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Make a Hair Bun with this Scrunchie Knit Pattern

Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications Scrunchie

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Scrunchies have become a staple of style and are one of our most requested patterns. There are several ways to wear this scrunchie so shake your hair lose and tame it up in one of the many scrunchie aided styles.

Benefits of Knitting Patterns

  • Can personalize by choosing different yarns
    Patterns can be used multiple times
    Styles and Designs are timeless
  • Your creations are unique treasures made by you

Who will you make your scrunchies for? Will you make one for yourself? How do you personalize the creations you make especially for the people you give them to?

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Knitting Pattern – Headband

Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications Ribbed Headband

This knit pattern – Ribbed Headband is super easy, super quick and perfect for the holidays. Add character and variation to this pattern by choosing a variety of yarns. This will give each headband a unique gift perfect for each recipient. If you have several people left on your holiday gift list, this gift will provide you will a quick turn around. Some of the people we have given this headband to also wear it as ear warmers, which for the upcoming winter is a great idea! Because of the ribbing, this project is typically easy to size. When you are done, send us a picture!

What you will need for this project *please see pattern for a complete list of supplies and materials

skein of yarn- worsted / aran weight
size 6 knitting needles
scissors
tapestry needle
Scissors
measuring tape

Which colors will you use? Who will you be making this for? Will you make one for yourself?

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The Gift of Giving

Box Hat, Ear Warmers, Coach Wristlet Shidonna Raven Fashion

They say that is better to give than to receive. The box hat pattern and ribbed headband also worn as ear warmers were recently worked up and pared with a beautiful Coach wristlet. Yes, we are partial to our purses. Nonetheless, these patterns were worked up and pared nicely with the Coach and should make a handsome winter ensemble giving any out fit an elegant finish. Gift it to your family or friends. If I were you, I would work these patterns up and pare them with your favorite accessory for yourself also!

For these projects you will need:

  • 1-2 skeins *check pattern and yardage to confirm
  • tapestry needle
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • *and don’t forget your patterns
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Knitting for a Holiday Cause – Franciscan Center Giving Tree

The one thing knitters and crocheters do and do well is knit and crochet for a cause. Consider donating to the Franciscan Center for the Holidays.

Help Make winter a little warmer for our brothers and sisters in need!

Click Here to Find out What we Need

As the days grow colder and the holidays approach, the Franciscan Center is reaching out to our friends in the community to help us provide warm clothing, toiletries, and other essential items to the men, women, and children who come to our door seeking help.

Your faith community, school, office or family can make an important difference in our community in the days ahead by collecting warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and other critical items for the Franciscan Center.

Our Holiday Giving Tree Project supplies essential winter clothing such as hats, coats, scarves, mittens, thermal underwear and socks, as well as personal toiletry items to those in need. Items for children and babies such as diapers, baby food and formula, small jackets, mittens, and knitted hats are in especially short supply. We ask that you collect new, unwrapped items for the men, women, and children whom we serve at the Franciscan Center, which we will distribute throughout the holiday season and into the coldest months this winter.

Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Franciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you would like to help, please contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org

For more information, contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach, at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org.

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Knit Holiday Project

There are so many wonderful knit and crochet projects out there to work up in time for the holidays. We like this one because it can be done fairly quickly and with only a few weeks left in 2020, one has to begin making their holiday gifts or time will run out.

To complete these projects you will need:

  • 2 skeins of the below yarn*check the yardage and the pattern to confirm
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • tape measure

For a beginner the time frame is always uncertain. However, if you are just past the beginner stage it should take about a day for each project. The grate news about knitting is it can be done almost anywhere.

Where is the most interesting place you have knitted? How many people do you have left on your list? What did you make for yourself?

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Knits & Crochets for the Holidays…

Holiday Gift Opening

Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications
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Who has been naughty and who has been nice? Who made it on your holiday gift giving list this year? Whoever it is (even if it is you, shhh) give the gift that keeps on giving knits and crochets made with a personal touch!

