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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion Forward Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Fashion forward clothing and jewelry, with your added personal touch, will be worn and loved for years to come.

    Cool Crochet

    ALL the coolest babies & toddlers will be sporting crocheted cuteness from Lil' Hipsters! Thanks to designer Kristi Simpson and her love for yarn, style and all things baby, your little person can be totally hip too. 

    Lil' Hipsters - 16 Fashion Favorites to Keep Your Baby Looking Stylish #7643

    Cozy

    Inspired By Iceland’s Beauty, Northern Lights Crochet has 10 great gift ideas for the fashion-forward people in your life! Wrap your loved ones in Icelandic-inspired warmth and cozy greatness. 

    Northern Lights Crochet - 10 Projects Inspired by Iceland's Beauty #75707

    Warm

    More Icelandic beauty just for knitters! Northern Lights Knits, also inspired by the beauty of Iceland, would make anyone on your your holiday gifts lists happy. Wrap them from head to toe in stylish coziness.

    Northern Lights Knits - 8 Icelandic Inspired Projects #75708

    Style

    The collection in Back in Style includes great sweaters, stylish vest, ponchos, purses, and more. With more than 30 projects, you'll find several perfect for the women on your holiday gift list.

    Back in Style - 30 Made Modern Sweaters, Vests, Bags, Ponchos & More #7581

    Handsome

    Give the men in your life the gift of hand-knitted warmth with Everyday Men's Knits! Seventeen perfectly manly projects are guaranteed not to disappoint!

    Everydays Men's Knits - 17 Textured Pieces Add Warmth to His Closet #7491

    Accessorize

    If you're intrigued by resin projects and have jewelry lovers on your list, look no further than Resin Creation. Resin is a versatile, wondrous material that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors, including beautiful jewelry!

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

    Amazing

    Fall in love with woodburning, and create amazing gifts at the same time! With Modern Woodburning Book 2, you’ll soon be putting your own personal touch on every wooden block or cutting board or piece of leather you can get your hands on!

    Modern Woodburning Book 2 - 10 Mixed Media Pyrography Projects #7655

    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!

    Stylishly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

    October is I ❤️ Yarn Month at Leisure Arts, and we're excited to share projects that will satiate your love for yarn crafts. Baby toys, afghans, fashion for kids and adults and home decor—we've got what you've been yarning for.

    I Yarn, Therefore I Yarn

    Babies can't get enough of the delightful stacking toys in Baby Stacks. Each one is so easy to crochet, you'll be yarning to make one for each precious baby in your life. Choose from six designs including zoo animals, donuts, flowers, an octopus, and a rainbow. 

    Baby Stacks - 6 Easy Toys to Crochet #75668

    Surround Yourself With Yarn

    Snuggle up by the fire with a gorgeous knit afghan, and gift the other 23 to loved ones! Each solid-color knitted wrap in the Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans offers comforting warmth while adding a welcome spot of color to the gray days of winter.

    Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans #3137

    Have a Yarny Yuletide

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays shows just how easy it is to transform colorful yarns into festive, whimsical decorations. There are so many fresh and unique projects, you can have endless fun! Create your own holiday cards, a wreath, garland, light covers and other décor!

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays #6889

    Yarn Is Cheaper Than Therapy

    Crafting with yarn is not only fun, it is good for your psyche. So obviously, you can never have too many yarn hobbies! Modern Punch Needle takes your beloved yarn to a whole new, texture-y level! So easy to master, punch needle crafting is what’s been missing from your life. 

    Modern Punch Needle - step-by-step guide plus 14 progressive learning projects #7513

    Yarn It, Darn It

    No matter the outfit—whether casual to dressy—crocheted Lacy Wraps can add plenty of style, flair and a touch of warmth. Choose from eight airy shawl designs for you or as a gift for a loved one.

    Lacy Wraps #6995

    Coast Into Fun Home Décor

    Give your drinks a safe place to land with a set of plastic canvas Coasters. From kittens to succulent strawberries and vibrant sunflowers, you'll find designs for every style.

    Coasters #6078

    Great Balls Of Yarn

    Make life comfy for kids with the classic sweaters in Knits For Kids! Featuring pretty patterns and lace, or stripes and checks, you destined to create their new favorite tops for the cooler seasons.

    Knits For Kids #7118

    No Spinning A Yarn Necessary

    We're not spinning a yarn when we tell you how easy and fun these projects are, and how much you will be appreciated when you gift them.

