My Favorite Things – Clover Needlecraft

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

I’ve always been a fan of Clover’s bamboo knitting needles. In fact that was my first pair! Now many knitting and crocheting needles later, Clover is still my first choice and have made some of my other favorite things! They make some of the most ingenious products that makes craft projects look professional, even for a beginner.

Have you ever tried to make a yo-yo by hand? I have, and refuse to ever do it that way again! Watch this video on the Clover Yo-Yo makers and you’ll see why. The Clover Yo-Yo Makers come in small, medium, large and x-large in numerous shapes – butterfly, heart, flower, oval and more.

PS. I also refuse to make pom-poms by hand now too! Thank you Clover!

 

I recently got a Flower Frill template too. It’s a plastic template where you flip & fold fabric or paper to make a flower! This is what Clover made with the Flower Frill template, just imagine the possibilities!

Clover Double Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

Now Tunisian crochet isn’t anything new. Well new to me. They go back a gazillion years. Well, maybe not that far, but it is an old technique. But now there’s something new on the market from Clover. It’s the Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook. With a hook at both ends, it allows you to crochet in the round so you can make beautifil projects ranging from a cute little coffee cup cozy (you know, like those cardboard sleeves coffee places use) to hats to a cell phone holder to purses to …. well, you get the idea.

My handmade, reusable coffee sleeve

You can make a whole lotta stuff! Clover’s web site has instructional videos.

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

I was very proud of myself this Christmas, when I was able to successfully finish homemade projects for everyone with a few days to spare. I realized kind of late in December that I had missed a few people because I was so focused on creating these huge impressive pieces for my immediate family. I definitely had a mad craft dash to get all of my gifts finished in time. Thank goodness I had this super easy pattern up my sleeve. It’s called the overnight beanie because I typically start it at night and then finish the next day. All in all, I would say it takes about 6 hours for an experienced knitter to complete, and the recipient will be very happy with the result. The key is to use a thicker yarn than recommended for your needles. This creates a really tight and warm stitch with very little effort. While I know plenty of people who are over the moon happy with the result of this hat using the pattern provided, it’s really easy to switch up to add a little decoration. You can add cables, ribs, color changes, or whatever else you like to make this hat your own.

Adaptable Beanie Pattern that takes hours to knit!

What You Need:

A Note About DPNs: I’ve had a lot of questions about using double pointed needles when knitting hats, and I thought I would clear up the reason that I use them. The answer is pretty simple. I don’t mind knitting with them. I find circular needles to be a little difficult at times because you’re constantly having to move your yarn around and it can sometimes get caught on the cord where it meets the needle. I absolutely recommend circular needles for larger projects, but with hats, I just find it a lot easier to use double pointed needles. It’s essentially just knitting sections of your piece like you would on a straight needle. In addition, I don’t need to switch over to double pointed needles when I get to crown shaping. It’s entirely up to you which works best, but I just find double pointed needles a lot more practical for me when it comes to knitting hats. Don’t be afraid of them, your project will look really complicated, but it really doesn’t take long to get the hang of.

Overnight Beanie

Pattern Directions:

Cast On 80 stitches and distribute evenly among your DPNs. If you’re using circular needles, be sure to add a marker to keep track of rows.

Knit 1, Purl 1 to create a rib stitch until your piece measures 2 inches.

Knit all Rows until your piece measures 5 inches total.

Crown Shaping:

Row 1: Knit 8, K 2 Together (known as k2tog from now on)* Repeat 3 more times.

Row 2 and all other even rows: Knit all Stitches

Row 3: Knit 7, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 5: Knit 6, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 7: Knit 5, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 9: Knit 4, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 11: Knit 3, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 13: Knit 2, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Cut your yarn with a long tail and thread it onto your yarn needle. Thread the end of your yarn through each remaining loop and pull tight. Weave in ends.

It might be the world’s easiest beanie to knit, but it’s a very warm, and very nice hat to receive as a gift or to wear during cold winter months. If you’re new to knitting, definitely give this hat a try!

Beanie Knitting Pattern

Reversible Fabric Tote Bag

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Reversible Tote Bag

Tote bags are the perfect bag.  Children can use tote bags to carry their school books or their piano lesson books.  Adults can use tote bags for grocery shopping or as a great bag to keep a lot of stuff in.  During college, I had my life organized by tote bags.  Each activity had a different tote bag ready to go that I could grab quickly and run out the door.  I would have been lost without my tote bags.

Mixing a matching fabric is also a passion of mine.  By combining a love of tote bags and mixing fabrics, this reversible tote bag will be perfect for you.

Materials:

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Fabric Yo-Yo Tank Top

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Upcycle a tank top with fabric yo-yo's!

Tank tops are a pretty versatile piece of clothing.  You can wear a tank top with shorts during the summer or pants during those days that go from hot in the morning to warmer in the afternoon.  During the winter, you can put a cardigan over a tank top with slacks for a nicer look.  The problem is that inexpensive tank tops tend to look boring and plain, while the fancier tank tops are more expensive.  By making and adding fabric yo-yos to a tank top, you can take it from boring to fabulous.

Materials:

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Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s another lovely Friday, and we are so excited to give away another prize! One lucky winner will receive this amazing Clover Bamboo Circular Needle Gift Set!

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This set includes seven 29 inch bamboo circular needles in sizes ranging from 7 – 15, all in a roll up carrying case!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week:  Do you live in the country, suburbs, or city?

If the comment box is not below, scroll to the top and click “comments”.

Free Stuff Friday Winner!

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It’s Monday again, and that means it’s time to give away another wonderful prize! Our lucky winner will be walking away with a Clover Bamboo Circular Needle Gift Set! Congratulations to… Monica!

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This set includes seven 29 inch bamboo circular needles in sizes ranging from 7 – 15, all in a roll up carrying case!

The winning answer to “If you could invent a flavor of ice cream, what would it be?” is…

“Peanut butter sundae ice cream! It would have vanilla ice cream (best ever sundae base), peanut butter cups, fudge, peanut butter sauce, and real whipped cream all swirled in! Mmmmmmm…”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

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