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Free Pattern: Heirloom Baby Patterns

Jul 17

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Are these patterns gorgeous or what?! I was looking for scarf patterns and got sidetracked. These were too cute to pass up. Love DROPS Design. They’re Scandinavian so the patterns are sometimes hard (for me) to decipher. But if you’re confident in your Knit or Crochet skills and/or are Intermediate to Advanced it should be fine! DROPS Yarn is also hard to find in the U.S. but NordicMart.com carries them online! Read on for more adorable patterns. Patterns are free and some are for Knit and some are for Crochet.

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Free Pattern: 11 Baby Blankets

Jul 11

Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs

Are these blankie patterns especially gorgeous or what?! Some are classic modern, some nostalgic, some fancy. All lovely designs whatever your preference. Love DROPS. All are free and in either Knit or Crochet depending on the pattern. All patterns in this post by DROPS Design. Read on for more lovely patterns.

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Free Pattern: 9 Heirloom Baby Toys

Jul 02

Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs Drops Designs

Love, Love, LOVE all these patterns by Garn Studio AS! . They are my favorite Knit or Crochet designers around hands down. Free or paid! Sometimes the patterns are a bit hard to follow (Scandinavian) and their yarns aren’t carried anywhere in the U.S. … However, if you’re an Intermediate/Advanced Knitter or Crocheter you’ll be able to make sense of these patterns. You can also find their yarns online through NordicMart.com. There are no brick and mortar stores in the U.S. that carry Drops (except for one in California!). Read on for more patterns.

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Free Patterns: Summertime Knits

Jun 17

Debbie Bliss Pattern LOOK at this Awesome Knit Tie !!!! ======>

This tie can take your guy (or smartly dressed gal) from Summer right into Fall!

The Lace Collar is gorg and the little Reversible Bag looks perfect for slipping your Mac Air and some files and folders in before tucking into your actual bag. The cable pattern on the White Scarf or Snood is gorg too. And White Top, oo lala.

Today’s Summertime Knits are from Debbie Bliss Yarns. They gave their website a facelift, look niiice. I raided their free patterns for some inspiration. There weren’t many, and not all are for Summer, but they are great small, summer projects.

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Patterns on This Page:
Moss Stitch Tie by Debbie Bliss
Egg Cozy by Debbie Bliss
Reversible Bag by Debbie Bliss
Lace Collar by Debbie Bliss
Hat by Debbie Bliss
White Scarf by Debbie Bliss
Cutaway Top by Debbie Bliss

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Free Patterns: Summertime Crochet

Jun 01

Happy June 1st! Kick off your summer with some crochet. Here are some summertime quick crochet projects for home and market featuring Cotton or Hemp yarns. All are free and all are from Ravelry.com. You must be signed up on Ravelry to view and download the patterns.

If you have not discovered Ravelry yet or are still not a member… It’s awesome for knitters and crocheters!! And worth a peak. Manage your stash, needles, hooks and more. Keep track of your WIPs and post your finished projects, get knitting help, find awesome patterns, and even set up a shop! Just sign up and go nuts. You can read more about it on my post all about Ravelry.

Ami Cotton Rug by Pierrot Yarns Placemate and Coasters by Marilyn Coleman Windmill Bag by Laurie Laliberte

Color Block Cushions by Marinke Slump Starling Handbag by Alice Merlino Kitty Stuff Basket by Chase Clark Hexagon Table Runner by Marinke Slump Easter Egg Bust by Dennis van dan Brink

Patterns and Designers in this post:
Ami Striped Cotton Rug by Pierrot Yarns
Color Block Cushions by Marinke Slump
Placemats and Coasters by Marilyn Coleman
Starling Bag by Alice Merlino
Kitty Stuff Basket by Chase Clark
Hexagon Runner by Marinke Slump
Windmill Bag by Laurie Laliberte
Easter Egg Bust by Dennis van den Brink

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Dreamland: Forgotten Fashion Of Far Off Cultures

May 29

Ladakhi of India
The Ladakhi of India photographed by Jimmy Nelson

Check out these stunning portraits of tribal cultures from all over the world that still exist today by Jimmy Nelson. From taiga and tundra to prairie and grassland, mountain and valley to stark desert and jungle falls. They provide a snapshot of secluded and unique cultures, relatively unspoiled even today. These evocative photos portray the exquisite art and culture of forgotten lands. Not to mention indigenous handcrafting traditions. The stuff of dreams.