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

    Yarns truly,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • Knit Cardigans: 12 Luxurious Sweaters Will Become Your Favorites

    Hello Everyone!

    My name is Andi Javori and I am a knitwear designer living in New York. I design for my own company Javori Designs as well as for many other yarn companies and knitting magazines. I’ve worked with Leisure Arts on a number of knitting books and my latest one is Knit Cardigans.

    Who doesn’t love the feeling of a cozy and warm sweater or cardigan? I love opening my closet and seeing my go to sweater on the shelf. My favorite cardigan to me is like an “old friend”; very familiar, extremely comfortable, and always there when needed.

    When I first started to think about writing a book of cardigans, I thought about designs that I would love to wear myself.

    I am often asked the question “What inspires you?” The answer to this is quite simple, the materials. Today there is such a wonderful variety of yarns to choose from. I love combining different stitch patterns that really make the yarn come to life.

    Inside my new book you will find a versatile collection of stylish cardigans and sweaters that utilize a variety of yarns, styles and techniques. All of the patterns are offered from sizes Small to 3X including schematics. So if you’ve never knitted this type of project before, or if you’re an advanced knitter, there’s something here for everybody!

    SOME OF MY DESIGNS FROM THE BOOK

    Cabled Edge Cardigan

    This simple yet elegant cardigan is one of my favorites! The woven cable pattern around the edge of the cardigan is all you need to give this project that classic look. You can wear this to the office or dress it up with a pair of dress pants for a night out at your favorite restaurant. I love this beautiful grey yarn, but you can use any other colors that you love.

    Cowl Neck Sweater

    I’ve always loved cowl neck sweaters. The use of double moss stitch pattern along with the contrasting yarn colors make the cowl stand out from the body of the sweater. This is an easy pattern to follow.

    Fur Edged Cardigan

    This cardigan has a basket weave textured front with unique sleeves that you are going to love! The fur edge on this cardigan feels so soft around your neck.

    Striped Cardigan

    The stripes on the bottom half and the contrasting texture on top give this cardigan a very unique look. This will go with almost everything in your closet. It’s a lot easier to make than it looks!

    V-Neck Sweater

    This is the ultimate weekend sweater! The broken rib pattern along with the use of a pretty variegated yarn make this sweater very rich looking. This is great to throw on as you go about your errands!

    Lacy Cardigan

    This elegant cardigan uses a simple lace stitch that is very easy to knit. This is a pretty cardigan that’s great for a night out on the town.

    I loved working on this book. Designing cardigans and sweaters is truly a fun and rewarding experience.  I wish to thank everyone at Leisure Arts for their support and for giving me the opportunity to publish great knitting books!

    Please join me on Facebook and on Instragram at Javori Designs and visit my website at www.Javoridesigns.com where you can easily be in touch with me!

    Knit, Wear and Enjoy!

    Andi Javori

  • The All-New Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set

    Our Innovative Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set  breaks the mold of a traditional knitting loom. At first glance, you might ask a simple question:

    Why Oval?

    Oval Loom Kit Large Oval Loom, Small Oval Loom & Stitching Tool

    Easy Handling

    If you've ever held a traditional straight loom, you know spacing in the center of the loom can be tight.  The all-new oval shape is easy to hold and use, since it is just deep enough to allow plenty of room in the center to work.

    Oval vs. Straight and Round Looms

    Traditional Loom Assortment of Round and Straight Looms

    When compared to the straight loom, the oval loom is easier to use due to the room in the center to work.

    When comparing an oval loom and a round loom with the same number of pegs, it's easier to hold the oval loom.

    Yarn

    The peg spacing is ½” making it a small gauge loom perfect for lighter weight yarns.   A single strand of #3 light weight yarn and #4 medium weight yarns can be used.

    Ultimate Oval Loom Kit

    Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set Ultimate Loom Knitting Set Packaging

    Inside the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set  you'll find the following:

    • Small Loom ~ 11 3/4" x 5 1/2" with 54 Pegs
    • Large Loom ~ 15 1/2" x 9 3/8" with 70 Pegs
    • Stitching Tool
    • 48-page Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting with 7 Projects
    54 Peg Loom, 70 Peg Loom & Stitching Tool from Oval Loom 54 Peg Loom, 70 Peg Loom & Stitching Tool
    Beginner's Guide Oval Loom Knitting Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting

    Projects

    This is ideal loom for lighter weight projects including baby blankets, mitts, hats, scarves, cowls, bags, afghans, and more.   The 48-page Beginner's Guide has clear photos and friendly step-by-step instructions.  Here are the projects you can make with the guide included with the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set: Basic Beanie, Striped Beanie, Fingerless Mitts, Family Tube Socks, Twisted Garter Hat, Twisted Garter Scarf, and Lace Cowl.

