Knit Simple Magazine Fall 2014 Preview

Have you seen the new Fall 2014 preview for Knit Simple Magazine? It has 50+ projects in it and is on sale starting July 22, 2014.

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Today is I ♥ Yarn Day!

Happy “I LOVE Yarn Day”! 

Sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America, I love YARN DAY on “October 11th, 2013 is the day to affirm your passion for yarn, whether you knit, crochet, craft or just adore fiber!”
If you Knit, Crochet, Spin, Weave or do ANYTHING AT ALL YARN related, this is your day!

Here at CUTE CROCHET CHAT, I am offering a 50% PATTERN DISCOUNT in ALL of my ETSY shops for today only! Use the COUPON CODE  –  TODAY  –  when you checkout at any of MY Etsy shops listed below and receive 50% off your entire order! All of my sites are INSTANT DOWNLOAD so you receive your order immediately! This coupon expires at midnight ET tonight!

 Jocelyn Designs

Too Cute Crochet

Cute Crochet Shop

Many, many yarn related crochet and knit sites are offering specials today ONLY, so don’t miss out! Scroll down to see just SOME of the specials that are going on Today Only. If you know of other specials that would be of interest to our readers or are running a special in your own shop, PLEASE FEEL FREE to LIST THEM with links IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! Thank you!

Yarnpirations is a brand new website which features yarns from Caron, Lily, Bernat and Patons all in one place! For today ONLY, they are offering 25% off all yarn and free shipping on orders over $35.

Vogue Knitting is celebrating I Love Yarn Day with a knitting and crochet pattern sale. All patterns are $2.99 today ONLY!

Leisure Arts is celebrating ALL WEEKEND with 25% off ALL knit and crochet titles!

Annie’s Crafts is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY ONLY, of 50 Stitches for Afghans when you buy 3 or more skeins of yarn.

Today is I ♥ Yarn Day!

Happy “I LOVE Yarn Day”! 

Sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America, I love YARN DAY on “October 11th, 2013 is the day to affirm your passion for yarn, whether you knit, crochet, craft or just adore fiber!”
If you Knit, Crochet, Spin, Weave or do ANYTHING AT ALL YARN related, this is your day!

Here at CUTE CROCHET CHAT, I am offering a 50% PATTERN DISCOUNT in ALL of my ETSY shops for today only! Use the COUPON CODE  –  TODAY  –  when you checkout at any of MY Etsy shops listed below and receive 50% off your entire order! All of my sites are INSTANT DOWNLOAD so you receive your order immediately! This coupon expires at midnight ET tonight!

 Jocelyn Designs

Too Cute Crochet

Cute Crochet Shop

Many, many yarn related crochet and knit sites are offering specials today ONLY, so don’t miss out! Scroll down to see just SOME of the specials that are going on Today Only. If you know of other specials that would be of interest to our readers or are running a special in your own shop, PLEASE FEEL FREE to LIST THEM with links IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! Thank you!

Yarnpirations is a brand new website which features yarns from Caron, Lily, Bernat and Patons all in one place! For today ONLY, they are offering 25% off all yarn and free shipping on orders over $35.

Vogue Knitting is celebrating I Love Yarn Day with a knitting and crochet pattern sale. All patterns are $2.99 today ONLY!

Leisure Arts is celebrating ALL WEEKEND with 25% off ALL knit and crochet titles!

Annie’s Crafts is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY ONLY, of 50 Stitches for Afghans when you buy 3 or more skeins of yarn.

CRAFTSY Free Class for One Day ONLY, Saturday MAY 18, 2013!

CRAFTSY FREE CLASS DAY!

Are you a member of CRAFTSY yet? If not, today is the day you should join! And if you already are, but have NEVER purchased a class, don’t miss out on this great promotion to take a class for FREE!
When you take an online class at Craftsy, it is available to you for life. You can’t beat that deal, especially today when it is FREE! 
Come and celebrate FREE CLASS DAY at Craftsy!
Today’s promotion is for first-time class takers only.

Choose from one of the classes offered & sign up for your first Craftsy class for FREE, Saturday, May 18, 2013 only!

Today is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, cake decorating, and more. Learn from the world’s best instructors in the comfort of your home with Craftsy’s high-definition online classes.
Share Craftsy Free Class Day with your friends! Help us reach 10,000 new Craftsy students today and we’ll make a donation of $5,000 to DonorsChoose.org to fund projects for classrooms in need!

