On this episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee talk about basic patterns to keep in your back pocket for when you want an easy project that’s easily customizable. From basic hats and scarves to afghans on the diagonal and sweaters of all kinds, we talk about projects that you’ll want to get familiar with.
Patterns discussed include:
- Knit Basic Scarf
- Knit Basic Cowl
- Crochet Fast & Easy Cowl
- Knit Sunny Diagonal Blankie
- Knit 4-Hour Bias Baby Afghan
- Tunisian Crochet Nature’s Bounty Afghan
- Knit Weekend Retreat Cardi
- Crochet Cozy Classic Pullover
- Simple Crochet Shrug
For more on the different ways to customize your projects, see this recent blog post from the Lion Brand Notebook.
But first, the ladies of YarnCraft answer a listener question from Dee bee on consistent gauge when trying different ways of feeding the yarn when knitting (like Continental, English, and Portuguese).
Then, we also interview Edie Eckman, author of Around the Corner Crochet Borders. If you’re in the NYC-area, don’t forget that Edie will be teaching at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in July; click here for more info.
Finally, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we talk about 5 gift ideas for your grad. Patterns discussed include:
- Knit Car Blanket
- Knit School Colors Hat
- Crochet School Colors Scarf
- Crochet Graduation Amigurumi
- Knit Felted School Colors Laptop Sleeve
- Knit Book/Tablet Cover
- Crochet Greenmarket Lunch Bag
Join us again in two weeks, when talk about techniques in the round. We’ll also share an interview with Melissa Morgan–Oakes, author of the new book Teach Yourself Visually: Circular Knitting. As always, we want to hear from you — what’s your favorite technique for knitting or crocheting in the round? What’s your favorite in-the-round pattern?Post a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276.
Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.
00:12 Intro & welcome
01:22 Listener Question
4:42 Basic Patterns & How to Customize Them
16:00 Interview with Edie Eckman
22:46 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
26:21 Thanks to our listeners and guest