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Summer Crochet and Knitting
Learn to Crochet Ripples Class — Sharon Silverman teaches an excellent new class on the topic of learning how to crochet chevrons, waves, zigZags and ripples. The short version of my review: This is definitely a winner of a class. Click here for the longer, more detailed version of my class product review.
Back Loops in Crochet — Learn how to create interesting variations in your crochet stitches by crocheting through the back loops. This page includes a tutorial for back loop single crochet stitch, plus links to interesting projects you can make by working through back loops.
Is It Safe to Steam Block Acrylic Crochet or Knitting Projects? — The short answer to this question is “no”, but if you want to understand why not, check out this new article that explores the topic in depth.
2016 Christmas Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Crocheters and Knitting Enthusiasts — Maybe you need some ideas for what to request for Christmas; or perhaps you want to find out what’s a good gift idea for a needlecrafter on your gift list. Either way, this 2016 Christmas gift guide will help.
Artbin Yarn Drum, Item#: 6934SA — You can use this convenient cylinder-shaped container as either a knitting / crochet project bag or a yarn organizer. Check our our detailed product review of the Yarn Drum for more information.
ArtBin Hook & Needle Nook — If you need a good solution for organizing your crochet hooks and knitting needles, check out the ArtBin Hook and Needle Nook.
Artbin Solutions Storage Cabinet — Organize your bead crochet and bead knitting supplies with this handy craft organizer.
Melissa Leapman Discusses Crochet Stitches and More — Want to take a peek at some of the crochet stitches that famous knitting and crochet pattern designer Melissa Leapman finds indispensable? This book will give you a sneak peek at some of the stitches included in Melissa’s brand new crochet stitch dictionary.
Beginner-Friendly Ribbed Baby Beanie Pattern — Use this cute free baby hat pattern to crochet a classic ribbed baby beanie for any sweet little ones on your gift list.
Sharon Hernes Silverman Discusses Crochet Cowls, Fashion and More — Sharon Silverman has a lot to say on the topic of fashion, particularly when it comes to crocheted cowls — a topic she is intimately familiar with since she has authored a brand new book on the topic. Check out some of Sharon’s spectacular cowl patterns in this recent interview.
Learn About Fauxchet and the Easyloop Yarn Tool — Fauxchet is a needlework technique that gives you results like crochet, but it’s far less strenuous on your hands. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re concerned about wear and tear on your hands, whether arthritis runs in your family or you want to prevent repetitive stress injuries.
Mother’s Day Crochet — If you want to whip up a unique, personalized gift just for your beloved mom, grandmother, stepmom or other mother figure, this is your go-to list for project ideas.
Crochet Puff Stitch Christmas Tree Square — Get the free downloadable PDF pattern for a Christmas tree square that you can use for making pillows, blankets or other Christmas-friendly projects.
How to Crochet a Puff Stitch — Puff stitch is a gorgeous, three-dimensional crochet stitch that can add visual flair to your crochet projects. Unlike some of the other 3-d stitches, puff stitch is reversible. This makes it ideal for use in projects like scarves, where either side of the work might be visible when you wear the finished design.
Want to learn how to crochet a puff stitch? If so, check out our free puff stitch crochet instructions.
All About Puff Stitch — There are bunches of different ways you can vary the puff stitch, and a wide variety of ways to use it for creating different crochet stitch patterns and projects. Let’s explore bunches of different examples — including instructions and free patterns. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between a puff and a bobble, or a puff and a popcorn, this is your chance to find out.
Book Review of Imagical Seasons Crochet, Volume 1, Spring — This is the first book in a series of 4 crochet pattern books exploring the topic of stylish, wearable seasonal crochet patterns for girls aged 2-12. The book includes patterns for clothing, accessories and blankets.
Book Review of Imagical Seasons Crochet, Volume 2, Summer — Celebrate the season of summer with the second book in the Imagical Seasons series.
Alla Koval Discusses Crochet Books, Crafts, Crochet Tips and Trends — This is your chance to get to know Alla, the author of the Imagical Seasons series of crochet pattern books. Alla shares the scoop on her design process, her favorite crochet books and resources, plus tips for beginners and more. I learned some interesting things from Alla, and I hope you will too.
