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  • Breathe Easier with these DIY Masks

    In addition to social distancing, wearing cloth face masks out in public has been recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These quick and cute projects will bring you pride while they keep the people around you safe.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Wear your DIY masks with pride.

    According to the CDC, masks should 

    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

    Our designers have been working on easy-to-make patterns for masks that fit the CDC recommendations. They are intended for your personal use, and won't take away from the supply of medical masks for healthcare workers. We are offering a free Tie-On Pleated Mask ePattern so you can outfit your family and/or friends.

    Tie-On Pleated Mask - ePattern

    Tie-On Pleated Mask - ePattern

    Masks above: Free Tie-On Pleated Mask #808706

    This pattern is also in Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook, available to download for $5.99. This book includes eight mask and cap designs, with embellishments, special features and extra tips. Cute cat, dog, emoji masks are quick and easy. We threw in some surgical caps as well to inspire some fun options for our healthcare folks.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    You can personalize the masks with as far as your imagination takes you! Paint or stencil a simple design, use decorative stitches, mix and match fabrics, or sparkle it up with Diamond Dotz.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    So grab your favorite materials and your creativity and get to masking!

    NOTE: The masks are intended to protect other people from you, so they do not take the place of diligent social distancing and hand washing, etc. Wear a mask, save a life!

  • Get Instant Craftification And Get Crafting With ePatterns

    Since all of us are stuck at home, the time is now to use up our extra stashes of yarn. We’ve assembled a collection of ePatterns you can download NOW, and are readable on any device. Plus, they all use a skein or less of yarn — perfect for quick projects for yourself or to get a huge head-start on holiday or birthday gifts. 

    Hang Around With Your House Plants In Style

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern #808204

    For plant-loving crocheters, this Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern was designed by Sarah J. Green and rated Easy, so whether you’re a beginner or looking for a quick afternoon activity, this project has you covered. Display your favorite little plants in 6” (15 cm) pots that fit perfectly in this cute little  hanger. If you want to take a stab at more than just one plan hanger, you can find this one and more in Pretty Little Plant Hangers e-book.

    Get Your Favorite Baby Ready for the Big Leagues

    High-Top Sneakers #808145C

    High-Top Sneakers ePattern #808145C

    For your future basketball star, or just because of their incredible adorableness, you MUST crochet these tiny high-tops. High-Top Sneakers ePattern is rated Easy and includes instruction for small (2” wide x 3” long, or 5 cm x 7.5 cm) and medium (2” wide x 3.5” long, or 5 cm x 9 cm). If you know more than one baby, or you just want to enhance your own child’s shoe collection, this sneaker (along with other equally adorable baby booties) can also be found in Modern Baby Booties e-book. We know your baby is fashion-forward, so grab your yarn and get to crocheting!

    Dress Up Your Kitchen with Darling Dish Soap Dresses

    Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern #804312

    Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern #804312 

    Who says dish soap can’t be pretty? We say hogwash! Outfitted with an apron, your prettied-up soap is ready and willing to get the job done! The Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern, the apron is easily created by changing use between solid and variegated colors. Basic stitches are used with a thirsty, medium-weight cotton yarn. If just one dress isn’t enough, you’ll want to take a look at the Dishcloth Dresses e-book for several different styles. Pick your favorite colors darling up your kitchen.

    We Can All Use the Positive Energy a Cardinal Brings

    Cardinal ePattern #807249

    Cardinal ePattern #807249 

    This Cardinal is a gorgeous crocheted songbird with uncanny lifelike characteristics. This amigurumi spirit guide a team player and bold defender of your family and surroundings. It is also a popular state bird and a popular sports team mascot. So whether you’re a Cardinals fan, bird lover or appreciate the symbolism, this little bird is a keeper — you will surely want to make a few to give away as well. This Cardinal ePattern is rated easy and has an approximate finished size of 3.5” tall, or 9 cm. This ePattern is included in Spirit Animals e-book, which is also downloadable and has a wild selection of animals. Go Cardinals, go you!

