Posts in the crochet & knitting category

  1. Need a vacation? Plan a “yarncation!”

    Imagine the perfect vacation for knitters and crocheters: a cruise to the Shetland Islands—that paradise of supple, chunky wool yarn—on a luxurious cruise ship loaded with stitchaholics who each have a serious yarn stash and a collection of knitting patterns to back it up, just like you. Yes, such a thing really does exist! Knitting […]


  2. How to knit a dog sweater with seamless results (+ giveaway!)

    Your dog needs a sweater. You want to knit that sweater. But figuring out how to make a dog sweater from a human-shaped pattern is downright daunting. Enter Seamless Knits for Posh Pups. What’s your pooch’s personal style? Pearls and a little black dress? All-American sports mascot? Celtic-style cable aficionado? Take your pick from these […]


  3. Scared of socks? 6 other ways to use sock yarn

    Welcome to another installment of Stash Dash! We’re covering all the bases and rounding up patterns for every type of yarn in YOUR stash. If you missed the worsted-weight roundup, check it out here. (Remember: if you don’t want to miss our regular Stash Dash, you can subscribe to the blog.) Last time we asked […]


  4. Knitting socks with extra strength

    We’ve been having a wonderful time stitching projects from Jen Lucas’s gorgeous new book, Sock-Yarn Shawls II. It’s filled with great ideas for using those lovely yarns in your stash. But that doesn’t mean we’re not still knitting socks. We love sock-knitting and we know you do too! After all, isn’t that why you acquired […]


  5. How to crochet a flower: free pattern!

    Spring is finally here and blossoms are bursting out all over. To celebrate the arrival of the new season, create some cheerful flowers of your own with a crochet hook and a small amount of yarn. Easy crochet flowers are fast, fun, and a great way to use up leftover yarn. Learn how to crochet […]


  6. The happiest amigurumi you’ll ever see (+ giveaway)

    Have you heard the latest buzz? No, it’s not the bees taking up residence in your garden. It’s the happiest collection of amigurumi toys ever! But there’s something unique about these crochet designs: many of them have puppet-style mouths. Vanessa Chan, author of Happy-gurumi, started incorporating open mouths for her crocheted softies after studying animation […]


  7. Worsted-weight stash? Try these yarn patterns!

    Got a pile of worsted-weight yarn in your stash, waiting to be used? Then we’ve got patterns for you! Over the next few months, we’ll share popular knitting and crochet patterns that will help bust through your stash. Look for a select yarn type and weight each month, so no matter what you have in […]


  8. 10+ knitting videos (for the visual learner!)

    Sometimes you just need to see how it’s done. Raise your hand if you’re a visual learner—don’t be shy! Martingale employees along with top authors, including Rebecca Danger and Jen Lucas, have contributed to our YouTube stock of how-to knitting videos to show you everything from knitting heel flaps to the magic loop method. Check […]


  9. Crochet + knitting ideas: 2015 color of the year

    Starting a new project this weekend? Here’s a little crochet and knitting inspiration: a roundup of patterns, yarn, and accessories that all look stunning in Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. 1. From Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet // 2. Spud and Chloe Sweater in Red Velvet // 3. Knit Picks Rainbow Wood […]


  10. How to read crochet patterns (+ chart)

    What’s one important part of mastering a new skill? Learning the lingo! Understanding what the standard crochet abbreviations mean is one of the first steps you’ll take when learning how to crochet. Patterns generally use abbreviations to describe different crochet stitches to avoid making the instructions too lengthy. Even if you’re a seasoned crocheter, you […]