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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have Accessories

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! These must-have accessories come with your added personal touch, and will be cherished for years to come.

    Handy Handbags

    Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude, lays out step-by-step instructions to make crocheting the six beautiful handbags found in Must Have Handbags. All projects are rated easy, so grab those needles and crochet a purse or two for loved ones on your list!

    Must Have Handbags #75733

    Great Last-Minute Gifts

    With more than 40 stylish hats, gloves, scarves, & more, you'll have lots of last-minute gifts to create! The Big Book Of Crochet Accessories has projects to warm and/or fancy up every part of your body, or that of a loved one! Learn new techniques and put old ones to new, exciting uses with easy-to-follow instructions.

    Big Book Of Crochet Accessories #7578

    Make Your First Shawl

    Create your first stylish knit shawl with "Make Your First" Boomerang Shawls. Marly Bird guides you through every step to create 10 beautiful shawls, perfect for those on your holiday list! Choose from garter stitch, stockinette stitch, seed stitch and simply lace patterns and let the yarn do most of the work with self-striping or variegated.

    Boomerang Shawls #7553

    Warm Their Necks & Hearts

    Can you ever really have enough scarves? Each design in Beat the Chill is more fabulous than the last, and each is destined to warm your neck or that of a loved one! We’re sure of it. So grab some fancy fabric and coordinating thread and sew all nine of these beautiful designs!

    Beat the Chill #7570

    New Generation Latch Hook

    Latch Hook might not be the first craft that comes to mind when you think of colorful, contemporary, and cutting edge. But it offers modern creators endless possibilities combining contemporary designs with this classic craft to create this collection for a new generation.

    (bags or denim jacket accent) Latch Hook: 12 Projects for the Modern Maker #LEA7675

    Bend & Wrap Your Next Masterpiece

    If you’ve been searching for a fun, fabulous, and affordable way to express yourself, then allow us to introduce you to Wire Crafts! With just a pair of pliers and a little craft wire, you’ll be amazed at what you can create! Brought to you by wire artist Alice Nieh, you’ll be bending, wrapping, and twisting that wire into sculptures and fancy lettering in no time.

    Wire Crafts - 18 Wire Wrapping Projects to Bend, Wrap and Twist #7638

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Accessoriely yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The items we're featuring today will make great stocking stuffers.

    Holiday Gift Guide

    Toasty Hands, Happy Heart

    These 10 easy-to-stitch hand warmers are functional, fashionable, fast, and will stuff perfectly into a stocking! Toasty Hand Warmers is a "Make Your First" book with progressive learning techniques for true beginners. You'll be amazed at how many hand warmers you will want to crochet.

    Toasty Hand Warmers - Progressive Learning techniques for a "Make Your First" Experience #7541

    Hand-Knitted Cozy Perfection

    Nothing says cozy perfection quite like a hand-knitted garment, and this Best of Knit Accessories collection says it loudest and proudest with more than 40 fabulous projects! From fingerless mitts and lightweight shawls to the warmest scarves, hats, and cowls, you’ll uncover a project for everyone on your list!

    Modern Tye-Dyeing

    Take tie-dye techniques to the next level with Shibori, Ice & Dip Dyeing. You’ll be dyeing your favorite home accents & accessories like this keyring and necklace below! Just imagine the looks on their faces when they find this in their stocking and realize YOU created it just for them!

    Key Ring & Necklace; Shibori, Ice & Dip Dyeing - 12 How-To Fashion and Home Tie-Dye Projects #7526

    Versatile, Wondrous Resin Creations

    The beautiful coasters found in Resin Creation make great stocking stuffers! Resin is a versatile, wondrous material that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors. So many possibilities! And DIY enthusiast Lily Ardor helps you explore said possibilities and teach you all the ins and outs.

    Resin Creation - 12 Step-by-Step Projects Plus Tips and Techniques for Resin Pouring #7648

    Make Or Gift: You Decide

    With this Mini Maker Bracelet Loom, weave your own bracelets to stuff all the stockings, or give the loom as a gift for your budding weavers! Either way, it's sure to bring a smile to their faces on Christmas day!

