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Whether you're spinning a yarn literally or figuratively, there's no denying the fact that writing and knitting share a common bond. As someone who pursues both arts, here's what I've learned over the years from knitting that has helped me become a better writer.
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.
Let's be honest: knitting from patterns is awesome. There are so many amazing designs out there, that you could knit from patterns for the rest of your life and never get bored. But, equally awesome, is pushing yourself to create your own designs. If this sort of experimentation is your jam, hats are a great place to start.
There's always gramming and tweeting, but if you really want to make a bold statement, you've gottta knit it. Knitting a message, words or single letters onto a sweater or other handmade piece is a super fun skill to learn, plus it's easier than it looks. Knitters tend to think of lettering as more of an embroidery or cross-stitch thing, but it's time to change all that.
You probably know there's more than one way to knit a sweater: You can knit flat then piece it together, you can knit in the round, you can work center-out or go sleeve to sleeve...and the list goes on!
Hand-knit socks should give you all the feels. They should be pretty, cozy and they should fit you like they were made for you (because, um, they were).
There are two kinds of sock knitters in the world: Those who swear by double-pointed needles and those who looooove their magic loops.
Baby hats are a quick and easy knit and make an excellent gift for a new little person in your life (or a donation to your local NICU). And don’t get us started on the cuteness factor, which is Off. The. Hook.
It’s Friday night. You have the whole weekend ahead of you for uninterrupted fun. And by fun, we obviously mean knitting. So kick back, fire up your favorite binge-worthy show (may we suggest the Grocery Girls on Off Our Needles?), and knock out one of these knits to wear to work on Monday.
When I first started knitting, I loved almost everything about it — except purling. I don’t know why I loathed it so. Maybe it was because of the way I held the needles or threw the yarn, but I just. Didn't. Like. It.
Roving, rolags, batts. Wait, what language are we speaking? The language of spinning fibers!
If you're an experienced knitter, you probably already have stitch markers in your knitting kit. But what if you run out while you're working on a huge project? What if you're not near your kit and suddenly, urgently need a stitch marker? It's time to get resourceful.
There's one problem that drives both new and seasoned knitters crazy: a messy edge stitch. Edge stitches, aka selvedge, are a way to finish off a piece neatly. You never want loose, sloppy stitches, and that's specially true for those first and last ones in your rows.
Positive ease: Sounds like a meditation app, but it's more like a top contender for Best Knitting Term Ever. If you knit, you'll need a solid grasp of positive ease if you want to nail the right fit for your garments. Once you knit up a piece, there's usually no going back (unless you rip it out, of course) so it definitely pays to know all about how fit works before you even get started.
What the heck is Aran weight yarn? If you knit or crochet, you've probably asked yourself this question. Maybe you've typed it into a search engine; maybe you've asked British friends who knit (yep, they know). Maybe you've just let the Aran mystery live on, assuming you'll solve it someday.
So many amazing things to knit! So little time!
You're super excited about trying a new knitting pattern, but then you scan the instructions and see "pick up stitches" or "pick up and knit" and think: Okayyy, maybe not.
TBH, we still get all tingly when we watch a straight row of knitting suddenly transform into a mitered square. It's like magic: The simplest stitches turn into a totally new and beautiful shape, thanks to two easy decreases.
Eventually all things in this world come to an end — and that includes skeins. So yes, at some point in a knitting project you may need to join two ends of yarn together. You'll have even more joining to do if you’re working on a multi-color project and need to switch yarns mid-skein.
Striped hats, striped socks, striped scarves, striped sweaters: They're fun to knit, make perfect gifts and never go out of style. Stripes for the win! The only problem? Those jogs you get when you knit striped work in the round.
What happens when you combine the warm and fuzzy art of knitting and crochet with the gritty urban landscape? A phenomenon known as knitfiti, or yarn bombing!
Wrap and turn: It sounds like a dance move, and definitely should be. But it's actually a knitting technique, one that's essential to making short rows.
Pop quiz: Old T-shirts are perfect for A) wearing to bed, B) turning into rags or C) making yarn? The answer is all of the above, but today we're talking about yarn.
Pom pom emergencies are real. Sometimes you need a yarn pom pom pronto when you're knitting a hat, scarf, tea cozy or anything else that needs a little cheer.
You know that feeling: You're knitting away and you spot a mistake, but it's waayyyy too far back to fix. You've got to rip back. But help! You don't want to wreck everything you've already done.
Take a deep breath before you start shopping for your first set of circular knitting needles. Inhale deeply and breathe out slowly — yup, just like that. You'll need a calm, focused mind as you tackle what sounds like a basic task, but turns out to be a wee bit more involved.
Needle felting is a craft that sounds way more complex than it actually is — and gets super cute results. What's not to love? With just a few basic tools and a simple tutorial, you'll be on your way to making adorably fuzzy animals, or any other felted creations you can dream up.
If you feel even the slightest temptation to try lace knitting, give in to it. Knit lace is a classy fabric to work with, and even the simplest stitch patterns look intricate and impressive.
When you think about colorwork — knitting with multiple colors — you might picture yourself sitting in a tangle of yarn, feeling so frustrated you're ready to SCREAM!!! That certainly was the case for me the first time I tried it.
There’s A LOT to love about giant yarn. It’s super cozy, it knits up really (like really, really) fast, and it has to-die-for texture. So when Anja Johnson from Peony & Thyme wanted to show us how to use it to make a throw pillow, we were quick to jump on board.
"Hi, my name is Jane and I'm a knitting-holic." Is this you? You're not alone. Knitting is incredibly addictive, in the best possible way. The only problem is, there just aren't enough hours in the day to power through all the knitting projects we all want to do.
Hats are fun to knit. Fact. You only have to make one (I'm looking at you, socks), they can be as simple or as complicated as you want, and they work on pretty much anyone. We've rounded up 7 beginner-friendly patterns, so no matter where you are in your knitting journey, you can knock out alllll the hats.
Hurray for personal style! Everyone's got it, whether they realize it or not — and that means knitters too. I'm not just talking about the way you hold your needles. Think about which of your hands holds the yarn, the tension you use, the kind of yarn you like. Do your friends all knit the same way? I didn't think so.
Let's face it: Ripping out stitches can be scary! That's why knitting a provisional cast-on can be a bit scary, too.
Fair Isle knitting is addictive: you've been warned. Who could resist all that color and pattern?
January is my favorite month for knitting — the crush of holiday gifting is OVER and it’s time to knit for the pure joy of it. Here are the projects I’m dying to cast-on as soon as the ball drops.
You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. But how to make it happen when there are so many options? The truth: Just. Go. Start.
So, you've been eyeing all the gorgeous hand-knit sweaters and scarves out there and thinking, "Want!" And now you're ready to have a go at making something yourself.
Imagine knitting only scarves for the rest of your life. Actually, don't. Scarves are great, but you didn't learn how to knit so you could turn into a scarf factory. You were destined for bigger things too— like sweaters.