Announcing the Second Annual Softie Crochet Along!

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

The Softie Crochet Along is the second crochet along of 2019 hosted in the CAL Central Facebook and Ravelry groups. We’ve brought together ten of the top crochet designers out there to bring you free crochet patterns for softies. Five of our favorite companies are providing prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. Join us to make great amigurumi projects to cuddly and play with, chat with other crocheters, and enter to win fabulous prizes!

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This is the main post for 2019 Softie crochet along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works,
  • How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL,
  • 2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule,
  • 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway.

How the 2019 Softie Crochet Along Works

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

Every Monday from April 1 through June 3, 2019, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a softie! You can make fun softie projects to keep, for gifts, or to donate to charity while chatting with other crocheters in our groups and sharing your projects to win giveaway prizes!

Fairfield World has generously provided all of the participating designers with Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Fiber Fill to use in their softies. They will also be also be awarding the grand prize, a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts, to the crocheter whose project gets the most votes!

Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane have also generously provided us with prizes for this CAL. Share your completed project pictures in this post (scroll down for details)by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019 to enter for your chance to win!

How To Join the 2019 Softie CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media. If you use Fairfield World Poly-Fil for your project, tag @fairfieldworld and use #fairfieldworld, too.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. Make adorable softies while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter

2019 Softie Crochet Along Schedule

This list will be updated during the CAL to include links to each pattern as it is released.

2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway Prizes

We work hard to find the best crochet along prizes from around the web for each CAL Central Crochet Along. Read on for more details about the prizes and how to enter for your chance to win.

The most popular project will win the grand prize from Fairfield World: a 5 lb. box of Poly-Fil and two Poly-Fil Basic 16” x 16” Pillow Inserts. Show your support by following Fairfield World on Instagram | Facebook.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Fairfield World Prize

Clover USA is providing one winner with a Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge and a Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Clover USA prizes

Search Press North America is providing one winner with both Cuddly Animals to Crochet by Lucia Forthmann (reviewed here) and Crocheted Bears by Val Pierce. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Search Press Prize

MorgansMane is providing one winner with a Chakra Crochet Hook. Show your support by following MorgansMane on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - MorgansMane Chakra Crochet Hook prize

LeitherCo is providing one winner with a subscription box. Show your support by following Ashley on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram.

2019 Softie Crochet Along with CAL Central Crochet via Underground Crafter - Leither Co Prize

Continue on to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Enter the 2019 Softie CAL End-of-CAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-CAL giveaway for the 2019 Softie Crochet Along. The Crochet Along is hosted by CAL Central and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-CAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2019 Softie Crochet Along pattern by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 10, 2019. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the CAL, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Monday, June 10, 2019 to be eligible to win this end-of-CAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Ravelry/Instagram and not to your main page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • The most popular project as selected by voting will win the Fairfield World grand prize.
  • Four winners will be chosen from the remaining entries at random to win one of the prizes from Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with InLinkz and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the InLinkz Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner (Part 2: Head)

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

KAL Corner, the knit along group started by me, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop, is back for the second part of the Finishing Touches Knit Along! In this part, we’ll be sharing six free knitting patterns by five designers for the perfect finishing touch! We’re focusing on the head this time with a headwear theme.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.

This is the main post for this knit along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Works,
  • How To Join the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head),
  • Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Schedule,
  • Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway.

How the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Works

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

I’ve teamed up with KAL Corner, the group founded by me, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop, and some of our favorite knitting designers to bring you 24 free knitting patterns for the perfect finishing touch!

Every other Thursday from January 3 through November 21, 2019, we’ll share a free knitting pattern. Lion Brand has generously provided us with yarn for this KAL, so all of the patterns will be made with Lion Brand yarn.

To keep things interesting, every quarter we’ll have a new theme and a new set of giveaway prizes. This part of the KAL is all about the perfect finishing touches to wear on your head. We also have two great prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America!

How To Join the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head)

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Schedule

Each participating Finishing Touches KAL designer will create a free knitting pattern for the head using Lion Brand yarn. This post will be updated as each pattern goes live.

Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway Prizes

My regular readers know I love prizes, so this knit along has two great ones. We’ve teamed up with Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America to bring wonderful prizes to three lucky winners!

Lion Brand is providing one winner with a choice of colors for 3 skeins of Stitchbird and 4 skeins of Beautiful You. Show your support by following Lion Brand on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Lion Brand prize

Clover USA is providing one winner with a Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge and the Knitting Accessories Set for Beginners. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Clover USA prize

Search Press North America is providing one winner with both Knitted Beanies by Susie Johns and Knitted Hats by Monica Russel. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Search Press North America prize

Continue reading to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!

