Thursday, December 31, 2015

new crochet pattern - puppy love by kim miller.


Puppy Love by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Intermediate

Adopt your very own puppy...crochet stitch by crochet stitch!

Who could resist this lovable puppy? The legs and head are felted, whereas the body is left unfelted. This combination of texture adds to his character making him extra adorable.

This crochet pattern calls for ¾ of a ball of Patons® Classic Wool for felting [100 g (3.5 oz)/190 meters (210 yds) per ball, which is a worsted weight (4)]. You will also need a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook, washable fiberfill, popcorn kernels (or filling of choice), a 38 gauge all purpose felting needle, scraps of black wool, and a yarn needle.

The pattern calls for the following stitches: sl st, sc, hdc, double crochet sc2tog, and loop stitch.

The finished puppy measures approximately 12.7 cm (5”) tall excluding the legs. Please note that size is approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of wool. 




(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "PUPPYLOVE20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thrusday, January 14th, 2016) 




kim.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

new crochet pattern - woolly lamb by kim miller.



Skill Level: Intermediate

You can create your very own adorable, woolly lamb!

This crocheted lamb is packed with personality! The legs and head are felted, whereas the body and cap are left unfelted. This combination of texture is what adds to his character making him truly unique.

This crochet pattern calls for Patons® Classic Wool for felting [100 g (3.5 oz)/190 meters (210 yds) per ball, which is a worsted weight (4)] in the following colours: 1/3 of a ball of Dark Grey Mix, 1/2 of a ball Natural Mix and scraps of black. You will also need a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook, washable fiberfill, popcorn kernels (or filling of choice), a 38 gauge all purpose felting needle, a yarn needle, a 14 mm (.55”) bell (optional) and a bit of string to attach the bell.

The pattern calls for the following stitches: sl st, sc, sc2tog, and bobble.

The finished lamb measures approximately 12.7 cm (5”) tall excluding the legs. Please note that size is approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of wool. 




(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "WOOLLYLAMB20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Tuesday, December 29th, 2015) 




kim.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

sneak peek.

It seems like I've been working on the crochet pattern for this little guy forever...


Now, all that's left is to assemble the woolly lamb shown below. 



Well...of course I will also have to take pictures of each step as I assemble him, which will then be followed by picture editing. Next, I will insert the figure pictures in the pattern, do a final tech edit, and then the pattern will be ready for publication. Soooo....there is still lots of work to be done, but don't despair! I'm getting very close, and I hope that you will be as excited as me when this crochet pattern finally goes live!




kim.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

new tunisian crochet pattern - knotted headwrap by tara schreyer.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knotted-headwrap---tunisian-crochet


Skill Level: Easy

Protect those ears from the wind and chill! This headwrap is perfect for every age group, from small child to adult. One size fits all (but sizing can easily be adjusted if need be).

This tunisian crochet pattern uses less than 100 yards of worsted weight yarn and is made up with simple tunisian stitches so it is a quick project.
A knowledge of tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches are recommended.

Finished size: 3.75” (9.5 cm) wide x 8.5” (21.6 cm) long.

$3.99 USD


(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off the pattern by using coupon code HEADWRAP20 at the checkout. Offer valid until Monday, December 14, 2015)





tara.

 


Friday, November 27, 2015

yarnit - review


The first time that I had ever seen or heard of the Yarnit was at Knit City 2015, in Vancouver B.C. Intrigued by the display, I stopped to have a look and watch a quick demo. My first thought was, "interesting...yes...but do I really need to spend more money on a gadget that is just going to be housing another forgotten work in progress?"

The Yarnit

When Kate Sullivan, the inventor of the Yarnit, heard that I was a crochet designer and blogger she generously handed one over to me with the request that I write a review. I was immediately drawn to Kate, and not just because she gave me a free Yarnit, although that certainly scored her several "cool points"! What impressed me the most about Kate was her friendly, good business sense and the fact that she was willing to stand behind her product. Kate expressed her desire that I be 100% honest with my review even if it was negative. In fact, she seemed more interested in hearing any negatives as this would help her to improve the quality of her product, a product that she clearly believed in. It is that kind of humility and dedication that I respect, and love to see in a company.

