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Knit and Crochet Now! Season 6 giveaway

I’m excited to share an announcement and giveaway with you today! Knit and Crochet Now! is entering it’s sixth season this month, and the folks at Annie’s are sponsoring a giveaway for a complete set of DVDs for the season to one lucky U.S. winner, so read on for details!

Knit and Crochet Now! airs through local public broadcasting stations. You can find your local schedule here by entering your zip code or state. My local station plays two episodes a week, and each episode is also repeated in a different time slot.

Season 6 includes 13 episodes and 43 new patterns, including 14 scarf and cowl patterns (perfect for the bitter cold!) in the “Scarf of the Week” segment.

Some of my favorite sneak peeks from Season 6!

Some of my favorite sneak peeks from Season 6! At left: Butterfly Tee. At right, top: Stripes and Short Rows, and bottom: Star Stitch Long Cowl.

This season, a new designer, Lena Skvagerson, joins the existing team of host Brett Bara and designers Robyn Chachula, Ellen Gormley, and Kristin Nicholas. Jenny King and Drew Emborsky (the Crochet Dude) will also make guest appearances.

You can find all kinds of fun projects and tutorials on the show, and each 30 minute episode is commercial free! And, all of the patterns can be downloaded for free here once you create a free account.

Giveaway

As I mentioned, Annie’s is providing one lucky winner with a full set of Knit and Crochet Now! Season 6 DVDs! To enter, leave a comment letting me know when your local station airs Knit and Crochet Now! and whether you’ve seen it before. You can earn extra points by sharing on social media. But remember, I only count entries logged into the Rafflecopter widget below, so be sure to let me know how you’ve entered!

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Guest Post: Yarn Substitution by Pam Powers & Blog Tour Giveaway

I’m thrilled to share a guest post from Pam Powers today, on one of my favorite topics – yarn substitution! This post is part of the blog tour for Pam’s new book, and Stackpole Books is sponsoring a giveaway, so read on for details!

Guest post by Pam Powers, Knitting designer, on Underground Crafter

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About Pam Powers

Pam Powers, the author of Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves: 24 Extraordinary Designs for Cowls, Kerchiefs, Infinity Loops & More, is a California-based knitwear designer. In addition to her self-published Art Fiber Design patterns, her work has also been published by Interweave Knits, KnitCrate, Knit Culture, and Twist Collective.

Pam can be found online on her website, FacebookInstagram, Pinterest, Ravelry (as psquared and on her designer page), and Twitter.

Guest Post: Yarn Substitutions by Pam Powers

I get many inquiries regarding yarn substitutions for my patterns. As knitters, we are always trying to find stash-busting projects, especially accessories such as scarves that only require 1-2 skeins. I am going to share with you how I choose an alternate yarn for an existing pattern. Disclaimer 1: I am not the aficionado on all things yarn, but I do know when something doesn’t quite work for me. 

Gauge – This is the first consideration I make. I like the gauge on the ball band to be within one stitch for a 4″ / 10 cm sample of the yarn I am substituting. This gauge should also be accomplished using needles within one needle size of the original yarn also. For example, if a pattern calls for a gauge of 20 sts per 4″ / 10 cm on a US 8 needle, a potential substitute yarn will be anywhere from 19 sts on a US 9 to 21 sts on a US 7.

Yardage / Weight Ratio – I calculate the yards per gram for both yarns by dividing the yards per skein by the grams. If there is more than a 10% difference, I know the drape and feel of the project will be different. Disclaimer 2: I once had someone tell me that this is a ridiculous system, so take it for what it’s worth.

Shirring Cowl by Pam Powers from Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves.

Shirring Cowl by Pam Powers from Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves.

Content – It is important that the substitution yarn has a fiber content that behaves similarly to the original yarn. Different fibers have varying densities and body, regardless of the gauge. For example a hemp yarn will probably not be a good substitution for a wool yarn in a pattern that requires substance or body, like when there are ruffles involved. Most of the scarf patterns in my book have texture and/or dimension to them, so having a yarn that “stands up” is crucial.

