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  • Crochet for Guys: Sportacular Afghans

    Crochet afghan patterns for guys are hard to find.  Not only does our new crochet book, Sportacular Afghans offer crocheted afghans men will love, but you'll be hard-pressed to find more uniquely designed crocheted afghans. Today's Guest Blogger is Karen Barnes. Karen designed the manly patterns you'll find inside of Sportacular Afghans and she's here today to talk about her inspiration for them. Welcome Karen!

    Hello fellow crocheters! My name is Karen Barnes and I am the designer of Sportacular Afghans. I first want to thank Leisure Arts for believing in my designs, and the Crochet Team for putting together this wonderful book. I wanted to create designs that are realistic without having to do a graph pattern, and can be used for guys but work just as well for anyone. It was important to me to keep the patterns as easy as possible.

    Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes Sporatcular Afghans by Karen Barnes

     

    The pool table was my very first design. You might ask why a beige felt for the pool table? Well, that is the color of my pool table. I needed to see the table in order to create it. I have made many of these in different colors for “men” friends who are using the afghan as a blanket or to cover their pool table.

    Crochet Afghan Pool Table Pool Table Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    My second design was the poker table. Originally it was going to be an octagon, but I didn’t like the shape. So I chose the Texas Hold’em Poker Table. This was fun to make. I actually enjoyed setting up the cards and chips. While sewing the pieces on, I was telling my husband whose hand was whose. My husband actually wanted to frame the afghan and hang it in his Man Cave.

    Crochet Poker Table Afghan Poker Table Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    The 3rd design was the bowling alley afghan, inspired by my mother. She loves to bowl at the young age of 74. My second inspiration was how I met my husband on a blind date at a bowling alley. With all of the wonderful color yarns now, it was not hard finding the wood looking yarn to make this. This is a project that you can take with you. You make the lanes in strips, bowling pins and ball are the separate pieces. I drive a school bus, so this was very easy to take along and work on this while I was waiting for the kids.

    Crochet Bowling Alley Afghan Bowling Alley Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    The 4th design was the golf course. My husband and I like to enjoy taking whatever Sundays we can and go play a round of golf. So I went through my encyclopedia of crochet stitches and I saw the grass and fairway stitches (in my mind) and got inspired right away! Originally I was going to make this in a rectangle but I am glad I didn’t. It is a unique shape to where there is no doubt of what it is. The texture on this afghan is wonderful! Makes you want to rub your hands on it.

    Crochet Golf Afghan Golf Green Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    Last but not least is the slot machine. My husband and I enjoy treating ourselves once in a while to go to a casino. In my mind when I was creating this, the 7’s had to look right and be easy to make. I must have wasted 20 sheets of paper printing out casino 7’s looking for the right one to imitate. I have to admit this is one of my favorites and super easy to make. PS: I have to thank my son. He is the one who drew me the picture of the slot machine.

    Crochet Slot Machine Afghan Slot Machine Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    I hope all of you enjoy the afghans as much as I did creating them. I have gotten many compliments on the finished products and the book itself. Stay warm and keep crocheting!

  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Men

    Men can be hard to cross stitch for, but found some unique gift ideas for you! Stitch these designs and he is sure to love them, whether he loves hunting or sports, and whether he farms, works in an office, or served in the military. Get started on these unique cross stitch gifts for men today!

    1. A Set Of Stitched Sports Towels: These sport themed towels will be great for him to take to the gym or decorate the bathroom with. There's a design for him here whether he loves soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, or even bodybuilding. Stitch one, or give the whole set. Give the man on your list these unique cross stitch towels from The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Cross Stitch Sports Towels For Men

    2. A Picturesque Scene: Capture the beauty of nature with incredibly realistic detail that the outdoorsman or hunter will be sure to appreciate. This Beautiful cross stitch pieces will make handsome home decor for his den, study, living room, or cabin. Start on this beautiful cross stitch piece today with Wildlife Portraits.

    Cross Stitch Wildlife Portrait For Men

    3. A Witty Quote: Give the gift of wisdom this year with this quick-to-stitch piece. Any man will be sure to get a laugh out of it. Start cross stitching the perfect gifts for the men  on your list now with this easy ePattern.

    Witty Cross Stitch For Men

    4. A Christmas Coffee Set: The Chocolate-Peppermint Coffee Mix recipe stored in a jar with a cross stitch-embellished jar lid will surely perk up a friend during the hectic Christmas season. To add sweetness to your gift, include a few peppermint sticks for stirring the holiday blend. The perfect, easy gift for a man who loves coffee. Try out this unique gift idea now with the Christmas Coffee ePattern.

    Christmas Coffee Cross Stitch For Men

    5. A Patriotic Stitch: Remember those who fought to keep our flag flying with this patriotic cross stitch piece featuring American military men from 1776, 1812, 1848, 1861, and 1900. Patriotic men, or men who have served their country, will love this design. He will hang it up to show how proud he is to be an American! Start this historical cross stitch now with the Lest We Forget ePattern.

    Patriotic Cross Stitch For Men

    6. A Handy List Of Office Excuses: If there is a man on your list in the office, he will totally understand this witty gift. He will love to hang up this list of excuses in the break room or in his cubicle. Some excuses include "I'm waiting for an okay" and "That's the way we've always done it." Perfect for professional slacker - stitch this gift today with the Office Excuses ePattern.
    Office Excuses Cross Stitch For Men

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Teen Guys

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew Teen Guys

    Are you looking to quilt or sew gifts for teenage boys? When it comes to gift giving, teen guys are always some of the hardest people to please, whether you're buying or making a gift. These unique quilting and sewing designs are here to save the day! Use these unexpected designs to create the perfect gift for any teen guy, whether he likes music, sports, cars, or art.

    1. An Unexpected Quilt: To create the perfect quilt for a teen guy, choose edgy and unique patterns to suit his interest. This musical quilt is perfect for the teen guy who will not put down the guitar. Also great as a wall hanging! Create gifts teen guys will love with Best of Fons & Porter Easy Collection.

    Quilt For Teen Guys

     

    2. Route 66 Pillows:  Everyone loves pillows, and teen guys who are into cars will be eager to add these to their rooms.  These unique pillows are sewn with black and white denim for an unexpected and masculine twist. Bonus: You can get started on this great gift for teen guys today with the ePattern.

    Pillows For Teen Guys

    3. A Personalized T-Shirt Quilt:  Teenagers love the idea of having a t-shirt quilt full of their favorite memories, plus it's a great way for you to spend time with the teenage guy in your life! Bond over choosing t-shirts filled with memories to use as fabric - shirts from sporting events, school, concerts, summer camp, or a combination of all these.  The result will be to create a very special gift and fun time spent together! Get started today with T-Shirt Quilts.

    T Shirt Quilt For Teen Guys

    4. An artsy pillow:  The artistic teen guy will love this abstract, fun pillow. Choose bold, exciting patterns to create a perfectly unique pillow for him.  Great to add to the bed, and one day take to college! Create fun teen gifts for teen guys now with Quilt Blocks Go Wild.

    Artsy Pillow For Teen Guys
    5. A sporty quilt:   Teen guys who love watching or playing football will love this football themed quilt. Great to take on the go to games or throw over the couch to decorate. Create guy-friendly quilts to gift this season with Man Cave Quilts.

    Sporty Quilt For Teen Guys

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