6 Stocking Stuffers for Yarncrafters via LionBrand Blog

6 Stocking Stuffers for Yarncrafters

December 10th, 2010 by Jess

It’s getting very close to the holidays. If you’re like me, then you’ve purchased all of your large gifts, but you still have to pick up a few stocking stuffers and small gifts. Here are 6 easy ideas that you can pick up almost anywhere.

1. Tape measure. Crafters can never have too many measuring devices. Tailor’s tape or a retractable, flexible tape measure can be purchased up at craft, art, and department stores.

2. Scissors. Small, portable scissors are a must-have for any crafter on the go. For a special gift, select embroidery scissors come with an ornate design. Another great option is a pair of folding scissors. Find a pair at your favorite craft or department store.

3. Highlighter tape. This is handy for marking a pattern without leaving anything permanently. Pick up a roll or two at any craft, department, or office supply store.

4. Hand lotion. Cold weather can dry out the skin. It’s especially important for knitters and crocheters to keep their hands moisturized.

5. Special yarn. Every yarncrafter has a special yarn that she or he really desires. A few skeins of alpaca, cashmere, or sparkling yarn make the perfect indulgence. Be sure to buy enough to make a small project.

6. Gift certificates. These are the perfect gifts for the crafter who has everything. Check out our gift certificates here.

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This entry was posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 9:00 am and is filed under Community, Crafting, Crocheting, Knitting, Tips & How To .

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Last Minute Gifts via Bernat

I got this email from Bernat Yarns today and I wanted to share because these are great last minute gifts for yarn crafters to make:

Emergency Holiday Gifts!
Holiday Wine Toppers
It’s December already! If you’re falling behind on your Holiday crafting list, we have quick and easy gift ideas you can download and knit or crochet today.

Looking for last minute gifts in a pinch? A nice bottle of wine is often a good choice, but lacks a personal touch. Download these adorable wine bottle toppers to knit or crochet using Bernat Satin and make these last minute purchases stand out.

If you’re thinking accessories, it’s not too late to get started. Scroll down for some gorgeous, easy, fun, and fast fast fast projects in two of your favorite new yarns – Bernat Mosaic and Bernat Roving.

If all else fails, think about converting more knitters and crocheters to the cause! Fill a basket with yarn, an easy pattern from our Free Pattern Library, and the required needles or hooks. Volunteer a couple lessons to help the budding crafter get started. Don’t have what you need? Check out the Bernat Shop for yarn, accessories, baskets, and more.

Gingerbread Wine topper Holly Wine Topper
Roving Cowl Mosaic Scarf
No worries, the Bernat Free Pattern Library is loaded with projects you can whip up in an emergency. Here are just a few!
Gift Bag Coffee Cozies Market Bag Scarf and Hat
Doubleloop Cowl Crochet hat ZigZag Scarf LadderLoop Scarf

Remember that Bernat requires you to sign up for a free membership to download their patterns.

I am not affiliated with Bernat.

Craftiness….

Between work, sick kids, debilitating headaches and general life stress a lot of things have been put on the back burner lately. Crafts being a huge part which makes me sad considering how cathartic it can be. So tonight my legs were hurting from being outside at lunch in the cold with the kids so I took advantage of it and sat down for a minute and started a laptop cover for my new computer.

Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn Ultrasoft in Lotus Blossom

Just the name of the yarn made me happy. It reminds of coffee shop colors. I love it. I can’t wait to be able to put my laptop safely in it, protected from my 4 year olds prying hands!!!!

In two weekends I am also attending a Stampin’ Up workshop to see if a new business is in the works for me. Wouldn’t it be great to find a company I can work for and craft at the same time??? A girl can only dream. 🙂

Stay tuned for my giveaway. As soon as I can get a picture up I will start it.

Football Season is here! Make a hat for your favorite fan.

If your looking for a really easy pattern and want to make custom team colors visit Lion Brands website. All you need to do is sign up for a free account and you can save all you favorite knit and crochet patterns in one place!

 

Free Crochet Pattern: Home Team Hat

Home Team Hat

Lion Brand® Hometown USA®

Pattern #: L0104AD

 

SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner

SIZE: One Size
Finished circumference 20 in. (51 cm)

CORRECTIONS: None

 

Lion Brand® Hometown USA®

Pattern Shown uses Syracuse Orange

GAUGE:

7 single crochet and 9 rows = 4 in. (10 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

NOTES:

Hat is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join at end of rounds.