There are also other factors such as loft, ply and color (solid versus variegated) that will have an effect on the finished product. I tend to substitute with a yarn that is similar in these areas to the original yarn.

Challah Infinity Scarf by Pam Powers from Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves.

Challah Infinity Scarf by Pam Powers from Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves.

I get a lot of emails from knitters asking if a certain yarn will work as a substitution in one of my patterns. The only way of really knowing, even if this yarn meets all of the criteria above, is to knit a swatch. And let me just say, if you have to talk yourself into believing that the yarn works, it probably doesn’t. However, my intention when knitting a new sample of a pattern is to have the new project emulate the original. Whether something “works” or not is really up to the knitter. In the end, that is the beauty of making a handmade project—creativity rules!

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Thanks, Pam, for sharing these tips!

Gingham & Wool Cowl and Fraulein Scarf by Pam Powers from Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves.

Gingham & Wool Cowl and Fraulein Scarf by Pam Powers from Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves.

Like me, Pam clearly has a passion for neckwear! Her book, Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves: 24 Extraordinary Designs for Cowls, Kerchiefs, Infinity Loops & More, includes 24 gorgeous knit patterns for scarves, ascots, cowls, and kerchiefs. You can see stunning full page pictures of each design them here in the Stackpole Books look book.

By the way, if you’re still intimidated by yarn substitution, several of her book designs, including the Chantilly Lace Ascot and the Cowboy Cowl, are available as Craftsy kits (along with Ruffled and Ruched Scarf and other great designs by Pam).

Guest post by Pam Powers, Knitting designer, on Underground Crafter

If you love knitting scarves, you’ll want to enter this giveaway for Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves, courtesy of Stackpole books! This giveaway is open to U.S. readers. Enter by Tuesday, January 13 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, and be sure to add your giveaway entries to the Rafflecopter widget (since that’s how a winner will be chosen at random). Good luck!

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Jumbo Knitting Book Giveaway!

Today, I’m really excited to share a jumbo knitting book giveaway! It’s that time of year where many of us are stressed about holiday knitting or shopping, so what better time to take a moment to focus on a little something for yourself?

I’m giving away 6 great knitting books today. A winner for each book will be chosen at random, and you can enter the giveaway for as many or as few as you are interested in having.
I’ll ship any prizes free to those with a U.S. address, and international winners will need to pay the cost of shipping. To enter, share a comment below about your 2015 knitting plans by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, December 21, 2014. There are all kinds of extra entry points, too, so check the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post for details and terms and conditions.

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And the prizes are…

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

50 sunflowers

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Colors That You Will Love to Make by Kristin Nicholas is a collection of patterns for sunflower appliqués and motifs. The book begins with a 22 page Before You Begin chapter that includes an overview of supplies such as knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarns, and other notions; a review of basic knitting and crochet techniques and special stitches used in the book, with both written instructions and illustrations; tips and instructions for felting, stuffing, blocking, and embellishing with embroidery and beads; and an overview of color theory. A gallery of the projects in the book follows, and then the patterns are presented. There are 31 knit and 25 crochet patterns (yes, there are more than 50!), some of which are shown felted. The knitting patterns are written with U.S. pattern abbreviations, and the crochet patterns include both stitch symbols and pattern abbreviations. The Projects chapter includes instructions for transforming the designs into a variety of home decor and wearable projects.

Although the title suggests that only patterns for sunflowers are included, there are actually other types of flowers and leaves, and a variety of creatures you might find in a garden, such as bees, butterflies, lady bugs, and birds. This book is ideal for an advanced beginner or intermediate multi-crafter who loves to make portable projects.

A free review copy of 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt was provided by St. Martin’s Griffin. You can read my review disclosure here.

