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Author Archives: Lindsey

  • Round-Up: Design It Yourself

    Every once in a while, we like to give you tips and tricks for designing your own knit and crochet projects.  Whether you want to design your own garment or play around with colors, here are our favorite posts on the subject.

    Designing with Squares

    Creating Your Own Color Combination

    Discover Embroidery

    Creating Colors By Double Stranding

    Create Your Own Version of a Store-Bought Piece

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  • 4 Easy Baby Blankets

    Baby blankets are a fun and easy way to play with different techniques and constructions.  Here are four basic baby blankets that anyone can knit or crochet. Click on the images to go to the patterns.

    Knit Sunny Diagonal Blankie

    Knit from corner to corner, all you need to learn to make this blanket is yarn-over and knit 2 together.

    Crochet V-Stitch Baby Throw
    An easy all-over v-stitch pattern gets a beautiful finishing touch with a picot border.  Even if you've never done these handy stitches, they are easy to learn by following the directions in the pattern.
    Crochet Baby Throw
    A single oversized granny square works up quickly in a super-bulky yarn. Try Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or Hometown USA for this dramatic throw.

    Knit Princess Basketweave Throw

    For a timeless design, go with a basketweave stitch.  In bulky cotton-acrylic blend Baby's First, this simple design will be super-soft and work up quickly.

    As with all projects, the yarn you use makes a big difference.  A diagonal baby blanket can be a simple solid or incorporate stunning stripes.  You can use a cool cotton or warm wool. Click here to read Ilana's post on our favorite baby yarns.

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  • 5 Cotton Yarns for Spring

    It's finally warming up here in New York, and I'm ready to start working on projects that are appropriate for the warmer days ahead.  Cotton is a great fiber to wear in warm weather because it's cool and breathable.  It's also ideal for market bags, accessories, and washcloths.  But, with so many cottons out there, it can be hard to pick the right one for a project.  To help you decide which cotton to use for different projects, I thought I'd give you a rundown of my five favorite cotton yarns.

    Cotton-Ease is a worsted weight cotton-acrylic blend. It combines the absorbency of the cotton and the lightness of acrylic.  It's machine washable, so whether you make a sweater or a washcloth, you can easily clean any project made with Cotton-Ease.

    Baby's First is a cotton-acrylic blend like Cotton-Ease, but it is a chunky weight.  It is constructed of many thin plies, so it is soft and cushy with wonderful stitch definition.  Ideal for fast-finish projects, you don't have to limit yourself to baby items.  See Zontee's adorable cardi (below), which she made by substituting Baby's First for the required Cotton-Ease in the Bebop Cardi.

    Zontee's Bebop

    Recycled Cotton is possibly our most unique cotton-acrylic blend.  Like Cotton-Ease, it is a worsted weight, but this yarn is made of cotton fabric clippings that would get wasted in the tee-shirt manufacturing process.  The material is sorted by color so that minimal dying is required. Before it's dyed, it's spun with acrylic and the result is a beautiful heathered yarn.  Make your market bags even more green, or make a cozy cardi for your little one like the Eyelet Remix Cardi (below).

    Knit Eyelet Remix Cardi

    Nature's Choice Organic Cotton is organically grown and dyed according to the Global Organic Textile Standard by the Institute of Marketecology.  This super-soft 100% cotton is worsted weight, and I like to use it for things that will be close to my skin, such as shawl, scarves, and hats.  The construction of this yarn is ideal for simple stitches in knit or crochet.

    Nature's Choice Organic Cotton

    LB Collection Cotton Bamboo, our most luxurious cotton, combines all the wonderful qualities of cotton with the beautiful drape and sheen of rayon from bamboo!  Bamboo is used to make rayon because it is a renewable resource.   The result is an affordable little luxury that can be used on garments and baby projects.

    What do you like to make with cotton?

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