$16,000 Secrets for Knitting and Crocheting With Color

In 1997, I paid more than $16,000 for the classes that resulted in my degree in textile design. That was actually a bargain compared to what many other students pay for a design school education — especially these days. I was able to earn that degree in only 9 months since I already had a Bachelor’s degree and didn’t need to take any of the foundational courses like Art 101. Hmmm. Well, considering it was only 9 months worth of classes, maybe it wasn’t a bargain at all. That’s debatable. $16,000 is a lot of money to spend on classes, no matter how you slice it. But as to whether or not it was worth it, that particular debate isn’t the topic of today’s blog post.

Why I’m telling you all this: Today, more than 20 years later, I’m still a textile designer. And today I’m going to share with you a couple of the most important takeaways from my design school education on the topic of color. If you aren’t inclined to pay whatever the going rate is for a design school degree, now you’ll at least have access to several of the most important things I learned after having paid my $16,000. Here are 3 of my $16,000 secrets for knitting and crocheting with color:

Secret #1: Flower Centers Should Visually Pop Out From the Flower Petals

I see a lot of knitters and crocheters making a big mistake when they choose the colors for their floral projects. They pick colors that match each other too closely for the flower centers and flower petals. This works FANTASTIC when you’re choosing a skirt and a blouse to wear — but it makes for boring flowers.


Instead, choose a color for your flower center that’s much bolder than the color you use for your flower petals.

Which Flower Colorway Is More Interesting? While the BUTTON on the left is undoubtedly more interesting than the button on the right, it is the wrong choice for this particular flower. Why? Because there is no contrast between the color of that button and the color of the nearest flower petals. The button on the right, although it is kind of boring, is a much better choice -- because the color of the button pops out from the color of the nearest flower petals. What would be even better: A Czech glass button like the one on the left, but in a deeper color like the button on the right. If I could find one like that, it would be the best choice of all.
Which Flower Colorway Is More Interesting? While the BUTTON on the left is undoubtedly more interesting than the button on the right, it is the wrong choice for this particular flower. Why? Because there is no contrast between the color of that button and the color of the nearest flower petals. The button on the right, although it is kind of boring, is a much better choice — because the color of the button pops out from the color of the nearest flower petals. What would be even better: A Czech glass button like the one on the left, but in a deeper color like the button on the right. If I could find one like that, it would be the best choice of all.
Which Flower Colorway Is More Interesting? Again, the flower on the right has much more color contrast, which makes it the more interesting choice -- despite the fact that the baubles on the left are actually the more interesting of the pair.  Since they're too similar in color to the flower petals, the interesting details get lost. They'd be better used in a different-colored flower, where their intricate details would stand out more.
Which Flower Colorway Is More Interesting? Again, the flower on the right has much more color contrast, which makes it the more interesting choice — despite the fact that the baubles on the left are actually the more interesting of the pair. Since they’re too similar in color to the flower petals, the interesting details get lost. They’d be better used in a different-colored flower, where their intricate details would stand out more.

Secret #2: You Can Make Any 2 Colors Match Each Other

I didn’t actually learn this secret in design school. I learned it on the job shortly afterward. (One of my design school classmates helped me get the job). I was working as a textile print colorist. As the newest member of the team, I was typically assigned to work on the weirdest, oddest projects for the company’s least important clients. What fun!


Except, it did turn out to be fun. I learned a TON in the process. And, through trial and error, I figured out that you can make any 2 colors match each other. It was necessary for me to learn this, because I was forced to work with my clients’ color palettes — and they came up with some bizarre color palettes.


So here’s the secret: In any computer program that has a gradient function, you take color #1 and color #2, and you plop them into a blank document. Then you create a gradient between the 2 colors. Then you use the color picker to choose the most interesting-looking color that’s somewhere in between the 2 shades you’re trying to coordinate. Use all 3 of these colors in your finished design. Usually, you’ll want to use the gradient color or one of the other 2 colors as the main color, and then you’ll use the other 2 colors as accents.


