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5 Stuffies Patterns for Fun! : This Week In Stitches

This week in stitches features…

  • Colorwork Knitting 102
  • The Subscriber of the Week
  • 5 Stuffies Patterns for Fun!
  • 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.

It’s been an incredibly busy week here at NSAD Headquarters! We launched our first class of the new year and hosted two LIVE classes! I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.

Personally I’ve been fighting a cold all week but I’m pushing through to keep bringing you all the great content we publish every week. Today we just finished filming our next class. More on that in a minute too.

There’s lots more great stuff below, so check out our pattern finds and all of this week’s stitches.

Don’t forget to answer our question of the week at the end of the post!


Welcome to Our New Email Subscribers

It’s been about a week since our last update and we had 562 people coming on board the New Stitch a Day email list! We’re very excited to welcome you to the NSAD family!

Great job to all of you who are telling your friends about the site on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, Knitting Paradise, Pinterest, and at your local yarn stores. Keep up the good work!


New Yarn Craft Academy Classes

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Our first new class of the year has been a huge success! Here are what some people are already saying about Knitting Styles 102: Continental for Beginners:

Knitting Styles 102


Exercises were a great idea. Really helped in understanding tension and all the repetitive motions. Almost like sitting in a live classroom. Thank you for all your good hints and ideas.- Carrie


Great Class. I have taken a continental knitting class in the past, but I didn’t learn all the basics. Holding the yarn, the flexibility exercises, showing how to pull the yarn with the needle, moving your finger for the purl stitch in detail, means a lot to a beginner.

I loved it, and appreciate your attention to those small details that make knitting fun and easy to understand.- Julia



Your attention to detail is so much appreciated. The tips you suggested were great! I am so glad I joined as an Academy member. What I really like is being able to watch as you knit. I learn so much better watching someone than reading instructions by themselves. - Marilyn


That was just a few of the 12 five star reviews for this class!

If you want to become a faster knitter, continental style is a great way to improve your efficiency, so you can spend less time knitting and more time enjoying your knits!

Learn More!


Colorwork Knitting 102: Double Knitting for Beginners

We’re releasing our next class tomorrow, Colorwork Knitting 102: Double Knitting for Beginners. I’m really excited for this class. It’s a very interesting technique that creates a unique fabric unlike anything else in knitting.

Academy members will get early access, but everyone will get a chance to take the class for free during our live broadcast. More info to come on that tomorrow.

If you want to get unlimited access to all our classes, become a member today!

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Show and Tell!

I got a lot of photos from people of their projects so let me share them with you. (Click the images for a larger version)

1. Elisabeth knit this wonderful blue bolero for her daughter!

2. Wendy made a lovely shawl she calls “ruffled romance”!

3. Terri made this super fun barnyard blanket to enter into the fair!

4. Missy likes to work on her bright blanket between classes!


Subscriber of the Week

This week’s subscriber of the week is Lorraine!

Lorraine designed and knit this double knit heart blanket!.

We love it when people design their own projects so we decided to make Lorraine the subscriber of the week! You can find the pattern for this blanket here.

Please congratulate Lorraine in the comments!

If you want to be considered for the subscriber of the week, send some photos of your work to showandtell@newstitchaday.com or you can reply to any of our newsletters with a photo.

You can also tweet a photo to us on Twitter or with the hashtag #newstitchaday on Instagram.


Follow Us on Pinterest!

We’ve been hard at work putting together some great boards for you to give you a little yarnspiration. It’s also a great way to remember and share your favorite tutorials with your friends!

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Pattern Finds: 5 Stuffies Patterns for Fun!

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  • Monster Chunks by Rebecca Danger

    Monster Chunks by Rebecca Danger (Free)

  • Octopus by Hansi Singh

    Octopus by Hansi Singh ($6.00)

  • Basil the Boogie-Woogie Brontosaurus by Rebecca Danger

    Basil the Boogie-Woogie Brontosaurus by Rebecca Danger ($6.00)

  • Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger

    Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger ($1.99)

  • Ugly Bunny Pincushion by wayuki

    Ugly Bunny Pincushion by wayuki (Free)


This Week’s Stitches

How to Crochet A Button
How to Crochet a Button

How to Knit Backwards
How to Knit Backwards

How to Crochet the Single Crochet 3 Together Pattern
How to Crochet the Single Crochet 3 Together Pattern

How to Knit the Simple Cable Stitch
How to Knit the Simple Cable Stitch

How to Crochet the Double Crochet Lace Stitch
How to Crochet the Double Crochet Lace Stitch

How to Knit the Crown Stitch
How to Knit the Crown Stitch

How to Crochet the Bobble and Ladders Stitch
How to Crochet the Bobble and Ladder Stitch

How to Knit the Zigzag Openwork Stitch
How to Knit the Zigzag Openwork Stitch

How to Crochet the Venetian Trim
How to Crochet the Venetian Trim Edging

How to Knit the Petite Quercus Points Edging
How to Knit the Petite Quercus Points Edging

[Your Turn] What knitting or crochet technique do you most want to learn this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments

  1. Merrilyn

    January 20, 2013

    Lovely blanket Lorraine! The recipient will experience love and joy when they cuddle up in this.

