Fair Isle is a type of stranded knitting that hails from Scotland, and traditionally, it uses a total of five colors or less — and a maximum of two colors per row — to produce motifs such as stripes, stars and swirls. But if you're more savvy with a hook than needles, crocheters can replicate this gorgeous style with a bit of strategic stitching. Here are some must-know tips to get you started.
You don't have to trade in your car for a bike or install solar panels on your roof to make a difference for Mother Earth. But you can make a few small changes to your crafting. Doing so is not only a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, it's also a great way to use your stitching skills for good.
Sometimes simpler is just better, and this crochet necklace proves it. Though it's made entirely from single crochet stitches, the chunky piece is still eye-catching. Oh, and you can make it in under an hour!
Real talk: sometimes crafting can use a lot of materials (that aren't exactly cheap). You can save your bank account some strife and show Mother Earth a lot of love by upcycling what you already have — here's how.
Say it with us: plarn. It's exactly what it sounds like — yarn made from plastic. You can't find it at your local craft store, but you can make it by recycling all your plastic bags from the grocery store. It's easy, quick and totally eco-friendly. Not to mention it gives a cool effect to lots of fun projects.
Show a little love to Mother Nature by replacing those paper towels with something a little more sustainable — reusable scrubbers. That's right, with these patterns you can crochet some scrubbies for your bathroom and kitchen, making your day-to-day cleanup more environmentally-friendly.
Crocheting a flat circle seems pretty straightforward: crochet in rounds, throw in some increases and — bam! — you've got a circle. Except, you probably don't actually have a circle. Instead, it's likely you have something a little misshapen.
If you're new to crochet, patterns probably look like a foreign language to you. "Sc2tog, sc to last 3 st, bpdc." Say what? The first step to decoding all those crazy lines (and starting your first project! ) is figuring out what each abbreviation means.
Decorating Easter eggs is fun, but those pretty things don't last forever. Which is why you should crochet egg-inspired patterns instead! Not only will these last way longer, but you can stitch them as toys for your kids or decorations to go with your Easter amigurumi. These patterns are all easy to whip up too, so choose your fave and get going.
If you want Easter to be the cutest it can be, you've got to make a few amigurumi projects. With yarn, a hook and some stuffing, you can craft your very own stuffed animals to gift in Easter baskets or use for aww-dorable decoration. So start perfecting that magic ring and pick your favorite pattern below!
Irish crochet is instantly recognizable. The common rose and leaf motifs, joined by delicate lace netting, make up a vintage style that dates back centuries — according to Irish Crochet Lab, Irish women used to sell these crocheted items (doilies were often up for grabs) during the potato famine of the 19th century.
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory. It's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers, as it helps bring lots of gorgeous texture to projects. Once you've got this skill in your wheelhouse, you're sure to turn to it again and again.
Reasons to love crochet circle vests: there's no shaping involved, they're cute wardrobe additions and they all follow the same basic formula. If you can crochet a circle, you can make a simple, fashionable vest. But don't stop there — these garments can be made in any yarn and have a ton of variations for total customization.
If you're a yarn-thusiast, there's a good chance your stash has spiraled out of control a time or two. (Those new skeins are hard to resist!) But you don't need your needles and hooks for every project. Think outside the box and put your yarn to work with these fun stitch-free projects that'll clear up your stash pile, fast.
The crochet shell stitch is beautiful, and it also happens to be one of the simplest decorative techniques to master. It's done using stitches that create arch-like shells, which become even more eye-catching when stacked. Pair rows with colorwork and it only gets more gorgeous and bold.
The granite stitch is a technique of many names. Also known as moss stitch and seed stitch, it's a simple crochet stitch that gives an eye-catching texture. Here's how to implement it into your next project.
The crochet wattle stitch is a variation on the shell stitch. But in this technique, the shell is created by working 1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc all into the same stitch, and each shell is crocheted into the ch-1 spaces in the row below. The result? A gorgeous, textured pattern you can easily turn into a baby bib. Consider it the perfect project for first-time wattlers.