Photographed and compiled into a book by photographer Jimmy Nelson called Before They Pass Away, here is just a small sampling of photos found in his book.

Drokpa of India

Chukchi of Russia

Maori, New Zealand

Kazakhs of Mongolia

Samburu of Kenya

13 Journeys. 44 countries, and 29 secluded and unique tribes can be found on his site, Before They Pass Away. It includes so many more gorgeous photographs along with details on the language and culture of these peoples.

Tribes and indigenous people on this page. Top to Bottom:
Drokpa of India
Chukchi of Russia
Maori of New Zealand
Kazakh of Mongolia
Kazakh of Mongolia
Maori of New Zealand
Goroka of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Drokpa of India

Left: The Samburu of Kenya

Kazakhs of Mongolia

Maori of New Zealand

Goroka of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Drokpa of India

You can get this book on Amazon. At $102 it’s pricey but it’s something I’d like to get for myself eventually. Perhaps for a special occasion. Also, makes a nice special occasion gift for someone who especially loves this stuff.

Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they–and we–hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory. Nelson’s large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fine nuance for posterity. What’s more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world’s most pristine landscapes. –Amazon.com

Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson, $102

Lopa of Nepal
The Lopa of Mustang, Nepal

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Houston, We Have A Problem… I Got Hacked!

May 19

Facebook Epic Fail
And my Twitter Page got taken down!
Facebook Epic Fail
And I lost all my Friends & Followers.

This website and my email are still fine and dandy. However… My Facebook and Twitter got HACKED!

EPIC FAIL!!! !@$#$&%! Yes, in all caps, bold, with typos, and gratuitous exclamation points a la Kanye on Twitter (or IRL) and/or any tween or teen on Twitter….

Somehow my Facebook Page was posting hundreds of spam posts from a fake OMG! Heart Twitter account! And for some reason my real Twitter Page got taken down and deleted by Twitter at the same time. After a hair-tearing meltdown a la Bruce Banner, plus a second one after finding little to no support, I succeeded in getting everything back up and running!

So my Twitter and Facebook are officially back up and have been clear of any spamminess for over a week now! Whew.

Apologies in advance if any of my accounts have spammed unwitting followers just trying to get their fiber fix!

But I fixed it! My Twitter is under the same name as before, @OmgHeartCrafts, on purpose. My Facebook is also under the same name as before, OMG! Heart, since it was never removed just compromised. So they will both look familiar!

Success KidI was able to re-create my Twitter account under the same name but I lost all my friends and followers… :( Thousands of fellow fiber fiends and crafty ephemera I bookmarked through the years… Gone. The trendy to the obscure, the eccentric to the exceptional, the pop culture to forgotten cultures, where to shop luxe to econo-style. Yarns to Fabric Lists, Patterns to Designers… And all I find inspiring about Knitting, Sewing, and Crochet. Gone. They took years for me to collect and curate… All that work. Gone. Le sigh.

Follow me on Twitter: OmgHeartCrafts (https://twitter.com/OmgHeartCrafts)
Like me on Facebook: OMG! Heart (https://www.facebook.com/pages/OMG-Heart/121976811196265)

Both the above are the only valid Facebook and Twitter pages I have. And all my valid social media links are posted here on my website in the top left of the site.

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Pattern: Ski Hat with Giant Pompom 2.0

Nov 25

Ski Hat with Pompom Ski Hat with Pompom

I upgraded my Ski Hat with Giant Pompom pattern by adding a basic ribbed brim. Oh, what a difference! The simple 1×1 Rib gives it some extra length and style for a more finished look. I now love the way it has just the right amount of sag to the top!

