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How to Sew Beads Onto Crochet

In bead crochet, you can sew beads onto completed crochet work or crochet the beads right into the fabric. Sewing beads after you complete your crochet design works well when using larger beads or making [more…]

How to Embroider On Crochet

Embroidering on crocheted fabric creates additional dimension and expression. You can transfer almost any embroidery design onto crocheted fabric. Crewel [more…]

How to Block Crochet or Knitting with Spray Starch

Use spray starch to block crocheted items for a light- to medium-crisp blocking finish. You can use spray starch to block almost anything, but is especially useful for blocking snowflakes, doilies, and [more…]

How to Block Crochet or Knitting with Liquid Starch

Using liquid starch to block your crochet or knitting allows for varying levels of crispness. Before you block with liquid starch (or commercial fabric stiffener), read the manufacturer’s directions for [more…]

Estimating How Much Yarn to Buy

You need to know how much yarn to buy whenever you start a new knitting or crocheting project. You can figure out the yardage by using yarn calculations, whether you’re substituting one yarn for another [more…]

How to Use a Tension Gauge to Measure Stitches

To check the gauge of your knitted or crocheted fabric, use a tension gauge. Frequently measure the gauge as you knit or crochet to ensure consistency in your stitches. Unevenness will affect the size [more…]

How Drape Affects Gauge, Yarn, and Needle Size

The desired drape of the fabric that you’re knitting will influence the gauge and the yarn and needle size you choose for your project. To decide on knitted drape, consider if you want the finished piece [more…]

How to Crochet a Gauge Swatch

Crochet a gauge swatch to keep stitches consistent and the size of your design on track. When you work crochet the gauge swatch, work the stitches according to the instructions in the pattern. Crochet [more…]

How to Knit the Box Stitch

The knitted box stitch has virtually the same personality as seed stitch, but on a larger scale. Box stitch is a great choice for blankets and scarves, but it can also give a great allover texture to a [more…]

How to Knit the Half Linen Stitch

Half linen stitch isn’t difficult to knit, and it creates an interesting fabric that looks and behaves almost like woven fabric. Half linen stitch resists vertical stretching, so it’s great for bags or [more…]

How to Knit the Broken Rib Stitch

Knitting has its share of stitches with poetic or funny names — for instance, the broken rib stitch. What’s broken in this broken rib stitch (which is a false rib) is the pattern. Only every other row [more…]

How to Knit the Two-Stitch Twist Cable

The two-stitch twist cable is easy to work and can stand-in for 2x2 ribbing. With the two-stitch twist cable, you knit with a slightly unorthodox technique that allows you to work without a cable needle [more…]

How to Knit a Four-Stitch Cable

Four-stitch front and back cables are knit cables small enough to be used as an allover pattern without overwhelming the knitted piece. Four-stitch front [more…]

How to Knit a Six-Stitch Cable

Knitting six-stitch cables is similar to four-stitch cables. You can knit a six-stitch left-twisting cable (abbreviated C6F) and a six-stitch right-twisting cable [more…]

How to Knit Feather and Fan Lace

Feather and fan (or Old Shale) knit lace creates an undulating line that’s great for borders, blankets, or wraps. You can find many feather-and-fan lace variations, but they all rely on a group of increases [more…]

How to Knit Climbing Vine Lace

The knitted climbing vine lace pattern features a strong vertical element. The climbing vine lace pattern is composed of 4 rows. The wrong-side rows are plain with the exception of the single knit stitch [more…]

How to Knit Two-Row Stripes

Two-row stripes are easy to knit and can be applied to any pattern. A baby sweater knit in two-row stripes has a nautical look, for example. You can make two-row stripes knitting flat or in the round with [more…]

How to Knit a Simple Stranded Pattern

Stranded (or Fair Isle) knitting patterns consist of repeated multicolor motifs. Try knitting a stranded swatch with this simple pattern, which creates little polka dots of color. You carry both colors [more…]

How to Knit a Small Fair Isle Motif

A small Fair Isle motif can be used as a simple knit border or as an allover pattern. This small Fair Isle motif pattern works well as an accent in all kinds of knitting projects. [more…]

How to Knit a Fair Isle Border

This Fair Isle border pattern uses five colors, so experiment a bit with your graph paper and colored pencils to get the Fair Isle border look that you’re after. [more…]

How to Knit the Puzzle Piece Mosaic

The puzzle piece mosaic looks a bit like jigsaw puzzle pieces, but it's not puzzling to knit. The puzzle piece mosaic is quite predictable; you'll soon discover a rhythm to knitting this pattern after [more…]

How to Knit the Woven Cord Mosaic

The knitted woven cord mosaic creates a dynamic design with strong diagonal elements. You can practice this woven cord mosaic by making a swatch that’s made with 35 stitches or any multiple of 16 plus [more…]

How to Knit the Little Boxes Mosaic

The little boxes mosaic creates a knitted pattern that looks like . . . well, little boxes. Practice this knitted little boxes mosaic pattern until you're comfortable with it. [more…]

How to Add Duplicate Stitch to Knitting

Duplicate stitch, also called Swiss darning, allows you to go back over your knitted stitches with a different color. When you do duplicate stitch carefully, you can’t even tell that the stitches weren’t [more…]

How to Add Surface Crochet to Knitting

Surface crochet is a great way to add colorful details to a finished knitted piece. Surface crochet is a fun technique to experiment with and can be used on top of any stitch pattern. To try surface crochet [more…]

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