Expand Your Knitting Skills

60 Quick Luxury Knits

60 quick luxury knits

60 Quick Luxury Knits: Easy, Elegant Projects for Every Day in the Venezia Collection from Cascade Yarns® is another book in Sixth & Spring‘s 60 Quick Knits series. (You can read my review of 60 More Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220® Sport here.) As the title suggests, this book features patterns designed with Cascade Yarns Venezia Sport and Cascade Yarns Venezia Worsted. About 2/3 of the patterns are in Venezia Sport, with the remaining patterns in Worsted. There is a variety of accessory designs for women, including 20 projects for neckwarmers (9 snoods/cowls/infinity scarves, 8 scarves, 2 collars, and 1 kerchief), 14 hats and headbands, 12 projects for the torso (including 8 wraps/shawls/shawlettes and 4 capes/capelets), 7 armwarmers/mitts/mittens, 2 bags, 2 belts, and individual patterns for legwarmers, socks, and a necklace. About 2/3 of the patterns are at the intermediate level, with 12 easy projects and 3 experienced level projects. All patterns are written with U.S. pattern abbreviations, and 16 also include charts (typically for color, lace, or cables).

The book is beautifully presented and definitely inspires you to start knitting! However, as with all pattern books, you’re more likely to enjoy it if you like the patterns included, so be sure to check out all of the projects in this book on its Ravelry source page here. My favorites are the Bow Clutch by Devin Cole, the Button Cable Beret by Kim Haesemeyer, the Buttoned Cable Cowl by Angela Tong, the Knotted I-Cord Belt by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, Solid and Stripe Infinity Scarf by Steven Hicks, and the Two-Color Cloche by Elena Malo. Hmmm, I guess it’s obvious that I like buttons and cables… If you’re an intermediate knitter who enjoys making women’s accessories, this may be the right book for you!

A free review copy of 60 Quick Luxury Knits was provided by Sixth & Spring Books. You can read my review disclosure here.

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30-Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects by Mary Beth Temple is a fabulous introduction to the world of arm knitting. You can read my full review here and my interview with Mary Beth here.

Free review copies of Arm Knitting were provided by Design Originals. You can read my review disclosure here.

 

Chroma 2014 Collection

Chroma 2014 Collection

I have two print copies of the Chroma 2014 Collection, a pattern booklet including six (really eight) knitting patterns using Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. My Symmetrical Scallops Scarf (below) is one of the included designs, so I don’t think I can give it a fair review :).

Photos (c) Knit Picks.

Photos (c) Knit Picks.

You can see all the patterns in this collection here on Ravelry. There are two blanket patterns, two neckwear patterns, two mitten patterns, and individual hat and shawl patterns.

Free giveaway copies of the Chroma 2014 Collection were provided by Knit Picks.

 

Knitted Mitts & Mittens

Knitted Mitts & Mittens coverKnitted Mitts & Mittens: 25 Fun and Fashionable Designs for Fingerless Gloves, Mittens, and Wrist Warmers by Amy Gunderson is a collection of patterns for the hands. You can see all 25 patterns here on the Ravelry source page. I actually shared an interview with Amy here as part of the blog tour for the book in April, but due to some technical problems on my blog at the time, I couldn’t host the giveaway.

The little projects are a fun way to try out different techniques on a smaller scale. My favorite designs are the Gradient Flip Top Mittens, It’s a Fish Eat Fish World Mittens, and It’s a Plaid Plaid World.

A free giveaway copy of Knitted Mitts & Mittens was provided by Stackpole Books.

 

So, are you feeling inspired to knit? Let me know what your 2015 knitting plans are in the comments. Do you have a specific project you plan to make, a new technique you want to learn, or will you be waiting for inspiration to strike?

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Giveaway: 2015 Crochet Calendar

For the past few years, I’ve been submitting some of my patterns to the crochet and knitting pattern-a-day calendar series.

Giveaway for the 2015 Crochet Pattern-a-Day pattern on Underground Crafter blog

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Three of my crochet patterns are in the 2015 Crochet Day-to-Day Calendar:

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl (link to free pattern/link to Ravelry page)

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, , free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Rectangular Sampler Blanket (link to free pattern/link to Ravelry page)

Rectangular Sampler Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Quick, Fast in a Hurry Cowl (link to free pattern/link to Ravelry page)

Quickie fast in a hurry cowl, , free crochet pattern by Underground CrafterThis box calendar also includes over 100 other crochet patterns. I’m giving away a copy of the calendar. This giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 26, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random.