Enter the Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-KAL giveaway for the 2019 Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head). The knit along is hosted by KAL Corner and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-KAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2019 Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) pattern or tutorial by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 17, 2019. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the knit along, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Monday, June 17, 2019 to be eligible to win this end-of-KAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Instagram and not to your main profile page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • Winners will be chosen from the entries at random. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with InLinkz and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the InLinkz Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in the KAL Corner Facebook group or in this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase

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Tomorrow is the first day of March, also known as International Crochet Month. I’m so excited to announce the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter! We’ll celebrate our love of crochet with free and discounted crochet patterns by 31 different designers, and the chance to win some fabulous prizes from twelve different companies. Read on for more details and to enter for your chance to win one of thirteen giveaway prizes!

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This is the main post for 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase. Read on for more details including:

  • How the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Works,
  • How To Join in the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase,
  • 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Schedule,
  • 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Giveaway.

How the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Works

Every day during March, we’ll feature a different crochet designer who is a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). Each designer will share a free crochet pattern or a 25% discount on a premium pattern. We’ve partnered with some of our favorite companies to get some great prizes for you — including yarn, crochet hooks, notions, pattern books, and more! Find out more information about participating designers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes below.

How To Join in the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase

  • You can join in by visiting each designer on their designated day. All of the free crochet patterns will be available through April 11, 2019, but each of the 25% discount patterns will be on sale for a shorter time. To get the most out of the freebies and discounts, be sure to visit each designer on their scheduled day.
  • You can also participate by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your pattern finds and pictures of your works-in-progress and finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CGOA and #undergroundcrafter on all social media. Feel free to tag the designer when you share their pattern, and tag me as @ucrafter on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest or as @undergroundcrafter on Facebook. You can also tag the @crochetguildofamerica on Facebook or Instagram.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of March, you’ll have up to 31 fabulous patterns and you’ll have a lot of fun visiting new-to-you designers.
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
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2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Schedule

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This schedule will be updated during the Designer Showcase to include a link to the specific pattern the designer is sharing. Show your support for participating designers by following them on social media.

2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Giveaway Prizes

I reached out to some of my favorite companies and we’ve put together thirteen wonderful prizes that will let continue the celebration after International Crochet Month ends!

2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Bluprint prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Clover prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Eucalan prize
  • Furls is providing one lucky winner with 20 skeins of its Whims Merino yarn, including 5 skeins each in Purple, Red, Blue, and Light Grey. This is a new Z-twist yarn designed just for crocheters. Show your support by following Furls on Facebook | Instagram.
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Furls prize
  • Knitter’s Pride is providing one lucky winner with Knit Blockers. In spite of the name, these are wonderful for blocking any crochet project, including lacy shawls, curled Tunisian crochet projects, and more. Show your support by following Knitter’s Pride on Facebook | Instagram.
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Knitters Pride prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Laurel Hill prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Lion Brand prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Quarto prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Red Heart prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Search Press prize
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter - Unicorn prize
  • Underground Crafter (that’s me!) is providing one lucky winner with an annual membership to the Crochet Guild of America. Membership includes a subscription to Crochet! magazine, a member newsletter, lots of discounts, and more.
2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter | Underground Crafter prize - 1 year membership to CGOA

Enter the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase Giveaway

  • This is the giveaway for the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase. The Designer Showcase and giveaway are hosted and organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the giveaway for one of the prizes described above, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
  • Winners will be chosen from the entries at random. Each will win one of the prizes listed above. Winners from some countries, such as Canada, may also be required to pass a test of skill.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with Rafflecopter and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in the Underground Crafters Facebook group, too! Good luck!
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Book Review: Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore

Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore book review on Underground Crafter - book cover

Are you looking for an on-the-go sewing project? Do you want to expand your sewing skills? When you’re learning a new technique, do you like step-by-step instructions? Then, you’ll love the latest book from Carolina Moore! Check out today’s post for my review, along with a chance to win a copy of the book and a starter kit of supplies.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore was provided to me by Nancy’s Notions. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Learn How to English Paper Piece: 10 Start-to-Finish English Paper Piecing Projects and the Techniques to Make Them! is the latest book by Carolina Moore. You may know Carolina as the blogger behind 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore, or as the co-author of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts, which I reviewed here. I’m happy to say that I know Carolina in real life, and she’s a woman after my own heart. In addition to all of her creative talents, she’s also smart, assertive, and fun!

Now, that’s fascinating, you’re thinking, but what about the book? Let me tell you a bit about Learn How to English Paper Piece. It starts with an introduction to English paper piecing (also known as EPP), a hand-sewing technique to make shaped pieces for patchwork, applique, and quilting projects. As the name suggests, there is paper involved! The paper backing is removable but provides a structure so that sewists of all skill levels can make shapes like hexagons without learning complicated machine-sewing techniques.

