Knit and crochet patterns for grads

School is almost out of session (or is already out, for some), and many new graduates are getting ready to start the next phase in their lives. This exciting transition is a cause for celebration! Send the new graduates in your life off on their new journey with a handmade gift that will keep them warm, but also remind them of your constant love and support. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite knit and crochet patterns for new grads to help you narrow down your search for the perfect gift.

Collegiate Cables

Knit the Collegiate Cables Sweater to send a high school graduate off to college with a classic style and warm cardigan. The clever cabled button band gives it a unique look, placing the buttons in between each twist. Choose your grad’s new school colors for a personalized gift she’ll adore.

Classic letterman sweater

For your graduating guys, the Classic Letterman Sweater is just what he needs for a smart but youthful style. Contrasting color bands on one sleeve give this crocheted cardigan a cool vintage look, while the handsome fit can easily be dressed up or down.

Two Tone Twist

For a quick knit, the Two-Tone Twist Hat is another fun project that lends itself perfectly to classic college colors. The stripes are twisted into eye-catching cables, so the colors are entwined beautifully. I know that summer hasn’t even started yet, but fall (and the beginning of the next school year) will be here before you know it! It’s never to early to start knitting an intriguing new hat pattern, and this one is most certainly in my queue.

Carry all tote

The Carry-All Tote is another fun accessory that will work up in a flash. Crochet this versatile bag for a college grad so she can keep all her essentials in place as she enters the job market. The simple button closure and sturdy cotton fabric make it a sensible design, but the playful stitch pattern will remind the recipient to find time to relax and have fun!

Baby Blue Sampler

Blankets are always welcome gifts, and the Baby Blue Sampler Blanket would make a fantastic addition to any dorm room. The simple squares are knit in basic textured stitch patterns, making this afghan an easy way to show how much you care.

Mondrian

Artistic graduates will love the color blocking and clean lines on the Mondrian Throw. This fun and easy crochet pattern has a simple style that will transition perfectly from dorm to apartment (and eventually the recipient’s first home!). The stitch pattern is subtle enough that it doesn’t compete with the bold colors, but it gives this piece just the right amount of texture.

Do you have a new graduate in your life? Show them how proud you are by giving them a handmade gift they’ll always treasure! We’d love to hear about your rad grads, so give them a shout out here or on our Facebook page!

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Love of Crochet Winter 2013

Our Winter 2013 Issue is now on sale, and it is jam packed with stylish and fun projects. It was really tough to choose a handful to highlight for you here, but here are several (of the many) designs we can’t wait to stitch up.

21_LOC_6W13_RTS_1_200pxIf you’re looking for a fast and beautiful gift idea, the Raspberry Tart Scarf is the project for you! Crocheted with bulky yarn and a lacy stitch pattern, it will work up in a snap and make a great present for several people on your list.

03_LOC_6W13_SA_1_200pxAre you in the mood to make a gorgeous textured sweater? The Winter Frost sweater would be the perfect garment to keep you cozy in this chilly weather. Crocheted using post stitches, the front and back panels are truly stunning.

15_LOC_6W13_CLS_1_v2_200pxFor him, the Classic Letterman Sweater pairs a vintage vibe with a modern, fitted shape. He’s sure to stay warm and smartly dressed with this cardigan.

24_LOC_6W13_HHS_1_200pxFor the little darling in your life, the Happy Holiday Cape and Hat is a precious set that will instantly make the season a bit merrier. Crochet these pieces in no time, and give them as a gift that will be admired by the whole family.

25_LOC_6W13_FFT_1_200pxFinally, the Frozen Falls Throw is an easy and elegant afghan you’ll love to make. Whether you drape it over the couch in the living room or crochet it for a new baby, it’s bound to keep your loved ones warm and toasty.

Take a look at all of the fabulous patterns in our Winter 2013 Issue. You’ll definitely find a few (or a dozen) that you can’t wait to make!