Fact: chevron never goes out of style, especially in crochet. And while it may seem like an advanced technique, as long as you can single crochet and increase and decrease stitches, you can create eye-catching chevron colorwork. Here's how to make it happen in your next project.
Valentine's Day is all about showing your love, and what better way to do so than with a crocheted gift? These quick-stitch patterns can be made for your sweetheart or BFF, or you could stitch 'em up for a bit of self-love. Whichever you choose to make, you can finish in just a weekend — start early and see how many you can finish by V-Day.
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. But with a little planning, you can keep yourself happily making as the holidays approach. Sounds magical, right?
Whether you're looking to create an interesting texture or eye-catching color pattern, the crochet V-stitch may be just what you need to pull off your perfect project. The technique is super easy to learn, and the repeating Vs create an openwork pattern that's very visually appealing.
While every maker loves the idea of making their holiday gifts, unless you start in, like, July, it's super hard to do — even if you stick with one-skein projects. Luckily, crocheting your own gift wrap is a compromise that won't cause much stress, and it'll make your store-bought gifts a little more personal. Here are some ways to do it.
The grid-like look of filet crochet might look fancy, but it's created with only two basic stitches: the chain and double crochet. The double crochet stitches are used to create the grid and fill in spaces, while the empty cells are made with chain stitches between two double crochets. This style of crochet is commonly used in lightweight yarn, but if you have a large-scale project in mind, worsted weight would work well too.
The no-fail way to amp up any blanket, sweater or hat: personalization. Crocheting a name or initials into your project makes for an A+ gift, as does stitching an entire phrase or line from their favorite movie or poem. Whatever you decide to write with your hook, there are a few different techniques to help your design look totally custom and cool.
The crochet basketweave stitch consists of sets of front and back post double crochet stitches, creating a fabric with a gorgeous woven texture. It's a wonderful stitch to use for crocheting patterns like scarves, blankets and washcloths — make sure you know how to do it in time for your next project.
If you've ever stumbled on a crochet pattern that asks you to work in the back loop, you may have wondered why. Crocheting through the back loop only (blo) is used in patterns for a variety of reasons — to help keep your stitches aligned in Fair Isle crochet, to join pieces on amigurumi projects, even to add a purely decorative touch.
It's easy to have a love affair with chunky yarn. Also called bulky yarn, it's super cozy and makes your crochet projects work up super quickly. It also enlarges your stitches so you can really see their detail.
Crocheters, grab your hooks — it's time to decorate for Christmas! Going handmade is an obvious choice for the holidays, whether you're looking to make ornaments, gifts, garlands or other decor. We've got the free patterns you're looking for — make one or make 'em all to truly get in the holiday spirit.
Cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects. But if you've never crocheted one before, it can be a bit intimidating. They're made by skipping a set of stitches (usually two or three, depending on the stitch width of the cable), then crossing front and back post stitches to create that twisted effect. So once you get the hang of it, it's actually pretty fun to make.
Christmas season is here and our crochet hooks are abuzz. And while gifting handmade presents is a no-brainer, it's also dangerously easy to fall behind on holiday prep. So if you're in need of some last-minute gifts to whip up, here are some one-skein, no-hassle crochet projects to give this year.
Snowflakes are a classic part of any winter decor — and they're even better when you've made 'em yourself. Each of these cuties is quick to stitch, uses scrap yarn and, because they're not holiday-specific, can be left up through February. Hang 'em on your tree, display on your fireplace mantel or use as fun gift wrap embellishments!
We get it: sometimes it can be tough to figure out the *just right* gift for every single person on your holiday shopping list. But if they love picking up a hook — or you simply can't gift enough crocheted presents — these ideas are pretty much a guaranteed hit this holiday season.
Call us crazy, but there's honestly nothing better than a good pair of socks — especially when they're handmade. Though crocheting socks can be tricky if you've never tackled 'em before, when you have a game plan — and these handy tips — you can crush it. A fair warning, though: once you go handmade, you'll never want store-bought socks again.
