The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

From the Host of the wildly popular DIY & HGTV series, “Knitty Gritty”, and PBS’ “Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell” comes the very first studio quality, community-funded and internationally accessible episodic how-to knitting & crochet series: “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell” — but Vickie can’t do it without you!

Click on any on of the links in this post to go to the KickStarter page to help “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell” reach it’s goal!



Under the Boardwalk Hat

I just finished a knit hat — another gift for the holidays.  The yarn I used for this is Lion Brand Heartland.


The original pattern, designed by  called for Schachenmayr Sun City yarn and looked VERY different from my finished hat. I purchased some of the Schachenmayr Sun City yarn, but then decided I wanted a more wintry looking hat. I’ll make another hat in the Schachenmayr Sun City at a later time.  Since I am not a very skilled knitter, I am pretty happy with how it came out.

I purchased this pattern from Annie’s. Click HERE if you are interested in purchasing this pattern for yourself.


Gin and Tonic Hat

I’ve been more into knitting than crocheting lately, and I’ve been making some hats for the holidays.  I just finished this hat. I really like the pattern and plan to make more hats like this. I found the pattern as a free pattern download on Ravelry. Here’s the link:  Gin & Tonic Hat.



The orignal hat was done in Tanis Fiber Arts Orange Label, which looked amazing. I made mine in Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable — one of my favoritive yarns that’s a bit easier on the pocketbook. The color I used was echo.  When I make another hat using this pattern, I think I will go another repeat or two before the decrease so that it’s more of a slouchy beanie.  But I really like the pattern stitch.

Yarn Happy – 30 Traditional Norwegian Designs for Modern Knit & Crochet

Yarn Happy by Turid Lindeland is full of 30 knit and crochet projects that represent the simple and clean design style that Scandinavia is known for. The designs are photographed in the dramatic Northwest region of Norway that inspired them (and the photographs, which are numerous and full of beautiful colors, are amazing!).

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Projects in the book include modern takes on traditional Norwegian knit designs, including socks, blankets, chair covers, crochet throws, and more. Yarn Happy is designed for both for intermediate and experienced knitters, as well as fans of colorwork. The patterns include pattern charts and detailed instructions and include both US standard and metric measurements, and alternative yarns are included for each pattern.

Turid Lindeland’s inspiration for Yarn Happy came from an old sock she found in a crumbling hotel in Rosendal, Norway. Inspired by that old sock, and the neighboring glaciers called Folgefonna, with their dramatic icy colors and shapes, she has given these classic patterns an updated twist by employing modern color palettes. Some patterns are informed by the cool shades of ice and others by the summertime landscapes with their vibrant colors.

If I have one criticism about Yarn Happy, it’s that it’s really a book for knitters – not for crocheters.  The 30 patterns include only 2 crochet patterns, both of which are granny style throws.  However, the knit patterns are stunning.  The skilled knitter will truly enjoy making the patterns which include numerous socks, throws, pillows, jar sleeves, sweaters, a seat cushion, chair cover, laptop cover, iphone case and even a bow tie.


Yarn Happy is available for purchase at Amazon.

Baby & Me Knits

I just received a copy of Baby & Me Knits – 20 Timeless Knitted Designs for Baby & Mom. Celeste Young’s goal was create items that were practical, wearable and washable, and she excelled! You’ll find 20 hand-knit designs with projects for every season and style.  The book includes projects that are achievable for all skill levels, from simple knit and purl to lace, cables, and colorwork.  Baby & Me Knits provides great instructions with amazingly clear images to help you out.

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The thing that I find sets this book apart from many others is that virtually ALL of the patterns are down-to-earth, practical items that I would actually make – and items that the average mother would actually use for their baby or themselves. So often I look through a pattern book and find only a few items that are things that I can see myself actually making because many are just plain whimsical.  Every pattern in this book is, in a good sense, practical, from the blankets and sweaters to the coordinating accessories for Baby and Mom. And the items are made using practical, washable and affordable yarns.  My personal favorites are the designs in the Blue Jager designs in Cascade Superwash (top pictures in image below).

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If you would like to purchase a copy of Baby & Me Knits, it is available on Amazon.

Scarves in the Round AND Giveaway!


I’m really excited about this new book that was just released: Scarves in the Round — 25 Knitted Infinity Scarves, Neck Warmers, Cowls, and Double-Warm Tuber Scarves by Heather Walpole.

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Why do I love this book? Because everything is knit on circular needles and I LOVE my circular needles.  So much, in fact, that I often use my circular needles in place of straight needles.

I also love the fact that Heather Walpole devotes a section to “Basic and Beautiful” – these are simple patterns made entirely with knits and purls.  Added bonus – some of these are made with big needles, making the projects quicker to make.

For the more skilled and/or ambitious stitchers, there is entire section devoted to lace designs, and a section on cables, twists and bobbles.

The last pages of the book contain a lot of useful information (with pictures) about blocking, techniques, and stitches – a very useful for the beginning and less skilled knitters.

You can get a sneak peek at the book HERE.

The book is available for purchase at Stackpole Books or Amazon.

OR if you would like to try to win a free copy, leave a comment on this post telling me about the last cowl you knit or crocheted OR what interests you about making a cowl. I will select a random winner from all comments (1 entry per person) on July 31st.

Meanwhile, I’ll have to decide which project I want to make first!