7.05.2016

Knit Texture: One Motif at a Time and the Contexta Afghan SWAP!

Finally.... my new Craftsy class Knit Texture: One Motif at a Time launched today. This is my 6th class with Craftsy and one that I have been planning for a while.... it is a technique class and also a project class! So you'll learn and make at the same time!
The class is built around the Contexta pattern and teaches you how to create mitered squares and octagons using a toolkit of textured stitch patterns.
These Octagons and Mitered squares are then combined together into a multitude of ways for different size shawls, afghans, baby blankets and more!
You can play with color if you want, or choose a neutral palette... I don't think any two Contexta's will be exactly alike!

I am extra super excited as we have decided to have a Contexta Octagon SWAP in my Ravelry group! It's been almost a year since our last swap, and the structure we've come up with for this one is going to be a pretty special. I've made sure to leave room in my schedule so I can join in.... in fact, I was the first one to sign up! Go read all the details, hopefully you'll want to sign up to play with us!
I want to tell you about the yarn I used.... Craftsy has a new yarn line, called Cloudborn, and they asked me if I would work with Superwash Merino Worsted Twist for Contexta... after swatching I knew it was the perfect yarn, and was happy to say yes! It has a tight twist which lends itself to great stitch definition, is very smooth, and doesn't pill easily (and I did a fair amount of ripping as I designed the octagons and squares for Contexta... which is the best pilling test there is!) We'll be using it in the swap so everyone's Octagon's are similar. I think you'll be really happy with it, it is quite affordable, the colors are great, and it will create an afghan that will last!

Finally, guess what? Craftsy knows how much you love a giveaway.... so who wants to win a Contexta Kit (12 skeins of Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in Oatmeal Heather) to make the oatmeal colored afghan shown above? Enter below! And congrats to Kelli Mullen who won last week's pre-launch giveaway!

Giveaway!!!

(Full Disclosure: All the links in this post are affiliate links... meaning I earn more if you use them, and you pay less, so it is WIN/WIN for us both! Please use them anytime you want to shop for yarn/classes on the Craftsy site!) 

127 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! I love the one with all the colours

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  2. Love!!!! πŸ’•The hardest part is choosing from all the beautiful colors!!! :) Love ALL your Craftsy classes!!! Yay!!

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  3. Exciting! And who doesn't love free yarn!!!

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  4. Love this - Can't wait to get started!!!

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  5. What a great opportunity to learn some new techniques -- and end up with something we can use!

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  6. This looks like lots of fun and such a great learning experience! I've signed up for quite a few of your classes Laura - a kit would be fabulous.

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  7. What a wonderful project and giveaway!

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  8. LOVE this pattern! it's beautiful!!

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  9. Lovely I would love to win.

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  10. Looks like a fun project. Very interesting pattern.

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  11. Love your classes and patterns. I would love to win a kit.
    brhuth on Ravelry

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  12. Can't wait to start the projects in this class. Heading off to purchase it now!

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  13. I have my class! Now to purchase yarn or hopefully to win a kit. This looks like a wonderful way to knit with others and swap.b thanks Laura for a great class and great ideas.
    Carolm7323 on Rav

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  14. This looks like soooooo much fun!

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  15. Love all the different patterns!!

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  16. Love all your Craftsy classes! You are such a talented teacher and designer!

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  17. The class looks really cool, like all of your other classes!

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  18. Looks like another fantastic class, Laura!

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  19. I love your craftsy classes, can't wait to watch this one!!

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  20. Would love to win this kit. I will definitely be joining in. Rav. amandainluanda

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  21. This looks awesome! And Oatmeal Heather would be my first choice anyway! Love it!

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  22. So lovely. Fingers crossed. Would love to knit along with everyone.

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  23. This looks awesome, and full of new things to learn!

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  24. Thanks for the discount on the class and for the chance to win!!! lseidl on ravelry

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  25. Looks like fun! Can't wait. BarbJay

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  26. Class looks great cant wait to get started!

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  27. love your other classes bet this one is just as good.

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  28. Excited about a new class. All your classes have been terrific!

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  29. Wow! I was just thinking my old afghan needed replacing, and this would be fun to learn.

