Fair Isle is a type of stranded knitting that hails from Scotland, and traditionally, it uses a total of five colors or less — and a maximum of two colors per row — to produce motifs such as stripes, stars and swirls. But if you're more savvy with a hook than needles, crocheters can replicate this gorgeous style with a bit of strategic stitching. Here are some must-know tips to get you started.
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You don't have to trade in your car for a bike or install solar panels on your roof to make a difference for Mother Earth. But you can make a few small changes to your crafting. Doing so is not only a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, it's also a great way to use your stitching skills for good.
Sometimes simpler is just better, and this crochet necklace proves it. Though it's made entirely from single crochet stitches, the chunky piece is still eye-catching. Oh, and you can make it in under an hour!
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.
March is National Craft Month, so embrace it with a challenge that'll get your creative juices flowing every day (or at least once a week). We're dedicating each day to a different craft — crochet on Mondays, for example — so you can either stick to the stuff you're passionate about, or take the opportunity to branch out and try new things.
Show a little love to Mother Nature by replacing those paper towels with something a little more sustainable — reusable scrubbers. That's right, with these patterns you can crochet some scrubbies for your bathroom and kitchen, making your day-to-day cleanup more environmentally-friendly.