Knitting: the Complete Guide — Check this out if you’re in need of a clear, concise, beginner-friendly knitting manual that includes information about how to knit, plus instructions for 200+ knitting stitches, plus patterns for 15 classic knitting projects including socks, shawls, hats and more.
Sharon Silverman Discusses Tunisian Crochet, Books and More — Sharon Silverman is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is concise yet detail-oriented, and her patterns are simultaneously creative, approachable and straightforward.
Tunisian crochet is one of Sharon’s specialties — and in this interview, Sharon has shared some tips and recommendations that will be helpful to anyone who is interested in this trendy yet timeless crochet technique. Sharon has also shared an abundance of interesting photos of her latest patterns and projects. We invite you to take a peek.
Needles — If you are new to either crochet or knitting, you might be wondering what sort of needle is best for certain tasks, like weaving in your ends or joining granny squares. This is the place to satisfy your curiosity and educate yourself on the topic of hand sewing needles for knitting and crochet.
Crochet Blanket Edges — Have you ever looked online for a list of edging patterns, only to be frustrated when you find that most, or all, of the patterns on the list don’t include corner instructions? If you need a blanket edging, those straight-across edgings just. will. not. work.
Help is here! The edging patterns on this list all include corner instructions, so you can use them on square or rectangular projects — like baby blankets, afghans and throws. You aren’t limited to using them for blankets; they will also work well for a wide variety of other projects too.
Crochet Heart Squares From the Pattern Sampler Series — I just revamped this pattern to include a brand new Valentine-friendly colorway and version in red, pink and white. Plus, new PDF versions of the charts are now available to download for free on our website. Enjoy!
Crochet an Easy Lacy Shell Edging — This free pattern is super simple to crochet, and it’s a versatile way to finish off many different sorts of craft projects. The edging includes optional corner instructions, so you can use it on a variety of different square or rectangular projects.
Shell Stich — Learn how to crochet the shell stitch, and while you’re at it, grab some outstanding shell stitch crochet patterns to work on.
Mini Checkered Crochet Square Pattern — Checkered designs are some of my favorites, because they’re so versatile and easy to use. This pattern is a perfect example of an adaptable, useful checkerboard that could find its way into bunches of different projects. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
Happy New Year! We’re excited to ring in the new year with a whole bunch of new knitting and crochet pages. Here they are:
Valentine Patterns to Knit and Crochet: — This pattern list will come in handy if you want to decorate for Valentine’s Day, dress up for it, or find some sweet gift ideas for your loved ones.
Light-Up Crochet Hooks: Crochet Lite — On this page, you’ll…
- Discover the secret to seeing your crochet stitches when you’re working with challenging dark-colored yarns.
- Find out how a humble crochet hook literally saved my life. True story.
- See pictures of some really cool crochet hooks in action.
- Get more info about a hook that has become an indispensable part of my crochet toolbox.
Knit and Crochet Hearts — Load up on fabulous heart patterns to crochet and knit.
10 Hexagon Patterns to Knit and Crochet — This is our main directory of hexagon patterns. At the moment, we have 10 patterns linked, but I’ll be updating the page with even more links shortly.
Fast, Easy Crochet Circle Pattern for Beginners — This is both a pattern and a step-by-step photo tutorial for a small one-round circle that’s super easy to crochet. The circle has many possible uses; you could transform it into a snowflake trivet, or perhaps a flower center. You can applique it to other crochet, knitting or sewing projects. Or just use it any time you have an idea requiring little circles.
I updated our page of circle patterns to add this design, plus I also added some pictures to the page to pretty it up a bit. I hope you will find these updates helpful as you browse our website.
Christmas Patterns — Load up on a wide variety of free Christmas patterns to knit and crochet.
Free Crochet Bracelet Patterns — Want to make a gorgeous new bracelet for a friend, or for yourself? If so, we hope you’ll enjoy this page of bracelet patterns.
Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns for Borders, Trims and Edgings — This is an extensive list, including edging suitable for any purpose you could think of. The collection includes many lace edging patterns. There are edgings with corners, and edgings without corners. Many of the edgings are scalloped or saw-toothed; some are straight-across edgings, and some resemble cord or piping. A few have fringe or tassels. There’s a huge variety of patterns to tempt any knitter or crocheter.
Beastly Crochet — This pattern collection includes quirky, offbeat designs, many of which are creepy or scary, in a cute sort of way. They’re suitable for Halloween without specifically being Halloween patterns; plenty of them are fine for everyday use.
How to Double Crochet — For new crocheters, or those who need a refresher, I present this double crochet tutorial.
Wire Crochet — We’re working on compiling the best resource on the Internet about the topic of wire crochet. Want to contribute to it? If so, submit the best wire crochet projects you’ve designed — and / or tell us what you think is the best wire for crocheting with.
Tunisian Crochet Wire Bangle Bracelet — Have you ever tried combining different crochet techniques to see what would happen? If you’d be curious to see how things turn out when you combine Tunisian crochet, wire crochet and bead crochet — then this project is worth the click.
Wire Crochet Christmas Wreath — This little wreath would make a fabulous Christmas tree ornament. You could also use it as a jewelry component, or a component for many other types of craft projects.
How to Make a Freshwater Pearl Necklace With Wire Crochet — Would you be interested in learning how to crochet with wire and beads? If so, this is a great starter pattern for learning the technique. You’ll end up with a chic, stylish necklace that’s also classic, and it could easily become a wardrobe staple for ladies who dress with elegance.
Southwestern Turquoise and Red Coral Chip Bead Bracelet — To make this pretty multi-strand bracelet, you would use the wire crochet technique with beads added.
Headbands to Crochet and Knit — Most of the patterns on this list are free, but I’m also adding some pay-for patterns to the mix in the interest of showing you some more options. If you want to knit or crochet a headband, you’ll be able to find a lot of fantastic choices on this list.
Tunisian Crochet for Baby — This pattern collection includes 23 fabulous baby projects that are all made using the Tunisian crochet technique. I crocheted one of them: the sunny bow baby headband. It’s super cute! If you’re looking for a baby headband that’s easy, interesting to crochet, and quick, this one is a good one to consider. It’s appropriate for preemies, babies and toddlers — but you could also make it for older girls as well.
Single Crochet — If you’re new to crochet, use this tutorial for learning how to do the single crochet stitch. Includes easy, no-stress free patterns for a beginner-level single crochet dishcloth and single crochet scarf.
5 Ways to Crochet a Christmas Wreath — Come explore some of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences you can achieve by crocheting the same pattern in different fibers and materials.
Simple Single Crochet Blanket Border — If you’re looking for a clean, simple, fuss-free blanket border that’s easy to crochet, don’t overlook the possibility of using a plain single crochet edging. This pattern gives you two different variations for working the corners.
Wire Crochet Bangle Bracelet — Marion Boddy-Evans Shares a free pattern for a gorgeous silver-plated copper bracelet crocheted with wire, and embellished with beads.
Lace Crochet Wreath Ornament for Christmas — This pretty, lacy ornament is much easier than it looks. It’s a pretty quick project – just the thing if you want to whip out a bunch of little doodads for a craft sale, or for holiday ornament swaps. You could also make bunches of these to give to co-workers, neighbors or acquaintances as Christmas gifts this year.
Holidays and Special Occasions — A roundup of different events, occasions and holidays, plus suggestions for patterns you might want to use when celebrating the occasion, decorating for it, getting dressed for it, or preparing gifts that go along with it.
Beaded Christmas Napkin Rings — A brand new, free crochet pattern for making beaded napkin rings for Christmas.
Easy Christmas Tree Applique — This easy little applique is one of our most popular Christmas patterns — with good reason. It’s quick to make, and it’s a logical pattern that you don’t have to think too hard about — you can just whip it out. It’s versatile, so there are bunches of different ways you could use it.
While this isn’t a brand new project, you’re seeing it here on our “latest patterns” page because I just updated the pattern to add a brand new, exclusive symbol crochet chart. The chart is an early Christmas gift from us to members of our website. If you aren’t a member yet, we invite you to join us.
