Shop manager Susan Melka is a wonderful designer, and she came up with this cutie-patootie Spring Chicks in a Nest pattern. Darling, and it's a FREE pattern!
Wouldn't this be so cute on your table throughout the spring? Or even on Easter morning! This is such a quick knit and crochet project, you could have several little chickies knit up before Easter brunch. Put them in Easter baskets, too! What child wouldn't be thrilled with a new little stuffie? I can remember WAAAAAY back when I got toys in my Easter basket, and I loved it.
Susan used Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush, a bulky yarn that gives the chicks that perfect halo of yarn "feathers." Scraps are used for the beak, and the eyes are stitched on with black embroidery floss.
One of the really cool things about this pattern is that it starts with a Magic Circle, a great technique for projects that start in the middle, such as some shawls, stuffed animals, and even socks! Here's Susan to show you how to work the Magic Circle.
The nest is an easy crochet pattern, just using single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches. We used Flounce Metallic (it's on super-sale right now!) for the nest, and it makes a fun, sparkly home for our darling chicks. The nest starts out with the Magic Circle, too, so you'll get some practice with this cool skill.
Get your free pattern, cast on, and bring a little springtime into your home!
Many of us knit garments and accessories, but not home decor pieces. Kelley is working on her Cable Channel Knit-Along project, which is a pillow cover, and it got me thinking about all of the cool projects you can knit to bring your love of fiber into your home. Get your knit decor on with six of my favorite patterns from Alpaca Direct!
Kelley shows you how to knit the Left Twist. This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.
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