Archive | April, 2008

YarnCraft Episode 14 :: Putting Knit & Crochet Together

22 Apr

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Retro SwingTake your yarncrafting skills and bring them together! In this episode, Liz and Zontee share some patterns that use both knit and crochet in one garment, as well as the reasons that knitters can benefit from learning some crochet and vice versa. Discover how just a few skills in a different yarncraft can expand your abilities!

Patterns that pair both skills include a winter white Beret and a Retro Swing jacket.

We also talk to author Monette Satterfield, whose book Knit & Crochet Combined: Best of Both Worlds and website are good resources for putting these two crafts together. Another book we talk about is Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen.

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee share 5 picks for spring projects:

1. BagsMarket Bag & Eco-Friendly Expandable Shopping Bag
2. Washcloths & DishclothsBauhaus Washcloths & Basic Dishcloths
3. Cropped Sweaters & BolerosCropped Raglan Sweater & Four Seasons Bolero
4. Kids’ Vests & TopsCable Vest, Naturally Classic Vest, Sporty Stripe Top, and Crochet Child’s Top
5. Socks – Whitby Lace Sock & Toe-less Pedicure Sock from the Lion Brand Just Socks book

For more wonderful, spring projects (or fall projects for our friends in the southern hemisphere), visit our Pattern Finder.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! We’ll be answering YOUR questions in the next episode, so ask us anything that you’ve been wanting to know about! You may be included in our next episode!

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YarnCraft Episode 13 :: Yarncrafting with Kids & Top 5 Kid-Friendly Patterns

8 Apr

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Illustration by Michelle EdwardsShare your knitting and crocheting skills with the next generation of yarncrafters! In this episode, Liz and Zontee are joined by technical editor, Jackie Smyth to discuss lessons learned while teaching kids to knit & crochet.

We also talk to Michelle Edwards, children’s book author and illustrator, whose essays are featured monthly in the Lion Brand e-newsletter, about her experiences as a mother of three and an avid knitter.

Crochet Pirate Pal PatternStash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee share their top 5 patterns for children:

5. Holiday Decorations
4. Knifty Knitter Simple Slouchy Leggings
3. Pirate Pal
2. Totally Tubular Child’s Hat
1. Pocket Pets

For more great kids’ patterns and projects, sign up for our monthly newsletter, BK4K (By Kids for Kids) by clicking here.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! Tell us–do you knit, crochet, loom knit, weave? How do you yarncraft and why? You may be featured on our next episode!

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