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Just in Time Stole: Whip Up a Lacy Wrap to Ring in the New Year

A wrap made of a glitzy yarn is the perfect way to ramp up the style volume.

How to Knit an Easy Holiday Ornament Adornment

This easy elegant knitted ornament cover makes the perfect handmade gift from the heart that is destined to become a treasured heirloom.

Make a Needle-Felted Pouch

Double your felting pleasure by crafting a needle-felted accessory bag.

Restyle Sweater Sleeves into Leg Warmers

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.

Hey, Punkin Head, Here's a Hat for You!

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!

How to Knit Everlasting Autumn Leaves: No Raking Required

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.

How to Make a Beginner's Lace Sachet Bag: Perfect for Moms and Brides

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.

Knit a Scarf-Mitten Combo

Get ready for the cool weather by knitting up this ingenious scarf-mitten combo, or "scarfitten." This simple, chic accessory needs only a couple skeins of yarn to complete.

Ease into the New Year: How to Make a Simply Sophisticated Spa-Style Washcloth

If you have avoided knitting the ubiquitous washcloth, here is your opportunity to knit up a new version of the old standby.

Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Tree

Use easy-to-make pom-poms to create a simple, elegant holiday centerpiece.

How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

Embellish a handwoven basket with artisan yarns, insert a vase, and you have a beautiful way to display spring blooms!

Feel Like Felting a Fish?

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!

Transform a Wool Sweater into a Felted Vest

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.

Knit a Fabulous Fabric Clutch

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.

How to Make a Hand-Knit Scarf

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.

Pretty in Pink: Knit a Playful Pink Ribbon Hat

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!

Learn to Knit a Simply Lovely Beaded Lace Bracelet

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.

How to Make a Nuno Felt Corsage to Celebrate the Good Times

Create this everlasting flower to honor your grad, mother of the bride, or for anyone who deserves special recognition—including yourself!

Create a Yarn Remnant Necklace with a Natural Twist

Leftover lengths of organic yarn, found objects from nature, and natural embellishments make a one-of-a-kind necklace.

How to Knit a Cool and Breezy Button Curtain

Dress up your windows to welcome the springtime breezes with an easy-to-knit, one-of-a-kind design.

Knitting with Buttons: A New Take on the Easter Bonnet

Buttons knitted right into a lightweight spring hat will add a touch of whimsy to your spring wardrobe.

Birdbrained Yarn Crafts: Simple Nest-Building Projects for Your Feathered Friends

Increase the wildlife population by sharing your yarn scraps and knitting a cozy baby bird nest.

Craft for Cats: Two Yarn-Scrap Toys for Your Feline Friends

Sparkly pom-pom balls and a catnip mouse are sure to please the pickiest pussy.

Knit a Mutt Mitt: Dog Washing Made Easy

This multipurpose dog-cleaning accessory is fun to make and dogs love the soft cotton loops.

Airline Travel Info for Knitters

What is the latest word from TSA on Knitting Needles?

How to Make Mittens for Lovers

Create a cozy mitten set from a toasty felted sweater to snuggle with the one you love.

Wear Your Heart on Your Head

Check out the FREE Valentine's Day Sweetheart Hat pattern from PolarKnit.

Yarn Mining: How to Convert an Old Sweater into a Warming Neck Gator

Unravel a 100% wool sweater and knit a much-needed accessory for our troops overseas that is worth its weight in gold!

Weave New Life into an Old Sweater with a Simple Ribbon Accent

Transform a simple pullover into a fashionable empire-waist sweater in no time.

1,000-Strand Extreme Knitting

Fiber artist Rachel John takes knitting to the limit in this breathtaking video.

Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Four

Congratulations, you have made it to the final week and will finish up your new favorite sweater!

Town and County Knitting in England: A Trip to Two Very Different Yarn Stores

Within 24 hours, I visited one very trendy London yarn mecca and a wool/haberdashery shop in the small town of Hinkley.

How to Sew an Easy Golf Club Cozy from a Recycled Sweater

What do you get for the golfer who has everything? Whip up a protective cover for his pricey leisure-time tool.

Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Three

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.

Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Two

Jump in and join the fun knitting a quick little sweater that is guaranteed to flatter all figures.

Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Super-stylish and super-easy, this mod topper is guaranteed to be ready in time for Christmas in four weekly knit-along installments.

Prayer Shawls for Every Occasion

A comprehensive primer on prayer shawls from the simple to the sublime.

Dread to Knit? Felted Fashions to Dress Up Your Do

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.

The Cosby Sweater Is Back!

The often ridiculed "Cosby" sweater is back on the scene. What's next, parachute pants?