    • Lorraine

      January 21, 2013

      Thanks so much Merrilyn!

  2. toni9399@comcast.net

    January 20, 2013

    i’d like to see some simple edgings for finished knitting projects. sometimes the edges leave something to be desired and a simple crochet stitch edge could make all the difference. i’m not a crocheter so keep it simple! otherwise your site is great and i look forward to taking some of the classes since i’m new to the site!

  3. Virginia Bowers

    January 20, 2013

    Such inspiration from this site. Everything is so colorful. The double knit heart blanket is fabulous.

    ginny

    • Lorraine

      January 21, 2013

      I appreciate your kind words, Virginia. Thank you.

  4. Lorraine

    January 20, 2013

    Thank you so much for making me Subscriber of the Week! It’s quite an honor to be among such talented people here and I really appreciate it. Double-Knitting is such a wonderful technique, opening up loads of capabilities for color-work and designs. And I love how it’s reversible. Your class should be a success! Thanks, again!

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 20, 2013

      Thank you for such a great example of Double Knitting!

  5. Beverly

    January 20, 2013

    I want to learn short rows and wrap & turn

  6. michele

    January 20, 2013

    I want to learn how to knit with waste yarn…. thanks for all your tutorials and information!

  7. Enid Mary Shaw

    January 20, 2013

    Hey Johnny,
    very interesting newsletter. The stuffies look like they will entertain adults and children alike!!! :)
    Congratulations to Lorraine for becoming subscriber of the week.

    Have a good week xx

    • Lorraine

      January 21, 2013

      Thank you, Enid!

  8. Eva

    January 20, 2013

    I would like to know better how to do lace crochet. Thanks and greetings from Chile.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 20, 2013

      We’ll put it in the next survey!

  9. laurasartwork@gmail.com

    January 20, 2013

    lets learn the crab stitch and how to read crochet charts

  10. Jean

    January 20, 2013

    I learned so much in the free Continental class on Thursday. There are so many classes I’d like to take but being on a limited fixed income it’s impossible to afford. I want to thank you for providing these free classes. Would love one on Enterlac knitting.

    I finally broke down and purchased a “turtleback” jacket pattern with 5 styles included. BUT, I’m confused… Everything I’ve read about these jackets indicates you make your ribbing (basically the same on each). Can I then select a pattern I want for the center of the project? Since it’s a rectangle I don’t see why this wouldn’t work. THANKS for any input you can give me. A class on making a “turtleback” would be fantastic!

    I’ve recommended your site and classes to everyone I know that knits or crochets. Don’t every quite qhat you’re doing!

    JeanJ

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 20, 2013

      We already have a class on Enterlac, but we may do a free live version in the future.

      I’ve never heard of a turtleback pattern, but based on your description it sound like you could use anything in between. I’ll research it some more, but a class is possible if people vote for it.

      • Jean

        January 20, 2013

        Thanks for your reply. The turtleback jacket is basically make from a rectangle then folder in half, side seams sewn from bottom to under the arms. Really easy pattern.

  11. Romona

    January 20, 2013

    I have been knitting since I was 6 years old. My great grandmother taught me to knit and the first thing I learned was how to knit lace. It was hard but I was gong to learn because what she knitted was so beautiful. I have always enjoyed knitting Herbert Niebling patterns, they are so beautiful. There are occasions when I will get stuck on a stitch and your help has always helped me through it. Thank You so much.

  12. Marilyn

    January 20, 2013

    Johnny, I am an Academy member. I would love to be able to read a knitting chart. Could there possibly be a class for those who would like to learn how to read a knitting chart?

    Thanks!

    PS: Keep up the excellent job you are doing with the live Yarn Academy classes!

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 20, 2013

      Thanks! Next week’s class is on knitting lace and will cover how to read charts.

  13. JUDY GARRETT

    January 20, 2013

    I would like to see hairpin lace and how to attach.rows.

  14. Nancy

    January 22, 2013

    I’m excited to learn how to do color work in knitting!