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5 Patterns to Usher in the Fall

I can’t believe we are almost finished with our 9th knit along, the Hudson Valley Cardi KAL! I am floored that over 540 knitters have participated. It thrills me to see all of your amazing projects! I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves and picked up some new skills along the way. Prizes will be awarded any day, so make sure those project pages are set up!

Though the KAL is almost over, the fun doesn’t have to end. I have plenty of patterns to keep you knitting all the way into fall. Some of these patterns also come with full video instructions, making the process even more informative and engaging for you. I should also remind you that you might want to start thinking about knitting for the holiday season, but there are plenty of smaller items to think about for that!

Here are 5 patterns to usher in the fall.

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Hudson Valley Cardi KAL GRAND PRIZES!!

We are rounding the final corner and we are a little over a week away from awarding the three final grand prize packages for the Hudson Valley Cardi.

Hudson Valley Cardi + pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only the price of the pattern – $10.00. Once the KAL is over the price will be $18.00

Just grab it before Aug 26, cast on and enter to win!

HUDSON VALLEY CARDI KAL

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5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change

5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change

Our community never ceases to amaze me! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see I love to share positive stories of knitters and crocheters coming together to create change in their lives or the lives of others. Whether it’s knitting little hats for premature babies, mats for animals in shelters, or even beautifying spaces through yarnbombing, there’s always an opportunity to do something wonderful with yarn. We love knitting, and we love giving back, so here is a way to combine them!

Are you interested in crafting a project to help someone or an animal in need? Here are 5 charities that use knitting to make the world a better place.

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Hudson Valley Cardigan Knit-Along (KAL)

Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knit-Along!

It’s time for the summer knit-along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! This cardi is sure to become one of your favorite wardrobe staples. Perfect for cool summer evenings and keeping off the chill in the air-conditioning.

As with all my KALs / sweater classes, the pattern will come with hours of video tutorials, knitting how-tos and gauge modifications.

After Aug. 26 the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $16. So get it during the KAL, knit it now or later and SAVE!

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE HUDSON VALLEY CARDI KAL

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5 Best Lessons Learned from the Roselle Tee KAL

Wow, it has been so amazing to see all of the progress on our eighth KAL (knit-along), the Roselle Tee! I am so excited to see all these finished Roselle Tees being posted across Ravelry and social media, and I am even more thrilled to see you all have learned so much!

For those who have already started (or just joining the fun) and need a little inspiration to get it finished, our Ravelry Group has some stellar finished projects. Scrolling through these gorgeous Roselle Tees will definitely jump start your knitting engines!

One of the best parts about being a teacher is finding out what kinds of takeaways YOU the knitters take away from the experience. I love that these are lessons that you’ll take forward in the rest of your knitting lives.

What are some of the best lessons or skills people learned in the Roselle Tee KAL? Five of our KALers shared they learned.

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Roselle Tee KAL Prizes!!

We are rounding the final corner and we are just a week away from awarding the four final grand prize packages for the Roselle Tee KAL.

Roselle Tee + pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only the price of the pattern – $10.00. Once the KAL is over the price will be $16.00

Just grab it before May 20, cast on and enter to win!

(Read all the way to the end to see a sneak peek at the summer KAL cardi!)

ROSELLE TEE KAL

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7 Historical Photos of People Knitting

In the era of social media, photos are all pretty much digital. But for some of us, we may remember photos B.S.(Before Social Media). Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook and Instagram (where you can find all my pretty photos) but there was something truly special about the process of capturing a photo on film and sending it into a shop to get printed. The anticipation while waiting to get your pictures back was so exciting.

Personally, I love candid photos; I enjoy seeing people truly being in their element. That’s why I’m so fond of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs, by Barbara Levine. Barbara combines my appreciation for great photography and knitting in this vintage collection of people knitting throughout history. She showcases lovely candids of people knitting and enjoying life, and also staged photos of people with their knitting, showing us just how prevalent knitting was back then. 

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Patty KAL Magic 8 Club

We are getting closer to casting on for the Roselle Tee. It’s our 8th KAL and already we have nearly 700 knitters signed up! I am floored and honored that over 3700 knitters have participated in the last 7 KALs.

We rolled out badges for the knitters who were in two or more of my previous KALs (Corcoran KALTortola KAL,Soho Slip Stitch KALRising Spades KAL ,Costa Maya KAL, Harbor Springs and Labadee Cowl, and now . . .  (drum roll please) If you’ve done all of my KALs, then help yourself to your new Magic 8-Club badge!

Congratulations! Show off your achievement proudly!!

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Top 5 Books for Knitting Lace Techniques

Springtime is upon us (thank goodness!) and that means it’s time to switch up our knitting techniques. We may start to knit more shawls, use thinner yarns, or even do some lace work! I know, I know, knitting lace can definitely be complex at times and may seem daunting to those who have never tried. But fear not, there are plenty of great resources, including a few of my own blog posts, to help you along the way.

Lace has been around for many many years, and like so many things in fashion, everything old is new again. There are some amazing books on traditional lace techniques.

Here are five of my favorite books that cover lace techniques, that I think you’ll appreciate:  

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Labadee Cowl KAL PRIZES: And the Winners Are . . .

Another video KAL comes to an end (but this time I’m not sooo sad because the Roselle Tee KAL just went on sale)!! I can’t believe more than 900 people joined in on the fun of knitting this cowl. Some knit it now, while others will cast on later!

Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 3,900 amazing knitters helped each other and cheered each other on through every step of the way.

Haven’t joined us yet? If you are feeling inspired to try it, Labadee Cowl pattern comes with hours of video tutorials, all the gauge option and knitting how-tos for only will be $10.00!! It’s never too late to jump into any video class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.

Now it’s time to discuss…

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