Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mercy Children's Clinic Donation

Bethany is shown with the donations that she dropped by Mercy Children's Clinic last week. They were thrilled with the baby blankets and hats as well as the hat/scarf/gloves sets!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Star Project Completed

Thanks everyone for the beautiful hats, scarves and gloves that you made to support the Star Project. Dozens of items have been donated to Safe Haven Shelter, Mercy Children's Clinic and The Salvation Army. New moms in the Edgehill Community have received baby blankets and hats for their new ones through United Neighborhood Health Services thanks to your generous work!

We have already started collecting items for the Warm Up Nashville campaign. Please let me know if you need yarn!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hat Distributions Continue!

Angie from Cottage Cove enjoyed picking out some hats for her after care students! Additionally, hats have been donated to The Bethlehem Center and The Oasis Shelter.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hat Distribution

Several organizations have chosen hats (from our over 3000 made!) to distribute to those who need them. Last week, Adonis Phillips from the support-service organization Parent's Reaching Out, Inc chose several infant hats that will be given to Vanderbilt University NICU, Centennial Medical Center, Baptist Hospital and Maury Regional Hospital.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Teaching at the Library

For the past several weeks we have taught knitting and crocheting to students at the downtown Nashville Public Library. Thanks to all of you who volunteered your time!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Save The Date!

We are so excited that The Nashville Predators contacted us about organizing this event! Tell everyone you know! Friends, husbands, boyfriends and children are all invited too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Big Stitch 4 -- What a GREAT Day!

Whew! Still catching my breath from Saturday. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came (and battled the Flea Market traffic), everyone who donated hats (2448 and counting -- hats have been given to me all week from those who couldn't make it through the traffic on Saturday!) donated door prizes, goody bag items and helped to coordinate the day! We still need hats to meet our goal! Please contact me when you have some to add to the count.

Check out these great pics of my daughter Bethany pouring hats into the tower!

Friday, October 23, 2009

1 Make a Difference Day

Everyone should be proud of themselves. The hats you have made will make such a difference in the lives of so many people! See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

2. GOODY BAG - soap sample

Yes! We all get a sample of Kacy Ellis's handmade vegetable-based soap from her company "Gather a Leather"! Check out her blog at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

3. DOOR PRIZE: Cabot Cheese Gift

Cabot Cheese of Vermont has sent us yummy cheese to snack on during the day to support our efforts. They have also sent a small insulated cooler filled with goodies -- visor, t-shirt, frisbee and coupons!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

TOP TEN REASONS to attend The Big Stitch!

10. Six hours of knitting and crocheting ... HEAVEN!

9. DOOR PRIZE: Tote Bag and 10 skeins of yarn donated by Haus of Yarn!

8. $1 yarn and .25 cent pattern boutique!

7. GOODY BAGS! Filled with coupons, patterns and, of course, GOODIES!

6. COUPON from Imagiknit Yarns & More for 2 FREE balls of Katia Marathon.

Big Stitch Seminars

The following seminars will be conducted at The Big Stitch on Oct 24:

• Understanding Patterns (Knitting and Crochet)

• Crochet - Ribbing (front/back post stitch, front/back loops stitching)

• Knitting - Purling and Ribbing (developing ribbing with knitting and purling)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New Crochet Hat Pattern

Uses Hometown USA yarn.

New Knitted Hat Pattern

Here is a pattern using Hometown USA.

New Yarn!

I promise, I do not work for Lion Brand Yarn, but I just received an email about their new yarn -- Hometown USA. The colors are named after towns across the United States. Check out info about the yarn here:

Happi-Hooker Hat

Check out this hat made by Jessica of Happi-Hooker fame modeled by my baby, Bethany.

Bunny Slope Hat

Cute, cute hat with a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn. If you are not a member, consider signing up! Here is the link:

And here is the pattern:

Lion Brand® Alpine Wool


13 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.


K2, p2, Rib (worked in the rnd)
Rnd 1:
*K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib

*With A work 4 rnds, with B work 2 rnds, with A work 1 rnd, with C work 4 rnds, with A work 1 rnd, with B work 4 rnds, with C work 2 rnds; rep from * for Stripe Sequence.

