Tag Archives: Knitting

Helmet Hat

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Cooler temperatures have started trickling in where I live. Fall is returning and so is the need for knitwear. A close fitting cap makes an excellent bike hat to wear under your helmet. It provides extra warmth and some extra cushioning. A cable pattern gives this hat great texture. Though this pattern is for intermediate knitters, if you are a beginner knitter who wants to level up this is an excellent project to do so. Once mastered, cables are easy to do and are an impressive addition to knitted gifts.
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Knit Monster

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Monsters make the best toys. They come in seemingly endless shapes and sizes. This pattern will make a small cute monster toy but do experiment to make your own unique creature. Though the pattern is written for intermediate knitters, if you’re a beginner and want to level up, try making a knit monster. The pattern will teach you increases, decreases, shaping, Icord and sewing knit pieces together. Create your own unique monster by using different yarn colors and different sizes for eyes and teeth. Remember, there’s no wrong way to make a monster!

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Bubble Blanket

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Need a cute baby gift but not sure what to make? This DMC yarn kit comes with yarn for a cute bubble stitch baby blanket and a cuddle monkey. The yarn is soft and washable which will make the new parents happy. And the pattern is an easy way to level up your knitting skills. You only need to learn one new knit stitch to make this eye catching pattern.

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Knit Coasters

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Need a quick gift for a housewarming party? Or want to spruce up your own place with some homemade wares? These knit coasters are perfect for both. As an added bonus they’re a great project for beginner knitters to practice their knits and purls. After finishing, wrap these coasters with a pretty bow for a colorful gift!

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Create for a Cause – The Snuggles Project

Each month Think Crafts will feature an organization needing handmade items from crafters – like you! This month our focus is the Snuggles Project, a program of the Hugs Society – a nonprofit 501(3)(c) charitable organization.

What is a Snuggle?

The Snuggles Project definition is “a security blanket for shelter animals.” These blankets, or other comforting projects, provide a calming effect for frightened animals which in turn makes it more likely they will be adopted. As you can see below, some animals prefer their Snuggles to the bed the animal shelter provides!

The Snuggles Project website offers crochet, knitting, sew, and no-sew patterns. Snuggles may be small blankets to be used as a blanket, mat, or bed. They can be made of yarn, fleece, or fabric.

Suggested sizes are:

  • 14″ x 14″ for cats and small animals
  • 24″ x 24″ for cats and small to medium dogs
  • 36″ x 36″ for medium to large dogs

 

Not all the donated projects need to be blankets – some are “tubbies” made of yarn…

 

or toys.

Participants in the 22-year-old Snuggles Project program make Snuggles with the intention of donating them to an animal shelter to provide comfort and security to a homeless pet. The Snuggles Project website provides a state-by-state (and international) list of animal shelters accepting Snuggles donations. There is a printable donation form to accompany the Snuggle to increase awareness of the program. The Patterns FAQs answer many questions about appropriate projects and donation sites.

Why make a Snuggle?

There is joy in making and giving something which will provide physical and psychological comfort at a time when an animal feels the most vulnerable and hopeless. Snuggles can be a family, group, and intergenerational effort – the no-sew blankets can be made by children and seniors. The Snuggles Project does offer a membership (not required) which allows participation in the Snuggles Project Facebook Group and the Members Area.

Ready for a simple, fun project? Want a quick project to try out a new stitch or technique? Imperfections won’t matter to the animals. Someone is waiting for a Snuggle!

 

Create for a Cause – Head Huggers

I can’t lie, the first time I created for a cause when Disney was giving away free tickets for community service. I was stocked when I found that I could use my love for crochet to make hats, and get free Disney tickets! So for about a month, whenever I was relaxing in front of the tv to watch a movie or tv program, I was also making hats for newborns. I sent in way more than I needed to, and I never did use my free day pass, but I was so thankful to find a simple way to help others.

If you would like to Create for a Cause, I would love to help you, and to do that every month I am going to share an organization that would love your help!

 

Head Huggers

Do you knit? Crochet? Sew? Would you like to use this skill to help someone who has lost their hair due to chemotherapy, brain surgery, or burn wounds? Sue Thompson started Head Huggers to do just that, and would like to invite you to join her.

Sue started Head Huggers in December 2001 after meeting a wonderful lady who had a cold head while going through chemotherapy treatments for her then recently diagnosed breast cancer. Her one and only apparent side effect was that she had lost her hair. While they were out shopping and having lunch, this neat lady chose to wear a baseball cap to keep her head warm, even though the weather was mild.

A frequent side effect of chemotherapy, brain surgery, and burn wounds is hair loss and there are many folks out there with cool heads as a result. To provide needed hats for warmth, comfort, and dignity, Sue is building a workforce of craftspeople to create caps by knitting, crocheting, and/or sewing. These caps will be distributed to hospitals, oncology offices, hospices, etc. so that they can more readily be available, without cost, to those who have lost their hair.

If you are interested and would like more information (including patterns and ‘Head Huggers Guidelines’), please visit the Head Huggers website for information and patterns.

 

        

Quick Knits

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I’m a pretty avid knitter, but I almost exclusively knit sweaters. Sometimes among the slew of never ending collars or that dreaded second sleeve (the feeling of accomplishment after finishing the first one never lasts long), I need to just finish a project. Whether it’s chunky yarn, or a small result, I sometimes need to remember how great it is to finish a project. Here are some of my favorite quick knits.

Colorblocked Baby Booties

Colorblocked Baby Booties

Anything for babies is guaranteed to be finished quickly and look adorable. The color change in these cute booties keeps the pattern interesting, but not so interesting you won’t finish in a couple of hours.

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