Click here to view pattern

Remember to open your free account to view the patterns.

*I am not affiliated with Lion Brand. Just love their patterns.

Cute Spring/Summer Crochet Crafts (via Lily Yarn)

Lily Yarn has a new pattern book out called Country Kitchen and here are some of the cute patterns in it:

Chicken Basket

Chicken Basket


Adorable chicken-shaped basket is great for presentation or even daily kitchenware storage. Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook.
Sizes
Approx 11 in (28 cm) square.
Materials
4 balls Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (70.9g), #01612 Country Yellow
1 ball #01530 Country Red
3 balls Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Twists (56.7g), #20533 Barnboard Twists

Chicken Egg Cozies

Chicken Egg Cozies


Answer the great question ‘what came first?’ once and for all with these hilarious chicken egg cozies. Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook.
Sizes
Approx 4.5 in (11.5 cm) tall x 3 in (7.5 cm) diameter..
Materials
Version 1
1 ball Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (70.9g), #01612 Country Yellow
1 ball #01530 Country Red
Version 2
3 balls Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Twists (56.7g), #20533 Barnboard Twists
1 ball Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (70.9g), #01612 Country Yellow
1 ball #01530 Country Red
Version 3
1 ball Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (70.9g), #01612 Country Yellow
1 ball #01004 Soft Ecru
1 ball #01530 Country Red

Cute huh? I personally can’t wait to make the chickens! There’s a ton more so check out the link.

For All  Gardeners out there here’s some really cute patterns for you!

Sugar’n Cream – Garden Apron (crochet)

Fun gardening apron with your favorite fruits and vegetables. Shown  in Lily Sugar'n Cream.

Fun gardening apron with your favorite fruits and vegetables. Shown in Lily Sugar’n Cream.

Skill Level
Easy

MEASUREMENTS
Approx 22½ x 23 ins [57 x 58.5 cm].

MATERIALS: Lily® Sugar ’n Cream
(Solids: 70.9 g/2.5 oz/109 m/120 yds)
(Ombres: 56.7g/2 oz/86 m/95 yds)
Main Color (MC)
(00084 Sage Green) 4 balls
Contrast A (00095 Red) 1 ball
Contrast B (01628 Hot Orange) 1 ball
Contrast C (01004 Soft Ecru) 2 balls

Sizes 4 mm (U.S. G or6) and 5 mm (US. H or 8) crochet hooks or size needed to obtain gauge. Small quantity of black yarn for embroidery.

GAUGE: 13 sc and 14 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger hook.

Click here to view the pattern

Sugar’n Cream – Kneeling Cushion (crochet)

Whimsical kneeling cushion to keep you comfy when gardening. Shown  in Lily Sugar'n Cream.

Whimsical kneeling cushion to keep you comfy when gardening. Shown in Lily Sugar’n Cream.

Skill Level
Easy

MEASUREMENTS
Approx 24 ins [61 cm] long x 16 ins [40.5 cm] wide x 3 ins [7.5 cm] deep.

MATERIALS
Lily® Sugar ’n Cream

(70.9 g/2.5 oz/109 m/120 yds )
Main Color (MC) (00083 Cornflower Blue) 6 balls
Contrast A (00001 White) 1 ball
Contrast B (01712 Hot Green) 3 balls

Sizes 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) and 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hooks or size needed to obtain gauge. 3 inch [7.5 cm] thick piece of foam 24 ins [61 cm] long x 16 ins [40.5 cm] wide. Zipper 22 ins [55 cm] long.

GAUGE
13 sc and 14 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger hook.

Click here to view the pattern

Traveling by car for spring break? Here's some #crafty suggestions.

Going to be on the road for Spring break this year? Check out some of these crafty suggestions for making your car ride go a little smoother.

Free Knitting Pattern: Car Blanket/Pillow

Image of Car Blanket/Pillow This warm blanket easily folds into a convenient travel size. It can also be used as a pillow! Featured in YarnPlay at Lion’s Brand Yarn site.

Click here for pattern.

