Small Project Saturdays

Imagine the thrill of finishing (or almost finishing) a project in a morning! Drop in on the second Saturday of the month from 9 – 11 a.m. with a small project of your choice (hat, mitts, cowl, etc.) or find inspiration in one of the suggested projects below. There’s something for every skill level, and participation is free! Please, use yarn purchased at Uncommon Threads.

Just in time for spring babies and farmers markets, we’ve got two easy, fun and practical projects for Small Project Saturday on April 12 and May 10. In April, Alison Crawford’s Linen-Stitch Kimono Booties give baby’s tootsies a modern wrapper, topped with the perfect button. (Pattern free on Ravelry.)

Linen Stitch Kimono Booties by Alison Crawford (Ravelry)

Linen Stitch Kimono Booties by Alison Crawford (Ravelry)

In May, you’ll want to make Hannah Ingalls’ Ilene Bag for all your family and friends! Very easy to knit and unquestionably useful, the bag looks smashing knit up in Berroco Linsey. (Also free on Ravelry.)

Ilene Bag by Hannah Ingalls (Ravelry)

Ilene Bag by Hannah Ingalls (Ravelry)

Small Project Saturday is back on March 8 with an adorable crocheted basket from Churchmouse! Use a sturdy cotton from your stash, or try Rowan’s Handknit Cotton or Classic Elite Provence–these are wonderful hostess gifts and delightful Easter baskets.

Churchmouse Crocheted Baskets

Churchmouse Crocheted Baskets

For the last Small Project Saturday of 2013, on December 14 we’re featuring two chunky cowls: Cross Stitch Cowls by Laura Chau, and Asterisque Cowl/Shoulder Warmer by Phydeaux Designs. Both are easy enough for an adventurous beginner, with appealing textured stitches for a fresh look.

Cross Stitch Cowls by Laura Chau

Cross Stitch Cowls by Laura Chau

Asterisque Cowl/Shoulder Warm by Phydeaux Designs

Asterisque Cowl/Shoulder Warm by Phydeaux Designs

You may already know that Uncommon Threads is a collection point for Knits for Palo Altos Veterans Hospital. In preparation for their next collection on Veterans Day, I’m dedicating the next three Small Project Saturdays to items that will suit the courageous men and women at the Palo Alto VA. Try these patterns out for yourself or for a gift, and please consider donating a finished project to this wonderful local organization. On Saturday, September 14, I’ll be working on Head Huggers (Ann Norling #55)–an easy ribbed hat in several gauges. Upcoming projects include bed socks and fingerless mitts; as always, feel free to work on any project you like, knit or crocheted!

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I’m sweltering in the Midwest this month, but our very capable Hilary (she’s knitting with an arm cast!) will keep you company on August 10 and our featured project is the Reversible Mug Mat. It’s free on Ravelry and a fun way to learn the linen stitch while using up leftover hand-dyed yarn.

Reversible Mug Mat by Annmarie Aquino

Reversible Mug Mat by Annmarie Aquino, free on Ravelry

With all the crochet pieces out in force at the recent TNNA (The National NeedleArts Market), I’m changing it up a bit in July. I’ve had my eye on the Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf ever since I featured it for our Katia Bombay Fresh Pick back in May, so that’s what I’ll be crocheting on July 13. Join me for a mini crochet-a-long or feel free to bring any small project you choose–I look forward to seeing you!

Queen Anne's Lace Scarf by Khebhin Gibbons

Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf by Khebhin Gibbons

The next Small Project Saturday falls on June 8, which happens to be Worldwide Knit in Public Day. Join me on the benches in front of the shop with the project of your choice, or try one of these darling cup cozies with me:

Leaf Cup Cuddler

Leaf Cup Cuddler by Kara Mayfield (Ravelry)

Woven Cable Coffee Cup Sleeve by Linda Thach

Woven Cable Coffee Cup Sleeve by Linda Thach

Both are knit in worsted weight yarn, and you can find the patterns online. Leaf Cup Cuddler is for purchase on Ravelry, while Woven Cable Coffee Cup Sleeve is free.

Last month, we featured a baby bootie from Regia’s My First Regia booklet, a sweet ballerina slipper for the teeniest foot imaginable. And I couldn’t resist the simple lace mitts from Knit Simple’s Spring /Summer 2013 issue, #06 Fingerless Gloves.

My First Ballerina Slipper (My First Regia)

My First Ballerina Slipper (My First Regia)

#06 Fingerless Gloves (Knit Simple SS 2013)

#06 Fingerless Gloves (Knit Simple SS 2013)

 

The featured project for our kickoff session on April 13 is the “It’s a Cinch” headband and collar by Elisa McLaughlin, a free pattern on Ravelry. Using about 50g of worsted weight yarn and knit in garter stitch, this adorable accessory is perfect for beginners who want to play with embellishments.

It's a Cinch

It’s a Cinch by Elisa McLaughlin

Looking for more ideas? I’m hoping to work my way through Vogue’s Ultimate Hat Book (it’s much shorter than Mastering the Art of French Cuisine), starting with the fabulous beret in Koigu on the cover.

Vogue Ultimate Hat Book

Vogue Ultimate Hat Book

Oisin Owl

Oisin Owl by Pauline Gallagher

I also want to try some sweet toys, such as the Oisin Owl by Pauline Gallagher–also on Ravelry. (Note: as of April 1, the pattern costs $2). Bergere de France’s Galerie d’Accessoires booklet is a terrific source of fast and fun projects, like these rings and bracelets in Ideal.

Bergere de France Galerie d'Accessoires

Bergere de France Galerie d’Accessoires

Bergere de France crocheted jewelry

Bergere de France crocheted jewelry

I’ll continue posting small project ideas here–suggestions welcome!