Free Pattern – Round the Mulberry Bush

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Rainbow colors go round and round, punctuated by lightly textured, grey stripes. With a cotton/acrylic blend in vivid colors, this simple hat is just right for summer. It uses small amounts of several different colors, so is a great stashbuster project too. Here’s a fun fact: despite the popular nursery rhyme, mulberries actually grow on trees, not bushes! This pattern is … Continue reading →

Free Pattern – Storm Clouds

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Diagonal puff stitch gives this 14″ pillow a soft, plush texture, which works well with the heathered tones of the Lion Brand Heartland yarn. When completed, the 3 blocks of color form diagonal striping patterns that are distinctly different on the front and on the back. The construction also makes it easy to take the pillow form out for washing when needed.   … Continue reading →

Tutorial – Diagonal Puff Stitch

Diagonal Puff Stitch Tutorial - Stitches'N'

Earlier, I showed you how to do the diagonal box stitch. Now here is a fun variation! The diagonal puff stitch is worked exactly in the same way as the diagonal box stitch, except that the 2nd dc of each box is replaced with a puff! With this one simple substitution, you get puffs that line up in opposite directions, creating … Continue reading →

Tutorial – Diagonal Box Stitch

Diagonal Box Stitch Tutorial - Stitches'N'

The diagonal box stitch is one of many stitches that can be worked from “corner to corner” (c2c), and it’s everywhere right now. This wildly popular stitch is great for blankets, but can also be used for scarves, sweaters, or just about anything else! Because it’s worked diagonally across the fabric, it creates nice diagonal stripes when used with self striping yarns. … Continue reading →

Free Pattern – Pacific Sunset Mitts

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I got a skein of Lion Brand Landscapes yarn in a goodie bag at the Knit and Crochet Show last year. It’s a soft and silky, worsted weight, acrylic yarn. It’s just a little bit fuzzy, so it has a nice, soft “halo” to it when it’s worked up.The lovely yarn does all the work in this basic fingerless mitts … Continue reading →

Free Pattern – Last Minute 4th of July Headband

4th of July headband collage

Do you need a last minute accessory for tonight’s festivities?  There’s still time! I waited until the last minute too, and this headband is what I came up with.   This design combines 2 of my previous patterns with a simple red chain. It only uses basic stitches, but combines knitting and crochet. This is a great project for a beginning … Continue reading →

Something new and exciting!

Yarn holder

Look what I found at my LYS tonight: One of the regulars at the store makes these, and they’re super useful when knitting or crocheting at a table. They keep the yarn neatly contained, so no more yarn on the floor or taking up table space!  The heavy beanbag rests on top of the table, holding the bag in place. … Continue reading →