. Be Sweet Textured Magic Diagonal Scarf Knitting Pattern featuring Be Sweet Magic Ball Yarn
  7. Chic Knits Mondo Cabled Pullover Knitting Pattern featuring Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted Yarn
  8. Cocoknits Paulina Tee Knitting Pattern featuring Shibui Linen Yarn
  9. Cosmicpluto Draupner Shawl Knitting Pattern featuring Baah! LaJolla Yarn
  10. The Brown Stitch Touch of Grey Cardigan Knitting Pattern using  Manos Wool Clascia Yarn
  11. Aspen Shawl Free Knitting Pattern featuring The Fibre Company Acadia Yarn
  12. French Press Breckenridge Cable Cowl Pattern featuring Plymouth DeAire Yarn
  13. Manos del Uruguay Four Seasons Throw featuring Manos Wool Clasica Yarn
  14. Bryn Mawr Cardigan Knitting Pattern featuring Manos Serena Yarn
  15. Nelkin Deisgns Butin Beaded Earrings Knitting Kit

Friday, August 03, 2012

Knitting with Fiber Trend Patterns

Fiber Trend Knitting Pattern
Bedroom felted slippers make for great gifts, for kids and for adults. Along with a bottle of bubble bath or customized socks made from soft sock yarn, felt clogs or felted slippers make for the perfect gift.

While yarn products are available in most stores, making them yourself adds a little something special to them. Working at home with yarn can be a bit tricky though, so picking the right patterns is vital. A top favorite with most knitting lovers is Fiber Trends, one of the few brands that offer affordable and easy to use patterns for all kinds of knitting, including felted slippers.

Check out the many fiber trends patterns and pick from felt boot slippers, children’s crochet patterns, felt tote patterns and much more. Here are the top fiber trends patterns that are a huge hit with knitters.

Fiber Trends Lace Socks Knitting Pattern

With two sizes to choose from for a snug fit, this intricately beautiful pattern is quite a hit with girls. Knitted through with lightweight and soft sock yarn, this pattern is done up with double pointed needles and the socks have tiny flowers down their length. The border is scalloped and purl stitch separates the flowers keeping the socks from ripping up and allow in just the right amount of air. Choose multicolor soft sock yarn for some funky socks.

Family Classic Felt Slippers Pattern

This is one of the few fiber trends patterns that is for the entire family! With pattern sizes for the kids, mom and dad, this pattern will help buyer’s knit cozy felt slippers for everyone in the family. These are particularly fun to knit as the pattern is very simple and easy. This family classic pattern has to be knitted in double yarn and then felted. Felt slippers are best knitted with worsted yarn and straight needles. But beginners do not need to worry as all products come with instructions and what to purchase details, which definitely make buying hassle free.

Mitten Mania Knitting Pattern

This one’s great for people with kids who are constantly losing their mittens. Use this pattern to knit a misplaced mitten or make fabulous new ones that are comfortable and not the least bit itchy. This pattern is great for knitting mittens for kids aged 0 to 8 and are extremely easy to make. Uses colored worsted weight yarn and find some cool hat patterns by Fiber Trends to match these mittens. These also make for great gifts for baby showers and birthdays.

Fabulous Felt Totes Pattern

This one absolutely had to make the list. This tote pattern is simple and fast to knit and helps make really amazingly sturdy totes that hold just about everything! From school books to the baby’s supplies to groceries, these knitted totes truly turn out very strong and fashionable. To kick it up a notch, use wool with sequins to achieve a more formal look. The felt totes pattern also provides for a great at home project with teenage girls.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Entrelac Knitting

Entrelac Knitting
Entrelacknitting patterns are patterns that create a basket weave look in one's knitting. While at first glance at the finished product can be intimidating, it's a fairly simple technique that creates a dynamic look. The entrelac pattern is created by making small diamonds in one direction, and then reversing the work and filling in another row of diamonds in-between. The skills needed are no more than what is required in basic knitting, utilizing primarily the knit, purl, and knit or purl two stitches together. This makes it perfect for beginning knitters who have mastered the basic garter and stockinette stitches and wish to move on to something new. While some may find it a bit counterintuitive at first, it should become more comfortable after the first few rows.

Entrelac knitting patterns come in a wide variety of styles, and when done in a garter stitch, instead of a stockinet stitch, can have more of a traditional diamond pattern, instead of a basket weave. When felted, this can give your work an argyle look as well. Shawls and hats make good knit patterns when first getting started. When looking for an entrelac shawl pattern, one may want to start with something repetitive. This gives the knitter an opportunity to familiarize oneself with the technique. An entrelac shawl pattern will produce a garment quickly, especially when done in a larger gauge, and doesn't have all the complications that a sweater pattern may have.

Another option for quick results is an entrelac hat pattern. An entrelac hat pattern will also produce quick results, but can be more complicated, as entrelac knitting patterns are done in two orientations, so traditional circular knitting techniques will not work. When starting off, a simpler pattern is best, but looking for more unique entrelac hat patterns can use learned skills in a non-traditional way, and add more depth to projects.

Once the basic technique is achieved, alterations become easier to achieve. If a knitter dislikes intarsia knitting, entrelac can be a good substitution for creating argyle sweaters and stockings. When done in a garter stitch, and with repeating colors, a zig-zag effect can be created, instead of a diamond or basket-weave. Combining different color schemes creates different looks, and using this technique with color changing yarns allows for a vibrant effect. Entrelac creates a new way to add layers to knit patterns, and is a fun way to add a new challenge to new projects.