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Celebrate Tails & Fairy Tales

What were your favorite childhood stories? Do you remember The Tale of Peter Rabbit or The Velveteen Rabbit? How about The Little Mermaid? In Knit and Crochet Now! episode nine of season nine which is titled Playtime Pals, you will learn how to knit a bunny that any kid (or even grown-up kid) will treasure. Then you will learn to crochet a fabulous fairy-tale mermaid.

I'm Mary Forte, your Knit and Crochet Now! update editor, and I'm excited to share the details of this episode with you. I love making stuffed animals for little ones. And the two projects in this episode are both cute and fun to make.

Host Connie Ellison and host/producer Lena Skvagerson have put together another fun episode for us. At the beginning of the episode, Rohn Strong guides us through knitting the bunny, showing us make-1 increases and mirrored decreases along the way. Then in the Square of the Week, Lena Skvagerson demonstrates the charming crochet houndstooth stitch. To finish the episode, Jenny King teaches us how to make her adorable mermaid with a tighter version of the single crochet to hold in fiberfill securely.

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Host Connie Ellison and host/producer Lena Skvagerson select projects for the next episode of Knit and Crochet Now!

Shape Your Work

To make knitted and crocheted toys, you will need to shape the pieces with increases and decreases. Jenny and Rohn both teach you techniques for increasing and decreasing in crochet and knit, and if you'd like more information about shaping stitches, check out the "How-Tos" section of Annie's Creative Studio.

On Annie's Creative Studio you can find technique videos and tutorials for knitting, crochet, quilting, tatting and more. A fun class for practicing increases and decreases is Learn to Crochet Ripples with Sharon Silverman.

Learn to Crochet Ripples

Build Your Skills With Crochetalongs Too

Annie's Creative Studio offers so many ways to learn something new. Crochetalongs are always a fun way to explore new stitch patterns with expert guidance.

Fancy Stitches Sampler Afghan
In the video series Fancy Stitches Sampler Afghan, expert Kristi Simpson teaches us how to get started and how to work the 13 different stitches used to make this beautiful afghan.

Fancy Stitches Sampler Afghan

Stained Glass Afghan
Another exciting video series on Annie's Creative Studio is the Stained Glass Afghan. Expert Rohn Strong guides us through all the steps needed to create this stunning afghan. Be sure to check out his great advice for keeping a long-term project on track.

Stained Glass Afghan

Chic Shawl by Marly Bird
And don't forget to watch the next segment of Marly Bird's Chic Shawl. This popular shawl has lots of fun stitch patterns and makes a lovely wrap. Expert Marly Bird guides us through the entire process.

Chic Shawl by Marly Bird

Share Your Treasure

Speaking of treasured items, I just finished crocheting a blanket from the Annie's Caring Crochet Kit Club. Every month Annie's sends out project yarn and a pattern for club members to crochet. The directions include information about nonprofits that would be excited to receive your lovingly crocheted items, but you can give them to whomever you like. This baby blanket is going to Project Linus, and I hope one day it will be a treasured item.

Annie's Caring Crochet Kit Club

Knit and Crochet Now! Season 10 Is Coming Very Soon!

PBS stations will begin releasing season 10 mid-June. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!

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Annie's experts will be bringing you lots more great knitting and crochet inspiration in season 10! Get ready for a fun time with Melissa Leapman, Lena Skvagerson, Jonah Larson, Tony Lipsey, Connie Ellison, Rohn Strong, Lee Sartori, Kristin Ohmdahl and Britt Schmiesing.

Where Can You View Episode Nine of Season Nine?

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 all nine seasons, and you can find free downloads of all the patterns featured in each episode.

Annie's Creative Studio, Annie's premium creative-education network, offers all nine seasons 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.

And There's More
Click on the Reviews tab at the top of this page to see what Rohn, Lena and Jenny have for you!

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