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Fashion a pair of warm and toasty leg warmers in record time by disconnecting sleeves from a sweater in the back of your closet or from the racks of your local thrift.
Re-create the prettiest autumn leaves to enjoy season after season with this easy-to-knit pattern. A few yards of yarns in the fall color spectrum is all you need.
Embellish a handwoven basket with artisan yarns, insert a vase, and you have a beautiful way to display spring blooms!
With the official arrival of Autumn it is time to begin thinking about bringing out the sweaters. Give an old sweater a second chance with a little makeover.
Get ready for the cool weather by knitting up this ingenious scarf-mitten combo. This simple, chic accessory needs only a couple of balls of yarn and couldn’t be easier.
You may be used to knitting with fabric to make place mats and rugs, but this project will show you how to make a quick clutch from your leftover fabric pieces.
Most of the knitters I know have an enormous stash of fabulous yarn. That's why I love this trendy, furry, knit scarf: not only does it make great use of all your overflowing single skeins, but the yarn variations make the simple stitches of this pattern look like it was made by a pro.
A wrap made of a glitzy yarn is the perfect way to ramp up the style volume!
Show your support of breast cancer awareness throughout the fall and into the winter months with this fast and easy ribbon hat.
Southern Comfort: The 3rd Annual Yarn Bowl Challenge Fires Up the Competitive Spirit of Knitters with a Preemie Hat Contest
Folks in the south take their college football seriously! Combine that with a bunch of dedicated knitters and you have a charity knitting project that is fun and exciting!
Create a delicate bracelet perfect for celebrating upcoming nuptials as a gift for the bride and her bridesmaids or to adorn your own wrist for the occasion.
Create this everlasting flower to honor your grad, mother of the bride, or for anyone who deserves special recognition—including yourself!
Lace is not a four-letter word. Okay, it is, but not in the bad way. This easy project will help you understand why knitting lace patterns is so addictive.
Leftover lengths of organic yarn, found objects from nature, and natural embellishments make a one-of-a-kind necklace.
Dress up your windows to welcome the springtime breezes with an easy-to-knit yet gorgeous one-of-a-kind design.
Buttons knitted right into a lightweight spring hat will add a touch of whimsy to your spring wardrobe.
Increase the wildlife population by sharing your yarn scraps and knitting a cozy baby bird nest.
Sparkly pom-pom balls and a catnip mouse are sure to please the pickiest pussy.
This multipurpose dog-cleaning accessory is fun to make and dogs love the soft cotton loops.
What is the latest word from TSA on Knitting Needles?
Create a cozy mitten set from a toasty felted sweater to snuggle with the one you love.
Check out the FREE Valentine's Day Sweetheart Hat pattern from PolarKnit.
Double your felting pleasure by crafting a needle-felted accessory bag.
Unravel a 100% wool sweater and knit a much-needed accessory for our troops overseas that is worth its weight in gold!
Transform a simple pullover into a fashionable empire-waist sweater in no time.
Fiber artist Rachel John takes knitting to the limit in this breathtaking video.
If you have avoided knitting the ubiquitous washcloth, here is your opportunity to knit up a new version of the old standby.
Congratulations, you have made it to the final week and will finish up your new favorite sweater!
Within 24 hours, I visited one very trendy London yarn mecca and a wool/haberdashery shop in the small town of Hinkley.
What do you get for the golfer who has everything? Whip up a protective cover for his pricey leisure-time tool.
You're almost there! Welcome to week three of the knit-along. In this penultimate week, we will shape as we go: The three-quarter-length sleeves are easy and so sleek.
Jump in and join the fun knitting a quick little sweater that is guaranteed to flatter all figures.
Super-stylish and super-easy, this mod topper is guaranteed to be ready in time for Christmas in four weekly knit-along installments.
A comprehensive primer on prayer shawls from the simple to the sublime.
Use easy-to-make pom-poms to create a simple, elegant holiday centerpiece.
Innovative indie crafster Krys Lefler combines her professional hairstyling talent with her love of playing with wool fiber to create these one-of-a-kind hair accessories.
This easy elegant knitted ornament cover makes the perfect handmade gift from the heart that is destined to become a treasured heirloom.
The often ridiculed "Cosby" sweater is back on the scene. What's next, parachute pants?
If you have shied away from certain projects because you feared making the buttonholes, fear no more. This easy step-by-step will have you creating rows of neat and tidy little buttonholes in no time.
It’s never too late to get into the spirit of autumn. Knit this fun pumpkin hat to carry you through the season in style!
Fair Isle knitting is fun and easy with the right motivation and encouragement from Brandon Mably.
Want to make an impressive gift that won’t break the bank and will be finished over the weekend? A one-size-fits-all cowl crafted with luxury yarn will do the trick.
Watch out Denise, there is a new interchangeable needle in town.
