Crocheting Blog

Free Pattern Friday: Crochet, Quilting, Sewing & More

By Craftsy
Free Crochet PatternHappy Friday! Let's celebrate with a new roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world! From a cute crochet owl hat, to chic cozy, to a sunshine block and more, download the free patterns you like today. Read more »

Knitting Fundamentals: Get Started or Brush Up

By Ashley Little
For a beginner, knitting can be daunting and scary. There’s more than one way to cast on, there are hundreds of weird tools (I’m looking at you, cable needle!), and staring at how-to instructions for hours can give you a headache. But you don’t have to master intarsia on your first day of knitting. Take it slow, and learn the fundamentals to get started with minimal stress. Whether you’re brand new to knitting or just need a little refresher, having these skills in your back pocket will help you tackle nearly any basic knitting pattern. Read more »

Learn Loop Cast-On Knitting

By Sarah Johnson
Loop Cast-On KnittingLearn how to cast-on or add stitches in the middle of a row by making a loop out of your yarn. By holding only one needle, you can create new stitches by creating a loop in your working yarn and placing it on the needle. Unlike a yarn-over, a loop cast-on stitch will have an edge and function like a regular knitted stitch. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Machine Embroidery, Knitting & More

By Craftsy
Free Crochet PatternCelebrate the weekend with a fresh roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world. From an adorable baby dress and dapper boys pants, to comfy socks, stylish earrings and more, download the free patterns you like now. Read more »

Colorful Fair Isle Knitting

By Ashley Little
Fair Isle KnittingFair Isle knitting is when you use two or more colors of yarn in the same row to make a pattern. It’s a little more challenging than say, intarsia, because you’re picking up and dropping the different strands of yarn more frequently. But it can create a lot of gorgeous patterns and bring color into your knitting like no other technique. Add more color to your knits by trying out some of these Fair Isle patterns. Read more »

Use Short Rows to Shape Your Circular Knitting

By Sarah Johnson
Short Row Shaping for Circular KnittingShort row shaping is how we account for human curves when we’re making a garment. It’s one thing to work short rows when knitting flat. But as we know, most things are a little different when working in the round. Read more »

Bohus Knitting: The Story of its Start

By Ashley Little
Bohus KnittingBohus Knitting financially rescued struggling families in 1930s Sweden, making its complex patterns even more admirable. Find out about its origins and download some of these beautiful colorwork patterns. Read more »

How to Substitute Yarn

By Ashley Little
How to substitute yarnIt’s not just a beginner’s mistake. We’ve all had yarn substitution fails. Here are a few tips to make your next yarn substitution a success. Read more »