Brioche knitting is unlike any other technique in the knitting world, so you have to go into it with the right tools — and that includes yarn. Because the secret to a good brioche project is a yarn that complements those beautiful, squishy stitches. So before you pick up your needles and start, look for these key characteristics in your yarn.
With its own set of special stitches, unique charts and working method (each row is worked twice), brioche is the rebel of the knitting world. So for a first-timer, the technique may seem tricky — after all, you have to throw out some of your typical knitting know-how to create the gorgeous texture. But if you keep these beginner-friendly tips in mind, your first attempt at brioche knitting will feel like a breeze.
If you've seen a brioche knit, you won't forget it. The technique uses its own special set of stitches to create a to-die-for texture that's unlike any other. So if you're looking to learn more about brioche knitting — and need more reasons to give it a try — here are five to get you started.
From seamless hats to fingerless gloves, knitting in the round opens you up to a world full of double-pointed and circular needles. But the technique can get tricky, especially if you're a beginner. Here are a few tips for avoiding common in-the-round frustrations so you don't have to rip out your project.
There's more to left-handed knitting than moving stitches from your right needle to the left. For lefties, everything's just a little different — even how you wrap the yarn around your needles. But by mastering these common stitches, you'll be able to cast on and knit even the most complex projects without stumbling (and get a fabric that looks no different from right-handed knits).
Gifting for men, whether it's Father's Day, Christmas or a birthday, can sometimes feel tricky. But if you're a knitter, it's just another opportunity to pull out your needles and yarn. There are so many knits that make great gifts for men — here are a few worth adding to your to-make list.
When it's time to bust that yarn stash, there's nothing better than stitching something cute (and functional!) for your pet. Whether you want to knit your dog a fashionable sweater or whip up a cozy cat bed, they'll love these knits as much as you love making 'em.
There's an easy way to add some sparkle and shine to any knit project: just add beads. It's totally fun, and these beaded knitting patterns offer plenty of opportunity to play with a little bling-bling while you're making.
After I graduated from Cornell University’s apparel design program, where I studied textile design with an emphasis on weaving, I was lucky enough to get a job with a small garment manufacturer in Ithaca, New York. It was there that I met my husband, and later, gave birth to my daughter. Before I knew it, life got really hectic and, as I'm sure many parents can relate, I soon found it difficult to dedicate time to being at my loom.
To turn a piece of knitting into a gorgeous work of art, all you need are beads. You can add beading to any project, whether it's a simple garter stitch scarf or a more intricate lace shawl. So no matter what your skill level, use these tips to dress up your stitches with sparkle.
With the delicate placement of yarn overs and decreases, there's nothing more beautiful than knit lace. And the number of lace stitches you can knit is only limited by your imagination — and maybe the amount of time you have. Experiment with the stitches below and soon you can start creating your own gorgeous lace project.
Many knitters know the value of connecting with the yarn-thusiast community. But when your knitwear soulmates are spread far and wide, it may not always be possible to form a knitting circle in person. Which is why there's a genius way to bridge the gap: virtual knitting clubs.
Stranded knitting is a style of colorwork that traditionally carries two or more yarns along the back of your knitting. There are a ton of ways to incorporate it into your work — Fair Isle is one most people know best — and it helps bring out a variety of detail and color in a single project. See for yourself in the patterns below, then download and start knitting!
You've been warned: Fair Isle knitting — a type of stranded knitting that traditionally uses no more than two colors per row — is straight-up addictive. After all, who could resist all that beautiful detail?! Dig into the technique (and bring on the color) with the below patterns — you can get 'em all totally free!
When you first begin knitting, reading patterns and charts may be the most challenging aspect. After all, to a novice "K5 yo, k2tog, ssk, knit to end" looks like utter gibberish. But don't stress — keep this guide close and you'll be able to decode even the trickiest line.
Gift-giving for men can be tricky, whether it's Father's Day, their birthday or Valentine's Day. But knitting them a hat is always a solid choice. Just pay attention to their style preference — some guys are more adventurous, while others prefer a more classic look. Whatever their deal, you're sure to find a pattern worth stitching below. Now grab those circular needles and get going!
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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.
Let's talk about waffles. The breakfast item is great, but knitters can argue the stitch is even better. It's worked up quickly by alternating knits and purls, resulting in a beautiful texture that has little raised bumps (similar to how a waffle looks when it comes off the iron). Plus, it's easy enough for even true beginners to take on, so you can try it in any project — like in this Waffle Stitch Cowl Knitting Kit — regardless of skill level.
There are so many reasons to love stockinette stitch. It's smooth, polished and (best of all) simple! It looks great on any project, especially when working with variegated yarns — the simple fabric lets those colors shine! Once you learn to knit it, you'll keep coming back for more.