    Mini Maker Bracelet Loom - Includes Loom, Comb, Tool, & Instructions #50974

    Try one or all of these quick stocking stuffer projects! Quick and easy for you, and all of them are sure to please!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Stuffingly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Thanksgiving Inspiration

    "Thanksgiving is the quickest path to joy."
    -Jefferson Bethke

    Bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your home with projects that celebrate the season. From crochet table-tops to turkey dishcloths and a seasonal quilt, we've got you covered.

    Top Your Table

    Cover your table top with the colors of Thanksgiving with the Treasury of Holiday Crochet. This irresistible 160-page book is a celebration of celebrations, with a big collection of crochet projects to remember the seasons and holidays holidays throughout the year.

    Treasury of Holiday Crochet #5632C

    Give Thanks

    Give thanks with a little extra twinkle! Holiday Book. Diamond dot your way though the holidays with 10 projects begging to come to life with those fabulous 13-faceted Diamond Dotz® gems!

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    Clean Up Prettier

    Thanksgiving clean-up just got easier or, at least prettier, with these knit dishcloths. Dishcloths for Special Days gets you started on making your kitchen decor all the brighter with these festive dishcloths!

    Dishcloths for Special Days #5660

    Bring Thanksgiving To Life

    Dress up your Thanksgiving table with Thanksgiving Favorites in Plastic Canvas. You'll find a majestic turkey, pilgrim boy and girl, and a turkey magnet for your refrigerator.

    Thanksgiving Favorites in Plastic Canvas ePattern #800328

    Thanksgiving Heirloom

    This Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch ePattern was adapted from an antique postcard, and will quickly become a treasured holiday heirloom!

    Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch ePattern #800617

    Just Like Magic

    Within the pages of It's Quilt Magic, you’ll uncover the mysterious secret to three-sided success. You’ll be cutting and sewing and blocking those triangular babies in no time!

    It's Quilt Magic - 16 Projects that Take the Mystery Out of Triangles #7645C

    Like many special occasions this year, Thanksgiving may be a little different this year. All the more reason, we believe, that crafting and creating is more important. Bring the peace and thankfulness of the holiday to your home. You'll be grateful you did.

    Please share your holiday creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Thankfully yours,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • Halloween Tote: Reflective® Finish

    My last blog entry told you about my trials and tribulations while learning how to crochet in the round. I shared with you my swatches and what I learned from each example.  I was very anxious to get started using the yarn specific for the project, Halloween Tote.  The project is one from Leisure Arts' item #75526 - Light-Reflecting Fashions.

    All projects in Light-Reflecting Fashions (Leisure Arts' #75526) use Red Heart® Reflective® yarn. All projects in Light-Reflecting Fashions (Leisure Arts' #75526) use Red Heart® Reflective® yarn.

    All the projects in this leaflet use Red Heart® Reflective® yarn.  October 31st is fast approaching so let me make one more review of my project instructions and off I go to get started!

    Having crocheted multiple swatches earlier, familiarized me to the pattern instructions, as well as setting my expectations of working with multiple strands of yarn. Not that some unexpected twists and turns couldn't happen, but I thought I was prepared. Oops; a snag!

    I'm so excited to start the bottom of the tote with Red Heart® Reflective® yarn. Uh-oh; there are two frayed, snagged areas so I'll be careful! I'm so excited to start the bottom of the tote with Red Heart® Reflective® yarn. Uh-oh; there are two frayed, snagged areas so I'll be careful!

    Both of these snagged areas looked worse than they were! I could easily tuck any loose fibers in between all four strands of yarn. I finished the bottom and was pleased that I did not have large holes in the composition of each stitch.

