Sure, you could spend your whole life happily knitting away in one color. Or you could cut loose and explore the full range of wild and wonderful colorwork techniques. Even just two colors will give you a whole slew of techniques to try, from beginner-friendly stripes to more complicated double knitting.
Some people groove on the idea of spinning raw wool straight from the sheep. Things might get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun of working with natural fibers — it's what we call spinning “in the grease."
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.
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.
It’s one thing to learn the basics of the knit stitch… and a totally other thing to actually complete a project. But lucky for you, we’re here to shorten up the distance from step one to step one-and-a-half on the road to knit super stardom.
Good news, beginner knitters! All your handknit holiday fantasies are about to come true: you can knit this stocking. With a super simplified heel (it's really just a rectangle) and fun fringe, you'll be ready for Santa in no time.
Let's be real, even when you set the best intentions, sometimes it's just not possible to knit something for everyone on your list. Except maybe it is, because we bet you can knock out these handknit gift card holders in about the same amount of time it will take you to buy the gift card itself.
Cute sweater? Put a bow on it! Simple tote bag? Put a bow on it! Gift for a friend? You guessed it: put a bow on it. This super simple bow (you only need to know the knit stitch!) with give whatever you're making that little something extra.
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!
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.
For many knitters, myself included, the New York Sheep and Wool festival (lovingly referred to as Rhinebeck) is the stuff of dreams: for one glorious weekend, knitters gather in upstate New York for a fall festival celebrating all things sheep and wool. It’s sweater weather, and there are apple cider donuts. It’s like knitting nirvana.
Did you know that your first project might just reveal clues about your knitting personality? And what if you haven't picked your first project yet? (Hi, new knitters! Welcome!) We've got some insights (and project suggestions!) for you, too.
We've all been there: you finally find the perfect pattern, and want recreate the project right on down to the exact yarn shown. But then tragedy strikes: the yarn is out of stock (or prohibitively expensive). Don't worry! You can still make your knit dream come true. It's just a matter of knowing how to make a smart swap.
Hooray! You finished that sweater. But don't throw it on just yet ... block it first to help it retain its shape as you wear it. (You don't want to end up with droopy sleeves or curled up hems later on!)
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.
The bigger the needle, the better, right? Not so fast! Every needle size (and type) has its purpose. And not only that, once you narrow down the size, there's the material and type to consider, too. With so many choices, it can be really hard to decode which needles to use for each project. Consider this your cheat sheet!
As sure as the leaves will change, when temperatures drop, knitters gonna knit. Get right to it with easy, cute projects that are all about instant gratification. (P.S. These are so giftable, and the holidays are right around the corner. Just saying.)
You already know that knitting in the round is a total game-changer when you're stitching up all those fall sweaters. But when you're making something smaller (socks, sleeves, mittens, etc), you're gonna need to work some magic. For real, though! Consider the magic loop method your new best friend.
Love it or hate it, winding yarn is a fact of life if you're a knitter or crocheter. If you fall in the "hate it" camp, fear not. Winding yarn with a swift and winder gets the task is done in minutes, so you can get right to the good stuff.
Can’t find a rug that matches your style? Then make one with your own two hands. With this finger knit rug, you don’t need any fancy supplies — just grab some yarn and a hula hoop (we’ll explain in a sec) and go!
I thought I was going to faint the first time I saw a knitter use scissors to cut their knitted fabric. Why in the world would anyone do such a thing? I was horrified! It turns out, this knitter wasn't crazy. In fact, she knew exactly what she was doing: she was steeking, and she was steeking with a purpose.
With knitting, as with fashion, everything old is new again. And as fall sweater season rolls in on a wave of apple cider and crunching leaves, we're seeing a classic style take center stage: the yoke sweater. This cozy icon traces its roots to Swedish, Icelandic and Shetland knitting traditions, with each culture offering its own unique version.
You probably know how to knit into the back of a stitch and — if you're really good — maybe even into the front of a stitch. But knitting into the stitch below is a little trickier. It's worth mastering, though, because it gives you a cozy, squishy fabric that lots of knitters associate with brioche (which, admittedly, is a bit of an advanced technique).
Warm, cozy snowflakes may sound like a contradiction, but trust us: wool snowflakes are worth the effort. These lacy beauties look equally good hanging from a tree or framed in a window. Why not knit up a few and create your own winter wonderland?
Kerchiefs, shawls and blankets, oh my! Triangles pop up in knitting more than you think, but they don't have to be boring and basic. Try these three techniques to give your next knit some triangular magic.
The idea came to me the way all great ideas do: at the eleventh hour. A few weeks before Christmas, I stumbled upon a vintage sweater pattern, and fell hard. It was an adorable bulky zippered sweater, with a figure skater on the back. I just had to make it for my figure-skating mother. But why stop there??? Down the rabbit hole I went, and soon I'd surfaced vintage sweater patterns for almost everyone on my list: from a super cool motorcycle sweater for my then boyfriend (now husband — take that, sweater curse!), to a sweet kitten for my niece, and more. So much more.
For makers, there is a certain impulse at holiday time — the sudden mania to MAKE ALL THE GIFTS. You’re crafty, you should lovingly DIY all your presents, right? Right?? We anxiously ask ourselves as we stand looking at our stashes. I have all this yarn…so much fabric...
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.
For knitters, holiday prep is almost as delightful as the holidays themselves. All that gift-making is the perfect excuse to give tons of time and energy to the creative stuff you love. Here's your game-plan to make the most wonderful time of the year totally festive and (mostly) stress-free.
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?
News flash: knitting and ladders don't mix. No, not that kind of ladder...I'm talking about those pesky ladders that happen when you're knitting in the round. Ladders are stretched stitches that form when your stitches separate too much between needles. Sometimes ladders might even look like a dropped stitch, but don't be fooled.
I-cord: no, it's not some accessory for your iPhone. In fact, it's a little bit of knitting magic. Sometimes, instead of a flat knitted fabric, your project calls for something more like a long, skinny rope. That’s where I-cord comes in. I-cord creates a long, curling, round project that, as the name suggests, looks like a cord.
Continental knitting: Sounds worldly, doesn't it? Let me first start with an admission: My own knitting adventure has been rocky at best. And it wasn't until I explored knitting videos and tutorials that I realized something really important — there's more than one way to knit! I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, and for the longest time I had been trying to knit with the yarn in my right hand. It felt completely backwards to me, because it was. I was trying to English knit, and my crochet hands weren't having it. That's when I discovered continental knitting.