Straight line quilting is a simple and effective way to finish your quilts. You can do it on a home machine, and you only have to worry about moving your quilt in one direction. Play with the width between your lines of stitching for a denser or more airy effect.
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.
The make one (M1) increase is a pretty common increase in knitting — it increases one stitch by working into the row below. The increase can either slant to the right (M1R), as we'll demonstrate here, or to the left (M1L).
Knitting is made up of two (yes, just two!) basic stitches — knit and purl. The knit stitch is the first one most people learn. It creates a smooth 'V' on the right side of your fabric, and a little bump on the wrong side. Combined with the purl stitch, there's nothing you can't do.
Pretty much any pattern you knit will tell you to "weave in your ends." But what does that even mean?! Securing your ends on the wrong side of the fabric without knotting them is a crucial step, but don't let it stress you out. Here's our go-to method.
If you're starting to feel a bit...boxed in by the very square shape of a traditional granny square, we've got an easy solution. It's called a hexagon, and it's just as easy to make as a granny square, promise.
Sometimes you just want to keep things simple: Enter the solid crochet hexagon. The single color and easy stitch pattern are the perfect palette cleanser, but that distinctive hexie shape means this motif is never boring.
Good news: crocheted flowers and hexie motifs are a perfect match. We love these worked up in a rainbow of colors — just join them together for an afghan full of gorgeous blooms. If joining's not your thing, these motifs stand on their own as placemats, too. Add a few extra rounds with your final color until you have the size you need.
If you want to crochet chevrons that are on point, look no further than this sharp chevron stitch. (Say THAT ten times fast!) The points are dramatic, thanks to strategically placed ch-1 stitches at the peaks and valleys. The subtle shell stitch brings balance with its somewhat delicate effect.
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.
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!).
This fresh and funky pixelated heart is easy to make if you know quilting basics, and it's gorgeous in traditional Valentine's Day hues. Use this beauty in a larger quilt, or frame it to gift to your sweetie. Talk about a modern romance!
Once you find your favorite knitting cast-on, you may find yourself using it for just about everything (helllllllo long-tail cast-on). But it's a good idea to have other cast-ons in your repertoire, because you never know when you'll need to whip them out.
Two classics collide and the results are SO worth it. Puff stitches give this pattern all the texture, but they don't complicate the chevron shaping one bit — that happens on totally different rows. In other words, this deliciously textured, delightfully zig-zaggy pattern is easier than it looks.