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.
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.
A piece of bead-woven jewelry, with its intricate matrix of shapes and colors laid out in neat rows like a brick wall, can be totally gorgeous. But also: daunting! You might think it's just too challenging to try.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decorating with sugar sheets is a blast, and you're in for a seriously exciting adventure if this is your first time. Edible sheets of paper let you run wild with your decorating ideas, creating lots of different shapes and designs and working all kinds of cake magic. (Plus, they're totally easy to master!)
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.
At first glance, this stitch pattern doesn't scream chevron — it's missing the telltale peaks and valleys running along the bottom edge — but it still has the feel of a classic chevron. Clever color changes create the gentle ripple pattern. Go high contrast with your colors to make the pattern pop.
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.
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.
When it comes to making crochet blankets, corner-to-corner is quickly becoming our new favorite. And really, what's not to love? Worked in a solid color, it makes a deeply textured fabric. But work it in multiple colors, and the sky's the limit. Seriously — you can work any grid-based color chart with the corner-to-corner technique.
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!
Bobbles are making a comeback — and we couldn't be more thrilled. Their bold, nobby texture adds a bit of fun to traditional knit sweaters and blankets. And really, the sky's the limit when it comes to bobbles. The technique is less a stitch pattern and more an actual stitch, meaning you can work a bobble into a single stitch of your project at any point.
With just a handful of basic Tunisian crochet stitches in your arsenal, you can create gorgeous, texture-rich stitch patterns. From 2 x 2 ribbing (yeah, you can crochet ribbing!), to the delicious honeycomb and faux-woven basket weave stitch, there's enough here to keep your hook moving for a long time. Try any of these stitch patterns in your next crochet project — bags, scarves, and cowls all make the perfect canvas for a little something extra.
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?!