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Let's face it: Ripping out stitches can be scary! That's why knitting a provisional cast-on can be a bit scary, too.
Ashley Little
Three brightly colored knit coffee press cozies on a wooden table against a white wall
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Fair Isle knitting is addictive: you've been warned. Who could resist all that color and pattern?
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Colorful knit hat with earflaps on a wooden table with a box of yarn nearby
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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.
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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.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
Close up of a blue knit cowl with woven texture
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Whether your more of a cowl lady or love the wrap-ability of a good scarf, we've got your neck covered with 10 knit-worthy projects. These aren't your every day rectangle patterns!
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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.
Ashley Little
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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.
Ashley Little
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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.
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green and blue knit scarf on gray and white background
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This scarf may look complicated, but if you can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, you've got it. Promise! The woven fringe is worked in after you're done knitting: no special tools required.
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Gray and blue knit stocking with fringe. Candy is scattered around
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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.
Stephanie White
four knit gift card holders in various colors against a teal background. A string of Christmas lights in the background
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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.
Ashley Little
Brown craft paper packages with knit bows on top against a pink background.
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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.
Ashley Little
woman wearing knit Santa hat placing pom pom on wrapped present
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If you have a knitter on your gift list, don't reach for the yarn! Instead, think outside the skein for gifts that are practical, but beautiful, unexpected but oh-so-necessary.
Stephanie White
Close up of white Christmas tree with pink and white yarn garland and yarn ball ornaments
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If you're one of those knitters who can't bear to part with yarn leftovers, we have good news: This fiber-friendly tree decor will give those scraps a purpose!
Kimberly Stoney
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!
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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 no surprise that we LOVE this easy technique. We like it best if you wrap 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 marker, it's time to bust it out. Or, just use your fingers!
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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.
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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.
Stephanie White
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When I moved to California from Brazil for my husband's job, I knew there would be challenges. But I never imagined that the answer to many of them would come from a pair of needles.
Damylles Kopper, as told to Beth Davidson
Closeup of hands knitting with blue yarn
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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.
Ashley Little
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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.
Ashley Little
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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!)
Ashley Little
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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
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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
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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!
Ashley Little
Amanda Seyfried at opening night of "Belleville"
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Not even super-busy celebs can say no to knitting. These stars have been known to pick up their needles on set, and a few have even spread their love of knitting to their co-stars.
Ashley Little
knitting a headband with a teal hat in the background
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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.)
Bluprint
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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.
Andrea Sanchez
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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.
Craftsy
Pink and purple knitted rug beside a stool and knitting basket
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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!
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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.
Ashley Little
Closeup shot of woman wearing a handknit colorwork cardigan
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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.
Stephanie White
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If you’re planning to knit in public, be prepared to talk about it with complete strangers.
Ashley Little
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Fall is bringing on some serious knitting vibes, and as if we weren't already itching to stitch ... it's festival season! Nope, we're not talking music here. These fairs are all about fiber.
Ashley Little
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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).
Ashley Little
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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?
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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.
Ashley Little
group of people wearing handknit sweaters in front of Christmas tree
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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.
Stephanie White
close up of woman's hands knitting green and white yarn
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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...
Lisa Shroyer
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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
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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.
Ashley Little
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
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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.
Ashley Little
gray knit i-cord on wood table
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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.
Sarah Johnson
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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.
Lisa Gutierrez
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It's not a hobby it's a lifestyle! Here's how to know if your life has become hopelessly entangled with yarn.
Ashley Little
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We get it: Nobody really wants to make a gauge swatch. You want to jump right into the fun stuff! And while we’re all for spontaneity, sometimes it’s best to proceed with caution. If you don’t check your gauge you might end up with sweaters that are too large, bags that are too tiny, and gloves that pinch and squeeze. (Just don’t ask how we know.)
Ashley Little
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You finally finished knitting those cozy socks, only to find out the cuff is so snug it might be cutting off your circulation. The curse of the too-tight cast-on strikes again. (Ugh!) This easy-to-make knitting mistake is particularly problematic for garments like socks, as well as sweater cuffs, headbands, hats, and more.
Ashley Little
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Knitters know that any time you take on a project, you'd better be ready to learn something new. That's just the way creativity works. And as a self-taught knitter, I've experienced my share of struggles over the years. (Why does stockinette curl like that? Why are my edges so sloppy when everyone else's seem so neat?) So, without further fuss, here are six top tips I wish I'd learned sooner.
Terry Matz
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The key to accurately measuring gauge is to work your swatch in the same way that you plan to work the knitted piece. Translation: if you’re knitting a sweater in the round, your swatch should be knit in the round, too.
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It's hardly controversial to say that colorwork knitting can be a little maddening, and intarsia is no exception. If you don't stay on top of it, all those colors on the back of your sweater can turn on you and suck the joy out of your project. And what if you lose focus on a color change and end up with a hole?!
Ashley Little
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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.
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