Knit Picks Is Giving Away Free Yarn

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I love me some Knit Picks and right now you can try some great yarns by doing some shopping. See the details below. I think I’m going to try some Super Tuff Puff.


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Moving Sale!!!

I’m moving… AGAIN!!!

And this move, I’m clearing out the clutter. So my large collection of crochet (and some knit and plushie) magazine back issues are going.

I’ve got them listed on Ebay right now. All auction style and starting at .99 for each item. I’m shipping them out via media mail, so anyone who gets multiple listings will get combined shipping. There are over 100 magazines and pattern booklets to choose from so be sure to check them out now because the auctions end on Sunday. If you have any questions about any of the listings you can leave them below or contact me through Ebay.

I’ll let you know more about the move in coming posts (including which state I will end up in next).

Check out all the auctions here.

Updated Name, Same Everything Else

Welcome to the updated Knit and Crochet Ever After!

I’ve added the knit to better reflect all the patterns I’m selling.

Plus, I’m working on some learn to knit for crocheters videos and pattern workshops.

All the websites I’m on will receive the new treatment so be sure to update any bookmarks when you see them.

Crocheteverafter.com will stay live for awhile, but you can bookmark http://knitandcrocheteverafter.com now if you like.

Be sure to subscribe to the website so you know when the new classes are live.

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Two New Customizable Ombre Basket Patterns ~ 50% Off This Week Only

Pretty and Cutie Utility Baskets For Knitters and Crocheters

Crochet Version

The Crocheted Cutie Utility Basket is perfect for everyone! The ombre effect can be customized in your three favorite colors. Whether contrasting or coordinating, the choice is yours.

The built in handles make it easy to transport the basket from place to place.

Get it now for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: 50basket during checkout for discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

 

Knit Version

The Knitted Pretty Utility Basket is made from three colors as well that you can customize to whatever you like.

And it is also 50% off this week only.

Use the same promo code: 50basket during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 4/30/2017 midnight pacific time.

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I Heart Hearts! 50% Off This Week Only

Hearts Around joins Hearts Abound.

The knit version of the Hearts Abound beanie gets an upgrade with a custom heart shaped pom pom on top. If you follow the blog you know that I am now in love with my Clover Pom Pom maker so I had to add one to this beanie.

Get the knit Hearts Around Beanie for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: heart50 during checkout for a discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

 

The crochet version beanie and mitts are now updated with the easier to read format and are also available for 50% off this week. Contact me if you need an updated version of a previously purchased pattern. Otherwise, get your copy now!


Use the same promo code: heart50 during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 4/02/2017 midnight pacific time.

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From Hate To Love With The Clover Heart Shaped Pom Pom Maker

 

I never actually hated the Clover Pom Pom Maker. I just was frustrated with it because I couldn’t get it to work correctly. I was ending up with misshapen floppy balls instead of dense beautiful hearts (see video below for the sad balls).

I finally figured out I was totally doing it wrong!

It’s actually quite easy once you understand the steps, and now I totally love it!

I made a video showing how and why I was doing it wrong and then showing how to make the super cute heart shaped pom poms step-by-step.

Have you tried this maker before? How did you like it? Let us know below.

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Get Your Cable Feet Wet With These Two New Patterns

Ready to try knit or crochet cables? These patterns are a perfect primer. They have super simple cable patterns mixed with basic stitches to make these fast and fun.

The patterns include full written instructions as well as a chart for cable portions.

Crocheted Lincoln Beanie

Get the crocheted Lincoln beanie for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: cable50 during checkout for a discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

 

The knit version is named the Jefferson Beanie.  As with the crochet version, it comes in multiple sizes to fit kids through adults.

And it is also 50% off this week only.

Use the same promo code: cable50 during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 3/26/2017 midnight pacific time.

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How Do You Throw A Space Party?

You planet!

Get ready for the party with the new and improved Alien Invasion Beanies. Both are 50% off this week only!

Crochet Version

The crocheted Alien Invasion is back with new and improved formatting for easier reading. It comes in 4 sizes to fit babies through adults.

If you own it already, you can download the new version from your pattern library on your favorite site (Etsy users, please contact me for an updated version, they do not change the pattern in your library).

If you don’t own it already, get it now for 50% off this week only.

Use promo code: alien50 during checkout for discount at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy does not have promo codes, the price there has the discount already applied.*

If you are not sure you can handle Fair Isle Crochet. Check out my tutorial videos on the subject to see if you might like it.

Knit Version

The Alien Invasion Beanie is now available in knit! As with the crochet version, it comes in multiple sizes to fit kids through adults.

And it is also 50% off this week only.

Use the same promo code: alien50 during checkout at Etsy and Ravelry. Craftsy already has the discount applied, so no promo code needed.

*Offer ends 3/12/2017 midnight pacific time.
 
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Newbie Newsday ~ Why Do You Call Your Yarn A Cake?

Note: you can click on any of the yarns below to learn more about them.

Mmmmmmmm, cake. Wait, I’m getting off topic.

Why is some yarn called a cake? Or a hank, ball, skein, cone, or donut?Why are there so many different names for yarn?

Yarn is yarn, all of these other names are simply the way the yarn is presented to you, the buyer.

Each name refers to a different configuration of the yarn you are buying. Here is a visual breakdown:

Cake

caron-cakes

Flat on the top and bottom and round in the middle, just like a cake. Usually, these are made from winding your yarn from a hank on a yarn winder. However, some companies (like Caron above) are marketing the yarn in cakes where you can see the color changes better.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the cake as is.

Hank


Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Yarn - Dyed by Lorna's Laces

Many independent yarn sellers offer yarn in this form. Unwinding it produces a big loop, which is how they work with it to dye it. It’s most cost effective for the dyer to leave it in this form when selling.

You cannot begin a project from yarn in this form. It will become a tangled mess. You must first wind it into a cake or ball. I have a video on how to do this here.

Ball

zauber

We’ve all seen a ball of yarn. It’s rare to see them sold as such (the awesome Zauberball above is an exception), but we’ve all wound up leftovers from projects.

Unless you are winding a center pull ball on purpose, you normally can only work from the outside tail of a yarn ball.

Skein

Rainbow Mighty Stitch Sampler

Pronounced skeyn, this is how most big box yarn companies sell their yarn. It is wound on a machine and forms a fat oblong shape.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the skein as is.

Cone

cone

A cone is yarn in a cone shape and usually has a cardboard core. These come with mass amounts of yardage to be used for knitting machines mostly. However, they come in handy at home with a yarn bobbin holder for larger projects.

You will only have access to the outside tail on a cone.

Donut 

Zing! Chroma Fingering Sampler

My favorite yarn (Chroma by Knit Picks pictured here) is sold in donut form. Like its name, the yarn is shaped like a donut: round with a hole in the middle. The donut helps to show the different color changes on self-striping yarn.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the donut as is.