Carolina’s introduction explains that EPP is portable, which makes it ideal for crafters like me who are always on-the-go. She also explains that you can make projects that combine multiple shapes, as long as the sides are the same length. This may seem obvious, but often times when you start a new technique, the “common sense” stuff isn’t all that obvious! The book then moves on to provide an overview of the tools you would use for EPP. Since the fabric needs to be basted to the paper, Carolina shares two basting methods. She also provides written instructions with photos to explain stitching methods for both hexagons and diamonds.

The book then moves on to the projects. I love that Carolina has included projects of different sizes and with different ratios of English paper piecing to machine sewing. Each project includes a list of supplies and written instructions with numerous progress pictures. There is also a large (generally full-page) photograph of each finished project shown in use with measurements. My favorite projects in the book are the Dream Catchers, which look like an amazing way to use up fabric scraps while getting near instant project gratification…

Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore book review on Underground Crafter - Dream Catchers

the Diamond Tote, which is just sooooo pretty…

Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore book review on Underground Crafter - Diamond Tote

and the Hexi Placemats, which would make a great gift.

Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore book review on Underground Crafter - Hexi Placemats

Other projects include a pillow, two pouches, coasters, a mason jar cozy, a pillowcase dress, and a quilt.

Learn How to English Paper Piece by Carolina Moore book review on Underground Crafter - project list

Although the book does have lots of photographs and helpful instructions, it isn’t there to teach you how to sew or how to use your sewing machine. All of the projects in the book are finished with machine sewing and it’s assumed that readers know the basics. The book is compact but it’s also affordably priced at $9.99. I reviewed a PDF version of the book, but it’s available as a softcover exclusively on Nancy’s Notions here.

I will mention that while the book makes it seem completely attainable to do your own English paper piecing projects, the idea of cutting out lots of precise little hexagons and diamonds is a bit daunting. Of course, if you have a Cricut or another cutting machine, you can use that to cut out each piece. But, you’ll be glad to know that Nancy’s Notions also sells a Learn How to English Paper Piece Starter Set that includes the book along with 400 pre-cut hexagons (in two different sizes), fabric glue for basting, scissors, starch, and thread.

I recommend Learn How to English Paper Piece: 10 Start-to-Finish English Paper Piecing Projects and the Techniques to Make Them! for any sewist that is looking to expand skills, find project inspiration, or sew while on-the-go.

Would you like to find out more about the book? Check out the rest of the posts on the Learn How to English Paper Piece blog tour.

Giveaway

Now that you’ve read my review of Learn How to English Paper Piece: 10 Start-to-Finish English Paper Piecing Projects and the Techniques to Make Them! by Carolina Moore, I’m guessing you’re ready to get your hands on the book. Well, the nice folks at Nancy’s Notions have set aside a Learn How to English Paper Piece Starter Set for one lucky winner!
This giveaway is happening on Instagram and you can find all the details about how to enter in the embedded post below (or here, if it isn’t loading). Enter by midnight Eastern on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Good luck!

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Do you EPP? Do you want to learn how? … If you answered “YES!” to either of those questions, then I have the perfect giveaway for you! To celebrate the launch of my new book “Learn How to English Paper Piece” that has been published with @NancysNotions, we’re giving away everything you need to learn how to English Paper Piece (my book and all the items pictured)! To enter to win, make sure you are following each of the accounts listed below, then leave a comment. A comment on each account is an individual entry. For additional entries, you can leave a second comment on each account with a different quilty friend who might want to win! Winner will be selected Saturday, February 9th at Midnight, EST and has 24 hours after being contacted to respond. Good Luck! @craftmoore @poweredbyquilting @twomakerchicks @homecraftsbyali @phatquarters @snowydaysquilting @charmedlifequilting @swoodsonsays @linda_bratten .. .. Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. #quilt #epp #englishpaperpiecing #giveaway #quilter #handsewing #isew #ilovetosew

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Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit by Sachiyo Ishii Book Review with Gingerbread Man Pattern

Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit by Sachiyo Ishii - book review with Gingerbread Man pattern excerpt on Underground Crafter | coverAre you on the hunt for cute, little Christmas gifts and ornaments to knit? Then you’ll want to check out my review of a knitting pattern collection by Sachiyo Ishii, along with an excerpted pattern for the adorable amigurumi Gingerbread Man!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Twenty to Knit: Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit by Sachiyo Ishii was provided to me by Search Press North America. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Twenty to Knit: Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit by Sachiyo Ishii is a knitting pattern collection of 20 adorable little projects that measure from 2.25” (5.5 cm) through 7” (18 cm) in length. Sachiyo opens the book with an introduction where she shares her delight in making little Christmas toys for decoration and gifting. She mentions that the toys can easily be adjusted in size by using thicker or thinner yarns with appropriately sized needles. The samples in this book are primarily made in DK/light worsted/8-ply yarn (#3 or light yarn in the U.S.).

