As you cross the holiday gift-making finishing line this year, reward yourself with a brand-new project that's just for YOU! Some may call it "selfish" knitting or crocheting, but we think it's an essential part of crafting, especially if you tend to knit or crochet for others. There's nothing like indulging in a few skeins of luxurious yarn in your favorite colour and finding the perfect pattern to make them sing. Today, we share some of our favourite free patterns to knit and crochet with our yarns.
For the Knitters
If you're new to knitting shawls, the Uintah Shawlette by Sheila Toy Stromberg is a great beginner project. You'll need just 1 skein of Serenity 20 to work up this pretty shawl that uses drop stitches to create a lacy effect.
Diamonds for Lisa by Little Church Knits is a more advanced shawl project using our Serenity Silk +. This crescent-shaped features a lace border that is worked as you bind off to create a drapey, wearable accessory.
For the Crocheters
Wrap yourself up in the extra-long Ombre Lightning Scarf by Sara Leighton, which features fabulous fringe and and a simple stitch pattern. Beginner and intermediate crocheters could easily make this project using the photo tutorials included in the pattern.
We look forward to seeing what projects you knit or crochet in 2018 - be sure to share them with us on Instagram using the #zenyarngarden hashtag!
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We’re now living in a world where memes, tweets, and other social media posts have literally put the “instant” in “instant gratification, and it’s managed to make its way into our own little knitting corner of the social media world.
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The craft is, in itself, a form of meditation that does all sorts of amazing things for your blood pressure, anxiety levels, self-esteem, and overall outlook on life.