So you've finally finished knitting that monochromatic sweater, but when you hang it up you suddenly see the bottom of your sweater is a completely different shade than the top! We've all been there. And there's one culprit behind this pesky issue: skeins from different dye lots.
Reading crochet patterns can be totally daunting for beginners, what with all those letters and numbers looking like hieroglyphics. But if you know how to break your pattern down, it's much easier to decipher. These are the tips to get you started — keep 'em handy and soon you'll be able to read any pattern like a pro.
Turkeys, orange leaves and pumpkins, oh my! Thanksgiving decor sometimes gets overshadowed by Halloween and Christmas, but there's ample room in our DIY hearts for Turkey Day to shine. Before the big meal, crochet your way into a fab and festive setup with these fun projects.
Knit vs. crochet is often a hot debate among fiber fanatics. It also just so happens to be the theme of our exclusive Knit Meets Knot series, where two yarn-thusiasts — knit artist Morgan Woltersdorf and crochet buff Vincent Green-Hite — stitch up the same project using their unique expertise with either needles or hooks. We chatted with the young entrepreneurs to get the lowdown on how their crafts have really impacted their lives, and what it takes to turn your passion into a profession.
To the untrained eye, the difference between a knitted fabric and a crocheted one may not be super obvious. But to those in the know, knit and crochet are as different as night and day. Or are they? We’ll take a look at some of the common misconceptions about both crafts (does crochet *really* use more yarn?) and help you find reasons to love them both.
Here's a little secret about advanced crochet stitches: they're all variations and different combinations of the basic crochet stitches! So, if you're looking to stitch up something a little fancier and know how to crank out a double crochet, you can totally work these next-level stitch combos. Get ready for texture, color and all the lacy goodness.
When designing your own crochet blanket, you have a bunch of stitch options to choose from. But we happen to think the ones below will make a particularly great blanket or afghan. All you have to do is figure out what size you want it to be (we suggest making a gauge swatch first), decide the length of your starting chain, then get started!
I stared down at my crochet hook in disbelief. The tool I’d used since I was a teenager suddenly felt so foreign to me. I couldn’t remember how to hold it correctly or even how to do a basic slip knot, much less actually make something. Three weeks earlier, my whole world had changed. A shocking, brutal attack by an intruder at my workplace had left me with severe head injuries, memory loss and terrible PTSD. But of everything that horrific experience did to me, not being able to crochet or knit felt like the worst of it.
Most knitters will tell you that having a good project bag is essential — you can store all the necessary needles, notions and, you know, the actual knitting, so that when you're ready to stitch everything is ready and waiting. Plus, if you have multiple WIPs (works in progress), keeping each one in its own bag is the key to staying organized. And while you could buy a project bag (and there are tons of cute ones out there), we're all makers here — so why not stitch up a few of your own?
Crochet doesn't always get a lot of love when it comes to garments, but we're here to change all that. From cardigans, to vests, and even a baby sweater — don't miss out on making these gorgeous clothes.
Stuffed animals get even better when you make them yourself. The next time you need a gift for a baby shower or child's birthday, stitch up one of these cuties. And if you have trouble letting go, we get it. Go ahead and just make two.
We like to think of crochet as a welcoming craft — pick up a hook, learn a few stitches, and voila! A whole world of projects is at your fingertips. If you’re new to crochet, and aren’t sure what you can make, we’ve got plenty of projects to keep you busy.
You love to knit and crochet and give the things you make as gifts. At this point, everyone in your life has one of your blankets, sweaters, or hats. Your family and friends. Your UPS guy. Your neighbor. Your neighbor's baby. Your other neighbor's baby.
No Saturday morning is complete without a cozy, handmade afghan to keep you warm. Add coffee (or tea!) and a little stitching, and your weekend vibe is complete. These picks are as much fun to make as they are to snuggle with.