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  • Morgan Woltersdorf and Vincent-Green-Hite Holding Finished Crafts
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    Knit vs. crochet is often a hot debate among fiber fanatics. It also just so happens to be the theme of our exclusive Knit Meets Knot series, where two yarn-thusiasts — knit artist Morgan Woltersdorf and crochet buff Vincent Green-Hite — stitch up the same project using their unique expertise with either needles or hooks. We chatted with the young entrepreneurs to get the lowdown on how their crafts have really impacted their lives, and what it takes to turn your passion into a profession.
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  • man and woman wearing identical teal hats, one crochet and one knit, standing back to back
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    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.
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    Knitting vs. crochet: What's the difference? And is one better than the other? Find out in this Bluprint original series, where crochet artist Vincent Green-Hite and knit artist Morgan Woltersdorf stitch up the same five projects side by side. Along the way (with a bit of friendly banter), they offer tips and techniques for knitters and knotters of all levels.
    Vincent Green-Hite & Morgan Woltersdorf
    Vincent Green-Hite & Morgan Woltersdorf
  • Close up of hands working with purple yarn and a wooden crochet hook
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    Here's a little secret about advanced crochet stitches: they're all variations and different combinations of the basic crochet stitches! So, if you're looking to stitch up something a little fancier and know how to crank out a double crochet, you can totally work these next-level stitch combos. Get ready for texture, color and all the lacy goodness.
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  • woman sitting in a chair with a purple crochet afghan draped around her
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    When designing your own crochet blanket, you have a bunch of stitch options to choose from. But we happen to think the ones below will make a particularly great blanket or afghan. All you have to do is figure out what size you want it to be (we suggest making a gauge swatch first), decide the length of your starting chain, then get started!
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    I stared down at my crochet hook in disbelief. The tool I’d used since I was a teenager suddenly felt so foreign to me. I couldn’t remember how to hold it correctly or even how to do a basic slip knot, much less actually make something. Three weeks earlier, my whole world had changed. A shocking, brutal attack by an intruder at my workplace had left me with severe head injuries, memory loss and terrible PTSD. But of everything that horrific experience did to me, not being able to crochet or knit felt like the worst of it.
  • Blue bucket-style knitting bag holding yarn and needles
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    Most knitters will tell you that having a good project bag is essential — you can store all the necessary needles, notions and, you know, the actual knitting, so that when you're ready to stitch everything is ready and waiting. Plus, if you have multiple WIPs (works in progress), keeping each one in its own bag is the key to staying organized. And while you could buy a project bag (and there are tons of cute ones out there), we're all makers here — so why not stitch up a few of your own?
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  • Blue Granny Stitch Vest
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    Crochet doesn't always get a lot of love when it comes to garments, but we're here to change all that. From cardigans, to vests, and even a baby sweater — don't miss out on making these gorgeous clothes.
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  • Knit bunny, elephant, and hippo toys perched on a window sill
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    Stuffed animals get even better when you make them yourself. The next time you need a gift for a baby shower or child's birthday, stitch up one of these cuties. And if you have trouble letting go, we get it. Go ahead and just make two.
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  • Close up of hand setting mug onto a crocheted coaster
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    We like to think of crochet as a welcoming craft — pick up a hook, learn a few stitches, and voila! A whole world of projects is at your fingertips. If you’re new to crochet, and aren’t sure what you can make, we’ve got plenty of projects to keep you busy.
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  • purple crocheted swatch on a white background
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    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
  • shot from the waist down of a woman holding a pink crocheted bag in front of her legs
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    This chic bag has a secret — it's actually made up of three separate squares. What does this mean for you? It's so easy to make, you may decide to whip up one in every color.
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  • You can’t hit the mountains without some cute and cozy mittens! These lightweight, soft, and luxurious mittens have a fingerless design, so you can maintain your dexterity while also keeping warm. The Mountain Peaks Mitts work up quickly while still having a fun-to-crochet “peaks” pattern. This kit comes with pattern, photo tutorials, and Cloudborn Superwash Merino DK yarn in the color of your choice.
  • Seeking some mittens that are cute as a button? What about some mittens that feature a button? The November Mittens crochet kit features a precious pattern with plenty of adorable detail, from the button strap to the flared ribbed cuff and warm, chunky finish.
  • Every crocheter knows that their craft is addictive, but this Repartee Shawl crochet kit takes it to the next level. With a playful, easy-to-remember stitch pattern and very little finishing, this sweet and colorful asymmetric shawl knits up in no time. Just fasten the final stitch, weave in the ends, and it’s ready to wear.
  • Bobbles are easily the most playful crochet stitch, and this cowl is covered with them! Just two skeins of super bulky yarn work up into this texture-rich scarf, which is as quick and easy to complete as it is fun to wear!
  • Add a little oomph to your neckline with the Heywood Cowl crochet kit! Create the shape by weaving in simple increases and decreases, then watch how the spike stitches add rich texture and brilliant color variations. Worked sideways and seamed, this fun cowl is easy to make and wholly unique!
  • Looking for some soft accents that are both rustic and refined? These farmhouse-style pillows have a classic design while allowing you to crochet in some character as well! All you need is basic crochet knowledge (think: reverse single crochet stitch and center single crochet stitch), and you’re on your way to handmade comfort!
  • Fact: There’s nothing more charming than a bobble. Those adorable round crochet balls are not only easy to make, but they also add pops of fun and whimsy to any project. In the Oasis Bobble Pillow Crochet Kit, the bobbles are arranged in a contemporary diamond pattern, creating a 3D element that is both playful and impressive!
  • You’ve already crocheted plenty of blankets—now you need baskets to store them in! These quick and easy crochet baskets come in three sizes that nest together perfectly. Made with Sprightly Acrylic Wool Super Bulky Yarn, each basket is worked in a center single crochet stitch. Add the rope handles and enjoy a rustic farmhouse touch, perfect for any room in your home!