With circular needle and A, cast on 60 sts. Join, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Work in K2, p2 Rib, following Stripe Sequence, until piece measures about 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg.
Next Rnd:
Change to St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) until piece measures about 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm) from beg.
Shape Crown

Change to double pointed needles when sts have been sufficiently decreased.
Next Rnd:
*K8, place marker, k2tog, rep from * around – 54 sts rem at end of rnd.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd:
*K to marker, k2tog, rep from * around – 48 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnds:
Rep last 2 rnds, 6 times – 12 sts.
Next Rnd:
(K2tog) around – 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts and gather tightly together. Fasten off.

With A and following package directions, make a pompom. Tie pompom to Hat. Weave in ends.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More Hats!


Thanks to some recent donations, we are now up to 823 hats! Thank you to Gail Camplair from the Brentwood Library Chicks with Sticks group, Marilyn at Knit Happy and the H.A.N.D.S. group from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for adding to our total. Additionally, the ladies of Trinity Lutheran Church Knit and Crochet for Jesus group donated 64! Keep ‘em coming so we can reach our goal of 3033!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A hat pattern written by one of the Happi-Hookers!

Here is the ball cap pattern that you saw at the July 17th Big Stitch. I made this with Bernat "Baby Jacquards" yarn (which is a light weight yarn; weight 3) and a G hook (size 6:4.25MM). I have since made a hat with a cotton yarn and an H hook. I did make some changes to the know how I am =).

Here is the link to find the original pattern:

The original pattern has been moved, and brings me to this link:

*I’m not sure which of the above links you would need to use as I now have it bookmarked*

Here are the changes I made:

Beginning chain: I only chain 3, it makes the whole at the top smaller. Or you can use a "magic ring" if you know how.

Rows 1 thru 33: As is. **You can repeat row 33 for desired length if needed**

Row 34: I ended row 33 with 84 sts and had to increase the number of sts before and after the Back Loops Only. Changes: Sc in both loops of the next 24, sc in the Back Loops Only of the next 37 sc, sc in both loop of the last 23 sc, ch 1.

Row 35: As is.

Brim: the only thing I changed is: SC in the first sc of every row. Then skip 1sc and continue the pattern as is. Just don’t forget to add one sc in the very first sc of every row for both layers of the brim.

**When I got finished with my second hat I realized I did row 11 of the brims as "Repeat row 8" instead of repeating row 9. I never noticed a difference. So, you can put your own twist on this pattern and it still looks rockin!

Also, I didn’t use the plastic canvas. This part is entirely up to you.

As always, let us know if you have any questions and we will do our best to answer them. Keep on hookin! =) =)

Thanks ~ LiL HooKeR

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Chemo Hats

There is such a need for chemo hats! Here is some helpful information regarding chemo hats from the site

Yarns to Use:

Caron Simply Soft
Lion Cotton Ease
Lion Microspun
Naturally Caron Spa
Moon & Stars Red Heart
Plymouth Jeannee
TLC Baby Amore
TLC Cotton Plus
Carefree Cotton Red Heart

Ideas for Chemo Caps:

Thinner, seamless, non-lumpy caps are good for sleeping and increased comfort.
Hats made with thinner yarn would be better for summer weather use.
Cotton blend yarns are great for summer hats and warmer climates as it is coooler than other types of yarn.
Seamless caps are more comfortable and better for sleeping in.

Cabot Creamery of Cabot, Vermont has contacted me about supporting our efforts on Make a Difference Day by sending us some of their cheese to enjoy and providing us with door prizes and coupons! Thank you Cabot Creamery!

Thank you to everyone who has been donating hats for the October 24th Big Stitch.

Chicks with Sticks from the Brentwood Library donated 79 more and the Ladies at Hillsboro Church of Christ donated 67.

Our new total is TA DA - 712 !!!!!

If anyone needs any yarn to continue making hats, please let me know.
I have had some recent donations!

Cute, cute FREE earflap hat pattern shared with me by Pat Embree of Stichin' Post. Thanks Pat!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Make a Difference Day

The next Big Stitch takes place on October 24, 2009, 31 days away. We chose this date to coincide with the National Make a Difference Day. That is also how we came up with the number of hats we wanted to make: 1024 + 2009 = 3033 (Oct 24, 2009). Here is some information about Make A Difference Day, and why it is so important for us to keep our needles and hooks flying to make our goal.

What is Make A Difference Day?

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Millions have participated. In 2008, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. For additional information visit USA Weekend.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cupcake hat!

Check out this cute hat made for the hat project by Mary-Beth Heine!