When you first pick up a pair of knitting needles, it's likely you'll start at square one: the garter stitch. The stitch pattern is easily identifiable by its ridges, and is ideal for newbie knitters because it lies flat and is by far the most beginner-friendly because you just knit every row. But even with its simplicity, there are a few things to keep in mind when working a garter stitch.
How to ID a beautiful Irish knit: Aran cables, tweed yarn and all the different shades of green. (OK, green isn't a requirement, but using it means you'll have great St. Patrick's Day attire.) So go on and grab your knitting needles and keep those cable charts close — with these patterns, it's sure to be your lucky day.
The weather is warming up, but don't you dare put those knitting needles away. You can spring into Easter with these colorful knitting patterns. From adorable bunnies and chicks to egg accessories galore, you're guaranteed to find the perfect project for feelin' extra festive.
Valentine's Day is for recognizing the ones you love, and what better way to do so than through the craft you adore? Cast on and stitch these knits for your favorite people in honor of all those warm and fuzzy feelings.
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.
It’s never too late to start a new craft. Just ask Vanessa Vargas Wilson (aka The Crafty Gemini), who not only teaches sewing in Sew Little: Nursery Design, but also shows off her quilting skills in Quilt the Partial Eclipse Wall Hanging, knitting in Knit the 2nd & Shunk Shawl and embroidery in Embroider the Llama Mamas Hoop.
Looms aren't just for weaving — when you've got one, you can wield your yarn and make knitwear without having to pick up a single needle. It's a great alternative to traditional knitting, and a solid option for those who can't hold needles (like those with arthritis).
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?
If you love the look of cables but are hesitant of their complexity, you'll be BFFs with the honeycomb stitch. This technique produces a gorgeous design that's perfect for practicing knitted cables. And while it of course looks good, the dense cabling also makes the fabric warm, with a good stretch for an extra cozy design.
Stranded knitting uses two or more colors to create stitches. Unlike knitting big blocks of color, stranded knitting changes colors constantly, which can cause floats, puckering and general confusion, especially for those who've never attempted this type of colorwork before.
Whether you're looking for something classic or a bit nontraditional, knitting your own stockings is a no-fail way to show off your holiday style. These patterns range from beginner-friendly to advanced, so no matter where you are on your knitting journey, you can deck the halls with handmade stockings.
A knitter's Christmas tree isn't complete without handmade ornaments. Fortunately, stitching one doesn't take nearly as long as, say, that knitted blanket you're planning to give to your mom. Stitch these free patterns up in a day and soon enough they'll be hanging from your tree!
Decorating for the holidays is fun, but it's even better when you get to hang up your handmade knits! Grab your needles and kickstart the season with these projects you can display each year.
You've just finished knitting a top-down sweater, only to realize the hem is way tighter than the rest of the sweater. Ugh! Thankfully, there's an easy solution: it's called JSSBO, aka Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.
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.
As a maker, your first impulse might be to DIY all the things for everyone on your holiday list. But if you take on too many big projects at once, it can be easy to fall behind. Which is where these small-scale gifts come in. Each one knits up super fast while still staying thoughtful and cute. Talk about a win-win!
If you prefer words to wonky diagrams, you may feel all sorts of confused by knitting charts. But here's the truth: once you get the hang of reading these graphic versions of knitting instructions, it’s actually easier to follow than traditional written ones. These tips will help you decipher any knitting chart you see, no sweat.
Unlike the winter squash you buy at the farmer's market, these pumpkins will never go bad. With just some yarn and your knitting needles, you can craft the cutest gourds to enjoy all season long.
As any knitter knows, there's a lot more that goes into the craft than just yarn and needles. But there's no need to panic when you run into unexpected roadblocks or puzzles — many can be solved using things you already have around your house! Use these hacks for your next knit project and make your crafting totally hassle-free.
Knit + Crochet Makers Morgan Woltersdorf and Vincent Green-Hite Share Secrets for Launching a Craft Business
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.
No matter how many scarves and cowls you have under your belt, knitting your first sweater can be totally sweat-inducing — especially if the pattern you've chosen is riddled with a gorgeous (and intricate!) embroidery design. But knitting queen Annie Lupton, who teaches Boho Style: Embroidered Sweater, wants you to kick those first-time jitters to the curb. She gave us her best tips for overcoming any hesitations, dished on how she started blurring the lines between crafts, and shared her top secrets for knitting novices who want to begin their love affair with fiber.
There’s nothing like the twisting, turning braids of cables to make you fall in love with knitting all over again! They add so much texture and interest to your design, and they’re a ton of fun to knit without being all that hard to learn. Pick a project below, then have a total blast knitting it up.