    The range of crochet hook sizes for the Halloween Tote project. I chose the middle hook marked Size P, 11.5 mm. The range of crochet hook sizes for the Halloween Tote project. I chose the middle hook marked Size P [11.5 mm].
    I chose to work with the middle hook as pictured above. The size stamped on it says Size P [11.5 mm]. This is smaller than the millimeter hook range as listed in the book's project instructions (SizeP/Q [15 mm]) but I was pleased with the results and the hook was comfortable to hold.

    As I approached Round 11 I took a closer look at my rounds and was pleased, except...except for the joining stitches! I couldn't understand why each stitch looked so loose on several rounds. Then I counted my most recent round and had one too many stitches! OUCH! I was very frustrated because I thought I marked the proper first single crochet stitch and managed the tension successfully while holding four strands. Quite the contrary!

    I did some research about the joining of rounds and what pitfalls crocheters experience. The reply by Karen of Colour in a Simple Life to one of her reader's problems addressed this issue. Karen showed a marked photograph, as well as a written explanation, which solved my dilemma; read it here in the blog entry, Colour in the Winter Blues from 2013.  Thank you, Karen!

    I do not have a picture of the ugliness of the five rounds before I ripped them out. But I was relieved to know that there was a solution -- and it really worked. I'll show you several pictures of the corrected rounds with their joining stitches looking neat and blending in with the other single crochet stitches quite nicely.

    The end of this round; now I clearly see my first single crochet marked with a stitch marker. The end of this round; now I clearly see my first single crochet marked with a stitch marker.
    The joining stitches for each round now look much tighter and blend more easier with the other stitches than my first try. The joining stitches for each round now look much tighter and blend more easier with the other stitches than my first try.
    Even looking at the joining stitches close up, they look consistent and neat. There could be improvement, but I am happy with each round. Even looking at the joining stitches close up, they look consistent and neat. There could be improvement, but I am happy with each round.
    Marked my first single crochet at the beginning of a new round. Marked my first single crochet at the beginning of a new round.

    I was happy to continue with my orange for the tote's body. Soon, I must change colors to black for the top section which included making handles. Another challenge since I had never done anything other than a flat pattern. It's tricky to work with dark colors because it really is challenging to see the stitches. Thank goodness I wasn't learning a new stitch on top of using a dark color for the first time!

    Almost done; I just joined the black yarn. Dark colors make it harder to see each stitch! Almost done; I just joined the black yarn. Dark colors make it harder to see each stitch!

    I did have to rip out the first handle once, but after that I "saw" the stitches more clearly and could complete the handles successfully. If I was an experienced crocheter, I might have opted to make the handles thicker. I say this because if this tote bag will be used by an avid trick-or-treater who might gather multiple pounds of candy, while swinging the bag to-and-fro, I might try to add another round to the handles.

    It really looks like a tote bag! Now for the finishing touches: the spider web and spider! EEK! It really looks like a tote bag! Now for the finishing touches: the spider web and spider! EEK!

    Okay - let's make this tote bag Halloween-ready...

    Voila; now I can more safely walk the neighborhood for trick-or-treat fun! Voila; now I can more safely walk the neighborhood for trick-or-treat fun!

    The spider web was not difficult to do. Just count the number of stitches/spaces to determine where to stitch your web in a fairly symmetrical placement on your Halloween Tote. Ta-dah, done! I love it, and not in a braggadocios way, but in an accomplished manner. It is a very compact and sturdy tote bag.

    Have fun getting revved up for October 31st by planning your decorations, costumes, and trick-or-treat travel route. Happy Halloween!

    Martha

     

     

  • Summer Yarn: Finger Crochet a Scarf or Necklace in Cotton

    I do love scarves as a great embellishment to most outfits. They can be fun and funky, or sleek and classic; chunky for coats, silky for dresses. Now that summer temperatures and humidity are looming, I don't want anything heavy, bulky or scratchy around my neck.  But I do want to wear a little extra color and pizzazz to more casual outfits. The perfect solution is a light-weight, airy Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace in cotton yarn!

