Big Love for Blythe

Big Love Sweater for Blythe

As much as I love not spending time dealing with snow during the warmer months in Michigan, sometimes I do love thinking about cold snowy days when it’s 80F+ and it’s too humid to feel cozy. That inspired this Big Love Sweater for Blythe, which has a cozy ribbed turtleneck and is slightly oversized for getting that snug as a bug in a rug feeling.

Cuddle up to this pattern at Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting, and Etsy.

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how many star points do you have?

Back when, Twitter had stars to indicate favorites/likes/what-have-you, and folks used to refer to them as star points. Gotta get them star points!

Star Points Sweater for Blythe

This is another super quick to make sweater for Blythe. I just can’t get over how quickly it goes with fingering weight yarn!

Shoot over to Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and LoveKnitting to grab this pattern.

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Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

The latest Blythe swap theme was Blythe is a Bookworm. What a perfect theme for me! I had a lot in common with my partner, also a librarian, and also a fan of Harry Potter and lots of other reading things. Here’s a peek at what I sent:

I made some dresses and a sweater for Kate’s Blythes:

dress for Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

dress for Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

dress for Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

Doesn’t this sweater seem like something Molly Weasley would wear? #goals

Gryffindor Long Cable Cardigan for Blythe

And I made the tiniest cross stitch ever, on 28 count fabric.

Tiny cross stitch pillow

Amiibo figure for scale (figure is 2″ high).

Tiny cross stitch pillow

I’m still shaking my head at my hubris taking on a project on this tiny scale. I now own a magnifier, though, so that should be useful for future miniature crafts. And I’m so pleased with how it turned out, so it was super worth it.

AND, here’s what I received!

Blythe is a Bookworm Swap - goodies recieved from Kate

Thanks so much, Kate! This was such a fun swap!

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Venus was her name

via GIPHY

or maybe

via GIPHY

Badass women will always be my fave, and I designed a sweater to give Blythe the ability to advertise her own eff yeah feminism (I would SO wear this if I was patient enough to make it in my size!).

Get this for your own Blythe on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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new pattern! calling all Blythe cat ladies

Or cat dudes! Do you love cats? Or maybe even just the cute cats of the internet?

Cat Sweater for Blythe

This sweater is so easy to knit up – it’s super quick with the fingering weight yarn and the stranded cat motif is charted to make working it a snap. It’s designed to fit Blythe but may fit other dolls with similar bodies.

Get your paws on this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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review: Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares

Learn how to Knit with 50 Squares

Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares: for beginners and up, a unique approach to learning to knit by Che Lam

Making a swatch is often the first step in a knitting project (or it should be, technically, even if many knitters don’t do it regularly). Making a swatch will provide you with an example of your gauge (how many rows and stitches you get per inch) and let you see how the stitch pattern will look in that yarn on that needle size. It can save a huge amount of time and is super useful, even if it’s not as much fun as just diving in to the project you’re excited to make. This book takes the approach of having the beginning knitter practice and learn by making, essentially, a ton of swatches. You start out with garter stitch, then move to stockinette, then start learning decreases and increases, and so forth. There are 50 squares followed by five projects for the starting knitter, all of which are made using square pieces. This is a different approach to learning to knit than I’ve seen before, and I feel like encouraging swatch-making will only benefit the knitter in the long run.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Kent District Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system

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new free pattern! Scrubbie Square

I like to use a handknit cloth for washing my face and I wanted to make one that would fit on my hand so the ends wouldn’t be flopping around while I’m using it. The result is the Scrubbie Square!

Scrubbie Square

I’m pleased to offer this pattern as a freebie! It’s super easy and quick to knit and can be used for almost any cleaning purpose. It would work just as well as a way to dust your baseboards or wash your dishes or whatever else. It fits over an adult hand nicely with some wiggle room.

Download this pattern for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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review: Highland Knits

Highland Knits

Highland Knits: Knitwear inspired by the Outlander series

I watched Outlander at the start of the series, but all the violence got to me and I had to give it up. The thing I liked best about it, though, was the costuming, so I was pretty excited to see this book. All those rich layers and textures and colors! The sixteen patterns here are either directly or notionally inspired by the clothing worn in the TV series, and the photos in the book were taken in the outdoors in places similar to the show locales. Some of the projects are more wearable for everyday than others (some feel a little bit costumey for me personally to feel like I could pull them off). Many use chunky yarns and several are exceedingly simple in terms of construction, so they should knit up very quickly. The many cowls, wraps, and arm warmers here will make lovely fall accessories.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Buchanan District Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system

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review: The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary: 150 new stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth & in the round by Wendy Bernard

If you use stitch dictionaries like I do – for inspiration and ideas while designing knitting patterns – you’ll appreciate the variety of approaches covered here. Stitch patterns are written for knitting flat as well as in the round, so you don’t have to engineer the latter yourself. For those patterns in which it makes a difference, patterns are also written for top-down and bottom-up (so, for example, you’d have bottom-up flat, bottom-up in the round, top-down flat, and top-down in the round, all for the same stitch pattern). This is amazingly handy and will save me a ton of time for sure. The stitch patterns start from the very basic (garter stitch and stockinette stitch) and move on to dozens of others. Basic item patterns are also included, such as basic top-town and bottom-up socks and basic top-down in the round cap and basic bottom-up in the round cap. I’ll definitely be buying this one!

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Kalamazoo Public Library through the MeLCat ILL system

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review: Knits from the Heart of Norway

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Knits from the Heart of Norway: 30 sweaters, hats, socks, and mittens inspired by the Telemark Region by Irene Haugland

Scandinavian knitting has such a distinctive style and rich history and this book celebrates both. All of the designs are advanced in terms of colorwork (I’m not sure you could do justice to Norwegian knitting otherwise) but you do feel as though any of these items will become family heirlooms, so the effort put in is worth it for the gorgeous results. All designs are pictured in full color photos with close-up shots of specific details, and the photographs are taken out in nature in beautiful settings that only enhance the beauty of the knitwear.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Capital Area District Library through the MeLCat ILL system

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