Individual digital patterns are now available!

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Have you crossed over to digital knitting and crochet patterns yet? Many of our digital subscribers love working directly from their computers or iPads, while others find it easier to print the patterns before they start each project. Either way, downloadable patterns are a fast and easy way to get your crafting fix wherever you go.

Well, all of you digital crafters are in luck because we are now offering individual knitting and crochet patterns available for instant download from our Crochet and Knit Shop! Choose from a varied selection of the patterns featured in Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet, then you can purchase single patterns for a convenient, low price!

Remember, our digital issues are an even better deal and our digital subscriptions are the best value, so take a moment to check out everything we offer in our Crochet and Knit Shop. You’re sure to find something (or a dozen things!) to inspire you.

Yarn Newbie and Excited Crocheter

I am admittedly a yarn newbie and 2nd time crocheter. I say 2nd time because the first time, my mom taught me just the single and half double crochet. I was never able do much with those stitches except make really crooked scarves or small unfinished blankets. Never realizing there was more to crochet than just those stitches, I never asked to learn more and my mom probably just assumed I didn’t want to learn more.

In my many past attempts at crocheting, the hat had always eluded me. It seemed unattainable and signified to me, a true crocheter. I had once tried to make a “hat” back in 2006. Ok, let’s just call it what it really was—a giant pocket. Even my son, who was about 3 years old at the time, was confused by it, and I didn’t have the heart to make him wear it for fear of traumatizing him from odd and befuddled stares from strangers. After the hat debacle and many other frustrating and failed projects, I just stopped.

I started again shortly after I began working at Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet magazines in 2012. I asked our editor, Jen, to teach me how to crochet a hat. We started with the Orla Cloche Hat from Love of Crochet Spring 2012. She made me practice the basics: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. I only completed about 6 rounds of the cloche pattern because the moment I learned how to increase stitches, it finally clicked! I was so excited about my new found knowledge, I couldn’t wait to get home to make a project! Jen handed me some yarn and away I went, creating my first perfectly parallel scarf and “real” hat.

IMG_3928_GreyHat ResizedI have learned many stitches and techniques since then, creating mostly hats, scarves, and cowls. I like quick and easy projects, and I jokingly call myself a “freestyle crocheter” since I have never actually followed a pattern.

I haven’t been able to stop since my “a-ha” moment, and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon.  In fact, I’m having trouble trying to find enough time to do all the projects I want, as I’m sure many of you can relate to!  Happy crocheting!

You can check out some of the patterns I designed for Love of Crochet—Blue Ridge Scarf (Weekend Crochet 2013); Turquoise Tinsel (Holiday 2013); Midnight Sparkle Sweater (Winter 2013).

The National NeedleArts Association Trade Show

Jen, our Editor-in-Chief and fearless leader, has been at the the TNNA trade show for the past few days, and she has been sharing some wonderful pictures on the Love of Knitting Twitter page!

LOK booth TNNA

Here is our booth, where we proudly show off a few sample garments from our recent and upcoming issues. All in all, the TNNA trade show is a fun and exciting place for people in the yarn, needlepoint, and embroidery businesses to come together, share ideas, and set goals. We’re looking forward to hearing more about it from Jen when she returns tomorrow!

Coming soon – Winter Games GIVEAWAY

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We have some fun plans in honor of the 2014 Winter Games. The amazing competitors in Sochi will be showcasing their incredible skills and talents, and we want to encourage you to do the same! We will be hosting our own “Winter Games” with 3 different events you can participate in for a chance to win some awesome prizes. The events will be announced the week of February 3rd so we can begin the same time the Olympians in Sochi get started. This giveaway is open to knitters and crocheters, and the winners of each event will be chosen randomly.  Get your camera ready because you’ll need to submit pictures to enter!

Check back here on our blog for updates so you don’t miss the announcement describing the events and prizes. We’re excited to see your amazing talents!

Our New Year’s Resolutions

Now that everyone on the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet team is back in the office after the holidays, we’re having fun thinking about our resolutions for 2014. Beginning a new year is the perfect excuse to reflect on the things we can do to make the future even better than years past. Not all of our resolutions are yarn-related, but we wanted to share them with you anyways. Who knows – maybe you can help us keep them!

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Jen:
1. Continue to finish every project I start (no more WIPs)! I made this resolution in 2013 and was pretty good about keeping it last year.
2. Review my backlog of projects to determine what I am actually going to finish and what I should rip out to salvage the yarn for a different project.
3. Begin finishing one WIP per month to clear out the remaining backlog. I would love to get rid of all of my WIPs so I could stop feeling guilty about things I haven’t finished.
4. Stop knitting or crocheting “just one more row,” and leave the house so that I can be 10 minutes early.
5. Try to knit at least 2 pairs of socks in 2014. I have a LOT of sock yarn – and I want to buy more!

Kathy:
My New Year’s resolution is to do more arts and crafts this year! More painting, drawing, photography, and of course, CROCHET!!!

Danielle:
1. Drink more smoothies.
2. Laugh more.
3. Make my bed every day.

Jamie:
1. Listen to more music. Usually I “watch” Netflix as I knit or crochet, but I’d like to branch out occasionally and enjoy some new (or old) music instead.
2. Cook more. I made this resolution in 2013 and I’ve made some progress, but there is still plenty of room for growth.
3. Home improvement!

We’d love to hear about your resolutions or goals for 2014. Whatever they might be, we hope this coming year is your best yet!

Cables aren’t just for knitters!

LOC Winter cablesIf you haven’t tried crocheting cables yet, make 2014 the year you learn this versatile new skill! In our Winter 2013 Issue, you’ll find a helpful Stitch Dictionary, written by Lorna Miser, that will walk you through the process of learning 3 different cable patterns. All of these patterns are worked using post stitches, which truly are simple once you know where to insert your hook.

We’re in love with crocheted cables, and we especially enjoy using them in warm winter sweaters. What do you like making with them, or what would you like to make? What are some of your other favorite ways to use post stitches?

New Year, New Yarn – GIVEAWAY!

Have you already started daydreaming about the crochet projects you want to start in 2014? How would you like a few new skeins of yarn to get started?

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We are giving away 4 gorgeous hanks of yarn, and all you need to do for a chance to win is follow Love of Crochet on Twitter! We’ll randomly choose our winner on January 10th, so click over and follow us today for informative updates, fun tidbits, and announcements about deals and discounts. Good luck!