Knit City 2015 - Kate Sullivan on the right

First off, what is the Yarnit? Simply put, it is a clean, lightweight, portable home for your yarn

The Yarnit features are many! The flexible base holds the Yarnit secure on any surface, and also doubles as a handy storage space for your stitch markers, yarn needles, etc.


The clear, locking dome on the Yarnit, not only keeps your yarn clean and tangle free, but it also keeps it safe from dogs, cats, and small children. A lifesaver for your luxury yarns!


If you are a crocheter or knitter on the go then not only will you love the carrying strap, but you will also love the fact that it fits perfectly in any standard cup holder.


So how did the Yarnit stand up? I LOVE it!!! Not only is it lightweight and packed with personality, but it is made of some tough stuff!  I checked out their website, and the Yarnit is made from Lexan which is a high end, quality polycarbonate used for products that require strength and long lasting durability. So...no worries if you drop or bang your Yarnit.

In the end, I tried to come up with something negative to say about it, but the best that I could come up with was, "what about chunky yarn?" Then, when I was checking out their website, I found a little note under the "Our Yarnit" tab that said, "If you love to knit chunky or do color work ...we have a wonderful product for you coming in early winter." How exciting is that? I can't wait to see what they come up with! 

If you would like to learn more about the Yarnit, the story behind Kate Sullivan, or the shop nearest you, then I encourage you to check out their website at http://www.theyarnit.com/




kim.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

black friday starts early.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/knotsewcute

Get while the getting is good! Now is the perfect time to collect all of your favorite crochet patterns and printable gift, project, and yarn tags at knotsewcute design shop!
Enjoy 30% off our entire Etsy Shop by using coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2015 at the checkout. Remember, the deal of "Buy 5 in one transaction, get 1 free" still applies, so this adds to your savings!! Leave us a note at the checkout as to your free pattern choice and we will be happy to forward it to you!

Hurry!  The sale ends at midnight (PST) on Cyber Monday, November 30, 2015.

Don't miss out!






sneak peek.

If you are like me, the cold weather took you by surprise and you were not readily prepared. No worries. Break out your tunisian crochet hooks and whip up one of these little headbands in just an evening, for anyone in your family from toddler to adult!


The tunisian crochet pattern for these sweet headbands will be hitting our shop very soon!


tara. 


Friday, November 20, 2015

new shop item - sassy sayings gift tags by jaedyn smith.

Ever given a handmade gift only to realize that the recipient doesn't understand the amount of love and effort you poured into it? Unfortunately, it’s something all crafters experience now and then.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/knotsewcute?section_id=6441710&ref=shopsection_leftnav_10


Make sure they know by attaching one of these sassy, crochet themed gift tags to their item! You know you’ve thought it… Each gift tag says something that you want to say out loud but wouldn't dare! So, now you can let the tag do the sassing for you. Win-win!

Choose your sass level – you can go with a demure “This took FOREVER” for the easily offended great aunt, or go all out with “This is for you – so take care of it. Like your FIRSTBORN”, for your sister (she can take it).


For our knitting friends...you have not been overlooked...Jaedyn has created the same set for you featuring a knit theme.  These can be found here.

These playful gift tags were developed and designed by our very own resident graphic designer, Jaedyn Smith. She is full of wit and charm and just the right amount of "sass" to create these one-of-a-kind gift tags. Check out more of Jaedyn's digital goods here and her paper products in her own Etsy shop here!
 



tara and kim.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

new crochet pattern - back roads beanie by kim miller.



Skill Level: Intermediate

A crochet beanie pattern for that special man in your life!

This pattern was designed with the Canadian outdoor man in mind. 100% wool and cables make for a thick, warm fabric, and ear flaps ensure that the ears are not exposed to the cold.

This well written crochet pattern calls for 1/3 of a ball of Patons® Classic Wool [100 g (3.5 ounces)/192 meters (210 yards) per ball] (colour shown – Dark Grey Mix), 1 ball of Patons® Classic Wool (colour shown – Light Grey Marle), and a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook. The beanie is worked from the bottom up. The beanie measures 48.3 cm (19”) in circumference, and 22.9 cm (9”) long (excluding the ear flaps). The beanie will stretch to fit 55.9 cm (22”) to 59.7 cm (23½”) in circumference and will fit most men. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.

