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!
Like many of you, I was researching various masks to make for my friends and family and wanted one that could be made quickly, had a nice fit around the nose, and provided an option for a replaceable filter to provide a little more protection for myself and others nearby. So I fired up my sewing machine and started experimenting!
I finally came up with a mask that I was happy with, so I thought I'd share it.
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.