FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

25 Jul

It’s the middle of summer and I love it! Summer is my favorite season of the year. There’s a distinct feeling to it that the rest of the year lacks and I get a little wistful in winter wishing for it come back. When I first received a copy of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan, the first thing that stuck with me was the cover. The bright colors reminded of me summer and flipping through the book, the feeling was only solidified. So our FREE PROJECT today comes from this wonderful book which includes over 50 original stitches & 50 fabulous colorways for blankets and throws!  

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100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet  is a step-by-step guide to turning a ball of yarn into beautiful blankets and throws to brighten your home or keep warm on chilly nights. And why stop there? In addition to these 100 stitches, the book also includes information on yarn requirements, techniques, and tools to create scarfs, bags, pillows, and even clothing!

This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.

Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Eager for more? Buy the book today!

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Happy Pub Day!

15 Jul

Hooray! If you’ve been patiently waiting for the next great book by our featured author of the month, Leonie Morgan, then consider your wait worthwhile. We’re so excited to show off 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet: 50 Original Stitches and 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws, on sale now!

ripple 2This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways, perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 100 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.
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Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes six great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Pick up this fun, fabulous book and keep some color in your life for as long as you can. After all, winter is coming!

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Author of the Month: Leonie Morgan of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

2 Jul

Leonie Morgan HeadshotThis month we sit down for a Q&A with crochet and knitting expert Leonie Morgan, author of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. Inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, Leonie taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

Find her blogging at WoolnHook and check out her beautiful and inspiring Pinterest page. She lives in Wales with a wool-tolerant partner and three wool-loving cats.

1. What’s your craft? I crochet and knit – all the time.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? My Book Blanket is my all-time-best. I used all the squares designed for my first book and joined them together. It’s really warm, cosy and full of color.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? One of the first crochet things I made was a cropped cardigan. I missed some of the stitches out and didn’t block. I knew it wasn’t going to turn out grand but carried on regardless and wore it around the house feeling smug. As the day wore on, the arms got longer, and longer, and longer. It went in the unravel pile that evening.

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4. What tool or material could you not live without? Wool. If there was a wool drought I’d have to unravel sweaters.

5. What’s your hidden talent? Super hearing.

9781250049490_FC (1)100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring ways. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter—blankets, accessories, and more! Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

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How-To Tuesday: Crochet a Mini Air Plant Holder

24 Jun

 

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A few days ago, I was putting away leftover yarn I had used to wrap a gift. There wasn’t enough to make another scarf or even baby booties, but I didn’t feel like stuffing it back with the rest of the yarn. Suddenly struck with the urge to make something, I found my crochet hook and decided to make a crochet vessel for one of my air plants. It looks fancy, but any newbie crocheter can make this.

First, I created a center ring, using 6 chain stitches and a slip stitch.

  • –insert hook into first chain
  • –yarn over (yo) hook
  • –draw yarn through stitch and through the loop
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  • –draw yarn through the 2 loops on hook

Next, after I made the center ring, I started on the first single stitch round.

  • –insert hook into center ring
  • –yarn over (yo) hook
  • –draw yarn through center of ring

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I continued to work single crochet stitches into the ring until I couldn’t fit anymore. The center ring stretches and it’s surprising how many stitches you can fit in.

If you need more help, watch Nattypat’s video here. Or simply visit our website for a bevy of crochet books for every level of crocheter. The beginner ought to find Erika Knight’s Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-To-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects the perfect place to start.

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Air plants, aka Tillandsia, are these otherworldly blissfully easy plants that require a minimum amount of upkeepno soil, a weekly soak in the sink, and decent light and air circulation. (I spotted some, by the way, at West Elm a few weeks ago). I’ve got about a dozen of them in varying sizes–from 1 inch in diameter to the largest, a 10-inch Concolor Giant.

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Because they don’t require soil, you don’t even need a pot or vessel. So if you’re not quite in the mood to crochet, you can still find fun ways to display them. A chipped porcelain tea cup, sea shell from PTown, gold glass cigarette ash tray circa 1970, a two-inch silk pillow my friend brought back from Japan for me, vintage door knob, Italian cake platter, old glass condiment jars–all of these have at one point or another served as vessels for my air plants.

Confession: this post should really be titled Procrastination in the Guise of Craft project. That yarn I was putting away? That was just one of many things scattered around my apartment. Busy week. Busy weekend. But, well… the thing is, there will always be laundry to wash, bills to pay, arcs to read, yarn to put away…. Please don’t misunderstand me; it’s not that I’m pushing for a life of irresponsibility. Just that it’s important to step away on occasion and allow your mind and hands the luxury of creativity. 

Happy crafting!

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Goodreads Giveaway! 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

6 Apr

Gorgeous Sunday here in NYC: blue skies, sunny, temperate. Since the weather here has been unreliable, I’m taking every chance I can get to enjoy Spring in all its glory. What’s on my itinerary? A long joyous stroll and eventually, a visit to The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Gardens! If you’re lucky to be in NYC from now until April 21st, go go go!

And when the rain hits again, as it surely will in April, I’ve armed myself with indoor Spring at its best: crocheted blooms from Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet: A Beautiful Collection of Decorative Floral and Leaf Patterns for Thread Crochet.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetAvailable now at these retailers:

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as a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!

Enter April 6 – April 9 for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies!

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