YarnCraft Episode 109 :: 10 Patterns Featuring Textured Stitches, Plus Valentine’s Project Ideas for All Ages

31 Jan

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On this episode of YarnCraft, we’re joined by designer Connie Chang Chinchio, whose book Textured Stitches has just debuted. Zontee interviews her about her design inspiration, the concept behind this book, and how she got started as a designer.

Then Liz & Zontee talk about different types of textures created by stitch patterns. They also share pattern recommendations for capitalizing on textured stitches from cables to front post stitches to slip stitch and more.

Patterns discussed include:

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, the ladies of YarnCraft focus on fast-finish Valentine’s Day projects.

Patterns discussed include:

On our next episode, we’ll be sharing interviews from Vogue Knitting Live. We also want to know what you’ll be working on as we transition into spring. Tell us about your upcoming projects! Leave 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.

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

Show Notes:
00:11 Intro & welcome
01:19 Listener comments & questions
05:12 Interview with Connie Chang Chinchio
12:13 Textured Stitch Types and Patterns that Use Them
26:57 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
32:20 Thanks to our listeners and guest

  • Erin

    I am going to crochet my first pair of socks in the next couple of weeks, also hoping to use up leftover yarn with an afghan from A Big Book of Scrap Crochet Afghans – still need to pick a pattern however. Thats always the hardest part

  • Stitchintime82

    With spring in mind I think I’m going to knit a vest so that it will be a good transition piece from winter to spring.

  • Devora

    I’m making the Glitzy Accent Scarf 90114AD in Vanna’s Choice Copper.

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

     Great idea! Do you have a pattern in mind, or will you be improvising?

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

    Nice! I love that basic mesh pattern.


  • Olena Huffmire

    Hi Liz and Zonte!
    I was wondering if you could tell me what Lion Brand yarn (by type and price) is the closest to Caron’s Simply Soft. A size 4, shiny, soft yarn. 
    Thank You so much, love the podcasts =)
    -Olena Huffmire

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

     Hi Olena, try Extra Soft Wool Blend from our Martha Stewart Crafts collection; it’s got a pretty sheen and a silky-soft hand and is a category 4 yarn. Vanna’s Choice is also a great category 4 yarn that’s super-soft and a great value; it has less of a sheen, but has a ton of color options. Also, we also have some great category 3 yarns like Microspun and LB Collection Cotton Bamboo that you might also like. Hope that helps!

  • Olena Huffmire

    thanks! I love microspun and bamboo. i tried vannas choice and like it, but it has less yards I think versus Caron. I will try the wool blend from martha stewart. thanks again!

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