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Tying on the final tassels
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Forget about run-of-the-mill bows; tassels are WAY more crafty. We love 'em on gifts, but they're super cute hanging on a wreath, tree or garland too!
Bluprint
wrapped gift with red and white pom poms
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We've long been fans of putting a pom-pom on pretty much everything, so it's no surprise that we love this easy technique. All you have to do is wrap that gift 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 maker, get ready to bust it out — or just use your fingers!
Bluprint
Woven gift wrap with blue and yellow yarn
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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.
Bluprint
close up of hand dyed skeins of yarn
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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.
Ashley Little
skein of gray wool yarn
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Ah, wool: so versatile, so warm, so...itchy? Sure, itchy wool can happen, but don't let one or two bad experiences turn you against this cozy fiber forever. A little knowledge can help.
Ashley Little
three crocheted dishcloths in tan, green and light blue. The light blue cloth is scrunched up in a hand, covered in suds.
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Crochet dishcloths are PERFECT beginner projects. They're small, simple and super practical, so you can make a bunch and your "practice" won't go to waste. Prepare to become a wizard of basic crochet!
Maria Weaber
gray crocheted fabric with bright pink crochet trim
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Your choice of crochet edge can seriously make or break your design. Sure, you can leave it unfinished, but choose the right edging stitch... and let the oohs and ahhs roll in!
Lisa Gutierrez
mug of coffee inside ombre crochet cozy
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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!
Kathryn Senior
crocheted rectangle with rainbow colors on a white background
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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!).
Kathryn Senior
Crocheted monsters
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"Amigurwhaaaat?!" they asked me, and boy do I have a lot to say. Let me introduce you to one of my favorite things: the fun, colorful, and sometimes kitschy universe of amigurumi.
Lisa Gutierrez
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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!
Kathryn Senior
handmade quilt folded with wrapped present on top
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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.
Jessie Oleson Moore
three knit santa hats in a row
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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?
Kathryn Vercillo
teal crocheted baby hat with crochet cook and baby block on white and teal background
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Having a solid baby hat is clutch: you can turn to it again and again, knowing you'll always have something adorable to bring to the baby shower. Just think of this tutorial as a recipe — add in whatever yarn you want and crochet at whichever gauge makes you happy. There's always room to adapt, get creative and make the hat entirely your own.
Kathryn Vercillo
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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!
Toni Lipsey
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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.
Kathryn Vercillo
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It's hot and sticky and you just want to find some shade and … knit? Wait, you say, won't knitting make me feel even hotter? While even the thought of wool might make you sweat, it's not your only option: Discover the amazingly summer-friendly, plant-fiber coolness of cotton. Cotton yarn (like its friend, linen, which also comes from a plant) just feels cooler and is perfect for loose, summery designs — tops, lacy shawls, light cardigans, even swimwear and beach cover-ups. It's a win-win: perfect for knitting with AND wearing this summer.
Bluprint
log-cabin-style-granny-square
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Can combining two classics give you something modern and fresh? When those classics are the crochet granny square and the log cabin quilt block, the answer is a resounding yes. It looks all fancy, but really, if you know how to crochet a granny square (or are willing to learn) and are comfortable with mid-row color changes, you can consider this puppy your next project.
Kathryn Vercillo
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You want to make a lickety split crochet project (try this super fast cowl!) ? Great. Perhaps you already know that you should choose a pattern made with bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. A small one-skein project would be really fast.
Kathryn Vercillo
black and white crocheted cowl folded on a pink and teal background
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This easy (and quick!) crochet infinity scarf is the perfect for those times when you need to make something and you need it done now (come on, I know I'm not the only procrastinating crafter out there). What makes this project so quick? Crochet is almost always fastest when you work the same stitch across a row and the same stitch for many rows. That's exactly what this cowl brings to the table: the first half of the scarf is worked in half double crochet and the rest is double crochet. Simple. Fast. Perfect.
Kathryn Vercillo
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Solid rows, mixed stripes, color-blocking, oh my! Adding new hues to your Tunisian crochet projects can give them an immediate upgrade. These three techniques are sure to color you happy.