Have you checked out the new Lion Brand Yarn? You would be amazed by the upmarket fibers and patterns this craft yarn company is now offering.
Adornments made from knitted leaves in bright fall colors will get you in the mood for the season.
It's easy: add a lining to the knit corde bag “Retro Knit” from CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol. 2. Or, simply adjust the dimensions and make a lining for any knit bag.
Check out this easy lesson to help cure your DPN phobia.
Are you frustrated with losing track of your knitting tools? Are you constantly digging in the sofa cushions and crawling on the floor looking for your 5th DPN or stitch markers? Does the weight of your bobbins drag you down when you are working intarsia? I have the answer for you!
Get in touch with nature and craft a blossom that reflects your inner Flower Child.
Lots of love and attention goes into your knitted gifts. Offering vital care information elevates a lovely present to a treasured heirloom.
Are you irresistibly drawn to the latest luxury fashion knitting totes or do you stick with a functional utility bag? Let’s take a look at the best the season offers.
We come in a beautiful variety of wonderful petite, tall, full-figured, and trim sizes. How do you tweak a knitwear design to flatter a wide variety of body types?
Keep your needles safe and secure in this fun yet practical needle case.
Button, button, who’s got the button? For a flawless finish, consider knitting your own buttons for a one-of-a-kind look.
Preplanning and careful consideration will prevent the dreaded knitters’ remorse.
Expand your knitting savvy by observing styles from our knitting cousins overseas. We may share a common heritage and language but our styles are sometimes worlds apart.
Knit up a bouquet of colorful roses in the time it takes to drive to the garden center. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can “grow” this everlasting rose pin in less than an hour. Forget about fertilizer and bug spray, all you need is a few yards of yarn that reminds you of a perfect summer day.
If you are constantly on the look out for the latest and greatest knitting patterns available scouring magazines and websites (Ravelry and Knitty addicts you know who you are), check out The Twist Collective.
Entrelac's lovely basketweave design is not as difficult as you think and is great for using up your odd bits and pieces of leftover yarn.
Don’t let the fiber we love and cherish take over. Examine your yarn collection to determine if you are a sensible saver or an incurable obsessive-compulsive hoarder.
Knitting Daily TV offers a fresh, interactive appproach for needlearts devotees.
For generations, folks in the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina have been creating beautiful dyes to color their hand spun wool yarns. North Carolina native Dede Styles follows in the footsteps of her ancestors with the age-old process of coloring yarns with elements from nature.
Create this easy and elegant scarf for a special last minute gift. The recipient will never guess you whipped up this artsy little number in a day!
Feel the need for speed? Check out these resources for a big needle project that you can complete in no time.
Kool-Aid is a fun, inexpensive way to dye wool sock yarn. Not only do you achieve rainbow bright colors, but it also takes you back to one of the great aromas of childhood!
Don’t toss those old wool sweaters! Use your creative genius to create eco-savvy objects on the progressive side of cool.
This knitting mogul personifies the concept of multitasking with style and grace. It appears that she seamlessly manages her three-store creative empire with two kids (soon to be three), a patient husband, and her publishing pursuits.
Get a creative workout with these project ideas that will take your knitting to the next level. Try knitting with fabric or dyeing yarn, or come up with your own embellishment inspiration!
This summer's hottest colors are inspired by those found in nature. See what "it" colors are being offered by leading yarn manufacturers.
Lace knitting is intricate, delicate, and, at times, extremely difficult—but always worthwhile.
A brief review of music and podcasts designed to increase your knitting productivity and enjoyment.
The ultimate combination of cozy and warm, this revolutionary new yarn is perfect for knitting up fast and easy cold-weather gear for you and yours.
Are you the type who plays it safe or would you describe yourself as overly ambitious? Do you knit to unwind or do you like to give yourself the kind of challenge that defies the possibilities of two needles and a ball of yarn? The trick for achieving a happy knitting life is striving for a balance—a creative challenge that offers some leisurely rewards. I struck my own knitting equilibrium after a long period of trial and error.
Why would a sane person spend countless hours knitting a beautiful wool item and throw it into a washer full of scalding hot water? Don’t they know that it will shrink and become hopelessly matted? Yes, felting, that’s exactly what we want!
Create the perfect aquatic pet that needs no smelly food or messy tank cleanings. These fuzzy finned friends are a snap to knit and are fashioned from all the odd bits of surplus wool yarns you have been saving for a perfect little project just like this!
Improve your knitting skills, learn how to teach someone how to knit, and discover new ways to use your talent to give back to your community. Check out this underutilized resource to take your knitting to the next level.
Knitting transcends utility and function and feeds our desire to produce a tangible result of our artistic pursuits. We craft these treasures to share with family and friends and often for our own secret pleasure.
The National Needlearts Association Wholesale market is a sight to behold.
Having the right tools for a job can make all the difference. This is especially true for knitting. Take stock of your knitting toolbox to see whether you have what it takes to get the job done.
I used the quickest, easiest felting technique to make this darling little felted purse— and there was no knitting involved. So put down those needles, and try an entirely new way of working with wool.
Dropped stitches, size anomalies, running out of yarn, and pattern translation blunders are some of knitter’s most dreaded disasters. They strike without warning, wreaking havoc and widespread panic. Here are some simple tips to help you out of those knitting catastrophes.
What is more precious than a newborn baby?—a newborn baby wearing a hand-knit hat! Many local hospitals have newborn cap programs so that knitters can make special use of their talents. Here’s a pattern to get you started.
Why do we knit? I am fascinated by what drives people to knit so I reached out to famous knitters and the knitter next door to learn what motivates them.
It happens to the very best of knitters: the dreaded dropped stitch. Should you rip out your whole project? Or is there a way to fix it up? Read on to find out how you can best diagnose your drop and get yourself back to knitting in no time.
They lurk in the dark corners of closets, or deep inside an old knitting bag. They might be our secret shame or the pride of an arch procrastinator. But the one thing they definitely are is unfinished. Do you have any half-completed, hand-knit orphans lying around? If so, here's how to let them go and move on with your life.
I love the idea of a hand-knit sheep made with a hand-dyed natural wool, but that's as close as I'm likely to come to owning the real thing. Who wouldn’t love to have one of these little lambs of their very own? The pattern is simple and fun to follow, and because this sweet knitted lamb is fairly small, it won’t take long before you're finished!
I hardily admit that I have been known to be a yarn snob. Aspiring to knit with only the very best natural fibers. However,sometimes budget constraints or the purpose of the project dictates the actual yarn I end up with. I advise you to keep an open mind about slipping a bit of acrylic into your knitting diet.
A recent pleasure trip to a local sheep farm reminded me of my first experience on a sheep farm in New Zealand 20 years ago. It was an experience that changed my life. There is something special about being able to see the animals that provide the rich fiber that we craft into our exquisite projects.
Whenever I am planning a trip, abroad or just to the doctor’s office, I am always grateful to the art of knitting: the ultimate take-along craft. Jury duty, subway rides, or extra innings never leave me antsy, as I am always thrilled at the prospect of some good uninterrupted knitting time. With the right knitting project to keep me in stitches, I am never bored no matter where I am. Check out these resources for knitting projects to keep by your side.
If you love knitting and animals, here is the perfect project for you. It's sponsored by The Snuggles Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bring hand-knit items to our furry friends most in need. So far, this program has provided thousands of handmade beds for homeless animals.
One of the reasons that knitting is making such a huge comeback is that a hand-knit present is one of the greatest gifts to give or to receive. Who or what inspires you to knit? Here are some of my own personal inspirations.
To a knitter, there are never enough needles. Straight, circular, bamboo, nickel plated, long, short, fat, and skinny—we need them all and then some! Here is a list of some favorites and soon-to-become favorites—once they hit the market!
This easy how-to explores the basics of modular knitting in the ultimate take-along project. The log cabin throw is fun to knit, and because it is made one square at a time, you'll have a satisfying sense of accomplishment with every square that you complete. Before you know it, you will have enough squares to complete the throw. This is a great portable project you can take to the kid’s ball game, doctor’s office, or on your next road trip.
Here is a project that my fellow blogger Susan Beal would love, a gorgeously thick and luxurious wrap decked out with the season's hottest embellishment: a great big button. This is an easy weekend project that'll set you up in style come Monday morning.
Recently I blogged about the importance of buying the very best yarn that you can afford, and while I stand by that bit of advice, anyone who seriously knits knows that a great yarn can easily break your bank. Yet, where there is a will, there is a way. Here's how to find the very best yarn buys around.
When I first started knitting I got the kind of advice that while I heard it, I didn't really take it to heart. But over the years, time and time again I learn (sometimes the hard way) why this little pearl of knitting wisdom is such a great thing to keep in mind. It's simple really—always buy the very best yarn that you can afford.
Toss this Easy Elegant Scarf around your neck and instantly see a dreary day with new eyes. In just an evening you will have a lovely scarf to spark up any outfit! Even better, the scarf can be worn year round.
I sometimes think that knitting projects are like that old saying--if it's not broken don't fix it--in that if you have a project that you've made successfully, why not just make it over and over and over again? Well, for one thing it completely destroys the surprise of opening a handmade gift made by you. And, let's face it-it can also be boring. I strongly advocate branching out and applying your knitting skills to new and beautiful things.
Ah, my dream come true–my own blog devoted to all things knitting. Like most of us knitters, I am constantly on the lookout for new yarns, sources, ideas and great resources. I admit I'm not always great at keeping track of these things for myself–but a blog? An online knitting diary bringing you all the new twists in knitting.