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Bernat Stitch Along is Here! Today I share the first clue

The Bernat Stitch Along is Here!  It has finally arrived.  Today I share Week 1 / Clue 1 of the Bernat Mystery Blanket Stitch Along.   If you haven’t purchased your supplies yet it isn’t too late.    Just visit your local Joann Fabric and Craft Store or go online to:  Joann.com to purchase your Bernat Blanket yarn today.  There are some colors that are only available thru Joann retailers.

Here is a sneak peek at the clue.   As you can see it is a beautiful diagonal rib design.  DO NOT be intimidated by this pattern.  It is created using only a Knit and Purl stitch.  It is just the sequence of those stitches that creates this beautiful pattern.  The great thing about this blanket is that there is no sewing.  It is a knit as you go.  One of my least favorite things is having to seam pieces together as finishing them.  This blanket design eliminates that.   Once you’re finished other than sewing in any tails you will be ready to enjoy your blanket.  That is my kind of knitting fun.

If you have been wanting to learn to knit I would recommend you watch the videos.  I knit Continental style which I believe is an easier style for crocheters to use when learning to knit.  Since most crocheters (ok, right handed people) already hold the yarn in their left hand and continental knitting requires you to hold the yarn with your left hand you are already ahead of the tension game.   Meaning you are already used to having the working yarn on your left hand and controlling the yarn tension with your left hand.  It might make it easier to learn.  I also think it is a much faster knitting method once your learn and build speed.   The most important thing is not to be intimidated.  Knitting just like crocheting merely requires some instruction, patience and practice.   In no time you will be a pro.  Don’t give up!

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knit_along_week1_final-jpg Bernat Stitch Along – Week 1 Clue 1

Bernat Stitch Along Supplies and Info:

As you can see I have chosen the Teal color for my first week’s clue work.   I love how soft this Bernat Blanket Yarn feels.  It reminds me of a soft mini-marshmallow.   When you visit the Joann website you will be able to download the written pattern along with the knitting charts.  Here is the link:

Joann supplies and info page     The yarn supplies needed for the knit and crochet versions are different so be sure to check the version that you are going to be following.  Both blankets are completely different so if you crochet and knit you can choose to do both.  There is no repeat.   I also wanted to remind everyone that Joann’s has created a special Facebook event page for both knitters and crocheters.  There you will be able to see and post photos, share your progress, and ask questions.  It is a fun community and a great way to get support and help each other on this adventure.     Here is the page:   Bernat Stitch Along Facebook Page   I will also be posting some updates on my own Facebook Fan page.  Please be sure to visit my page and become a fan.  I also will be doing some Facebook Live videos for you.   Click here to become a fan:  All Crafts Channel Facebook Fan Page

Some of your favorite  knitters and crocheters  will also be participating and blogging along.   Kristin Magnus of Good Knit Kisses  will be knitting along and sharing her progress with all of you.   Sarah Zimmerman of RepeatCrafterMe  will be stitching the crochet version and sharing her experiences.  I hope you will join me and all of the knitters and crocheters who  are participating.  It won’t be any fun without you.   I will sign off now to give you a chance to go and watch the video on YouTube or you can click on the video below.   Good luck!

 

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Announcing Yarnspirations Yarn Giveaway Winners!

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This is a short post to announce the winners of the Yarnspirations Yarn Giveaway.   This giveaway is a way to thank all of my blog members.   The winners will be able to select 10 skeins of their choice from among the yarns sold by Yarnspirations.   The 3 winners have been notified to the email they used when they become members of this blog.  They will have until next Thursday, April 21 at 5pm (PST) to claim their prize.

The mail contains all instructions to claim prizes.  If they do not respond within that time to claim their prize a new winner will be chosen to take their place.   Remember only those people living in the USA and Canada are eligible to enter and win.

The first winner is:   Saundra Shackelford 

 

The second winner is:   Margaret Ellis

 

The third winner is:   Ivette Gutierrez

 

If you didn’t win don’t despair, I have man more giveaways and some contests planned for the rest of 2016.  To be eligible you simply need to be a member of this blog.  It is free and your information is always kept confidential.  The sign up box is along the right hand side of this blog.    Be sure to become a member today if you haven’t already done so.

I want to thank my friends are Yarnspirations for their generosity and support.   Please help me in Congratulating all the winners.  Thank you all for your support.   I love you all so much.    Please be sure to follow me on all my other social media sites.  The icons are here at the bottom.

 

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Easiest Crochet Baby Slippers / Booties Ever!

 Easiest Baby Slippers.. Adjust to your needed size 

These are my easiest baby slippers / booties ever! Theses little slippers / booties are super fast to make and use very little yarn. I used an acrylic medium weight yarn but the sizes could be adjusted. They work up so quickly you can re-make a new one in a different size if it doesn’t quite fit. They make perfect last minute gifts and won’t break the bank. If you like you can embellish them with little flowers, bows, felt cut-outs, etc.

 

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Baby Crochet Slippers – Booties

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Crochet Ripple Granny Stitch / Fast & Easy

Crochet Ripple Granny Stitch

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Crochet Granny Ripple

Learn to crochet Granny Ripple

Learning new stitches is always fun.  It’s great to be able to have different designs you can use to create your crochet items.  The granny ripple is an old classic that is ideal for creating blankets, scarfs, afghans, etc.  I have even seen this design used for skirts and ponchos.  I would put the skill level for this pattern at a beginner.  If you can chain and double crochet you should be able to crochet it.  You will just have to remember that there are stitches that will be skipped, meaning you will not work any stitches in those stitches.  (Yes, chains count as stitches in these designs).

The pattern just repeats for as wide and tall as you need.   It can be made in a solid color but I tend to think using at least 2 colors is best although I would recommend at least 2 rows of the same color.  After your two rows you can change colors.   Choose colors you like as well as the type / weight of yarn you prefer.  This pattern makes a really pretty baby blanket with or without a border.   For this sample I used a light blue and pink and worked two repeats.

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Even beginners can Crochet a Granny Square Baby Sweater

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Crochet Granny Square Baby Sweater – Sweet!

Make a Baby sweater using only Granny squares.   Using only basic granny squares and very easy sewing you can make this cute little crochet granny square baby sweater.    You will need 12 squares.  You can only any color combinations.  Here I used two colors a lilac and white.  If you like you can change colors on each row but I choose to work two rounds  of lilac with my last two rounds in white.  I would recommend that you make your fourth row the same color on all your squares.  This will help to hide any seam work by using that same matching color to sew all your pieces together.   This is a great way to use up your scraps of yarn as well.    If you don’t know how to sew your pieces together don’t worry I have included the link for an easy to follow video tutorial.  I show two methods for sewing your pieces together.  Choose whichever your prefer.  This should fit a baby 6-9 months old.  If you need to make it bigger you could either  1)  Use a larger hook  2)  Add another row on the granny squares.

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