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  • Try This Stitch: Sample Afghan Progress

    sampler afghan

    Progress report! Several weeks ago we introduced the Try This Stitch Sampler Afghan. This colorful piece is being worked from blocks using our Stitch Finder patterns. Each square measures approximately 10" x 10". The pieces are a mix of knit and crochet stitches, all of which use New Basic 175 yarn. (See each post page for additional details. Links are below.)

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  • Into Spring: A Crocheted Infinity Poncho Pattern

    Into Spring is a crochet pattern for an infinity scarf that transitions you to Spring by allowing you to wear it as a poncho. The buttons (which do not require planning button holes!) are sewn at the end of a simple rectangle. You choose whether to button it into a continuous loop (infinity scarf) or fold it to wear as a poncho.

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  • Yarn Heroes: Charity Crafting with All About Ami

    Charity Crafter All About Ami as Yarn Hero Capatain Kawaii

    Yarn Heroes Chapter 2, Charity Crafting with All About Ami

    We hope you have enjoyed the first two posts of our Yarn Heroes, a series all about celebrating Charity Crafting! We were extremely fortunate to collaborate with fifteen of the most creative, generous and spirited yarn bloggers and designers to create new free patterns, host giveaways for new charity crafters, and tell inspiring stories... all while wearing colorful costumes that show just how empowering knit and crochet wear can be!!

    All of our jaws dropped to the floor when we saw Stephanie from All About Ami's charity crafting character... Captain Kawaii! We had an opportunity to catch up with Stephanie and find out more about inspires her to make an impact on the world through crocheting.

    Show Us Your Moral Fiber - A Charity Campaign Slogan

    LB: We hope Yarn Heroes illustrates how empowering yarn craft can be, not just in terms of personal accomplishment, but also giving back to charity and helping others reach their potential. It's hard not to look at this awesome picture of you as Captain Kawaii and really feel an electric power of pure joy! What is the most empowering part of yarn craft for you?

    All About Ami: One of the most rewarding parts of blogging and designing has been hearing that I have inspired others to learn how to crochet.  After seeing images of my creations and reading through the step-by-step process, people feel like they can tackle the challenge and do something out of their comfort zones.  Taking up such an amazing hobby and creating something with your own hands has empowered people and given them a sense of achievement and accomplishment.  People have shared their stories with me where crocheting has helped them through a particularly tough time, a stay at the hospital, or has helped them manage their depression or anxiety.  We as knitters and crocheters can use our hooks and needles for good by teaching and encouraging others to take up our beloved hobbies, unleash their potential, and do things they never dreamed were possible.  Even if it’s not knitting or crocheting, we can encourage people to seek out something they are passionate about!

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