Another project you can make using this general idea: an easy Christmas tree ornament.
Halloween Patterns — A roundup of crochet and knitting patterns for those of you who celebrate Halloween.
Knitting and Crochet Abbreviations — This is not the most exciting page on our website, but I hope you’ll find it helpful if you’re ever stumped by a mystery abbreviation that you just can’t figure out. I’m in the process of going through all my vintage pattern books to compile the most comprehensive resource possible on the topic of knitting and crochet abbreviations. At this point in time, the page includes all the most common abbreviations you’ll need to know about, plus many popular abbreviations from vintage sources.
Crochet Edging for Towels, Sheets, Pillowcases, Round Tablecloths, ETC — This pattern has been around awhile, but I just reworked and rewrote it to make it much more useful than it was when originally published. In the original version, the edging instructions only worked for use on 14″ wide hand towels. Now you can use it on pretty much any straight-across surface without corners, and there’s a variation you can use on some round projects too.
How to Weave in Ends — Maybe you want to weave in your loose ends. Or, maybe you’d rather learn some shortcuts so you don’t have to weave in one hundred gadzillion ends of yarn. Either way, this page has you covered.
Baskets — Find free basket patterns for knitting and crocheting.
Crochet Chain — Learn all about the chain stitch in crochet, including how to do it and other interesting things about it.
Bruges Crochet — A technique for crocheting lace that resembles traditional handmade bobbin lace.
Knitting and Crochet Glossary — This brand new page is not comprehensive yet, as of July 2014. Just give it a few months and hopefully it will be a valuable resource, as we continue updating and adding new entries to it.
Knitting and Crochet Techniques — This is another brand new page that we plan to add more entries to. Right now, the page is not comprehensive, although it already has some fantastic info that we hope you will find helpful.
How to Make a Rag Ball — If you want to give fabric knitting or crochet a try, this rag ball-making tutorial will come in handy.
How Many Variegated Yarns Is Too Many? — Check out case studies featuring projects that utilize multiple variegated yarns — some of which are successful, and some which are not so successful.
Colorwork — An overview of the colorwork resources you’ll find on our website: patterns, articles, case studies, instructions and tutorials.
Fabric Crochet — Learn all about fabric crochet — its benefits, its downsides, its history, the materials you need for it, how to do it, and where to get free patterns.
An Easy Fabric Crochet Project — This gorgeous necklace is just the project you need to get started with learning fabric crochet.
Jewelry — Want to find bunches of lovely jewelry patterns? If so, this is the page to visit.
New Free Pattern: Easy Curved Crochet Circle — If you ever happen to need a slightly-curved circle, this is a great pattern to have in your pattern stash.
New Free Intarsia Knit Heart Chart — A pretty two-color heart pattern to knit.
New Free Pattern: Mod Crochet Sunflower Applique — This fun little flower has an almost-childlike appeal about it.
New Free Pattern: Crochet Sunflower Applique — A pretty applique that’s more sophisticated than the “mod” one.
New Free Pattern: Crochet Sunflower Granny Square — This sunflower-inspired granny square is all about rich, touchable texture.
New Free Pattern: Crochet Skull Applique — This little skull is a bit creepy — but then again, he’s made out of thread, which isn’t really that scary if you think about it.
New Pattern List: 27 Knit and Crochet Skull Patterns — This is a list of 27 patterns you can use for crocheting and knitting skulls, skeletons and similar creepy motifs. Most of the patterns on this list are free. There are a few pay-for patterns included to give you a wider selection of possibilities. The patterns are for a diverse array of projects including appliques, scarves, and more.
Free Tutorial List: How to Start Crochet — Believe it or not, there are a bunch of different ways you can start a crochet project — even if a trusted book or teacher once told you otherwise. Some crochet teachers have inadvertently passed incorrect information on to their students, wrongly stating that “all crochet projects begin with a chain stitch.” This is simply not true; while the chain stitch is the most-used method, there are some other possible ways to get your projects started. We invite you to come and learn about them. This page helps to dispel the myth and get the correct information out there.