Posts by Emily

Emily Vanek
Emily Vanek is the owner and editor-in-chief of She and her husband live with their three sons near Denver. Her youngest child is on the Autism Spectrum, so she is passionate about connecting with parents with special needs. In her spare time, she knits, crochets and shops for yarn. She is also a master tortoise wrangler and expert in getting water out of various electronics (don’t ask).

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Knitting Backwards (& Avoiding Purling!)

Knitting BackwardsKnitting backwards is a technique that has been around for ages. It is just as it seems. Instead of turning the work to purl the next row, you can simply knit that row backwards and it produces the same results. Still not convinced? Here are a few ways that knitting backwards can come in handy. Read more »
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Our Best Knit Baby Shoes for Your Bundle of Joy

Nothing is cuter than a sleeping new baby in hand knit shoes. Baby shoes make adorable keepsakes and have even more sentimental meaning when knit by a friend or a family member. Explore these five baby bootie projects and their accompanying patterns, all created by Craftsy community members.

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Mad About Knit Mittens

Knit MittensMittens for cold weather are hot right now. Mixing nostalgia into modern patterns, these are the perfect in-between knitting project when you want something a bit easier and faster than a blanket or shawl. Here we show you six beautiful patterns for mittens you can find right here on Craftsy! Read more »

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Bringing Log Cabin Beyond Quilts

Log Cabin KnittingWhen you think of Log Cabin in crafting it probably brings to mind quilting: that classic square made up of smaller rectangles in light and dark fabrics. Well now you can have that same look, but by knitting! Come explore the Log Cabin knitting technique; a fun and simple way to incorporate a patchwork like pattern into any project. Read more »