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5/22/18: Our Favorite Crochet Hooks and Patterns

Last week's giveaway was two balls of lovely Llamor, and the winner was Lori Landers. Congrats, Lori!

This week's giveaway is 2 crochet hooks, one metal (Knitter’s Pride Waves) and one wood (Knitter's Pride Dreamz), both in size H.

Charity Knitting Project

A Thin Blue Line Afghan by Susan Melka, knit with Berroco Vintage.

Crochet Hooks

Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet Hooks

Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet Hook Set

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Crochet Hooks

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Crochet Hook Set

Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set

Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet Hooks

Crochet Tools to Help Fix Mistakes

Susan Bates Silvalume Handi Tool

Fix-A-Stitch Lace 2-pack and Fix-A-Stitch Straight 3-pack

Crochet Projects

Stashbuster Blarf by Esther Sandrof can be crocheted with any yarn

Sydney Infinity Scarf by Jen E. Johnson, crocheted with Malabrigo Rios

Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, crocheted with Cascade Pure Alpaca

Crochet Spiral Motif String Bag by Lisa Jedi Gwinner, crocheted with Bamboo Pop


5/15/18: All About Mittens and Gloves

Mittens and gloves are great to wear in the winter, and perfect to knit in the summer! They're small, portable projects, good for travel. In today's Facebook Live event, Kelley talked about her favorite patterns and yarns to knit them with.

Today's giveaway was two balls of lovely Llamor.

Last week's winner of a set of Karbonz circular needles is Jenny Davies. Congrats!


Mrs. Murdock's Mittens, a crochet pattern by Brenda K.B. Anderson, made with Plymouth Encore Colorspun.

Simple Fingerless Gloves, a crochet pattern by Two Little C’s,   made with Universal Uptown Worsted.

Sydanmaa Mittens by Hanna Leväniemi, knit with Berocco Ultra Alpaca.

Waffle Stitch Fingerless Mitts by Jill T., knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Also great in Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Basic Children's Mittens by Elizabeth Durand, knit with Zen Garden Serenity 20 (two strands held together).

Warm and Easy Fingerless Mitts by Susan Melka, knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca. PATTERN LINK COMING SOON!

Lady Violet’s Dinner Gauntlets by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich, knit with Malabrigo Dos Tierras.

Knucks by Pamela Grossman, knit with HiKoo Kenzie. Kelley made these into gloves.

Convertible Owl Mittens by Rebecca Reveal, knit with HiKoo Llamor and Adriafil KnitCol.

New Malabrigo in stock: Rios and Mechita. Such beautiful colors.


5/8/2018: Matching Up Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs

The giveaway for last week was 2 skeins of Cobasi Plus in Deep Turquoise. The winner was  Diana Hardy Springett. Congrats, Diana!
Today's giveaway is 1 set of Karbonz circular needles in US #2 40-inch Circulars so that the lucky winner can use these to knit a pair of socks using the magic loop method!

Kelley talked about pairing up similar looking cast-ons and bind-offs.

Here are her perfect pairs:

The Channel Island cast-on and the Channel Island bind-off pair nicely.

I-Cord Edges: Use a provisional cast-on at the beginning and the i-cord bind-off at the end. When the project is complete, take out the provisional cast-on and work the i-cord bind off. Your edges will be perfectly matched. Kelley likes this method rather than the i-cord cast-on, because that cast-on leaves some elongated stitches afterward.

The long-tail cast-on pairs well with the easy sewn bind-off. The easy sewn bind-off looks similar to an i-cord edge. This bind-off is very stretchy, and you need to thread a needle with yarn three times the length of the bind off edge. If you're binding off a large project, this might not be the bind-off to use because of that.

For matching picot edges, start with a provisional cast-on and finish with the picot bind-off. Then undo the provisional cast-on and work the picot bind-off. You'll have perfect, matching picot edges!

The old Norwegian cast-on, also called the German twisted cast-on, pairs beautifully with the Icelandic bind off. Kelley's Hugs and Kisses Reversible Baby Blanket uses the Old-Norwegian Cast-On. Download the free pattern!

Jeny’s Stretchy Slip-Knot Cast-On and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off: Use this when you need a stretchy bind-off, such as for two-up socks or cuffs.

The tubular cast-on and tubular bind-off are perfect for ribbed edges, like hats, cuffs, hems, and so forth.


5/1/18: Knitting and Crocheting in Warm Weather

In today's broadcast, Kelley shows all kinds of yarn and project to beat the heat so you can knit or crochet all summer.

Last week we talked about knitting for charity. Our giveaway winner was Debbie Walker. She won a skein of Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn. Congratulations!

New Product: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea

We have a new product: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea!

What We're Working On!

Kelley and friends have finished up their Transient Shawls as part of the Progressive Needles Mystery Knit-Along, knit with Concentric yarn.

Knitting and Crocheting in Warm Weather


Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter.

Other books by Michelle Hunter include Building in Color, Building with Lace, and Best of the Knit Purl Hunter. We love Michelle!

Bishi Water Bottle Holder by Georgie Nicolson.


Universal Bamboo Pop: DK weight, 50% cotton 50% bamboo, made in Turkey

HiKoo CoBaSi: 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 21% Elastic Nylon, 8% Silk (fingering weight)

Other yarns in the CoBaSi family include Cobasi Multi (fingering weight), CoBaSi Tonal (fingering weight), CoBaSi DK (DK weight), and Cobasi Plus (worsted weight).

