Stitch in the ditch is a beginner-friendly technique for anyone just learning how to quilt. And when we say easy, we mean it: All you do is sew along the seam lines that join your quilt blocks — aka the ditch — so you have a clear (and usually straight) path to stitch! Bonus: stitching in the ditch adds extra stability to your quilt, it can be done before you add decorative quilting, or you can leave it as a design all its own. Hello, triple threat!
Half-square triangles, or HSTs, are fundamental quilt units used in many classic block designs, from the pinwheel to the friendship star. Learn to make them two-at-a-time for double the fun in half the time.
The centered double decrease (cdd) does just what the name says — you start with three stitches and decrease down to one. The resulting stitch is centered, which means it doesn't lean to the right or the left. You may also see this stitch referred to as s2kp, or slip 2, knit, pass — this is just another way to describe the same stitch!
Fact: the nicer you are to your sewing machine, the better it will behave. And if you want it to stay in tip-top shape, it's important to give it a good cleaning. Here's what you should be doing about every eight hours of use.
Knitting is made up of two (yes, just two!) basic stitches — knit and purl. The purl stitch is sort of like a backwards knit. You create a bump on the right side of your fabric, and 'V' on the wrong side. Pair it up with the knit stitch, and the possibilities are endless.
As a newbie quilter, nine-patch blocks are one of the first you'll learn to make. It's easy to pull together, and learning this technique will give you a design that's versatile, traditional and trendy all at the same time.
This cast-on is arguably the easiest way to get stitches on your needles. It's not super sturdy, and it can be hard to keep an even tension, so it's not ideal for casting on lots of stitches. It does work well when you need to cast on stitches in the middle of row, though!
Move over, cables. We've got a simple stitch that's going to give you a run for your money. Meet the left twist knit stitch, also lovingly referred to as the mock cable. It's twisty just like a traditional cable — but you don't actually need a cable needle to do it.
No, I'm not kidding: You can make incredibly pretty flower jewelry just by painting wire loops with nail polish. In fact, you can DIY a whole bouquet that way — assuming you're ready to take your jewelry collection to the next level (I'm betting you are!).
Let's be real: you can make the most gorgeous kitty drawing, but if you don't get the eyes just right, the whole thing can look a bit off. Don't be a scaredy cat — perfecting feline eyes is easy if you know how to tackle the task.
Hey, that scarf looks smashing on you. Oh, what's that you say? You want an honest opinion? OK, your scarf could use a little...something extra. What it really needs is fringe. Those breezy, dangling twists on the edge will give your scarf that dash of "Oh, hi, I'm about to walk down a runway."
Nothing kills the look of a great pair of denim like fabric pooling at the ankle. And hemming the jeans — only to lose that original cool, worn edge — hurts our souls just a smidge. That's why we dug deep to find a solution that doesn't require going to the tailor. The secret: moving the original hem up higher, and making it look like it was always there.
Two color-brioche knitting gets a lot of love, but one-color brioche can be just as satisfying. Take this brioche ribbed scarf — pure, squishy, scarf heaven. If you've never tried brioche knitting before, this is a great way to get a feel for it.
One of the most common newbie knitter mistakes is trying to knit directly from a hank of yarn (you know, the yarn that's wrapped up like a twisty baguette). You've probably been there. You were probably shocked at how quickly it all went wrong. The good news is, winding your yarn into a ball first is actually kind of soothing. And you don't need fancy equipment to do it (though, owning your own swift and winder may change your life...just sayin').
Your sock heel is pretty much the last thing in the world you think about — ever. Except when it's time to knit a pair of socks. That's when sock heels get their revenge. How? By being so freaking hard to knit, at least the first time (or second ... or sixth time). When you're learning how to knit a cuff-down sock, things usually go pretty smoothly, but the pattern can get crazy once you get to the heel.
Hey beach bums, this one's for you. Whether you're craving some fun in the sun or just got back from the shores with a new shell collection in tow, painting watercolor seashells will instantly give you that toes-in-the-sand vibe.
There's so much you can do with distressed ink, but we love it best for crafting easy, arty backgrounds for cards and other paper crafts. Use these techniques as a starting point, and you might love the results so much you let the background stand alone. Or get fancy and layer on your favorite embellishments — it's up to you!
The foundation single crochet stitch (FSC) is a game changer. Gone are the days of creating long chains and then going back and working into the chain before you start the first row. With FSC, you cut straight to the chase, working the chain and your first row of single crochets in one step. Amazing.
The linen stitch (sometimes called the fabric stitch), is one of those clever stitch patterns that transforms with a simple color change. But color isn't everything here: slipped stitches create a woven texture and a firm fabric that does not curl. I repeat: this fabric does NOT curl. What's not to love?!