There's an easy way to add some sparkle and shine to any knit project: just add beads. It's totally fun, and these beaded knitting patterns offer plenty of opportunity to play with a little bling-bling while you're making.
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.
Lisa Gutierrez
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.
Ashley Little
Irish crochet is instantly recognizable. The common rose and leaf motifs, joined by delicate lace netting, make up a vintage style that dates back centuries — according to Irish Crochet Lab, Irish women used to sell these crocheted items (doilies were often up for grabs) during the potato famine of the 19th century.
Kathryn Vercillo
Now it's time to cast on and knit your shawl! Use three stitch patterns and a cute decrease detail that adds to the texture. Learn how to save your stitches by adding a lifeline. Then tackle more complex patterns; it's easy to rip back to your lifeline in case you need to start over.
Complete your shawl by weaving in the ends. Get Vanessa's tips for working with lace and color changes. Finally, see how a little steam blocking finishes your shawl up beautifully.
Start by measuring your gauge swatch to ensure your shawl turns out just as you pictured it. Vanessa shows you how to count stitches and rows, and what to do if your gauge isn't a perfect match.
Combine the garter stitch with two lacy textures to create this asymmetric wrap designed by Erika Flory. Your expert guide, Vanessa Vargas Wilson (aka the Crafty Gemini) shows you how, step by step. Get her tips on changing colors, weaving ends in invisibly (even with lace!) and more.
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
The grid-like look of filet crochet might look fancy, but it's created with only two basic stitches: the chain and double crochet. The double crochet stitches are used to create the grid and fill in spaces, while the empty cells are made with chain stitches between two double crochets. This style of crochet is commonly used in lightweight yarn, but if you have a large-scale project in mind, worsted weight would work well too.
Lisa Gutierrez
Crochet doesn't always get a lot of love when it comes to garments, but we're here to change all that. From cardigans, to vests, and even a baby sweater — don't miss out on making these gorgeous clothes.
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