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Afghans Make Treasured Gifts

Greetings, stitchers! Are you ready to get started on projects for the gift-giving season? Knit and Crochet Now! episode two of season 10 explores timeless afghans and ways to personalize them.

Hello, I'm Mary Forte, your Knit and Crochet Now! update editor. I have a basketful of afghans to pull out and snuggle up in whenever there's a little chill in the air, so I'm excited to share the highlights of this episode, Afghans With Many Borders. Host/producer Lena Skvagerson introduces us to experts Lee Sartori, Melissa Leapman and Britt Schmiesing, who guide us through making two different afghans along with an adorable rooster throw pillow. The experts show us a variety of border styles along with strategies for colorwork.

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Melissa Leapman shows us how to customize an afghan with a beautiful border.
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Britt Schmiesing and Lee Sartori are in the studio getting ready to share their stitch expertise with us.

Do You Need a Quick Project?

Hats are perfect short-term projects for gift-giving. Take a look at the cute hats in episode 13 of season nine, titled Slouchy Hats. Rohn Strong gives directions for the knitted Slouchy Slipped Hat with slipped-stitch cables. And Melissa Leapman shows us how to work the Rhinebeck Hat with its deeply textured post stitches.

Slouchy Hats

Do You Want to Know More About Post Stitches?

Crochet post stitches create dramatic texture, and Annie's Creative Studio has the videos to show you how to work them.

Learn Post Stitches: Easy Woven Basket provides video instruction on post stitches so you can make a beautifully textured basket.

Easy Woven Basket

In the video Chic Shawl by Marly Bird: Textured Lattice Part 6, Marly shows you another beautiful way to work post stitches.

Chic Shawl by Marly Bird: Textured Lattice Part 6

For short video tutorials, look for Beyond Basic Stitches under the Crochet section of the How-To's tab, and you will find short video tutorials on making back post stitches, front post stitches and many other fancy crochet stitches.

And don't miss the Fancy Stitches Sampler Afghan Part 2: Back Post Shells. In week two of this series you'll get to practice with back post stitches turned into pretty shells.

Fancy Stitches Sampler Afghan: Back Post Shells

Where Can You View Knit and Crochet Now! Episodes?

Are you ready to knit, crochet and learn with Annie's experts? Look for Knit and Crochet Now! in these places:

Most PBS stations show Knit and Crochet Now! Find Knit and Crochet Now! on your local PBS station's TV schedule here. Set that DVR!

Create TV offers Knit and Crochet Now! episodes along with lots of other exciting how-to programming.

The Knit and Crochet Now! website has nine seasons now, and you can find free downloads of all the patterns featured in each episode. Watch for season 10 in September!

Annie's Creative Studio, Annie's premium creative-education network, offers all nine seasons of Knit and Crochet Now! and will start offering season 10 in September. Look for it along with videos and patterns for crocheting, knitting, quilting, sewing and other crafts.

Annie's Creative Studio's extensive library includes garments, totes, stuffed animals and so much more. You can get tips for updating your home or even for cleaning your sewing machine! Check out the free trial membership to explore your favorite crafts and learn about new ones.

And There's More
Are you ready to get the details on customizing afghans? Click on the Reviews tab at the top of this page!

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