This crochet pattern calls for the following stitches and techniques: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, front post double crochet, back post double crochet, front post treble crochet, single crochet 2 together, front post double crochet 2 together, front twist and back twist.






(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "BACKROADS20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thursday, December 3rd, 2015) 




kim.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

sneak peek.

Something for the men...


This crochet beanie pattern should be going live later this week.


kim.

Friday, November 13, 2015

sneak peek.


Feeling a bit sassy?  Let these gift tags say it for you!!


This set of 8 different "sassy sayings" gift tags are something new for the shop and we are excited to say that they will be released for purchase in our shop next week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

new crochet pattern - woodland acorn by kim miller.


Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

DIY quick crochet!

This crochet acorn combines 2 different textures to give it a natural woodsy look. The acorn and oak leaf are both felted, whereas the cap is left unfelted. This combination of texture gives it a truly natural feel of the original. This acorn measures approximately 10 cm (4") in length making it a great accent for the home, or a decorative pincushion for your sewing basket. 

This crochet pattern calls for a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook, scraps of Patons Classic 100% Wool for felting [100 g (3.5 oz)/190 meters (210 yds) per ball], which is a worsted weight (4). The pattern calls for the following stitches: sl st, sc, sc2tog, sc3tog, and bobble.




(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "ACORN20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Tuesday, November 24th, 2015) 



kim.


Friday, November 6, 2015

sneak peek.

Ever since I first seen little, felted, balls with acorn tops on Etsy I've been dying to make some of my very own. Finally, this year, while visiting Vancouver for Knit City 2015, I found some adorable acorn caps. As soon as I got home I went to work on felting the autumn coloured balls, shown below, to glue into the caps. Are they not the sweetest thing?


Who knew that this quick little craft project would became the inspiration for my next crochet design. 


This crochet acorn combines 2 different textures to give it a natural woodsy look. The acorn and oak leaf are both felted, whereas the cap is left unfelted. This combination of texture gives it a truly natural feel of the original. This acorn measures approximately 10 cm (4") in length making it a great accent for the home, or a decorative pincushion for your sewing basket.

The crochet pattern for the Woodland Acorn is nearing completion and will be ready for publication any day now. 



kim.


Friday, October 23, 2015

we are now on instagram!



We're excited to share that we're now on Instagram!

Instagram is a wonderful space for us to have some fun with photography and word art, while still keeping our focus on crochet and fiber.

Here’s how you can connect with us on Instagram:
  1. Download the Instagram app on your mobile phone.
  2. Find @knotsewcute on Instagram and follow us.
  3. Have a photo of a crochet project that you would like us to see? Upload your photo and share it with us by tagging the photo @knotsewcute, or by using the hashtag #knotsewcute or #knotsewcutedesignshop.
Come and join us for behind the scene photos and inspiration!




kim and tara.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

new crochet pattern - bed of flowers baby blanket by tara schreyer.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bed-of-flowers-baby-blanket

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bed-of-flowers-baby-blanket

Skill Level: Intermediate

This baby blanket is sweet and delicate. A perfect gift for the new mom-to-be. It is made up of 48 individual motifs that are joined as you go. I’ve chosen to make a baby blanket but there is no end to the colour combinations and sizes that you make. Turn it into a queen bed cover, a table cloth, a scarf, a pillow. Your only limit is your imagination.

This well written crochet pattern includes figure pictures and a chart to serve as a visual aid to the written instructions. The pattern is made up of basic crochet stitches and uses a total of 600 yds of worsted weight yarn - 200 yds of Color A; 200 yds of Color B; and 300 yds of Color C


(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code FLOWERBED20 at the checkout. Offer valid until Tuesday, November 3, 2015)



tara.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

i love yarn day.




Did you know that today is the 5th annual "I Love Yarn Day"? All fiber fans are being asked to share their affection for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or yarn bomb. We thought that we would jump in on the fun with a flash sale! For today only save 20% off of your entire purchase at knotsewcute.etsy.com

FLASH SALE!!!

To receive 20% off of your entire crochet pattern purchase simply visit
knotsewcute.etsy.com and enter the coupon code ILOVEYARNDAY2015 at the check out.

