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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.
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    Vincent Green-Hite & Morgan Woltersdorf
  • annie lupton embroidering a square knitted patch with yarn at a gray table
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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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  • 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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  • Teal cable-knit hat lying flat on a white background
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    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.
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  • overhead shot of gray cardigan with colored yoke detail
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    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.
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  • knit purple square with pink tail weaved into the stitches
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    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!
  • A tisket, a tasket, a basketweave basket? This tongue-in-cheek knit kit is fun, easy, and adorably meta: you’ll walk away with two baskets in—yes—a basketweave stitch.
  • 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!
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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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  • knit red baby sock on white knit background
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    We've all been there: you have a baby shower to attend, and need to whip up a handmade gift, stat. Never fear — these adorable baby socks are quick, cute, and the parents-to-be will love them. The best part? They don't take much yarn. In fact, you probably have enough sock yarn leftover from the last pair you knit yourself!
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  • Overhead shot of a long gray ribbed scarf, with a hank of gray yarn and a pair of wooden knitting needles with red ends nearby.
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    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.
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  • gray knit cowl with yellow edge
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    Two-color brioche often grabs the spotlight, but we're big fans of the one-color versions, too. This solid cowl is super simple, and will teach you how to knit brioche in the round (it's pretty similar to one-color brioche knit flat).
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  • close up of wound balls of blue cotton yarn with yellow tulip out of focus in background
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    Let’s be clear: knitting is a year-round sport, and we're in favor of always having a little something to stitch on no matter what the weather. But if that cabled wool sweater you were so gung-ho about when the snow was falling is suddenly making you sweat, these are the alternatives that'll keep you busy — and cool.
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    Reminiscent of the peaks of the Sierra Mountains, this gorgeous shawl shifts colors and lace patterns as you move from section to section. It may look like a lot of lace, but the patterns repeat and build on each other, so you start simple and gradually get more complex.
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  • green handknit cardigan laid flat on a chalkboard background with three skeins of green yarn nearby
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    Our favorite kind of sweater is the kind you never want to take off. That's why the Tealeaf is a must make — the shape is easy to wear, but the details make it special. Think lace, pockets, shoulder saddles, and more.
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  • Tealeaf Sweater Knit-Along with Bristol Ivy
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    You probably know there's more than one way to knit a sweater: You can knit the pieces flat then seam it together, you can knit in the round, you can work center-out or go sleeve to sleeve...and the list goes on!
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  • Brioche lace shawl on form
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    The hype around brioche knitting is legit: it's totally gorgeous and deliciously squishy. Plus, knowing how to brioche gives you serious knitter cred.
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  • Woman sitting in bed knitting
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    It’s Friday night. You have the whole weekend ahead of you for uninterrupted fun. And by fun, we obviously mean knitting. So kick back, fire up your favorite binge-worthy show (may we suggest the Grocery Girls on Off Our Needles?), and knock out one of these knits to wear to work on Monday.
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    Do you love colorwork but find yourself getting tired of the same traditional motifs? Let Kyle Kunnecke teach you how to create your own graphic designs and use them in a custom cowl pattern! Plus, knit a one-of-a-kind custom cowl you designed from start to finish!
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  • Woman with short brown hair smiling and looking away from camera. She's wearing a magenta and lavender knit headband and an orange sweater.
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    Spoiler alert: cables aren't complicated. You're knitting the same way you always do, you just switch up the order of your stitches a little bit. Easy peasy. This chunky headband pattern is a perfect first foray into cables: it's quick, easy to memorize, and CUTE.
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  • With over 26k subscribers on YouTube, Kristy is a fun, quirky voice in the knitting community.
  • As a knitwear designer, Bristol is all about exploring the “what if” moments of each technique.
  • When she isn’t teaching, Susan is the Creative Director, co-founder and owner of Barret Wool Co.
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    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.)
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    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!
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