When you’re knitting or crocheting, there’s one obvious step missing here: You need to translate these colors to yarn colors. The key is to work with a yarn that has a massive color palette. Cascade 220 is the yarn I recommend. Red Heart Super Saver is also an option, although I don’t personally recommend crocheting with acrylic. You might not be able to find exact matches in these yarns for the colors you’ve selected, but their color palettes are large and significant enough that you’ll most likely be able to find workable options.

I bet you’d like to see some examples of this, wouldn’t you? OK. I don’t have any ready at the moment, but I’ll work on putting them together for you soon. You’re invited to subscribe to my newsletter, if you don’t already, to keep up with my upcoming posts and projects.

Secret #3: When You Create a Color Palette for a New Design Collection, ALWAYS Consider Including a Green.

This is a tip that will likely prove to be more helpful to knit and crochet pattern designers who create complete collections rather than single designs — but if you do happen to create collections, I hope this tip will help you.


Green is one of the most important accent colors to consider including in a color palette — and this holds true for both fashion and home furnishings. For starters, it’s hard to create appealing floral designs without green — and many of the top selling textile designs in both fashion and home decor are florals.


Even if you aren’t working on a floral, if a colorway you’re designing somehow seems wrong, injecting a small amount of green into the design can often improve it.


Along with that tip is another important one: Not all greens are created equal. A pale celery green usually beats a vivid emerald green — although right now, vivid emerald green is totally on-trend, so use it to your heart’s content if it’s a color that appeals to you and otherwise works well in your designs.

(Temporarily FREE) Color Theory Classes

Creativelive is my favorite website — and they have some upcoming color theory classes scheduled to stream for free. These are classes you would ordinarily have to pay a bundle for; so if you’re interested in watching them, it’s worth it to RSVP for the classes and note them on your calendar so you can tune in when the free broadcast is available. I haven’t actually watched these particular classes yet. I’ve RSVP’ed for the free broadcasts and I do hope to catch them when they air.

  • Color for Designers: Exploration, Theory, & Application with Richard Mehl — This is ordinarily a $79 class. It’s scheduled to broadcast for free on Apr 29 – 30 at 9:00AM PDT on the CreativeLive website.
  • Color Fundamentals: Learn color as it applies to any field with instuctor Mary Jane Begin — This is ordinarily a $49 class. The class is scheduled to broadcast for free on May 8-9, 2018. If you’re interested in taking the class, I suggest clicking the “RSVP” button at the top right hand side of the screen on the class information page to reserve your spot. Once you’ve RSVPed, you’ll get a confirmation email, and they will also send you a reminder before the class begins (assuming you opt in to receive emails). You’ll also have to register for Creativelive (if you haven’t already).

My Favorite Books About Knitting and Crocheting With Color

Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng


Crochet Kaleidoscope is almost like 2 books in one; it’s part color theory manual and part crochet pattern book. I own other books on the topic of crochet motif patterns, but this one is my new favorite; it has inspired me to crochet bunches of projects, and there are dozens more patterns from the book I still want to try. You can see photos of some of the projects I made in my book review of Crochet Kaleidoscope.

Where to Buy Crochet Kaleidoscope:

The Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel

If you don’t know how to do Fair Isle knitting / stranded colorwork knitting, this book will not only teach you how to do it; the book will also give you some fun and useful colorwork patterns to try as well as some instructions for outstanding finished projects to work on.

Where to Buy The Alterknit Stitch Dictionary:

Knit Yourself In by Cecilie Kaurin and Linn Bryhn Jacobsen

This colorful book is super-duper creative. Read it if you want to learn how to design your own colorful knitted panels; or you can also knit the SPECTACULAR examples shown in the book exactly as is. The authors explore lots of fun themes and motifs — floral designs, animal patterns, rock and roll themes, and others. This is one of the most inspiring knitting books I own. It includes designs for the whole family — ladies, gentlemen and children — and includes a broad range of projects including sweaters, socks and more.