Berroco Comfort Sock: 50% nylon 50% acrylic

Manos del Uruguay Alegria: 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide (fingering weight)

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Space Dyed: 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide (fingering weight)

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande: 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide (worsted-weight)

Manos del Uruguay Marina

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine


4/24/18: What We're Working On!

Our fabulous knitters show off their works-in-progress and gorgeous finished objects!

Today's giveaway: a skein of Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat.

Kim Ulbreck shared My Favorite Things Scarf by Jill McGee, which is free on Ravelry and was knit with Plymouth Cherish and Llamor.

Angie Hannon shared the Reyna Shawl by Noora Laivola, which was knit with one skein of fingering yarn from her stash.

Teri Hamilton shared the Star Stitch Crochet Tote by Joanne Loh which was knit with Churro Wool; the Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer, knit with Plymouth Cherish; and an entrelac basket (pattern unknown), which was knit with Lamb's Pride Worsted.

Lisa shared a bee pattern by Mochimochiland knit with scrap yarn; The Lorax, based on the Human Bear pattern by Mochimochiland, knit with scrap yarn; and Meghan Jones' Maude Heath, knit with Ultra Alpaca.

Kjirsten Prickett shared the Gems and Jewels shawl by Alina Appasoua, knit with fingering weight scrap yarns from her stash; and Free your Fade by Andrea Mowry knit with fingering weight stash yarns

Debbie Drake shared the Chevron Baby Blanket from Espace Tricot, knit with Jarbo yarn and Universal Belli held double for a fade type pattern.

Mary Ford shared Accio Wizzard Socks by Louise Robert, knit with Biscotte Yarns fingering weight.


4/24/18: Giving Back—Our Favorite Charities

Last week we gave away two balls of Bamboo Pop to Juno Atkings. Congrats! This week's giveaway is Regia Pairfect sock yarn. To be entered in the giveaway, simply comment during our live broadcast!

Knitting for charity is so rewarding. Today Kelley shares some of her favorite charity knitting opportunities. Learn more about these organizations in our Knitting for Charity blog.

Knitted Knockers—This organization provides handknit breast prostheses to women who'vd had mastectomies or other breast procedures.

Knitted Knockers free pattern; suggested approved yarn is Bamboo Pop in color 126, Darling Pink, or another light, neutral color.

A Thin Blue Line Afghan is a project for knitting groups to work on and donate charity.

The Red Scarf Project is a unique initiative to warm the hearts (and necks) of college-bound foster youth.

Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

  • Kisses and Hugs by Kelley Hobart, free baby blanket pattern knit with Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Other Things We're Working On!

Kelley is on Clue 3 of the Progressive Needles Mystery Knit-Along.

A few of our Tuesday night knitters have some gorgeous finished objects!


4/17/18: Judy's Magic Cast-On and Summer Knitting Ideas

In this broadcast, Kelley demonstrates how to use Judy's Magic Cast-On for her new slipper pattern (coming next week!). She also reviews patterns and yarns that work great for warm-weather knitting.

Last week's giveaway winner was ___________, who won a beautiful Stitch Marker Necklace.

This week's giveaway is two balls of Bamboo Pop in color 306, one of the new dots colorways.

Kelley and Kjirstine are working on the Progressive Needles Mystery Knit-Along with Michelle Hunter. It's not too late to join—we just finished Clue 2. Check out our blog for everything you need to know. Everyone is loving the yarn—Concentric by HiKoo!

Warm-Weather Knitting Projects

Frisson by Brittany Wilson, knit with 2.25 skeins of CoBaSi.

Bishi Water Bottle Cover, by Georgie Nicolson, which can be made with any cotton yarn free on Ravelry.

Feather and Fan Top by Rebecca Averill is a crochet top, which is free on Ravelry. Knit this with 2.5 skeins of Bamboo Pop.

Raii’s Bed by Jacqueline Cieslak

Knitted Knockers, knit with Bamboo Pop in color 125 (Darling Pink).


4/10/18: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

In this broadcast, Kelley discussed all kinds of ideas for Mother's Day Gifts, from ready-made alpaca socks to handknit shawls and slippers.

Ready-to-Buy Gifts

Susan’s Stitch Marker Necklace

Extreme Boot socks

Alpaca Excursion Socks

Comfort Quarter Socks

Knitted Gift Ideas

Progressive Needles Knit-Along

Mamachee (Tara Murray)

Galilee Slippers by Mamachee knit with Malabrigo Rios.

Amplified Shawl knit with Uptown Bulky Amplify.

A Shawl for Mom—free pattern coming soon! The yarn used is Lamb's Pride Bulky and Gina Chunky.

Kelley's slipper pattern—Mrs. Hupp's Slippers, a free pattern knit with Berroco Vintage Chunky or Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

Aunt Maggie's Slipper Pattern

Comments from Viewers

A viewer asked about wool wash, and we recommend Eucalan. Kelley also sometimes adds a drop of hair conditioner when she washes her wool knitwear.

One of our viewers is knitting the Central Park Hoodie and really enjoying it.

Last Week's Giveaway Winner

Debbie Kester won a pair of sock blockers. Congrats, Debbie!