    Let the Good Times Roll with a Roll-Brim Hat

    Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat ePattern #808332 

    Winter is coming (well, eventually anyway). Knit this Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat in no time with Easy Plus skill level instructions. The completed hat circumference measures 20.5" or 52 cm. This design by Patsy J. Leatherburry can also be found in Hats for the Family e-book, which includes designs from cozy to chic. Top off your day with a stylish hat or 10.

    You Don’t Have to Bend Over Backwards to Knit These Yoga Socks

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Add style and comfort to your workout with knit Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern. Three sizes are included in the instructions (rated easy): small (6 1/2” or 16.5 cm) circumference, medium (8” or 20.5 cm), and large (9 3/4” or 25 cm). The socks in the photo was created using Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium. If you want more than one accessory (doesn’t everybody?), this design by Cathy Hardy and more can be found in Wild About Texture e-book.

    Life in the Craft Lane is Much Better than Life in the Fast Lane

    All of these projects are a great way to spend the afternoon, or heck, why not six afternoons? The projects we’ve discussed are just a small sampling of our available ePatterns. You can find them all on our website by searching for “ePatterns” or clicking here.

  • Lacy Chevron Afghan from Breaking Amish & Return to Amish

    Today's Guest Blogger is Ann Elaine from Craftdrawer Crafts.  Her blog is full of ideas for crochet, knit, crafts, sewing and cross stitch.  Today, she tells us about one of her favorite Leisure Arts patterns: Lacy Chevron Afghan.  You may recognize this as Mary's Afghan from the TV shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish.  Welcome Ann Elaine!

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    The Lacy Chevron Afghan is an interesting afghan to crochet. It combines a repeated shell stitched with the look of the ripple afghan pattern. I have always been a fan of the ripple afghan and enjoy the way it looks when combining it with other colors. The Lacy Chevron takes it one step further and gives the afghan the feel of movement within the colors of the yarn. The wave pattern of the Lacy Chevron afghan is one similar to the one featured on an Amish reality television show.

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    In addition to the ePattern, the Lacy Chevron Afghan can also be found in the Afghan Parade eBook along with three other designs for a total of four patterns.  The afghan made by Mary on the shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish is actually called a Lacy Chevron.  I've tried the pattern with a few random scrap colors for practice and found it’s was fairly easy to crochet once you got the hang of it.

    Close-Up of Lacy Chevron Afghan Close-Up of Lacy Chevron Afghan

    I did find similar patterns to the Lacy Chevron online but the instructions in the original Afghan Parade eBook are written better and much easier to understand. It reminds me of crocheting a repeated shell stitch afghan along with granny squares. It’s best to crochet with a worsted weight yarn and with similar colors to enhance the wave effect. My sample pattern was modified and I crocheted a smaller ripple from the pattern to give it a slightly different look.

    When crocheting the Lacy Chevron it’s good to read through the pattern and take your time. The directions are clear and if you use shades of yarn in the same color it works up beautifully. In the Afghan Parade eBook the afghans featured are all worked in one piece so there are no seams to sew. If you like the look of the Lacy Chevron you will also enjoy crocheting the V-Stitch Shell, the Small Shell Afghan, and the Stained Glass afghan included in the Afghan Parade eBook.

    - Ann

    Thanks Ann!  You can find Ann Elaine everyday at her Blog Craftdrawer Crafts.   If you want more information about the connection between the shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish and the Lacy Chevron Afghans, check out her blog entry on the subject here: Mary's Crochet Afghan Patterns from Breaking Amish and Return to Amish.

    P.S. If you'd like to make your own Lacy Chevron Afghan, we've just released a new Lacy Chevron Afghan Kit with a modern neutral yarn palette.  You can check it out here: Lacy Chevron Afghan Kit.

    Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.25.42 PM Lacy Chevron Afghan Kit with Yarns Included

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