Snowman Knitting Pattern- Knit a Winter Friend

Snowman Knitting Pattern

Snowman Knitting Pattern

 

A cute little snowman is the perfect winter friend to add to your home’s decor.  With his crooked smile and bright nose, this snowman will brighten up your day.  This is also a great gift idea for the holidays.  Free knitting pattern for Frederick the Snowman

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Best Free Patterns for Knit Cowls

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I love knit cowls because they can be worn throughout the year. I like to wear them in place of a scarf during the winter, and as an accessory to my outfit during the fall. It’s a great way to add a splash of color to any outfit. Here are some beautiful free patterns for knit cowls and infinity scarves.

You can scroll through the pictures and then click on the link to grab the free pattern.

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Fingerless Gloves to Knit and Crochet

Crochet Fingerless Mitts

Now that the cold weather has hit, there’s no better project to knit or crochet than a cozy pair of fingerless gloves or mittens.  These cute mitts not only keep your hands warm, but they are also a great accessory to any outfit.

I don’t know about you, but my hands are always freezing during the winter.  Wearing something on my hands that lets me keep warm, but still lets me work with my hands is just what I need on a cold day.  Here are a few of my favorite patterns.

Crochet Fingerless Mitts

Above:  Free Pattern for Crocheted Fingerless Mitts

Crocheted Arm Warmers

Pattern for Crocheted arm warmers with beautiful shell detailing.

Crocheted Arm Slouch

Pattern for crocheted arm slouches to keep you warm!

Knit Fingerless Driving Gloves

Free pattern for Knit fingerless driving gloves 

Knit Fingerless Gloves Cafe Au Lait

Free pattern for ‘Cafe Au Lait’ fingerless gloves to knit

Spiraling Leaves Knit Fingerless Gloves

I love the spiraling leaves on these beautiful gloves.  Pattern for knit fingerless gloves

Lush Lacy Knit Mitts

Free pattern for these Lush Lacy Knit Mitts

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November Mystery Knit Along

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Have you ever done a mystery project?  A mystery knit along is a fun way to work on a project.  Not only do you get to do some knitting, you also get to meet other knitters who are working on the same project.  It’s a fun way to turn an individual activity into something that’s fun and interactive.  Think of it like a book club for knitters.

Mystery Knit Along

The other fun part about mystery projects is that you start the project blind.  The designer, or coordinator or the knit along, will share only a portion of the pattern at a time.  The mystery of what techniques and stitches you’ll be working on adds to the fun of these projects.

Craftsy is hosting a Mystery Knit Along for November.  The pattern featured in this knit along was designed by Felicia Lo.  In addition to the pattern, you’ll also get:

  • Access to a web-based tutorial
  • Detailed written instructions
  • Up close photos to help walk you through the pattern
  • One skein of superwash wool yarn from SweetGeorgia

You can find lots of mystery projects and knit alongs on the web.  If you are a member of Ravelry, you can do a search to find one to join.  And if you’re not a knitter, there are also fun “craft-along” groups for crochet and other crafts.  Craftsy is also hosting a Mystery Crochet-Along for November, so there’s a project for everyone!

Mystery Crochet Along

Have you ever done a mystery project or joined a knit-along (or crochet along)?  Would love to hear what you thought.  I know that for me the only downside of a mystery project is that I don’t always have the time to keep-up with the pace of the project.  But that’s OK.  That just means that I end-up having all of the pattern available to me and I don’t have to wait for the next installment of the the pattern.  And I also benefit from seeing everyone’s comments and design ideas.  Because like any project, there’s always room to adjust a pattern to fit your style.

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Knit Shrug Ideas for a Summer Night

Knit Cabled Shrug

The warm weather may be here, but that doesn’t mean that you have to put your knitting needles away.  I know that a lot of people tend to knit more in the cooler months, but summertime is a great time to keep knitting.  And if you’re like me and always looking for a little cover-up to keep you warm on a cool summer night, then here are some ideas for knit shrugs.

Cabled Knit Shrug

Knit Cabled Shrug

This cabled knit shrug looks adorable with a sundress and the cable pattern adds beautiful detailing to this sweater.  Click here for pattern.

Three-Quarter Sleeve Shrug

Gwanwyn Shrug

I love the detailing on the sleeve of this shrug.  And even better…it is knit in one piece so there’s no seaming to worry about.  You gotta love that.  With 3-quarter sleeves, this sweater is the perfect 3-season layering piece.  Pattern for shrug.

These lightweight sweaters are the perfect way to keep warm without adding bulk to an outfit.  I think that they are ideal for wearing to an air conditioned event, or perfect for keeping you warm when you’re outside at night.

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Free Classes Available With Craftsy

Craftsy Online Classes

I love free stuff, who doesn’t right?  And when it’s something that I’ve been looking for anyway, well then that’s just an extra bonus.  That’s why I was so excited when I heard about the Free Class being offered by Craftsy.

Free Online Class From Craftsy

This site is one of my favorites and I think that their classes are top notch. For one day only on May 18th, they will be offering a free class to anyone who signs up on their website.  On top of this great offer, Craftsy will be “paying it forward” with a $5,000 donation to DonorsChoose.org.  So not only do you get a free class, but you get to help them give back.  And best of all?  It doesn’t cost you a dime!

Craftsy Online Classes

Take a Free Online Class

I took the Brioche Knitting class with Nancy Marchant and I really enjoyed it.  I think that no matter what your skill level, an online class is a great way to learn new skills, improve your technique, get some great tips and meet lots of other creative folks.  I highly recommend it.  I’m an advanced knitter, but I’ve never taken a class, or participated in a workshop where I didn’t have fun and learn something new.

Benefits of Online Classes

  1. Watch the class anytime
  2. Watch it from home or on the go
  3. Go at your own pace
  4. No time limits!  Sign-up for the free class on May 18th, but take the class whenever you have time.  The classes never expire!!

Online Classes Available With Craftsy

  • Cake Decorating
  • Cooking
  • Crocheting
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Jewelry
  • Weaving
  • Spinning
  • Paper Crafts
  • Embroidery and many, many more

I hope you enjoy your free class.  Happy Crafting!

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Adorable Knit Bear Pattern

Knit Bear Pattern

Knit Bear Pattern

Knitting Pattern for Huggable Bears

Take a look around my house and you will see that I love stuffed animals. My kids have inherited, or should I say taken over my collection, but I’m not embarrassed to say that many of the cuddly creatures in our house have been with me long before I had kids.

I know that my love for teddy bears is something that I share with my mother.  She has a huge collection of miniature teddy bears that adorn every nook and cranny of my parent’s home.  I love how each teddy bear has a different look and personality, just like people.  So as a knitter, this is a project that I really enjoy.

Have fun knitting one of these adorable, huggable teddy bears for yourself.  Or, give one as a gift for a baby shower, or to welcome a new baby.  I think that anyone who receives one of these lovable bears will smile with delight.

Pattern for these bears

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