I Heart Hearts! 50% Off This Week Only

Hearts Around joins Hearts Abound.

The knit version of the Hearts Abound beanie gets an upgrade with a custom heart shaped pom pom on top. If you follow the blog you know that I am now in love with my Clover Pom Pom maker so I had to add one to this beanie.

Get the knit Hearts Around Beanie for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: heart50 during checkout for a discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

 

The crochet version beanie and mitts are now updated with the easier to read format and are also available for 50% off this week. Contact me if you need an updated version of a previously purchased pattern. Otherwise, get your copy now!


Use the same promo code: heart50 during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 4/02/2017 midnight pacific time.

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From Hate To Love With The Clover Heart Shaped Pom Pom Maker

 

I never actually hated the Clover Pom Pom Maker. I just was frustrated with it because I couldn’t get it to work correctly. I was ending up with misshapen floppy balls instead of dense beautiful hearts (see video below for the sad balls).

I finally figured out I was totally doing it wrong!

It’s actually quite easy once you understand the steps, and now I totally love it!

I made a video showing how and why I was doing it wrong and then showing how to make the super cute heart shaped pom poms step-by-step.

Have you tried this maker before? How did you like it? Let us know below.

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Get Your Cable Feet Wet With These Two New Patterns

Ready to try knit or crochet cables? These patterns are a perfect primer. They have super simple cable patterns mixed with basic stitches to make these fast and fun.

The patterns include full written instructions as well as a chart for cable portions.

Crocheted Lincoln Beanie

Get the crocheted Lincoln beanie for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: cable50 during checkout for a discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

 

The knit version is named the Jefferson Beanie.  As with the crochet version, it comes in multiple sizes to fit kids through adults.

And it is also 50% off this week only.

Use the same promo code: cable50 during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 3/26/2017 midnight pacific time.

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How Do You Throw A Space Party?

You planet!

Get ready for the party with the new and improved Alien Invasion Beanies. Both are 50% off this week only!

Crochet Version

The crocheted Alien Invasion is back with new and improved formatting for easier reading. It comes in 4 sizes to fit babies through adults.

If you own it already, you can download the new version from your pattern library on your favorite site (Etsy users, please contact me for an updated version, they do not change the pattern in your library).

If you don’t own it already, get it now for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: alien50 during checkout for discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

If you are not sure you can handle Fair Isle Crochet. Check out my tutorial videos on the subject to see if you might like it.

Knit Version

The Alien Invasion Beanie is now available in knit! As with the crochet version, it comes in multiple sizes to fit kids through adults.

And it is also 50% off this week only.

Use the same promo code: alien50 during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 3/12/2017 midnight pacific time.
 
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Newbie Newsday ~ Why Do You Call Your Yarn A Cake?

Note: you can click on any of the yarns below to learn more about them.

Mmmmmmmm, cake. Wait, I’m getting off topic.

Why is some yarn called a cake? Or a hank, ball, skein, cone, or donut?Why are there so many different names for yarn?

Yarn is yarn, all of these other names are simply the way the yarn is presented to you, the buyer.

Each name refers to a different configuration of the yarn you are buying. Here is a visual breakdown:

Cake

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Flat on the top and bottom and round in the middle, just like a cake. Usually, these are made from winding your yarn from a hank on a yarn winder. However, some companies (like Caron above) are marketing the yarn in cakes where you can see the color changes better.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the cake as is.

Hank


Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Yarn - Dyed by Lorna's Laces

Many independent yarn sellers offer yarn in this form. Unwinding it produces a big loop, which is how they work with it to dye it. It’s most cost effective for the dyer to leave it in this form when selling.

You cannot begin a project from yarn in this form. It will become a tangled mess. You must first wind it into a cake or ball. I have a video on how to do this here.

Ball

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We’ve all seen a ball of yarn. It’s rare to see them sold as such (the awesome Zauberball above is an exception), but we’ve all wound up leftovers from projects.

