Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-with-Me Tips & Tricks

Book Review – Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-with-Me Tips & Tricks by Kate Oates

Kate Oates has hit knit a home run with book Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-with-Me Tips & Tricks.  I’ve heard lots of customers over the years ask for more patterns for boys and that is exactly what Kate has done with this book!  The 27 patterns in this book range from sweaters and vests (even hoodies), to mittens and hats, to socks a bow tie–even a belt!

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The patterns are realistic patterns that boys will really want to wear—How about a T. Rex Graphic Pullover or a Henley top? Maybe a hooded jacket, a newsboy cap, or even a pair of long johns? Along with 27 patterns, the book includes 25 charts and 190 color photos, plus  a tutorial section to help make the patterns achievable for all skill levels.

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Perhaps the best feature of the book is the section on how to knit for kids. This special section discusses choosing colors and styles, sizing, and how to make a sweater “grow with” your child.  I never really put much thought into how kids were built and how they grow.  I always just went by the pattern or used sizing charts.  This book gives me a new perspective on sizing for kids (boys in particular, of course) and how items can be made or modified to fit or grow with your child.

Get a sneak peak at the book right HERE.

Knits for Boys is available for purchase at Stackpole Books and will be available soon at Amazon.


I Like Crochet

Have you seen the latest issue of I Like Crochet? I know I’m a little late to be talking about some of the Valentine-themed items, but there is the cutest little owl (Owl Always Love You) amigurumi that totally caught my attention!  This issue has 30+ patterns that include legwarmers, lace-trimmed cards, fingerless mitts, gorgeous shawls, home décor.  Grab a copy today!


This month’s features:

  • Learn the secrets to crocheting the crossed cable stitch.
  • Spread the love with 30+ patterns.
  • Explore our new elemental shawl series with the Wheel of Fire shawl.
  • Make some of the most downright darling baby patterns ever.

You can check out the full table of contents HERE.

If you aren’t familiar with I Like Crochet, it’s a bi-monthly crochet magazine that you can receive on your iPad or Desktop.  I’m going to have some designs in some upcoming issues. I hope you will subscribe so you don’t miss out on all the great crochet patterns!

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My First Pair of Knitted Socks!

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I want to improve my knitting.  My ultimate goal has been to knit socks.  Well, I just finished my first pair!


They aren’t fancy, but it’s a huge accomplishment.  Not only was it my first time knitting socks, but my first time successfully using DPNs.  I’m more of a circular needle type of girl!


I took a class at my local yarn store– thank goodness!  I never would have gotten through the pattern without the class.  The pattern is Classic Socks for the Family for Yankee Knitter Designs, available for purchase on Ravelry. The pattern isn’t difficult, but for someone who hasn’t knitting socks, it helps to have the guidance.  The great thing about the pattern is that it is written for fingering, sport and worsted weight yarn AND for all size socks from baby to men.  For the class we used worsted weight yarn. I selected Rowan Pure Wool Superwashed.  In case you are wondering, the color is #119 Magenta.  I received tons of compliments on the color.

Now I am starting a second pair of socks using fingering weight yarn.  Now that I kind of know what I’m doing, I want to modify the pattern a bit and make the toes a bit more rounded.  For this pair I am using Cascade Yarn Heritage Prints. One ball will make a pair of socks.  But with fingering-weight yarn, I’m a long ways from reaching the toe!


Flowers in Paradise Scarf and Spring Breeze Beanie

Crochet! magazine has a newsstand special issue out called Quick & Easy Crochet Accessories.

The issue includes my Flowers in Paradise Scarf and Spring Breeze Beanie:

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The e-magazine is available at Annie’s Craft Store website and the print version is available at selects newsstands beginning today (Feb. 17, 2015) or you can it purchase online at Annie’s Craft Store website.

This special issue includes about 40+ fun, easy crochet patterns to dress up your spring and summer styles! Featured sections are Sweet Summer Scarves, It’s a Wrap!, In the Bag, Just Perfect Jewelry, and Heads Up!


Blue Ribbon Crochet — Water’s Edge Table Runner

Crochet World  has a new special issue, Blue Ribbon Crochet,  that just came out.

My Water’s Edge Table Runner was selected for this issue:



I was also surprised to find my vase cozy design in this issue!

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There are over 50 great “Judge’s Choice” designs in this special issue.  You can find it on newsstands where Crochet World is sold or you can purchase it online at Crochet World.


Sequin-tial Moebius Crochet-Along


It’s not too late to join the crochetalong for my Sequin-tial Moebius– Download your free copy of the pattern here: and join the crochetalong here:

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I’ll be hosting a Crochet-along on the Crochet World blog for my Sequin-tial Moebius.  The Crochet-Along officially begins January 28th. If you would like to follow along or crochet-along, then be sure to go over to the Crochet World blog, Crochet Connection,  and check it out.  You will be able to to download the pattern for free. In addition, Annie’s Yarn Shop is offering 20% off all yarn purchases from Jan 13-19!

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Alpine Holiday Scarf

I saw this Alpine Holiday Scarf, designed by Kalurah Hudson, on Facebook and was immediately in love with it.  It was available exclusively as a workshop/kit through Craftsy.  I really need to work on my knitting skills, and I knew this scarf would be a challenge for me, but I wanted to take on this challenge because I loved this scarf so much. I’m not sure exactly what it is that appeals to me so much about this scarf, whether it’s the colors or the pattern, or the combination of it all, but I couldn’t wait to get started.

Since all I can really do in knitting is cast on, knit and pearl, I really learned a lot from this project. It took a lot of do-overs and a lot of patience.  I had to watch the provided online videos over and over, but I learned how to do a Longtail Tubular Cast-On, create a button hole, sew a bind off for a 1×1 rib.

I must have restarted the scarf and the Longtail Tubular Cast-On close to a dozen times before I was happy with how it came out. AND it took me that many tries to get the rhythm of the cast-on.  Once I got past the cast-on, the pattern went pretty well, but it was definitely important to keep a Life Line going in my work! And then there was the bind off for the 1×1 rib– that took a few tries and it certainly doesn’t look perfect, but I finally got it figured out. I actually ended up finding a different video than the one provided in the workshop to help me through the bind off.

This pattern is exclusive to Craftsy until Feb 2015.    You can also find out info about the pattern on Ravelry.

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