2014 Year of Yarn block patterns

As we welcome 2015, we also welcome our new Year of Yarn. We are continuing to offer a FREE knit and crocheted block pattern every month, and these blocks can be pieced together to make a unique sampler blanket at the end of the year. January’s free knit and crocheted block patterns are already available, so you can get a jump start on this inspiring project. Each block features different techniques, making it a fast and fun crafting lesson you can take anywhere.

If you weren’t able to finish the 12 blocks from our 2014 Year of Yarn, you can now purchase them from the Crochet and Knit Shop! Available in both crochet and knit versions, these blocks were a big hit. They look amazing stitched into an afghan, but you are not limited to only blankets. Make two of the same block to create a fun pillow cover to freshen up your living room or bedroom, or adapt your favorite stitch pattern to make a scarf or cowl!

Grab the 2014 Year of Yarn block patterns (if you haven’t already), then join us in knitting or crocheting the brand new free blocks for 2015. If you’re finished with your 2014 Year of Yarn blanket, send photos to us at mail@loveofknitting.com or post them on our Facebook page. We’d love to see your completed blankets!

2014 Year of Yarn

We hope you enjoyed the monthly free block patterns from our 2012/2013 Year of Yarn, as well as the weekly yarn reviews in our 52 Weeks of Yarn. We’ve heard that many of you are in the process of sewing your blocks together to create a beautiful sampler afghan, and we’d love to see pictures of your finished project!

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As we are in the process of stitching up our finished afghan, we are already thinking about next year’s free block patterns and reviews. To give us all some time to focus on our holiday crafting, we will begin our next Year of Yarn in January of 2014. We will continue to offer monthly free block patterns and weekly yarn reviews on the Love of Knitting website, but in 2014, we will feature a free crocheted block pattern every month on the Love of Crochet website as well!

We can hardly wait to share some fabulous new yarns with you in 2014. In fact, we’ll be offering sneak peeks on our Twitter pages to hold us all over until the New Year. Don’t forget to send pictures of your blocks or finished afghan to us at mail@loveofknitting.com! We love seeing what our friends are working on. Happy crafting!

Four Great Yarns for Under $4

Knitting and crochet are fun hobbies you can enjoy doing even when you are on a tight budget. If you’re looking for some affordable yarns for your next project, check out these great options — they are all priced under $4 a skein!

YarnDishie by Knit Picks

Made with 100% cotton, Dishie is a versatile yarn that can be used for home décor projects and children’s toys. It comes in 15 bright, bold colors and is machine washable. Click over to our yarn review in 52 Weeks to learn more!

YarnsGiggles by Bernat

This easy-care yarn is perfect for making super adorable baby projects! You’ll love how incredibly soft this yarn is. Plus, it’s worsted weight so it will work up quickly. For more info, check out our yarn review.

Bernat YarnSoftee Chunky by Bernat

Whether you’re looking to knit a hat, scarf, or sweater, this yarn is a great option. With 60 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding one you love. We used this yarn to knit Block #1 in our Year of Yarn Afghan.


Stardust by Red Heart

With beautiful muted tones embellished with metallic thread, this affordable yarn is great for fashion accessories including scarves, gloves, wraps, and shawls. You can find out more about this fun yarn here.

Must-Have Yarns That Make Great Gifts

What better holiday gift to give to a fellow knitter or crocheter than a few skeins of top-notch yarn? They’ll be so touched you thought of it, especially if you choose a yarn that fits their personality and lifestyle. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Bernat YarnSoftee Chunky by Bernat

This chunky yarn knits up quickly into snuggly afghans, cozy cowls, and warm hats, and it comes in an array of fabulous colors. Best of all, the yarn is machine washable and dryable! Because of its versatility and easy care, this yarn would be especially great for parents with young kids or for college students.

Alpaca YarnBaby Twist by Alpaca with a Twist

Made with 100% alpaca fiber, this soft, beautiful yarn is pure luxury for your fingers, and it’s sure to be a welcome treat for any knitter or crocheter! It can be knit into a wide variety of garments — from scarves and hats to shawls and sweaters — and it would be a perfect gift for someone who enjoys unique, natural fibers.

Big Wool by Rowan

This super bulky yarn knits up fast! Give it to a beginning knitter or crocheter so they can enjoy the immediate gratification only bulky yarn and big needles and hooks can provide. After an evening of crafting, they’ll have a completed project to show off!

And hey, if some of these yarns sound enticing, you can always add them to your wish list too!  To find out about more great yarns, check out the yarn reviews on our website.