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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Round 7

For this round of pattern recommendations, we're looking at things that are worked in the round. Diving right in to the knit pattern, this week we picked the Mésange Noire Pi Shawl.  Pi shawls are absolutely the best for travel knitting.  There are no tedious wrong side rows, and the circular shape quickly forms a handy bag to toss your ball of yarn into.  Paired with a simple, textural lace, this shawl would be stunning in a variegated colorway.   For crochet, we like the Wiston shawl, made from a multitude of hexagonal motifs.  Motif work is perfect for taking along since it stays small, and after a few you more or less know what you're doing, even without the...

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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Round 7

Today we're turning the stripes on their side!  While horizontal stripes are the norm for self-patterning sock yarn, getting a vertical look is a little trickier. For knitting, I'm recommending Stripe Tease, a sock with very unusual construction.  The narrow strips make each section of yarn form a longer patch, and the effect in self-patterning yarn is a fun patchwork.  Look at the project pages for inspiration (though if you're in love with the gradient you see on the main pattern page, we do also carry Zauberball). For crochet, this is not a traditional pattern, but rather a recipe for custom-fit socks!  Short-Faux Heel Socks mimic the look of a knit short-row heel, but the direction of work forms attractive,...

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Have Shawl Will Travel Pattern Recommendations - Rounds 5 and 6

I've got some beautiful shawl patterns suggestions for you today.  Hopefully they are worth the wait! Let's do crochet first again :) The Trellis Wrap is a simple mesh that would be so relaxing to work.  If you add buttons, there are so many different ways to wear this versatile piece.  We love it! Another beautiful crochet shawl is the Aleatha Shawl.  The solid top section would not be less lovely in a variegated tone, and the dramatic difference between positive and negative space in the lacy border means it remains visible even with busy yarn.  Check the projects to see multi-colored examples. For knitting, the Linnea Shawl has an amazing Faroese shape that makes it naturally inclined to stay...

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Online ONline Summer Sockstravaganza Pattern Recommendations - Rounds 5 and 6

I want to start out by apologizing.  The past two weeks have flown by at such an alarming pace that I did not even think about blog posts until today.  If you were on tenterhooks waiting, please know that you can always drop us a line via email or social media. So, a double bonus pattern recommendation day is in order! Let's mix it up and do crochet first: Both designs are by the same talented designer.  She does a lot of crochet socks, and it seems like she's interested in exploring different constructions, which is always super fun for self-patterning yarns. The first is called Domino Sock, which is a nod to its modular construction.  Working multiple squares in...

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Community Project - Crocheted Clutches

A big thank you goes out to Maria K., who kindly allowed us to share her photos.  Because she purchased the yarn from us, she will receive a 10% coupon! Maria has been making cute clutches from Cairns.  Since Cairns is a fun-colored tape yarn, it makes a sturdy bag with a lot of visual pop. We love all the different buttons she's found to complement the yarns. Wouldn't these bags make great teacher gifts?  What about tucking one in your luggage to keep all those charging cords corralled?

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