    After choosing my yarn colors, I was off making chain after chain. I did hold my yarn a little differently than demonstrated in Leisure Arts' Finger Crochet video, (this video is found as an additional video listed with the, "Learn to Arm Knit" video. Scroll down below the initial viewing window and select the Finger Crochet video). Once I got comfortable with how I was finger crocheting, I easily fell into a rythym.

    Make chain stitches one after another creating a long chain for your Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace. Make crochet chain stitches one after another creating a long chain for your Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace.

    I knew Leisure Arts had both a video tutorial and pattern associated with finger crocheting, so all I had to do was to rummage through my cotton yarn stash and choose some colors. When I learned how to arm knit, I remember seeing a bonus finger crochet pattern shown in the leaflet, 75517 - Learn How to Arm Knit. If you don't have a stash of yarn but are quite intrigued by arm knitting and finger crocheting, you might consider purchasing a kit that has all needed supplies included! The kit's contents found in 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit includes yarn, an instruction booklet with a finger crochet scarf pattern and tassel/pom-pom making techniques.

    My Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace is growing. Finger Crochet is described in several Leisure Arts' items: 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit Kit and 75517 - Learn How to Arm Knit. My Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace is growing. Finger Crochet is described in Leisure Arts' items 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit Kit and 75517 - Learn How to Arm Knit.

    I chose colors that were definitely summery that elicited thoughts of beach breezes, mild winds, shoreline discoveries, porch swings, bare feet...relaxed fun. Trying to look fresh and cool during the summer can sometimes be difficult. In order to remain comfortable while adding some relaxed embellishment to my outfits, I wanted to use cotton yarn. It is light-weight and breathable. Both of these characteristics were necessities for my scarf or necklace that I planned to drape around my neck during the summer!

    Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn in colors Cornflower Blue and Cool Breeze Ombre. The Learn to Arm Knit booklet that is included in the kit; note the Bonus items listed on the front cover. Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn in colors Cornflower Blue and Cool Breeze Ombre. The Learn to Arm Knit booklet standing next to the box is included in the KIT; note the Bonus items listed on the front cover.

    I knew I had to have a very long chain to loop multiple times around my head in order to drape properly. I just kept in the zone of chaining; it was much easier to keep going once I started rather than breaking my time up into crocheting segments. I never did measure my final length of chain; I can only guess how long it was if the inside loop measures 27" in diameter when I laid it on the table.

    Close-up of the length of chain looped around and around trying to determine the final appearance of the scarf or necklace. Close-up of the length of chain looped around and around trying to determine the final appearance of the Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace.
    Finger crochet chain - chain - chain to whatever length you desire! The inside circle loop measures 27". Finger crochet: chain - chain - chain to whatever length you desire! The inside circle loop measures 27" inches in diameter.

    As I was crocheting, I thought of adding a little something more to finish the scarf a little differently than the examples that I had seen showing bulky yarns. I did not want to add weight to my project because that would defeat the purpose of the scarf or necklace being light-weight. I returned to my stash and found a solution!

    Other supplies used: 7-9mm Freshwater Pearls, Stretch Magic bead and jewelry cord (0.7 mm / 0.28 in), and a wooden button (1.5" in diameter). Other supplies used: 7-9mm Freshwater Pearls, Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord (0.7 mm / 0.28 in), and a wooden button (1.5" in diameter).

    I strung some Freshwater Pearls onto Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord before weaving into one section of my project.

    Fresh water pearls strung on the Stretch Magic cord to add a little glimmer to the chain. Freshwater Pearls strung on the Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord to add a little glimmer to the chain.

    I attached the scarf or necklace together as described in leaflet 75517 - Learn to Arm Knit or instruction booklet contained in the 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit KIT. Then, I added a wooden button as my signature - I love buttons, too!

    The final Finger Crochet Scarf / Necklace has seven loops, not six as pictured when the innermost loop measured 27" inches in diameter. The final Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace has seven loops, not six as pictured when the innermost loop measured 27" inches in diameter.

