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My First Sampler Afghan Block- The Double Parallelogram- From the Leisure Arts Sampler Afghan Book-- My Workbasket
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Leisure Arts- Knit Sampler Afghans – Book Review

I’ve worked with Leisure Arts before, especially on the Knook review, and have teamed up with them again! I was so excited that they were willing to send me this book, Knit Sampler Afghans, which combines 60 pattern blocks to make awesome sampler afghans. UPDATE- 12/04/2018- It appears this book is now out of print. […]

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A fun, make up as you go hat formula for using a single cupcake yarn. Free from My Workbasket
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Troll Cake Hat- and Recipe for Troll Cake

I’ve mentioned that I’m a troll cook, but I also tend to be a troll crafter. The Troll Attitude tends to be “it is what it is.” A recipe makes the amount it is meant to make.  A cut shape comes out the measurement it comes out, and in this case, a hat comes out as […]

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Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket
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Yarntube 2- Christmas Gifts Edition

I made a Yarn Tube! Yarntube 2 is below. I show off the current Christmas Projects I have going, and more. Just a bit of goofy fun on this snowy day! Yes it’s snowing here again!!!   Some things I reference in this video: The Ann Shawl The Hot Mat Fail The Puff Stitch Hat […]

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An honest review of the Knook from Leisure Arts. Can you really knit with a crochet hook? -- My Workbasket
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Leisure Arts- Knook Review

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve been trying the Knook from Leisure Arts. I was provided a The Knook Value Pack and Cozy Knits with the Knook book, for free at my request. I’ve been working with it for awhile. I think I got my items at the end of September or the beginning of […]

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Versatile button cowl with a variety of ways to wear it! Free knitting Pattern from My Workbasket
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October Sky Cowl

I worked up this versatile cowl pattern and knew immediately I’d be sharing it with you in October. It came out even better than I planned and I am so excited to give you the pattern for free! Today instead of a Weekly WorkBasket Post I’m going to share this pattern with you! If you […]

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Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket
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Yarntube 2- Works in Progress and a Design Sneak Peek

A little crafty fun for you today! A video of what I’ve been working on with some of my in-progress projects. Today is my one-year blogiversary! I didn’t plan anything special, but now you know. Thanks to everyone who has made it possible. Some quick show notes- My cable needle clamors around while I talk […]

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Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket
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YarnTube #1 – Projects in Progress, an Amazing Yarn Deal, and the Importance of Handicrafts

I recorded a fun little video today to just show you some of what I’ve been working on lately in my hoard of projects. I also show off an amazing bag of yarn I bought yesterday! Behold! Yarntube #1 and I hope there will be many more. The Monkey is from this Book The CAL […]

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Three different colors of the 1967 Beanie. A free hat knitting pattern! -- My Workbasket
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The Ribbed Beanie- A 1967 Redo

The 1967 Knit Beret did NOT work up like the picture showed but the finished result is beautiful and the pattern is here for free.  Since I wanted a ribbed hat I did the obvious thing and designed my own! This pattern is a little harder than the beret but still uses only basic stitches. Both […]

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The 1967 Beret, a great hat, with a simple knitting stitch. FREE pattern!-- My Workbasket
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The 1967 Knit Beret

In the September 1967 issue, one pattern I started immediately was this beret. Just one problem. At first, I overlooked the original stitch pattern and looked up an alternative. Turns out the stitch pattern IS there, but it isn’t actually right! The stitch pattern listed makes a beautiful stitch that I just adore, BUT it […]

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Woven Knitting Pattern – Forest Floor Scarf

The August issue didn’t feature to awful many projects, but I needed a knitting project because I didn’t like the one I tried in the July issue. It was awkward stitching, and I felt the finished style was to loose, it didn’t look like the bobbles it claimed to be. So I started the basic […]

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Free Placemat Pattern- And it’s Not Broomstick Lace!

When I first saw this pattern in the 1967 February magazine I thought it was broomstick lace, which I’ve always loved but can’t remember ever trying. Spoiler alert- It’s NOT broomstick lace! It’s actually a very easy knit lace pattern that mimics broomstick. It’s called the Estonian Shell stitch, and it’s actually very beginner friendly! […]

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Man’s Scarf

One of the projects I worked on in December, from the December 1948 issue, was the Man’s Scarf. The only problem was that I was working on it as a secret project for my son and could only work on it while he was outside, or at a friend’s house. Well, it gets dark very […]

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