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Win a Furls Crochet Hook & Dionne Shawl Kit!

In the nearly 10 years I've been crocheting, I've used a lot of different hooks - big, small, wood, metal, plastic, etc. I even used a broken pen cap once when I was desperate! But just this week I got to try a hook like none of the others... Our friends at Furls Crochet sent… Continue reading Win a Furls Crochet Hook & Dionne Shawl Kit!

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Designer Spotlight: Reduce, Reuse Market Bag by Kirstin Webb

When it comes to knitting, crocheting and designing, Kirstin Webb tends to “wing it.” She learned the basics from a grandmother when she was young and got a refresher from her husband’s family as an adult. From there, she did a lot of reading and experimentation. Kirstin’s Reduce, Reuse Market Bag is the first pattern… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Reduce, Reuse Market Bag by Kirstin Webb

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Colorful Hats Giveaway

It's hard to believe that Knit and Crochet Now! is already starting its sixth season! That means 13 new episodes featuring more than 40 patterns - not to mention, new techniques and tips from host Brett Bara, designers Ellen Gormley, Robyn Chachula and Kristin Nicholas, as well as a few special guests.      … Continue reading Colorful Hats Giveaway

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Emily Explains: Emily Ocker’s Cast On

I got a great question on Ravelry this week. A knitter asked how to start Cecelia, the big circular blanket from booklet #357 Berroco Comfort for Baby. As written, the pattern calls for you to cast on 10 sts and divide them onto 3 needles to begin working in the round. This cast on will leave a hole… Continue reading Emily Explains: Emily Ocker’s Cast On

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Designer Spotlight: Evergreen Basket by Darla Fanton

After nearly half a century knitting and crocheting, it’s fair to say Darla Fanton is something of an expert. She has produced more than 100 designs over the years and is known for reintroducing and popularizing old techniques. Darla’s Evergreen Basket is featured in the new special issue of Interweave Crochet Home. The cute container… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Evergreen Basket by Darla Fanton

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Designer Spotlight: Mister Whistle by Brenda K. B. Anderson

By day, Brenda K. B. Anderson makes mascots - their costumes, at least - and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Her work has been used by professional sports teams and touring shows like Sesame Street Live. By night, she designs knit and crochet patterns. Occasionally, her creative outlets overlap. That was the case… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Mister Whistle by Brenda K. B. Anderson

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Get to Know Berroco: How to Share Your FOs

If you ask me, there's nothing more inspiring than seeing a Berroco finished object being modeled by its maker. It makes me think "Ooh, I could use a cozy sweater like that" or "I never thought of using that yarn with that pattern." And I know I'm not the only one. That's why these are… Continue reading Get to Know Berroco: How to Share Your FOs

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Barrison’s Travels: Day at the Circus

Being a bear, and an avid traveler, you might think Barrison (now available as a free crochet pattern) has encountered a variety of animals from all over the world. But, the truth is, she's more of an indoor bear. That's why she so excited when the circus came to town. Elephants and tigers and ponies -… Continue reading Barrison’s Travels: Day at the Circus

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Designer Spotlight: Blue Diamond by Jennifer Cirka

Pets can’t knit or crochet, but as Jennifer Cirka and other owners know, they tend to be very “supportive” of any activity involving yarn. Jennifer will sit on the couch with a crochet project in hand and her “big, goofy Greyhound,” by her side – at least that’s how they start. More often than not,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Blue Diamond by Jennifer Cirka

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Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine

A former preschool teacher, Amy Ramnarine is now a full-time mom and crafter. When she isn't running after her daughter, she runs a blog and Etsy shop called The Stitchin’ Mommy where she shares recipes and sells her patterns. Amy’s most recent design, Jeweled Lattice Afghan, was crocheted as a gift for a good friend’s… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine