Posts by Lisa Gutierrez

Lisa is the blogger behind craft blog Goodknits. She resides in Houston where her two young sons drive her passion for DIY. A double threat in knitting and crochet, she can often be found with yarn and various hooks & needles in her purse. After all, a skein of yarn is a great cushion for her beloved camera.

Five Fancy Rib Patterns: Strong & Sturdy Edition

Five Fancy Rib Patterns to knit

When you find yourself wanting to move on from the knit-purl way of life, it might be time to try on a fancy rib! These five fancy ribs patterns are of the strong and sturdy variety. They are sure to spruce up any ol' pattern.

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Back to Basics: 5 Knitting Edges You Should Know

Knitting edges you should know on the Craftsy Blog!

Though seemingly an obvious decision, your choice of edge stitch can really make your knit patterns pop. When working or designing garments or accessories, you should know your options. Read on as we examine five different types of edge techniques you should know and be familiar with in case find yourself in need of an alternative!

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Add a Little Texture: A Tutorial for Crochet Post Stitches

Crochet post stitches tutorial

Post stitches are a unique way to add texture to your crochet projects. You can use these versatile stitches for ribbing, cables, and more! Check out this photo tutorial (along with some project ideas) to learn how to crochet post stitches!

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Filet Crochet the Day Away

How to Filet Crochet Filet crochet is a type of fabric created with only two stitches: the chain and double crochet. The grid-like lace can accommodate various designs, from text to flowers to geometric shapes. Pretty much any design that can be drafted on grid paper can be translated into filet crochet! Let's explore this interesting technique. Read more »

Fiber Forever! A Discussion About the Fibers in Our Yarns

Crocheted Cotton fiber At the heart of both knitting and crocheting, there is fiber. Your projects are made entirely out of fibers, so it makes sense they are the most important aspect of your work. What makes certain fibers more appealing to work with than others? Is there a secret to choosing a yarn for certain knitting and crocheting projects? Let's examine some of the most prevalent fibers in commercially available yarns. Read more »

Knitting a Cowl: Creative Design Ideas

Contrasting i-cord border on cowl Thinking of designing a cowl? Here are some creative design ideas for you to consider. From color to embellishments, there are a ton of ways to make a cowl pattern especially yours. Read more »

Make an Everlasting Rose: A Crochet Tutorial

Crochet Roses Tutorial Spring is in full swing, so let's crochet a flower! A rose, to be exact. Follow along with this photo tutorial to learn the steps for creating your own little garden of everlasting roses. Read more »