Free Crochet Pattern: Half Caf Cozy

Image of Half Caf Cozy This coffee cup cozy is an eco-friendly alternative to cardboard drink sleeves.(via Lion’s Brand Yarn)

Click here for pattern

Free Crochet Pattern: Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Image of Tic-Tac-Toe Game This fun tic-tac-toe game set is the perfect travel entertainment. Featured in January 2010 BK4K.(via Lion’s Brand Yarn)

Click here for pattern

(FYI most sites that offer free patterns require you to register for their sites.)


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Valentines Love Birds

lovebirds

Too cute not to post!

Here’s the pattern:

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: 80015AD

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy

SIZE: One Size
3 in. (7.5 cm) tall

Amigurumi Love Birds

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

Work in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.

[This is for demo purposes only, counter can be found at Lions Brand HomePage]

Lion Brand Online Stitch Counter
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Detachable Counter: Click and drag to the part of the pattern you’re working. Your counter is automatically saved and will be here when you next use the pattern.

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Great new yarn…

I found this great new yarn made by Lions Brand.  It’s called Hometown USA. It’s thick and soft and really easy to use.  Here’s the scarf I made with it:

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It’s really warm and doesn’t scratch at all!

Another yarn of theirs that I am really liking is their Thick n Quick Wool-Ease yarn. I am making my Mom a scarf right now with it.  I will post it when I am done. The best part about that yarn is that it feels soft like acrylic yarn but doesn’t scratch like wool.

Cute Crochet Garland[Sugar & Cream]

Sugar’n Cream – Fun Decorations

(crochet)

Crochet a holiday garland with stars, flowers, or candy canes to dress up your tree or anywhere in your home! Approx 3.5 yds [3.25 m] long. Made in Lily Sugar'n Cream. 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook.

Crochet a holiday garland with stars, flowers, or candy canes to dress up your tree or anywhere in your home! Approx 3.5 yds [3.25 m] long. Made in Lily Sugar’n Cream. 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook.
Skill Level
Easy

Download Pattern:
ENG | FRAN

Our patterns are available as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Acrobat Reader is a free download from Adobe.

MATERIALS: Lily® Sugar’n Cream

Note: 56.7 g / 2 oz of yarn makes a Garland approx 3.5 yds [3.25 m] long.

Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge. Assorted beads for A or C only: silver, red, white ¼ inch [6 mm] in diameter. Hot glue.

GAUGE: 14 sc and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

ABBREVIATIONS: www.sugarncream.com/glossary

INSTRUCTIONS
Garland A:
(Little stars).
1st row: *Ch 11. Sl st in 4th ch from hook. (Ch 4. Sl st in same sp as last sl st) 4 times. Rep from * to required length. Ch 6. Fasten off. Glue bead in center of each Star.

Garland B: (Candy canes).
1st row: *Ch 14. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each of next 5 ch. 2 sc in each of next 2 ch (place marker on last worked ch). Ch 4. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 2 sc in each of next 2 ch. Ch 1. Sl st in marked ch. Rep from * to required length. Ch 7. Fasten off.

Garland C: (Flowers).
1st row: *Ch 15. Sl st in 5th ch from hook. (Ch 1. 1 sc. Ch 2. Sl st in top of sc – Picot made) 8 times in ch-5 ring. Rep from * to required length. Ch 9. Fasten off. Glue bead in center of each Flower.

For deals on yarn:

Eyelash Yarn(Case of 48)

Baby Yarn 6 Asst(Case of 48)

Chenille Yarn(Case of 48)

Holiday Deals:

Holiday Stickers

Black Photo Brag Bag

Perfect PresentHoliday Address Labels

On DasherNightshirt

Totally Gross The Game of Science, Ages 8+

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

Cute Crafts for Kids

pointsettaflowers

Poinsettia

Lion Brand® Alpine Wool – Lion® Wool

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

NOTES:

Materials are sufficient to make multiple Poinsettias.

POINSETTIA
First Petal

With A, ch 10.
*Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 2 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st in last ch; working along opposite side of foundation ch, ch 2, sl st in same ch as last sl st, sc in each of next 2 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next ch.
Do not fasten off. Ch 10 for next petal and repeat from * until 6 petals have been made. Fasten off.

LEAF
With B, work as for First Petal.

