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Sampler Afghans Make GREAT Gifts!

July 27, 2020

In this issue:  Holiday gift planning!    Shop News   The Tip Jar   Online Private Lessons  Contact info

Holiday gift planning! 

We suggest getting the big projects done first

If you plan to give handmade gifts for the holidays, it's time to plan ahead (those of you who started in January know this :). Giving handmade gifts is joyful, but working on a deadline sucks the fun out of it, right? We like to work on big gifts first, like blankets or sweaters. Get started on those first and save the quick and easy ones for later.

Why not try a sampler blanket, where you work up a square in different stitches, like Norah Gaughan's Vintage Afghan (pictured at right - knit, free on or in-store), which gives you a great chance to practice cabling. The other advantage of a sampler blanket is that the individual squares are small, making working on them in the summer heat less of an issue!

We also like what we've seen so far of Holly Beemer's Summer Stitch Sampler Knit-a-long (knit, free on This KAL is still ongoing, with the first 6 clues available on the At Yarns Length website or through their Facebook Group.

Crocheters can work up Sandra Paul's Nature's Walk Blanket (pictured at left - free on the Cherry Heart Blog - be sure to read her note on downloads if you have trouble with Ravelry) or Ren M's Afghan Sampler 2015 (free on The Inspired Wren Blog).

Want to make a custom blanket? We recommend that you use a stitch dictionary, like Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns or 500 Crochet Stitches: the Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible and work up a variety of squares. Once you finish them, you attach and add a border. If you want to try something funky, you can make the squares in a variety of sizes and then piece them together. The random sizes makes for an interesting way to use up scrap yarn, too!

Be well, be safe, be kind! 

-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew

Shop News

Featured Yarn and Pattern 
Are you a fan of the Clapotis pattern (possibly's's most popular pattern ever and available for free here)? Want matching fingerless mitts? Of course you do! We found these and they are so cute (dare we say - ADORKABLE?)! They're called Clapotimaines, and they're easy and FREE! Manuèle Ducret, the designer, made these are her first ever DPN project. You can use any sock-weight yarn and it will be especially pretty with multi-colored hand-dyed yarns, like Rapture by Euphoria Knits or Xtrafine by Blue Mule Fibers! Sorry for all the exclamation marks, but we REALLY like these!!!!

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The Tip Jar

Working a project with variegated yarn? Use a Shout Color Catcher when soaking a variegated project. Color Catchers will grab excess dye and so that a minimal amount affects the other colors. (Thanks to the folks who contacted us to suggest this!)

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