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It's Time to Start a Beanie!

Greetings, stitchers!

The days are getting shorter, leaves are falling, and it's time to add a beanie to your wardrobe or your gift list! Get started with Knit and Crochet Now! episode four of season 11. The Popular Beanies episode provides all the instruction you need to both knit and crochet these cozy caps.

Hello, it's Mary Forte again, your Knit and Crochet Now! update editor. Episode four has the cutest beanies, and I'm excited to share the highlights from the show. As always, I learn at least one new thing from Annie's experts. This time I discovered how to use three different hooks to create shaping and texture.

Popular Beanies

Check Out the Popular Beanies Episode!
At the start of episode four, co-hosts/producers Connie Ellison and Lena Skvagerson introduce Annie's fabulous experts Lee Sartori and Rohn Strong. Lee's segment covers the crocheted Three Hook Hat, while Rohn's segment focuses on the knitted Chica Beanie.

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Co-hosts/producers Connie Ellison and Lena Skvagerson along with experts Lee Sartori and Rohn Strong are ready to put together the Popular Beanies episode of Knit and Crochet Now!

In the Technique Corner, Lena shows how to knit the next square of the Verity Block Afghan.

Verity Block Afghan

Learn to Work in the Round

Beanies are perfect projects for learning to stitch in the round. Why is it worth learning to stitch a beanie in the round? No seams. When you finish that last stitch, all you have to do is weave in the ends! Annie's Creative Studio offers lots of instruction for stitching in the round.

Crochet in the Round
Crocheting in the round is pretty straightforward. Join the last stitch in each round to the first stitch of that round and continue working. Many circular crochet pieces begin with a tiny center and increase along the way, but some pieces start with a large number of stitches and decrease as they go along. In the Popular Beanies episode, Lee shows how to work a long, flat row of half double crochets into a chain and then join to work in the round.

Are there other ways to start a circular piece at the long edge? Of course. In the Learn, Make, Create! video Fancy Foot Warmers, expert Rohn Strong shows how to work a chain then join it into a circle before working the single crochet pattern stitches into the chain.

Fancy Foot Warmers

In the Learn, Make, Create! video Divergent Hat & Cowl, expert Toni Lipsey uses yet another technique. She demonstrates how to work a row of foundation half double crochet before joining it into a circle.

Fancy Foot Warmers

Knit in the Round
Knitting in the round can be achieved through a variety of methods as well. Knitters can choose from double-point needles, circular needles, the Magic Loop technique and more. For super helpful tutorials on these methods, go to the How-Tos tab on Annie's Creative Studio and select "How to Knit in the Round" from the knitting section.

How to Knit in the Round

Where Can You View Episode Four of Season 11?

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

Most PBS stations have Knit and Crochet Now! in their lineups. Check your local PBS station's TV schedule and 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 all of the seasons, and you can find free downloads of all the patterns featured in each episode.

Annie's Creative Studio is Annie's online video streaming source. It offers all previous episodes of Knit and Crochet Now! 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.

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