Granny is no square

For those crocheters who don’t give granny squares a glance, try taking a look at “Granny Squares”. “Granny Squares” the latest book in this genre has over 25 creative ways to crochet the classic pattern and is written by Stephanie Gohr, Melanie Sturm and Barbara Wilder. It is worth a look.

There are many more than a dozen different square designs to crochet. That alone is worth turning the pages. Primrose, Netting and Cornflower squares are my favorites. Color choice and yarn fiber help to make these patterns fit into contemporary home decor and fashion. Granny squares are a great yarn stash buster. No matter what granny square pattern you choose, they all start from the center. For more about this book…

Vogue’s Crochet 2012 special collector’s issue

The last Vogue magazine dedicated to crochet was back in 1994. Seventy percent of today’s knitters, crochet. Crochet designs have come a long way. You can see them everywhere from the runway to the classroom.

There are jewelry designs you can crochet with thread. Baubles, bangles and beads can be incorporated into your crochet to accent your garments with flair. And crochet designs do have flair, just look at the cover. From the articles to the patterns, this magazine will have you taking out your crochet hook.
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Skinny scarf trending for summer

The linen stitch, knit into a skinny scarf is the popular summer trend. Worked in lightweight variegated yarns makes a splash of any outfit. Knit in silk, linen, cotton or a blend of these fibers will result in a scarf with nice drape. The linen stitch makes a compact but not rigid fabric.

Following is a pattern for the linen scarf that is worked lengthwise. Tip: Using circular needles as straight knitting needles might be the best way to work with the large number of stitches. Five to six feet is a nice length for wrapping around your neck a time or two.
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The color guys

The best part of quilting is knitting it. That is what “Knitting with the Color Guys” book by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably is all about. They have a whole different take on color and you get a view of it. With more than 30+ designs you will be entertained with an explosive look of color and how they use it to create blankets, throws, stoles, mitts, legwarmers and more.

If your pocketbook will allow you to buy only one book on using color in knitting this year, you found it. This book is a collaboration of twenty years of friendship and a working partnership. The photographs are large, detailed and full of texture. The vignettes that are used in the photography are as colorful and interesting as the items being photographed. For more about the book and a slideshow of patterns.

Knit Local

Tanis Gray“Knit Local” celebrates America’s homegrown yarn and is written by Tanis Gray. The book includes 30+ beautiful fashions, accessories and home d├ęcor projects to knit and crochet. The projects are made with yarns manufactured and sold in North America.

“Knit Local” is all about preserving the local mom and pop businesses, protecting our environment and caring for the livestock as humanely as possible. Also, it is knowing as much about your yarn, what sheep or farm it came from and ending up with a shawl, hat, sweater, cowl, socks…(patterns included in her book), to knit a connection with. More on sustainability and Tanis’s book

 

Preppers: knitting bug-out bag essentials

True Preppers are people preparing for a catastrophic event, possibly even a doomsday scenerio. If this is all new to you, you have had your head too deeply into your knitting. Don’t worry, by the end of this article you will be prepared. You may not be prepared for the end of the world but, you will be prepared for an unexpected wait in a hospital waiting room, an evacuation due to flooding or even waiting for AAA to come fix a flat.

Cafe Press has a bumper sticker that says it all,”I am developing a post apocalyptic skill set”. The goal of a Prepper is self-sufficiency. Knitting today, spinning tomorrow. Maybe it is time to learn to spin. Then you would have no shortage of yarn to knit. You could trade some yarn back to the sheep farmer for more roving.

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Knits Plus magazine for up to size 3x

It is not often we find a special collection of 50 different patterns to knit that will fit every body type. The pattern instructions are sized up to 3x. The magazine format (more of a book than a magazine) combines past patterns from “Knit Simple”.

If you have a problem when it comes to fit, find a style that works for you. If the design is flattering to your shape, keep reinventing the pattern. Modify the pattern, color and texture to make it fit you. A magazine like Knits Plus will help you find your sweater (cardigan and pullover), vest, coat and top style.

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