Do you suffer from second sock syndrome (when you knit one sock and never quite get around to finishing the second one)? You’re not alone. Join expert Kate Atherley and discover a more efficient way to knit socks so that when you’re done, you have two instead of one! Whether you prefer top-down or toe-up, you’ll learn how to knit two socks at the same time and modify any pattern for this time-saving method.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Ready to take the "eek" out of steek? Join designer Bristol Ivy and learn to knit a fabulous steeked cardigan! This knit-along gives you the chance to challenge yourself and try more advanced techniques, such as steeking, stranded colorwork, short rows and more, with the help of a supportive community of knitters. Bristol will walk you through every step, from choosing yarn colors and determining gauge to troubleshooting, while sharing tips and tricks along the way. Steeking is always better with friends, so enroll now and get ready to start stitching!
The Throughstone Sweater kit is available now; just click on the Materials tab in the class for a link!
We are ALL aboard that ombré bandwagon. But rounding up tons of yarn colors to create a perfect fade? Not so much. That's why we love dip-dye. Just knit or crochet your fave basic hat, dip it, put it on, and look ombré-dorable. Seriously, it's that easy.
Squishy, cozy and cool: this just might be the perfect hat. It knits up super quickly (thanks bulky yarn!), and you can make a million different color-blocked variations. Seriously, try to stop after knitting just one.
Texture is totally the star of this hat: you've got two different yarns held together for a bit of woolly goodness and a hit of alpaca fuzz. And when you go with neutral tones, the nubby stitch pattern really gets a chance to shine. (But don't worry, it's just knits and purls!). Add a faux fur pompom to really push the fuzz factor over the top.
We're calling this ombré technique 'faux Fair Isle': by cleverly slipping stitches (also sometimes called mosaic knitting), you can get two colors in the same row, but only have to carry one color. Sneaky!
Get started on your cabled headband. Allyson walks you through the simple cable pattern and how to knit it. You'll practice changing colors and working from written instructions to complete your project.
Raffia yarn plus Tunisian crochet may just be our favorite summer combo. This go-to clutch is lightweight (thanks, raffia!), but can also hold all the essentials for a night on the town. Make one to go with every outfit, because of course you should.
Fact: babies can never have enough booties: And since those little wiggly toes grow so fast, you're going to want to make a bunch. Lucky for you this pattern is super simple and super fast. So simple, in fact, that the pattern stays the same, regardless of which size you're making: just switch up your yarn and hook to whip up different sizes.
Help kiddos channel their inner fox with this adorable headband. Working a few long stitches over your white rows is the key to bringing the sweet face to life. Top it off with some embroidered details, and this critter's ready to play.
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet pattern, this is a great one! The pattern uses the Tunisian simple stitch, which is easy enough for newbies. The stitch is different than traditional knit and crochet stitches — it creates a dense but flexible weave. Stitch it up with wool for a cozy winter accessory, or give cotton yarn a try for a warm-weather version.
This easy (and quick!) crochet infinity scarf is the perfect for those times when you need to make something and you need it done now (come on, I know I'm not the only procrastinating crafter out there). What makes this project so quick? Crochet is almost always fastest when you work the same stitch across a row and the same stitch for many rows. That's exactly what this cowl brings to the table: the first half of the scarf is worked in half double crochet and the rest is double crochet. Simple. Fast. Perfect.
Crochet that looks like knitting? Yes, it's possible! Master the Tunisian knit and purl stitches as you work your third and final project: a ribbed beanie. No knitting needles required! Afterwards, see how to add a fun pom-pom to finish it off.
A night under the stars is even better when those stars are crocheted. String these cuties on a garland, turn them into a mobile, or keep it simple and hang 'em on a tree. There's no wrong way to bring a little star power into your life.
If you're looking at your holiday make list and starting to panic, we've got you! These crochet snowflakes are fast, easy, cute and totally giftable. Stitch up a flurry and show that list who's in charge.
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.
These crocheted ornaments are every kind of perfect: simple to make and soooooo cute. You can customize the pattern in endless ways (thick stripes, thin stripes, no stripes!), so you'll never get bored making them. Which is why every single person on your list might get one this year.
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?
They say you should share your gifts with the world, but before you pick up those needles, you need to ask yourself a few questions. This week, learn Tracie and Jodi's method for determining someone's knitworthiness.
What if this year was actually the year? What if we all stopped praying for rentable knitting elves, and actually started our holiday knitting lists ( dare we say it) early? Well, tell Santa he can keep the elves. The girls have all the holiday inspiration you need, right here.
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.
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.
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.