Where to Buy Knit Yourself In:

So there you have it: Those are my $16,000 secrets for knitting and crocheting with color, along with a list of some of my favorite color resources. I hope you find this information helpful when you choose colors for your knitting and crochet projects in the future.

The Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine: Bohemian Chic Edition Defining Crochet

The latest issue of Crochet! magazine (Defining Crochet) is now available, and the theme of this issue is “26 Modern-Day Bohemian Chic Projects!” The issue includes a diverse grouping of projects that includes women’s clothing, a sporty hat, a unique and unusual purse, a baby dress and headband set, a matching unicorn lovey and rattle for babies, jewelry, 3 blankets and a couple of pillows. Here are some of the highlights:

Women’s Clothing Patterns Included in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine:

Crochet Magazine Summer 2018 Issue -- 26 Bohemian Crochet Projects and Patterns. Photo courtesy of Annie's and Used With Permission.
Crochet Magazine Summer 2018 Issue — 26 Bohemian Crochet Projects and Patterns. Photo courtesy of Annie’s and Used With Permission.

The cover photo shows you a carefree, on-trend peekaboo top crocheted using a lacy stitch pattern. Some of the other clothing patterns in this issue are as follows:

  • Circle All That Apply Crochet Jacket Pattern
  • Easy Top-Down Crochet Macchiato Sweater Pattern
  • Lahaina Crochet Top Pattern
  • Golden Crochet Mesh Cardigan Pattern
  • Summer Swag Tee-Shirt Pattern
  • One-Piece Crochet Wrap Vest Pattern
  • Maya Vest Crochet Pattern
  • Keep It Simple Shawl Pattern
  • Jade Isles Shawl Pattern

Crochet Blanket Patterns Included in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine:

Blanket Surprise — A Crochet Blanket Pattern That’s Easy Enough for Total Beginners


Blanket Surprise Pattern by Bendy Carter, an Easy Crochet Blanket for Beginners. Photo Courtesy of Annie's, Used With Permission.
Blanket Surprise Pattern by Bendy Carter, an Easy Crochet Blanket for Beginners. Photo Courtesy of Annie’s, Used With Permission.

On a scale of 1 to 6, with 1 being the easiest, the team of Annie’s assigned this blanket a skill level rating of 1. To look at it, you’d never guess it’s such an easy pattern, would you? The design looks fresh, sophisticated, complex and lovely.


Part of the appeal comes from the eye-catching colorway in the suggested yarn for the project. The interesting puckered stitch pattern adds even more interest to the three-dimensional appearance of the blanket. This pattern looks much harder than it really is; the stitch is actually super-duper simple to crochet.


Mandala Granny Afghan


This insanely colorful blanket is comprised of blocks that could be either granny squares or mandalas, depending how you look at it.


Bold Boho Mini Throw


This round throw is embellished with colorful pompoms.

Jewelry Crochet Patterns Included in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine:

If you enjoy crocheting jewelry, I bet you’ll LOVE the Summer 2018 issue of Crochet! magazine. There are several GORGEOUS jewelry projects that all look like they’d be both interesting to work on and lovely to wear:


Beachy Tassel Crochet Necklace Pattern


Beachy Tassel Crochet Necklace Pattern -- This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. Photo Courtesy of Annies; Used With Permission.
Beachy Tassel Crochet Necklace Pattern — This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. Photo Courtesy of Annies; Used With Permission.

If you make this casual tassel necklace, you’re likely to get a lot of use out of it during the summer months. It pairs well with everything from sundresses to t-shirts and jeans.


