Posts in the crochet & knitting category

  1. Yetis, monster, robots—oh my! 12 spooky projects

    Boo! It’s October 31, and we have a special Halloween-themed knitting roundup—all sourced from our resident monster expert and best-selling author, Rebecca Danger. From mini yetis and other small Halloween knitting projects to monster booties and caps for babies, this roundup will inspire your spooky Friday. These projects are cute enough to be played with […]


  2. Patterns for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—an annual campaign to bring awareness about the impact of this all-too-prevalent illness. Breast Cancer has affected many of us, either directly or indirectly. Take the opportunity to offer your support in an actionable way—whether in October or after. Not sure where to start? Here are three suggestions: 1. Knit […]


  3. What’s your knit style? Take our quiz to find out!

    What’s your fall knitting style? Take our knitting-styles quiz to find out which fall knit trends you’ll love! Check out the pattern suggestions with each result—then bookmark them for your fall knitting to-do list. Bonus: give this quiz to your friends and family to curate gift ideas. 1.    Your ideal palette is: a.    A blend […]


  4. 5 ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day + stash tip

    Posted by on October 10, 2014, in crochet & knitting, , , ,

    Each year the Craft Yarn Council sponsors I Love Yarn Day—an entire day honoring the love of our favorite fabulous fiber. Today is that day! Wondering how you should celebrate? Read on for 5 terrific ways to celebrate yarn today, plus a quick tip for stash knitting. 1. Visit your local yarn shop Your local […]


  5. Top tip for sweater making

    Posted by on October 3, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    When you make a sweater from a pattern, how do you know it will fit you or that the proportions will be flattering? Forget the guesswork—start with a sweater you love that fits you well. Then follow the tip below! . . . . Find more tips for fit + 20 gorgeous crochet sweater patterns […]


  6. From seams to blocking: top finishing tips

    Posted by on September 26, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    Believe it or not, finishing is as important for sweaters as it is for blankets, toys, and anything else you knit or crochet! From weaving in the ends to blocking your finished project, we’ve got the know-how you need for success. Check out the super quick guide to finishing techniques below, and then be sure […]


  7. Knit to flatter: 14 plus-size knitting patterns

    Posted by on September 19, 2014, in crochet & knitting, , ,

    According to Women’s Wear Daily, size 14 is the average for American women—yet most knitwear designers neglect larger sizes. If you’re looking for women’s plus-size sweater knitting patterns, you shouldn’t have to settle for baggy styles or solid colors. The late Carol Rasmussen Noble, well-known author and designer, became disillusioned with the lack of plus-size […]


  8. Knitting tip for easy Fair Isle knitting

    Fair Isle, or stranded, knitting is a way to create beautiful, colorful patterns in your knitted fabric. It looks complicated—but it doesn’t have to be! Here’s how Ann and Eugene Bourgeois, authors of Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified and owners of Philosopher’s Wool Company, make Fair Isle projects quicker and easier—and it takes only a few […]


  9. The gift of lace: how to knit comfort shawls

    When learning a new craft or technique, it’s easy to think that we should wait to give handmade gifts until our skills improve. When Alison Jeppson Hyde was new to (and lacking confidence in) lace knitting, she decided to knit and give away a wedding ring shawl. And it taught her that a few ounces […]


  10. How to knit with silk yarns: 3 top tips

    Silk: prized for its durability, strength, warmth, and delicacy—as well as its ability to take color beautifully. Knitting with silk yarns can be a challenge, but don’t let it scare you! With the proper instruction and a few expert tips, you can begin stitching gorgeous silk-yarn knitting patterns. 3 Top Tips for Knitting with Silk […]