Loved seeing this recent article about the work that our dear friend and sponsor Phyllis Hildreth, owner of Falcon Feather Fibers, is doing! Please go by and see Phyllis and her beautiful shop and make sure you have time for lunch at her restaurant -- Stillwater Cafe -- where there is knitting and crocheting every Tuesday night!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Focus: The Happi Hookers

The Happi Hookers
supporters of Knit and Crochet TN
and The Big Stitch

The Big Stitch VII

We are known as the Happi Hookers; grandmother (Patty), mother (Janice), and daughter (Jessica). We’ve been crocheting for generations. Patty was taught by her mother-in-law Aili Mahn at about 18 years of age, and she’s been crocheting and knitting for over 50 years. Janice was taught by a good friend and neighbor Jocelyn Berry, when they both had babies about the same age. She’s been crocheting for about 25 years. Jessica can’t remember a time when she wasn’t crocheting, as her mother and grandmothers (Patty and Jeannie Chryn) were always crocheting and had a great influence in teaching her. All of the women folk in the families are very crafty. From sewing, macramé, needlepoint, knitting – there isn’t a trade with string that we haven’t tied a knot into.

We all started out just making things for family and friends. People started liking what they saw and wanting one just like it. “Craft-a creative community” is a group we’ve been involved with that has helped us expand in the Nashville area. We’ve now grown to selling our creations at a variety of places, including the Nashville Farmer’s Market, the Flea Market at the TN State Fairgrounds, a monthly show in East Nashville, local church events, and by word of mouth. We’ve heard great things about Etsy and E-Bay, and will be looking into putting our creations on those sites as well. Patty is retired, while Janice and Jessica still work full time jobs. This is simply a hobby for all of us.

Each of us has a preference of yarn type and hook sizes that allows us to create a diverse amount of products and styles. Patty prefers the smallest to middle size of the hooks, specializing in beautiful Barbie doll clothes, doilies, holiday ornaments, and other items made in the smaller threads. Jessica utilizes mid-range hooks. She is fabulous when it comes to making clothing, such as halter tops, swimsuit cover-ups pullovers, ponchos and purses. She has recently finished three sweaters she got special orders for when they saw her wearing hers. Janice uses more of the middle and larger size hooks and makes afghans and rugs, some from fabrics and some from plastic bags as well. We have all of the above items, plus hats, scarves, table runners, dish towels/scrubbies, bottle holders/covers, scrunchies, market bags, tissue covers, etc… the list goes on and on. Customers give us ideas, or we see something we want to do, and put it on a list. We have a large list. To see our completed works visit our MySpace. You can also contact us via email at

We are looking forward to the next Big Stitch on October 24th. It is a great opportunity for us to meet fellow crafters and create new patterns, all while providing warmth and comfort to people in our community.

We’re hooked, yarned, and dangerous!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Group in Watertown!

There is a new group forming in Watertown – Chicks with Sticks. Next meetup will be at 5:30 on Tuesday, Sept 29 at Lulu’s Coffeehouse at 120 E. Main ( Everyone in the area come by!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nashville General Hospital at Meharry Blanket Update!

As of today, the blanket count is at 1413 -- only 87 more to go! Even though our current focus is the Hat Project, baby blankets will continue to be collected and are an ongoing need.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


On Friday, September 25th from 8 am to 12 pm, the Knowles Center at 174 Rains Avenue is having their biannual Threadfest. Come get some trim, fabric, quilt scraps, yarn, notions, craft projects, vintage buttons, quilt blocks and more! For more information, see this pdf.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Instructors Needed

We have been asked to teach knitting and crochet at an after school program at the Nashville Downtown Library. The students come from Hume Fogg Magnet School as well as some others in the area. The schedule will be Thursday Oct. 1, 8, 5, 22 for knitting and Thursday Oct. 22, 29 and Nov 5, 12 for crochet. Time would be 4:00 – 5:30. There is a parking garage attached to the library and parking is free (the library will stamp your ticket). Please let me know if you can help and I will give you additional details.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ribbons won at the Williamson County Fair!

Congratulations to Carolann Laird and Gwen Greene who won ribbons for their knitted and crocheted items at the recent Williamson County Fair!

Carolyn knitted a beautiful baby afghan and earned a 3rd place ribbon for her work! Here are some details: The yarn I used on the baby blanket was called Encore Colorspun. It is a knitting worsted weight, 75% acrylic and 25% wool. I used double strands throughout and a size 13 circular needle. I bought the yarn at Patternworks, a shop in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.

Gwen crocheted an afghan, a christening set and a framed bouquet.