    The Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace is in summer colors and is a free-flowing pattern of loops. it is light-weight even with its added Freshwater Pearls and wooden button, and will feel cool hanging around my neck since it is made using cotton yarn.

    A snapshot at the end of the day; the necklace is a good length. A snapshot at the end of the day; the necklace is a good length.

    This is a great way to end a few long, hot days -- and summer hasn't officially begun! Until next time, stay cool!

    Martha

  • Crochet Fingerless Mittens

    Hats & Handwarmers for the Family

    I crocheted these Fingerless Mittens for a friend’s birthday. The colors reminded me of a new box of crayons and she loves lots of colors. I didn’t get this from pattern from a Leisure Arts book. But here is a Leisure Arts book that has a great pattern. It is Hat & Handwarmers for the Family. That you could modify to make it look like the one in the photo. Just crochet to cover the palm of the hand and if you don’t want to crochet the thumb then don’t that is your call.

    Fingerless Mittens - Crochet

    This is how I made my Fingerless Mittens:

    With a size H crochet hook I chained 28 stitches. (If H is too small or big you can go up or down a crochet hook size) I joined it in the round with a slip stitch. I made sure not to twist it. Use a place marker so you know where you joined in the round.

    Row 1: single crochet.

    Row 2: single crochet into the back stitch and repeat for 16 rounds.

    Increase rounds: crochet two single stitches into the stitch before your place marker and into the stitch on the other side of the place marker. Your next round is a single crochet into the black stitch. Continue these two rows four more times until you have 38 stitches.

    Thumb and palm: crochet until 4 stitches before the place marker and chain 3 count four stitches past and crochet. Use a place marker in the second chain so you can keep up were you joined it in the round. You should have skipped a total of 9 stitches. (The last stitch before the chain I did a single crochet through the whole stitch and also a whole stitch when joining the thumb hole. This makes it stronger.) Then single crochet into the back stitch for 8 rounds.

    Fingerless mittens are a great gift idea for birthdays, Christmas, or just because you want to do something for someone special.

     

  • Summer Headbands

    FullSizeRender (18) Roxanne's Headband

    I created this pattern a couple of years ago right after I learned how to crochet. I can’t stand to have my hair in my eyes especially during the summer. This pattern is quick and easy. It should only take about 30 minutes. I also like to use Lily’s Sugar’n Cream yarn because it is 100% cotton. Cotton breathes a lot better than acrylic yarns, especially during this time of year - you want some ventilation. I used a size H crochet hook.  You can crochet headbands in all sorts of colors to wear with everything!

    First you chain 28.

    Then for your first row go into the 25th chain with 3 double crochets, and single chain in between the 2nd and 3rd double crochet.

    Then for the rest of the headband you will chain 3 at the start of every row and 3 double crochets with a single chain after the 2nd and 3rd double crochet.

    When you reach the length that you want, or use your head to measure the circumference of your headband, then you are ready to decrease.  I chain 3, and then decrease over the next 3 and then chain 25 and bind off. Tuck your ends in. Never just cut the end of your yarn; if it comes loose, your whole project could unravel. Here is a really cute epattern Too-Cute Kerchiefs Crochet  from Leisure Arts and yes it is really too cute. I was thinking about how to make one this afternoon - I'm totally going to try this!

    Too cute
  • Lacy, Slouchy, Pumpkiny

    I crocheted the Lacy Beanie from Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps because fall weather is well on its way, and I felt like it was time for a new hat.

    I used orange yarn because, well, it's fall and I am not subtle. I thought about some neutral oatmeal-colored yarn, but then I thought this nice pumpkin-y orange yarn was just the right color for this project.  I picked some worsted weight acrylic yarn that I had already.  Crocheting this up was a pretty casual affair, and I liked it!

    The pattern has some simple chains and skipped stitches that make the lace patterning of the body, and the band is made by working in the back loops on the stitches.  Stepping down a hook size makes the band a little tighter and keeps the slouchy beanie from being too slouchy and slipping right off my head.

