Tag: Crochet

Patchwork Knitting: 18 Projects to Knit and Crochet Johanna Schwarz {Book Review}

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Patchwork Knitting: 18 Projects to Knit and Crochet Johanna Schwarz is a unique book! In order to create the designs you must know how to both knit and crochet. One without the other will just not work. So, I would not recommend this book unless you are reasonably comfortable with those two fiber arts skills and are aware you’ll be using them together with every pattern.

P1170047The concept is that you’ll be whipping up patches such as squares, rectangles, triangles and other numerous shapes and joining each together using specified crochet stitches. The formula for every piece is explained in detail and when grasped one can start creating any of the projects in the book. Instructions precisely inform how many stitches to cast on, rows to knit, and eyelet holes needed for each pattern. You’ll be working those eyelet holes for the crochet step of the project to seam everything together. I find using crochet instead of seaming with a needle and thread much more fun and easy to do!

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There are 18 patterns which includes skirts, slippers, jackets, scarves, hats, shrugs, pullovers, and home decor. The over 130 full color photos give you a good idea of what your creation should look like. Each of pattern pages also features colored diagrams showing exactly where each piece should be placed when putting it together.

P1170050 There is complete course in how to create slippers with this technique that takes you through start to finish. Near the back of the book there is a section dedicated to step-by-step knitting and crochet skills needed to do any of the patterns within the pages. Following that section is an area for notes.

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I believe my first project will either be the afghan or the set of pillows. I am however head over heels for the Quick-Change Artist Jacket that offers two looks in one. It’s simply beautiful but it will take more yarn than I currently have for it right now. I find it amazing how pieces like these can be used to create a very fitted and attractive finished design.

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If you are looking for a unique book that you can utilize both your knitting and crochet skills, I would certainly recommend this one. Many of the garment patterns can be worn for almost any occasion! The home decor will certainly be a great conversation piece as well! I did find this book in the Ravelry Community Database so if one has any questions for the author or others using this book, you can leave ideas, comments, or questions over there.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book for review purposes from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd

 

 

Boye Assorted Yarn Sleeves

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Boye Assorted Yarn Sleeves I’ve found a affordable accessory to have on hand when working with yarn. These basically are used to prevent a collapsing skein of yarn as well as nightmare of a tangled yarn mess from happening.

P1150387 To use these you simply slide them over a skein of yarn. Yes, it’s really that simple.  Each sleeve will keep the skein of yarn together. I’ve found these incredibly helpful when taking my yarn along with me in a tote as well as when just knitting at home.

P1150388These come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can’t pick the colors but that’s not that big of a deal. These are a great choice if you need to start a project right away. These are my first choice when I don’t just don’t have time to put my yarn through my ball winder and then in a holder.  They are a much nicer alternative to using panty hose or old onion mess bags and they take up an extremely small amount of space. P1150389These so far have held up quite will with many uses and there’s been no messes or damage to my my knitted items or snags in the yarn I’m using.  Overall a great handy little tool I wish I had known about a lot sooner! P1150390

If you are looking for a little something extra to add to your online or craft store purchase these are totally the way to go. Also these make fantastic add-ons if you are planning to get a gift for a fellow knitter or crocheter.

Interested in Purchasing? Boye Assorted Yarn Sleeves can be purchased online at Amazon.com for around $3.00-$4.00 and around the same price at many local craft stores. Aside from the assortment, these also come in a Jumbo (3 – 10 inch sleeves in colors purple & green).

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I put together this blog post to share my thoughts on a product I felt other yarn crafters could benefit from. My thoughts are my own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for doing this post. Affiliate links can be found in this post. 

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body {Review}

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Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman is book that can help take your mind off the stresses of life. This book was designed with personal peace and relaxation of not just the mind but of the body and soul as well. It’s based around the art of yoga and each of the designs and colors chosen for the projects represent a specific interpretation of colors. For example, green represents soothing, amber represents warmth, blue represents relaxation, and so forth. If you aren’t so much into yoga, I for one believe you can still enjoy the projects found within.

As you go through the book you’ll find acknowledgments, an introduction, a standard abbreviation key, and 14 knit and crochet patterns. I can do both fiber related crafts so I found this book a nice asset to add to my collection. There is no how to knit or how to crochet basics in this pattern book. Most of the patterns are quite easy to follow and feature basics skills that any intermediate to advanced beginner would know how to do. I don’t believe any one would get frustrated or find the patterns to hard to follow. I like that though simple in design there’s a few steps here and there that add a nice design element to many of the items.

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The patterns that can be found in this book are a Soothing Knitted Yoga Wrap, Meditative Yoga Mat, Healing Crocheted Yoga Wrap, Happiness Bolster Pillow, Om Crocheted Table Runner, Lotus Blossom Throw with Matching Pillow, Warm Infinity Scarf & Matching Wrist Warmers, Om Scarf, Sophisticated Reversible Scallop Lace Scarf, Swirls of Energy Cowl, Abalone Shell Infinity Scarf, Baby Lotus Wrap, Louts Baby Blankie, and Aura Color Cover Up. These practical patterns can be made as is or you can add you own personal touch. The yarn used in all the patterns is Plymouth yarn. It’s a yarn I’ve never used but looks very nice in all the full color photos. I’m going to have to nab a few skeins.

I knit up the Warm Infinity Scarf pattern quite quickly over the span of a couple of days and am currently working on the matching wrist warmers. The scarf pattern went quickly and was quite enjoyable to work on. At first the pattern took a little bit to get used to but as I went on I sped up in my knitting. I think it really helps that in this book each thing to do is broken down step by step. Working patterns such as these will give you rest from your day to day but improve your knitting or crocheting skills as well! I know a few gals that would probably love if this set was gifted to them for a birthday of Christmas gift too.

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If you are into yoga or know someone that is, this would be a good book to work up a few or all of the patterns to give as gifts or to expand your own or their skills as a knitter or crocheter. The patterns are practical, easy to read, and quite appealing.

“Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman” by Anita Closic is published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and the publisher’s retail price is $16.99. You can order directly from the publisher at 610-593-1777 or email info@schifferbooks.com. You can reach the author at the website for her yarn shop, www.agardenofyarn.com. Both the publisher and the yarn shop are in Pennsylvania.

Interested in Purchasing? Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body can be purchased on Amazon.com for $13.99 as of this posting!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.