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5 Spring Wrap Patterns: This Week in Stitches

This week in stitches features…

  • 5 Wrap Patterns for Spring
  • The Subscriber of the Week
  • Community News
  • and all of this week’s stitches

If you just can’t wait for This Week in Stitches each week, and you want even more fun, interesting links than the few we highlight here, follow @newstitchaday on Twitter or join our Facebook page. It’s painless. Really.

Make sure to read all the way down for a special announcement if you didn’t watch the video!

A Quick Apology

Many of you were wondering what happened to NSAD over the past few weeks. Obviously we were very busy with the relaunch of our site and developing our new look. Unfortunately I did a really poor job of letting you all know what was going on. This resulted in a lot of confusion and while we did respond to those who asked, I should have communicated better with everyone.

For this I am sorry. Hopefully it was worth the wait.

Welcome to Our New Email Subscribers

We had a huge response this week with 135 people joining New Stitch a Day! Great job to all of you who are telling your friends about the site on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, Knitting Paradise, and at your local yarn stores. Keep up the good work!

Special welcome to Opal from CA, Catherine from CT, Lynda from CA, Fiza from India, Carol from OR, Babs from DE, and Kay from MN. They all responded to our welcome e-mail and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you all.

Free Patterns for Subscribers

In the past we’ve made our free patterns available to everyone. While they will still be free, you must be a part of our email list in order to download them. We have both a daily email and a weekly one, so you don’t have to get a ton of email’s from us. So make sure you sign up by clicking here!

Say Hi to Some of our Twitter Followers

I was able to connect with some cool people on Twitter this week including:

@gabdeal – Mexico
@faerietalefarm – PA
@mymegknits – MA

If you’re on Twitter take a quick second to welcome them to the family.

Interview with Cirilia Rose on Fiberstory.TV

Interview with Knitwear Designer Cirilia Rose

Last week I did an interview with Skacel Creative Director Cirilia Rose on Fiberstory.TV. She’s a prolific knitwear designer who is doing a lot to bridge what Skacel is doing with the fiber arts community. Skacel is the US distributor of the Addi Turbo needles. It’s a fun interview and I think you’ll enjoy it.

Check it out by clicking here!

Lacie on Cover of Knitscene Summer 2012

Knitscene Summer 2012 Cover

My wife, Lacie Lynnae, was lucky enough to get the cover of Knitscene. Now she doesn’t have any designs in the issue, but her beautiful face is all over it! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, head on over to Knitting Daily, Barnes and Noble, or your local yarn store to check it out.

This Week’s Finished Projects

Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on this week:

  • Fair Isle Cowl Pattern

    1. Pattern I use to teach fair isle colorwork at Michaels

  • Sidewinder Short Row Beanie

    2. Sidewinder Short Row Beanie by Johnny Vasquez

1. This week I taught a class on fair isle at Michaels. The first picture is of the project I used for that class.

2. I recently designed a short row hat that is knit sideways in garter stitch. It’s a great way to learn short rows and I’m considering giving the pattern away for a donation to Halos of Hope. It’s a non profit that donates hats to people who have suffered hair loss as a result of chemotherapy. If you want to see this pattern made available leave a comment and commit to making one to give away. All the money will go toward shipping hats to the hospitals that distribute them.

3. Also here’s a small preview of our next Knit-a-long square! I’ll be posting it sometime this week.

Subscriber of the Week

This week’s subscriber of the week is Matt P.

Matt and I have been chatting for a while and he has been a big support of New Stitch a Day. Matt loves to knit socks and sent me a couple of photos of some of his work.

  • Socka knit by Matt P
  • More socks knit by Matt P

Matt just joined The Knitting Guild Association and is starting their Master Knitter program! I know from experience that it is a very challenging program, so good luck buddy!

If you want to be considered for the subscriber of the week, send some photos of your work to johnny[at]newstitchaday[dot]com.

Brioche Workshop Update

We are still working on the backend for the class, but it will be coming very soon. We’ve also decided to split up the workshop into two parts that are better suited to different skill levels. This means a decrease in price and will let us turn out workshops like this faster in the future.

5 Spring Wrap Patterns

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  • Simple Knit Triangle Shawl free Pattern by Jill Tarabar

    Simple Knit Triangle Shawl free Pattern by Jill Tarabar (Free)

  • Infinity Wrap by Figen Vardar

    Infinity Wrap by Figen Vardar (Free)

  • Chameleon Shawl by Paulina Popiolek

    Chameleon Shawl by Paulina Popiolek ($6.75)

  • Pebble Tank by Nancy Eiseman

    Pebble Tank by Nancy Eiseman ($6.50)

  • Crochet X-Stitch Shrug by Deanna Young

    Crochet X-Stitch Shrug by Deanna Young ($5)

This Week’s Stitches

Tuesday

How to Knit the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch

How to Knit the Double Alternate Andalou Stitch

This is a really simple stitch I think would be great for a baby blanket.