Offer valid for today only - Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Our regular offer of "buy 5 patterns in one transaction and receive 1 free" still applies. Convo us or leave us a note upon purchase as to your free pattern choice, and we will automatically send you your free pattern.




enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

knit city 2015 - a crocheters perspective.


My grandparents lived in a log cabin that they built in rural Northern B.C. Although their home was simple it was a place for both gathering and creating. Not only did my Grandma knit and crochet but she also enjoyed ceramics and macrame, so I was raised to appreciate what each of the different crafts had to offer.

It was only when we started to market our own crochet designs that Tara and I noticed that crochet was considered to be a lesser craft in the world of fiber. Many look down on crochet, so it was with much trepidation that I entered the doors of "Knit" City 2015.



So, how did it go? Well...I'm very happy to say that, like my Grandma's house, Knit City 2015 was a warm, friendly place for fiber enthusiast to gather and gain inspiration. Granted it wasn't a place to go to buy crochet hooks, but it was definitely a place that you felt free to celebrate and enjoy your craft. 



I met loads of talented artisans, and in addition to the plethora of yarn, there was also a wonderful collection of accessories for both knitters and crocheters alike. Here's my Knit City 2015 finds...


A washable paper bag/project bag from UASHMAMA, the brilliant fiber arts accessory from the yarnit, a dreamy skein of of purple sock yarn from RAINCITY KNITS, buttons from STASH yarns & accessories, and a Knit City notebook and bag.

I'm already looking forward to Knit City 2016 :)



kim.




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

sneak peek.


I've always wanted to try my hand at a crocheted blanket made solely of motifs. 
I finally tackled it and here is the result!  


I am pretty pleased with the way it all came together so quickly and the final outcome!  Hope to have the pattern written and published next week sometime!  


tara.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

new crochet pattern - crossroads cabled beanie by kim miller.


Crossroads Cabled Beanie by Kim Miller

Crossroads Cabled Beanie by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Intermediate

Crossroads Beanie features lots of texture and visual interest with 4 gorgeous knit-look cables!

This well written crochet pattern calls for 1 ball of Lion Brand® Heartland® Worsted Weight (4) [142 g (5 oz)/230 meters (251 yds) per ball] or comparable yarn, scraps of a contrasting colour, a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook and a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook. The hat is worked in one piece from the top down. The finished beanie measures 19 cm (7.5”) in circumference, and 22.9 cm (9”) long. The beanie will stretch to 54.6 cm (21½”) to 57.2 cm (22½”) in circumference and will fit most ladies. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.

This crochet pattern calls for the following stitches and techniques: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, front post double crochet, back post double crochet and front post treble crochet.




(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "CROSSROADS20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thrusday, October 15th, 2015)


kim.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

customer photo.

It's always a treat when a customer shares a picture of their finished projects made from one of our patterns. This picture sent in by one of our customers and the note that went along with it brought a huge smile to our faces.




This picture was sent in by Angela Burch, and if you look in the top right hand corner of the photo you will see why it brought such big smiles. Angela's cable throw was made from Kim's pattern for the Chunky Cables Decorative Throw, and we are excited to say that it won a blue ribbon at the Roosevelt Co, NM fair. In Angela's own words she said, "thank you again for such a great design I have to say it has a nice simplistic elegance to it and is one of the few that I have decided is going to be kept for my personal use".

Thanks so much for sharing Angela, and we are happy to hear that you are keeping the throw for your own personal use. It's experiences like yours that keep us inspired!




tara.



Monday, September 28, 2015

sneak peek.


I was really surprised at how fast this crochet pattern came together...that rarely ever happens!




Also, I'm so excited and happy with how it turned out!! In the pattern the cables are getting progressively longer, but I love that they also look like they are getting progressively wider at the bottom.

I should have the pattern up later this week :)



kim.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

new crochet pattern - colour dipped oven mitts by kim miller.



Colour Dipped Oven Mitts by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Add a splash of colour to your kitchen with these DIY felted oven mitts. These oven mitts are first crocheted from 100% wool for felting and then felted until they become soft and fuzzy.

This crochet pattern calls for 1¾ skeins of Cascade Yarns® 220, a ¼ skein of each contrasting colour and a 4.00 mm (G) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge). The pattern uses the following techniques and stitches: the adjustable ring, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and half double crochet 2 together.