    Oval Loom Basic Beanie Basic Beanie
    Oval Loom Striped Beanie Striped Beanie
    Fingerless Mitts made with the Oval Loom Fingerless Mitts
    Family Tube Socks made with the Oval Loom Family Tube Socks
    Twisted Garter Hat made with the Oval Loom Twisted Garter Hat
    Oval Loom Scarf Twisted Garter Scarf
    Oval Loom Lace Cowl Lace Cowl

    Each of the seven projects in the Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting has easy, step-by-step photo directions.

    Who Can Use this Loom?

    Loom Knitting is popular for a reason.  A loom lessens the need for repetitive movements making it a great alternative for someone with arthritis, carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, or any other condition that might result in hand or wrist pain.  Loom knitting is also a great choice for beginners, including kids!  This set is a great way to introduce kids to knitting; we recommend the Leisure Arts Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set  for ages 8 and up.

    The oval loom steps up the benefits to the next level with the oval shape allowing for even easier handling and manipulation.  The extra room in the center of the loom makes loom knitting an even easier task.

    Get Started

    Oval Loom Back Cover Leisure Arts

    Now is the time to learn the basics of loom knitting while creating fabulous fashions and other small-gauge projects! In the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set , you’ll receive looms in two sizes (with 54 and 70 pegs), a stitching tool, and the Beginner's Guide to Oval Loom Knitting.  Just add yarn and you'll be loom knitting beautiful creations before you know it!

  • Fourth of July Bracelet

    I cannot believe that it is July and in just two days it will be Independence Day. This year is just flying by so quickly. Any who! I realized I do not own anything patriotic. So I wanted to make something that I could wear on my wrist. I used some of my beads that I got at the antique mall. I had some old red, white, and blue buttons that I thought would be prefect for this project. I didn’t use a book for this I just winged it. I think that it turned out well. Here are a couple of books that I love and inspire me by Leisure Arts Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2 and DIY Jewelry Pendants. I bought some 19 gauge wire this morning at my local hardware store that has been around since before I was born. I just love going to hardware stores. I went to get a key made and came out with a new key and a couple different gauge wires. The one thing about using regular wire is that after you use it or wear it, it oxidizes and starts to lose its shine.

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    The tools that I used are needle nose pliers, and wire cutters. The supplies were 6 buttons two red, two white, and two blue. I used toggle, clasp, and a few jump rings. I cute a good 5-7 inch length for both sides of the button to wrap and make an eye to join the next button or eye for the jump ring. I know that I usually use head pins but I thought I would see what the wire would look like. I like the wire. Make sure that you feel around on the end of the wire so that it doesn’t have a sharp end, or a tiny bit of an end that can get snagged on say your shorts and cannot move your arm and have to ask a stranger at the grocery store if she could unsnag you. Yes!! Yes!! This actually happened a couple weeks ago.

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  • Bead Bracelet

    I got some new books from Leisure Arts. The book that I was most inspired by is the Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2. You know how much I like buttons. Well getting to play with beads to me is equally fun. I wish I had some silver peace signs like in the book's project, Peace Sign Bracelet.  It was the one that I really liked. I have wrapped beads, made earrings and wine charms as gifts but I rarely make things for myself. This is my first bracelet and I chose real pretty green glass beads, and a couple of green gemstones with silver beads on both sides. I usually give the things that I make away as birthday, Christmas, and just-because-it-made-me-think-of-you gifts. This bracelet would make a great gift for a friend or family member for any occasion.

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    I wrapped my beads on an eye pin, but before you wrap, put on another eye pin to make a chain for your next set of beads to wrap. Continue until you have the desired length you want. I used my wrist and a friend’s wrist to measure so that it’s not too small or tight. I used two pairs of needle nose pliers, a very small set that I found at Hobby Lobby several years ago, and another pair that I got at my local hardware store along with my wire cutters. The only thing that I did not have in my bead box were clasps. I will have to pick up some tomorrow at my craft store. I will then use two jump rings which I call o – rings. Have fun playing with your beads. I know that I will be after I restock a few things.

