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Best Fun Knitting Patterns

Best FUN Knitting Patterns

At Chic-a, in case you don’t know, we love finding fun knitting patterns. Fun is our middle name! So, we think these are great finds, and truly inspirational. We’ve searched high and low, and found a few that are sure to make you smile. (Well, they did for us, anyway!) Listed in no particular order:

best knitting patterns ever

1. Magnetic Katamari– This fun little ball of joy may be the next best thing for holding all your little tools. Second, of course, to our very own Chic-a Gadget Trays, which, we must say are delightfully handy. Especially for projects like this!

superhero costume knitted

2. Keep Superheroes Warm – Mark Newport makes a living keeping superheroes warm with these amazing costumes. If you’re a mom, a grandma, a teacher, or just someone who loves kids, we could all agree you’re a superhero! So, why not make yourself one? (Using one of our Yarn Keeper Project Bags could help with your knitting!)

best fun knitting patterns Chic-a diy-humpback-whale-pattern

3. Sleep with the Whales – Why not go a little fishy with this fun new friend that kids are sure to love. Its cute without being strange. Its cuddly without all the mess. Best of all, its a free pattern by Bec Brittain.

Chic-a fun knitting patterns beardo-beard-hat-2

4. No Time to Grow a Beard? – This is just the solution for you! Not just for men, either, and a great way to keep your chin warm! Beardo features a detachable beard that’s perfect for milk drinking, put it back on, and you’re ready for the slopes (or just the mall, if you’re normally a frosty person). You can buy them on their site at beardo.bigcartel.com.

Chic-a Fun Knitting Patterns baby Giant pom hat

5. How to Make Your Baby Look Even Cuter – What else is needed than a Giant Pom Baby Hat for the new parent in the room? Colorful and funky, with the bonus of keeping your little one’s head warm, this one made the list for being so darn cute. Also, check out their Baby Cocoon, which is amazingly cute, and the perfect prop for photographs. Both are patterns available for purchase from Etsy.

 

Penny for Your Thoughts

What do you think? What’s your favorite of our Best FUN Knitting Patterns?

Happy Knitting from all of us here at Chic-a!

 

 

New on Knitty

What’s New on Knitty? This cool new shawl pattern that’s just in time for spring; keeping you warm enough for those cool breezes, yet cool enough when the sun decides to come out. And we don’t just love it because our ad is featured there. (Well, that’s part of it – if we’re honest)

The Lunatic Fringe Shawl, designed by Jennifer Dassau, features an asymmetrical design, that slowly increases the further it goes. The author of this pattern includes that she used a “slubby merino/ alpaca/ silk blend which is weirdly iridescent in duo-tonal colors, to accentuate the erratic nature of the shawl; handspun would create a similar effect. Any yarn and any amount may be used.”

If you’re tired of the boring or usual, this is just for the rebel in you!

For Your Project

If you’re keen on taking up the challenge of this fun new shawl pattern, we suggest using our ever-famous Chic-a Project Bag.(The bag that started it all…want to know more? Check out our About Us page!)

Need a place to hold your pattern and tools, too? Check out the Chic-a Triad (pictured below). It includes three handy knitting accessories (a pattern holder, mini tote and key ring pouch) in one cute little package- they all roll up into one handy clutch! Both the Triad and Project Bag come in all of our swatch colors, that are fun and ready to show off.

 

Chic-a Triad 3 in 1 Knitting Pattern Holder and Accessories

Knitsy: A Fun New App Review

Fun things in the Knitting World

Our Review of Knitsy: the fun, new iPad app

We love all things knitting and crochet, in fact it’s why we started Chic-a (to make knitting easier and more fun!), so we decided it would be good of us to let you know about a fun new app that we are loving right now! (Aren’t we kind?)

Knitsy.tv

has just released their new app for the iPad, and we think it’s pretty cool. (Grab your free app here!) They are now ranked at #1 on iTunes for the Free Craft and Hobby Apps.