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Brief History of Cable Knitting

Cable Needle Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

Although the very earliest items of cable knit were made in plain knitting, patterns had been incorporated into the fabric from an early time, either via intarsia or fair isle which use different colour wools, or via texture such as lace effects or cable stitching.

Cable stitch was developed in Ireland in the early 20th Century, and the primary purpose of most of these stitches was to make the garment thicker and warmer, as well as adding decoration.

It wasn’t till the 20s and the advent of sports clothes into fashion wear that cable knit sweaters became a fashion item, and chic young women following Coco Chanel’s example wore cable knit sweaters

Handknitted cable knit sweaters have remained popular, and in the Second World War they were practical to knit yourself. In the 80s cable knit sweaters came back into fashion, and you’ll find the chunky styles look great with jeans and casual wear.

What do you like able cable knitting? Share images of your cable work? What questions do you have about cable knitting? Cable knitting requires a cable needle…

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Sewing Needles, Knitting & Crocheting

Sewing Needle Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

There are essentially 3 reasons one will use a sewing needle or any other needle besides knitting needles or a crochet hook while knitting or crocheting.

  • Sewing on attachments like zippers and buttons
  • Applying surface design such as embroidery or sequence
  • As a finishing technique such as weaving in ends or seaming (such as tapestry needles)

To achieve these 3 things there are a host of needles with different sharpness and bluntness as well as thiness and thickness. Sewing needles are typically used to apply attachments such as zippers and buttons. Needles use to complete surface designs such as embroidery or sequence are usually determined by 2 factors: one factor being the type of application and the other being the type of yarn used (usually the thickness). Types of applications include applications such as sequence and embroidery. Each application will usually have needles unique to the application in order to facilitate the application. However, the type of yarn and its thickness must also be considered when choosing these needles.

What type of project are you working on? How will you use sewing or non-knitting needles? Why?

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How to Match your Knitting Needles

How to Match your Knitting Needles and Yarns | How to pair Knitting Needles and Yarn

Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications
How to Match your Knitting Needles
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

How do you feel about matching your needles and yarn now? What did you learn from the video? What other questions do you have?

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DIY Holiday Knit Scarf

Knitting for Beginners Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

If you are anything like us, you have a list a mile long and everything on it is DIY. We highly recommend starting now because time goes fast and lets face it: it takes time to make something DIY. If you are like us, making DIY holidays sounds great right now because you could save a little money with some extra effort and time. DIY gifts always have a special touch that other gifts can just not offer. Whatever your reason they are sure to love it and ask you for another one.

Speaking of the time it takes to make DIY holiday gifts: get started now. No, consider your projects when you are working down your list. Some projects will take longer than others obviously. That is why we love cowls. Depending on the length, they take a lot less time and are a must for those really cold locations. But, nothing beats a traditional scarf with a quick box hat or the traditional round hat. Both are excellent DIY holiday options as one can typically be worked up in one day.

With all that said, we put together some tips for your holiday DIY project list:

  • Make a DIY Holiday list
  • Make a Plan
  • Make a schedule and keep it
  • Get your patterns and supplies in time to stay on schedule
  • Get yarn and supply recommendations from our posts and patterns *see below, other articles and patterns
  • Make it personal (something They will like)
  • Consider your projects carefully. Keep it simple and fast so that you can complete your list in time
  • Use down time by taking your projects with you (lunch time)
  • Use the same pattern and different yarn to make it unique to each recipient
  • Take a knit along or crochet along or class
  • Get support from us on patterns you buy with us
  • Get 10% off in time enough for the holidays
  • Shop YLS (Norfolk, VA, USA)
  • Have Fun
  • Finish and mail early *the post office has been experiencing delays
  • Take pictures of your projects and share with us and others
  • Instagram your pictures
  • Have recipients take pictures of their gifts and share with us
  • When all else fails get them a gift certificate
  • How will you get your holiday DIY projects done in time? Which tips will you use? Which tips ended up being the most helpful?

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