The finished mitt measures cm 12.7 cm (5”) wide and 26.7 cm (10½”) long. Please note that measurements are approximate and will be affected by gauge, the brand of yarn and the felting process.




(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "OVENMITTS20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Wednesday, October 7th, 2015)



kim.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

new tunisian crochet pattern - earl grey hot pad by tara schreyer.



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/earl-grey-hot-pad
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/earl-grey-hot-pad

Skill Level: Easy

This crocheted hot pad brings a bit of old fashion charm into the modern kitchen. The pattern is simple yet beautiful. It is made using a bulky cord, giving it amazing texture and sturdiness. Both sides are equally gorgeous making it completely reversible.

This pattern recommends using 49 yds of Schoeller+Stahl "Anya" cording and a 8.00 mm (L) tunisian crochet hook.

Finished measurement: 7.5" (19 cm) x 7.5" (19 cm)


(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "HOTPAD20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Wednesday, October 7th, 2015)

tara.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

new crochet pattern - cottage chic pillow cover by tara schreyer.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cottage-chic-pillow-cover


http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cottage-chic-pillow-cover

Skill Level: Easy

Regardless of your decorating style, this timeless accent pillow will look fabulous in your space. We went for a neutral look but give it a punch of color and it would instantly be transformed into something playful. The design is made up of simple stitches but creates beautiful results.

Finished size: 21" x 21"


(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "COTTAGEPILLOW20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thursday, September  24, 2015)

tara.




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

sneak peek.

My sister-in-law inspired this pillow cover. She showed me a picture of a pillow that she fell in love with while visiting a little gift shop. She is a thrifty girl and a DIYer at heart so she sadly walked away from it, hoping that someday she could have something similar.  She showed the picture to me and it inspired this new design.  Hope she likes it!!


Won't be long and I will have the pattern up for you all to enjoy! 

tara.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

new crochet pattern - cozy cottage throw by kim miller.


Cozy Cottage Throw by Kim Miller
  
Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

DIY quick crochet! This crocheted chevron throw is luxuriously thick, and has the texture of chenille making it butter-soft and incredibly warm.

This detailed crochet pattern is complete with illustrations and for the visual crocheter a chart has been included. The pattern calls for 4¾ balls of Bernat® Blanket, a 10.00 mm (N) crochet hook and a yarn needle to sew in your ends. In order to successfully complete this crochet project you should be comfortable with
the following stitches: single crochet, double crochet, front post double crochet, double crochet 2 together, double crochet 3 together, and double crochet 5 together.

The finished throw measures approximately 81.3 cm (32”) in width and 142.2 cm (56”) in length from point to point and excluding the tassels.
 
 
 
 
 
kim.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

sneak peek.


Bernat Blanket is a super bulky yarn with the texture of chenille, so everyone that comes into my house not only oohs and ahhs, but they immediately have to go over and touch this super soft and chunky throw...


The pattern for this trendy chevron throw is almost done, so it won't be long until you are able to crochet one up for yourself!


kim.

Friday, August 7, 2015

celebrating 100 designs.

Come celebrate 100 designs with us & save over 65% on our latest pattern...
 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/eternity-scarf-3
Eternity Scarf by Kim Miller


http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/eternity-scarf-3
Eternity Scarf by Kim Miller

Beautiful drape, coupled with extra length, makes this a fun versatile scarf!
 
Plus, the pattern for this classic infinity scarf is a one row repeat making it a great project to work on while visiting with friends.

This crochet pattern calls for 1¾ balls of Knit Picks® Chroma Fingering Yarn [3.53 ounces (100 g)/396 yards (362 meters) per ball], a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook and a yarn needle. To work this pattern you should be comfortable with double crochet and cluster stitches. Also, this crochet pattern includes written instructions as well as a chart.

The finished scarf measures approximately 17.8 cm (7”) in width and 190.5 cm (75”) in circumference. Please note that the size is approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn.
 

Special Introductory Offer!


In celebration of Kim Miller's 100th design, we have reduced the price of the Eternity Scarf from $2.99 to ONLY $0.99!!! It's our way of saying thank-you for all of your support over the years.
 
This limited time offer will expire Sunday August 16th, 2015.
 
 
 

 
 
 
kim.