I’ll be running the giveaway through Rafflecopter, so make sure you add your entry into the form!

Let me know in the comments: What do you plan to crochet in 2015? Do you have any specific projects you plan to make, skills you want to learn, or charities you want to crochet for?

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Blog Tour: Tunisian Crochet for Baby – Mini Interview with Sharon Silverman

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I’m excited to share a mini interview with Sharon Silverman today as part of her blog tour for Tunisian Crochet for Baby. Sharon is a designer, author, and instructor based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Tunisian Crochet for Baby is her seventh crochet book, and she has more in the works. I previously interviewed Sharon here and she wrote a guest post here.

Like me, Sharon is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America, and she is also a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. You can find her online on her website, on Ravelry (as CrochetSharon or on her designer page), on Facebook, and on Pinterest. I’ll also be sharing a giveaway for the new book at the end of this post, so read on for details!

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby on Underground Crafter blog.

Sharon Silverman

Underground Crafter (UC): What was your inspiration for writing Tunisian Crochet for Baby?

Sharon: On the design side, I have been a huge fan of Tunisian crochet ever since I came upon it in a stitch dictionary. It lets me create all sorts of fabrics and textures that are impossible in regular crochet. I am always glad to find an opportunity to share Tunisian techniques with other crocheters. Baby items, including garments, are very popular and seemed to be the logical next step after my books on scarves and pillows (both from Stackpole Books), and a Leisure Arts title, Tunisian Baby Blankets.

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby.

Washcloth Quartet.

UC: In your guest post, you mentioned some of the things you love about the look of Tunisian crochet. What about it do you find especially suited to baby projects?

Sharon: Because of their small size, baby projects aren’t too intimidating. The investment in time and materials is much less than it would be for something like an adult sweater. Baby items present a unique opportunity to learn a new skill and end up with a great finished project that can be crocheted quickly. Tunisian crochet stitch patterns seem very well suited to baby items, refreshingly different from typical double crochet fabric. I think crocheters will welcome the opportunity to try these new designs.

And with new babies entering the world all the time, crocheters always need things to make for those precious bundles! I included a variety of items to fit different skill levels, styles, and sizes from newborn through 12 months.

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby on Underground Crafter blog.

Sherbet Stripes Blanket.

UC: If a Tunisian crochet newbie was to pick up this book, what’s the first project you’d recommend to get them hooked, so to speak?

Sharon: Start with the Nursery Box and the simple stitch washcloth from the Washcloth Quartet. I would also suggest the Sherbet Stripes Blanket. It has some color changes, but the pattern itself is simple and straightforward. The matching Sherbet Stripes Hat would be a good follow-up for someone who is ready to go to the next level.

UC: And which project would you recommend for an experienced Tunisian crocheter who wants to try something new?

Sharon: The Christening Gown (with matching bonnet and booties) is a complex project with a Tunisian X-stitch pattern and some intricate shaping. For something that will be worn more often, the Zippered Hoodie will keep experienced crocheters engaged.

Mini interview with Sharon Silverman about her book Tunisian Crochet for Baby on Underground Crafter blog.

Christening Gown, Bonnet, and Booties.

UC: What else would you like us to know about Tunisian Crochet for Baby?

Sharon: All of the yarn I chose is washable. Every pattern includes written instructions and at least one symbol chart. Photo tutorials are included.

Thanks so much for stopping by Sharon! 

If you’d like to learn Tunisian crochet online, try these Craftsy classes: Online Tunisian Crochet Class and Custom-Fit Tunisian Crochet (w/ Dora Ohrenstein)!

Giveaway

Stackpole Books is giving a copy of Tunisian Crochet for Baby to one lucky reader with a U.S. mailing address! For your chance to win, check out Stackpole’s lookbook for Tunisian Crochet for Baby, and let me know which project you would make first. Then be sure to log your entry into Rafflecopter! One winner will be chosen at random. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

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