    The pattern calls for an I hook and an H hook.  I like that this is worked with medium yarn and regular hooks, and still has a lacy pattern to it.  I wasn't in the mood to make something with a lighter weight yarn, but I like that this hat is kind of open and airy.

    This is the type of hat that can worked up in a couple of evenings and then enjoyed for a nice long season.  I'm probably going to even wear this to a trip to the pumpkin patch!  It's a little cliched, I know.  But I'm excited!

  • A Lovely Cottony Cowl

     

    It's finished!  The cowl pattern from the Textured Set in Hats & Scarves is a textured, cottony dream come true. 

     Okay, the pattern doesn't call for cotton yarn.  But I felt like it and I'm happy with how that turned out.  Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic yarn already has a very nubby feel to it, and the cowl pattern's mix of single and double crochet stitches made this extra super textured.  It's a lovely thing.

    The yarn is Aran weight, which is only slightly bigger than the worsted weight the pattern calls for, but it feels quite a bit fluffier than your average medium weight wool or acrylic yarn.  I used an I hook, which is a bit bigger than what I would normally use.  I was able to work this up in no time!  I just went until I had used up my two skeins (about 200 yards), and that turned out to be just fine.

    See?  It's tall enough to be a disguise!

    I will say that the crocheted fabric is a bit dense.  Not stiff, mind you!  But a little dense, which makes sense because I used heavier yarn.  I don't know if I should hang on to it and wear it a while before giving it as a gift to loosen it up a bit or not.  Maybe keeping it for myself would be in everyone's best interest.  This drapes pretty well, though.  Hey, maybe I'll just keep this because I want it. 

    This nice little cowl is going to sit in my gift stash for a while, though.  Last year's gift-giving season somehow caught me completely off guard, and I love the feeling of having a fantastic gift stash full of handmade things I can give to anyone at a moment's notice.  I'm a firm believer in making things especially for certain special people, but there's also certainly nothing wrong with making something first because you like the pattern and giving it someone later. 

    Just like there's nothing wrong with making something for yourself.  Or so I'm going to be saying if (when?) I move this away from my gift stash and into my closet.

  • WIP Wednesday: Taking a Cotton to this Cowl

    I'm crocheting the cowl pattern from the Textured Set in Hats & Scarves, and I'm taking a cotton to it.

    And I'm using cotton yarn.  I'm really sorry.  I'm so very sorry about everything.  But I had to do it.  I hope you understand.  Moving on!

    I like this Lion Brand Nature's Cotton yarn, and I think 'take a cotton to' is a cute way to say that you like something.  And in this case, it's appropriate.  Nature's Cotton is a soft and fluffy yarn, and it turns out it's a great choice for a cowl.  The cowl's texture comes from alternating single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches, and the rustic fluffiness of the yarn lends even more texture.  It's lovely.

    I love a good soft and squishy cowl, and this brown yarn feels pretty perfect to me right now.   This is a fairly small cowl pattern.  When it's finished it will be worn just like this--no looping around a few extra times.  It's pretty simple and adorable.  I think it will be a great accessory.

    I feel like I should be saying more about this, but that's it!  Sorry!

    I will review a little bit.  I like this cowl pattern.  And I like some other patterns from Hats & Scarves, let me just tell you.  No really, I can tell you!

    I loved making the Cuddly Cowl and wish I knew where my daughter has hidden this because I would LOVE to wear it this fall.

    I really like the cowl pattern from the Toasty Set and I can't wait to give it someone as a gift.  It was a quick project, and I love how huge it is.

     

     

    The Modern Chullo is awesome.  I wasn't especially great at my first attempt at crochet colorwork, but this hat is adorable and its intended recipient loves it.  I want to make one for myself because just look at this thing.

     

    This little booklet is full of winning patterns!  I think I'm going to try out at least one scarf pattern from this book, and I know for sure that I'm going to include this textured cowl as another great pattern when I finish it.  

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