Free Pattern – The Grape Beyond

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Get your grape on with this bold, puffy cowl! Cluster stitches “grapes” pop out of a lighter, two-toned background. It’s fast and fun to make, and the size can easily be adjusted. Since it’s worked in the round, the colors can easily be carried from one section to the next, meaning fewer ends to weave in. Try other colors too, and make … Continue reading →

Tutorial – Dc Cluster

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Cluster stitches are wonderful for adding texture to a project. Clusters can be made in different ways, so it’s more of a technique than a specific stitch. The basic concept of a cluster stitch is to work several stitches part of the way through, and then finish them all off at once. This is most commonly done with dc, but can … Continue reading →

Knitting Along 6 – Anthology Blanket by the Underground Crafter

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I finally finished my blanket for the Anthology Blanket Knit Along!  Did you do the KAL too? If so, remember, you have until the end of November to finish up your blanket and enter the giveaway. The squares were becoming a Friday night stitching group ritual for me, and I can’t believe it’s done. I’m really happy with how it turned out … Continue reading →

Free Pattern – Mitered Mitts

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These fun mitts are reversible – wear them one way for a mitered pattern on top, or switch hands for simple stripes. If you make them in a solid color yarn, you won’t get the colorful stripes, but will still see the different designs. They’re so much easier than they look, and work up quickly. This may become one of … Continue reading →

Book Review – Customize Your Knitting

Cover - Book Review - Customize Your Knitting

I was so excited to get this book, Customize your Knitting, by Margaret Hubert. I’ve had the privelege of meeting Margaret a couple of times now, at the Knit and Crochet Show. She’s a fun, and amazingly talented fiber artist. Customize your Knitting is not just a book of patterns, but rather uses the patterns to teach a variety of different techniques.

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Tutorial – Crochet Mitered Rectangles


Last week we talked about mitered squares. You can use a similar technique to create mitered rectangles, though it does require a little extra planning up front. Sc Mitered Rectangle: With a mitered rectangle, the first row defines the proportions. So to start, we need to decide what we want those proportions to be. What you’re looking for is the … Continue reading →

Free Pattern – Contoured Eye Mask

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The Spa Basket Crochet Along is in full swing, and this is the 5th pattern! Visit the Spa Basket CAL main page for more details, and be sure to join in the fun on Facebook and Ravelry! (Note: You need to join or be a member of the Crochet Playground group on Facebook in order to get to the Facebook … Continue reading →