Ski Hat with Giant PompomOriginal Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Pattern:
The full pattern is in my previous post here. Follow the entire pattern from beginning to end. After you’ve completed the pattern, continue by following these additional instructions:

Pick up the stitches on the back loops (the ones facing the inside of hat) of your last completed row. Pick up 1 additional stitch. You should have 82 stitches on your needle (half the number of stitches in the original pattern plus 1).

Rounds 1-36: K1, P1 until end of round.

Bind off loosely to allow for stretch in the ribbing. Fold up and wear! :)

Done!

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Pattern: Pup Squad Dog Sweater

Oct 14

Erica's Pup Squad Sweater
Here’s Erica in her new sweater complete with skirt and dog bone motif on the butt!

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It’s a mock cheerleader sweater I found on My Savannah Cottage. I modified it by adding a knitted Dog Bone Motif instead of using applique. There is a large dog bone motif on the bottom right of the sweater just above the skirt and a small dog bone motif on the upper right chest. My pattern is below.

Materials:
Red Heart Supersaver, Worsted Weight, 0376 Burgundy, 100% Acrylic, 364 Yards
Red Heart Supersaver, Worsted Weight, 4313 Aran Fleck, 100% Acrylic, 364 Yards
Alternate Yarn: Red Heart Heathers, Worsted Weight, 4453 Warm Red, 100% Acrylic, 260 Yards

Needles:
US Size 8 [5.0mm] Clover Takumi Velvet Circular Needles 29″
Tapestry or Yarn Needle

Sizing/Measurements:
Medium (25 pound dog)
Neck – 13″ -16″ girth
Chest – 21″ girth
Neck to Tail – 20″ length

Back Body – 12″ x 17″
Front Body – 8″ x 13″

Stitch Legend:
Stockinette Stitch – Knit all stitches in one row, Purl all stitches in next row.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern:
Back Body
Cast On 35 stitches
Row 1-4: Stockinette Stitch
Row 5: (RS) Kfb, Knit until 2 sts left, Kfb, K (37 sts)
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5-6 (45 sts)
Rows 15 – 66: Stockinette Stitch (52 rows or until piece measure 2″ from where you’d like it to end)

Do Dog Bone Motif (Large)
Row 1: (RS) K22, K1, K10, K1, K11
Row 2: P10, P3, P8, P3, P 21
Row 3: K21, K14, K10
Row 4: P11, P12, P22
Row 5: K23, K10, K12
Row 6: P11, P12, P22
Row 7: K21, K14, K10
Row 8: P10, P3, P8, P3, P 21
Row 9: K22, K1, K10, K1, K11
Row 10: Purl all stitches

Row 77: (RS) Kfb, K21, Kfb, K21, Kfb (48 sts)
Row 78: Purl all stitches

Skirt
Row 79 (RS): *K4, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 80: Purl.
Row 81: (RS) *K5, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 82: Purl.
Row 83: (RS) *K6, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 84: Purl.
Row 85: (RS) *K7, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 86: Purl.
Row 87: (RS) *K8, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 88: Purl.
Row 89: (RS) *K9, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 90: Purl.
Bind off.

Front Body
Cast On 20 stitches
Row 1-4: Stockinette Stitch
Row 5: (RS) Kfb, Knit until 2 sts left, Kfb, K (22 sts)
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5-6 (30 sts)
Rows 15-24: Stockinette Stitch

Do Dog Bone Motif (Small)
Row 1: (RS) K17, K2, K3, K2, K6
Row 2: P6, P7, P17
Row 3: K18, K5, K7
Row 4: P6, P7, P17
Row 5: K17, K2, K3, K2, K6

Rows 30-69: Stockinette Stitch (39 rows from bone or until piece measure 12″)
Bind off on next (RS) row.

