Crochet Heart Stitch and Crochet Rose Stitch – Janet’s Garden CAL August

Crochet Heart Stitch and Crochet Rose Stitch – Janet’s Garden CAL August

Crochet heart stitch? Crochet rose stitch? That’s right, summer’s coming to a close and so we’re remembering the warmth with roses and hearts. These two stitch patterns are very sweet and can be incorporated into so many other projects. They are also fun to make.

The crochet heart stitches are made by working over shell stitches. The roses are made with popcorn stitches, which are one of the few stitches that require you to remove your crochet hook from your stitches. They also use dc cluster stitches for the leaves.

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Handmade by Stefanie

Handmade by Stefanie

Review: Garter Stitch Shawl Kit from Kraemer Yarns

I love garter stitch for a lot of reasons; besides being easy-peasy, it's always squishy and lays nice and flat without the edges curling. When you combine that with the effect created by knitting each row in a different color, a simple project is transformed into something that's extra special!
The kind folks from Kraemer Yarns sent me a Garter Stitch Shawl Kit from their Festival Wear Collection, which features knitted and crocheted garments and accessories using their Tatamy base, a cotton/acrylic blend that is available two weights (DK and Worsted) and a palette of solid and tweed colors.      

I tend to avoid working with cotton yarns because they are less pliable than wool and wool blends, which translates into hand pain while I knit, but I'm pleased to report that the Tatamy was nice and pliable. I was able to knit without any hand pain!
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V-Stitch Crochet Section of the Janet’s Garden CAL

V-Stitch Crochet Section of the Janet’s Garden CAL

V-Stitch crochet is one of my favorite crochet techniques. It’s fast and so easy to make, plus it looks really nice. In July the Janet’s Garden CAL will grow using the double crochet v-stitch. If you are playing around with colors, then this is the perfect month to have some fun with color changes.

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011: Hoppin’ for Yarn

011: Hoppin’ for Yarn

Yarn Review: Kraemer Yarn’s Tatamy DK

Kraemer Yarns was kind enough to send Anne two balls of their Tatamy Tweed DK, a lovely cotton and acrylic blend that is machine washable and dryable. Their Festival Wear pattern line is full of summery projects for knitters and crocheters! Anne knit the Summer Treasure Bag to give the yarn a test drive and was happy with both the pattern and the yarn! A complete review is available in the episode!

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Underground Crafter

Underground Crafter

I’ve teamed up with 28 other bloggers for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along! We’re bringing you a month full of free patterns to kick start the handmade holiday season — including crochet, knitting, and sewing projects. There’s something new to make every day in July, and you can also enter to win great prizes from some of our favorite companies!

Kraemer Yarns is providing two winners with three skeins of Perfection, a worsted weight blend of U.S. merino and acrylic yarn, in holiday colors: Crimson, Holly, and Snowflake. Show your support by following Kraemer Yarns on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

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The Corner of Knit & Tea

The Corner of Knit & Tea

This spring Kraemer Yarns released a new collection of patterns and was featured in Knitty magazine’s cover pattern, Opportune by Emily Ringelman.  Kraemer decided to offer reviewers their choice of Tatamy Tweed and a pattern from their collection or enough yarn to knit Opportune. I decided a summer sweater/beach coverup looked great and ordered Tatamy Tweed DK in the colorway Loganberry.

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Janet’s Garden CAL June - Part 5

Janet’s Garden CAL June - Part 5

The Catherine’s Wheel crochet stitch is featured in the June section of the Janet’s Garden CAL. It’s actually super easy and fun to make. I’ve wanted to learn this stitch for a while, and I finally had chance. I see more Catherine’s Wheel crochet stitch patterns in my future!

Find all the details and additional links about Janet’s CAL HERE.

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Swatching in the Round with Kraemer Yarns

Tips for swatching hand-dyed yarn from Kraemer Yarns

Hand-dyed Kraemer Yarn, in the skein and caked

A hand-dyed yarn is a thing of beauty! Did you know that Kraemer Yarns carries a wide variety of natural, undyed yarns that can be hand-dyed? Shown above is a skein of Lesley, dyed by Sharon Ivy, in her “African Parrot” colorway. You could jump right in and cast on your next project, but if you take the time to swatch you will learn a lot about the yarn including your gauge and how the colorway works up. 