The book moves on to Knitting Know-How, which includes information about yarn, needles, and other tools; sewing pieces together; and basic knitting and embroidery stitches used in the projects. This section also includes a list of knitting abbreviations.

The next section is the patterns. Each pattern includes a materials list with yarns listed by color and meterage/yardage. The patterns do not listed a needle; however, in Knitting Know-How, the author mentions that all the samples are made with U.S. Size 2 (2.75 mm/U.K. Size 12) double pointed needles unless otherwise mentioned. Each pattern includes instructions for each piece written in pattern abbreviations and a “To make up” section with assembly instructions. The patterns also include a full page picture and at least one additional, smaller detail picture.

Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit assumes that you have knowledge of knitting basics, though there is some guidance on terminology (like the differences between garter and stockinette stitches) provided in the Knitting Know-How section. The book is small – at about the size of a folded piece of letter paper, it’s very portable. Like the other books in this series, it’s designed to make it easy to knit on the go. If you’re an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter and enjoy knitting toys and especially Christmas projects, you will find many cute projects included.


Gingerbread Man

Knitting Pattern by Sachiyo Ishii

Published in Twenty to Knit: Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit

Text © 2018 Sachiyo Ishii. Photographs and design  © 2018 Search Press Ltd. Shared with permission from Search Press North America.

Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit by Sachiyo Ishii - book review with Gingerbread Man pattern excerpt on Underground Crafter | Gingerbread Man ornament as gift wrapNotes from Underground Crafter:

  • This pattern uses pattern abbreviations. The Craft Yarn Council has a full list of abbreviations here.
  • The sample was made using U.S. Size 2 (2.75 mm/U.K. Size 12) double pointed needles. Gauge is not important for this pattern, but stitches should be small so that stuffing doesn’t show through.
  • This pattern uses k2tog as the decrease. Purl SoHo has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • You can find helpful video tutorials for the embroidery stitches (chain stitch, backstitch, and French knot) used in this pattern at the end of this blog post.

Materials:

  • 10g of DK (light worsted/8-ply) yarn in brown (A) and small amounts of red (C) and lime green (D)
  • Small amounts of 4-ply (fingering) yarn in white (B)
  • Stuffing
  • Hemp cord for hanging loop

Additional Equipment:

  • A stitch holder or a spare needle

Size:

  • 8cm (3in) tall

Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit by Sachiyo Ishii - book review with Gingerbread Man pattern excerpt on Underground Crafter | Gingerbread Man ornament on white backgroundInstructions:

Front panel, first leg

  • Using yarn A, cast on 7 sts.
  • Rows 1-5: beginning with a p WS row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • Break yarn, place sts on a holder.

Second leg

  • Work as for first leg but do not break yarn.
  • Row 6 (joining row): K7, then k across held 7 sts of first leg(14 sts).
  • Rows 7-15: beg with a p WS row, work 9 rows in st st.
  • Row 16: cast on 5 sts, k to end (19 sts).
  • Row 17: cast on 5 sts, p to end (24 sts).
  • Rows 18-23: beginning with a k RS row, work 6 rows in stst.
  • Row 24: cast off 7 sts, k to end (17 sts).
  • Row 25: cast off 7 sts, p to end (10 sts).
  • Row 26: cast on 5 sts, k to end (15 sts).
  • Row 27: cast on 5 sts, p to end (20 sts).
  • Rows 28-33: beginning with a k RS row, work 6 rows in st st.
  • Row 34: (k2, k2tog) to end (15 sts).
  • Row 35: (p1, p2tog) to end (10 sts).
  • Break yarn, thread through all sts and pull tightly. Fasten off.

Back panel

  • Work as given for Front panel to row 15.
  • Row 16: k to end.
  • Row 17: cast on 5 sts, p to end (19 sts).
  • Row 18: cast on 5 sts, k to end (24 sts).
  • Rows 19-24: beginning with a p WS row, work 6 rows in st st.
  • Cast off.

To make up

  • With fastened-off yarn end of Front panel, sew the back seam of the head down to the neck. Sew all side seams and lightly stuff. Using yarn B, embroider chain stitches on the front panel at the hands and feet, and make backstitches for the mouth. Using two strands of yarn C held together, work a French knot for each eye. Using yarn C, French knot three buttons on the body. Using yarn D, embroider a bow tie at the neck with long horizontal backstitches, gathered with a short vertical stitch. Attach hanging loop if desired.

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