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.
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.
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!
When it's time to get some stitches on your needles, make sure you have the long tail cast-on on speed dial. This versatile cast-on works great for lots of projects, and has a clean, smooth edge — you're essentially casting on AND knitting the first row as you go! If you only learn one cast-on, make it this one.
Sewing your own tote bag is instantly gratifying. It's one of those fast and easy projects that require hardly any fabric or tools, and it makes for a pretty impressive gift. But you know what makes it even more impressive? Adding a lining. Not only will the bag look way better, but a lining will help it last longer. Who can say no to that?!
If you're looking for a fun and fast project, sewing four-patch quilt blocks is for you! These are a classic, and are great to use in quilt borders or interspersed with solid blocks for visual interest. Here's how to make four of 'em using just four charm squares, so you can make the most of your stash.
The name "princess seam" sounds a little fussy. In fact, princess seams are anything but: They create graceful vertical lines that elongate the body and allow adjustments across large sections of the garment — useful for pattern fitting.
It totally makes sense if you dread sewing the neck binding on a cotton knit T-shirt. After all, make a sewing mistake and it's literally in your face (or at least right below it). But if you follow a few basic steps and tips, you'll nail the neckline and be able to finish your shirt with no snafus.
Zipper-phobia is real (especially for newbie sewers) and the fly front zipper is no exception. But it doesn’t deserve its bad boy reputation. In fact, it's actually one of the easiest to sew because most of the construction is hidden from view. Whether you're sewing one into a pair of custom jeans or fresh dress pants, here's how to sew a fly front zipper — promise it's easier than you think.
Fun fact: Most garment patterns are designed for a B or C cup size. But according to a survey from lingerie retailer Intimacy, the average woman's bust in the U.S. is actually a 34DD. So if you're sewing a top, you might want to take your measurements and compare them to your pattern before you start cutting fabric. Because the reality is you may need to make your pattern a bit bigger.
Jeans can be such a conundrum. We want them to fit snugly all over, but too often they fit just right in the hips and legs, only to gape at the waist. Luckily, there is a solution — and it doesn't involve a belt. (Though knowing how to DIY belt loops isn't such a bad idea.)
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.
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.
It is a fundamental law of nature that you’ll never have the right zipper in the right size and color exactly when you need it. But there’s no need to interrupt your creative flow and race out to the nearest sewing store. You can make any longer zipper in your stash work just fine — and in just a matter of minutes.
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?!
Gathering fabric is one of those techniques that seems complicated, but doesn't have to be. It's really just about scrunching one piece of fabric to fit a smaller piece, which adds a nice puff to the shape of your project. You’ve seen it a bunch — it’s the volume you love in the waist of a skirt, or the fun ruffles on a pillow sham.
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.
You love browsing, buying and using patterns. But making patterns — isn't that a job for the pros? Actually, there is one kind of pattern than any home sewer can, and definitely should, make. It’s called a sloper. And, no, it has nothing to do with ski wear.