Unless you are winding a center pull ball on purpose, you normally can only work from the outside tail of a yarn ball.

Skein

Rainbow Mighty Stitch Sampler

Pronounced skeyn, this is how most big box yarn companies sell their yarn. It is wound on a machine and forms a fat oblong shape.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the skein as is.

Cone

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A cone is yarn in a cone shape and usually has a cardboard core. These come with mass amounts of yardage to be used for knitting machines mostly. However, they come in handy at home with a yarn bobbin holder for larger projects.

You will only have access to the outside tail on a cone.

Donut 

Zing! Chroma Fingering Sampler

My favorite yarn (Chroma by Knit Picks pictured here) is sold in donut form. Like its name, the yarn is shaped like a donut: round with a hole in the middle. The donut helps to show the different color changes on self-striping yarn.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the donut as is.

 

 

50% Off A New Blanket Pattern Plus Two New Free Video Pattern Tutorials

Lazy Cable Blanket
Lazy Cable Blanket

 

The new knit lazy cable blanket is true to its name. The ambling cables twist their way slowly across the blanket to add fantastic texture without a lot of work.

The afghan includes full written instructions as well as a chart.

Using super bulky yarn, this blanket works up super quick.

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: lazy50 during checkout to receive discount. Good on all websites listed below (except Craftsy, which does not have promo codes so the price reflects discount).*

*Offer good until Sunday, March 5th, 2017 midnight Pacific time.  

Buy Now From Your Favorite Shop

 

 

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Now For The Freebies!!

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The Rainbow Baby Blanket is now a free pattern with a video tutorial to go with it!

The open shell stitch creates a wonderful texture any baby will love to grab on to.

Download the pattern and watch the video here.

Lefties click here.

Octopus Free Crochet Pattern Tutorial

The second free pattern was something I asked my Facebook followers about.

I’ve been reading some articles where NICUs are using crochet octopuses to comfort the babies. They believe the tentacles remind the baby of being in the womb with the umbilical cord. Plus the tentacles keep the baby from pulling on the wires they might have connected to their tiny bodies. It is really amazing!

Facebook said, “YES!” when I asked if they would like a pattern and video to help support, so here it is. Of course, I’m not a medical expert, so ask your local hospital if they would like these before donating.

Bonus use though: my cats love this! It’s made in one full piece so no worry of the tentacles coming loose.

Download the pattern, watch the video and get some links to news articles about the octopuses here.

Lefties click here.

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Fab Five For February

I love all the knit and crochet-topped boots out there right now. Here are my favorite top five.

1. Muk Luks Women’s Patti Cable Cuff Boot

This low profile fold over detail would be cute with skinny jeans.

2. Muk Luks Women’s Chris Cable Knit Winter Boot

Looking for a stylish upgrade to the last pair. This chunky heel is super cute.
3. Bearpaw Women’s Shania Ankle-High Suede Boot

Love the strap detail on this knit cable boot.

4. T.u.k.. Women’s Suede and Crochet Combat Boot

Tough and sweet mixed together in this combat boot style.

5. Muk Luks Women’s Malena Crochet Knit Button Down Boot

These get my vote because they actually look crocheted (though we all know they aren’t).

Which one is your favorite? Let us know below!

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Some New Video Tutorials And Free Patterns

I’ve added a couple new free pattern tutorials and a special tutorial all about gauge!

New Free Patterns

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The My Flower Garden Scarf and…

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the My Butterfly Scarf are now free!

These two cute scarves are the perfect accessories for fun-loving little girls.

Download the pattern and watch the video tutorial for the Flower Garden here.

Lefties click here.

Download the pattern watch the video tutorial for the Butterfly Scarf here.

Lefties click here.

Last but not least…

If you are still trying to understand gauge, what it is, why is important, why is it on a yarn ball band, how do I get it?

This video tutorial will cover all of that. This video will teach you all about gauge, so your next project will fit perfectly.

 
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