Toni Lipsey
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You've hopped on board the Tunisian crochet bandwagon, and feel like you've got the basics down. But, somehow, pesky problems keep popping up and pushing your projects into the #fail category. Don't get discouraged: It's not just you! Things like bumpy bottoms, loopy left edges and incessant curling are common issues in this craft. Luckily, they're also easy to fix with some expert know-how.
Toni Lipsey
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Tunisian crochet may be a combo of knitting and traditional crochet, but it has a whole glossary of terms and abbreviations all its own (or, at least, that glossary takes on slightly different meanings when applied here). Use this cheat sheet to follow your patterns until you get the lingo down.
Toni Lipsey
Horizontal picture of brown knitting wool, the knitting needle and the ball of wool with a chess pattern.
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Have you ever looked closely at the twist in any of your yarns? If not, you might want to. (We'll wait.) You'll quickly notice some are spun tightly, while others barely look twisted at all. The amount of twist — or the way the yarn is plied — depends mostly on the fiber it's made of (thinner ones need to be spun more tightly to stick together) and what it'll be used for (rug yarn, for instance, has to be tightly twisted since it gets walked all over). Paying more attention to twist when choosing yarn is yet another easy way to be a better knitter.
Ashley Little
kristy-glass-holding-giant-knitting-needles
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As a super busy mother of three, I often feel like I have to justify the time I spend knitting. There are so many demands on my time, it sometimes feels a little selfish to prioritize what at first glance may look like a hobby. But, my friends, it is so much more than a hobby. Knitting keeps me sane, keeps me focused, and, without a doubt, makes me a better person.
Kristy Glass
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Tunisian crochet is often sold as a way for traditional crocheters to expand their skills. But are these crafts really all that different? Check out this breakdown to find out.
Toni Lipsey
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"It's creating a strong fabric with a single loop," says crochet artist Olek of her chosen medium. "But you cut one loop, everything falls apart." With her massive public crochet installations, Olek turns this simple idea into something much, much bigger. Her work has transformed buildings and cities around the world, and for each project, she invites friends and strangers alike to join in the work and stitch with her. In this way, the artist literally weaves stronger community around a dramatic social statement. Crochet is her medium, but people, as much as yarn, are her material.
Lisa Shroyer
Crochet panda toy
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You can't see the adorable knit and crochet creatures known as amigurumi, and NOT want to make one. But even if you're an experienced maker, picking materials for these guys isn't totally straightforward. After all, you've got to think about serious use cases like cuddle-ability and the best way to make the world's cutest face.
Ashley Little
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The spike stitch is one of those things that gives you a lot of bang for your buck: It looks complicated and advanced, but is actually super simple. Gotta love that! When you create a regular single crochet stitch, as you know, you work directly into the stitch in the previous row. A spike happens when you form that same stitch, but work it two, three, or four rows below. Different lengths of the stitch can then be combined in a variety of ways to make fun, geometric designs. Learn how this method can add a dramatic, graphic design to your project.
Andrea Sanchez
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Have you ever busted out your needles and yarn while, say, on the subway, or binging Netflix, or in between two soccer games? And then proceeded to lose your place, lose track of your pattern and basically lose your mind?
Ashley Little
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The best thing about learning to crochet? All stitches essentially build off what you've already learned. Once you've mastered the basic, must-know stitches (such as chain stitches and single crochets), you've got a solid foundation.
Dedri Uys
woman crocheting with green yarn
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If knitting and crochet had a baby, it’d be Tunisian crochet. And boy would that baby be cute! That’s because this technique, also known as Afghan crochet, combines the best parts of the two styles.
Toni Lipsey
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Sometimes you just get in the zone, right? You're making major progress your current knitting or crocheting project — and oof, 2, 3, 4 hours have passed and now something is starting to ache, from your pinky to your palm. But don’t worry, crafters! Keeping on top of any pains by doing these few, um, handy exercises can prevent pain, promote flexibility, and increase circulation. You'll be able to binge-craft to your heart's content.
Andrea Sanchez
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