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.
Reach way back to your middle school memories and you might remember learning about pi in math class. Though you may not have become a mathematician, you still use a lot of math when you knit — especially if you're stitching a pi shawl.
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!
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.
Mug cozies are a must-have for coffee lovers, and make great Valentine's Day gifts when embellished with a little knit heart. Work in the magic loop and you'll have a cute coat for your favorite cup in no time.
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!
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.
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 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.
Bring your holiday A-game this year and make your wrapping as unforgettable as your gift. These homemade ideas add *just* the right amount of love, so your recipients won't want to throw any part of their present away.
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.
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?
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.
From graphic stripes to more complicated double knitting, hats are the perfect canvas to practice and learn new skills. They're pretty small, so you aren't committing to a lifetime of knitting a technique you may not love, and except for some crown shaping, they're basically just knitting a tube — by keeping the structure simple, you're free to focus on your new skill. So when you're in the market to try something new, check out one of these skill-building hats.
So many sweaters, so little time! Whether you're into knitting sweaters that let you kick back and crank out allll the stockinette, or are looking for something that requires a little more concentration, we've got 10 gorgeous patterns to keep your needles 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.
Most sock knitters have strong feelings about how they get the job done. If you're one of them, you're probably decisive about cuff-down vs. toe-up, and you've figured out a way to perfectly graft those toes. We're not about to mess with all that! But...sometimes trying a new technique, like the magic loop method, can revolutionize the way you knit socks. Just sayin'.
Let’s be clear: knitting is a year-round sport, and we're in favor of always having a little something to stitch on no matter what the weather. But if that cabled wool sweater you were so gung-ho about when the snow was falling is suddenly making you sweat, these are the alternatives that'll keep you busy — and cool.
Shawls may just be the perfect project. There are endless ways to knit them (top down, bottom up, side to side), they’re great for all seasons (think air conditioning protection in the summer and cozy blanket wrap in the winter), and you don’t have to worry about fit. Knit up any of the gorgeous shawls below and soon you'll have an insanely versatile accessory in your closet.