Individual digital patterns from our Summer Issues are now available!

Our Summer 2014 Issues are packed with projects we can’t wait to stitch up, and now these gorgeous designs are available as individual digital patterns! Digital patterns make it easy to print only the sections you need or use your tablet or laptop for on-the-go crafting. Check out these summery projects, and grab a few before you head out on your next vacation or weekend getaway!

JCL_LOK_140120-4538_200pxCrocheters will be over the moon after seeing the Mulberry Stitch Sampler Scarf. This creative accessory uses shell and star stitches for fabulous texture. If you’ve never worked a star stitch, check out our free star stitch tutorial and you’ll be a pro in no time!

Peony PurseThe Peony Purse is high on my list of must-have crochet projects. The ruffles create a fun look that’s perfect for summer! It will go beautifully with my typical weekend uniform, sandals and a tank top, and the lining instructions are simple enough that I’m planning to add some cute fabric to the inside.

Diamond Swimsuit WrapIf you’re heading to the pool or beach to beat the heat, the Diamond Swimsuit Wrap is an awesome way to show off your crafty skills and add the finishing touch to your swimwear. The adjustable size ensures a perfect fit, and the buttons add a cool design element.

Pear SorbetKnitters, have you been drooling over the Pear Sorbet Shawl? The stunning lace panel is easier to stitch up than you’d think, so this project would make a great travel companion. I love wearing shawls in the summer because they are light and easy to carry, but they offer the perfect amount of coverage when the air conditioner is blasting.

Cameron HoodieThe Cameron Hoodie would make a stylish and casual swimsuit cover-up, but it would also look amazing paired with jeans or shorts. The fabric is light and comfortable, and this piece would transition nicely into fall layered over long sleeves.

Wispy WillowThe short-sleeved Wispy Willow Cardigan looks beautiful over a camisole or summer dress. Knit with CoBaSi by HiKoo, the fabric has incredible drape. The lace panels are simply striking, giving this pattern a special place in my heart.

Of course, if you can’t decide which of these awesome patterns to make first, get the full Summer 2014 Issue of Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet to make your decision easier and get the best value! My crafting queue keeps getting longer and longer because of  these amazing summer patterns! What types of projects do you love to make in the summer?

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Crochet picture tutorials

A while back, we asked our newsletter subscribers how they learn best when trying to tackle a new stitch or unusual technique. We loved reading your responses, and many of you said that you prefer to learn from pictures and tutorials. Well, we heard you loud and clear! We’ve added two new picture tutorials to our website to help you with two of the beautiful patterns in our Summer 2014 Issue!

JCL_LOK_140120-4538_200pxThe Mulberry Stitch Sampler Scarf features the star stitch, which gives it a wonderful texture. The star stitch is not difficult, but photos are helpful when you’re working it for the first time. Our handy star stitch tutorial will have you on your way to making this incredible scarf in no time!

JCL_LOK_140122-5718-2_200pxThe Olive Twist Shawl uses familiar stitches in unique ways, meaning it can be a bit tricky at first. In the Olive Twist tutorial, we’ll show you how to twist your chain loops to create the fabulous filigreed lace in this gorgeous accessory. Then, if you haven’t already, get your Olive Twist Shawl Kit and join our summer crochet along!

We are always here as a resource if you need help with any of our patterns, and we love seeing what’s on your hook at the moment. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram and let us know what you’re working on!