  • Button Barrettes

    Buttons! Buttons! Who’s got the buttons? I have the buttons. Remember when you were a kid and played this game on a rainy day at school. About a month ago I bought a jar of old buttons at an antique mall. One could say I have had button fever ever since. I have been looking at many projects that I could use my buttons on. I went to my current favorite book by Leisure Arts called Crafting with Buttons and Ribbons. I went and got some clip barrettes and sewed some different buttons to make Button Barrettes. I know that the book shows ribbon and a buttons. But I am not a fan of hair bows. After knotting the thread to secure that they do not come undone I dabbed a little super glue. It’s a very cute and unique style.

    Buttons! Buttons! Who's got the buttons? Buttons! Buttons! Who's got the buttons?

     

  • 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
  • My 5 Favorite Green Crocheted Fashion Projects!

    I just realized this: One sure way for a pattern to get my attention (besides just being a generally great design) is to see a photo of it in a pattern book created in my favorite color—green! I’ve discovered that I sometimes pick projects I’d like to work on based on the color of the photo model…Is that a little weird?
    Check out my top 5 favorite green fashion projects to crochet:
    Gaelic Charm Hooded Scarf
    from Barbara Shaffer's Hooded Scarves to CrocheteBook, too!
    Diamond Twist Cowl
    from Lisa Gentry's Crochet Cowls pattern book! eBook, too!

    Mitts
    from Drew Emborsky's Use Up That Yarn! eBook, too!
    Embedded Shells for Women
    from Darla Sims' Learn to Crochet Socks for the Family!
    The Triangles Poncho
    from Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby's Crochet Ponchos! eBook, too!
    What’s your favorite color and creative passion? I could go pattern shopping for you too!
  • Win It Wednesday: Fall & Winter Crochet Fashion!

    Update!
    Drum Roll, Please!!!
    Our Winner is ShaRhanda Lawson!
    It’s Win It Wednesday, and I’m so looking forward to sweater weather, so I’m doubly excited about sharing the new publications for this week’s giveaway! I’ve got two more new crochet fashion pattern books to give away— Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Crochet Ponchos and Cool Weather Fashions! Just think—you could win them in my Crochet Fashion Giveaway! Take a peek at the fab patterns in these two book:
    Crochet Ponchos
    Easy to crochet and easy to wear! These stylish poncho patterns by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby will update your wardrobe with comfortable good looks. The six designs for medium weight yarn range from elbow length to below the hip: Circle Poncho, In The Round Poncho, Rectangle Poncho, Triangles Poncho, Accent Panel Poncho, and Border Poncho. Pair them with jeans, slacks, or skirts to enjoy warm and original fashion every day!
    Circle Poncho
    In The Round Poncho
    Rectangle Poncho
    Triangles Poncho
    Accent Panel Poncho
    Border Poncho
    Cool Weather Fashions
    Exciting cool-weather fashions that are easy to crochet and fun to wear? Yes! From the comfortable Boyfriend Hoodie to the elegant Front Wrap Cardi, these five patterns from Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby also offer a wide range of sizes. The Perfect Cardi and the Vintage Opera Jacket are refreshing new updates on classic designs. Need something special for days at the office? The Uptown Jacket does an excellent job of making you look good! You’ll enjoy crocheting each warm garment while adding more style to your wardrobe.
    Boyfriend Hoodie
    Front Wrap Cardi
    Perfect Cardi
    Vintage Opera Jacket
    Uptown Jacket
    Meet The Designer: Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby!
    Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz is a professional crochet and knitwear designer whose award-winning designs have appeared in publications worldwide. He also is accomplished in art, master gardening, and the culinary arts.
    Just leave a comment at the end of this post before next Wednesday, September 5, and you might win the giveaway of my copies of Crochet Ponchos and Cool Weather Fashions! (Please remember to give me your EMAIL address in the comment or in your profile, so I can contact you if you are the winner.) Just imagine how much you’ll enjoy wearing these designs once cool weather finally gets here! If you can’t wait to win, order your copies of Crochet Ponchos and Cool Weather Fashions now! Both books are also available as downloads— Crochet Ponchos eBook and Cool Weather Fashions eBook!
    You might also want to take a peek at all of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s crochet pattern books from Leisure Arts! Cool designs for everyone!

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