Posts Tagged ‘knit’

National Crochet Month Special Techniques – Surface Crochet

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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This week we’re focusing on Surface Crochet. This is a great technique to use with both knit and crochet fabrics.  In its simplest form it’s a chain of slip stitches that appears on the surface of your fabric. It can be used for simple stripes or for more complex and free-form shapes.

This tutorial video shows you how to add vertical stripes to your knitting, and when combined with horizontal stripes it forms a simple plaid, the technique is used in two projects from our Soft Landing e-Book, the Hen Plaid Wrap and the Viola Plaid Pillow

This video shows you how the technique can also be used to create unique shapes, allowing you to draw on the surface of your project and it’s easy to accomplish. The Sprig Mittens are adorned with whimsical flowers but with surface crochet you could add almost any image.

 

The Nordic Tiles scarf features floating squares that are joined by simple lines of surface crochet along 2 edges and through the center.

Have you ever tried surface crochet?

Boston Strong Hat

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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Boston Strong Hat designed by Lisa McFetridgeWe were recently contacted by Lisa McFetridge, who designed the Boston Strong Hat. She asked if we would be interested in offering the pattern for sale on our website and donating the proceeds to OneFundBoston (which continues to offer support to the families effected). We didn’t have to consider our answer for very long.

Many of us on the WEBS staff are runners, and even more of us grew up in Massachusetts. Having grown up in Massachusetts myself, my family and I spent a lot of time visiting Boston while growing up and loved it (so much that I considered going to school there and moving to that side of the state). Many of us recall last April 15th and watching the frightening events. Several of us even knew people who were running or in Boston to support their runner. Even more, we recall the victims and the incredible strength that the survivors and first responders showed, and continue to show.

The hat includes instruction on making a close fitting skull cap or a taller ski cap style. It features the Boston skyline, the phrase “Boston Strong,” and four stars to commemorate the victims of that day. The suggested yarn is Cascade 220 in Blue Velvet and Goldenrod.

With this year’s Boston Marathon approaching in a couple months, we hope you’ll consider purchasing the pattern and supporting OneFundBoston.

Gift Ideas: Blankets

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Great Blankets to Knit and Crochet from Valley YarnsBlankets are a wonderful option for gifting. They do take a while to complete, but once they’re done and gifted, you know that the person you’ve given them to will be so thrilled to wrap up in something you created for them.

We’ve recently released several Valley Yarns blanket patterns that are perfect for gift giving, as well as many older favorites. We have options in both knit and crochet for everyone from babies to adults.

Valley Yarns 566 Mitchella Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky. It is comprised of great lace counterpane squares with a crochet border. It looks great in a bright color, like on of the ones in Berkshire Bulky, but would also look stunning in a neutral. It is written for three sizes, so you can pick the one that best suits the recipient, or your time constraints.

If you like the Mitchella Blanket, but you’re looking to knit something for a baby, check out Valley Yarns 567 Maria Baby Blanket. It is knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK. This blanket is also written for three sizes, so if you’re looking for one that would be great to keep in the car for car seat cuddles, this would be a great option.

Great Baby Blankets to Knit and Crochet from Valley Yarns

If you’re a crocheter and want to make a baby blanket, take a look at Valley Yarns 561 Varve Baby Blanket. It is worked in three colors of Valley Yarns Valley Superwash. We have two color options shown on our website, but you can use your imagination and get creative with color combinations. One of the best things about making your own projects is that you get to choose the colors.

Another great option for gifting is Valley Yarns 512 Timber Blanket. It is designed in Valley Yarns Berkshire and has a lovely minimalist design. Four large garter stitch mitered squares are surrounded by a log cabin border. This is a perfect blanket for the back of the couch. I’d love to wrap on this on a snowy day!

Want to crochet a blanket that the recipient can cozy up in on a cold day? Valley Yarns 494 Berry Bramble Blanket is a super easy to memorize two pattern row repeat. Worked in three colors of Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky, you can spice up a neutral living room, or work it in your favorite single color. What else is there to love about this blanket? The fringe means you don’t have to weave in ends!

Will you be knitting or crocheting blankets for anyone on your list? 

Holiday Project: Quick Projects

Monday, December 10th, 2012
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I realized this weekend that there aren’t many crafting days left to get all the gifts finished that I want to make. Are you in the same boat? We’ve got a few Valley Yarns patterns that are great for last-minute knitting and crocheting.

If you’re thinking about crocheting something that will give the wearer a great pop of color, 508 Kassar Cowl is a perfect option. This soft and stunning cowl is crocheted in lace hexagons and triangles that glow in contrasting hand-dyed colors of Valley Yarns BFL Fingering Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. The yarn is just stunning on its own, and it looks fantastic crocheted.

Want to keep your gift recipient’s hands toasty? 483 Wavy Gravy Mittens knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky are super quick and will fly off your needles. Adorned with an easy geometric pattern, these colorwork mittens feature a thumb gusset for comfort.

Think you’re too late to knit that special stocking for someone? Knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, 283 Spotted Christmas Stocking is a speedy project that you’ll have cast-on and bound-off in no time. This holiday stocking is perfect for hanging by the fireplace or used to hold a gift.  Use the festive colors shown, choose your favorites, or coordinate with your holiday décor. It is a free download on our site! Check out our Buzz post that includes this project.

Know someone who could use a new hat? The free pattern 483 Chrysanthemum Hat is a quick one that is great for men or women. It’s a super simple, bright and stretchy beanie knit in the round from the brim up with a ribbed welt stitch pattern. Knit in Valley Yarns Buckland, this hat is warm, cozy, and a bit luxurious.

How is your list shaping up? Do you have a pile of completed projects wrapped and ready to go?

 

Cozy Gifts – Two Free Patterns

Friday, November 16th, 2012
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Just in time for some last-minute holiday knitting or crocheting: two free cozy patterns! Fast, inexpensive, useful, thoughtful, and one-size-fits-all, cozies make fantastic gifts for even the fussiest recipients. Who wouldn’t like to keep their hot drinks hot and their cool drinks cool?

 

#510 Fancy Mug Cozy

This elegant, ever-so-slightly-lacy knit mug cozy is great for grabbing a mug of hot cocoa. Since it’s worked sideways, it can be knit to fit any size mug. A simple cast-on button loop keeps it snug and secure around a mug handle. One skein of Valley Yarns Superwash is all it takes, making it a soft, washable, and quite economical gift.

Download the pattern here.

 
#511 Jar, Bottle, or Can Cozy

For years, students and other resourceful thrifters have been reusing jars as travel mugs, thermoses and lunch containers. Celebrate their good recycling habits by crocheting them this very quick and handy cozy.

The base acts as a built-in coaster while the sides insulate. A roomy side strap is perfect for clipping onto a bag or belt loop while the top stability strap holds it in place. Eyelets underneath the side strap help you see inside. But it’s not just for drinking out of jars. It can easily accommodate bottles, cans, or adorn your home-canned gifts. Using only about 50 yards of Valley Yarns Northampton, you can easily get three or four cozies from just one skein!

Download the pattern here.

Free Pattern Thursday: Chickens in Valley Yarns Northampton

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
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Hi Everyone!

This week’s free patterns are absolutely adorable and we’ve all been clucking about them! We’re big fans of chickens here at WEBS and Sara and Kirsten created Valley Yarns #426 Crocheted Chicken and Valley Yarns #427 Knit Chicken.

Worked in Valley Yarns Northampton, you can personalize them by selecting your favorite chicken colors, or get crazy and make a bright green chicken! Have fun with it, because that’s the most important part of creating – have fun and do what makes you happy.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
Mary