Crochet swatch and knit swatch of hand-dyed yarn

Washing and blocking the swatch the way you intend to care for the final garment or accessory is an important step to determine an accurate gauge! This is true for both knitters and crocheters! Today we’re focusing on knitting. Many knitters will find that their gauge is different in a piece knit flat versus in the round. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s simply that by making a knit or purl stitch, the yarn is held slightly differently. In a flat stockinette piece, one row is knit, the next is purled. Stockinette in the round only involves knitting the stitches. So, what if your item is to be knit in the round for a sweater, hat, cowl, or socks? You could cast on and begin knitting a tube as your swatch, but there is a shortcut for swatching in the round!

Shortcut for swatching in the round

Cast on your stitches using a long circular needle. 

At the end of the row, do not turn the work, rather slide the stitches back to the beginning of the needle.

Carry the working yarn behind your row of cast on stitches, and begin knitting across the row. 

At the end of this row, do not turn your work, slide the stitches back to the beginning and carry the yarn behind.

If you keep your fingers holding the needle in between the needle and the yarn carried behind, that should help avoid pulling that carried yarn too tightly in back!

If you’ve ever made an i-cord, this will feel familiar! Continue on until you have a sizeable swatch and do not worry about those loose side stitches. 

Treat this the way you would a flat swatch - wash and block! Everything flattens out! If your yarns across the back get twisted as shown above, that is ok. 

Compare a swatch knit flat and knit in the round

Both stockinette swatches were knit using a US2 fixed circular needle. The flat swatch has a gauge measurement of 8 stitches/inch where the circular swatch checks in at 8.75 stitches/inch. You can also see the swatch knit flat shows a simple stripe while the one knit “in the round” shows a simple stripe with subtle flashing. In our opinion, that’s a good gauge and style for socks! We’ll be casting on a pair of summer shorty style socks. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram feeds for the result!

Would you like to win a skein of this beautiful hand-dyed yarn to practice this new technique? Leave a comment below letting us know if you always swatch or never swatch! We will draw two winners on July 8, 2019. 

Don’t forget to pin this post! 

Swatching in the round shortcut with Kraemer Yarns

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Tatamy Tweed on The Corner of Knit and Tea Episode 232

Tatamy Tweed on The Corner of Knit & Tea, Episode 232. Check it out:

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Janet’s Garden CAL May - Part 4

Janet’s Garden CAL May - Part 4

 Is it time for a break? I know last month’s CAL rounds were a bit…intense. May’s rounds of the Janet’s Garden CAL feature easy crochet eyelet rounds. Made in just one color May gives you a nice break from some of the more intricate sections of this sampler blanket. Next month is going to be a bit more involved, so take the break while you can!

Get May HERE

Find all the details and additional links about Janet’s CAL HERE.

 

Beth Aidala
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Janet’s Garden CAL April Part 3

Janet’s Garden CAL April Part 3

This month we are going to complete 2 sections of the Janet’s Garden Blanket. Both sections feature post stitches, which you can learn more about HERE. The first section gives a knit look, and the second makes a nifty zig-zag. It will be important to block each of these sections to get a nice look on your finished blanket.

Find all the details and additional links about Janet’s CAL HERE.

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Janet's Garden CAL part 2

Janet's Garden CAL part 2

 Now that you’ve made the center square of your blanket, it’s time to turn it on its side! That’s right, we’re making the sides into the corners and the corners into the sides. It’s way easier then it sounds, and super fun! Once you learn how to do this, you will be shifting squares left and right!

Find all the details and additional links about Janet’s CAL HERE.

Yarn support for the Janet’s Garden CAL was provided by Kraemer Yarns. You can find Kraemer’s at the following links: WebsiteTwitterFacebookPinterestYouTube, and Instagram. I also highly recommend signing up for their newsletter so you can stay on top of what’s new at Kraemer and be entered in the monthly drawing for a $100 yarn jackpot. You can also find a coupon code for Kraemer Yarn on the January Janet’s CAL Post HERE.

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