Dreamer’s Geometry Crochet Mandala Earrings


Dreamer's Geometry Mandala Earrings by Cherie Bernatt, featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Crochet! magazine. Photo courtesy of Annie's; used with permission.
Dreamer’s Geometry Mandala Earrings by Cherie Bernatt, featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Crochet! magazine. Use size 10 crochet thread and a few other craft supplies to make these spectacular, on-trend mandala earrings. Photo courtesy of Annie’s; used with permission.

Turkish Crochet Bracelets and Watch Band


Turkish Crochet Bracelets With Beads; This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. You Can Learn the Turkish Flat Stitch Technique and Use It to Make the Beautiful Bracelets Pictured, or Other Projects of Your choice.  Pattern Design and Technique Article Are by Debra Arch. Photo Courtesy of Annie's and Used With Perrmission.
Turkish Crochet Bracelets With Beads; This Project Is Featured in the Summer 2018 Issue of Crochet! Magazine. You Can Learn the Turkish Flat Stitch Technique and Use It to Make the Beautiful Bracelets Pictured, or Other Projects of Your choice. Pattern Design and Technique Article Are by Debra Arch. Photo Courtesy of Annie’s and Used With Perrmission.

There are several different ways you can get your hands on Crochet! magazine:

Related Resources

What to Make for Mom This Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 13, 2018. That gives you some time to delight a special Mom (or perhaps a grandmother, mother-in-law, or stepmom) by making a handmade gift to give her this Mother’s Day.

If this is an idea that sounds interesting to you, we invite you to browse through our Mother’s Day gift ideas to find ideas for the perfect gift. Here we’ve presented a roundup of a few fantastic ideas for Mother’s Day craft projects; we hope you’ll be inspired by these suggestions.

Design a Sweater That Your Mom Would Love!

Design a Custom-Knit Sweater Your Mom Will Love With Melissa Leapman's New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities
Design a Custom-Knit Sweater Your Mom Will Love With Melissa Leapman’s New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities

Melissa Leapman is an authority on sweater knitting design. She’s enjoyed a successful career as a knitwear designer and has designed sweaters and sweater patterns for bunches of books, magazines and clothing companies. Melissa shares a simple, beginner-friendly, step-by-step sweater design process in a brand new book called 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities. So if you’ve always wanted to design custom-made sweaters to give as gifts to your loved ones, this book will guide you through the process. If your mom knits, the book itself would also be a spectacular gift for her. Click here to shop for the book at Amazon, or click here for more info in my detailed book review of this title.

Knit or Crochet a Shawl for Mom

Learn How to Knit a Variety of Stunning Shawls and Wraps Using the Patterns in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.
Find a Variety of Stunning Patterns for Shawls and Wraps in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.

Shawls make delightful gifts for moms and grandmas. Shawls can be warm, substantial and comforting; or light, lacy and frivolous. They can be casual or dressy, chic or unassuming, fancy or simple.

Cozy Blankets for Mom

If you’re a fast and dedicated crafter, you have plenty of time left to make a customized blanket just for mom. You could use granny squares or other crocheted squares if that type of blanket would appeal to her. Be sure to add a pretty border or edging to finish it off.

Fabric Crochet Pendant Necklaces

Easy Fabric Crochet Necklace - Free Tutorial and Pattern

Jewelry makes a great gift for mom, and this pattern allows for a lot of personalization that would make each piece unique and perfect for your mom (or for whoever you want to make it for.)

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A Spa Gift Basket

Crochet a basket for mom. Fill it with fancy, extra-special crocheted washcloths plus scented lotions, beautiful sculpted soaps and a bath puff — or whichever toiletries your mom would find most enjoyable.

More Ideas and Patterns for Lovely Gifts to Make Mom

There are so many things that moms might love that it's hard to fit them all in one blog post. I invite you to browse our website to find even more knitting and crochet patterns, some that mom might love, some to make for Dad for Father’s Day, and hopefully even some to use for making something nice for yourself too.

If you enjoy crafts other than just knitting and crocheting, check out a list of the best Mother’s Day craft ideas at The Free Crafts Website.

Free Bracelet Patterns to Crochet With Beads and Wire

Red Coral Chip Bead Crochet Bracelet
Red Coral Chip Bead Crochet Bracelet

Would you believe this bracelet is crocheted? To my eyes, a piece like this doesn’t look much like crochet — but it definitely is, since the project was made using a crochet hook and crochet stitches. The difference is basically in the materials I used; instead of thread or yarn, I used wire to work the stitches. The entire bracelet is comprised of the ultra-simple beaded chain stitch.

Crochet stitches look different when worked in wire than they do when worked in yarn or thread. If you add chunky beads to the mix, like I did here, they can obscure the crochet work even more.

I’ve posted a couple other similar bracelets here and here — and you can see even more ideas on our list of free crochet bracelet patterns.

Want to see how to do projects like this in more detail? If so, there are a couple of pages that you might like to take a look at.

The first page I suggest is this bead and wire crochet tutorial, which will show you the basics of the technique.

I also recommend checking out our wire crochet patterns. Some of them include beads and some don’t. I think there’s a nice mix of patterns for you to choose from.

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for Knitters and Crocheters Set Some Goals for Your Knitting or Crocheting in the New Year!

Happy 2018, everyone! Who’s making New Year’s resolutions this year? Anyone want to share theirs?


If you need some goal-setting inspiration for a new year or any time, here’s a quick list of possible knitting, crochet and craft related resolutions you could make.

  • I will learn how to crochet or how to knit – for those who don’t already know how
  • I will teach someone how to crochet or knit- or even better, teach __* people how to crochet or knit
  • I will knit or crochet __* item(s) for charity
  • I will complete __* projects (or more)
  • I will finish or frog (unravel) all my unfinished projects
  • I will learn __* new knitting or crochet stitches
  • I will learn a new knitting or crochet skill — perhaps corner-to-corner to crochet or sock knitting
  • I will create an exquisite family heirloom to be passed down to a child or grandchild- perhaps a beaded bag worked from a vintage pattern, or an elegant lace tablecloth
  • I will organize my yarn / thread stash, and donate or give away any yarns / threads I don’t plan to use

*__= fill in this blank with whatever number you think would be a good goal. Pick a number that is small enough to be manageable, yet large enough that you’ll feel like you really accomplished something when you’ve reached the goal.

Resources for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions:

Learn How to Crochet or Knit; Learn New Crochet and Knitting Skills: You can take a variety of different crochet, knitting and crafting classes either online or in person. If you’d be interested in the the online version, there are several resources I can recommend:

Learn New Knitting or Crochet Stitches: Here are a few you can try:


Afghan Stitch
Afghan Stitch

  • If you haven’t already learned Tunisian crochet stitches such as afghan stitch and Tunisian crochet mesh stitch, these stitches will greatly expand your capabilities in crochet.
  • Shell stitch
  • Edge stitches to knit and crochet
  • See more choices: free knitting and crochet stitch instructions
  • Get Inspiration for Organizing Your Yarn and Craft Supplies:


    Planning to get organized in 2018? Need some new organizers to keep your yarn looking its best for your crochet or knitting projects? The ArtBin Super Satchel 1-Compartment is the ideal organizer to use for this purpose.
    Planning to get organized in 2018? Need some new organizers to keep your yarn looking its best for your crochet or knitting projects? The ArtBin Super Satchel 1-Compartment is the ideal organizer to use for this purpose.

    • Take a look at my favorite yarn organizers and yarn organization strategies on this page. One higlight: A former colleague of mine, Beth Peterson, shared some truly inspiring photos of her organized crochet supplies. She’s been keeping everything in a basket, which is lined with a custom-made holder for her crochet hooks. Check it out!
    • How are your knitting, crochet and supplies organized? We’d love to have information about how you approach it; please share tips in the comments section.

    Learn New Knitting and Crochet Skills

    We’ve posted a wide variety of resources to help you with learning new skills and techniques in crochet.


    Share Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Are you making any knitting or crochet-related new year’s resolutions this year? If so, please share them in the comments section!

    Free Online Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell on November 9, 2017 Learn How to Knit Socks

    Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell: Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks
    Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell: Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks

    Would you like to learn how to knit socks? If so, perhaps you’ll be excited to learn about a free broadcast of Vickie Howell’s class called Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks at Creativelive. The free broadcast of this sock knitting class will take place on November 9-10, 2017. My understanding of the situation is that, if you want access to the free broadcast, you’ll have to RSVP for the class before it starts to air on November 9th. Tip: After you click through to the course description page, look up at the top right-hand side of your monitor for the black button that says “RSVP”. (There’s also a blue button that says “Buy” if you prefer to just buy the class and watch it immediately.)


    I RSVP’ed for the class and am looking forward to it. 🙂 I hope you’ll have a chance to check it out, too.


    This isn’t usually a free class; the regular class price is $29. So getting in on the free broadcast is actually a really good deal. If for some reason you miss the free broadcast, or any part of it, you’ll be able to access the class at its regular price any time afterwards.

    Creativelive offers bunches of excellent classes on a variety of topics — knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, business and more. You can click here to see what other classes are airing soon at CreativeLive.

    Learn More About Sock Knitting:

    Supplies You’ll Need for Sock Knitting

    To knit socks, you’ll need sock yarn and appropriate knitting needles. Most people knit socks using sets of double-pointed sock knitting needles. I’m pretty sure it’s also possible to knit socks using a circular knitting needle that has an ultra-short cord length — if you can find a needle that’s the right size.

    Where to Find Spectacular Sock Knitting Patterns

    Denise Samson included 4 excellent sock patterns in her book called The Cable Knitter’s Guide published by Trafalgar Square Books. The sock patterns are as follows:

    • Cozy Slippers — These are gorgeous cabled slipper socks that look like they’d be worth the effort — they are that pretty. If you knit gifts for loved ones, the slippers would be an extra-special gift.
    • Socks With Reversible Cables — These slouchy socks have cabled cuffs that you can pull up or fold down. The cables look the same on either side, so there’s no need to worry about hiding a “wrong” side.
    • Knit Socks With Reversible Cables from the Book The Cable Knitter's Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
      Knit Socks With Reversible Cables from the Book The Cable Knitter’s Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
    • Maj’s Ankle Socks — These elegant lace ankle socks feature a lovely cabled design.
    • Lace and Cable Knit Ankle Socks from the Book The Cable Knitter’s Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
    • Tormrod’s Stockings — These intricate cabled knee socks are guy-friendly; the author designed them for her significant other to wear on his camping trips and ski trips.

    The socks aren’t the only fantastic patterns in the book; this book is actually sort of like a cable stitch dictionary that also offers you finished patterns for trying out the cables. There are also excellent patterns for blankets, sweaters and bunches more accessories.

    My Sock Knitting Saga

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit socks. When I was a teenager, I invested the money in buying a lovely set of bamboo double-pointed needles; but I couldn’t figure out how to use them despite having looked at several books and magazine articles on the topic of sock knitting. I made an honest effort to learn how to knit socks, but without someone to show me the finer points, it wasn’t long before I lost interest. There were too many other amazing projects to work on. I decided to invest my efforts in knitting sweaters and hats, and I never actually returned to sock knitting.


    Until now…


    When I was traveling in Europe a few years ago, I bought a circular knitting needle that I think (hope) will work for knitting socks. I’m thinking it will be preferable to dealing with bunches of individual double-pointed needles. Having never successfully knit socks with any type of knitting needles, the jury is out on whether I will be able to do this. We’ll see!

    I’ll be pulling my circular and double-pointed knitting needles out of the closet and tuning in to Vickie Howell’s sock knitting class on November 9th to see if I can finally learn how to knit socks. Here’s hoping I’ll have more success this time around than I have in the past — and here’s hoping you’ll join me and learn how to knit socks, too!