Free pattern from Lion Brand using Red Heart Super Saver and an H hook.

Christening Set
Open Crescent Set from Christening Sets for Crochet by Leisure Arts, Designer Kay Meadors. Used size 10 thread with Boye size 7 steel hook.

Framed Bouquet
Spring Bouquet from Used size 10 thread with Boye size 8 steel hook.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Free Class!


Knit and Crochet TN is offering FREE knitting and crochet lessons at the Franklin Hobby Lobby on Saturday, September 19 from 10 – noon. For information on supplies, contact Deborah Stillwell at 615/579-1857 or Hobby Lobby is located at 1113 Murfreesboro Road (Hwy 96) in the Williamson Square Shopping Center.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Emily's hats

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Grant, a local teenager. We met to talk about the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Emily’s project plan was to teach Middle School students how to knit. This past summer she held her classes and had a total of 22 students in her classes as well as eight who had private lessons. She also committed to making 100 hats that will be donated to area hospitals. Last week she completed her hats. They are beautiful! Way to go Emily! I know your efforts will go a long way towards earning the Gold Award.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Knitting Moments

Are you all familiar with the Lion Brand website? ( They send out a weekly email that always contains interesting information, patterns and great stories. Here is one from a recent newsletter. It is one of several stories by Michelle Edwards titled "Knitting Moments".

Railroad crossings. I moved from the Twin Cities to the quiet university town, Iowa City, Iowa. No long red lights or traffic jams to tempt this knitter. But like many Midwestern towns we do have railroad crossings. Here's the layout: my house and knitting store are on one side of the crossing, and the shopping mall and good coffee on the other. Railroad crossings are great knitting opportunities, just pay attention to the lights and bells and put your knitting away when the train crossing is over. You're not allowed to ask the conductor to wait until you finish your row.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Area knitters and crocheters have embraced the Hat Project! Thanks to Haus of Yarn who donated over 100 hats and are making more and to the local knitting groups at Panera and the Brentwood Library who hand me a bag of hats every time we knit together! We have received calls from several of the beneficiaries who are anxiously awaiting our hat donations and additional groups are beginning to request hats. Currently we have 407 hats! This is placing us so close to our original goal of 1024 that we have decided to raise our goal to 3033 (1024 + 2009). Who ever heard of having a raise a goal less than a month into a new project? You guys are wonderful!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Going to the Williamson County Fair August 7-15!

Yes, Knit and Crochet TN will be at the Fair! ( We will have a table in the Creative Arts Building with brochures, posters and some knit and crochet samples of hats and afghans. When offered this opportunity, we jumped at the chance to spread the word about our group and what we do! We need you! If you can help – and love to talk with people about knitting and crocheting – please contact me. I would like to have someone at the table during Fair hours (which can be found on the Fair site.) Entrance fee to the Fair is $5 in advance and $6 at the door.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Meharry Project Update

Wanted to update everyone on the baby blanket project for the babies born at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. After receiving almost 200 blankets at the Big Stitch in July, our total is 1337 – only 163 still needed for this year. If you enjoy making the baby blankets, please continue to do so – after all, this is an ongoing need. You can turn them in at the October 24 Big Stitch, area knitting shops, FiftyForward Knowles or simply contact me at and I’ll be happy to meet you.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

New yarn

Have you heard of Caron Yarn’s new “Simply Soft Eco”? It is a yarn that is made from recycled plastic bottles. My good friend KK told me about it. To check out the colors and other details, visit their website.

Here is the information from the wrapper:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank you, everyone!

Great seeing everyone yesterday at The Big Stitch! Hope the large group of students learning how to knit and crochet at “The Big Stitch University” are still practicing and having fun! Remember if you need some help, check the website under the groups button to see where fellow knitters and crocheters are meeting near you.

We are all very excited about the new project for the October 24th Big Stitch – The Hat Project. Details are on the site. Contact us if you have any questions!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Share Your Stash

SHARE YOUR STASH! Our boutique was so popular at the last Stitch that we are once again offering yarn at $1 a skein and $0.25 original patterns written especially for The Big Stitch! So, bring some of your stash to donate and go home with new yarn for only $1!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another donation from Haus of Yarn!

Another donation from Haus of Yarn. This time it is Plymouth Yarn “Jeannee”
Chunky Cotton and Acrylic Yarn

... as well as some beautiful silk and cotton yarn:

Once again, yarn will be given to anyone at The Big Stitch who will use these yarns to make items for our next project!