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Pattern: Big Stitch Rug

Jul 15

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

I made this mock big stitch rug as a dog mat/bed for my new puppy, Erica. It’s my do-it-yourself version of big stitch knitting without actually investing in specialty needles or yarns. The yarns and needles are expensive and hard to find. So rather than spring for giant knitting needles (I’d rarely use), I made do with materials and needles that are more commonly found in knitting shops and/or ones avid knitters might already have! All I did was use 7 strands of yarn together at once and jumbo sized knitting needles. That’s it. All those materials and tools can be found at your local craft store or yarn shop. Convenience and versatility.

❤ Erica loves it! Meet Erica (via her Pinterest!)

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver, Medium Thyme 0406, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Lt. Green)
Red Heart Super Saver, Dark Sage 0633, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Forest Green)
Red Heart Super Saver, Carrot 0256, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Pumpkin)
Red Heart Heathers, Teal 4470, 100% Acrylic, 260 yards (Wedgewood Blue)
Red Heart Soft, Teal 9518, 100% Acrylic, 256 yards (Dk. Teal)
Caron Simply Soft, Plum Wine 9918, 100% Acrylic, 366 yards (Dusty Rose)
Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn, Cadet 01106, 100% Acrylic, 268 yards (Lt. Blue)
Alternate Yarns
Red Heart Super Saver, Rose Pink 0372, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Pale PInk)
Red Heart Classic, Cameo Rose 0759, 100% Acrylic, ??? yards (Dk. Dusty Rose)

Needles:
US Size 19 [15.00mm] Lion Brand Circular Knitting Needles, 29″

Size:
Approx. 24″ x 32″

Pattern:
Cast On 34 stitches (long-tail cast on)
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1-2 until 58 Rows

Finish:
End on a Knit Row (end after completing a Knit Row)
Bind Off (knit-wise)
Weave in ends.

Notes:
Makes a great stash buster! Use any combination of Medium/Worsted Weight Yarns you’d like. I chose 7 yarns with varying textures. All Worsted Weight 4-ply yarns. Caron Simply Soft is, well, soft and with a sheen, while the Red Heart was your typical acrylic yarn with a mock wool look and feel. Choose your own colorways to match any decor you’d like. Highlight, lowlight, complementary, varying textures, or just use a single color. It’s up to you!

Synthetic yarns like Acrylic make it durable and machine washable. Very handy for a rug or dog bed!

Combining multiple strands of yarn also gives cheapie econo yarn a more luxurious look and feel.

I used scarp yarn. I ran out of some colors at various stages and just joined on some new ones. Replace them with similar colors or just join on with whatever you have as long as it’s the same weight yarn. The joins blend right in without much work, even a clumsy tiny knot works.

I leave it so the edges curl up. Ending on a Knit Row and binding off knit-wise helps the ends curl up. Casting on using a long-tail cast on also helps the ends curl up. I cast on using a modified long-tail cast on and then begin on a Knit Row. Use any cast-on method preferred.

Modified long-tail cast on – my modified long-tail cast on is kind of a hack but for patterns where it doesn’t matter, it’s great. I use the yarn coming directly from the skein as the working yarn rather than creating a tail. Create a slip knot as normal without a long tail. Instead of measuring out a length of yarn to use as the cast-on yarn, I only use the yarn coming directly from the ball to create each cast-on stitch. Video to come.

Keep your rug from slipping by getting some IKEA non-slip rug liners.

What is Big Stitch Knitting (or Crochet)?
Big Stitch Knitting or Mega Knitting is just that. Giant knitting needles (that you must either knit on the floor or on a giant table) require specially made tools and yarns. Read more about Big Stitch in my previous post. Buy some Big Knit tools and yarns online at BagSmith and Big Loop. They have all the tools and yarns you’ll need. Google “Big Stitch Knitting” for a wealth of info.

Arm Knitting
Knit without any tools. Just your arms and some yarn! I was inspired to do this DIY mock big stitch when I saw an article in the news recently about Arm Knitting. Simply Maggie and Pinning Mama have nice tutorials. Google “Arm Knitting” for a wealth of info. Check out Dornob for a nice post.

Arm Knitting

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