Constructing a Simple Knitted Buttonhole

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.

In Living Color: Brandon Mably's Multi-Hued Brain

Fair Isle knitting is fun and easy with the right motivation and encouragement from Brandon Mably.

How to Knit a Luxe Neck Warmer

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.

Hip to be Click - Good News for Addi Turbo Needle Fans

Watch out Denise, there is a new interchangeable needle in town.

The Lion Roars:The Rebranding of an American Yarn Company

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.

How to Make Felted Fall Leaves and Dress Up Your Autumn Wardrobe

Adornments made from knitted leaves in bright fall colors will get you in the mood for the season.

Create a Lining for a Knit Bag

Add a lining to the knitted rayon corde bag from “Retro Knit” in CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol. 2. Or, adjust the dimensions and make a lining for any knit bag.

Double-Pointed Needles Demystified

Check out this easy lesson to help cure your DPN phobia.

Go Bowling: Contain Your Knitting with Money to Spare

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!

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, The Flower Power Challenge Will Make a Star Out of You!

Get in touch with nature and craft a blossom that reflects your inner Flower Child.

Create a Multipurpose Care Package for Your Knitted Gifts

Lots of love and attention goes into your knitted gifts. Offering vital care information elevates a lovely present to a treasured heirloom.

Hold Everything! Today's Must-Have Knitting Bags

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.

Knit to Fit: Customize and Personalize Knitting Patterns

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?

Craft an Innovative I-Cord Needle Cozy

Keep your needles safe and secure in this fun yet practical needle case.

How to Make a Custom-Knitted Button and Win the Style Game

Button, button, who’s got the button? For a flawless finish, consider knitting your own buttons for a one-of-a-kind look.

Avoid Knitting Disappointment—Choose the Right Yarn

Preplanning and careful consideration will prevent the dreaded knitters’ remorse.

The British Invasion - Knitting Magazines From Across the Pond

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 a Pretty Rose Pin

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.

Twist and Shout - New Patterns are Out!

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.

Addictive Knitting�An Entrelac Workshop

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.

Your Yarn Inventory—To Slash or to Stash?

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.

Hot New Knitting Television Series Launched

Knitting Daily TV offers a fresh, interactive appproach for needlearts devotees.

The Original Eco-Friendly Yarn

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.

Last Minute Gift to Make-Woven Ribbon Scarf

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!

Big Needles + Big Yarn = Fast Projects

Feel the need for speed? Check out these resources for a big needle project that you can complete in no time.

The Electric Kool-Aid Dyeing Test: Psychedelic Sock Yarn Dyeing Is a Blast

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!

Repurpose, Recycle, and Reuse: Cutting Edge Creations From Cast-off Sweaters

Don’t toss those old wool sweaters! Use your creative genius to create eco-savvy objects on the progressive side of cool.

A Capitol Trendsetter: Knitting Hip in DC with Marie Connolly

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.

Fiber Arts Cross Training

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!

Summer Color Trends

This summer's hottest colors are inspired by those found in nature. See what "it" colors are being offered by leading yarn manufacturers.

Lace Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Lace knitting is intricate, delicate, and, at times, extremely difficult—but always worthwhile.

Audio Delights for your Knitting Pleasure

A brief review of music and podcasts designed to increase your knitting productivity and enjoyment.

High-Tech Knitting with POLARTEC PolarKnit Yarn

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.

What Do You Like to Knit? Simple to OMG!

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.

Felting for a Fuzzier Knit

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!

The Best-Kept Secret in the Knitting World: Craft Yarn Council of America

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.

Barbie Couture - A Cultural Icon Inspires an Exquisitely Knitted Wardrobe

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.

I Must Have Died and Gone to Knitting Heaven - 2008 TNNA

The National Needlearts Association Wholesale market is a sight to behold.

Take Inventory of Your Knitting Toolbox

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.

Make an Easy No-Knit Felted Purse

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.

Tips to Avoid Knitting Disasters

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.

Make a Quick and Easy Newborn Hat

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.

Knitters Reflect on their Craft

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.

How to Fix a Dropped Stitch

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.

Conquer Your Unfinished Projects

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.

Come Full Circle and Knit a Sheep

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!

Solve the Knitter's Dilemma of Natural vs. Synthetic Yarn

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.

Farm to Yarn—Watching Wool Come to Market

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.

Knitting on the Go: Stitches to Take with You

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.

Knit a Pet Cozy for an Animal in Need

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.

Who Do We Knit For—Me, Myself, and I or You and Yours?

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.

Knitting Needles: Tools of the Trade

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!

How to Make a Log Cabin Throw

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.

Luxury Large Button Wrap

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.

Bargain Yarn Shopping – Build Your Stash for Less

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.

Yarn Quality Comparison – Decadent to Discount

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.

Easy Elegant Scarf

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.

The Big Step – Try Something New

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.

Welcome to the new CraftStylish.com Knitting Blog

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.

recent comments

Re: Transform a Wool Sweater into a Felted Vest

One of the best parts of this process is scouring the local thrift shops for diamonds in the rough. I have a stack of reclaimed sweaters ready to be converted to hats, bags, pillows, vests, cat beds, hot pads, mittens, scarves - somebody stop me!!!!

Re: Southern Comfort: The 3rd Annual Yarn Bowl Challenge Fires Up the Competitive Spirit of Knitters with a Preemie Hat Contest

Thanks for sharing Pirateknitter! These are great patterns for all the wee ones.

Re: How to Make a Nuno Felt Corsage to Celebrate the Good Times

Dear SMVG - Each and every one the projects I posted over the past year have been a delight and pleasure to design and execute. It gives me great joy that I have been able to share them with you and all the loyal Craft Stylish community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continuous support and encouragement. Tina

Re: How to Make a Beginner's Lace Sachet Bag: Perfect for Moms and Brides

Yarn in the ball is like money in the bank - it only collects interest!

Don't worry Jennifer, yarn does not have an expiration date.

Try the sachet. It will take less time and you will achieve knit satisfaction.

Re: How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

You make me blush Ewephoric. It's so gratifying that folks are inspired by my simple little projects.

Re: How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

Hi Devona,

Thanks for your nice comment. I love the innovative projects you are doing on clevernesting.com and have subscribed to your feed.

Re: Create a Yarn Remnant Necklace with a Natural Twist

Thank you all for your kind words. I hope you make one of your own and post it for all to see! When I get my linen and shell version done I will add it to this post.

Have Fun!

Re: How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

Your baskets are beautiful Basketmaker! Learning to handweave baskets is on my how to, to do list! Send us a photo of how you incorporated yarn into your work!

Re: How to Embroider Your Own Buttons

Simply delightful! This would be a great way to use the embroidered sections of hand towels that were retired due to holes and stains. I hate to part with Nana’s linens and this would put them to good use.

Re: How to Recycle an Old Sweater into a Plastic Bag Organizer

Love the idea and your delightful use of embroidery on recycled wool. I use the plastic bags for kitty litter hygiene and will create one to wrangle my unmanageable bags.

Re: How to Knit a Cool and Breezy Button Curtain

I am so glad you like it! What I didn't share with you is that it is big enough to go around my waist for a sexy beach cover up. Now I have to figure out how to pull off a beach vacay!

Re: Knit a Mutt Mitt: Dog Washing Made Easy

I'm not sure about long-haired dogs. Give it a try and let us know. It would probably work on their face and other tender bits.

Great chore busting ideas! - Make another set or two for all household cleaning duties.

Re: Craft for Cats: Two Yarn-Scrap Toys for Your Feline Friends

Bird can't get enough yarn balls to play with. Sometimes in the middle of the night I have to get up and take them away to stop the frantic nocturnal one cat soccer match! I find the mouse in a different place every morning so she's on that too overnight!

I'm thinking about what I can make her next...

Re: Birdbrained Yarn Crafts: Simple Nest-Building Projects for Your Feathered Friends

You are right about that! Mine was ripped off the tree and a couple of days later carried off our 1 acre property into the woods by a raccoon or bear or??? The yarn is cheerfully scattered all over the front yard so the birds will still have their nest making material! I plan to put up a replacment soon on a differnt tree.

Re: Knitting with Buttons: A New Take on the Easter Bonnet

Thank you for all your positive feedback. There is nothing better that to knit something fun for people you care about. I am planning on making a kids version with even more buttons!

Re: How to Make a Cozy Spiral Scarf

Mary, You've done it again! The scarf is beautiful and the step by step is most helpful. I'm thinking what mine will look like...

Re: Wear Your Heart on Your Head

You will enjoy working with this yarn. It will flake a tiny bit but once you wash it it will flake no more!

Re: Yarn Mining: How to Convert an Old Sweater into a Warming Neck Gator

You could acquire 100% wool sweaters from your next church garage sale for this purpose! My local knitting group has adopted this cause and plan on a day long party coming up soon. I have plenty of yarn from this big sweater to knit up a scarf and a couple more neck gators and my pals are gathering their stash.

Re: Weave New Life into an Old Sweater with a Simple Ribbon Accent

Sounds like fun! Next time try this technique on a knit cap with some yarn. It looks so cute.

