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Fun Knitting Links and Patterns: Oct 2010 – Feb 2011

So I’ve been steadily collecting links for interesting knitting-related items over the past several months but hadn’t had a chance to post them until now. It’s a fairly long list, but definitely a fun one – enjoy! :)

Shopping

  • Whether you’re looking for needles, yarn, books or more – KnitPicks.com is a great resource to check out.
  • Looking for a local knitting store (LYS) in your area? Check out Knitmap!
  • If you need somewhere to store all of your needles and other knitting essentials, check out this roll-up tote.
  • For high-quality wooden knitting needles (and more), check out DyakCraft – I’ve heard people raving about them, and the colors are gorgeous.

Techniques/Stitches

  • Wanting to learn how to knit the Brioche stitch? Check out this post from KnittingDaily, or there’s a whole site dedicated just to the  Brioche Stitch too.
  • Here’s a helpful video that I used when learning how to knit with Magic Loop!
  • I haven’t tried knitting with more than one color at once yet (but want to learn sometime) – this video shows how to carry along two colors at the same time with both hands!
  • Do you knit English (throwing) or Continental (picking) style? Do you know? This page links to a couple of videos that demonstrate the Continental method.
  • Going paperless yet? Here are some tips from Knit Purl Gurl on adapting your knitting to tech devices.
  • I haven’t tried this yet – but can’t wait to. It’s the Russian Join technique for joining a new length of yarn to a project! Here’s another description as well.
  • And if you’re changing yarn in the middle of a project, try the Back Join technique, described here at TECHknitting for working in the tails as you go.
  • Do you like to crochet in the round? Check out the Magic Ring technique for a circle that closes up every time!

Patterns

  • If you’re looking for free patterns, a great place to start is Knitting Pattern Central – they have links to thousands of patterns, all free! And here’s another resource for free patterns too – DROPS Design from Garnstudio.
  • Looking for an alternative to traditional gift wrapping? Check out these cute knitted gift bags from Caron International! There’s a link to crocheted versions too. :)
  • I’m always watching for fun new hat patterns to try for my girls – I like this one: Swirl Hat Knitting Pattern
  • This was one of the options that I was looking at for fingerless gloves – from Subway Knitter.
  • So I know we’re way past the holidays now, but it’s never to early to start on projects for Christmas 2011, right? I love this crocheted Amigurum-tree pattern from Caron International.
  • Here’s the pattern for the crocheted flowers that I made for my daughters’ hats.
  • Valentine’s Day is over, but it’s never to late to give someone one of these cute crocheted hearts!

Learning

  • VeryPink.com is a great site that offers tutorials, patterns and more – and they have some very helpful videos on YouTube as well. Their sock-making series really helped me learn how to knit socks!
  • Speaking of socks, I haven’t tried this – but I’ve heard several people raving about Silver’s Sock Class. They have online tutorials and free patterns for making socks in any of several methods.
  • Once you take all of the time to knit awesome socks, don’t forget to learn how to darn them as well since they tend to wear out when worn a lot!
  • Wanting to learn how to knit but don’t know where to start? Check out this free Learn to Knit video e-book over at KNITFreedom! Or you can also try one of these Knit Outta the Box kits too.

Misc

  • It’s a little late for this year now, but if you’re in or near Michigan, check out Knit Michigan – it’s an organization dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families by knitting chemo caps, lap blankets and more. They hold an annual gathering that offers classes and more, as a fund raiser to help support their mission.

Happy Knitting!

Fun knitting links and patterns – Aug/Sept 2010

Although it’s been a little while since I posted one of these here, I’ve been busily collecting links to interesting sites and other knitting-related stuff for the past couple of months. A few of these are local to Grand Rapids (Michigan) but I wanted to share in case there are any other local knitters out there. By the way, if you are a local knitter – let me know, I’d love to meet you!  :)

General Links:

  • Knitmap – a searchable catalog of yarn stores from all over the world.
  • eHow Video Series: Knitting Socks – these videos have been so helpful while I’m learning to knit my first sock.
  • Lands’ End FeelGood National Knit Out – Facebook photos from the CBS Early Show highlighting this event in NYC.
  • Speaking of which – visit Lands’ End to find out more about their FeelGood program and how you can help!
  • Have you seen these cute knitting-themed products at CafePress? I wouldn’t even know which to choose – they’re all so cute and funny…

Here are some of my favorite local yarn shops (LYS) in town – if you know of any others, please leave a comment!

  • Country Needleworks – Knitting/crocheting plus beadwork, jewelry-making, cross-stitch supplies and gifts/novelty items.
  • Threadbender – Knitting/crocheting plus weaving.
  • This one is no longer a LYS, but still offers classes and events that look very interesting – City Knitting.

I think I’m going to keep this post on a monthly schedule, so check back to see what I discovered or came across in October…  :)

Happy Knitting!

Fun knitting links and patterns – July 2010

From time to time when I run across interesting things around the Internet, I’ll post links to share here. In part this is a selfish move – that way I can find them later myself. ;)  But it’s also to share these fun things with anyone else who happens along this blog too. If you use or repost any of these patterns, please credit back to the original author if/as requested.  :)

Here’s what I’ve come across so far this week:

 School-themed washcloths from Fall 2006 at Knitty – perfect for college students!
 Several washcloth patterns from Dishcloth Boutique
 Totes and bags for knitting projects/supplies from Half-Pint House Handmade 
A cabled headband pattern from Craftown.com
 Lacy Headbands pattern from KnitPicks
 Star Stitch Headband pattern from Crafty Momma
Gauge and Yarn Substitution” by Kathleen Cubley, published at Knitting Daily
The Yarn Knot” posted at Life With Jding

If I find anything else during the week, I’ll add it into this post. Otherwise, check back in a week (or two) to see what else I’ve found around the web.

Happy knitting!  :)

Fun knitting links and patterns!

From time to time when I run across interesting things around the Internet, I’ll post links to share here. In part this is a selfish move – that way I can find them later myself. ;) But it’s also to share these fun things with anyone else who happens along this blog too. If you use any of these patterns, please credit back to the original author if/as requested.  :)

Here’s what I’ve come across so far this week:

    Top-Down Design: Gloves without a Pattern from Knitting Outside the Lines
    ASE’s Broken Rib Cloth from ASE Knits & Crochets
    Knit Pencil Bag from About.com
    Garter Stitch Tie from About.com

If I find anything else during the week, I’ll add it into this post. Otherwise, check back in a week (or two) to see what else I’ve found around the web.

Happy knitting!  :)