Thursday

How to Knit the Bluebell Rib Stitch

How to Knit the Bluebell Rib Stitch

This is a beautiful lace rib pattern that looks like stacks of flowers.

Friday

How to Knit the Whelk Stitch

How to Knit the Whelk Stitch

This was our most popular stitch this week! Almost 400 pins on Pinterest. I think it’s a very manly stitch pattern.

Saturday

How to Crochet the Simple Chevron Stitch

How to Crochet the Simple Chevron Stitch

This is an easy and fun way to add some interesting shaping to an afghan.

Finally, Special Announcement

Lacie and I became an Aunt and Uncle during our hiatus!

My sister had a little girl on April 15th, Sydney Love Gorely. And Lacie’s sister had a little boy on April 24th, Quentin Joshua Coon. Since my sister is in California, we weren’t able to see the baby yet, but we did get to Skype with them both and hear about her birth. Luckily, Lacie’s sister is in Denver and we were able to meet our nephew the day he was born.

  • Baby Sydney

    Baby Sydney

  • Johnny holding Quentin shortly after being born

Remember to email me you photos for the subscriber of the week, and leave a comment if you want to see the Sidewinder beanie made available.

Well that’s all for this week.

See ya next week!


USA 

Comments

  1. AshleighBronner

    April 30, 2012

    I would donate to get the Sidewinder pattern :)
    Question about the KAL → Is there somewhere I could go to see all of the blocks so far?

    • newstitchaday

      April 30, 2012

       @AshleighBronner Great! You’re the first one to say so ;).  For the KAL there’s a link that says “Patterns” in the menu bar.

  2. JudyLegonOwens

    April 30, 2012

    I would like to give a donation to be able to get the pattern for the sidewinder pattern. Also would make a hat to donate. Thanks, Judy

  3. craftygrandma56

    April 30, 2012

    Congrats to the new aunt & uncle ….enjoy your role!!!  Your wife is indeed very pretty and has designed some lovely patterns.  As for the hat, I would donate to the cause, but since I am in Canada I was wondering if I had the pattern I could make a hat for a Cdn organization.  Four of my co-workers passed away from cancer just before Xmas so it is a cause close to the heart.  Congrats for the new site it is a big improvement and just fabulous.  I was just wondering if you were going to do any crochet patterns or just knit….I love both and you have given me the chance to perfect my knitting with the stitch a day…I was a  purl, plain person before but not have ventured into patterns and have been successful..Mom would have been so proud!! she was a great knitter and would make up her own patterns.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge and thanks for your encouraging words.
     

  4. JBarnett1604

    May 1, 2012

    I am glad you are up and running.  I look forward to more great stitches.  Really happy to get the afghan square.
    thank you soooooo much 

  5. hilljoffe

    May 1, 2012

    So glad to see you!
    Loved your site before-love it even more now.
    I would definitely donate to Halos of Hope if you placed Sidewinder Hat Pattern on site.
    Congrats on being an Uncle and your wife an Aunt-its fun! 

  6. Claudia Jean

    May 1, 2012

    Hi, what is the Knit-A-Long square and how do I get the previous ones?  Claudia

    • newstitchaday

      May 1, 2012

       @Claudia Jean You can find the current squares under the patterns link in the main menu.

  7. Kimpiter

    May 1, 2012

    I love your website and videos!!  I am new to knitting and crocheting and stumbled upon one of your video while trying to learn a few stitches.  Now I am hooked!!!  I love the idea of getting the hat pattern for a donation and then knitting a hat for a person in need.  I work at a children’s hospital and hope to make some hats for our chemo patients.  Of course, I’ll need to buy some funky yarn since they will be for youngsters and teenagers who are all about their own style and indiviualities…Can’t wait!   

  8. ivyrain

    May 1, 2012

    I would like to know more about the Knit a Long. Ivyrain

    • newstitchaday

      May 1, 2012

       @ivyrain You can find the current squares under the patterns link in the main menu.

  9. ChristineTaylor

    May 1, 2012

    Congrats on getting the cover photo! Nice work! 

  10. ChristineTaylor

    May 1, 2012

    Good job Matt P.! Socks are great fun to knit. Can’t wait to see the hat when its done!

  11. PreemieMommie002

    May 2, 2012

    First, Grats to Matt for KOTW :)  Those are some wonderful socks! I am not that adventurous just yet ;)
    Second, I’d love to get the pattern for that hat. I’d be willing to make a donation and hat to be able to get it. Third, for the Knit a Long are the 12 squares then put together to be one afghan at the end of the year? I’ve never been involved in a knit along but am SO looking forward to it!
    Now off to take some pictures of my 3 projects I’m working on and finish knitting my bridal shower gift for Sunday.