Re: Restyle Sweater Sleeves into Leg Warmers

Hi queenofpurls - Super idea for cast off cashmere. I have just the sweater in my stash...

Re: Restyle Sweater Sleeves into Leg Warmers

Hi Jen1964 - The legwarmers will stay up if the sleeves of the sweater feel snug on your legs. If you want them slouchy, pick a sweater that has larger sleeves, perhaps from a big guy sweater. Check back in February for pet project month to see what we have in store for the pups in your life!

Re: Ease into the New Year: How to Make a Simply Sophisticated Spa-Style Washcloth

Hi LindyLu - I just stocked up on more linen yarn and plan on expanding the pattern to make fingertip towels for the guest bath. Look for the pattern in March or April.

Re: Ease into the New Year: How to Make a Simply Sophisticated Spa-Style Washcloth

Please see the clarification I added for the "Face Cloth with Center Cable" as indicated in red.

Re: How to Knit a Luxe Neck Warmer

Hi Wabanaki - You do not need to be an expert knitter at all! Pay attention to the first group of row 1-4 and by the 3rd time you repeat those rows you will be very comfortable with the pattern.

Re: Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Tree

Hi Craftingnomand - I hope you went ahead and made the tree. So sorry I don't get back with you sooner! Between me and my husband I estimate it took us a few evenings in front of the TV. If you cut out the visual distraction and play your favorite party music, you could crank 'um out in a night or so.

Re: Constructing a Simple Knitted Buttonhole

Hi Newbieinlove - Thanks for your kind words. Have fun with the wristlets! Tina

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Irey - Take it slow and easy. You can do it! - Tina

Re: 1,000-Strand Extreme Knitting

Check back next month for my very own multi strand project!

Re: Ease into the New Year: How to Make a Simply Sophisticated Spa-Style Washcloth

Hi Nancy - Thank you for your question. I'll post a clarification of the pattern within 24 hours.


Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Three

Hi Love it,

Thank you for your enthusiastic & informative contributions! I have another knit along in the works and will keep everyone posted!


Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Hi Iry,

First thing you need to do is to verify that you have the proper number of stitches on the needle according to the size you are making. At the end of row 1 for a size small you should have 38 stitches, medium 46, large 54 & x-large 62. If you have more than that number, you should unknit, cast on the correct number of stitches and do your row 1 again. Or if you did have the correct number of stitches upon completing row one, you may be referring to the yarn over stitch that indeed looks different that the rest of your stitches and may look "loose" to you. Don't worry, just stick your needle right in there and fearlessly perform a normal knit stitch.

Hope this solves the puzzle for you - Tina

Re: Just in Time Stole: Whip Up a Lacy Wrap to Ring in the New Year

This wrap is so simple and quick I whipped up two! I may make my third in a stranded yarn I whip up from my own stash!

Re: Make a Patchwork Christmas Tree

Mary - Yet another great project. I love your clever tree design and if I get started now I'll have my Christmas 2009 gifts done in time...

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Four

Make sure you download a picture of your masterpiece. Love to see your color combo!

Re: How to Knit an Easy Holiday Ornament Adornment

1 cup raisins
1 cup bite-size pitted prunes
1 cup dates 1 cup currants
1 cup candied cherries, dried cherries, or dried cranberries
1 cup walnuts
1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar (granulated sugar)

Using a meat grinder or a food processor, grind the fruit and nuts and mix well. Work into the mixture as much confectioners' sugar as it takes to form 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, then place on a rack to dry for 24 hours.

Thanks to Phil Gyford the clever man who shared his photograph we now have the recipe too!

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Hi Silky Girl,

Part two posted on December 4th, part three on December 11th and the fourth and final set of instructions will post on December 18th. Hop you have fun making it!

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi, Part Two

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the finished projects myself. You will be amazed how fast this sweater knits up so give it a go!

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi


It will look so cute on you. Please share the finished product with us. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Ha ha, the yolks on me! Thanks for catching what spell check didn't.

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Substituting yarn is not an exact science. Look for a chunky yarn that has a simular gauge or double or triple a a couple of strands of lighter weight together. Chunky choices include the 100% wool Big Wool by Rowan or the wool/acrylic blend Yukon by Plymouth.

The most important thing is to make sure you take the necessary time to make gauge swatches to test they yarn and needle size combinations.

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Give it a go Jennifer. I know you can do it!

Re: Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Tree

Great idea about the lights! I will be on the lookout for a tiny set.

