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.
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.
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.
No matter how many scarves and cowls you have under your belt, knitting your first sweater can be totally sweat-inducing — especially if the pattern you've chosen is riddled with a gorgeous (and intricate!) embroidery design. But knitting queen Annie Lupton, who teaches Boho Style: Embroidered Sweater, wants you to kick those first-time jitters to the curb. She gave us her best tips for overcoming any hesitations, dished on how she started blurring the lines between crafts, and shared her top secrets for knitting novices who want to begin their love affair with fiber.
Bring your holiday A-game this year and make your wrapping as unforgettable as your gift. These homemade ideas add *just* the right amount of love, so your recipients won't want to throw any part of their present away.
There’s nothing like the twisting, turning braids of cables to make you fall in love with knitting all over again! They add so much texture and interest to your design, and they’re a ton of fun to knit without being all that hard to learn. Pick a project below, then have a total blast knitting it up.
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.
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?
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.
From graphic stripes to more complicated double knitting, hats are the perfect canvas to practice and learn new skills. They're pretty small, so you aren't committing to a lifetime of knitting a technique you may not love, and except for some crown shaping, they're basically just knitting a tube — by keeping the structure simple, you're free to focus on your new skill. So when you're in the market to try something new, check out one of these skill-building hats.
So many sweaters, so little time! Whether you're into knitting sweaters that let you kick back and crank out allll the stockinette, or are looking for something that requires a little more concentration, we've got 10 gorgeous patterns to keep your needles busy.
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.
Super soft and incredibly chic, the Comfort in Lines Shawl is the best of all worlds. Combining color and texture changes with contemporary line work, this cozy accessory is comforting from first knit to first wear.
Counterbalance comes easy with these adorable cable-knit mittens that can be worn every which way! Knit from the bottom up in the round with a single stacked cable running along the inner wrist up to the base of the thumb. Since the mittens are mirror images and the detailing is fluid, you can wear them left, right, front, or back—whatever suits your personal style!
Everyone talks about sweater weather—but what about slipper weather? These multicolor, mukluk-style Alpine Adventure slippers are knit seamlessly in the round (no sewing or finishing required!). The high tops feature spruce trees, while the body uses a Stockinette stitch, and the knit-and-slip pattern automatically creates the colorwork without the fuss of Fair Isle knitting.
This super-cropped cardi is sass in sweater form! Knitted in Reverse Stockinette, the sleek silhouette has ribbed cable columns to frame the neck, with accent drop shoulders and three-quarter length sleeves. And even with all of that detailing, the cropped length makes this a quick knit.
Release the confetti and get party-ready with these colorful socks that are cute as can be. Not only are they bright and cheerful, they also have a little lace rib which adds an extra dose of fun to the playful colorway. Even better? They’re easy to knit!
Get ready for ski season with this oh-snow-adorable crew neck sweater. Worked from the top down with raglan-style sleeves, the design features a lower-third snowflake pattern that adds an impressive pop of color above the hem.
Flip cable patterns on their head with this unexpected design! Combining luxurious alpaca yarn and simple four-piece construction, this sweater pairs a modern geometric feel with the shaping of a classic pullover. With a boat neck and split hem, the sweater works up flat for easy seaming. Even better: it’s easily customized to any length!
With a honeycomb motif, the Iva sweater is as sweet as can be! The easy design features a simple cable pattern and a boat neck: First, the cable pattern yoke is worked horizontally; then, you work body and sleeves in rounds directly from the live stitches of the yoke. The end result is a comfy-cozy cabled creation with head-to-toe texture!
If you’ve been on a perpetual quest to find the perfect beanie, look no further: The Rows of Purls beanie is textured and loose, with purls, bumps, and twists that will enliven your knitting! The design features a universally flattering slouch while a twisted rib brim helps it stay in place securely. Best for basic-advanced knitters who are familiar with working in the round.
An effortless summer wrap is one of those accessories that everyone should have in their closet—and now, you can knit one up to your ideal specifications! The Roving Summer Wrap kit starts at the back of the neck, and then works seamlessly from the top-down, so you can choose your perfect length and overall look.
Is there anything more fun than an accessory with options? The Twigly scarf is not only reversible, but it also has tips that can be slipped through cable crossings to fasten as you like! With an easy, garter-stitch beginning, eyelet accents, and intuitive cables, this sport-weight scarf will be your go-to all winter long!
Are you left stranded looking for the perfect way to learn colorwork knitting? This class unlocks the secrets of stranded knitting, sharing the ins and out of colorwork with designer, author and instructor Kyle Kunnecke. You'll get an overview of color theory (including tips for choosing the best color combos), the basic techniques for stranded knitting, tips on how to easily read charts, and an overview of locked floats so there are no more loose strands to catch on the back of your fabric!
This just in: you no longer have to wear your heart on your sleeve. In fact, we recommend carrying it around in your hands, literally! These simple knit mitts get a bit of V-Day love with stitched embellishments. (Or any embellishments you want, really.)
We are ALL aboard that ombré bandwagon. But rounding up tons of yarn colors to create a perfect fade? Not so much. That's why we love dip-dye. Just knit or crochet your fave basic hat, dip it, put it on, and look ombré-dorable. Seriously, it's that easy.
Here's your chance to show off your team's colors AND your stitching skill! This scarf knits up really quick, so even if the game is right around the corner, you can still flaunt your colors up like the super fan you are.
There’s A LOT to love about giant yarn. It’s super cozy, it knits up really (like really, really) fast, and it has to-die-for texture. So when Anja Johnson from Peony & Thyme wanted to show us how to use it to make a throw pillow, we were quick to jump on board.
Texture is totally the star of this hat: you've got two different yarns held together for a bit of woolly goodness and a hit of alpaca fuzz. And when you go with neutral tones, the nubby stitch pattern really gets a chance to shine. (But don't worry, it's just knits and purls!). Add a faux fur pompom to really push the fuzz factor over the top.
Squishy, cozy and cool: this just might be the perfect hat. It knits up super quickly (thanks bulky yarn!), and you can make a million different color-blocked variations. Seriously, try to stop after knitting just one.
We're calling this ombré technique 'faux Fair Isle': by cleverly slipping stitches (also sometimes called mosaic knitting), you can get two colors in the same row, but only have to carry one color. Sneaky!
We get it: Nobody really wants to make a gauge swatch. You want to jump right into the fun stuff! And while we’re all for spontaneity, sometimes it’s best to proceed with caution. If you don’t check your gauge you might end up with sweaters that are too large, bags that are too tiny, and gloves that pinch and squeeze. (Just don’t ask how we know.)
The bigger the needle, the better, right? Not so fast! Every needle size (and type) has its purpose. And not only that, once you narrow down the size, there's the material and type to consider, too. With so many choices, it can be really hard to decode which needles to use for each project. Consider this your cheat sheet!