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  • Knit a Beautiful Boyfriend Cardigan in Fast-Track

    Fast-Track® is one of our most versatile yarns yet. You can make anything from home decor to bags to clothing. It creates a nice, sturdy shape when worked with a tight gauge, but it can also work into soft, comfortable garments. One of our favorite bloggers, Two of Wands, has designed a cute boyfriend cardigan to knit with this yarn.

    If you want to make this sweater now, the kit is 25% off from Feb. 17-24!

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    The cotton-poly blend of Fast-Track® makes it soft and drapey, like your favorite t-shirt, while the flat, woven tape shape of the yarn creates a unique stitch pattern. The shape makes this a category 6, or super bulky, yarn while still being lightweight. It's a perfect all-season yarn, making garments you can wear any time.

    The Boyfriend Cardi

    The Oxford Boyfriend Cardigan is super versatile and useful. Plus it's such a comfy yarn that you'll never want to take it off. You can dress it up or down, and wear it almost anywhere at any time. In winter it's great for layering, and in warmer weather it's perfect to throw on in the evening or underneath an overzealous air conditioner.

     

    The pattern is available in two sizes -- S/M and L/XL -- and takes either six or seven skeins of yarn. You can purchase a kit here (remember, it's 25% off from Feb. 17-24!)to make it. As you can see from the pictures, it looks great over a basic casual outfit like jeans and a tee, but you could make it work for other occasions as well. With a belt and pencil skirt, it could go to work, or with the right dress it could be great for a night out with friends.

     

    We also have several other patterns for Fast-Track® -- from garments to housewares -- available in our pattern database. It works up great in both knit and crochet, and is also great for other crafts! Get creative, and you'll make something excellent.

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  • How to Crochet if You're Left-Handed

    It can be tough to be a crafter if you're left-handed. Most knitting and crochet instructions favor righties, and reversing them to work with your dominant side can seem daunting and confusing.

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    I'm as guilty of this as anyone. I said right off the bat in my Learn to Crochet series that I'm a righty, and that's what my instructions were based on. I'm also not alone. Many, if not most, crochet and knitting directions assume right-handedness.

    That ends now. If you're left-handed, your day has come. We've got a series of videos teaching beginner crochet for lefties. These videos cover all the basics -- holding the hook, chaining, single, half double, double, and triple crochet, seaming, and weaving in ends.

    No more feeling awkward holding the hook in your non-dominant hand. No more trying to do mental gymnastics to figure out how to do basic stitches from the left. We'll show you what you need to know, and you can take that knowledge and use it in any crochet pattern you want to make. Any time you see a standard crochet stitch, just remember these directions on how to work them left-handed!

    Left-Handed Crochet

    This series is eleven short videos taking you through all the basics you need to know, so it's great for absolute beginners. But if you're a lefty who learned right-handed crochet, you can still try it! You may find that it's more comfortable to work this way.

    Watch the series below and learn everything you need to know about southpaw crochet.

    (If you're having trouble viewing the series here, visit the playlist on our YouTube channel to watch each one.)

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  • Show Your Love with This Quick Coffee Cozy

    Happy Valentine's Day! What better way to show your romantic side than by crocheting a quick, sweet mug cozy filled with love?

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    The Love at First Sip coffee sleeve is a sweet project you can make in a snap, thanks to our friends at A Crocheted Simplicity.

    This pattern takes two colors of 24/7 Cotton® yarn and a size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook. Rose and White are great colors together, as you can see, but you could also have fun with palette. Red and Pink could look hardcore Valentine's Day-esque,or you could do something a bit more unexpected like Lemon and Silver or Navy and Ecru. Have fun with the colors!

    The great thing about using cotton yarn is that it's easy to care for when you inevitably spill coffee on it. Machine washing is super important for anything that's going to be in a messy situation. Projects like this that will be near food (also think: place mats, trivets, potholders, and so forth) need to be washable. So do projects that will be around other messy recipients, like pets, kids, or particularly clumsy adults. You can machine wash and dry 24/7 Cotton®, so it's perfect for all of those situations. Including when you run to catch the bus and your coffee sloshes everywhere.

    The main part of the sleeve looks like a granny square, but it's actually worked back and forth instead of out from the center. Once you finish the motif you work simple ribbing around the rest of the piece and sew it together. It's fairly simple, and would be perfect for anyone who knows most basic crochet stitches and can read a chart. If you're more of a beginner and want to try graduating to some of the techniques used, like ribbing or a granny motif, this is a great way to do that, too! Since it's small, you can try it over and over until you get it right.

    Whatever kind of crocheter you are, the Love at First Sip coffee sleeve made in 24/7 Cotton® is a quick and cute project. Start it today in honor of Valentine's Day and enjoy the beautiful design all year round.

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