Four Weeks of Gift-Giving: Week 3

Week 3: Waves Hat

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The Waves Hat, designed by Linda Dean, is rated ‘confident beginner’. You know what that means… You can do it! Beginner crocheters can do it and experienced crocheters can whip them out in bunches.

The hat is made with the luscious Berroco Boboli Worsted weight yarn using an H/8/5.5mm hook.

Every year I make a new winter hat for my daughter, Chickee. She will probably get THIS hat this year. It will be so nice and warm. The yarn comes in several eye-catching colors.

Need some help with this pattern? Check out the Annie’s Stitch Guide for tips on making a double crochet.

Ready to get started but need the pattern? It’s our Featured Pattern. Get it HERE for a limited time.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

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Crazy for Puzzle Balls!

Wow! The Amamani Puzzle Ball craze has hit the crochet world by storm! Designed by Dedri Uys these captivating crocheted toys are impossible not to pick up. I had the opportunity to play with these critters in person. They are truly interesting and intelligent and will win over even the most reluctant toy makers.

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Pick up your copy of this best-selling book and join the ‘Eleanor the Elephant’ Crochet-a-long with the author! The CAL will begin on 11/11 and will be held on the Crochet! Ravelry Group page. Here is the link to that free Group.

 Author Dedri Uys will be also have a tutorial on her website that will launch on 11/11 to help you with the mind-blowing techniques – http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/

Get the book, either in print or digital download HERE at AnniesCatalog.com. You can also purchase any yarn to get ready for this exciting event.

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Four Weeks of Gift Giving: Week 2

Week 2: Corona Wrap

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The gorgeous Corona Wrap was designed by Elisabeth Davis de Harraiz. I love this wrap/scarf because when you bunch it up and tie it like a scarf, it looks very “Hollywood”.  What a great pop of color it would be when wearing a winter coat. The beautiful color is #119 Alizarine by Colinette in the yarn “Jitterbug”.

This would be a stunning gift for any one of my four lovely sisters-in-law. They might even fight over it if I put it in the family gift exchange!  You know the type of exchange where you draw numbers and the person with the largest number goes first and chooses any gift to unwrap, then the person with the next number can either steal the first unwrapped present or choose a wrapped one?  I love it when it’s MY gift that everyone wants.

Do you need a little help with this show-stopping wrap? Check out the Annie’s Stitch Guide with tips on Following a pattern.  and tips on how to make a Picot.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

 

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BIG news!

Knit and Crochet Now!Knit and Crochet Now!

Now, no matter where you live, whether Knit & Crochet Now is on your local PBS station or not, you can get ALL the episodes and ALL the patterns streaming on lots of different devices! The year long All-access Membership is only $24.95, but right now it’s on sale for only $19.95.  That’s 172 projects (knit and crochet) for only $19.95.  Plus with your membership you’ll get a 10% off discount on all your purchases at AnniesCraftStore.com

Get all the details HERE.

I’m going to sign up my Step-mom as a GIFT. What a convenient and affordable gift to have SO MANY patterns at her disposal.

WOOHOO!  It’s really a great deal.

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The Editor Wants to Know…

Are you like me? Have you ever completely ripped out a project even after it was fastened off and ends woven?  I have!  I once “harvested” the yarn from a finished sweater when I learned my first real lesson about the importance of gauge. Experience is the best teacher.

Have you ever ripped out a finished crochet project? What was it and why?

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This is Charlie! I probably should have ripped out his bed, that he outgrew… :)  He loved it anyway until I made him a bigger one.

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Four Weeks of Gift Giving Ideas! Week 1

Crazy for Cables Scarf, by Amy D. Brewer is a great gift you can make now! It’s on p. 61 of the Winter 2014 issue of Crochet! I love making crocheted gifts for the kids’ teachers every year. I have already sent the kids on a fact-finding mission… what color is your teacher’s coat? What’s the bus driver’s favorite color? What color are your soccer coach’s eyes?

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This great scarf is made of Premier yarns, Deborah Norville Everyday Soft yarn in #1031 peacock. Get your yarn and your I/9/5.5mm hook HERE on the AnniesCatalog.com website.

This fun and softly textured scarf uses Front and Back post stitches to create the cables.  Do you need some help with front and back post stitches? I have that for you too! On our Stitch Guide tab is a long, long list of tips and videos to help you. Here is the link to the video clip to teach you the Front Post Double Crochet.

If you still need the pattern, go HERE to order a digital copy of the issue. If you’d like to subscribe and want instant access to the Winter issue, please learn more about a digital subscription. You can also subscribe to the hard-copy version of the magazine HERE. Come back next week and I’ll reveal another great gift-giving idea.

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CrafterMath!

If the fall out from a big event is an “aftermath” then the chaos that ensues after the completion of a big craft project is a “Craftermath”.  I don’t know who coined the phrase but I totally feel like my office is in chronic ‘craftermath’ status. Today I’m cleaning my office. When you complete a project, do you feel the need to get organized and put things away before beginning a new project or do you just plow on through?

 

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Many times my auxiliary office (aka the Couch) is in a space shared by my office mates. Here is Minnie, taking a snooze sitting up so that she doesn’t miss anything important.

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The Editor Wants to Know…

How big is your yarn stash?  Bonus points for starting your answer with ‘my yarn is SO BIG…’

I’ll start…

My yarn stash is SO BIG… that elephants are worried that they will get lost in my stash. Seriously, I stopped counting.

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Behind the Hook at Berroco

photo 7 (640x480)  I stand amidst aisles and aisles of yarn at Berroco. If you think you have stash, just see THIS stash!

photo 6 Berroco owner, Warren Wheelock, demonstrates how the yarn goes from the cone to the hank.

photo 8  This magical machine makes the rainbow color cards that I use in the Annie’s office to choose just the right yarn and colors for the items in each issue. Strands of each color are glued onto cardstock with all the details about the yarn. It’s literally a “snippet” of every yarn and in every color that Berroco sells.

photo 9 (240x320)  But long before the yarn makes it into your stash, the colors and fibers are discussed at great length. Finding just the right combinations. My visit with the Annie’s team, we were discussing Berroco’s newest yarns that will be revealed in the spring. Yum-o.  I *may* have been given a hank or two to play with, ya know for research.  I didn’t even get back to Ohio before I was swatching with the newest products offered by Berroco.

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I love Yarn Day and SALE!

Friday is I LOVE YARN DAY!

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The Craft Yarn Council leads the I Love Yarn Day event every year and here are ALL the details.

Declare your LOVE! Get involved.

  • Create an I Love Yarn Day badge
  • Teach someone to knit or crochet
  • Do something for charity
  • Wear a knitted or crocheted item
  • Give a gift of yarn
  • Take your yarn to work day
  • Host a yarn-a-bration party
  • Knit, crochet and craft in public

How are you going to celebrate?  I think I’m going to go yarn SHOPPING.  ALL YARNS are on sale at Annie’s in honor of I Love Yarn Day… 15% off!  But hurry it’s limited to 10/10 and 10/11.

I’ve had my eye on:  This little gem here (go see!) and THIS one too! What yarns do you have a soft spot for?

 

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