Posts in the crochet & knitting category

  1. 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 […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. How to join yarn in crochet: No knots needed!

    Posted by on August 22, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    Even if you haven’t graduated to multiple colors in crochet patterns, inevitably you’ll run out of yarn and need to know how to introduce a new skein. The mistake most beginners make is to simply tie a knot and keep stitching. The trouble with that approach is that the knots can show or come untied. […]


  5. Bathtime = playtime! Crochet water-friendly toys

    If you’ve spent any time around kids this summer, you know: kids LOVE water! Whether it’s in the pool or in the tub, kids + water = maximum fun. Megan Kreiner, author of the wildly popular Crochet a Zoo, noticed how much her little ones, James and Emily, loved bath time. So she created a […]


  6. Patterns for pennies—so you can stock up!

    Do you like to stock your stash with beautiful yarn or fabulous patterns? Even if you’re on a budget, you can do both! Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves is a collection of popular patterns—bundled together into a nifty budget booklet that will cost you less than 90 cents per pattern. Yes, you read that right: […]


  7. Perfect knitted scarves for your stash! (+ giveaway)

    We know it happens. You were browsing the local yarn shop and ended up buying a few special skeins with no pattern in mind—gasp! No need to worry—even if those skeins have been sitting in your stash for months, we’ve just released a new booklet of popular designs by Sheryl Thies that can be knit […]


  8. Stop dreaming, start doing! 7 top projects

    Posted by on July 25, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    So you’ve been perusing Pinterest, and you’ve dreamt of freshening up your decor, and you’re itching to try something new. With so many ideas and so little time, how do you go beyond dreaming and start doing? Let us help! We’ve compiled popular projects into budget-friendly booklets just for you. For less than 15 bucks, […]


  9. Dreaming of Christmas + free yarn giveaway

    Today we’re finishing Christmas in July week with a handmade holiday roundup especially for yarn lovers. Get a jump start stitching knitted holiday stockings, crocheted mittens, or a kid’s holiday sweater. Check out the roundup below for a few ideas to get you in the spirit! But first… Is your stash lacking in red and […]


  10. Summer fun: teach crafty kids to knit!

    What’s on your kids’ summer bucket list? No doubt you’ve got plenty of plans for pool days, trips to the zoo, and lots of outdoor fun. But you might also need something to do when your kids (and you!) need a respite from summer frolicking. Why not teach them to knit—with help from Gigi? Knitting […]