• A totally unsponsored review of Ice Yarns aka Yarn Paradise https://killercrafts.co/2019/04/10/an-unsponsored-review-of-ice-yarns/ #cheapyarn #yarn #yarnporn #knit #knitting #crochet #crocheting #bargain #sale #cheap

    A (totally unsponsored) Review of Ice Yarns

    I'm a bargain hunter at heart. I have a hard time paying full price for anything, yarn included. Here at Killer Crafts Co, you'll never see me pushing luxury yarns (even if I lust over them on Pinterest) because I believe knitting should be relaxing! Straining your wallet is not my goal. So, today I want to share my favorite bargain yarn store, for all the other penny-pinchers out there. Please keep in mind, this is an UN-sponsored review. I get absolutely nothing if you visit their site or buy anything from them. This post is simply for the sake of letting you know what you're missing. Ice Yarns (also known…

  • 4 charities that need YOUR knitting skills. https://killercrafts.co/2019/04/01/donate-your-knits/ #knit #knitting #knitted #charity #charities #donate #killercraftsco

    4 Charities that need YOUR knitting skills

    I've always been attracted to the idea of donating my knits. I like the idea that they can be used and appreciated, rather than gathering dust in the back of my closet. And, let's be honest, my friends and family already have enough hats and scarves to keep them warm for the next decade. So, with my finished projects threatening to spill out my closet doors, and my leftover skeins sitting sadly in the reject box, I decided it was time to write a new article. This page will showcase some of the charities that caught my eye, specifically because they are out of the ordinary. During my search, I…

  • Mistletoe Scarf

    Free Pattern Alert! I apologize to everyone for the long wait, but this holiday season was an absolute whirlwind. I had to fly back to Oregon (again), to apply for my next French visa. For anybody who has never dealt with French bureaucracy before, it's so terrible that it's funny... Or it would be funny, if I wasn't the one jumping through all the hoops. Here's the gist of it: Step 1: Make an appointment at the French consulate three months in advance, and prepare to drown yourself in paperwork. Step 2: Gather your paperwork. One sheet at a time, build a stack of documents over an inch thick. Chase…

  • Classy Socks - Trying out a free knitting pattern at Killer Crafts Co https://killercrafts.co/2018/11/16/classy-socks-trial/ #knitting #knit #socks #beginner #easy #warm #winter #gift #knitters #chailatte #yarn

    Pattern Trial: Classy Socks

    As a (somewhat) professional knitter, I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never made a pair of socks before. I mean, if I've never knit a  pair of socks.... then what the heck am I doing running a knitting blog? Well, the day has finally come. I still had yarn left over from the Ruffle Tuffle Raglan and the Chai Latte Scarf, so I decided to dedicate it to my first pair of socks. I chose a simple pattern that matched my gauge, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

  • 5 Spooky yet Adorable Hats to Knit this Halloween

    Halloween is right around the corner (but you'd never know it, considering how amazingly warm the weather has been in Paris). Leaves are changing color, pumpkin patches are opening, and every supermarket is slowly being infected with shades of orange and black. It spreads like a disease. First it's one aisle. Then two. Then, before you know it, they have spooky signs out front and they're sending mailers full of Halloween savings. Halloween isn't a huge deal in Paris, so I won't be going all-out this year. However, I'm feeling quite festive, and I couldn't resist rounding up a couple spooky patterns to share with you all. Here are 5…

  • Chai Latte Scarf - Free pattern by Killer Crafts Co - https://killercrafts.co/2018/10/08/chai-latte-scarf/ #knitting #knit #pattern #free #scarf #irish #mesh #stitch #fringe #crochet

    Chai Latte Scarf

    After finishing the Ruffle Tuffle Raglan, I had tons of yarn leftover. My plan was to make a scarf, but I wanted to avoid the random color pooling that occurs with this type of variegated yarn. So, I decided to play around with a variation of the Irish mesh stitch, which breaks up the color changes. See the difference below? The first picture is stockinette stitch, which shows various specks and stripes. The second is the Irish mesh stitch, which diffuses the color.

  • Ruffle Tuffle Raglan - Free pattern at https://killercrafts.co/2018/09/24/ruffle-tuffle-raglan/ #knitting #knit #sweater #raglan #pullover #pattern #free #chailatte #yarn #lionbrand #toddler #4t #2t #3t

    Ruffle Tuffle Raglan Pattern

    I have personally knit more raglan sweaters than I can count. However, I have never posted a raglan pattern here on Killer Crafts Co. Why? You might ask. Because it's difficult. And I'm lazy. Okay, okay, perhaps that's an over-simplification. Raglans are wonderful little sweaters that basically put themselves together (there's no seaming required). Through a clever system of increases and a generous use of waste yarn as stitch holders, these sweaters can be tried on as you knit them, and customized to no end. Yet despite it's overall simplicity, putting raglan instructions into words and pictures is tricky. So, my previous lack of raglan patterns was not due purely…

  • Knit Sizing Guide

    I'm not great with sizing. Each time I plan a new project, I have to look up the measurements to match my intended recipient. For instance, I've made dozens of hats within the last year, yet I still couldn't tell you the average circumference off the top of my head. For years I've been telling myself, "I should really write this down, instead of juggling bookmarks and googling it every time". So that's what I did here. Finally. Here's a couple sizing charts containing the measurements I find myself googling the most. Maybe they'll help you too? For now I've focused on scarves and hats, because that's what's in my…

  • Frosted Gloves - free basic glove knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/08/16/frosted-gloves/ #knitting #pattern #free #gloves #winter #frosted #grey #white

    Frosted Gloves

    I generally shy away from knitting gloves because I hate weaving in ends (don't we all?). Although gloves are quick to knit, it takes an eternity to finish every finger, close all the gaps, and tidy up every loose end. My desire for cozy hand-knit gloves is often overshadowed by my aversion to weaving in ends. However, I set aside my reluctance toward finishing when I fell in love with this Denim in Color yarn at Hobby Lobby. I knew from the first glance (or perhaps from first touch) that it was meant for gloves. It was simply irresistible.

  • Trying out the Foliage Hat - Free pattern from Irina Dmitrieva https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/foliage-hat-2 #knitting #pattern #free #hat #beanie #foliage #leaves #ravelry #trial

    Pattern Trial: Foliage Hat

    Knitted leaves are classic. They are something I had always wanted to try in my early knitting career, but I shied away for years because they were SO intimidating. It wasn't until I found the Foliage Hat Pattern by Irina Dmitrieva (which you can view for free by clicking here) that I decided to take the plunge and try it out. The pictures featured on this page are from my very first attempt at knitting this hat, which ended up being a staple in my winter wardrobe for the following four years.