About Yarn
To the untrained eye, the difference between a knitted fabric and a crocheted one may not be super obvious. But to those in the know, knit and crochet are as different as night and day. Or are they? We’ll take a look at some of the common misconceptions about both crafts (does crochet *really* use more yarn?) and help you find reasons to love them both.
Bluprint
No matter how many scarves and cowls you have under your belt, knitting your first sweater can be totally sweat-inducing — especially if the pattern you've chosen is riddled with a gorgeous (and intricate!) embroidery design. But knitting queen Annie Lupton, who teaches Boho Style: Embroidered Sweater, wants you to kick those first-time jitters to the curb. She gave us her best tips for overcoming any hesitations, dished on how she started blurring the lines between crafts, and shared her top secrets for knitting novices who want to begin their love affair with fiber.
Bluprint
Spin
Sometimes the sheep speak to you, telling you exactly want kind of yarn to make from their fleece. At least, that's how it went for TeDi Jansen of Small Acre Farm. While sitting in the pasture with her sheep one night, she got the urge to spin. Wishing there was a way to skip some of the prep and get to the wheel faster, the sheep gave her a brilliant idea: "prep less; let the fiber shine."
Bluprint
We can't get enough of this design by Arounna Khounnoraj — it's cute, trendy and easy to knock out in a weekend. Plus, it's a great way to use all those yarn scraps you have lying around. Let's get punching!
Bluprint
Beginner
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory, but it's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers who want to bring some gorgeous texture to their projects.
Ashley Little
Weave
To make this gorgeous woven sunset, you don't need any fancy tools — just a wooden picture frame and a fork from your kitchen (really!). Plus you only need to know two stitches, and we'll teach you both of 'em.
Beginner
You love to knit and crochet and give the things you make as gifts. At this point, everyone in your life has one of your blankets, sweaters, or hats. Your family and friends. Your UPS guy. Your neighbor. Your neighbor's baby. Your other neighbor's baby.
Kathryn Vercillo
Most sock knitters have strong feelings about how they get the job done. If you're one of them, you're probably decisive about cuff-down vs. toe-up, and you've figured out a way to perfectly graft those toes. We're not about to mess with all that! But...sometimes trying a new technique, like the magic loop method, can revolutionize the way you knit socks. Just sayin'.
Ashley Little
Spin
When you're first learning how to spin, you may find that things can — and, I'm sorry to say, probably will — go wrong at some point. Your yarn won't wind on, or it'll wind on too tightly. Or you may find yourself wondering helplessly, where did the end go?!
Laura Chau
Thank goodness for shawls: They're practical (wrap 'em like a scarf in winter or wear as a lightweight layer in summer), don't require any fitting, and come in so many shapes and sizes.
Kristen Hanley Cardozo
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