    A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet

    A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet
    A Cute Christmas Tree Decoration to Crochet

    Here’s a fun needlework project idea for those of you who celebrate Christmas. It’s a cute Christmas tree decoration to crochet.

    You could use this little Christmas tree as an ornament or a door hanger. (If you want to make it a door hanger, just be sure to make the hanging loop long enough to fit over the doorknob where you want to hang it.)

    This project is made by crocheting and joining two easy Christmas tree shapes that you can make using our free symbol crochet chart and pattern.

    This is a quick crochet project with a lot of creative potential. You’re invited to grab the free chart and ornament pattern from our website, and give this project a try.

    Celebrate “I Love Yarn” Day 2017 With Easy Crochet Projects for Beginners

    I Love Yarn Day --Celebrate With  Crochet, Knitting and Yarn Crafts
    I Love Yarn Day — Crochet, Knitting and Yarn Crafts
    Guess what! Today is “I Love Yarn Day”, an extra-special day the Craft Yarn Council has designated for fun activities, yarncraft project ideas and free patterns just for the occasion. If you’d like to win some new knitting and crochet supplies, check out the I Love Yarn Day scavenger hunt featuring a spectacular prize package:

    List of FUN, AMAZING Prizes for YARN LOVERS:

    Send your scavenger hunt entries to the Craft Yarn Council before the deadline, which is October 21st 11:59 pm CT, and you will be entered to win 1 of 20 prizes totaling more than $1,200:

  • Interchangeable “Takumi” Circular Knitting Needle Combo Set
  • Interchangeable “Takumi” Tunisian Crochet Hook Combo Set
  • Prize package of Red Heart yarns
  • 3 Clover PomPom Makers
  • 2, 1- year subscriptions to Creativebug online classes
  • 3 sets of booklets from Leisure Arts: Emoji Crochet, New Twist on Macramé and Yarn Crafts
  • Prize package of yarn from Lion Brand Yarn Co.
  • Amazon gift card from Prime Publishing
  • 1-year subscription to I Like Crochet digital magazine from Prime Publishing
  • 3 Boye Pom Pom Tassel Makers
  • 2 Prize packages of newest yarns from Yarnspirations
  • 2 Vogue Knitting Ultimate Knitting Books
  • Just imagine all the gorgeous projects you could make if you were to win any of these goodies! If you’re new to knitting or crochet and you don’t already have a yarn and pattern stash accumulated, winning one of these prizes would definitely be a great start! And if you’re an experienced crafter, as you already know, you can never have too many yarncrafting supplies…

    Stitching It Forward: Teach Others How to Craft With Yarn:

    Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving, Spinning and Yarn Bombing

    As part of this special celebration, the Craft Yarn Council has requested that ALL fiber fans will share our love for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one other person to knit, crochet, weave, spin or yarnbomb. Since crochet is the yarncraft I’m most proficient at, I would be honored to teach YOU how to crochet if you do not already know how. To get you started, I’ve put together the following list of free tutorials and easy crochet patterns for beginners:

    Learn How to Crochet With Free Instructions and Tutorials:

    A slip knot is the first thing you need to know when you’re learning how to crochet. Click here to see a free crochet slip knot tutorial.


    A slip knot is NOT the only way to start crochet projects — but it is one of the most popular ways. See how to start crochet for some other insights about how to get a crochet project started.


    Learn How to Crochet a Granny Square for Beginners
    Learn How to Crochet a Granny Square. Cascade 220 Is the Yarn I Used to Crochet This Square.

    When I teach beginners how to crochet, I recommend the granny square as an ideal first crochet project. To crochet the most basic, beginner-friendly granny square, you’ll need to know how to work the chain stitch, the slip stitch and the double crochet stitch:

    This easy crochet neck warmer is another beginner-friendly crochet project:


    Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners
    Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners

    There are many other amazing crochet stitches to learn, but there are bunches of projects you can make with only the chain, double crochet and slip stitch. The pretty neck warmer pictured above is a crochet project that only requires the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch.