  • Delicate and dainty crochet lace interplays with textured popcorn stitches, and together they create an unexpected and ultra-feminine yoke. The Joilee Top is worked top down in the round, allowing its length to be customized to your own individual style, from crop to tunic.
  • If you’ve ever dreamt of cuddling up in a cloud, this cozy cardigan is as close as you’ll ever get. With a modern chunky style, a wide ribbed color, and pockets (yay!), this quick and easy design is worked from the side across. The pattern uses basic crochet stitches throughout, so it’s approachable for almost any crochet level. This kit comes with silky soft Sprightly Yarns Acrylic Super Bulky.
  • Bring this Clouded Skies blanket back to its natural environment: The outdoors! Whether you need a sweet throw for laying out a picnic, or you’re snuggling up on those cool summer nights, this blanket is perfectly lightweight. Featuring fun shell and lattice stitch patterns that are worked in long sections to show off the striping, Clouded Skies is an ideal “on the go” project.
  • Give your living space a little log cabin allure with this warm and cozy throw. Featuring a tight, mid-weight yarn and a rustic design of neutral earth tones, this blanket will have you feeling like you’re cozying up to a crackling fire (even if you’re just watching one on TV).
Crochet an amigurumi snake plant, no green thumb required.
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  • Blue bucket-style knitting bag holding yarn and needles
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    Most knitters will tell you that having a good project bag is essential — you can store all the necessary needles, notions and, you know, the actual knitting, so that when you're ready to stitch everything is ready and waiting. Plus, if you have multiple WIPs (works in progress), keeping each one in its own bag is the key to staying organized. And while you could buy a project bag (and there are tons of cute ones out there), we're all makers here — so why not stitch up a few of your own?
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  • shot from the waist down of a woman holding a pink crocheted bag in front of her legs
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    This chic bag has a secret — it's actually made up of three separate squares. What does this mean for you? It's so easy to make, you may decide to whip up one in every color.
    Beginner
  • Crocheted amigurumi rainbow cake on a small plate with crochet hooks and yarn around it
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    Every day is the right day for rainbow cake! Clever color changes and dollops of faux icing make this the easiest layer cake you've ever made. Put down your fork, pick up your hook and dig in!
    Beginner
  • Flat crocheted cowl in colorful yarn on a white background
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    This lacy, colorful cowl is our favorite way to make a big impact with minimal effort. You only need two stitches to whip this up, and the variegated yarn does all the color work for you.
    Beginner
  • Crocheted snake plant with smiling face on plant, smaller plants in background
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    If you dream of being a plant lady but weren't blessed with a green thumb, we'd like to introduce you to your new BFF: the amigurumi snake plant. This friendly little fella doesn't care what color your thumbs are, as long as they can hold a crochet hook.
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    Most people start crocheting with a square, which makes sense: squares are simple, straightforward and easy. But hexagons are all those things, too. If you can make a chain stitch and a double crochet, you're in business. We say break out of the box and mix up your motifs. These three hexagons deserve some time on your hook.
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  • Woman wearing a red shirt and a crocheted headband standing in front of a lavender background
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    With its subtle shaping and super simple texture, this crochet headband is your perfect project. Wear it with the button in front for a turban twist, or keep the button in the back for more a traditional look. Really, there's no wrong way to wear it.
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  • striped raffia clutch with flap open.  pocket book, sunglasses, comb, and other essentials are spilling out of it
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    Raffia yarn plus Tunisian crochet may just be our favorite summer combo. This go-to clutch is lightweight (thanks, raffia!), but can also hold all the essentials for a night on the town. Make one to go with every outfit, because of course you should.
    Beginner
  • Pink crocheted pillow with a cross pattern stitched in bobbles. A wooden crochet hook and pink ball of yarn are nearby
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    We're so smitten with this totally touchable pillow, we're blushing! The pattern is worked from a chart, but don't let that scare you away — it's easier than you think!
    Beginner
  • three pairs of crocheted baby booties pinned on a clothesline
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    Fact: babies can never have enough booties: And since those little wiggly toes grow so fast, you're going to want to make a bunch. Lucky for you this pattern is super simple and super fast. So simple, in fact, that the pattern stays the same, regardless of which size you're making: just switch up your yarn and hook to whip up different sizes.
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  • crocheted amigurumi duckling with crochet hooks, yellow ball of yarn and a little bit of grass surrounding it
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    If there's anything more adorable than a crocheted duckling, we don't want to know. From the tuft of hair on the top of his head, all the way down to his little duck toes, each stitch is is more adorable than the last. And If you're new to amigurumi, no sweat: this little guy use simple stitches and a bit of seaming to make the magic happen.
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  • Light pink, dark pink, and light blue crocheted stars strung in a tree branch against a pink background.
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    A night under the stars is even better when those stars are crocheted. String these cuties on a garland, turn them into a mobile, or keep it simple and hang 'em on a tree. There's no wrong way to bring a little star power into your life.
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  • Hands crocheting with pink yarn and wooden crochet hook
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    If you've been perusing crochet boards on Pinterest and had a jonesing to start the craft, you've come to the right place. Even if you've never held a hook before or don't know a slip knot from a single crochet, use this guide to pick up basic techniques and tips. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to crochet in rows, which is all you need to make a scarf or even a simple blanket.
    Kathryn Vercillo
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    Just as in a boxing match, the best way to win at crochet is to use a good hook. But choosing the right crochet hook from among the gazillions on the market isn't always easy. For one reason, what's right for one person may not be great for another. What's more, different projects and types of yarn call for different shapes and styles of hooks.
    Kathryn Vercillo

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