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  30. I love your classes, looking forward to watching it as soon as I finish all my MClub WIPs.

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  31. I'm ready to get to it! Thanks for another opportunity!

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  32. I love the look of the textural neutral... thank you to Craftsy and you for the giveaway!

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  33. Love this concept! I would LOVE to win a kit!!!

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  34. Love this concept! I would LOVE to win a kit!!!

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  35. This is a great concept for a class. I will be signing up. Thank you for creating this

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  36. This is awesome!!!! So excited, I think I got my sis in law to join me in this venture. She hasn't taken a crafty class before.

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  37. This will be an awesome class!!! I love the oatmeal as it will look so beautiful in all my rooms ☺️

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  38. Oh, by the way, I am sleekymom on ravelry 😊

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  39. This class looks like a lots of fun. Would love to win a kit too!😍 I'm Highlights on Ravelry.

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  42. What a fun class! I can hardly wait to start it. Playing with mitered squares has been on my to do list for far too long!

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  43. I absolutely love Laura's classes. I love the way she teaches and the projects are so much fun!!

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  44. Looks like an amazing class and new techniques are always good to learn.

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  45. This is going to be a fun class!!

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  46. Just what I was looking for in a new project. I will definately take the class. I hope I win the kit.

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  47. This looks so interesting. I am still working on the Synthesis KAL. So much to try and not enough time to work on everything.

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  48. Beautiful! Hope I win! Looks like fun!

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  49. Love your classes and this one looks like another winner.
    Crystal aka knitter5319

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  50. Oh my! I'm trying to finish UFOs. Wearing blinders even.

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  51. Great for gifts - I better get started now; I have at least one wedding shower and there is always Christmas!

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  52. I just purchased the class and would love to win the yarn! The oatmeal heather is the color I would choose. taffyr on Rav

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  53. I just purchased the class and would love to win the yarn! The oatmeal heather is the color I would choose. taffyr on Rav

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  54. Looks like a great class and pattern!

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  55. Love the solid version so the giveaway is perfect. Canuck with a Us mailing address - here's hoping I am eligible. I couldn't tell from the rules if it was US residents only

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  56. The afghan looks like a fun knit! Looking forward to the class!

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  57. The afghan looks like a fun knit! Looking forward to the class!

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  58. Who doesn't love a handmade afghan...full of love!!!

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  59. It looks like the class will be teach one many great techniques and the quilt is beautiful. I love the Oatmeal Heather color. quotku on Ravelry

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  60. This is afghan is awesome!! It will make the perfect wedding gift for my niece. stitchalong on Rav.

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  61. So pretty and I always enjoy your Craftsy classes!

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  62. Another wonderful project from Laura. Tomorrow is my birthday and I've asked my sis to gift me the class. I am looking forward to another great piece from Laura.

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  63. Gorgeous blanket.....now how to fit it into the knitting schedule!!!!

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  64. Always ready to try something new.

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  65. I am keeping my fingers crossed! (Eyes too... :- )

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  67. I love all your classes! I always learn something new & the designs are so fresh!

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  68. This class looks amazing, as usual. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  69. I love this design and think I must take the class!

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  70. Your classes are such fun and so informative, and this one looks like another winner. The kit would definitely solve the problem of deciding which yarn and what color to choose (the hardest part of every project)

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  71. Your classes are such fun and so informative, and this one looks like another winner. The kit would definitely solve the problem of deciding which yarn and what color to choose (the hardest part of every project)

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  72. I've throughly enjoyed Laura's classes both in person and online. I've been on the lookout for a fun afghan pattern for a Christmas gift..this looks like it.

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  73. I've joined this class and look forward to it. Next up is doing all I can to get that free kit :) Otherwise, I'll be saving hard. Thanks for all that you do. Sue

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  74. Absolutely gorgeous design! Looking forward to trying knitting with texture!

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  75. Beautiful blanket, would love to win.
    sparky136 on Ravelry

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  76. It's beautiful! I think texture is so much fun ~
    Look forward to your class, and thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. Beautiful motifs. I've been swatching lots of different stitch patterns lately and this would fit right in.