CRAFTSY Free Class for One Day ONLY, Saturday MAY 18, 2013!

CRAFTSY FREE CLASS DAY!

Are you a member of CRAFTSY yet? If not, today is the day you should join! And if you already are, but have NEVER purchased a class, don’t miss out on this great promotion to take a class for FREE!
When you take an online class at Craftsy, it is available to you for life. You can’t beat that deal, especially today when it is FREE! 
Come and celebrate FREE CLASS DAY at Craftsy!
Today’s promotion is for first-time class takers only.

Choose from one of the classes offered & sign up for your first Craftsy class for FREE, Saturday, May 18, 2013 only!

Today is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, cake decorating, and more. Learn from the world’s best instructors in the comfort of your home with Craftsy’s high-definition online classes.
Share Craftsy Free Class Day with your friends! Help us reach 10,000 new Craftsy students today and we’ll make a donation of $5,000 to DonorsChoose.org to fund projects for classrooms in need!

Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers by Amy Polcyn

I am so happy to be the fifth stop in the Blog Tour of Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers by Amy Polcyn and House of White Birches!

This is a great book of thirteen knitted slippers patterns by Amy Polcyn. There is something for every taste and skill level! Directions are given for three different sizes and the instructions are easy to follow and explained well. Following the review, Amy was gracious enough to answer some questions about her design work.

Brightly Beaded Moccasins is one of my favorite pair of slippers in the book. They look so comfortable and functional, but because of the added touch of seed beading, have just the right touch of elegance. The color pattern looks simple to do and is highlighted by contrasting beads that are sewn in place. What a nice addition!

Crochet Cafe: Can you explain the beading technique that is used on the finished knitted slipper? 
Amy: To keep it easy and to use the size beads I wanted,  I simply sewed the beads in place on the finished slipper, following the chart and using matching thread.  Alternately, you could string the beads on the yarns and knit them in as you go, but along with working the colorwork pattern at the same time this might be too “fussy” for some. If you choose to string the beads on the yarn, slightly larger beads may be required.

Crochet Cafe: Is there a special technique for changing colors in knitting?
Amy: I used a stranded colorwork technique for the toe of the slippers, similar to Fair Isle designs.  Carry the yarn not in use loosely along the wrong side of the work, and knit each stitch in the color shown on the chart.  To keep the work from puckering, be sure to avoid pulling the yarn tightly when making a color change.  This usually requires keeping the tension looser than you would normally. 

Another great pair of slippers in this book are Mary Jane Slippers. Mary Jane’s are one of my most favorite designs to crochet and having a fun, simple pattern in knitting is a great change of pace. Using variegated yarn, as shown in the photo, makes a simple garter stitch even more attractive!

Crochet Cafe: Would a beginning knitter be able to follow this pattern?
Amy: These and are an excellent choice for a beginner!  The slippers are worked in garter stitch throughout, so each row is knitted (no purling).  Although the short row heel may seem tricky for a new knitter with the “wrap and turn” instruction, it is simply a matter of moving the yarn between the needles, slipping the next stitch, and moving the yarn back. The bulky yarn and larger needles make this a fast project, so even a new knitter can be done in no time. For a more experienced knitter, it’s possible to whip these out in an evening.  I’m planning to make a few pairs of these for myself to use up some leftover yarn– Mary Janes are my favorite.

Crochet Cafe: Do you have a favorite way to cast on your stitches?
 Amy: My favorite cast on is the long tail.  I think it’s fast to work, easy, and gives a neat, fairly elastic edge.  I don’t like taking the time to calculate how long the tail needs to be before casting on, though, so I just overcompensate and cut off the excess when I’m done.  
Thanks, Amy! 
Knit a Dozen Plus Slippers can be purchased HERE
Be sure to check out the next stop on this blog tour tomorrow at:
Two Sticks and a Sheep by Amy Duncan 

Contest Winner of "Knit It Felt It" Book!

Congratulation to Dulcy, of Alabama, who was randomly chosen as the WINNER of our first ever, First Friday Freebie contest! Dulcy is working on her very first felted project, so we hope the felting book will be inspirational for her!
Thank you so very much to all who commented and participated.
Stay tuned for our next First Friday Freebie contest on August 7, 2009!