FINISHING
Sew petals together at center to form Poinsettia. With C, embroider several French knots in center of Poinsettia. Sew Leaf to Poinsettia. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
ch(s) = chain(s) hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)

Learn to Crochet Instructions:  http://learnToCrochet.LionBrand.com

christmasstamp

Stamped Gift Wrap

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

STAMP BLOCK
With pencil, sketch a simple design onto wood block. Working on one small section at a time, glue yarn over design outline. Allow to dry, then glue on additional yarn to completely or partially fill in design outline Allow to dry.

FINISHING
Gently press stamp block onto stamp pad, then onto paper as desired.

holidaycards

Materials:

7 balls of yarn-assorted colors

•Additional Materials
Cardstock or stiff paper
Large eyed embroidery needle
Ruler
Compass
Craft knife
Craft glue
Self adhesive stars
Blank folded greeting cards, about 3 1/2 in. (9 cm) square

Holiday Greeting Cards

Lion Brand® Vanna’s GlamourTM – Vanna’s Choice® – Hometown USATM

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

NOTES:

1. Materials are sufficient for multiple cards.
2. Tree and Gift Package cards are created by gluing yarn into shapes; Ornament and Initial cards are embroidered.

ORNAMENT CARD
Using compass, draw a 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) diameter circle onto front of a folded card. Sketch a 1/4 x 1/2 in. (6 x 13 mm) rectangle at top of circle, a small circle on top of rectangle, and a 1/2 in. (13 mm) band across width of circle. With C threaded into embroidery needle, work straight stitches over rectangle, small circle and edges of center band. Embroider straight stitch diagonal lines across center band of circle. With A threaded into embroidery needle, backstitch around remaining line of circle. If desired, glue a small piece of paper inside card to cover wrong side of embroidery.

INITIAL CARD
Sketch initial onto front of folded card. With D, threaded into embroidery needle, backstitch over outline of initial. If desired, glue a small piece of paper inside card to cover wrong side of embroidery.

TREE CARD
Mark a 1 1/2 x 3 in. (3.8 x 7.5 cm) rectangle onto cardstock. Lightly apply glue within marked rectangle. Adhere alternating short lengths of F and E to glued rectangle. Allow to dry. When dry, cut out rectangle along marked line. On reverse side of rectangle, mark centerpoint of one short side for top of tree. Draw a straight line from each lower corner to marked centerpoint for triangle sides and a straight line from centerpoint to divide triangle in half. Cut out triangle along marked side lines, then cut in half along center. Realign the triangle halves and glue to front of a folded card. Adhere a star to top of tree.

GIFT PACKAGE CARD
Cut a 1 12 in. (3.8 cm) square from cardstock. Wrap square with a doubled length of B in one direction.Thread D, doubled, into embroidery needle and weave over and under B strands. Glue square onto center of folded card. Glue a length of G across center of square and a small bow of G onto top of square.

snowman

Materials:

Holiday Homespun Yarn: Starlight 1 ball

1 ball of black yarn

Pom pom Maker

Hook – Size I-9

Stitch Markers

Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

Additional Materials
Craft glue
Small amount of orange yarn
Toothpick

Pom-pom Snowman

Lion Brand® Holiday Homespun® – Vanna’s Choice®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

SNOWMAN
With A and following package directions, make one large and one small pompom. Glue small pompom on top of larger pompom.

HAT
With B, ch 5. Join with slip st in beg ch to form a ring.
Note: Work in continuous rnds, do not join or turn.
Rnd 1: Place marker for beg of rnd, work 10 sc in ring.
Rnd 2: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around.
Rnds 3 and 4: Work through both loops, sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: Working through front loops only, work *2 double crochet in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in yarn ends on Hat. Glue Hat to Snowman.
Buttons
Tie 2 knots in a doubled length of B. Apply a small amount of glue to each knot and allow to dry. Trim yarn ends from knots, glue knots to Snowman for Buttons.
Eyes
Make same as buttons, using a single strand of B.
Nose
Wrap and glue orange yarn over about 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) at one end of toothpick. Allow to dry. Apply a small amount of glue to unwrapped end of toothpick, then insert into Snowman.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)

all patterns can be found on http://www.lionbrand.com

Need products to wrap your gifts?

Try these:

Snow PalsNotepads

Snowman Thank You Note Cards

Stacked Snowmen 2″ x 4″ Labels

Snowman Vellum Bags

Silvery SnowmenJumbo Rolled Gift Wrap

Small Xmas Bags(Case of 360)