Posts in the crochet & knitting category

  1. 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 […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. 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 […]


  7. FREE knit + crochet tutorials (+ anniversary SALE)

    Have you been following our third-anniversary celebration this week? We’re wrapping up the festivities today with our top knit and top crochet posts of the past year, plus a roundup of FREE knitting and crochet tutorials. Woohoo! But the fun doesn’t stop there—yesterday we shared some staggering stats: 798 posts, 1.4 million (yes, MILLION) page […]


  8. Here’s why 2015 is a great year for yarn

    Posted by on March 6, 2015, in crochet & knitting, , , ,

      Did you know that the Chinese New Year is the most important social and economic holiday in China? February 19 marked the celebration of the new year in Chinese culture, and with it, a 2015 zodiac symbol: the sheep! Needless to say, yarn lovers everywhere are pretty excited. The original Mandarin word for this […]


  9. Staff Stitch + Show: kids and baby gifts we’ve made!

    It’s baby season, and we’ve been inspired to make gifts for staff kiddos, from growing grandchildren to new arrivals. Here are some of the knit and crocheted gifts recently stitched by our staff for special little ones! P.S. Guess who’s next on our list? Tiffany, copy editor, is due in August—congratulations, Tiffany! We can’t wait […]


  10. Boho meets crochet: 30 fun patterns (+ giveaway)

    You’ve seen those popular vintage crochet motifs—the granny square, the mandala, the flower—but you won’t believe their new, bright makeover! Everything from crocheted hair accessories to slouchy bags gets dipped in bright, fresh colors in Boho Crochet, a collection of 30 hip and happy crochet projects. Why not give YOUR style a cheery, boho-chic makeover? […]