Re: How to Make a (Very) Quick Table Runner for the Holidays

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What a wonderful use of the home dec remnants I have squirreled away. Thank you for another elegant project.

Re: How to Make a (Very) Quick Table Runner for the Holidays

So cute! I have always wanted a felting machine but have resisted because of space constraints.

Re: How to Needle-Felt on Fleece While Making a Cozy Hat

Such a cute hat! I have always wanted a felting machine but have resisted because of space constraints. Maybe I should find the room...

Re: Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Tree

Please share a photo of your finished pom-pom tree. I can't wait to see it!

Re: How to Knit an Easy Holiday Ornament Adornment

Time won't allow me to make a treeful but you can bet I will whip out a few more for holiday gifts! As for the sugarplums, not sure I will get around to making a batch of those!

Re: Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Tree

This is a great activity for the entire family. Have pom-pom makers on hand over the Thanksgiving holiday and everyone will be waiting in line to have a turn making some. This way you will have a tree made by December first to enjoy throughout the season and create good memories along with it!

Re: The Cosby Sweater Is Back!

You are right about choosing favorite colors and easy care fibers for the guys. They are not yarn snobs who shy away from man made fibers. They want it soft and easy.

Re: In Living Color: Brandon Mably's Multi-Hued Brain

Sounds like a fabulous workshop you are planning. I'm jealous!

Re: Pretty in Pink: Knit a Playful Pink Ribbon Hat

Check out a recent post I did on knitting with double pointed needles to help get over the hurdle http://www.craftstylish.com/item/9847/double-pointed-needles-demystified.

Also, if you wish to view a video on DPN knitting check out www.youtube.com where you can choose from over 20 tutorials.

Re: In Living Color: Brandon Mably's Multi-Hued Brain

Second row on the left, top swatch. Brandon described it as "expensive & rich"! So kind of him as I thought of it as drab and dull compared to the other vibrant colors people used.

Re: Leaves

The acorns are just perfect. Thanks for sharing your interpretation.

Re: Warm and Comfy Afghan

You have successfully blended style and comfort with your lovely throw. Looks like it would be fun to knit too!

Re: Knitted autumn leaf

Thank you for letting us all admire your creation. I love the yarn you used. Could you please share your yarn formula?

Re: Hold Everything! Today's Must-Have Knitting Bags

I have my new Tom Bihn Swift knitting bag packed for a long trip and so far I am delighted with the roominess, the many compartments and the clip on gadget bags.

Re: Go Bowling: Contain Your Knitting with Money to Spare

Right you are about using 2 circular needles. I have that technique on the back burner for a future post.

Re: This Week on CraftStylish

Do not dispair Carolyn. The leaf pattern will be posted tomorrow. They are so fun and easy to make you will be knitting up an entire pile of them!

Check back next Thursday to find out what it did with my leaves!

Re: Go Bowling: Contain Your Knitting with Money to Spare

I love that idea and love those snacks. Guess I need to hit the snack asile...and then the gym!

Re: How to Make a Belt Inspired by Quilting

Congratulations on yet another stunning project!

Re: Barbie Couture - A Cultural Icon Inspires an Exquisitely Knitted Wardrobe

Do you mean recreate the Barbie size or scale it up to fit a normal woman? Either way, it would be an interesting project but not an undertaking I would be able/willing to tackle. I would wear that little pink number with the sequins though...

Re: Repurpose, Recycle, and Reuse: Cutting Edge Creations From Cast-off Sweaters

I love your ideas! Please send me pictures of your creations to kick start the repurposing inspiration. It has been a little toasty to work with felt lately but it's fun stockpiling sweaters for the frenzy of deconstruction/reconstruction I have planned for this Fall!

Re: Big Needles + Big Yarn = Fast Projects

If you love big needle knitting, check out a range of knitting books - Twinkles Big City Knits, Twinkles Weekend Knits and the latest, Twinkles Town & Country Knits (out September 2008). The fun and fab Twinkle designs are by designer Wenlan Chia (http://twinklebywenlan.com) who also has a range of companion yarn produced by Classic Elite and a range of ready to wear designs. Continue to have fun in a "big" way!


Re: The Big Step – Try Something New

Hi Cindy,

Sounds like you are quite an ambitious knitter! I find that to break free of "Knitters Block", I need to have an easy project that I reach for to clear my head with the simple, rhymthic flow of knitting. Get back to your stalled projects by dedicating some quiet time to move through the steps to completion. Grab some tea or coffee (caffine helps drive focus), turn on the Mozart and tune in to the project at hand. When the alloted time is up, set it aside and move on. You will feel a sense of acomplishment and look forward to your next session.

Good luck and have fun!