Hi makers! For us yarn crafters, our time has come. I Love Yarn Day is approaching (October 12th), and we can't be more excited. For thousands of years, people made their own clothes and relied on skills passed down from their ancestors for survival. Fast forward to today and yarn crafts are mostly practiced as a fun pastime, a way to make money or a stress management tool. In spite of this, skills like knit and crochet are still just as important, especially with the rise of the DIY movement and a desire for sustainability.
I Love Yarn Day is every year on the second Saturday of October and is a day for yarn enthusiasts across the world to share what they love about fiber arts and why they practice these ancient skills. This year’s virtual event, which takes place on Oct. 12, will encourage yarn crafters to share with people in their lives why they love yarn.
In fact, we're so excited that we are celebrating the holiday all month long! We love cozy knit and crochet designs, but we’re stepping up the yarn game with weaving, plastic canvas and home décor too. If you enter our monthly giveaway here, then you can win all of these great goodies that we're about to talk about. So let's jump into it!
We figured a great way to start I Love Yarn Month would be to celebrate some of our favorite patterns. We just recently published large collections of our best selling and easy-to-follow crochet patterns, and we're going to show you some of our favorites from these books! Hopefully you'll be just as inspired as we are! We'll start with patterns that always hit big in the fall - Afghans. Crochet Afghan Revival has an afghan pattern for every season, and this plum pattern is perfect for fall (first picture above). It has a great geometric pattern that will keep you cozy during those chilly months.
If you're making for baby this season, then Everything Baby Crochet has, well, everything you need. This Tunisian Cocoon and Cap is perfect for keeping your little one snuggled up and protected when they're dreaming of becoming an astronaut. The texture of the Tunisian technique will be soft on the baby's skin, and the blue color is super soothing.
If you're itching for some extra fall accessories, then we've got you covered. The Big Book of Crochet Accessories has this beautiful scalloped fall colored scarf (first picture above) that is a great light layer for any outfit. You can create lacy and textured patterns with easy-to-follow instructions! This is just one of the accessories you can make from this book, there are over 40 to choose from.
Amigurumi is a hot trend right now with yarn, because you can make some adorable little and large creations. This turtle from Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection is one of our favorite patterns from the book, but you can make so much more! These little plush animals can be great gifts for kids and grown-ups! Who wouldn't want this little turtle as a desk buddy? He even has a matching strawberry!
Another collection of our favorites is The Best of Knit Accessories! We have tons of patterns for you to choose from in the book, but our favorite is this beaded knit bracelet! The accessory doesn't even look like it was knitted together, and the pearlescent beads take the neutral tone of the bracelet and punch it up with blue tones as the beads hit light. You can take this pattern and customize it as you like with different color beads, or with different clasps. This is just one of the ways that you can get creative with a different weight of yarn.
If you're looking for some casual accessories to create this season, then look no further! Casual Weekend Knits has and adorable mustard colored clutch (above) pattern that is fall staple material. Using easy stitches and a little patience, you'll work up this small clutch quickly, and it will last you well past the fall season. You can even line your clutch with fun fabric for a fun surprise every time you reach for your car keys!
If you're looking for a fun project with little prep work, then our Mini Maker Books Plus Kits are for you(video above)! For I Love Yarn Month, we recommend the Knit Hat Kit. This kit has everything you need to make an adorable and comfortable knit hat, needles and all! It even comes with project book, so you're not just stuck with one pattern.
Plastic canvas is always a fun go-to yarn project to occupy your time with during I Love Yarn Month. This castle from Portable Playhouse Sets gets you in the perfect Halloween mood! Let the feasting begin as you have your knights gather 'round as the queen looks from her throne. The castle pattern has great brick detail, and even includes banners from two different armies.
You can learn to weave fast and easy with this laminated leaflet Learn To Weave! This design in particular has a great color palette, using this blush color as a form of neutral. You can play around with shape, texture, and flourishes as you follow along with these step-by-step instructions. You start with a simple surface like the twig shown on the wall hanging above, and work your way down until you have a beautiful and abstract wall hanging full of textures and tassels.
If you're looking for alternative fall color combos, then this is the pillow for you! Textured Pillows has a lot of great design ideas for dressing up a typical throw pillow, which is perfect for upcycled fall décor. This pillow design also allows you to play with three different textures of yarn. The bright olive green of the pillow pops so well on the pillow, and you can make a similar one with simple stitches and some hot glue!
These are all really creative ways to get crafty this year with yarn. If you've tried some of these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios! Be sure to throw in a couple extra skeins for October 12th, and good luck with your projects this month.
-Leisure Arts Team