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  78. I just signed up and I can't wait to start!

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  79. This class looks very interesting. I really like the monochromatic color one.

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  80. What a versatile pattern! And so fun... would be such a gift to have the accompanying kit, thank you.

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  82. Beautiful! I'd love to make one.

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  83. This is gorgeous - love the neutral palette to show off the stitches!

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  84. I'm a big fan of your Craftsy classes. I'm sure your new one will be good, too.

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  85. Have all your classes. Can't wait to get this one and to try cloudborn yarn
    Academy30 Raverly id

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  86. Gorgeous design! I would love to win
    Jpeled on ravelry

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  87. Your new class looks awesome. I would love to win the yarn to make an afghan. Keep creating fun and interesting projects for all your fans. howekat9 on Ravelry

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  88. Hi Laura, this is a bit different for you. I think lace and beads, not worsted. Afghan looks great! yarngirl52 on Ravelry. aka Debbie

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  89. I would so love to make a great afghan. I have one from each of my grandmothers and one from my mother-in-law. Time for me to make one to pass on to my newly wed son!

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  90. I would love to learn how to do this! How beautiful!
    Ravelry ID: Wynterr

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  91. Oooh, I would love to win the yarn for this afghan.

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  92. Still working on my lace class but this looks great too. May have to switch over to afghans for a while!

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  93. please, please, please pick me!!!! I love this!!!
    ravid: mamacass

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  94. please, please, please pick me!!!! I love this!!!
    ravid: mamacass

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  95. I love your classes and this one sounds very interesting.

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  96. So pretty and such great timing. I am currently in love with making afghans!

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  97. What a cool idea! I find knitting a afghan daunting. The same pattern over and over. This craftsy class will solve that!

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  98. I have all of your Craftsy classes and can't wait to start exploring this one. I have heard afghans can be tedious, but sounds like won't be a problem with class and pattern. I'm so excited!

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  99. I don't honestly have your latest class, but I will be looking into it. You do some lovely work, and I'm sure your class reflects that!

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  100. I haven't taken you latest class but I love the blanket! I know the oatmeal is what is part of the giveaway and it is beautiful, but the one with all the colors really shows off the beautiful motifs. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  101. have signed up for the class and printed out all my lessons it would be spectacular to win the kit!!!! Thanks Laura

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  102. Love the white! Beautiful design.

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  103. Looks like a greAt learning opportunity with a stunning project!

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  104. Wow a perfect present and a great knit for the summer. What a fantastic combination.

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  105. Thank you so much!! I really enjoyed watching the class and am thinking about joining in the swap!

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  106. I bought the class because I love everything that Laura does. I've swatched and am making a baby blanket.

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  107. Lovely design! I'm excited to learn more new techniques: (octagons, diagonal squares, joining, and more) all while knitting toward a new afghan at the end.

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  108. I love the afghan! SO unexpected, to use octagons - I have to admit - I've never knitted an octagon! :)

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  109. This is a beautiful project Laura...it is however a little different for you...I'm still plugging away at my Synthesis Shawl. But I am always looking for another project to start, and would love to win the Cloudborn Yarn kit to go along with this class. (alamee on Ravelry) (alamee74 on Craftsy)

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  110. I think your class is a lovely idea! I love the fancy shapes of the pieces and that you can mix and match the motifs in the center. This type of project is something I have yet to tackle, so the class certainly makes it seem more do-able :)

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  111. This class looks amazing and I am always looking for ways to expand my skills!

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  112. Beautiful patterns and afghans. This is probably the first afghan I'd really want to make.

    Would be great to win the kit so I would also be able to enter the swap. :)

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  113. I can't wait to sign up for this class! I'll do it as soon as I finish with this comment. Thanks, Laura, it looks like a lot of fun. And it's beautiful.

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  114. I can't wait to sign up for this class! I'll do it as soon as I finish with this comment. Thanks, Laura, it looks like a lot of fun. And it's beautiful.

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  115. I'm going to make this afghan for a dear friend's first baby! And I'm sure it will be go down as heirloom in her family. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  116. Love, love, love this! Great way to tackle skills and a large project.

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