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Beastly Crochet by Brenda K.B. Anderson
During her day job, Brenda designs costumes for Sesame Street live and various sports teams mascots. Her professional expertise shines through in Beastly Crochet, with 23 colorful, quirky projects with include small details that take them up a notch. There’s a wide variety of projects, including garments, accessories, and toys, but it’s the last chapter, Special Topics, that may be most valuable for crocheters who want to learn how to make finished pieces that express their own personalities.
Patterns are written, using North American terminology. Garments include schematics, colorwork charts are provided for relevant projects, and some diagrams for embroidery and embellishment are included. Helpful notes are given for each pattern, with tips on techniques and yarn substitution as needed (for example: “if you are planning on substituting yarn, know that this yarn is a heavier worsted weight and is a bit stiffer than some worsted weight yarns”). Accessible for adventurous beginners and intermediate level crocheters.
One copy of Beastly Crochet is being given away here on the Knit Edge blog! The book giveaway runs from August 20 – 25, 2014, and is open to US residents. Enter to win by commenting with what your favorite color for a monster is (or make one up – this is just so we can filter out the spam robots).
See all the projects on Ravelry: Beastly Crochet
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In issue 6 of Knit Edge magazine, the Beam N Read Hands Free Light is recommended in The Right Tools for the Craftivism Job (pages 58 – 59) as a way to have a focused beam of light directly on your work. Beam N Read is giving away one of these lights, and you can enter by leaving a comment below letting us know where you’d use a hands free reading light. This giveaway is open from August 13 – 18, 2014, for US residents.
This giveaway is now closed.
I’ve seen a lot of books and articles that promise you a quick project, or a great way to use up single skeins and oddballs. Many of these projects are either very small (like a baby hat) or consider a weekend to be plenty of time for “quick.” Within an hour after reading Arm Knitting, I’d made a wrap, using yarn from my
stash. I was aiming for a cowl, but I had so much fun it wound up being too long! Now that I’ve got the technique (the step-by-step photos are nice and big and easy to follow), I think I’m going to try making the Shaped Shawl.
This technique is the super quick, major stashbuster I can really use right now, and Mary Beth explains it all really clearly. The projects are fun, and all use Lion Brand Yarn (easy to find at craft stores). You could whip up a scarf as a grad gift in favorite team or school colors in an hour, start to finish! Mary Beth also has video tutorials that walk you through the techniques, including Arm Knitting for Knitters [http://youtu.be/l7K82FryVpc], in which she uses familiar knitting terminology (arm knitting is just different enough to be confusing).
Design Originals is giving away a copy of Arm Knitting, and you can enter to win from August 6 – 15, 2014. Enter by leaving a comment on when you need a really quick to make gift (so we know you aren’t a spambot). Open to US residents. This giveaway is now closed.
Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30-Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects
Mary Beth Temple
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