Posts by Stefanie Japel

My name is Stefanie Japel. I learned to knit over 30 years ago from my grandmother. I’ve been designing knitwear for publication since my first pattern “Postmodern Legwarmers” appeared on in 2003. Since then, I’ve written three books and my work has appeared on television, in books, magazines, and on the web. I love to teach in-person workshops, and also teach classes right here on the amazing

Fix-it Friday: How to Spit Splice

How to Spit SpliceIf you don't like knots in your yarn, but still need to join new yarn, learn all about the spit splice method. Yes, it's actually what it sounds like! Read more »

Fitting Pants Perfectly: Project Spotlight!

Fitting Pants PerfectlyPerfect pants can be made of any fabric, and can be one of a ton of different styles. But all perfect pants have on thing in common: perfect fit! These Craftsy projects show how members of our community are making their own trousers and modifying ready-to-wear pairs for the perfect fit! Read more »

Trend Alert: Holiday Cakes!

Holiday Cakes on CraftsyThe holidays are a time for decorating things to capture the season. And as the Pinterest trends are indicating, those decorations should not be limited to your house and reindeer sweaters. Cakes are getting the holiday treatment in terms of design and decoration, too. Read more »

Trend Alert! Handmade Ornaments

Handmade Holiday OrnamentsHandmade ornaments are a wonderful way to decorate your tree with meaningful adornments. Whether sewn, knitted, or crocheted, they are beautiful, and they even make great gifts! Read more »

Project Spotlight: Holiday Cakelets

Holiday CakeletsThe Holidays are a time for great food. And judging by these mini-cakes (aka "cakelets"), they're also a time for cute food! We love these Craftsy cake-decorating projects! Read more »

Trend Alert: Holiday Sweaters!

Where there's a will there's a sweater'Tis the season for Holiday sweaters! We checked out Pinterest for the latest in Christmas sweater trends, and also consulted our thorough project section to see what you, the Craftsy crafters, have been working on! Read more »

Christmas Quilts: A Craftsy Trend Alert!

Christmas quilts on Craftsy!Even though they're during the winter, the Holidays are the warmest time of the year. It makes sense, then, that Christmas quilts are so popular! Check out the great quilts on Pinterest and right here on Craftsy. Read more »

Meet JMHowell, the Pattern Designer Behind YouMakeItSimple

Pattern Designer YouMakeItSimple by JMHowellJMHowell is a pattern designer with an eye for potential. What many may see as old, boring, tired garments at thrift stores she sees as perfect materials for a range of bold, fresh, fun projects and designs. We noticed that her patterns make the perfect gifts this holiday, so we thought it would be a good time sit down and learn more about her! Read more »

Project Highlights: Broomstick Lace

Craftsy Broomstick Lace ProjectsBroomstick lace is part knitting, part crochet, and all fantastic! It's wonderful on its own, or for detailing to add interest and adornment to your projects. In this project highlight, we take a look at some of Craftsy instructor Jennifer Hansen's broomstick lace work. Read more »