    If you want to learn even more, I invite you tocontact me and ask to be added to my list of knitting and crochet newsletter subscribers. I often make new patterns, stitch tutorials, book reviews and other resources available that I think you will enjoy.

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    This page was last updated on October 15, 2017.

    2 Warm, Trendy Crochet Cowls for Winter 2017

    Are you looking for stylish ways to bundle up this winter? If so, a crocheted cowl is a fantastic wardrobe piece to consider making. These two warm, trendy crochet cowls are both perfect additions to any stylish lady’s winter 2017 wardrobe.

    1. Quick, Easy Jumbo Crochet Cowl: A Free Crochet Pattern by Amy Solovay

    Crochet Stitch Pattern on the Quick, Easy Jumbo Crochet Cowl
    Crochet this quick, easy jumbo crochet cowl using Knitpicks Knitpicks Super Tuff Puff jumbo weight yarn, a large crochet hook and our free crochet cowl pattern.

    This thick, warm, textured cowl is a super quick crochet project that’s as easy to make as it is to wear. I’ve used a jumbo-sized vivid teal-colored wool yarn to crochet my project sample; this color is really trendy right now, and it pairs well with lots of other colors for maximum versatility. If your winter 2017 wardrobe basics are black, gray, navy blue, khaki or brown, this color will complement them beautifully.

    Sewing Lessons for Knitting and Crochet Enthusiasts

    It’s helpful for knitters and crocheters to understand basic sewing techniques. Perhaps you’ve crocheted a bunch of granny squares, and you want to stitch them together to create a blanket. Maybe you’ve knitted a beautiful tote bag, but it isn’t as practical as you’d like because you don’t know how to sew a lining for it. There’ll likely be times you need to know how to ease a knitted sleeve into your latest sweater or stitch the side seams in a baby hat you’re crocheting — and sewing skills are helpful to have when these tasks arise.

    Free Video Sewing Classes for Everyone

    This month, Creative Live is offering some of their sewing classes for free. You’d ordinarily have to pay a bundle for all these classes — so if you’d be interested in learning some new sewing techniques you’ll want to head over there and sign up ASAP.

    Crochetterie: A Beginner-Friendly Craft Book That Teaches You Both Crochet and Sewing Techniques

    When it comes to combining sewing and crochet projects, Molla Mills is an expert. Molla stitches up designer-quality crochet bags with leather details, fabric linings and other distinctive details. If you’d like to learn her secrets for how to do this, you’ll want to check out her brand new book called Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively Minded:

    Free Sewing Tutorials for Knitters and Crocheters

    You can learn how to sew fabric strips together to make rag balls. The rag balls are excellent substitutes for yarn; use them to crochet rugs, purses and tote bags, placemats, trivets and more.
    You can learn how to sew fabric strips together to make rag balls. The rag balls are excellent substitutes for yarn; use them to crochet rugs, purses and tote bags, placemats, trivets and more.

    If you want to finish your knitting or crochet projects flawlessly, here are some free sewing instructions you can use for that purpose.

    • Free Lining Tutorial — Learn how to sew a lining for a crocheted or knitted pouch or bag.
    • Free Whip Stitch Sewing Tutorial — Whip stitch is one of my favorite methods for joining granny squares and sewing seams on crocheted pieces. Here’s a step-by-step whip stitch tutorial with photos.
    • Side Seams Sewing Tutorial — This tutorial shows you how to sew the side seams on a pair of simple crocheted fingerless gloves. You can use the same basic method on other projects like hats and sweaters too.
    • How to Make a Rag Ball — Learn how to sew fabric strips together to create rag balls you can use instead of yarn for fabric crochet and fabric knitting.
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