We like things that are #1, and things that are free, so we decided to give our two cents worth.

 

The Knitsy Experience

After you download the app, its not as intuitive as you’d think, it actually loads into your Newsstand app. From there, you’ll have to download the issue (there’s only one currently), which takes a little time (and patience!).

Once inside, however, it is full of great pictures, a wide variety of content, and fun interaction (swipe to navigate through the pages, tap twice to see the menu).

 

The Knitsy Content

Kntisy is full of fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing, whether you like knitting or not. (We love the knitted stools by Claire-Anne O’Brien! And the fact that Ryan Gosling loves to knit.) There are lots of great products featured, an article on “Photo Bombing” (who knew!), and even very tasteful ads (our is on page 16! check it out, let us know what you think!)

 

Our Consensus

Our consensus is that this is a fun and unique magazine format, and a new way to get our reading in about Knitting and Crochet (some of our favorite subjects).

If you haven’t gotten it already, we recommend you do so!

 

Your Opinion Matters

Have you  tried the new Knitsy app? What do you think? Let us know in the comments and share what you’ve learned with the knitting world.

Gadget Tray Review

Chic-a Gadget Tray Review

I always love hearing how people use Chic-a’s knitting accessories, and this review by Still Life With Knitting of our newest product, the Gadget Tray, is no exception.

Here’s the review:

“I love cool little tools, so I was delighted when the lovely Joanna of Chic-a gave me a sample of this clever new product when we were at TNNA.  Called the Gadget Tray, it’s a small square of oilcloth and heavy lining fabric with snaps in the corners.  Fold up the corners and secure the snaps, and you have a handy tray/shallow basket perfect for any number of crafts.  Unsnapped, it lies perfectly flat, making it easy to store away.  The Gadget Tray is available in 3 sizes (3″, 4″, and 5″) and a number of Chic-a’s signature oilcloth prints, and the smallest size has a magnet inside which will keep needles and other small metal objects in place.

The tray came in quite handy when I was working on a beaded knitting project.  The beads were easy to access, didn’t roll all over the place, and the steel crochet hook I used stayed put in the tray thanks to the magnet”.

About the author

You can find more on her blog at: http://slwknitting.blogspot.co.uk. She has great ideas and resources for knitting (and food!). She also sells her very own (and very handy) little Stitch Markers at Knitifacts.com.

Get Your Own Gadget Tray…and review it for yourself!

Want a Gadget Tray of your own? Check out our list of retailers to find one near you. (And keep an eye our for changes on our site, more options are coming soon!)

Thanks again for stopping by, and as always, let us know how you like to use Chic-a products!

Happy Knitting,

Joanna

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LA Yarn Crawl 2013

Despite being majorly busy, I was able to attend a small part of the LA Yarn Crawl 2013 this last weekend. It was a nice break from the office, that’s for sure!

Our partner store Wild Fiber, located in sunny Santa Monica, hosted the Chic-a trunk show at the Yarn Crawl. I stopped by the store for a little visit, and when I got there, the store was very busy with lots of Crawlers, and I was joyfully greeted by Teri, the owner. Seeing the Chic-a items all around the store and the fun ways they had them displayed made me nostalgic, thinking back to the very first knitting bag made by Chic-a: The Project Bag.

My favorite display at Wild Fiber was the open Yarn Keeper filled with tape measures handily found at the checkout counter! I can’t say enough about how helpful and friendly the staff were at Wild Fiber. They helped my daughter pick out some fun buttons that will become earrings, and even got me to splurge on a skein of Zen Yarn Garden’s Serenity Lace in the Bumble Bee colorway. I, of course, had to add the beautiful Obi Shawl pattern by Michelle Miller of Fickle Knitter Design in order to make my purchase complete! (That’s what I’ll tell my husband, anyway.)

We spent the rest of the day in Hollywood with family, good food, and a little sunshine. The Yarn Crawl was a fun stop, and I plan to attend more of the event next year! Here’s hoping I find a few more hours in the day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Joanna