Aran? Worsted? Fingering? Figuring out yarn weights can feel like learning a whole new language. You can thank the Craft Yarn Council for that: they're the folks who determine how yarns are categorized and labeled.
Putting a price tag on all your time, work and creativity can feel like the hardest thing in the world. Too high, no one will buy it. Too low, you won't be able to keep your business running. How do you find that sweet spot? We've got some tips to help you nail it.
There's something so satisfying about granny squares: they're pretty repetitive, so you can cruise through them without having to concentrate too hard. But they're also totally versatile, so it's easy to spice things up when you want to.
Graphghans (afghans made from graphs) are a pretty simple concept: lay out your design in a graph, then stitch it up. Each square of your graph represents a block or stitch. If you've ever worked from a colorwork knitting chart or dabbled in cross-stitch, you get the idea.
Crochet diagrams are a game changer. They show you exactly what stitch you're using and where it goes at a glance. You'll never look at written directions again! (Just kidding, you may still need them...)
Let's say you find a vintage crochet pattern for an awesome bag. You follow the pattern, stitch by stitch, but the resulting bag is off, somehow. Where did things go wrong? Surprise! You were working from a pattern written with British crochet terms.
It's one thing to be a totally amazing designer and crocheter; it's another to blog about your craft in a way that's engaging, promotes community, and keeps us coming back week after week. Hats off to these ladies (and gent!) for making us love all things crochet even more (if that's even possible).
If you've been perusing crochet boards on Pinterest and had a jonesing to start the craft, you've come to the right place. Even if you've never held a hook before or don't know a slip knot from a single crochet, use this guide to pick up basic techniques and tips. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to crochet in rows, which is all you need to make a scarf or even a simple blanket.
Move aside, groovy chevron blankets from the 1970s (but don't go far, we still love you!). Crochet chevrons are making a comeback, and we're here for it. Check out some of our favorite ways to make waves.
Beanie and cloche and beret — oh, my! We've got all the hats for you to crochet. And even the ones the look a little complicated (oh hey there, Fair Isle Hat), use only basic stitches. So you can make all of 'em — promise!
Life's too short to only have one scarf. In fact, we think you should have at least seven (one for every day of the week!). From cowls you can make in 45 minutes to scarves that make granny squares chic, we've got your neck covered.
Making amigurumi critters should be fun. It's kind of the definition of fun. But many crocheters find that while they love the crocheting part, they get a little nervous when it's time to piece their little creatures together.
We know we shouldn't play favorites, but sometimes you've just gotta lay down the love. With classes on everything from amigurumi to freeform crochet, you might just find something here to fall for, too.
You've been getting to know Tunisian crochet and you're starting to fall hard, but you're not quite ready to commit. You need a little more time before you can be sure, though things definitely look promising.
Just as in a boxing match, the best way to win at crochet is to use a good hook. But choosing the right crochet hook from among the gazillions on the market isn't always easy. For one reason, what's right for one person may not be great for another. What's more, different projects and types of yarn call for different shapes and styles of hooks.
Some people groove on the idea of spinning raw wool straight from the sheep. Things might get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun of working with natural fibers — it's what we call spinning “in the grease."
When you finish your crochet project, it's hard not to get excited and just tie a knot, and snip off those yarn ends. Resist the urge! If you want your piece to last a long time and look neat, you need to properly weave in your ends.
Sure, the yarn you use for your amigurumi is important, and so are the colors. But to really give your cuddly new buddy personality, choose the right eyes. These can take your toy from sad to mad, from happy to sleepy.
You know single, and double, and half double, and triple. But the joy of crochet goes way beyond those basics. There's popcorn (just as yummy as it sounds), cluster (loaded with texture), crocodile (actually not scary!) and a whole lot more.
Linen stitch is our kind of stitch: it's beautiful, looks complicated, but is actually super simple (as in, you only need to know how to make a chain stitch and a single crochet stitch to pull it off). It's also a perfect canvas for playing with color: win-win-win.
If you're looking at your holiday make list and starting to panic, we've got you! These crochet snowflakes are fast, easy, cute and totally giftable. Stitch up a flurry and show that list who's in charge.
These crocheted ornaments are every kind of perfect: simple to make and soooooo cute. You can customize the pattern in endless ways (thick stripes, thin stripes, no stripes!), so you'll never get bored making them. Which is why every single person on your list might get one this year.
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet pattern, this is a great one! The pattern uses the Tunisian simple stitch, which is easy enough for newbies. It’s unlike any knit or traditional crochet stitch I have tried before and it creates a dense but flexible weave that's perfect for a winter accessory.
We've long been fans of putting a pom pom on pretty much everything, so no surprise that we LOVE this easy technique. We like it best if you wrap in simple paper, then pom it up and — poof! — it's the best-looking present under the tree. If you've got a pom pom marker, it's time to bust it out. Or, just use your fingers!
If you've been wanting to get in on the weaving trend, this could be your moment: This yarn design is a cute and unique way to personalize any gift wrap — and you don’t need to be a well-versed weaver to pull it together.
Dyeing your own yarn can literally change everything. Instead of hunting for the perfect shade, you can create it with your own two hands. Pretty amazing, right? But before you go all color crazy, there are a few things you should know.
Sure, the colors of fall look great in all that foliage! But we'd say the warm hues are even prettier in crochet projects. (We do admit to being a little biased, though.) This mug cozy project combines the best seasonal colors with an awesome ombré technique. You're gonna want to wrap your morning brew in it every day!
We crocheters tend to be a little color-crazed, so naturally ombré has our hearts. But did you know that you don't need a a fancy gradient yarn to get the effect? You can design your own ombré crochet gradients using any yarn (even your scraps!).
The larksfoot stitch pattern has been popping up in all sorts of patterns lately, and that's no surprise. I mean, just look at it! Use bright, contrasting colors in a yarn that is a DK-weight or heavier to make the biggest splash. Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy to do. Grab some spare yarn and a hook and work up this small swatch. But be warned — it's addictive!
If you're a maker, chances are visions of handmade gifts are already dancing in your head. And while "it's the thought that counts" is certainly a nice idea, the reality is that gifting handmade items takes work — so you really want your present to hit the bullseye. Here's how to set yourself up for success.
Crafting for the holidays is supposed to be fun — but so often our yarn balls turn into stress balls as we try to meet deadlines and get everything done. With a little bit of planning, however, you can keep yourself happily making as the holidays approach. Sounds magical, right?
Who says the granny square is old-fashioned? First of all, we think grannies rock. And secondly, this simple, traditional form is anything but stuffy. In fact, it's one of the best patterns ever when it comes to getting creative whatever yarns you have on hand. Once you explore our four simple variations below, we bet you'll end up inventing your own. Have fun!
We love a good colorwork design, but if you're not careful, juggling so many strands can leave you all tied up in knots — literally. We've found that a few key yarn-wrangling techniques go a long way to keep those fancy projects heavy on creative satisfaction and light on frustration.