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!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.